Saturday, December 29, 2012

Merry Christmas to me Part 8

I have started to get some Christmas goodies in the mail from my dear friends, so I thought to start sharing them with you and make you drool! 

This gift is courtesy of a dear friend from the Trading Post and also an awesome customer: Karen from KG Krafts

Karen asked me a while back to make some cupcake key chains to give her customers and students from her brick and mortar shop and I happily obliged. 100 little cupcakes ready to be shipped! 

 Little did I know that she thought I did such a good job that she HAD TO send me a gift.....guess what???? A Scentsy cupcake warmer!!!

It lights up!!! 
I love it more that I can say and it's already spreading a wonderful peppermint scent into my bedroom! 
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Friday, December 28, 2012

Merry Christmas to me Part 7

I have started to get some Christmas goodies in the mail from my dear friends, so I thought to start sharing them with you and make you drool! 

You do know how much I love my friends at the Trading post, not only for the goodies that I can trade for, but for all the love they send to me every day. 

 Each Christmas we do a Secret Santa gift exchange, meaning we create a list of people who want to participate and our organizer will match us randomly. 

I got to be the Secret Santa for Cindy at Seabreezejewels and I was delighted to send her my new product to test: reusable swiffer pads  

 My Secret Santa instead, was Nel from yesterdaytrunk that sent me some lovely vintage crochet magazine and instructional books and delicate napkins 

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Merry Christmas to me Part 6

I have started to get some Christmas goodies in the mail from my dear friends, so I thought to start sharing them with you and make you drool! 

Do I need to say more??? 
I think Marie from My1SweetAngel knows me way too well!!! I love this pink cupcake ornament!

 And speaking of ornaments, let me show you something else I got! 

 My son Gabriel painted a wonderful red bubble for us 

And from the gift exchange at Grandma's house today I got this wonderful and sparkly dove

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Merry Christmas to me Part 5

I have started to get some Christmas goodies in the mail from my dear friends, so I thought to start sharing them with you and make you drool! 

It's time to thank Sewnfromtheheart for sending me this lovely ribbon and all the supplies to make Autism Awareness ribbons. 
I do love how thoughtful Alicia was knowing that this is a cause very dear to me!
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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Whatever is your religion or your believes, just wanted to thank you all my readers and wish you all health, happiness and prosperity! 

This is my simple with for you, from my family, to yours! 

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas to me Part 4

I have started to get some Christmas goodies in the mail from my dear friends, so I thought to start sharing them with you and make you drool! 

This time the package is courtesy of Alisuns that sent me not one but two beautiful and sparkly necklaces. I loved the details and the colors, they remind me of Christmas bubbles, so I'm happily wearing one of them for this holidays. 

Still, I was a little perplex on why she sent me two necklaces and not just one, so I had to ask her when I thanked her and her reasoning was that it was a mother and daughter set!! How delightful! I immediately shared the necklace with my precious daughter Michelle. 

Do you think she liked it?? I know that she LOVED it!!! 

But then again all of Alisuns jewelry is so lovely! I'm also enjoying a pair of snowman earrings that we traded for months ago. See for yourself! 
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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Baking and cooking.

Christmas is around the corner and so the baking and cooking has started for me. 

For instance, the last day at work, I baked lasagnas for the teachers and personnel. 

But I didn't stop there, oh no! I baked a pumpkin pie (from scratch!) and brownies 

Made chocolate fudge for the first time!! Courtesy of a wonderful recipe that I found on pinterest HERE


YUM! Thumb print cookies! It took me 2 matches to make them right. Recipe HERE  

Chocolate oatmeal no bake cookies! Not as pretty as the one in this recipe but they sure are tasty! 

Chocolate dipped pretzels

And vanilla bark, happened actually by mistake but very good nonetheless!

Should I stop or keep going? 
What have you baked so far?? 
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Saturday, December 22, 2012

I've been featured!

Few days ago, I received an email in my inbox from Jill's stuff telling me that I was featured on her blog

She posted about her favorite Christmas ornaments and included my strawberry ornament in the list. 

I would appreciate if you go and take a pick to the list and show some love! 


 I don't know if the feature has anything to do with it, but it just so happened that after being notified of it I sold one of those strawberry ornaments to a sweet lady that wanted to give a little Christmas present to her grand daughter but couldn't afford much, but was so happy that she found a little strawberry for $5. I was so touched that she decided to spend those hard earned money with me, I know lots of folks are really struggling with money year around, let alone around the holidays. 

So Santa Clause delivered 2 strawberries instead of one....ooooops! post signature

Friday, December 21, 2012

Winter solstice

I guess the Mayans were seriously wrong, the world didn't end and all it's just like it used to be. 
So I think that calls for a celebration, even more so as the winter solstice is starting. 

No that winter ever really comes in Florida, but I digress. 

Today is also the birthday of my sweet little sister in Italy. I miss her so much! Usually on this day I we stay up chatting all night and now that she's of age, we'd take a sip of Baileys......good times that are going on only in my head unfortunately!
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Merry Christmas to me Part 3

This time is for gifts from the work place! 

Gloves, reindeer sock (this person knows me well!), chocolate (oh YES, baby!) and of course a card. 

A plate full of lovely goodies from a sweet kindergarten!! YUM!! 
What did you get so far???
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Merry Christmas to me Part 2

This time it's not something I got in the mail, but I bought it from a friend and neighbor for real cheap and I wanted one for so long: my very first treadmill

YEAH baby!!! I'm so thrilled I got it as days are getting really shorter and it's not always easy to fit my wort out during the day. Now, I can do it whenever I want, it doesn't matter if it's rains, it's 80F or below 20F, I will be able to get my daily miles done no matter what. 

For now is sitting in the garage, which is fine with me. I sometimes sneak out there after putting the kids in bed and have at it! 

How cool is that??? A drink holder so I can have all I need handy. 

I'm pretty confident I will be able to manage my weight easily now. I've been using it almost every night since I got it and I must admit that I find a little bit more difficult running on a treadmill rather than the road, but I figure that if I keep at it, it will get easier once I get used to it. post signature

Monday, December 17, 2012

Merry Christmas to me Part 1

I have started to get some Christmas goodies in the mail from my dear friends, so I thought to start sharing them with you and make you drool! 

The first package I got is from Lisa, the owner of Hillside Bakery
She knows me well as I can tell by the fact that she sent me a cupcake pincushion and it's BLUE!! My favorite color!!! 

The peppermint bark was simply supreme!! She makes it herself and I've never tasted anything so good. I still have a little tiny piece left in the bag.....I know, I know! It's calling my name.

 And of course the lovely snow man card! 

I was very touched by how thoughtful she was and also how sneaky!!! One day I found this package on my door step and I started thinking how weird it was since I didn't order anything from her (this time!) and probably she made a mistake!! But nope! 

She simply blessed me and I truly do feel blessed.....
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Sunday, December 16, 2012

For the victims in Connecticut....

I tried to make a post about this tragedy several times since I've heard the news, but every time I started crying and had to stop. 

I work at an elementary school and I have both my kids at an elementary school.....I've been having nightmares and anxiety attacks since Friday. You know, since I'm Autistic and all....I can't even imagine what those families are going through. 

 And every single detail that we're getting from the media, is literally making me sick. 

I've expressed my position of Autism linkage with violence before here (PLEASE STOP SAYING THAT), and I'm not going down that road again. 

BUT.....this is not about me or the mental (un)health of the shooter, it's about the little 20 children and the 6 school personnel that died, it's about their families and relatives having to bury children and loved ones, it's about families and an entire community having somehow to cope this 10 days before Christmas, it's about broken trust in humanity and broken hearts of innocent people. 

Pay your respect with me, if you please. 

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

White Wonderland collection

White Wonderland.... by antiquorama

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