Tuesday, July 12, 2011
First I found a similar dress at Old Navy for $34.50
Then I found this jean jacket to wear it with for $29.50
And these great Neutral Wedges for $26.50
This Great Top Handle Satchel from Target for $39.99
These great feather earring from a shop called Judy Designs on Etsy for $14
And finally this gold wrap bracelet from a shop called BelieveSerendipity for $9.75
As you can see Pinterest is an addiction....lol. And Hottie Hubby will agree, but hey a girl can dream.
For now, at least I can try and recreate these great outfits on the cheap :)
Hugs and Kisses,
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Hottie Hubby works for the county here and a new mayor was voted in. This new mayor has made it his mission to cut the current 50 departments down to 25. My honey has been working there since high school. Its all he has known. And now we are told to start searching for a new job, and putting his resume together. This all wouldn't be so bad, if it wasn't for the fact that I had been laid off (position eliminated) back in February of 2010. We cut back, sold the house we where living in and moved to a bigger, less expensive home. Things have been tight but manageable. I have been searching all the while fort something part time to help with extra income. But still nothing. And now this.
I'm really upset and I know the hubs is down about this. So we are devoting all our time to finding him a good place to be. And also putting more effort into finding something for myself. The only thing that kills me, is putting little man in a preschool so young, we where hoping to not have to until he was 4. The good ones are all private schools, and expensive or very very far from where we live.
I dont want to dump all this on you couple of faithful followers, but part of the reason for this blog was for fears, hopes, joys, successes, and bumps in the road to be able to released. So we are on hiatus. But hopefully I will be back now and again to post something inspirational or crafty.
Thanks for your following, and you patience.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Hopefully along the way I can make some new friends, and made buddy up with some internet buddies to make it through this together.
So here it goes..........In the beginning...........
I was born in 1974 to a young Cuban girl and her All American Surfer Boy......lol ok ok true, but I will speed up a couple of years. When I was young like kindergarten young I was waifishly skinny, and would not eat anything but veggies or rice, this is what I was told by my mother and american grandmother who would watch me after school while my mom worked. My mother would worry, and coming from a big cuban family believed that the best thing for me was to get a family member and physician to give me shots to open my appetite. Well that worked really well because soon after I started to eat everything and anything on my plate and then some. I never played any sports growing up and wished I had. So I became chunky, and by the time I was in middle school, I was a chubby face little girl. Junior high and High School made me realize my eating ways where wrong after seeing all the skinny girls, and I worked hard to eat salads and be thinner. During my last years of high school I found working out.....wow I loved it, I mean I would work out maybe 2.5 to 3 hours a night and was very strict about my eating habits. I Looked like a walking corpse btw. Thats what the hubs said when he saw these pics, see he like women with a little meat on their bones.
So when I met Jon we became the best of friends, and hung out alot, going to rock concerts, hanging out in Jazz bars, going to movies, and I relaxed a little bit on the over working out and just did the necessary to be in shape. I looked great. My and Jon started dating seriously after 3 years of friendship, and we got the love pudge, but very quickly we started body for life and it went great. Shortly after Jon purposed to me on our trip to Arizona, best most romantic trip to date. We worked out with a trainer all the way up to the wedding, and we felt and looked great.
Then, by a blessed event, 2 months post wedding, we found out we where pregnant with my little miracle man. I was thrilled to be pregnant. But I was sick, like sick to my stomach all day for all 9 months until he was born. The ONLY thing that made me feel like I wouldn't puke was stuffing my face with carbs. Not good. I gained 60 whopping pounds from my pregnancy. All my fault, I did it to myself. But he was healthy and string, and 9 pounds when he was born 3 weeks early. People would walk by the nursery and say OMG look at the size of that baby! And he was big, he is still very tall for his age, and wheres HUGE shoes for his age. Im not complaining, hes healthy, and I go the extra mile to make sure he gets no processed sugar, or candy. I try to make all his meals myself. And he is lean and mean, and Im a proud momma.
But I have lost track of myself, I never lost the baby weight, and I cant seem to find the time between house chores, cooking, feeding, and starting homeschool for my little one to take care of myself. Encoragable! I should know better. I feel out of control, and horrible. I want to be my hubbys eye candy again. And I want to set a good example for my son. But in my thinking about this post I have discovered, I have always struggled, from one extreme to the next. I need normalcy, and a plan. I plan on posting my upcoming plans, and how im doing as self motivation, and again hopefully to get some support, and new internet buddies!
So question is, is there anyone out there that has experienced something similar to this, and if so, what have you done about it.
Monday, June 20, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
On to breaking news in our sweet little home we are tackling a huge project, so huge, I skered about how its going to turn out, but win or fail I will share our results....lol
Yesterday while picking up some last minute party details for little mans 3rd bday, I came to the isle for making and dying tees. And I had a thought maybe I could die our sofa slip cover a nice dark blue or grey color.
See we have this great Kivik Sofa from Ikea, that I bought when we moved to this house. And I had grand ideas of having a white sofa. HA life laughs in my face! I have a 2 year old, and let not even mention that I have butterfingers.
Well one night I was relaxing with hottie hubby on the sofa after one of our "complicated" days and maybe the Cabernet got to me, but the glass slipped from my hand and broke splashing our great white sofa in a nice shade of dark red. I've been trying to cover it with a throw across the seat, but it still ate at me knowing it was there.
So back to Joanns, I was there in the isle looking at the die, and I said what the heck. I walked out of the store with 10 boxes of royal blue powdered fabric die. OH BOY!
And as I write this the slipcovers are upstairs in my washer being died. Talk about terrifying!! We on to the details. I am using this tutorial posted by Sherry @ Young House Love. And I promise tomorrow morning there will be pics and results, and our epic fail posted on here....lol.
Look how awesome hers turned out.....
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
We have a cute little covered patio now, that I'm dying to decorate and make cozy and comfy for sitting and relaxing having a glass of wine or watching little man play, even having a great dinner. But alas all the patio furniture I love is REALLY expensive. In comes Ana White and her awesome diy project plans, that are budget friendly :)
We are planning on building a sectional sofa and table with chairs for the patio similar to this style from West Elm.
Luckily Ana has a identical version of the build in her plans online wooohooo. So me and hottie hubs printed our cut list and supplies and headed over to Lowes to pick up the wood and other necessary items. Mind you me and Jon are novices when it comes to building furniture. 3 years ago we (helped) renovate our first little house, but that was mostly hanging drywall, installing sinks, and toilets, and laying tile. Nothing this complex.....
So we bought the Kreg Jig recomended, the wood, wood glue, wood filler, and screws. I was even able to get the guy at lowes to cut the wood for us to sizes listed on the cut list! Once we got home we got to work reading and re reading instructions.
We laid out all the pieces, sprayed ourselves from head to toe with mosquito repellent, because let face it we live in Miami, in which the mosquitoes loves this Latin blood in my veins.
Monday, May 30, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
I have updated the deadline for the entries on the giveaway post. And will be back with a vengeance on the diy posts shortly.
In the mean while have fun, and rock on with your bad self....lol, sorry think I'm a little loopy still from the pain meds.
Hugs and Kisses,
Sunday, May 22, 2011
My Hubs, my first sponsor for this lovely little blog and photographer extraordinaire will be awarding one lucky winner, the processing of one photo with this black and white effect in a 11x14 or 12x18. Here are some of the samples....
- Leave a comment below telling us which photo you have in mind, and where you would hang it
- Follow us on twitter @ivetteandjon
- Write a post on your blog about our giveaway (will count as 4 entries)
Leave a comment for each one in the comments section letting us know you have done so for an entry and #4 will earn you 4 entries.
Hugs and kisses,
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
How adorable is this X marks the spot..
Or this adorable wall decor
Check out this bunting and those simple but delicious looking cupcakes
And how incredibly ingenious is this game?
As you can tell I am actively obsessed with the party, but I will be back tonight or tomorrow with a great giveaway that will be non-party related.....lol
Hugs and kisses
Saturday, May 14, 2011
I just wanted to pit up a little post about what we are up to this weekend. Hottie Hobby has a photo shoot of a mall, so we rented a scissor lift. He loves it oh boy, you won't get me up there I'm afraid of heights.
Hope everyone is having a great weekend.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
I actually finished them this morning, during the quiet of little man eating his b-fast, and then playing her in the office on the floor. I was determined to get these out this week, so I rocked them out (literally) listening to my pandora. And this is what I cam up with thanks to my new Silhouette, I sooooo love this thing...
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Friday, May 6, 2011
Time goes by so quickly, my little man will be 3 in a couple of weeks, and I'm ecstatic because I get to play with my new Silhouette, but I'm also sad because hes no longer a little baby.
So I wanted to show you all what I have been working on this week. I found the cutest website called Lala Land Crafts . We already knew little man wanted a pirate theme as his FAV cartoon is Jake and the Neverland Pirates, not to mention he also walks around all day saying Awww Coconuts! and Arrrrr Matey!.....lol gotta love him. :)
And lets face it Momma loves the pirate rock!
Ok Enough rambling, So I bought the Pirate Luca Digi Stamp. Isn't he just the cutest thing!
See Little Mans hand in there trying to grab one while I'm snapping the photo.
So I started making his invites for our big ol friends and family. Hopefully, I will finish them all this weekend so that I can show you guys the finished product. And also some of the other ideas I have for the party.
So other than that, I'm almost completely over the pinched nerve in my neck, YAY! and Ive been getting back to the Cleaning, Cooking, Washing, and Folding that backed up on me while I was out of commission....BOOOO!
Just on a side note, anyone have any ideas on how else to get your kids to eat veggies, I can sneak puree of Carrots, Zucchini, sweet potato, butternut squash and spinach into him, but pretty much everything else is a no go. Ive even resorted to smothering it cheese or homemade white sauce, but still no luck. Maybe I can replace the veggies he wont eat with a fruit that will give him the same nutrients? What do you guys think. Needing some advice :)
Hugs and Kisses,
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
So head on over and check it out, enter to win :)
Well back to resting with the heating pad on my neck, hopefully this pinched nerve will cut me some slack on not last 4 days like the last two times.
Hugs and Kisses,
Friday, April 29, 2011
Now, here is a super detailed and totally to scale (not) diagram of the setup for the 2nd photo.
Now, you might say. I only have a the pop up flash on my DSLR. Excuses, excuses... you have aluminum foil? yeah... that's right... put it right in front of the pop up flash angled at 45 degrees pointed towards the white piece of paper and voila! Same result. (might have to bring the flash compensation up....)
- Pop up flash is evil
- Your speedlight can be evil if you shoot it On-axis
- Bounce your light off anything that is white or warm colors.
- Make your little light source (speedlight) bigger by using everyday object to bounce off.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
And so I got started on it by, wrapping the post on the interior of the lamp that house the electrical cord.
Then i ceaned out the inside with a damp cloth and let it dry. Next I started spraying it with my fav new product the Looking Glass Spray from Krylon :)
Two coats and I was in love. The shade is just for pic purposes, I plan on getting it anther one. But I wanted you guys to get the full effect.
Hope you enjoyed this little tutorial. Now get out there and give it a try :)
Hugs and Kisses,
p.s. Im linking up to Tidy Mom and