Monday, December 31, 2007


Dear Dom,
What a treat it was to have you join us in our home.
We promise to keep you nice, cool and comfortable in your cozy box.
We contemplated long and hard about popping you open tonight.
After all it is New Year's eve.
We have 2 little ones that have no sympathy for Champagne headaches and sleeping in dreams.

Cheers to celebrating together soon.

Anthony and Michelle

Happy 2008!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

just putting it out there.

For years or really since forever, i have hated running.
I would and still do, make up any excuse to not do it.
Every Monday ,in 9th grade gym class, we were made to run the "fun run"
It was probably not even 2 miles, but I worked over every excuse in the book to get out of it.
Most oftenly used was my monthly visit from Mother Nature. It worked like a charm at least once a month.

But now, i want to change.
I enjoy working out and this is the one thing i can not do.
Embarassing admittance...i can barely run one single mile.
so i made this.
A little reminder for me and I am putting it out there that I in fact can do this.
It sounds crazy hearing this come out of my mouth and it even makes me cringe a bit, but i will do a Triathlon.
oh yes.
I am a strong believer that thoughts you put out there materialize.

cheers to running.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

My little slice of an alpha wall all of my own.

Tonight i took the time.

Were there many other things I should have been doing?
Have I wanted to hang these for a few months now?

and so I did just that.
I even purchased a few more for the collection while I was at it too.
It needs a little spunk of color.

Take a little bit and do something you have been itching to do.
The water is warm and it feels great!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

through Olivia's viewfinder

Merry Christmas.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007


mine. his.
and yes those faces are due to poor parenting.
can't you tell they are mistreated?
on the Polar express train and all.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

keeping busy.

to tackle and organize this space.

seeing this man all over town.
and eating these.
i can not stop.

Monday, December 10, 2007

This is what it's all about.

trains. and a sweet smile like this at Christmas time.
It makes everything shine.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Be the best me.

for me.

not for anyone else but me.

At such a young age I have been fortunate and really done alot.

Been alot of places around the world.


Got married.

Had kids.

Because of these things, i strive to do more.

See more.

Live more.

Love more.

I am not much of a reader, partially because its hard for me to sit still for long periods of time.

I go go go.

I enjoy that.

but for many different reasons I must read this book.

Friends have told me its a must read.

and then the other day i saw the author on Oprah.

and wah la....there it was on the Costco shelf too.


I believe in things happening for a reason.

I am so anxious to start this journey of

eat, Pray, love.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

wednesday report

So my every Wednesday thing of thrifting is still going strong.
It's very OCD of me.
Alternating between the Ventura ones and the Oxnard ones.
Entering and perusing the aisles the same exact way each visit.
I ♥ it.
and the kids think its pretty cool too.
Start em young i say.

So, on to the goods....

Bags of Christmas pieces for 90 cents.
mostly not my style, but a few gems were found too.
Yea, for Christmas time!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

my little art projects...

Made a fun little layout using some of the random packed goodies from my Etsy store.
The goodies were not really meant to match, but just to share tastes of some of my latest finds.
I'd love to see what you could make up with it too.

Also used one of the Purple Onion stamps i bought during their Holiday sale.
Run over because i think its still going on for a few days.
Does 25% off everything sound good to you?

welcome project number 2...
This is my second attempt at a mohawk for little man.
Using a 1 guard because of the broken number 2 guard, will help you achieve this way to short look.
He loves it though.
Its super soft.
and it gave Daddy a big ole laugh when he got home from work.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Happy first December weekend.

dressed up in all Navy gear and watched Navy stomp all over Army in the big rivalry game.
ate too many breakfast sweets which = kids bouncing off the walls. we all took naps.
found a new delish pizza at Costco and made it for dinner.

took daddy to the Santa Barbara zoo for the first time.
paid way to much for a 5 minute train ride, but Kyan loved it.
Fed a giraffe....very cool by the way.

enjoyed the sunshine, especially for it being December.
sang Christmas songs with the kids on the drive home.
that stuff does my heart good.

Hosted a little party and came to realize that i am much fonder of being the party goer vs. the hostess.


Anthony had the day off...3 day weekends are a favorite of mine.

flu shots were given.

Mommy got some mommy time and finished up the Christmas shopping...whew.

and my pink and teal loving friend celebrated a birthday!

love busy,yet festive December days.

Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 01, 2007

cheers to 2008

just a fun little Hambly, wish, clippings filled mini.
Full of wants for this Chirstmas season and into the new year too.
love simple yet meaningful projects.

Friday, November 30, 2007

if I can't even make it through the trailer without crying...

...i know i am gonna love this movie.
bring on the popcorn and tissue.
I used to love curling up, knees to my chest, in my butter stained seat at the theaters and breathing in an amazing love story.
A self date is in my near future, i can feel it.

Are there any movies you are anxious to see this holiday season?

Monday, November 26, 2007

they referred to me as a space ranger.

and clearly, i took my job very seriously.

dang...i ♥ Disneyland!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

excess is good once a year though right?

Happy turkey day.
eat well.
love much.
shop big tomorrow!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

tis the season.

After continually being hit in the face with Homemade Christmas ideas...
( see here and here)
I took five minutes today, yes only 5, and made this little cutie for our tree.
Using the vintage buttons J and I found last week.
Love it.
She needs friends now.
Are you making anything festive these days?

Sunday, November 18, 2007

free is good.

with a little Goo Gone,
some Simple Green,
and love,
this little guy is gonna be warmly welcomed by the rest of my scrap area.
and it does my heart good that i saved him from the metal scrapyard smusher machine too.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

a good day.

recipe is as follows.

2 go with the flow children.
2 crafty friends.
4 servings of hole in the wall mexican food.
a dash of money.
and a pinch of luck for finding treasures.

let mix for at least 1o hours and enjoy.


Wednesday, November 14, 2007

hey, thats me!

Christmas Project Kit

Get Organized in Style this Christmas. Instead of having a SIStv Designer Collection for the month of December, we are bringing to you an awesome project kit that will provide you with everything you need to make a Christmas Wish List Book for your children or even yourself! Utilizing one of the industries hottest new products, Hambly's Clearly Thick Overlays, this project kit designed by Fashionista Michelle Ramirez comes with everything you need to create a practical "Christmas Wish Book" for someone special, including an instructional DVD. You can use this book this holiday season as a reference when gift buying, and then treasure it for years to come as a precious holiday momento. Ordering details are coming soon. Supplies will be very limited.

*so excited*

Monday, November 12, 2007

a firm believer

meet SObe.
Forever missed, but was freckly just like her mommy.
Athletic and strong like her daddy.

I am a believer that there is 95% of the time a resemblance between people and their dogs.

Proof showed its face again this morning.

Fluffy white hair and jacket just as Pooftail.

love it.

its a beautiful thing.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

i'm not a frequent JC penney's shopper but...

wow do i love their ads.
and the music...right up my alley.
have you heard the new holiday one too?!






I really do have other things i should be doing.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

for the love of local music.

this girl.
listening to her music on repeat.
adore it.

pre kids, we used to love going to concerts.
the whole feel of live music, the people and that we are close to LA the time has come to revisit this fun outing.

Found this little venue and my mind is spinning with the artists.
i think i may have to get a sitter for the 10th.

i am in musical bliss right now.

notice the playlist filled with CA tunes?
are there any artists you think i must check out?
let me know.

Monday, November 05, 2007

take a seven minute break.

i'm glad i did.
my sister in law sent this to me this morning.
lucky me.
it was truly beautiful!

Sunday, November 04, 2007

lift anyone?

Over at Scrap in style we are lifting people like crazy for the month of November.
these are just a few i have done so far.
this is addicting because all the SISters are so inspiring!!!

first catch...this beauty by Anilu.

second catch....this crazy cool one by DanaKemp.
third catch....this stamp fancy goody by Noragriffin.
Hope you all enjoy them and be on the lookout.
you may just be caught next.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

chanting defense!

After 43 years, Navy beat Notre Dame!!!!!
i got goosebumps.
fist was in the air.
3 OT's.


Thursday, November 01, 2007

i'm just gonna let the pictures do most the talkin'

"mommy, i batman"
"i fly"

we ♥ halloween!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

hooty hoo.

got a little crafty with this HOme depot notepad.
its for A while he is away.
It's filled with everyday we miss you thoughts.
i think he'll love it.
and coming in a day late was this!
ok what?
one of my favorite thrift stores sends out coupons in the mail?!?
bliss i'll tell ya.

next week this bad boy is going to be put to good use!

Monday, October 29, 2007

whats mine is yours.

I took the plunge and am sharing the goodies that i have found and been hoarding.

Thats right, i now have an Etsy shop of my very own.

Today, it just has some vintage finds in it, but much more is to follow.

So my weekly thrifting adventures are now benefiting all and at cheap prices too.



thanks for the push Sara!!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

peach pit anyone?

duh nuh nuh nuh
duh nuh nuh nuh
chugh chugh.

theme song anyone?

we took a trip down to the 90210 today and i
joked how we should go to the Peach Pit and hang with
Well second best.
We saw Brian Austin Green!!!
aka David.

and yes that is me pretending to get my picture
taken while Jamie was really shooting Brian.

We are so sneaky.
Welcome to LA mR!

Days don't get much better than the one we all had.
i mean really.
what a treat.
J wrote all about it here and lets be honest, she is alot better with words than me.