Recent Purchases

So I don't generally talk about my recent purchases... but I am so very pleased with some of my latest ones I feel the need to share.

The first one is a pour over coffee maker. I purchased this one and we are so pleased with it. The coffee is simple to make and simple to clean. I can easily just make one cup just for myself. Now what we are working on is finding the coffee we like the best.. we have tried the common brands, Folgers and Maxwell. Preferred Maxwell. We are currently drinking Wegmans in store brand.. on the fence about that one.. what coffee brand do you drink? We don't do flavors and drink a medium roast. I'd love to hear from you guys so we can try different brands.. yay coffee :)

My second favorite purchase was an Air Fryer. Got this one on a great deal! Love it so much bought another one as a gift. I use it so often.. especially for the kids lunches.. no more using oil.. no more paper towels to blot the oil.. did you know you can even boil an egg in it! We roasted pumpkin seeds in a fraction of the time and they came out perfectly crunchy. 

My third and last purchase were these. I have a lot of trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep. Then I feel sleepy and tired all day long.. I have been taking melatonin for some time now but it hasn't been helping much. I spotted these and have been taking them for a few weeks now and they are a game changer.. I am sleeping so much better.. M even took some and he can feel a difference in his sleep as well.. 

A very Happy Thanksgiving to all those celebrating
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Red and Blue - A beautiful old red and blue building found in the streets of Victoria on Vancouver Island, Canada here

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It has been busy.. the boys had two days off for the New Jersey teachers convention and now they have the next four days of half days which I loath.. by the time they leave it's just time for them to come back again..

Many moons ago I had mentioned a powder room remodel.. I never got around to sharing the after pictures with you.. the bathroom is very narrow and taking decent pictures was such a challenge. 

the before

I hand painted the floor.. you can read about it here

A few of the poorly shot afters.. the bathroom shelves are still a little bare.. but I don't want to just go to Home Goods and buy a bunch of stuff.. we like it when the things in our home mean something.. have a story. The faucet we bought in Morocco. The frames on the wall are two of my own photographs.. Frustration and Laughing

The little glass bottle on the top shelf was bought in Venice as was the mask.. the little turtles we got in Mexico and the dried citrus wreath we found in Budapest. 

We have a great big tree in our backyard.. during the first two years in this house it would turn bright red in the fall.. during our second year when H wasn't a few months shy of turning one we gathered the leaves and had some fun.. I posted about it here, at the time we thought we would make this a yearly tradition.  The last few year the leaves seems to be falling before the they get a chance to turn red. But this year the tree is looking bright and beautiful.. and I am on a mission to take some great pictures again.. here's hoping mother nature cooperates.

Saturday we went to the Met Life Stadium to watch the Jets vs Giants game.. I don't care much about sports but being at a live event is something I am always up for.. it's a lot of fun whether you understand the sport of not (except for baseball.. been to a game once.. major snoozefest) My boys were rooting for the Giants... they lost.. but it was still a fun day.

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Forgotten - A beautiful but old and now unused outdoor water basin found in a Turkish garden. Read more about our Turkey here.

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Happy Halloween

Hope everyone had great weekend.. We celebrated Halloween on Thursday, rain was on the forecast but with lost of wishing and praying it turned out to be a beautiful night.

The kids scored a ton of candy..

On Saturday we had our annual Halloween party.. it was our third year hosting. M and the kids really love to get crafty with the decor. We didn't add much to our last years outdoor decorations..

They made these milk jug lights last year.


The boys decorated the brownie balls I made. 

I made a red juice with floating lychee eye balls.. didn't get a picture of the juice but here are some of the leftover eye balls and some green pistachio zombie ice cream.. as well as other non Halloween themed food.

M and I completely forgot to get a selfie.. so here's a cropped group shot of us..

We had a wonderful time.. lots of laughs.. the only little snafu was the morning of the party we realized our dishwasher was leaking and I spent half the day washing dishes. :/

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