Beauty Routines

My mom never went to work without applying lipstick, mascara, liquid eyeliner, blush and about half a can of Aqua Net on herself before leaving for work each day. She worked as a Veterinary Technician which required her to don scrubs, jeans and sensible white sneakers. That did not stop her from beautifying herself! I remember watching her get ready in the mornings and holding my breath as she doused her thick, long, curly-permed hair in Aqua Net. I would not label my mom as a super-girly-girl, just someone who wanted to look presentable, attractive and put together. The beauty…

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Grocery Shopping Plan

This Weekday Meal Plan And Shopping List found in the January 2011 issue of Real Simple magazine is the perfect 2-in-1 way to plan out grocery shopping and meals. I tried other methods but this is by far the best yet! I love that I can map out my meals for the week. I love that I can list out grocery items by meal and grocery store section. It is so ORGANIZED! This makes both shopping and cooking way easier. Here is a scanned image of the magazine page: If you are handy with Excel you can easily recreate this…

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Shot Glass Storage

Shot glasses can be used for more than just guzzling down your choice of liquor–they can be used for storage! I came across this idea while perusing Pinterest. I continue to discover so many unique organizing tips through that site. This Shot Glass Checkers set gathered dust in a closet for years and I only used it once! Each piece is now being put to use.          First I organized a drawer in the entertainment center. The square shot glasses are perfect for holding various batteries, dice and small electronic cords. We also store playing cards, Uno and Loteria (Mexican…

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Resolutions

Happy New Year! One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to blog MORE! I changed the format of this blog to allow more flexibility in the topics of my posts. I will now blog about cooking/baking, home organizing, decorating, do it yourself projects, travel articles and opinion articles. I will continue to post funny memories since that’s what started this whole thing! My other resolutions are to organize the home creatively and exercise for 30 minutes or more a day. Recently I was introduced to a website called Pinterest. It’s opened my eyes to so many amazing blogs about home…

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Devil Comes Out at Night…

The three of us sisters used to do mini slumber parties in the living room. Jessica and I shared a room and Marina had her own room so doing our own version of a slumber party was always great fun. We would bring all our blankets and pillows out and giggle the night away. Marina would mostly keep us laughing with jokes and stories. One night Jessica and I were particularly rowdy and Marina really wanted to start the slumbering portion of our slumber party. She decided the best way to get us snoozing was to scare us quiet. “Did you know the…

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Taste Test

Ever wonder what a blade of grass might taste like? What about how a kibble of dog food might taste like? I was told that a blade of grass tastes like lettuce and that a kibble of dog food tastes like a peanut. I got a reality check on that when I tried these delicacies myself. Marina, good ol’ Marina. We were so gullible and trusted her so much. We believed her. She told us that grass and dog food were ok to eat. “Go ahead try it!” she said. We stood on the green tiled floors in the garage near the bag…

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Roof Tops

Summer time reminds me of the summer days when we were left home alone and all the things we did to entertain ourselves. Marina, my older sister, was a great ring leader and always found something exciting for us to do. One of the most thrilling activities we had was jumping off the roof on our house in Oxnard. Yes, we jumped off the roof of our house. We would climb up from the back yard, the patio was covered with green fiberglass corrugated roofing held up by strong wooden posts. We climbed the wooden posts, stepped lightly on the…

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Cookies

There are many reasons why parents should not leave their children home alone. One reason is that they might try to make cookies out of random ingredients. On one of the days we were all left home alone we got the idea in our heads that we wanted to make home made cookies from scratch. Without a recipe. Marina was in charge, as always, so I’m going to say she was the mastermind of this whole baking experiment. She must have been somewhere around 10 to 12 years old. She was able to reach up into the high shelves and…

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An Easter Story

Now that I’ve recovered from this year’s jelly bean and deviled egg induced coma, I am ready to share an Easter story from the past… I’m just going to get the “eew” part of this story out right now, I threw up in church. Ok, not in church but right on the front steps. Here’s what went down: My ex-stepdad was Greek Orthodox Christian and he was somewhat religious, as was my mom, meaning they went to church on the “important” occasions. Which really was only Easter and funerals. The first time we attended an Easter service was pretty intense.…

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Turtles

                Right now I have a pug and a white kitten. This is the least amount of animals I’ve ever owned and also some of the first pets I’ve had as an adult (we recently lost one pug to kidney cancer). The pets my family has had ranged from cats and dogs to turtles and pigs. We didn’t have a lot of money but we did our best to give them all the best life we could offer.                 One of our, how should I put this, ah yes, our most inventive ways of cleaning out our turtle aquarium makes…

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