While I was at youth retreat last week, I was talking with one of the young ladies and she mentioned that she visits my blog. I thanked her for stopping by the blog and she said she really liked it and when she gets married she wants to be do what I do. 

I asked her what's that? And she replied, "You know stay home and blog all day, work on crafts and sew stuff" LOL...I laughed! I told her "Girrrrrrl, I work!" The young lady was in a bit of shock, because then she said "It doesn't look like you work cause you always have crafts to do, how do you do it?" I told her that I just find time for the things I love. LOL, I'm still laughing thinking about it, not at her but I wondered if it really looks like I sit at home and craft all day. 

 I'm not saying staying home doing crafts all day wouldn't be AWESOME. It would actually be a dream come true. Especially if I could make money off of it, but just so y'all know, I actually have a job. I am an office manager for my Dads' trucking company, been here for seven years but the company has been around since 1997. I manage the company by paying bills, doing payroll, making sure there's enough post-it's to go around, plenty of snacks to keep us chubby, supervise Tennille (lol) and pick on Chris (lol). 

Although sitting behind a desk for 8 hours a day doesn't sound like fun, I do love my job! I get to work with family, it's not very stressful, I can get away with being late and not get fired cause my dad is my boss. Don't get me wrong, working for my Dad isn't the easy part, he might actually be the most stressful part of it, but I'm basically the only person that can make him "chill out" at the end of the day.  

I started working straight out of high school because I like the feeling of having my own money to spend. I bought my own car and paid my own bills since then. I have always been very independent, so working is something I felt I needed to do.
My parents have always taught us that this company is our "bread and butter" so we needed to treat it with respect and put all our heart into it. I'm very grateful for this blessing.

Rummage Sale!

This weekend we'll be having a Rummage Sale...Yard Sale...Garage Sale, whatever you'd like to call it in the Avondale area near Costco on 99th Ave. 

I have lots of skirts, tops, blouses, sweaters & shoes to sell. Sizes range from small to extra large, size 6 to 14, and shoe sizes 7 to 9. 

Boys Clothes and Toys too! 

Essential Oil

Recently I started doing some research on Essential Oils, how they help, what oils do what and so on. Well I ran into a few really good blogs that answered a lot of questions for me and I decided to start with Peppermint Oil. The main reason I choose this oil was because it helped with indigestion issues such as  heartburn, acid reflux, motion sickness which are three main issues I'd like to be relieved of.  We'll see how this product helps in the coming weeks...months and I'll keep you posted.

There are many ways to use Peppermint Essential Oil during your daily life. 
Here are just a few:
1.) Rub 4-6 drops in the palm and rub over stomach and around the navel to relieve indigestion, flatulence and diarrhea.
2.) Add a drop of Peppermint oil to herbal tea to aid in digestion and relieve heartburn.
3.) Massage several drops of Peppermint oil on the area of injury to reduce inflammation.
4.) Apply Peppermint oil immediately to an inured area (bruised shin, hit on the foot or hand) to relieve pain.  If there is a cut, apply the Peppermint oil around (not on) the open wound.
5.) Rub several drops of Peppermint oil on the bottoms of the feet to reduce fever.
6.) Apply a drop of Peppermint oil topically on unbroken skin to stop itching.
7.) For poison ivy or poison oak, apply Peppermint oil on location neat (undiluted) or dilute with V-6 Mixing Oil.
8.) Inhale Peppermint oil before and during a workout to boost your mood and reduce fatigue.
9.) Massage several drops of Peppermint oil on the abdomen to relieve nausea.
10.) To relieve a headache, rub a drop of Peppermint oil on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses (avoiding the eyes) and on the back of the neck.
11.) To stop hiccups, apply a drop of Peppermint oil on each side o the fifth cervical vertebra (up three notches from the large vertebra at the base of the neck).
12.) Place two drops of Peppermint oil on the tongue and rub another drop under the nose to improve alertness and concentration.
13.) Diffuse Peppermint oil in the room while studying to improve concentration and accuracy.  Inhale Peppermint oil, when taking a test to improve recall.
14.) Rub 4 drops of Peppermint oil on the chest and stomach to relieve travel sickness. 
15.) Place a drop of Peppermint oil on the tongue and inhale into the nose and sinuses to relieve congestion from a cold.
16.) Add Peppermint oil to food as a flavoring and a preservative.
17.) To deter rats, mice, ants or cockroaches, place two drops of Peppermint oil on a cotton ball and place along the path or point of entry or these pests.
18.) Mix one 15 ml. bottle of Peppermint oil into a 5 gallon can of paint to dispel the fumes.
19.) Place a couple of drops of Peppermint oil in a cup of hot water and enjoy in place of coffee.
20.) To kill aphids on plants, add 4-5 drops of Peppermint oil to 4 ounces of water and spray the plants.
21.) Drink a drop of Peppermint oil mixed in a glass of cold water to cool off on a hot day.
22.) Rub Peppermint oil on joints to relieve arthritis or tendinitis pain.
23.) Place a drop of Peppermint oil on the tongue to stop bad breath.
24.) Inhale the fragrance of Peppermint oil to curb the appetite and lessen the impulse to overeat.
25.) Remove ticks by applying a drop of Peppermint oil on a cotton swab and swabbing the tick.  Wait for it to unwedge its head and remove from your pet.
26.) Mix Peppermint oil in a foot bath to relieve sore feet.  Keep water agitated while soaking feet

Youth Camp

Youth camp always brings back good memories so anytime we've been asked to chaperone for our local youth camp, it's always a Yes! This years camp was no different, we go expecting great things and come back with a blessing beyond our original expectations. It's such a dwelling place for the youth to just concentrate on God's word with no distractions, no cellphones, no internet, no chores, no homework, no work. There is no way I wouldn't want to be a part of that experience with them. 

It excites me to see when several young ladies gather around one young lady that is in desperate need of God's touch and they will pray with all their hearts and with tears flowing down their cheeks until that young lady is broken. All of the sudden their victory is contagious and you feel victory with them. You rejoice with those who rejoice. I carry their burden because it wasn't too long ago that I too was in their steps.  We can't judge them when they fail, because even we failed at their age and there was someone there to lift us up and encourage us to continue. Today, We need to be that person to help lift up the young people and continue to pray for them. 

 On one of the days, Bro. Jones (guest speaker) said to the youth "Don't ever say no one loves you because there are some great people here that have taken time from work and their responsibilities to be here for you today." I don't think we could of said it any better, we love our youth. If taking a few days off from work is all it takes to be there for them, then that's what we'll continue to do.


Last weekend my hubs and I went to Disneyland with the Garcia's in celebration of my father in laws birthday. Yup, he wanted to spend his birthday at Disneyland so that's what we did. It probably wasn't the best weekend to travel since the forecast said "showers" on Saturday but we decided to head out anyways. 

Friday night looked like maybe the "showers" had headed south but early Saturday morning the sprinkles started to fall. After an early breakfast we headed towards Disneyland which was just across the hotel we were staying at. That's when the rain really started pouring....hard!!! There we were among dozens of vacationers that probably had this vacation planned for months and had no intentions of letting the weather ruin their plans. 

I had just gotten over the flu that week, so I knew that I shouldn't be out in this kind of weather especially when my shoes were soaking wet and I couldn't feel my toes! lol!!! I headed back to the hotel after only one hour of California Adventures drenched in water. Bummed? Yes, I was because I wanted to be out there having fun with the family too. Luckily, the weather cleared up enough to allow me to head back to Disneyland later that evening...and it was worth the trip after getting to meet these lovely folks! lol.

Did you know these two "Sweethearts" are not married? 

"So why didn't the marriage-of-Mickey-and-Minnie happen? Well, there were actually people who worked at the Mouse House who were concerned that -- by marrying Mickey -- Minnie (as a character) would then be taking a step backwards. That -- by marrying Mickey Mouse -- Minnie would then be forced to settle into the stereotypical housewife's role."

"Then there were those at The Walt Disney Company who were uncomfortable with all the real-life baggage that would then come with these two much-beloved characters finally getting hitched. As in: How were they supposed to answer kids questions like "If Mickey & Minnie's marriage doesn't work out, will they then get divorced?"

Fun facts:

Mickey's Voice
Walt Disney, from 1929 to 1946, provided the original voices for both Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Since, only two others have had the honor; Jim MacDonald (1946 to 1983) and Wayne Allwine (1983 +).

Mickey has a huge wardrobe, packed with no less than 175 different costumes. Minnie goes one better, having been dressed in over 200 outfits throughout her career.

Thirty Year Wait
Due to commitments with other Disney projects, Walt Disney stopped making Mickey Mouse shorts following The Simple Things in 1953. This would prove to be his last ever Mickey Mouse short, following his death to Cancer in 1966. Mickey wouldn't be in a cartoon feature next until 1983 with Mickey's Christmas Carol, some 30 years after his last. Yet, his next proper short wouldn't come until 1995 with Runaway Brain, after an incredible 42 years of waiting.

Hot Dogs!
Mickey Mouse was the first ever cartoon character to talk. In the 1929 episode, The Karnival Kid, Mickey's first words were "Hot dogs!".

The Naming
Walt Disney originally called his creation Mortimer. It was his wife, Lillian, who persuaded him to change it to Mickey. American actor, Mickey Rooney, has claimed that Mickey Mouse was in fact named after himself, following meeting Disney in the 1920s as a child.

Wish I had more pictures to share but they're stuck in my husbands IPhone still.

I {heart} Pinterest

(2 post in one day?)

I {heart} Pinterest
I really like to go onto Pinterest and check out what new ideas I can find. Here are a few pictures I saved since I don't always "pin" my board. I hope this can inspire you to start a project or at least make you hungry and maybe try a new recipe.

{Thought of you Aiko with the picture above}

{I thought of you Mary Frances with this quote}


Awhile back Lawrence and I stopped at the Toll Brothers model homes near our house just to get some decorating ideas. I have always loved their floor plans and how they go above and beyond attention to detail.

The Courtyard


Laundry Room

Guest Bathroom


Master Bathroom

The Study

Guest Bathroom Tub

Kitchen Nook

Huge Kitchen Island

Kitchen Area

Dinning Room

Dinning Room Table Accents

Kitchen Table Accents


The Living Room

It's been awhile..

Once I start receiving text messages from friends asking me "when are you going to blog" is when I know I really haven't blogged in a long while. I can usually think of daily topics to blog about and then I think "who wants to read that?" or "nah, that's boring" so lately I felt like I have nothing to blog about. lol. I was also stuck at home for 4 straight days with the flu....ugh...the FLU is so over rated. I'm feeling much (much) better today and hopefully will be 100% myself in a few more days if not in the next 5 mins...okay few days it is! 

The unpacking is coming along very well and I'm so proud of my Love for taking of the front yard like a proud homeowner should. 

On to a random topic....If you knew me back in high'd know that I was actually never organized. I'd never wash my clothes until I was down to the last pair of sock...or had "nothing" to wear to church (if you know what I mean). I could never keep my closet organized, under my bed you'd find a collection of trash and treasures and sometimes I'd get grounded for having a messy room.

(Valerie, in our compiled dirty clothes)

(Not sure how long this mess lasted)

(There were some rare moments when I'd clean it up)

Basically, I was always a mess (And lets not get started on my car issues)...and then I got married to Mr.Neat, Mr. Car smells like new still, Mr. Clean cut, Mr. Daily pressed shirts, Mr. Showers like 20 times a day if needed (slight exaggeration). Ugh, big mistake...for him, he learned I wasn't so organized very quickly!!!! lol. Now almost three years later I am happy to announce that the high school-er that once knew nothing about making the bed after waking really organized! My closet is always picked up, I fold my clothes once it comes out of the dryer, I don't let the hamper fill up AND I even pick up after Mr.Neat! 

Who am I?

I say all this because I really do appreciate my husband for teaching me to be a better wife without using too many words. He just sets the example and it if you're working on someone that needs that extra help, please don't give up...they are learning from your example and will soon reap what you've been sowing. 
I speak from experience.