December 31, 2014

Happy New Years!

 We had a wonderful christmas full of family time. At first the holidays seemed to be missing something. I'm guessing it's because we are so used to spending it with extended family but we didn't this year. I was a little worried but it turned out to be my favorite christmas ever. Little R is old enough to get the idea of gifts! She loved opening them and playing with them immediately. She even made a gift for her daddy!

Is it terrible that I still have my stocking hanging with all the candy in it? We have had so many sweets in the house that I just don't crave them. Ja. I guess that's not all bad. 

Today is the last day of the year and I am so
excited for next year! This year was full of adjustments and next year I feel like we will just be able to enjoy life. I know things come up when you least expect it but I am still excited. 

I have seen so many people making goals and I think that is wonderful. I don't usually make goals for new years. I do it year round! Especially on General Conference weekends. It always seems like the perfect time to me. 
As a family we have decided to work on our fitness and health. Hopefully we don't forget. :) I have already been working on adding more veggies to our meals and having healthier snacks. It is definitely a work in progress. 

I hope you all have a great New Years!

December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!


The Nativity at Temple Square

Every year we do several things to celebrate Christmas and for the first time we went to see the lights at Temple Square. It was pretty amazing. My family took us out for dinner to celebrate my birthday and then we walk around to see the lights. 
Today is the day to keep your hearts near Our Savior Jesus Christ. Remember all He did for us. It is truly amazing to think about all He did just so we could live again. 
Share the gift. If you haven't seen this video yet. I would like to invite you to see it now. 

Thank you for reading and have a wonderful Christmas Day!

December 17, 2014

Christmas Fun

It is that time of year yet again and this time around I have a 2 year old in the house. Her first year, I just had to keep her from eating the wrapping paper. Last year I had to make sure she didn't tip the tree too many times. And this year I keep finding ornaments all over the place. She loved decorating the tree with us but now she just takes the ornaments off. As of now she hasn't tip the tree over but you never know. 

We have been spending time with family so much lately and I must admit it has been good for me. I am such a people person and being at home during the days with only a toddler to talk to gets lonely. I love the days the hubby has off. We get to do so many fun things together. Like running instead of walking everywhere(I guess that happens anyway...).

We finally put our tree up on Saint Nick's Day(it's become a little tradition). And I've been working on Christmas presents. I decided this year I would do my best to make everything I give to my hubby and to R. It had been a bit of a challenge. It takes so much longer but I feel like the gifts will be more appreciated because of it though. 
So wish me luck. 

Thanks for reading along and I wish you happy holidays!

Marie

December 15, 2014

Christmas Time, Overwhelmed....?

I love Christmas time but have you ever noticed all the activities. 
We have somewhere to be at least twice a week until well after Christmas. 

Do you ever find it overwhelming? I do at times. 
Don't get me wrong I love the festivities, especially the time with family and friends.

Recently, I read an article over on Club31women and it has helped me keep perspective this season. I thought you would all enjoy it. 

On a similar note.

I've been reading different stories about people in the 1800s and in my opinion winter exists for a reason. It is the perfect time to make things for your family and to spend time together. 
During the warmer months we spend a lot of time out doing things. And during the winter we are home much more often. 
So I invite you to be purposeful in spending time with your family this holiday season. Make memories with your family that will never be forgotten and keep the Lord in mind as Christmas day approaches. 


Thanks for reading!

December 4, 2014

Share the Gift

As Christmas comes. It is the perfect opportunity to reach out to those around you 
and share the gift. 

I invite you all to visit http://www.mormon.org/christmas 
and to feel the love the Savior has for us.

I know struggles will come and go. Try to keep the faith and reach out to those around you. 
You never know who might need it the most. 

I know that Jesus Christ if our Savior and that though him
all may be saved at the last day. I know that he has suffered all things
so that when life gets hard and we feel like we can't go any further 
He will lift us up and carry us though. 



November 29, 2014

Thanksgiving

I hosted thanksgiving dinner this year and it went great. I was so nervous but I didn't need to be!
Being out of town right before hosting thanksgiving dinner wasn't necessarily the best idea but it turned out really well. I spent the day before cooking and then baked on thursday. It was great to see family, play games and eat fantastic food.


Happy (late) Thanksgiving!



November 20, 2014

Christmas trees though the years

I know thanksgiving is only next week and I am already thinking about Christmas. I just love it. We usually don't put up our tree until Saint Nick's day which isn't until the 6th... sigh. 
Oh well for now I thought I would leave you with some pictures from our last few Christmases. 

2011
We spent our first Christmas together with my in-laws and they had this huge tree outside. Apparently they would decorate it every year.

2012
This was R's first Christmas. She was almost 6 months old. She had fun playing with wrapping paper and watching the lights. 

2013
 Decorating was fun last year. R was old enough to help with the decorations and she only managed to tip the tree once(that day....) Toddlers... :) Never a boring day. As I type, R just sneaked into the bathroom(I wonder what she is playing with...let me check. Update: it was mascara. And she actually managed to get it on her eye lashes. My goodness she is fast.)


 Finished tree. 

We have lots to do for the Holidays and much to be Thankful for.



Enjoy the moment. 


Thanks for reading!


November 8, 2014

The Time For Hot Cocoa is Here

The cold weather is slowly approaching(I say slowly because it is in the 60s today!) It has been perfect. Growing up in Mexico we didn't have four seasons. We had two rainy and dry. 

During the summer I never want to go out of the house, it's just... to... hot. But once the temperatures drop, I spend a lot of time outside. It means layering up but who cares! You go out and when it gets to cold you make hot cocoa and sit by a fire. It's perfect.
And to demonstrate. Layers.

I've found that when it just starts to get cold it is enough to just wear a long sleeve shirt with a scarf, hat and sometimes gloves. I hope you are enjoying the weather as much as I am. I hope you all have a great day and...



Thanks for reading!

November 3, 2014

The Opposite of Fear

A few weeks a go I spoke in church. My husband and I were given two topics: tithing and faith. Being a stay-at-home mom and not earning money regularly I asked if he would mind talking about tithing and I'd do faith.
Well preparing for it I remembered a quote I have on the wall "The only thing we have to fear ever, is sin." And that got me thinking.... though faith we can be ride of unnecessary fear. I found this story in the Liahona from January 2007 and I would like to share it with you today. To remind us to have faith always and to remember we are never alone.


"The Opposite of Fear"
BY PATRICIA R. JONES
Based on a true story

Tricia stared with wide, watery eyes at her bedroom closet. The door was broken and wouldn’t shut all the way. In the dark the clothes looked like huddled monsters waiting to jump from their hangers and rush at her. To make things worse, she could hear loud breathing that seemed to come from the closet.

She knew that there were bad people who sometimes hurt children. One of them could be hiding in the closet! She also remembered the story a boy in her kindergarten class had told about a nightmare. He had been chased by a snake with a very long tail. The snake caught him and tied him up with its tail!

Tricia’s sisters, MaryAnn and Rebecca, were sleeping in the bedroom too, but she didn’t call out to them. Whatever was hiding in the closet might attack. She heard the TV fall silent. That meant her parents had finished watching the news and were going to bed. But she couldn’t run to them—she couldn’t even move.

Tricia was so scared that she wanted to cry, but she didn’t dare make a sound. All she could do was stare at the dark, creepy closet, hoping that whatever lurked there wouldn’t get her.

As Tricia stared, a thought came quietly into her mind: “Why don’t you pray?” Immediately she felt a little better. Her mom had told her that she could pray anytime, anywhere. She didn’t even have to close her eyes! Tricia prayed silently. As soon as she said, “In the name of Jesus Christ,” a calm feeling came over her. She knew that Heavenly Father had heard her prayer.

With every breath she became calmer. The scary breathing wasn’t as loud anymore either. In fact, as her own breathing grew quieter and quieter, so did the breathing from the closet. Tricia held her breath. The breathing stopped entirely. Finally she understood—she had been afraid of her own breathing!

She felt a little foolish, but mostly she felt grateful. As soon as she had thought about Jesus, her scary thoughts had stopped being scary, and she could see how silly they really were. She remembered her father telling her that the opposite of fear was faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. “No wonder Satan likes people to be scared,” she thought. “They’re not thinking about Jesus when they’re afraid.”

Tricia snuggled into her covers and prayed again. This time she thanked her Heavenly Father for hearing her prayer and helping her overcome her fears. When she finished praying, she silently sang “Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam.” Now she wasn’t afraid to close her eyes and let the music and words warm her. Before long, she was fast asleep.”

October 29, 2014

Becoming a Better Wife

     I feel like the minute that children appear in the picture we forget about something... The importance of our marriage. I now know that it shouldn't be the case. The best you can give your children is for their parents to have a good marriage. Some days aren't that great but if you keep your relationship with your spouse in good shape. You will be in better shape to take care of yourself and to follow though on all you need to do.
     Easier said then done. I tend to give and give until I can't anymore and the crash occurs.

It isn't pretty but it happens like clock work. If I could solve the issue you think I would but nope. I just keep doing the same thing. I forget about me.
    Now your probably thinking "I thought this was about being a better wife" Well it is. When times get hard turn to your spouse. When you feel like you can't give anymore, give yourself what you need the most... your spouse.
   At times we feel like all those around us are constantly demanding our attention. I know it overwhelms me. By remembering we aren't alone we can turn to our partner in crime and find great happiness.
Here are some suggestion:

  1. Think about them. 
  2. Make sure they are positive thoughts 
  3. Don't share your problems with those closest to you. If you need to talk to someone... try someone you don't know. They will be more impartial.
  4. Tell them you love them. 
  5. And show them  you love them. 
By doing these things I have found that I am happier. I can deal with my day to day struggles better because I don't feel alone.


Thanks for reading!

October 26, 2014

Sunday Special

  Have you ever had one of those amazing days where everything just works out perfectly?

Yesterday was one of those days.

We started out early by pick up some family members and going to the temple. My dear husband took it upon himself to babysit our daughter and my niece while the rest of us went to do work for our ancestors.
As I'm sure you caught on, we work on family history a lot and it has been such a blessing! It gives us something to strive for and it brings our families together. I hope we can do it again soon.

It's funny how if we listen to the Holy Spirit we can be there for those that need us the most. I love my family very much and I'm so grateful for the people we were able to see yesterday. They have been a great blessing to our lives.


Thank you for reading and have a great sunday!

October 24, 2014

Halloween is Upon Us.

     Recently a friend of my shared this article with a challenge. And in the spirit of Halloween I'm going to share our own visit to the cemetery.
     About 2 weeks ago my husband had time off so we decided to visit a small town in Northern Utah to find some of my own ancestors and you would be surprised to know that we found at least 30 tombs stone with my maiden name and many more from families that are also related to us. It was such a neat experience. While there my husband and I started to suspect that we were related. We looked it up and it turns out we are 5th cousins once removed(such a small world...).
    We both have ancestors that came to Utah with the Mormon Pioneers. We are lucky to live in a time when we can do work for the people we found at the cemetery. I know many of them were members but not all of them and that gives us the opportunity to do the work for them in the temple. If you have questions please e-mail me or visit lds.org.
Happy Halloween!


Just one more thing.
   A few sundays a go I had to opportunity to give a talk in church and for some unknown reason I decided to talk about the opposite of faith. Which now seems very fitting for Halloween. Look forward to a story about it next week.


Thank you so much for reading!

October 22, 2014

Becoming a Better Mother

   I am a young parent. I don't have the experience that my parents had when I was living in their household. I have a ton to learn and I feel like I need to know it all now. So that I can give my daughter the best.
   Instead she gets me... An imperfect woman trying her best. For the last month I've been doing my best to focus on my family. I've read up on all the parenting advise articles I could find. To try and improve myself. I thought I would share some of the ideas I found.


  1. Being honest with your child. I know R is only two but I find it is very important for me to always be honest with her. So that as she gets older she can trust me. 
  2. Let her know what is expected. I know some people have simple rules for their kids to follow. Just keep it simple so they can understand depending on their age. 
  3. Kids will do things to annoy us. Try to remain calm and take the time to show them the proper behavior. 
  4. Allow consequences to behavior to be a natural consequence. If they throw something then they aren't allowed to play with it anymore. 
  5. Keep on top of your kids. I know it is easy to dish out warnings and then to not get up and actually follow though immediately.
  6. This one is important to me. Love unconditionally. They will make mistakes but they are still your children, show love after disciplining. 
  7. Think of the big picture. Will it matter in a week, in a month then don't stress about it. 
  8. Remember that your emotional state will rub off on those in your household. Try to keep upbeat
  9. Don't punish in anger. I know this is a difficult one for me. I found several ways to relax and keep your head when it happens. 
  • Give yourself a time out. Get to your room. Listen to music or meditate.
  • Clean it out. When I am angry I usually start washing dishes. 
  • Tickle your child. It will reduce the tension and sometimes they just want attention. 
  • Change up your routine. Visit with friends.
  • Say sorry and move on.
  • Let them make mistakes, they are just kids.
  • And the most important. Just let it go.

I am also learning yoga. In addition to increasing my physical strength and flexibility. I am learning to meditate and to breath when things get difficult. Things don't seem as bad when you slow down and think of all the good things in our lives. 

Thank you for reading and if you have any additional suggestions that work for you. Let us know!

October 20, 2014

Back to Basics

Getting back on the wagon. So it has been awhile, I know. I've just been struggling with life. I'll let you know more next time. For now I will leave you with one of my everyday outfits. It is basically what I live in(Jeans, t-shirts and these adorable blue shoes)





   I love by how taking pictures of what I wear on a regular basis I have become more comfortable with how I look and how I feel about myself, all the time. I try to take pictures of what I am wearing when ever I put the effort in, even if it isn't a fantastic outfit. It shows who I am. And it allows me to see myself in a new light.

Have a great week!

October 17, 2014

Fall colors

    When fall comes around. I have mixed emotions. I am so glad for all the holidays and family time that is coming but I am also sad that summer is over. I love warm climates and I'm still learning to love the four seasons here in Utah.

Loving this tree house.





September 17, 2014

Life is short

    It seems like we always want more time. Especially as a stay-at-home mother. We never have time for ourselves because we are giving our families what they need. Food, clean clothes, etc.
   We always hear people saying you'll miss your children when they are older and how true is that. We want more time for ourselves... but in reality we just want our worth to be visible, tangent. And right now it isn't our lives are surrounded by diapers and laundry and dishes.
    Finding peace seems impossible but it isn't. The key is to find it though your loved ones. I smile every time my daughter shares with someone, when my husband gets home from work and when we are able to talk and laugh together as a family. Those moment bring me so close to God, I want to cry from joy. We need more of those moments to fill our spirits. Life isn't measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. Life is to short to always want time for ourselves, we will miss want once was. Find joy today in the little things. And if you need a break think of all the wonderful people you have in your life and of all the love you have given your family.

Thank you for reading and if you have anything to add please leave a comment below.

September 15, 2014

Sunday Vintage


Got this at a Relief Society activity on Saturday and I love it!




     I love the blue mixed in with the plaid and the gray skirt.
     This photo shoot actually happened well trying to distract the toddler that didn't want to attend church today. She had fun running around. I really need to try to teach her to just sit but I wasn't up to it yesterday. So instead you get these pictures that were actually taken outside. Wow that's a first. Even though I kept stopping anytime I saw a car go by.

Thanks for reading!

September 14, 2014

Sunday difficulties

This is for all those mothers that take their children to church by themselves.
Germany temple 2011

        It's hard, you know something is going to happen but you never know how bad it is going to be. Today was one of those days for me. I had to go to church even though R was tired and woke up really early; to give a couple a ride. Don't get me wrong I love giving them a ride. I just knew it was going to be difficult but I didn't expect R to think it was time to go when the meeting started or for her to think it was okay to run into the chapel without me(three different times). But I must admit it was cute when she crawled under the bench to sit with the couple we took to church.
      We ended up going on a few walks around the church house which seemed to help. But once nursery starts she is always so excited to go and that is when I realize it was worth it. She is learning and growing into an amazing little girl. I know it is difficult but keep going they will remember it for the rest of their lives.

September 12, 2014

15 Toddler Fall Activities

As the weather becomes cooler and the anticipation for halloween heightens it's nice to try some new things.
     Here are some ideas to get you ready for fall and to get your little one excited for halloween. 
Local trail
  1. Make some play-dough with your little one and play with it. 
  2. Make your own nature bracelet. here
  3. Collect leaves and twigs to make crafts.
  4. Make ghost plates and bats. here
  5. Play dress up with halloween costumes.
  6. Visit your local trails to enjoy the leaves changing colors.
  7. Make something with pumpkin together.
  8. Have a picnic and if it is to cold outside no problem just have a picnic on your living room floor. We do this all the time, we usually snack on crackers, cheese, ham and strawberries. Yum.
  9. Make a fall wreath. We did this last year and it was so much fun. here
  10. Paint fall leaves to hang on windows or as a garland. here 
  11. Use masking tape to play hopscotch or bean bag toss. here
  12. Pull out some rain boots and go for a walk after it rains.
  13. Pin the face on the pumpkin. here
  14. Make a Peek-a-Boo house, you can even have them color monsters to put behind the door and windows. here

September 10, 2014

Communication with a Toddler

   My little one is very special. I know all kids are different and mine is no exception. She has become very good at communicating despite the fact that she doesn't actually use her verbal skills much. When she was about one. I had the need to teach her some sign language so that I could actually know what she wanted. Luckily she caught on immediately. And since then we use simple sign language very often.  
    Sometimes she actually makes up her own sign language. It is so funny to see.



    I am a lucky mama. I have a great family that is always there for me. But sometimes I get distracted by all the difficulties and forget how blessed I really am.
    My little one still doesn't use her verbal skills much but just because she has learned to communicate though other means and doesn't see the point of talking(much like some of her relatives). :)

September 8, 2014

Bold Colors for Sunday



I love the beading!




The why of my outfit posts. 
    Self improvement.
    Self confidence. 

Thanks for reading!
    

September 7, 2014

Nap Time Struggles.

     Today has been an excellent day. After struggling to get my toddler to nap for a week. I finally found a solution and of course it came though my husband.
    Yesterday my DH came to the rescue around 4 o'clock he decided we needed a walk. So we went. During our outing R. wanted to be carried and proceeded to fall asleep in my husbands arms. And that is when I realized all she wanted was to be held; like she was when she was smaller.
   I had been to the point of just taking away nap time all together but instead today after getting home from church, we had lunch and went on a walk. And guess what she fell asleep 5 minutes in. It was wonderful especially because I love going on walks.


Thanks for reading!


September 5, 2014

Remembering yourself though it all...


     I am a mother, a wife, a sister, a daughter, an aunt and a women with dreams and passions. At times the fact that I am also a person with needs is lost in everything else that I do. We need breaks, and by that I mean time to think, read and to do something without other demands appearing.
    I still don't know all of my passions and I haven't accomplished all that I want in my life. But I know I have a lifetime to find myself in the chaos.

September 3, 2014

The Balance of wifehood and motherhood.

  At times finding balance seems impossible, especially when our children are little. Our day to day is so full of needs and temper tantrums and needs. It never ends, or so it seems. By the time our husbands get home from working all day, we are tired. Completely worn out. We seem to have nothing else to give, when all our husbands need is a kind word and loving support.
   I've found that by limiting the amount of things I do before he arrives I am much more capable to give him what he needs. Your husband is important. Remember him always.
    Your children need love and your husband does. How can we give them what they need when we keep falling deeper and deeper? At times we feel useless, like we can't actually accomplish all that we are suppose to. (Remember you don't have to!) Life is here for us to learn from our mistakes.
   We can't accomplish everything. Ever.
    In this life all we can do is give our children and husbands the love they need. The laundry and dishes can wait. You will never get back this moment. You only have now.
   I have a difficult time remembering that I'm not supermom. I am only one imperfect daughter of God but I can accomplish all things though Him. He will help your family know how much you love them and your home will be a more loving place to be.

September 1, 2014

Skirt Love


     When I woke up this morning I didn't feel like wearing my usual jeans and t-shirt. So I reached out and decided to wear my favorite skirt. I got it at Sportsman Authority of all places, it is the most comfortable thing I own. This skirt also has 4 different ways you can wear it. It is amazing.





   

 Thanks for reading!

 P.S. This is not a sponsor post. I just love this skirt!

August 29, 2014

I got a sewing machine!

    I have always loved doing crafts and making things to decorate my home with. It never feels the same to just buy something pretty when I can make something with my own hands. So after living in our home for a year, I've actually started to decorate(other then a few pictures).

     The first things I decided to make were some pillow covers for my living room pillows (blue, green and brown pillows don't go well with a dark red couch). I decided on this beige fabric with red drawings, I got it a few years ago from an aunt that was downsizing her own craft station.

     The fabric goes great with the couches and looks much better then the mismatched pillows we were using.

I used a simple envelope design as you can see here. I've been debating adding some buttons or something to keep it from opening up. 
   I love the end product! They turned out just how I wanted, even though it took some trial and error. 
    Thanks for reading!



August 27, 2014

"Holiness to the Lord, the House of the Lord"

     I'm an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. And this week I'll have the opportunity to visit an open house for our local temple. I love the temple, it has brought me great peace and comfort.
     A few weeks ago I had the chance volunteer at the open house. I was one of those people that put shoe covers on. I had many people comment in different ways. One person asked how we managed to get that job. Like it wasn't worth her time. And in all reality there is no small job, all are needed.
     Another comment was "I feel like a prince."(Loved this!) This activity of placing shoe covers on people is very similar to Jesus Christ washing His disciples feet.
    We are all loved by Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father. I am so grateful to have a temple near me and to have a wonderful ward where I have found many friends.


Thanks for reading!

P.S. If you have questions please visit lds.org or send me an email

August 25, 2014

My first attempt at an outfit post

Please forgive the bad photography and the weird posing. :) At least I had fun!

Is fall here yet? mmm... This shirt doesn't look as good as I thought it did.

Oops, it's still shooting! 

 Why are cameras so difficult!? 


Ahh... no.


   Hopefully with some  practice I'll get better. And maybe I'll actually make some better clothing choices. Thanks for putting up with me. And if you have any input please let me know. I'll try and do this again. Just keep in mind. I do this to improve myself, not to impress anyone. 

Thanks for reading!


August 23, 2014

Some days don't go so well

     All I have at home is one little one but today I feel like it's a mad house. I can't seem to do anything right today. It started out great. I even exercised and went on a walk with the little one and from then on... I feel like I'm having withdrawals. From what, I don't know. It's just one of those days. For dinner I'm sure we'll just be having mac and cheese(simple, no cooking today!)
      I was even pathetic enough to call my husband at work, and all I got in was an "I miss you:. But of course he's at work, he can't talk. I wish he could. :(
    The lonely life of stay-at-home moms... Not really there are just days it feels like that. Other days I manage to actually have an adult conversation with someone other then my husband. Maybe I should try that today...
    Wish me luck and keep me in your prayers. I could use it today.

Thanks for reading!

August 13, 2014

Day in and Day out.

      Well we've settled into our new area wonderfully. It's been great most of the time. I must admit on days that it is just me and the little one, it's hard (part of the time). The rest of the time we go swimming, on walks, we play games, watch movies and visit neighbors. In all, I love it.
Most days don't go as I plan but as long as I just go with the flow, I'm able to relax and just enjoy my life.


     This summer has been insane. We've travelled a lot. I think this has been the busiest summer we have ever had. I've found that my favorite hobby is spending time with my family. I know it sounds a little odd, but most always that's all I want to do. It doesn't matter what we do. And this summer has been perfect for that. I love my family. And look forward to the many vacations we will spend together in the future.

Thanks for reading!