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It’s Book Fair Time!

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Today, I spent most of the day volunteering at Olivia’s school for their annual book fair. I have to say, this is one of my favorite things to do. I mean, I get to see kids all day long, coming in and out, enjoying looking at books and having free time to explore new interests and subjects they might not have at home. And I LOVE helping them navigate the chapter books, the reference books, the activity books, and so much more.

It was really hard to choose what to buy and what to leave… I will admit… and there was an EXCELLENT selection of books for adults. So I thought I would share some of the books we bought today (on day 2 of book fair… which means there is a good chance I will be buying more).

The Usborne Art Activity Book would have to be one of my favorites I bought today. Through painting, doodling, puzzles, and stickers, Olivia (and I) will be able to explore artists such as Renoir, Paul Klee, Rousseau, and Titian. I am so excited about this. My week is not complete without teaching or learning more about art.

The Crayons’ Book  of Numbers is Stella’s new favorite book! We have read it twice already, and currently she is asking me to go to bed so we can read it again! I love the original of this book, so I am excited to teach her about numbers in such a creative way.

Lonely Planet’s Not for Parents: U.S.A. Everything You Ever Wanted to Know is such a fun book. Each page has facts about our nation such as “Alaska is three times the size of France.” Or, “Did you know that birds have the right of way in Nebraska?” We have vowed to read a new page each night.


When Olivia showed me this book, she asked me if it was simply “about sewing.” Oh, darling, there is so much more to this amazing woman, as described in this book by Ma Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Little People Big Dreams, Coco Chanel.

I did manage to get a couple of really awesome cookbooks, one in particular I purchased because I am a HUGE fan of local chefs. My own hometown has an amazing book titled The San Luis Obispo Farmers’ Market Cookbook, so I was excited to see one for the LA area.


This book is simply gorgeous. The pictures, the food… I can’t wait to try out the Farmers’ Market Risotto, now that I have actually ventured into the risotto making area. Definitely buy The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Cookbook, even if it is just to impress your friends with a good coffee table book.

I bought a few other books, including a cookbook for kids, that I will be referencing in  some upcoming posts. I actually am hoping to post about an amazing opportunity for Olivia to go and use her new cookbook and tools at a Valentine’s Day cooking class!

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A surgery update.

Monday, January 20th, 2014

I have a surgery date! Yep! I won’t divulge the date, but suffice to say, it will be a busy spring. Since our last talk, I have had so much progress in this journey to acquire this tool. I say that, because that is just what this is. A tool in my weight loss journey. First off, I decided to get an opinion from a different doctor. The main reason was that I was traveling an hour and a half from home just to attend all of my appointments. This was so hard on the girls, and on those that were helping me out. My new surgeon is 20 minutes away, and I am so happy with his office! He is professional, diligent, and wants to make sure that I am prepared for the whole picture as to what this surgery will encompass.

The first visit was surreal. His office is located in the Mission Hope Cancer Center, and I’m guessing he is the only non-cancer-type-doctor in the building. His wait room is shared with a breast surgeon, which is even more surreal, and something I am sure I will be talking with you about more in the future. Anyways, back to my visit, I rode up the elevator to my surgeons office with a woman who was headed to the “3rd floor”, which is where the chemotherapy treatments are given. I actually mentioned this to my nurse, about how this surgery has opened my eyes to others, and how God is so good to me. I will remember this each and every time I go to this office, and embrace it. It was just another reassurance that I am doing this surgery for my health, and not just to “look better.” I think God was testing me a little to see if I knew the true reasons to go through this surgery.

Well, I passed all of my doctor’s tests, and he said I am an excellent candidate for this surgery. Although I kinda knew this, it is always so nice to talk to an actual doctor who believes in me and knows I can be successful.

What’s next?

I have a few more hurdles to pass through… a bone density scan (remember that crazy contraption from the movie The Pursuit of Happyness”?), a primary physician statement, and a few other record sent over. After that, we can start pursuing insurance and getting me approved (which I have been assured won’t be a problem). In the mean time, I have lots to get ready for, and things I hope to share with you here! Stella’s 1st birthday, her baptism, a special trip for Olivia coming up, the pursuit of a new-used car, and many changes to my diet, recipes, and crafts.

I hope you will keep reading, and we can start this new year together.


Missed me?

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Well, I have been taking a break… especially during the holidays. But I’m back! In what capacity? Who knows.

I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to share on this blog, and where I see it going, and what I have decided is… who knows. I’m sure I will share some of my favorite things, my weight loss journey, and my spiritual growth. So I figure if it is at all interesting, you will read. I’m not going to be concerned too much about traffic, etc., but more so about what makes us tic. What interests others to peer into our lives? What about someone else’s life is so interesting? I figure if I lay it all out and you like it, welcome! And its good to be back.


Happy Bert-day Hubs!

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Hey everyone! Soooo…. The end of this week marks my husband’s thirty… something… birthday.

Michael Baby

Hey. If I told you how old he was, you would then know how old I am. Plus, I am older than him, so of course I often question my youth when his birthday comes along. I didn’t tell you I’m older than him? On a good day, like any day between October and March, we are just 1 year apart. But for those six+ months involving summer, I have to say that I am TWO years older…I’m babbling….

Anyways, I try to make birthdays really special around here. Once, on a Monday night football, I went to the store and bought all of his favorite beers, candy, made his favorite dinner, and then told him to plop on the couch and enjoy the rest of the evening.


We have since then made it a tradition to go out with friends, though, and each couple brings a bottle of wine. This year, we have chosen an AMAZING restaurant about 45 minutes from our home, but well worth it. They specialize in all very FRESH and sustainable food, flatbreads, homemade desserts… don’t worry. Check out my instagram on Friday. I am sure you will see every dish on there.

I also have some great posts coming up this week centering around birthdays for him. Look forward to great gifts, recipes and styles all centered around him. Don’t worry, I also have a great post coming up on what I’ve been doing on my weight loss journey… stay tuned!

Thanks for being here ☺