Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Fun, Crazy Busy Weekends~Perfect Game Weekend

Well, its that time again - time to catch up!!  My days are all jumbled together, I'm still double checking the calendar to confirm that it is July 7th!  Crazy!!!

So I wanted to blog several times a week, and my goal is still to do this but for now I will be filling you in on my past couple of weekends.  Some have been quite and at home, while others have been super busy; and in all of this I still have not had time to go lay out at the beach! But we have been to the beach....more of that later.

Let's start with the first week of June.  This was a baseball weekend....and what a learning experience, a bit disappointing but it was a good weekend overall.  I signed up my son for a Perfect Game Showcase.  We've been talking for months about taking him to showcases, its just they are so expensive - its crazy!!  I have to be very selective in where I spend our money on but I've heard a lot of good things about Perfect Game showcases so I thought I'd give it a try.  He was OK with it so I paid the registration fee of $650 and we headed to South Jersey Saturday morning - very early morning since he had to be there by 7:30AM

We arrived at Rowan University at 7AM but had no idea where we had to go.  There were no signs, nobody to give directions.  There were several other families in the same predicament - we kept following each other and going around and around the university until we saw a police officer.  He was able to direct us on where to go and voila! We found it!  My son went to sign in, they gave him a hat and a shirt and told him that he was only signed up for pitching!  Oops!! Later I realized this was a big OOPS!!!

He went on to the field to warm up, they took his picture and then back to the field.  The coaches called all the kids in and gave them their instructions for the rest of the day.  My son was informed that he didn't need to stay because he was a pitcher only :/  He was told that he can return for the hitting and zep test.  On the schedule it was set for 5:30PM so we went to check into our hotel, went grocery shopping to make lunch and went for a swim at the hotel.  After the pool, we changed and headed back out to Rowan University for the hitting.  We arrived at 5 and there was hardly anyone there!  It turns out that they must've been moving quicker and my son's team had completed their hitting and zep earlier!  OMG, I was not happy at all!! No notice, no call to alert of the schedule change - nothing!  This was very disappointing.  My son was told to return tomorrow for his game, so we left.  Back to the hotel we went!

We stayed at Homewood Suites by Hilton and loved it!!  This place was great and felt like home!

The next day we headed out to the game.  We were there early, just incase they were ahead of schedule again and finally Chris would be able to do something!  Now I don't know what happened, if it was first time jitters, but he kept saying he didn't feel right.  Oh no, here we go!  He went up to pitch and he did good as far as throwing strikes, but he couldn't throw over 78.  He was really confident thinking he'd be able to throw as fast as he's done on other occasions but here he just couldn't.  He got his innings in and then was able to hit.  Unfortunately he didn't hit either - he struck out!  Ugh, what a weekend!  Now I'm feeling this was such a waste of money.

After the game, he was done - that's it! A couple of innings and that was it!

Now we were starving so we headed to Cracker Barrel - good food will make everyone feel better.

After thinking about everything, I am disappointed that he didn't get much out of this and we spent so much money on it.  It was a learning experience, though.  I know for next time, if there is a next time, to register him for another position - not just pitching.  He also needs to be relaxed and not think about what he has to do so much - I think he makes himself nervous!  Also, and this is the biggest lesson - don't follow the schedule - follow your team!!!  If they are ahead of schedule, you will not be notified so in order for you to know is to follow the team!

There is another one in MA and another in VA - so I'm not sure if we'll do this again but if we do, then he has to decide which location he'd rather attend.

It is a great way to gain exposure and get your name in the system.  Colleges and scouts can check out your profile, if they didn't see you at the events, and follow you or contact you if they choose.  So it does have its benefits, but for my son it may not be that necessary.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

19 Years of Wedded Bliss!!!

Ahhhh.....yes, 19 years!! Wow!!

I really meant for this post to go up yesterday but as always life and extreme sleepiness got in the way.  Yesterday was our 19th wedding anniversary~as usual we did nothing to celebrate.  We've never really done anything special for this day, although a few months ago I had thought of going away for the weekend.  That was quickly changed when I realized how much traveling we'd be doing for my son's baseball travel.  So, our weekend getaway is on hold - again!!  LOL, that's ok - eventually we'll get it.

Yesterday was a typical day in our lives - except that it was pouring so we had absolutely no activities after work.  I got home, cooked, finished up some work and went to bed!  Oh, and I've been trying to clean up my son's laptop - he got a trojan and it has been impossible to clear out!  His computer is running slow and his games won't work so he is currently going nuts! LOL - my life - I love it!!

Maybe, we'll get some time to have a nice dinner - who knows!  Either way is fine as we enjoy spending time together, whether it is alone or with our kids.

So 19 married + 6 dating and many more years to look forward to!!

It's not always easy but it is definitely worth it!!



Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend Wrap-Up

Hi All! It sure has been a while but I'm working to get on here regularly, so I will start with my weekend wrap up!

We had a very uneventful weekend~didn't have any plans but it still was a nice and relaxing 3 day weekend.  Saturday started out like any other Saturday.  We dropped Baby Girl off at dance and we were supposed to go jogging but hubby decided to buy me a bicycle.  He already has one, so he's been dying to get me one so we can go riding together.  So, we went to Walmart and I picked one out.

Then we came back home to pick up the bike rack & hubby's bike then headed down to the waterfront to ride.  I must say that I was a bit terrified to get back on, although I didn't tell hubby yet.  We parked, and he got my bike off the rack first and I told him I was going to ride around the parking lot to get some practice.  It's been 24 years since I've been on a bike so I was definitely rusty. I started to pedal and every time I tried to put my other leg up on the pedal, I felt like I was going to fall....OMG!! Will I be able to do this.  I circled around a few more times and then hubby was ready to go - so I followed.  I was still a bit shaky and when I got close to people I was worse - the first time.  I finally started to feel comfortable and just tried to pass people as far away from them as I could, passing too close still scared me.  I also had to keep both hands on the bike - I tried to check something on my phone that was in its holder in the center of the handle bars, but I just couldn't let go, LOL.  So we went as far as we could go and then turned around to head back to the car.  Once we got back, I felt good - tired but I felt good!  It wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be, it was all in my head!

We headed back home to drop off the bike and pick up baby girl.  Then, our son had baseball practice and we wanted to go to Liberty State Park to see if we saw any military ships on the Hudson.  They were docked around NYC due to Fleet Week, and I really wanted to get some pictures of them.  My son had no interest, so while he went to practice, we went to the park.

We didn't see any ships but I still took some pictures:

Sad to say that I've lived here in NJ, minutes away from the Statue of Liberty, since I was 9 years old and I've never been to Ellis Island or over to see the statue.  Just terrible.  This is at the top of my list of things to do this summer.

We walked a lot - the day was gorgeous.  I also thought this was a great place to jog and bike ride - it was great.  Now it was time to go back home - I was exhausted.  So we made a stop at White Castle, dropped off some food to our son who was still at practice, and we headed home.

After I ate I felt really tired and we had a late night ahead.  We made plans to go to City Winery with friends to see Wasabassco Burlesque show.  So....I went to bed to take a nap, and nap I did!  
2 hours later I got up and started to get ready.  

The rest of the night was great, we had a great time.  After the show and 2 glasses of wine we headed to Ihop!  Yep - I really needed some food.  So I had pancakes - plain pancakes with lots of syrup.  Then back home to knock out!

4 hours later, and we were up again!  Ugh - I was tired, but we hurried up and headed out to take our son, Chris, to his pitching session at BioPitch.  He had a good session and since we were down by the shore, the plan was to head over to Seaside Heights to enjoy the rest of the day.

Well, a higher power was against us going to Seaside.  When hubby started the car, the batter light stayed on - this was odd as the car was fine.  He checked under the hood, got under the car and realized that a tension pulley was loose.  No Bueno!!!  So, sadly we had to head back home to avoid being stranded down here - we were an hour away from home.  

So we went home, he waited for the car to cool down and then went to work.  Fortunately, Advanced Auto parts had the piece in stock - the last one - and he fixed the car. 
That was it for Sunday - we stayed in the rest of the day.

Monday was also a bit slow going - we woke up at 9AM and headed to the waterfront for another bike ride.  I was, and still am, extremely sore but I pushed through it and got over 2 miles of riding in.
We went back home to drop off the bikes and headed out again to do groceries.  Then back home to cook, put away the groceries and do laundry!  Fun, isn't it!!! LOL!!

So how did you all spend your Memorial Day Weekend?  Hope it was more exciting than mine, although I do enjoy quiet weekends at home with my family.  Sometimes it is nice not having somewhere to go!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!!!

Today is our day!! Without us so many things would never get done but we tend to not do much for ourselves.  Always too busy to do something fun or relaxing for ourselves - so today lets take a break from it all and truly enjoy the day!

Do whatever your hearts desire!!!

Hope you all have a wonderful day with your families!

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Compilation of March Shopping Hauls!

I go shopping multiple times each week and I always want to share but don't always have the time!  So, here is a compilation of my shopping hauls from March!  Lots of Target shopping, some Walmart, Walgreen and more.

First up was my order from Erin Condren:

I've been debating whether or not to buy the Life Planner, but since I put together my own planner for 2015, I have decided to wait until 2016 for the Life Planner.  The itch to buy something from Erin Condren was still there and couldn't wait until 2016 - so I was checking out her website and OMG - I couldn't decide!  I love everything~shopaholic problems!!

I finally decided on the carry all - I can use if for so many things!! I also ordered the planner bands to use with my existing planner!  And a few weeks later......Here it is!!!

Loved all the free cards & stickers I got!

The carry all is great!! Right now I'm using it to hold my journal and pens in my bedside table.  Keeping it in here makes it easy to grab and go, especially when we go away and I want to bring it along.

Here I picked up this little container that was filled with Q-tips - perfect for travel!! You'll never guess why I bought it!!!  LOL - Mickey & Minnie - how can I not buy it!
This is tucked away in my travel bin just waiting for our next trip.

On one of my Target trips, I came out of there with several things!  Most of them were for our dental hygiene - there was something for every member of the family.  
I also picked up a movie for baby girl and an EOS lip balm for me.

I also picked up a new set of towel hair wraps 

and I saw this back scrub so I had to have it!

Also picked up some shampoo & deodorant for hubby, a refill of my dish soap, travel facial tissue, a hair cream I saw on clearance and decided to try and ofcourse some medication as I am battling a head cold.

I got some more pasta, a much needed extension cord.....

and paper plates.  That's it for Target, atleast for now.

I also visit BJ's often and in one particular trip I finally decided to get myself a label maker.  Now since I finally got my label maker, I decided to walk over to Staples and pick up some file folders to get my organization project under way.

Aside from shopping at stores, I also placed a few orders in March - 
One order was from Sephora...

I heard about this natural deodorant from a vlogger I follow on You Tube and decided to try it.  I must say that I really did like it!  Its pricey, so I may not buy it regularly but I really did like it.

I was offered a free sample choice so I chose the Henriksen Eye Gel - I'm still using it, really like it.

I've been wanting some Urban Decay for some time now, so I chose this palette.  So far, I'm very happy with it.

I also got this Formula X blue nail polish as a sample.  I like the color but it chipped rather quickly - so I'm not too happy with it.

I also placed an order from Nordstrom after seeing that they sold the Clarisonic.  I learned about this from Organized like Jen and decided to check it out.  I'm so glad I did - it is amazing.  I don't think my skin has ever been as clean as it is now.  This really removes all makeup and leaves my skin feeling very clean.
I highly recommend this product!

Every other Saturday, we have to take our son to his chiropractor for an adjustment.  While we were there, I decided to stop at the only mall near me that has a Lush store.
and here is what I got.....

Love this bath bomb....smells amazing

the lip scrub is wonderful and the lip balm is so moisturizing

this is the first time I try the face & body scrub....I have to say that it was a good choice! Love it.

So here is our collection...one box for baby girl and one for me!

The bubble bar is huge so I cut it in quarters to get 4 uses out of it.

Can't wait to use these conditioner samples :)

During this same trip, I stopped in to lululemon and got myself new running crops and a new water bottle.

We also stopped at Ivivva....baby girl LOVES this store...as you can see....

she picked out 2 new headbands...

these headbands have great grip to avoid them from slipping off her head

she also picked out 2 shorts for dance class, this one has grips so the leg part won't move

the other ones were reversible - awesome!

Now this was more for fun - her very first beach bag with matching accessory bag...

So cute I wanted it for me :) 

My next mail order was from MAC.  The Cinderella line looked so nice but sadly I missed the launch, so by the time I ordered, it was almost all gone.

I've already tried all 3 products and loved them all.

My next purchase was another Nordstrom purchase.
I bought 2 new Urban Decay make up brushes, the blender sponge, the Naked 3 pallette and the Shiseido facial cotton 

this brush is wonderful!

Love both of these pallettes!  They are the colors I love.

the beauty blender is great....I love the way it blends my foundation.

Yea - I am really enjoying doing my makeup right now!

Well, that's all for now - aside from any necessities.  I have had a few more shopping hauls for April, but we'll get there some other time.