fotos from february

(i know, that's not how you spell foto but just go with it. lol)

Stolen teenage moments

Sweet roses for Valentines

New running shoes

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes

Painting for Sissy's room

fill in the blank friday

1.   I am currently obsessed with       SparkPeople, The Eat Clean Diet Recharged, and Nike+.

2.  Today I am    sore    because,    I challenged myself to a lower body workout yesterday. I'm not as strong as I once was. lol  .

3.  The age I am is    30     and the age I feel is    37. ha! With everything I've been through the past several months I feel like I've aged quite a bit. But now that things are turning around and I'm finding peace and clarity, I'm starting to try and get back to feeling (and liking) 30   .

4.  My favorite place is     Disneyland! I could live there... seriously.

5.  Something I have been procrastinating is     spring cleaning. Every room in my house needs a good once-over .

6.  The last thing I purchased was       an eyebroy wax. lol. my first in over ten years  .

7.  The thing I love most about my home is       the hard work it took to get it. We work very hard to maintain a nice home for our kids to grow up and make memories in    .

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miss elsie's done it again

the woman is pure talent, pure genius, pure inspiration and all things good...
yes, i am talking about the infamous Elsie (soon-to-be Larson) aka Elsiecake! 
she's the indie equivalent to everything-she-touches-turns-to-gold. 
check out her latest venture... no doubt a success already.
Red Velvet Lookbook // Spring 2011 from elsie flannigan on Vimeo.

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butterfly wedding dress
wedding dress details bhldn
Preeeeetty much in love with the new BHLDN line of wedding wear! Um, yes please and yes please and can I add a gimme gimme to that! Seriously people! My dreams have come true in the form of wedding wear!

Go HERE  to read the Serenity Prayer... I love this!

Cute DIY candy dispenser from Heidi Swapp

Purple and Green Party Wedding Ideas
Purple and Green Party Wedding Ideas
Now that I'm 30 and a grownup (lol) I want to throw a lovely outdoor brunch like this one fouund on the Hostess with the Mostess blog. (Go there now... it has FREE Printables! hehehe)

carnival wedding in the woods
wooden frames in the woods
band performing wedding
OMG what a brilliant themed wedding I found over at Green Wedding Shoes

wedding dessert table decor
wedding dessert table decor
wedding dessert table decor
wedding dessert table decor
Desert Tables anyone?!?! (images found on Ruffled blog)

Super cute, super easy Heartstring Magic Wands found at Dear Lizzy.

Another beautiful Mid-Cen Mod wedding in Palm Springs. I just love the idea of a different color of flowers at every table! (found at Snippet and Ink blog)

vintage ontario wedding
One of the coolest wedding pictures I've seen (found on the Ruffled blog)

Cover Image
I want this book! (originally found here)

wee bit wednesday

{one} do you always wear your seatbelt in the car?
truth be told, not always. i'm working on being safety girl.

{two} do you crack your knuckles?
yep. entirely too much. my dad used to show me his twisted fingers from cracking his knuckles in an attempt to get me to quit... now I like my twisted fingers because they are just like his.

{three} what is your favorite flavor of gum?
the green mint one (is that spearamint?)

{four} what is your favorite piece of jewelry that you own?
my pearl necklace that my uncle gave to me to wear at my wedding. they were my aunt's (who passed away 6 months prior).

{five} who is your best friend?
i have several. they know who they are.
{six} what is your favorite smell?
toss up between fresh cut grass and suntanning lotion.

{seven} what is your favorite lunch meat?
sliced turkey.

{eight} do you still have your tonsils?

{nine} do you untie your shoes before you take them off?
no way.

{ten} what color is your car?
midnight blue.

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how was your weekend?

yes, i really would like to know! what'd ya do? who'd ya see? anything new? anything exciting??

My weekend was (thankfully) low key. We were on call for work and that mean stick close to home.
The weather was gloomy and gray and perfect movie watching weather. However, no movies were actually watched.

Oh, but laundry got done.
I read SIX chapters in The Eat Clean Diet Recharged!
The kids and I got our workout on the Wii Fit.
Had a yummy din din and board game night with some friends.
And Sunday...

Oh Nascar, how I love thee.
The anticipation for this year's Great American Race was huge! New track and all. 
For me, the anticipation was filled with excitement and heartache. This was the first Daytona without my Dad. And this is huge. My Dad loved Nascar, always watched it, even recorded it while we'd be at church to watch it when he got home. If I wasn't watching it with him, I was sure to call and talk about  the ending or anything cool that happened in the race. I think I'll miss that most.
Yes, I cried. Of course I cried.
At the beginning...
the entire lap 3...
and at the end...
Can you believe a Kid, Trevor Bayne was 20 years and 1 day old when he won the Daytona 500 for 2011! Incredible!

I'm sure Daddy was up there in heaven watching the race with Dale Sr! hehe

Overall, it was nice and relaxing and low key weekend. A two-thumbs-upper in my book! :-)

fill in the blank friday

1.   I am      just a girl, trying to be a good person to myself and to others .

2.  The bravest thing I've ever done was   bungee jump .

3.  I feel prettiest when       I'm dressed and ready for date night  .

4.  Something that keeps me awake at night is    um, everything! lol. thoughts of my dad, the book of revelations, my to-do lists for the next day, the month, the year, stress... need more? .

5.  My favorite meal in the entire world is     red tamale meat burritos with fideo, mexican rice, and beans... only my grandma could make that for me .

6.  The way to my heart is        bumpy and full of trap doors. haha  .

7.  I would like to       win the lottery... no, seriously... don't laugh. :-)    .

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i think i'm finding myself again...


It's been a long time since I've felt the tiniest bit like the Me before Daddy passed away. Lately there have been moments, small but not insignificant, that I can see life again, feel possibility, smile and laugh and actually mean it. Here are a few of those moments...

- I don't cry everyday but I still hurt, and I don't anticipate the pain going anywhere soon. And that is okay. 

- I got back on the treadmill for the first time in a long time. Running one mile kicked my bootay pretty good, but I was filled with joy just to have accomplished it.

- I scrapbooked. Nothing I would say I'm exactly proud of other than the act of actually doing it... man I'm out of practice!

- I painted today. No I don't mean the walls. I painted on canvas. Nothing grand or glorious, just brush to canvas and let go.

- I made cupcakes this morning. Yes, I did. AND I didn't even taste them!

Like I said, in no means are these big life-changing events... but they are small acts that have reminded me that I am still here, even if covered in the dark thick veil of greif.

One step at a time... baby steps...
Thank you for your support.

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hello all! and welcome to another episode of
Sharing Is Caring!

Little Chief Honeybee has a super wonderful blog post about the Do's and Don't of Blogging... good read!

I rsvp'd over at Danielle (aka Sometimes Sweet) blog to attend the AZ Blogger Meetup. How funny that I actually have flutterbys in by tummy and am a bit nervous. lol. I'm really a crack up in real life. Right??

Deb (aka Paper Turtle) has this really cool Explosion Book tutorial! She's always got the cutest and most creative papercraft stuff! Y'all should really check her out!!

Mad style
If you know me, you know how much I love Mad Men. Check out this editorial from Bay Kids Magazine that I came across via The Drifter and The Gypsy.

Pretty Party Packaging Ideas
Thank You Hostess With The Mostess for introducing me to Shop Sweet Lulu! I can't wait to throw a party with these fab finds!

Neat Stuff always finds the coolest retro ads. Check out that packed fridge! I don't think I've ever had a fridge that packed!

Back to The Drifter and The Gypsy... who share This fantastic song from one of my all-time fav movies.

Got anything you'd like to share??

wee bit wednesday

{one} what is your favorite breakfast food?
Belgium Waffles

{two} how many pairs of shoes do you currently own?

{three} city or country?
both... always both

{four} what is your favorite part of your job?
toss up between doing whatever I want and the family I work with

{five} what is your favorite junk food to snack on?
cupcakes followed closely by good chocolate

{six} have you ever been mentioned in the newspaper?
yep, a few times

{seven} do you use post-it notes?
i can't function without them, so, um, yeah

{eight} do you have freckles?

{nine} is it okay for men to wear pink?
absolutely, real men wear pink

{ten} when was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?
last week

Happy Valentines Day


Happy Valentines Day to you all!

good doings

I suppose its no secret to those who know me well, know that I do not like clutter or to keep things unused. I am a huuuge advocate of donating. Every six months or so, I go through the house and get rid of bags and bags of stuff that has accumulated. Many make jokes about my habit, but I see it an entirely different way. 

If I'm not using something, enjoying something, or it doesn't have a sentimental value to me, it goes into the Goodwill pile. I always have a Goodwill pile. Sometimes I take one or two things from somewhere in the house. Sometimes I spend a whole day going through certain rooms and drawers. 

My thought process is this... if I haven't used it in a year, worn it in six months, then I don't need it. I'd probably hardly miss it. And you know what, there are so many people out there who would appreciate it. 

I am so incredibly fortunate, more fortunate that many, to have so many wonderful things. Clothes, craft supplies, decorations, home decor, kitchen stuff. I receive so many great things from friends and family for holidays and such (Christmas in our house is outta-control) and I am so entirely grateful. My kids, holy crow, get so much stuff from aunts and uncles and grandparents and great grandparents and friends and just about every body. 
Before every birthday and holiday, I have our kids take a bag and go through their room, their bathroom, their playroom, and their cubbies and fill the bag with things to donate to Goodwill. I've done this every single year with them. I want my kids to realize how incredibly lucky they are. Some kids only get one gift for Christmas, or their birthday. I want them to be in the practice of giving, and giving up their own luxuries for others less fortunate. I want them to know that by giving, you receive so much more in your heart.

I recently went through my closet (one of my six month antics... if I haven't worn it, it goes). The results...
from this...

to this!

I went through the line once, then twice, and came up with a stack of clothes...
mind you, this is just the closet. I also donated 8 pairs of shoes, and went through my drawers. Three bags later! There were so many things that I wasn't wearing because it was out of style, didn't fit, didn't like anymore... several things still  had tags on them.... again, all these things I know someone else will enjoy and use them. Let them bring joy to someone else. Thats what makes my heart happy.

fill in the blank friday

1.   The TV show/website that I watch/read that I would be embarrassed to tell anyone about is       The Crush with Lee and Tiffany... it's a hunting show. lol.  .

2.  An item of clothing that is worn and torn but that I love far to much to throw away is    an Eagles concert tshirt that the hubs used to wear in hs .

3.  My grocery store impulse buy is       probably a magazine. I rarely buy them  .

4.  Something I do at work to pass time that I wouldn't want my co-workers to know about is    blog. lol. or play wheel of fortune on facebook .

5.  One thing in my life that I could give up, but never will is     makeup. i know its not a necessity, but i rarely leave my bedroom without it. lol .

6.  A little indulgence that I have is        anything dark chocolate  .

7.  The junk drawer/area in my house is       now my loft. it used to be a drawer in the kitchen, but that broke months ago and we haven't had it fixed yet  .

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hello lovies! wanna see some seriously cool stuff... keep your eyes open...

Lex & Loren - Engagement/Save the date! from Brinton Films on Vimeo.

Crayon animals
The coolest crayons eva! by Diem Chau (found on LA's blog)

I MUST try this 15 Minute Creamy Avocado Pasta dish!!

11x14 Love One Another by Becky Higgins11x14 Love One Another by Becky Higgins
Printed out a bunch of THESE from Becky Higgins!

Kind Over Matter dares each reader to do Nothing For Two Minutes... try it!

scrapbooking sketch
I think I really want to try and scrapbook one layout per month... starting with this one from Shimelle.

papel picado cake
papel picado
groom with cookies
Maybe it's because I'm Mexican... but I absolutely LOVE this Mexican Wedding (seen at Green Wedding Shoes)! Go look at the rest!!

vintage rose wedding shoes

Please Read This Article Over At Kind Over Matter. It changed my perspective dramatically!

If you don't already... you can always follow the crazy minute-to-minute plays of my LIFE (lol.) at Twitter!!

And, you can always follow me on BLOGLOVIN!! Yeah, baby!! ;-)

wee bit wednesday

{one} ice: crushed or cubed?
i prefer crushed, but usually get cubed.

{two} what is your worst traffic pet peeve?
don't know if this is traffic, but people smoking in their car, with the window barely cracked, and kids in the car. man, that gets under my skin!

{three} what room in your house best represents your personality?
i would say my loft / craft room... but right now it looks like its been turned upside down and turned into the junk drawer, collecting anything and everything. oh wait, i guess that pretty much explains my personality these past four months. lol. 

{four} do you save old birthday cards?
i didnt, until my dad told me that he and my mom have kept every single card i've ever given them (i believe in their bedside tables). now i keep every card. and good thing too, because the last card my dad (and mom) gave to me was for my 30th birthday. Daddy wrote "I love being your dad and I am very proud of you. {heart} Dad". I remember looking at him and crying when I read that, and telling him that he made my day. He was over my left shoulder. I'm thankful for that memory. I have the card next to my bed.

{five} when was the last time you went on a picnic?
i know it's been a while. i think nearly two years ago. but funny enough, i've been thinking about having one soon. i love picnics. i love the time together. and the preparation of it. 

{six} do you regularly check your horoscope?
i used to. now, not so much. it's really all the same.

{seven} when you’re home, what do you wear on your feet?
90% of the time I'm barefoot. when I'm cold, I'll wear my slippers.

{eight} what’s your favorite gambling game?
texas hold 'em, followed by video poker and roulette.

{nine} have you ever written (or started writing) a book?
embarrassing, but yes. 

{ten} what is your favorite musical?
Carousel by Rogers and Hammerstein 

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fill in the blank friday

1.   If I could only read one magazine publication for the rest of eternity, I would choose   Oxygen Magazine   .

2.  If I were to run my own magazine it would be    yikes! I guess along the lines of martha stewartish stuff .

3.  I buy my magazines (at the grocery check stand or via subscription)       at the grocery store until my new subscription comes in  .

4.  I prefer my magazines (in print or online)    in print .

5.  The number of magazines I buy each month is     one... sometimes two .

6. My favorite magazine genre is (lifestyle, gossip, home, etc...)      healthy lifestyle, or crafting .

7.  The magazines I read regularly are       Oxygen... and sometimes every once in a while Better Homes and Gardens or Family Fun (when my mom brings over her copies)    .

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