Monday, September 22, 2014

DIY: Black & Glitter Pumpkin

I am finally feeling that fall is in full swing and that means it's time for pumpkin picking and of course decorating pumpkins. I am not the greatest at carving pumpkins so I love non-carve alternatives. I haven't picked out any pumpkins yet but I found a paper mache pumpkin at a local craft store and decided to get my fall on. Here's what I came up with: a Black & Glitter Pumpkin.

Gather your supplies: a pumpkin (real or fake), black paint, glitter (whatever color you desire), glue and paint brushes.

Paint your pumpkin black.

Start painting on some glue in desired glitter pattern.

Place pumpkin in a box to catch glitter and sprinkle glitter on glue. I did this a little at a time so glue didn't dry up.

Keep doing this around entire pumpkin. I used a fine paintbrush to touch up and add glitter where I felt necessary after going around the first time.


Hope you enjoyed this easy tutorial. I cannot wait to try it in different colors. xoxo

Friday, September 19, 2014

Renewed Excitement

Months ago I had talked about opening a brick and mortar bead and craft shop but was quickly deflated when I saw a business adviser and they told me that banks no longer give loans to start up businesses after the economy crashed in 2008.  People either need to use their own savings, take out a personal loan or borrow money from family or friends. Well, needless to say, a savings is almost non existent, refuse to take out a personal loan and I doubt I would get approved for one with today's strict standards and no family or friends are willing to give me a loan. So my dream was pretty much shattered,

Since I have given up on the idea I have been to a few bead shops and have been so underwhelmed. They either don't have much of a selection or are lacking what is trendy now. I have noticed they are mostly owned my older, older people. Not that there is anything wrong with that but I am younger and follow fashion and know what the younger crowd is looking for. My point was that even these stores that are seriously lacking have managed to stay in business for a long time. So why wouldn't I be able to do that?

I have so many ideas for the shop. Plus, I do a lot of business online which can help float my shop in the beginning. I know I can be a success, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind. All I lack is the funds to get things rolling. I have decided I am going for this dream even if it is with half the funds initially intended. I do so much business with my Etsy shops between now and Christmas and I am going to save every penny of that. Along with every penny I get from blog ad sales to help me get things rolling.

I may not have tons of funds to get things going but I do have people who can lend a hand in many aspects of this new venture and hopefully with that help I can cut down majorly on start up costs. I know I can do it and I am not going to give up on this dream. There are successful business people who started with a lot less and I promise you I will be one of those success stories. xoxo

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I Think I Have A Problem...

I think I have a problem...I love I mean really love to gamble. No, I do not need you to call gambler's anonymous for me but I jump on any chance to go to Atlantic City or any local casino for that matter. And Vegas...Well, that is my dream vacay! I will get there one day and take that city by storm. I know that's what they all say.

It all started when the hubby and I went on a vacation to Atlantic City for a few days many, many years ago when we first started dating. We were young and careful with our money. We were smarter then than we are now. But the worst possible thing happened...We won!! Nothing huge but enough to give us the gambling bug. I was playing this 5 cent slot and won about $250. Then, I played it the next day and won another $150. I went to the machine before we left and won another $100. Were these incredible amounts of money? No. But considering I never fed more than $20 into the machine it was good enough to get me hooked.

The next few trips we continued to win modest amounts of money. We would always at least break even which meant we basically vacationed for free. Cannot beat that! We always had so much fun that we considered going to Las Vegas for our honeymoon. But then the unthinkable happened, we started losing on our trips. We never lost anything major because we never gambled big but we were so used to winning that the first trip we didn't do so well I was furious. I was cranky the whole trip.

That experience quickly made us change our minds about Vegas as a honeymoon destination. I was afraid that if we didn't win while gambling it would put us both in a sour mood. We decided we didn't want to risk being crank pots on our honeymoon. Although, I still want to go to Vegas one day soon.

We stopped going to AC for a while after having several not so lucrative trips. When we finally started going again I did have an awesome win. We had gotten to our first casino and we wanted some drinks. The hubby told me to sit at a slot while he went to the bar to get me a drink. I put $20 in a 5 cent machine and only bet the minimum bet so the $20 would last me the entire time he was gone. I was only playing for about 5 minutes and all these bells started chiming and my credits kept going up and up. I ended up winning $650. I was ecstatic and the rest of our trip was awesome but the gambler in me was annoyed. I usually bet much more than the minimum and if I was betting what I normally did I would have won a few thousand. But I tried to remember that if I was doing that maybe I wouldn't have won at all.

There's nothing that beats the rush of winning in the casino. And the possibilities are endless. Anyone else feel this passionate about their love of of gambling? xoxo

Monday, September 15, 2014

When I Think Of Leaving

We have seriously been thinking of moving off Long Island, I mean seriously thinking about it. It is too damn expensive. Almost everyone lives paycheck to paycheck except the wealthy. Just to give you an idea I live in the 12th most expensive county in the nation and live on the border line of the 2nd most expensive county of the nation where the median home price is $463,000 and average property taxes is $9,500. Forget about renting. The average 2 bedroom apartment in a complex is just about $2000/month. Now you see why it's so difficult for us to keep our heads above water.

It's a shame because I wouldn't want to leave my family and friends and I live in one of the most awesome places in the United States but is the monetary stress worth it??! Nowadays, I struggle with this question daily. It would be so hard to up and go but if we could live more comfortably without needing to worry about money everyday we would be so much happier. What does one do?

We were pretty much set on leaving but then I have a weekend spent at the places photographed in this post and I think, could I live anywhere else? Could I live without the beach being within walking distance? I don't know, I don't know if I could do it. Feeling a bit lost.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Humpday Confessions: Nursery School Style

Yesterday was Olivia's first day of Nursery School and I am not going to lie, I am feeling upset about how it went down. She is 2-1/2 and started the 2-1/2 year old program at a local nursery school. She was so excited to "go to school." She even wore a dress and let me put a bow in her hair which she never does. Plus, she let me take photos of her looking all cute. Things were looking good.

Her dad and I dropped her off and she actually went right in the classroom and we quickly sneaked away. We ran into one of our friends whose son goes to the same school and she said Liv was playing nice at a table when she walked by her classroom. The hubs and I felt good about things. We returned 45 minutes later (classes are shorter in length until the kiddies get used to it) and the teachers were looking for us. This couldn't be good.

Apparently she was hysterical. We went upstairs and she was crying but I definitely wouldn't say hysterical. They obviously don't know her well, if she was hysterical you would have been able to hear her across the school and she would have been flailing on the floor. The teacher brought her to us and she calmed down. I tried to ask the teacher if she was like this the whole time and she was a bit short with me. Basically it was on and off but they were upset because she wouldn't let anyone console her. I got news for you ladies, she doesn't even let me console her. When she is upset she wants to be left alone.

So the plan of action for Thursday is that they are going to have me sit in a corner of the room and if she seems to be doing well I will sneak out. So we'll see how that goes. When I asked Liv why she was cried while in class she said she wanted to play with mommy and daddy which broke my heart just a little.

But I do have a confession I was really upset that she didn't do too well today. I took it personally and I thought the teachers were giving me attitude when I picked up and didn't really want to discuss it with me. And I was so nice about it. All I asked was "how bad was it?" and "was it the entire time?" Fair questions, right? I wasn't interrogating them like "what happened?" I also felt upset because she was the only in the class who was crying. I know I am being silly but I took today pretty hard, worse than her I am sure.

How were your kids when they first went to nursery school?? Am I the only one whose child had a slight issue? I know I am overreacting especially since it was the first time she was ever left somewhere without someone she knew but I cannot help it. Someone make me feel better! xoxo

Vodka and Soda

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Miss Me?! And An Epic Photo Fail

Hey everybody!! I know I disappeared for a week but sh*t has been insane in my neck of the woods. A girl can only do so much. I really missed you all and cannot wait to get caught up on all your blogs today.

So what's going on with me? Well, today is Liv's first day of nursery school and fingers crossed it goes smoothly. She has been super psyched about it for weeks so I am hoping she has that same excitement when it comes time to actually go in the classroom without me. I'll keep you all posted.

We actually took Liv into NYC for the first time on Sunday and she had a blast. First, we walked all the way to the Central Park Zoo. It's not the biggest zoo but still a good time and I am still fascinated by the fact that there are huge buildings surrounding this wildlife habitat.

Such a cool view!
After walking around the zoo for a while we head back to the Time Square area and had some Virgil's BBQ. Who doesn't love BBQ?! Then it was off to Toys R Us Time Square!! We actually rode the ferris wheel inside and it was a blast.

In the elevator down to the ferris wheel entrance in Toys R Us
Me and a minion!!
So after we were done roaming around Toys R Us, we went to check out the photo they took of us when we first walked in. Epic fail on my part! My boobs were practically popping out of my shirt. My shirt had a loose scoop neck and stupid me, squatted down and leaned in to Liv in her stroller, hence my shirt hanging down almost totally revealing my boobs. To make matters worse they pull up your photos on a screen that everyone can see and leave it up until they help the next person. Well, there was no next person and my bosoms were up for all to see for God knows how long. UGH!!!!!

After that we walked around Time Square for a little bit and then it was time to catch a train home. We figured Liv would be passed out after her crazy day but no, she was apparently chocolate wasted of something. She pulled her hood up and kept screaming "Ganstaaaaaa!" at everyone. Don't ask!

All in all it was a great day but my feet still hurt from all that walking. Anyways, thanks for stopping by. Talk to you guys again tomorrow!! xoxo

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

So Long Summer

Even though this past weekend was quite possibly the hottest weekend of the summer and today is supposed to be 90 degrees, the summer is technically over. Kiddies are back to school, the beach huts are now closed and life goes on. I am feeling bittersweet about the end of summer 2014. We are coming into my absolute favorite season, the fall, but I am not going to lie I was a bit disappointed in this summer.

Why was this summer a let down for me? There were a few reasons. First off, my hubby was away for work for an entire month this summer. Two different two week trips. One in July the other in August. This was difficult for me because I work from home and I depend on the time he is home to watch my daughter so I can get work done. Without that time to get stuff done, the time he was gone was extremely stressful. Plus our girl is such a daddy's girl that she didn't take too well to him being gone. Add that with the fact she is 2-1/2 you can just imagine that she wasn't exactly an angel while he was away.

Secondly, I was the heaviest I have ever been this summer. Didn't bother to get a bathing suit because I knew I wouldn't be caught dead in one. So going to the beach and the splash park isn't exactly fun or pleasant in regular jeans. Didn't want to wear anything that was sleeveless and show my chubby arms so I was just hot and bothered all summer. I know this is my own fault but I am determined to be healthier next summer so I can go swimming with my daughter. I already started back to the gym today. Got to start somewhere.

Lastly, funds were just limited this summer. Living paycheck to paycheck sucks and didn't really leave us with any extra money to do many cool things. And forget about being able to go away. We are hoping to be able to save enough to drive cross country next summer. Fingers crossed! That will sure be a trip of a lifetime!

Well, I don't want to dwell on the shortcomings of the summer but rather focus on the positive. We did have some great times and did get to do some fun things. Was it my quintessential summer? No. That being said I do have some great memories from the past few months and will remember them. Instead of being sad that this summer is over, I will rejoice on the fact that fall is just about upon us. Here's to having a terrific fall and working towards having a kick a$$ summer of 2015!! xoxo