Friday, December 31, 2010

Posadas Navideñas

No hay mejor manera de pasar estas temporadas de amor y paz, que en familia. Cada año mis amigas y yo nos dedicamos a planear nuestras posadas navideñas, como trajabamos de Lunes a Viernes las hacemos cada fin de semana en el mes de Diciembre y en año nuevo. Esta año me toco el segundo fin de semana de Diciembre. Unos de los motivos por los que hacemos las fiestas es para reunir a toda nuestra familia, ya que todos estamos casados y por tal motivo tenemos que visitar otras casas el 24 y 25 de Diciembre. Nunca hay que olvidar que el amor de nuestra familia es uno de los tesoros mas valiosos que podemos tener. Nuestra familia nos quiere y nos acepta tal comos somos, su amor es incondicional. Navidad para mi es, amor, paz, amistad, tiempo de refleccionar, ayudar al necesitado, esperanza y fe. Por eso y muchos motivos mas les deseo un prospero año nuevo, que todos sus deseos y metas se cumplan en este 2011. 

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Empire Cafe

Empire Cafe
1732 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098
Hours of Operation:
7:30 AM-10:00PM Sunday-Thursday
7:30 AM-11:00PM Friday-Saturday

Empire Cafe is a restaurant that combines cozy neighborhood feel, with International flare. My friends introduced me to this place and now this is our breakfast spot every Sunday before Church. Empire Cafe combines great atmosphere, excellent food, and friendly staff. You could sit inside or read the daily news on one of their two outside patios sipping on your favorite iced or hot coffee. Mine is Almond Joy, a hot latte with almond and chocolate syrup.

Focaccia Eggs, this is one of my favorite breakfast item! 
Focaccia bread topped with scrambled eggs, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, fresh basil, chopped bacon and mozzarella cheese; served with cheddar hash brown potatoes and fresh fruit.
If you're visiting Houston or if you're a resident and you're looking for a new place to have breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner and wine make sure to try Empire Cafe. I rate it 5 stars, two thumbs up. You will not regret it! To see their complete menu and more, click here.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Happy 1st Birthday!

Today is a very important day for my husband and I. A year ago on this date we purchased our first home. A great accomplishment in our marriage. Our goal was to be debt free and then buy our first home, but the opportunity came and we took advantage of it. We had to cut back on some things and adjust our budget, but buying a home is a great investment that we are happy to make some sacrifices. One of my favorite things is to sit down, relax and talk to my husband about his day at work, our future, and my hopes of growing old together. I recall talking to him about our first home, a small 2-3 bedrooms, one story home with enough space for the two of us and our pets for now. Well we did the opposite! We bought a two story home, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 1,800 sq. ft. For two people?! The transition from an apartment to our first home was the most amazing feeling, we closed the deal on rainy afternoon. We both had to take off from work and meet at the other side of town! We signed our lives away(well for 30 years) and they handed us our keys and Welcome Home Basket. I was ecstatic I could not believe that at my short age I was a home owner, I was only 23 years old and  had just bought my first home. My excitement was so great that I could not wait to move in, literally. I packed a night bag, couple of blankets and pillows, and forced my husband to sleep with me in our new home on the FLOOR!
After that I did not want to go back to our apartment, which we had two months left to pay rent on. Luckily for us our first house note was not due until 90 days after closing. We packed our bags and moved into our home, we didn't have much furniture so that made the move very easy. My main priority after moving in paying the two months of rent left at our apartment and pay our first mortgage payment was to pay everything else on time. I was not worried about the fact that we did not have the essential pieces of furniture like sofa, dining table. My sister in law/neighbor(she lives 2 minutes away from our house) gave us a sofa and love seat, my mom gave us a dining table with four chairs, we had our TVs, and bedroom furniture. But we were happy with that, today we still have not managed to furnish our whole house. We continue to work on paying off our debts, cars, credit cards, etc... Some day :) For now, Happy 1st Birthday Home Sweet Home!

"Home is the one place in all this world where hearts are sure of each other.  It is the place of confidence.  It is the place where we tear off that mask of guarded and suspicious coldness which the world forces us to wear in self-defense, and where we pour out the unreserved communications of full and confiding hearts.  It is the spot where expressions of tenderness gush out without any sensation of awkwardness and without any dread of ridicule."  ~Frederick W. Robertson~

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Turkey Trot

For the past 18 years, the TXU Energy Turkey Trot benefiting Sheltering Arms Senior Services has become the largest Thanksgiving Day race in the Houston area. Thousands of people from all over the city, surrounding areas, and even visitors from out of town run or walk together for a great cause. From young children to older adults, many Houstonians have made the Trot a part of their family's Thanksgiving holiday tradition. On this day my girlfriends and I have many things to be thankful for, one of them is our friendship. This year we decided to join the great cause. We woke up early that morning to get ready for our race, it also helped to burn some calories for the Thanksgiving dinners we had to attend that night! Soon after I started the race I realized how our of shape I was and the challenge that laid ahead of me. I would tried to run but I would get tired and walk, I did that until I reached the finish line. My time 1 hour 44 minutes for 6 miles! This was a wake up call, from this day on I discovered my new passion... Running. My goal is decrease my time and next year be able to run 6 miles in one hour. I have a long way to go and train very hard.I hope to update you guys next year with the good news that I reached my goal!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Hoy Doy Gracias...

Hoy en este Dia de Accion de Gracias le doy gracias a Dios por darme un año mas de vida junto a mi esposo, familiares, y seres queridos. Doy gracias por los buenos y malos momentos que me enseñaron y ayudaron a crecer como ser humano. Doy gracias por tener mi casa, trabajo, todo lo que necesito, y los lujos que me he podido dar. Le pido a Dios que cuide y proteja a mi familia, que nos siga bendicion con mucho amor y salud que son las cosas importantes en esta vida. Hoy en este dia debemos refleccionar y agradecerle a Dios por todo, lo bueno y malo. Por que el tiene un plan para cada uno de nosotros y todas las cosas pasan por un motivo. Y tu? Por que das Gracias?

Me encontre este poema en linea y me gusto para compartirlo con todos mis leedores, espero y lo disfruten.

Dia de Accion de Gracias
E s un tiempo de paz y de gratitud
L leno de amor, donde renace la honestidad que existe en nuestros corazones

D e satifacción, y de fe para dar gracias al cielo por ese regalo...
Í nmerecido, que recibimos cada día al ver la luz del amanecer
A besar el milagro radiante que nos cubre de alegría y de ilusiones

D e risas y deseos que se puedan cumplir este día, sin suscitar
E l desleído arrepentimiento para poder dar..

A mor y gratitud para que esa bendición pueda ser oída por el Señor de los...
C ielos, que derrama de su bondad con su lluvia de sabiduría a los que dan gracias
C on el corazón en la mano, recordándonos que es mejor dar que recibir
I maginándonos que lo que damos, se lo estamos dando a Dios, como
Ó frenda de lo mucho que el nos a dado sin pedir..
N ada a cambio, si no, tan solo una oración que nos salga del alma

D eseando que en este día tan especial
E l amor y la alegría sean como mariposas que surcan los cielos, para dar...

G racias a cada momento, y cada día que la vida nos...
R egala el supremo gozo de muestros corazones por reflexionar por los demás
A legrando su tristeza, y regalando una sonrisa sincera
C on un canto de la verdad y honestidad con notas musicales de cristal, para...
I luminar el camino del momento que compartimos de un nuevo amanecer.
A hora, en este día de fe, de esperanza y de honestidad
S iempre habrá una luz y una mano que se pueda extender para poder compartir.

Autor: Mauricio " Maury " Olivares.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

T-Mobile Vs. AT&T

My family has had the same cell phone number for the past 6 years, and we had been with the same provider(T-mobile) for the past 5 years. Until, I decided and begged to switch to AT&T for the simple reason that I wanted an iPhone. To me this was the biggest mistake. Not only was our cell phone bill almost double the price, I had terrible signal and my calls will drop all the time. In two months I paid with AT&T what I was paying with T-mobile for 5 months! In this case the saying "You get what you pay for" was totally wrong. I was very disappointed with the outrageous amount of money I was paying for terrible service and long wait when I called customer service. I was like this for a little over a year until I decided we needed to switch our family plan back to T-mobile. We had to pay a cancellation fee which was only $70 per line, $140 total. We are back with T-mobile and we are saving over $80 per month! I am sure this not the case with everyone, unfortunately it was for our family.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

5 Hour Energy Drink

When I was in high school one of my friends had a bad experience with an energy drink, soon after he drank it he started shaking uncontrollably, he had trouble breathing, and he kept saying he had a heavy pressure on his chest. Ever since then I had been scared and skeptical to try energy drinks. Yesterday I had a very busy day and this morning I woke up and I was dragging to get out of bed. It was just one of those days! Since I had to clean, wash clothes, grocery shop, and get ready for the new work week, I decided to try a 5 Hour Energy Drink... I am glad to report that I did not have any side effects. I felt I gained the energy I needed to go on with my busy day. I don't find myself out of energy that often, I always try to eat a balanced diet, and get 8 hours of sleep. This doesn't mean I won't ever need another 5 hour energy drink, but at least now I know what works for me for those days when you just need a boost of energy!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Servicio al Cliente

Este fin de semana pasado fuimos a comer a un restaurante mexicano llamado Ruchi's. Si vives en Houston tu sabes de que lugar estoy hablando! Hay varias localidades, me refiero al restaurant que esta localizado en 610 y la Main. Bueno como les contaba fuimos el sabado pasado a cenar, ya era tarde y esta bien lleno el restaurant. Nos trajeron chips y salsa, tomaron algunos 10 minutos en traernos los menus y tomarnos nuestra drink order. La mesera se tardo otros 10 minutos para traer las bebidas, mis calculos le tomo algunos 30 minutos para que por fin nos tomaron la orden de comida. Nos dimos cuenta que llegaron varias mesas al rededor de nosotros, siguio pasando el tiempo y no nos traian nuestra comida, ni otra basket de chips. Nos dimos cuenta que las mesas que habien llegado despues de nosotros ya tenian su comida, entonces se paro mi cuñado y le trato de hablarle a mesara, no le hizo caso ni voltio a ver que necesitaba! Entonces la siguio hasst la caja registradora, otra vez lo ignoraron... Hasta que por fin voltea y le dice ahorita le toman su orden. Para este entonces ya habian pasado algunos 30 minutos desde que nos tomaron la orden. En ese momento nos dimos cuenta que la mesera nunca metio la orden, tenia una hora de haber llegado al restaurant y solo teniamos nuestra bebidas y salsa( no chips!). Nuestra orden fue una torta, una gordita, dos tacos y una quesadilla. Paso una hora y por mas simple que era nuestra orden, nunca llego.
Yo entiendo que estaba super ocupado el lugar pero yo fui mesera por mucho tiempo y no me acuerdo haber descuidado, ni ignorado a ningun cliente de la manera que lo hicieron con nosotros. Siempre me dedique a dar el mejor servicio a los clientes, aunque no estuvieran sentados en mi seccion de mesas. Creo que este restaurant necesita una mejor equipo de supervisores y meseras. Por lo menos necesitan mas comunicacion,  son un equipo de trabajar. Y para poder dar mejor servicio a sus clientes necesitan mas comunicacion. Les deseo suerte y espero escuchen las quejar y sugerencias de sus clientes, ojala y mejoran a lo mejor en el futuro les doy otra oportunida. Por lo pronto perdieron dos familias(clientes) en nosotros.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Safety on Halloween
Tips for Parents

1. Go only to well-lit houses and remain on porches rather than entering houses.
2. Travel in small groups and make sure small children are accompanied by an adult at all times.
3.Carry a cell phone ready to dial 911 in case of an emergency, like if a child gets lost.
4. Have your child's full names and phone number attached to their costumes somewhere if they are too young to remember them.
5. Bring treats home before eating them so you can inspect them before letting your child eat any of it.
6. Use costume knives and swords that are flexible, not rigid or sharp that could harm another person.
7. Supervise the outing for children under age 12.
8. Establish a curfew (a return time) for older children.
9. Prepare homes for trick-or-treaters by clearing porches, lawns, and sidewalks and by placing jack-o-lanterns away from doorways and landings.
10. Avoid giving choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys as treats to young children.

I hope everyone has a safe and fun Halloween! 

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Birthday Bash

I had an awesome time at our Masquerade Party thank you to all of our friends and family who attended!
As I told you guys I had the brilliant idea of volunteering on making the cake, not only did I do that but once I started baking the caked I decided to do a 3 tier cake(small cake) chocolate, vanilla, strawberry. But as I started baking I noticed I did not give myself enough time for the breads to cool off. I made the fondant, iced the cakes and when it was time to wrap the cakes the fondant started breaking! :( At that time I started panicking and I almost ran to the store to buy a cake, but I had already invested a lot of money and time! I had to finish the cake since everyone was expecting a homemade cake. I continued, I got frustrated to the point where I wanted to cry. I fixed the cracks, and continued to work on the cake. Eventually I wrapped the tiny top tier and started adding the stars I had cut out. I was not impressed with my work, but i finished the cake and definitely learned from my mistakes! The cake tasted really good, got a lot of compliments but I will definitely give myself more time when I decide to bake again. 

What I did give myself  enough time for was to buy the perfect decorations for the party! Luckily  for me that was very easy because I found everything under one roof at my favorite party supply store. Arne's is a two story party supply store, organized by themes, occasion, and/or season. Reasonable prices and friendly staff always there to help you. Thanks to Arne's and their great variety of decorations and party favor, our birthday bash was a succes! Enough of that, here are some pics see for yourself.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Independentmami/Naturalizer Giveaway

If you are like me you will enjoy this giveaway. What girl doesn't enjoy something free specially if it's a pair of comfy, stylish winter boots.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

My Birthday!... Our birthday!!

My birthday is today, my husband's birthday was Oct 8 and one my best friend's birthday was Oct 10. Every year we wonder how we will celebrate our special day. Well, this year we decided to host a Masquerade Party and celebrate our birthdays together! I am in charge of the cake which I will be making from scratch(wish me luck we are expecting about 40 guests)and the decorations, bestie is in charge of food and hubby of the music. We decided that there is no better way to celebrate the big day than with the people we love, our familia! Enough of that, stay tuned for the turnout of the party, the cake, decorations and my favorite party supply store. Until then...

Happy 24th Birthday to me!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Wedding Pics

As I shared with you guys last week my sister in law got married! She looked beautiful! Here are some pictures I took on of her wedding day.

 She looked beautiful on her BIG day. Everything looked great and as if it had been planned and rehearsed! Her colors as you can see on the pictures were red, white and blue. The colors looked great together, all her hard work paid off! Congrats Mr. and Mrs!

Friday, September 24, 2010

The BIG day

In a couple of minutes it will be the BIG day for my sister in law! She is marrying the love of her life who she met years ago. In their story you could truly say that if its meant to be it will come back to you. They both met while in high school more than 10 years ago, after graduating they went their separates way and many years later reunited through a social network. Dated for several years and then it was Thanksgiving dinner at her house and both of his and her family were there. He looked at her and popped the question! Of course she broke out in tears and said YES! The planning train took off, first the engagement, next the bridal shower, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and now the BIG day is a couple of minutes away. Today instead of having a rehearsal dinner we went out on girl's night out, her last night as a single lady. My sister in law worked hard at planning and paying for her wedding. She took care of every detail on her own, of course with the help of her MOH. At times she started to second guess herself and as the months and events passed by, the BIG day kept getting closer and closer.I wanted to take the time to tell her how much I love her and how proud I am of her! I thank God and I could truly say that when I married my husband, I was blessed with a second family. I am very proud of my sister in law and her accomplishments as a woman, and a single parent. I wish both of them a lifetime full of happiness, health and love. Now off to bed to get some rest for the BIG day.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

200 Años de ser Orgullosamente Mexicanos

El 16 de Septiembre se celebra el día en que en México comienza la lucha por la independencia en 1810, esta lucha al principio fue encabezada por el Cura Miguel Hidalgo y el General Ignacio Allende, y duró aproximadamente once años durante los cuales mucha gente estuvo al frente del ejército insurgente, hasta que en 1821 México se proclama un país independiente.

En México el 16 de Septiembre constituye la festividad máxima de la Patria.
Este día no trabaja nadie ni siquiera la Bolsa de Valores. En la mayoría de las ciudades se hacen celebraciones cívicas realizando honores a la bandera. Por las principales calles de las ciudades se organiza un desfile en el que marchan los niños de las diferentes escuelas, y otros representan los hechos ocurridos el 16 de septiembre de 1810.

Este 2010 se celebran 200 años de ser orgullosamente Mexicanos! Si te gustaria aprender sobre la historia de Mexico haz click aqui.

Espero y disfruten las fotos que les dejo aqui. Las fotos las tome en uno de nuestros viajes a Matamoros, Mexico. Saludos a todos mis paisanos y a mi familia en Mexico a quien extraño mucho!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

I'm back!

I know I have been gone for quite a while, well I'm back! I had been busy with school(college), work, family and working out. It could be hard to juggle so many things at once but somehow I have to get it all done. As the end of the semester was approaching I had to focus and study a little extra to pass my final examinations, I'm happy to say that the Spring 2010 semester is now behind me and I passed all my classes! Summer 2010 I & II here I come(wish me luck, I will need it)!! 
Many days I get frustrated and I want to give up but I don't, I know someday I will have my degree and it will all be worth it. The social gatherings missed, the restless nights, everything will be worth it. I'm reaching to graduate in 2013, hopefully! I work full time so I have to push myself a little extra to NOT come home and relax after a long day of work. I have to come home and hit the textbooks. I'm studying to obtain a Bachelor's Degree-Interdisciplinary Studies with EC-6 Bilingual Generalist Certification. I attend college full time so I take at least 4 classes per semester. My day starts early in the morning, I head to work and work a 9 hour shift. Once done with work I head to the gym, I try to squeeze in 2 hours Mon-Thu. After that I come home and spend some time with my family. My day doesn't end there, I still need to do homework or study. On Fridays I relax, I only work half a day and do absolutely nothing for the rest of the day! You might be asking yourself what do I study for during the week if I don't attend classes during the week?! Well I spent my weekends for the last 16 weeks stuck in school, once this semester was over I told myself no more weekends classes. From now on part of my weekends will be dedicated to homework/studying, the other part to my lovely family. Of course somewhere in the busy days ahead of me I will need to make some time to work out. A few months ago I started working out(AGAIN). I set a long term goal for myself, this goal was to lose 30lbs by the summer. Sadly the summer is here and I have not fully accomplished my goal... but I'm happy with the results I have so far. I have lost 21lbs! Now that's I've lost 21lbs I still don't think I will be completely satisfied with 30lbs so I've added 5 more lbs. I gave myself the month of July to lose 14lbs, I will keep you guys posted on how all that works out. 
For now I have one more week off from school and I intend to relax and enjoy it with my husband and family!

Until next time...

Friday, May 7, 2010

National Mom's Nite Out

Yesterday was the 2nd Annual National Mom's Nite Out across the country. This event is the first nationally organized celebration of motherhood. It is celebrated online, social networks, and many retailers across the nation. Here in Houston The Galleria is the the host of the grand event. It was a night to pamper and spoil our Houstonians Mamis. We were entertained by Ayana Mack from Mix 96.5. It was a night full of fun, wine, and chocolate! We had our hair done by Toni&Guy, and our make up by Sephora. One of my favorite sponsors was Sephora, the make up artist used the new TEMPTU AIRbrush Make up system, which I fell in love with. Great coverage, very easy to use, mess-proof. Some of things the available for the system are foundations, blushes and shimmers. It is available in many colors and we got the inside word that many more colors are coming soon! I also enjoyed the Godiva booth, don't forget they have great gift boxes for Mother's Day.

We bought a raffle ticket which entered us in the drawing to win several prices, one of them included a $50 gift card from Sephora. We were able to enter several other raffles one of them was for a $100 gift card to Intimacy{Bra Fit Stylists}. It was a great night, we all need some "ME" time and what a better way than getting pampered!

If you missed out this year, make sure you don't miss it next year! You could check out more information about the event and register to find great deals and win amazing prices on their official website

Happy Mother's Day!

Welcome To My World

Hello! My name is Christy, I'm a proud Latina. I work and attend school full time, I'm happily married to the love of my life. We met in 2004 and we have been together since then. I love to spend time with my family and friends, and this is how it all started(blogging)... One girls nite in while planning my sister in law's wedding she was blogging and she decided to teach us a trick or two about blogging. I liked it so much that I decided to start my own blog. This is the reason why I picked my display name, I'm new to this and I will appreciate any tips or comments you might have to help me become an expert blogger! I hope you guys enjoy my posts!