Sunday, December 27, 2009

Eight O'Clock Frock Giveaway

This dress just caught my eye! Wow look at it. I love the color and the style of this dress. Mustard yellow always reminds me of my mom. It was one of her favorite colors to wear when I was younger. :)

The style of this dress is also nice. I can imagine wearing this dress to work. It's not too tight or too revealing. Just a gorgeous piece!!! Something you could definitely dress up for an after work dinner.

If you want to enter the giveaway, head over to Grosgrain and enter the giveaway. Good luck to everyone!!! ♥

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Stuck in the Snow

My Guy and I, had this great idea. To come and rent a cabin in the mountains. To get away from everything. And it was a great idea. Until we realized, we might be stuck here. You see, we have to leave for Sin City today. And all the roads are closed. It's been 2 crazy days of snow storms. We even lost power for a while. It's a good thing we have all these fireplaces!

I guess we should be very happy. We got to spend some really good time alone. Just being a couple. That tends to be hard when we are living our regular lives. You know, My Guy doesn't have the easiest job. And he is very recognizable. But we are doing, what we can. Taking some time out, to just run away from life.

It is pretty important, that we make it out of here today. We both have work stuff in Sin City. But if we can't make it, what's the worst thing that could happen? We are stuck here together. I can think of worse things.

Actually, I packed up. And My Guy, is looking at some alternate routes out of here. When the sun comes up, we are going to try and get out of here. We've got all day. Hopefully!

We just need to make it to the airport. Good thing we are flying privately, and we don't have to worry about making a flight. That could definitely wrinkle our plans. So could us being stuck. Oh boy! ♥

Monday, November 30, 2009

My Favorite Candy Bars Ever

Have you tried these? They're ridiculously hard to find. I know! I'm like everyone else. Hunting them down. And I refuse to pay $3 for a candy bar! Because that's what they charge at JoAnn's. But I found them at the Dollar Tree. Yes, Big Mo' Bars for $1! I stocked up. The workers thought I was nuts!

Oh, and I didn't stop there. Because I have used them to make different desserts. Adding them into baked goods. Yummy! And in case you haven't tried them, these candy bars are a little sweet. I can split up the candy for 3 or 4 servings. They come in chocolate-carmel, and chocolate-peanut butter. The peanut butter are my favorite!

I've heard from other people that the Big Mo' Bars are only a one time deal. As in "Special Edition." Ugh! I hope they don't stop making them. Because they're delish! ♥

Ruffled Scarf Giveaway

Trina is hosting a scarf giveaway. I think you would enjoy the scarf that she is giving away. I know that I do. It is a scarf that I have had my eye on for a while now. I have searched through every Charlotte Russe around me. With no luck! I can't find it anywhere. But now we all have a chance to win this beautiful grey and black scarf good luck! ♥

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Custom Necklace Giveaway

I saw this necklace and immediately fell in love. It is simple and elegant. And that pearl, I am such a sucker for pearls! I can see myself wearing a necklace like this, with all of my Goddaughters' names. It would be very cute! I'm a HUGE fan of handmade. As most people know. But stamped jewelry like this, I just adore it!

The Mama Manifesto blog is hosting a giveaway for this necklace. If you would like a chance to enter, hurry up and head over to their blog. The giveaway ends tonight! All you have to do, is leave a comment about your most sentimental piece of jewelry.

My most sentimental piece of jewelry, it comes from my mom. It is one of the first rings my dad gave her. And when I moved out on my own, my mom gave it to me. It is a piece of jewelry I wear daily. And whenever I miss my parents, I just have to look at the ring to remember them! ♥

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Happy 40th Anniversary!!!

So it is early! Really early for me. I'm getting ready to head to the airport. To head to my hometown, for a 2 day medical conference. It has been an amazing and very tiring 2 weeks. But my work in Sin City is over. For at least a few weeks. To be honest, I haven't slept. And I am trying to get some work done.

But when I turned my computer on and headed over to my favorite place ever, Google, I was reminded of Sesame Street! Today is the 40th Anniversary of Sesame Street. And doesn't Big Bird look good for his age? hehehe

As a kid, I LOVED Sesame Street. It was my show. I watched whenever I could. If you know me personally, you know that wasn't a lot. But it was my favorite show. I could read when I was 3 years old. I could count. I knew my colors and my shapes. And could even talk in spanish. That was me. I would sit and watch Oscar the Grouch like he was the coolest dude around town! :)

I was a PBS kid. Reading Rainbow, Mr. Rogers, and Sesame Street. When I got the chicken pox at age 4, I was devastated. I had to miss Valentine's Day at school. But I had Bert and Ernie. Actually, when I was young, I had stuffed animals of Bert and Ernie too. My big brother had given them to me. I also had this Big Bird that I could make talk. This for the kid, that was born in the early 80s. My favorites though, were my Sesame Street bedding and Christmas ornaments.

After all these years, I am sure that my parents have all these things put away somewhere in their home. Along with my Big Bird bookcase and Sesame Street books. In fact, not long ago, I saw my Sesame Street comforter in the linen closet, at my parents' house. But I have the ornaments. And every year, I put up my set of ornaments on the Christmas tree. It was probably the only thing that I remembered from my childhood when I moved out. It was years before Elmo. We bought them at the Price Club (now Costco.)

Now, I have to admit. It has been a while since I have last watched Sesame Street. But it still lives on. My niece Sandy had her 1st birthday in August. Her party theme was Sesame Street. She loves Elmo. As does my goddaughter, Anahi. Who had a Cookie Monster cake for her 2nd birthday. And all my friends' kids love to watch Sesame Street too!

The last time I saw an episode, Sarita (my goddaughter) and I watched it in spanish. She is 4 years old. But she just lit up. Singing all the songs and dancing away. It is amazing how many people have been positively touched by these characters. My sister who is now 38 years old, was a huge fan too! Sesame Street bridges generations, socioeconomic differences, and racial differences. It doesn't matter if you grew up in the projects or in middle class America, you were somehow touched by Sesame Street.

Here is to another 40 years! And millions and millions more children who are positively influenced by Big Bird and the gang! ♥

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Lawn Frock Giveaway

The minute I saw this dress, I thought it was perfect and classic. Yet, so playful. The crisp green and white combination always makes me think of cleanliness. Of Spring cleaning. Something I am a HUGE fan of! But with the fullness of the skirt, it is so playful. And youthful. Something you can dance in. Or wear out to lunch with your friends.

But the detail of this dress is what gets me. Everything is so perfectly stitched. Not a stitch out of place. No detail overlooked. I just love the piping and the ruffles. The way the pleats fall on the skirt, just makes me want to try this on!

Look how gorgeous and playful this dress is! I just want to try it on. To dance around my garden. It's that kind of a dress. If you feel the same way, go enter the giveaway. You know you would just love to have this beautiful dress hanging in your closet. Ready for the perfect Spring day. ♥

Poppy Fields Necklace and Earring Set Giveaway

Whenever I see poppies, I can't help but smile. They just remind me of fun, summer fabrics. And you know how much I LOVE fabric. I see these, and I think of summertime. Of wearing a white cotton dress, sandals, and this fun jewelry. I just can't help myself!

The pieces are delicate and fun. Colorful and sophisticated. Something a little unexpected. But for me, Welcomed all the same. I enjoy the simplicity of the pieces. But the playfulness of the poppies themselves.

If you want a chance to win these gorgeous earrings and necklace, head over to the Grosgrain Blog and enter the giveaway. Because, at the end of the day, who wouldn't want some pretty flower jewelry? It just makes you smile looking at it! ♥

Limoncello Frock Giveaway

One of my favorite blogs is hosting a giveaway for this dress. Don't you love it? I saw it and immediately thought of playing in the park on a spring day. Spring is my favorite time of year. And I can honestly see myself having a picnic with the cutie itty bitties in my life. Playing and running through the grass. I can even smell the grass. That is how in love with this dress I am. I wish I could go to a store and buy it!

The delicate ruffles. The button details. And my favorite fabric to wear, swiss dots. All of it just screams, I want this dress! There is something very playful about the dress. Almost childlike. But with an adult attitude. With all it's detail, I can imagine wearing this dress to a fun outdoor gig. And I just adore the lace that peeks out of the bottom!

So I am entering the giveaway. Because Kathleen is an amazingly talented and kind woman. She is offering this dress in a giveaway. Head over to her blog and enter. Because you know that you love it, as much as you love the fresh berries, that make there way to our tables in spring. ♥

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!!!

Happy Halloween!!! This just so happens, to be one my favorite holidays! Months ago, I picked out my Halloween costume. I've been decorating for weeks. Oh, how I LOVE Halloween!

This year, we're splitting the weekend between Sin City...and Bama. "His" and "her" work stuff! But that's life. And we're making the best of it. :) I've been performing with the LBs. Which is ALWAYS a ton of fun! Our costumes are crazy, and somewhat exotic. Well, at least for us. :) And My Guy, he's working hard. During one of his favorite weekends, of the entire year!

Tonight, I'm performing. And My Guy, is coming out west. With a few of his buddies. :) Right after the show, and a little bit of fun, we're heading back. Because My Guy has to work tomorrow! I know. We're absolutely nuts!!!

I can't lie. I'm sorta bummed out. All my cool decorations, are back at the house. :( But I did manage to add some flair to our "Home on Wheels." And in my hotel room in Sin City. Come on, I live for fun decorations!

I hope that everyone has a safe, and fun Halloween! I'm off to have some breakfast. And to catch a flight west. This is going to be my 7th flight, in 3 days! Maybe I can catch a little nap, on the plane. Happy Halloween!!!

6 Years...

Auntie Chuchie,

It's been 6 long years. I remember that day, like it was yesterday. In fact, that entire week, felt like a blur. A blur, that I couldn't process at the time. But that I would remember well. Remember all the details from.

What a difficult week it was. I was so sad. And all I wanted to do, was go home. So I could see you. Instead, I was at my home. Sore from my accident. Finishing your blanket. And praying, that I'd get it back to you.

It was our favorite holiday. And I was trying everything, to get in the Halloween Spirit. Instead, I was miserable. Thinking, I need to be somewhere else. I need to be somewhere more important. With you.

I managed to handout candy. And somehow make it to rehearsal. But I couldn't get you, off of my mind. I knew something horrible, was going to happen. And there wasn't a thing I could do!

Late that night, I got the heartbreaking call. That you had gone with God. And my heart broke. I sat in silence. Felt like someone, had kicked me in the gut. And I couldn't breathe. Because I realized, my best friend was now gone.

It's been 6 years. And the pain is still here. Still haunts me every single day. I try to hold on to your memory. Anyway that I can. Since your passing, I've ALWAYS had a yellow kitchen. I make sure to have your picture with me. And anytime, that I meet someone new, I tell them about my amazing Auntie Chuchie.

I don't think I'll ever get used to the fact, that you're not here anymore. I'll never stop feeling this pain. But I'll ALWAYS have you with me! All the wonderful memories.

I wish, that we had had more time. That you could have taught me more. Like how to make your Frito pie, and meatloaf! Oh, and empanaditas. But more importantly, so that we could have more time together. More time to make memories. And share our lives.

There's not a day, that I don't think about you. Your AMAZING heart. And all the love, that you shared, with each of us. I miss you every single day! And I wish that we could just sit and talk. For just 5 more minutes. I love you Auntie Chuchie!

Your Little Niece♥

Friday, October 30, 2009

Halloween Shows

Tonight we are performing 3 Halloween shows. Then we have a HUGE Halloween party that we have to attend. We get paid for it. To promote the casino and the event. I am kind of worried if I am going to make it through the entire night. It is going to be a long one! Let's just hope and pray.

The Ladies are excited. We are going to be Barbies. Yes, Barbies tonight. I don't know whose idea it was. But it should be fun. Tabi likes to dress up in things like this! Annie is so excited about her costume too! Manders is even excited about doing my hair and makeup! :)

With the band, we are dressing up in "World War II" type of costumes. The guys are going to be from various branches of the military. And I have this "Pin up"style Army outfit. I am excited about this costume. It is more like a shorts jumpsuit thing. Not too revealing at all! Thank you Cole!

We also have the HUGE party. we get paid to mingle and to promote the Casino. Not too bad. But after 3 big shows, let's see if I am still walking. I would guess that we are probably going to work until 4AM. Maybe later. That means plenty to eat for lunch. Lots of fluids. And a ton of hairspray! ♥

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Happy (late) National Chocolate Day

Did you know that there is a "National Chocolate Day?" Yes, there is! And it was yesterday. How did I not know? I am the biggest chocoholic you will ever meet! EVER!!! I love the stuff. I think it is pretty ironic that my ancestors are traced back to the Mayans. Chocolate was for their royalty. It was a very prized possession.

Here I am. All these years later. With stashes of chocolate. Cooking and baking with the stuff. Making mole and gooey brownies. Or just taking a bar. Preferably, a chocolate and peanut bar. And eating it for a snack. Possibly eating chocolate for lunch. You know, on those really bad days.

So let me just wish you a Happy Chocolate Day! Go out and buy a few bars to celebrate. You know. We have to celebrate this amazing day. Even if we are a day late! ♥

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Eastwick is quickly becoming one of my favorite shows. It is! The only thing, I never get to see it when it comes out. I usually have to watch it online. At 3AM, between charts and patient visits. But I am really enjoying this show. I never really got into Sex and the City. I was too busy with life at the time. In the last few years, I have slowly watched it in syndication. But I think this show is a mix between Sex and the City and Lipstick Jungle. A show that I really loved! But it unfortunately got the axe too!

There is something about these 3 women that intrigues me. Maybe it is because they are strong characters and hilarious! Or it could be the storyline. Way back when I first lived on my own, I used to watch Port Charles. It was a 30 minute soap, that was about vampires. Loved it! So Eastwick is just that perfect mix of all my favorites. Great story lines, love the sets and costumes, and tons of fun! ♥

Tweet Tweet

I have been really bad keeping in touch with friends. So I figured that I would join twitter. That way, people could see what I am up to. You know, whenever they want to. Maybe you guys want to know what I am eating for lunch. Or what I am doing at work. That sort of thing. The sorts of random topics that go through my head, but aren't big enough to actual post an entire blog on. If you are on twitter, and would like for me to follow you. Let me know your username. Or if you want to follow me, here I am!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Happy Birthday Anahi!

Dear Anahi,

Today you turn 2 years old. And it's a big day for you. Not only is it your birthday, you are also getting baptized. And we're meeting for the very first time! I'm a little nervous. But I'm really excited. Today marks our beginning. The beginning of our journey together.

I don't know much about you. But I do know, that you like to talk on the phone. We've talked almost every single day, for the last 2 weeks. As you tell me about Sponge Bob, Elmo, and all your cars. I know that Sesame Street is one of your favorite shows. And that you really, really love shoes. A girl after my own heart!

I look forward to our future. A time when we get to know each other better. When we share our lives. I hope that we grew to be very close. That I can help guide you through life. That we are able to share anything, and everything. I also pray that you grow up chasing all of your dreams, and accomplishing all of your goals. Happy Birthday!

Your Nana ♥

A Blessed Day

Today, I'll become a Godmother. Once again. But it's different this time around. It feels more special. Not taking anything away from my Goddaughters. But this is different. Today, we are baptizing my cousin's little girl. A family member.

It just feels special. Different. And right. My cousin and I, are about a year and a half apart, in age. He's younger. But as small kids, we were raised together. Because he lived next door. And as teens, we once again became close. We were sharing lots of the same interests. Primarily music. But we didn't go to the same school. Or see each other often. That didn't stop us. We wrote tons of letters. Back and forth.

Yes, my cousin and I have a lot of history. Primarily, we're friends. There's not a whole lot of people in my family, that I'd call a friend. But he's one. Just less than 2 weeks ago, when I got the call, I couldn't say no. I was touched. To imagine, he and his wife, were asking me to be such an important part of their little girl's life.

So for about 2 weeks now, I've been running around wild. Trying to get a dress, shoes, the perfect accessories, a cake, and all the paper work. I've reworked schedules, booked a flight, and made plenty of phone calls. Made sure that I had gotten the right sizes of everything. Double checked the list I got from the church. And now, the big day is here. Everything is ready.

And if all of that isn't crazy enough, I will get to actually meet my new Goddaughter, for the first time. Yes, the very first time. Just hours before she is baptized. On her 2nd birthday. I'm very excited, for so many reasons. But mostly, because I have this opportunity, to be a big part of her life. And for that, I feel the most blessed!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Voss Water

In our home, we're pretty simple. Nothing too fussy. Pudding pops and Corn Flakes rule in the kitchen. White bread and mayo is a favorite snack. We're not fussy! Except when it comes to drinks. My Guy is pretty set in his ways. Some days, we may not have actual food in our refrigerator. But we always have plenty of beverages. Perfectly lined up. Labels all facing forward. Like you'd find in a store.

And one of My Guy's favorites, you know besides Sun Drop and an occasional beer, is Voss water. Don't tell anyone though. He'd have a heart attack! I'm sure, he thinks this is too girly of a drink. Because he tells everyone that the water is mine!

But in fact, it is My Guy that prefers Voss. He told me that it just tastes better, than water in plastic bottles. More crisp and clean. And he insists that it's more "environmentally friendly," than traditional plastic bottles.

Crazy huh? I like water. I actually really LOVE water. And I'm really starting to enjoy Voss too! I like the bottles. At least at home. Or at work. But to travel with them...I'm always afraid to break them. I'm a bit clumsy. And knowing that I have a glass bottle, of water in my purse, it stresses me out!

I grew up drinking well water. It has a very different taste. And then when I moved, I hated the city water. So I began drinking bottled water. Nothing fancy. Just the gallon jugs that you find at Wal-Mart. The really cheap kind. Does it taste much different than Voss? Well, I'm going to admit it. It does. It's fresh and "clear" tasting. I'd suggest it to anyone who was thinking about it. ♥

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Mercury Rising

I just found my favorite nail polish color for Fall! This picture doesn't do it justice! Not at all! But I will tell you all about it. I went to Walgreen's earlier tonight. And I was strolling along, looking for some things to buy. Small Halloween trinkets for my goddaughters. Nothing crazy, a small pumpkin or a hair bow. Things like that.

I had my hands full with Halloween trinkets. And I was patiently waiting. There was a HUGE line at the front of the store. And there was a family in front of me in the beauty area. Doing their grocery shopping. But taking forever! So I waited. The little boy was nice enough to go and get me a small basket to put my things in. And I waited. They were trying to get all the deals and use all their coupons.

So I started looking around the register. And I saw a display of "Halloween" nail polish. It was just the Sinful Colors nail polish, in various shades of green, orange, purple, black, and yellow. I was not really interested in them. So I continued to look at the display under the counter.

And there it was. In all it's glory! Mercury Rising. Completely overlooked. And under purchased! The perfect brownish maroon color. With orange glitter. Or at least, that is what it looked like in the bottle. I figured, it would be a good color for Halloween. So I bought it. I couldn't pass it up at $1.99.

Of course, the minute I got a chance to try it, I did! And the color is perfect! Not a "Halloween" color like I had thought. But a nice Fall nail color. It is a deep brown color, with the slightest bit of maroon. The orange glitter isn't huge like it looked in the bottle. It is more like of a sheen.

Completely reminds me of the changing leaves. A nice thickish formula. But very easy to use. Opaque in color. And after 1 coat, you are perfect. This is one of their better colors. But of course, I used 2 coats and a top coat. My Guy, he likes it too! ♥

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Happy Birthday Grandpa

Today, my Grandpa turns 86 years old! Wow! 96 years of wisdom, love, and grace. Yes, that's my Grandpa. I've been so lucky to know him. To spend so much time with him growing up. Sharing our lives. Learning about a time past, from someone who lived through it. There is so much that my Grandpa has taught me. So much! And so much love that he's given me. Our entire family is so blessed, to still have my Grandpa with us. God Bless my Grandpa, and give him many more healthy years with us. Happy Birthday Grandpa!

Friday, October 16, 2009


I have no clue where this handbag is from. I don't know who designed it. Or where I can get it. But I'm in love! Isn't this bag just gorgeous? It looks big enough to use for school stuff. Or when we travel. And this color is so rich! If you know where this is from, please let me know! I feel like I need this handbag immediately! Now I'm off to get something more useful done. Maybe some work. :) ♥

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

A Little 'Rella

If you read my blog last week, you know that one of my Goddaughters, had a birthday. :) She is in the hospital. Battling the Big C. What a strong little girl Sarita is. And I LOVE her so much! So I thought long and hard, about the perfect gift to send her.

She's in bed a lot. And she LOVES Cinderella. Or "Rella." So when I saw this pattern, I just knew, that it was perfect! Well, the bag part anyway. :) I immediately ordered the pattern. And got started, the minute I got my fingers on it.

Yup, this is what I made Sarita. But I also bought a little set of Cinderella figurines. To go inside. I did make the 3 crochet characters. But I wasn't loving them. I also went out, and got Sarita some books. And a few more things, that she could enjoy in bed. It has to be tough, to be 4 years old, and sick in bed. I'm trying to helping her, enjoy life a little. And I hope, that this brought a big smile to her face! ♥

Monday, October 12, 2009

Coat of Many Colors

This is one of those songs that I've always liked. I don't know why. But as a young girl, this was one of my all time favorite songs. I'd sing it around the house. I just loved it.

I think part of it is because my Mom used to sew a lot of my clothes. It's not that we couldn't afford to buy clothes. But my Mom likes to sew. And she'd make me so many cute things. Dresses for our school concerts, fun clothes for vacations, and the best dresses for the holidays. Those were always me favorite clothes. ALWAYS!

I can sit here and tell you about all the nights I'd go to bed, and my Mom would stay up sewing. My bedroom was on one side of the dining room. My Mom's sewing room on the other. I'd leave my door open, just to hear her sewing machine going. I knew that she was working hard on something special that I'd get to wear to school the next day. :)

There has never been a Halloween when my Mom didn't make me a costume. She would always ask me what I wanted to be, and like some miracle, it would come to life. Everything from Pebbles (bone included for my hair) to Scarlett from Gone with the Wind (my favorite movie and book.)

My Mom always made my clothes. She sewed my crib bedding and curtains for my nursery. She made me so many dresses. And blankets. Every Easter, my Mom would make me and my favorite doll a matching Easter dress. She would even take store bought gloves, socks, and hats...and she'd add her own personal touch. Little things like beads, ribbon, and lace.

As you can see, my Mom is an amazing woman. She's my hero. A lover of crafts. And definitely a lover of country music. So as I've gotten older, this song has definitely had a special place in my heart. It reminds me of my Mom. I just don't have the words to tell you how much I love my Mom. And how lucky I am to have her in my life.

This song has definitely touched me in many ways. This particular video, I really love it. My favorite song, and 2 of my favorite country singers. And I'm going to be honest here, I just had to take a break to cry. This is how special this song is to me. It will always remind me of my Mom. What a very special lady she is. ♥

Sunday, October 11, 2009

The Orgasm Cake

Do you really want to know the story behind this? It's actually very cute, and somewhat funny. Not sexual in anyway.

My Guy and I had been dating. Nearly 6 months. And I ask him what he wanted for his birthday. This man. The man that makes at least 9 figures a year. That has everything a man could want. I ask him. Hoping it's under $200. Because, I'm a college student, with limited funds. But I wanted to get him something special.

He thinks long and hard. For almost 2 weeks. What does he want? A cake. Yes, he told me that he wanted a "homemade cake." Like when he was little. His Mom would make him a butter cream cake, with chocolate frosting. And sprinkles. Lots of colorful sprinkles. He liked the way they'd crunch. :)

Sounded easy enough. I still managed to find him a birthday present or two. :) The perfect CD. And the 1970s sign, that he hung almost immediately. Oh, and there was that shirt. But the cake? I wanted him to have something special. Something that I had made him. That was a little bit different. Something orange flavored. He likes orange flavored things. So I looked up a ton of recipes.

That work week, it was insanity. I was working at the hospital, and performing. Oh, and My Guy was working too. We were lucky, to get 5 minutes to talk, before falling asleep at night. I never made it to the grocery store. I never bought a thing I needed.

I woke up early on his birthday. Maybe because mid-dream, I realized it was My Guy's birthday! How in the world had I forgotten to go to the store? It was just before 5AM. And I quietly made my way to the kitchen. I knew I had some miscellaneous baking supplies. But I had no clue what was in the pantry. I was praying for the butter cream cake mix and chocolate frosting. No luck...

Our dogs stared at me. While I was sitting on the floor. Staring at the 2 boxes in my hand. Chocolate cake, and strawberry cake. Chocolate sounded more manly. You know, I don't think a pink cake, would have gone over so well. In 10 minutes, it was in the oven. I was on a ladder. Looking for some frosting. Again, strawberry. Definitely not what I was looking for. I kept digging. And behind a case of Sun Drop, and an economy sized box of Cheerios, I found a container of vanilla frosting.

Well, I was 0 for 2. But I was going to make it work. I waited patiently for the cake to bake. I pulled out My Guy's presents. Which I had wrapped days before. And the card. The card that took 2 weeks to write. And I waited.

Eventually, the chocolate cake was frosted. With vanilla frosting. It looked yummy. Or maybe I was hungry. It was just after 6AM. I added some sprinkles. But it didn't seem special enough. You know, the frosting was starting to melt too. The cake was still warm. So I added some M&Ms. They were there. Staring me down on the kitchen counter. Yummy. That's what I thought.

It was not the most gorgeous cake I've ever made. I wasn't sure how it tasted. Not the way I had envisioned, celebrating My Guy's birthday. I had HUGE plans. That just didn't work out. But we had a cake. And it looked good. I've made other cakes. Beautiful ones. With elaborate designs. Beautiful frosting. And here, I was staring at this very "homemade cake." I was just hoping My Guy would like it.

In 3 trips, I made it upstairs. Presents, card, and cake. Candles included. My Guy still sound asleep. Yes, he slept through it all! He's a heavy sleeper. Doesn't like mornings. It wasn't a miracle that he was still asleep.

But when I woke him up and sang Happy Birthday, it was all worth it! That friends, was the beginning to our new "Birthday Tradition." That morning, we ate cake in bed. 2 spoons, no plates, and no napkins. The words out of My Guy's mouth, "It's like an Orgasm in my Mouth. In a good way. A totally good way." It just made me smile. :) To see him all smiles! Because I had planned something different. A fancy pants cake. With a fruit filling. And beautiful frosting work. Instead, we were digging into this cake. This cake that made him smile like that. Like a little boy, who had just had all his dreams granted.

So, yesterday I baked that same cake. And I brought it to bed. My Guy's very sleepy eyes, they lit up. And we enjoyed a little bit of sunshine. It was delicious. And I see myself making this cake, "The Orgasm Cake," for every birthday we celebrate together. You know, until the end of time!

Friday, October 9, 2009


There is just something classy, ladylike, and fun about this dress. Oh, and I may have just bought it. :) Yes, it looks like a skirt and blouse. But oh no, it's a flirty little dress.

This cute number is now hanging in my closet. Waiting for me to put it on. We have a big event to attend later. And guess what? I'll be wearing this cute dress.

I'm honestly so excited about putting on this ruffle-y number. It just makes me so happy and excited. And black and's right up my alley. Now I just need to pull out my pearls. ♥

Thursday, October 8, 2009

My Favorite Mascara

This is my new favorite mascara. Hands down! Since I can no longer find Max Factor 2000 Calorie. You know, my all time favorite! The best mascara made. Well, at least in my opinion. :) But honestly, Lashblast is amazing. I have fairly long eyelashes. And they're pretty thick. But this mascara makes my eyelashes look amazing! Like I'm wearing falsies. With no clumping, or "spider eyes." I'm not a fan of "spider eyes." But Lashblast is definitely a new favorite of mine. Especially the waterproof formula! ♥

Kate's Bonfire Choco-Chip Cake

This has been, one of those fun weeks! We don't get a lot of time, to spend with friends. Or at home. This happens to be one, of those unusual weeks. And we're loving it!

First of all, a bunch of my friends are in town. We're performing all week! At My Guy's club. And you know what, it's been a lot of fun. And we still have 5 more shows! :)

But we've been taking full advantage, of having friends over. And family. :) We've had lots of cookouts, races, bonfires, afternoons on the lake, and just plan old fun! One of the yummiest things we've had all week, is this cake. Which happens to be this week's Free Recipe of the Week, from Gooseberry Patch.

Kate's Bonfire Choco-Chip Cake

18-1/4 oz. pkg chocolate cake mix, 2-layer size
3-1/4 oz. pkg instant chocolate pudding mix
3/4 c. oil
8 oz. sour cream
3 eggs
1 c. water
1 c. chocolate chips
powdered sugar

In a big bowl, combine all ingredients but chocolate chips & powdered sugar. Beat on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium to high speed 2 minutes. Batter will be thick. Stir in chips by hand. Pour batter into greased & floured 10" fluted tube pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or 'til pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan for 15 minutes. Remove & cool - sift with powdered sugar.

This was such an easy recipe. I actually made 3 cakes! We had a lot of people to feed. And they were gone, in no time! A few friends were wondering about the recipe. And I promised them, that I'd post it. Because something this delicious, you just have to share!

My Guy's birthday, is later this week. And he hinted to me, that he'd like this cake. But not to tell anyone! He is just too funny. :) But this is definitely a recipe, that I'm going to add to my recipe box. It was that good! Oh, and I just ordered this cookbook. I can't wait for it to get here!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Happy Birthday Sarita

Dear Sarita,

Happy 4th Birthday! Sweet girl, you are just A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! A blessing, sent straight from God. My very first Goddaughter. That I LOVE with all of my HEART!

I just can't imagine life without you. You are so special. God has HUGE plans for you. And I truly believe, that you are an "Angel on Earth." Sent here, to bless us all. But also, to do such amazing things. Because you are the strongest person that I know!

I think about how lucky I am. That I'm your Nana. That God always had this plan. That we'd be blessed, by this special bond. I knew that this was something special. Something I wanted to be a part of. I'm so glad, that your Mommy and Daddy, picked me.

Your health, is a test. A test to all of us. In our beliefs in God. That we give our hardships over to him. And know that he will ALWAYS be here for us. We know this. I have full belief, that one day, you are going to be completely healthy. That we will have past this test. And that we are all going to be stronger, and more loving, because of it.

Today is your day! The day that we celebrate you. And all the AMAZING blessings that we have. I'm so proud to be your Nana. And I hope, that you have the BEST Birthday today! Love you with all of my heart! And I can't wait to celebrate with you.

Your Nana♥

Crochet Inspiration

Something that you should know about me is, I LOVE to crochet! I've been crocheting since I was 3 years old! My Grandma taught me some basic stitches. Eventually, I was making 3 blankets. All the time! The granny square, a corner blanket, and a rose square blanket.

But when I was 18 years old, I moved. 3 hours, south of my hometown. 3 hours, from people that I knew. I was in college. Fully engrossed in studying, performing, and working. But I did have a lot of down time. That's when I started to really crochet more. Using patterns.

I bought a few books. I branched out. Taught myself more. Eventually, I found myself making lots of gifts. Especially for kids. A couple of years ago, I got hooked on amigurumi. And now, I use pictures, as inspiration.

Recently, I was searching for some inspiration. 2 of my Goddaughters, and My Guy's niece, are all celebrating their birthdays. This month! So I searched out some ideas. And here's what I found...

This cute hat, and poncho. Perfect for Sarita. She LOVES hats! Mostly because, my sweet Goddaughter doesn't have hair, and wears hats all the time! I think this would be perfect for her! And the poncho, is just too cute. :)

Little K is almost 4. And a BIG fan of "Pretend Play." She LOVES to pull out all her "groceries," and "cook," while I'm making dinner. We've gotten her an entire "Kitchenette," in our house. And almost the entire time, that she's at our house, she plays with it. I'm pretty sure, she'd be "Over the Moon," about this little set!

Lastly, a little something for me. :) This is a lipbalm holder. For a tube of lipbalm. I just adore the strawberry on top! I'd probably figure out, how to attach it to a keychain. That would be a lot of fun!

I'm ALWAYS looking for new crochet patterns. And pictures that inspire me. I LOVE making things, for the people that I love. It just feels so special, to give them something, that I made. That I thought about them, through the entire process.

I'm sure, that you'll be seeing many more crochet inspired posts. And hopefully, I'll make some time, to crochet myself something. Because, I have never made myself anything! I know. Now let me go search for some more inspiration. ♥

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Whispering Kisses

"I wasn't kissing him, I was whispering in his mouth."

That's what I told My Guy's nieces tonight. I know. I'm bad. I'm horrible! But the last thing we expected was the 2 of them racing into our house. You know, mid kiss. Him pressed against me. Me against the French Doors. Explain that to 2 little girls. Oh and were not married. They don't get it.

It's not that I don't have experience with little kids. Or that these 2 little girls have never seen anyone kiss before. I mean they are 9 and and nearly 4. I'm sure they've seen their parents kiss. But sit and explain why their Uncle's tongue was beckoning for permission into my mouth. Or why his hands were now, somehow in places they knew they shouldn't be. Didn't we just have the talk about "No Hands on Pompies?"

Never mind that it's our home. We hadn't seen each other in a few days. Or whatever not. That we're in a committed 1 1/2 relationship. We've been living together for well over a year now. Those things don't matter. So what do we say? My Guy quickly collects himself. And asks why they are there. Where is their mom? His sister. Again why are they there? They're just happy to see their Uncle. Who somehow vanishes for days or weeks at a time. You know, because of his work. Never once, do they try to explain, why they came running in. Why their bags are now on our couch...

You know, as the only 2 really stable people in their lives, I feel like they deserve some sort of an explanation. But how do you explain these things. They're 9 and nearly 4. Remember? I'm sure, parents with kids, at one time or another, have had to explain something along these same lines. I remember a friend telling me a story about her kids walking in on her and her husband, well you know. What did they do? Well, they told their kids that they were playing "Grown Up Games."

What was my response? "I wasn't kissing him, I was whispering in his mouth." :) I know. It was bad. They didn't seem to care or mind. But these 2 little girls didn't soon let us forget. No way! When their Grandma, My Guy's Mom, came to pick them up, they ratted us out! Oh, and we totally missed the camera phone that recorded our little "Whispering Kisses." Ya, I know.

Are we bad examples? Gee, I hope not. But seriously, we never thought that these 2 little ones, would come running through our house. Um, weren't they supposed to be, you know, at home? It's a school night. Ya, their Nanny brought them over to hangout with us. They had missed us both. But still. Totally unexpected. The Nanny made sure to tell us, she'd call next time.

My Guy is still totally taken aback. It's not like these 2 little girls have never seen us kiss. But you know, there is a kiss, and then there is a KISS. Do you get what I'm saying? I think he just felt bad. Because they seen it. Because none of us expected it. I assure you, all the adults in their lives are going to be more careful.

I don't think it would have been so bad, had it been our kids running in. Granted, we don't have kids. Or if these little girls weren't already going through so much. Like divorcing parents. Or that we had just had that talk about "Appropriate Touching." But you know, life happens. It was an innocent, yet passionate kiss between 2 adults. 2 adults that are in a very committed relationship.

The only thing that My Guy could mutter out, after we were ratted out, was "Gee what's going to happen next?" He grabbed the side of his face, shook his head, and sat down. Yes, isn't bad enough that we can't go out? Or that there are very few people that know we are dating. But now this? I understood what he was saying.

I took the girls and made them some ice cream sundaes. My Guy and his Mom were talking. And I caught a bit of the conversation. He was embarrassed. Because he's supposed to be teaching them how to be "Young Ladies." He wants to be the "Postive Male Role Model" in their lives. To show them how men should treat women. And well, you never want your parents to see you doing those things either. Made me sort of laugh. Because I feel the same way. And I LOVE how respectful My Guy is.

His Mom told him not to worry. That the girls most certainly know that we love each other. It's not like they're watching us "Make out" with every pair of pants that walks by. And that was it. But what is really funny is, My Guy is now putting a lock on our bedroom door. I guess he doesn't want to have anymore of these "Talks" with his nieces. ♥

Monday, October 5, 2009

Stick Shifts and Safety Belts

Have you ever just loved a song, just because? Because it makes you smile. This is one of those songs that does it to me. A few years ago, my friend J was playing this song. And I just loved it! As a band, we went on to learn it. It quickly became one of our favorite songs to play. For no reason at all. But just because we liked it. That's it! I never heard it on the radio. But I did find it on YouTube. And every single time that I hear this song, I have a smile on my face! Take a listen. You might just like it too! ♥

Sunday, October 4, 2009

I Just Call You Mine

I Just Call You Mine

I pinch myself
Sometimes to make sure
I'm not in a dream
That's how it seems
I close my eyes
And breathe in
The sweetest moments
I've ever known
It feels like home
And here I am
I want to be your everything
There you are
Turning winter into spring

And everyone who sees you
Always wants to know you
And everyone that knows you
Always has a smile
You're standing ovation
After years of waiting
For a chance to finally shine
Everyone calls you amazing
I just call you mine

I fall apart
Just a word from you
Somehow seems to fix
Whatever is wrong
Oh, you reach into
The weakest moments
And remind me that I'm strong
You've got to know
I'd be a fool
Not to see you even worse
To forget
That you're more than I deserve

Cause everyone who sees you
Always wants to know you
And everyone that knows you
Always has a smile
You're a standing ovation
After years of waiting
For a chance to finally shine
Everyone calls you amazing
I just call you mine

Nothing makes sense
When you're not here
As if my whole world disappears
Without you
What's the point of it

Cause everyone who sees you
Always wants to know you
And everyone that knows you
Always has a smile
You're the dream that I've been chasin'
After years of waiting
For a chance to finally shine

Everyone calls you amazing
I just call you mine
Everyone calls you amazing
I just call you mine

The very first time I heard this song, I thought of My Guy. Yup. We were actually sitting around, doing nothing at all. Just relaxing. And I was playing a CD. Something that I had been sent. We were looking for new material, for my shows. This was way before it hit the radio, or was on the Bachelorette.

The CD was just playing. And I sat there listening to the words. In every single way, they matched the 2 of us. Everyone wants to know him. People are always so happy to meet him. My Guy is this amazing man. The kind of man, that I thought, was only a character in a Fairy Tale.

But he is real. When my world is crumbling, all I need is few words from him. For My Guy, to just hold me. Just to be there. He makes my world, completely different, by just being here with me. And after feeling, like I would never find a man to love, we met. I never saw it coming. But My Guy, is the answer to all of my prayers. I Love My Guy so much!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Love this Skirt!

I recently bought this skirt, at Forever 21. It was about $20. I don't remember the exact price, and I can't find it on their website. But it's honestly, one of my favorite pieces of clothing! For work, I wear it with a cami and a blazer. It looks great. And for a date night with My Guy, I pair it with a nice black top.

This is one of the easiest pieces that you'll ever wear! And it's not expensive. But a good quality piece. I like to search through Forever 21. You never know what you are going to find. Lots of times I surprise myself. You just have to be willing to hunt through the racks. ♥

Chicken and Cheddar Purses

I'm going to share something with you. Actually, 2 things. One, I LOVE to cook! Seriously, this is sorta hilarious. Being that when I moved out, on my own, my cooking was very limited. VERY!

My entire first year of college, consisted of me eating gas station sweet rolls for breakfast, a Wendy's bacon cheeseburger and small chili for lunch, and nothing for dinner. Some days, I'd mix it up, and have a small garden salad with an order of chicken nuggets. I know! Hold your horses!

About 2 days a week, my friends and I, would have a "Family Dinner." And this is when I started really cooking. Mostly because, I was the only one that was willing to cook. That first year, I mostly cooked spaghetti, tacos, or Hamburger Helper. If it wasn't ground beef...and it was meat...I didn't cook it. As simple as that.

But after that first year was under my belt, and I no longer had a roommate, I cooked. And cooked a lot. A LOT! Mostly, because I didn't have to hide my food anymore. Roommates can be a tough breed. But my second year, of living alone, really expanded my cooking.

I also began to collect cookbooks. I looked forward to visiting this guy, and these friends. So I could watch the Food Network. Oh, and I LOVED going home, to visit my parents. I'd spend entire nights, watching various cooking shows.

Before I knew it, I was attempting some seriously delicious dishes. Recreating things from my childhood. Attempting new things. I branched out. Tried a variety of recipes. And all of a sudden, I was the "Cooking Rock Star!" All my friends were coming over, so I could cook for them. :)

And now that I started this blog, I want to include something, that my friends have been begging me to do. Share some yummy recipes. Not my own. Nope. But things that I've tried. And loved. That brings us to the second big thing, I LOVE Gooseberry Patch! LOVE!!! So I'm going to share this week's Free Recipe of the Week from Gooseberry Patch. Hope you like it!

Chicken and Cheddar Purses

1-1/4 c. cooked chicken, diced
1 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
3-oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
3 T. mayonnaise
1/4 c. celery, thinly sliced
1/4 c. green onion, sliced
1 T. pimento, chopped
1/2 t. garlic salt
1/8 t. pepper
17.3-oz. pkg. frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 egg
1 T. water

Mix together all ingredients except pastry, egg and water; set aside. Unfold thawed pastry on a lightly floured surface. Roll each sheet into a 12”x12” square. Cut six, 6”x6” squares, reserving remaining pastry for another use. Spoon 1/3 cup chicken mixture onto center of each square. Bring 4 corners of pastry to center; twist slightly and press edges to seal, forming a bundle shape. Arrange bundles on an ungreased baking sheet. Whisk together egg and water; brush over bundles. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 to 25 minutes, until golden. Makes 6 servings.

This is actually a super easy recipe! We had some friends over for dinner last night, and I whipped up 4 batches of these. In no time, they were gone! And every single lady there, asked me for the recipe! Ladies here it is!

Cooking isn't hard. I promise! If I could, essentially teach myself how to cook, anyone can learn. That doesn't mean, that from time to time, my creation is an all out DISASTER! But you learn from your mistakes. I'm serious!

And if you're scared about cooking, call up a few friends. Make a night of it. Many times, my friends have asked me, to show them a specific recipe. We call up a few friends, go grocery shopping together, and head to one person's home. Then we make a night out of cooking. It's a lot of fun!

And I hope, that I can inspire someone. Every week, I'll be posting a recipe on here. A variety of things. Helping you, to explore a new foods and recipes. :) If you have a recipe in mind, that you'd like me to try, e-mail me. My e-mail address is SweetNightingaleSing (at) gmail (dot) com. I'd LOVE to try some new recipes!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Missing B

Dear B,

It's been 4 years. 4 years ago, you walked through the Gates of Heaven. I miss you B. Big O misses you. We all do! Sarita calls you her Angel. But I know, you are an Angel to all of us.

I can't believe how many things have happened in the last 4 years. How many things have changed. I've met an amazing man. I know you would like him. His sense of humor, it reminds me a lot of you. Sometimes when I'm sitting quietly, I think about us. How fun it would have been, to have you and Big O over for dinner. You'd love it out here. And I know that we'd all get along so well!

But life changed. So much. Is it nuts that I still go to e-mail you? Or that I've had at least 8 cellphones in the last 4 years. And I still put your number in my contacts. But that's the kind of friend that you were.

A close one. Someone I'd call when I found the perfect lipgloss. Or when something horrible had happened. I know, you would have been the first person, I would have called when I met My Guy. Or after our first date. We would talk about silly things. Like what kind of cologne he wore. Or the music he was playing in his car.

I miss you B. I miss going to your house. I miss seeing how happy you and Big O were. How your dogs would chase us around. And that laugh of yours. B I miss you. You were the first of my "Family of Friends." The first person to really welcome me to the group. To show me around.

And through all of that, we became the best of friends. So close! Joking about my horrible love life. Or lack thereof. I miss going to lunch and trying all sorts of weird and new foods. But most of all, I just miss you. Talking to you. Listening to you.

B, I know that you are in a better place. That you are no longer in pain. You're no longer hurting or suffering. But B, we all miss you. I'm not the only one. We still sit and talk about you. Look through pictures. Just so we don't forget. Because how can we forget you? You were an amazing friend! B Rest in Peace with all the Angels. And until we meet again...

La Chiquitita

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Amigurumi World

This is my one of my favorite craft books! I found this Etsy Shop a few years ago. I've purchased so many of Ana Paula's patterns. They are just too adorable! And I found Ana Paula's blog about a year ago.

If you like to crochet and LOVE amigurumi, like I do, this is a book that you should buy. It's not that expensive. I actually got mine at Barnes and Noble. And I got to use a coupon for it. ♥

Welcome to My New Blog

Welcome everyone! I started this blog to keep in touch with the people in my life. A place that they can come to and see what I am doing. Life has been busy and complicated for the last few years. And for that, I have lacked in certain areas of my life. I have neglected certain relationships. I have failed to be a good friend.

But I am hoping that this will be a place, where I can stay connected to the people that I love and care about. A place to share my joys and my failures. There will be a little bit of everything here. Who knows. I might have stories about my crafting, life, and my crazy adventures in music. You can also count on the craziness that is my life as an intern!!!

On the bad days, I might just post a blog complaining about life or the hospital. Or asking for your help. But on the good days, I will share with you bits and pieces of my life. How I got the nickname, "Nightingale" or what kind of trouble my goddaughters and I have managed to get into.

I hope that you will enjoy our adventure together. That you might try a recipe that I might post. Or be persuaded to buy my favorite beauty product. I hope that you will laugh at some of the crazy stories that I will share with you. Or support me when I need it the most.

Most of all, I hope to stay in touch with the people I love. To rebuild some of those relationships. And to meet new and exciting people. My hope is, that this will be a place that I can share my love and life with all of you! Welcome to my blog!!! ♥