Saturday, July 31, 2010


So my hair is dark and I heart it. What I heart most is that it cost me a whopping $8.99. That's right, I box-dyed it. You know me, I'm almost looking to save a penny and it hurts forking out over $100 to get my mane done. The last time I got my hair done, I first had a friend come over and trim ($20) my long locks and it wasn't exactly what I had wanted so I had Stephanie Vargas come over and cut it shorter and put what was supposed to be a small amount of highlights in my hair. The highlights weren't at all what I asked for, they were chunky and all over the place. I had asked for just a few around my face. Nonetheless, I paid her $45 for her efforts. A few days later, my sister was straightening my hair and realized my hair resembled the bunny slope. It was totally and absurdly crooked, I promptly took a picture of and sent it to Stephanie who was apologetic and kind and agreed to give me a partial refund since getting it fixed was a must. NOW, the reason I dont mind using her name is because she NEVER sent me my refund, EVER. It's been almost 3 months and we communicated about it twice and she told me she would send it asap and hadnt sent it before bc she had to pay her sick baby's copay. I would have just told her to forget it and not worry in that case, BUT a few days prior her fb status had exclaimed and I quote "shopping, shopping and more shopping". Unless she was perusing the aisles for perscriptions and this made her heart fill with glee so much she had to update about it, it seemed pretty shady to me. Okay, so now I'm out $65 and I have WHACK hair. After much convincing from my husband, who at this point is willing to sell his left leg just to not listen to me whine and cry about my fandangled hair, I head to Bliss. It was bliss. I met Paige and she made my hair beautious and then I let her talk me into some dagnabbit product (although amazing - makes my hair POOFY). $82 more dollars later I look half way decent. So at least by using a box color this time I'm able to somewhat makeup for my hair mishaps last time. I'm happy to report my risk paid off.

The housing stuff is starting to look up! We were ALMOST the #1 offer on a BEAUTIFUL house off Weirick. BUT we put our offer in a day late. So we are the #1 back up if it falls through and it made me very hopeful. We put in 4 offers the other day. I know there is a perfect house for us. I'm being patient. Meanwhile we are at Linda's and it's been great. I enjoy cooking for lots of people. The kids are adjusted and even all sleeping in the same room and LOVE IT. It's so cute to see all 3 of them come toddling out of the same room in the morning!

Josh is taking on another venture. He will be doing freelance graphic design for a local company. I love watching my husband get excited about designing and creating things. It's hot, actually. He is so talented and this is an awesome opportunity for him.

Mr. Handsome is getting so big! He says "cracker" and "go". That is all. LOL I'm not worried about it though. I love that he is still so babyish and cuddly and makes so many adorable sounds.

We are getting ready to go visit Uncle Matt in Arizona. Perhaps we'll kidnap him and bring him home with us...hmmmmm. We're excited to get in some much needed uncle Matt time!

I signed up as a creative memories consultant again. Not sure what direction I'll take it in, but for now, it's just to get my discount! woo! I love a discount.

and my last thought for now :


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Does anyone have an extra $40,000 they dont want?

Because I would seriously put it to reat use if you do. Josh and I sat down and we were looking at all of the things we want to purchase in the next year, give or take, and we're coming up a leeetle short. I wonder if we can do it?

-Down Payment & Closing Costs
-$$$ for remodel (not necessarily a 'extreme home makeover' type remodel, but more of like let's just make this liveable remodel)
-pay off the van
-purchase a work truck
-furniture $$$

These aren't in order, except the first one obviously, which is pretty much knocked out. It's funny because when you don't have X amount of $$, X amount sounds like a fortune and then when you actually save X amount, it feels like nothing at all really because you want to pull it in so many directions and it doesnt stretch or multiply on it's own, unfortunately. After we started talking about all this, we remembered Madison is going to be starting Kindergarten next year which means Private School tuition. {wince} Homeschooling for the first few years is still a possibility, but I'm not sure yet. Public school, right now, is out of the question. I'm not opposed to looking into whichever school is our areas designated school when that time comes, but so far I'm not too keen on California's Public School System.

I really wished I has started being smart with my money since I got my first job at Quizno's when I was 15. Just imagine what an awesome financial place we would be in if I had learned to do smart things with my money. I am proud of Josh and I though. At one time we were over $90,000 in debt and now we are at $59,000. That's school loans and our van. That's it. And if we can pay off our van we'll be at less than $50,000. Soon as we're in our house we will go back to full throttle of paying down our debt, but for now we have put out Dave RamseyNaziness aside and are focused on getting a house. I cannot wait to start making our a house a home and building even more traditions. I just want a place any of our friends and family know they can stop in and are welcome anytime and I can whip up something delish. A place I can decorate to the max for Christmas and it will be talked about for generations to come. I want a garden and plenty of room for all kinds of crafts and I want our kids handprint in the cement in the backyard...


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Like a 2 week recap. Sorry.

We'll just start with the weekend of the 4th, Josh had a 3-day weekend so we booked all of our window appointments around that as well. Being your own boss and making your own schedule is pretty much the most awesome thing EVER. So we had a garage sale which turned into "operation let's turn linda's house upside down" We cleaned out the garage and got rid of "treasures" she's obtained at other garage sales. We made a nice little chunk of change which helped us get started on our mini-remodel of her house. I will have to seta side an entire blog dedicated to that with some befores and afters of the newly painted rooms, spacious garage and beautiful backyard when we have a chance to get to that. That's a big part of what has been occupying our time, just organizng and cleaning and moving. It's been crazy. We've also been helping my nana move into her new beautiful home in Placentia! LUVS IT that she is a good 30 minutes closer to us!

Ok, back to the recap, so garage sale was awesome, then we had pre-4th of July Bbq with my dad and his family and highlight: MDM Jr. biking to join us. You're awesome. Then 4th of July was full of more awesomeness. We just bbq'd and played in the pool and then headed over to Santana with the rest of Corona. Thanks to Felisha & fam we had awesome seats! Kids of course LOVED the fireworks and best of all my Dad and Yi came with us, as well as Izabella! I love family and friends! On Monday, we went to the Santa Ana Zoo!! The kids had a blast!

When we got back I began prepping for the celebration of my birth! Went and got my toes painted "Vegas cocktail waitress" gold and then had my caterpillars, er I mean brows threaded. It hurt so good! The next day was my 25th Birthday! I received so much Birthday Love from Everyone! I honestly have the best friends and family a girl could ask for! We went to Chevy's, my fave! (attn ladies: lets plan a girls night out there..SOON) I received so many thoughtful and great gifts. One of which was a new apron with pies all over it! Ah, the simple things make me the most happy!

After the Birthday high it was back to long hours of working, moving and cleaning. BUT, we did find time to skating. HA! Almost died a few times, all Josh's fault. Holley was pretty entertaining, as well.

On thurs we went to a MAC party and got MAC makeup for $5 a piece! It was absurd! Then we hustled to Nana's and packed up a ton of her stuff for the Sunday move! Friday we celebrated auntie Ro's birthday and Josh's mom watched all 3 kids for the afternoon! It was glorious! I was so grateful to have an afternoon for adult conversation and a tiny bit of shopping with the ladies! Saturday my parents had their gargae sale so I put out some stuff my nan had given me on thurs that she no longer wanted and made another $175! Woo! Straight to the house fund! That night we took the kids to TAPS for their Build your Own sundae trough!Watching their eyes light up as the server pours on disgusting amounts of sugar in different forms was totally worth it! Sunday was my surprise birthday outting with the my father in law and mommakat! they took us down to Newport where Mommakat and I did a cooking class at Sur la Table and Josh, his dad and the kids went to the mall and the park. I LOVED IT! Cant wait to take another one! Then I HAD to buy the grilling skillet he was using, since I am the primary chef in this fam, heating up the grill for a quick summertime dinner is, quite frankly, a pain in my rear. I spent $90 on this bad boy and I'm PROUD of it. It's got a lifetime warranty. I'm pretty much stoked. If you know me, you know I would never just shovel out $90 for anything. I also bought this gorgeous Americana tray, no plans for it yet, but it was clearanced and I LOVE Americana. And I bought this casserole dish, also clearanced. Thought my scalloped potaotes would look lovely in it! YUM!

Phew, it's been utter craziness! I'm looking forward to the Sawdust festival with the besties and our 6 kids! Look out, Laguna!! A date with my bestest tomorrow with the kiddos and our move to Miss Linda's house.


House - ALMOST went into foreclosure which would have sucked because it would be bank-owned and we'd have to resubmit our offer to a different agent, BUT thankfully Greg (the selling agent who we happened to know and is ignoring all other offers on said property so he can push ours thru as soon as BofA [hatethem] formerly rejects an investors last offer) was able to have the bank submit a letter to the trustee to have the foreclosure stopped! woo! Whatever that all means...LOL...jk, but it was kinda stressful CUZ I WANT THIS HOUSE!!! I will get more invested in telling you all about it when there is some indication it might actually show signs of being mine some day soon (before christmas - fingers crossed, prayers sent)

P90X - haven't done it every day bc of all the moving. it's been a workout in itself, but I did do it today and am on Day 13! Gonna keep trucking along even if I miss a day and I have totally noticed a difference. Less flabby & wayyy more energy.