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Things That I Am Thankful For…..


As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about…..more giving thanks! This week, I was especially thankful for my eight hour, round trip, road trip on Tuesday to snag Nick for Thanksgiving break (I’d gladly walk over hot coals to be with him). Wrigley was “Wrigley excited” when we got to campus and after much badgering (from me….who is the grown up here?), Nick finally relented and allowed Wrigley to take the grand tour of his dorm and check out his digs. The scent of smelly boys was, apparently, spectacular!

There was a lot of fun to squeeze into a few short days.

I’m thankful that over his 19 years, Nick has developed rich and rewarding friendships. He made a bee-line for B-Dub’s (aka…Buffalo Wild Wings) to meet up with his high school pals. Wednesday was devoted to a brother/sister outing with Nick’s oldest friend, Miguel, and his kid sister, Mrs. McGoobles (who happens to be one of Amanda’s nearest and dearest’s), with the evening reserved for a visit with Chuck’s parents; pasta and looking at family pictures. It was perfect.

I’m thankful that while dragging a teenager out of bed in the morning is never an easy task (particularly on a holiday), Nick was remarkably agreeable in joining me and my girlfriends for our Turkey Trot. There’s nothing quite like starting the day with a 5 mile run! The rest of our morning was spent over breakfast and the most recent episodes from our favorite TV program, Modern Family. Thank God for the DVR! Later, we stuffed ourselves with turkey and all the fixin’s with my family. We were especially thankful that Wrigley managed not to swipe a single item off the dinner table. Not because he was good, but because he was on a very short leash (we of little faith).

 I’m thankful for moments spent with my best gal. As it turns out, Amanda is sometimes her mother’s daughter. We rolled out of bed at 3am to hit the Black Friday sales with a trip to the outlet mall. There were people EVERYWHERE! The wait to get into the Coach store alone was an hour and twenty minutes, at four in the morning. Talk about shop ‘til you drop!

I am thankful for the world’s greatest mom and most generous step-father. In celebration of George’s 70th birthday, it was my pleasure to do the cooking as they entertained 40 friends and family in their home. We feasted on shrimp cocktail, crab bisque soup, smoked salmon and caramelized onion dip, steak crostini’s, chicken Caesar salad spears and gourmet pizza. The most touching part of the night was when Nick and Amanda spoke about their Boppa and lead the crowd in a rousing rendition of Cole Porter’s You’re the Top!

I’m thankful that the five of us had part of a quiet day together Sunday morning. We watched old family movies, snuggled with Wrigley and had lunch together before we loaded Nick and his laundry back into the car, headed for College Town, USA.

I’m thankful that Chuck took one for the team by attacking the round trip road trip, because there is little worse than leaving Nick behind at school.

However, I’m most thankful that we’ll all be together again in a few short weeks for Christmas!

More time together, more Modern Family marathons, more turkey with all of the fixin’s, more reasons for Thanksgiving……

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Heading to the Royal Wedding……


 

As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about….more Royal Weddings! My mom tells me that when I was a little girl, I sat with rapt attention in front of our one and only television set (black and white with rabbit ears perhaps?) as President Richard M. Nixon’s daughter Trisha married Edward Cox at the White House. I asked my mom if she and my dad had gotten married like that (apparently, at the tender age of 3 ½ years old, it hadn’t quite registered with me that my grandfather was not the President of the United States). She told me that no, when she got married it was small and quiet. I informed her that someday when I got married it would be big and loud……and so began my more is more philosophy.  

Who doesn’t love a good wedding; the beautiful bride, the pretty bridesmaids, the agreeable groom, the gorgeous flowers? Whenever I glance through our copy of Town & Country magazine, I immediately flip to the last few pages to see the pictures of all of the socialites that got married around the country. I love to see the styles of dresses that the brides chose, read their fancy schmancy names and decide whether or not the bride and groom really match up. The whole experience is so much more satisfying when I give them an implausible and embellished back story.

My fascination with lavish weddings dates back as far as Lady Di and Prince Charles. I was 13 ½ years old that summer, and even I knew it wasn’t the greatest of ideas. Those May-December romances are tough enough, even in the best of circumstances, throw in the crown for the British Monarchy and you’ve got yourself some real trouble. However, who can resist the story of a lovely young girl becoming the most beautiful princess in the land? Lady Diana Spencer’s transformation into the beautiful Princess Diana was absolutely mesmerizing.   

While the Royal Wedding might have been an event, it was nothing compared to the nuptials of another Spencer; the marriage of Lucas Lorenzo Spencer and the lovely Laura Webber, famed Super-Couple from ABC’s General Hospital. I remember racing home from high school as a freshman to catch the last 20 minutes of the ceremony. Of course those were the days prior to the VCR, TIVO, HULU and DVR. They were so glamorous and happy (despite their sordid and tumultuous road to the altar).

It has been 30 years since we last had the pleasure of immersing ourselves in a true fairy tale wedding, but Friday, April 29th, prepare to be dazzled as the handsome Prince William marries his gorgeous and glamorous girl-next-door Kate Middleton. In a world fraught with trouble and turmoil, the nuptials of this beautiful young couple brings hope for a bright and wonderful future. I hope that they are blissfully happy!

More weddings, more celebrations, more fairy tales, more happy endings……..

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A Chili Return……


As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about……more homecomings! Chuck and I haven’t been childless for the past 18 ½ years, so this past week, with Nick and Amanda Spring Breakin’ it in Hot-lanta without us, was very strange indeed. The silence was deafening the first few days, but by mid-week we’d found our groove. We dug out Cheesecake Factory gift cards that we’ve had for the past 4 years (we are such losers, but in our defense, to use them would have required a few hours to ourselves to get to Oak Brook or Schaumburg, and with a busy family, who’s got that kind of time?), we had dinner with our beloved neighbors, Dr. and Mrs. Hobbs, and caught up with our dear friends the LaLanne’s. We watched movies and saw all of our DVR’d programs (I know, I know….life in the fast lane). While we really did enjoy a restful week, Chuck, Wrigley and I couldn’t wait to pick our pals up from the airport!

I can only hope it’s because Nicholas and Amanda felt safe and cared for with my mom, my brother and my sister-in-law, but they weren’t terribly compelled to talk with us the entire 8 days that they were gone. Sure, they politely answered our text messages and picked up the phone when we called, but other than that……not so much. Once they were home, Chuck and I were glad to catch up with them over a delicious, homemade, bowl of chili…..

Home-made Chili with Macaroni:

Serves 10 (who doesn’t like leftovers?)

 

3 lbs ground beef

4 Tbsp chili powder

2 onions, chopped

2 yellow peppers, seeded and chopped

5 cloves of garlic, minced

2 – 15 oz cans of kidney beans, drained and rinsed (more if your people like beans, mine merely tolerate them)

2 – 15 oz cans of diced tomatoes

2 cups of tomato sauce

1 cup chicken broth

2 tsp cumin

2 tsp oregano

1 tsp salt

16 oz Elbow macaroni, cooked, drained and buttered

1 box corn muffin mix, if your family likes cornbread

In a large stockpot;

 

Brown ground beef

When cooked through, stir in;

Chili powder

Blend well

Add;

Onion

Pepper

Garlic

Cook until softened, 5-8 minutes

Reduce heat to medium and add;

Beans

Diced tomatoes

Tomato sauce

Broth

Cumin

Oregano

Cover and cook for 20-30 minutes

 

My family likes their chili served over a heaping helping of cooked and buttered elbow macaroni, with a corn muffin on the side. Serve with sour cream, onions and shredded cheddar cheese if you so desire.

More restful weeks, more tasty dinners, more reconnecting…..

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The Return of the Lady…


As the More is More Mom®, I am all about…more lady like details! Who needs grunge when you’ve got Grace Kelly? It’s the little things that mean the most, especially in the way we dress. If that’s wrong, then I don’t want to be right…..

To me, it’s important to pay attention to the finer points; snag free hosiery, neat, evenly filed fingernails, chip free nail polish, a good hand bag and a smart thank you note are all points that make the woman. I’m thrilled that the fashion industry seems to agree.

 

 

Everything’s coming up classic! Jewelry, handbags, footwear and silhouettes; it’s all about shape, form and function. I’m crazy for jewelry, be it costume or fine. The more the merrier. In fact, I appreciate the juxtaposition of a fine piece with something fun and flirty. My favorite trend of the season is pearls, in all shapes and sizes. They can be an elegant simple, strand, or a wildly embellished piece. We’re seeing large baubles on a ribbon strand and pearls embellished with tasteful rhinestones and gemstones. Either way, it’s the confidence with which you wear them that counts the most.

 

A good handbag is another mark of a lady. I favor a large interesting piece with personality. One of my favorite bags is a raspberry, patent leather, large purse with several inside pockets. It’s smart and sassy! I also love my Kelly Green leather bag. What is so fantastic about these handbags is that they are chock full of personality and function. Anyone can use a black or brown bag, which is perfectly acceptable, but a neutral with a little interesting color speaks volumes about the woman using it; smart, full of humor, and confidence.

Shoes are an endless way to express your self. There is an appropriate pair for every occasion. No matter how you are feeling, a smart and snappy shoe can make a world of difference. A pointy toe, a rounded toe, a ballet flat, a loafer, a slide, a sling back, a gladiator or a great boot, there is a style for every gal, at every point in time of her life.

 

 

Silhouettes speak volumes! We have seen a return to the classics; tailored oxfords, updated with ruffle detail, cardigans with ruffles and sparkles, t-shirts with sparkly embellishments, and the lady like pencil skirt. Looks to me like a little sparkle goes a long way! While I’m not a Mad Men viewer (not that I don’t want to be, but we happened to miss the boat when the first season started, because of our hockey schedule and our lack of understanding of how the DVR works, which I totally get now!), I completely appreciate the class and elegance of the time.

 

More beautiful details, more shapely silhouettes, more lady like style…..

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