3/26/11

Knock Knock


My door needed a wreath for SPRING... I found this super amazing tutorial at one of my favorite blogs Little Birdie Secrets (click here for the tutorial)

I decided to take a shot at it. I made mine a much simpler version because I didn't have very much fabric... so mine is like a half recipe if you will

You will need:
a wreath form
a pillow case or fabric of your choice... not even a yards worth
glue gun
needle and thread
scissors

I wanted to make mine for my door, so I put it on a wreath form instead of making it flat like the picture above.


I got an old pillow case and tore 12 strips - 4 inches thick and about 2 feet long
Iron the strips in half


Take a strip and just zig zag stitch all the way to the end




Then just bunch it up 'til it looks good and glue gun it together real well
Do that for 6 of the strips


Then take a cereal bowl and outline six circles on the remaining fabric then cut those out


Now tie a knot at the end of one strip and start twisting it all the way down
Glue the knot in the middle of a circle...
then twist and glue all the way around the circle until you run out of room


Cut the remaining fabric from around your circle. 
Then all you do is place the finished flowers on the form and glue gun them down real well.


If you choose to do a more full wreath, do 12 of each flower instead, or just follow the tutorial to make 4 different kinds of flowers.


Finished product!
If you have any cute ideas for Easter or Spring wreaths let me know!

3/24/11

Book Worm

I got a library card! AANNDD I went a yittle CRAZY!
I'm not gonna lie, I got a little book happy when I finally took the time to treck over to the public library {a whole mile away}

I wasn't feeling good at all last week, so instead of doing anything productive in my life I decided to read. I asked around for some suggestions and these are the books I got... and read... within the two week time frame...
{pathetic I know... just glad I dont have any kids that I would have been neglecting}


Couldnt really get into the story... and it bugged me that it was written in his writing and he spelled everything wrong... Cool idea, but not my cup of tea



Loved!


Cheesy Laurn Conrad should not be an author, but I liked it! A super easy read, I read it in like 3 hours... and there are 2 sequels that I have reserved as well... guilty pleasure



This book depressed me... I would like something a little more upbeat...

Wonderful! Another easy read, but a page turner... and I think they will make more... recommend!



I decided that I like reading more about upbeat, drama, or mystery type things. This book would make a good movie though... very interesting and makes me feel like I need to help the world.

6 Books in 10 days is a little crazy... but I read SUPER fast and once I start, its hard to get me to stop... totally my personality to just want to get things done already!

If you have any suggestions for next week let me know... I have a bunch of books I requested but haven't gotten yet. Im going to the library again tomorrow!

3/23/11

Yup.,.. Delish

I haven't posted a recipe in a while.
To be quite honest, I am proud of myself... I spent a good two hours creating a whole months menu, wrote out the entire grocery list, and did the shopping!

Hello! Amazing... and it really does save time and money. If you know what you are cooking that week you can share ingredients and prepare things ahead of time... a lot less veggies go bad thats for sure.
You will have to get the fresh foods throughout the month... and be sure to tell the boys{aka ginormous garbage disposals} what they cannot eat so that you will have everything you need.

Anyway, I tried this new recipe this week. It was AMAZE! Im not quite sure why it was so good, and I wish I remembered which blog I got it off of cause they deserve the credit... The boys loved it, I loved it, and I'm sure Kobe would have loved it if we would have let him have any!

Without further a-do... here is the

MEXICAN CHICKEN CASSEROLE

1 lb Chicken (you can use breast or pieces)
1 tsp cumin
2 oz. Neufendale cheese
1 1/2 cups salsa
1 can black beans drained
1 green pepper chopped
1 tomato chopped
shredded Cheddar cheese
2 whole wheat flour tortillas
(for the non healthy version use regular cream cheese and white flour tortillas)

  • Pre heat oven to 375
  • Cook your chicken in a pan with a little olive oil and the sprinkle of cumin
  • Shred up the cooked chicken with a fork (or chop it, whatever you want)
  • Drop in the green peppers, cook for 2 minutes
  • Drop in the salsa and cream cheese, cook 2 minutes or until smooth and creamy
  • Add beans and tomato- mix together
  • Put 1/3 of the mixture on the bottom of a 9x9 pan
  • Top with cheese and tortilla
  • Add another layer of mix, cheese, and tortilla
  • Top with remaining mix
  • Cook about 20 minutes- adding shredded cheese the last 5 mintues
  • Add a side of mexican rice and salad... YUMMY!
This recipe feeds about 4- I wish I would have doubled it cause the boys gobbled that stuff up and Im sure its good reheated for leftovers the next day! Enjoy!


3/20/11

All Grow'd Up!

Have I told you about my sister?
She is basically Fabu... if you don't know her you are missing out!
Today's her super 25th B-Day.
I hate that my family is so far away from each other especially on celebrations...
BUT I love this girl with ALL my heart!
Happy Birthday Meico Melushka Mims!









Little Baby Boy

Have I ever mentioned that my dog thinks he is human?


He loves to sit on our laps like a little baby and just be content for hours...
I love that little guy... how could you not love that precious old man teddy bear?



Heneyway- He got his very first professional hair cut this week.
They said that he did not cooperate well...maybe he will get better each time...

 this was him BEFORE...

And... here he is AFTER! with a cute little pal bandana




SO PROUD! A little less teddy bear... still old man status...
PS he is a yorkie but his ears don't stand up cause he had too much hair on them and now the cartaledge is too weak... love those floppy ears!

3/15/11

Maxin Relaxin

Last week was a rough one... we had family members in the ICU, people staying with us, long work hours...Whew!
Luckily when the weekend came around we got to relax.
Two of husby's cousins had birthdays and they wanted to come down to SD (from Bakersfield) to celebrate with the family. Willy hosted the party at his place...

Cousins with their grandma


The cake...


Birthday boys... Diego and Phillip


Fun times with the family... after the party I went home and knocked out for a good 2 hour nap!
I love lazy weekends!

(PS- I am starting to notice how awful my camera is... husby's cell phone takes better pictures then my 5 year old digital camera... time for an upgrade!)

3/7/11

So... what do YOU do?

You know when you meet someone for the first time and they always ask the standard questions... where did you move from? where are you living? and what do you do?
I hate these questions mostly because I dont know how to explain things simply... "we moved from St. George but we were originally from San Diego, but not really, I moved here after college and Richard grew up between here and Bakersfield..."
ANYWAY, the reason I bring this up is because A LOT of people have been asking me what I do... I'm not actually sure, the title doesnt describe what I actually do, so it provokes a long explanation... I'll explain it once so everyone knows and understands... AND here we go...

When I lived in San Diego before, I worked for a non-profit organization that helps kids and families. This organization SAY SAN DIEGO {look it up} has programs all over San Diego all focused on different things.

I worked for a family resource center that happened to be on a middle school campus. This resource center called FSS- or family support services, has many programs, groups, activities, etc for the families in the Southeast San Diego community. My job was "student advocate."

Teachers would refer students who were having issues... anything from academic, social, emotional, family, medical, anything and everything. It was my job to be the 'case manager' for the family/ or student and provide them with resources to solve their problems.

When we decided to move back to San Diego, I emailed my old boss and asked her if she knew of any jobs in the company that she would refer me for.  She told me that they had a new program at FSS and they were looking for a program director to run it {and I would be perfect for the job of course :)}

My job title is PROGRAM SUPERVISOR and the program is called  Southeast San Diego Health Access Partnership.

Basically, the program provides access to health care resources in Southeast San Diego (aka the ghetto) I have two staff that are outreach workers and case manager for families in the area. We help people sign up for Medi Cal, we help people find doctors for their specific health concerns, we help students who need glasses but cannot afford them, anything health related.

Once a month we have a alternitive health night where accupuncture and chiroprators give FREE services. We also have healthy cooking classes, mobile dental and health clinics, health education workshops, really anything you can imagine.

We go to city council meetings and PTA meetings and rec meetings and pretty much every other meeting that is held in the community. We do presentations for parenting classes and after school programs...
Basically, we do A LOT!

I work at the same school site that I did before, but I dont work with the kids like I use to {i miss those little buggers}. Its a lot more work, but a lot less stress, which is perfect and I LOVE IT! I love my job and the people that I get to work with.

So as you can see, its pretty lengthy to explain what I do... and when people ask, so you're at your old job? I say, well yes but no... well, it's complicated.

3/4/11

Home Sweet Home

This is what I am dreaming of... doesnt it just look so cozy and relaxing?

Nevermind that its on a beach in the Caribbean and only $17,000 (yes thats THOUSAND) per month

But something like this...

a 1 bed 1 bath cottage in San Diego (not on the beach mind you) is a measly $2500 a month...

or this...
2 beds 1 bath $3000/month

I would be happy with...

I HATE living in an apartment, I dont even want some giant mansion, just a cute little place that has a yard for Kobe...

why is life so freakin expensive?

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