Media Makeover

While doing some office supply shopping at Office Max, I bought this CD holder in the clearance aisle for $5 and I actually did need it for the stack of CD cases I use to store photography session on.

It was plain white and I knew it would stand out way too much in my home office but I figured I could give it a makeover once I got home!

I created a design using Print Shop
and printed the design on Avery Full Sheet labels

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Wedding Gift

As a newly wed person, (how long does that title last? possible answers: 1) one year and one day, or two years and two days 2) until you have kids 3) until you stop behaving like newlyweds according to answer.com) I know that I was very excited to get personalized gifts for our wedding, because you can save those for years and years reflect back at them to remember the day we said I DO.

Here is a simple way of turning a wedding gift into a wedding keepsake!

1. I bought a frame

2. I selected a picture of them courtesy of the bride and grooms website.

3. Personalized the picture using http://www.picnik.com/ by adding their names and wedding date.

4. Cut out the picture and placed it in the frame.

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Attention Subscribers

Please check your email for giveaway information! As stated in the email, I will be announcing the winner on Friday, September 3!

Thanks Ladies!

Love is in the Air.

Sometimes an ordinary day can turn into the beginning of a lifetime. This past Saturday, one of my long time friends, Zabdy, married her best friend James. From the moment she walked down the aisle you could feel the love between those too as tears of joy ran down her face. It was so contagious that when she smiled, you smiled and when she cried, you cried! I wish you two all the happiness in the world!

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Today our two friends start a journey

walking hand in hand, as one

they'll share everything, always

now that their journey has begun

and as they go on together,

may these two friends always treasure

the day they said, "I do."

Twenty First Birthday


Today is a special day for my younger and only brother, Chris, not only is he celebrating the day of his birth but it is also his 21st birthday! I've been listening to him at work specify exactly what he wishes to accomplish once he turned 21 and for my sake I hope he does win lottery! LOL! jk! Chris was born in 1989 which means I was 2 months short of turning 4 years old and enjoying all the luxuries of being an only child...which has me wondering if I was thrilled or not to have a baby brother on the way. (We'll have to ask mom about that) Nevertheless, Chris has been a wonderful, annoying, funny, silly, caring, loving brother throughout the years and today he is Twenty One. Happy Birthday Brother!

Savers, saves!

Every now and then, I'll make a stop at Savers...in hopes of finding a good steal! Usually I have BAD luck but this past week I ran into a cupcake stand that was priced at $2.99. I took it home, cleaned it, polished it and now it looks like NEW!

I also used my handy-dandy "Goo Gone" to remove the residue from price tag
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I didn't have a cupcake on me, but just to give you an idea of how it looks!
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Ice Cream Cupcakes

How cute are these cupcakes???

And, YES they are cupcakes disguised as ice cream cones!


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Side Dish *UPDATE*

Last week I posted a recipe for a Potato side dish.....Well, my good friend Kelly took the recipe home and made it for dinner!
Looks like they turned out great Kelly!

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Dinner is served!
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August Giveaway

August 29th will be ONE month since I started blogging! TIME FLIES when your having fun! In honor of this anniversary date (I take every milestone serious! LOL) ONE lucky subscriber will be eligible for a giveaway prize! (BTW, Thanks for your subscriptions)

You won't know what the prize is until next week and you'll receive the information by email...SO if you want to be included in this giveaway YOU MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER! (I'm not yelling just clarifying!) The deadline to subscribe for this event will be August 29th and emails will be sent out August 30th  to subscribers! 


Sweet little Baby

With a baby photo session coming up soon, I was searching online for ideas and to study what other photographers are doing. I ran into this wonderful photographer,
She took these pictures of her baby girl and they came out beautiful!
(I can't imagine how many pictures of my own
babies I will be taking someday!)


Photography Tips for Baby Sessions

Lens: 50mm 1.4 or 85mm 1.4

Lighting Equipment: None needed, natural sun light is the best!

Best Age: 2 weeks and older

Props: use a beanbag to lay the baby on

If you have any questions
just leave a comment
and I'll reply to help you!

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The following are 2 baby session I've done in the past. I can probably count on ONE hand how many of these baby sessions I've photographed. I am still learning and exploring the wonders of photography!

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The ABC's about Me

A- My AIR CONDITIONER is set on: 79

B- My BEDROOM theme is: I have no theme yet :-( decorating a house is a process!

C- The CAR in the driveway is:  Cadillac CTS and Pontiac GTO

D- My DESK looks: Like it needs a new computer!

E- The EXACT time I wake up daily is: These days it's 7am but I snooze it until 7:15

F- The FAVORITE color is: Plum, the color I discovered while planning my wedding and I ended up using it!

G- My GARAGE is filled with: No CARS but has some boxes of holiday decor, yard tools and paint.

H- My HOUSE is: Warm and comfortable with lots of personal touches.

I- If you peeked INSIDE my bedroom you'd see: ummm lol....skip this question!

J- My favorite JUICE is: Mango Juice!

K- The best part of my KITCHEN is: Having an island, it's has come in handy!

L- The LAST person who visited my home was: Tennille, Joey, Chris, Leonor, Pj, Stanley, Josh, Chris H., Kelly,  Joe, Bubba and Tony (LOL)

M- The last piece of MAIL for me was: a thank you card from Zabdy :-)

N- My NEIGHBORS think I'm: normal?

O- If you OPENED my fridge you'd see: Dr.Pepper, Diet Ice Tea, Water and left-overs.

P- My last house PARTY was: The last "party" was for my husband.

Q- A QUICK meal I like to fix is: Sopa de fideo or Shrimp Alfredo is quick too!

R- My favorite ROOM of the house is: Probably my living room with the office coming in second.

S- The SHAMPOO brand I use is:  Whatever is on sale but currently, Dove is washing my hair.

T- My largest TELEVISION is: ?

U- UNDER my bed you will find: one big plastic storage bin full of scrapbook paper and card stock paper, besides that i keep it clean!

V- The last time I VACUUMED was: Lawrence is a vacuum-holic! He will vacuum everyday if I let him! 

W- Looking out my WINDOW I see: I have NO window in my office

X- I wish I had X-TRA: Space, time, money. I could always use extra.

Y- My YARD is: in NEED of plants, flowers and attention.

Z- ZZZZZZZ My bedtime is: usually after 11:30....we're night owls!
 

Twenty Five has come.

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What a weekend to say the least...we are completely surrounded by great people that always come to the rescue and also know how to make a person feel special on their birthday. This year was no different for Lawrence. Saturday, I presented him with an early gift Game Room "Makeover" and he LOVED it. Sunday, we had a wonderful lunch at his parents' home and lastly a gathering at our home with our closest friend and relatives.
It was a wonderful 25th birthday for my husband.

I would like to personally thank: Leonor, Pj, Tennille, Chris and Ivette, for helping me put the game room together in less then 3 hours! I appreciate your help so much!

Also, Thank you to: Stanley, Joe and Kelly
for always being there for us, rain or shine!


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Happy Birthday to my Husband

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How do I begin to tell you how honoured I am
To have you in my life?
I'll start by saying it was a dream come true
The day I became your wife.

You're my best friend in the good times
And my rock in times of sorrow.
You're the reason for sweet yesterdays
And my promise for tomorrow.

I never thought I could feel this loved
Until I became your wife.
You made this year and each other year
The best of my life.


Love Always your Wife,
Adrienne Garcia

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Happy 25th Birthday Babe!
(Born: August 22)

I would post the gift I have in store for him but
I'm afraid he will log to this blog just to get a sneak peak! LOL!

Come back next week to see what I put together for him,
 He is going to LOVE it! I just know it!











Bee Keeper

I bought this at Ross only for $3.99 and I knew it had to cost
double somewhere else so I checked online and it
usually sells for $9.99 at Target!

Savings of $6.00

Burt's Bees Bee Keeper Classic Lip Balm
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My Office

At home we have My Office and The Game Room.
Both are in desperate need of some attention..and yes you guessed it,
the game room does not belong to me...
sometimes I'm not even sure I'm welcomed in there! LOL.

This is My Office: I have too many things going on at once!
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What I would like it to look like: structure, theme and organization

 

Side Dish for Dinner

Roasted Garlic Potatoes with
Red Peppers and Onion



  • Scrub your potatoes, pat dry, then cut into cubes. Lay them out on a cookie sheet, covered in aluminum foil.


  • Cut the red pepper and onion into pieces, slightly bigger than bite-size. Add them to the potatoes on the cookie sheet.


  • Toss the vegetable mixture with olive oil, coating well. Add chopped garlic, salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste.
Adrienne's Tip: If in a hurry, add Hidden Valley Ranch Dip Mix instead of ingredients above, adds great flavor too!

  • Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven, until potatoes are golden brown, about 45 minutes. Turn them over about halfway through, to ensure even cooking.

Thank you to Brown paper Package for the wonderful recipe

Be Inspired at Goodwill

Look at this $3.00 chair that House of Hawthornes 
bought at a yard sale and gave it a NEW look!

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Sometimes we try to find something to redo but who would consider this item? I guess Homemade Diva saw something I didn't see because this item turned out great! Nice Job!

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Watermelon Pops

These look so delicious! I wish I could leave work, go home to make them AND eat them! Mmmmm!


Photo Freebie

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(I already created mine and ordered it for FREE)


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Then use the coupon code: GRANDSHIP at checkout

Brothers & Sisters

What started as a hot Saturday afternoon slowly turned into a warm breezy Saturday evening. Yes, warm is still a little uncomfortable but its a lot better then HOT! LOL! We met for pictures in a beautiful Chandler home community with great scenery and lighting for this wonder photo session. 

Although I didn't memorize everyone's name, I can assure you this family is very loving and also very funny! We had some good laughs in between shoots!

(Pictures Include 1 Mother, 3 Sisters and 2 Brothers)
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Family Photo Session

Tomorrow, I'll be taking pictures of a family of seven...and...I haven't been behind the lens for portraits since May! I'm only a little....just a little....worried about the heat since according to weather.com it will be 108 degrees tomorrow!

The world must go on in spite of the heat, here are a few portraits I've taken...well I wish I could post all of them, but here's just a couple!

Say Cheese!

Miss Jazmin

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