Instead of Resolutions

Thursday, December 29, 2011


I'm a type of person who doesn't like
to make resolutions based on the fact
that I can't never keep them.
So, instead of resolutions,
here's what I want more
this new coming year:

MORE SLEEP
MORE MUSIC
MORE TEA
MORE BOOKS
MORE SUNSETS
MORE CREATING
MORE SEWING
MORE WALKS
MORE LAUGHS
MORE HUGS
MORE KISSES
MORE I LOVE YOUs
MORE DREAMS
MORE VACATIONS
MORE ROAD TRIPS
MORE FUN
MORE HAPPINESS
MORE BLESSINGS
MORE KINDNESS
MORE LOVE
MORE JOY
MORE TIME WITH FAMILY
MORE OF EVERYTHING THAT'S GOOD
MORE OF ABSOLUTELY,
POSITIVELY,
EVERYTHING!

How about you?
What do you want more of?

My Year in Review (and Thank You)...

Wednesday, December 28, 2011



Blog
When I first began blogging I had
 no idea what I was doing.
It took a little while for me to finally find a
comfortable place and be happy with my posts,
I didn't know anything about blog hops or
even how to create a button.
I finally have some sense of what I want my blog to be.
I want it to be honest, sincere and interesting. After all,
I want you to read it and be inspired as well.

Readers
I would like to say THANK YOU to everyone
that has become a follower of the blog.
When I first started a barely had a follower,
to be completely honest - I had no followers!
Now, I can't believe that I have reached over 100.
I love reading comments from all of you,
 it always makes my day!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!


Family Life
I can't believe that 2011 is almost over!
All I can say is that it was truly a great year.
Filled with tons of laughter, memories, happiness
and surprises.
I'm looking forward to 2012 and what may bring,
I know it's going to be amazing.
Our family is going to start the New Year with
a bundle of joy, our baby boy should arrived
on the second week of January.
I'm so looking forward to exciting new experiences
for me and my family.
(you can also check this post I did in August: My Year So Far...)

To All
My God bless you and your New Year!
May it bring many happiness.
A Happy New Year to all.

Christmas Recap

Monday, December 26, 2011

I had a fabulous Christmas eve
 and Christmas day, I hope you had it too.
I spend my Christmas eve doing most of
the cooking and preparing for the dinner
that we served at our home for family and friends.


I had fun dressing up Sophia with the cutest
dress and coat that my mom gave her for the
special occasion. My sister created a little personalized
video with a special message from Santa to Sophia using
the Portable North Pole. It was really cute!

Dinner was great, a beautiful evening filled family,
friends and plenty of laughter. The food was
delicious, dessert was even better and there was
plenty of boxes of chocolates. Yay!

Later in the evening, my husband decided
to play Santa and started handing out
gifts, but the gifts were practical jokes to
our friends. It was a fun time.
And this year, we decided to play secret Santa
with our family instead of buying gifts for everyone
and also it was our attempt trying to
keep a secret.


Sophia got to open some of her gifts before
going to bed. She got plenty of books and toys
to keep her busy for a while now, she loved the little
pink tea party set.

On Christmas day we really rested. We had the
opportunity to sleep in, had a late breakfast, ate
leftovers for lunch, enjoyed some TV and more
quality time with the family.
Later in the evening we attended the Christmas
service at our church. It was a very
blessed and peaceful Christmas.
I couldn't have asked for a better Christmas,
how about you?

♥ ♥ ♥


Eclair Cake

Saturday, December 24, 2011



I was looking for a quick and simple
dessert recipe for our Christmas Eve dinner.
I found this by Paula Deen and I thought it
would be nice to share with all of you
if you're still looking for a quick dessert
just like me. Enjoy!


Ingredients:
Cake
1 (1-pound) box graham crackers
2 (3 1/4-ounce) boxes instant French vanilla pudding
3 1/2 cups milk
1 (8-ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

Frosting
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1/3 cup milk
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Directions:
Butter the bottom of a 13 by 9 by 2-inch pan. Line with whole graham crackers. In bowl of an electric mixer, mix pudding with milk; beat at medium speed for 2 minutes. Fold in whipped topping. Pour half the pudding mixture over graham crackers. Place another layer of whole graham crackers on top of pudding layer. Pour over remaining half of pudding mixture and cover with another layer of graham crackers.
For frosting, blend together sugar and cocoa. Add butter and milk, mixing well. Add corn syrup and vanilla. Stir until creamy. Cover cake with frosting and refrigerate for 24 hours.

*tip*: I made this recipe this very morning to serve at dinner, the recipe says to refrigerate for 24 hours. To make sure the crackers don't get hard, I dipped them in milk while I was assembling the cake. Also, I added some chocolate sprinkles on top just to look extra pretty.

Our Christmas Portraits

Friday, December 23, 2011

On Tuesday we decided to take some
Christmas portraits for our Christmas cards.
Here's a sneak peek of just a few of my favorites.

Things didn't exactly ran as smoothly as I had
hoped. Sophia started fussing and wouldn't smile;
I started getting tired of sitting on floor with my
burgeoning belly but the few shots we got I think
 really looked great.

I decided to make them black & white just
to look more classic and uniform.
Take a look:

All the pictures were taken by my sister Carine.

True Meaning of Christmas

Thursday, December 22, 2011

For unto us a child is born,
unto us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulders;
and his name shall be called Wonderful,
Counselor, The Mighty GOD, The Everlasting Father,
The Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6



This season remember the true meaning and
why we celebrate CHRISTmas.
Remember Jesus was the biggest present
given to all of us.




Our Little Trip To See Santa

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Yesterday, I took Sophia to take
her picture with Santa.
Let's just say that she wasn't thrilled
and wouldn't sit on Santa's lap.
In order for her to take the photo
I had to hold her but still she wouldn't even smile.
My only consolation is that she didn't cry at all.
I guess she had more fun playing with the kids
in the waiting line than with Santa.



Afterwards, we walked a little bit around in
the mall and she loves seeing people. She was
smiling and laughing at everyone that we passed by,
 it was really cute.
And as usual, I always buy a pretzel for her and she always
eats the whole thing!



Oh, Christmas Tree

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

I just realized that I didn't post any pictures
of our Christmas tree. I love seeing post from
bloggers showing their trees and decorations,
I thought I would share mine as well.

We kept the decorations throughout the house
to a minimum and focused more on our tree.
The color scheme for our tree are gold and silver,
I think is quite simple but the overall look is great.

Take a look:

Our tree is in our dining room since our living room
doesn't have enough space for it.

I just love this Nativity set! It's so adorable.
The candle holders and deer are following in the same pattern
as our tree, gold and silver.

I just added a simple gold tree and candle to our coffee table.
I love nutcrackers, if it was up to me I would have a whole
collection but my husband thinks that's a bit too much.
But they're cute in my opinion!

Looking Forward To Christmas


(Sophia looking closely at the Christmas tree at Grandma's)

I'm so looking forward to Christmas.
This will be the first year that I get
to do stuff with Sophia since last year
she was just about 4 months old.

I'm looking forward to see her face expression
when I take her to see Santa.
I'm looking forward to making gingerbread
house with her.
I'm looking forward to Christmas morning and
let her open her presents.
I'm looking forward to see her play with the
wrapping paper and her new toys.

I'm looking forward  because I get to live
and experience these things with her and
that makes Christmas even more special to me.

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Mixbook Custom Flat Holiday Party Invitations (Review)

Monday, December 5, 2011


Every year, we celebrate Christmas as a family
and everyone comes to our home during Christmas Eve.
A lot goes into the preparation; cooking,
drinks, decorations and invitations.

I was fortunate enough to receive a fabulous package from Mixbook.
Mixbook is a leading photo products company that helps people create
custom photo books, cards, and calendars. Whether starting from scratch, or using one
of our thousands of professionally designed templates, every Mixbook product is
100% customizable.

Mixbook sent me custom 5x7 flat holiday party invitations, a set of 30 invitations.
Mixbook uses only the highest-quality, heavy-weight papers that are ethically
sourced from sustainable forests and certified by
the Forest Stewardship Council and the Rainforest Alliance.

Take a look at the party invitations. I love them!


The invitations and envelopes came wrapped in plastic and
it arrived exactly three business days after I made the order.
If you have a chance stop by the following pages and check it out the products,
you won't regret it.


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