Great News!!

So, after many suggestions to sell my cards at a boutique, I finally took the plunge and called a boutique in Coronado called Be Styled which my great friend Christine had recommended. I asked the owner if she would be interested in selling cards in her boutique which is mostly full of clothes, shoes, and amazing accessories. She said to come on by and to see if she felt they would be a good fit for the store.
I immediatly hung up the phone did a leap to the bathroom and franctically did a 10 minute makeover to look professional/stylish (It is a boutique so you kindof have to fit the part). I drove to the shop with a briefcase (for girls) full of my cards. The owner, Barbara, was the sweetest thing ever and after looking through my cards she said she would love to sell them in her boutique. She sorted through and picked out the ones that she felt were the most girly/funky and she wants me to come back with my smaller cards because she thinks they will be popular if someone were to purchase a gift and wanted a small note to throw in with it. I am thrilled!!! It's just the beginning but to see some of my cards located in such a cute boutique makes me happy and confident that I want to keep it up:)
Visit the Boutique in Coronado
1113 Adella Avenue
Monday-Saturday 10 to 5
Sunday 12 to 5


Looks I Love

I mean really can JCrew get any better??? LOVE


Miracles Happen

I watched Oprah yesterday and was so emotional as I heard of the story of the Coble family who lost their three children, Kyle, Emma and Katie in a horrific car accident. Lori Coble, the mother that was driving at the time of the crash had been stuck in the slow lane due to traffic when a big rig slammed into the back of the minivan going approximately 55 mph. Lori made it out alive but her three children had died. Lori and her husband Chris showed how they grieved the loss of their children and how difficult life had been since the accident in 2007. They had made a pact to one another to never give up on eachother and take their lives as much as this thought had crossed their minds at times.

Tears rolled down my eyes as I imagined a house full of three beautiful children playing and coming into an empty house after the accident, the silence must have been a painful reminder of what had happened. This story is a true testament that everyone goes through struggles, some more extreme than others, and when you feel you can't make it through life it's essential to put your faith in God and lean on your family for support.

Life can change in the blink of an eye, make sure that you soak up all it has to offer.

The most miraculous part of this story was that Lori and Chris had decided to have children soon after their children had passed in hopes this would fill the void and emptiness in the house and their lives. Lori found out she was pregnant with triplets, two girls and one boy. This story sent chills down my spine, to have triplets of the same sexes of their children that had passed is truly amazing. Although the family is still grieving and will be for the rest of their lives they are able to build a family while never forgetting the memory of the children who had passed at too young of an age. Chris and Lori demonstrate what it means to be a courageous fighter that didn't give up despite the horrible situation that occured. Miraculous stories like these are a constant reminder that God is present and watching down on us and we have to have faith that those who are taken from us are being taken care of.

“Life is a series of experiences, each of which makes us bigger, even though it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.”
-Henry Ford
"The angels are always near to those who are grieving, to whisper to them that their loved ones are safe in the hand of God."


A Clean Sweep

The "cooler weather," has reminded me of a fresh start and an exciting year ahead. I will be the first to admit that although I may seem extremely organized I am a sentimental keeper. I hold onto things "I think" will come back in fashion or things I believe will mean so much to me in the future but in reality deep down inside I know that much of what I treasure is a waste of space. This Fall I am committed to clearing our place of clothes I haven't worn for a year, old sentimental sorority items, and old College "stuff"that I want so bad to get rid of but thought I would need it for some particular reason.
If this sounds like you; if your holding onto things from the past and you know that it's not adding anything to your life besides space, it's time to part ways. Much like a bad relationship. It's best to put it out of sight and out of mind because in reality it's not adding anything beneficial to your life and at some point in time you'll realize that it's only healthy to part ways.

These are 9 tips provided by TLC's Clean Sweep:

1.Start Slow.: It’s taken months for your house to become cluttered so it’s not realistic to try and organize everything in one day or even a weekend. Instead, start small – one room or section of a room at a time. Make a commitment every day to clean sweep another part of your home until it’s done.
Find a de-cluttering buddy.:

2. Invite an honest friend who will help you put things in perspective and help you part with that neon jumpsuit from 1982.

3. Hold a neighborhood garage sale!: Turn trash into cash by selling the items you no longer need in your home. Consider donating the funds to a local charity.
Use the ratio rule.: For every four items you keep throw away one. Challenge yourself and try to lower the ratio to three to one or if you are really brave, two to one.

4. Understand and honor your treasured collections: Items stored in a trash bag in the attic aren’t collections. If you truly treasure those items display them proudly and properly in your home, otherwise get rid of them.

5. Make your bed.: Your mother was right. Making your bed everyday is an instant quick fix that makes any room look neater.

6. Design a place for paperwork.: It’s one of the biggest clutter issues in the home. Have a filing center system for bills, important files and magazines. This cuts down on clutter being strewn around your home.

7. Try the clothes hanger trick: At the start of summer reverse the way your clothes are hung in your closet. When you wear and return an item, replace the hanger the correct way around. At the end of the summer you can clearly see what you haven’t worn and, most likely, what you can live without!

8. Organize your monthly receipts: Use an inexpensive 12-month accordion file to quickly and easily organize your monthly receipts and even paid bills. At the end of 12 months discard the oldest bills and receipts. This is a simple solution to that messy paperwork that can really get out of hand.

9.Understand that it’s not always about ‘the stuff’: Don’t be too hard on yourself. Recognize that the clutter is often a reflection of something deeper that might be troubling you. Dealing with the clutter can open up not only the physical space in your life, but also your emotional, psychological and spiritual space as well!

These tips were provided by Peter Walsh, an organizer on the hit TLC show "Clean Sweep. Walsh characterizes himself as part-contractor, part-therapist.



I want to spend some time talking about the word "addiction," which in my opinion is used too freely. I know I myself have been guilty of using this term in the wrong context. I recently read an article stating that everyone is addicted to something. It seems as though in recent years, addiction has been used to desribe alot of things that are not inherently harmful. For example, some may say that they are addicted to football or they are addicted to a certain type of food. Looking up the definition of an addict it states, "The state of being addicted; devotion; inclination; A habit or practice that damages, jeopardizes or shortens one's life but when ceased causes trauma; A pathological relationship to mood altering experience that has life damaging consequences."
We need to recognize the difference between liking something strongly and being an addict. Being addicted to something is a very serious issue and needs to be addressed seriously whether it's an alcohol, food, drug, sex, addition these topics are often life threatening. I have known a handful of people who I would consider addicts and it's a very difficult situation to go through. It is frustrating at times because no matter how much effort you put forth in helping them, they themselves need to recognize the issue first and want help. I have lost 3 friends to drug overdoses and this is not okay.
If you notice that someone around you is struggling, gently guide them and support them to get better. Do not give up. Do not sit beside them and watch blindly as their life spirals out of control.

“We may think there is willpower involved, but more likely… change is due to want power. Wanting the new addiction more than the old one. Wanting the new me in preference to the person I am now.”-George Sheehan


Lemon Pasta with Roasted Shrimp

This recipe was passed down from my brilliant mom and I absolutely love it. Love it so much so that I invited 7 of my closest friends over Friday to spend some quality time together and make this for them. For those Food Network fans it's an Ina Garten recipe which is one of my fav's. The dish is somewhat healthy and takes only about 20 minutes to prepare which is my style-quick and easy. This recipe wont disappoint and if you have any Vegetarian friends this is an easy choice.

2 pounds (17 to 21 count) shrimp, peeled and deveined
Good olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 pound angel hair pasta
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
2 lemons, zested and juiced

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Place the shrimp on a sheet pan with 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Toss well, spread them in 1 layer, and roast for 6 to 8 minutes, just until they're pink and cooked through.

Meanwhile, drizzle some olive oil in a large pot of boiling salted water, add the angel hair, and cook al dente, about 3 minutes. Drain the pasta, reserving some of the cooking liquid. Quickly toss the angel hair with the melted butter, 1/4 cup olive oil, the lemon zest, lemon juice, 2 teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoon pepper and about 1/2 cup of the reserved cooking liquid. Add the shrimp and serve hot.


Card Makin' Machine

I have been very excited about Fall this year and decided to make some Fall inspired cards. There similar to other cards that I make, splashed with color and a bit funky. Hope you enjoy!


Lovin' Leather

Alright, I have a super-duper obsession with leather jackets this Fall. Sure leather jackets have been around for years but, fashion designers are creating masterpieces with futuristic modern designs that are form fitting. My favorite style of leather jacket are those that zip up asymmetrically. Typically leather jackets are black but they now are being created in all colors, my favorites being a classic cream color and mauve. I love the versatility of a leather jacket, it can be worn over a dress for an edgy feminine-masculine look, or worn with jeans for a more low key chic look. Now I would be lying if I said that these leather jackets came at a reasonable price so, places like Forever 21 and H&M are making them as low as $30. Leather jackets are a worthy investment and I believe will be in style for decades to come.