Memoir: A letter to my youngest

Eighteen years went by in a blink. Those years flashed before me as I drove to your college with my car packed full of supplies. You tailed behind me in your car, also stacked to the brim; half of which I needed to return home with me…It was your love of fashion that pushed you to pack enough clothing to dress a entire campus. As I checked to make sure you were still behind me in my rearview mirror, I reminisced about teaching you to drive, the day you got your permit, and taking you for your license. Unfortunately, you drive like me...Your car will always be banged up and lived in.

Watching you say goodbye to your boyfriend was torture. As the two of you welled up with tears, so did I. I am so grateful for him, because he set the bar high as to how a female should be treated. You will never settle for less now. I flashed back to all of your childhood crushes and your first broken heart; which broke mine watching you suffer.

I laid on your bed eating your roomie's Seaweed strips, (which I now have developed a strange craving for), and remembered the timeframe in your childhood where you wanted me to sleep with you. I secretly have longed for a sleepover ever since. 

As I hugged you goodbye, I took in the smell of your hair and whispered everything I wanted you to know. Last night you texted you were homesick, but I wonder how much of that was just your way of letting me know you love me and I will not be forgotten. 

I didn't cry on the way home as I expected to. It's because I know you are ready. I know it's time. You are with me in my heart; every second, every hour of every day. You are one of the greatest gifts of my lifetime. I hope someday you have your own daughter and get to experience the amazing love of the mother-daughter bond. 

The world is now at your fingertips; I know you will seize it because you have an unrelenting sense of adventure, love of people, and a heart of gold. Time to soar, Baby Girl. xoxo

Have you recently moved a son or daughter into college? Did you find it easy? Difficult? Did you feel your child was ready? Did it trigger any poignant memories for you? What is your wish for him or her?


Posted on August 31, 2014 and filed under memoir.

Rooms of interest

Sometimes a room just stops you in your tracks and makes you think, "Oh, yes."  It's sort of the same affect that I get when I walk into a Sephora. These stunners grab attention buy utilizing bright accent colors and interesting objects of affection.

Which one is your favorite? Would you be daring enough to be so bold in your own home?

Hope you all have a lovely weekend! xoxo



Posted on August 30, 2014 and filed under decor.

Don't look back you are not going that way


It's Friday, throw yourself a damn party already! 


I'm about to receive a new title. It's one I supposed I earned, but not eager to own. It is the title of Empty Nester. I have watched all my girlfriends cry weekend after weekend as they have dropped their children off at different universities. Since my youngest is leaving, it leaves me and the dog to stare blankly at each other wondering where all the time went. I'm okay because I know that her future is ahead of her and she is going to have the time of her life. I'm grateful that she has the opportunity to go and spread her wings. It also allows more opportunity for me to spread my wings and fly into whatever the future has in store.

This weekend is also Mom's birthday. My Mother has been one of the great loves of my life. I can even begin to tell you what that woman has done for her family. I have been truly blessed to have had her as my Mom.

Whatever path you find yourself walking down, don't look back because the future is ahead. The future may surprise you, and more than likely it probably will. Explore every opportunity; one of them might just land you in an unexpected place that you never thought you would be, but it could be where you were meant to be all along.

Have a wonderful weekend, Everyone! I hope my American friends enjoy Labor Day and the long weekend that comes along with it. xoxo


Posted on August 29, 2014 and filed under inspiration.