Dec 16, 2008

A Christmas Version of 1st Corinthians 13

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another decorator. If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not share the true meaning of Christmas, I'm just another cook. If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, but do not demonstrate kindness to strangers, it profits me nothing. If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point. Love stops the cooking to hug the child. Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband. Love is kind, though harried and tired. Love doesn't envy another's home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens. Love doesn't yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way. Love doesn't give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can't. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. Love never fails. Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust, but giving the gift of love will endure. "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."
Author Unknown

Oct 3, 2008

Girls room redo

When we initially purchased this house we had planned to stay for 2 years, sell and flip. We had Alexis and she was 1 at the time. Fast forward 4 years the market has plummetted and we now have 3 children.

Our newest addition Brayden is now 1 and finally after 2 girls we have our baby boy.

So now i have to bunk the girls. I had 2 beds in there before, but i lacked dresser space.

The girls, now age 6 & 3 are into pinks/purple anything. I'm not crazy about the wall color choice, but they love it. Their room has limited natural light in the afternoon and it gets dark in there. I'm limited to where i can place the bunkbeds because of the fan. The beds block the window.

Sep 30, 2008

Before/After kitchen redo

We live in a 1454 sq foot house. We are a family of 5 and we decided to redo the kitchen. It's a work in progress.

Work In progress:

It's finally done:

Aug 7, 2008

Dermelan update

It's been approx 3 weeks since i've been using Dermelan and i'm happy with the results. I went in the sun twice this week at the beach. I did have some redarkening, but i'm happy still.

Jul 22, 2008

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Jul 18, 2008

Dermelan/Amelan journey

So i am 6 days into my journey but decided to blog where i originally did my first go around with Amelan. Here is the website: Amelan/Dermelan journey

Jun 25, 2008


I'm going to start my Amelan treatment for my Melasma. I had great success with it after Kaila. It's pricey and i'm still nursing, but it's just time. I'm going to email them and i'll document my process.

I blogged my progress over the years here:  Melasma progress

Update March 2015:  I had to import my Xanga blog into a Wordpress blog and i lost a lot of my pics.  I was able to salvage some of the blog for those that followed me through those years.

May 29, 2008

Why is eating healthy so hard to do?

I have minimal will power when it comes to eating sweets. I can eat clean all day but when dinner time rolls around and we allow the kiddos to have desert, i am eating right there with them.

Granted, i did great all day. No cheats whatsoever. I went to the gym...i worked out hard! Thank goodness i'm nursing and can allow some wiggle room with the calories.

I want a toned body. I am in great shape, but i am "skinny fat". I want to look like the girls on the Oxygen magazine. So it all comes down to diet. I love carbs! It's hard to stick to a high protein diet. Gotta run...bambinos fussing.

May 23, 2008

My little man

I just love this picture of my Brayden.

May 22, 2008

Vegetable gardening

I decided to start my own garden. We do not have much space for a garden so i have some tomatoes in containers and i planted bell peppers, cantaloupe, & squash. Now let me warn you...i do not have a green thumb whatsoever, but i am determined to make this work.
I am having tons of issues with my tomato plants. I have baby spiders in them. I wanted to go as natural as possible and a sweet online Mama told me to use dish soap to kill them. Well, i think i may have killed my cherry tomato plant.

My garden tomato plant has tomatoes so i must be doing something right.

The other plants are in the ground and they look veggies yet.

May 21, 2008

Dave Ramsey

I just stumbled across Dave Ramsey and I'm in love. DH and I do not have credit card debt. We do however have 24,000 left on his truck. Now Dave would say "Sell the truck". DH would probably divorce me over this...okay, I'm exaggerating, but selling the truck is NOT an option! We have put ourselves on a budget and I'm actually surprised at the amount of money that we have left over every month.

Buying items with cash is alot harder than paying with Visa. Now we always paid our balance each month, but it was so much easier to whip out that card. Now i bring a set amount of money into the store with coupons in tow. I have a list and stick with the list.

I was able to put away $1000 extra into Savings (to pay off the truck) and it looks like I'll have $300 left in our envelopes. I'm just amazed. I look forward to 8pm each night to watch Dave on Fox Business.

I even got into shopping at Walgreens/CVS! I never realized there were deals...thus is the reason i started blogging. It's an accountability for me.