Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Day 3: It's all about Nip Tuck

Decided that I would start off my day with a cup of coffee and working on my blog...maybe I should do this more often! ha ha

Random side note: Thank you to all of my followers here on my blog. I don't know if you read every single entry I have done on this blog. But I know the more recent and upcoming blog posts are going to be more about me..and less about make up. So bare with me...and if you like the variety..then let me know!! I love feedback, whether it's good or bad...just really depends on how you deliver it.

My final random thoughts is one thing about putting yourself on YouTube or the internet in general is being able to deal with the haters, and rude critics. To an extent everyone is a critic in their own particular type of way. And to me, if you are tactful about how you say things (while still being real) you get alot further along in life.

**Enter exasperated sigh** I tried to do this blog post earlier in the day..had it all written out..thought it had saved. And then blogspot started having some MAJOR issues and I lost everything I had written up to my sigh....freaking figures! the internet gods hate me!!!

Okay let's get to the point in this blog post for the day!!!

Day 03 - A picture of the cast from your favorite show

Nip Tuck Lasted for 6 Seasons

Now keep in mind that the real two main characters of this tv series that was shown on FX was Shawn and Christian...while all the other characters were somewhat background noise. As it is my opinion that the show really revoloved around the relationship, both professional as well as personal between the two men.

The actual plot of the first 3rd to 4th season was very drama filled and action packed. When it came to the 5th season Parts One and Two (as the movie writer strike occured during this season, hence the break and amount of episodes between parts) the plot started to get a bit outlandish. And by the 6th season (which was the last season) they are repeating some of the exact same ideas from the beginning of the season.

Now, I could watch this series over and over, from beginning to end and be completely happy. Minus the fact that whenever I do that (cause I have done that a few times) I end up having dreams that Christian and Shawn come and see me!!! NAUGHTY NAUGHTY!!

I HATED the way they ended the actual series, and I'm not going to go into it...just in case anyone hasn't seen it. Or from reading this blog post ends up watching it to see what I'm rambling on about! But it SUCKS...I didn't want it to end like that!!!

Day 2: Need a little help from my friend!

Another day...another photo challenge to follow through with. Boy does this whole actually writing thing feel pretty good.

Gonna go on a random little tangent and just point out that I haven't fully blogged about much about myself this past year. I don't know if it's because I think people won't find me interesting...or if I think people know too much about me they won't want to watch my videos anymore! HA HA

I'm taking the time to do this blog entry, after having a very quick and easy dinner with the mister. It was Taco Wednesdays here in our house...ground spicy turkey taco meat on hard shells with spicy Mexican rice. Sadly no beans...but you know...the mister wasn't disappointed. Nor was there an extra pot to have to clean up afterwards!!! woot for that!

So, I guess I better get to the actual point in my blog posting today...which is DAY 2!!

Day 02 - A picture of you and the person you have been closest with the longest

My Mom and Me May 2010 at my cousins college graduation

As cheesy as it sounds my mom is prolly one of the closest friends that I do have. Yeah it is my got a problem with that??!!!

When I was younger it definitely had more of the "what mom says" goes type of thing. But as an adult our relationship has changed for the better, I can turn to her for advice or just someone to vent to...though of course again it is my MOM!

I guess the biggest double edge sword about your mom being one of your closest friends is that you can't hide or lie from the truth. If something is wrong my mom can read it...whether it's written on my face...or hidden in my voice. My mom will be the first one to ask what's going on, and no matter what it is. I know that she will always be there for me.

I normally check in with my mom once a week on the phone...and once a weekend as well. We will shoot emails back and forth during the week when she is at the 9 hour difference between Germany and California is pretty lame! Considering she is someone who isn't a night owl...trying to call in the later morning here in Germany does not work! I would have to get up pretty early to attempt to catch her at a decent hour (or try to call after getting in from a night out with friends).

I respect and look up to my mom...not only as a mother...but as a woman. My mom has gone through alot in her life, she always puts herself second and her family first. She is a devoted and selfless person, who I only hope I can be like as I get older.

My mom jokes saying that if it wasn't for the fact that she is my mom (and a Libra) that I would be just as crazy as the rest of the female Scorpios that she has to deal with in her life. Maybe she is right...cause I'm not your typical female Scorpio (the rest of them be CRAY CRAY).

No matter what...I'm thankful and very very blessed to have such an amazing woman, and friend in my life....Love you Mom!!!


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Day One: A little about ME

So my journey off attempting to keep up with my blog starts today, June 28th...because...well because it seems like a good day!!!

The weather is actually beautiful and very sunny, actually to the point of where its rather hot here in Germany. I'm talking like high 80's..yeah I know crazy right?

Most of my friends (who have kids) are either at the local village pool or using their backyards as cool get aways from the heat...while sungoddessing (as we call it..or tanning). While I'm hiding away in my house...doing some laundry. Yup...I'm feeling like a hermit a bit today...but it happens. I went out yesterday when it was a bit cooler...and boy I tell you what. No matter what color your skin is...and how tan you are before hand. The sun when it wants to can get the best of you!!!

Thus I have decided to start off my 30 Day Photo Challenge!!!

So here goes nothing!!!!

Day 01 - A picture of yourself with ten facts

Picture taken on recent trip to the States May 2011 at Silver Strand State Beach

Fact #1 I'm the oldest of two within my family.
More detail: There is a 7.5 year difference between my younger bother and I. And while we didn't get along so well when we were younger, as adults I feel our relationship has become closer and deeper. I spent most of my time with him while I was at home visiting this past May.

Fact #2 I have been a military dependent for overall 24 years.
More detail: My dad was in the military, Marines, for over 22.5 years...though at the age of either 23 or when you graduate college (which I did when I was 21). As a military dependent you lose your military privileges ie medical coverage, shopping at the exchanges, being able to easily get on a military installation, etc. It was with marrying my husband in 2007 that allowed me to become a military dependent again, thus leaving a 4 year gap between college and getting married of fending on my own. Overall, I have had a very good experience as a military dependent, minus a few issues I have with the military system (but that perhaps is for a different blog entry).

Fact #3 I hate canned spinach but love fresh spinach!
More detail: Yeah, I really don't know how that is possible, considering I eat spinach salads at least once a week. But it canned is freaking NASTY! I remember my mom would randomly cook it and I would be forced to have one large spoonful. I would always plug my nose and verses trying to chew it...cause I didn't like the texture. I would pretty much try to swallow it whole...never ever a good idea. I don't understand how Popeye can eat that CRAP!!! Fresh Spinach is the ONLY way to GO!!!

Fact #4 For being Hispanic...I never seem to have a single bean in my house!
More Detail: Random and sadly very true. Alot of my friends here and even back home make fun of me for the fact. I can make a mean salsa, enchiladas, homemade tortilla chips (or Cheeps as we have all known to call them), patron margaritas, and Mexican rice. But for the life of me...I just never seem to have any type of bean in my house (whether canned or dry). I know it's one of my big follies as a cook and as a Hispanic female. I am trying to work on it...I even recently asked a few friends back in California. To share their recipes for made pinto beans....I have just again been too absentminded or lazy to get the items at the grocery store!!

Fact #5 When in doubt I always read outloud an important note or email
More Detail: I'm guessing that is the English major in me that wants to make sure my grammar and the flow of the words is used properly. Or maybe I just want to double check and make sure that I don't sound like a big retard. Nonetheless whenever I can...I do. Call it being insecure of what I'm saying or being picky when it comes to writing. I never send without rereading..and rereading it aloud at least twice!

Fact #6 When I have to babysit I prefer the child to be a boy verses a girl
More Detail: I have been on and off babysitting local military children since we arrived here in Germany about two years ago. I have sat kids of all different ages, sizes, and sexes. But I do prefer little boys verses little girls. Why you ask? Simple...boys are more resilient to playing outside, rough housing, and tend to mind a bit more a female sitter (as they are use to their mothers being the one in charge of their reprimanding and whatnot). It has been so much easier to play along with a little boy or even watching them play with their toys and not require or demand attention. Verses a little girl, who will always want you to go along with whatever she is doing...because most little girls want to be princesses. And a princess always has all the attention!

Fact #7 A reoccurring theme in my dreams of the past year rotates around X-Men
More Detail: Call me crazy...cause I totally am willing to agree with you on that one. In the past year I have had at least half a dozen dreams where somehow I'm either an X-Men character or the characters from the comics play a significant role in the dream. Normally these dreams are pretty action packed and vivid, to where I wake up from the dream...quite uncertain where I am at. And NO, I don't watch the movies or read the comics the night to week prior of me having the dream. Apparently my subconscious is trying to tell me something...and I still haven't figured out what it's trying to say!

Fact #8 I plan to have my back eventually all tatted up!
More Detail: One thing about tattoos is they are quite addicting! I got my first one when I was 18...something small and girly. Looking at it now...I wish I was more creative with my idea...and really if I want to I can cover over it. But my back is what I'm really looking forward to actually working on. I'm suppose to get a matching tattoo with Joe that will go on my right shoulder (as I have a current tattoo that is matching to my cousin on my left.) I want to get a lower/middle back piece of a dragon and phoenix....there is a meaning behind it. If you want to know just ask. And then some Japanese Kanji as well separating the two different pieces on my shoulders. Of what statement...I hadn't quite decided yet. I have played with the idea "Survival is living with no Regrets" or something like that.

Fact #9 I am a camera whore!
More Detail: There are very few times in my adult life where I do not bust out a camera to snap a quick photo. Whether it's on my Iphone or my hot pink Kodak camera, a picture will be taken. I don't necessarily have to be in the pictures...though of course I do try to at least get in one. I just like to have pictures to look back at later. My current screensaver is of different photos of this year being out with friends.

Fact #10 All my major relationships have originally started from online
More Detail: Yup, call me crazy but I was advenurous enough in my dating career to actually rely mostly on the wonderful world of the internet to find guys to date. All my serious and steady boyfriends (minus my husband) were found in old school AOL chat rooms! It still makes me chuckle when I randomly hop on an old screen name on either my AOL or Yahoo and get an im stating "A/S/L".

Hope You enjoyed a little extra info on yours truly! See what Day 2 brings!

Trying something a little different

After much thought, I have decided I am going to take on the 30 day Photo Challenge and verses putting it up on my personal Facebook. I will be posting it here on my blog. I hope with this personal challenge it will force me to actually properly attend to my blog.

I have been playing catch up it seems since I got back from the states for almost a month now, with a random comment here and there either on my YouTube channel or on my twitter. Saying how people have missed my videos...when will I be doing more...In the Kitchen's or Life in Germany.

Plus I have seen a ton of different people do the photo challenge, so I figured what the heck...might as well jump on the bandwagon as well and ride this one out. I could choose to start this on the 1st of a month as to make it easier...but since I'm pretty random. I might as well start now!!!

Hence the below is the information of how the 30 Day Photo Challenge works. Pending on how well I do this, I might move on to a different Challenge (song of the day, vlog of the day...whatever). Plus I'm always likely to start a project...but not necessarily always finish it. So posting it on my blog...will not only make me accountable for my challenge. But allow any of my followers to get to know a little more about me!!

If you are reading this and haven't done this Challenge yet...or if you have and didn't follow through completely. You are more than welcome to do it along with me!!! It will be fun!!!

The Break Down of Day for the Challenge
Day 01 - A picture of yourself with ten facts

Day 02 - A picture of you and the person you have been closest with the longest

Day 03 - A picture of the cast from your favorite show

Day 04 - A picture of your night

Day 05 - A picture of your favorite memory

Day 06 - A picture of a person you'd love to trade places with for a day

Day 07 - A picture of your most treasured item

Day 08 - A picture that makes you laugh

Day 09 - A picture of the person who has gotten you through the most

Day 10 - A picture of the person you do the most ****** up things with

Day 11 - A picture of something you hate

Day 12 - A picture of something you love

Day 13 - A picture of your favorite band or artist

Day 14 - A picture of someone you could never imagine your life without

Day 15 - A picture of something you want to do before you die

Day 16 - A picture of someone who inspires you

Day 17 - A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently

Day 18 - A picture of your biggest insecurity

Day 19 - A picture and a letter

Day 20 - A picture of somewhere you'd love to travel

Day 21 - A picture of something you wish you could forget

Day 22 - A picture of something you wish you were better at

Day 23 - A picture of your favorite book

Day 24 - A picture of something you wish you could change

Day 25 - A picture of your day

Day 26 - A picture of something that means a lot to you

Day 27 - A picture of yourself and a family member

Day 28 - A picture of something you're afraid of

Day 29 - A picture that can always make you smile

Day 30 - A picture of someone you miss

Day 31 - A picture of yourself

In the Kitchen: Baking Edition Coconut Macaroons

Another edition of baking within the In The Kitchen Series.

This time its one of Joe's personal favorites, Coconut Macaroons.

Yup, these bad yet ubber yummy cookies are one of few that we have saved in our household when I actually decide to bake. Apparently these cookies are a hit with several others as well (from his shop).

Not much more to say to that, these cookies go great for anytime of the year. If you wanted to make them a little more special you can warm up some dark chocolate and dip or drizzle chocolate over the cookies (so then they really taste like Almond Joy candy bar).

I'm thinking of adding a few more of my personal favorite items to bake to the In the Kitchen series...just been slacking hardcore! My apologizes ahead of time..I know alot of requests have been coming in for different items to be featured on there. I will get to adding new videos to that section on my YouTube soon!!

Check out the video:

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Upcoming Giveaway on my YouTube channel

I decided since I'm officially back from my month long vacation and trying to get back in to the swing of things.

Thus I have decided it is time for a giveaway...considering I honestly love hooking my friends, subbies and fellow make up/beauty addicts up with random goodies.

I went down to San Diego to visit the family (if you were wondering where I was the past month or so) and I gave my mom her Mother's Day gift when I was down there...and she loved it!

Oh I bet you want to know what I got her...well I suppose I should show you guys...I have one too! He He

It's actually a homemade item that one of my friends here in Germany makes..something that any serious coffee drinker who is eco-friendly would possible enjoy and love to have in their purse!

Here is what I'm talking about:
My mom's is the left coffee and Mine is the right coffee

Yup, as my friend calls them...Coffee Coozies (aka coffee sleeves)! Homemade coffee holders..since all coffee shops tend to give you one when you order a hot drink..(and true) Most use recycled. It is a fun and different way to make your coffee drink different from the rest, all while being green! I think these Coozies are super cute...but then again I'm a little biased.

No joke, everytime I went to a coffee shop while I was in the states and I went to grab my drink I would pull out my Coozie (or sleeve) to put it on..the barista would notice it and make a comment about how cute it was. Or would ask what it was...and it would lead to a conversation about the item..and then about to living in Europe.

I personally chose out the fabric choices for both mine and my mom. They are cool cause they are reversible (so two choices for something fun and unique). Plus they are fabric so for any reason I accidently spill on to it, I can pop it in the washer & let it air dry and it's good to go!

Also pointing out I would be hooking up my friend with her small side business of her making these items is a nice thing overall to do. As you guys know I love supporting small business, hence why I love getting different pieces of accessories, make up and even clothes from many online stores/shops.

Thus I'm thinking about making these Coffee Coozies as a giveaway goodie on my Youtube channel later on this month...of course allowing the winner(s) to choose their own Coozie and go from there. I'm checking in with my friend about it and see what she has to say!

But if you are an avid coffee lover like me...then this could be a fun little way to get your coffee to speak more about you! ha ha

Pic of my Mom rocking her Coozie!