Surprise You Are A Mom !: November 2013


Saturday, November 30, 2013

Potty Training Diaries

It's been a while since I posted any of my "potty training adventures" of my daughter and I.
It is still on going process! 
She has conquered the peeing aspect of it. 
This is great!
When we came back from our Miami/Ft Lauderdale Trip we had a couple of accidents. But that was my fault for not going through the potty discipline with her. Now when we go out she uses the bathroom in public! Yay! 
On our Disney Trip she used the bathroom! I was surprised ! As long as I remember she always hated the sound of the flush noise of public bathrooms. It maybe the loudness plus its echo-ness? Don't really know but she is sort of over it. She hides behind me when I flush it but doesn't cry like she used to.
During our Disney trip the only time she dirty her pull-ups was when she poopsies. That was fine by me! That meant less money being spent on pull-ups. 
Currently she may dirty a pull-up once or twice a day the most if we go out. When we are home we put her in regular underwear. 
Over night she wears her pull-ups and usually when she wakes up they are dirty. She enjoys picking out her own undies. If I pick them out she gets upset at me for doing so. It's one of those independent toddler things she is picking up. 

I'm personally not ready for her wearing regular undies overnight. All I think about is the cries at night and the washing of bed sheets. 
I might start in January. But we will see. As a parent you have to be mentally ready to have a smoother process. 
Right now I want to conquer the poopsies problem. 
I've tried stickers and M&M's. This doesn't work. 
I'm going to start just giving a sticker for just peeing and M&M's just for poopsies. 
The worst part she knows when she poopsies! She hides in a corner or in her closet and does her business in her undies. I usually catch her minutes before she has to go. I always ask her if she needs to use the bathroom. And of course her answer is 'no!'. If I try leading her to the bathroom she gets upset. So I let her be and of course I clean up the lovely mess. :-/
I'm really lucky that my daughter is a clean little freak. She doesn't like the feeling of her undies being dirty. She immediately tells me she needs a change and doesn't touch anything that went on in her undies.(thank goodness!) 
For you Moms (& Dads too) how did you conquer the poopsies problem of potty training? What's your secret weapon ? (lol) 

Thanksgiving 2013

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We sure did!
My daughter wasn't into the turkey this year. But she ate her carrots and my husband's Mac and Cheese like crazy!

 We had the pleasure of having my husband's dad over for Thanksgiving. As a tradition, he always cuts the turkey. Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions?
My daughter was so excited to have her grandpa home. She loved him so much!
I feel that they have a special bond. It may be cause he always tried to come up to visit as much as he can and acts like a little kid himself. 

As of recently for some reason she calls him 'grandma'. It's quite entertaining to watch her say that. Her grandpa pulls her leg and acts like he doesn't like being called grandma. At first she didn't get his humor but now she just laughs it off. 
After we stuffed ourselves with turkey we watched Homebound

Yeah we didn't go and do the crazy shopping that day. We took it easy. We rather spend quality time with family than trying to fight over an item. Either way there wasn't anything appealing for us to purchase.
While watching the movie our daughter was really into it. At one point of the movie where Sassy falls from the stream my daughter cried 'Oh no!' and covered her mouth. I know she is aware but it just amazing how much she truly understand. 
After the movie  we went to bed. The following day (after breakfast) was our shopping day! We only headed to 4 stores and called it day. 
It's been a pretty much lazy day. And I love the fact that I don't really have to cook. We had our delicious leftovers!
I hope everyone had a great and safe Thanksgiving/weekend! 

Monday, November 25, 2013

How to Re-use Your PL Page Protector Boxes

Many of you Project Life-ers have these lovely boxes:

After using the page protectors what can you really do with them?
I must say I love the look of this box and it seems sturdy to me. Not saying to put 15 lb bag of anything on this box but sturdy enough. I didn't want to get rid of this box. 
I wanted to reuse it somehow. 
Since I am a new scrapbooker, I don't have a million of supplies. And to add to that I don't have a 'craft room'. My work space is my Ikea dinning table. I am basically limited.
 I have to bring out all of my supplies from my daughter's closet and lay them all out. There is no true way I organize my stuff. I stack my supplies or ziplock my glue or any other things. I thought why not use these boxes for organizing ?
Watch my YouTube video and see what I did! 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

We put in an offer...

We finally made an offer to the house we found. We got pre-approved for the loan which is great. Now we are waiting for a response from the bank since it is a foreclosure home. These past few nights my husband and I haven't been sleeping well. We have been pretty anxious of getting a response.
I mentioned in my last post that we were going to see the house. There were so many hiccups in seeing this house. On Saturday I wanted to see the inside of the house but couldn't. My Realtor wasn't available. So I just drove to the house anyways to see the structure and the location. There was a family with a Realtor already there. So I knocked the door to see if he was nice enough to let me in. But he was a little harsh and said no. That I needed an appointment  to see the house. All I got to see was the outside of the house.
The following day our Realtor called us saying that the lock box was jammed. So she couldn't get the keys to get in. Another day we couldn't get to see the inside of the house. 
Finally on Tuesday we saw the inside of the house! And we loved it! It is a perfect for us. Of course it needs a little bit of cosmetic fixing. We put in our highest offer that day. 
The following nights have been tough for my husband and I. We couldn't sleep thinking about the house. I even started making a list of things that needed to be done. I know I was getting ahead of myself. 
Finally yesterday we got a call from our Realtor Rochelle, and unfortunately she said that the bank took another offer. :( We were so heart broken. I asked her if there is a chance that the buyer backs out last minute. And she said "That's what she is hoping for." 
There is hope! I know I'm being extremely optimistic but we really love this house. I understand there is a real chance that we won't get this house. 
So we are also starting our search all over again. 
Hopefully there is a house out there for us!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

My Second Sunshine Award

I can't believe this is my second Sunshine Award! I would like to thank Tisha from Doctor Mom's Recipes. Check out her blog! Love her posts. you might learn a thing or two. :)

Sunshine Award Rules:
- Thank and recognize your nominating Blogger
- Give 11 random facts about yourself 
 - Answer the 11 questions given by your nominating Blogger
- Pick 11 blogger Nominees 
- Post 11 questions for your nominees (you can not nominate your nominating blogger)

11 facts about me 
1. Our household speaks 3-4 languages: Spanish, English, Creole/French
2. I've completed my goal for 2013 to run Miracle Mile 5k ( my first 5k ever!) and can't wait to run another one :)
3. When I gave birth I weighed 200 lbs but I've dropped about 35-40 Lbs in the past 2 years!
4. Even though we own an iPad and iPhones we have a lot of Andy the Android figures lol
5. My friends and my husband's workers rave about my flan. When I make it randomly they get so happy and sometimes cheer about it lol
6. Growing up it was sometimes confusing when someone called my name cause it was the same as my mom's. 
7. I got married in the court room but I hope to have a small wedding in the future. 
8. The day I met my husband for the first time, our dating anniversary and our engagement anniversary fall under my husband's birthday (I think he planned this...)
9. I started keeping a journal for my daughter. It is basically random events and thoughts which I hope she can relate to in the future.
10. I love the color purple! (and oddly enough my husband too lol)
11. Growing up my parents never liked the idea of me sleeping over at a friends but it was okay for a friend to do so. Till this day I still don't understand that logic. 

Questions from Tisha
1. Tell me what is inside your bag right now.
my wallet, 3 applesauce pouches, water bottle, Peanut Butter cracker sandwiches, small container of goldfishes, a few tampons, gum, receipts, my husband wallet, 5 pull-ups, a pack of wipes, small diaper rash creme, small sanitizer bottle, Jergen's lotion travel size bottle, napkins, car keys, a coach wristlet with eye liner, lipstick and blush, and a body mist spray. 
2. What is the ultimate vacation destination for you?
I love the cold. Probably some where in the mountains or alaska or even Europe! I've lived in Miami all my life I think I'm over the tropical scene I want something different. 
3. Why and when did you start blogging?
I started in February 2013. I wanted to meet other moms that were in my shoes (not knowing they were pregnant until they were in labor). Even though us,moms, are a very small percentage we still get a negative reaction about it. I would like to teach other moms that the only difference between a normal pregnancy and ours are when we found out about our pregnancy. And I hope I can extend that knowledge in the blogging world as much as I can.  
4. Android or Apple?
I like both products. We own a few android products. But I have to say Apple for its convenience. Easy for us to keep in touch with family through Facetime. 
5. Share one embarrassing experiences you had so we can all laugh about it now. 
I was at a party. I must of been like 14/15 years old. And there was a guy that I liked at the time. He was looking at me and vice versa. So I decided to make a move but on my way walking to him, I literally fall. I wasn't drinking or anything it was just my clumsiness. I was so embarrassed that I never spoke to the guy. Luckily my friends and I left the party right afterwards.
6. What is your favorite expression?
Smiling ! :-D
7. Tell us about your childhood. 
I've moved like twice before college. My parents always worked. Since I was the oldest I was always in charge. I was drilled to be the responsible one. But doesn't mean I had a dark or sad childhood. I still had fun. Made long term friendships. I loved being sporty this was encouraged by my dad and took in effect during high school as a lacrosse player. There were times I disobeyed my parents like any other regular kid but I still love them. 
8. Share your most romantic date ever. 
This was back in my dating period with my husband. We were heading to South Beach, FL. After picking me up we surprised me with my favorite chocolates and got me one rose. We walked around the beach area. We just snuggled together at the beach under the moon and stars after dinner. I was very simple but romantic. 
9. If a genie grants you 3 wishes, what would they be?
First wish is to get the house we put an offer in. Second, win a big jackpot. That way my husband can stop working and enjoy fulltime with the family. Third, ummm don't know what to pick... I think I'm good with 2 wishes for now. 
10. If you can change the name your parents gave you, what would it be?
I don't think I would change my name. I like my name. I've gotten compliments over it. When I was younger I loved the named Cassandra. Maybe that? lol
11. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
I'm definitely a night owl! For some reason I feel more productive at night. This was even before I had my daughter.

My nominees:
1. Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures
2. Kristan from Munchkin And Bean 
4. Michelle from Ma Made Creations
5. Lisa from The Squishable Baby
6. Crystal from Mommi Fried
7. Ophelia from Latina Mama Rama
9. Kelly from The Creative Chickadee
10. Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise

My 11 Questions For My Nominees
1. Tis the season to get sick! What are your secret remedies?
2. Tell me what is inside of your bag right now. 
3. What's your favorite blog post? Share the link! 
4. Are there certain things you won't blog about?
5. Since the holidays are coming up is there one dish without fail you must have during Thanksgiving/Christmas dinner? 
6.  What inspired you to start blogging?
7.  What do you like to do on your spare time?
8. What are your favorite Youtube Channels?
9. What's your most embarrassing moment 
10. What is your favorite season? 
11. Have traveled outside the country? If so where did you go?

Can't wait to read your responses Nominees!
To my close blogger friends I would have loved to have nominated you again. But I wanted to give a chance for other bloggers that I wanted to nominate :) Thanks for understanding. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Target Dollar Spot Haul

Last week I went to Target and purchased a few things for scrapbooking. Yes, these were for a dollar! I was quite surprise that I found some really nice Alpha stickers. My Target only had one bin of all these stuff. The following day a Youtube-er (Love4Creativity) that I follow posted up her Target Dollar Spot haul . And she found so much more! 
If I would of known I would of asked an associate to see if there were more in the back. Remember it doesn't hurt to ask. 
I only purchased these items and in the next couple of weeks I am going back to get stocking stuffers. I just LOVE this area of Target!
Last year we got our daughter a Princess tiara and a couple of tutus. She still uses them for dress up. This year we will see what we will find. 
I hope you like my video! =)

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Simple Cake Recipe

A couple of weeks ago, I tweeted about making a cake from scratch. 
I meant to post how it turned out but never got around to it. (Hey that's basically life to you.) 
My husband was really craving something sweet which he rarely does. But I didn't have a cake mix box or anything of that sort for that matter.
I looked through my cabinets and saw that I had the essentials to bake. Flour, sugar, milk, eggs, and etc. And I thought why not make it from scratch! I want to say that all you mommy/baker bloggers inspired me to bake this. Obviously mines wasn't the most fanciest desert. It was just a simple white cake. This cake tasted almost like a sugar cookie. 
I usually contact my baker friend, Liz, for this but I knew she was asleep around the time I wanted to bake. So I didn't bother her. Good thing there is the Internet!

- 1 cup white sugar 
-1/2 cup butter
-2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
-1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 cup milk

1. Pre-heat oven to 350. Grease & Flour a 9 x 9 pan or line a muffin pan with paper liners
2. Mix the sugar and butter. Then beat in the eggs one at a time. Then combine flour and baking powder to the mix . Last you stir in the milk until batter is smooth. 
3. Bake for 30-40 minutes in oven. For cupcakes bake for 20-25 minutes.

While the cake was baking. I realized that I didn't have any frosting for this cake! 
So I made it from scratch too! I'm no expert but this Basic Vanilla Frosting that I found online almost had the texture of frosting of the lemon pound cake they sell at Starbucks.
 I honestly wouldn't use this recipe again cause how sugary it was. Yeah I know it's suppose to be sweet but the cake itself was really sweet. Next time maybe make a  buttercream frosting?
Here is the finish product! Of course I had to add the sprinkles! 

Monday, November 18, 2013

These Couple of Days

These past couple of days I haven't been as active on my blog/social medias as I would like to. But it is for good reason!
The day after our Disney trip all of us were so tired! We were lazy bums. 
As you guys know my family are going back on our house hunting journey.  We were planning on starting in January 2014. But on Thursday I received an email of a house I was waiting for it to be on the market. It's such a good deal that I showed it to my husband. All he told me was to contact our Realtor, Rochelle. 
Since that day we have been on calls, emails, and text with Rochelle. We came out of the left field for our Realtor. I knew I had to react fast to this house. I finally got a chance to see the house on Saturday. Unfortunately, I couldn't see the inside of the house. I just wanted to make sure there wasn't any visible damage since it was a foreclosed home. In the past we have seen roof damage or some walls were basically sledged hammered. So far this home looks like it has minor problems that should not cost us much. 
Outside looking in, it looks like a perfect fit for us. It has the amount of rooms we want , open kitchen and many more things from our dream home check list. But one thing that I LOVE is that it's in the same neighborhood as the house we wanted to purchase almost a year ago! And the best part for a lower price !!!
We are in talks with the lender and we won't be officially approved until later today. I'm trying to not get my hopes up. Anything can happen.  My husband and I were talking how great would it be to have the house by December ?! Even if we got approved and everything worked out it takes about 60 days for everything to process with the loan we would like get. 
Later on today we are going to meet up with our Realtor to see the inside of the house. My husband won't be able to make it out with us. But we are going to Facetime with him so he can see it too. 
Wish us luck!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

A Recap of Our Trip to the Magic Kingdom

We had so much fun at the magic kingdom! But oh my goodness it was chilly! I knew the temperature was going to be slightly cooler but didn't realize how cold. I was fine for majority of the day and I was wearing shorts and a 3/4 sleeve shirt! It wasn't until it got dark that it was really really cold! 
Don't worry for my daughter. I had back up clothes in case it got colder than expected. Always prepared!
One of the first things that we did was meet Mickey Mouse! 

When you enter the Magic Kingdom you are on 'Main Street'. On your right hand side you'll find the 'Town Square Theater'. 
There you can meet a variety of characters depending on the day. When we went 2 years ago we meet Mickey and Minnie and the 3 princesses! This time around we only got to see Mickey Mouse! That was fine by me. Waiting indoors and the line was only 15 minutes long. Not bad compared to the lines if you want to meet your favorite character in front of the castle. 

Mickey is signing my DIY autograph book
I just wanted to say that Disney is amping up their game when it comes to meeting your favorite mouse. Not only do you only meet with him but the Mouse speaks and the mouth and eyes are animated! My daughter was thrilled when mickey was talking to her.

Afterwards we of course had to start getting our pin trading on! We normally purchase a pack of 7-8 pins. We always choose the cheapest pack so we can trade throughout the day. If we find a pin that we especially love we then purchase it but this time around nothing really stood out worth purchasing. While waiting in line if a cast member walks by you can stop them they don't mind or think you are rude. It's part of their job and they are more than happy for you to take a look. You can even get inside information on pins like: There are certain pins that they don't sell and are only available through their cast members or there are hidden mickeys on some pins!
If you don't see any pins that you don't like from a cast member you are not obligated to trade. It's okay it happens. People have different taste. 

We of course took pictures in front of the castle! Some of the pictures my daughter looks like she was over it. (That's a toddler for you lol) By the time we were by the castle there was only 10 minutes left for their 'Dream Along With Mickey' show to start. We decided to wait for the show and we were all the way in the front. My daughter was getting crabby. So we pulled out our mini iPad and Facetime-ed with her grandma. Before we knew it the show was about to start. She was so excited that she danced along and even tried singing. There was a dance number where the dancers dressed up as pirates and she got really excited to see that. I guess she likes pirates? (lol) 
I want to add that this past week was really slow for the parks. I'm not saying that it was almost empty but compared to the other times we have been there it was quite pleasant to walk around. You are not bumping into a thousand of people every half second. So that is good. 
After the show we went to the new area of the Magic Kingdom, Fantasyland. This was the busiest since it is so new. We went through the Beauty and the Beast area. We were planning on going for lunch at the new 'Be Our Guest' restaurant but the wait was 80 minutes. If you ask me waiting in line with a toddler for that long is not fun at all. 

So we skipped that and went to ride 'Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid'. The wait wasn't long only 20 minutes at the time. My whole family enjoyed this ride. One thing that my husband and I notice that there were a few characters throughout the ride that weren't movable. I won't go into detail which ones they are. But I thought since it was Disney and a new ride that everything you see is movable to create the atmosphere of under the sea. These characters don't make or break the experience. It is just something that we noticed since we love to go to the parks. 
One thing that we enjoyed while waiting in line was an animated blue crab that you can interact with by pointing which items are not treasures . 

After that we headed to Tomorrowland area. We rode 'Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin'. My daughter loved this ride. She especially liked using the control that spins us around. After this we met up with our friends that were in town for the week. We had lunch at 'Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe'. We weren't really hungry since we ate some of our snacks that I brought from home and had a large breakfast in the morning too. My family split a chicken tenders and french fries meal. This held us over till dinner. 
My little thrill seeker enjoyed 'Tomorrowland Speedway' and 'Astro Orbiter' with her Papa. The wait times were 10-20 minutes long for each ride. 

We then enjoyed 'Monsters Inc Laugh Floor' (20-25 minute wait). While waiting inside my daughter kept pointing at the character Roz and calling her Grandma. My husband and I were cracking up. I don't know where she got this idea cause Roz doesn't look like my mom or my husband's mom. Maybe it was the glasses? 

After the show we went to the 'Liberty Square' area . One ride we always go without fail is the 'Haunted Mansion'. We took our daughter when she was one and wasn't scared. Now that she is older she actually loved this ride. 
Once we were out of the ride, we decided to go home. We were getting hungry and the temperature started to drop cause it was getting dark. We did do a little bit of shopping. We purchased an item for a family member, mickey lollipops for my daughter and Minnie hat for me. Our friends have the annual pass so they gave us their discount. That was awesome! 
Saving any bit of money is great especially at Disney. 
I know there were a couple of rides we didn't go to. But we prefer quality over the quantity of the rides we rode. 
We were going to go to Ohana at the Polynesian Resort we didn't have reservation so there was a chance we wouldn't be seated. At the end weren't able to get seated but it never hurts to ask. If you haven't eaten here before I highly suggest you do. Its so delicious! You have view of the castle from the restaurant. If you are there during the 'Wishes' firework show you can enjoy watching that while having dinner. There is a Hawaiian Lady/Guy that entertains you with some Hawaiian music and  games. She even teaches you a bit of the Hawaiian lingo. I would recommend for you to make reservations 3-5 months in advance.(that is how popular this place is!) 
We ended up picking up some fast food and headed home. We were so exhausted. My daughter didn't even eat dinner she just passed out for the rest of the night. 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Our Fall Tree

I wanted to share some of the things that we did last weekend. I know we are coming into a new weekend. I apologize for that. 
My daughter is enjoying the books that her TiTiTi (her aunt/my sister). We read multiple times a day. And she has yet to ruin these books! I should say that this is pretty awesome. In the past she would rip a few pages and I would have to tape it together or she would start nibbling on the corners. Don't know why she would nibble and this was after all her teeth were out too.
The weather is great now. It's not super Florida humid hot or really cold. It's just good for walks around our apartment complex. Sometimes we see dogs being walked and of course my daughter runs to pet them. I am trying to teach her that not all dogs are the same and some owners don't like their dogs pet. Put like any child they would like to touch it. 

We sometimes go down the steps in front of our apartment  and blow bubbles outside. She enjoys it very much! In the past my daughter would be drench with bubble solution. But now with a ton of practice she is barely makes a mess and is becoming a pro at blowing bubbles.
 She always tries to catch the bubbles. It is amazing to see she doesn't stop trying to catch those bubbles. It's amusing to watch. 
We also made a 'Give Thanks Tree'. I found this idea through Pinterest ( here is a direct link). Lately I've been seeing this craft project around Google+ and Pinterest more since Thanksgiving is getting closer.  
I absolutely love this idea!
My daughter can't write what she is thankful for. So I had to write it for her. 
One thing that I did differently was that instead of just cutting the construction paper leaves and her just sticking them on the poster. I opted to painting. 

To be honest I was really low on construction paper so this was plan B. It was better than plan A ! I used printer paper and cut out maybe like 2 dozen fall leaves. And then let her paint away. In her plate I poured some green, brown, yellow, orange and red paint. By the end of this project it became a brown blob color. Which is fine. It doesn't need to be perfect! We let them dry during my daughter's nap time so by the time she was up it was time past them on. We used liquid Elmer's glue for the second time. It was funny to see my daughter smack the leaves down cause the paint curled the paper leaves. After we were down my daughter was so proud of herself that she made this. She even dragged my husband to make him see what she has done. 

As you can tell we are very Thankful for a lot !

If you need any more ideas for Thanksgiving I have a dedicated board on Pinterest Check it out! You are more than welcome to follow me :)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Excited To See The Big Mouse!

It's official my husband is on vacation! 
Guess where we are going?!
Magic Kingdom!!!
We are going to see the big mouse today! 
The last time we went to Disney was for my daughter's first birthday. Not saying she did not enjoy the experience, she was just amazed by the colors and everything new around her. Now that she is 2 (almost 2 1/2) years old, she will have a different experience. She now loves her pals Mickey, Minnie , Stitch , and Tinkerbell! She knows who they are. When she was one she was actually terrified by these characters. Partially was my fault for not introducing her to these characters beforehand. All I really showed her was Sesame Street at the time. 
I wanted to make something for our trip to Disney.
I decided to make an Autograph book. This was really simple to make. 
Things you'll need:
- Ribbon
- Cardstock Paper
- Scissors or paper trimmer
- Google Doc - Drawing 
- Google images

Since we were going only to the Magic Kingdom I found this website that tells you pretty much everything from each park. I wanted to know what characters are going to be available during the time I'm there. And this website gave me my answers. 
Once you have your list, you can start search your images through Google. 
After you Google-ed your image, you then click on 'Search Tools' then click on 'Color'. I always click on 'Transparent'. This makes it easier if you want to layer your image. 

Next, find the image you like and save it on your computer. 
I like to use Google Docs. They are basically like excel , word, powerpoint and paint but they are on the cloud. The cloud basically means that instead of software for these programs are in a computer they are online. So if by any chance you left, let's say, your powerpoint presentation at home. You can then access it online through google drive. It is quite handy. 
Read my previous post on google docs.
You must be asking how do I get to these Google docs you talk so much about? Well as long as you have a gmail account you are pretty much set. You would have to either type in  or go to and you should click the following:

Once you are on your drive you'll click on Drawings (it's like Microsoft Paint). 

You can customize your autograph pages with your Magical characters!
I kept mines simple since I only had a limited amount of time to make this. I only put the picture of the character on either the left or right bottom corner. 
Once your done you can save them as a JPEG
I printed them as 4 X 6 on cardstock paper. Mainly cause I am going to use this for my Project Life. You can print it which size you like. 
When cutting up the pages I left a little of space above so I can hole punch and bind it with a ribbon. 
This is how mines turned out :)

I love using Google Docs cause I can stop  what I am doing on one computer and continue on my laptop. I understand for some they prefer using Photoshop or Paint for this kind of project. Which is fine. I just wanted to share another option. :)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Liebster Award

I am really excited to be nominated for the Liebster Award!
 I want to say thank you to Kristy from Twist & Sprinkle for the nomination :) I met her through Glipho! Love her post of DIY: Pictures for DadCan't wait till my daughter is older to do this. So creative and simple! Stop by her blog, you won't be disappointed. :-D

The Rules
1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you
2. Answer the 11 questions given to you by the blogger who nominated you
3. Nominate 11 other bloggers with less than 200 followers 
4. Go to the blogs you nominated and notify them of their nomination
5. Give your nominees 11 questions to answer

11 Questions from Kristy
1. What is the main reason you started your blog?
The main reason was to find other moms out there that were in the same situation as me.  Also to show the world (even though we are a very small percentage) the only difference between a regular pregnancy and our kind of pregnancy is the way we found out. We kind of moms have this negative reaction when we say out loud that 'I didn't know I was pregnant' and I would like to change that through my blog.
2. What is your favorite thing to blog about?
I love everything I blog about. Mainly any kind of tips to help fellow mommies out there whether it is organizing or an easy dish for dinner.
3. How long have you been blogging?
Since February 2013 :)
4.Tell us one interesting fact about yourself.
I wasn't aware of my pregnancy until I was about to go into labor.
5.Besides blogging, what are your other hobbies?
I have a bunch of hobbies! I love to work out mainly running as of recently. Also I like to scrapbook, play video games and watch movies. 
6. What is your favorite activity to do with your children, or if you don't have children, your friends?
I love to do any art project with my daughter. Whether its simply coloring on a piece of paper or a seasonal activity. We love to paint even though it comes with a mess. 
7. How do you make time to blog with your every day schedule?
There is a will there is a way! I just prioritize my day. After all we have a life lol I mainly blog at night or during my daughter's 2 hour nap time. 
8. Name two of your favorite Bloggers and/or YouTubers.
Just two?! Ugh this is hard! My two favorite Bloggers are Stephanie from Crazy Little Love Birds and Kristy from Twist & Sprinkle 
YouTubers are Cole from Mommy Tips by Cole and Melissa Maker from Clean My Space
9. What is your favorite thing about he holiday season?
There is so much! The baking, the food, gifts, the decor and family. But mainly my favorite thing about the holiday season is the idea of uniting families together for the holidays.
11. If you had the chance to buy ONE item. price is no concern, what would you buy?
Maybe cause I'm in a house hunting frenzy but I have to say that first house we found months ago and fell in love with. 

I Nominate
Stephanie from Crazy Little Love Birds
Diandra from Precious Baby Jules
 Zoe from Maddie Bug & I
Lauren from Real Life As Lauren

Some of these Nominees have more than 200 followers on other Social Medias or I couldn't see how many followers in total they had on their actual blog

My 11 Questions for My Nominees
1. Why did you start blogging?
2.  How much time do you spend on your blog and/or social media sites?
3. How did you come up with your blog's name?
4. How many kids would you like to have ?
5. Where did you meet your boyfriend/husband/significant other?
6. What's your favorite thing to do with your child(ren)?
 7. Are there certain things you won't blog about?
8. Favorite quote or motto?
9. What's your favorite post on your blog? Share the link!
10. What is your favorite thing about the holiday season?
11. What's your favorite YouTube Channel?

Sunday, November 10, 2013

First YouTube Video!

I finally made my first YouTube video! Yay! 
I was a bit nervous to be honest so excuse me for being a little zombie-ish. 
"Let's try this one more time, but a teensy bit less like a zombie, okay?" - Gru
The past couple weeks prior to Halloween I was basically at Michael's or near a Michael's. I had no intention of purchasing any of these items to be honest. I just wanted to see what was available and I might get inspired by the Fall/Christmas decor. I was surprised how cheap these items were especially during the time I was at store Halloween wasn't even over! I couldn't pass up these deals. 
I couldn't believe that TJ Maxx has these scrapbooking items! I've only shop there for clothes. If you are curious, these items are located near the kitchen gadgets/stationary area. I believe TJ Maxx is associated with Homegoods and Marshalls. So if TJ Maxx has these kind of item then their other stores would possibly have them too. Just keep an eye out. You never know what you'll find!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop

A couple of days ago my Libman Freeedom spray mop was leaking. Since I leave my mop next to the washer I honestly thought it was my washer leaking. (thank goodness it wasn't the washer!) 
I've had this mop for 2 years. Always took care of it. When I first purchased this mop I thought it would last us at least 4-5 years. But was completely surprised how short it's lifespan was. I truly tried to fix it but wasn't repairable. 
There were a few days that I didn't mop (yucky! I know). Until I had the time to go to Walmart. Walmart's selection was few for reusable mops. 
 I was drawn to this Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop when I saw it. My mother in law has this same kind of brand and she loves it. The only difference is that I have the newer version of this mop that comes with the non scratch pad. 
Easy to assemble!
Even though this mop comes in a box don't worry! It is easy to assemble. Took me about less than 4 minutes to put it together. It's like assembling a Swiffer. With the Libman mop there was no need to do this. 
One of the things that I love is that the bottle to put in your  cleaning solution is detachable. This means you can easily add your cleaning solution. Compared to the Libman's I couldn't do that. If I just wanted to add water in that bottle it was a pain. 
On the bottle it self has a DO NOT DRINK warning cause lets be honest it does look like a water bottle.

What it looks like without the bottle 
The pad is wider compared to the Libman mop. Makes mopping quicker!
The prices for the Rubbermaid brand was $20 just like the Libman. I looked online and it seems that Target carries the Rubbermaid mop but for $10 more. So your best bet is walmart.
Buh bye, old mop!
Since the pad is microfiber do NOT use a fabric softener/dryer sheets  or bleach when washing or drying. This goes for microfiber towels too! Using the the fabric softener or bleach affects its performance. 
Also be careful when drying! Always dry in low settings or let them dry outside. The sun is a natural deodorizer. 

My Favorite Blogs

Stephanie from Crazy Little Love Birds

Kristy from Twist & Sprinkle


Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures
Epic Mommy Adventures

Remy from Busy Mom Monologues 

Busy Mom Monologues

Annie from Annie A to Z

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Oh Disney!

Who has done their Christmas shopping list yet? 
We have started since last month! Looking what we should get our daughter. She doesn't need much. She is at a point where she doesn't really need any more toys. Besides we are limited in space like I mentioned before. Maybe a few spring/summer clothes and shoes since we live in Florida. But other than that she is set.
My husband mentioned a game called Disney Infinity. I don't know if you have seen them at your local best buy or Toys R Us. But these items are extremely popular. Hey it's a Disney item! 
At first I didn't want to collect these figures and discs. I felt like it would be hundreds and hundreds of dollars that we would be investing. And not to mention the special edition or the exclusive items that Toys R Us have. 
After a while of discussing it with my husband we came to an agreement that we would purchase this game and become those crazy parents to collect everything. What we love about this game is that the figures are durable enough for kids to physically play with them. They have a dual purpose! (which I love!) Once our daughter is older she can play the actual game. But for now she can play with the figures. And to ease the cost of purchasing all the figures our family members are on board to purchase one or two of the items as Christmas gifts! Yay for family!
I know there might be a lot of parents that might be opposed for kids playing video games at such early stage in their lives. But it is not like we only do that with our daughter. My husband and I love to play video games. More so my husband, he loves to play games. He would like to share that with his daughter. It is no different from a mother baking with their kid. 
We feel that even though gaming has a bad rap with kids there are also some positives. 
It teaches problem solving.  Unlike watching TV shows which basically is vegging out with no challenge. Games makes one think. A gamer has to go through a lot of information in a small amount of time which teaches strategic thinking to  achieve the goal of the game more efficiently.  Majority, if not all games, have the ability to play in teams. This creates teamwork and have a social interactions.  And lastly playing video games brings families together. Your kid might even teach you how to be a better gamer. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Our Week Without Papa..

Well on Sunday my husband left for a work event. He had to fly out to Las Vegas this time. Originally, he wasn't even suppose to go but they needed him. He was gonna take that thing called "vacation" but of course plans changed on us. We hope once he is back that they won't need him. He won't know for sure until Monday. 
::Fingers cross::
Before he left we tried to celebrate Halloween the best way we could. We decorated pumpkins! It was last minute idea. Didn't really have time to go to a pumpkin patch so we opted for fake pumpkins. We purchased ours at Michaels for half the price they originally were. It was a great deal! And we can reuse it for future Halloweens :) We also  purchased these foam stickers to decorate our pumpkins. These were full price, only $1.99 per pack. My husband had a pirate themed pack , my daughter's was an owl and mines was a witch. Our pumpkins were really adorable! This was a great option if you want a mess free pumpkin option. 
Before we knew it was time to dropped him off (very early in the morning). When we said our good byes, my daughter actually cried. This has never happen. It made me cry too. My husband was pretty heart broken about it too. He didn't want to leave us and then her crying made it even worse. 
Once those tears came out I had to distract her somehow! I played her current favorite movie, Despicable Me. It took a few minutes to get her calmed down. We then headed back home and snuggled back to bed. 
Over the week we both kept ourselves busy. Visited my friend, Liz, at her new apartment on Sunday. We basically hung out all afternoon. We watched a movie and ordered pizza. My daughter loved playing with her new Halloween gifts that Liz bought for her. 
These are not washable! So watch out Parents!
The next couple of days we did our normal routine. We added a few Halloween theme things to our routine. We colored with Liz's Halloween gifts: Crayola's 'Once Bitten' and 'Bony Bodies' crayons and Halloween themed coloring book. Coloring or painting is one of her favorite things to do. So this was great!
We also made some Mummified Monsters of us. I was inspired by another blogger. I can't find the link nor do I remember who it was. But if you do please post it on the comments below to give credit. I basically did some cut outs of a boy to represent my husband , a girl for me and a smaller version of a girl for my daughter. She loved sticking on the tape on the paper. Since she was doing 3 of these she kinda got bored by the third one. Then it was time for gluing on the googly eyes. This was the first time using liquid glue so I made sure I was in charge of it. There were a few times she touched it and rubbed it on herself. Good thing its washable! If it were up to her she would of used the whole bag of googly eyes on this activity. It was interesting to see her try to pick these little eyes up and put it on the paper.
Another Halloween theme activity was making some Play-doh Monsters. I got this idea from Crafulate. She used salt dough in her activity but play-doh works just fine. The accessories we used were pipe cleaners and googly eyes. You can pretty much use anything like straws or bottle caps. She had fun making these little monsters. We made these a handful of times.
Before we knew it it was Halloween! This year we were planning on all of us buying matching costumes and trick or treating but since my husband was gone. That idea went out the window. So it was just her dressing up. She was an adorable bunny. I have to say face painting was easier last year than this year. We trick or treated at publix and at a local mall. I didn't want to walk in a neighborhood by myself so this was the best option. After walking around a bit we headed back home. 
The next day we went through my daughter's clothes and mines. I am trying to minimize the stuff we have so we have space. Got rid of a lot of stuff.  I even opened up a cabinet in the kitchen! Now all our kitchen stuff are not all crammed in. 
That night we had to pick up my husband! But at midnight -_-  
When my daughter heard his voice she was so excited. She was genuinely happy to see him. 
We got home we watched a little bit of 'The Night Before Christmas' to get us a little tired. Our daughter loves singing along to the songs just like her Papa :-)
I'm so happy that my husband is home!