Going After Your Dreams

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Each and every one of us have talents that fill us with incredible joy. It’s true, some of us don’t know what those talents are yet and are still trying hard to find that out. That’s o.k, we’re all a work in progress. Ask yourself, “What do I enjoy?” and then simply follow your joy.

Don’t be afraid to be unique and original, that’s how you stand out in your niche. It sets you apart from the herd and makes you valuable to those who can gain from your talents. Know yourself. Know your worth and find a way to use your talents to help others so you can potentially make income from what you enjoy doing.

The truth is, we each can follow the leader and do the tasks given to us, “That’s elementary my dear Watson“. But when you have heart and passion about what you do, success will happen far beyond just doing what’s expected of you.

There’s always room to grow, we mustn’t get stagnant. Often our dreams seem out of reach…do yourself a favor and don’t allow yourself to get discouraged. You can’t quit before you even get started…look for the encouragement you seek from within, we know ourselves better than anyone.


“Reach for the moon, for if you fall, you fall among the stars.”

White Hot Chocolate With Almond Milk

White Hot Chocolate With Almond Milk - Girl Nesting

Delightful! That’s the perfect word to describe this creamy white hot chocolate – and with almond milk to top it off! I am a big fan of hot chocolate as I have mentioned before in almost every Holiday post I’ve ever published – lol. Mike suggested to use white chocolate for something new and I threw in the almond milk for my two cents – ha! Prepare yourself for HEAVEN on earth people. This is a keeper, especially on a cold day like today here in Chicago.

Happy Holidays – This is my gift to you ;)

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White Hot Chocolate With Almond Milk
Serves 4
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  1. 4 cups of unsweetened Almond Milk (preferably by Silk)
  2. 2 packages of White Chocolate, roughly chopped (preferably by Lindt - 4.4 oz each)
  3. 1 Cinnamon Stick
  4. Whipped Cream for garnish
  5. Ground Cinnamon for garnish
  1. Place crushed chocolate in a medium size saucepan and set aside.
  2. Bring Almond Milk and Cinnamon Stick to a boil over medium heat in a separate saucepan. Discard Cinnamon stick.
  3. Pour hot Almond Milk through a strainer over the crushed White Chocolate and whisk together until frothy.
  4. Serve with Whipped Cream and dash of Ground Cinnamon.
  1. Best when enjoyed with a friend, family member or soulmate ;)
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Christmas Ready With Our Tall And Skinny Tree

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I don’t know why it has taken me so long to post our pics of our home dressed for Christmas. Maybe it had something to do with the tree being a bit…skinny…and awkward…lol. This was the first year Mike took it upon himself to go pick out the tree on his own. He was worried after that he made a mistake and I would wish that we all went as a family – but in fact I was relieved! Shopping for a tree with a 2 year old was the last thing I wanted to do. Maybe if we had gone to a farm where no one could hear me scream, “Get down from that tree Zoë! You are not a monkey – No more Curious George for you!”…If you haven’t seen the Curious George Christmas movie yet, definitely watch it on Netflix, especially if you have your tree already. Only if you have your tree already (lol). You don’t want to give these munchkins any more ideas. Mine is determined to climb everything including the fridge. I’m pretty certain it’s because of her beloved George.

So, about this tree Mike picked out. My first reaction was, “That is one tall tree!”. My second reaction when he took off the netting was, “That is one tall and SKINNY tree!!!”. And my final reaction when I realized it wasn’t going to as they say, “fall” anymore than it already had… and the branches were actually wrapping around the tree, “Did you see this unwrapped???”. Mike seemed hurt. He loved the tree…and that made me feel so bad! Because he loved it, I tried hard not to screw up my face at it. What were those branches doing…..??? Where were the branches on the bottom??? 

“You don’t like it.”

” I do! It’s…unique!”

“The character in Curious George says that…I’m not sure that’s a good thing.”

“Did you see it unwrapped?”

“Yes! I even asked the neighbors if they liked it – I ran into them at the store.”

“They saw this same tree unwrapped? What did they say?”

“They said, “it sure is tall and slim”…”

We laughed. We laughed hard. I mean seriously – it was a funny looking tree.

When my mom saw it, she looked confused – then she chuckled. She tried hard to straighten her face (it has that effect…) and said reassuringly that the branches would come down when we hung the ornaments on it”. I wasn’t too sure about that. She was’t either. She looked at me and laughed, “Your face looks pained.” It hurt to look at it!

A week later, I am happy and relieved to say that this tall and skinny tree looks beautiful! I LOVE it! It’s my favorite tree we have ever had. Seriously. Zoë loved it right away. My Mom keeps whispering to me, “it looks better and better right?!”. And Mike looks certain he will never go shopping for a tree on his own again. But I honestly think it’s perfect. It has character and I love it. Maybe the ornaments did help weigh down. I may have looked at it with a huge question mark before, but now I stop and smile at it regularly. I make sure it has water and I even said “hey” to it this morning (I kid you not, it’s like a skinny giant standing in our living room…lol). The tree makes me smile. Heck, it even makes me laugh – and that’s always welcomed.

I think Mike should let Zoë pick out the tree next year…I’ll stay at home and wait to be surprised ;)

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