Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Just a little outfit I fell in love with.....

I found this outfit via pinterest and I fell in love.  Cant find the sources, so Im doing my best to recreate it on the cheap!

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

Pheasant feather earrings, brown, creme earth tones

And finally this gold wrap bracelet from a shop called BelieveSerendipity for $9.75

WRAPPED. 7 piece bangle set of mix pearl and gold pieces with charms

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

Whats going on

Just wanted to stop by and give my followers a little update.  We haven't been posting much lately, as we are facing some difficult times.

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

So I Was Thinking.......

I would like to implement two days a week, where I could tell you a little about me, and me lifelong struggle with my weight.  I'm hoping to make these a "How I made it to my Goal", but I will be honest with myself and you all.  You know sometimes loosing the battle with weight is not easy, and sometimes you fail.  But I'm going to use these two days a week to tell you guys about my background, what I am planning, what I am currently doing about it.  And if I have made any progress.

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.

See still in shape but have always had athletic legs. This was pre engagement.

The Actual Moment he proposed a little chubby.

Us in good Shape for the wedding

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!

As you can see now, one chunky but happy momma, this will not due.

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

Little Mans Pirate Bday

Well here are some of the unofficial photos I was able to steal from friends and family to show you guys some of how it looked.  Hopefully soon the hibs will be done with post processing on his.  I gave the big guy the day off yesterday, it being Fathers Day and all.....lol

We weren't able to finish up the cupcakes with frosting and toppers the way we wanted because family arrived super early, but overall they tasted great thanks to my brother the chef in the making!

He could hardly contain himself.  He had soooo much fun Saturday, and I know I made the right decision renting the slide for little man and all of our friends and family.  I asked yesterday and again if he enjoyed his big party, and he is still talking about it!  So Cute!  My Big Boy I love him so.  

Hugs and Kisses,

Saturday, June 18, 2011

I Survived!

So just dropping by to say I survived Little Mans 3rd Bday, and it was great.  The kids really enjoyed themselves!  I cant wait to show the pics soon.

Hugs and Kisses,

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Sofa part 2

So I promised you guys and update pn the sofa and how it turned out......


So what do you think?  I'm totally in love.  Originally I had hoped it would be darker, but you know what I love it.  And once we change that gaudy Caribbean blue for a nice pale shade of grey it will be even better.

I still have to take the side and bottom slipcovers off and perform the same procedure on them, but we are planning on takeling those next monday after little mans bday and fathers day of course.  I promised Hottie hubby a day off.....lol  But then I also need to work on those nesting tables and the curtains, and painting the entertainment unit, and a million other things.  I also need to finish the last three pieces of the patio furniture so I can show you guys what it looks like.  And get some tips on staining and applying some poly.

So love you guys, and ill be back with some pics of little mans bday!

Hugs and Kisses

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Blogger Break But Now I Am Back

Last week we took a blogger break too much was going on in our lives, and I didn't want to burden y'all with the details.  Lets just say it was "complicated".....lol

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.

KIVIK Sofa bed slipcover, Blekinge white

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.....

Here's to hoping mine come out that well.....lol

Hugs and Kisses,


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Patio Chairs Part 1

Happy Hump day everyone!  Just wanted to share a project we are working on for our covered patio.  Since moving in December, we have been at a lack for furniture moving from a 1000 sq ft home to a 2200 sq ft home.

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.
                                  Wood-Slat Sectional

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.

We jigged we glued and we screwed it all together, and you know what.....we had fun, we really enjoyed it!  Oh boy what a can of worms that is, I already have eyes on about 25 other plans on her site for my house.  

Here are some action shots and the obligatory beer shot from that day.

Great Beer by the way, we got it at whole foods, nummy nummy.

You know what?! It came out great! Wanna see???

I'm so stinkin happy with this chair its not funny! now we only have four more pieces to build.  But the best part of this whole thing is that the chair only cost us $17 in material....yes $17.  And the Kreg Jig only cost us $39, and I KNOW we will be using it alot from now on, so it was soooo worth the money.  Not only that, be it took us exactly 1 and a half hours to put it together.  Isn't that awesome! We still need to stain it and make some cushions for them, but that will come soon.

Sorry Im a bit excited, maybe it was the two cups of coffee today.....lol

So if you haven't seen Ana's site, or you feel like it may be too much. GO AND CHECK IT OUT, its a must, and trust me, if clumsy me can put it together so can you!

I will post the additions as we go.

Hugs and Kisses,



Monday, May 30, 2011

Giveaway Winner!

So we did the drawing tonight via random.org, and we have a winner!

Emilee of 

Congrats Emilee, we will be contacting you within 24 hours to get the photo of your Cutie Pie son and get working on your print :)

Thank you so much to everyone that participated in the Giveaway, hopefully we can get more giveaways like this going.

Hugs and Kisses,


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Sorry About That....

Just wanted to let you guys know that I'm sorry I haven't been around too much, expect for the occasionally post lately.  Ive been dealing with some non life threatening health issues, and ended up being in the ER for 12 hours yesterday.

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


So me and the hubs have been deliberating on what we can give away to you guys for reading and being there for us.  And we came up with something we are proud of.

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....

So here are the rules
  1. Leave a comment below telling us which photo you have in mind, and where you would hang it
  2. Follow us on twitter @ivetteandjon
  3. Write a post on your blog about our giveaway (will count as 4 entries)
Deadline for the giveaway will be May 29th, and I will announce the winner on Monday May 30th.

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

Pinterest Wow!

So I wanted to share some ideas for Little Mans Birthday I found on Pinterest!  Isn't that site just awesome!  So here are some of the awesome I ideas

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

Playing with toys.

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

Arrrrrgggg Matey!

So I finally finished little mans birthday invites, and I think they came out super cute and I wanted to share. I oiginally mentioned it here. It took me a little longer than I thought, telling you I would be done this weekend....pssshhhhh.

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...

So what do you think, I love it! I used the Silhouette file for The Treasure Chest, and Bought the digi stamp for Pirate Luca from Lala Land Crafts.  

His whole party will be something similar to this design and colors.  I will be posting along the way the rest of the details and favors.  

Hugs and Kisses,

p.s. linking up to 
Serenity Now Crafty Cutter Party

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mothers Day to All

Happy Mothers day to all of you! Feliz dia de los madres a todos! :)

Hugs and Kisses,
Ivette and Jonathan

Friday, May 6, 2011

He's Turning 3.....(Sob....)

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

Great Giveaway at Nap Time is My Time

Hey guys just wanted to pop in a little message to you all about the great giveaway going on at Nap Time is My Time.  Being I live in Miami, my younger years where spent baking in the sun, and so now I suffer the consequences of my action with SUPER dry skin.

Skin MD Shielding Lotion - 4 fl oz (120 ml)
I'm so psyched about her giveaway from Skin MD and you should too.  She's giving you a bunch of chances to win!  And the best part.....its made in the USA, cruelty free, vegan, free of animal products or testing, AND eco friendly...woohooo lurve it!

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

Flashing your cake...

That sounds kind of dirty but fear not. It isn't what you think it is. Or maybe it is? Anyway, I wanted to talk to you a bit about Flash photography. It can be a wonderful thing. Or it can be your worst enemy. It really does depend on how you massage that little light.

So, 1st I would like to know how many of you have a entry level DSLR? like a Rebel or a Nikon D5000? or any other kind of DSLR with pop up flash... if you do please take a hammer (the bigger the better) and smash that pop up flash as HARD as you can. That thing is the devil. Ok... wait... maybe no. Just promise me you will try to stay away from using that thing. Unless you want flat unflattering photos of anything you take. Or there is just nothing else to do about it.

Lets talk about why that pop up flash is so bad. Anytime you use a pop up flash OR a speedlight that is pointed the same direction as your lens that's called on-axis. And that's generally bad. It not natural. You don't walk around with a light between your eyes all day long do you? If you do you might want to seek medical help.

On-axis light will give you flat, boring, deer caught in the headlights kind of look. Which remainds me of that time me and my wife were having dinner at a nice restaurant and they were having this reception for a wedding. I saw the "photographer" taking photos of everyone (bride and groom) with her pop up flash. Ask my wife I could barely contain myself, I wanted to get up grab my speedlight put it on her camera pointed so it bounces off the ceiling to have something decent light for the photos but that's a story for another post.

Anyway, I went off on a tangent there. Back to the little light. Flash... Here is the issue. You don't want on-axis light for anything. You want light that is coming from the right, or the left, or the top.. or top right, or top left. Anything else will always look better than on-axis light.



Picture #1 was done with the pop up flash on a Rebel XT (old camera) . Picture #2 was taken by the same Rebel but with a little help of a Speedlight and my lovely assistant (my wife) holding a piece of paper.

Now, let's talk about what's happening to the light in the 1st photo the on-axis killer. (queue psycho music) The photons are generated from a small source, the pop up flash, which is about, an inch wide by 1/4 inch tall? So, all those photons are traveling straight from your camera into your delicious subject, the cake. Giving you a flat and harsh light because there was nothing for the light to go but in a straight line from the small source.

Now, here is a super detailed and totally to scale (not) diagram of the setup for the 2nd photo.

On the 2nd photo you have a speedlight pointed about 45 degrees to the right. The Speedlight surface area is already bigger which will generate a nicer light but not by much. It is still a small source. About 2 inches tall by 3 inches wide? Don't know the exact measurements. Now, I am not sending my photons straight to the cake shotgun style. No, I am bouncing my photons, it's like playing pool with a shotgun bouncing from the white sheet of paper toward the cake. Just simple printer paper... now the area that will light up my cake isn't a small as a speedlight. My photons are now converted, transformed into a much nicer and softer light thanks to the bigger area of the white sheet of paper. We are talking 8x11, which in turn will produce a much nicer light, softer shadows and on top of that directional light. And directional light is good!

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....) 

Ok, so at the end of the day, let's leave this little post (yeah right!) with a few points.

  • 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.
Feel free to ask me any questions and I will happy to answer them.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Lights Are on But No One is Home

Ok so I promised a couple of projects this week and I mean to deliver. Last night I worked on my "As-Is" lamp from Ikea here. I got it for $19 can you believe it!? Originally $59. It was missing a harp and a shade. But hey I can work with that. Here it is in all its glory when I bought it.

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 Smart and Trendy Moms