In the cherry blossom's shade, there's no such thing as a stranger... Issa

January 31, 2011

A lot of randomness...

Happy Monday!

I haven't posted in about a week... and I have a lot of random thoughts and things going on...
SO, guess what?? I'm sharing them with all of you!

This week has been the first of many 'tough love' lessons we are teaching the little Booges.
(I can't believe he's going to be 8 months on Wednesday)
Up until this point, I have rocked him to sleep... and it sometimes takes FOREVER for him to fall asleep in my arms...

he LOVES playing with my face, rubbing my hair
ANYTHING to keep him awake.

when the clock strikes 9pm, it's time for bed.
The first night was hard, he cried for hours about 15 minutes
and it BROKE my heart.
It's getting better, now he'll lay down and talk to him little stuffed bear for a bit
then roll over and fall asleep.

This is what he looked like when I left the room

He was BUSTED though, here he is again 15 minutes later...

We're learning, and I look forward to the day where I can just lay him down and he'll go right to sleep.

Any mommy (or non mommy) have any good tips?

My quest continues... for the PERFECT shampoo and conditioner

I have mentioned in past post about different shampoos and conditioners I've recently tried.
 I want something that is natural (or has very few chemicals) as well as a good 'cleanser'.

Here are a few that I've tried...

which so far is my favorite.

This one smells amazing and leaves my hair super soft
however, I don't feel like it cleanses well
(and you need twice as much conditioner)

And this one... the New one..

This one is my least favorite, it makes me sad... I was hoping to REALLY Love this
shampoo and conditioner. It smells like a Hawaiian vacation.. but does nothing for my hair.

I know The Man is tired of looking at this every morning...

So, I'm back at it... The Search is ON!

What is your favorite hair product? What do you like about it?

Thank you for stopping by...

Peace and Love

January 25, 2011

Ten on Tuesday...... {a new link party}

A few days ago, this lovely lady told me about a fabulous blog called For the Love of Blogs...
I truly thank YOU for that... I'm still navigating my way through it, but it's been a lot of fun!

While browsing FTLOB I 'met' Kim at It's A Crafty Life
Her blog is fun and fresh and all about scrapbooking
(which is something I wish I had more time to do)

She has a fun little link party called Ten on Tuesday
It's where you can list 10 random facts about yourself, pictures, loves, dislikes, favorites...
So I thought I'd join in this week
(you can join here)

(can you tell I'm off work today?? 2 post in one day... that never happens)

I have decided to share 10 little tidbits of myself that you may not know
(I'm gonna try to do with using only pictures to add a different twist)

~favorite color

~ tattoos
(please excuse the very old pictures and horrible lighting)

~I eat these as a crunchy snack
(yes, it's finger food for babies)

~favorite flower

~I really love this smell

~I only have one pair (I really need more)

~all time favorite (classic) movie

~something I collect

~comfort food I turn to

~something you can find in EVERY room, pocket, purse, and desk drawer

Thanks for stopping by...

Peace and Love

Top 2 Tuesday

Happy Tuesday...... and Hello to a day off!!

Today over at The Undomestic Momma we're talking about favorite healthy snacks and recipes,
link up here and join the fun.

Top 2 Tuesday... Healthy Recipes and Snack ideas
1. One of my favorite snacks is almonds and raisins

this little snack is perfect for on the go, at my desk, or just because. A few handfuls is all I need to get through that LONG stretch from lunch and dinner on a busy afternoons.

2. Another go to quick and fast healthy snack is green apples and slices of cheese

I love apples, and eat them on a daily basis... green, red, yellow... it doesn't matter, I LOVE THEM!
I love the combination for green apples and a sharp cheddar cheese. YUM!

Thank you for stopping by...

Peace and Love

January 22, 2011

I just found my Mom's Mother's day gift!

So.. every year, for the last 16 years I've given my mom a white carnation corsage for Mother's day.

I remember when I was little...
 Mother's day would come around and I noticed some woman would have colored corsages, and others would have white ones.
My little curious mind wanted to know why, so I asked...
I was told that the women that wore a colored corsage meant that their mother was still living, and white ones are worn when your mother had passed away.
I was about 7 when I was told this story, but always remembered it.. and every Mother's day
(as weird as it may be)
I would look forward to seeing those little beauties adorned by women.

When my grandmother passed away, I wanted nothing more then to get my mom a white carnation corsage.
I felt like it was my way to say Happy Mother's Day to both my mom and grandma.
16 years later, whether I make it or order it..
she still gets one.

This year she will also be getting one of these...

This can be found here

I recently found some new wonderful blogs to read... check them out
here and here

Jessica from Jessica N Designs just reached 100 followers and is having a giveaway!!
 $25 credit to her Etsy shop
you can also go here for a 15% discount code

My mom has a beautiful garden and I can't wait to give this to her!

Thanks for Stopping by...

Peace and Love

January 20, 2011

I stole my mama's apple

It only took 5 seconds for me to lose my apple to the cutest teething 7 1/2 month old... my sweet Booges!

I was enjoying this sweet apple this morning when my phone rang... so I sat that apple on a near by plate and got up to get the phone... I turn back around and found this.. a little apple thief my sweet baby gnawing on my apple.

Lesson Learned- Do not leave anything in arms reach, not even apples... cause you'll never get it back.

Thanks for stopping by...

Peace and Love

January 19, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday

Happy Wednesday..
The week is half over... the weekend is almost here, YAY!

I have enjoyed posting Weekly Love and linking up with Chicago Cuisine Critique on Wednesdays.
She has decided to link up with Jamie at This Kind Of Love for What I'm Loving Wednesday, and I'm going to follow.
Link up here and join the fun!

What I'm Loving Wednesday

1. I'm loving my new favorite Panera Bread breakfast... spinach and bacon egg souffle

This is sooo Yummy and a must try.

2. I'm loving that I have retreated back to my childhood and rediscovered Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches... toasted!

I have eaten this several times this week, and have enjoyed everyone of them.

OK. Enough food...

3. I'm loving hooded scarves

I got this one at It's warm and convenient having a scarf and hat in one.

4. I'm loving Banana Shampoo and Conditioner from The Body Shop

This shampoo and conditioner makes my hair so soft, and it smells wonderful.

5. I am loving that my beautiful cousin has given birth to a sweet baby girl,
London Aleece

I can't wait for my vacation in March (I'm going to Denver) so I have hold and love on this sweet baby.

Thanks for stopping by...

Peace and Love

January 18, 2011

Top 2 Tuesday

Top 2 Tuesday... Spring Outfits

link up with Taylor at The Undomestic Momma here and join the fun

I can't wait for Spring... and warm weather...
I'm a very simple person, and my outfits are simple as well.
Here are 2 of my Spring favorites

1. Capri's and wedges

2. Peasant shirts

Oh how I miss Spring time... It can't come fast enough.
I love the feeling of new beginnings and new life.

Thanks for stopping by...

Peace and Love

January 12, 2011

Weekly Love

Wow! It's been a long while since my last blog... let's just say life got the best of me and I was in a little rut. Things are getting better, and I'm pulling myself out.

With that being said, it's time for...
 Weekly Love
link up with Chicago Cuisine Critique and tell us what you're loving this week.

1. I'm loving that I see the light at the end of the tunnel. Life for me is looking up and I'm trying to stay positive.

2. I'm loving my new bracelet I bought on Etsy, here. It so beautiful and organic.

3. I'm loving that pummelos (aka Asia's grapefruit) are back. They are so yummy, and smell wonderful. If you like citrus fruit, and haven't tried the beauty... you must do so now.

Thanks for stopping by...

Peace and Love