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A hairy situation

August 17, 2017

Two days ago, hubby and I went out to dinner by ourselves. The kids didn’t feel like going and we were right across the street. No worries, right?

Well, not so much. About halfway through dinner I get a message from Ally on Google Hangouts.



“Mommy. ”

“Mommmmmmmyyyyyyyyyy. ”


You get the idea. My first thought was she was mad at her brother for something.

I sent back hello and asked what was going on?


The three little dots just kept blinking away and I waited. Finally, another message popped up.


“I’m sorrrrrryyyyyyy but I got slime stuck in my hair and cut it out. ”


I didn’t know if I should laugh or cry. She seemed upset though. I told her it’s no big deal and we’d see her when we got home.


Once we got home, we surveyed the “damage”. I guess it could have been a lot worse. She basically just gave herself some uneven bangs.

This pic was taken after she cried hysterically for about 2 minutes. I think, she thought we’d be upset with her.

She went from no bangs to uneven bangs.

And after she calmed down for a bit she even joked about it. When I took the pictures she made me promise not to share but gave me the ok today, after daddy shared some pics on Facebook.

I offered to fix it for her but daddy’s idea of a father-daughter lunch and a visit to the hair salon sounded much better to her.

I can’t say that I blame her.

When I came home from work this afternoon, I finally got to see her…

I think, I may have yelped. She looks so cute and so happy!

Daddy even took her for her new glasses which we just found she needs from now on.

Look at that? I’d say this cutie pie is ready to take 3rd grade by storm!

Love her.

xoxo, Susi

P.S. Do you have any hair raising stories to tell? Leave me a comment!

Blog Wordless Wednesday

Beach please

August 16, 2017

Sometimes a walk on the beach with your teenage daughter is just what you need. The sand between your toes. Seagulls flying overhead. A breeze ruffling through your hair. The steady sound of the waves. Feeding our souls…

A good way to spend an afternoon before the craziness of the new school year starts…

xoxo, Susi

Blog Quotes

But first… a quote

July 25, 2017



Picture taker.

Nature lover.

Hello and welcome to my new blog. Here it's all about my passion and most favorite hobby – photography.
When I started my first blog BocaFrau about 6 years ago, I did it to see if I could somehow make a small side income since I was a stay-at-home mom. The blog opened up a whole new world to me and besides connecting me with moms all over the world, it also unlocked my love for photography. Over the last few years, I've blogged less and less as my life changed and I became a full-time working mom of now older kids, including two teens.
But photography has remained a constant. It relaxes me and makes me happy.
I decided to start over, from scratch so to speak, and let my photos shine…


"To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them." ~Elliot Erwitt

xoxo, Susi


Q and A – old school blogging

March 11, 2013

Last week, as I was skimming over my Facebook news feed I saw this post by ThetaMom and intrigued I clicked on it and decided to join. I have always enjoyed the q&a type posts, especially when I can’t figure out what to blog about.

So, for today’s post I’ll be going old school with Heather at ThetaMom and Elaine at The Miss Elaine-ous Life and answer these 8 questions.

There’s still some time to play along if you’d like to join the fun!!!

1. What were you doing 10 years ago?

Ten years ago at this time I was pregnant with my second child – middle daughter – and in the midst of preparing for her baby shower and arrival. I was also soaking up all the little moments with my 2 1/2 year old son. I remember it being such a fun age and he was such a happy little toddler, except the time I caught him with black magic marker drawing murals on all my kitchen counters and the walls. 🙂

2. What 5 things are on your to-do list?

It’s Monday morning and my to-do list has most of the usual things on it for the beginning of the week.

  • laundry
  • sweep and mop the floors
  • finish packing for my son’s first overnight school trip
  • grocery shopping
  • edit some photographs and other blogging related things (That list is a mile long!)

3. What are 5 snacks you enjoy?

  1. kettle corn
  2. Müller yogurt
  3. Kind bars
  4. hummus and pita chips
  5. Ferrero eggs (these are totally addicting and I have to hold myself back from eating the whole bag in one sitting)

4. Name some things you would do if you were a millionaire:

If I was a millionaire, I would pay of all outstanding debt, buy a new car for hubby, myself and my mom, either re-do or buy a new house, go to Germany to finally visit my grandma’s grave and “say” good-bye, put money aside for the children’s college funds and give BethAnn money for her comments for a cause each month and help out other charities, like the humane society, Susan G. Komen etc.

5. Name some places you have lived:

I have lived in:


6. Name some bad habits you have:

I’m forever picking on scabs. Instead of leaving it alone, I constantly have to pick away at it and it takes forever to heal. I also bite my nails (not as bad as I used to). I’m a bit of a neat-freak and drive my family up the wall about picking up after themselves. I also tend to just do things myself instead of letting the kids or husband do it because I think, my way is the best way.

7. Name some jobs you have had:

  1. waitress at my parents restaurant
  2. 3rd key at a retail store
  3. CSR (at my FIL company where I met my husband)
  4. preschool teacher

8. Name those you are tagging for #OSBlog:

BethAnn, Brenda, Tami, Rorybore, and Nicole.


I'm up, I'm up… and a few fill ins.

March 8, 2013

It is 6:02 am currently and I’ve been up for an hour and a half this fine, still pitch black morning. Why, you ask? I’d be happy to tell you…

My middle child is going on a field trip to SeaWorld in Orlando today. Orlando is about 3 hours north of here by car. Middle and her friends and teachers are going by coach bus and it will probably be closer to 3 1/2 hours before they get there.

They have a busy day planned, with an instructor giving them a behind the scenes look for about two hours and then some free time and time to explore the park and go on some rides.

Hence, my alarm rang at the ungodly hour of 4:20 am. Her and I got in the car at 4:50 am so she would be at school by 5:15 am. I normally get up around 6:30 am and we leave for school by 7:30 am and that’s practically still the middle of the night for me. I am not what you would call a morning person!

It was eerie driving to school on empty roads. We counted about 10 cars where normally busy morning rush hour traffic reigns (which I will get to enjoy again at 7:30 when I drop off the boy for his day at school).

Pick up this evening won’t be until about 10:30 pm. That’s a loooooooong day. I’m already on my second cup of coffee before it’s even my normal wake up time.

Can you hear that nap calling my name? 🙂


Time now to join Hilary for some fill in fun…

Each week, Hilary plans on listing four statements with a blank for us to fill in on our own blogs. If you want to join the fun and come up with four fill in’s of your own, please email them to her at Hilary(at)feelingbeachie(dot)com. If she uses them, she will add you as co-host to the hop! This week’s co-host is Tami from Empty Nest in IL – she came up with the last two statements!

Hilary would LOVE it if you could please help her spread the word about this hop…. So, please tweet, FaceBook share, and add the linky to your post…

This week’s statements:
1. Sometimes I wonder if I should ___ but I know I wont
2. A ___ is very ___
3. I got _____ from my _____
4. _____ make(s) the best ______

My answers:

1. Sometimes I wonder if I should just get over myself and have my wisdom teeth pulled so I can get Invisalign to re-straighten my teeth but I know I won’t. (I’m too much of a chicken when it comes to this surgery and so far – knock on wood – my wisdom teeth aren’t bothering me.)

2. A good server/waiter(ess) is very important to having a satisfying meal at a restaurant.

3. I got a beautiful pair of aquamarine (my birth stone) earring studs for my birthday last year from my best friend. I am wearing them right now.

4. Hubby makes the best baby back Barbeque ribs ever.

Won’t you join the fun and link up with Hilary?



A little magic in a… tube {Magic BB Cream by L'Oreal}

March 4, 2013

I’m not a make-up or fashion blogger. I’m a busy mom of three kids who keep me on my toes. But I like to wear make-up and look pretty and put together (Who doesn’t, right?) without putting too much effort into my “look”. I keep my hair short because it suits me and is a wash and go type style. The same goes for make-up. I like to keep it effortless and natural.

When I had the chance to review the new Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream by L’ORÉAL Paris through SheSpeaks, I thought, why not? It sounded pretty good to me to “get” 4 beautifying actions in 1, as the package claimed. The cream is said to Prime, Perfect, Hydrate and Correct for a bare skin finish.

L'Oreal magic bb creamI really liked the sound of that – a bare skin finish. Living in Florida leads to a lot of sweating, especially during the summer when I usually avoid wearing any type of face powder because I always feel like my pores get clogged up right away. I try to stick to a tinted moisturizer with an SPF of 15 or higher.

I choose the light tint, it also comes in fair, medium and dark to match all types of skin tones. I think, I could have gotten away with the fair as the light tended to look a little dark at first but I was able to blend it in pretty well.

Okay, so here comes the part where I bare it all – well, my face, without a smidgen of make-up on. I don’t think, you’ll ever get to see an up close and personal look at all my pores and imperfections like this again. It’s a little scary, huh? 🙂

au natural face


And here I am with only the B.B. (Beautifying Beads) cream on after I blended it in. The cream comes out white/greyish with small, dark specks of pigment in it that blend together to smooth your skin’s texture and hide imperfections.

magic bb cream face


As you can see, a vast improvement. Don’t you think my skin looks much more even toned and smooth than in the before picture? You can still see a pimple or two, those, unfortunately won’t be completely covered up but with a little concealer they’ll vanish too.

a little make up face


And here I am with the complete look – magic cream, a touch of concealer, mascara and some lip gloss. My usual day time look. No more, no less.

day make up magic bb cream 2


Oh, and of course I don’t keep the towel on my hair all day, that gets a quick towel or blow dry, a quick puff of hairspray and off I go…

All in all, I have to say I’m pretty happy with the way the B.B. cream works and would definitely recommend it. It stays on all day and doesn’t leave my skin looking and feeling greasy. I did find it made my skin dry out a little the first few times I used it, so I started applying my usual moisturizer underneath and that seemed to do the trick.

And that leads me to one complaint I have – the BB cream that I received does not come with SPF which is the most important aspect for me living in Florida and having very fair skin. But I looked at their website and found an option with Spf 15.

(*This is a sponsored post. I was provided with a sample of the product through SheSpeaks but did not receive any other compensation. All opinions and imperfections are my own.)