Monique’s Visit to The Wedding Salon

I’m loving every last minute of being engaged! Looking through bridal magazines and a pinning stuff on my Pinterest wedding board helps me gather ideas for the big day! What else can I do next to dream up more ideas? Go to a wedding expo! Earlier this month I attended an elegant wedding expo in Beverly Hills called The Wedding Salon at the SLS Hotel. Even though I’m not getting married until 2014 I thought it would be great to go and get inspired! I enjoyed tasting cocktails, coffee, cupcakes and chocolates as I browsed table decorations, dresses and invitations.…

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I’m an Aunt!

Proud to announce that I am officially an aunt! My niece came to us a little early–2 months early in fact. We think she is just excited to meet us all! She is doing great but needs to stay in the NICU until she grows a little more. She came to us on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17 at 11:14 p.m. and her measurements were 3 pounds 10 ounces 17 inches. I’m in love with her and excited to share all the good things life offers with her! _________________________________________________________________

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Hiking La Jolla Trail

A few weeks ago I went hiking with my sister Jessica and fiance Kyle at the Malibu La Jolla Hiking Trail. Activities like this remind me of how lucky I am to live is such a beautiful part of the world. Ocean air, mountains, wild flowers, blue birds and the occasional dolphin sighting make this area amazing! This is a long hike, the trail is 6 miles long and took us three hours total to complete. We walked at a leisurely pace and stopped for photos along the way. There is poison oak throughout so you need to be on…

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Recipe: French Baguette

Last night Kyle whipped us up some fresh French Baguettes! The only thing I did to help was punch down the dough and take pictures 😀 He found this recipe on allrecipes.com and when I asked him for a quote of tips, tricks or advice he said, “Read the first comment on the website.” Not a very helpful quote but please do go to the original page and read what “DivineHealth7” wrote. The recipe is for a bread machine and we do not own one–but it came out nicely anyway! “DivineHealth7” also did not use a bread machine and Kyle…

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Recipe: Strawberry Waffles

Today Kyle and I made delicious strawberry waffles and I want to share the easy recipe! We found the batter recipe and strawberry topping recipe on allrecipes.com It was super easy to make and we had all the ingredients in our cupboards. This week berries were buy 1 get 1 free at the grocery store so we had a pint in our refrigerator. The waffle mix is actually a Fluffy Pancake Mix but since we own a waffle maker we like making waffles instead! I cooked the waffles while Kyle made the strawberry topping. It worked out perfectly–just as I…

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Painfully Shy

In kindergarten I didn’t make friends with anyone. I only played with others if they invited me otherwise I stood on the side alone. Once a nun at the Catholic school I attended taught me how to jump rope so I could entertain myself. A little boy kind of liked me–and I absolutely hated it when his mom brought him over to hand deliver a Cookie Monster stuffed animal to my house. My sisters playfully teased me about it and I instantly rejected the toy and handed it over to my little sister so that I could rid myself of…

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Hawaii Memories

When my brain is full of a thousand thoughts at once and won’t shut off to let me sleep I try my hardest to focus on Hawaii. I visited once in August 2010 with Kyle to relax, sight-see and hang out with his childhood friend. Lately, my life is full of action and sleep does not come easily. I want to share with you the images I recall in my mind as I try to drift off…   What do you do when you can’t fall asleep?

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Engaged!

Most of you already know this but I just want to say it again…I’m ENGAGED! Kyle proposed to me last Sunday and I couldn’t be happier. He took me to Sycamore State Beach off the Pacific Coast Highway right at sunset. This place means a lot to us since it’s where we had our first date. I thought he was just being randomly romantic and cute by taking me there–the proposal completely shocked me! When he procured a little black box from his pocket and revealed a glimmering diamond ring I started crying and became speechless! He watched my reaction…

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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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