Monday, September 8, 2014

Paint Nite

A few weeks ago the girls from work and I got together for some drinks and painting at Fado Irish Pub in Brickell Village and attempt a work of art that exceeds our elementary skills.
 
These classes are so much fun, you get to hang out with your girlfriends, have some wine, and show off your artistic skills while attempting to keep all the paint on your canvas and off your clothes.

If you haven't yet taken one of these classes, I recommend you grab a few of your Girlfriends, Sisters, Moms, Aunts, Grandmas, and even your significant others, everyone WILL have a great time, no experience needed. Be sure to check out Living Social and Groupon specials, they usually offer them in many cities. Some will allow you to bring your own bottle, and others you have to purchase your drinks. Be sure you read all the details before purchasing.

Here are some pictures from our Paint Nite:

 "I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them." -Pablo Picasso

 All ready to use my kindergarten finger painting skills...
 My circle...
 The Beautiful Ladies...


I introduce you to my journey "Around the World"
Seattle Space Needle, Eiffel Tower, Pyramids, Statue of Liberty,  Sydney Opera House, the Arc de Triomphe, Gateway Arch, The Colloseum, and the Taj Mahal.
Our Masterpieces

I think we all did pretty Ahmaaaziiinnngggg!!!!

One advice I can give you, for those who are a bit clumsy like me, be sure to wear something you don't absolutely love, because if you get paint on your clothes, it won't come off. 

You can read all about my first experience here: "A Painting Fiesta"











Saturday, February 1, 2014

One Year of Marriage Bliss

As I sit here and prepare this post, I think back to when I was a little girl and try to remember if I ever dreamed of getting married or if I ever played with my dolls and married them. Sadly, I don't think I ever have. I do however, recall running outside, playing football with the guys, jumping fences, rolling in the mud, climbing trees, catching bugs, and getting my knees scraped. Ha, I was such a boy.

I believe I was 21 or 22 when I first pictured myself getting married and subscribing to wedding magazines, websites and clipping out pictures of things that I just had to have on my wedding day. Of course nothing I imagined back then really became a reality today, in fact this time around I didn't subscribe to any magazines, or websites, or clip out any pictures, or jotted down any ideas. Sometimes things unplanned work out better than those planned.

On this day, one year ago at approximately 1:30pm I married the man I had always wished for, the one that makes me smile, laugh till my tummy hurts, loves me unconditionally, and spoils me rotten. He is my best friend, my confident, my companion, my lover, and my partner in crime. Everyone says that the first year of marriage is the hardest, yet I'm still waiting for the worst to come. If in this first year we've had more than 2 or 3 disagreements I'd say it was too much.

My Mom and I have a really great relationship, we can talk about anything and everything. When I lived at home we'd stay up talking till the wee hours of the night, even today that I'm married we speak everyday like if we haven't spoken in ages and on my weekend visits we're still up chatting away. Of all the conversations I've had with my Mom I will never forget the one I had a few nights before I got married. She said; "Remember "There's never a war without a Challenger". What she meant by that is, if he argues, yells, fusses, etc you stay quiet and let him calm down. If you argue, yell, and fuss, he shall stay quiet and let you calm down. When either of you have calmed down ONLY at that time you shall speak and work out your problems."  I must say, we've both have followed this advice, and it works like a charm.

So today, I'd like to share with you all a few of the many memories we shared in our
First Year of Marriage.
I can't wait to look back 10 years from now and see how many more memories we've made!

As for our Anniversary Celebrations...
We decided to spend the weekend at my favorite place in the world, Disney World :)  (Yes I'm super spoiled) The night before we left, we decided we'd exchange gifts. The hubby's Mom gave me a copy of a list with me of wedding anniversary themed gifts by year that she received the day she got married. The Hubs and I decided that it would be fun to follow this list till  after we're old and wrinkly.
On the list for the theme for your first year is "PAPER"
I spent weeks researching and planning on what I can give him that's made of paper. I thought of a personalized newspaper article to have delivered on our anniversary morning, but it requires to submit your order like 60 days in advance, so I had to scratch that idea, and a million other thoughts came to mind but there was either not enough time to complete it, or it just seemed almost impossible. After weeks of planning I decided that I'd make him a scrapbook of our story out of construction paper. As I went through all the pictures and events we've attended, and movies we've watched, little notes of special moments we've shared the book was almost 30 pages. On the last page I created a formula of what our first year of marriage was worth based on our date of birth, our first email, first date, kiss, proposal, marriage, etc and totaled it up and then divided it up by 2 (because after you're married what belongs to him, is half mine) and whatever that total turned out to be, I gave it to him in a gift card that said "You Complete Me".  Trust me when I say he loooooovvvveeeed it!

My Paper Gift from the Hubs was the sweetest thing I've ever received. So he printed out from google maps the locations of where we met, where we married, and where we live today and pinned them to this frame. The best part is that as you may know, I'm obsessed with Mickey, and finding all the hidden Mickeys in Disney. On my card he wrote; "enjoy finding all the hidden Mickeys". I was confused at first because as you may see there are no Mickey's in this frame. The hidden Mickeys are on the back side of these printed pictures. The paper he used was a scrapbook page of hundreds of tiny Mickeys.
I think he earned his A+. That's not all he spoiled me with, I got a Pandora Locket and Earring Set and a new MKors bag. I'm SPOILED ROTTEN, I know.
 
  On our way to Orlando, he took me to breakfast at a little cafe in Deerfield Beach, where we enjoyed the most beautiful view of the ocean.
 See what I mean? The weather was nice and you could hear the waves crashing... it was perfect. When we arrived in Orlando we did some shopping at the Outlet Malls. 
The next day we spent the day at Epcot and had a nice romantic dinner at
Landry's Seafood House  
Our table was off to a corner with low lighting and candles it was a perfect setting. The food there was yummy and the dessert was delicious. After dinner we hit Downtown Disney and enjoyed some of the live entertainment. Later we went on the Character in Flight Air Balloon and enjoy the views of Orlando from 400 feet in the air. We did this on our mini honeymoon trip during the day time and always said I wanted to go back and do it at night. The view at night is spectacular, everyone must definitely do this once.
Here's our souvenir picture :) 

Later we planned to go to Magic Kingdom for the firework show, but it started raining so we called it a night. The next day we did the Character Breakfast at Cape May Cafe, this is one of my favorite Disney Dining Restaurants, the breakfast buffet is filled with all sorts of yummy stuff, from fruits to Mickey Waffles, to fresh salmon and a variety of pastries. While you're dining Goofy, Donald, and Minnie come by your table to greet and take pictures. 
Here's our picture with Goofy.

I'm definitely looking forward to celebrating year 2 of our marriage.

Next Year's Theme is: "Cotton"  can't wait to see what we both come up with.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Falling into Fall Swap {REVEAL}


I love everything about FALL...although living in South Florida you don't really get to enjoy the seasons, I do however live vicariously through all those who do get to enjoy the cooler weather and the fall colored leaves.

This is the 2nd year I participate in the "Falling into Fall Swap" and this year I met Jessica over at Adventures in Ginger Mommyhood

After spending a few days stalking her blog I learned that she likes a lot of similar things that I do which made shopping for her a piece of cake.  Be sure to head on over to her little spot and say hello and get to know her and her little prince Clay :)

Adventures in Ginger Mommyhood


 Jessica totally spoiled me... Check out all my
Fall Goodies
  

 (1) Navy Blue Scarf

(2) Glade "Cashmere Wood" Candle

 (3) Sleepy Time Tea


(4) Essie Nail Polish


(5) Yarn Garland made by Jessica
Jessica made me this garland and it looks great with my new Chubby Mickey & Minnie from the Hubs. :)
 

(6) Journal


 
(7) Caramel Chocolate
 
 
 
(8) Reusable totebag
 I totally loved all my goodies! I own many scarfs but not one in navy blue... I can't wait till it cools down a little so I can wear it. I'm no longer a coffee drinker but I do love drinking teas...the Hubs and I enjoyed a cup of the "Sleepytime" tea and have now added it to our tea list. Simply delicious! Essie Mochacino nail polish, I'm totally showing my fresh mani off, the color is Perfect! I have yet to try the chocolate, caramel bar, I'm not a huge fan of chocolate, but will have a piece from time to time...saving it for a craving day. The garland is super cute very creative and I think it looks great above my Chubby Mickey & Minnie from the Hubs...and the candle is the perfect touch to make my house smell yummy.
 
 
Thanks again for all my fall goodies Jessica...It was fun getting to know you.
Can't wait till next year!
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, September 30, 2013

Scissor Using Hair Chopping Baby



Scissors are hand-operated shearing instruments. They consist of a pair of metal blades pivoted so that the sharpened edges slide against each other when the handles opposite to the pivot are closed. Scissors are used for cutting various thin materials, such as paper, cardboard, metal foil, thin plastic, cloth, rope, and wire. Scissors can also be used to cut HAIR and food.  

I as an adult know that scissors can be used to cut many things. I just can't figure out how a 4 yr old would know that she can use scissors to cut her hair? When I was a kid, I think I touched my first pair of scissors when I was like 5 or 6 and I sure enough did not know that I could my hair with it.

  Well I'd like to introduce to you, my 4 year old niece who has discovered her passion for cutting hair, her own hair that is.  

She chopped up all this hair a few days ago. 

My Mom found the evidence in the trash bin.
And of course when we asked her who cut her hair, she said she didn't do it. 

Here she is.
 I asked her if the kids at school made fun of her, she said no Auntie, the kids actually liked my hair. 

Now that I think of it, I believe my sister (her mom) cut her own hair when she was a kid. Like Mother/Like Daughter.


Have any of you Mommy's had your toddlers and not so toddlers become their very own barbers and/or hair stylists?
Or is my niece the only one who's chopped off their hair?




Friday, September 20, 2013

All About Me From A-Z Challenge: Letter G



Here's this week's All About Me... Letter G





G is for: 


Granda
My new last name... I still like my maiden name better ;)




Gingerbread House:
I've always wanted to attempt to build a gingerbread house.
I think I shall try it this year. Stay tuned.



Glitter:
I love anything and everything glitter!


Google:
I don't know about you, but I google everything.
My last google search was: What size shoe does a 6 year old normally wear?

Do you remember what you used before google?

"I used to AskJeeves"



Great:




Check back in next week as the challenge continues and get to know more

All About Me with the "Letter "H".




Sunday, September 8, 2013

Getting Healthy ~ Week 4



16 pounds in 4 weeks!  

I'm speechless...As I look back at my chart to see where I started it's heartbreaking to see where I was, I even got a little teary-eyed. I remember telling my husband how badly I wanted to start eating healthy and working out and for whatever reason or another we always prolonged it. I promised myself that I would not allow the scale reach a certain number and when the scale was .2 ounces from reaching that number it hit me... and HARD! It feels great to have left that number so far behind. But this journey of mine does not end here...there's still another 49 pounds to go! 


I leave you with another juice recipe till next week.


"Berry Tangy"
INGREDIENTS:
  • Kiwi
  • Strawberries
  • Oranges (peeled)
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries
DIRECTIONS:

Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.

I added 2 tablespoons of Chia seeds after juice was blended.




This is where I am today:

Weight Lost: 3 pounds


Total Lost:      16 pounds


Measurements:
Hips: 51"                        L Bicep: 13"                  L Calf: 16"
Waist: 40"                     R Bicep: 13"                  R Calf: 16"
Neck: 14"                       L Thigh: 25"
Bust: 45"                       R Thigh: 26"





Sunday, September 1, 2013

Getting Healthy~ Week 3




This week I'm feeling super great! My clothes are starting to fit a little better, and I can even get into some of the clothes hidden in the bottom of my drawer, they're still a little tight, but atleast I can put them on.

Since Labor Day Weekend is around the corner and I'm having family over for a BBQ,  I planned to be extra good this week so I can cheat a little on Sunday.

As we go into the new week, my body actually feels like it's been through some serious detox. I'm not feeling as bloated as I usually do, and I've also noticed that my migraines are not attacking me daily. Did I mention I was suffering from severe Migraines?  

Also since I started having Chai & Flax Seeds with OJ before bed I've noticed I've been pooping alot more daily, which for me is great as I usually would only go 2-4 times a week. I know I know TMI. Sorry.

Exercise: The Hubs has made a little work out plan for us to do a few nights a week. This week we tried going up and down the stairs 10 times....that's 110 steps up and 110 steps down.  Sounds exhausting, but it's doable. I was really proud of myself because I completed the 10 sets without quitting. 

We didn't watch any documentaries this week, but I did pick up this TIME magazine the other day.

It has some pretty amazing articles. Here's one I really liked...
 


"Can Posture Change Your Mind?"Source: Time Magazine
Article by: Regina Nuzzo


Surprise: Standing tall or hunching over affects more than your appearance. To soothe an anxious mood and maybe drop a few pounds, move right this way.

The MIND-BODY CONNECTION has long been thought of as a rather simple affair. Picture it: a bossy mind orders around its servant body like an aristocrat issuing sniffy requests to a household staff downstairs. "Body, get out of bed. Arm, lift coffee mug. Mouth, we're feeling jolly. Let's have a smile." Research increasingly shows, your body downstairs has a surprising amount of influence over your mind up above.

Something as simple as your posture can affect what your brain thinks, feels and believes. Psychologists call this "embodied cognition" a term that pays homage to deep-seated wisdom hidden in our bodies. Their research is showing that how you move your muscles and where you place your limbs, head and torso all help control your mood, your behavior, and the way you think.

Postures:


Leaning In:
Makes you feel more interested in whatever you're gravitating toward. A tilt toward a tempting dessert, one study showed, is enough to light up a "gonna grab it" region of the brain.



Standing Tall:
Sparks feelings of confidence. It may make you more secure in your opinions, so you're easily less crowded.


Slouching:
Makes you feel stressed and unsure of yourself, scientists say there's a reason your mother always told you to stand up straight. Even when you do well, a hangdog posture leaves you more apt to throw in the towel.


Clutching yourself:
Signals to other people and yourself that you're low on the totem pole. Hugging yourself doesn't bring comfort; it increases stress, reduces your self-confidence, and makes you less assertive.


What is your Posture like?




This is where I am today:

Weight Lost: 3 pounds 

Total Lost:     13 pounds

Measurements:
Hips: 51"                       L Bicep: 14"                  L Calf: 18"
Waist: 41"                     R Bicep: 13"                  R Calf: 18"
Neck: 14"                      L Thigh: 28"
Bust: 45.5"                   R Thigh: 28"