Reflections on 2013

It's hard to believe that 2013 is about to come to a close.  There have been lots of good things - watching Riley grow more, reuniting with my in-laws and other family, plus a few other things.  But it's hard one major down - losing my mom in May.  This has been the hardest year I have ever had to go through.  If you have ever lost someone close to you, I'm sure you understand.  Losing your best friend and mother - honestly, it just plain sucks.  My heart has been broken since that day.  There … [Read more...]

Origami Owl Necklace in Honor of My Mom (Plus a Giveaway!)

Disclosure: I received the product free to review.  All opinions are 100% my own, though! A couple months ago I got to meet Angela from Library Girl Reads at a Purse Pact meeting.  She's such a sweetheart!  Definitely go check out her blog!  A couple weeks after the meeting she invited me to an online Origami Owl jewelry bar party she was the hostess of.  April, the consultant, and I started talking and we instantly hit it off!  She's a great person and I'm so happy to virtually know her. … [Read more...]

It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later

If you follow my blog, you know that my dear mother passed away May 10th.  Losing her has been the most difficult thing I have ever gone through, and I have been through a lot in my 22 years already.  My mom was my best friend, my everything.  She was always the first person I went to when I had good news (after my husband, of course) and the one I went to for advice.  She taught me so much.  To treat people the way you want to be treated and to always stand up for yourself and your family, … [Read more...]

RIP Mom.

It is with a very heavy heart that I have to say that my mom passed away Friday, May 10, 2013.  It was so unexpected.  I am so lost right now.  My mom was my best friend. I will be taking some time off to deal with funeral arrangements, spend time with family and friends, and deal with my grieving.  My mom meant everything to me and it's going to be so hard without her. Please keep my family in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you. … [Read more...]

Thoughts & Prayers Go To Sandy Hook Elementary Victims & Family

I've sat down several times to write this, but have never known what to say.  Honestly, I still do not know what to say, so I'm just going to type and let what comes out, come out. Last Friday was a terrible day.  Twenty innocent, beautiful children lost their lives.  Seven adults also lost theirs.  It's so tragic.  I have cried every day since that day.  I just can't shake the grief.  I couldn't imagine being one of those parents.  They put their children on the school bus, or dropped them … [Read more...]

National Day of Remembrance For Sandy Hook Elementary

Also, the United Way has set up a page to donate to victims of the tragic events in Newtown, CT.  If you can give anything, even ten cents, I know it will be appreciated it.  I'll be donating.  I hope you will, too.  <3 … [Read more...]

R.I.P. Louis Benevengo

On November 6th Miles' grandfather, Louis Benevengo, passed away after losing his battle with cancer.  The day after we went to visit his grave. Rest in Peace, Mr. Benevengo. <3   … [Read more...]

RIP Neil Armstrong

I'm very saddened to hear about the passing of Neil Armstrong who was a true American hero.  He was the first man to step foot on the moon as a member of Apollo 11 in 1969.  He passed away today at the age of 82 after complications from cardiovascular surgery. His family released a sweet statement that brought a tear to my eye: "For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request.  Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk … [Read more...]