Perspective by the Quote

Good Morning! I hope your weekend has been a pleasant and relaxing one, thus far. A couple of days ago, I had every intention of posting this very post, but unfortunately, several unfortunate occurrences seemed to interfere.

Never Quit

Between the issues related to the wireless network/router and my laptop, to the minor settings issue with my iPhone, it was frustrating and difficult to feel as though it wasn’t my fault, or beyond my control. When I found myself becoming stressed and overwhelmed, I turned to what I most often do – quotes. For those who know me well, or have been reading my blog for even a brief time, quotes are something I highly value and feel it helps me keep situations and life, in general, in perspective. Needless to say, I managed to stumble across several quotes this past week (most were tweeted by one of my favorite TODAY Show anchors, Hoda Kotb) which I found to be inspiring, motivating and comforting. The last quote I found (which you’ll see pictured, below) is from a necklace I happened to spot while browsing at Kohl’s with my sister and niece. Initially, I spotted it a couple weeks ago and then several days ago, we visited Kohl’s again and since the quote had been on my mind since first seeing it, but I couldn’t recall the specifics of it, I was able to locate it and snap a quick photo to share.

Quotes of the Week:

  • “And suddenly you know… It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.”
  • “People grow when they are loved well. If you want to help others heal, love them without an agenda.”
  • “With the right music, you either forget everything or you remember everything.”
  • “You’re the wish my heart made.”

Disney Necklace





Pour on the Sweet: Let Torani Sweeten Your Day!

Good Morning! This weekend was a bit rough, but on a positive note, the other week, I had a pleasant delivery arrive at my home from one of my favorite companies: Torani! It’s a company you may or may not be familiar with at this point in time, though it’s popularity and presence is rapidly expanding. Active on an array of social media platforms (including, but not limited to Facebook, Twitter (@Torani), and Pinterest (, plus a very comprehensive website –, Torani is a family-owned, San Francisco, California based company and one that is as friendly as it is delicious! Every interaction I’ve ever had with the Torani company is always a positive and friendly one, making the experience even more appealing and so it is without question, I am a loyal customer, frequently replenishing my supply numerous times each month. Though, if you’re not familiar with Torani, you might be wondering what the company offers and what it is all about. Read on to learn more about this exciting company and its offerings:

Torani Logo

According to the official Torani website (, Torani was founded by Rinaldo and Ezilda Torre in 1925, after visiting family in Lucca, Italy. Given their love of Italian sodas, the Torres’ sought to introduce the special beverage to the US and did so with the creation of flavored syrups. With a wide assortment of syrups ranging from fruit flavors, to classic Hazelnuts, Vanillas, and a wide array of other eclectic flavors, the Torre family went on to create the world’s first flavored latte with syrup, we all know and love!

Nowadays, the Torani company maintains an active global presence and following with their product lineup and assortment rapidly expanding and responding to customer need and inquiries. Today, their product offerings are impressive, offering more than 100 flavored syrups, sauces and beverage bases. With Torani, the sky is the limit when it comes to food and beverage creations (often used to flavor coffees, sodas, teas, smoothies, cocktails, and both sweet and savory food recipes), given the unique sampling of flavors and options.

At this point, you might be wondering, okay, sounds great, but where can I purchase it? Well, you’re in luck, Torani products are available for purchase through the following (but not limited to):

  • The Official Torani website (
  • Area Grocery Stores
  • Select Bed, Bath and Beyonds

*Note: For more specific location offerings central to your home, please consult the Torani store locator on their website (

Unique Torani Facts:

  • Remains a family business today and prides itself in answering the questions and requests of customers. Every time I’ve contacted Torani, I’ve always received a personalized, customized and honest response, with my needs and inquiries attended to.
  • Recipes are featured on their website specific to each product offering! For instance, find that you purchased a flavored syrup/sauce because you liked how the flavor sounded, but are unsure as to what to create with it? Fear not, Torani’s website maintains a plethora of recipes for easy access and reference (, so you never have to worry about what to create. Plus, you can search for recipes specifically for the product you have on hand!
  • Active in the Community: As a unique and attractive attribute, Torani prides itself in maintaining an active community presence in the area it calls home – San Francisco, California. The company’s volunteerism efforts spill into after school programs, community-wide parades, cleaning Golden Gate Bridge Park, Boys & Girls Clubs, in addition to a wide assortment of other activities and ventures. Also, Torani encourages the public to reach out to them for support in causes they are interested in, making it known, they are a company who truly cares about the needs of their customers, both product and community-wise.
  • Sugar-Free Friendly: Adding to it’s uniqueness and accommodating nature, Torani features a wide assortment of sugar-free offerings, sweetened by Splenda brand sweetener! (Fact: My favorite way to use Torani syrup, is by adding it to my coffee, typically using a sugar-free variety – most often either sugar-free vanilla or classic hazelnut!)
Use Torani syrup to create a makeshift latte by adding Torani syrup to your coffee or espresso!

Use Torani syrup to create a makeshift latte by adding Torani syrup to your coffee or espresso!

Torani Product Line-Up:

Given the number of products currently offered by Torani, it would be impossible to list all the available flavor and variety offerings, but for easy and direct access, here is a link to the product offerings on the Torani website: ( That being said, the following are some of the newest offerings by Torani:

  • Bourbon Caramel Syrup (Recently, I had the opportunity to sample this particular flavor and was absolutely delighted by the mild, buttery flavor and the complement/contrast of the bourbon to the caramel syrup! Used in coffee to create a makeshift latte, or to a tea latte, the possibilities are endless and of course, delicious! It is a smooth and sweet flavor and adds just the right amount of flavor to whatever it is added to)

Torani Bourbon Caramel Syrup

  • Ginger Lemongrass Syrup
  • Lemon Tea Syrup
  • Peach Tea Syrup
  • Raspberry Tea Syrup
  • Salted Chocolate Caramel Sauce: (Much to my delight, I was also provided with this sauce to sample! What a wonderfully sweet treat it was to add to ice cream! The combination of chocolate and caramel is one I deeply enjoy, so I was thrilled to learn it was being offered as a sauce by Torani. It was a syrup with texture, not too thin, not too thick, provided in a squeezable bottle, so whichever amount I wanted could be easy released. It was an instant sundae and added a sweet dose of flavor!)

Torani Salted Chocolate Caramel Sauce

Use Torani syrup to create a unique frappuccino, frappe or other frozen beverage of your choice!

Use Torani syrup to create a unique frappuccino, frappe or other frozen beverage of your choice!

  • Spicy Kola Nut Syrup
  • Sugar-Free Belgian Cookie Syrup
  • Sugar-Free S’mores Syrup

Torani Sauces

Sweeten and customize a milkshake with Torani syrups/sauces!

Sweeten and customize a milkshake with Torani syrups/sauces!

A Sampling of Classic Flavors (here is a brief synopsis of some of the more “classic” flavors offered by Torani):

  • Caramel Syrup
  • Classic Hazelnut
  • French Vanilla
  • Raspberry

Torani Sugar-Free Syrup

Exotic/Unique Torani Flavor Offerings (again, here is a brief sampling of some of the more unique Torani syrup flavors):

  • Chai Tea Spice Syrup
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Syrup
  • Cupcake Syrup
  • Peanut Butter Syrup

Torani Syrups

Well, there you have it! It’s easy to see I’m a big fan and supporter of Torani and have been so for numerous years. With Torani, we’re given the ability to make each experience a unique and different one. Add a little syrup or sauce or a lot to any recipe, drink or food and it’s a guarantee it will taste satisfying each time!

*I’d like to take a moment to express my sincere gratitude to the Torani team for their hospitality and for providing me with the unique and incredible opportunity to sample their sauce and syrup; It is very much appreciated and was put to good use!

Fall Through the Lens

Good Morning! It’s not often I post photos I’ve personally taken, but I felt that today was as good a day as any to provide a quick glimpse into my iPhone camera album! Some of the photos I’ve taken are unique in my opinion and unlike anything I’ve taken before and though they may be simple, I thought I’d share them. Before I share these photos, I’d like to share a quote I stumbled across this morning, which was said by one of my favorite authors/poets, the late Maya Angelou:

“We cannot change the past, but we can change our attitude toward it. Uproot guilt and plant forgiveness. Tear out arrogance and seed humility.”

In reading this quote, I thought, what an appropriate sentiment for a day like today, a day in which people are constantly faced with judgment and criticism, a world where so many people each day ruminate in the past, wishing they’d made different choices. Why not make a different choice today? A choice to see the past differently and offer acceptance/forgiveness to ourselves, what we have been through and encountered.

Today, I’m making a choice to share the photos I’ve taken myself. They aren’t professional, they aren’t monumental by any means, but they are a snapshot into my life and in simple terms, the “Fall season through the lens.”

An apple tree from a local orchards from last month.

An apple tree from a local orchard from last month.

A closer image of the apple tree.

A closer image of the apple tree.

Another angle of the apple tree.

Another angle of the apple tree

A horse at a local farm store I recently visited.

A horse at a local farm store I recently visited.

Horse 2

Horse 3

Horse 4

My first Starbucks holiday cup of the season.

My first Starbucks holiday cup of the season.

Power of the Paw

Last night, as I typically do, I had the TV turned to ABC’s World News Tonight hosted by David Muir as I prepared and then ate dinner. Sometimes, I find it is merely background noise, something to fill the house with the sound, but occasionally, there will be a story on air that truly speaks to me. Little did I know, however, how much it would impact me in particular, last night. At first, I was barely listening, watching the TV screen, but not actually absorbing what was airing, until the image of a small child named Bella and a large, 131-pound Great Dane, named George graced the screen. At first glance, what a pair they were, walking side by side, albeit the same height, but a significant difference in weight and body shape. Though, as the story continued to air, I quickly realized how significant of a relationship they actually have; well beyond that of a traditional pet.

Bella and George

For those of you who might have missed the story last night, here is a link to the video:

For Bella, George is not only her dog, but her constant support, teacher and guide. Born with a rare genetic disorder and diagnosed at age 2, she was unable to walk and potentially confined to a wheelchair. However, enter George, a Great Dane service dog, who has been by her side now for years, aiding her in walking, serving as her constant companion from the moment she wakes until she sleeps, with George still by her side, providing comfort, guidance and a watchful eye. As I watched Bella and George’s story on TV, I was overcome with emotion, true, raw emotion. Sitting beside my mom as I watched, tears filled my eyes and then down my face, as the bond of Bella and George was one evoking an emotional reaction behind words. As a dog owner myself, for over 13 and a half years, I know firsthand of the bond between a human and their dog. The journey of Bella and George is an incredible story of how dogs can truly change lives, not only as companions, but as a true guide and helper. Each day, George is beside Bella, aiding her in mobility and the everyday activities of living. He helps her live her life as a child her age should be able to live – with the freedom of movement and the ability to explore. Watching them walk beside each other, with George in step with her every move, brought not only tears to my eyes, but also a smile, so proud to see dogs being honored and embraced in this way, giving them the spotlight, they deserve.

No Reason Needed

It’s now late afternoon and almost Halloween eve. For those of you who are fans of Halloween or will be celebrating in some way, I wish you lots of fun and excitement! Before we head into the weekend, I felt I needed to share an article I stumbled across merely moments ago. One of my favorite authors, Amy Hatvany, shared an article on Facebook this afternoon and also posted a quote from the article, which ultimately lead me to click over to read it in its entirety. What I read left me nearly speechless and stunned. The author said many of the words and thoughts that are difficult and painful to verbalize, but he did so in such a way that made sense and commanded my attention and thought.

In the article, (, the author states that everything doesn’t always happen for a reason, contrary to the phrase people so often utter. This thought in itself was intriguing and prompted me to question the times I, myself, have personally said it. His rationale behind it was unique and I more or less do agree with him. However, the most intriguing and eloquent aspect of the article for me, came towards the end, and I’d like to share the specific passage:

“When a person is devastated by grief, the last thing they need is advice. Their world has been shattered. This means that the act of inviting someone—anyone—into their world is an act of great risk. To try and fix or rationalize or wash away their pain only deepens their terror.

Instead, the most powerful thing you can do is acknowledge. Literally say the words:

I acknowledge your pain. I am here with you.

Note that I said with you, not for youFor implies that you’re going to do something. That is not for you to enact. But to stand with your loved one, to suffer with them, to listen to them, to do everything but something is incredibly powerful.

There is no greater act than acknowledgment. And acknowledgment requires no training, no special skills, no expertise. It only requires the willingness to be present with a wounded soul, and to stay present, as long as is necessary.

Be there. Only be there. Do not leave when you feel uncomfortable or when you feel like you’re not doing anything. In fact, it is when you feel uncomfortable and like you’re not doing anything that you must stay.

Because it is in those places—in the shadows of horror we rarely allow ourselves to enter—where the beginnings of healing are found. This healing is found when we have others who are willing to enter that space alongside us. Every grieving person on earth needs these people.”

After reading the author’s writing, I felt relieved and understood. So often, I have experienced situations where a loved one or close friend has experienced something tragic, overwhelming or upsetting and I’ve been torn with what I should say or how to convey them how much I care and want to be there to support them. I’ve often wondered if I’ve conveyed this in a way that makes them feel supported and cared for, or if I’ve simply sounded foolish. The way the author describes how to support someone, is eye-opening for me. It makes me recall all those times I’ve wondered what to say or do and lets me know that just by being there and sitting through those painful silences, maybe my support is known. It’s also comforting to know that by writing this article, I am aware that I am not alone in the sentiments I’ve felt.

Presence Quote

Anyhow, I felt it was necessary for me to post this today, because I know if I hadn’t stumbled across my favorite author’s post, I might never have come across it, so I thought if it offered me a perspective, it might prove to do so for others, as well. With that said, Have a great Halloween weekend and take time to enjoy the Fall foliage!

Just say YES!

Yes. Whether you say it as oui, si, or in any other language of your choice, it is a word that often comes with an impact, whether monumental, or minuscule. Some of us, (myself, included) will often say yes to things I’d like to say no to. Sometimes, I say it out of guilt, fear, laziness, or worry. Other times, I say it because I feel if I do it, perhaps I’ll come to enjoy it. Then there are many other times, both past and present, where I wish I HAD said yes, but instead said no and shied away from opportunity, chances and experiences. It’s sometimes difficult to make the decision to say either yes or no and after making a final decision, having to deal with the repercussions of it, if they happen to be negative.

Yes photo

That being said, yesterday while perusing some of my favorite social media pages, I stumbled across an article posted by a coupon service I often frequent – RedPlum. It was an article written by Jennifer Frye and appeared on their October 7, 2015 blog post. If you’d like to view the actual post I’m referencing, here is the link to browse at your convenience:

Decisions Quote 2

In the post, the author highlighted 6 things we should consider saying yes to. The article left me reflecting and considering what I have in fact said yes to through the years. Here is what the author feels we should say yes to and my perspective on it:

  1. Making time for you. Your physical health and overall well-being are a priority. Do take the time to relax, exercise, read a book, take a bubble bath, or do anything that makes you happy.

My Take on it: I think this is of the utmost importance and completely agree with the author’s suggestion. Often times, when I find myself overly-stressed or worried, taking time to relax, through reading a book, listening to music and belting out my favorite tunes, or indulging in a favorite movie, like “Serendipity,” leaves me feeling rejuvenated and puts things into perspective for me.

      2. Go out on the town.  Visit a new museum or restaurant downtown. Catch a movie, grab drinks with your friends, have fun outside of the home.

My Take on it: This is a fun idea to indulge in and think about. Sometimes, it’s simply running to the nearest Starbucks, taking time to sit and savor a favorite beverage, taking in the scenery and relishing in the moment. Other times, it could be going apple picking (as I did this past week!) and spending time in nature, enjoying the weather, Fall foliage and landscapes

      3. Take a random trip somewhere. If the opportunity to travel presents itself, just go. Whether it is to Japan, South Africa, or Paris remember to see the world.

My Take on it: Oh, how I absolutely love this idea! I’m a traveler at heart, but I don’t get to travel nearly as often as I’d love to. The idea of one day visiting Paris and enjoying the Eiffel Tower, practicing my French language skills and indulging in the French cuisine are all travel plans I aspire to someday fulfill! Though, even the smaller trips, such as a couple years ago, when my sister and I visited Delaware for a brewery tour and some outlet shopping, can make the all the difference and is still an experience in itself.

      4. Make a new friend. You never know where introducing yourself to a co-worker, classmate, or a neighbor can lead, possibly to a new friendship. Take the time to meet new people.

My Take on it: This is definitely true and I have done this numerous times in the past. For instance, back in middle school (starting in 6th grade), I became acquainted with the girl who would become my best friend through senior year on the bus ride on the first day of school. Other times, I met another close friend in a summer class I took in college, prior to my senior year. We can often meet friends in the most unlikely places (in line at a store, in a doctor’s office, etc, the possibilities are endless) and in my mind, a new friend is always welcome and something I’ll say yes to.

       5. Spending time with family. It is important to nurture and spend time with the people that matter the most in your life. Call, Skype, or visit your parents, siblings, cousins, and grandparents as much as possible.

My Take on it: I’m a family girl at heart, so this is something I will surely always say yes to without having to put much thought into it. My mom and sister are my closest confidantes, so I always value and cherish the time I spend with them. Since becoming an Aunt in August 2014, spending time with my niece is always the highlight of my life, as well.

        6. Accomplish your goals. Never give up on your goals. Overcome your fears and take the first step to seeing your dreams come to pass.

My Take on it: How true is this? It’s difficult to really place into words, but many times over the years, I’ve proven this concept to be true. What immediately comes to mind is my high school years. I may have mentioned this on here before, but early on in my high school years, I applied to be a writer on the Reality section of my local newspaper, which is a teen section published once-per-week. It allows adolescent writers on the teen panel to write about anything and everything they are interested in. It was my goal to write for the section since childhood, having read the newspaper on a regular basis since assigned current events in elementary school. The first year I applied, I was rejected, with the editor telling me my writing simply wasn’t “up to par,” or the type of writing that would appeal to readers. Hearing this, part of me was crushed, discouraged and let down. Since I am often critical of myself in general, I decided to make it my goal to try again next year and throughout the year, hone my writing skills, working as hard as I could to improve them. Unsure if I was able to accomplish this, the subsequent Summer, once again, I submitted an application to join the Reality panel and much to my surprise, was graciously accepted and welcomed aboard! My excitement was palpable and I began to envision all the possibilities and the ideas I wanted to explore and document. That particular school year, I entered filled with promise and excitement. The day I found out I would be joining the panel, my friend took me to celebrate and I remember feeling euphoric as we indulged in a celebratory slice of cheesecake. That being said, never giving up on your dreams and goals is definitely, without question, something to say a profound, concrete YES to.


So there you have it. Now that you’ve read the author’s suggestions and my take on it, what will you say yes to, today?

A “Hello” of a Thousand Words

This morning, I was innocently perusing through Facebook, mindlessly looking over the endless amounts of posts with little or no pertinent information, not believing I would find anything of true substance, but contrary to my preconceived notions, I did. Years ago, when I first became acquainted with her music and at the height of her career, I apparently “liked” Adele, the renowned singer on Facebook. For about two years now, she has been noticeably absent from the music scene, taking time to write, live her life and plan her next steps. Her absence from the music world was upsetting for me, as it was for many and made me curious as to when she would make her return, if ever.

Adele picture

Then, I started hearing buzz on the radio and TV about her impending return, this year, at some point. The other day, a 30-second clip of her latest single, apparently aired on the British version of the X-Factor TV show. Her new album was confirmed (officially, this morning!) to be titled, “25,” which chronicles her transition period, documenting where she’s been, what she’s encountered and more importantly, what she’s learned. I think her album is bound to be filled with bravery, strength and inspiration. I’ve always admired Adele for her talent and presence. She is one of the few singers who can simply stand on stage and sing. She doesn’t need to perform intricate dance routines or wear scantily-clad clothing; she can stand on stage and command the attention of all with her voice.

Anyway, back to the premise of this post – this morning, I stumbled across Adele’s Facebook post. In her post, she explains the concept of her new album and quite frankly, it is one of the most candid pieces of writing I’ve ever read and one that closely resonates with me. I felt compelled to share it on here, in case you might not have seen it, and also, I’m hoping that it will provide inspiration and comfort to some, as it has for me. Here it is:

Adele writing

(Since it is a bit challenging to read the actual text from her Facebook post, as you can see above, I am posting the actual words below)

ADELE’S Post (posted on Facebook and Twitter and shared on various websites)

“When I was 7, I wanted to be 8. When I was 8, I wanted to be 12. When I turned 12 I just wanted to be 18. Then after that I stopped wanting to be older. Now I’m ticking 16-24 boxes just to see if I can blag it! I feel like I’ve spent my whole life so far wishing it away.’

‘Always wishing I was older, wishing I was somewhere else, wishing I could remember and wishing I could forget too. Wishing I hadn’t ruined so many good things because I was scared or bored.’  

‘Wishing I wasn’t so matter of fact all the time. Wishing I’d gotten to know my great grandmother more, and wishing I didn’t know myself so well, because it means I always know what’s going to happen. Wishing I hadn’t cut my hair off, wishing I was 5’7. Wishing I’d waited and wishing I’d hurried up as well.

My last record was a break-up record and if I had to label this one I would call it a make-up record. I’m making up with myself. Making up for lost time. Making up for everything I ever did and never did. 

‘But I haven’t got time to hold onto the crumbs of my past like I used to. What’s done is done.Turning 25 was a turning point for me, slap bang in the middle of my twenties. 

‘Teetering on the edge of being an old adolescent and a fully-fledged adult, I made the decision to go into becoming who I’m going to be forever without a removal van full of my old junk.

‘I miss everything about my past, the good and the bad, but only because it won’t come back. When I was in it I wanted out! So typical. I’m on about being a teenager, sitting around and chatting shit, not caring about the future because it didn’t matter then like it does now.

‘The ability to be flippant about everything and there be no consequences. Even following and breaking rules…is better than making the rules.

’25 is about getting to know who I’ve become without realising. And I’m so sorry it took so long, but you know, life happened.”