Here, I will chonical the days of my life. My journey as a wife and learning how to be Mrs. Wonderful to my Mr. Everything. My adventure in making our first house into a cozy home. My love for romance and beauty as an event coordinator and sharing my excitement for all things pretty in between. My So here it is, raw and uncut. Our story, Our life, One Blog at a time.

Our Easter Home Decor! Only $25 Spent!!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Hey Ya'll!! I am so excited to reveal my home decor for this Easter. As most of you already know, I am afraid of COLOR! Meaning, my home is very neutral and to be honest, color has always been something I feared. I know, it is a sad reality.

This year, I was going to "spring" up my home in greens and yellows, but a little birdie on my shoulder was begging me to decorate with all the spring colors. So since I have to share this home with him, aka Mr. Wonderful, I decided to cave in and make him happy =)

So with a heavy heart, I did! I scoped out our home, made mental notes and headed to the store to gather materials and supplies.

In my title, I mentioned that I only spent $25... yup, this is so true! Wanna know? Continue to follow =)

Take Note: The Dollar Tree is your friend. A kind, gentle, generous friend! One who you can turn to when budget is tight. All you have to do is activate your creative mojo and let your imagination run free when you walk in that door!

The key is to scope out your home and see how you can dress it up with a Spring Fling =)

I had a lot of jars and vases hanging around the house. I decided to use these babies and fill them up with pretty goodies.

I bought one bag of crinkled paper for grass and Easter snow globes to place inside.

This snow globe is my favorite. I love the bunny pulling the Easter cart basket.

In the center, I also added crinkled paper and placed three styrofoam eggs and adorned them with a simple ribbon for that extra added "awww".

The Dollar Tree had a ton of peonies. In all shapes and sizes. 6 per bunch. My heart was literally fluttering when I saw the wall of peonies. <3

I took this hurricane vase I made for our guest room and placed a pretty peony inside.

I did the same with this hurricane but instead, placed a hydrangea inside.

Can you believe I only spent $12 to create all three of these spring wreaths?

There is nothing better than a cutie patootie arrangement being held in a milk glass vase.

{{btw, one bag of crinkled grass (grass from the Dollar Tree) lasted me all four arrangements}}

Oh hello my pretty little dining table centerpiece.

I only spent $4 on this arrangement.
- 2 bunches of peonies
- 2 packs of glittered styrofoam eggs

{I already owned the milk glass vase and manzanita branches}

Now this wreath was super easy and super fun!

All I basically did was take my fall wreath, pulled out all the fall flowers and added one bunch of pink peonies. I also added 2 colored wired ribbon for a completed look.

To top it off, I added the left over eggs that I had lying around.

And there you have it! Our Easter decor for just under $25!! Earlier I mentioned I had a heavy heart about deorating with tons of color, well I am happy I did! It is so bright and full of cheer! I hope you enjoyed looking as much as I enjoyed creating =)

Do you usually decorate for Easter?

Our Love Day!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Today is the big day. Where everyone wants that special day with that special someone. I have been lucky enough to spend this day with the love of my life... MR. EVERYTHING for the last ten years.

We've done just about everything you could imagine a couple to do on Vday... so this year, our 10th year celebrating... we decided to do it a bit differently...

For starters, we both took the day off! Yeehaw! Then, we both agreed that we would do absolutely NOTHING but stay in the house and cuddle under the blankets watching our favorite movies while vegging out on some good old comfort food.

Mr. Wonderful's movie pick was none other than... you've guessed it... TOP GUN! lol

and of course, I chose a woman's fav... HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS!

I "slaved" in the kitchen whippin up a great slow cook recipe "Zesty Chicken BBQ". This dish will be served over garlic mashed potatoes and fresh steamed vegetable meadley. YUM! You can find the recipe here. Super easy! =)

And to top it off... we will end the eatery festivities with the hubs all time favorite dessert... YELLOW CAKE with CHOCOLATE FROSTING! {I love my simple man!}

Other than sharing our days schedule, I also wanted to share my V-Day throw pillows I made a few days ago.

INTRODUCING MY NO-SEW THROW PILLOWS. Well, I stitched the heart, but I still consider it a no-sew :p lol

aaaand, a close up! =)

So, there you have it. A simple day that is simply perfect for us!

Do you have any plans today?

Extreme Couponing! Our first attempt!

Monday, February 6, 2012

So this is it! Our first attempt at being extreme coupon'ers.

I was totally freaking out about it possibly not working... so we decided to take it slow the first time around.

Our first "purchase" was a loaf of bread, a dozen eggs and a bottle of OJ for the grand total of... wait for it... wait for it...

ZERO DOLLARS!! wahoo! That is 100% total in savings!

IT REALLY WORKS! And I am excited to really start couponing! YAY for saving a buck or two!

2011 Year Recap

Saturday, December 31, 2011

WOW! Really? 2011 has gone and went... well, at least with a day to spare. So at this time, I would like to take a quick peak at the past and reminisce on what 2011 has bLESsed us with =)

Mr. Wonderful and I bought our first house!!


We bought a house that needed A LOT of TLC... for instance, the swimming pool. So after putting in a little bit of elbow grease mix...

We now have a swimming pool for our family and friends to enjoy.

I was so excited to decorate our house for the holidays. The very first holiday we celebrated in our home was Halloween =)

I got to experience for the first time... the city of lights... Sin City. Ramon and I joined some family members to help celebrate my cousins 21st birthday.

We stayed at the very best... The Venetian. After experiencing this type of luxury, I'm not sure if I'd ever be able to stay anywhere else on the strip... it was magnificent.

We lived the life of a classy high roller

all the way down to a Rock n Roll Rock Star!

Ramon and I were surprised with a pair of Jay Z and Kanye West concert ticket, The Thrown, from my cousin Johna and my auntie Toni. We had such a blast! Ramon's all time hero is JayZ! It was awesome seeing Mr. Everything re-sight every word to every song. He was in Heaven.

And you know me... of course I had to dress the part. It just wouldn't have been right!
I was decked out in a black Yankee's hat, black blazer, white v-neck, distressed jeans, black knee boots and big ghetto gold jewelry. I FELT SO "BEYONCE" LIKE. lol

We celebrated Mr. Handsome's 29th birthday quietly. Although we didn't have any crazy plans, he was my King and his wish was my command.

For his birthday dinner, I made Lobster, T-Bone steak, garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus... a meal fit for a king =)

My 28th birthday was celebrated a day later. (Yup, we are a year and a day apart)
And I have to admit, my day went a little bit differently... We celebrated my birthday as rock stars!!

We dressed the part

Grabbed our guitars

And hit the public transportation to the City... San Francisco!!
{{all on a Wednesday night!}}

And ended up here... at lovely Castro, where I had the time of my life at!

2011 is a very memorable and powerful year for my family. My mom gave us a scare for a bit but now she is better. Like 100 times better. She is back and BETTER than ever before! Congratulations mommy on all you've accomplished thus far. You never cease to amaze me. You are my shinning star!!

I reunited with old friends from way back in middle school... 15 years ago, we use to run the school =)

One that I would like to spotlight the most would be decorating our home for Christmas. This is where my dream for so many years has come true.

Rocking out still continued this year. I attended a beautiful cocktail party that was hosted by my lovely cousin and best friend, Jennifer M.
{{I love you so much!}}

Mr. Honey and I hosted our first holiday party this year. We got a lot of family tips and holiday traditions passed down to us from my Grandmother, to include this lovely apron that was sent from her hometown, Berlin, Germany. It is an honor to have something so precious and priceless to be passed down to me. I will cherish this forever.

Christmas morning was celebrated at our house to =) We invited our immediate family to spend the night Christmas Eve to open gifts together on Christmas morning and break bread together as a family. Unfortunately, Melody and JayJay were not able to attend, but everyone else was able to celebrate with us.

We were so excited to finally use our dinning room table at it's fullest capacity.
A seating for twelve =)

Well, there ya have it. 2011 in a nut shell =) But before I let you go, I decided it was only right to leave off 2011 with 2012 New Years Resolutions

Goodbye 2011!! It's been Real! Hello 2012! Can't wait to meet ya tonight at the stroke of midnight. I'm sure you have plenty in store for us. We're ready! HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT! =)

Christmas Eve 2011 with the family

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Hey Ya'll... To all the wives, spouses, significant others who worked so very hard in preparation for this Christmas holiday... WE DID IT! WE SURVIVED! And boy was it all worth it.

This year was my very first time hosting our annual Christmas Eve party. It funny, because earlier this year when Mr. Lovely and I were house hunting... let the truth be told... I was hunting for a house that fit perfectly for Christmas. We found it. We decorated it. And we partied it in... it was everything I imagined and so much more... to say the very least.

Any who, during the preparation of the party, my grandmother, Oma taught me many family traditions in the way our family celebrates Christmas Eve. And one of those traditions is where the lady of the home wears an apron sent from Germany that was past down year to year. I was honored to wear it this year. At the end of the night, I fell deeply in love with this apron. My grandmother saw how happy I was in this apron... she walked up to me, hugged me and whispered in my ear "It's yours. Merry Christmas". I jumped for joy. I love these kinds of things. Past down from generations. That have meaning and so much love attached. Thank you Oma. I love you forever.

As the clock was ticking closer and closer when the party began, the food was slowly pouring through the doors. I have never carved a turnkey nor a ham... but this night, I learned. Pretty interesting when it comes to carving. It's like an art. An art is well appreciate =)

However, I did discover the art of the spiral ham and I must admit... this is my kind of carving. All ya gotta do it pick and pull. Time saver and life saver. LOVE YOU SPIRAL HAM CREATOR! You are my new best friend! =)

Everyone came styling in their best Christmas attire. Especially this little cutie. She is my Godmothers baby girl, Kiki. She is almost as cute as my...

Sweet niece/Goddaughter Tianna. Isn't she a beaut?

In order to receive your gift, it is tradition to sing as a family in front of Santa and my grandparents a Christmas tune. In my early years, I remember just having 6 performance being sung. My mother and her 5 siblings would sing with each of their families. But as the years went by the families multiplied as the next generation began to make their own families. So what was 6 performances is now 13 performances.

Below is my mom and dad. Do you see Santa? {hehe, that's my baby brother, Jacob}

My cousin Franchesca, her boyfriend Josh and her son Christian.

My cousin Aubrey, her husband Victor and their 3 handsome boys.

My cousin Valerie, her boyfriend JT and their son TJ.

My cousin Chris, his wife Liona and their 3 beautiful boys.

Auntie Jeanie and Uncle Jerry

My uncle Frankie, Auntie Gina, Auntie Ginny, cousins- Taylorm Miki, Bugsy, Ryan and on the laptop/skype is my cousins Dane and Carrera which couldn't make it to the gathering but appeared for singing =)

My nina Tina & Nino Tony. My cousin Briana and her boyfriend Eric.

Myself and Mr. Wonderful singing Silent Night.

Uncle Pat, Auntie Jen and their two boys Brandon and Cole.

I was so happy that my husbands parents came to celebrate with us.

My daddy and his favorite 3 ladies!

I love this picture.
My mom and all her siblings {with the exception of her brother Eibe}

And that's all folks. I hope your Christmas holiday was filled with Family, Love, Joy and Laughter.

Hugs and Kisses

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