Friday, June 29, 2012

DIY giveaway from Tidbits

There we go, summer is finally here and we all are enjoy the vacation, the water, to relax.....but some boredom too.....or am I the only one?? 

What do to to fight the boredom in those down times when is 1000 degrees outside and you already saw all the reruns on that TV? 

Get crafty, that's what! 

What about you could win a little kit for a DIY project to sport around the pool? 

Like the idea? 

Then, keep reading! 

{The giveaway}

Winner will receive 1

Memory Wire Bracelet Kit Glass Chip Sea Ocean Blue Water

Valued at $5 from


{The rules}

Use the rafflecopter form below. The first 2 entries are mandatory: You must leave me an email to reach you in case you win AND visit


to tell me which item from her shop is your favorite .


a Rafflecopter giveaway

  The giveaway will last 2 weeks and will end July, 13th. Winner will be picked through Rafflecopter and contacted on July 14th. Winner will have 72 hours to answer the email and claim the prize.

Good Luck!!!
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Thursday, June 28, 2012

30 years old

Few days ago was my birthday and, as the title suggest, I turned the big 3-0. 

I must confess that this year I really dreaded my birthday because it made me think of the dreams I had 10 years ago and what I accomplished so far. 

I know I have 2 wonderful kids and a husband that loves me and that more that other people have, but I also know that I'm still 20 pounds overweight (more on that in another post) and so far haven't been able to find a part time job that really work for me (aside for my online business of course). 

 The other day I was talking with hubby on how is seems that around here "part time job" means you get PART of the money lol But I digress. 

I was able to spend a lovely day with my friends and my neighbor got me this feet pampering set 

And the amazing peeps at SweetChoiceBakery made me this amazingly heavenly YUMMY cake 

My mother-in-law send me a cute cupcake's musical too 

 And also some new sparkly yarn that was the inspiration for these 


Golf tee mini flower pin cushion, $5 on Crocheted Little Things

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Ballet recital

My little Michelle had her recital last Saturday and she was super super cute! Don't you agree??


I really wish that my camera will take better pictures in the dark, but the quality is not as bad as the video :(


This is her ballet piece, she's the second girl from the left. 

This is her tap number during rehearsal (I really hated the giant bunned head that came into the videos the night of the recital lol) 

Grand finale 

Worth of a diva, don't you think? 

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Friday, June 22, 2012


....too enter this fabulous giveaway

Don't miss out! 

Good luck!!
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Friday, June 15, 2012

Behind the scene....


Michelle first ballet recital is fast approaching!! Last Saturday we were out and about for a photo shooting. I, of course, had to peak some LOL 

Here is my baby with her teacher to master "the pose".
When all was said and done, we ended up with these  

 Looking forward to the photographer professional prints!
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Monday, June 11, 2012



 What happens when it rain for 3 days and you're stuck home surfing facebook? 
You win yummy cupcakes like me!!! 

Thank you to Sweet Choice Bakery for the yummy price! 
If you live in Niceville and surroundings, you might wanna check out their facebook page! Every week they host a funny riddle and the person who solves it wins some yummy treats!! 

You don't wanna miss that!
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Friday, June 8, 2012

I win, you win GIVEAWAY!

Few days ago I was notified that I was the lucky winner of a facebook giveaway from Breathtaking Art

I was very happy to hear that has I had my eyes of a new facebook timeline banner for my business page and Krystal totally rocked it! What do you think?

My win was actually a $20 gift certificate and Krystal wanted me to get something else out of the her shop, but I was just so happy with the result that I felt greedy asking for more.

I felt that since facebook changed to the timeline, I had to scramble to find an image to put up there that was just the right size and I wasn't really happy with what I came up with, which it turn spoiled the fun I was having with my fans on the page itself. So, I wondered, how many fellow business owners were feeling like me? Maybe with a simple spruce up, they will fall in love all over again with their page and business will pick up a little for everybody! That's when I asked Krystal to donate another graphic design as a giveaway for my blog and she very graciously accepted, lucky me and lucky YOU!

{The giveaway}

Winner will receive 1 Facebook Timeline Banner Valued at $6 from Breathtaking Art

{The rules}

Use the rafflecopter form below. The first 2 entries are mandatory: You must leave me an email to reach you in case you win AND visit Breathtaking Art to tell me which item from her shop is your favorite .


The giveaway will last 2 weeks and will end June, 22nd. Winner will be picked through Rafflecopter and contacted on June 23rd. Winner will have 72 hours to answer the email and claim the prize.

Good Luck!!!

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Some thank yous.

This is another emotional post, but this time it's not a rant, but filled with (mostly) positive things.
Do you see the picture above? I know it blurry, dark and probably the worse quality picture I've ever took in my life, but it's extremely important to me. It shows Gabriel receiving the Outstanding Effort Award at this school.

A little recap: Gabriel has ASD (Autism Spectrum disorder) and 2 years ago we had to pull him out of the public school and enroll him in a private school specialized for autistic children, the Emerald Coast Autism Center. After a year in this school and with intensive ABA therapy, Gabriel was able to graduate from the center last December and was ready to get back in the public school system. The joy of such major accomplishment was soon drained by the sense of dread that we received by dealing with the Okaloosa County school district. No matter how we asked and to whom we talked too, it was decided that my son was "not ready" and "unfit" to go to his home school and was instead sent to a school in another town (the same school we had so many problems with that we ended up pulling him out and go to the private one) for a "90 school days probation time" to prove that he was indeed ready to get back to his home school.

I don't have enough words to describe how that felt to us. A slap in the face? A blow in the groin? Doesn't really cover the feeling.
I personally felt like I failed my boy while once again we were bullied in sending me in a school where he didn't want to be.

But May 29th 2012 something magical happened. Gabriel receiving the award was just the beginning of it. In a new IEP meeting was finally decided that Gabriel showed some major improvements and progress and he is finally allowed to go to his home school next fall.

So here are my thank yous, and I hope I don't forget anybody. I probably said them already in person, but I thought to put them in writing as well.

  • To the Emerald Coast Autism Center staff: without your therapies and the love from everyone, this story will never be written.
  • To my neighbors, Aggie and Eva, for entertaining my on Friday evenings, let me vent, bringing me out of the house and giving me laugh when all I wanted to do was hide under the bed and cry. 
  • My fierce and unstoppable friend, Brandi Marino, for showering me with her strength and all the legal tools I needed to fight this battle. Thanks to you, I can now inform other parents about the things I learned, the gift that keeps on giving. 
  • All the POMs (pissed off Moms): all the meetings with you on Wednesday mornings are things that I looked (and still do) forward too. Talking with people with my same struggles that don't open their eyes big with judgement at the things I say, it's a blessing that I count every day. Jodi Vetter in particular, I fell so close to you as our experience are so painfully similar. I wish that you can see the end of it, as I am today. 
  • From CARD, the sweet and classy Debbie Gunter that stood beside me at IEP meetings while everybody was telling me "NO", squeezing my hand to change that to a "YES": we did it! 
  • To my daughter teacher, the friends and school personnel that I have at my daughter school and the parents that heard of my predicament and gathered around me, giving me words of love and encouraging me to keep my chin up. 
  • To Mrs. Hart, the teacher that welcomed Gabriel is her classroom and loved him for what he is, showed him better ways and giving him the confidence that he can accomplish things. 
  • To Miss Dana, the bus driver that every morning for 4 years now? Blessed both my children with her smile and easy going attitude.
  • To Mrs. Cadena, the staffing specialist of Lewis school that heard my complaints and concerns and helped me reach the solution I wanted and that my son deserved. 
  • And to the nay sayers, the people that looked at me and told me that it's wasn't possible, it's wasn't doable and put obstacles on this journey rather that listen to my words. I thank you too, because with your closed minded stubbornness you taught me and my son the amazing lesson that no matter how difficult something is, it can be archived if you put your back into it. Thanks to you, the taste of this victory is sweeter, the proud in our hearts is 10 times more over whelming and we stand a little taller of our believes. 
  • To you, that for months read my words, offering hugs and prayers, enduring my sufferings as they were your own. 
  • And finally, to Gabriel: you did it, son. You put a goal in your mind and you archive it. Don't you ever forget, that no matter what everyone says, you CAN DO whatever you want to do. I hope you can use this lesson in the future wisely and don't get too cocky, please :)
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