Sunday, November 29, 2009

What did you make for Thanksgiving?

I am still very lucky that I have not had to host Thanksgiving at our house just yet. Although, we do host Christmas at our house, but we'll get to that in due time....
This year, we went over to my inlaws for Thanksgiving lunch/dinner. They have a traditional turkey with stuffing, yams, cranberries, sweet potatoes, well you get the picture.
I decided I wanted to add a little Spanish flair to our Thanksgiving feast (yes, I am Spanish) so I made my famous Guava cheesecake. Yes, it is as YUMMY as it sounds, and RICH! I forgot to take a picture of it before we went over to their house.

Here is the recipe, it's super simple and everyone will LOVE it!

2 8 oz packages of cream cheese
1/2 cup of melted guava (I find this in the hispanic isle of the grocery store)
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
pie crust (no I don't make my own)
Cool Whip

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Mix the first 4 ingredients together in a mixer
Add eggs
Pour batter into crust
Bake at 350 for 40 mins or until the cheesecake is firm

Refrigerate for 3 hours. I usually make mine the night before to ensure it's cooled down completely.
When serving, add whipped topping

*If you really want to add a little more richness, I use a chocolate crumb pie crust. It makes a huge difference and is delicious!

So, what did you make for Thanksgiving?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Our baby turned 1. Happy Birthday Sebastian!

Yesterday our little boy turned 1! I can't believe how quickly time passes. It's as if just yesterday we were coming home from teh hospital with him. He has grown so much in the past year, I know, he's supposed to do that. But, as a first time mom, I just want him to stay this way....all cute and snuggly. So, here are some pictures of him the past year for you all to enjoy him as much as we do.

At his birthday party this past weekend. He loved his cake!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Four years ago today...

Four years ago today, I married my best friend.

I love looking back at our wedding album and remembering what a great day it was. We got married in Florida, so you never know what the weather is going to be like...even in Novermber! That day, four years ago, it was a PERFECT day! And I'm not just saying that because it was our wedding day. The sun was shining and the weather was perfect, it was as if God had made this day for us.

We started a little tradition, on our one year anniversary, where we watch our wedding video. So, this morning, my hubby and I sat together with our little one and watched it again. It really took us back to how wonderful our wedding really was. So many people came from out of town and out of the country, we feel so blessed to have such great people in our lives. There was so much love in the room, it was amazing. Every time I watch it, I get a little teary eyed, only because it was truly one of the happiest days of my life (I know, it's cheesy because most brides say that) but it's the truth. So, Happy Anniversary to you sweetheart. Here's to many more years (and kids) together. I love you!

I feel so lucky because I really did marry my best friend!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Our Little Pumpkin

I know this post is a week late, but better late than never, right? We didn't take Halloween pictures because poor little Sebastian was feeling under the weather. We did, though, manage to go to the pumpkin patch by our house and have some pictures taken of him. He LOVED it. Actually, that's an understatement. He was so happy, he didn't know what to do or where to go.

By the way, can you tell we live in Florida? I mean, shorts in October?

First buy of the Holiday season...and yes, it was a bargain....

Yesterday, I went walking around our local towncenter with a friend, not really "looking" for anything. As we were walking around, Pier 1 Imports had a SALE sign in their window. It called my name. We went in to see what they had. Let me tell you....they already have most of their Christmas items out! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous items!!! I can't wait to pick some of them up, but I will wait until after Christmas. I refuse to pay $20 for an ornament!
While I was looking through some of their fall items, which are on sale, I found this amazing wreath. Now, I have to say, I did see this wreath a few weeks back, but it was $35 and I wasn't in the mood to spend that amount. It has beautiful feathers with gorgeous jewel tones in it. Yesterday, it was on sale for $25. I figured, that is a pretty good price. The manager of the store then came over and said it was the last one and she would be willing to give me a discount on it because it wasn't in a box. Woohoo! I was sold! So I got the wreath for $22. Not too shabby....
Here is a picture of the wreath from the website. Mine has more jewel tones, not so many autumn colors. Either way, it's a great buy because I can keep it up through Christmas. This wreath has officially put me in the Christmas decorating spirit. I can't wait to start!
Have you started decorating? If so, what?

Thursday, November 5, 2009

There is a crisp in the air....

This is seriously my favorite time of the year! I LOVE LOVE LOVE everything about cooler/cold weather. Sweaters, boots, scarves, the new styles of leggings...I could go on and on. Now, I live in Florida, so when I say that I love the cooler/cold weather, I am only talking about 50 degree weather. I know, I know, some of you reading this are like, WHAT that is not cold weather! Well, to us Floridians, it is! Anything to take a sweater and boots out of hiding.
This fall, I have been on the hunt for new boots. I knew I wanted something that was knee high, but I don't think I can attempt the new over the knee boot. As popular as they are, the only thing I can think of is Pretty Woman. Sorry, they are just not for me.
As I was perusing my favorite websites, stores, magazines and anywhere I could think of that sold boots, I could not find the pair I wanted. Well, let's back track a little, I did find a few pairs of boots, but, to be honest, they were out of my price range right now. I usually go to my local Target about once a week, and it's evil! I never leave that place without spending double what I intended on spending. This day, though, I was very happy to spend the double. I found the most amazing pair of boots. They are called the Kandi (top of the pictured boots). I got them in a medium tan/brown color. LOVE THEM! And they were on sale for $29.99. Now I have seen the Loeffler Randall boots which look pretty close to these and retail for about $695 (bottom picture). That is a $665 price difference! Do you know what else I can do with $665 (did I mention we have a son...haha)? I could think of plenty of things....
As I have talked about before, I am always in search for a bargain and I like to share it with my readers.

Happy shopping!!

NEW MASCARA! Lashlights by Too Faced....

This past weekend, Too Faced Cosmetics debuted a new mascara called Lashlights. Now ladies, I know we are all on a constant search for the "PERFECT" mascara, and I think this is pretty close to it. I have been a Diorshow addict for the past 2 years. I love DIORSHOW. But I am willing to test out others as they come out...

Here is the skinny on the new mascara:

The formula has microscopic mirrors that bounce the light off your eyelashes all day long, this, in turn, gives your eyelashes a glossy look and makes you look like you've just applied mascara to your lashes.

The wand has Optic blue LED light which allows you to see ALL of your lashes when applying your mascara.

The formula has a combination of Vitamins E and C so you do not need a primer. This will keep your lashes feeling nourished and lovely all at once!

And on top of everything, there is a cute little mirror on the side of the mascara tube. Hello, easy way to apply the mascara. No more digging in your purse for a mirror or looking in the rear view mirror for those of you ( that apply mascara in the car.

The price point isn't so bad, it's up there with the Diorshow, YSL, Fiberwig @$25. But, I think it's totally worth it! Right now, it's an exclusive buy at Sephora, so if you go and try it, let me know what you think.

I've already tried this mascara and LOVE it!