Friday, May 31, 2013

Happy Friday!

Ever since I first heard this song I just cannot seem to get it out of my head. Its just so catchy! It makes me want to dance and be happy! 

Daft Punk- Get Lucky 

Have a great weekend!



I love the beautiful purple color of Jacaranda flowers.

Friday Fashion

Kate Moss
I remember her from when I was 14 years old, when I used to tear out pictures from magazines and post them all over my bedroom walls. She was super chic then and is still super chic now. Oh and she wears lots of black too which is my color of choice most of the time!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Something to think about…

Is there a plank in your eye?

I received this email today. The title caught me and reeled me in. We’re (almost) all guilty of judgment. So I thought I would share.

I had a doctor’s appointment for little Dem a couple of weeks ago, so I was sitting in the doctor’s office hallway, waiting for our turn.

A young couple with a 6 or 7 year old boy was waiting with us.

While little Dem was slowly walking around the hallway, exploring new surroundings, the older boy kept whining, throwing toys on the floor, and pushing on his parents nerves.

At one point he stumbled and with surprised look on his face sat on his bottom. He looked up at his mother, who immediately rushed to him with a panicked look on her face, grabbed him in her arms and started feverishly whispering “It’s ok, oh, it’s ok, it will pass soon…”

The boy took the hint and started crying.

It was obvious that he was in no pain, he was just following his mother’s lead and behaving himself just as she expected.

What was the first thing I did?

Immediately in my head I judged her.

“What an unwise parenting,” I thought, “She is really just spoiling the child. What kind of man will he grow up to be?”

Of course in this moment I felt very “wise” myself, full of parental pride and my own superiority.

In a minute or two my conscious mind finally woke up and the awareness came “Here, I’m judging again.”

I was ashamed, really.

Judging is the habit that I battle with constantly.

Judging leads to fault finding, stereotyping, manipulation, and blame. The judgments instill fear, defensiveness, inferiority, resentment, hatred, and disliking.

By judging others we get into trouble when conversing with other people. Our relationships suffer. Our friendships suffer. We feel like there is a wall between us and others.

I don’t want these things in my life, so I’m working hard to stop judging and labeling people.
The truth is, that when you stop being judgmental, one magical thing happens.

People feel it and respond to it.

Once you learn how not to judge you will become a powerful person.

Your personal magnetism will radiate in every conversation. People will feel at ease when talking to you and love your company. When you remove judgments, communication tears open and people begin to, at last, understand one another.


Don't you agree? I'm subscribed to Arina's quote of the day and she always gives me something to think about.

 Arina's Blog

Wednesday, May 29, 2013


Hung out with my lovely nieces tonight. This picture is from a few days ago at Disneyland. Don't they look so grown up with their mouse ears?!?! Except for Gel's who's wearing a flower in her hair;-) Love them❤

{Destiny, Brianna & Angelica}

Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Rosemary, Berries, & Cucumber Lemonade. Refreshing!

Cooking for One

My husband has been out of town on business a lot lately. So I've been spending a lot of evenings alone. I haven't been cooking much, mostly snacking or picking a subway sandwich for lunch and having half for lunch and half for dinner. Tonight I decided to cook something decent for myself, didn't know what I had in hand, so I came home looked in the fridge and pantry and came up with this.

Here's what I used:
Half package of whole wheat penne rigate.
2-3 tbsp of butter
3/4 cup of heavy cream
1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella 
1/2 cup of diced queso fresco 
1 slice of smoked bacon
1 cup of medium cooked shrimp
2 handfuls of grape tomatoes
3 cloves of garlic mashed & minced

Here's how I prepared it:
I cooked the pasta until al dente12-13 minutes. Cooked the bacon, got rid of the fat but left the flavor, in the same pan I melted the butter and added the heavy cream, mixed and simmered for 5 minutes. I then added the cheese and garlic, blended quickly with a whisk. In a separate pan I cooked the tomatoes in olive oil for a few minutes turned off the the heat, then added the cooked shrimp. I added to cooked pasta to the cream sauce added pepper to taste. Then combined with the tomatoes and shrimp. I topped it with diced bacon. It turned out delish! Definitely made a little too much so I will have plenty of left overs.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Hope everyone is enjoying their Memorial Day Weekend! Such a beautiful day out to BBQ, take in the sun and just relax.

Sunday Quote

A day late...

"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are." 
Anais Nin

#145, 146 & 147

Saturday I stayed in all day. Cleaned, relaxed, had some Micheladas (Clamato, mexican beer, fresh lime juice, Tapatio, and Tajin). Sunday I went to a bridal shower and hung out with my sister in law after. She came over and we walked into old town for drinks and appetizers. Today I woke up and made potatoes and eggs in a hole for breakfast. Took the pups on a walk and will probably just BBQ and relax today. Happy Memorial Day!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Moonrise Kingdom

Just got done watching Moonrise Kingdom. What a cute love story. Sam and Suzy are such cute characters. I love everything about it, the scenery, costumes and the characters. Probably my favorite Wes Anderson picture and I truly really love The Royal Tenenbaums. Can't believe it took me so long to see it! 

Memorial Day Weekend

Where is the coolest place you've ever spent the night? Memorial Day weekend a few years back (or more) I stayed at a lighthouse. It's was definitely one of the most unique places that I had ever stayed over night. Here are a few pictures of the lighthouse, area and caretaker's home.

Walking down to the lighthouse

Inside lighthouse

View from inside the lighthouse tower

Stairs leading to the lighthouse

Caretakers home

View from upstairs bedroom 

View out front

Friday, May 24, 2013


Friday night dinner with my husband. 

{red wine*oysters*surf & turf-steak, shrimp, corn on the Cobb & wasabi mashed potatoes}


I was over at my in-laws recently and I saw this picture of my father in law. Doesn't he look cool? He's the one on the left. 

Fashion Friday

One of my daily reads is Cupcakes and Cashmere. Emily is so talented, she blogs about fashion, travel, how to, food, drinks, decor, etc. Here are a few of her latest outfits. Isn't she lovely!!!

Thursday, May 23, 2013


Woke up this morning and it was raining outside. Got myself dressed and out the door I went. Got to my post, turned on the Simon & Garfunkel station on Pandora and thought to myself "I've got nothing to do today but smile". 

Simon & Garfunkel

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

#141 & #142

Hung out with my sister Alex and Baby Zooey today. Alex is such great mom and is raising such a sweet baby. I'm so proud of her! Zooey is such a funny baby! We had a such a fun time:)

Monday, May 20, 2013

The Office

Farewell to the office, one of my all time favorite shows. When I watched the final episode I cried, after Michael (Steve Carrell) left the show last season, I did not think the show would survive without him. Although it did struggle, it was a proper send off, the finale was perfect. Farewell...thank goodness we'll always have the reruns.


My sweet pups

Sunday, May 19, 2013

#137, 138 & 139 and more...

Palm Springs weekend with my sister in laws. Hot sun, cocktails and many laughs! 

{Dinasour from Pee Wee's Big Aventure*Marilyn*Bloody Mary's*Pool side*All happy}

Sunday Quote

"Sooner or later we must realize there is no station, no one place to arrive at once and for all. The true joy of life is the trip." --- Robert Hastings


Friday, May 17, 2013


Since I'm off to Palm Springs this weekend. I feel inspired by vintage swimwear.