Friday, May 8, 2015

let's chat

Hello Friday! Hello Friends!

Yes I still write a blog, not just these Friday "Let's Chat" series...and there are hundred of posts in my draft folder, but they need a bit of polishing, brushing up and finishing...perhaps one of these days I will post recipes [i've been cooking tons], travels, musings and happenings in the Faux Foodie Casa. In a mean time, follow me on Instagram...
It has been one of those weeks where there are not enough hours in the day, not enough pages for my to-do list and far too many things on my mind. It was also one epic week for sure - birthday celebrations (both Kiki and I celebrated our birthdays....and one of us is still celebrating), welcoming a nephew, moving to a new home, and there is that thing called "work"...but somehow with all the superpowers in my back pocket, we survived, and thrived!
What are your plans for this weekend? This weekend is supposed to be 88 and sunny, so we're going to go to a park and fly kites, venture out to a different county, possibly explore our new pool and some other little miscellaneous things like unpacking and putting our house in order! Can't wait spend this weekend soaking in some sun rays and just being with Kiki. 

Here are a few fun links from around the web that peaked my interest this week...
1. My fashionable friends are freaking out about the arrival of these shoes. I ended up buying these.

2. I've always believed that the only thing that makes us richer is travel...and here is why you should spend your money on experiences, not things.   

3. This is absolutely revolutionary....a perfect summer treat.

4. Could you give up drinking for a year? I think I barely survived the nine months...

5Broccoli cheese tots look surprisingly delicious.

6. As if I needed more reasons to drink coffee!

7. The lost art of writing...How to write a great email

8. Not sure when I will have time to watch this, but excited for the new season.

9. Green onions always go to waste at my house and then I feel bad about $3.00 spent...I might try this.  

10. I've fallen head over heals in love with these.... I'm in interior design heaven. Can you tell we are in the move mode?!!

11. Life on the autopilot!

12. For all my fellow travelers....great tip!

13. I have a love and hate relationship with my email INBOX...I just don't know how to manage it. I've been complaining about it for so long to my friend L, and this article was an answer to all my totally makes sense. How do you manage your emails?? I've always been a LIFO, but not sure that actually works.... I will be trying something new for 21 days!

Hope your weekend is filled with love and sunshine!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Let's Chat

Happy Friday! It’s such a gratifying feeling to head into a weekend after having a super-productive week. Looking forward to connecting with some friends, packing up the house, a nice long bike ride [yup I am exploring South Florida's bike trails], catching some sunshine and diving into a new book that just got delivered to my doorstep [got to love those amazon delivery notifications].

As per usual there are lots of random things that have crossed my mind, so let's get right to it, shall we??!

1. Kiki and I are amping up our veggies consumption...our latest obsession - cauliflower. Have you made a pizza with Cauliflower crust yet? It's on the menu for this weekend.

2. I have passed on the love of cookbooks to Kiki...and since her birthday is just around the corner, it's only fair that I get her some of these. It's a beautiful collection for every little girl, and boy!

3. Our Trader Joe's has the best deals on organic avocado, and I can't get enough of them...I will be trying some new ways to enjoy them this weekend [I've got 8 of them total ripe right now]

4.  I love coffee shops - all the creativity, hustle and bustle, it's pure energy...I wish I could work out of one all the time, alas...20 reasons creative people like working at a coffee shop 

5. Only appropriate since our move is just around the corner - I am all about these hacks!

6. Spring cleaning, purging, eliminating, organizing, minimizing [in all aspects of my life] - it's on my mind all the time these days - reading these habits definitely puts some things in perspective. 

6. There's no denying it, I am 100%, iPad, computer, apps, you name it...some might even say I have a problem [I know I am not the only one, but I can admit it ....] but not sure that I am brave enough to try this app...are you?

7. Shoes: my love of shoes is never ending... I like comfortable shoes, BUT I love a good looking shoe, but these days I have a thing going on with flats

8. and last but not least, I will be planning a house warming party and a birthday party next month...what a perfect to order alcohol online for your next party!

So let's get this party started, or at least let's get this weekend started!
What are you up to this weekend?

Have an amazing weekend!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday Chat...

This week flew by… I don’t really know where it went, but glad that it’s finally winding down now. Have you ever had one of those weeks where you look at the calendar and you're just not sure how you're going to get through it? That was this week for me. There were moments where I doubted myself that I can get through…but at the end all you can do to keep everything together is just to keep moving. The days seem to vanish before they even begin and most evenings I still haven't gotten around to my to-do list… Yes, it was THAT kind of a week. I am sure, actually I know, I am not alone in this “battle” but my oh my, am I happy it’s Friday!

As per usual there are lots of random things on my mind today, so let's get right to it, shall we?!!

1. A must read: some thoughts from Felicia on professional etiquette. I like to think my etiquette is pretty good, but reading this made me realize I still have a lot to learn. Bookmark this post!

2. I am definitely hitting up Barnes and Nobles with Kiki this weekend - 12 Empowering Children’s Books To Add To Girls’ Bookshelves.

3. I really enjoyed this article on positive thinking.

4. This made me giggle… What if the Sex & The City characters were on tinder? 

5. I have a girl crush….

6. My new J.Crew catalog arrived the other day, and I want it all.

6. Instagram perfection – tips how to take a perfect Instagram photo [yup, I took the advice]

7. Speaking of Fridays I'm pretty sure this shirt is a NEED and not just a WANT!

So what's on my weekend's agenda: finding a perfect home - or at least perfect for Kiki and me; de-cluttering; getting some vitamin D; catching up with good friends; and virtually celebrating my mom's birthday [it's her birthday on Saturday]...mostly relaxing and hoping to finding my "lazy"!

What are your weekends plans?

Friday, March 13, 2015

Friday Chat

Hello Friday! Welcome to the party of my so-called life. Truth be told, I miss that show. oh, Jordan Catalano, I swoon... But not sure how I feel about his new look though...I digress....

Happy Friday the 13th. Did you know that in 2015, we will have three Friday the 13th, and this is the second one?! Are you superstitious about this day? I am, and usually they end up being very lucky for me, but this one is turning up not so lucky... Here are the 13 facts about Friday the 13th.

It's Friday! Finally! You know those days or weeks or months where you look back and aren’t quite sure how you made it through? This felt like one of those weeks. Impossibly long in some ways, incredibly quick in others. My mind and my focus were forced into so many different directions – work, endless to-do lists, Kiki's schedule, car accident, insurance, home search and moving, packing, M&M, plane strangers, and so on...all that before the travel schedule begins. So this weekend will be one last opportunity to recharge for the days, weeks ahead. Planning to soak up every millisecond…even if my mind doesn’t slow down.
Oh if you haven't noticed, the name of Friday posts have changed from  "Friday Five" to "Friday Chat"...I just couldn't keep it at five things to talk about...I've got too much to say!

What are your plans this weekend?  I'm looking forward to just relaxing with Kiki, whatever that ends up being. Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web...

First and foremost, Happy Birthday Barbie! This blondie turned 56 years old this week. Here, a look back at Barbie’s best looks.

1. My desire to wear suits and dress up has never been bigger, thank you Olivia and Claire. Claire's character might be a bit frightening, but aesthetically, she's impeccably chic and pulled together.

2. There is an art to everything and so is to standing in heels. How to stand in heels for 8 hours without killing your feet.

3. With all the travel that I do (or really have done), this is a great tip to have...
4. Planning on doing some shopping this weekend with you kids - keep them entertained, and everyone will be happy. 

5. I've been suffering from insomnia lately, needless to say, I will be trying this trick tonight, and tomorrow, and the night after....

6. Recently I chatted with a total stranger on a plane about the confidence game...

7. The same stranger on a plane and I also had a conversation about tricks for avoiding the small talk, especially on the planes.... needless to say, the plane stranger is no longer a stranger....

8. Ever since I saw this shot below on instagram, it’s been my go-to starter for dinner parties. Just add a baguette or crackers and you’re set. (Photo credit @vickimorton)