National Margarita Day

Sunday, February 22 is a great day! Hanging out in West University, Houston, Texas at Under the Volcano enjoying a delicious Margarita on the rocks. As we sit on the patio with fans blowing and it’s 75 degrees, two people having funny conversations, one person working on their laptop, another sitting reading the paper and their dog laying on the ground. I love Houston atmosphere and hospitality. People smile at you, say hello and are courteous to share a table with you. Sunday’s are my favorite day to relax out on a patio in Houston.

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What do your Sunday’s look like? Do you enjoy the outside? Are you a inside bar only person? Whatever your preference is, enjoy yourself and surround it with good people, good food and good beverages.

Cheers,

jRose

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People over Projects…Lysa TerKeurst

“When our to-do lists tug at our attention, we have to remember: the people in our lives need us. We need space to connect and process together. After all, conversational threads are what make up the fabric of relationships.” Lysa TerKeurst

This came from: How to Choose People Over Projects

I read this today and for the past several months I was choosing “projects over people”, a job over EVERYTHING else. And if you know me….that’s not me at all. So, I made a change, not for money, not for peace, but for relationships that matter to me….YOU…my friends, my family! Yes, Charles and I own a small business, we are busy, but when it comes to friendships, we value them, we love to entertain and stay in touch. So, let’s have conversations, let’s create a blanket of memories.
Coffee dates, beer dates, cupcake date or just a phone call date.

Happy Thursday!

jRose

Let’s give this a little try….

2015 started out with a serious bang….I quit my job. But overall, it was a good thing. I had to move on with what was a priority in life….my family. Working long days, not cooking dinner, grouchy husband and restless adult children, I had to give in and find a job that would best suit my needs as a mom and wife. But that didn’t mean to stay home (though I did for 8 days).

My recruiter found me a part-time position as a receptionist, paying more than what I was getting at my old job and I go in for 4.5 hrs. SWEET! I can still make breakfast every now and then for the guys in the morning and my daughter and I can talk a morning stroll at the Houston Arboretum. I am able to clean house, do laundry and take care of my husband’s social media for Mancave Toyz. I can brainstorm about cupcake ideas and much more. I know this is going to be a good thing.

This weekend, I am going to bake a bit for my family. I want to try out some new recipes and a friend of mine sent me some homemade toffee to try which will go into a cupcake. Though I am in the mood to bake Neapolitan Cupcakes by Cooking Classy . So, it just night happen and stay tuned this weekend for pics and an update.

Getting bake to baking has made my heart a bit happier. I am always excited to bring out the mixer and spatulas. So, if you like sweets, keep it here and you just might see more of them and I will share recipes from great bakers all around.

Have a safe weekend!

jRose

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas from Houston, Texas!

Friends….bloggers! I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas. It was a beautiful day here in Houston. The weather was nice and inviting.

We have been a busy group with work and school. My husband is in the process of launching his company called Mancave Toyz. We participated in a vendor event in early December, and had many orders placed for many different things. But the biggest hit this holiday season was the “beer cap opener/catcher”. Here is a sample of what it looks like. What do you think?

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We were also featured in CultureMap Houston this past week. Take a look at all the other cool things that were featured too.

Well, that is all for tonight.

From my family to yours….Merry Christmas.

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Cheers,

jRose

The beginning of a new season…Christmas

Christmas was never a good holiday for me, at least for the past 4 years. Family grows apart, friendships fade and well, the time of depression tends to set in….DEEPLY. But this holiday season I will make it different, I will make it better around my family. My spirits will be lifted, my mindset will be positive and my overall goal is to be as happy as I possibly can.

The empty bench that you see here will be filled with time spent reading, drinking coffee and conversations with people that I love and enjoy. So, come join me and help me make memories and laugh about the nonsense of life’s worries.

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Happy Holidays,

jRose

Life after the #21EarlyDays

I haven’t been waking up at 4:30a or 5:30a, but at 6a. which I think is pretty good considering I LOVE to SLEEP! Zzzzz The past few days of sleeping past 4:30a is pretty nice. My alarm still goes off at 4:30a, I hit the off button and fall right back to sleep. I haven’t been to bed early since last Tuesday, but last night I did lay down at 9p. My body was telling me to slow down and relax. It’s been a rough week…no a busy week. A little stressful, but overall it was handled with care and ease.

This morning I have swept my house, did a load of laundry and cleaned the bathrooms. I feel energized when doing that because I know that I don’t have to come home to a messy house. I want this to be a routine at least twice a week and the other 3 days I want to go for a walk. The weekends will be left alone to relax and enjoy it with family and friends.

I can’t really describe what I am learning from all of this, but what I do need to learn is to take time out for myself. Not in a selfish way, but in a healthy way. My moods have changed and that I know needs to get better. I have been an emotional mess the last few days, so I must go back and reflect on the days I woke up early and felt good about it. Yes, that is exactly it! Reflect, Repair and Relax. Let’s give this a shot and move forward with the positive attitude that all will be good, all will be great and all will be loved.

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“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happy Day!

Cheers,

JRose!

Day 21 – #21EarlyDays with JRose!

Day 21 – I DID IT! I have accomplished the early mornings, the going to bed by 10pm, sometimes 9pm, the cleaning of my house early in the morning and the good walks that I had while seeing the sun rise. Do I keep it going? I am not sure yet, maybe just a few days of the week.

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I didn’t do this challenge alone. You all that have started following me, liking my posts and sending me messages are the ones that are most encouraging because it kept me going. I didn’t want to disappoint you. I didn’t want to disappoint myself. I had to stay motivated and focused, with that I want to say Thank You!

This morning I read through all my posts, and I can’t believe some of the things I accomplished and some things I should have done better. Overall, I am happy with my #21EarlyDays challenge and I thank Filipe Castro Matos for the “12 lessons of waking up at 4:30a for 21 days.” I learned how to manage my time, go to bed and rest, and see life as a whole and not just for myself.

From the book Now is the time, by Patrick Lindsay

Now is the time…to ignore your limitations

Limitations are just guideposts,

They may signal different routes

or different ways to reach a destination.

But they won’t prevent us from getting there,

unless we empower them to do so.

Ignore them,

focus on the journey.

Happy Thursday!

Cheers,

JRose!