September 27, 2013

This Little Girl

  This little cutie is getting her tonsils removed next week. She's been sick off and on for the past couple of months and it's been the same thing over and over... tonsillitis. She's been to the hospital twice for high fevers and each time we get told the same thing: her tonsils are enlarged and infected and we end up getting a prescription for antibiotics. The antibiotics weaken her immune system and she ends up getting sick again and the cycle continues. 

  So I'm nervous and scared for my little girl. I know this is not a complicated operation and many have gone through it just fine but I know my daughter! She cries when I slightly pull her hair to make her a braid or ponytail. I would really appreciate prayers for her and for her recovery!

  I do have a post scheduled for next week but other than that I will be a little MIA on the blog until Miss Sarah is recovered and things go back to normal. Of course you can always find me on instagram if you miss me ;)
Until next time! Have a lovely weekend friends!
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September 19, 2013

Lush Bebe Review + Giveaway

We received these shoes for Levi from Lush Bebe to review. All opinions are my own. 

Baby Shoes are the cutest aren't they? I found Lush Bebe about a month or so ago and drooled over the cuteness of all of the shoes! Mr. Levi received these in the mail earlier this week..
   As I opened the envelope I found the shoes were even more adorable in person! The shoes are so soft! I seriously did not expect them to be as soft, I thought they would be a little stiff because of the material but I was so wrong. They are very well made!

   Levi has chunky feet so it's hard sometimes to get his shoes on especially when he scrunches his little toes but I was able to put these on him faster than any other shoes. It helps that they have laces so I can stretch them out a little as I put his foot in. I seriously LOVE these shoes! They're not only cute, they are great handmade quality and the perfect shoes for my little crawler!

Here are some photos of my little model and his new shoes...
Levi loved his shoes so much he tried to eat them...
Guess what? You can enter to win a pair of Lush Bebe shoes of your choice! 
(they have boys + girls shoes)


You can post this graphic on instagram for an extra FIVE entries:

a Rafflecopter giveaway
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September 17, 2013

That Moment


That Moment
That moment when I first carried you in my arms
I could live in that moment forever
The warm feeling of love at first sight as I looked at your tiny little face
I could live in that moment forever
The sound of your cry as you took your first breath
I could live in that moment forever
Those little eyes looking at me looking for comfort
I could live in that moment forever
Smelling your newborn smell and touching your soft skin
I could live in that moment forever
Meeting you for the first time after nine long months of anticipation
I could live in that moment forever
For Josh, Sarah + Levi
Love, Mom
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September 13, 2013

PROS and CONS of Blogging

There's no doubt about it blogging has changed my life! Good in some ways and bad in others.
I am in no way a blogging expert but I feel these pros + cons are true from what I've learned from blogging these past two years...

PROS

Making New Friends
I have met some of the sweetest people through this little blog. I am not the best at keeping in touch but I try to catch up with my bloggy friends when I can.
Inspiration/Motivation
Blogging keeps me motivated and inspired to want to keep working on my home and doing little crafts here and there. I seriously think that without this blog a lot of the home improvements we have done to our home wouldn't have happened. 
Writing
Blogging helps keep my writing skills sharp. I always loved to write especially poems and songs but I stopped for a while. Blogging has helped rekindle my love for writing! 
Free Stuff
I'm not gonna lie one of the best parts about blogging is receiving free stuff or as many of you call it swag! (I don't know why I feel so uncomfortable saying that word!) Of course it shouldn't be the main reason you blog but it is a super awesome perk! I love trying out new products and blogging about them!
Fun
Blogging is FUN! How? For me it's just a way to be creative, it's my space. It's my hobby. What I like to do in my down time. Kinda like reading a book, watching a movie or going for a walk. Blogging can be fun if you write and share things you are passionate about. 


CONS

Time Consuming
Blogging is very time consuming! Writting posts, editing pictures, linky parties, social media and all can be draining! That is one reason why I don't blog weekends. I don't like to feel stressed and if blogging is ever stressful I just take a break. 
Comparison
I hate this. I hate comparing my little blog to others but it happens! Whether you compare numbers or blog content if you are a blogger you will at some point compare yourself to others. 
Privacy
Everything you post online is public. I sometimes get the urge to just shut this whole thing down completely especially when I hear people's pictures being stolen. I don't want creeps looking at my kids! That really freaks me out! It's one of the BIGGEST reasons why I debated starting this blog. However I set that "fear" aside and I try my best to not share too many personal things on here. I often pray for this blog and it's content. I know that ultimately it's my responsibility what I share but I like to think if I pray, I can trust God is protecting me and my family  from people who are up to no good. I pray this blog is a blessing not just for me but for those who read it. 

That's all of the Pros and Cons I could think of!
Are there some things you would add to my list? Please share!

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September 11, 2013

Favorite Baby Etsy Shops

I love Etsy! Don't you? I can spend hours just browsing through such beautiful handmade items and sometimes actually buying some of those items as I add them to my favorites. EVERY single person I've come to meet on Etsy is always super helpful and VERY nice, It's such a happy place! Throughout the years I have found a couple of my favorite etsy shops and I want to share some of them with you today, in no particular order...


PINGVINI |

 I found Pingvini as I was searching for a crib mobile for Levi's shared nursery. I found the lamb mobile below on my search results and IMMEDIATELY fell in LOVE! I contacted Yuliyana right away and like I mentioned before she was SUPER nice! Her mobiles are one of a kind, handmade and best of all she uses organic materials. You can find mobiles, stuffed animals and more in her shop. Here are my favorites...


KRIBBE |

I found Kribbe looking for some bibs for Levi. I contacted Silke (the owner) and we traded services ( I designed her logo & etsy banner in exchange for some pretties from her shop! I am so happy I found Silke, I have made a wonderful new friend! Her bibs & burp cloths are lovely! Levi has gotten so many compliments when he's wearing his bibs!

LUSH BEBE |

I just recently found this cute shop. Tanisha makes the most adorable shoes I've ever seen! 

I love Augie & Lola's blankets! Levi has this one but in blue minky...

GUESS WHAT? I will be writting a review soon about one of the products above 
and maybe even a giveaway! Stay Tuned!!
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If you haven't already make sure to enter my birthday giveaway! ENDS TOMORROW!

September 9, 2013

GUEST POST: Easy Decorating Tip For Cupcakes

 Happy Monday Friends! Hope you all had a lovely weekend! Today we have my lovely friend Weiya from Enjoyer of Grace sharing an easy way to decorate and dress up store bought cupcakes. Enjoy!!

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Hi dear Cinsarah readers! My name is Weiya from Enjoyer of Grace. I am so honored to be guest posting here today on Cindy's lovely blog! Thank you so much for having me!



Last week, I saw this cute video posted by Joy and was inspired to try out one of her fun cupcake decorating tips! I'm sure you all have a few friends who think cupcakes are their very own food group and would happily eat it every meal if they could. What an easy way this would be to bring a smile to their face if they ever need a little extra TLC!






*sidenote: Some of these shown above were decorated by me and some by a good friend of mine that I had over that day. :) Thanks, Ruth!




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September 6, 2013

Why I Don't Watch Scary Movies

Today's Prompt:
Friday, September 6: A story about a time you were very afraid.

Scary movies: you either love em or hate em.
I used to love em. I wouldn't watch them all of the time but I enjoyed watching a scary movie from time to time. I also loved watching those 48hr mystery shows throughout my high school years. I would get nightmares, see people in my room who weren't actually there and hear voices. It was horrible! I couldn't sleep, I always had this sense of fear until one day I realized something....

Scary movies are a tool for the devil to put fear in my heart and mess with my head.

So I stopped.
I stopped watching scary movies, I stopped watching shows that would create fear in me and guess what? The nightmares stopped. I slept peacefully! I haven't watched a scary movie since. I DECIDED to eliminate scary movies from my life. I don't need none of that! The word of God says:

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind."
2 Timothy 1:7
AMEN! 
I NEED a sound mind.
I need it to care for my children, I need it to survive each day, I need the spirit of God!
What's the point of living in constant fear? Why give the enemy a tool as powerful as that to mess with your head and torture your spirit?
NO THANK YOU!

Now I am in no way judging those who like and watch scary movies. I realize everyone is different and some people scare more easily than others. I am one of those which is why I know that watching scary movies in no way helps me with my spiritual walk. The fear I felt after watching a scary movie would overpower me so much that I would forget I had a powerful God. 

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September 5, 2013

Birthday Giveaway

Happy Birthday to Me!
Today I turn 26!
I'm celebrating by having a giveaway! Who doesn't love presents right?
I want to say a HUGE THANK YOU tho those of you who agreed to participate!
Please take some time to visit their blogs/shops and show some love. You might even recognize a few of these awesome shops and blogs. I specifically contacted some of them because they are some of my favorites. Here are the wonderful prizes...
FABRIC OF CHOICE


ENTER TO WIN BELOW...

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September 4, 2013

My Life Be Like...

Today's Prompt:
Wednesday, September 4: If you could take three months off from your current life and do anything in the world, what would you do? (bonus points for fun photos from Pinterest, but don't forget to cite the source!)

Take three months off my current life? NO WAY! 
I couldn't do that, I wouldn't do that. I LOVE my life as a stay at home mom and feel very blessed. Sure I have had days where I feel I need a break and all I want to do is lay in bed and cry of exhaustion but NEVER would I want to take three months off! I mean sure sometimes I need a break like this week... Sarah got sick.. again. She's got a stomach virus and I'm pretty sure she's gonna need her tonsils taken out very soon and I spent most of the day yesterday cleaning up throw up and disinfecting stuff but well that's part of being a mom and I wouldn't have it any other way. (well except someone to clean up the throw up for me... that would be nice)

So I'm sorry to disappoint but I have no fun photos to share but I do have this super cute picture of little Levi that I took a couple weeks ago...
...and if you are wondering what my title is all about well then you need to hear this song cause that's the first thing that popped in my head when I read today's prompt. This is one of our "cleaning party" songs. What's a "cleaning party" you ask? Well that's a whole other post...coming soon.
Enjoy!
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September 3, 2013

I'm Not Filipino

I am joining Jenni from Story of My Life in this Blogtember challenge where we blog everyday in September except weekends which is perfect for me because I only blog weekdays. Weekends are for my family. So let's begin with today's prompt:

Tuesday, Sept. 3: Describe where or what you come from. The people, the places, and/or the factors that make up who you are.

I feel now is as good as ever to answer this question (been wanting to for a while now)...

"Are you Filipino?"
I've gotten this question a lot believe it or not. I'm guessing you already know the answer by my title. I'm not. 
I decided to google filipino...
...and found these beautiful filipino ladies.
I guess I have some Filipino features which would make people think I may be Filipino. 
However I am Mexican/Latina/Hispanic :)

Has anyone ever confused your ethnicity?

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