Monday, December 19, 2016

My Daughters 18th Birthday Wishes

Happy 18th Birthday Julia Gonzalez

I have many times failed to be the Mom I pictured myself to be. I always wanted more for you.


 Watching you grow into a strong, grateful, independent, smart and loving child of God has been amazing to watch. 

I've realized being your Momma is a precious gift that daily humbles me. Every fiber of my being is grateful for having you in my life these past 18 years.Adulting is hard and can be scarey. The world can be a scarey place. 

Yet, I am confident you will continue to communicate with me on matters of the heart. Matters of right and wrong decisions. Matters of school, tattoos, boys, budgeting & money . Continue finding your true calling in life. Never stop learning. Continue going on Missionary trips. Continue serving an amazing God. 

Always find a bible based church to worship. Don't be a part of  the high percentage of Young Adults who don't hold steadfast to their faith.

 Continue to invite people to church. You invited me and I've never been the same.Thank you for the most amazing invitation of my life. 

Always find fun coffee shops ☕to study in and have wonderful friends to hang out with. Continue to crank up the stereo and sing your heart out to Adele. 

Continue  acting  like a Lady and dressing like one. Don't show your groceries in public and dance  like people are watching. I never liked the saying dance like no one is watching. Awe, their watching. If they start throwing dollar bills you've gone too far.πŸ’ƒπŸ˜³πŸ˜œπŸ˜‚

I will always pray for your future Husband.May he  love God first and may you have a lifetime of praying together. He is out there somewhere probably waiting for you to learn to cook. With your love of pasta and pizza lets hope he's Italian. πŸ΄πŸ•πŸπŸ˜‚πŸ‘«

Dont do drugs. Dont drink. You come from a line of alcoholics. We only think we are the life of the party. Be sober. Be THAT girl. 

Continue having a big heart and never stop reading  your bible.  

I love you more than chocolate. Actually more than SEE's Candy Chocolate!!! Those are so yummy. 

Happy 18th Birthday My Julia Rose. I love you with every fiber of my being. 
Momma Rachel ❤❤❤πŸŽ‚πŸ’ƒ

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Trip to Walmart for $7.78 pants

Julia and I took a trip to Walmart last night. I just wanna say ... When Julia refused to buy a bag. It warmed my heart. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ’ƒShe looked at the checker straight in the eyes and said no thank you I will carry them out. ❤❤❤πŸ˜‚ By the way, I'm so grateful my $7.78 stretch fabric, sits below the waist, slim through hip & thigh boot leg opening pants FIT!!!  Singing praises and thankfulness! Glory to God for rejoicing in the little things. ❤

Thursday, December 1, 2016

December 1, 2016 - Blog Memories

With Julia going to a movie tonight with friends, I decided to hang out at Starbucks so I could check out my poor neglected blog. I work so much and without internet at home, I find myself putting off writing. Blogging  was my passion for many years. I look back at pictures and post of yesteryear and wonder where did the time go, I will be 53 this month and Julia 18. Yes 18 . Her college applications are not only tightening our wallets yet flooding my thoughts with memories . She has been my constant companion on this road to Single parenthood. It has not been easy yet my life changed for the better. Now there will be new memories of having a young adult in college. Good grief I'm not ready. Are we ever ready for another life change? They say change is good.  Adulting is hard. Its as if every time I blink another year passes. Next month will be 2017. Are you ready? I think I  need some chocolate. 

Christmas Home Tour 2016

via Christmas Home Tour 2016

Visited Living in Yellow Blog this evening. Adorable pictures!!!Click here

Crisp clean color and lines. 

Love hanging stockings 

Rustic charm 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

10 quick clean up tips to make housework no big deal - A Fresh Start on a Budget

Are you feeling the stress of the Holidays? Cleaning for guest? Family from out of town. Thinking of a budget? How do you spend money on the holidays? Do you use credit cards? No gift giving? Make home made gifts?

Here are some ideas for the budget conscience & clean up tips:

                         10 quick clean up tips to make housework no big deal - A Fresh Start on a Budget

via The Budget Mama  

via The Finance Girl


Monday, September 26, 2016

If You're On the Fence About Your Vote, This Pastor Clarifies How the Very Future of America Is At Stake

   Great article written by our Pastor Dr. Jim Garlow at Skyline Church, San Diego, CA. It is an amazing, articulate and thought out article.  It has reached over a million views. I want to help spread the word.  

 Click here:   If You're On the Fence About Your Vote, This Pastor Clarifies How the Very Future of America Is At Stake. 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Welcome Mat from Target

A few months back I attended an amazing Women's Retreat at the Pine Valley Bible Center. It was an unforgettable experience. I actually took home a few of my coloring projects. Couldn't remember the last time I colored let alone colored in a group setting.  
Well, yesterday at Target I found the perfect decor to match. A floor mat for just $9.08! Love a bargain!
Look! Sweet, right? Now to decorate to bring this theme together. The creative juices are flowing. What project are you working on?   

Sunday, August 14, 2016

It's so FUN to make cards and swap them with other card makers! via Free Vintage Digi Stamps


It's so FUN to make cards and swap them with other card makers!
How do you sign-up? Just mail your cards or drop them off at The Paper Collage store if you are local to the Phoenix, AZ area. There is no cost to participate.
The theme this month is: Victorian
What is your interpretation of Victorian? Classic, romantic, frilly, lots of lace, vintage, etc.
Create SIX themed cards {the same or all different} and drop them off by the deadline {Wednesday, August 31st}. You will receive FIVE cards back {swapped & mailed out on Tuesday, Sept. 6th} - one of your cards will be donated to a non-profit charity/organization who will LOVE and cherish your card forever! ♥
Size doesn't can make an A2 or A6, ANY size! Be sure to include an envelope with each card too!
Your cards can be stamped, embossed, colored, layered, artsy, cute, whimsy, mixed media-style, or apply any technique you can think of! Be sure to include at least TWO layers {including the card base} and at least ONE embellishment.
Place them in a clear baggie with your name written on the baggie and drop them off or mail them to The Paper Collage {address below}. You can pick-up your swap anytime after Tuesday, Sept. 6th.
If you are out of the area, you can still participate! You can mail in your cards and include a self-addressed stamped mailer with the same amount of postage. It's FUN to receive HAPPY MAIL!
IF you are mailing them: 
The Paper Collage Victorian Card Swap
13576 W. Camino Del Sol, #4 
Sun City West, AZ 85375
We can't wait to see your FABULOUS creations!

Gluten Free A-Z : Tomatillo Guacamole for a fabulous Party Dip

Gluten Free A-Z : Tomatillo Guacamole for a fabulous Party Dip: Do you like guacamole? You will love  this tomatillo guacamole just as much.

Check out these pictures & recipe  than visit Gluten Free with Judee


2-3 medium tomatillos ( tomatillos are on the small side) 
2 medium Hass type avocados, peeled and quartered
juice of 1/2 fresh lemon ( about 1/4 cup of juice) 
3 large sprigs of parsley
2 scallions stems , chopped
Salt and cracked pepper to taste ( I used a little Himalayan pink salt)  
optional: 1 teaspoon of cumin ( I used it and thought it needed it -but if you don't like cumin omit it) 

Place all of the ingredients in the food processor . Turn on 2-3 burts ( on off, on off, on off) until slightly blended. Serve with gluten free crackers, celery sticks, or slices of tomatillo

Sunday, August 7, 2016


via Resers

Ok, just had lunch here at AceSelf Storage -Rancho . I decided to warm up a frozen  Hatch Green  Chile  Macaroni  & Cheese. Its part of their Sensational Sides and ready in just 4 minutes! It's basically a meal for me. It was absolutely delicious! I even had to post about it on my Face Book Page!

Wanted to research the company and found great things. Here's  and Insert from the website.

Reser’s is proud to be part of the extended American family. More than sixty years after “Grandma Reser” perfected her world-famous potato salad in a rural farmhouse kitchen, we now make a variety of sides, salads, ‘slaws, desserts and comfort food classics.
The company’s leading brands include Reser's American Classics™ deli salads, Reser's Sensational Sides™ side dishes, Baja CafΓ©® and Don Pancho Mexican Foods, Main St. Bistro baked sides and dinners, and Stonemill Kitchens® gourmet dips.  And to keep things fresh and exciting, we’ve expanded our culinary line-up and now offer a variety fresh-cut fruits and veggies.
As a third-generation family company, Reser’s employs more than 3,000 people at nearly 20 facilities in the United States and Mexico.  We recently added a tortilla plant in Halifax, North Carolina and a distribution center in Topeka, Kansas.  Be sure to visit our news room for our latest updates.
We work as one big family in order to create easy, delicious snacks and meals that will bring your family together around the table.  So, whether you’re looking for a quick weeknight meal, an elegant party appetizer, or hearty sides for your next picnic or backyard BBQ, let us help you serve up something delicious.

Here is their Resers Face Book Page

Let me know if you have a favorite Resers Product!


Goals for August 2016 - A Fresh Start on a Budget

via Goals for August 2016 - A Fresh Start on a Budget

Meet Karissa She has an amazingly motivating blog. Visit her at "A Fresh Start on a Budget"

You will definitely get pumped for August. We are a week in ,its not too late.

What are your goals for August?

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Elevate Super Foods - Spinach Pow Salad

 Had a Elevate Super Foods - Spinach Pow Salad the other day and it was amazing.

Ok, so I used up all my Weight Watcher points, yet it was so worth it!

It felt super healthy. People sitting next to me asked about my salad.

 I think I'm going to have to visit Smart and Final more often!

via Elevate Super Foods

Have you tried the other flavors? Which is your favorite? 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

A Bird. A Plate and Candlestick Holder Ideas -EASY AS 1-2-3

A dear friend, Cindy brought a gift to class. It was wrapped so pretty I almost didn't want to open it!

Cindy explained she saw something similar at a vendor show and knew she could go home and make it.

With a desire, talent and few materials, Cindy made an adorable decoration.

Isn't it beautiful! Love it!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

The Homespun Hydrangea Fairy Garden Drawer Upcycle via Sunny Simple Life


Visited  The Homespun Hydrangea Fairy Garden Drawer Upcycle

via  Sunny Simple Life

Sue found my camper at a local shop, but you can find a similar one on Amazon here!

Here is what you will need to make your fairy garden in a drawer:– Old drawer
– Drill
– Miniature plants (I love celosia, coleus, dusty miller, and other small scale annuals)
– Stones
– Dirt
– Accessories of choice

Click here to learn more: The Home Spun Hydrangea

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Portion Control Weight Loss Tips

The 3 P's
Pray more.  Portion Control. Physically move.
My pretty cups, from The Pioneer Woman Collection   remind me of portion control. It actually helps. Do you have a changed my eating habits tip?

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

My all so Random Life in Pictures

The clouds over Ace Self Storage 

    Julia at Skyline Church enjoying a lavender steamer from the Skyline Church Cafe. 

 Made to Crave by Lysa Terkeurst 

Skyline Church Pretties 

More Ace Self Storage 

Worship time 

Closing up Shop at Church 
Julia's Mexicali Missions Trip 2016 
The Cross on the Mountain of Skyline Church

My Apartment Garden 

Thank you for taking a look at my random pictures! 
God Bless!