Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Me the insomniac queen

I am always always tired. Especially during the school year. My son has to be on the bus by 8 a.m., that is so early ! It wouldn't be so bad if I slept at night, but 8 am always seems like the prime time I am very sleepy and want to sleep.

Check out the poem I wrote on insomnia here.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

My White Picket Fence

I wrote a poem about how I felt as a single mother.. waiting for the love of my life. As a little girl I didn't pray for fame or fortune, I prayed for a family. A house with a white picket fence.. and children. I grew up and got involved with the wrong crowd & ended up a single mother at 21. I struggled for 3 years until I met my husband online. (Yes! online.. and that was *very* taboo back then) -- I'm glad I took the plunge & let love in because I've been living the life the most people dream of. My husband is the kindest sweetest person I've ever met.

Click here to check out my poem :)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I found this on Digg today... cracked me up.

Ugh, today is so windy and rainy and crappy. I really hate days like this. Reminds me that winter is nearing. Which means less light ..which means I most likely will start to feel S.A.D. - I decided to finally go ahead & purchase a light to start a light therapyregimen. I hope it will help with my sleep rhythms as well. I can't wait to try it out. Anything with no side effects is a plus!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Halloween Costumes!

I might be going to a few costume parties this year. The last time I dressed up for Halloween I was Monica Lewinsky & my husband dressed in a Bill Clinton mask *(that had kisses all over the mask & his tongue sticking out) ... I wore a beret (that Monica frequented) and a blue dress. Gosh, I wish I had a picture of us!

Anyways.......I started looking online for costume ideas & inspiration. Not sure if I'll buy one or make a costume this year. Here is a list I published of Plus Size Halloween Costumes. Lots of links & even a few references for some D.I.Y. ideas.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Panic Prevails

I wore my heart on my sleeve and wrote a very personal poem about my anxiety. I tend to cover it up. I decided to publish it and can view it here if you want to read it.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Nobody told me parenting would be *this* hard.

I wrote this poem a few weeks ago. Funny thing is my kids are acting like complete maniacs today so this is a perfect topic to blog about!

My teenage daughter - A poem on mothering by: Alexandria Diaz

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

My Commentary on the deadest mall ever!

I took some photos of a Mall in my area. Isaiah and I like to walk there because it is so deserted. It makes me sad because I remember hanging out there as a kid with my best friend. To check out my pics click the pic below or click here.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Enjoying a break from the heat

I decided to get out of the house & take my son to the park. I hoped to get a little break to read or do some writing while he played on the playground. No such luck as you can see I'm now in charge of swinging. A few moments ago we had our 3rd drink from the water fountain & ate some cookies. *Sigh* i miss when he took naps!!! ;)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Feeling accomplished..

I am not a morning person. I would much rather go to bed at 2a.m. and wake at 10a.m. - but having a preschooler & teenager doesn't allow me to do that! lol - i would love 2nd shift!..someday .. someday! when they are all grown up and I can work whatever shift I please.

Anyhow, I'm trying to adapt to my daughter being back in school (she is a morning person & wakes at 7am with Isaiah during the summer) - I know!!! I am lucky, right?! but not when school is in session. I am tremendously sleep deprived. I cant seem to go to bed & actually fall asleep early no matter how hard I try! It is SO frustrating!

Jess has been in school over a week now and surprisingly I am feeling better than last year. I really think it has to do with my new water kefir adventures. This stuff is amazing! I even feel a sense of eurphoria at times. I feel calm. I am a nervous person in general who suffers from anxiety ..I really never realized maybe my disorder was an imbalance on many levels? hmm, time to do more googling on this subject after this post......

Even though yesterday was Monday ( I am always more tired on Mondays because of my weekend sleep schedule) - I did accomplish alot of stuff I didn't think I'd get done being so sleepy. Like I said - THANK GOD FOR WATER KEFIR!

I even posted a new item to Fashion Compassion: (click here for more views )

This basket took forever to make! I noticed I am taking a new interest in recycled crafting. I like the idea of re-using items, but I also really like the organic look and feel of magazine/newspaper/paper too. :)

Monday, August 23, 2010

Pamper yourself on a shoe string budget...?

I wrote an article on the frugal ways I like to indulge in pedicures and other spa-like treatments without paying big bucks for these services. I hope you find some useful info by clicking here!

I'm excited to be writing for Associated Content. I have so much odd knowledge to share!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

I opened my Etsy shop!

I am excited I finally have a few projects completed and I decided to open my Etsy shop back up! I have one item already listed & just need to take pics of my other creations to upload to Fashion Compassion. This magazine vase took hours upon hours to create but I really enjoyed it. If you click on my shop you can see pics of the bottom and close-ups.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

We are a doodling family

A sneaky cell phone pic of my daughter doodling with me at the kitchen table. She absolutely refuses to have her picture taken. I know its probably the age (teenager), but it makes me sad because she's not going to be 13 forever & I won't have any pictures to remember!

Yesterday she & I were dancing in the living room to "Gun & Roses - Paradise City. She was head banging with the xbox guitar & I head banged with "air" drums. LOL We both have very sore necks today - ... how does Axil Rose do it?!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Friday, August 6, 2010

Tips on TP?

I was watching some videos on frugal tips on Youtube this morning & I ran across this video which was pretty inspiring:

This Mom even uses cloths in replacement for toilet paper?! I couldn't imagine! So this sparked my curiosity. Does everyone in the world use toilet paper? I imagined many 3rd world countries probably do not? So I started googling & found out that in some countries people use their hand!! Preferably their left hand ( because the right one needs to stay clean to shake hands, no?) Isnt that amazing? Here's a link with more info on this topic. I guess I learned something new today! Maybe right now you wish you gained the minute lost reading this crazy post of mine .. but I can't help but be interested in unusual things :p

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Magazine bowl

Another craft in progress...i cant wait to see the end result! I think its going to be at least a week until this is finished. It took so many pages to make just this itty bitty base! I've seen baskets 'n such at Pier1 similiar to what I'm trying to make above...so I'm excited to try & make my own. And reusing i always better than recycling.

Today I woke up to a great surprise in my email. I won a blog giveaway over at Couponing 101. A $20 gift card for Kroger & a bunch of coupons for free Hefty brand supplies. Yay!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

mobile post..........

A little test to see if this pic makes it to my blog :)
I have so many ideas swirling around in my head for this cut-paper-art. So many crafts so little time! sigh!

Gimme some Carrot Juice!

Today while shopping at Target for shoes and a shirt for Isaiah ( for an upcoming outdoor wedding) ... Dan & I noticed the juicers were on sale. Over five years ago we splurged on an expensive juicer that worked well but was a HORRIBLE PAIN IN THE BUTT to clean! This juicer by Waring Pro that we saw today had wonderful reviews online & was only $50. What sold me on it is that many reviewers said it was a snap to clean! Dan just made carrot, celery, apple, lemon juice & it is SO delish! and a snap to clean! double win!

I also bought some nail polish for the wedding. I haven't worn nail polish in 2 years or so and even then it was just a one time event. Being such a health conscious nut I couldn't get past all the chemicals in polish. But today I decided to just go for it when I saw a really pretty turquoise color that boasted about 'less' chemical crap added to their product. Where were all these cool colors in the 80s when I was a teen?! Well.. thank God there are more variety now so I can still sport some pretty polish! :)

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Crafts Gone WRONG!

Click on the pic for a larger view..........
I was at the library with Isaiah & Jessica and grabbed a book on basketmaking while Zay was watching a puppet show. I skimmed through it and it grabbed my interest immediately. Even tho the book is era 1970s - the techniques were interesting to me. So i decided to try with newspaper. Well, basket making is ALOT harder than the book makes it look~ LOL!!!! i am determined to learn if it kills me ( which my hands ached after this disaster so bad!)

PS notice Isaiah's green shake sitting over there? its ingredients are banana, kale, pineapple, lemon, stevia & coconut oil. Yum yum!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Our trip to Nashville, Indiana

Click on the pic to see it larger.
Luckily I did get in the creative mood yesterday & finished 2 layouts! Here is one of the layouts from our Mini-Vacation to Indiana ( Dan's work sent him to Indiana & we tagged along ) .. I found a bunch of cute digital freebies from this site & it helped inspire the layout of this page. I like how usually these two pics wouldn't seem all the great without family in them -- but with a little journaling they actually come to life.

Oh and btw, i turn 35 today :-) Not that anybody reads this blog anyhow!!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

not inspired today.........

I stumbled upon this cute little gadget. You can click on the gadget to feed them.

Today I am trying hard to get inspired to digi-scrapbook. I have a hot cup of coffee and some ice water at my desk...tons of digital paper & embellishments.. and no inspiration. ugh. this happens to me sometimes with any type of creating I might do. I need to quit forcing this and just move on to something else until inspiration hits I guess. Maybe I should just do the laundry instead? BOooo!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

I used this tutorial to blend a picture into a background. She uses Photoshop but I sorta played around with Gimp until I figured it out. I LOVE how this page turned out!!!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Bathing beauties

This layout is the first time I cropped pictures into circles. I think it gives the layout a fun feel to it. plus...the circles remind me of bubbles which match the whole swimming/water thing.

Today we are grilling veggies with white rice. I think rain is coming so I hope the food gets done before it starts pouring! We really need the rain though. Our grass looks like a patch of golden wheat. I'm kinda glad I didn't plant any vegetables in the garden this year. I bet I would of had a terrible time with growing good produce~!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Swimming in Indiana

We spent 2 weeks in a hotel in Indiana while my husband worked at another plant training employees. It was so much fun to stay in a luxury hotel! Complimentary breakfast & dinner made life easy for me and best of all it was all FREE!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

i like simple

As I'm making more layouts & learning Digiscrapping I'm starting to realize I like very simple backgrounds and usually only 1 picture per page. I love how this one turned out - and its just a cell phone picture! This poor kid has swimmers ear today. We swam for two weeks in Indiana and she is in horrible pain in both ears. One ear is worse than the other. I pray the meds work quick! Poor Jess. :-(

Friday, June 11, 2010

moustaches ;-)

I love how this layout turned out. I think it fits her well. She cracks me up, when she woke this morning she still had a moustache on her face & couldn't get it off (even though the markers are washable?) lol

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Zoo fun

there are no animals from the Zoo in this pic... but i thought it was cute how he was playing with this fish statue. We went last month with Jen, baby Nick.. Big Jess & her husband. It was fun - but SOOO hot! hotter than it is now! crazy Ohio weather!

Monday, June 7, 2010

I like this one!

I found a picture of Jess. It was taken at my Aunts house at Christmas.. The photo isn't super clear but I worked with the unfocused-ness (is that a word? LOL) to match the softness of the layout. I didnt even mention it was Christmas so I could add journaling on what she's into this year. I really like this one!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Baby Isaiah

Aw he's so little here. I'm on a roll.... Shutterfly sent me a free 8x8 book offer so I need to get 20 scrapbook pages finished so I can have them made into a scrapbook!

I've been feeling pretty icky the past two days. Hope I can get at least one page done today..

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Jessica Scrapbooked at age 10

I found this picture of Jessica in my email saved folder. It's been there sitting in that folder about 3 years!! I absolutely LOVE this picture. I love her hair this length & she looks so good in red! I used my very first purchased kitJessica Sprague's covered buttons (on sale for only $1 too) . They are wonderful and a steal at that price!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Dan & baby

I finished another layout! My sweetheart Isaiah is still the same way as portrayed in this pic. Just yesterday Daniel said that Isaiah barely left his lap all evening after he got out of work. It might have something to do with Daniel being gone at work for weeks at a time..

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Moms Day Brunch with Isaiah - Scrapped Digitally!

My newest passion is digital scrapbooking. Years ago when Jessica was a baby scrapbooking was just starting to become popular. I loved the idea of being able to be creative and recording precious memories at the same time. I was a single mom back then & unfortunately scrapbooking was an expensive hobby for me. I did find a bunch of non-traditional (and probably NOT acid free ways to work around not having alot of money) and still being able to scrapbook her baby pictures. I have 2 huge binders of her pictures all scrapbooked. She is now 13 years old and I didnt go much beyond that. Now over 10 years later I've decided to dive into scrapbooking again. Technology has made it much better for me to scrapbook nowadays. I am learning digital scrapbooking. It is SO much cheaper and no mess! and I can print if I want to (multiple copies too!) I love it!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Jessica :-)

I was shocked Jessica actually TOOK a picture of herself and sent it to me. She usually runs and hides whenever I try to take a picture of her.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I love red & pink!

This is a bracelet I made for my Aunt's birthday. I really love the clasp. I haven't done any beading in awhile - I really should get back into it. I love doing it when it goes smoothly and there are no knots or kinks to deal with! lol - if i remember correctly this design was pretty knot-free :)

Today Isaiah is at school so I am going to try and reorganize my bathroom closet. Tasks like this really make me cringe ...ugh

..but on the other hand thesun is out so I am really itching to get out of here! and hey.. I can always do the closet organizing thing on a rainy day, right? :-)
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Monday, January 25, 2010


I found a few good deals on the net today so I thought I'd pass that info along:

Oreo's are giving away free bags of the golden stuffed Oreo's.. click here for more info.

I also found Shutterfly is giving away free photo books (just $5 for shipping) Click for the info!

I only have a few more minutes until Isaiah's bus will be coming. It's amazing how the days he's in school the hours pass soooo quickly! I did do some mall walking today to get some exercise :) Now its time to finish cleaning the house i suppose.. BOO on that! ;)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Imagination Station

My husband's Christmas Party was at Imagination Station this year. Unfortunately, we were all sick with the flu at the time of the party so we had to use our tickets at a later date in January. It is such a cool place! So many different stations for children to observe, learn and play. Isaiah had a great time. Jessica had fun too but of course I couldn't get her to take a picture! Ugh! 13 year olds!!!! My my oldest child (my husband LOL) got in on the fun - If you want to check out some more really adorable pics of the fab day we had.. please check out my facebook album.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

My Yuca Deal! lol

Yesterday I went to Giant Eagle & in their clearance section there was a ton of yuca for only .50 cents a can! That is such a steal because here in Ohio it costs around $3 a can. My husband is Dominican and this is a staple in his diet so I stocked up at that price. Usually he likes Yuca with grilled onions and olive oil & vinegar. Today I was looking up recipes and stumbled upon this recipe from Kraft.

Sounds alot like potato salad, but I think it would be yummy since yuca reminds me alot of potatoes. Not exactly a Domincan recipe - but hey I can switch it up a bit with all the yuca I have stocked in my pantry!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

My very first blog post!

Okay.. well.. not exactly my first post ever.. but for this blog it is the very first post. I have had numerous blogs in the past including livejournal & blogger way way back in the day. For the life of me though I can't remember the url address to my own blog! That's how long its been since I've last been on blogger. So I'm starting fresh & new..many years later I've decided to join to the blogging community again!

I plan to blog my heart out. My life as a mom, a Christian.. a Sims fanatic lol. .. I also craft alot and I'm very interested in home decorating and frugal ways to go about fixing up our old house.

More to Come!