Monday, January 31, 2011

A Survey, a fruit and FMM!!!

Last week was Kenz @ Alltheweigh challenge to eat 5 servings of vegetables and this is how I did:
I went and got grapes, carrots, Tomatoes, Brussels sprouts, peas, strawberries, corn, Sugar snap peas and cabbage (oh and Pineapple but it was in a can). I felt inspired. I made the salad below a few times, we don't like lettuce so usually our salad is with cabbage. This one has corn and tomatoes.

And since I have three boys to feed, I did make regular meals like chicken Parm (with bread crumbs not flour) but I ate it with Brussels sprouts, no pasta for me, and I measured my piece.

Funny thing was that they actually asked for my veggies, funny how one good choice leads to another and I see that this can even influence them to eat healthier. Even when I make our Spanish meals I now measure what I intake.

My dear Sister did make cupcakes; I was not going to deny them so I cut one in half, and that's what I ate. Did I want to eat the whole thing? yes, but I didn't.
I'm so looking forward to the next challenge since I've been implementing this a while back and have been extremely good at keeping with it, soda is just so not worth the points.

So here is her FMM questions of the day:

A Short Survey

1) What is your favorite household chore? And what is your least favorite?
I love anything to do with cleaning, even the bathroom. But organizing is my passion. The only thing I didn't like to do was cooking and that has changed too :)

2)What is your favorite city?
New Orleans

3) Have you found real love yet? Yeap, and he is my hunkadorian Hubs

4) What's one thing you eat almost everyday?
the only thing constant is coffee

5) What was your last thought before falling asleep last night?
ARGH, Bridalplasty ended!

6) What's the worst injury you had as a child?
My brother was practicing his Karate moves, flong me over and I landed face first on his nightstand. I had a few stitches over my eyebrow, a half an inch lower I would have lost my eye.

7) Will you/have you worked out today?

8) Do you tweet? If so, what's your name?
Nope, I don't get it

9) List three things you wouldn't want to live without:
My Kids and hubs, books and coffee

10) Hold old were you when you had your first kiss?
Ten, he actually just contacted me 2 weeks ago thru FB. Good friend.

So now I am off to watch "Heavy" and then off to dreamland. Hope you guys are keeping healthier.

Make good choices,

Over & out

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

We got hit with another winter storm, but being that I get to stay home is actually nice. Wednesday night was hard though because it was snowing badly and I had to get the hubs in the middle of it...15mph was my speed and it always amazes me how many crazy people are out there. We have an SUV and we got cars passing us speeding...and of course we saw a few of those hitting the division wall on the highways. Seriously, take it easy out there people.

This is what we've been doing...

and then hot cocoa with mini marshmallows. LOVE IT!

Over & out

Monday, January 24, 2011

Friend Making Mondays & a package

So Dear Kenz has another great FMM (oh and if you are looking to loose some pounds I strongly suggest joining her weekly challenge). Soooo this week we have the following:

Answer each question using only one word...

1. Where is your cell phone? neverland

2. Your most significant other? hero

3. Your hair? dye

4. Your mother? crazy

5. Your father? sick

6. Your favorite? nighttime

7. Your dream last night? vacation

8. Your favorite drink? coffee

9. Your dream/goal? size10

10. What room you are in? living room

11. Your hobby? crafts

12. Your fear?

13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? thin

14. Where were you last night? train

15. Something that you aren't? selfish

16. Muffins? nope

17. Wish list item? boots

18. Where you grew up? Caribbean

19. Last thing you did? dinner

20. What are you wearing? sweats

21. Your TV? Nick Jr

22. Your pets? lazy

23. Friends? Family

24. Your life? blessed

25. Your mood? tired

26. Missing someone? yes

27. One place that I go to over and over? NYC

28. Something you want: kitchen aid mixer (me too!)

29. Your favorite store? Target

30. Your favorite color? Purple

Funny to read her and I had similar answers.
So another package finally arrive, this one from E.L.F makeup...everything was $1 and had great reviews...lets take a look...

The above eyelash curler has great reviews and from my one try it is really great, and for that price? even better!

Yes, some falsies because we all need some... here are some swatches...bad lighting, sorry

First in nail color smoky brown...perfect neutral
2. Brownie points luscious LL
3. Baby lips luscious liquid lipstick
4. Voodoo lipstick

the liquid lipsticks are glossy without being too sticky and all the lip items smell like Juicy fruit gum :) so far I am liking all these items. Have to try the nail polish for my next manicure but so far is creamy and dark. Lets hope is a 2 coats polish.

And here is a pic of my Lazy girl Pearl

She was playing with the string of A's balloon...she is like a small dog, really.

BTW my Mother in law had her surgery, it took longer than expected; they found something else and they are doing some additional test...we wont know for another week...then the hubs family has another family member in a coma...not a great week. Still praying...

Over & out

this post was so random but I need to rush to the train station now

Friday, January 21, 2011

On a Friday...

There hasn't been much going on right now so this is me just rambling about.
Today the Hubs is in NYC with his family, MIL is having her breast surgery today and we all pray it goes well...we know it will. It was weird not having hubs snoring next to me and I had a difficult time getting to sleep so I watch TV for a while.
Have you seen this show "Heavy" on A&E? I was finally able to catch it on Demand, and boy do I feel for them. Even though I am not as heavy as them I know the feeling of being made fun all the time. I hate when people seem to think is OK to tell someone they are fat. The fact is we all know, we have mirrors. It's hard for some people to see the person behind the weight. I like that the woman in the show had such a great attitude but I know some times we have that facade of laughing and being funny to hide how we really feel.

For the last 2 days I didn't exercised because I didn't feel so good, but I did manage to clean the entire house which included cleaning areas of the carpet by hand with a scrub brush...That has to count for some calorie burning, right? Riiiiiight?!

So here is what I got from Anthropologie...aren't they so freaking cool? That little envelope is where the packing slip comes in- how awesome!

Yay, my new Latte bowls! They bring so much color to my white dishes, too bad they ran out of the other colors, but I plan to buy another 6pcs set. They are the perfect size for breakfast cereal. Now I just have to wait for my other stuff to arrive.

Now I leave you with another beautiful shot of my Father's Orchids...these pictures where taken back home...I love these flowers. And yes, his bloom with several flowers at one time :)

Over & Out

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 a life changing day

Today I woke up with a kiss in the forehead from the hubs. I got ready and took a peek outside, the newly snow had a thin layer of ice. Brrrr. I so did not wanted to go out there.
I came back home and found my two boys snuggle in our bed, then Big A got up and went to his room. My little darling and I stayed in bed most of the morning just cuddling and watching cartoons.

It was so simple and so calming, but me being me started thinking of other people and what their day must be like.

On a day like today someone was falling in love...while another one was getting their heart broken. On a day like today as I passed the Hospital on my way home, someone was receiving the worst news of their lives, or maybe another one was finally getting to heal. I wonder how many people where in pain...and I wonder how many precious babies where being born.

I wonder how many people where making love at that moment, how many where on their way to work, how many where comforting a sick child, how many where holding the hand of a love one saying good bye.

How many people where finally getting a job and how many where being lay off. How many important things happen on a day like today for so many people out there and yet the world kept turning.

Life goes on like they said. But I wonder if I'm the only one who wonders silly things like this.
Today is a life changing day and we should always do our best to make it count because after all, we don't know what tomorrow may hold.

Over & out
package #1 has arrived but I'll wait for the rest to get here so I can show you

Monday, January 17, 2011

Us time

Do you ever want to grab a frying pan and hit your love one with it? No? guess is just me. Today has got me cranky. I'm OCD and anal retentive for a lot of stuff but some I consider common sense: if the garbage bag is closed, get a new one-do not place items on top of it.

If the little guy redecorates the living room, try to at least pick up a few items of the floor. Seems simple enough but it never fails that the men in this house seem to forget to do. Case in point:

After returning home from the GW to donate even more crap (they don't take TV's? did you know that?) I started making dinner...when all the sudden I realize the big kid and the hubs went to get a nap. seriously? at dinner time? they left me with the little kid and just went their Merry way without even saying anything.

I was ready to do a choke hold on them when the little guy started giggling. Then when he saw me move his high chair and he exclaimed so happily "Oh yeah"!. What can I say, the kid love his food. Then as I was trying to cool down his food he saw that it was chicken quesadillas- one of his favorite- so he yelled WAIT, WAIT 'cause he though I was taking the food back to the kitchen.

I enjoyed a nice dinner, just the two of us. He trying to talk to me in his little gibberish way, I responded with oh, yes and wao. We toasted over a sippy cup and a bottle of water... It reminded me that some days I do need the time to be just him and I. He didn't notice the other two gone, so maybe I should let it pass....this time.

Love you little guy, you melt me.

Over & Out

Friend Making Mondays Jan 17

Kenz is having a survey on All the weigh check it out...after reading my answers of course :)

1. Why do you blog? I started because I always had a journal and I though this was the next step, plus I had just got back to work after having little A and I wanted an outlet to express myself.

2.Favorite TV show: currently I watch Law & Order SVU, Jersey Shore and Bridalplasty. My favorite show, however is Gilmore Girls.

3.The First think I drank this morning: coffee of course!

4.Are you married, single, in a relationship? I'm in a relationship with the Hubs

5.List three of your hobbies: Reading, Scrapbooking, Photography

6.What do you like the most about yourself: That I'm a very good listener, and I care about people in general a lot.

7.List a couple of your favorite sites: uhm....Facebook, QVC and a bunch of awesome blogs

8.The last book you read: currently reading London Bridges by James Patterson

9.Can you whistle? nope, not even if my life depended on it

10.List your favorite pro sports team: I like boxing so not a team:boxer Manny Paquiao, but thanks to the hubs I like the Yankees.

11.Whats the last thing that made you smile: a joke that Big A told me last night

12.Do you prefer Mayo or mustard: I'm a ketchup gal all the way

13.Do you have a crush on someone? yeap, Keanu Reeves (shut up)

14.Do you get up early or sleep in? are you kidding me? I would love to sleep in- but the little buddy is the boss and he demands an early breakfast.

15.Do you attend church? we try but not as much as I would like

16.Would you rather see a movie at home or the Theater? We watch tons of movies at home but I would like to go to the movies with the hubs a little more

17.Where there a teacher or Authority figure that stood out to you? yes, several actually

18. Whats your favorite game? hands down CLUE

19.Cupcake or potato chips? cupcake all the way, I seldom pick chips.

20.Tell us something random that we wouldn't know to ask? my favorite me time is to do my nails. I also love organizing things.

So there is is, so hop on over to Kenz blog, you will love her.

Over & out

Sunday, January 16, 2011

A latte bowl and a baby shower

It's been quite nice these days to be home. I'm finally doing what I've been wanting to do for so long. Over the Holidays I saw a picture of me and though "wow, I look so heavy on that picture" then I realize that the Truth is that is not the picture, is me. The longer I postpone this, the longer I would feel heavy and fat. So I started working out.

First I tried the zumba but that was too much for me, even though I love to dance. So now I'm walking at home and I feel great. Actually I feel like I'm about to pass 10 minutes after starting but once I'm done I feel FANTASTIC.

Also, like everyone else I've been decrapfiying the house. 'm one of those that have to have the fridge organize: Juice to the left, milk in the middle, water to the right { I'm cool like that} Anything that we haven't use since we moved here is out the door. I had a huge black garbage bag of clothes that I no longer wear so I donate those. Even the bathroom cabinet got a good organization. It looks so good, imagine that even Super A {oldest} said how nice and organize it looks.

**** I interrupt this blog to announce that the Hubs did a funky dance in the middle of the living room because the JETS are winning. He is such a dork!****

Today I dropped shopping bags upon shopping bags, upon more things of baby stuff back to my Sister. She is having a little one soon, so even more baby stuff will go her way, including baby toys because Aiden has been blessed with tons of toys and we really don't need him to have all that. I figure every time he gets a few more we will donate some of his old stuff.

I'm patiently {not} waiting for a few orders that I made online. For one Anthropoly has their famous Latte bows set of four for $7!!! yeap, these are usually $20 (set of 6 is $30 of different colors) so I couldn't pass them out. I figure since all of our Dinner wear is white I can bring some color with these. And maybe get a set of different colors annually, like Nienie does.

I also placed an order with E.L.F for some $1 makeup. They got great reviews, specially the lash curler so I'll let you know when I get those. Oh, and lets not forget my free nail polishes from Zoya. I'll see how I like them, but I wont buy from them again after my little incident {read previous post}.

I'm off to create a "cirque du Bebe" baby shower, I can't say much in case she sees this, but is going to be oh-so-cute :) and lets not forget that tonight is "Bridalplasty"~ this show is so ridiculous that it's fantastic. Plus the big kid and I have been watching movies together: "Once Bitten"{remember this from the 80's? Jim Carey's first movie? a classic}, then yesterday "Donney Darko" because we have never seen this, and today he has agreed to watch "Julie & Julia" with me...he must love me. *sigh*

Lean steak and twice bake potatoes? yes, thank you.
Over & out

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

It happened on a Monday

Some days I feel like I live in a sitcome (crazy neighboors and all). These are a few things that happened Monday...

~enjoyed my newly made garland

~ picked up my fixed boots. $13 for new heels, much better than buying new heels. I'm learning...slowly, but I am.

~ Aiden joins the tradition of drinking milk and Orange Juice...on his own may I add. He had his juice and decided to grab his bottle from the fridge.

~ Made another traditional meal, which combined Ketchup and hot sauce...I'm a mess!

~ return to the store with an Ice cream that was 3 months past expiration date. Got a brand new one for free :)

~ keeping with my new goals: I actually measure ½ cup (shows the 1 cup because the other one was dirty, but believe me I measure it!) of ice cream and THAT'S ALL I ATE :)

~ on the hunt for an EOS lip I can't find them, a few weeks ago they where staring me in the face everywhere.

~ I was bullied on FB. Seriously. Over NAIL POLISH!!!. I had a bad experience with the Customer Service of a Co. that was giving a free product. I believe in great service and no matter how many free items you give me I wont say otherwise. When I posted on their wall (as my last resort since they wouldn't return my calls-emails). Basically I was called ignorant, stupid, low life, etc for complaining about them. I keep replying very politely and sarcastically things like : "thanks, your comment has changed my life" or "yay, agreed" Or even making fun at how entertaining it must be for that Co. to see grown women attacking one another over polish. I ended up making my exit stating that I needed to polish my nails. Technology has strike again making cowards into bullys hiding behind a computer screen.

~ called the Mom-ster to find out how Dad is doing; Dad proceeds to tell me he is calling the police 'cause Mom hide his machete (seriously? Robert Rodriguez I'm blaming you)

~received a call back from Mom-ster crying. Dad (who has a mental illness) proceeds to cut her arm with a sharp tool. I panicked. Thankfully one of my sister's went to their home and Dad calmed down. I'm feeling sorry for her, I really am. My oldest asked me if I think this was karma. With all my heart I hope is not.

~decided after all the drama I was going to belch out a rendition of "Airplanes" all off key...on purposed. "Can we pretend that Aaaaairplanes in the niiiiiight skieeeees like shooting stars, I can really use a wish right noooooow, a wish right nooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwww".

I seriously need to watch more mindless TV tonight. uhm....Brideplasty? I think so.

Over & out

Monday, January 10, 2011

Top 2 Tuesday by The Undomestic Momma

I'm joining the Undomesticated Momma with her top Tuesday!

Strange Addictions
Isn't that fun. I have to admit hers is also out there, so go check her out. Mine?

1. Vicks Vapor Rub
growing upI used to rub this like a face mask: all over my face, temples and even neck. Couldn't go to sleep without it until one day the Mom-ster took it away from me and said no more. Now I have one on my nightstand, and although I don't put it all over, I still have to put some inside my nostrils (a big no-no) every night.

2. Strange foods:

not sure if this would very uncommon here but is actually all over the homeland. We do not use mayo on sandwich's but KETCHUP. My oldest even has it with Tuna...ok, that one is a little gross. And we also love orange juice with milk! yumm.

Hope you are having a terrific day!

Over & out

Thursday, January 6, 2011

what's that smell?

That would be MOI and the fact that I was soooo freaking lucky to have a Hubs that understand that being a girl is complicated. I asked the hubs this past weekend if we could go to a Lush store in NYC and so we did!

I got only a few things and only because they where on sale but WOW that stuff smells divine. Here's what I got:

Top left: Honey I bathe the kids soap~ amazing Honey smell
Top right: Demon in the dark ~Fresh, minty and mysterious~ got this for the hubs
bottom left: Therapy bar, which is pure cocoa and Shea butter...this is for the pregger Sister
Bottom right: Soft Coeur~ chocolate and just melt between yous palms for a bit and applies like a lotion!
Love them, and there was so much more I love but I was good and stayed on budget. There are in a drawer in my room and I swear as soon as you come close you can smell these. I wanted to finish my Fortune cookie soaps before I use these but I couldn't wait so I tried Honey I bathe the kids...A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!

Besides that their products are all natural and most of them vegan {if that's your thing} I also have to give props to the ladies there because they where very friendly, and made me feel welcome and where very eager to show me the products and answer questions. Sales pitch? you betcha, but it works. No one wants to shop where they feel like a 12 yr old in a China cabinet.

they even gave me a hand massage... what better way to feel pampered?

Oh yes, with this:

This is the Tarte Jewelry Box Limited Edition for Sephora

It has 32 eye shadows (16 matte and 16 shimmery) 8 lip glosses, highlighter and contour bronzer for the cheeks and 5 eye pencils. Perfect just to carry one thing instead of different items. The Hubs was bad and broke our no gifts for us policy and got me this for Christmas. He wuws me :)

I love that the eye shadows are full size and very pigmented. I use this on me and my SIL for New Years. I think is my new fav makeup palette! So I got spoiled and I loved every bit of it.
Now let me go smell my soaps again so my kid can look at me funny and have something else to tell his future therapist.

Over & Out

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Top Ten Moments of 2010

This is proof of how much I love Ashley from Domestic Fashionista, she has this wonderful link party of the best of 2010, so of course I will join in!

You all know of my trials and tribulations but over all, the year ended better than it started. These are some of my favorite things from 2010: (in no particular order)

1. Getting a home again!

2. Our Bubba turning ONE

3. After 8 yrs of waiting and lots paperwork Alain finally comes to live with us

4. Aiden's Baptism back in the homeland

5. and while we were there, enjoying seeing our families again!

6. Aiden's first trip to a lake. This was awesome because we took this trip up to the Poconos, PA and got to see the hubs family

7. Another Wedding Anniversary. He loves and understands me. He is my rock and I love him. This road is so much easier because of him.

8. Alain graduated High School (with Honors may I add)

9. Family trip to the beach.; which was also Aiden's first time in a pool or the ocean. I love that we stayed all together, joking around, making meals together...good times.

10. Finally, all of our trips to NYC in which I am reminded that life is full of beauty, if you let it. That like always, I'm leaning on him and I'm never alone.

Thanks Ashley for allowing me to put things in perspective. THIS IS TO A GREAT 2011

Over & Out

Monday, January 3, 2011

Back with a vengeance

It seems like every year at this time we all make the commitment to be better, do better, eat healthier, loose weight, quit smoking, etc. only to realize a few weeks into it that's too hard and we give up. (damm you Coke!!)

It's not a secret that I've been wanting to loose weight. There is a few other things I would like to change, but not as a resolution. My breaking point in the last few weeks have put life in perspective for me. The good, the bad and the ugly.

All I want this year is do what I do, but better. Be a better Mom, wife, friend. Be better to me. Take care of me and know that if I messed up is also ok. Care for the people who genuinely care for me and get rid or avoid the one's that don't. Keep looking at the good in people and not let those who choose to be mean, selfish and ignorant deter me from my goal of being happy.

To realize that MY HAPPY may not be other's perception of happiness and that's OK too. To learn to forget, because honestly I may seem like a great person but if you hurt me I NEVER FORGET; so I may act that everything is ok but in my heart I know is not...and that's not good or healthy for me.

So now I leave you with some pics of another trip around lucky are we that we can go and enjoy the magic of this city whenever we want to?

above...just leaving a LUSH store! yummo. More on that later.

My Hunter boots are not so easily found where we live, but in NYC I saw SOOOO many people with them

So here is for a better me, because I know this year already started better than last.

Over & out