Hug & Love Hop

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Meet new friends and discover new Blogs head on over to Love with Katie to start hopping.


Barista Bath & Body Review

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

For all you coffee lovers out there I have to let you know about Barista Bath & Body products. These great products are formulated with organic coffee, coffee extract, essential oils and herbal extracts to maximize the therapeutic benefits of coffee. Each product is Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates free.

I was lucky enough to be sent some samples of the Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash and Lotion for review. I knew I was in love when I saw how cute the packaging was.

Each product really met my expectations. Being a coffee lover it was a great start to each morning smelling the fresh sent of coffee in the shower. Cold weather Is pretty rough on my skin. I usually have a problem with Exema and have a hard time using a lot of body washes. 

Triple Shot 3-N-1 Coffee Shower Gel ~ Was so gentle and left my skin feeling so soft.

Perk It Up Engerziging Shampoo ~ Left my hair feeling clean and fresh.

Soothing Those Jitters Moisturizing Conditioner ~ Was a great finishing touch to leave my hair soft and tangle free.

Root For Cream Exotic Origin Body Cream ~ Light and refreshing. Just the perfect finishing touch.

Don't wait any longer head on over to their site and check out all the products I promise you will not be disappointed.

photo credits: my camera


Weight Loss Journey

Sunday, December 5, 2010

I am on the weight loss journey, its been about 8 weeks and I am down 15 pounds, I actually had to break down and buy new pants for work. All I am gonna say is 1 full size smaller. Yah for me! I really feel great.
Week 2

week 4 

 The past 2 weeks have been a little rough and really haven't been on track. The good part is I have not gained. I am not sure what it is, but  I have been having such a hard time getting up the energy to work out.

In honor of my journey I decided to join Ellen over at Fat Girl Wearing Thin in her Hate-Loss Challenge. There is only 1 rule~At least once a day you must attempt to use one or more of these words in your vocabulary about yourself – and mean it:  strong, courageous, beautiful/handsome, better, unique, remarkable, confident, conditioned, fascinating, pleasing. 

Head over to her site for the full details, you don't want to miss out.


12 Days of Christmas Gift Swap

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

I finally had a chance to catch up on my blog reading (I am sooo behind). I am glad I made the time because if not I would have missed out on the fun.

 Kenz & Janna are hosting a Twelve Days of Christmas Gift Swap!!!!

If you know me then you know I love giving gifts. The joy of finding a little something to brighten someones day puts a smile on my face. So now I will patiently wait to hear who my partner is so I can hit the store to find some goodies.

If you would like to sign up yourself head on over and sign up! Remember the more the merrier.

Happy Holidays!!!


Happy Thanksgiving To All

Thursday, November 25, 2010

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101 Award

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I want to thank my wonderful friend Leeann of Join The Gossip, for honoring me with the Happy 101 award.

The Rules:

1) Thank the person(s) who gave you this award
2) Copy the icon on to your profile
3) State 10 things you like
4) Give this award to other bloggers and notify them with a comment

Not in any specific order here are my 10 thinks I like:

1. Coffee & Tea 

3. My Family 

4. The Beach

5. The change of seasons

6. A day spent at the salon

7. Nascar

8. The smell of the first rain

9. Girls weekend

10. Spending a rainy night at home watching movies in front of the fire place

I would like to give this award to a few special bloggers I have met along the way

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Halloween Swap!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

What better way to celebrate Halloween then to have a Halloween Swap!!!!

Its easy just leave me your name and e mail address by October 1st.

I will match you up with a partner.

You will then send you partner a Halloween Goodie package worth $10.

All packages must be shipped no later than October 20th.

That's all there is to it, not only will you receive a fun package in the mail you will also meet a new friend! So what are you waiting for? Sign up and send your friends over to join the fun.

Photo credits: Package blog.swap-bot


Help Yoplait Keep Thier Commitment

Saturday, September 18, 2010


Do you want to help save a life

Well its easy and will take no effort at all. Just purchase Yoplait Yogurt with a pink lid. Save your lid and mail them in no later than December 31, 2010. Each lid Yoplaits receives they will donate 10 cents to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Yoplait has made it super easy and has listed instructions on how to mail your lids:
  • Make sure all your lids are the pink ones we've issued for the Save Lids to Save Lives® program.
  • Wash your lids well and let them dry: an envelope full of yogurt is not a pretty sight (or smell).
  • Flatten your lids and put them in a regular envelope, like a #10 business envelope. You don't need any kind of special mailer.
  • Be sure to put your return address on your envelope, including your zip code. We use that information to distribute our donation money back to your local Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Affiliates.
  • Apply your postage. You can mail up to 12 Yoplait® yogurt cup lids with one First Class or regular-sized envelope with U.S. postage stamp.
  • Address your envelope to:
    Save Lids to Save Lives®
    P.O. Box 420704
    El Paso, TX 88542-0704
  • Drop it in a mail box.
Photo Credit: Yoplait


What Makes You Happy?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Ahhhhh finally Friday!!! On my way to work I was thinking about some of the things that make me happy and thought I would share. 

Waking up in a good mood (this does not always happen) 

Good times with  friends & family

The seasons changing

A hot cup of coffee or tea 

A recently cleaned car

When a fun song comes on the radio and I can sign along

 Laughing with a friend

Thinking about the good old times

Well these are just a few and yes I know they are quite random, but that's what its all about! So what things put a smile on your face?

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Photo Credits: sunflowers: my camera, smiles: your comment codes


Hungry Girl & Yoplait's Fiber One Event

Sunday, September 12, 2010

I had the chance to attend an event which featured 2 of my favorite things, Yoplait’s Fiber One, and  Lisa Lillien, aka Hungry Girl. 

When I first arrived Yoplait was handing out samples of  their Fiber One yogurt. With 2 flavors to choose from I chose strawberry.  This tasty snack is a delicious & good for you! Each snack has   only 50 calories in each serving plus it is fat free with 5 grams of fiber. For those of you on Weight Watchers that means 0 points!

It was such a pleasure getting to meet Hungry Girl,  While speaking with her explained I had a few medical problems, which now I have the green light to get back on track  making myself healthy again. She told me that Weight Watchers is healthy and is easy to follow. Each of the Hungry Girl recipes include Weight Watchers POINTS. 

HG really had a lot of fans show up and it was nice to see her take the time with each of them taking photos and signing autographs.

Photo Credits: me & my camera
I received compensation for attending this event all statements are my own opinion


Remembering September 9-11-2001

Saturday, September 11, 2010

I would like to take a moment to remember everyone who was effected by the tragedy on 9-11-2001


Meet Hungry Girl

Friday, September 3, 2010

Looking for something fun to do? Want to learn a few tips on tasty low calories snack options. 

Then head out to The Galleria at Tyler Place, in Riverside, CA tomorrow. You will have a chance to sample Fiber One Yogurt and meet a New York Times best-selling author Lisa Lillien, a.k.a. Hungry Girl. 
She will be signing her newest book, Hungry Girl Happy Hour, if you already own one of her books make sure you  bring it along with you. The first 25 people will receive a free HG book! 

Photo Credits: Fiber One Yogurt ~ sweetdeals4moms 
Hungry Girl Happy Hour ~ happyhourhoneys


Not a Kindle Kind of Gal

Sunday, August 29, 2010

I love reading books so thought I would purchase the Kindle, knowing how compact it was and how I could down load a book anytime, anywhere seemed so convenient. I have to say it works great and does everything it says it does. But I miss my books!

I don't know maybe its just me but reading books with the Kindle is just a little impersonal.  I want the actual book with the colorful cover to sit on my coffee table. You don't know how many times I have mentioned to a friend that I am reading a great book,  the sad thing is I can't share it with them because its saved on the Kindle.

Now don't get me wrong I am not saying I hate the Kindle because I don't. It does have its good qualities. When I am having one of those days that I just want some quiet time and head to the pool or to get a peddie. I am able to sit back and relax and the person next to me does not try to start a conversation about what I think of the book I am reading.

Do you think the Kindle is for you?


Beating The Heat

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

This week sure has been a scorcher! Today the temperature read 112 degrees.  Hot days like this in California are a sure sign of wild fire, heat exhaustion, and some people even say earthquakes.

Please remember these hot days could be damaging to your health so here are a few survival tips: 
  • Drink Plenty of water it is very important to stay hydrated
  • Never leave a child or pet in your car even if you just have to run into the store for a second
  • If you have a pet make sure they always have fresh water 
  • Feel over heated take a cool bath or shower 
  • Try not to over exert yourself outside, its best to do your outside work in the early morning when its cool
  • snack of frozen treats like Popsicles, or frozen grapes
  • Check out your local cool centers

   Hoping all my Cali friends are staying cool! If you have any tips on how to beat the heat let us know. 

Photo Credits: Temperature Neecy


Recovered and Feeling Great!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I have not fallen off the face of the earth. The past few months have been bumpy but I am now feeling great and back to the day to day grind!!! Its been so long that I have felt this wonderful, its like I am on the top of the world.

I want to thank all my friends and family for being so understanding in my time of need, if it wasn’t for them I am not sure how I would have gotten through it all. 

I also want to thank Thias over at housenine for designing my new blog. I love it and can’t wait to start posting again!!!!

Photo Credits: Hello 
Mountains- My BFF of 26 years


Mondays Are Hell

Monday, May 10, 2010

Thanks to my good  friend over at Join The Gossip. I am enjoying a bottle of great wine she picked up for me while spending a weekend in Paso Robles.

Its been a long time since I have been able to unwind like this. So I am enjoying every minute of it.

What do you do to unwind from a hectic day?


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What My Mom Means To Me

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Today is the day to show your mom just how much she means to you.

I hope everyone has a wonderful, relaxing day. My mom is one of my best friends. She has been there for me my entire life. Even though I might not  like or agree with what she has to offer, in the end she always ends up right!

I love you mom! Happy Mothers day!


Photo Credits: Me


Teenagers! What The Hell Is Wrong With Them?

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Finally Half way through the week.  I thought I would join the fun with the girls over at Blue Monkey Butt and post a What The Hell Wednesday. Here is a conversation with my son.

What happened to that cute little boy that was so affectionate????? Yes I am talking about my 15 year old son. When he was younger he was just the cutest kid ever, he would look at me and say "Mom, your my beeeeesssst Friend right"? I of course with my heart melting would say yes I'm your Beeeeeesssst Friend!!!! We use to sit on the couch and watch TV  actually laugh together.

I signed him up for drivers ed a few weeks ago. This past Saturday he finished his last class and is now ready to take his permit test.

Me: Oh I made an appointment for you to take your permit test.

Andrew: (Cutting in before I am even finished) You did when?

Me: May 26th its the last day of school.


Me: Yah sorry I tried every other DMV and all the appointments are after you come back from you dads, we have to go to Palm Springs. (For those of you who don't know its an hour from me)

Andrew: I really doubt that is the only appointment

Me: Excuse me if you keep up your attitude I will cancel it all together and you will just wait until August.

Andrew: WOW! MOM!!!!

I wanted to kill him at this point WHAT THE HELL! and had to just hang the phone up. I mean seriously how can he be so ungrateful? Later that night I explained to him the DMV nightmare, however he thinks I am just making up a story so I don't have to take him. WHAT THE HELL!!!!!


Photo Credits: Me


ABC's Of Me

Sunday, May 2, 2010

As I was catching up on my favorite blogs, Ramblings & More had a fun idea.  I have listed a few fun facts to help my followers get to know me a little better.

*** Remember to share your links with me so I can learn more about you!***

A. Are you a PC or a Mac? PC I have never used a Mac however I have heard they are very different.

B. Best current show on TV: Seriously you want me to pick just one???? I will have to say Gossip Girls.

C. Chore you hate:
Cleaning out the dishwasher, I know its seems so simple but I HATE it!

D. Dogs or Cats? We have both! I just wish I could have one where I live.

E. Essential "start the day" item: What else is there but Coffee!

F. Favorite color? Pink

G. Gold or Silver: I am more of a white gold, or Silver type of girl.

H. Height: 5’1” yes I have been this height since 5th grade

Instruments you play:
Well I will admit I did take Violin in 6th grade but they did not last to long

J. Job:
Project Coordinator for

K. Kids: Just 1 son who is 15 but thinks he is 35

L. Living Arrangements: Have been apartment living for the past 6 years.

M. Mom's Name: Genie

N. Nickname: Well, my friends brother use to call me Step-on-my-knee.

O. Overnight Hospital Stay: The birth of my son 15 years ago, June 11th with be my longest stay after having a Hysterectomy

P. Pet Peeve: When people are not true to themselves and lieing

Q. Quote from a movie: I am so bad at Quotes. I can never remember a one.

R. Righty or Lefty? Righty

S. Siblings? A younger brother

T. TV Shows:
Tori & Dean, Celebrity Aprentice, Young & The Restless, One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl, American Idol and the list goes on (thank god for my DVR)

U. Underwear: Of course eeeewwww ;)

V. Veggie you dislike: Anything cooked I am a raw veggie girl

W. Ways/reasons you are late: Mostly late for work because I refuse to get up when the alarm goes off

X. Expiration dates – do you keep or toss? Depends on what it is.

Y. Yummy food you make: A meatball soup I got from my best friends mom

Z. Zoo animals you like: Tiger, Lions & Bears  
Photo Credits:
Puppy &
Open Heart 
My camera





Sorry To Keep You Waiting

Friday, April 30, 2010

I know, I know I have been a major slacker when it comes to keeping my blog up to date. I have just been so consumed in personal issues that when it comes to turning on my computer I look the other way. So aside from all the drama I have done same fun things over the past few months.

I headed to Las Vegas for 311 Day with my blogging buddy and good friend Leeann over at Join The Gossip.

A relaxing day spent at Glen Ivy  where I enjoyed a wonderful Glen Ivy Detox Package  which included Sugar Scrub, Eucalyptus Body Wrap, and 30 minute Swedish Massage plus The Grotto Body Moisturizing.

Girlie Girl time getting a peddi with my fabulous friend Denice from KDC Events.

A trip to Lake Havasu to visit my grandparents!

Last but not least I saw the Eagles at the Hollywood Bowl. They are such an amazing band, I will be seeing them again in May....Can't wait!

So as you can see I have been pretty busy. Tonight I am so excited to say I have a cleaning lady coming over to give my place a good scrub yes I get to sit with my feet up while sipping on a nice cup of tea while someone else is cleaning my house. You tell me can it really get any better?

I promise you all I will get back into the blogging world! Much love & happiness to you all and thank you for being so patient.


Photo Credits: 311, river, Eagles provided yours truly
Grotto  provided
Peddi provided by


Thinking Of You On Easter

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Hoping you and your families have a wonderful Easter Sunday!!!!!!!

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Makin Friends Monday

Monday, March 15, 2010

Join the fun head over to aefilkins to learn how you can make new friends. 

I am.... me and nobody will ever change that
I should...focus on my diet

I on the beach

I be home

I know...I can accomplish anything I put my mind to

I don't like....people who are fake

I smell...nothing at this time because I have a horrible cold

I hear....sounds of typing

I miss....a few very special friends that I have lost touch with over the years

I always... try to do my best at everything

I regret....not sticking to my diet
I remember...the good time we have shared
I feel....congested

I anything I put my mind to

I can't....wait until I get a new couch

I am happy....with who I am

I of what really matters in life

I sing....In my car

I all types of music

I Target one of my favorite stores

I eat....healthy at work

I love.....meeting new people and blogging


I Have Entered The World Of The BlackBerry

Sunday, March 14, 2010

I have finally moved up a step and bought myself a BlackBerry. Honestly I could not be more happy it has everything! Not only can I update my facebook status I can check the traffic or the weather with a cool app called Where.

Talking with my friend over at Good Girl Gone Shopping, we can not understand how we ever managed to get through the day to day hustle and bustle without having such a wonderful devise.
Now I know a lot of you are fans of the I phone however if you are looking for a new phone with all the bells and whistles I suggest checking out the BlackBerry.



Soft Lips While Helping Feed Families

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

You are not gonna want to miss this!!!!

Head on over to Spagirl Gourmet Re treats by Amanda  between now and Saturday March 3erd. Purchase a Gourmet Lip Kit for $19 For each kit sold Spagirl Gourmet will donate $1 to Feeding America. This dollar will equal 10lbs of food. So not only will you get amazing soft lips you are helping feed families.

The Gourmet Lip Kit contains:    
Sweet Sugar Lip Scrub
This luscious blend of sugar, oils, butters and vitamin E eliminates dry, flaky skin to leave lips ridiculously soft and smooth.

Mango Butter Lip Balm
A luxurious blend of sweet almond oil, coconut oil, mango butter, cocoa butter and vitamin E heals dry chapped lips and locks in moisture.


Setting Goals

Sunday, February 28, 2010

I know I have been the worst when it comes to posting, things have just been crazy around here.
Lately I have been getting home from work and the couch is calling my name. I know its soooo bad, I have not even been to the gym...What is wrong with me????

Well I have decided this is it I need to get up off my butt and set some goals for myself. What better way to make sure I stick to them than to put them out there so everyone knows... 
So here we go my goals for the next week
1. Drink more water
2. Do not use the Elevator at work
3. Pack my lunch everyday
4. Eat Breakfast ( I never do)
5. Post at least 1 blog per week ( have to start some where)
6. Try (yes I said try) to only eat 1200 calories per day
7. Do not sit down to watch TV until I have all my housework done and I have worked out for at least 30 minutes.
I am almost finished reading a great book 


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Super Bowl 2010

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Growing up Super Bowl has always been a special day. Mom does not cook and we got to eat in the living room snacking of just about anything.  Today I am headed over to a friends hoping to see the Saints beat the Colts & watching each quarter ends with a score corresponding to my number on the many football pools I have entered. 

This year The Who will be performing the ever so famous half time show! Check it out and let me know how they compared to the past Super Bowls.



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Groundhog Day 2010

Friday, February 5, 2010


Did you know there has only been one Punxsutawney Phil. He has been making predictions for over 120 years!

On February 2, 210 at 7:30am Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow. With that being said we are looking at 6 more weeks of winter my friends. 


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