Category Archives: Relaxation

December 2016 Photo Challenge: Tis The Season

I have to say I enjoyed this one. The holidays come with their emotional baggage, but are usually a good time. Well, onto the pics!

Tis The Season… for hot soup! Our loaded potato soup, specifically. We start with a potato soup base and add cheddar, bacon bits and grilled chicken chunks. So. Insanely. Good. Also featured? My FAVE iced tea.. Strawberry Half & Half. YUM!

December 2016 Photo Challenge: Tis The Season

Tis The Season… for boots! We purchased Mini her boots for winter and guess what? They are a WOMEN’S SIZE 8!!! Yup, we are in adult sizes now. Shoe shopping just got a bit more expensive!


Tis The Season… for fancy neckware and Christmas-card-worthy pics! The boys are wearing some ties we found at Five Below and the girls are all sporting some scarves we found at AC Moore. Yes, we pretty much deserve a medal for being able to get the dogs to look at us. The secret is to hold a treat right in front of the camera for the dogs to stare at and tell your (wo)mancub to look at the camera and don’t blink! HAHA!


Tis The Season… to paint ornaments! Mini was a bit bored one day so we dug these out of our craft closet, found some paint and VOILA!

December 2016 Photo Challenge: Tis The Season

Tis The Season… for cozy sweaters! Cheyenne just recently turned 11 and we bought her a sweater for her birthday. She has a lot less hair than the other Pugs, so she gets chilly in the winter time. This is our solution :)

December 2016 Photo Challenge: Tis The Season

 Ok, so there are my five. I have three bonus pics for this challenge.

Tis The Season… for jingle bells! This is Biggie, one of our foster cats. We put the collar on him as a joke. He loved it so much that when I tried to take it off him, he hissed and took a swipe at me until I put it back on. Ok then, kitty. Sorry this pic is a bit blurry. I couldn’t stop laughing as I was taking it!

December 2016 Photo Challenge: Tis The Season

Tis The Season… for cuddling with loved ones, resting up for holiday festivities!

December 2016 Photo Challenge: Tis The Season

Tis The Season… for sales on Build-A-Bear bears and it’s always the season for Star Trek anything! Meet our newest addition, Live Long and ProspBear!

December 2016 Photo Challenge: Tis The Season

I love doing these photo challenges. If you’d like to link up, check out the challenge HERE.

Hope everyone had a great holiday season!

Blog Challenge – Topic 14

A Review

Ha! I don’t usually post reviews and now this will be the third review in a month! Oh well.. A change of pace is sometimes a good thing! If you live on Long Island, this review will be for you. If not, be jealous :)

Plasterkraze is a painting studio located in Selden, NY. They have a ton of plaster creations you can paint. They have everything from sports teams logos to letters to large standing Christmas sculptures and trees.

Recently, I was there with my daughter and some of my husband’s family. My daughter chose to paint a cupcake (my little foodie!). I chose the NY Mets and NY Giants logos. My brother-in-law chose the guitar and my nieces chose a music note and the word “Peace”.

Once you’re finished painting, you have a choice to add glitter or leave it alone. Then in about 10 minutes or so, your creation is dried to a tacky finish and you can bring it home.. Here is a big, clear pic of what we colored:


This is only a piece of the amount of different creations they have available to paint. If you haven’t been here, you need to go soon! They accept walk-in painters and do a great job with kids’ parties if you’re looking for a place other than that mouse-pizza place ;)


We opted not to watch a movie today.

Instead, Mini and I went out for an afternoon of pampering. Mini got her 2nd pedicure and loved this one more than the first. The first pedi, the nail tech only cleaned her nails and painted them. This time, Mini got to experience the foot bath, scrub and lotion massage. When the lady took out the scrubby, Mini was intrigued. I looked down at my own nails being done when I heard some loud giggles coming from the other side of the nail salon.

The woman had to pause she was laughing so hard. Yes, my Mini’s laugh is infectious. She laughed everytime the woman touched the bottom of her feet. Here are a few Instagram Pics from our jaunt..

Our finished nails

Mini’s pedi

My nails

After the nail place, it was off to the hair salon. About 2 weeks ago or so, Mini cut herself some bangs (grumble grr grumble grr). Well, not bangs so much.. More like just lobbed off some of the sides of her hair. I explained to this to the stylist who was very patient and understanding. She fixed Mini’s hair up, giving her layers and long bangs. We were very happy with the results.

Tomorrow, we have 2 gatherings – both pool parties. Hope the rain holds off!