Monday, December 26, 2011

Monday Madness! Sweet Butterfly Kiss

By now you guys know how much I love personalized stuff! lol
I just love it when the boys wear monogrammed clothes. Baby boy has a couple of super cute longalls that I love! I got a light blue gingham one from SweetButterflyKiss and he looks super cute in it! It is so well made and fits him perfectly!
SweetButterly Kiss makes dresses, socks, burp cloths and so much more at great prices! Check out SweetButterfly Kiss and order that special item today!

Applique Shirt $19.99

Burp Cloths - $10

Jon Jon Longall - $29.99

Ruffle Socks - $5

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Wishing you...

Just wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas!

Have a safe and fun day! Enjoy every minute of it. I can't wait til Santa comes tonight! :)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Another Memorable Christmas

My sister and I were Juniors in high school. All our friends got their class rings, but my dad was still making payments on ours and he said we couldn't get it until spring. My sis and I were ok with it. At least we were getting them. Though it was really hard to see everyone else with theirs... Looking back now, I cannot believe how much money those rings costs and my parents had to buy 2!

Well, Christmas break came... On Christmas morning we opened all our gifts. We had gotten some clothes, some stuffed animals. I got a talking frog - I used to collect frogs. My sister got a pig - she collected them. lol
Then my dad got this smile on his face- like a kid who had been up to no good. My parents have us look in our stockings after we opened all our gifts... We pull something out of it - low and behold, it was our class rings. 0_0 My dad worked very hard and drove all the way to the place that sold them and picked the rings up a few days before Christmas. How sweet is that? Isn't tha amazing?
Of course I proudly put on my ring and loved it!

Again, my parents always went above and beyond and did what they could to make us kids feel super special and even a little spoiled on Christmas morning!
That's what hubby and I do for our kids now. We've gone a little overboard in the past... This year we are trying to keep things simple but believe it or not, the boys are getting a little spoiled! lol

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Little Man's artwork at school. I LOVE that they learn about the REAL reason of Christmas...

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

1st American Christmas

Do you have lots of memories from different Christmases?

We moved from South America to the USA when I was almost 11. It was August so we had only been here about 4 months when we spent our first Christmas here. My parents told us we would have no tree, no gifts... We were on a super tight budget and my parents just couldn't do much. My sister and I understood but were sad because we really wanted a Christmas. What kid doesn't?

I remember sometime before Christmas break was about to start, my sister and I were coming home from school and we saw some Christmas light on the window of our 2nd story apartment. We kind of got excited but weren't really sure what we saw. When we walked through the door of the apartment, my parents had the biggest smiles on the faces. There in the living room, stood a tiny little Christmas tree, it was no higher than 3 ft. It has dollar store ornaments and lights. To me, that was the prettiest little Christmas tree I'd ever seen. AND there were presents wrapped under the tree!!! It wasn't much, but we loved it! I was so excited! I just couldn't believe we had our very own tree and presents.

I even remember some of the stuff we got. It was some Barbie toys. And we sure loved it!

My parents were always making sacrifices for us and going out of their way to make Christmas special for the kids.
And that's what I like to do now for my kids. I love that my parents taught me that - to sacrifice for our children and to do the best we can for them. Now I know a lot of kids don't appreciate that. But I sure did! And it sure it impact my life. And I can see it in my kids, specially little man, that they appreciate what we do too. Little man has the sweetest and kindest spirit. He is so grateful! And I love that!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Monday Madness! Little Dawg Designs

Planning a birthday party is always fun! I really enjoyed planning little man's pirate party. It was a blast. Little Dawg Designs created a super cute pirate banner. I was so happy with the end result. The banner was personalized and matched perfectly with the theme! She also has so super adorable treat bags and other party decorations. I just also saw her diaper cakes that look amazing! Are you going to be planning a party soon? Go check out Little Dawg Designs here for all your decoration needs!

Mickey Mouse "The Party is Here" Door Sign - $10

Mickey Mouse Goodie Bags - $12

Small Boy Diaper Cake - $30

Pirate Birthday Banner-PERSONALIZED - $25

Thursday, December 15, 2011

10 days...

Can you believe Christmas is in 10 days?

I cannot believe it. Time flies!!! WOW!
Are you ready for it? I almost am. I hate that it goes by so fast. Christmas is my favorite time of the year and it comes and goes so fast. My favorite part about Christmas is watching my children's little faces as they open their presents. Well, this is the first year Baby Boy is more aware - last year he was 6 months old. We've tried to keep the presents pretty even for the boys. When I was growing up, my mom made sure my sister, my brother and I always got the same amount of gifts. So that's what I try to do with the boys. Hubby went to Toys R Us and got each boy a MAC truck (from the movie CARS). They are very similar but age appropriate for each boy - I think that's one of my favorites! Oh and of course the "big" present is tickets for Disney World. lol We're going with the boys grandparents. I am stoked!!!

Anyway, I can't wait for my kids to enjoy their day. It will be a lot of fun.

What's your favorite part about Christmas? What do you enjoy most?
Are you ready for it?

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wordless Wednesday Indeed! :)

I'm going to have a very happy boy Christmas morning!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Monday Madness! Dreaming By The Sea

I think by now you guys know I am obsessed with monnogram and personalized stuff. If I could I'd have all my stuff personalized. lol I just love my boys' initials and I love to have the letter of our last name all over the place. haha. No it's not that bad. I do have a wooden letter hanging on our living room wall and it looks great! I've gotten tons of compliments.

Recently I've discovered beautiful etched glasses done by Dreaming By The Sea. I got 4 of them with the initial of my last name. I only use them when I have guests. And I have gotten tons of compliments. It's really nice! Dreaming By The Sea makes mugs, beer mugs and even bowls. They are amazing. And the best part is that her prices are low. Her work is amazing and she is super sweet! I highly recommend it. It also makes a great Christmas gift for someone. Who doesn't love a personalized gift? You could even have something else etched on the glass.

Check out Dreaming By The Sea here and pick up a mug today - she has a super cute one that is perfect for some hot chocolate! :)

Snowflake Mug - $5

4 Numbered Iced Tea Glasses - $30

Square Coffee Mug- Set of Two - $15

Trick or Treat Etched Glass Bowl- Headless Horseman - $8

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Monday, December 5, 2011

Monday Madness! Studio Sara Elise

Whenever I plan a party or event, I always look on Etsy first for ideas and help! I look for cute banners, decorations and so forth. When I was throwing little man's birthday party in October, I realized he need a treasure map for his pirate party. I found the cutest map in Studio Sara Elise. She customizes it and put everything I asked in it. It made it match the directions to my house and she added some of little man's favorite things! It turned out great. Little man loved it. It is now in his room and he loves to show it off! Studio Sara Elise also makes other amazing items, such as paintings, banners and so much more. Check out her store here.

Baby Girl Banner - $19

Coneflower Collage Painting - Chrysalis - $30

Owls or Branches Box - $6

Baby Banner or Garland - $15

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Shop til you Drop

I spent most of my weekend sick, in bed!
But on Saturday morning I gave in and went shopping with baby boy in tow. My mother in law met me at the mall and we shopped. It was fun! But when I got home I was exhausted! The good thing is I am almost done. We just need a couple of little things for the boys. And I have to finish getting the stocking stuffers. But for the most part we are done!!! I can't believe it.
I hate the mall and don't like going during Christmas time. But believe it or not, it was very calm and empty on Saturday. I guess everyone went on Black Friday. lol I stayed away from shopping on Friday. I have friends that camped out for days to get a deal.

What about you? Did you go shopping on Black Friday? Did you score any awesome deals?

Monday, November 28, 2011

Monday Madness! Hobby Horse Designs

When decorating a child's room, it's all about the finishing touches! In both my kids rooms, and in my nieces rooms, my sister and I have wooden letters with either their initials or names. I think it looks great and totally adds some charm to the room. Hobby Horse Designs specializes in personalized Custom Wood Letters, Nursery Letters, Switchplate Covers, Boutique Hair Bow Holders, Wedding Decor and more for nursery decor, kids, baby and bridal showers, weddings and parties, gifts, holiday & home decor.

They create all kinds of fun & unique custom Nursery & Children's decor, Wedding Decor, Baby Shower gifts, Home decor and much more. These are items you have been searching for, to add that unique finishing touch to that special project.

Check out Hobby Horse Designs here today. These will make a great Christmas present!!!

Handmade Baby Nursery Letters - Nursery Letters - Wood Letters - Wooden Wall Letters - Wooden Letters - 10 Inch Letters You Design - $13.25 each

Handmade Wood Letters - Wooden Wall Letters - Wooden Letters - Hanging Wooden Wall Letters Three 10 inch Wooden Letters - EAT - You Design - $39.75

Handmade 8 Inch Baby Nursery Letters - Wooden Wall Letters - Wood Letters - Nursery Letters - Wooden Letters You Design - $11 each

Handmade Baby Nursery Letters - Nursery Letters - Wooden Wall Letters - Wooden Letters - Wood Letters - Total of 3 Letters - You Design - $29.25

Monday, November 21, 2011

Monday Madness! Peachy Parchments

My cousin's twin boys were turning one a couple months ago and I wanted the perfect birthday shirt. I found the cutest ones at Peachy Parchments. They were the shirts at their birthday party and they were a big hit!

Peachy Parchments is the one stop shop for custom party essentials and decorations! With stylish, customizable designs, you are sure to find a style that will be all the rave for your next gathering! Each item is designed and handmade by me for a unique look that you cannot find in a regular party store.

Check out Peachy Parchments here and get all you need for your next party!

Girls Fall or Thanksgiving Silly Turkey Outfit - $40

Custom Hand Painted Wooden Letters inspired by CoCaLo Couture Bedding in Bali = $6 each

Adorable Tie T-Shirt or Onesie - $13

Rockin Guitar Shirt with Name - $23

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Family Time

I love spending time with my family of 4. I love us time!
I enjoy getting away and just having special family dates. We try to do it often but sometimes it's hard finding fun, free activities. lol

We have a playground set in the backyard and now that the weather is PERFECT we have been taking little man out there to play. He LOVES it!!! He climbs the steps and goes down the slide a bunch of times. And then he swings back and forth. Although, he doesn't go very high. He has yet to try the monkey bars, he is kind of scared. But I'm pretty sure soon he will be all over those as well!

What do you do for family fun?

Monday, November 14, 2011

Monday Madness! Pali: Priceless Parties and Glamorous Gifts

Don't you just love shopping and finding good deals? Specially online! :) Etsy is by far my favorite place to go to. In fact, when I am looking for something specific, Etsy is the first place I go to. When I was looking for something for my niece, I found the cutest outfit at Pali: Priceless Parties and Glamorous Gifts. It was a personalized onesie and tutu skirt. Super cute! They also have gorgeous wreaths. There is a beautiful Christmas and Thanksgiving/Fall one that is perfect for the coming Holiday! And of course, they also have some adorable baby items, such as diaper cakes and baby wreaths. I was very impressed with Pali and their services. Check out Pali: Priceless Parties and Glamorous Gifts. and check out all their super cute items!!!

Happy Thanksgiving Door Wreath - $60

Diaper Cake - $80

Baby Girl Wreath - $60

Tutu & Customized Onesie - $30

Friday, November 11, 2011

Thank you Vets!

Thank you VETS for serving our amazing country. Thank you for all you did and continue to do in order for us to have freedom. Never take for granted what our amazing Veterans have done for us.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Christmas Presents

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?
Hubby and I finally did! PHEW! We are keeping things very simple. But nonetheless we do have fmaily members to shop for. We are pretty much done with our brothers. I am done with 1 niece and halfway done with the other.
Online shopping has saved my life! I love it. lol But nothing beats the excitement of finding deals at the stores.

Ok fellow Etsians, if you have any awesome Christmas presents in your store, post your link on here. Let us know if you are offering any deals or discounts as well!

Please post 1 link per store!

Thanks. :)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Barbie Effect

Have you guys ever gotten dressed to go somewhere, picked out that special outfit that you always feel good in, did your hair, make up, had the perfect accessories and thought you looked amazing, only to look in the mirror and find it wasn't so? Maybe your hair didn't curl or straighten the right way, or the dress doesn't fit as well because of some bloating or extra weight, or the worse, a huge pimple has surfaced on your face and there is not enough concealer or foundation to cover it up... Nonetheless, you still feel somewhat good about yourself, you head out for your special day out... Then you run into them, the Barbie dolls. You've seen them, they are perfect from head to toe. Their makeup is flawless, there is not one strand of hair out of place, their dress fits perfectly, they have the perfect matching jewelry, even their nails are done. They look like Barbie. Yep, doesn't that just make you cringe?

That happens to me more times than I can count. Why is it that I can't pull myself together that way? I don't need to be as skinny as Barbie, gosh, no way, I like my curves. lol But I'd like to at least be somewhat put together. lol

Monday, November 7, 2011

Monday Madness! The Festive Touch

Have you noticed how all the main stores and even the malls have already decked the halls? I went to the mall this weekend and Santa was already there. WOW! I loved seeing all the Christmas decorations. Which means, that soon we can also put up our decorations. I got the most beautiful red ornament topiary from The Festive Touch. She has gorgeous seasonal items. And she is very fairly priced. I am anxious to put up my topiary. It's definetly my most beautiful Christmas decoration! Go visit The Festive Touch today and order your wreath or topiary for this holiday season!

Silver and Gold Glittered Fern Leaves Wreath - $100

Pair of Pinecone, Berry and Crystal Topiaries - $45

Gold Pinecone Topiary - $65

Little Girl feather boa and pink ornament Topiary (Lighted) - $60

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