Monday, January 30, 2012

Self Portrait submission over at the PAPERMAMA

Linking up with The Paper Mama for her Self Photo Challenge!

Thinking about...  NOT being sick anymore! "sniffle sniffle"

Anticipating... My daughter turning 2 on Thursday!

Working on... Soo many projects, finishing crafts for Pellas Birthday party, listing ebay items, planning my wedding! 

Listening to... Grouplove, Tongue Tied

Eating...oh you mean DRINKING my juice, because im currently "cleansing"

Wishing...  my lips werent severely CHAPPED!

A day in Iphone photos.

I've been slacking on blogging, BUT between planning a wedding, Pella's 2nd birthday party, and having the flu....Ive been consumed with STUFF!
Yesterday we ventured off to the South Coast Plaza to pick up Pella's birthday Present
and heres a few shots from our day!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

DIY color utensils

Because Im currently brainstorming like a MAD WOMAN over my wedding details, I have been bookmarking some of my favorite DIY ideas to make my wedding everything Ive ever wanted AND didnt cost me MUCHO MONEY!

Utensil Dipping DIY: We started with purchasing a kit of Plasti-Dip, one that you could custom-tint to whatever color you chose. From there, I knew I wanted to achieve an ombre effect for each place setting, dipping each utensil with a shade just barely different from the last. I chose to use the lightest shade for the largest utensils, closest to the plate, and have them graduate darker accordingly. Plasti-Dip is EASY to use and fun to tint to whatever color you’d like to achieve. To make it easy on myself, I started with the darkest shade of green and worked my way lighter by adding a touch more white to each round of dipping. And the best part? It’s completely easy to remove if/as desired, and peeled off like a charm when I was done with it. Though, if I hadn’t peeled it off, who knows how long it could have lasted! It did not feel cheap or temporary at all!


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Flavored Water!

With my New Years Resolution being to eat healthier and drink more water..I dont know about you, but I HATTTEE water! So I dug around for some natural ways to sweeten up my water! 
Here are some ideas!
  • Add a slice of your favorite citrus to a tall glass of ice water…try lemon, lime, or orange slices. Or combine them…slices of lemon and lime…orange and lime…or try all three together!
  • Fresh mint is always a great addition to a glass of ice water.
  • Combine lemon slices with fresh herbs in your water…try lemon with mint, rosemary, thyme, or sliced ginger root.
  • Cucumbers are great in water, too! Slice up a large cucumber and add it to a pitcher of water…it’s really refreshing. You can also try cucumber with some fresh thyme added in. Or cucumber slices with lemon or orange slices.
  • If you want a more intense flavor to your glass of water, squeeze the citrus and/or twist the herbs you are using before you add them to your glass.
  • Besides lemons, oranges, and limes, you can try adding other kinds of fruit to your glass or pitcher of water…a small handful of your favorite berries (or mixed berries) is a nice addition to a glass of ice water. Other fruits you can try alone or in combination are: watermelon, cantaloupe, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, grapes, and kiwi.
  • Jenny from An Oregon Cottage mentioned in a comment on this post that she likes to use orange and mint or strawberry and cucumber combinations to flavor her water–great ideas!
If you’re wanting to make a pitcher of flavored water, you basically just slice or chop up some fresh fruit, cucumbers, or herbs and place in a pitcher, add cold water and chill several hours. The result is water infused with a light, natural flavor. It’s ready to serve over ice, garnished with a slice of fruit or clipping of an herb of your choice. Here are some other recipes for flavored water you may want to try:
  • 1 large lemon, sliced
  • 1 large lime, sliced
  • 1 large orange, sliced
  • 1 large cucumber, sliced
  • 1 half-gallon of water
Place all the sliced fruits and the cucumber in a glass pitcher and add water. Refrigerate for two hours to allow flavors to infuse, then serve in glasses over ice.
  • 5 cups water
  • 10 thin slices of cucumber
  • 2 lemon slices
  • 2 sprigs of fresh mint
  • 3 sprigs of rosemary
Put water in pitcher and add lemon slices and cucumber slices. Crush mint and rosemary to release flavor, then add to other ingredients. Refrigerate for several hours. Serve over ice in tall glasses. Garnish with a lemon wedge.
  • 1 large cucumber, sliced
  • 1/4 honeydew melon, cubed
  • 1/4 cantaloupe, cubed
  • 1 half-gallon water
Place cucumber and melons in a glass pitcher and add water. Refrigerate for 2 hours, then serve over ice. Garnish with melon balls skewered on a swizzle stick.
  • 2–3 slices of ripe honeydew melon
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 4 sprigs of mint
  • 1 half-gallon of water
Add melon slices, lime slices and mint sprigs to a large pitcher; fill with the half-gallon of water and refrigerate 2–4 hours. Serve in ice-filled glasses. Makes about 8 servings.
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries, lightly crushed
  • 2  4–inch sprigs of fresh rosemary. lightly bruised  (to release more flavor)
  • 1 half-gallon of water
Add blueberries and rosemary sprigs to a large pitcher; fill with the half-gallon of water and refrigerate 2–4 hours. Serve in ice-filled glasses. Makes about 8 servings.
  • 3 large lemons, sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh lavender
  • 1 half-gallon of water
Add lemon slices and lavender to pitcher; pour water over both and refrigerate for 2 hours. Serve over ice and garnish with a sprig of lavender.
  • 4 lemons, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups firmly packed fresh mint or basil leaves
  • 6–8 cups water
  • 6–8 cups ice cubes
  • Fresh mint or basil sprigs
Place lemon slices in a large pitcher. Rub the mint or basil leaves between the palms of your hands to bruise the leaves slightly. Add to the pitcher with lemon and pour in the water. Cover and chill 1–8 hours.
Strain lemon–water mixture and discard herbs. Divide lemon slices and additional fresh mint or basil sprigs equally among 6–8 glasses. In each glass, add 1 cup of ice cubes, then fill with lemon water.
  • 1 large lemon, sliced
  • 1 large lime, sliced
  • 1 large orange, sliced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves (optional)
  • 1 half-gallon of water
Add citrus slices (and cilantro leaves, if desired) to a large pitcher; fill with the half-gallon of water and refrigerate 2 hours. Serve in ice-filled glasses. Garnish with your favorite citrus slice (and a sprig of cilantro, if you’re using that). Makes about 8 servings.
  • 2 cups frozen apple chunks, grapes, or berries
  • 1 half-gallon of water
Add frozen fruit to a pitcher; pour water over fruit and let sit at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator. Stir to distribute fruit flavor and serve in glasses with some ice cubes. (Note: you can chop up the same kind of fruit, unfrozen, and follow same directions. You’ll need  to use more ice when serving the unfrozen fruit–flavored water).
  • 3 large oranges, sliced
  • 10 mint leaves
  • 1 half-gallon of water
Put sliced oranges and mint leaves in pitcher and add water; refrigerate for 2 hours to infuse flavors. Pour over ice and garnish with a sprig of mint and orange slice.
  • 2 cups seedless watermelon, cubed
  • 10 basil leaves
  • 1 half-gallon of water
Pour water over melon and basil; refrigerate for 2 hours. Serve over ice, garnished with a sprig of basil.
  • 1 each of the following fruits: apple, lemon, orange, pear
  • 4 large strawberries
  • Handful of raspberries
  • Handful of mint leaves
  • 1 half-gallon of water
Cut large slices or thin wedges of each fruit; place them in a large glass pitcher and add cold water. Refrigerate 2 hours and serve over ice in tall glasses.

Various tips and recipes from Southern Living, eHow, Vegetable Gardener,, Eating Well.
Linked to Foodie Friday and Sundae Scoop.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Etsy shop update!

Hello! I updated my Etsy shop with tons of new goodies! ENJOY!

heres a little quick weekend wrap-up!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Yes Please!

Adorable little clothing line from Australia 

Friday, January 6, 2012

Pellas new up-cycled Vanity/Dresser

So a couple months back I wandered into my local thrift store and stumbled upon this BEAT TO SHIT little dresser/vanity piece of furniture and I instantly saw the potential it had to make the perfect little vanity for Peej! It cost me $39.00 I snatched it up and LOOK AT IT NOW! its just perfect!


paint: BEHR semi-gloss
hardware: Anthropologie 

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

HELLO 2012!!!!!!

As I suspected 2012 started off GREAT! I got a new car a 2012 Chevy Tahoe! 
SO happy to be out of my old Audi that was a fricken money pit and was always breaking down on me.

But lets skip that because getting a new car is nothing compared to how my NEW YEARS EVE ended!

and I said YES!!!!!

Thats right people the once single mom, who had the rug pulled out from under her over and over, is going to be a MRS.! eeeppp!
As I type my mind is going 10000 mph! Im so excited, and happy! I never in a million years thought I'd find someone who compliments me SO WELL, and who loves everything about me! I was so used to getting ridiculed all the time for WHO I was, and not appreciated for WHO I am !
I am so blessed! I truly thought Id be single for a LONG time, which was fine with me, because Pella is my #1 priority! Almost 8 months later I have found myself to be deeply in love with the dude I will one day marry! I really feel with all my heart everything happens for a reason, & certain people are brought into your life for a reason! There is NOT one doubt in my mind about getting married, or why it wouldn't be fabulous idea! Our relationship is simple, and easy. We both get each other, respect each other and love each other! Its an amazing feeling! 

I bet your dying to know how it went down!?

Wellp, The night started off at the Restaurant he took me to our first real date on, The Sunset restaurant in Malibu. I didnt really think anything of it at first I figured we were going there because they had a nice little NYE package dinner and its has amazing food. We ate dinner and then I was told we were going somewhere else to ring in the New Year, but it was a surprise... I still didnt really think anything of that either. We ended up in Hidden Hills pulling up to none other then OZZY OSBOURNE's house! Nicks friend is good friends with Jack and he invited us to come over there to celebrate! Now I reallllly didnt think anything of it being a surprise because I was too busy thinking to myself "Ugh yeah this is totally a surprise and AWESOME!!!" walking into this BEAUTIFUL home, into the kitchen and there stands Sharon, Ozzy, Jack, and 10-15 of their friends! I'm not one to be "star-struck" when I see celebrities, but HELLO its not like Im walking down some street in LA and walks by some random celeb! I am in the HOME of the Ozzy Osbourne! SUPER CHING if you ask me! They were VERY welcoming and humble! It was really cool to see a family who has endless amounts of money and fame be so down to earth! It was refreshing...BUT ANYWAYS! We all stood in their living room counting down to the New Year! The BALL dropped, I kissed my man, and that was that! Another year in the books, welcoming a new one! When it was all said and done, Nick asked me to come outside with him, so I did... he grabbed my hand and walked out into their HUGE GORGEOUS yard that over looks Hidden Hills... stopped, turned me to face him looked and me told me he how much he loved me and got down on ONE KNEE, and popped the question!!!!!
In that exact moment of that happening I was completely taken back... thinking to myself "NO FUCKIN WAY!" and I even managed to say it out loud..."NO WAY!"  But when it came down to saying yes of course I did! I never really thought about how I would react to a proposal.  In that moment I didn't feel like it wasn't the right time, or had any doubts to be honest. All I felt was happiness! I've never felt that feeling of someone wanting to be committed to me forever like that. I've known nothing other then let down from people I love with exception to my dad! When all said and done, he put this AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL ring on my finger and that was that! We walked back hand in hand to our group of friends and told them I said yes! Everyone took a bunch of pictures, of us and of course hit the interwebs with the NEWS! We walked into Ozzy's house where he was sitting at the table and he asked "SO WHAT DID YOU SAY!?" "WHENS THE WEDDING!?" I'll never forget that moment, Its the happiest moment I've experienced next to giving birth to Pella! Im so so so happy! Here I am three days later looking at this ring on my left hand and its a constant reminder that I have someone who loves me for me, loves my daughter, and has made the choice to be my future hubs!

AH! just tearing up thinking about it!  :)

No date set yet, I just want to enjoy our engagement, enjoy each other without the stress of planning a wedding right now, and when I feel like its time, I will EXECUTE!

What I wore! 
Dress: Nastygal Vintage
Hair flower: H&M
Shoes: Jeffery Campbell

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