Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy Mother's Day

Celebrate the girl you were, embrace the mother you've become. Take in all the good that was passed down from each generation before you and make your tomorrows spectacular.

Happy Mother's Day to all our Book Babe Mommas

Sunday, April 29, 2018

New Milestones

Big excitement today. My little darling got beautified with pierced ears! She was confident and ready and I definitely had my proud mom-moment seeing her stare at her beautiful big girl earrings in the mirror without a tear in her eye. Celebrate the moments that make you smile. I was much older than my daughter. In fact, I was in college! To be quite honest...I don't even remember the actual age. It was quite anti-climactic in the sense that after waiting so long it wasn't my graduation or wedding day. However, it was spectacular in that I could finally say goodbye to the pinching, swollen earlobes and hello to gorgeous baubles and pearls. I remember feeling a sense of independence & maturity after that, probably because I was of the mindset to wait until 'I'm older."  As for my girl, she was treated to this much earlier than I, but I plan on keepin' her little for a bit longer. For now, we'll have some fun using her new earrings to accent dress-up clothes at playdates and look forward to beautifing her next major milestone attire. 

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Random Acts of Kindness: 2 Tickets

I recently drove down the street and saw an elderly man sitting on the side of his home enjoying the sun. It transported me back two decades to Paterson, NJ, same situation, where an elderly man would sit in front of his home at the top of a hill and wave to each passerby. I was one of the many that would honk, wave back, and felt tickled by his friendly gesture made to perfect strangers daily. I can't remember a time he wasn't outside, which makes me giggle now, looking back. How was he outside all the time? My daily routine definitively included a man I'd never met and looked forward to which is a pretty powerful thing.
Within that year, I made the NBA NJ Nets dance team, which was thrilling. We'd get several tickets to promote each game and after giving to family and friends, I was at a loss of who I might treat to tickets. I think you see where I'm going with this. It was after that thought that I chose a day, gathered some moxie, approached the man's home but instead of honking, pulled over. I was a bundle of excitement and nerves but more intrigued by simply getting the chance to say hello. We chatted for a moment and found he was delighted to know his presence outside was a staple in my day. He took the tickets with a big ole' smile and I said this time I'll be cheering you on.

Random acts of kindness, be it big or small, can alter another's attitude. We all have that power. Sometimes we do beautiful things for one another and don't even realize it. Splurging for a friend's coffee, helping a friend get organized or spotting someone at the gym. Spread the goodness and goodness will come back to you. The key is not to expect anything in return. We don't extend ourselves for a thank you, we do it because it feels right. How wonderful the feeling when we spread some joy.

Think about something nice YOU did or said for someone in the past few weeks?... I'm sure you have--be it for your hubby, partner, mom, child(ren), co-worker, stranger. Feels good, doesn't it? Keep that feeling going and continue spreading the joy. Feel free to comment if you'd like to share your story.
This is picture reminds me of that special man.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Caught in action at the gym

The weather has been pretty crazy here in Jersey-- warm one day, freezing another. A couple days in to spring and we're still having snow. I'm even finding it hard to dress for simple things like walking the dog! Winter coat for the cold winds, shorts for the warm sun. The neighbors think I'm nuts with this outfit but it just felt right...and quite frankly, it was a pretty nice compromise. I've been hitting the gym to release some energy and was caught in action working out with bands in a recent Facebook post. I definitely felt the burn and it was a variation from the normal routine. It's not easy to get out and release energy when you're cooped up fighting unpredictable weather but if you can, find something that works for you and start moving. Click to see FB link.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Back at it!

Happy to be back at it again! I've been blessed to be on hiatus for quite a few years working at home with my two children. I have a son, now 7 and a daughter, 5. I homeschooled my son up through kindergarten and to date still homeschool my daughter. I love my time home as a mom and definitely see life through different eyes. Refreshed, ready and with a big ol' cup of coffee in hand,  I'm now back in the swing of things. 

I created Book Babe~Loves to Read, Lives to Laugh, Always Smart & Sassy to allow women of all ages to celebrate their love of reading while also showing off their sassy side. We all have one! Some of you know me as an author, but I'm so much more than that. I'm a wife, mom, teacher, daughter, sister, friend and jungle gym buddy. I'm someone who loves to dance, exercise, eat healthy, splurge on fries, meditate, bike ride, hug my beautiful dog and experience new tastes in food. Being part of this blog, I will share with you some of things I do in my life and hope to motivate you to embrace who you are. Each day we have a fresh start to learn something new. So I, and some guests to the blog, will encourage you to learn a craft, listen to another genre of music or simply step outside your bubble to help expand your horizons. We hope to bring you new ideas, show you interesting things and tell you about what we love to read or watch.  You’ll thank yourself for setting up some “me” time and I invite you to share this page with the Book Babes in your life. 

I appreciate your feedback and welcome ideas if you'd like to be part of a future blog post so feel free to email in anytime or PM me on Facebook. Soooo, now it's your turn, what have you been up to over the past couple years?... "Comment" some things you're proud to be doing lately! xoxo

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Homeschool Ideas

This homeschool lesson was tons of fun. We brought it back old school style...I mean "audio cassette" old school. Lol. My 5 yr old and I listened to a story while doing some sticker art. Then, we listened another 3x and we drew all the special things that she visualized from the story. Pretty cool stuff. Do you do anything similar with an audio tool or visualization in school, at home or as an adult that allows you to get creative?

Friday, March 9, 2018

Meeting Pheobe McKeeby for the 1st time!

We were so excited to meet Pheobe, it was the first thing Milana asked for after waking up! Very excited to have her in our family and will enjoy showing her all around. Feel free to say hello in the comments!