Friday, June 29, 2012

Furry Babies

Here's the deal. I've NEVER liked cats! Mostly because, as a small child, I was so allergic to them. I couldn't stand those little balls of fur. I'd break out in hives. Couldn't breathe. It was horrible! Then when I was about 8 years old, I wasn't so bothered by cats. My allergies were more under control. But still, the ONLY cat I liked, was my grandpa's cat. This gorgeous black cat.

We were pals! Hung out together. ALL. THE. TIME! I was the ONLY kid, that cat liked too. Can you imagine, me and this gorgeous cat exploring the mountains. Because she'd follow me everywhere! Including to feed the geese. :) We'd lay out on the deck, reading books. Miss Panther tucked under my arms. As the Summer rolled on by!

And although my allergies towards cats, have gotten better, I NEVER thought I'd own a cat. EVER! Who knew, I'd fall in love with a man, that had 2 cats. Actually, My Love, has got a small "Furry Family." Dogs, cats, fish, longhorns, buffalo, a cow, a few horses, a pair of llamas, some sheep, and even some baby deer.

The "inside animals," are the animals I'm closest too. Which is understandable. Our 2 dogs, are my BFFs! They get so upset when we leave, and don't take them with us. But it's hard to travel with 2 big dogs. And who would have thought I would LOVE big dogs? I'd ONLY had small dogs. Growing up, we had 2 small dogs.

And the fish, are just fun and relaxing to watch. Literally, when I'm stressed out, I watch them in the tank for hours! It's so relaxing. But them cats, I wasn't sure how I'd feel about them. But you know what, I've grown to love those 2 fur balls!

One of our cats, likes to be dressed up. I wish that I can find this little hat thing. Our cat would adore it! I don't know what is wrong with him, but he likes when we dress him up. And when we cover him up, with tons of blankets. Silly cat!

This is the same silly cat, that likes to play with our iPads. I'm not lying! If we set one down for a second, our cat is there trying to watch videos. Oh yeah! He is addicted to YouTube!!! It's nuts! Our cat is just so silly. :)

And our cats are very affectionate. I'm glad they are both males. Because if they weren't, we might have a house full of cats by now. We're lucky, that our cats get along so well. This picture, is very similar to how we find our 2 cats. When we get home, they're hanging out together.

For the last couple of months, they've lived at this guy's company. We miss them. But as much as we're gone, they get more love at work. It's so sad. But we know that they are incredibly happy! Running around, being petted, and just enjoying life.

It's funny. A few weeks ago, we were home for almost 2 weeks. And we took our cats home. We LOVED the time together. Our silly cat, watched lots of YouTube videos. Our other cat, just chilled out. Watched me cook. It's funny how times have changed. But I just can't think of life, without our fur babies.

Cute Wreath!!!

I just adore Pinterest! You can ask this guy, I spend HOURS and HOURS on Pinterest. Just searching through the site for inspiration. Sometimes I get so mad, when I can't find the source of the picture. But I use these pictures, to recreate things for our home.

I also happen to have a fascination with wreaths. I don't exactly know how this started. Just that it started. When I moved into my home, 11 years ago, I became obsessed with wreaths! In the early years, Hobby Lobby and Hallmark made out quite well. But these days, I create my own wreaths. And this one, has inspired another fun creation!!!

I found this picture on Pinterest. And just thought, what's not to LOVE? I adore polka dots. And that bow is darling! In fact, I'm off to the nearest fabric store this morning. Why? I'm going to recreate this beauty! Hopefully with the same fabric, but a red bow.

Doesn't that sound patriotic? I hope so! Because I'm hoping to get this done today. So I can hang this beauty up, for the 4th of July! I just can't wait!!!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Repurpose to Organize

I'm one of those crazy, OCD, organizing fools! I'm not lying. Poor this guy. He's got to put up with all my nonsense! And not just my crazy organizing ways. But also my LOVE of thrifty. And creating. Oh, and blog reading. But nothing has changed our lives more, than Pinterest.

You see, I spend hours on there. And get all this inspiration. Then I head out hunting, for exactly what I need. To recreate whatever I have in mind. This picture, is just one of the many, that has our "to-do" list, a mile long!

This desk is so adorable! In fact, we have a little nook, in our kitchen, where this will be perfect! I have a crib spring. Honestly, I have no idea where it came from. But I've held on to it. And now, I have a perfect use for it!

I also have some rusty 'ol graters and pans. I had no clue what to do with them. Now, I'm inspired! I'm thinking, that old door I found, will make a nice desk. It's turquoise. Oh, I can't wait to get started. Because I really NEED a desk in there. For jotting down recipes. :) Am I the only person, that gets all excited and inspired, by pictures on Pinterest? ♥

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Little Piggy

Let me tell you, Miss Sarita is a BIG fan of pigs! I don't know what it is. But she is a cutie. :) So I spent a little time today, looking for some new crochet patterns. And I found this cute little piggy! With a pancake! :) Have you ever read, If You Give a Pig a Pancake?

Well, I'm busy as a bee! Crocheting this little piggy. And I even bought a new copy of If You Give a Pig a Pancake. I can't wait to get this little present, in the mail! I don't know who is going to be more excited. Me or my gorgeous Goddaughter! ♥

Watermelon Lemonade

Yesterday, this guy and I, landed in the desert. We raced to find a cool place, to just be. Ate a yummy dinner at PF Chang's. And headed to my home to pick up a few things. 105 degrees outside. Like 130 degrees in my home! Let's just say, it was a quick "in and out" sort of trip.

And because I'm "Under the Weather," this week, we headed home. Almost as soon as I found my PJs, favorite slippers, and a good book. Hello refrigerated air. I LOVE you! In a way, that if we ever had to split our assets, I'd fight for that beautiful machine! Our home, went from triple digits, to 68 glorious degrees, in minutes! :)

But we still needed something to quench our thirst. We had a pretty exciting adventure at my home last night. What was supposed to be 5 minutes, took 2 hours. And when we drove the 10 minutes, to our new "Ranch," well all I could think was, I need something ice cold. And a glorious bath!

My Guy had made an earlier run to the store. Picked us up a few essentials. And then told me about this recipe. Yes, this guy, checks out Gooseberry Patch, from time to time. And all that was on his mind, was this week's Recipe of the Week. Hello watermelon goodness!!!

Watermelon Lemonade

4 c. watermelon, chopped
1 c. sugar
1-1/2 c. lemon juice
6 c. cold water

Place watermelon in a blender; process until smooth and set aside. In a large pitcher, combine sugar and lemon juice; stir until sugar is dissolved. Stir in water. Add watermelon; mix well. Serve very cold; stir well before serving. Makes 8-10 servings.

Let me just say a few things. One, this recipe is super easy! Yes, this man, made it from beginning to end. All I did, was change into some comfy PJs, and meet him on our back patio. Literally, in less than 5 minutes, we had a pitcher of watermelon goodness! Secondly, it says 8-10 servings. The 2 of us, polished off a pitcher, in no time! Lastly, this was perfect, over ice, in a fun cocktail glass. With a super fun straw, and watermelon slice as a garnish. It was love!

Oh, and if you adore an Agua Fresca, this is your drink! I'm actually excited to try it again tonight. With Miss Kimbo and Miss Thea, who will be staying with me. Since this guy, had to leave at 2AM. To make it to work on time. But when I try this today, I'm going to use lime juice, instead of lemon. Should be AMAZING!!! Between, instead of sugar, we used Splenda. And only 1/3 cup.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Surviving the Desert Heat

We left "Wine Country" this morning. Headed straight for the desert. And the minute we landed, the heat slapped us in the face. High noon. The desert. The heat. And all I wanted to do, was find the nearest place with AC!!!

It made me think of the ways, I've survived this heat. Next month, it will be 11 years since I moved, to the desert. With no AC. The temps soared above 100. For days and days at a time! Then for the next few years, I've learned how to "Survive Summer in the Desert." Someone was recently asking me, about this...

And since I'm going to be spending a big chunk of time, in the desert this Summer, I needed to revisit my "Survival Guide." These tips, are great for anyone spending time in the sun. And heat. No matter if it's the desert, or the beach. :)

First, up a good lip balm. I've tried a ton! But year after year, I've come back to Blistex Deep Renewal. Not only is this good for Summer, but all year long! It keeps my regularly dry lips, completely moistorized. Plus, it has 15 SPF. Hello?!?!?! Perfect for Summer!!!

Well, I'm pale as can be. If you see me, it's hard to believe that I'm Hispanic. My entire family, is dark. And they get those glorious tans, all Summer long! Me? Not so much! Neutrogena's Healthy Defense has been my BFF for years! Yup, I've tried expensive products. But this little guy, works wonders!!!

Not only do I use this moisturizer for Summer, I use it all year long! All year!!! SPF 50 is my BFF. I'm telling you, this is perfection in a tube. It's light, but provides protection all day. I have oily skin, and have an issue with most moisturizers and sunblocks. But not with Healthy Defense. I LOVE Neutrogena!!!

Like I said, I've got very pale skin. I can go from "Snow White," to "Red Lobster" is 5 minutes! Growing up in the Southwest, was difficult at times. Even in the shade, I'd burn up. Then spend the next week or 2, nursing a horrible sunburn!

Then I found Neutrogena's Ultra Sheer, SPF 100. Every single day, I use this! There is no funky "Sunblock" scent. Just the clean smell of Neutrogena's products. It dries almost immediately. Not leaving any greasy feeling. Perfect!!!

But for those of us, that like to tackle outdoor fun, or even just exercise...Bull Frog Sport is what you NEED! Back in high school, I was a cheerleader. Literally, we lived outdoors almost all year! In the Southwest, that could mean trouble. But when I found this "Bad Boy," I was "Over the Moon!" Because it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. :)

First of all, this sunblock is water and sweat proof. Believe me, I've tested it many times! It should be no shock, that I run a lot. I also enjoy hiking. Since I was 14 years old, I've used this. And every single time that I have, I've NEVER been burnt! EVER!!! Not even, while doing a crazy yard cleaning marathon! It even works on your "Hair Crack." If you've ever braided your hair in the summer, with a part, you know what I mean. To me, that's the worst sunburn you could ever have!!!

Another secret among Southwesterners, is we change up our deordorant. When those HOT months roll around, we pick up a stonger deordorant. After years and years, of trying everything that is sold...Dove's Clinical Protection is my "go-to."

There are a variety of scents. All very light and fresh. This deordorant keeps you fresh and dry. Believe me, when I say this. There are some days, in the SW when you just sit there, and sweat. For no other reason, then it's 105 degrees. And your body is trying to cool down. You sit there, doing NOTHING, but sweating like NUTS! Let me tell you, this works miracles! :)

And we must protect our eyes! Have you ever gotten sunburn in your eyes? I have. And let me tell you, it's PAINFUL!!! Your eyes just hurt. Eyedrops sting. Closing your eyes burns. Having them open, hurts. So go out and buy yourself some good sunglasses. That protect against UVA and UVB rays. That's so important!!! Critical actually.

Honestly, I've found some really good pairs, and stylish, for around $10. But look for the UVA/UVB sticker. You'd be surprised, that some of those really expensive sunglasses, don't have both UVA/UVB protection. Ya, spending $100+ doesn't guarantee good protection. Just be aware. Funny thing is, I've found some adorable, chic, and fun sunglasses at the "Hunting Store." For $5. With UVA/UVB protection. Just look around. I know some of my friends have found them at Target, the Dollar Tree, or even the bookstore. :)

And a big 'ol floppy hat, is your best friend! Whether you're laying out by the pool, tackling your garden, or just relaxing...this is a MUST! It keeps the sun off your delicate skin, cools you down, and adds a little style. I have one, that my Grandma bought me, almost 10 years ago. I wear it all the time. And I think she spent $10 on it. Oh, and I just seen some cute ones, for under $10 at Wal-Mart.

Water, water, and more water. It's beyond essential!!! I prefer cucumber water. I also bring out the lemon, lime, or orange water in the Summer. Just take some fruit, or cucumbers, and thinly slice them up. Add them to a pitcher of water. And enjoy!!! I think people forget to drink lots of water. Honestly, I drink almost 2 gallons of water a day. It's so important to be hydrated!!!

And ice. I can't say enough about this stuff!!! Sometimes, I even make ice out of lemonade. Or throw in some fruit. It adds lots of fun, and flavor, to your favorite drinks. But honestly, at all times,I've got 25+ lbs of ice in my freezer. :)

There you go. A few things that have helped me, to survive the Summer heat! I also do things like sticking my body sprays and Fix+, in the refrigerator. Helps to refresh with something cool, in the middle of the afternoon. I also place a clean pillowcase in the freezer every morning. Then at night, I slip it over my pillow. So nice to lay on something cool, when the temperatures are lucky to dip into the 70s as a low!

If you have any tips, tricks, or favorite Summertime products, I'd LOVE to hear about them. Or even, your favorite Summertime recipes. Heck, anything fun about Summer! I've got a few months of heat ahead. And I need some new things, to help me get through our 100+ temps! ♥

Monday, June 25, 2012

His Favorite

I'm ALWAYS at a loss, at what to buy this guy. For his birthday, Christmas, or our Anniversary. It's so difficult! Because he has everything he needs, and wants. And whenever he finds something he wants, he buys it. Unlike most of us. Who put it on a list. Hoping one day, to own it.

Yes, all his years of hard work, do pay off. It allows him, to buy what he wants, when he wants it. But for me, it's tough. Because when these special days roll around, I'm hopeless. What makes things 100X's worse, is he spoils me to death!

Can you see my issue? You should have seen me at Christmas time! I didn't know what to buy My Love. I spent weeks and weeks, searching stores. And online. Then one late night, I found this table on Etsy. I ordered 2!!!

What I didn't realize was, he'd TOTALLY LOVE THEM! My Guy has an office in our home. And he promptly moved furniture around. Gave away the 2 end tables, that he had in there. And put these 2 tables in their place.

And while a buddy of his was over, a month ago, he was raving about these tables! It made my heart grow with LOVE! He REALLY LOVES his gift. It was the best feeling. To know that he didn't even know about these, before Christmas. But now he enjoys them!

Now people, I'm on the hunt for a good birthday present. I've got just over 3 months. I hope I find another treasure out there! Between, don't you just LOVE Etsy? ♥

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Quick Blog Update

My Guy is currently working. I'm trying to stay awake. The weather in "Wine Country," is a bit different than usual. Maybe because yesterday, we were suffering through 105 degrees! But that's the desert for you.

Anyway, I thought it was time for an update. I owe my readers that much. I don't know if you've noticed this, but my blog has been going nuts! I write up a post, and post it. Rarely, if ever, do I go back and read my blog. I do read the blog posts that this guy writes for me. They usually come once a month. When he "hijacks" my blog. :) I'll notice them in the "Edit Posts" tab. Then I go and read.

But if you hadn't noticed, this month has been very hectic for me. Lots of things going on. And I've sorta "cheated" a bit. Once a week, I've sat down, and written 5 or 6 posts. Set them to post on a specific day. Then only return to post 2 or 3 "real time" posts. It's the only way, I could keep up right now.

Well, when this guy posted something almost 2 weeks ago, I couldn't read it. I could see it in the "Edit Posts" tab, but not on my blog. Then I began to notice, tons of my posts were missing. So I contacted Blogger. And it's taken a while for them to get back to me. Now I understand My Bestie's aggravation toward Blogger.

I was told, that Blogger is going to "relaunch" my blog. Essentially, since I have well over 1000 posts, since I began in 2009, it's going to take a while. Randomly, I've noticed that posts are beginning to show up again. Sorry if your readers are getting filled up.

It was this, or I could manually post each and every blog post. Not something I wanted to tackle. Plus, I'd lose all of your wonderful comments. So now my blog is in Blogger's hands. It was so weird. A few nights ago, I had 6 posts showing up. In less than 30 minutes, I had 400. They're not coming in order. Just randomly being reposted. Again, sorry if it's clogging up your reader. I'm told, it should be completed by the beginning of July... Between, I want to make these colorful jars! ♥

Very Patriotic

A little exhausted here. But a HUGE Congrats to Dawn and Alejandro!!! My Guy and I, are on our way to "Wine Country." To spend a little time together. Oh ya, My Mr. has to work first. This afternoon. Then we'll spend the night, enjoying the beauty of the area. Before we head back to the Southwest. To hangout with Miss Lilah. And prepare for one more wedding.

In the meantime, I'm trying to stay awake. Because I feel guilty sleeping. You know, since My Guy is working from the airplane. And has an entire work day ahead. Even though we ONLY got 2 hours of sleep. A sign of a good wedding! :) So to keep myself occupied, I thought I'd put together some 4th of July ideas. Since we're throwing a big 'ol BBQ for our friends and family. I can't wait to get to the sandy beaches of Florida!!!

First up, is decor. I'm a sucker for holiday decorations! I generally start at the Dollar Tree. Then build from there. In the last 11 years, you'd be so surprised by the collection I've grown. Of nice holiday things, after the holiday. All on clearance. Not just Dollar Tree finds. I'm talking upscale stuff, for a few dollars!!!

And I like handmade. Fun paper decorations and labels. Things that scream "Holiday Fun!" Like these!

Or this...totally a Dollar Tree spread. But so fun! This is something I used to do all the time. And little by little, I've added other staples. Like nice tablecloths. Quality flags and bows. Fun colored glass and platters. But this is a nice place to start. :)

How about some food? You can't forget the food! It's the most IMPORTANT part of the deal! Look for seasonal food. American classics. And anything in red, white, or blue!!!

These fun and easy cookies, are a MUST! As in, I MUST bake these!!! Yum, just looking at this picture, makes me hungry. And smile!

Maybe even some Cake Balls! You can't go wrong with Cake Balls. They are super fun! And even easier to make!!! The possibilities are endless. :)

I'm so excited about the 4th of July!!! I can't wait to get cooking, and baking. I really can't wait to decorate. And of course, celebrate with our loved ones! Do you have any Patriotic Ideas? I'd LOVE to hear about them! I've been on Pinterest for a while. Collecting all these ideas. But I could always use more!!!

Pearly White

This month alone, I have 3 sets of friends, who are getting married. I've already been in 2 of the weddings. And the third is this weekend. I've also had the honor of Baptising 4 beautiful little girls.

It's definitely been, all about celebrating this month! Which means lots of dressing up. Lots of pictures. Lots of time spent celebrating, and creating memories. :) Which also means, I've needed to put in a little effort, on my appearance.

I went out, and bought a few dresses. Some fun accessories. A few makeup items. Things that just allowed me, to put in a little more effort. Then I remembered, this little miracle product. That I was sent in the mail. A couple of months ago. Something I hadn't tried. But this was definitely the time!

You see, I'm a "tad" bit obsessed with my teeth. I LOVE going to the dentist. I NEVER complained about orthodontist visits. I brush 3 times a day. Use a waterpik daily. Heck, I even floss twice a day! It's nuts. I won't drink anything, without a straw. So when I was sent "Finishing Touch Smile," you would have thought, I would try it immediately.

I don't know why, but it found it's way into my big basket of "tooth stuff." And it quietly sat there. Until earlier this month. When I was packing for the 1st wedding. I'd wanted to mix up my own tooth whitener. But didn't get the chance. So I threw this little pen, into my makeup bag.

The day before the wedding, actually hours before the rehearsal, I pulled out my "Finishing Touch Smile." I quickly drew over my teeth, and then put my makeup on. I was out the door in 5 minutes! By the time I met my friends, my teeth were noticeably whiter. So much so, Selena asked me, when I'd found time to run to the dentist!

No trip to the dentist for me! Just this $10 pen, of tooth whitener. I'm a believer. A strong believer! As in, I'm heading out to Wal-Mart, to pick me up another pen. Because you can buy it in stores, and this is my new miracle product! I don't NEED another pen. But I don't want to find that I NEED this product one day, and I don't have any.

I've received quite a few compliments on my teeth. Since the first part of June, I've only used the product once. And my teeth have stayed incredibly white! This product is not messy, like those other gels. There are no messy strips. Or mouth pieces. Just a bit of drawing.

Another plus, no stinging sensations. I'm going to be honest here. I've NEVER had my teeth whitened at the dentist. I'm too poor for that! I've tried 1 gel whitener, and the strips. HATED them both! I've got incredibly sensitive teeth. So I've stuck to my "natural tooth whitener." Something I mix up at home. But this product, has completely changed my mind!

I'm not being paid for this post. I was just sent the product to try out. To be honest, the company doesn't even know that I have a blog! But I just had to tell you all about it. Because it really impressed me. And at $10, you can't go wrong!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

A GREAT Love Story!

Today, my friend Dawn is marrying her Prince Charming! She's had a tough life. Filled with tragedy, hurt, and sadness. But at the end of that dark place, she found the most AMAZING man you can imagine!

Alejandro was exactly what she needed. What her kids needed. What made everyone happy, complete, and safe. Someone that just LOVES the 5 of them, because this was God's plan. I'm so happy for them! And so inspired by this AMAZING love story!!!

Just over 2 years ago, Dawn left a pretty horrible situation. With 4 small kids. And nothing else. I'm so happy to say, that J and I, were able to help them start over. Little did we know, that Love was nearby. Waiting to grow and blossom. :)

Just another example of God's Love for us. How he rewards us. With love. Today, my friend will marry her best friend. Her soul mate. And Alejandro will not only vow to love sweet Dawn. But he is adopting her 4 beautiful kids!

I wish the happy couple, a lifetime of love, happiness, and peace. I know that God is going to bless them. And we all pray that their family will grow. With the love, that is planted in their hearts and souls. Congrats Dawn and Alejandro!!!

Beautiful Inspiration

I've been "On the Fence" about my home. There is a Realtor, that is very interested in my home. So much so, I'd make a good deal of money, with the sale. As in, more than double what paid for it...11 years ago.

But it's my home. Although, I spend little to no time there. It's my "security blanket." And I'm not totally sure about parting ways. Not just yet. Instead, I'm looking at putting a lot of TLC into my home. Since I decided to spend more time in the Southwest this Summer, I've also decided to tackle some "Home Projects."

First up, is some not so fun stuff. Back in May, I worked for 2 weeks. In music stuff. And added to my "nest egg." Because I've known for a while now, that I NEED a new roof. And let me tell you, they are NOT CHEAP!!! A family friend, owns a roofing business in the area. Their estimate, is between $40,000-50,000. Way too high for me! So I'm still on the search. I also have a pretty urgent plumbing issue to fix. Another $500 project. :( Oh, and a new hot water heater...

Those are 3 HUGE projects. Very costly! But there are also many smaller things, that I can tackle. Can I be honest here? I bought paint almost 18 months ago. And that's one project that I'm ready to tackle. Lots of painting! A little sewing. I NEED some curtains. Oh, and a little yard work. :)

But I'm not disappointed. These are things that NEED to get done. But I'm also looking for some inspiration. Not only is this my first home. But it's definitely a "Girl Home." I've got tons of candles, throw pillows, and fun colors.

With a limited decorating budget, due to the important work that needs to be done, I've gone to Pinterest for a little inspiration. Oh, and let me tell you, I'm not disappointed! Just wondering, how much I can get done in 2 months. Just look at this dining room!!!

I'm in LOVE!!! Those flowers, are AMAZING! I'm thinking, they'd be fun in my office. Which is already a fun space. That inspires me every single day. And the crisp white room, WOW! I want a similar looking room. Not for a dining room. Maybe a laundry room. Or guest room.

If you have any ideas, or inspiration, please let me know! Although I'm working on a few different projects, working on my home, is ALWAYS my favorite. Because it's my space. I don't have to think about what someone else likes. Just what I enjoy. Not in a spoiled brat, sort of way. But in the sense, that I won't always have this space. That is just mine. And I want to enjoy it. I want to enjoy my dark purple bedroom, my chandeliers, and all the "girly" touches. ♥

Friday, June 22, 2012

Making Me Dream....

If you've been reading my blog, for any length of time, you'd know that I LOVE to organize things. I literally spend hours and hours, organizing the craziest things around here. Like straight pins, books, and cooking color! My label maker, is honestly my best friend. So when I seen a "Gift Wrapping Station" DIY, I was thrilled!

In our home, I'm a little ashamed to admit it, I have an entire room dedicated to gift wrapping. Pathetic I know! But when you have 2 adults, no kids, and all these rooms...well you find ways to fill up rooms. Like gift wrapping, video gaming, and craft rooms. Yup, that's how we roll!!! :)

But in my home, space is sacred. I know, it's ONLY my stuff in my home. And it's a large family home. But it seems like, I NEVER have enough space. EVER! This would be perfect. A few hooks, a couple of pieces of wood, and dowels...make for perfection!

Sarah has her "Gift Wrapping Station" near her door. In her laundry room. Me? I'd put it in my dining room closet. I already store my wrapping paper in there. This would be perfect! Thank you Sarah, for sharing such an AMAZING idea! One that makes me feel less crazy...about my organizing ways.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Fun Walls :)

We've been looking at tons of decor ideas. Tons! And one that we keep coming back to, is the idea of the vinyl wall decals. When we were decorating rooms for our "Little Nieces," we used some fun decals.

And now, we realize, that you can use them in other rooms. And they don't look cheesy. OK, some can. But for the most part, they are just fun!

This van, banner, pom-pom decal is just fun! It reminds me of a scribble. Just a little doodle for our wall. OK, I like it. But probably wouldn't put this up in our home. But it is fun!

I saw this, and immediately thought..."Would be perfect for Little Nephew!" We're still working on his room, in our home. I think this would be fun. :)

Or maybe something a little more traditional looking. I just adore this picture! For all the details. Those chairs are AMAZING! Love the light fixture. And those walls...

How about bringing in some nature? Love these trees! And those little birds are adorable. Not too over the top. Just perfect!

This tree is so adorable! Actually, this picture totally inspired me. And I spent about 3 hours searching through Etsy. And finally found a seller to replicate this. I ordered it for our "Mud Room."

Honestly, this is my favorite! This tree is GORGEOUS! I'd LOVE to find this somewhere. I think it would look AMAZING in our living room. It's chic. And whimsical.

There are so many wonderful ideas out there. I found all these pictures on Pinterest. And I've been inspired. These are such fun and easy ways to dress up a room. Not too complicated. Vinyl decals stick well to walls. But come off easily, when you are ready for a change. Definitely something to try out. ♥

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Quirky and Fun!!!

Later this summer, we have a REALLY FUN event to go to! I already have the dress to wear. Which is gorgeous! Thank You Cole! And I got an e-mail with this picture. How fun is this?

Turns out, the fascinator is not optional! But that's perfectly fine with me! Because when else, do you get an excuse, to wear something like this? Between, fascinators will ALWAYS remind me of My Bestie's wedding. It's what we wore. :)

I'm so EXCITED for this Southern event. I've been counting down the days, since Christmas!!! Maybe because, it's a good excuse to get all dressed up. And have a ton of fun, with My Love! Oh, and definitely, to wear this quirky head accessory! ♥

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Mandarin Orange Cake

The last couple of weeks, have just been crazy! My family has needed me. My friends have needed me. This amazing man has needed me. And I just can't be in all these places, at the same time. Let me just tell you, I've been feeling incredibly guilty!

To make up to my favorite guy, I wanted to make him an AMAZING meal. Have us a little celebration! So I planned on all his favorites. But when it came to dessert, I wanted to try something new. So I took to Google. And when I Googled oranges, this guy's favorite, I was sent to Gooseberry Patch! And this week's Recipe of the Week! Mandarin Orange Cake. Yum! Even I was intrigued. :)

Mandarin Orange Cake

18-1/2 oz. pkg. white cake mix
11-oz. can mandarin oranges, drained and juice reserved
3 egg whites
1/2 c. oil
2 8-oz. cans crushed pineapple
3-1/2 oz. pkg. instant vanilla pudding mix
8-oz. container frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 c. sweetened flaked coconut, divided

Combine cake mix, reserved juice, egg whites and oil. Blend with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes, until creamy. Fold in oranges; pour into a greased and floured 13"x9" baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 35 minutes, until a toothpick in the center comes out clean. Place pan on a wire rack to cool completely. Pour pineapple and its juice into a medium bowl; stir in pudding mix. Fold in whipped topping and 1/2 cup coconut. Mix well; chill while cake is cooling. Spread over top and sides; sprinkle with remaining coconut. Serve immediately or keep refrigerated. Serves 12.

Do you see that last line? Serves 12. Um, it served 2!!! And I'm not lying. It was so good, that on Monday night, we gobbled the entire thing down! And it was delicious. This is a light cake. Not as in calories. But as in "light and fresh." Perfect for Summer! Perfect for My Guy. Perfect for all these Summer "Get Togethers." I can see this little cake, making an appearance around our home, many times! I already can't wait, to bake a second one.

Fun Crochet Food!!!

My cousin asked me, almost 3 years ago, to be his daughter's Godmother. It was a very special day! My Goddaughters really do mean the world to me. And I see being a Godmother, as a blessing.

Unfortunately, she happens to be my one Goddaughter, who I see the least. It makes me so sad! But I make sure, to call her weekly. And send her little notes, and surprises every other week. I think it's so important to stay close. And to let her know, that I'm here for her. After all, she's ONLY 4 years old!

Well, for Christmas I bought her a little Kitchenette. And it hasn't quite made it to her. So I've been slowly crocheting her some fun food. And I hit the jackpot last night! I found this AMAZING blog. With so many cute patterns!

First up, some breakfast. How cute is this? A friend egg, toast, and bacon. I'm sure, this will be a hit!

How about some milk and cookies? On the blog, they're labeled as "Santa's cookies." I just think they're cute! I'll probably make the cups a more neutral color. Not so Christmas-y.

Would you like a hotdog? I just adore this pattern! Because I've NEVER seen anything like it. But I'm going to have to add some relish. Because that's my favorite part of eating a hotdog! :)

Or maybe a hamburger is more your style. The lettuce just cracks me up! But I think this will be fun to recreate!

And you can't forget the shake and fries! I adore these curly fries!!! I've never seen a pattern like that. The twist on the shake is also ADORABLE!!!

Or maybe you would like a movie snack. Popcorn and a pretzel. How fun is this? I LOVE the shape of the popcorn. :)

And crochet food, just wouldn't be complete without a few s'mores! How fun is this! S'mores just happen to be a favorite of mine. :)

I'm hoping to crochet quickly. I would like to get a nice set done. Before I see my Goddaughter. I think these will be a nice addition, to her Kitchenette. Who knows, I might even sew up an apron and oven mitts!

Monday, June 18, 2012

We NEED This Space...

I've mentioned it many times before, that we travel a lot. As in 40+ weeks a year! We usually leave on Thursday evening, and return Sunday night. And 99% of the time, we have our motor home, that we stay in. A rather "fancy" little home on wheels.

Before meeting this guy, I thought motor homes/coaches were used for camping. You know, you take it out to the lake. Make a few hook ups, and you're good to go. I never realized, that you can customize these sweet homes on wheels! That they could provide more, than just a comfort for camping.

Heck, our motor home has a better kitchen, than my home has. Comfy couches, internet access, 2 HUGE TVs, wood floors, and anything you could need, while on the road. It's hilarious! But according to this guy, when you spend this much time on the road, it's essential. Our views vary on this. But it can also be, because we have very different careers. And we're in very different financial situations.

Very recently, My Love came home with a brochure. Apparently, it's time for a new "Home on Wheels." Hundreds of thousands of miles later, our home will retire this winter. I'm sad. When we met, it was a shiny new home. And over the last few years, I've made it our home. Not just a place where we eat and sleep, while on the road. But a real, comfortable home!

What made me laugh this week, was this little picture. That My Guy sent me. Because he wants me to be oh so comfy in there. And after our recent trip to Michigan, it's become oh so real, that I'm going to have a HUGE say in our new "Home on Wheels!"

I'd adore a place like this. But I just don't think it would match this guy's style. I really don't. But I might use this picture, as inspiration. I'd adore a "Reading Nook" like that. And comfy furniture. Maybe a place to store a sewing machine. And a "hideaway" desk, for me to use when studying. Oh, and that ceiling, is just screaming my name! My Love, might just regret sending me this picture. :)

But I am at a loss. I don't know the first thing, about designing a motor home. I know what we need. And what we like. But that's it! I've NEVER done this before. To be honest, I don't think this guy has either. I think he had other people do it for him, the last time. And where do you research these things? Can you tell, I'm a fish out of water?!?!?!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Sweet Summer Eats

I don't know about you, but when I think about summer, I think about fruit. Growing up, we had wild black berry bushes, a quince tree, and countless cherry trees. I would literally spend hours outside, eating straight from the bushes and trees! June was always marked with an endless supply of cherries!

As I got older, I'd use those cherries to bake with. I'd mix them with fresh peaches. That came from this guy's family's Ranch. Cherry and peach cobbler. Nothing said summer like that cobbler, with vanilla ice cream! But honestly, eating them off the tree, was the best!!!

Secondly, blueberries and lemons, we're also a big part of my summer. I'd go to the Farmers' Market with Enzo's grandma. We always bought blueberries, squeezed a little lemon juice on them, and ate them as we shopped. I still think of this combination, when summer rolls around. So much so, I've been hunting for blueberry and lemon recipes lately. :)

And of course, there is water. 10 months of the year, I drink cucumber water. I take a cucumber and thinly slice it. Add it to some ice water. AMAZING!!! Life changing actually. :) But in June and July, I prefer lemons in water. Sliced, not wedges. To me, they taste different. Crazy, I know!

There are countless other Summer fruits that I LOVE. Fruit that grew at this guy's house. Or at his family's Ranch. We grew up, eating right off the trees! And for me, nothing marks June, more than fresh local fruit. What's your favorite Summer fruit?

Saturday, June 16, 2012

My First Love

I don't know if I've ever mentioned this here, I'm a HUGE baseball fan. HUGE folks! Growing up, me and this guy, would go to games ALL. THE. TIME!!! Actually, this guy, played since he was like 3 years old. And I was his biggest cheerleader, until he graduated from high school. And moved across the country...

This is what we did. With all our friends. There was a minor league team, in our hometown. We'd go to a game, weekly. Then as teenagers, we'd take an annual trip to LA. To see the Dodgers play. Because everyone we knew, liked the Dodgers.

But not me and this guy. Nope! We liked the Red Sox. Actually, I like the Mets, and the Red Sox. I know, I'm bad! But the Red Sox are our team. And since this guy has been living in Boston for the last 14's become a tradition, to head to Fenway Park!

Yup, I was a high school sophomore, the very first time, I got to go to the most amazing ball park. Seriously, I was in LOVE!!! And not just with this guy. Who at the time, I was dating. Heck no! I was in LOVE with this stadium. :)

And through the years, my best friend and I, have collected some amazing t-shirts, watched more games than I can tell you about, and spent some good quality time at Fenway. Heck, for Christmas, My Love bought us each a brick. To celebrate 100 years of Fenway!!! We got seats last year, for our birthdays!!! :)

With that said, My Love planned an amazing trip to Boston. Between his schedule and mine, it was a little crazy! But we planned it. We'd see 3 games. Just me and him. In heaven. With hotdogs, my Red Sox, and dear 'ol Monster Green!

Well, things didn't really work out. Life threw us a few curve balls. My life is up in the air. And my family needs me. Our trip was postponed. And now, I'm starting to realize, that this guy, is becoming a rather big Red Sox fan too!

At the moment, we're lining up our schedules again. Trying to find the perfect week, to head to Boston. Which ironically, at least 2 days a week, I work in Boston. But I still haven't gotten to Fenway. And let me tell you, that big 'ol stadium is calling my name! Until then, I'm so grateful for televised MLB. And at home "Red Sox" parties. With hotdogs, my favorite team, and my favorite guy! ♥

Friday, June 15, 2012

Oh No He Didn't!!!

I'm in my hometown for the weekend. My Guy is in Michigan working. Third weekend in a row...that I've had some sort of plans. This weekend, is another busy one. As in a family friend's graduation party tonight. Sofia's Baptismo tomorrow. And Father's Day on Sunday!

Our cellphones are becoming our best friends. No lie! One thing you should know about this guy is, he doesn't e-mail regularly. Not at all! So this morning, I was a little shocked to get an e-mail from him. So much so, I had to do a double take, when I was looking at my inbox.

When I opened the e-mail, I had to laugh. Because this picture, speaks volumes. Without much text!

"We should build a nursery like this. Then get busy fillin' her up! What do ya say?" This man just cracks me up! We talk about marriage and babies a lot!!! And I'm sure, he likes this nursery, because of the colors. Being that orange is his favorite color. :)

This is just not the time. But it was a fun e-mail to get. I'll definitely keep this in mind. Put this in the "Memory Bank." For one day. When we do decide to start a family. Because now, I know, this guy really enjoys the look of this nursery. ♥

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Fun Idea

I'm sure that by now, you've seen the commercial. The Home Depot commercial. Where they show the "Flower Box." I've been watching it for months! And now, I want one. Actually, since that first day I seen that commercial, I've wanted one. :)

But for me, I'd plant some edibles in it. You know, herbs. And I'd have this guy, hang it near our kitchen. It would be "Summertime Perfection!" What do you think?

I was even thinking, in my front porch, this would be a good idea. To add lots of color. Because my house is white, my outdoor furniture is neutral, and well I need some color in the porch. This also looks like a very easy project. Now if I could just get some time to make it. ♥

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Since I Met You Baby....

It's been a tough month. Tough couple of months, for ya Doll Face. It pains me, that I can't fix these things for ya. As much as ya do for me. I wish I could do more for ya. Take some of the pain away for ya.

There's something that I do know. Since I met ya, my life has been better. For many reasons. Mostly cause ya love me. Nothing more. Just cause ya love me.

I know that ya work hard to provide us with a comfortable home. A welcoming home. Full of love. Making my life easier. It hasn't gone unnoticed. Believe me. This month is one full of traveling for both of us. But know this, whenever we are apart, you are all that is on my mind. When we are together, I can't get enough of ya. Love ya Doll Face! You are my entire world. I wouldn't want it any other way. Your Guy

Fun Desk Idea

I've really been looking at tons and tons of furniture lately! Part of it is, we have 3 homes, that need to be finished. But I've been looking for some "Budget Friendly" ideas. Heck, this idea, I'd LOVE to add to my own home. :)

An old coffee table, into a new desk. Personally, I'd use some big legs. Something with more weight to them. But I just adore this idea!

I've been finding lots of crazy furniture, on the side of the road. My daily commute, just takes me by some really nice neighborhoods. And people are ALWAYS updating their homes. For sure, I'm going to be hunting down a coffee table. I'd love to make my own desk. And perhaps, paint it a fun and unique color! ♥

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Did You Say Minnie?

For Christmas, I made a few Hello Kitty hats. One was for my little cousin. She adores all things "girl!" And since Christmas, she's been wearing her little hat. Don't try and touch it, take it away, or hide it. Even in this warm weather, she is wearing an earflap hat!!!

But the truth of the matter is, she LOVES Minnie Mouse. So when I seen this crochet pattern, I just knew I had to print it out. Never mind that it is June. I'm starting this year's Christmas presents!!!

I just can't get over how cute these hats are. I think I can get a few done, before December. A few for my Goddaughters, nieces, and little cousins. Oh, I just can't wait!!!