Two years ago today, I lost my biggest supporter

Two years ago today, I received the worst call of my life – my dad went into cardiac arrest and passed away several minutes later. I knew my dad had been very sick for the last 2 years but the news that I lost him was still a total shock and was undoubtedly the darkest day of my life.  I remember sitting on the floor of my living room crying my eyes out.  I remember crying as soon as I got into bed for several nights after he passed away. I lost my biggest supporter, the person that loved me totally unconditionally all of my life.  People say it gets easier, and it does, but the pain never goes away. There will forever be a void in my heart.  Two years later, it still hurts, but I am also much more thankful now. Thankful that I saw my dad and talked to him the day before he passed away. Thankful that I was able to tell him I loved him one last time. Thankful that I now have 33 years worth of memories of my time spent with him. Thankful that I can still remember the sound of his voice clear as day in my head.  Thankful that I have a voicemail saved from him of him telling me that he loved me, as does my sister.


There is no question that I miss my dad and think about him every single day. I miss being able to call him, watch TV with him, tell him about things going on in my life, hearing his voice, his cooking, him calling me just to ask what was new and how I was (even though he was the one that was so sick).

There is honestly no one else in the world that I would have rather had as my dad.

I love you, Daddy and will for the rest of my life.  XOXO



This is a video that I made in memory of my dad shortly after he passed away:


Is there really anything else to do on a snowy day??

Hey guys!

So we got some snow in NJ last night (and are supposed to again on Monday).


While we didn’t get a ton of snow, it is so gross out right now due to the mix of snow, sleet, and rain.

So what is there to do on such a gross day – have a Shih Tzu photo shoot, of course!! 🙂

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Is it just me, or is he just the cutest??!! 🙂

Some things I did this week


hit the weights


logged some miles on the treadmill


spotted this container of deliciousness and NEEDED to buy it


kissed this face lots and lots


picked up a new to me Greek yogurt to try out – I love anything caramel so I will let you know what I think of it soon!


laughed at this after I saw it on Peanut Butter Fingers this AM!  LOVE me some leggings!! 🙂

Oh, and no picture to share but after my super exciting Fri. night of giving Bosco a bath and going food shopping, I also had the pleasure of cleaning out lip gloss spilled ALL OVER the bottom of my purse.  It seems that the cap of a lip gloss from Express came off and every bit of lip gloss was spread over everything in my purse. It looked and felt like a bottle of maple syrup was dripped throughout my purse. It was fun to clean up, that’s for sure!!! ughhhhhhh

On that note, have a great night (it has to be better than the last hr. of mine!!)! 🙂



Hey guys!

Pat and I just went to see American Sniper and it was such an awesome movie!!!!


It was an intense, must see movie!! As my husband said when we were asked how it was, it made you really think hard and appreciate the sacrifices that Chris Kyle and the rest of The Armed Forces make every day protecting our freedom.

If you haven’t already seen it, I highly recommend it.

If you have seen it, what did you think??

The Weekend

Hey guys!

How was your weekend?

Friday night after work Pat and I just had dinner and lounged around the house with the Shih Tzu.


On Saturday Pat had a class to attend for 1/2 the day. He is a CPA and needs to take a certain amount of CPE credits every year to maintain his license. I took Bosco for a walk (a FREEEEZING cold walk, might I add) and then went food shopping after Pat left for the morning.  After food shopping, I took a shower, had breakfast, read some blogs while sipping my coffee, did some laundry, and then headed to Target for a few things.

While I was at Target, I spotted this and decided to give it a try since my skin is super dry right now from the cold.


Even if it doesn’t do much for my skin, I think it smells awesome.  I will let you guys know what I think after I have used it for a few days.

I also picked up some of my favorite protein bars since they were on sale for $5.00 / box.


I started a new book while Pat was at class.


After Pat got home, we hung out for a bit and then went to the movies to see Taken 3.


We both liked the movie and thought it was action packed.

When we got home from the movies, we decided to get take-out for dinner. We got an order of homemade pretzel sticks with cheese dip and some pizza.



This morning Bosco and I went for another chilly walk. When we got back, I informed Pat that he needed to take me out for breakfast. 🙂

I had a S’mores hot chocolate and cornbread french toast. Both were very, very delicious.



When we got home from breakfast, I took a shower and did some laundry while Pat went to the gym.

FYI – While I didn’t go to the gym at all this weekend, I did go every single morning last week (quite proud of myself!). 🙂

Most of the afternoon was spent just lounging around the house and I got a bit further in my new book. We had the rest of the pizza that we still had left from dinner last night, as well as quite a few snacks (oops!).

We went out to dinner to a restaurant near our house. I had onion soup and a grilled chicken salad.



Now we are on the couch watching TV. I am already tired but am going to try to stay up for Revenge later tonight.

Have a great night!! 🙂


Worth checking out

Hey guys!

Pat and I had to join a new gym since our old one closed on Wednesday. Our old gym was only 0.9 miles from our house, so I am really going to miss it.  We now go to the same gym, just their other location (which is about 4.6 miles from the house). While signing up, the guy at the front desk informed us of

Because we have Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield and our new gym participates in the program, we will save $20 per month on our gym membership. It only takes about 5 minutes to sign up. You do have to visit your gym at least 12 days in the month and it takes 60 days to kick in.

There were a lot of gyms that participate in this program, so it is definitely worth checking out. 🙂


It is a cold, rainy day here in NJ so we are headed to the movies soon.  Have a great day! 🙂