Monday, July 27, 2009

Things are really rough right now...

It has been ages since I have been on here to blog...oh how I miss it. Unfortunately, Jim and I have been hit with major finance issues. Since, Jim works for the State, Arnie has cut the Correctional Officers pay to the point where it put us in a hole! Slowly, with me working ALOT of 12 hour shifts and tightening up our belts alot more holes we are making it out of our pinch.

But, most importantly, I wanted to put this message her for the two people who have won gift cards from me. That will happen, trust me, my word is my bond. I have one already just need the 2ND and last one. To Junie and Kimm, I am truly sorry that it has taken me this long to send out, but this finance thing hit us fast and with such force, we didn't realize how much we were going to hurt. Excuses aside, we are very much on the way UP. And soon so will those cards be out the door. Thank for being so very patient with me and hope you can except 'my sorry' for the delay in your winnings. I feel horrible about the delay.

For, family and friends, Jim and I are pushing through. With the love of God and lots of prayer and hope, we are making it. There was a few months there that Jim and I had to step back and reevaluate US. Take a break, if you will. It is astonishing to me how money can really send people reeling with emotions. But, again, we are pushing through. We are working on talking more and making the most of our time together, when we are together. We send out love and hugs to all of our wonderful blogging community and family and friends! I will be back very soon! I promise!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

And the WINNERS are...!

Winner...Winner...Chicken Dinner! Ok, I have always wanted to say that! Here are the winners! Junie Moon and Reinvented ! Congratulations! Here is what you two lovely ladies won!

Congratulations June (Junie Moon) just won a $50.00 gift card to Macy's! Enjoy!

Congratulations to Kimm (Reinvented) just won a $25.00 gift card to StarBucks! Yeah!
I hope you ladies will enjoy the birthday surprise giveaway! Go shopping and get to drinking that yummy coffee!

Now...back to me! LOL! Just kidding...well no not really. I now want to share what some of my wonderful surprises were!

A beautiful bottle of this!

Lot's of my kind of goodies from this wonderful place!

Finally, after a about a year having on my wish lists...I finally got my PINK IPOD NANO! Isn't it the cutest! I was overwhelmed from all the gifts from Jim but then he threw in one more big thing!

Here it is! He reserved a couple lanes at Strikes Bowling Entertainment Center, in their, what they call...private lounge. We will have servers for the cocktails and food and I will get to have some old fashion fun with family and friends! What more could a girl ask for! This has been on of the most perfect birthdays! Thank you all for jumping in and entering the giveaway...maybe next time more people will give my giveaways a chance...see the prizes did turn out to be great birthday giveaways!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

I am back!

I am back friends from my Scrapbooking Retreat in Lake Tahoe! Can I just say BEAUTIFUL and super FUN! I will be picking 2 winners here in a couple days. So, if you haven't left a comment on my birthday day (april 16th) comment, please do so now, and get your name added! I will post the winners and then contact to get addresses to get those off to the winners! And I will also be posting some pics of birthday presents and retreat photos! Lot's to share stayed tuned! Love ya!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME & a Birthday Giveaway,too!!!!

This was sent to me by a friend! I just laughed and laughed when I opened the email this morning! I actually got 2 pics from 2 people so I just had to share with all of you!
Today, hubby cooked me breakfast and went and got me a sugerfree/nonfat mocha...yummy! And then he and I are getting our feet done. Me...a beautiful pedicure with lovely pink and cute daisies on my big toes. Hubby...just scrubbed and trimmed and buffed nails, he really enjoys have the ladies pamper his feet and I adore it too!
Then he says he has a surprise for me...oh I can hardly stand it!

And this was from my Rocker Husband! It still made me smile though!

And since it is my birthday I am going to be doing a giveaway here! And that will be a surprise for 2 people! So, pass the word and link me up to your blog I will add your name not once but twice! Friends...spread the word! It is a great giveaway if I say so myself! Once the names are picked I will showcase the giveaways! Spread the BIRTHDAY Giveaway news to everyone who wants to join in...and remember link me to you blog I will add your name a 2ND time!

Cheers! I am off to have fun!

Friday, April 10, 2009

What little Niece wouldn't love this...

Hello friends!
I put together this great SCRAP BOOKING tool box for my darling Niece! We share the same birthday month! Yes, folks another Hot-Headed-Passionate Aries in the family! My sister has clued me to that my darling niece loves to craft and is blooming into quite the artist! And since my sister doesn't SCRAPBOOK and it is one of my biggest passions, she wanted me to gift my darling niece with a scrap booking tool kit!
If anyone knows me...I always ALTER! I alter everything I can get my hands on. So, it shouldn't surprise my beautiful sister that I went one step beyond on creating the ultimate SCRAP BOOKING tool box for my darling niece! Isn't it to die for. All pink and purple, all sissy la la, just perfect for her! She is going to squeal with delight! Take a peek with how I filled it...

Now drum roll please, here comes the 'piece dela Resistance' (said with a French get my drift!

I will have to have my sister take lots of photos for me since my job is so hell-bent to make me work on Easter! We are celebrating my darling niece's birthday along with Easter, which also is my Mom's birthday! I know get out 5 Aries all in the same family...should prove to be fun in the up coming years!
So, tell me friends what do you think...will my darling niece just adore her new SCRAPBOOK tool box?!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

What it means to a be an ARIES...

Since my birthday is next week, I thought it would be fun to check out what it means to be an Aries. And this is what I found...quite interesting and uncanningly very close to the truth!!!

Aries is the first Sign of the Zodiac, and that's pretty much how those born under this Sign see themselves: first. Aries are the leaders of the pack, first in line to get things going. Whether or not everything gets done is another question altogether, for an Aries prefers to initiate rather than to complete.

Do you have a project needing a kick-start? Call an Aries, by all means. The leadership displayed by Aries is most impressive, so don't be surprised if they can rally the troops against seemingly insurmountable odds -- they have that kind of personal magnetism. An Aries won't shy away from new ground, either. Those born under this Sign are often called the pioneers of the Zodiac, and it's their fearless trek into the unknown that often wins the day. Aries is a bundle of energy and dynamism, kind of like a Pied Piper, leading people along with its charm and charisma. The dawning of a new day -- and all of its possibilities -- is pure bliss to an Aries.

The symbol of Aries is the Ram, and that's both good and bad news. Impulsive Aries might be tempted to ram their ideas down everyone's throats without even bothering to ask if they want to know. It's these times when you may wish Aries's Sign's symbol were a more subdued creature, more lamb than ram perhaps.

You're not likely to convince the Ram to soften up; these folks are blunt and to the point. Along with those qualities comes the sheer force of the Aries nature, a force that can actually accomplish a great deal. Much of Aries's drive to compete and to win comes from its Cardinal Quality. Cardinal Signs love to get things going, and Aries exemplifies this even better than Cancer, Libra or Capricorn.

Aries are ruled by the Planet Mars. Taking a peek at Roman mythology, we find that Mars was the God of War. Our man Mars was unafraid to do battle, and much the same can be said for Aries. These folks are bold, aggressive and courageous. They can summon up the inner strength required to take on most anyone, and they'll probably win.

Aries do not lack energy or vitality, and they can stay in the game longer than most anyone else. Now that's a winning edge. Rams are also, for the most part, independent and well aware of their own interests in a given situation. This sometimes myopic view may not be for everyone, but it does help Aries get things going.

Further, their competitive natures ensure that they will play the game with zeal and vigor. At times, their approach may be construed as arrogant and domineering, but it takes a lot of focus to be a leader (or so an Aries would say). Sadly, the Aries won't usually be around for the final victory (defeat? never). These folks will more than likely have bolted to the next project before the first one is done.

The Element associated with Aries is Fire. Think action, enthusiasm and a burning desire to play the game. Aries love physicality, so they won't sit on the sidelines for long, if at all. They'll jump into the fray full force and will contribute much in the process. Talk about eager beavers! Sure, some of their decisions may later prove to have been hasty, but you'll never find an Aries who regretted taking a shot.

Making things happen is what it's all about to these folks. Aries are also unafraid of stepping onto new terrain. The challenge inherent in taking on the unknown is heaven on Earth for Rams. Sure, they may appear arrogant when they take on the world, but they'll be quick to tell you it's the only way to go. While a common Aries refrain might well be 'me first,' there's no point in arguing with them since, in their minds, they are first. Is this unbridled ego? Maybe, but that might be what it takes to blaze a new trail. Oh, and on the subject of arguing, it's the Ram who will have the last word, so save your breath.

Aries seem to play as hard as they work. These folks are happiest in a spirited soccer match or engaging in the martial arts. In the game of love, the Ram's ardor is unquestioned, although Aries can also be playful and romantic with their mate. With Aries ruling the head, face and brain, those born under this Sign need to be on the lookout for headaches and are well-served to take the occasional deep breath. The Ram's color is bright red, a sure sign of the fire that breathes within.

The great strength of the Aries-born is in their initiative, courage and determination. These folks love to get things going and are fearless along the way. Their dynamism and competitive spirit add considerably any of their endeavors.

Aaaaahhhhh! It is good to be ME!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Happy April Fool's Day to Everyone!

I found this very funny (well I thought it was hilarious!) on YouTube. Enjoy and hope pranks aren't too bad or scary! LOL!


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

What do I spy...Easter?!

I have dusted off the box labeled Easter...and slowly pulled out my creations. I made these items a couple years ago and still when I pull them out, my chest swells with pride. I had seen a display like this is Pottery Barn and almost hit the floor on how much they were asking for their pieces. So, I had set out...frugal and with a master plan. I used grapevines from my mom's vines that she prunes back every early winter and saved them for a occasion just like this! And thank goodness I had picked up the flocked eggs at a craft store that was going out of business. I picked up 2 huge bags for a song. I stored them away (to my hubby's dismay) but I knew they would come in handy!

Bought a new glue gun and glue and set out. I rough sketched on how I would do the wreath first. I started to make all the eggs go the same way and just not the look I wanted. So, pulled off and DO OVER! Finally got what I was looking for!

I picked up these apothecary jars at a Ross that was closing for 4 dollars for the whole set! I know...I grabbed before some other frugal bargain hunter came by!

And the topiaries, were no joke. It took me a bit but finally got everything right. I painted the Terra cot ta pots white and shaped the green foam with a sharp knife. And even spray painted my moss more green. And then the job of hot gluing. Many spots of blisters later a finished project! I sat there beaming like a Cheshire Cat, proud as pudding for doing not one but TWO! Now they sit as a pair every Easter!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Goodbye,Natasha...Broadway Darling.

Not only will Liam miss you...I too, will miss you and your fantastic performances on Broadway! Goodbye, Broadway Darling...

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Here are some oldies but goodies!

I had some requests to show some of my scrapbooking/craft ideas and projects so here are a few (from a year/months ago)! Enjoy! I am a mixed/alter artist so I love to tinker around with different medias.

With renewed faith,

Monday, March 2, 2009

Here is all the that is going on with ME!

~Karen Marie~
One of my dearest friends, Karen, has begun to live her dream. I met Karen working at the hospital I work at still, where she was the youngest LVN at the time working there. She at times would talk about "how photography was a love" of hers. She worked through the years and every once in a while I would catch wind again her saying that same phrase. She married and soon baby #1 was coming. She found a woman who took belly shots. Well, let's just say that seed was planted in my darling friend! Karen was soon taking photos of her friends whom were pregnant. Yes, you heard right, she was taking photos right out of her home. Black drapes and all! And then she interned for a photography studio where she fine tuned her god-given skills.

Well, things turned for her once she went to work at a Ultrasound Clinic (where they did 3-D U/S's), and soon I found out she was taking photos know as getting paid. Karen then moved from there and formed her own photography studio! I can't tell you how very proud of her I am! Someone who is living her dream! Karen I love you girlie! And I am always here for you and will never let your dream fail! You are such inspiration to me and Jim and we love you and family very much! Thanks for making things beautiful!

Karen has two sites that you can visit! One is under construction but will be open soon! It is her newest business venture!
Belly Beautiful Portraits

Starlet Photography

The above pic above is the cover of a local parenting magazine ~ Karen did the cover and photo shoot! Once I get the mag, I will share with you the photo shoot! Love it!

For anyone who lives in the Sacramento area or greater surrounding areas, I highly encourage you to look Karen up as your photographer where she can capture you going through one of your most beautiful times....pregnancy and on through ~! And if you want a fun, sassy photo of yourself for a loved one or heck just for you...then become a Starlet! Ladies...she creates MAGIC! In future days I will become a Starlet and I will share with all of you!

The Scrapbook Addict closed for good!
This is the sad part of this dear friends, Helen & Sarah, had to shut the doors to their dream! The Scrapbook Addict became another victim of the encomy. It was a sad day for alot of us who came there to find solace and hang with these beautiful women! My heart and prayers go out to my friends! I love you both!

A Day with Hubby ~ Pro Bass Shop ~ Manteca,CA
Now, I am not a hunter or fisherman but I have to say this was overwhelming to saw the least! Now, I know my friend Suzanne will have a heart attack from the Suze...close your eyes, doll! This store is huge, they have a huge fish tank with big mouth bass, striper, catfish,strugen (sp?) all the fish were HUGE! And you should have seem them when feeding them...WOWSERS! Impressive! They have a archery lane where you can try out bows, that was fun. They have a mock shooting gallery (a pocket of quarters a must)...but still beat hubby! It is a scientfic fact that women are better shots! It is proven over and over!

Museum Day in Sacramento
Adrien had a great idea ~ to do Sacramento's Free Museum Day! What a great idea. Now, we have done most of the museum's in SacTown but can you believe I have never done our Governor's Mansion?! It was so beautiful inside and out.

All the furniture is the orginal, and fresh flowers everywhere! And the bedrooms were just glorious! I know there are few women on here that would certainly be jealous! The Pink bedroom was Adrien and I's favorite! I highly suggest this for everyone. If you plan it right you can take shuttles to and fro from the museums. And there are so many great eatries around town! Put this on your to do list!

The Super Bowl Party!
Well are finally the photos of the Super Bowl Party! Not as many as people I was expecting and poor hubby got mandated that day, so couldn't come and play with us! And eat some of my famous hot wings! Baby, next year!

During the 3-D part of the Super Bowl...did you all have your glasses! I pinch your head!!! Pinch...Pinch!

All interested in the TV, hoping and praying that the underdog Cardinals would make close, yet so far!

BF...totally chilling and saying PEACE OUT!
With renewed faith,