Happy New Year!!!!

The New Year has arrived and with it an endless list of possibilities.

The end of this month will mark my one year “blogiversary” but we’ll have plenty of time to talk about that later.

BTW – Do you like my “bitmoji”? Do you have your own? Seems like most of my friends have gotten on board with them and are having fun sending them back and forth. I’m kinda feeling like it’s more of my generation using them because my college age kids don’t appear to have any interest in them. I’m sure they probably think they are super nerdy, but oh well! We’ve earned the right to be nerdy.

Are you a resolution maker? I’m not, but I am a little bit of a goal maker and dreamer.

My goals and dreams for this year include developing my little piece of the internet more and becoming more familiar with all the ways to make the most of it. I’d really like to increase my reach and grow my audience and figure out what interests you the most.

If there are certain posts you’ve loved more than others, please help me out and let me know. I’d love any feedback you are willing to share.

I’ve also spent the last year working hard to grow my Rodan + Fields business and plan to continue that as well. Since I don’t consider myself to be a real “salesperson” as far as personality goes, this is a challenge for me and causes me to stretch and grow and get out of my comfort zone. 

Here are a few pictures of our weekend which was very low key and uneventful. I got my house back to normal and of course it feels much bigger and less cluttered with all the Christmas decorations put away.

We started a puzzle while my mom was here and Katie and I finally finished it…1000 pieces.

We played some games in the afternoon on New Year’s Eve.

I whipped up this new family favorite to have for dessert after when we got back from dinner.

This may sound really sad and that’s not how it’s meant to come across, but we never know how many more of these opportunities we will have to spend special occasions as our little family of four. With Benny graduating from college in the spring and (hopefully) getting a job things will most likely be very different and then we will also hopefully factor in additions (wink, wink) to our family at some point too.

Notice my sign? Katie did a little chalk art for me to go with the occasion.

After dinner we came home and got cozy to usher in the New Year.

And of course then it was time for this yumminess. You can find the recipe HERE on my Pinterest dessert board. Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Oreo Pie.


I had made this once before but Benny wasn’t here. He was in love and who can blame him? This has a thick Oreo crust with a homemade gooey caramel middle and then a thick ganache topping. It’s rich and decadent and both kids had a little more later in the evening and then we all finished it off yesterday.


And Katie and I did this 500 piecer Sunday afternoon…it was child’s play after the one we had just finished Saturday.

Today brings with it our last day with Benny at home. He’s flying to a “friends” tomorrow. We get to keep Katie with us until Saturday so we will just keep enjoying these days as long as we can.

Happy New Year friends!!!





  1. January 2, 2017 / 3:51 pm

    I am working on the hardest puzzle right now… there's no end in sight! And that card game looks like what we call, "heck". 🙂 Glad you've had some fun family time! As my kids get older, I'm cherishing our time together more than ever.

    • January 2, 2017 / 6:45 pm

      Jenny, I saw your puzzle pic on your blog…GENIUS those trays your pieces are on!!! I'm going to have to use a cookie sheet or something next time because we didn't have enough room to work. Good luck finishing yours…don't give up?

  2. January 2, 2017 / 7:50 pm

    I gained 12 pounds just looking at that pie! It looks amazing! My daughter's godfather made one of those bitmojis and texts us with it all the time- cracks me up! So glad I found your blog last week- looking forward to reading more in 2017!

    • January 3, 2017 / 5:09 am

      Hi Al! I'm pretty sure it's the new family favorite and we finished it the next day?. I'm so glad you found my blog too and now I've found yours. I love having new blog friends. Talk to you soon!!!

  3. January 2, 2017 / 11:35 pm

    I absolutely LOVE puzzles! It's been forever since I've worked one, I totally need to do that! And your dessert looks amazing!! Happy New Year!!

    • January 3, 2017 / 5:10 am

      That dessert is so yummy Trista. If you happen to be a chocoholic like we all are, you've got to try it and it really is so easy. I love puzzles too and it's so fun to take some time and do a few especially with my daughter.❤️ Hope your New Year is off to a great start!!!

  4. January 3, 2017 / 11:31 pm

    I'll have to share my Bitmoji soon! Do you Snap?

    • January 3, 2017 / 11:34 pm

      Oh you better believe it…my name is "aquamom" You know when you have teens/young adult kids you'd better be on the Snap band wagon? We can be Snap friends??

  5. January 5, 2017 / 2:23 am

    That pie looks delicious. Unfortunately, the link to your Pinterest board doesn't seem to be working.

    • January 5, 2017 / 2:31 am

      Oh no…so sorry! I fixed it! 🙂 You should definitely try it!!!

  6. January 5, 2017 / 2:38 am

    Thank you so much. I just stumbled upon your blog a few days ago and am loving making my way through it.

    • January 5, 2017 / 2:39 am

      You're very welcome and that's so sweet. Thanks so much for the kind words.

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