Saturday, July 12, 2014

Life as we know it

Hi all,

Yes, I am still alive!! I am one happy mom and wife, and friend and all.

Facts about my life:

- I have been reading a lot. You can see my reading list and progress on the left side.

- I have the most beautiful, fun, easy going, happy little boy any mom could ask for. He's seriously My husband and I are amazed at how awesome he is.

-I have the sweetest and most patient husband I could ever dream of deserving.

- I am anxiously waiting for my mom's arrival in 12 days! I can't wait to drink mate, go to the beach, talk, decorate our home, etc etc etc with her!!

- I am taking a online photography class, I have finished module 1 and still haven't taken 1 photo with my camera... oops!!!

-I am working out a LOT! I discovered Jillian Michaels on you tube and she's been kicking my butt!

- Argentina made it to the final in the World CUP! And tomorrow we're watching at a small Argentine/Peruvian restaurant with some friends and hoping we win!!
This picture is at the last game!

William is 9 months! He is a big baby! He is crawling everywhere.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Temperance, the opposite of me.

I decided that each month of this year I am going to work on 1 of the fruits of the Spirit.

Galatians 5:22-23 says:
 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law".
The Bible, New International Version (NIV) (bold and underline by me)

Whether you are a Christian or not, whether you believe the is a God "up there", you  have to admit that these words, these attributes, would be pretty cool to have. Wouldn't it be amazing if the whole world would contemplate and grow these fruits in their lives? Life would be completely different, right? No wars for sure, no evil. But unfortunately, it's not like that. 

As a Christian who grew up in a Christian home and repented of my sins and put my faith in Christ when I was 19, I have to admit with a lot of shame that these fruits are not as ripe as they should be. By now, you'd think I have years of walking in Christ, years of reading the Bible (not so consistent, which is the root of my predicament) I should have all these fruits down. Sure, I love, sure I am peaceful, but am I though? Am I always? Am I loving to my husband when he leaves the dirty plate on the table instead of in the sink? Am I promoting peace when I chose to slander a co worker than wronged me to another co worker just because I need to "vent"? Absolutely not.

This project started because I realized I have serious self-control issues. I lose it. Often. 

I lose it mostly to my husband. Before I used to lose it to my mom and sister. You see, one allows itself to be angry and to express that anger in the wrong ways because we think we can. Because the stakes are not high enough. I can lose it to my mom because she'll never stop being my mom, or to my husband because I think he won't leave me. But I never lost it to my boss, because, of course, too much is at stake.

I don't want to make a long post but if you're interested in working through anger, if you feel like throwing plates off in the air, or scream or hit somebody, I recommend you read this book:

This book has been helping me work through a lot of things I was going through and ultimately understand that it's NOT ok to be angry and to sin. So I decided to work on 1 of these fruits, or attitude, whatever you chose to call them. May has been about self-control, temperance (I like that word). Sorry it took me so long to write the post as we're already past half way through the month. Initially I wanted to take pieces of this book but I decided it would be too long - maybe I will edit this tomorrow. 

For now I wanted to show you one of the practical methods I implemented to stop myself when I feel I am losing control of my emotions and my reactions:

 This is my "Control Journal". I put one of the cards here so every time -every day- I look over my control journal I am reminded of this.
 On my board- temperance. With pictures of my boys.

 Wow, so crafty! :P

I put these cards on my bathroom mirror, on the wall in front of my eyes above the sink (this strangely is one of the places where ruminate angry thoughts, maybe because I dislike doing dishes). I put another card by my bed side lamp and another one on the refrigerator door, also to be reminded to have self control with food, lol.

I hope this can be an opportunity for you to start working through some circumstances in your life that you think are being destructive, if there are any.

Oh and yes, I am working backwards, it just so happen that the last fruit is self-control and I was working on this this month. So the schedule will be as follows:

June: gentleness
July: faithfulness
August:  goodness and kindness (and I will do my best to analyze why these aren't the same)
September: forbearance (patience)
October: peace
November: joy
December: love 

I am sorry if I bore you with this, I realize this is more of an exercise for my own growth, but thought I'd share in case someone, even 1 person, is going through the same and needs encouragement. 

So here's to May and to practice self-control. What are some practical ways that work for you to show temperance and self restraint in any are of your life?

Friday, May 9, 2014

A night out in Hollywood dressed by Ross

You might remember this outfit from the Hollywood night out when we went to Birds. I forgot to describe you what we were wearing.

Except the shirt my hubby is wearing, that was a gift from his mom, everything else was purchased at my beloved Ross (they should start paying me for endorsments!).My goal is for you to discover how much cheaper you can get clothes when you buy here!

This dress is absolutely gorgeous, I love the sleeves and it has a triangle opened in the back. This dress was about 13.99.
The wedges were about 16.99. I was also wearing them for my baby shower when I was super pregnant! They're that comfortable.

My hubby's look: mustard denim pants from Ross: $20 and brown shoes from same store $16.99

Here's a look at the baby shower look. I purchased that dress at Ross too. I was hooked! It's not maternity but it seemed pretty versatile.

And here's the finished night out look with a faux whilte leather jacket from Ross that I bought for $17. It's more than what I usually like to spend but I had lost a white one like that that my mother in law gave me and I really missed. it.

Going back to the dress I wore at my baby shower, I also wore it for our anniversary dinner this past April 18th. To be completely honest, due to my weight gain I can say I looked better on it when I was pregnant!

Here I am wearing Charlotte Russe's wedges I purchased for 5 DOLLARS! My hubby is wearing a shirt from Nordstrom's Rack ($25). Jeans were a present and I think he's wearing the same shoes as above.

What is your favorite outfit to wear on a night out on the town?

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Book review: The Sleeping Dictionary

Author: Sujata Massey

I'm not gonna lie: I got this book because of it's title. I was intrigued by the word "dictionary" as a book worm I am and I was pleasently surprised with the plot. You're not going to guess, unless you are super intellingent and savvy (?), what it means until you're half way through the story. 

When I realized it was based in India I was dissapointed, I don't know why! Maybe because it was out of my comfort zone, but I was instantly gripped by the story of this girl, whose real name we'll never know, that loses her family in a tsunami. Don't worry, I am not spoiling anything. 

The author is part Indian, a good reason why this book taught me a lot about this country. I learned things about this culture, some things I should have known. It starts around the 1930's and it's fascinating throughout.

The characters in this story are rich, complex and complete in their own essence. The journey the main character embarks in due to a natural disaster is full of pain, but of learning. 

I would say this is a Bildungsroman: a novel of formation, education, culture, a coming-of-age story. It starts when Kamala (the last name we'll known her by but not her birth name nonetheless) is 10 years old and it ends when she's 26.  However, she doesn't go "out there" by her own motus but because she's forced by the tide wave. 

I highly recommend this novel if you want a page turner, and if you like historical novels where books take an important part. It definitely "teaches" a lot about a culture and perspective of the time of WWII from the view of the Indians and English living in Calcutta. 

Five stars for me!

BEWARE: the movie by the same name starring Jessica Alba is NOT based on this book.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Make up inspiration by Bethany Mota

I don't know if you've heard of Bethany Mota but she's a huge You Tube sensation. She's only 18 and has more than 6 million subscribers. I was checking out her latest video and got inspired on her Easter make up tutorial and this is what came out.

Check out her video here.

 I tried to copy what she did on her eyes using colors I got from a palette from ULTA. I used my regular liquid Rimmel Clean Finish foundation (230 Warm Ivory) and powder foundation Maybeline DREAM Matte Powder (I also use Loreal sometimes) and blush from Loreal True Match (C7-8 spiced plum). The lip shimmer is from the ULTA pallete as well and the mascara is Wet n Wild megalength. I used black eye shadow as eyeliner because I don't currently have liquid one.

And this is with hair and clothes ready to go have dinner with friends. 

The close ups make me paler than I am :P. What do you think? Did I pull it off?

William's 7 month check up

Can you believe our little (chubby) boy is 7 months already? I can't and I want time to stop!

William turned 7 months on the 30th and we went to see the Doctor. This is out 3rd Doctor and I like him. He does things a little bit different than the books but I trust him. He splits vaccines which I am ok with and he also delays certain solids. I didn't listen to him and followed another schedule for solids. In the previous appointment he didn't even mention solids so I asked him and he said I could start William on sweet potato, butternut squash and avocado. But because William started waking up in the middle of the night 2-3 times i followed other parent's advice and I started him on oat meal cereal also, he loved all of it except avocado. Then I felt adventurous and tried baby yogurt, banana and apple sauce. It didn't really change the middle of the night wakings.

He weighed 24.6 lbs at this appointment and I guess the Dr is concerned so he told me to cut the grains and the fruit and only stick with the veggies. Our big boy is on a diet!

I posted this picture on facebook to say he was sad lol, but in reality he's pretty happy playing with the paper.

Anyway, you may judge me as the worst mom ever :( In the last couple of days I didn't feed him solids, just breast milk and he slept 11 hours! So he obviously doesn't need extra calories. You will agree with me!!

He's sitting up pretty straight lately and doing all kinds of things to try to move.

Always so happy! 
  With his grandpa Poppa Forrest

 Easter outfit
 Out and about

 7 months photoshoot :P

 Why spend money on a pack and play when you can have a cardboard box?

He'sa supper happy baby, he naps great and is always in a good mood. Yesterday we were at a friend's house for 5 hours and he never cried. We can take him anywhere! I don't know if it's because of his mellow personality or because we followed a schedule from early on but man he's a saint!

He will be crawling anytime!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

What's on my nightstand today

This weekend has been, so far, one of a lot of thinking, praying and restoration. Having a baby changes a lot of things in the marriage dynamic and my hubby and I are going through ups and downs sometimes, but we're giving ourselves to God to be able to work out all the trials and consequences of our own sins to be able to be better to each other and better parents to Will.

I wanted to share with you what I gathered at my last trip to the library. Hubby is listening to tons of audio books while he drives at work and I decided to fast TV a little, maybe do 1 hr a day alone and 1 hour with hubby at the most and read read read.

All the books I am reading, except one, are books I researched and requested at the library. The exception I found at the New Fiction shelf and it's the one that hooked me the most.

So here it goes:

Anger & Stress Management - God's Way
This is a book that my friend Kelly recommended because I, let's face it, am going through some stressful situations and don't always manage it God's way. Time to be real here, yes.

Need I explain? Lol. They didn't have Writing Fiction for Dummies, so I requested the Young Adult version, which is the genre I choose to write most times. Yes, I need help and I'm not afraid to get it!

We started William on solids about a month ago. He loves oat meal cereal prepared with breast milk, bananas, baby yogurt and just yesterday he seemed to love apple sauce but not so much today. But he doesn't like squash, sweet potato or avocado very much, so I got this book to get more info. So far it seems overly complicated but I will let you know if I decide to take some tips from it.

We followed the book On Becoming Baby Wise since the beginning with William. It was a great success and he sleeps 11 hours a night, naps great and is a super happy baby. Before you base your opinion about the book from other people's reviews, I would advice you to read it! I asked my Baby Wise mom friends if they had a "On becoming housewife-wise" type of book and they recommended it this one. It's surprisingly very uplifting and helpful with a hint of spirituality. 

Oh man I've had this book for months on my night stand and I can't seem to get hooked! My husband listened to it on audio per my suggestion and loved it!! I need to keep trying. I am reading it in Spanish, same with the next one.

Haven't even started this one.

And finally, The Sleeping Dictionary. I picked it up from the New Adult Fiction shelf based on the cover and
the title, not gonna lie. When I got home I read that it took place in India and I was disappointed. I don't have anything against India but I guess I didn't know what to expect. It's super interesting to say the least. I don't want to say much about it because every minute you read there's a surprise and it's hard to put the book down. I am learning a lot I didn't know about India and the story is compelling. We'll see how it ends.

I should try to finish all this books before May, at least all but the Ken Follet ones, because I want to start working on the May reading material.

What books do you have on your nightstand?
Which books do you recommend?