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Currently May 2017

Currently 2017

I am so excited to be Anne’s guest-host this month for the Currently link up!  It’s hard to believe that it’s already May. The school year is almost over and summer will be here before I know it.  This month is super busy with fun! We will be celebrating my mom and my brother’s birthday and of course, Mother’s Day.  There are class trips and extracurricular activities.  And the month ends with a long Memorial Day weekend.  Here is a look at what I’m currently:

Baking –  Yesterday I made an adapted version of these Raspberry Lemon Ricotta Muffins.  These muffins are tasty and a hit with the kids! I’m not much of a baker, but I usually make a weekly batch of muffins.  They are just so easy and convenient to have on hand.  I give them to the kids with yogurt and fruit for a quick and easy breakfast or lunch. Then I freeze the extras, which are super easy to defrost when needed.

The Travelers

Listening To – I love listening to podcasts.  Besides my regular rotation including Happier with Gretchen Rubin, For Crying Out Loud, Heather Dubrow’s World, Spawned with Kristen and Liz of CoolMom Picks and Call Your Girlfriend, I’ve recently added The Travelers into rotation.  Although the podcast is no longer producing new episodes, there are 222 old ones for me to get through!  I love hearing how people get into traveling and their tips.  Once the kids are grown up I plan on doing some serious traveling!

Loving –  My library book haul!  Yesterday was library day and I came home with this haul!  The Perfect Stranger is my current read, but the rest just came in.  All of them except The Circle are new releases and two of them are 14 day books!!  I know what I’ll be doing the next two weeks!  I love my reading time…..now I just need to make sure I fit more of it in!

Planting – We haven’t actually started planting anything yet, but have plans to!  The weather has been rainy and chilly.  Once we get some free time and nicer weather, we want to plant some flowers around the outside of the house.  I’m also debating whether to do some container gardening.  My husband made the container planters, pictured above, last year.  Unfortunately, we don’t have great sun exposure on our back deck and the plants didn’t do as well as I would have liked.  We got this idea from my parents who have full sun exposure in their yard and get amazing results with these container gardens!  Plus, I’m not sure how much we’ll be home this summer, so we will most likely pass on the container gardening.  I will be planting herbs though.   A summer fave is fresh basil and mozzarella on a ripe tomato!  So, I have to make sure I have plenty of basil.

Remembering – Thank you family calendar and Happy planner!  Without these two life-savers I could not remember all that is going on this month.  With the end of the school year quickly approaching there is so much going on.  Girl scout events, cub scout events, class trips, the school book fair that I’m helping out with, doctors appointments…..the list goes on and on.  Every night I check the family calendar and write out everything that needs to be done in my Happy planner.  If it’s not on the calendar and in the planner, it’s not getting done!

Now it’s your turn!  Link up and share what you are currently up to!

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Currently April 2017

Currently 2017
Happy April!  I am ready for some April Showers and warmer weather.  April is a busy month for us as we celebrate my wedding anniversary, my daughter’s birthday, Passover and Easter.  I am joining Anne and Jess once again for the monthly Currently link up.  Make sure to join us next month,  Wednesday May 3, when I co-host with Anne and we share what we are currently baking, listening, loving, planting and remembering!  For April, here is what I’m currently:

Accomplishing – I am accomplishing lots of birthday planning.  We are celebrating my daughter’s 11th birthday with the family on Easter.  So, with some input from her, my husband and I are working on getting the menu finalized.  She’s also having her friends party the weekend after.  Since she’s a game lover, she’s having a Minute To Win It themed party with lots of games.  There’s definitely lots of planning that needs to be finalized for this party.

Feeling – lucky.  My husband and I just celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary yesterday.  While 13 may be considered an unlucky number to some, we are feeling very lucky.  We have created a beautiful family and wonderful life together over these years and can’t wait to create lots more memories.  To celebrate, my parents took us out to dinner this past weekend and we have a belated lunch date tomorrow!

Needing – to eat healthier.  Spring is here!  While I belong to the gym and have been taking lots of classes, I haven’t been the best about eating healthy.   My husband and I have agreed that for the next few months, while eating at home we are going to make healthier choices.  However, all bets are off when we go out!  LOL!

Practicing – shopping restraint.  It’s so easy to run into the store to buy something I need and come out with a bunch of other things that I didn’t!  While I pride myself on being a bargain shopper and getting a good deal, we are trying to cut down on extraneous spending.  So, I’ve really been trying to stick to the shopping list!

Pinning – lots of recipes, as usual, as well as NY focused travel pins.  This summer I’m planning on taking the kids on some road trips around the state.  Some of the stops include Albany, Niagara Falls, Lake George and the Catskill Mountains.  Plus, lots of day trips around the area and NYC.  I love living in NY state and it has so much to see and do.  I figured this summer is a great time to explore the state before we venture out further in our travels.

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Currently March 2017

Currently 2017March is coming in like a lamb…..I only hope that it goes out like one as well!  We were spoiled last week with spring-like temperatures and although rainy, it’s still unseasonably warm today.  I’m enjoying as much of this warm weather as I can while it lasts!  Here we are, the first day of March and it’s time to link up with Anne and her guest host Carrie for the monthly Currently linkup.   Here is what I am currently:

Watching – My usual weekly shows that include The Bachelor, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, This Is Us, Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal.  I’ve also been recording the new Bravo series Imposters.  I’m not totally invested yet, but the few episodes that I’ve seen have me interested.

Eating – Lots of tasty food!  I attended a kick-off event for Hudson Valley Restaurant Week last night and got to enjoy lots of great food and see some friends.  It was a good time and I’m looking forward to even more great meals during HVRW!

Saying –  Recently, my son (8 1/2) and daughter (almost 11) have been fighting like cats and dogs.  I keep spelling out “W-A-Y” or  just say “WAY” (Worry About Yourself).  They like to keep tabs on one another and tattle and I just can’t take it!!!

Wearing – The usual jeans and a long-sleeve shirt or sweater.  I’m always cold! So, even though the weather has been warmer I’m still layered up and wearing at least a light jacket outside!  I’m loving all the spring colors and florals that I’ve been seeing in stores.  However, I’m just not quite ready to shop for warm weather clothes yet!

Posting – I think I finally have a posting schedule down and have been posting regularly at least three times a week. I participate in this monthly linkup, the Show Us Your Books monthly linkup and a couple of weekly Friday Favorites linkups.  Otherwise, I’ve been trying to focus my content on food, travel and family events and entertainment.

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Currently February 2017

Currently 2017

And just like that, I blinked and it’s February!  I feel like we had a busy but fun January and I’m looking forward to all that we have planned in February.  I’m joining Anne and Erin for the monthly Currently linkup.  Here is what I am currently….

Packing – Suitcase-wise, I’m not packing anything!  We have no big trips planned anytime soon.  I’m packing lunch for the kids everyday though.  My daughter is a breeze.  She eats pretty much anything.  My son is much more difficult.  He doesn’t like cold cut sandwiches and has recently stopped liking the bagels I was giving him for lunch. So, packing lunch has not been fun.  For now, he’s been happy with PB&Jelly, BLTs, and crackers with cheese and a yogurt.

Diet Pepsi

Jonesing – for a diet pepsi (or coke!).  In my quest to be healthier I have stopped drinking diet soda…..at home.  I consider it a rare treat when we dine out, and even then sometimes I choose to drink water instead.  Instead, I’ve been drinking seltzer with a little bit of juice, since I don’t like the taste of seltzer (yes, even the flavored kind) or lemon water.  However, every once in awhile, a diet soda sounds really good!

Texting –  Since my kids discovered iMessage on their iPods they have been texting me.  Especially my son who loves sending emojis and “funny” (to him) memes.

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Reading – I am in the midst of reading two books right now.  I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh is a thriller/suspense book that is moving a bit slow for me.  I went to NYC this past weekend with my daughter.  Since it’s an hour train ride I packed Unbelievable (#4 in the Pretty Little Liars series) since it’s a paperback and was easier to carry around with me.  It’s brain candy and reads quick, so I’ll probably be finishing that one up soon.

Snow!

Hearting – Surprise, relaxing, cozy afternoons.  Yesterday the kids had an early dismissal because of snow.  I love being forced to stay inside, change into comfy clothes and know the rest of the day will be relatively relaxing…..after shoveling!

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Currently January 2017

Currently 2017

Happy 2017!  I’m excited to be joining the first Currently linkup of 2017, hosted by Anne and Jessica.   Here is a look at what I’m currently:

gathering: up all the Christmas presents and decorations.  The tree is still up and decorated but all of the presents have been collected and put away in their new homes.  Our plan is to take the tree down this upcoming weekend.

making:  a vision board.  This is the first time I’ve ever made one.  It’s still a work in progress as I gather my pictures and words.  But I’m having fun as I create my focus for the year.

sipping:  as I’m currently typing this over New Year’s weekend I’ve been sipping lots of tea and gingerale.  I’ve been battling the flu for over a week now.  I’m grateful to have gotten through the Christmas holidays and to have been sick over the vacation and not during a regular week where I’m up at 6:15 AM and shuttling the kids from one activity to another.  However, it’s been rough!  I didn’t get a flu shot and it hit me hard.

following:  This past week I started following The LV Guide and Sheaffer Told Me To, both new to me fashion blogs.  I’ve never been big into fashion.   However, I’m trying to up my game this year and  be a little more aware of fashion trends and style.

resolving:  I am still trying to figure out my one word for the year.  Last year’s word was “happy.”  I have a couple of words that I’m thinking about but have not decided on.  Hopefully, I’ll have it figured out by the end of the week.  Does anyone else choose a word for the year?

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Currently December 2016

Currently

Today I’m joining Anne and Kellie for the monthly Currently linkup.  This month I’m currently:

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Doing: a 25 Books of Christmas feature on my blog!  From December 1 through December 25 I am posting a review of a Christmas book.  So we are reading lots of Christmas books and I’ve been busy writing review posts for them.  It’s been a lot more work than I had anticipated, but I love the holiday season and love reading.  What better way to combine the two?!

Enjoying: I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I joined a gym back in September for my birthday and I am enjoying going!  I’ve always thought I was anti-gym.  However, I’ve been going to classes including barre, zumba, yoga and occasionally spinning, several times a week.

Cookies 2015

Cooking:  This weekend I will be making homemade pizza and cookies for our Supper Club’s annual cookie exchange.  Instead of going out to eat, which we usually do, we’re having all the kids come to this month’s get together and also doing our annual homemade pizza theme.  I still have to figure out what kind of pizza and cookies I’ll be making!  Last year I made Melt-In-Your-Mouth Eggnog Cookie and my husband made Bourbon Balls.  Stay tuned to see what this year’s cookies will be!

Wrapping:  So, I’ve currently wrapped not a single thing.  However, I’ve finally started to do some online shopping and the packages have just started arriving.  I will hopefully have done more shopping and can start wrapping presents this weekend!

Playing: I’ve been playing lots of podcasts while I clean and do laundry, run errands, etc.  I’m planning an upcoming post on what I’ve been listening to lately!

 

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Currently November 2016

Currently

Happy November!   We enjoyed trick-or-treating on Halloween earlier this week and before we know it we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving! I cannot believe how quickly time is flying by.   I am joining Anne and her co-host Catherine for the monthly Currently linkup.  This month I am currently:

Discovering – the benefits of working out.  I’ve been going to the gym regularly for almost two months now.  While I don’t see a lot of physical changes yet, I feel stronger and more fit.  I’m enjoying the classes that I’ve been taking, which definitely helps keep me motivated.

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Celebrating – my husband’s 40th birthday!  He turns 40 on November 19th.  Our family went on a cruise last month as an early birthday celebration.  However, we have to celebrate on his actual birthday!

Trees

Starting – to think about preparing for the holidays.  Notice how I said I’m starting to think about.  Nothing is actually started yet.  I haven’t started holiday shopping, a menu isn’t planned, outfits aren’t purchased ….I’m not that good! However, I’m hoping to get the kids to make their wish lists soon and get started on planning our Christmas cards.  Baby steps!

Jeans

Wearing – When I’m not wearing workout clothes, I’m wearing jeans and long-sleeve shirts and boots.  I haven’t broken out the sweaters yet, but it won’t be long now!

Googling – Hudson Valley Restaurant Week just started yesterday.  I love being able to enjoy three course lunches and dinners at local restaurants for $20.95/$29.95.  I’ve been googling restaurants and menus to try to plan out a couple of lunches and dinners.  I have a lunch and a dinner planned for this week already, but would like to get in another lunch or dinner sometime next week.

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Currently October 2016

Currently

October is here.  This week my kids have enjoyed two days off for Rosh Hashanah.  Next week they have three days off from school for Columbus Day and Yom Kippur.  Although they’ve only been in school for a month, these days off are much appreciated.  Their schedules are jam-packed with all kinds of activities so it’s nice for them to have a day to relax.  I’m linking up with Anne and her co-host Jacqui for the monthly Currently link-up.  Here is what I’m currently:

Pumpkin Spice

Cheers-ing – Pumpkin Spice!  I think people tend to either love it or hate it.  I’m on the loving it side.  I’ve been embracing the limited time I have to enjoy it all!

Organizing – It’s time to go through my closet and do the shoe and clothes switch out and clean out.  I have to get rid of the sandals that won’t make it another summer and see what fall clothing I want/need to buy.

Dreaming – of our family cruise!  I feel like I’ve been talking about it forever and the time has finally come!  We leave Saturday to cruise to Halifax and St. John’s Bay in Canada.  I’m really looking forward to the relaxing, quality family time we’ll get to have.

Workout clothes

Buying – workout clothes.  Last month I joined the gym as a birthday present for myself.  I felt it was finally time that I got in shape.  Since I haven’t worked out in ages, I don’t have a lot of clothes.  I’ve been shopping around and trying to buy just some solid capris and leggings and a variety of tops.  As I continue to work out more I’ll keep adding to my collection!

Piano Playing

Listening – to my son playing the piano while I’m typing this!  He started lessons this summer and has just taken off with the playing!  He’s really good about practicing without being reminded.  It amazes me how far he’s come in just a couple of months!

 

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Currently September 2016

Currently

I cannot believe that it is September.  The kids are back in school and the weather is already starting to feel a bit cooler.  It’s been a few months since I’ve linked up with Anne and Beth for the monthly Currently linkup, but I’m glad to be back this month.  Here is what I am currently:

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Reading:  I am currently reading The Mistress’s Revenge by Tamar Cohen.  It’s only an “eh” read for me so I don’t recommend.  However, I recently finished reading The Choices We Make by Karma Brown which I really enjoyed and highly recommend.  Be forewarned, have tissues on hand while reading!

Trying:  to remain calm as I see the calendar starting to fill up.  Back-to-school also means back to all the activities that everyone is involved in.  I already miss the lazy, schedule free days of summer!

First Day Signs

Hoping:  for nice weather this upcoming weekend.  For an early birthday celebration we bought tickets to the Hudson Valley Wine and Food Festival.  So far, the weather forecast looks good!  The kids are only into day 4 of the new school year, but I’m also hoping that they have great years in 3rd and 5th grade.  In our district, 5th grade is at the middle school.  I was a bit nervous but my daughter so far has been loving it!

Anticipating Fall

Decorating:  I’m not a big decorator.   My fall decorating consists of picking up some flowers (like these from last year) to put on the front porch and putting out the few Halloween decorations I have!

To-do Listing:  There are lots of little house projects that I keep adding to my poor husband’s to-do list (because he’s not busy enough as it is)!  My husband and I also need to book our excursions when we visit Halifax and Saint John, New Brunswick on our family cruise in October.  We just finalized our check in a couple of nights ago and this vacation is starting to feel real!

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Currently June 2016

Currently

I feel like I say this every month, but I can’t believe it’s June. The temps almost hit 90 this past week!  The school year is slowly coming to an end and the kid’s activities are finishing up.  It is really starting to feel like summer!  I am linking up once again with Jenna and Anne for their monthly linkup.  Here is what I am currently:

Planning: We are trying to plan out our summer.  We don’t have a big vacation planned for the summer but are planning a couple of trips to Rhode Island and possibly a trip to Maryland to visit my sister and her family.  We just need to finalize dates.

Enjoying:  We just enjoyed spending the Memorial Day weekend at my parent’s house in Rhode Island.  We went to an arts and crafts festival, visited the beach, did some geocaching and played some miniature golf.  I got in lots of reading time while my husband helped power wash the deck and we got to sleep in every morning.  I’d say that made for a very enjoyable weekend!

Buying: I just bought a new rug for our family room that I am waiting to arrive.  I also need to buy my daughter a dress for her upcoming 4th grade graduation.  And have I mentioned that I am in desperate need of some new sandals as well?!  Yeah, there has and will be a bit of buying going on around here.

Craving: Reading time.  I got spoiled over the Memorial Day weekend with lots of reading time.  Since we’ve gotten home the books and magazines are just piling up unread!

Pinning:  Lots of summer related pins.  Books to read, fun activities to do, science experiments to conduct, treats to make…..summer vacation is quickly approaching and I have both kids home with me all summer!  I need all the ideas I can get!