Wednesday, October 31, 2012


I have a few fears, some tiny and some big. I'm sure a lot of people fear at least one thing ... yes, no?! I think I have only known one person in my life who fears nothing, and I have to admit I'm a little envious of a person who takes all risks and just lives!
Here are a few things I fear.
  • Insects - since having a kid, I have had to grow out of the fear of killing them when spotted inside the house. But when they are bigger than a quarter and fatter than a piece of thread I just get chills, and don't get me started on their webs! Flying insects, come on, who wants something flying in their face and "possibly" biting you.
  • Falling - from wearing the wrong shoes or slipping or off a ladder, or a roof. yes, that happened to me when I was 11.
  • Running out of gas - sometimes I really gamble with this one. If I forget to get gas during my lunch break I will risk driving all the way home because once I get off of work, I just want to drive straight home and the gas station is out of the way. But if traffic is really bad I start to panic, my heart will literally start racing and I will feel anxiety. I have never run out gas...yet.
  • Getting lost (this one is actually borderline tiny/big) - I need DETAILED directions. If I am driving in an unfamiliar area I am gripping the steering wheel so tight (as if that is going to make it any better) and again:  my heart will literally start racing and I will feel anxiety.
  • A tree falling on my house - ever since since I was 16 I have lived in 3 houses (including my current house) that have HUGE old trees in the yard. I'm seriously terrified that one day a tree is going to crush a portion of the house I live in.
  • Dying from a Fire or Freezing to death - complete opposites but I really hope that neither of these things ever happens to me.
  • And my biggest fear of them all...
  • Drowning - when I was younger, about 4 or 5, we were at the beach, I was playing with my cousins, I somehow got pushed (or fell) into the water. I couldn't get up and I was choking on the water and it basically scared me for life. I didn't learn how to swim until I was 14 and even now I don't/can't swim under water. I don't care for pools or the beach (clarification, the ocean) and I worry that it will affect my son. I try to get excited about him swimming and being in the water but deep down inside I'm so paranoid. And have you heard of "dry drowning"?! look it up (or don't) scary!

"the only thing we have to fear is fear itself" - Franklin D. Roosevelt

What is your biggest fear?

Monday, October 29, 2012


1. a conversation between me and babe while eating dinner:
babe: mom, is this a Pea?
me: yes. are you going to eat it?
babe: sure (as he examines it first and slowly brings it up to his mouth)
me: is it good?
babe: (shakes his head yes) and then says ... but it's gross.

2. as I drove out of the driveway this morning I felt like my car was a little wobbly. I figured it just needed to warm up since I haven't drove it since last Wed. But 3 blocks away, I decided to get out and check my tires. Sure enough ... half flat!

3. isn't it weird coming back to work after a vacation, even a short vacation?! I feel like I've been gone for weeks (or "A" week) because there are 100 e-mails in my inbox and no work on my desk (which means someone else did it). That doesn't usually happen when I'm out for a day or two. I just want to go back home and snuggle up on my couch.

4. speaking of my couch. it's fairly new so my husband "insists" on having it covered with a boring white sheet! it's kind of funny (but not). It reminds me of going to my grandparents house when I was younger and they had those stupid plastic covers on their couch ... ok, luckily we don't have plastic! But we seriously need to find a nice slip cover or something.

Today I'm linking up with Lowercase Letters for Miscellany Monday
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Weekend Goodness

This past Friday we got to see my husband's best friend get married to a very pretty bride named Sarah (best friends with wives named Sarah). Unfortunately I didn't take as many pictures as I would have liked to, since my husband was part of the wedding party I had to keep both of my eyes on my Babe the whole time. ok, that's not 100% true, I had some help from my Sister in Law but still, he's my responsibility. And can you believe ALL the pictures (4 to be exact) that were taken of me, my husband & Babe all came out Blurry!
I was so sad that I got to the ceremony about 12 min LATE! and couldn't believe I made it just in time to see them do their Vows ... and then it was over. That will teach me not to show up to a wedding late ever again.
My husband gave the best speech... seriously! And he busted out some serious dance moves. It's like he was a completely different person. He did a really good job.
Babe seriously had the best time ever, even though he was still a little under the weather. We spent a lot of time in the hotel room. At the wedding, not only did he catch the garter but he danced so much that he was passed out across 2 chairs by the end of the night.

Before we checked out we took a nice little walk on this cute path behind our hotel. I wish I would have taken some running clothes with me, I would have been on that path every morning.

Today we spent most of day unpacking and cleaning and grocery shopping. I scored big time on some clearance Halloween and Autumn decorations at JoAnns ... 70% off!

And now I' going to attempt to relax a little with some Vanilla Ice Cream and Cinnamon Sugar Pita chips.
I hope you had a good weekend too!
And just in case you missed it:

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Sick and Packing

I remember a time when the top items on my list of “things to not forget while packing” were : toothbrush, face wash/moisturizer and deodorant. Now the things at the top of my list : camera/charger/flash, laptop/charger/usb cable, phone/charger , and then….toothbrush….blah blah blah. When did technology become such a part of our everyday lives that it consumes us?! As I packed all of the above mentioned electronic devices I decided that I needed a magazine and book to feel more like “me” and not some person that is drawn and attached to the allure of some fancy object.
We're in Las Vegas for a wedding tomorrow and My Babe is sick! Last night he had a fever, but luckily it didn't last long. This morning he woke up saying he was "feeling much better" , But he still keeps asking "why does my nose keep dripping?" I hope he is much much better tomorrow because I know how much he loves dancing! And I have some new dancing shoes! I just hope I don't fall in these.

Monday, October 22, 2012

DIY Shirt

I don't really know where to start with this post but I guess there are a few things that you should know.
  • I am a beginner sewer (sewer?! is that a word)
  • I don't know correct sewing terms, obviously (if there are any)
  • This is the 1st shirt/ over sized sweater I have made
  • I think I did a pretty darn good job!
I spotted this fabric back in August and HAD to have it. But at the time I had no idea what I wanted to do with it. Maybe something super simple like a scarf or some leg warmers or a small tote. But then I thought: A vest, with warm fuzzy's on the inside ... that idea quickly diminished, too complicated. Then one cold day last week I was going through my sweater drawer and came across this rectangular shaped shirt I had ... perfect for my fabric I had waiting to be turned into something great! (too dramatic?!)

1. fold fabric in half and cut excess. I ended up with a 35"x20" rectangle (still folded)
2. unfold fabric and cut in half. you should now have two 35"x20" rectangle's

3. Pin bottom hem and sew (I did a straight stitch)
4. cut the neck area about 10" wide and 2" at the widest part of the half cirlce. Pin and Sew.
5. place 2 pieces of fabric together (as if shirt is inside out), Pin and sew the shoulder(s). From here on I used a zig-zag stitch.

6. cut out 2 sleeve's (10"x8" each). fold in half so that you have a 10"x4" rectangle. match up the middle (open side) of the sleeve with the shoulder that you just sewed together and sew. repeat on the other side.
7. last ... sew up the sides.

What do you think?! Not too bad right. So there are actually a few things I would (and still might) change.
  • I would not have made it as wide. I actually decided I wanted it a little more narrower to begin with but when I cut the rectangle I actually gave myself more fabric "just in case" which was completely unnecessary.
  • I did a straight stitch on the neck and I feel like it's pulling, so I think I am going to redo it with a different stitch.
Let me know what you think and I would LOVE any suggestions that would make it better or easier!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Weekend Goodness

Wow, I can't believe it's already Sunday night. This weekend went by so fast that I'm already wishing it was next weekend! The good news (for me) is I'm only working the next 2 and a half days. My husband's best friend is getting married this Friday, such a great reason to take some time away from work right. I love weddings and everything that goes into them. Really looking forward to this one.
So I previously mentioned that we had plans for the Pumpkin Patch and the Zoo. Sad to say ... we did not make it to the Pumpkin Patch. I think "everyone" in town had the same idea and we would have had to park BLOCKS away. So we will try again on a week-day ... soon!
Glad to say ... we DID make it to the Zoo!
We met up with 14 of my family members.
17 of us total: 4 kids, 2 babies and 11 adults. The kids had a BLAST!
Usually my favorite part is seeing the pretty Giraffe's
But I have to say that I was super impressed with this bear!
This weekend I completed my first shirt/ over sized sweater. I'm pretty excited!
More to come on that during the week.
I hope you had a good weekend too!
And just in case you missed it:

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Coffee Date Linkup

First off, I want to say thanks if you are joining me for coffee, I love me a cup of coffee in the morning and my husband hates it (sad face) so thanks for stopping by. and if you are just stopping by and wondering what the heck I'm about talking about, I am linking up today with Rags to Stitches. So grab a cup of coffee (or not) and let's chat a little.
I'm new to blogging and therefore have not done a vlog yet, hence why we are having coffee in words. I have to admit that I am loving  all the new blogs I have been coming across and some of the really fun link ups.

This morning I am enjoying a cup of Blonde Starbucks with a sprinkle of Pumpkin Spice in the brew, nice little trick I learned from Kristin. On Thursday I wrote about how sometimes I just don't feel like being a responsible adult and wanted to spend the day doing something FUN. So when I got home that evening from work I played with my son for a whole hour straight (it's sad but that's very rare). We jumped on the bed, had a pillow fight, played hide-n-seek and did that all again 3 more times. I finally said I needed to take a shower and get dinner ready but he still wanted to play. So we went back and forth for about 15 min and I finally said "Babe, please. I just want to take a shower. You are making me sad." I heard a little sniffle and as I turned around to face him, his lips were turned upside down in a frown and his eyes were starting to fill with water and he said "but your making me sad too". Guess who had tears rolling down their cheek 1st... yup, guilty mama here. I held him so tight and said "babe, I don't want you to be sad and I definitely don't want to be the one to make you sad". On a happier note we have a great weekend planned: Pumpkin Patch today and the Zoo tomorrow. Hope you have some fun planned as well.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Being Responsible

This morning I left my house for work at 6:30. It was a really nice 68 degrees and still pretty dark outside. The streets were not too busy yet and I felt so relaxed. As I got on the freeway, I immediately started thinking about all the things I needed to do once I got to work. Suddenly, I wanted to get off the freeway and head back home or enjoy a day of shopping or something FUN, Anything, but waste this entire beautiful day in a cubicle! But I didn't, I kept driving towards my job. Have you ever felt like you just don't want to be a responsible adult? Avoid the mandatory tasks? Like working and cooking and cleaning. I definitely have my days, and today is one of those days. Maybe because I know I have a million things that need to be done.
There was a time when I was extremely irresponsible. In my early twenties I didn't have a care in the world. I had a good job and my rent was super cheap (yeah, living with my grandma was easy. Love Her). My cousin and I would eat out all the time, shop whenever we wanted to and even ditch work just to go see a movie. We didn't do it ALL the time but definitely enough times to call myself irresponsible. Those days were SO much fun and we love reminiscing about them. But everyone HAS to grow up.
Now  I have a family that I need to take care of, two other humans that are counting on ME to be responsible. And so every morning I will get up and come to work and just try to make the best of it, because even though I'm sometimes wishing I was somewhere else or doing something else, I know this is where I am meant to be.

PLUS, someone brought in a bucket of Red Vines today at work. I'm not a huge fan of candy BUT I'm a sucker for some freshly opened Red Vines!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

$1 Books

I don't know about you, but I love a good book. Unfortunately I don't get to read as often as I like. I'm lucky if I can get in two books a year, that's how much time I really DON"T have. My favorite author the passed few year's has been Jodi Picoult.
I recently stocked up on about 8 or 9 (I believe I have one at work) of her books from a really cool book store called Piccolo's where ALL the books are $1. Can you believe it... $1.
And this isn't some tiny little book store, even though all their signs are on 8.5x11 papers. It used to be a Borders so the selection here is super amazing. And the employee's are so super nice. Anyway, I have been in here everyday the past few days searching for my next big read, not another Jodi book (I haven't even read all the one's I have) but instead "The Great Gatsby". I'm really hoping to come across it soon. I keep hearing/reading about a movie, and it was mentioned in Allure this month, and of course, it's a classic! I'm keeping my finger's crossed, otherwise I might just have to pay $9 on amazon I just NEED an excuse to go to this bookstore everyday :)

And in case you are wondering, My favorite Jodi Picoult book (so far) ... Plain Truth. Just read it!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Weekend Goodness

Although this weekend was full of catching up on some house work, we did manage to have a little bit of fun. Saturday was full of dressing up, dancing and brownies! Always a fun combo right.

This little outfit my babe is wearing was a gift from his grandpa, from Mexico. Isn't he just too adorable?! And he REALLY enjoys dancing!

Marie Callender's Lemon Meringue Pie! Enough said.
I hope you had a good weekend too!
And in case you missed it:

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Finally Feeling Fall

... but not for long! (supposedly)
This past week has been everything I have been waiting for (as far as the Fall season goes).

  • Every morning my car has been covered in morning dew.
  • I have HAD to use my heater (sometimes even on the way home).
  • I have worn a sweater everyday since Tuesday.
  • We raised our water heater temperature in the house.
  • Enjoyed a hot bowl of chicken tortilla soup.
  • We busted out our slippers and beanies.
  • And even got a little rain.

And guess what the temperature is predicted to be this Sunday .... 93 degrees! WTH?!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Being Bullied

There was a point in my life, approximately between the age of 13 to 15, that I was Bullied by a classmate/ someone who was "kind of" a friend. I honestly have absolutely no idea where her hatred towards me spewed from but it was pretty mean spirited. I started middle school with a bunch of kids who had all grown up from Pre-K together. So when she started her bullying, I lost a few friends that I had but was fine with the one's that stayed by my side. She even went as far as creating a "I hate Sarah" fan Club, complete with button's and all. One day during snack or lunch, whatever break we were on, she walked up to me with a smile on her face (friend's in tow), handed me a button and asked If I wanted to join. I smiled and said "sure", took the button and started to pin it on my shirt. She rolled her eyes and looked pretty pissed as she stomped away.  A friend that was with me at the time asked why I would agree to take the button... as he put it in the trash. I responded "why not". I tried so hard not to let it get to me, especially in front of other people, but you bet your ass I went straight home and cried to mom.
It only got worse after we went into High school. She knew even more people, that were older than us and it seemed like every class I had with her, she enlisted someone new to hate me. One class in particular she had a friend who sat right behind me and she would constantly kick my chair or "accidentally" bump her book on my back or get her pencil caught on my hair. I would beg my mom to let me stay home sometimes just to avoid being harassed. And then one day this particular friend of hers had to be my partner for an assignment, I guess she realized that I wasn't a bad person at all and didn't understand why her friend hated me so much. This wasn't the only person to think the same exact thing. I was on the drill team and some of her friends, who had been part of the whole "club" back in middle school also realized I wasn't horrible either and couldn't believe they listened to a word she had said about me (what those words were, I will NEVER know). Eventually she stopped harassing me, but omg...if looks could kill! Sometimes (rarely) I even sat at the same table with her during lunch, because of the "mutual" friends we ended up having. All through high school we had classes together, passed each other everyday, had the same mutual friends from middle school and even graduated together but we never ever spoke or even said Hi to each other... then again, why would we?!

Even though I don't like to talk about this particular person and how she treated me, I was inspired to write about it because of two 5 yr olds, two separate incidents, where they were being harassed in some way. Maybe not as badly as I was, but come on ... 5 yr olds! That's where it starts, and NEEDS to end. Sometimes I think that maybe that girl didn't realize what she was doing but now that I'm older, I know that she knew exactly what she was doing. I hope that parents and teachers will be good role models to these young kids that might not understand what it means to hurt someone. Especially at such a young age.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Fall Friendship Swap 2012

A few weeks ago I signed up for a Fall Friendship Swap through Vignettes.
What is a Fall Friendship Swap? you ask ...
Well, first we all signed up, then we got matched with a partner. Then we had  two weeks to get a package of fall goodness together to mail out to our partner (spending a maximum of $20). And received a package in return. So without further ado ...

My partner was Aliesha from Feathers in Our Nest (btw, she recently posted a recipe for Pumpkin Spice Bagels...Bagels! She made her own Bagels! so awesome)
I have to admit that I was intimidated when she told me this was her 3rd year participating, I got matched with a pro.! I hope she is enjoying my box as much as I am hers:
I can't believe how many little goodies she fit in this box

Who doesn't love a good chocolate

I'm so excited to add this little pumpkin to a collection of 3 other similar Pumpkins I have

How adorable is this acorn?! And she made this crafty little picture frame

Definitely excited to have a new coffee cup for work, and she even included a little tea bag

Thank you so much Aliesha for your thoughtfulness!
Thanks to Kristin for organizing the swap!


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Weekend Goodness

Besides all of the "me time" I got to enjoy this past Saturday, here are a few other highlights from my weekend.
Girls Night Out
 We went from this little love seat (which we have had for 7 years!)
To this giganticness (not a word?!)
I'm seriously excited to have SO much more seating!
My husband drove to Vegas to pick it from my cousin who was moving and couldn't keep it. Thanks Cousin! And husband for picking it up!
And finally, we ate at Famous Dave's for the first time
I didn't order this, but I did taste it and it was delicious!
I hope you had a good weekend too.

In case you missed it:
Me Time
Feeling Lost
Mini Pumpkin Croissants

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Me Time

I have to say that I feel bad wanting "me time", especially since I'm away from home all day ... but being at work definitely doesn't count. Sometimes I'm satisfied with the time I'm alone in my car but most of the time, that doesn't count either because I'm just wishing I was driving at a speed faster than a Bicyclist.
Some of the things I like to do during "me time":
Go to the store. We do about 75% of our shopping at Target, they have everything there! So when we are low on toilet paper or milk, whatever, I'm all for volunteering to "run to the store" to get it. But don't be surprised if I'm not back in less than 2 hours.
Cleaning. Weird as it may sound, Yes, I  prefer to clean when no one is home. For 2 reason's: 1. it's hard trying to clean with a 3 year old asking "where are you taking my cars" and "why are you making my bed". 2. My husband tends to want to "help". If you know me, you know I'm a little bit of a control freak when it comes to organizing stuff. Don't get me wrong, I'm not against him helping around the house AT ALL , he actually does quite allot around here (especially dishes and laundry, thank you!) but what I don't like is when he waits till I'm about to do it first. So I'd rather do the cleaning when no one is around. and if time permits ...
Watch DVR. Gossip Girl and Vampire Diaries ... my t.v. weakness's
Paint my nails. Again, 3 year old. I usually have to wait until 1 hour before bed to paint my nails and even then I need to sleep with my hands crossed on my chest and hope I don't roll over or place my hands under my pillow (like I normally do) to avoid smudging. So it's nice to be able to take my time.
And what's the BEST me time? oh when I can do ALL of these things on my list. Every few months or so I get a whole day or even more than 24 hours by myself. And so was the case today.
So first I did my nails while getting caught up with some VP Diaries
Then I found this paper skeleton while I was cleaning
And of course my shopping trip is not complete without an iced drink of some sort
Now I'm off for a girl's night out!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Feeling Lost ...

... but just a tiny bit. I think it's one, or all of the following reasons:
  • I haven't been feeling very well since Wed., even stayed home from work yesterday, so there is some of that still lingering.
  • This morning I left the house without saying goodbye to my boys, which isn't so bad considering I leave before they wake up, but I totally forgot that they wouldn't be home when I got here.
  • My BFF sent me some pictures of her daughter and it made me sad to see how big she is getting so fast, and sad that I can't see them more often. (But also happy that they are doing good).
  • During lunch I bought some hook things to hang in our spare closet so I can "hang" my wrapping paper (exciting I know!). So the first thing I did was bust out the screw driver and measure/mark everything out on the wall. And guess who is too weak to screw in a screw?! Yeah, FAIL!
Im looking forward to this day being over and my weekend to start

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Mini Pumpkin Croissants

Over the weekend I made these super yummy croissants I saw on Vignettes. Today "Sister's Share It All" are sharing their Favorite Fall Recipe's. Although I just came across this recipe less than 1 weeks ago, I am so ridiculously in love with it and literally made it 2 nights in a row. The first time for my family, the second time for my co-workers. Everyone loves it. It is so easy and so delicious! if you like pumpkin and croissants, you HAVE to try it at least once ... and then you will want to make it every night afterwards ... No?! Just me?! ok., fine.

Mini Pumpkin Croissants

I made a few minor adjustments to the Recipe
(mostly because I don't consume anything that has the words "diet" or "low fat")
but that's just me.
So instead of reduced fat crescent rolls, I used regular
and instead of low fat cream cheese, I used regular.
Also, for the topping, I used 4 tsp of Cinnamon Sugar instead of regular sugar.
(I love Cinnamon)
I really hope you click on the recipe link and give them a try.
Trust me, you won't regret it!