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  • @brookiefishyface listens to a podcast called @themorningtoast and i guess they recently talked about a certain cake made at a restaurant called Cipriani in NYC. Someone posted a recipe inspired by that cake so I decided to make it. It took about 4 hours or so (with some refrigeration time) before we could taste it. The version I made is called “Lemon Scented Meringue Cake” and can be found at www.kitchykitchen.com. Greg thinks it tastes like a lemon meringue Boston cream cake. Now what to do with the remaining 7/8 of a huge cake? 😂 #diftt🥂 #EmptyNesterLife #CakeForDays #LemonScentedMeringueCake #Cipriani
  • @brookiefishyface listens to a podcast called @themorningtoast and i guess they recently talked about a certain cake made at a restaurant called Cipriani in NYC. Someone posted a recipe inspired by that cake so I decided to make it. It took about 4 hours or so (with some refrigeration time) before we could taste it. The version I made is called “Lemon Scented Meringue Cake” and can be found at www.kitchykitchen.com. Greg thinks it tastes like a lemon meringue Boston cream cake. Now what to do with the remaining 7/8 of a huge cake? 😂 #diftt 🥂 #EmptyNesterLife #CakeForDays #LemonScentedMeringueCake #Cipriani
  • 578 59 13 February, 2019
  • Good morning! Not my typical morning sweatie selfie 😅 Yes, of course I got up and worked out!! But then I headed to USF as my sweet girl is having surgery on her left hand for an injury she got during volleyball. They are repairing a tear in the tendon by her thumb. Prayers for a safe, quick and successful procedure would be appreciated!!! #volleyballmom no longer #shesdone #handsurgery #emptynesterlife #usfhealth #gobulls🤘
  • Good morning! Not my typical morning sweatie selfie 😅 Yes, of course I got up and worked out!! But then I headed to USF as my sweet girl is having surgery on her left hand for an injury she got during volleyball. They are repairing a tear in the tendon by her thumb. Prayers for a safe, quick and successful procedure would be appreciated!!! #volleyballmom no longer #shesdone #handsurgery #emptynesterlife #usfhealth #gobulls 🤘
  • 130 9 26 October, 2018
  • Greg talked me into pedicures for FHE last night.  This is what happens when everyone moves out. I counted the chairs while we were there last night.  There were nine. Who’s coming next time? #emptynesterlife
  • Greg talked me into pedicures for FHE last night. This is what happens when everyone moves out. I counted the chairs while we were there last night. There were nine. Who’s coming next time? #emptynesterlife
  • 523 15 28 November, 2017
  • Everything is more fun with friends! Thank you for those who joined us this evening at @luckysmarket for our Food Flip! New ways to approach a Chef Salad, the Bean Salsa flipped into a main dish that everyone enjoyed.... and whaaattt? Brussels sprouts on a Charcuterie Board?
Yup.... it’s 2019, folks...anything goes! Learn how... with Food Flip!
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#foodflip #mealprep #prepintoparty #foodiesofinstagram #luckysmarket #luckysfamily
  • Everything is more fun with friends! Thank you for those who joined us this evening at @luckysmarket for our Food Flip! New ways to approach a Chef Salad, the Bean Salsa flipped into a main dish that everyone enjoyed.... and whaaattt? Brussels sprouts on a Charcuterie Board?
    Yup.... it’s 2019, folks...anything goes! Learn how... with Food Flip!
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    #foodflip #mealprep #prepintoparty #foodiesofinstagram #luckysmarket #luckysfamily
  • 104 8 12 February, 2019
  • SUNDAY FUNDAY:  Well, Sue and I really did this yesterday but had so much fun that we didn’t have time to post. We went to a couple of breweries on a bus. I’m not much of beer drinker, but it was so much fun! And the sunset @harpersferrybrewing was to die for...Overlooks the Potomac River and so beautiful!
  • SUNDAY FUNDAY: Well, Sue and I really did this yesterday but had so much fun that we didn’t have time to post. We went to a couple of breweries on a bus. I’m not much of beer drinker, but it was so much fun! And the sunset @harpersferrybrewing was to die for...Overlooks the Potomac River and so beautiful!
  • 287 11 30 December, 2018

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  • Lorakeet. Bright and Beautiful ⋆
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I’ve had various levels of stress and worry over the past few months. I learned so much by leaning into God. I’ve been spending more time with him each day. Being consistent. Even though the stress and uncertainty of just the past week alone was enough to make me want to hide or be blue.  I DIDNT!! ⋆
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I’ve learned that my JOY is apart from my circumstances. My JOY and MY HAPPINESS come from Christ. It doesn’t matter what life might throw at me it can’t take those things from me. ⋆
It feels good to lean into God. To go and do fun things. Like our date night last night and then our day date tonight. 
My stress and worries are still there they just don’t control me or my JOY. ⋆
It is a choice. I CHOOSE joy. 
Jesus is my JOY. #joy #jesusismyjoy
  • Lorakeet. Bright and Beautiful ⋆




    I’ve had various levels of stress and worry over the past few months. I learned so much by leaning into God. I’ve been spending more time with him each day. Being consistent. Even though the stress and uncertainty of just the past week alone was enough to make me want to hide or be blue. I DIDNT!! ⋆


    I’ve learned that my JOY is apart from my circumstances. My JOY and MY HAPPINESS come from Christ. It doesn’t matter what life might throw at me it can’t take those things from me. ⋆
    It feels good to lean into God. To go and do fun things. Like our date night last night and then our day date tonight.
    My stress and worries are still there they just don’t control me or my JOY. ⋆
    It is a choice. I CHOOSE joy.
    Jesus is my JOY. #joy #jesusismyjoy
  • 34 5 8 hours ago
  • I AM LOOKING FOR Ladies...Ladies who are ready to commit to making small changes to improve their health. .
Women who want to learn how to make sustainable changes that will actually work, not just a quick fix - because we know that’s not realistic. .
We are finishing up our current program this week which means it’s time to gear up for the next one. Cause even though we hit a goal or complete a challenge, bootcamp or whatever it may be it doesn’t mean we stop.  We should keep moving forward. .
And if your looking to have the bikini bod before summer, then you’ll want to join me for this one. .
You’ll be given a workout plan that fits your schedule & fitness level + a full year of workouts to grow with + an accountability group to keep you on track + a simple portion focused meal plan & recipes galore.  You’ll also get a month of my Superfoods shakes as an added bonus!
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Ready to join us? Drop an emoji below and I’ll send you the info.....
  • I AM LOOKING FOR Ladies...Ladies who are ready to commit to making small changes to improve their health. .
    Women who want to learn how to make sustainable changes that will actually work, not just a quick fix - because we know that’s not realistic. .
    We are finishing up our current program this week which means it’s time to gear up for the next one. Cause even though we hit a goal or complete a challenge, bootcamp or whatever it may be it doesn’t mean we stop. We should keep moving forward. .
    And if your looking to have the bikini bod before summer, then you’ll want to join me for this one. .
    You’ll be given a workout plan that fits your schedule & fitness level + a full year of workouts to grow with + an accountability group to keep you on track + a simple portion focused meal plan & recipes galore. You’ll also get a month of my Superfoods shakes as an added bonus!
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    Ready to join us? Drop an emoji below and I’ll send you the info.....
  • 26 1 8 hours ago
  • It has been a minute since Jason and I have been able to bowl. He had ACL surgery 6 months ago and we were not able to play. This is one of our favorite things to do together.  I would say we both did good for not being able to play for awhile.  #pinox2 #emptynesterlife
  • It has been a minute since Jason and I have been able to bowl. He had ACL surgery 6 months ago and we were not able to play. This is one of our favorite things to do together. I would say we both did good for not being able to play for awhile. #pinox2 #emptynesterlife
  • 12 0 9 hours ago
  • These 3 boys had a bath today (I think I was just as wet as them)! Then they all got to model their new bandanas!!
  • These 3 boys had a bath today (I think I was just as wet as them)! Then they all got to model their new bandanas!!
  • 33 9 17 February, 2019
  • Always . I came from the ashes more than once in my life . I was in a dark place in my head. So know that I am not here to show you a highlight reel and if it seems that way it’s because THIS is real right now but also something I worked towards. In the past it was so much safer and easier to shut people out than to explain the darkness that I myself didn’t understand. But IF it is was okay 10 /20 years ago to talk about not having it all together I missed the memo.  So WHAT changed........ First of all I had to work on me instead of trying to control everything around me. #rereadthat 
I had to start from the inside. 
For me that was working out and those endorphins were a KEY ingredient. Then I found a tribe that shares. And I mean shares y’all - (this was it!!!) I was NOT alone in this world and my deep dark feelings were also the same as someone else’s . 
They struggled too! I started to work with them, learn with them and together we continue to grow. 
So my story is here because the old me would of said THANK YOU sister 🙌. And the new me wants to see you go after your dreams and not waste the kind of time I did being unsure, scared, letting fear make your choices. The best thing I ever did was jump into what my heart had been tugging me to do and that was putting myself out there and share my story with you. So that you would be handed the same opportunities I was to work with extraordinary people and bring in extra income. I’m not here to show you perfect abs(I mean there are margaritas on this planet)🤷🏻‍♀️🤣 or to see the vacations we earn. I am here because I decided I wanted to make a difference and I could no longer do that staying shut off from the world. 
I am here because someone believed in me. This work has changed my life - mentally,physically and financially. 
I will forever be thankful for it. So please remember highlight reels have back stories and you are more than welcome to join us if you are wanting to grow. Just shoot some love in my direct message box We can see if it’s a fit for you. ~ Time to dream bigger baby. 💚🤗 #imperfecthumans #notjusthighlights #ihavepurpose #emptynesterlife #upsanddowns #depressionsucks @kwaaks_live
  • Always . I came from the ashes more than once in my life . I was in a dark place in my head. So know that I am not here to show you a highlight reel and if it seems that way it’s because THIS is real right now but also something I worked towards. In the past it was so much safer and easier to shut people out than to explain the darkness that I myself didn’t understand. But IF it is was okay 10 /20 years ago to talk about not having it all together I missed the memo. So WHAT changed........ First of all I had to work on me instead of trying to control everything around me. #rereadthat
    I had to start from the inside.
    For me that was working out and those endorphins were a KEY ingredient. Then I found a tribe that shares. And I mean shares y’all - (this was it!!!) I was NOT alone in this world and my deep dark feelings were also the same as someone else’s .
    They struggled too! I started to work with them, learn with them and together we continue to grow.
    So my story is here because the old me would of said THANK YOU sister 🙌. And the new me wants to see you go after your dreams and not waste the kind of time I did being unsure, scared, letting fear make your choices. The best thing I ever did was jump into what my heart had been tugging me to do and that was putting myself out there and share my story with you. So that you would be handed the same opportunities I was to work with extraordinary people and bring in extra income. I’m not here to show you perfect abs(I mean there are margaritas on this planet)🤷🏻‍♀️🤣 or to see the vacations we earn. I am here because I decided I wanted to make a difference and I could no longer do that staying shut off from the world.
    I am here because someone believed in me. This work has changed my life - mentally,physically and financially.
    I will forever be thankful for it. So please remember highlight reels have back stories and you are more than welcome to join us if you are wanting to grow. Just shoot some love in my direct message box We can see if it’s a fit for you. ~ Time to dream bigger baby. 💚🤗 #imperfecthumans #notjusthighlights #ihavepurpose #emptynesterlife #upsanddowns #depressionsucks @kwaaks_live
  • 22 0 17 February, 2019
  • Treat your body as if it belongs to someone else.  Well, When you put It that way. 😉  I Started my morning off with a great workout that helps with balance , which was much needed especially since my right knee is acting up a bit and man did that feel freaking AH-MAZing and was exactly what was needed. .
There is nothing more rewarding than treating yourself well both mentally & physically. This morning I thought about how thankful I am for this body that I have been given - even as imperfect as it is with stretch marks, love handles and all!
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No matter where you are in your journey, take a moment to be thankful for your body. It really is an amazing gift and it's up to us to take care of it so we can use it as a means to show love and affection.
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Self-care is so much bigger than the abs you want or the dress size you want to fit into. Do something for YOU today because you can, because you are grateful and because your family deserves you at your very best! If that's not motivation, I don't know what is! Have an great Saturday everyone!!
  • Treat your body as if it belongs to someone else. Well, When you put It that way. 😉 I Started my morning off with a great workout that helps with balance , which was much needed especially since my right knee is acting up a bit and man did that feel freaking AH-MAZing and was exactly what was needed. .
    There is nothing more rewarding than treating yourself well both mentally & physically. This morning I thought about how thankful I am for this body that I have been given - even as imperfect as it is with stretch marks, love handles and all!
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    No matter where you are in your journey, take a moment to be thankful for your body. It really is an amazing gift and it's up to us to take care of it so we can use it as a means to show love and affection.
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    Self-care is so much bigger than the abs you want or the dress size you want to fit into. Do something for YOU today because you can, because you are grateful and because your family deserves you at your very best! If that's not motivation, I don't know what is! Have an great Saturday everyone!!
  • 28 3 16 February, 2019
  • Our love is my favorite adventure. 🔥🌹❤️ Settled in with our popcorn and about to press play on our next Netflix show. 🙌🏻🥰
What is everyone up to tonight?? Are you heading straight for happy hour, letting some steam off at the gym or family movie night?
No matter what’s on the schedule for tonight, have a great time, you deserve it!!
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  • Our love is my favorite adventure. 🔥🌹❤️ Settled in with our popcorn and about to press play on our next Netflix show. 🙌🏻🥰
    What is everyone up to tonight?? Are you heading straight for happy hour, letting some steam off at the gym or family movie night?
    No matter what’s on the schedule for tonight, have a great time, you deserve it!!






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  • 60 21 16 February, 2019
  • Natures gifts 🐬
  • Natures gifts 🐬
  • 35 5 16 February, 2019
  • I've never seen anyone get very far by wishing. They had to work for success.
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This morning when I told my husband I was leaving to run 5 miles, he responded with, “Wow, that’s a lot”. He didn’t mean it in a doubting if I could do it kind of way but when he said it, I kinda panicked. It made me think of how monumental that task was before me. 😳
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Normally, I don’t think much about it and just go for it. So that’s what I tried to do today. The first mile was the toughest but as I continued on it got easier. The same is true with our health and fitness journey. It can be intimidating to start. You’ll probably doubt if you can do it but if you just start, things usually work themselves out as you go - and it will get easier!! 👍🏻
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I can't imagine what my life would be like now had I not decided to take control of my health and fitness. I am leading by example - not perfection. I am loving myself first so I can pour love and energy into others.
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That is powerful stuff but it only came because I made a choice. I didn't wait. You have to be able to set  aside any fear of failure or self-doubt and just go all in. And it will be absolutely 100% worth it. You have to stop wishing and start doing. 🙌🏻 Need help on where to start?  Let’s chat! 😀
  • I've never seen anyone get very far by wishing. They had to work for success.
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    This morning when I told my husband I was leaving to run 5 miles, he responded with, “Wow, that’s a lot”. He didn’t mean it in a doubting if I could do it kind of way but when he said it, I kinda panicked. It made me think of how monumental that task was before me. 😳
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    Normally, I don’t think much about it and just go for it. So that’s what I tried to do today. The first mile was the toughest but as I continued on it got easier. The same is true with our health and fitness journey. It can be intimidating to start. You’ll probably doubt if you can do it but if you just start, things usually work themselves out as you go - and it will get easier!! 👍🏻
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    I can't imagine what my life would be like now had I not decided to take control of my health and fitness. I am leading by example - not perfection. I am loving myself first so I can pour love and energy into others.
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    That is powerful stuff but it only came because I made a choice. I didn't wait. You have to be able to set aside any fear of failure or self-doubt and just go all in. And it will be absolutely 100% worth it. You have to stop wishing and start doing. 🙌🏻 Need help on where to start? Let’s chat! 😀
  • 24 3 15 February, 2019
  • Lunch break of heaven 😁😁 #alohapoke
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I got the small crunch bowl with half brown rice and half seaweed.
  • Lunch break of heaven 😁😁 #alohapoke
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    I got the small crunch bowl with half brown rice and half seaweed.
  • 34 7 15 February, 2019
  • Wanna know why I show up and do this every day? It's to show you that despite a crazy hectic lifestyle as a single parent, home owner, DIYer, psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, massage therapist, Reiki healer and hospice volunteer, I and you can all find 20 to 30 minutes of self care each day.

Why is it so important?

Because I know that without exercise I probably would no longer be here. Exercise have got me through the toughest times of my life: facing an acrimonious divorce, representing myself in court, being threatened with two penal notices and losing my dad after a long and awful battle with cancer, all at the same time. Gah!!! Those were dark days.

I remember pacing the house in the early hours in the freezing cold wondering how the heck I was going to manage. I had no idea how I was going to get through that period of my life or how I was going to protect my 3 and 5 year old children. All I knew was I had to somehow survive and the commitment to myself to workout daily made me feel better.

It wasn't about the aesthetics, it was about my mental health. That's why I share this stuff with you.

Without caring for our mental health, we deny ourselves optimal living. 
Do want to join me on my journey? This isn't just a quick fix, this is a lifestyle. Are you in? Drop your fav emoji and I'll be in touch! I want to help you too.💙✨💛 .
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.  #emptynestproblems #newdirections #midlifetips #midlifejourney #emptynester #womenover50rock #findyourway #momsofinstagram #fitafter50 #divorcedmom #youngatheartforever #agegracefully #agedoesntmatter #ageisjustanumber #reinventingmidlife #emptynestmom #emptynesterlife
  • Wanna know why I show up and do this every day? It's to show you that despite a crazy hectic lifestyle as a single parent, home owner, DIYer, psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, massage therapist, Reiki healer and hospice volunteer, I and you can all find 20 to 30 minutes of self care each day.

    Why is it so important?

    Because I know that without exercise I probably would no longer be here. Exercise have got me through the toughest times of my life: facing an acrimonious divorce, representing myself in court, being threatened with two penal notices and losing my dad after a long and awful battle with cancer, all at the same time. Gah!!! Those were dark days.

    I remember pacing the house in the early hours in the freezing cold wondering how the heck I was going to manage. I had no idea how I was going to get through that period of my life or how I was going to protect my 3 and 5 year old children. All I knew was I had to somehow survive and the commitment to myself to workout daily made me feel better.

    It wasn't about the aesthetics, it was about my mental health. That's why I share this stuff with you.

    Without caring for our mental health, we deny ourselves optimal living.
    Do want to join me on my journey? This isn't just a quick fix, this is a lifestyle. Are you in? Drop your fav emoji and I'll be in touch! I want to help you too.💙✨💛 .
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    . #emptynestproblems #newdirections #midlifetips #midlifejourney #emptynester #womenover50rock #findyourway #momsofinstagram #fitafter50 #divorcedmom #youngatheartforever #agegracefully #agedoesntmatter #ageisjustanumber #reinventingmidlife #emptynestmom #emptynesterlife
  • 72 5 15 February, 2019
  • I am looking for women who are serious about making a change in their eating, nutrition and fitness.  This group is catered to women who need a fresh start and are looking for a solution at home and need support. 
You will participate in a home fitness program, follow a dialed in eating plan designed to bust plateaus and add structure to your life.  There will be no guess work.  You will tone your ABS, ASS and ARMs and get that summer  body you have always dreamt of. 
I am thrilled at how well this at home workout(s) have worked for my challengers AND for myself (57lbs⬇️). And we  are not done yet.....cause are ya’ ever really done? 
You’ll be given a workout plan that fits your schedule & fitness level + a full year of workouts to grow with you + an accountability group to keep you on track + a simple portion focused meal plan & nutrition channel with HUNDREDS of healthy recipes + new ones always being added 🤭. You’ll also get a month of my Superfoods shakes or Performance Pack (gogo juice ⚡️/ muscle recovery drink ) as an added bonus all for one price with a  30 day money back guarantee. 
Just comment “ interested” or drop a “🍑”and I will message you the details..
  • I am looking for women who are serious about making a change in their eating, nutrition and fitness. This group is catered to women who need a fresh start and are looking for a solution at home and need support.
    You will participate in a home fitness program, follow a dialed in eating plan designed to bust plateaus and add structure to your life. There will be no guess work. You will tone your ABS, ASS and ARMs and get that summer body you have always dreamt of.
    I am thrilled at how well this at home workout(s) have worked for my challengers AND for myself (57lbs⬇️). And we are not done yet.....cause are ya’ ever really done?
    You’ll be given a workout plan that fits your schedule & fitness level + a full year of workouts to grow with you + an accountability group to keep you on track + a simple portion focused meal plan & nutrition channel with HUNDREDS of healthy recipes + new ones always being added 🤭. You’ll also get a month of my Superfoods shakes or Performance Pack (gogo juice ⚡️/ muscle recovery drink ) as an added bonus all for one price with a 30 day money back guarantee.
    Just comment “ interested” or drop a “🍑”and I will message you the details..
  • 36 4 15 February, 2019
  • #ValentinesDay has me feeling the love in the air and appreciating that I can spend this day with my husband. Earlier in our marriage we never were able to spend Valentines Day together because he was a #marine and either deployed or out in the field. ❤️Flash forward till now!! We spent the entire day together loving on our family and each other. It’s nice that we both have jobs that allow us to work from home!! ❤️ that’s our saying to each other. All those years back when he was deployed he sent me flowers. With a card attached saying “till your daying die” well he meant to say “till your dying day” LOL but we’ve embraced his typo and it’s our special message of love. ❤️ enough about me! How are you spending this splendid day of #love?
  • #ValentinesDay has me feeling the love in the air and appreciating that I can spend this day with my husband. Earlier in our marriage we never were able to spend Valentines Day together because he was a #marine and either deployed or out in the field. ❤️Flash forward till now!! We spent the entire day together loving on our family and each other. It’s nice that we both have jobs that allow us to work from home!! ❤️ that’s our saying to each other. All those years back when he was deployed he sent me flowers. With a card attached saying “till your daying die” well he meant to say “till your dying day” LOL but we’ve embraced his typo and it’s our special message of love. ❤️ enough about me! How are you spending this splendid day of #love ?
  • 70 30 15 February, 2019
  • Day 539 : “We Fit ♥️ Together"
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‘I wake up at 5, at work by 6 am ♥️ She looks at me and smiles, pulls the covers back over her head. ♥️ We're like two peas in a different pod, you know what I mean. ♥️ I like my coffee black, she only drinks green tea. ♥️ She likes to read a book, but I'd rather watch TV. ♥️ To look at us you'd never know, that we were meant to be. ♥️ Like a lid on a jar, like a tip on a bar. ♥️ She's like a puzzle, I'm the missing piece. ♥️ That fits in the middle, makes her picture complete. ♥️ A lock and a key or a boat in the breeze. ♥️ Like some jelly in the center of a donut just tastes sweeter. ♥️ We fit together.
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Everybody knows love just don't make sense. ♥️ And the way we carry on makes people scratch their heads. ♥️ But that's OK, it's how we roll. ♥️ It’s just the way it is.
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We fit ♥️ together.’ ~ lyrics by Emerson
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Happy Valentine’s ♥️ Day to all the puzzles out there!
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#valentinesday #mylove #myvalentine #emptynestlove #emptynest #emptynester #emptynesters #whoiam #postmomsyndrome #over50andfabulous #over50 #empoweringwomen #bemyvalentine
  • Day 539 : “We Fit ♥️ Together"

    ‘I wake up at 5, at work by 6 am ♥️ She looks at me and smiles, pulls the covers back over her head. ♥️ We're like two peas in a different pod, you know what I mean. ♥️ I like my coffee black, she only drinks green tea. ♥️ She likes to read a book, but I'd rather watch TV. ♥️ To look at us you'd never know, that we were meant to be. ♥️ Like a lid on a jar, like a tip on a bar. ♥️ She's like a puzzle, I'm the missing piece. ♥️ That fits in the middle, makes her picture complete. ♥️ A lock and a key or a boat in the breeze. ♥️ Like some jelly in the center of a donut just tastes sweeter. ♥️ We fit together.

    Everybody knows love just don't make sense. ♥️ And the way we carry on makes people scratch their heads. ♥️ But that's OK, it's how we roll. ♥️ It’s just the way it is.

    We fit ♥️ together.’ ~ lyrics by Emerson

    Happy Valentine’s ♥️ Day to all the puzzles out there!

    #valentinesday #mylove #myvalentine #emptynestlove #emptynest #emptynester #emptynesters #whoiam #postmomsyndrome #over50andfabulous #over50 #empoweringwomen #bemyvalentine
  • 66 6 14 February, 2019