what’s in my bag?

kate spade 'all typed up'

since i was a little girl, i’ve loved to see what treasures were hidden inside a lady’s handbag and i suppose my girlish curiosity still exists.  so in case any of you are as nosy curious as me, here’s a glimpse of what’s inside my bag at the moment.

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modern mom challenge: saying goodbye to copycat fashion and designer labels

closet

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being a mom is hard. like, really hard sometimes.  and being an Orthodox mom in a modern world makes it that much more difficult.  that’s why i’ve come up with this modern mom challenge.  think of it as a {pre}spring cleaning checklist for our lives.  we’re going to figure out what’s cluttering up our lives and get rid of it.  i’m going to bare all in a series of posts and talk about some of the things that bother me personally about myself and my life.  and you are too.  ready?  good.  let’s get started.

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be yourself.

never try to be something you're not.

i was cleaning out some of my bookmarks this morning and i ran across this video from a few years ago.  there is inspiration everywhere if only we look!

never try to be something you’re not.

never try to be something you're not.

that one little difference may make all the difference.

stand apart.

i think this is an adorable reminder to be yourself and feel confident about who you are, especially even if you’re unlike everyone else around you.   we were all created for a
special purpose, so find yours and live it!

thank you to wendy nguyen for this awesome little video.  hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

am knitting: the herringbone cowl

Herringbone Cowl

Herringbone Cowl

it’s only fair that i tell you about my favorite knit of all time.  no, seriously.  i am constantly knitting but it seems like it’s never actually for me.  hats, cowls, scarves, cup cozies, blankets, sweaters, dishcloths, fingerless gloves, and just about everything else are being cast on and off my needles all the time but they’re usually tied up with ribbon and gifted.

i’ve had my eye on this cowl ever since I saw it posted on The Purl Bee a couple years ago.  herringbone + cowl = swoon.  [Read more…]

goals, plans & dreams for 2014

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2014.

I realize I’m a bit late in posting my resolutions for the new year but I took a little internet hiatus and enjoyed it more than I anticipated.  As much as I heart being a blogger, it’s nice to just live without the fuss of having to document every little thing, ya know?  Seriously, if I didn’t blog I wouldn’t touch a social media network with a ten foot pole…not even Pinterest.

However, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been thinking about my site, this little place that I love so much.  This blog is like my little getaway, my happy place, and it’s been a pretty exciting journey so far but in order for it to reach it’s full potential, I realize that sometimes means stepping out of my comfort zone and making some necessary changes. [Read more…]

Tune in to The Dr. OZ Show this Friday to watch me make Avgolemono Soup!

Avgolemono

Early last month I received an email from one of the producers of the Dr. Oz Show asking if I’d be interested in filming a segment for one of their upcoming episodes.  At first, I thought it was spam, but DH told me to call the number listed at the bottom of the email to see if it was legit.  So I did.  And it was!

In all honesty, if it was for any other show I probably would  have declined but I really do love Dr. Oz (who said Greeks & Turks would never get along?)  and even though we don’t have cable at home, I am constantly on his site checking out his latest recommendations, perusing through the Today’s Top Stories and watching old episodes.  Actually, it was on his show that I first discovered Shaun T and started exercising again and I’ve used countless recipes from there as well.   His Banana Ginger Energy Smoothie is one of my favorites.

He really is the only celebrity medical professional that I trust, mainly because he really does say what he believes, even when he has to take heat for it.  Remember the apple juice debacle?  He consistently encourages people to seek natural and more holistic approaches to healing themselves and while so many doctors continue to push various forms of medications for pretty much everything, I feel like he really tries to help people heal themselves vs. just treating symptoms.

So, I agreed to do it and they emailed over all the details.  They wanted me to film myself making my Yiayia’s avgolemono soup, which of course, I thought was awesome.  You all know how much I treasure family recipes and traditions.  Instead of taping it at home, I packed up the van and drove over to my Yiayia’s house so we could film at her house.  She is obsessed with Dr. Oz, so this was really exciting for her.  They even asked for photos of me, my mom and her, so she may even be making her daytime debut as well, lol.

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My brother-in-law does professional video work, so he met me there and did all the filming for me.  He’s so good behind the camera and I was really glad to have his expertise, not to mention this let DH off the hook.   You rock, Georgie Porgie.  :)

I think we laughed more than we filmed though.  I can’t stand the sound of my own voice or seeing myself on camera, so every time George asked if I thought a clip was ok, I just busted out laughing.  Even Lucky got a kick out of it.

Filming for Dr. Oz

We had a great day and I’m grateful to have been able to share the experience with my yiayia and add this experience to my book of memories.

The episode airs this Friday so tune in!  Check your local listings for show times.  (I’ve always wanted to say that…;)  I’ll be linking to the episode once it’s posted on the Doctor Oz site, so if you miss it check back here for a link.  Have a great day everyone!

a new adventure: homeschooling

Shopping for School Supplies

Now that we’re home, we are enjoying our final days of summer before school begins.  This year, along with getting Ace ready for fourth grade, we’re also beginning a new adventure–homeschooling Lucky for Kindergarten. [Read more…]

goodbye, summer. thanks for the memories!

Summer Travels

I can’t believe that summer is nearly over!!  School begins next week and we’ll have the displeasure of waking up at 6:00 a.m. every morning again.  Yay.  Can you hear my enthusiasm?

Summer Travels

Thank God, we had another terrific summer again, though.  We checked quite a few things off of our Summer Bucket List, which was fun.  I sort of took an internet break while we were away, and only posted via my iPhone, so I have lots to share with you guys.  If you follow my facebook or instagram, you might have seen some photos here and there of this years grand adventure.  If not, you can check them all out now!

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happy birthday, america!

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Happy Fourth of July!

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved the fourth of July. I loved watching all of our neighbors walk from backyard to backyard bringing homemade foods and desserts and the smell of barbeque that went on for blocks. Picnic tables were decorated with red and white checked cloths and full of cherry and apple pies, corn of the cob, and Coca-Cola. Those days were full of swimming, fireworks, good food and even better company.

That feeling is contagious because now I see it in my boy’s eyes. They’re proud to be Americans and I’m proud that they are.

This year, we are already busy coloring handmade cards and baking red, white & blue goodies to deliver to our local firehouse to thank the firefighters for their service to our community. The boys got to pick out their own fireworks yesterday too, so they’re anxious to get outside and start shooting them off and swimming a little before we head to the town square for some more holiday fun and the big fireworks show tonight. I can hardly wait.

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My Interview with The Orthodox Children’s Press

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I was recently interviewed by Presbytera Angela of The Orthodox Children’s Press. If you haven’t been by their site, do check it out. You’ll find lots of great stuff! See you there!

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