Everyday life sprinkled with pictures and books.

Black and White Wednesday September 15, 2010

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week, it’s already Wednesday! I shot these a while back but never posted them. The angel pictured belongs to my mom, the orb in her hand lights up at night with solar energy. I think the photos look a bit eerie in black and white. Perfect for upcoming Halloween….

Happy Wednesday!

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Mexican food and US Open tennis September 14, 2010

While in Los Angeles we were able to eat at a family favorite restaurant named:

I had the vegetable fajitas:

(sorry I totally picked at the avocado)

What I really like about this restaurant (other than the food) is the ambiance. They have authentic decorations complete with:

Before we left I had been watching Nadal’s match with Gilles Simon and was feeling pretty bummed at having to miss the end, but lo and behold they were showing the match on a television near my table! It was fun getting my entire table to applaud as Nadal celebrated his victory even though my aunt didn’t understand a thing about the game (only that my future husband Nadal was alto y guapo). Good food and a Nadal match, what more could I want Β in one sitting? πŸ™‚

Update: Nadal won the US Open! I was too happy for words last night, I felt so much pride πŸ™‚ Vamos Rafa!

Photo: US Open

Happy Tuesday!


Winter Shadows September 13, 2010

I am so excited to be posting this review today. I received an early copy of Winter Shadows by Margaret Buffie from the Early Reviewers program from Library Thing. I encourage you to join if you also enjoy reading, what’s not to love about receiving a free book from the publisher?! Anyhoo, on to my review!

Photo: Amazon

Winter Shadows is the story of two young women going through difficult and confusing times in their life. Cass is dealing with a cold new stepmother and bratty stepsister while simultaneously still recovering from the recent loss of her mother. In the 1850s Beatrice is recently returned home from school and is also dealing with a mean new stepmother. The story is of how both these young women help each other get through the changes in their life by way of Beatrice’s journal and by doing so help themselves as well. The author does a swell job of transitioning between the two characters and the story is easy to follow with both of them. Although this story is geared more towards grade school age readers, I still enjoyed reading and maybe you will too. Some young girls will surely feel more of a connection to the dilemmas the girls face than I did. As the title suggests this story takes place during the winter season, so I suggest a cup of tea to along with it, it’s just too fitting! This book is available for pre-order and will be released on October 12.

Happy Monday!


Stand Up 2 Cancer September 11, 2010

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I hope you caught the Stand Up 2 Cancer special on the television yesterday! It was very touching and full of amazing performances. Since my family is currently dealing with cancer it definitely hit home. If you missed it or would like to see it again you can buy the entire show on iTunes which of course benefits Stand Up 2 Cancer! Some facts that stood out to me were:

  1. 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed in their lifetime
  2. 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed in their lifetime
  3. 4000 people are diagnosed with cancer everyday
  4. A person dies every minute from cancer

If you would like to donate and didn’t do so last night feel free to visit the website standup2cancer.org where you can also buy apparel, jewelry, and accessories like this sweet bag:

Another neat idea is launching a star for a loved one, you can donate as little as $1. The best part is that family and friends can add their own messages!

As you can see there are many different ways to lend your support, you don’t even have to donate just spreading the word is helping out. On a personal note, my father’s family has been greatly affected by cancer. Many of his tias have passed away or are currently battling cancer. Unfortunately one of his aunts was recently told she had little time to live, when I was fundraising for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer she gave one of the biggest donations. As I am typing I’m nearly in tears :/ but I am sure you all know at least one person who has or is currently battling cancer, together we can Stand Up 2 Cancer!

Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend, Happy Saturday!


Friday Thoughts September 10, 2010

The weather here has been what some people might call gloomy, but I in fact love it! It’s cloudy but not terribly cold or windy or humid. It’s perfect. Since I have (of course) been watching the U.S. Open where it has been very windy I somehow feel closer to all the tennis action, like I am not located on the other side of the country. I’d like to take this opportunity to say congrats to Rafael Nadal on his win last night! Anyhoo, this weather makes me want to grab a hot drink and a cozy sweater. If I heard correctly the pumpkin spice latte is back?!

Photo: weheartit

Speaking of cozy sweaters I received an order from Forever 21 yesterday and I must say that everything fit and looked perfect! I love ordering from Forever 21 (Heritage 1981 is my favorite hands down) since they are located in Los Angeles I get my order in no time. This year I am going to go out of my comfort zone and wear those fashionable clothes I am always drooling over. This is one of the sweaters I bought and you bet I am going to wear it in a similar way.

Photo: Forever 21

I will cease to be the girl who is afraid of clothing and what others think. I feel as if I am finally becoming the person I want to be. Hope you are all that point too.

Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend!

P.S. I’m sure many of you have heard of the San Bruno explosion which is located near San Francisco I hope you will all join me in keeping all those affected in our thoughts.


Roadtrip! September 9, 2010

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This past Labor Day weekend my mom, sister, and I drove to Los Angeles to visit my aunt and her family. We left at five in the morning to beat traffic and the heat. I have to admit, long drives aren’t exactly my thing, but it was worth it because we finally got to meet the newest member of the family, Abri! And I was asleep almost the entire time πŸ™‚

The trip back seemed faster, but it still looked like an endless road!

It wasn’t until we were closer to home that I finally saw lots and lots of trees and green.

All in all it was pretty ok for a 5 hour drive…with music!

I was going to post everything we did in LA, but I decided to split it up into two. Second half will come Monday πŸ˜€

Happy Thursday!


Black&White Wednesday September 8, 2010

More shots from Ed Levin Park!

My big bro and little nephew going for a hike.

Can you see the horses?

Wish I could be there.

Sofia’s first trip to Ed Levin Park.

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Happy Wednesday!