Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Comedy Central here we come

I am super excited to say that DH and I are going to see Bobby Lee from Mad TV at the Improv. He is just hilarious and I am sure tears are going to be rolling down my face from so much laughter. We really need a good laugh and we've been long over do for another date night.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

I finally purchased a part of my childhood memories

So I can't say enough about the show, "Que pasa USA?". Not only is it hilarious but if you come from a cuban american family, you can definitely relate. It's been many years that I have been wanting to buy this set from channel 2. They are the only ones that sell it since this is a special edition and do not sell in stores. Well I am so happy to say that it is finally all mine. =) This is a classic and I'm sure my family and I will keep these to good use for many years to come.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Victoria Secret has a rocking outfit

What can I say, I just love this entire outfit from head to toe. I saw it in the VS catalog and thought, "Damn I love this." Only thing that concerns me is the puffy sleeve in the jacket. Not good for a girl with real arms and not sticks. lol If it would have been a 3/4 jacket sleeve, then it would get my vote for 100% perfection.

Monday, May 18, 2009

My fashion style

Thanks to Mel, she introduced www.polyvore.com in her blog and these are my results. This is definitely true to my style.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Monday Weight Loss Check In

As usual my weight had to be logged into Weight Watchers Online today and I was pleasantly surprised. I know with the pregnancy and all, my weight stayed the same for 7 weeks straight. So as curious george would be, I tried to pull back my log in's to see since Jan 1st how much I've lost and I actually lost 11.5 pounds since 1/1/09. Not bad considering about 2 months not counting. Well the even better news is that I am down 64 pounds to date. Very proud of how far I've come. I must say. We'll have to wait and see how much I can lose before starting treatments and getting pregnant. I'm praying that I lose at least 20 pounds before then but I'm pretty sure I will surpass that. Keeping fingers crossed.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Dedicated the the ones I trusted in and betrayed me as family

Psalm 26
Of David

1Vindicate me, O LORD,for I have led a blameless life;I have trusted in the LORDwithout wavering.
2Test me, O LORD, and try me,examine my heart and my mind;
3for your love is ever before me,and I walk continually in your truth.
4I do not sit with deceitful men,nor do I consort with hypocrites;
5I abhor the assembly of evildoersand refuse to sit with the wicked.
6I wash my hands in innocence,and go about your altar, O LORD,
7proclaiming aloud your praiseand telling of all your wonderful deeds.
8I love the house where you live, O LORD,the place where your glory dwells.
9Do not take away my soul along with sinners,my life with bloodthirsty men,
10in whose hands are wicked schemes,whose right hands are full of bribes.
11But I lead a blameless life;redeem me and be merciful to me.
12My feet stand on level ground;in the great assembly I will praise the LORD.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

My fabulous lasagna I never tried =(

So hubby had been really craving a homemade lasagna and because I'm such a good wifey =P, I went all out on this one. 5 layers of ground beef, pasta, ricotta, 3 additional cheeses, homemade sauce and mushrooms. If you have ever had a meal that is so warm and filling that all you want to do is jump in bed and go to sleep...well this dish put him under. Let's just say he was knocked out within 30 minutes. LMAO Sad part is that I never had the chance to taste my creation but I heard nothing but raves the next day from Dre's coworkers. I packed him some for lunch and the rest he took to the guys.

Oh and as if that wasn't enough, I baked up over 50 pieces of brownies for my coworkers and DH also took dessert. Talk about spoiled, huh!

Officially reached my 50 pound mark today! =)

Oh yeah! I'm super thrilled at how far I've reached. Once I stepped foot on the scale, I had to step on 2 more times just to confirm. After a week of bloating and my enemy in store, I wasn't sure how much I would lose. Well all I can say is that today will be a victory party. Woot...Woot...

Monday, November 3, 2008

Halloween Pics 2008

So Halloween turned out to be a success. The party turned out great and I was loving everyones costume this year. Here are a few pics worth sharing.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Been MIA lately and needed to touch base with my blog

These couple of weeks have been a bit crazy with events but it's been fun. This past weekend I took part in a bridal show and had the opportunity to meet many brides and grooms, plus networked with many local vendors. Today I have been invited to attend a private cocktail party at Villa Woodbine and tomorrow I am going to see Janet Jackson in concert. Oh and I can't forget the Ultimate Fight that we saw with a huge group of friends this past weekend. Basically all my other time has been tied up helping clients plan their weddings/events and my daytime office job. Life is exciting and as an Aries, I'm ready for the ride always.

Now all I have to do is get on the treadmill this week and prepare for the 5K breast cancer walk-a-thon this Saturday coming up. I do want to thank all my girls and friends that have donated their portion to help out for a good cause. I'm definitely looking forward to it and think we will have a great work out. Much love like always and I will be sure to call you all soon.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Excited its week 23 and I hit the 30 lb. mark

Oh yeahhhh! Doing the happy dance. lol First I'm excited that its Friday and I'm definitely ready to celebrate this weekend. I know I've been out of the loop for over a week, in touching base with my blog but I've been working on a few projects here and there. I figured it would be great to share my excitement today & catch up on updates.

As for Weight Watchers, it is still going great as it has from day one. I can't complain. Every 10 pounds seems like a milestone for me. Honestly, I feel like I lost the weight of a 2 year old baby. Crazy when you think of it like that. I'm achieving more than I had expected and its a goal that I feel will come to an end, when the time is right. I'm just sticking to the plan daily and I've become so comfortable with it. All my friends have been super supportive in helping work out at the gym, always tell me what a great job I'm doing not being tempted to eat their junk and always pre pack my fruits and snacks in zip locks, when I go to their house. When we bbq, they even buy skinless chicken legs just for me. Awww...they are too sweet. What can I say, not only am I making myself proud but I know that my friends and family are behind me 110%.

On to the subject of my crafts and party planning, I have been really focused on getting all my resources together and putting my mind to work. I've made some amazing progress and I'm really excited to see it all pull together soon. Looking forward to a new beginning and exciting career in the making.

Thats it for now folks...........!!!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Feeling like I'm hitting a plateau

Lately I feel like the diet has been on a stand still position, even though the numbers and my graph shows other wise. Every week I loose anywhere from 1/2 a pound to 2 lbs a week on average. Though I feel I need to step it up a bit more to continuous results in the 1.5 - 2 lbs a week. These couple of weeks have been in the .5 - 1 lb. Overall I can't complain since I'm on week 22 and have lost a total of 28.5 pounds to date. I am hard on myself and I know it. Though when I set a goal, I will push to the end and nothing or no one can stop me.

I came across a statement on the WW website that even as simple as it is, it really put me to think. It said, "I came to realize that it took me years to put on all of my weight, so it wouldn't come off in a couple of months. I had to learn to be patient." Boy do I need to read that over and over again. lol It's like they say, "Patience is a virtue."

Now Andre and I are planning on hitting the community gym tonight or taking a late night swim. I do have things that need to be done around the house like sweeping, mopping and vacuuming though. I will just have to head home immediately and get started asap. I will be sure to focus on continuous laps back and forth, race hubby a few times or do an intense work out at the gym. Let's see how tonight plays out for us.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Guest Bath Light Fixture, has been ordered.

Dre and I had looked around for the perfect light fixture, that would work well in our modern spa guest bath. We both agreed that this would be the one. It had to be an oil rubbed bronze to match all the other hardware installed. This ones iron oxide but the match is close enough. All the ones we had seen, where extremely antique or too traditional looking for our style. Patience paid off because hubby had training class points accumulated from work, that he got to trade in for Home Depot gift certificates. He made out good with $100 plus I had a $10 off coupon of $100+ purchase at HD. So the $178 upgrade to the house, only cost us $63 out of pocket. Oh yeahhhhh!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Celebrating our 3 year Anniversary today!

Opening my eyes this morning, all I could do is smile as hubby kissed me on my head. He was all showered, shaved, cut his hair and smelling all fresh by 7am. What a wonderful way to start the day. I instantly knew he was preparing for a lovely night out with wifey(me). With a quick, "Love you babe! Have a nice day at work and see you later alligator", he was off to work.

I just received an email from him saying, "How does it feel to have been 3 years as a rusty bucket baby?" Laughing at the goof ball he is, he tells me that when we celebrate our 5 year anniversary, he will be getting me a 5 gallon drum of oil so I can soak my old @$$. My response was, "I will lube you up like the tin man from Wizard of Oz you old fart. Broken joints that crackle and snap like Rice Krispies cereal. lmao" Can't you just feel the love. =P

Now I sit here remembering how many things we have done in the past 3 years, feeling super excited about what life has yet to bring. I am truly grateful to have DH like my partner in crime, best friend and loving husband. It's clear we are not the typical couple that is always mushy...mushy crap but the time we spend together is always hilarious and enjoyable. When you can honestly "want" to spend quality time with your partner, no matter what you do after 9 years together...the love is clearly strong and going in the right direction.

As for now all I know is that tonights plans have changed and bowling is out the picture. Hardrock here we come! Updates to follow.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

My new Weight Watchers Gadget

I have been pretty down in the dumps recently, when I realized that I lost my point slider. I actually saved that slider for about 4 years and was excited to use it once again. Even though I am registered for online tracking, it is wonderful to have the scale in your purse. We can't be in front of a computer all day so this method has worked very well for me. I have been feeling really good, knowing that WW has been working its miracle on me once again. I am down 25 1/2 pounds now and still excited to keep going. Right now my motivation is like a train that keeps on going.

Going one day without my scale has been torture. Has become like a safety blanket for me now. I made the decision to go online and check out what point calculators WW is now offering that I could buy ASAP. To my surprise they have an amazing gadget that calculates the WW points, keeps track of all your daily points, also saves your activity points, plus all the water, fruits, veggies, vitamin, etc. that we normally log in daily. Talk about relief. No more writing down and trying to remember what points I have left. This sucker does it all for me.
I can't wait to get it and continue on the plan. Right now I am playing the safety net, just eating things that I know the point values to, until I receive the points calculator. So far, so good.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Mom's 50th Birthday

I have to say that I haven't seen my mom so happy and excited, in a long time. I am glad that her birthday surprise turned out so well. Considering we had my baby brother (only 10 years old), I managed to have a nice day planned out for the 3 of us.

At first she showed up and my brother and I, sang happy birthday and she cut her cake. She went to the stores, to do some shopping. She really enjoyed that part. Can you blame her? Well I helped her pick out a nice outfit for her and my brother. We then went to Muvico to catch the new Kung Fu Panda movie. Super cute and definitely recommend. Then we went back to the house to shower and get ready. Andre was home from work by this time. Finally we made it out to Benihana's. A nice way for my brother to be entertained and my mom could enjoy a nice pina colada in her souvenier geisha cup. Must I add that she had lobster, shrimp and scallops. Woman wouldn't stop smiling and the best part is the fact we got an amazing picture taken of us. With a little more happy birthday singing and an icecream desert, the day was a success. Here are a few pics of the evening. I am just waiting for the family pic to be scanned and emailed. Once I get that, I will be sure to add it in this post.
Hubby is so wonderful that he promised to take care of my brother, so we can have a girls night out. We are heading to the comedy club for some good laughs and good drinks. =) Oh yeahhhh!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Why I Love Mi Media Naranja

Let me first explain that "mi media naranja" is spanish for "my other half". Cute term we use a lot in Puerto Rico.

So my hubby decided to surprise me with an early 3 year anniversary gift. Our anniversary is not until June 25th but he couldn't wait. Poor thing was super excited. Regardless the thoughtful gift left me speechless and I couldn't stop smiling. He knows that the materialistic items don't necessarily make me happy but the fact that he put so much thought into the gift and knew what would mean something to me, meant the world to me.

He told me the basic chains were all 16' and he knew I always use 18'-20', so he made sure to purchase another chain that fit me well. He knew I love clean straight lines and simplicity but also wanted it to match the princess cut diamonds on my wedding rings. All I could say is, "wow babe!" I give him much credit because I know how difficult it is for men to shop and needless to say, pick out jewelry with so much thought behind it. How can I not love this man?

What he doesn't know is that I have a nice surprise in store for him too. Hubby loves carbon fiber details on cars and now it seems that they are implementing them into jewelry for men. I found him a nice titanium bracelet and ring with carbon fiber details. I am sure he will be super happy. I will be sure to post pics soon.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

What a shocker from thenestbaby.com!

Let me first start by saying that I have the worst luck when it comes to winning any kind of free prizes. That kind of explains why I never gamble or set my hope up for things because I always get the short end of the stick, kind of deal. Well to my surprise this morning, I received an email from Nest Kaitlin (Editorial Assistant), telling me I just won a free Ducky Layette cake from Hold the Flour!

I couldn't believe it. Just for entering some not so common and unique baby shower games. Thank goodness for creativity huh! I have been to so many baby showers with the same set ups and same games. Considering all my losses I've had in the past, I was preparing for my baby showers to eventually come and I knew I wanted to put a fun twist on things. Still never giving up hope, DH and I have plans of TTC towards the end of this year again. Now I have another great gift I can put away till our time comes. With the way this year is flying by, our time will come sooner than what we can even imagine.

These are the items the cake consists of:

Gently rolled between the soft blankets is a complete layette. Each baby cake includes a night gown, a sleeper, three onsies, two bibs, booties, pacifiers, a teether, and a soft toy. Also folded in are two receiving blankets and color coordinated cloth diaper burp cloths. We have included everything needed to welcome the little one home in style.

Birthday Surprise = Beer and flowers

So I gave in and figured, hey I might as well send him flowers to work and give him a nice surprise. 1 800 Flowers totally had me cracking up because what is Dre's favorite thing to drink? You got that right, Heineken! lol This is what I found on their website and I couldn't resist. Definitely a manly mans flower arrangement along with a balloon. hahahaha

Do I get the award for the best wifey of the year or what? =P

Friday, May 16, 2008

Un pinon: Carribean style lasagna mmmm....

Ground beef filling:
1.25 lbs ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 tsp salt, to taste
1/2 tsp pepper, to taste
2 bay leaves
1 tsp ground achiote
1/2 tsp coriander
1/4 - 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
1 16 ounce can whole tomatoes, drained (juices reserved) and chopped
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1/4 cup raisins
1.5 Tbsp red wine vinegar

For the lasagna layers:
4 semi-ripe plantains, yellow with some spots
olive oil, enough to coat the bottom of a pan
2 eggs
2-3 Tbsp. milk, or water1/2
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, Mozzarella or swiss cheese (choose your preference)
cilantro, optional for garnish

*Note that you can make the ground beef filling in advance and store in the fridge until you are ready to make the rest.

Cook ground beef in a large pot over medium heat until no longer pink. Add the onion, red and green bell pepper, bay leaves, and spices. Cook for a few more minutes until the onions and peppers begin to soften.

Add all remaining ingredients to the beef, including the chopped tomatoes and reserved juice, tomato sauce, raisins, and vinegar. Bring to a simmer and let the flavors combine for 10-15 minutes. At this point, taste and adjust the spices to your liking.

Set the beef aside to cool while you prepare the plantains.

Peel the plantains and cut diagonally into 1/4-1/3 inch thick slices. (Tip for peeling a plantain: the skin is a little thicker than bananas, so you'll want to cut one end off and slice through the skin lengthwise three times, spaced evenly around the plantain. Then the skin will peel off easily.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Lightly oil a large rectangular baking pan (3 quart capacity). Combine eggs and milk in a bowl and lightly beat. Add half of the egg mixture to the bottom of the pan. Follow with a layer of 1/3 of the plantains, 1/2 of the beef mixture, and 1/2 of the cheese mixture. Repeat another 1/3 of the plantains, remaining beef, and remaining cheese. Top with a layer of plantains. Finally, pour the remaining egg mixture evenly over the top.

Cover with aluminum foil and bake until hot and bubbling. If you started with freshly cooked beef (not out of the fridge), usually all the ingredients start warm and you only need to bake for 30 minutes. However, starting with cold beef, you really need to bake for about an hour to heat through.Remove the foil, sprinkle with cilantro, and enjoy!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Key Lime Pie as easy as 1, 2, 3!!!

Maybe not the healthiest choice but theres nothing better than a refreshing citrus dessert during the summer season. Best part is that it only takes 10 minutes max to complete and then chill at least 4 hours till it sets.

What you need:
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 6-ounce can frozen limeade concentrate
1 cup of heavy cream
1 6-ounce graham cracker pie crust
and zest of 1 lime

In a bowl, place the condensed milk, limeade concentrate and cream. Beat all together with an electric mixer with the whisk attachment, until fluffy and soft peaks form. Then pour the filling into the piecrust and smooth the top. Refrigerate until chilled for at least 4 hours or even leave overnight. Sprinkle the top with zest before serving.

*Note: All we need now is Jackie's (cocojack10) Margaritaville Machine to whip us up some margaritas and get the party started. lol

Friday, May 9, 2008

Thank you HGTV

Browsing HGTV's spanish rooms and modern baths, I thought these 2 rooms really represented my style really well. Now if only I had the extra space. lol All I can do is dream for now.

Dream Foyer

I actually had the chance to see this episode of Candace Olsen and her choice of glass subway tile, looked amazing. Even the simple clean lined lighting sconces she used, give great impact as well. Really like the contemporary hotel details that make you feel relaxed. I would take this bathroom make over any day.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Melting away the FAT!

I am floating on cloud 9 today, out of pure joy. It's official that I have lost a total of 20 pounds as of this morning. I feel like jumping for joy, blowing horns and shouting to the mountain tops. This is simply a self achieved goal that I have set upon myself and I feel relieved. First time in my life that I have lost so much, in such a short time and in such a healthy manner.

I have struggled all my life to maintain a descent weight. Always have been overweight up to a point that I fell in a black hole. Turned to alcohol, never ate and truly hurt my body in ways I never thought possible. Everyone thought I looked beautiful but I felt the ugliest I have ever felt about myself. My duty was to lift my spirits again and get my life together. Never turned to food for comfort but yet again my weight sky rocketed.

I give thanks to numerous surgeries, on birth control for 4 years (note: once I got off of it, I immediately dropped 10 lbs. in 2 weeks. Hmmm....makes you think huh!), activity level in work place changed, miscarriages, genetically I have 4 generations of heavy family members, lack of energy to work out at times, etc. Yes I can sit here and point the finger but I was ready to do what ever it would take at this point. Diet after diet, work out after work out, personal trainer, meeting with a dietician, injections by my doctor... my body was just not changing. So a light turned on and I said, "Wait a minute!" Back in the day Weight Watchers did work for me, for the short time that I was on it. Why not give it a try again, especially since its available online now. Best decision I've made in a long time.

As of this morning, I tried on a pair of pants I haven't been able to fit in since over 3 years ago. I couldn't believe it. So today I am rocking what feels like new attire =) What a great feeling. Can't wait to lose another 20 pounds and keep on forward with my struggle. God is seriously on my side.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Baby Fever & Chubby Cheeks

So Y100.com (our local radio station) is having a vote for cutest baby contest online. With all the baby fever and over 1,000 of the cutest little faces, how is someone to choose. All this does is warm the heart to a whole other level. Dh is probably exceedingly baby crazed, so to make his day I saved a few pics of the cutest ones that I thought would make his heart melt. (slaps hand) Yes, I know...bad...bad...me! =P

and of course we can't forget to vote for our special mini nestie family member Sophia