5 Blissful Revelations by a Few Good Men

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Ever wonder what the good guys say when us girls are not around? This week’s Blissful Revelations are dedicated to just that- Some classy men, some before our time, seemed to have it spot on.

1. Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves. ~ Albert Einstein

2. It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or his foe, that lures him to evil ways. ~ Buddha

3. You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly. ~Sam Keen

4. A weak man is just by accident. A strong but non-violent man is unjust by accident. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

5. The most desired gift of love is not diamonds or roses or chocolate. It is focused attention. ~Richard Warren

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The Top 6 Reasons Being an Adult Rocks

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Mama Kat once again inspired me to think outside the box…You see, she asked me (and countless other followers-but I like to think she was talking to me 😉 ) what are the six best things about being an adult.

At first, perhaps like you, I laughed and thought there is nothing better than being a kid because they have no bills or worries-especially during summer vacation. However, that thought quickly was replaced with a sense of peace and satisfaction because honestly, being an adult is pretty damn cool. Sure there are stresses, health concerns and fluctuating bank statements but the fact is- WE’VE MADE IT.

After losing one of my most dearest students- Sofi, who fought and overcame cancer, later to pass due to a heart condition at age 13, I have never believed this statement more. You see, Sofia passed away this past April and two weeks later BlissfulVida was born. I realized that this Vida is worth living to the fullest and my little Sofi taught me that. She was essentially the biggest driving force behind this blog and the reason I recognize what a blessing it is to be an adult, because quite frankly, not everyone gets there.

The Top 6 Reasons Being an Adult Rocks

  • You’re comfortable in your own skin: That’s right…you aren’t awkward anymore…or at least if you are, you’ve accepted it ;). You are happy being you. You’re hormones are under control- unless your pregos or dealing with menopause- your voice has been established and you have accomplishments that surpass simply a kindergarten diploma.
  • You know so much more: You have learned from your mistakes. You recognize life isn’t perfect and you have learned to deal with ups and downs. You have probably lost someone you loved and learned to grieve and overcome it. You are used to a little bit of pain and that has made you so much stronger.
  • You can make the conscious ability to change: Your outlook on life, your appearance, your career, YOUR WORLD. You are an adult who has lived and because of that, you realize that the world can be exactly what you want it to be. My friends, though, I caution you, this is only true if you sincerely believe it.
  • You don’t have a curfew but are still in bed by 11 o’clock. 😉
  • You have your whole life ahead of you: To become successful, to get married, to make your marriage work, to have second chances, to have kids, to watch your kids grow, to eventually have grandkids, to sky dive, to travel…TO DO WHATEVER YOU WANT TO DO.

Friends, I know we get boggled down at times by adulthood, but stop and look at the beauty it brings. We owe it to our parents who gave us this life and we owe it to those who don’t get to make it there.

Blissful Blessings,

Nicki G. The Blissful Wife

In memory of Sofia Blanco and Michael Sanchez-Agramonte two young souls that made it to Heaven sooner than they should have.

Afternoon Letters

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Dear Lunch Time Friends, I had a wonderful time with you all.  It was a perfect touch to my day <3.  Dear Waiter who Scoffed at my Lunch Friend when she asked for her Glass of Water, Shame on you.  That wasn’t nice and rolling your eyes is not a friendly thing to do.  Dear Annoying Person I Encounter Every Day, I wish you could get a grip and not be so needy.  Really, the world does not revolve around you and your incessant need to constantly talk about yourself is incredibly unnecessary.  Dear Brother, I miss you and I love you.  I want you to be happy always.  The work you are doing will pay off, I know it.  Dear Kardashian Family, I am watching your show while I type because there is nothing else on, but really you guys drive me crazy.  I wish you would go away and keep your business private.  May I add that I understand I could simply change the channel, but sometimes I feel the need to watch the train wrecks you guys get yourselves into.  Dear Molly Mariethe dog- I wish I understood what you were trying to say when you stare at me and bark loudly as if I understood exactly what you were saying but chose to ignore it.

I hope you have enjoyed the letters..I have had fun writing them.

xoxo,

Nicki G. The Blissful Wife

Little Letters

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I came across a couple of blogs that write “Little Letters”…I loved the idea so much I decided to try it myself. Here goes.

Dear Molly Marie– The Dog- Thank you for learning to pipi on your training pad, but shame on you for peeing on our bed in the process!!!  Dear Post Man, Why do you have to bring so many bills?  I would love you so much if one day you brought be only cool things like invitations, free money and concert tickets.  Dear Hubby, You looked sooooo handsome in your shirt and tie this morning.  Dear Person who Cut Me Off, I have terrible road rage; the next time you do that I will cut YOU off and then slam my breaks really hard-BEWARE.  Dear Wednesday, Do you know you are referred to as “hump day”?  What an honor my friend.  Bring your friends Saturday and Sunday around soon, ok? Dear Nice Cashier at Publix, Thanks for always smiling at me and being so pleasant.  It makes me happy and shopping certainly is a pleasure when you do that.

Do you have small letters?  If you do share them with me…This could be something fun for Wednesday.

Blissful Love,

Nicki G. The Blissful Wife

Only 150 Calories of Cupcake Goodness

Sometimes inspiration comes from the wildest places- including a Boston College dorm room and a couple of hungry sophomores.  This is where Elizabeth Halle, author of the Little Moments of Happiness blog, learned to cook.  A Miami local, she wasn’t always into cooking until she was forced to learn after leaving the nest and going away to school.  Now Elizabeth is committed to finding healthy alternatives to our favorite recipes- including- drum roll please- A 150 CALORIE CUPCAKE!

Yes, you heard it friends, Elizabeth has discovered a healthy alternative to Mishas Cupcakes and it is more than a morsel of yummy deliciousness.  Did I mention Enticing Icing IS included?  Who knew healthy could taste so perfect?

Friends, with no further delay here is Elizabeth’s 150 Calorie Cupcake:

The 150 Calorie Cupcake

Makes 12 Cupcakes

What You Need: 

  • 1 3/4 cups cake flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup Splenda Sugar Blend
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 2/3 cup almond milk

Let the Fun Begin: 

  1. Preheat oven to 325F
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and baking powder.
  3. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. After, add the egg whites and extracts. Continue to mix until all ingredients are incorporated.
  4. Stir in 1/3 of the flour mixture into the wet mixture. (From Step 3) Stir in 1/3 of the milk. Repeat until all ingredients are combined.
  5. Scoop the batter into the muffin tin (about ¼ cup each). Bake for 17-20 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

Enticing Icing

Makes approximately 4 cups

  • 1 ½ cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/ teaspoon vanilla extract

Continue the Fun:

  1. With an electric mixer, beat butter on medium-high speed until pale and creamy, about two minutes.
  2. Reduce speed to medium. Add the powdered sugar, ½ cup at a time. After every 2 additions, 1 cup of powdered sugar, raise speed to high and beat 10 seconds, then return to medium. Repeat four times.
  3. Add the vanilla extract and beat until incorporated into icing.

Feel free to refrigerate the left over icing in an airtight container for up to 10 days to use with other pastries or cakes made throughout the week; simply make sure to thaw at room temperature for about 5 minutes before use.

Here you have it friends- with simple substitutions like almond milk and Splenda you have a splendid healthy alternative to a classic dessert.

Elizabeth is committed to giving us delicious healthy recipes on her blog Little Moments of Happiness and has recently launched Miami’s first health and fitness blog- The Live Well Lady.  Make sure to show her lots of love friends!

Until next time- Blissful Baking,

Nicki G. The Blissful Wife

Girl Humor vs. Guy Humor

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Picture the Scene:  I am cooking a delicious, aromatic, sure to be tasty dinner for the hubs and me, while in the background my sensitive, big-hearted, teddy-bear-of-a-husband is watching TV.  Lovely isn’t it?  I hear him laugh and it warms my tummy; until I realize what exactly he finds so hysterically funny:  good-natured, wholesome, moral-driven shows like Family Guy and South Park.    Sound familiar?

Growing up with a jock for a brother and several boy cousins, I learned at a young age:  The cruder, raunchier, and more immature something is the heartier they will laugh, at times even being brought to tears by said vulgarities.  There exist a valid and very real difference between what girls find funny and what guys find to be quality entertainment.

So how to deal with this conundrum of an issue when it arises in your relationship?  Ladies, you may not like this but the answer is- “Let it go!”  Let’s face it, we find our men sexy whether they cry in The Notebook or laugh at Brian and Stewie partaking in wildly inappropriate activities for a dog and a baby.  One of the many things that sets them apart from us girls is exactly that- their sense of humor.

I adopted the theory, “If you can’t beat ‘em-join ‘em”.  So now I sometimes sit and watch unrefined and outlandish TV with my husband and in return he watches The Bachelorette with me.  We found a balance that works for us and I won’t lie, there is something to those man-shows…they can be quite hilarious at times ;).

Blissful Laughing Friends,

Nicki G. The Blissful Wife