Reflections of 2013 and Happy New Years Eve!!

Hello and Happy new years eve! Reporting? from sunny?California…where the weather is just perfect in?every sense. Sunny, warm, 70’s, zero humidity…….it is heaven especially coming from cold, icy NY! I prepared this post in advance……?I just cannot believe 2013 is over. Hard to believe we are about to start a whole new year…wow this one really flew. I feel like I say it every year but this year I really really mean it. It was a good year, a productive year and a year filled with many highlights. There are still many many things on my “to do” list and I am hoping that 2014 will allow me to bring those to fruition. I have a penchant for even numbers and 14 happens to be one of my lucky numbers so I am quite looking forward to 2014!

As I have done the last two years (wow cannot believe I have been blogging that long) I have created a post on reflections from this past year as well as a favorite post from each month of the last year. Hope you enjoy…I cannot thank you enough for your support, friendship, I feel incredibly fortunate and look forward to another wonderful year together! I will be back on Jan. 4th and very much look forward to resuming?blogging and starting off 2014 with a bang!

Click on title of post to visit

JANUARY….One word with Tina from The Enchanted Home, I had fun answering my own questions on different things.

FEBRUARY?? Building a blue and white collection. A fun post for any blue and white aficionado and how to start building a blue and white collection.

MARCH Three cheers for cherry blossoms. This post is so appropriate for March…cherry blossom beauty at its best!

APRIL Dining al fresco.….nothing quite like it!

MAY The perfect little getaway.? A recap from my wonderful trip to the beautiful Mayflower Inn and Spa.

JUNE Party central part 1. A fun look at the prep behind a birthday luncheon I threw for a friend…..

JULY Hamptons Panache. Love any excuse to talk about the wonderful Hamptons!

AUGUST? Why the beauty of fall sometimes makes me cry. One of my personal all time favorite posts.

SEPTEMBER How my home came to be. A look at how it all happened……it was fun to go down that road again!

OCTOBER Fall in the Hamptons. A fun post on visting my favorite beach town in the “off season”

NOVEMBER Yearning for urns part 2. A great post on so many wonderful ways to use urns…..

DECEMBER By Invitation only…..Christmas cocktails. Loved and enjoyed putting this fun post together!

Reflections on 2013…….

Taking advantage of time. It is a cliche but a true one at that.? I have learned how precious time really is…and to try to take advantage of “living in the moment”, seizing opportunities when they happen. I have gotten pretty bold about just going for it as opposed to saying one day I would like to do this or that. Time is so precious and it is a gift, don’t let it pass you by and then one day you have no choice but to?look back with regret because that moment of opportunity has come and gone.

Quality vs. quantity in relationships. I have been very very blessed to have some incredible friendships.?As with all things in life, some come and some go.?????????? Many I have had for over 20 years and they are still going strong. Some have proven their friendship more than others…..I have learned that it is far more valuable to have a few close true authentic friends than a bunch of people who might not have your back or just be there when it’s fun and fabulous. You know a? good friend by how they react during a tough time, they know when you are?sick or?stressed and are there unconditionally with support, a hug and?a smile. They are by your side not through not just the fun times but the tough ones, when you are sick or down….those are the friends who are the “real deal”.? I value and cherish the friendships I have and am incredibly thankful for them. You?know?who?you are……a million thanks!


Becoming an empty nester. I honestly feel way way too young to almost be an empty nester. Just saying the word makes me well up. My “baby” all six feet of him will be off to college next year fulfilling his dream of playing college lacrosse…it is a dream we are so happy to share with him but it is a chapter closing to what has been virtually my entire life. To any of you who have young kids…..I cannot stress enough how important it is to find the enjoyment and joy out of even the small every day happenings….one day you will wake up and they too will be heading off to college. I have no regrets, I devoted my life to my three kids and wouldnt’ have it any other way. Take all the pictures you want to, even if people make fun of you for it (my family sure did) they will one day be the one thing that can “take you back” to their childhood and fond family memories.I know the silver lining in all of this is more time to myself to pursue dreams and ambitions that maybe had to take a backseat to my most important job, motherhood. More time with my hubby to work on projects together, and travel more……a new stage which will take getting used to. I am thankful to have so many amazingly fond memories of my kids when they were young and still “in my nest” but know there are many special times ahead……

Travel. I really miss traveling the way we used to. All except the flying part!? But thankfully there are meds to get me on the plane and keep me happy and calm! I plan to resume more traveling in the coming year and already have a few ideas for trips including that southern road trip that didn’t happen! I LOVE this quote and think it is so on the mark. Travel makes you feel alive and helps you see a different perspective both of the world all the way until you get home….you know that feeling of??walking?into your home after being away and looking at things with a whole new set of eyes and renewed vigor! Travel really does invigorate me.

Slowing down. Up until about 6 years ago?I was my happiest being busy 24/7. I was known as the one who was never home and if someone caught me at home it was? a surprise. Now (possibly in part thanks to blogging) I LOVE being home. I have in fact become a bit of a homebody, go figure! I am definitely my happiest being home, being in comfy yoga pants and doing things like blogging, reading,?cooking up something yummy, sprucing up something around the house or plotting my next project:) I dont’ miss my frantic lifestyle of going morning, noon and night and love and relish this more relaxed stage of my life. I take it slow and am not afraid to say no to doing things…it is liberating!

Great food. Hey, whats life without something good to eat! I do not fit into my size 6’s anymore and of course I miss looking so svelte but I have to admit I do love good food, love cooking it, buying it and tasting it. Life is too short to not enjoy it. The only thing I want to do different in 2014 is to incorporate more exercise into my life. This might help offset my habit that is here to stay of eating great foods. Life wouldn’t be worth living without cheese, bread, a bit of chocolate,etc…..can’t give those up, no way. But I will start getting back to a regular exercise regimen! Goal for 2014……………of course while enjoying a nice chunk of parmigaiano and a good glass of wine 🙂


Everyone is fighting a battle. I totally believe this. No one and I mean no one goes through life unscathed. Everyone is fighting a battle, some big and some small. I love the saying ” the grass is greener where you water it”. It is easy to look over your shoulder to someone who might seemingly have it better than you but truth is things are not always what they seem. If you walk through life assuming that everyone has something they are battling….you might find yourself being more compassionate and empathetic towards people. I have adopted this and have found its made a difference in how I treat people.

All things worth having are worth waiting for. Boy is that ever true. Case in point my bedroom. I so believed in getting wall to wall carpet for my bedroom that it was worth the “standoff” with my husband for almost a year and a half! But finally we got it and I have been unstoppable in getting the room completed!! Window treatments got put up within weeks, my new lamps were placed on their nightstands, new down comforter and pillows ordered to fill the new linens…indeed the room has come together in just weeks because I felt inspired to finish it at long last. I walk into my room now and am overjoyed with how it makes me feel. It is truly my private oasis. A refuge to get away from our chaotic world, it is everything I wanted and dreamed of. It made me realize and confirmed how very true it that it is indeed worth the wait to get what you want, so don’t?compromise?if you don’t have to. Carry on with a little more fight…..think you will be happy in the end:)

Hope you enjoyed this post…..what are your own reflections from 2013? Learn something new or did something inspire you to carry into the new year? I like closing the door to the current year having learned a thing or two and starting the new year feeling inspired and enlightened.

?I thank you again for following along…without your support, friendship, encouraging words and countless emails (which I LOVE to read) this blog would cease to exist. You give me a great reason to get up and?excited to blog and share so?sending a?great?great big thank?you! I look forward to an even better 2014! Cheers to a new year filled with all great things, good health, happiness, love and plenty of laughter:)

Because of this trip…my “Christmas magic” contest dates are slightly changed.
Instead of the deadline for submissions being Jan. 1st it is now Jan. 4th and
the contest will run Jan. 5th through Jan. 7th
. I will announce two lucky
winners on Jan. 8th. Details are below……

I also want to announce the start of my
final contest for 2013, “Christmas magic”. I will be collecting pictures as of
today through Jan. 4th.? I will hold the contest on Jan. 5th- 7th and announce
the winner(s) on Jan 8th. As the name implies….please send your pictures of
anything Christmas related, your decorated front door, a beautifully wrapped
gift, a table set with your Christmas finest, your darling kids and pets are
always a hit, whatever the name “Christmas magic” means to you! Since my “Hooray
for the Holidays” post included some Christmas pictures, if you would like to
use the entry you used for that please just email me to let me know and I will
be happy to include it. I cannot wait to start getting your entries!!
  • 2 entries per person (they must be your pictures, not downloaded from
    internet)
  • Please in subject line when you email me put Christmas Magic (get
    tons of emails )
?
Please email your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com

Reflections of 2013 and Happy New Years Eve!!

Hello and Happy new years eve! Reporting  from sunny California…where the weather is just perfect in every sense. Sunny, warm, 70’s, zero humidity…….it is heaven especially coming from cold, icy NY! I prepared this post in advance…… I just cannot believe 2013 is over. Hard to believe we are about to start a whole new year…wow this one really flew. I feel like I say it every year but this year I really really mean it. It was a good year, a productive year and a year filled with many highlights. There are still many many things on my “to do” list and I am hoping that 2014 will allow me to bring those to fruition. I have a penchant for even numbers and 14 happens to be one of my lucky numbers so I am quite looking forward to 2014!

As I have done the last two years (wow cannot believe I have been blogging that long) I have created a post on reflections from this past year as well as a favorite post from each month of the last year. Hope you enjoy…I cannot thank you enough for your support, friendship, I feel incredibly fortunate and look forward to another wonderful year together! I will be back on Jan. 4th and very much look forward to resuming blogging and starting off 2014 with a bang!

Click on title of post to visit

JANUARY….One word with Tina from The Enchanted Home, I had fun answering my own questions on different things.

FEBRUARY   Building a blue and white collection. A fun post for any blue and white aficionado and how to start building a blue and white collection.

MARCH Three cheers for cherry blossoms. This post is so appropriate for March…cherry blossom beauty at its best!

APRIL Dining al fresco.….nothing quite like it!

MAY The perfect little getaway.  A recap from my wonderful trip to the beautiful Mayflower Inn and Spa.

JUNE Party central part 1. A fun look at the prep behind a birthday luncheon I threw for a friend…..

JULY Hamptons Panache. Love any excuse to talk about the wonderful Hamptons!

AUGUST  Why the beauty of fall sometimes makes me cry. One of my personal all time favorite posts.

SEPTEMBER How my home came to be. A look at how it all happened……it was fun to go down that road again!

OCTOBER Fall in the Hamptons. A fun post on visting my favorite beach town in the “off season”

NOVEMBER Yearning for urns part 2. A great post on so many wonderful ways to use urns…..

DECEMBER By Invitation only…..Christmas cocktails. Loved and enjoyed putting this fun post together!

Reflections on 2013…….

Taking advantage of time. It is a cliche but a true one at that.  I have learned how precious time really is…and to try to take advantage of “living in the moment”, seizing opportunities when they happen. I have gotten pretty bold about just going for it as opposed to saying one day I would like to do this or that. Time is so precious and it is a gift, don’t let it pass you by and then one day you have no choice but to look back with regret because that moment of opportunity has come and gone.

Quality vs. quantity in relationships. I have been very very blessed to have some incredible friendships. As with all things in life, some come and some go.           Many I have had for over 20 years and they are still going strong. Some have proven their friendship more than others…..I have learned that it is far more valuable to have a few close true authentic friends than a bunch of people who might not have your back or just be there when it’s fun and fabulous. You know a  good friend by how they react during a tough time, they know when you are sick or stressed and are there unconditionally with support, a hug and a smile. They are by your side not through not just the fun times but the tough ones, when you are sick or down….those are the friends who are the “real deal”.  I value and cherish the friendships I have and am incredibly thankful for them. You know who you are……a million thanks!


Becoming an empty nester. I honestly feel way way too young to almost be an empty nester. Just saying the word makes me well up. My “baby” all six feet of him will be off to college next year fulfilling his dream of playing college lacrosse…it is a dream we are so happy to share with him but it is a chapter closing to what has been virtually my entire life. To any of you who have young kids…..I cannot stress enough how important it is to find the enjoyment and joy out of even the small every day happenings….one day you will wake up and they too will be heading off to college. I have no regrets, I devoted my life to my three kids and wouldnt’ have it any other way. Take all the pictures you want to, even if people make fun of you for it (my family sure did) they will one day be the one thing that can “take you back” to their childhood and fond family memories.I know the silver lining in all of this is more time to myself to pursue dreams and ambitions that maybe had to take a backseat to my most important job, motherhood. More time with my hubby to work on projects together, and travel more……a new stage which will take getting used to. I am thankful to have so many amazingly fond memories of my kids when they were young and still “in my nest” but know there are many special times ahead……

Travel. I really miss traveling the way we used to. All except the flying part!  But thankfully there are meds to get me on the plane and keep me happy and calm! I plan to resume more traveling in the coming year and already have a few ideas for trips including that southern road trip that didn’t happen! I LOVE this quote and think it is so on the mark. Travel makes you feel alive and helps you see a different perspective both of the world all the way until you get home….you know that feeling of  walking into your home after being away and looking at things with a whole new set of eyes and renewed vigor! Travel really does invigorate me.

Slowing down. Up until about 6 years ago I was my happiest being busy 24/7. I was known as the one who was never home and if someone caught me at home it was  a surprise. Now (possibly in part thanks to blogging) I LOVE being home. I have in fact become a bit of a homebody, go figure! I am definitely my happiest being home, being in comfy yoga pants and doing things like blogging, reading, cooking up something yummy, sprucing up something around the house or plotting my next project:) I dont’ miss my frantic lifestyle of going morning, noon and night and love and relish this more relaxed stage of my life. I take it slow and am not afraid to say no to doing things…it is liberating!

Great food. Hey, whats life without something good to eat! I do not fit into my size 6’s anymore and of course I miss looking so svelte but I have to admit I do love good food, love cooking it, buying it and tasting it. Life is too short to not enjoy it. The only thing I want to do different in 2014 is to incorporate more exercise into my life. This might help offset my habit that is here to stay of eating great foods. Life wouldn’t be worth living without cheese, bread, a bit of chocolate,etc…..can’t give those up, no way. But I will start getting back to a regular exercise regimen! Goal for 2014……………of course while enjoying a nice chunk of parmigaiano and a good glass of wine 🙂


Everyone is fighting a battle. I totally believe this. No one and I mean no one goes through life unscathed. Everyone is fighting a battle, some big and some small. I love the saying ” the grass is greener where you water it”. It is easy to look over your shoulder to someone who might seemingly have it better than you but truth is things are not always what they seem. If you walk through life assuming that everyone has something they are battling….you might find yourself being more compassionate and empathetic towards people. I have adopted this and have found its made a difference in how I treat people.

All things worth having are worth waiting for. Boy is that ever true. Case in point my bedroom. I so believed in getting wall to wall carpet for my bedroom that it was worth the “standoff” with my husband for almost a year and a half! But finally we got it and I have been unstoppable in getting the room completed!! Window treatments got put up within weeks, my new lamps were placed on their nightstands, new down comforter and pillows ordered to fill the new linens…indeed the room has come together in just weeks because I felt inspired to finish it at long last. I walk into my room now and am overjoyed with how it makes me feel. It is truly my private oasis. A refuge to get away from our chaotic world, it is everything I wanted and dreamed of. It made me realize and confirmed how very true it that it is indeed worth the wait to get what you want, so don’t compromise if you don’t have to. Carry on with a little more fight…..think you will be happy in the end:)

Hope you enjoyed this post…..what are your own reflections from 2013? Learn something new or did something inspire you to carry into the new year? I like closing the door to the current year having learned a thing or two and starting the new year feeling inspired and enlightened.

 I thank you again for following along…without your support, friendship, encouraging words and countless emails (which I LOVE to read) this blog would cease to exist. You give me a great reason to get up and excited to blog and share so sending a great great big thank you! I look forward to an even better 2014! Cheers to a new year filled with all great things, good health, happiness, love and plenty of laughter:)

Because of this trip…my “Christmas magic” contest dates are slightly changed.
Instead of the deadline for submissions being Jan. 1st it is now Jan. 4th and
the contest will run Jan. 5th through Jan. 7th
. I will announce two lucky
winners on Jan. 8th. Details are below……
I also want to announce the start of my
final contest for 2013, “Christmas magic”. I will be collecting pictures as of
today through Jan. 4th.  I will hold the contest on Jan. 5th- 7th and announce
the winner(s) on Jan 8th. As the name implies….please send your pictures of
anything Christmas related, your decorated front door, a beautifully wrapped
gift, a table set with your Christmas finest, your darling kids and pets are
always a hit, whatever the name “Christmas magic” means to you! Since my “Hooray
for the Holidays” post included some Christmas pictures, if you would like to
use the entry you used for that please just email me to let me know and I will
be happy to include it. I cannot wait to start getting your entries!!
  • 2 entries per person (they must be your pictures, not downloaded from
    internet)
  • Please in subject line when you email me put Christmas Magic (get
    tons of emails )
 
Please email your pictures to theenchantedhome@gmail.com

Reflections of 2012…….



I am closing out 2012 with this post. Fingers crossed that my husband will be up to travel on Sunday for a few days to get away, after playing “nurse Tina” 24/7 for the last 5 days I am ready to strangle someone get away for a few days……so hopefully we will get to go and I will be back later in the week! If not you might be hearing from me again sooner than later!



Wow. Hard to believe 2012 is nearly over. Crazy, how that happens. Where on earth did time go? So many things I wanted to do. Some got done, others well….are still simmering on the front burner:) Hopefully in 2013, fingers and toes are crossed! The last five days I have been on call 24/7 for husband in bed with the flu…made the most of it, stealing an hour here and there to run out, meet a friend or do a little bargain hunting on Christmas decor for next year, saw for the umpteenth time, Last Holiday, Its Complicated and The Notebook while a box of chocolates nearby dared me to not eat it….. I lost!? I look back at my blog and see how its grown, how I have grown, reflecting fondly on all the people I have met, taking such joy out of reading over the countless emails I have received from people telling me things like “you got me excited about my house again” or “you have made me look at blue and white a whole new way and now I can’t get enough” or that they simply feel like I am their friend, and trust me, I feel like you are mine too:) The gratification blogging has brought is frankly hard to put into words, but suffice to say its a big part of my life, a big part of me and it has helped me to rediscover my passions in an unbridled and liberating way….so thank you for your support and embracing what I have to share and say!

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?I thought it would be fun to reflect on my blog this past year so I included a post from every month that had special meaning or significance or just was pretty to look at! And then I finish off this post with a few personal reflections on things I have learned and take away with me as we close out 2012. And finally I want to wish each and every one of you the best 2013 possible…may it be a year filled with good health, joy, love, laughter and many reasons to smile. We have had a great year together but the best is yet to come! So let’s walk down memory lane together shall we……….

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January...we moved, we finally did it!?

?http://enchantedhome.com/2012/01/coming-up-for-air-and-moving-update/

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February…..settling in!

http://enchantedhome.com/2012/02/dust-is-settling-and-moving-update/

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Marcha big big announcement!?

http://enchantedhome.com/2012/03/my-biggest-announcment-to-date-and/

April...a prayer for Teddy (and all your prayers worked)!


http://enchantedhome.com/2012/04/say-prayer-for-teddy/

Maysee what my dream wedding would look like


? http://enchantedhome.com/2012/06/by-invitation-onlyyou-are-invited-to-my/

Junea living room is born.



http://enchantedhome.com/2012/06/living-room-is-born/



July...movies, food and other fun topics!

?http://enchantedhome.com/2012/07/lets-talk-food-movies-and-other-odds/

Augustlove crowns and caronas!


?http://enchantedhome.com/2012/08/canopies-caronas-and-crownsoh-my/

September.Brimfield, the one and only!


?http://enchantedhome.com/2012/09/brimfield-or-bust-and-we-have-winner/

October..a perfect month to talk about my favorite season!


?http://enchantedhome.com/2012/10/by-invititaion-only-thoughts-on-october/

Novemberwho can ever forget Sandy!


?http://enchantedhome.com/2012/11/i-survived-sandy-and-i-am-back/

December.what else, Christmas!


?http://enchantedhome.com/2012/12/my-home-christmas-2012-and-giveaway/

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And a few reflections on things I have learned in 2012…….

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There is such liberation in the power of being able to “let go“. I used to think this was a silly saying/cliche? but indeed “letting go” is a real thing! Yes,? it is a lot of work to get to that point but when you realize ultimately no matter what you have planned, what you have decided will and should happen,? that it in the end what will happen…….will happen. This year has been a first for me, allowing things to happen as they are meant to happen and it has truly changed the game for me, and its very liberating! It’s a work in progress but I am moving in the right direction:)

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That there are no words to properly convey how short time is, how precious and for those of you with young families, little children… really enjoy and savor every moment. Really. I cannot tell you what I would give to click my heels and have my kids be young again……never think you are taking “too many” pictures or videos. No such thing! They will be all you have to take you back to those happy times and they will keep you smiling for years…..

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That when you look good you feel good. So true. When you invest that extra few minutes or effort into looking good (and of course you never know who you might run into)…..there is undoubtedly that extra pep in your step, just no doubt about it!

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That life is too short to not enjoy great food. I realized this year just how much I enjoy cooking, how excited I get over buying the freshest ingredients, how a new cookbook sends my senses into overdrive….yep I love it all. It‘s like cheap therapy!? Life is too short to not enjoy good food. Scratch that…make it great food!

?I used to,? when I was younger and inexperienced,? think olive oils were all the same, that dried basil is not so different from fresh basil, that a Parmesan in the market cannot be that much more inferior to freshly shaved Parmesan….boy, was I wrong! Go out there and buy the freshest ingredients you can, then make a meal with them and see and taste the difference!

That everyone out there and I do mean everyone is fighting some kind of battle…some smaller and some bigger. By remembering that, it allows you to “give a break to people and to be more forgiving, more tolerant, I have made a conscious effort to remind myself of this often.
That you should take every single opportunity given to travel and learn, spread your wings and absorb the knowledge out there, embrace the unknown. Any chance you are given…seize it. There is so much to discover and learn. This year I hope to practice what I preach and get out there and discover something wonderful and unexpected myself! I have a lot of living yet to do…..
That when I was younger and my parents used to tell me over and over how my handwritten letters and homemade gifts (of which there were many) were the best and most cherished of any, I never believed them. But now, I “get it”. Saying they were right is an understatement. Seeing those darling letters and perfectly imperfect gifts made by my kids (then) cute little hands are truly amongst my most cherished possessions. Save every one, just touching them allows the memories to come rushing back!
?That age is just a number, I have always thought this but now I really think it, live it and believe it. I don’t feel too old to do anything, well maybe wear velour sweat suits and UGGS,? …but I honestly feel like there’s nothing I can’t do. Health is wealth, that is for sure and it applies to your mental health as much as it does to your physical being. I want to continue to challenge myself to new things.? What will you do to challenge yourself in 2013?
So that my dear friends and readers is a recap of 2012.? Its been a great year, some highs and lows…..but I truly think the best is yet to come. For all those who check in with me every day…thank you. Thank you for your support, kind and encouraging words and sharing as you do. You make me want to get up and get busy on my blog every single day! I love the connections I get to make daily with so many from all over the world..that in itself is quite a phenomenon and a true blessing!

I wish everyone a blessed and full 2013, a year filled with great things, big achievements, personal goals, unedited laughter, too many smiles to count and above all good health. Cheers to a fabulous 2013!

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Reflections of 2012…….



I am closing out 2012 with this post. Fingers crossed that my husband will be up to travel on Sunday for a few days to get away, after playing “nurse Tina” 24/7 for the last 5 days I am ready to strangle someone get away for a few days……so hopefully we will get to go and I will be back later in the week! If not you might be hearing from me again sooner than later!



Wow. Hard to believe 2012 is nearly over. Crazy, how that happens. Where on earth did time go? So many things I wanted to do. Some got done, others well….are still simmering on the front burner:) Hopefully in 2013, fingers and toes are crossed! The last five days I have been on call 24/7 for husband in bed with the flu…made the most of it, stealing an hour here and there to run out, meet a friend or do a little bargain hunting on Christmas decor for next year, saw for the umpteenth time, Last Holiday, Its Complicated and The Notebook while a box of chocolates nearby dared me to not eat it….. I lost!  I look back at my blog and see how its grown, how I have grown, reflecting fondly on all the people I have met, taking such joy out of reading over the countless emails I have received from people telling me things like “you got me excited about my house again” or “you have made me look at blue and white a whole new way and now I can’t get enough” or that they simply feel like I am their friend, and trust me, I feel like you are mine too:) The gratification blogging has brought is frankly hard to put into words, but suffice to say its a big part of my life, a big part of me and it has helped me to rediscover my passions in an unbridled and liberating way….so thank you for your support and embracing what I have to share and say!
 
 I thought it would be fun to reflect on my blog this past year so I included a post from every month that had special meaning or significance or just was pretty to look at! And then I finish off this post with a few personal reflections on things I have learned and take away with me as we close out 2012. And finally I want to wish each and every one of you the best 2013 possible…may it be a year filled with good health, joy, love, laughter and many reasons to smile. We have had a great year together but the best is yet to come! So let’s walk down memory lane together shall we……….
 
 


January...we moved, we finally did it! 
 http://theenchantedhome.blogspot.com/2012/01/coming-up-for-air-and-moving-update.html

 
February…..settling in!
http://theenchantedhome.blogspot.com/2012/02/dust-is-settling-and-moving-update.html

 
 
Marcha big big announcement! 
http://theenchantedhome.blogspot.com/2012/03/my-biggest-announcment-to-date-and.html

April...a prayer for Teddy (and all your prayers worked)!

http://theenchantedhome.blogspot.com/2012/04/say-prayer-for-teddy.html

Maysee what my dream wedding would look like

  http://theenchantedhome.blogspot.com/2012/06/by-invitation-onlyyou-are-invited-to-my.html

Junea living room is born.

http://theenchantedhome.blogspot.com/2012/06/living-room-is-born.html


July...movies, food and other fun topics!
 http://theenchantedhome.blogspot.com/2012/07/lets-talk-food-movies-and-other-odds.html

Augustlove crowns and caronas!

 http://theenchantedhome.blogspot.com/2012/08/canopies-caronas-and-crownsoh-my.html

September.Brimfield, the one and only!

 http://theenchantedhome.blogspot.com/2012/09/brimfield-or-bust-and-we-have-winner.html

October..a perfect month to talk about my favorite season!

 http://theenchantedhome.blogspot.com/2012/10/by-invititaion-only-thoughts-on-october.html

Novemberwho can ever forget Sandy!

 http://theenchantedhome.blogspot.com/2012/11/i-survived-sandy-and-i-am-back.html

December.what else, Christmas!

 http://theenchantedhome.blogspot.com/2012/12/my-home-christmas-2012-and-giveaway.html

 
 
 
And a few reflections on things I have learned in 2012…….
 
There is such liberation in the power of being able to “let go“. I used to think this was a silly saying/cliche  but indeed “letting go” is a real thing! Yes,  it is a lot of work to get to that point but when you realize ultimately no matter what you have planned, what you have decided will and should happen,  that it in the end what will happen…….will happen. This year has been a first for me, allowing things to happen as they are meant to happen and it has truly changed the game for me, and its very liberating! It’s a work in progress but I am moving in the right direction:)

 
 
 
That there are no words to properly convey how short time is, how precious and for those of you with young families, little children… really enjoy and savor every moment. Really. I cannot tell you what I would give to click my heels and have my kids be young again……never think you are taking “too many” pictures or videos. No such thing! They will be all you have to take you back to those happy times and they will keep you smiling for years…..

 
That when you look good you feel good. So true. When you invest that extra few minutes or effort into looking good (and of course you never know who you might run into)…..there is undoubtedly that extra pep in your step, just no doubt about it!

 
That life is too short to not enjoy great food. I realized this year just how much I enjoy cooking, how excited I get over buying the freshest ingredients, how a new cookbook sends my senses into overdrive….yep I love it all. It‘s like cheap therapy!  Life is too short to not enjoy good food. Scratch that…make it great food!
 I used to,  when I was younger and inexperienced,  think olive oils were all the same, that dried basil is not so different from fresh basil, that a Parmesan in the market cannot be that much more inferior to freshly shaved Parmesan….boy, was I wrong! Go out there and buy the freshest ingredients you can, then make a meal with them and see and taste the difference!

That everyone out there and I do mean everyone is fighting some kind of battle…some smaller and some bigger. By remembering that, it allows you to “give a break to people and to be more forgiving, more tolerant, I have made a conscious effort to remind myself of this often.
That you should take every single opportunity given to travel and learn, spread your wings and absorb the knowledge out there, embrace the unknown. Any chance you are given…seize it. There is so much to discover and learn. This year I hope to practice what I preach and get out there and discover something wonderful and unexpected myself! I have a lot of living yet to do…..
That when I was younger and my parents used to tell me over and over how my handwritten letters and homemade gifts (of which there were many) were the best and most cherished of any, I never believed them. But now, I “get it”. Saying they were right is an understatement. Seeing those darling letters and perfectly imperfect gifts made by my kids (then) cute little hands are truly amongst my most cherished possessions. Save every one, just touching them allows the memories to come rushing back!
 That age is just a number, I have always thought this but now I really think it, live it and believe it. I don’t feel too old to do anything, well maybe wear velour sweat suits and UGGS,  …but I honestly feel like there’s nothing I can’t do. Health is wealth, that is for sure and it applies to your mental health as much as it does to your physical being. I want to continue to challenge myself to new things.  What will you do to challenge yourself in 2013?
So that my dear friends and readers is a recap of 2012.  Its been a great year, some highs and lows…..but I truly think the best is yet to come. For all those who check in with me every day…thank you. Thank you for your support, kind and encouraging words and sharing as you do. You make me want to get up and get busy on my blog every single day! I love the connections I get to make daily with so many from all over the world..that in itself is quite a phenomenon and a true blessing!

I wish everyone a blessed and full 2013, a year filled with great things, big achievements, personal goals, unedited laughter, too many smiles to count and above all good health. Cheers to a fabulous 2013!

 
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Reflections of 2011

Good morning, can you believe its New Years Eve? Woo hoo! We are invited to a small party and will likely go by for a part the evening. We always have an early dinner with my kids first in a restaurant we can all agree on, ?then they are free to go on with whatever plans they have. ?This holiday has been somewhat of a big blur…..between trying to start packing up, so much to do for our new house, prepping for the holidays, ?this has been a ?serious whirlwind of a holiday season. But it all got done as I knew it would.?



As much fun as it was and as enjoyable as being with my family was….I must admit I am glad/relieved its over. I am also glad to close the door to 2011, and am confident 2012 is going to be a fabulous year (and besides I love even numbers)! So when I think back about this last year, I reflect on things that I have learned and I always try to take a few things away with me from the old year into the new, that I learned being one year older and one year wiser. Here are my reflections of 2011……..





2011……gotta admit, I am glad its over



It really does pay to wait for what you really love and want, all good things come to those who wait, right? (I am talking to you, oversized subway marble tiles, reclaimed limestone floors and wire from the UK)

Trust your instincts, they rarely fail you (I so believe in this and more as I get older)

That it pays to try everything at least once (within reason), hey how else will you know!

A few great friends can make even the worst day bearable

If you have a health issue, dont’ think by wishing it away, it will go away…instead confront it, and seek to beat it at its own game by treating it properly

Laughter really can be the best medicine

The real meaning of Christmas will be unchanged whether you have 1000 twinkling lights and hundreds of perfect shiny ornaments or no lights and a few cheesy bulbs on a makeshift two foot plastic tree…its ?about the spirit and magic of the holiday as shared with family and friends above all else…..

That its not the end of the world and I will not be judged by having ordered my Christmas cards (at least I got to this step) but never got around to getting pictures of the?boys and therefore never sent them out……On the bright side, I have my cards already for next year and will be way ahead of the game! One less thing off my list for Christmas 2012…woo hoo!

That sometimes the best gifts are really free…..forgiveness, understanding, lending your ear to someone who needs it, ?a message of support to someone in need, a helping hand

No one will love you more for proving you can do it all, all of the time, be yourself and remember you are human not a machine (guilty as charged)

It is vital to take at least a sliver out of your day every day to do something for you, it could be deep breathing, yoga, a walk, shopping, eating a box of chocolates, grabbing a coffee with a friend…the world will not stop just because you stop “doing” sometimes its more important to just ‘be” instead of “do”

Tell those you love, that you love them and appreciate them and do it often, how good does it feel when someone tell you that? A M A Z I N G!!!!!

To stop stressing over micro managing every last little detail (guilty as charged) for the most part, things really do have a way of working out as they are meant to be. All the stressing over Christmas, decorating, gift buying, my party, etc…..and it all worked out even better than I could have imagined, when you just “let it go”.

Sometimes, eating something really indulgent like a small box of chocolates (preferably with oodles of caramel and nuts) or a?little retail therapy (like buying something you really want or love) really can cure the blues or just a crappy day!

That there is nothing wrong with going to a movie by yourself, in fact its actually quite relaxing!

That the joy for me is so much more in giving than receiving….

That making lists rock! (and checking things off said list is even better)!

That the world is full of need and that there is no amount of ?money that is too small to give, if we all realized that and everyone did a small part, I truly believe that gesture right there has the power to change things…..there is no amount to small, just give.

That the older I get the more I see the beauty and magic in the simplest of things like nature, a furry animal as a best friend, a picture perfect sky, the first flakes of sparkling pristine snow blanketing the ground, the laughter from someone you love, a smile or kind gesture from a stranger or a beautiful and elegant bird perfectly still.

That I truly have the most amazing blogging friends and followers. Your emails, messages, comments truly send me over the moon. You have no idea the joy I get in reading over each of them and how much happiness it brings me to hear about how you enjoy reading my blog, or have helped to inspire you in some way, that is the ultimate validation and for this I thank you!

Time to start checking things off of my bucket list..not adding to it! There are no more vacancies, its time to spring into action! Can anyone relate to this?


That it is way better to look at the glass half full than half empty…..power of positive thinking!

That age really is a number, its so much more about how you feel

That if you are blessed to still have little ones, with the blink of an eye they are growing up way too fast, and before you know it, their little play phones are replaced with real cell phones, their fisher price “keys” are soon real keys to the car and those little footsteps you used to hear when they got hungry late at night soon become big footsteps just heading out for the night at 11pm….I used to think it was such a cliche, to enjoy them and not wish their childhood away, and now finally I “get it”. What I would give for a time machine right this minute, I would trade all the beautiful things I have in a heartbeat to enjoy a few hours again with?my kids when they were little, cherish every smile, tear, frown, tantrum and especially those priceless hugs!

That life can change on a dime, so its best to really enjoy the moment and think often in a day of what your blessings are and to truly look at each day as a gift.



That health is wealth, you can only fully enjoy life when you are feeling great

That the simplest things like watching a movie with?your entire family and getting to watch their expressions during the movie is like a priceless gift.
That walking into a super organized closet is akin to winning the lottery…love that feeling when everything has its own little place!
That life without great food is like the most outrageous closet without an amazing wardrobe, a killer handbag collection, drool worthy battalions of shoes and a jewelry drawer to rival Van Cleefs!! Life is short, enjoy good food! There…that’s my quote!
That reading a great book is still one of the all time best bargains out there…whats better than getting lost in a truly great book! (except reading a book and a cup of Peets)!

That you don’t get time back, so take a few minutes to spend with an elderly relative, or make a phone call to someone you know who is elderly and doesn’t get??lot of company or who might be lonely…your call might be the best part of their day!

That with all my complaining and nagging, of course I know I am extremely blessed to have my health, and have been able to build my dream house. Its been so much fun sharing it with thousands of people! Its been a long sometimes very frustrating road but believe me, I reflect often on how lucky I am to have even walked this road.

That you can put the same amount of energy into being positive and nice or being nasty and negative, why not make it something good if you are going to expend that same energy

That everyone is fighting some kind of battle, some very small and some monster sized, never assume anyone has it made in the shade, so best bet is to assume every ones got something they are dealing with..so proceed with care, tolerance and patience



That when you look good, you generally feel good. ?I definitely have a little pep in ?my step when I walk out of the house dolled up, even it its a more casual outfit as opposed to the boring yoga pants getup.?

Sometimes, saying no to kids is the best gift you can give them at that particular moment. Your heart wants to say yes but your mind tells you to say no and to trust your instincts. Always listen to them, chances are you are onto something.
That there is no such thing as too many pictures or home movies. You never get today back, so capture it on film and cherish it forever.
That no day is complete without a beloved cup of coffee…my medicine!
That texting should not be used for important messages like wishing someone a happy birthday or thanking them for a gift of kindness, making a major announcement, wishing them a happy holiday, or inviting them for a visit……some things absolutely must be said with the inflections and warmth of a human voice. Do you agree?
But sometimes, you gotta admit, they are funny (especially when iPhone translates for you)!
I have realized that with all the wonderful things I get to do, all the amazing places I get to go, at the end of the day, I am honestly truly my happiest when I am home with my family (all of us) Knowing my kids are home for the night…..priceless!
And my final reflection is reflecting on how incredibly fortunate I have been to have thought to start up a blog almost a year ago, and to have stuck with it, even at times when I was worried “the well would run dry” and I would run out of things to say…..your motivation, support, beyond kind words and constant source of inspiration have given me a voice to feel free to express and has given me the motivation to continue doing what I do here. And incidentally blogging has become a big part of my life and part of who I am today. Never did I think it would take hold of me like this but it has opened the doors to many exciting future opportunities, treasured friendships and wonderful connections that I didn’t see coming. So…..thank you for the gift of helping me to find my voice. (And I didn’t even begin to tell you how much I have learned here)
Any of these reflections resonate with?you? What do you reflect on when you think of this year that is coming to a close? ?I cannot thank you enough for your friendship and support and would love to hear some of your own reflections.Thanks to each and every one of you for your support, guiding light and friendship.
Wishing everyone a happy, merry and safe New Years Eve! Cheers to a spectacular 2012!

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Reflections of 2011

Good morning, can you believe its New Years Eve? Woo hoo! We are invited to a small party and will likely go by for a part the evening. We always have an early dinner with my kids first in a restaurant we can all agree on,  then they are free to go on with whatever plans they have.  This holiday has been somewhat of a big blur…..between trying to start packing up, so much to do for our new house, prepping for the holidays,  this has been a  serious whirlwind of a holiday season. But it all got done as I knew it would. 

As much fun as it was and as enjoyable as being with my family was….I must admit I am glad/relieved its over. I am also glad to close the door to 2011, and am confident 2012 is going to be a fabulous year (and besides I love even numbers)! So when I think back about this last year, I reflect on things that I have learned and I always try to take a few things away with me from the old year into the new, that I learned being one year older and one year wiser. Here are my reflections of 2011……..


2011……gotta admit, I am glad its over


It really does pay to wait for what you really love and want, all good things come to those who wait, right? (I am talking to you, oversized subway marble tiles, reclaimed limestone floors and wire from the UK)

Trust your instincts, they rarely fail you (I so believe in this and more as I get older)

That it pays to try everything at least once (within reason), hey how else will you know!

A few great friends can make even the worst day bearable

If you have a health issue, dont’ think by wishing it away, it will go away…instead confront it, and seek to beat it at its own game by treating it properly

Laughter really can be the best medicine

The real meaning of Christmas will be unchanged whether you have 1000 twinkling lights and hundreds of perfect shiny ornaments or no lights and a few cheesy bulbs on a makeshift two foot plastic tree…its  about the spirit and magic of the holiday as shared with family and friends above all else…..

That its not the end of the world and I will not be judged by having ordered my Christmas cards (at least I got to this step) but never got around to getting pictures of the boys and therefore never sent them out……On the bright side, I have my cards already for next year and will be way ahead of the game! One less thing off my list for Christmas 2012…woo hoo!

That sometimes the best gifts are really free…..forgiveness, understanding, lending your ear to someone who needs it,  a message of support to someone in need, a helping hand

No one will love you more for proving you can do it all, all of the time, be yourself and remember you are human not a machine (guilty as charged)

It is vital to take at least a sliver out of your day every day to do something for you, it could be deep breathing, yoga, a walk, shopping, eating a box of chocolates, grabbing a coffee with a friend…the world will not stop just because you stop “doing” sometimes its more important to just ‘be” instead of “do”

Tell those you love, that you love them and appreciate them and do it often, how good does it feel when someone tell you that? A M A Z I N G!!!!!

To stop stressing over micro managing every last little detail (guilty as charged) for the most part, things really do have a way of working out as they are meant to be. All the stressing over Christmas, decorating, gift buying, my party, etc…..and it all worked out even better than I could have imagined, when you just “let it go”.

Sometimes, eating something really indulgent like a small box of chocolates (preferably with oodles of caramel and nuts) or a little retail therapy (like buying something you really want or love) really can cure the blues or just a crappy day!

That there is nothing wrong with going to a movie by yourself, in fact its actually quite relaxing!

That the joy for me is so much more in giving than receiving….

That making lists rock! (and checking things off said list is even better)!

That the world is full of need and that there is no amount of  money that is too small to give, if we all realized that and everyone did a small part, I truly believe that gesture right there has the power to change things…..there is no amount to small, just give.

That the older I get the more I see the beauty and magic in the simplest of things like nature, a furry animal as a best friend, a picture perfect sky, the first flakes of sparkling pristine snow blanketing the ground, the laughter from someone you love, a smile or kind gesture from a stranger or a beautiful and elegant bird perfectly still.

That I truly have the most amazing blogging friends and followers. Your emails, messages, comments truly send me over the moon. You have no idea the joy I get in reading over each of them and how much happiness it brings me to hear about how you enjoy reading my blog, or have helped to inspire you in some way, that is the ultimate validation and for this I thank you!

Time to start checking things off of my bucket list..not adding to it! There are no more vacancies, its time to spring into action! Can anyone relate to this?

That it is way better to look at the glass half full than half empty…..power of positive thinking!

That age really is a number, its so much more about how you feel

That if you are blessed to still have little ones, with the blink of an eye they are growing up way too fast, and before you know it, their little play phones are replaced with real cell phones, their fisher price “keys” are soon real keys to the car and those little footsteps you used to hear when they got hungry late at night soon become big footsteps just heading out for the night at 11pm….I used to think it was such a cliche, to enjoy them and not wish their childhood away, and now finally I “get it”. What I would give for a time machine right this minute, I would trade all the beautiful things I have in a heartbeat to enjoy a few hours again with my kids when they were little, cherish every smile, tear, frown, tantrum and especially those priceless hugs!

That life can change on a dime, so its best to really enjoy the moment and think often in a day of what your blessings are and to truly look at each day as a gift.

That health is wealth, you can only fully enjoy life when you are feeling great

That the simplest things like watching a movie with your entire family and getting to watch their expressions during the movie is like a priceless gift.
That walking into a super organized closet is akin to winning the lottery…love that feeling when everything has its own little place!
That life without great food is like the most outrageous closet without an amazing wardrobe, a killer handbag collection, drool worthy battalions of shoes and a jewelry drawer to rival Van Cleefs!! Life is short, enjoy good food! There…that’s my quote!
That reading a great book is still one of the all time best bargains out there…whats better than getting lost in a truly great book! (except reading a book and a cup of Peets)!

That you don’t get time back, so take a few minutes to spend with an elderly relative, or make a phone call to someone you know who is elderly and doesn’t get  lot of company or who might be lonely…your call might be the best part of their day!

That with all my complaining and nagging, of course I know I am extremely blessed to have my health, and have been able to build my dream house. Its been so much fun sharing it with thousands of people! Its been a long sometimes very frustrating road but believe me, I reflect often on how lucky I am to have even walked this road.

That you can put the same amount of energy into being positive and nice or being nasty and negative, why not make it something good if you are going to expend that same energy

That everyone is fighting some kind of battle, some very small and some monster sized, never assume anyone has it made in the shade, so best bet is to assume every ones got something they are dealing with..so proceed with care, tolerance and patience

That when you look good, you generally feel good.  I definitely have a little pep in  my step when I walk out of the house dolled up, even it its a more casual outfit as opposed to the boring yoga pants getup. 

Sometimes, saying no to kids is the best gift you can give them at that particular moment. Your heart wants to say yes but your mind tells you to say no and to trust your instincts. Always listen to them, chances are you are onto something.
That there is no such thing as too many pictures or home movies. You never get today back, so capture it on film and cherish it forever.
That no day is complete without a beloved cup of coffee…my medicine!
That texting should not be used for important messages like wishing someone a happy birthday or thanking them for a gift of kindness, making a major announcement, wishing them a happy holiday, or inviting them for a visit……some things absolutely must be said with the inflections and warmth of a human voice. Do you agree?
But sometimes, you gotta admit, they are funny (especially when iPhone translates for you)!
I have realized that with all the wonderful things I get to do, all the amazing places I get to go, at the end of the day, I am honestly truly my happiest when I am home with my family (all of us) Knowing my kids are home for the night…..priceless!
And my final reflection is reflecting on how incredibly fortunate I have been to have thought to start up a blog almost a year ago, and to have stuck with it, even at times when I was worried “the well would run dry” and I would run out of things to say…..your motivation, support, beyond kind words and constant source of inspiration have given me a voice to feel free to express and has given me the motivation to continue doing what I do here. And incidentally blogging has become a big part of my life and part of who I am today. Never did I think it would take hold of me like this but it has opened the doors to many exciting future opportunities, treasured friendships and wonderful connections that I didn’t see coming. So…..thank you for the gift of helping me to find my voice. (And I didn’t even begin to tell you how much I have learned here)
Any of these reflections resonate with you? What do you reflect on when you think of this year that is coming to a close?  I cannot thank you enough for your friendship and support and would love to hear some of your own reflections.Thanks to each and every one of you for your support, guiding light and friendship.
Wishing everyone a happy, merry and safe New Years Eve! Cheers to a spectacular 2012!

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