Blissful Rejuvenations from Paradise


Backdrop- Norman Island where we snorkeled 🙂

We are in the final leg of our island getaway and it has been incredible.  We are still boating to different islands around the British Virgin Islands and we are having a great time.  Our sea-legs are stronger than ever and our tans are super fierce.  Like everything in life, I have learned so much.  Island-life is so different than Miami-life, hell than any type of life.

So here are some of my lessons learned:

  • Never, ever try to rush an Islander!  They are not used to the hustle and bustle as we are, so when you are anxious to eat in the islands- be nice, patient, and drink a few Pina Coladas to hold you over.
  • The world is filled with incredible sites.  The pictures we see on the Internet truly do not lie.  They exist.  I have seen them on this trip and it is hard to describe the beauty in God’s creations.
  • Relaxation is essential and totally necessary.  By nature, I am not a totally relaxed person- until I got to the islands.  They do something to you, perhaps it is in the water…maybe it is in the drinks…but in the islands relax you.
  • Sometimes the water can be choppy and storms casually show up, but they pass and you always weather the storm.
  • I need to find a way to become rich so I can be on vacation in the islands 300 out of the 365 days in the year…Who’s with me? 😉

Blissful Blessings Friends!

See you soon 😉

Nicki G. The Blissful Wife

The Top 6 Reasons Being an Adult Rocks

Photo courtesy of Donna Irene Photography 

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.

Spread the Love

Today is the prefect day to spread some amor!

5 Ways to Show Someone You Love them Today:

  • Write a love note…love text…love e-mail… to your beloved
  • Say it with Lyrics!  Dedicate a love song to your favorite person.
  • Serve your Honey with a super sweet action- be it a soothing massage or whipping up a yummy dinner…maybe even doing a load of laundry…give your sweet a break.
  • Share a special memory with your love.
  • Invent a romantic holiday just for today…then celebrate it from here on out.

If your rocking the single life, then show your special love to whoever you love…friends, family, strangers…anyone who can use it.

Blissful Loving,

Nicki G.

Game Day Grub

BlissfulVida is blessed to have friends who visit from all over the world… Greece, Dominican Republic, Malaysia, Canada, The United Kingdom, Portugal, Mexico, Indonesia, The Netherlands, and so many more Blissful followers from many amazing countries I wish to one day see for myself.

Because of this, my foreign friends, you may not be aware that in my hometown, Miami FL, something pretty BIG is occurring. A metaphorical phenomenon of sorts, where heat and thunder combine and react in a particular setting- a basketball court.

Let me be perhaps the first to tell you that our beloved Miami Heat have reached the Mecca of the National Basketball Association- The NBA Finals- and they will be fighting for the championship title against the Oklahoma City Thunder beginning this evening.

So what better way to celebrate a hopeful win than with delicious Game Day Grub!

The perfect Pan Fried French Onion Dip is the recipe I will today share with you today.

We can thank the Barefoot Contessa for this glorious goodness that will take your taste buds and each of your senses to the perfect euphoric-state and game-day oblivion.

What You Need:

  • 2 large yellow onions
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

Let the Fun Begin:

  1. Cut the onions in half and then slice them into 1/8-inch thick half-rounds. (You will have about 3 cups of onions.)
  2. Heat the butter and oil in a large saute pan over medium heat.
  3. Add the onions, cayenne, salt, and pepper and saute for 10 minutes.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 more minutes until the onions are browned and caramelized.
  5. Allow the onions to cool.
  6. Place the cream cheese, sour cream and mayonnaise in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat until smooth.
  7. Add the onions and mix well.
  8. Taste for seasonings.

Blissfully Enjoy!!!

Clear…Blue What!?!?

I am sure you can all relate to the following scenarios:

When you’re single- society asks, “When are you going to get a boyfriend/girlfriend?”–as if you have the ability to will Mr. or Mrs. Right into being.

When you finally enter into a relationship, your parents and friends start asking, “When are you going to get married?”–as if you can will a ring to appear on your delicately eager right hand.

Once you marry…your grandparents start asking, “When are you going to give me great-grand babies?”

…Do you see where I am going with this?  I’m willing to wager a hefty sum on the fact that we have all had to dodge these questions at one point or another.

Of course, the hubs and I are often asked when will we welcome our bundle of joy into this world… It seems Molly Marie, our precious four-legged daughter, isn’t quite enough for most.

Let me give you a disclaimer: We WANT children.  We LOVE children.  WE ARE JUST NOT READY FOR THEM…YET.

Well, upon arriving home from our blissful honeymoon in St. Lucia a very interesting episode in the life of this blissful wife occurred.

Now, I am not often a late sleeper… I am more of a rise and shine type of girl….but coming home after the honeymoon, I was tired and VERY, VERY sleepy. I truly didn’t think anything much about it, other than the wedding stresses finally catching up with me and my body needing an intense vacation from being a bride.

So, on Day 8 of my blissful marriage, the hubs and I needed to make a quick run to Publix to purchase a few things for that evening’s dinner. We strategically planned our supermarket sweep and agreed he would man the car so we wouldn’t have to lose time searching for parking and I would make the swift purchases.

I left the car a happy, carefree, girl-on-a-grocery-mission. I returned a nervous-oh-my-we-may-be-pregnant mess with a pregnancy test in hand. Again, I WANT TO BE A MOM…Just not yet.

You may be wondering what happened to get me in this state. Well, as I quickly shopped the aisles, I shared a conversation with my wonderful mother-in-law. In passing, I mentioned my newly-adopted odd sleeping habits and she suddenly asked in her sweet, gentle way,”Nicki, are you sure you’re not pregnant?”

Oh. My. Gosh. No. I can’t be with-child. I mean, technically-yes…we did have an amazing honeymoon…but no this just can’t be. We want to save money. We want to travel. We want to enjoy each other. Suddenly what’s for dinner wasn’t occupying my mind, rather how the hell to perfectly aim pee on a stick was. My husband, on the other hand, was incredibly zen and calm. He looked at his crazy new wife with such peace it only concerned me more.

Sleepless nights, private school tuition, and dirty diapers crowded my brain as the longest 5 minutes of my life slowly ticked away. Then, something odd occurred. I thought of sweet baby coos, unconditional love for a human created out of pure love, and baby names began to dance in my head. The zen-feeling Javy exhibited slightly took hold of my accelerated heart beat and I began to think of our baby.

Eventually, the test revealed a minus sign, indicating I was in fact a tired bride, not a future blissful mommy. I was oddly sad, yet slightly relieved. God knew we weren’t quite ready for a baby and this false alarm was just a reminder of that.

I know one day, sooner than later, we will welcome babies into this crazy world. I know we will be amazing, self-less, sacrificial parents, just like our moms and dads are…and I know the timing will be right…even if it’s not…because God will be in charge.

Friday’s Rejuvenating Revelations

  • You are stronger than you think.  Your mind has more power than you give it credit for.  Your heart heals quicker than you realize.  Give yourself the merit you deserve.
  • “I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person.” ~ Audrey Hepburn

 

  • God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today.  Have you used one to say ‘thank you?’  ~William Arthur Ward ~  To my US Friends, please give a silent salute for our military women and men who have sacrificed their time, lives, families and happiness for us.
  • “I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” ~ Marilyn Monroe 
  • Today: Believe in yourself; trust in yourself; love yourself.  Even if it is hard, even if you’re busy- MAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF.  You deserve it.

This One Time…My Heart Got Duped…

~Photo courtesy of Alina M. Photography 

Upon entering the world of blogging, I came across an incredibly witty and hilarious young mom, Mama Kat, who blogs about her life as a mom, love and all the fun that comes along this blissful journey we are all on.  Every week Mama Kat offers the fellow bloggers of the world the challenge to think beyond every day norms and focus on writing about some pretty imaginative topics.

This week’s prompt-challenge got me thinking pretty outside the box.

Describe a time you were duped. 

As I spoke to my husband about this week’s topic, I reminisced with him about the first time my heart was duped.  At one point or another everyone reading this entry has been fooled by love, perhaps more times than you can count and while you can probably recall each and every time your little heart was broken, nothing can compare to the first time you felt that stab of heartache as a teen.

For me, it was my junior year of high school and I was in love…or so I thought, with my best friend.  It was the perfect little story:  two best friends fall in love, get married and live happily ever after.  That is where my inventive mind had taken me all those years ago.  I thought for sure I was destined to love this boy forever.  Until that fateful day when I was betrayed by a so called friend who decided to disregard my heart’s desire and start dating the boy of my dreams, my best friend.

I couldn’t believe it.  Upon finding out, I started to sob, heave and eventually hurl out all the contents of my stomach.  My poor mom was beside herself…looking back I am sure her heart probably hurt more than mine did that night.  Seeing her baby girl duped by not just a boy but a girl-friend as well, was surely a mother’s nightmare.

She ferociously tried to console me; promising that the pain would eventually go away and that he wasn’t my soul mate- simply a stupid boy who didn’t deserve my love and devotion.  I remember praying and praying every night to God begging and pleading with him to please let me marry this boy.  God certainly answered my prayers, but not with a “Yes Dear”, rather with a resounding, echoing “NO CHANCE BABY”.

Eventually, I did get over my heart break.  My strong little soul mended itself and lived through that terrible ordeal and like you know, I did get my happily-ever-after; I did marry my best friend; and my mommy’s promises certainly came true.

Ready for the curve ball though?  That boy who duped me all those years ago was named Javy…So when I would pray to The Man Upstairs, I would say, “God, please, please let me marry Javy”.  Are you seeing where I am going with this????

God did eventually answer my prayers by taking away the “wrong Javy” and giving me the most amazing gift ever, marrying my husband JAVY, not that boy who broke my heart all the years ago, rather, the man who loves me better than anyone ever could.  The “Right Javy”…so who got duped after all?

For I know the plans I have for you; plans to prosper you and not harm you; plans to give you hope and a future.  ~Jeremiah 29:11

Hollywood Dreams

I always thought I was destined for Hollywood.  Growing up, I dreamed of one day being Samy’s nemeses on Days of Our Lives, managing to save the day with my wit, intelligence and beauty.  I also fancied thoughts of stealing Katie Holmes’ role on Dawson’s Creek as Joey Potter.  After all, I personified “the girl next door” part simply perfect if I didn’t say so myself.

I can’t exactly tell you what was the running force behind my wanting to be a famous Hollywood starlet. Maybe it was the thrill of the glitzy and glamorous lifestyle; perhaps it was the fun that must exist in getting paid to be someone else for a bit, escaping reality just long enough to miss it.  I don’t quite know why I dreamed such fantasies; all I knew is that I wanted to be rich and famous, living in Hollywood, knowing there was a star out there donning my legendary name.

My dreams have since evolved into more mature, realistic aspirations.  However, as I sit next to my wonderful husband driving up the coast from San Diego to Hollywood, CA, I reminisce on my childhood desires.

We all had them…these whimsical thoughts of what we thought we would have wanted our careers to be.    When money wasn’t a factor and opportunity wasn’t an issue, we let our dreams wander to places with flashy lights and people cheering us on.  So, while the flashy lights and perhaps the money maybe more difficult to conjure up, the fanfare isn’t.  Today, make sure you reflect on your biggest fans, those supporters who have always been alongside you chanting your name, believing in you.  Their love is certainly more valuable than any Academy Award.