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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Voice Finals

Last night's finals of The Voice was incredible. They all did great and in my book they all have won. But I am #teamvicci all the way! There's just something about a good song that makes you in a great mood and she does it each time. Her performance is such a joy to watch. I especially enjoyed her duet with coach, Cee Lo Green. WOW. Talk about battlefield. She brought it! I downloaded her song, gifted to everyone I know, voted via phone and internet. I've done as much as I can to support her and we'll see the results tonight. No matter what, she's won the hearts of her fans with her war dance and powerhouse vocals. 

Who did you vote for?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Monthly OB appointment

What a hectic day at the office. Nearly two months of being gone can do some real damage.

Anyway, I'm getting closer to my second trimester screening. The first trimester screening was good, so we're hoping this one show's negative of all possible birth defects. I have my monthly doctor's appointment this Friday. I'm really hoping they do an ultrasound. My husband wants to know the real sex of the baby. haha. I tried to convince him that boy parts mature much faster then girls so if it was a boy, it would show already. But all I want is a healthy baby. Boy or girl, I'll be happy with what God gives me. I do also want to try the 4D ultrasound. I've heard that with those, you're able to see their faces clearly. I know with my daughter we did a 3D ultrasound and the images shown were very close to her actual face.

I feel my bumb getting a little bigger.. Or it just might be me. haha.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Father and daughter day

My daughter and husband are at Disneyland Resort while I'm here at the office. Boo!! They just rode on the new Mermaid's ride at California Adventure,  my husband said it was just OK. My daughter was scared as usual. She really hates a lot of those rides at Disneyland. Often times she has both eye shut throughout the whole ride and once she sees the light shining through at the end she starts clapping and yells "YAY" as if she's relieved that the ride is over. She does like the outside rides though. But anything that consist of minimal lighting she despises very much.

I find that the best times to go to Disneyland are during the week days. When school was still in session, that place would not be as crowded as it is during as it is during the summer time. Of course weekends are just horrible. I hate being around too many people. I feel like I don't have enough room to breath. I guess I'm a little claustrophobic. Wait time isn't that bad either during the weekdays since most people were usually at school or at work. I'm kind of dreading to go there now. I know school's out and it's vacation season and I know the number 1 spot people are going to go is Disneyland.

My husband didn't get to spend much time with my daughter on Father's day since he worked the night before and the night of so today is their father and daughter day. It's a little hard on him adjusting to his night schedule at the ER since he's usually sleeping during the day time and he's gone to work when we get home. On his days off, his schedule is still a bit messed up so when he finally gets up, a few hours later we're in bed.  We barely see each other so today he's taking advantage of it.

Dreams

Dreams. Do they really mean anything? Is this really a way of my subconscious mind telling me something? It's quite fascinating really. Even from biblical days, dreams were often interpreted and foretells the future. I've been having strange dreams lately. So I've done my research on Google and here's what I found.

Over the last few weeks, I've been having dreams of different celebrities from John Cena to The Rock and Edward Cullen. All of them include in engaging in some sexual scene. So according to dreammoods.com this is what it means: If you dream that you are having sex with a celebrity, then it indicates your drive to be successful. You are striving for recognition. This is SO true for me! Lately all my thoughts have been about success and wealth. I'm reading a book called, "The Secret" and it's inspired me in more ways then one to become a happier and better person. Anyway, my dream the other night was especially odd. I dreamed that I was a prison guard at a prison and there was a man who was freed because his time was up. So here's what it means: To see a prison guard in your dream, suggests that your belief and/or your way of thinking is restricting your own growth. Your fear of making mistakes is preventing you from experiencing life. This one, I have no idea what it's trying to tell me. But I guess I need to make some necessary changes to my life in order to enjoy life to the max. Another dream I had last week was I was riding in a school bus. This one meant: To see or ride a school bus in your dream, suggests that you are about to venture on an important life journey needed for your own personal growth. It's crazy how that all the dream interpretation I have kind of points to the same directions. But it's just got me more excited about life! I'm so certain that something big is coming my way and I can't wait. 


Always be positive :)

Monday, June 20, 2011

My daughter and the Iphone

My daughter has been watching Mickey Mouse videos on YoutTube from my Iphone non stop. She has been doing this consistently for the last week or so. It's got to a point of addiction. She literally asks for it first thing in the morning and it's the last thing she does at night. She even asks for it in the car or when we're here at the office. When it loads too slow she gets frustrated and cries. And when I don't give it to her she throws a fit. I feel like I just gave away my cell phone. Wow. Who would've thought at this age, kids can have this kind of addiction.

The Iphone has so much apps to offer. For instance, it has games that we all grew up to: Bejeweled, Tetris, Pacman etc and it's also has the newer games like Fruit Ninka, angry birds and so forth. It has an in built navigation and compass but if you want to go high tech you can download the AT&T navigation app which cost $9.99/month or $69.99 for the whole year. This app offers turn-by-turn voice driving directions, automatic re-routing if you miss a turn and real time traffic updates. Check it out on Itunes for more info.

I'm now in the merge of buying a new Iphone with a bigger gig or sticking to this 8gig I have and wait for the Iphone 5. When I first bought this I thought there would be no way I would use up all this memory. Now I find myself deleting apps and songs to accommodate my phone's functioning ability.  I love listening to music so my phone is filled with them. And downloading from Itunes is a breeze! Especially if your into shows like The Voice, it's so easy to vote for your favorite singer. It's really a must have!

Other then the games and apps it offers, it has some educational apps available for download too.There are apps for kids where it teaches them their ABC's, 123's and flashcards. The cool thing about it is that, not only is it just pictures but it actually vocalizes the image. It's pretty neat. Really helpful for those "super moms" who's always on the go.

4 Months Pregnant

I'm officially on my 16th week of pregnancy this week. I'm well off on my second trimester of pregnancy and most if not all of my pregnancy sickness have gone away! I'm not as nauseous as before and my headaches are slowly but surely going away! I still feel fatigued but I've read that it's not uncommon since I am growing a baby inside me. I'm no longer depressed unlike my first trimester which was horrible for me! But I heard that it's normal to feel that way in the first trimester. But I'm glad that it's just over with now.

It's quite exciting since now I'm able to distinguish her movements more then I had before. She's still stretching trying to make room for herself but it doesn't feel as uncomfortable as the last weeks. I can even see where she is when she moves because there is one part of my tummy that gets stiff and when I put my hand over it I can feel her move. I can't wait until I start showing. My first pregnancy I didn't show until a little over 5 months and I was hoping to show sooner this time. I dug through my old clothes from my first pregnancy this past weekend and I'm off and ready to go. The only problem with this is I'm so much more comfortable in a plain t-shirt and jeans rather then most of the maternity clothes that I have or they sell out there.  Luckily I can still fit most of my shirts still so I don't fret about stretching those out. I do have a problem with my jeans because since I've gained a few lbs, I'm now unable to button them aghhhhhh!!! And this baby hates it when I'm in my jeans. shucks!

One thing that has been bothering me more then before is my the pain associated with the pressure along my sciatic nerve. It can be fine one day and the next day I'm in so much pain that even just moving aggravates it. It radiates from my lower back all the way down to my right leg. It's so painful. I've tried sleeping on my left side which I've heard alleviates the pain but it's just kind of there one day and gone the next.

But for the most part, I'm feeling better overall.

Happy Monday

Oh Mondays... It's so hard to like you sometimes. It's definitely one of the most challenging days to get out of bed after two days off. I slept in both days while my husband watched Frankie. It felt oh so good.

I sold some of my old stuff on Ebay last week and earned myself an extra $300. I'm so thrilled about it! It may not sound much but with the money I earned I'm out on an adventure trying to figure out what's hot right now and what's selling. Does anyone have any good ideas?? The only downside to it is that I didn't charge enough for the shipping so I had to spend a couple extra bucks but it wasn't bad. I still made more then enough on the items I sold so it wasn't bad at all. I also had a hard time getting to the Post Office on time. I get off at 4:30 and I feel like I'm rushing all the way there. And may I say, the lines are way too long!! Are they always usually that busy or is there a better time to go?? I wish they could just come here and pick it up for me.

Amazon.com is offering Baby Bargain Mondays and the deals are hot! Better act fast!! I love Amazon because I find bargains there almost all the time! I bought a Fairies chair with desk for my daughter at original price $60.00 and and I got it for $34.99 + shipping of $10.00 = $45.00 so I saved about $15! If you sign up for their Amazon mom program you get shipping for free. Does anyone know if there is a catch associated with that? I haven't got around to sign up for that so that will be one of my goals this week. I also buy used books in great condition for less then $10. You save so much doing it this way. Unless you need a brand new book go to Amazon to get your books. This is especially great for college students. Those text books cost so much money and you'll save a lot by buying your books online.

Start this week by something positive. Happy Monday everyone!!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Sunday beauty rituals

Happy Father's day to all you dad's out there!! Thank you for all your love and hard work. You guys totally rock.

I love my lazy Sundays. I just lay in bed and do almost nothing at all (at least when my daughter takes a nap). I'm usually always on the go. I always want to do something or always have to do something. So Sundays are the days I tell myself to stop and just relax. With a growing family we owe it to ourselves to have this day to just kick off our shoes and just stop for a minute.

It's become my weekly ritual to have my in home face peels on Sundays since it's just not that practical for me to do it on any other day. I use the in home peel from Ole Henrickson and also have a mask that I use from Boscia. I'm especially in love with the Boscia's face peel because you will see immediate results on your skins brightness. It's great to use between your monthly facial or a great alternative as well. It's well worth the money!

I'm a firm believer in beautiful skin, so I strive to keep my skin looking at it's best. My skin has the tendency of getting dull and looking lifeless, and using these once a week has definitely improved my skin's clarity and skin tone.I started using this about 8 months ago and my skin has just looked better and better.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Bargains, Deals and MORE.

Who doesn't love a great bargain now a days? Almost every one I know is trying to find ways to save. From the fluctuating cost of gas prices to the over priced outfits at the mall, I've been looking around to save a few dollars.

Here are a few things I found:

Outback Steak House is offering a $10 gift card on orders more then $50. The only catch is you can only redeem that from now until July 15. And, this promotional offer ends this Sunday so HURRY!
Olive Garden- You can redeem a $4.00 off any two dinner entrees until June 26.
 Here's one for you and your kids. If you go to chuckecheese.com there are several coupons from pizza's to tokens but it ends TONIGHT. So hurry. 

There are sites such as thekrazycouponlady.com that has daily special's listed on their site and it's updated on a daily basis. There are printable coupons you can use at the store or promotional codes online you can enter. If you like dining out like I do, you'll truly enjoy restaurant.com because if has so many promotional offers on different restaurants. I personally love to go to Tokyo Shabu Shabu and right now I can get a $50 gift certificate there for the price of $25. Talk about a bargain! For you ladies who love retail therapy, you guys will love retailmenot.com. They have promotional coupons from Victoria's Secret to Khols to Aldo's. Gasbuddy.com (also a downloadable app) provides you with the cheapest gas where ever you're at, so you never waste gas trying to shop for gas.

Sephora.com and the actual store is offering you a free gift on your birthday each year if you sign up a VIB member. It's free to sign up and it takes only minutes to do so. Groupon.com and Yelp.com both have promotional deals each day. I receive daily emails from them offering all sorts of things from discounted massages, to restaurants to wine tasting and much much more. It's free to sign up the deals are delivered right to your inbox.

Anthony's robot

My nephew is simply amazing!!! He's spending the whole month of June in Seattle with his dad and he sent this video to his mom yesterday. It's a little over a minute long and you'll see what I'm talking about.

video

I've never met a kid at 10 years old use the word "interesting" let alone do a robot project in the middle of summer when he could be outside playing or playing video games. But he's a regular growing boy who's well into those things too. But he's all around very talented and smart, and he just excels in everything he does. From snowboarding, to school to MMA. I know just why his mom praises him the way she does. I remember last year my husband called him to talk about UFC. He was only nine years old then but could carry a conversation with an adult easily. And just a few weeks back, we got into a conversation about exorcism and that led to other topics and I was there for literally 30 minutes listening to him.

It's no surprise to us that he does all these things. In fact, i think we always look forward to the other adventures he does in his life. We're just amazed at what creative thoughts get in his head. I mean, at 10, i never thought about trying to build a robot. I just wanted to play outside with my friends or watch TV.

What was my sister's secret?!? I often asked her this. She read to him and thought him and all that other good stuff, which is good. But it didn't stop there. One of her BIG things is talking positivity into his life. She never kicked him down and always believed in him and verbalized it everyday. Even when he says "I'm not good enough" she always told him to keep trying. It may sound cliche', but I think hearing that from a young age has molded his brain to thinking he can do anything- and that's what he believes in. He was exposed to all sorts of things at such a young age. With doing so, may of those things has become his hobby and motivation. He's such an awesome kid.

Our children are a reflection of us; They represent us. We're their first role models in life. We're not called 'Mother" for nothing. Whether we realize it or not, we are the first teachers in their lives (teacher of life.. haha i like that).


"Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible"  ~Marion C. Garretty, quoted in A Little Spoonful of Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Pregnancy at 15 weeks.

Sinus- you're kicking my butt right now. aghhhhhh!!

Why does it feel like I never get enough sleep? I literally dragged myself out of bed this morning after fighting with the alarm clock for 30 minutes. Not to mention, I slept for almost 10 hours. My body's aching, head hurting and the little fetus that I'm growing inside me has been moving since noon yesterday making it impossible for me to do anything comfortably. I know my husband is probably wondering why I'm wining so much. But I wonder, if men got pregnant would they wine as much as we do. I mean, carrying a baby for 9 months is no easy task. Your body goes through so many changes physically not to mention the emotional ones. I literally feel like this baby is pushing up against my rib bone to make room for herself and it's pretty painful.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

My growing toddler

She's running around like a little monster. Spilling drinks everywhere; throwing food on the ground. She wines if she doesn't get what she wants and she cries and scream for like 30 minutes before she finally throws in the towel and takes a nap. She even has a new hobby- drawing, the only problem is she likes her artwork better on the wall then on paper. She's driving me crazy. Taking things out the closet, trying my shoes on and leaving her tracks everywhere. And when you try to take something away from her she screams, "NO WAY! NO WAY Mama!"

My daughter has turned into a little monster! Aghhhh!!

I'm having one of those days :/

Conquering the storm with this thing called LOVE

I remember the times me and my husband would fight constantly. It came to a point that it was abnormal if we didn't argue. We'd argued at least once a day everyday. I don't even recall what the arguments were about. I just remember fighting all the time. Our first year was rough. We just kinda jumped into everything all at once and that's how we started. So our first year of being together we had to get through my fluctuating hormones and moods and I was dealing with a lot of insecurities, doubt and shame. It was tough going through my first pregnancy, going to school and working at the same time. I was tired a lot of the times but I tried to keep it together.

What I felt like he doing wrong: EVERYTHING. I felt like he was inconsiderate of my feelings, he was never there for me, his comments and reaction to everything was rude. And he was disrespectful. I just felt like he was plain mean! i remember thinking, "this is what I'm stuck with for the rest of my life? This is going to be the father of my child? What he was thinking: This girl nags at me all the time and she's inconsiderate of what I'm feeling. She wants me to do everything for her and she's so insecure, I can't even go out with my friends! In his mind he's thinking, "I don't want to be stuck here forever, How will I ever love her the same?"

For maybe a year and a half we had constant arguments and three breakups. We've reached our boiling points that enough was enough. We couldn't even be around other people without arguing once. As embarrassing as it was, we argued all the time regardless if it's in front of people or just by ourselves. We were hopeless about the relationship and we thought that that was the end. We didn't want to try anymore because trying itself seemed too hard.We've exchanged harsh words to each other and I was convince nothing was ever going to be the same more the less be better. So I decided to leave- this time for good.

As I'm there crying my eyes out looking at my daughter, I couldn't believe I had brought her into this world to just break her heart. She's so young and I know she doesn't know, but the only thing that ever kept me there was to avoid the possibility of her growing up in a  broken home. But I couldn't take it anymore. I had to leave. I had to escape from that hell; from that happy place. It just wasn't worth it anymore.

A big change for us was humility. After being so comfortable with each other I think that sort of slipped away. Something like being able to man up to your mistake made such a big difference. We stopped that mentality that he/she is wrong, I'm right, because that never got us any where good. We didn't talk enough. After being with a person for a while you'd think they'd know what you want and didn't like, but that's not the case. You really have to verbalize what you like and don't like. If there is something wrong and bothering you, say something right away. Don't keep it inside and think it'll go away. You might just blow up later. Each day we learn something new about love and each other. Everyday is like a new lesson and a new chance. You have to learn how to ride with it. Forget the pass and just move on with life. Don't hold grudges.

Love is nothing like they describe in love stories. Because it's going through hell with someone and still coming out strong at the end.

Who will you save on the The Voice?

I never stay up past 9pm but last night was exceptional. I was up until 11pm watching NBC's "The Voice" and it was an amazing performance from all of them! Again, my fav girl, Vicci Martinez, rocked the stage. Coming from someone so little is such a big soulful voice. I love her! Make sure you guys cast in your votes before this coming Monday, June 20, to save your favorite artist. You guys can click the link below if you missed her performance last night.

The Voice - Week Eight: Vicci Martinez Sings "Jolene" - Video - NBC.com

I'm so thrilled that Dia & Xenia made it out of Team Blake. They both have very unique voices and I'm certain he made the right choice. And I think Christina's team is very strong too. Now it's just coming down to the best of the best and the competition is getting more intense!

Me and my husband are so addicted to this show. We always watch the previous episodes on demand. I've just never watched a show that all the singers were this good. Even from the battle rounds, they were all great. I'm anticipating the results for Team Cee Lo and Team Adam already. I know Javier Colone is favored so he is more then likely to go to the semi finals. I can't wait until next week's episode!!! Tuesday, come already!

Who do you think will make it out of team CeeLo and Team Adam? I want to hear your opinions!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Pregnancy do's and don'ts

 





I found out I was pregnant at roughly 4 1/2 weeks. I immediately bought prenatal vitamins as part of my prenatal regimen. I was told about New Chapter Perfect Prenatal from my sister-in-law. It's made with whole-food, organic and probiotic nourishment. It's easy on your stomach and can be taken on an empty stomach. I went to Amazon.com and got a deal of $55 opposed to the regular price of over $100 for the full trimester one. I also bought their Wholeomega Prenatal which was made fro. m pure Salmon fish oil which cost about $25. This prenatal vitamin also claims that it will lessen or completely stop any nausea and vomiting. I'm happy to say that I only got mild nausea and no vomiting at all
Do take Prenatal Vitamin

Engage in yoga or an exercise regimen
RAJASHREE’s PREGNANCY YOGA (DVD)Prior to my pregnancy I was very active. I went to gym 4-7 times a week doing cardio and strength training. I still continued with my regular gym routines. There are many benefits of exercise during pregnancy. You'll feel better, look better, prepare your body for labor and you bounce back to your pre-pregnancy body sooner then women who don't exercise. I recently bought a DVD called Rajashree Pregnancy Yoga DVD and Audio CD. You can buy this at Bikramyoga.com for about $30. Rajashree is the wife of the famous Bikram Chaudry who created the world famous- Hot Yoga. She created this DVD based on some of the Bikram poses but tweeked it a little for mommy's to be. Studies show that women who do Yoga during pregnancy has a higher baby birth weight then those who don't. It has defintely help me with concentration and I feel great.

Skip the hot sauna, hot tubs and hot baths
The thought of relaxing in the sauna right now is like piece of heaven. The sauna is a place of relaxation, it aids in aches and pains and it's an antioxidant. But during pregnancy this is highly discouraged because being in these places could raise core temperature and may cause harm to you and your growing baby. Being in these places can also cause hypotension and dizziness which results in less oxygenation for your baby.

Absolutely NO alcohol
You should not consume any type of alcoholic beverage during pregnancy for this can be extremely harmful to your baby. Alcohol passes through the placenta and your baby has a dose of what you're having. It has devastating affects on your baby and can cause serious mental and/or physical damage. Better pass it up.

Other important do's and don't are:
  • You also should avoid fish such as shark, swordfish, king mackerel, or golden or white snapper (tilefish) because they contain high levels of mercury. 
  •  Stay away from Raw food
  • Stay away from deli meats because they contain a bacteria called listeria which can cause miscarriage
  • Make sure you're eating pasteurized cheese and milk.