Lauderdale-by-the-Sea...Aruba Beach Cafe... Today I spent some quality time with the boys by dragging them to Aruba Beach Cafe for lunch in Lauderdale by the Sea. I have to admit that since going there a few weeks ago with the hubby it's become one of my favorite spots. Today they had someone playing the calypso drums and it felt like we were on a tropical island somewhere. The food is pretty good and the views are great (I always ask to be seated outside). As you can see on the photos there is a fabulous pier, benches to sit on and relax. The location of the restaurant is practically right on the beach as you can see. Soon I will be getting ready to join my husband at B Ocean Fort Lauderdale to Celebrate the New Year. Overall today was a great day to end off 2012. Happy New Year my friends. May 2013 bring you good health, total happiness, lots of love and much success. Cheers!!!

©2013 PaulaSantos
Simple Sunday...lazy and quiet.... I know I shouldn't be complaining about the weather we're having here in south florida especially since most of my family and friends up north are freezing their arses off...but where the heck is the sun. Temperature is okay but the sun is missing :0( Still it's the perfect day to laze around surfing the net, reading a good book, or watching tv (or like the hubby just taking a nap). So with time on my hands and since I'm really not inspired today to create anything I'm mainly doing some research online. Putting a list together of all the places I want to visit in south florida. It's amazing just how much there is to do. First stop next weekend will probably be Calle Ocho in Little Havana (Miami). Haven't been there in years and want to go on a discovery journey. Even South Beach will have to be re-discovered since I can't remember the last time I went there. Here are some photos of the last time I visited.

Can you recommend any places worth going to in south florida? send me a note. thanks and have a great sunday :0) live,laugh, love...
©2013 PaulaSantos
I decided to tackle one side of my house today. Everything was so overgrown that you couldn't even see the back fence (photo posted yesterday). I did make some headway but have to admit that my hands took a beating. Guess I'm not used to gardening anymore and for next time - garden gloves are a must. As much as I love ferns, they are extremely invasive and have taken over the side of the house so I will need to spend quite some time getting them under control. Here is what it looks like so far.

And I've also starting posting some items for sale in MY ETSY SHOP
Here are 2 paintings I just listed:

Taling a much needed break today and then probably doing a little baking. Have a wonderful day and see you later. paula
©2013 PaulaSantos
A new Chapter.
Wow...I can't believe that I finally got the courage to start working on my own little business. I have to admit that leaving the Sheraton Suites Plantation as sales manager was much harder than I anticipated. At times it almost feels like I'm having withdrawal symptoms. It's hard to go from working 50 to 60 hours a week to being at home working on my own stuff. Mind you right now I'm just taking some time to organized the house and my studio (and trust me organization is really needed since it's been neglected for quite some time). I finally have the opportunity to walk around the house and see all that needs to be done...and there's a lot. First I'll work on the inside but even the outside has been neglected. One side of the house really needs some clean-up since everything is overgrown. And the front of the house isn't much better as you can see.

So NO whinning allowed, just some good old fashioned elbow grease, organizing and most important de-cluttering for the next week or so. And at the same time I'm also taking photos of my jewelry and art so that I can finally finish my website. And if I'm lucky I'm able to take an hour or two a day to actually do what I love...create. And that my dear friends is why at the end of the day I need a full glass of some homemade sangria.

Have a wonderful day and remember to :
Live every moment
Laugh every day
Love beyond words
©2013 PaulaSantos