Friday, December 7, 2012

Kaela's Glitz

Kaela's Glitz was my teen's baby.  She came up with the concept of selling a little bit of everything for the everyday buyer.  Here are some examples of what we're doing.  To purchase or view more visit our site at

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


A few things I learned this Thanksgiving:

1.  I still don't like Black Friday
2.  It's an advantage to have a teen who can do the Black Friday shopping for you since she's so eager to drive her car :)
3.  I still LOVE turkey
4.  I love having my kids help me in the kitchen to learn traditions and cooking
5.  Last but not least, THE CHRISTMAS TREE

I absolutely love the feeling of pulling out the Christmas Tree and feeling all warm inside.  I love the feeling when I drag my family by force to help me decorate the tree.  It makes the process so much more meaningful when I feel my loved ones that have passed near me.  My lights on my tree are shining brighter this year.

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! Always remember to be grateful for what you have.

Happy Holidays!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

My Most Precious Angel

A grandmother's love is unique.  It comes unconditionally from even before your born.  It comes from a woman that has prepared herself to be the most seasoned example to any child born, to teach them unconditional love, to show forgiveness, to teach history and most importantly to show you how you are the most valuable possession in the world.

A grandmother takes you by the hand and shows you how to make taquitos at 5am in the morning, walk with you as you talk about nonsense, give you money from her hidden bra purse to buy a pop and chips, a women who tells you of all your parents faults and assures you that you are loved.  A women who whispers in your ear and tells you that your parents aren't perfect but that they are the most priceless possession you will ever have. 

A being so special that God has seasoned to perfection to teach you the most valuable concept of the seize the day and keep moving forward no matter how much you get stepped on, because in the end the trustworthy, the champions and the faithful will come out on top.

Grandma I know your with us in our hearts, in our minds and soul, now and forever.  I know you are watching over us now. Thank you for being our guardian angel.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Learning from my past

I heard some sad news today that reminded me of things that happened to me in my past. What I realized was that my past experience helped me get this person through a traumatic situation.  I was grateful that I was able to reach out to this person and share my experience.  She was grateful for me to have shared my story with her because it lifted her spirits and helped her realize that things will be okay in the end.

What I have learned over the last few months is that God is preparing us all in some way, for bigger things.  I saw Joyce's sermon on Sunday and she talked about how God puts obstacles in our way to face, deal with and move on.  She states that makes us stronger people and if we elect not to deal with things he puts more difficult situations in front of us until we listen, face it, deal with it and then move on.

I see it as Life hitting me in the face and saying SNAP OUT OF IT! In recent months I think I've snapped out of it and have my feet grounded and know what I want to do.  I just have to do the things necessary to get there!

What was your Snap out of it moment?

Monday, August 20, 2012

MasterChef 4

I figured I needed to stop putting obstacles in my own path and stop listening to all the, "Why would you do that?" and just start living my life as God intended it to be.  So with that thought, I finally got enough courage to try out for the MasterChef 4 show.  Even if I don't make it past a preliminary judge trying my plate of food, I know I tried. 

I think of all the great inventors in our past times and current times and think, "Yeah that could of been me. " So I'm going to start taking my advice I give to my kids and the world, "If you dream it you can achieve it." I've even gone one step further and am researching local cooking contest. 

When I look at current contestants Monti and Christine, they doubted they could be on the show and now they are top 5.  I don't have a fancy story to follow me, except that I'm the proud daughter of two immigrant parents from Guatemala, who worked multiple jobs, put me through Catholic School and only dreamed of me being more than they could have ever dreamed.

I want to be an example to my kids.  I want them to know that where there is a will there are possibilities.  No one can ever say you can't do something.  If we believed everything everyone thinks of us we would never be successful in life and we would never experience the next big thing in our life.

At some point we have to try to do new things till we discover what it is we were meant to do with our lives. Don't wait for possibilities to happen, make them happen now.  We are the captain of our own dream boat, no one else!


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Starting Over

What I learned this week is that we are able to start over everyday! As my little one says, we get a do over everyday we wake up. It's a complex thought but we have the power to start over everyday and look at life in a more positive way.  We just have to make the choice to be better people.

Have you strayed in life, it's okay, everyday is a new day! Don't know where to start, start by helping others.  Don't have money, it's okay, give up some of your personal time to provide a free meal in a local shelter.  Do your good deed for the day, live by principles that allow you to set an example for others.

Be kind, be gentle and be open to all positive experiences.  Remove the negativity from your life even if that means removing negative people from yours.

Have a Blessed Day!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Say It To My Face

I know, the title sounds harsh, but it's true. Treat people in your life the same way you would like to be treated. Be honest, be upfront and don't pretend to be something you're not. Failure is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of strength, your trying things that no one else is doing. Your attempting to change your life by finding what your good at.  Those things you call failures are challenges, mere obstacles that will only make you stronger and a better person.

Don't be hateful by playing games, don't be hateful by bad mouthing people, don't be hateful by thinking that your negative attitude will make that situation have a positive outcome. Negative + Negative only equals more NEGATIVE.

Be open minded, share share and share.  Network Network and Network! Be Human! Love life to the fullest and don't be afraid to interact with strangers, they are not all out to get us!

Be Blessed!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Planning a month worth of meals

Impossible you say, hardly!  As much as I love to cook and be in the kitchen, getting dinner on the table every night is not easy. It takes some serious organization and planning, not to mention some creativity to please five different palates. My husband is a recovering picky eater, and our children are young (ages 4, 7 and 15). You can imagine the challenges I face!
Every Friday I make out my list for my bi-weekly groceries based on the meals I plan to make over two weeks. Yes you read right, I plan in 2 week increments.  Any special request I get from the family I put on my list of meals to add in the month.  All of my groceries consist of fresh fruits, vegetables, protein, pastas and the occasional frozen pizza and vegetables.
My family is flexible and open to trying new things.  Last week we were obsessed with Risotto and this week we are obsessed with Egg Noodles.  Our meals can vary from Salmon, Soups, Homemade Pizza, Hamburger Patties, Tacos and even Sandwiches. 
My husband and I established some rules early on and have stuck with them. The most important rule is that I make one dinner and one dinner only. If the children chose not to eat it, they are out of luck. While that may seem harsh, it gives them the control, and most of the time, they eat what I serve them. Every night, we turn off the TV, sit at the table and don’t answer the phone. It’s nonnegotiable. The children set the table and clear afterwards. Everyone has some ownership, and it makes getting dinner on the table every night easier.
Any of our leftovers, because we always make plenty, go for school lunches and work lunches.  My children do not traditionally eat sandwiches for lunch or like school lunches so I make their lunches homemade.  It does take a team effort and as the children get older they each take part in cooking and making lunches.  After years of doing it this way, it seems seamless, but is a challenge in the beginning.  The secret is to make a plan and stick to it.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

my projects

I had a great conversation with an employee today. I'm even more motivated to make it to the next level.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Going Vegetarian!

If your are new to vegetarianism, it is important to remember that you cannot simply exclude meat and fish from your usual recipes, because this will deprive you of protein and other vital nutrients that are essential to your health and wellbeing.  Meat and fish must be replaced with other protein and nutrient rich foods such as beans, nuts and seeds, bean curd and dairy products.  If you have allergies to any of these foods, take advice from your doctor or a nutritionist to ensure that you will not damage your health instead of enhancing it.  Here’s a recipe to get you started.  Try a light appetizer of Guacamole.

Serves 4
2 large ripe avocados
Juice of 1 lime
2 tsp olive oil
1/2 onion finely chopped
1 fresh green chile (poblano or jalapeno) finely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
1/4 cumin
1 tbsp chopped cilantro
Salt and pepper to liking

Mash the avocados with a fork until the desired consistency.  Blend in all your ingredients and place in serving dish.