Goldie in Winter

I love the winter months becasue it gives such a wider varierty of things to wear. 
I love layering boots, leg warmers and scarves....etc. This is the perfect summer time skirt because it's mustard yellow but I discovered it was great in winter with a little black.



Turtle neck: White house, black market
Boots: T.J.Maxx
Leg Warmers: {Delirium Kredens}
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Brutal Truth is a Beautiful Thing Interview with Christina Gomez

I have started a little interview process called  "Brutal Truth is a Beautiful Thing."
I'm doing this because I love to get to know the "real" people behind their blogs. I think so many of us are afraid to tell the truth whatever it may be. We want others to like us. We want others to read our blog. We don't want to scare anyone away.

Me included!! 




You can read my itnterview anytime {HERE}
 
For the first year I never really shared a lot of personal information because I didn't think people wanted to hear it.I posted my recipes and a few cute pics of the kids and that's it. Well, I couldn't have been more wrong. Yes, people still want all the fabulous recipes and cute photos but they want to know me. I have gotten the biggest responses from my "on my heart" posts. People want to know you, what makes you you, the person you are. They want to know how you live your life. They don't want a bunch of  nonsense about how fancy your car is and perfect your life is. I think we all want to be able to relate to each other and NONE of us are perfect!!!
 
Today's Interview: Christina Gomez


What's your greatest Weakness?
Oh my, I could really go on for pages about my weaknesses, but I guess that would CLEARLY make my greatest weakness most obvious....my lack of confidence. For YEARS I literally would walk around with my head down, not making eye contact with anyone. I'm not sure if that's what years of being made fun in school can do to a persons soul, but it's just what I did. Looking back, it probably seemed so strange to people who saw me, but that's how insecure I was(am). I've just recently started making eye contact with people, and getting more confident in myself. I still have a LONG way to go though!

What's your greatest strength?
My ability to love and be there for someone is by far my greatest strength! Not to sound conceited but I do have a heart of gold! :) I just love people...even if I don't know you and I hear your story, I pray for you, you hold a special place in my heart and I genuinely care about you. There are a handful of bloggers who I've never met, probably never will and yet they (along with their families) mean SO much to me. And I show that same love and care for my family and friends...they can ALWAYS count on me!
What has elated you with joy in your lifetime?
Of course my children, but that is obvious. Three things that will bring a smile to my face no matter what (other than my children) is thinking about the complete 180 degree turn my husband has made in his life. He went from a drug addicted, felon to THE MOST amazing father, husband and most importantly man of God you will ever meet. He's not perfect, but he is the definition of change if I've EVER seen one. The other two "things" that make me SO happy are my nephew and niece, Vivienne and Spencer. After my sister lost her triplet sons (in May 2008) I was SO worried that she and her husband would never be able to have children and their faces would never smile again, but thankfully God had different plans and has since blessed them with Spencer and Vivienne. NO ONE or nothing will ever replace my nephews, Mateo, Ian and Anthony but those sweet rainbow babies (Spencer and Vivienne) sure brought immense happiness back to my sister which brings me true joy!
What has emotionally crippled you in your lifetime?
Again, my lack of confidence is definitely one thing. To some people it might sound like an attention ploy but if you TRULY battle with self confidence issues you understand where I am coming from..you worry, analyze, over analyze and worry some more about EVERYTHING! I've always been a worrier, from as young as I can remember (checking doors over and over again to make sure they were locked, scared the house was going to burn down while I was sleeping, etc.) I come across so happy and I am, but I definitely am my own worst enemy. As well as my inability to trust...that stems from my dad. If you grow up being told, "Going to get pizza. I'll be back in a few minutes." only for him to not be seen for days, you become a bit jaded to people, the things they tell you, and what their ulterior motives might be (even if they have nothing but good intentions!)
Have much have you evolved since your teenage years? Are you a similar person?
I am a completely different person than I was as a teenager/early 20's. I literally spent the majority of my late teens and early 20's living a lifestyle that should have killed me! People that know me now, that didn't know me before, have the hardest time believing that I did the things I did. But it's true! For the most part, I don't even remember that person (the "old me" anymore). The only similar thing about me and my teenage self is the confidence issues.

What's something you don't want to tell us about?
Being bulimic...in my early 20's I would binge and purge...A LOT! I had a friend and she and I would do it together (not together, as in the same room, but she knew I did it, I knew she did it, and we both made the other feel like it was okay).  I never got professional help for it (so the bulimia diagnosis is a self diagnosis, but I'd venture to say that I was bulimic), and then I met Manny, somehow he found out about it (I don't recall the details) but I believe he overheard me one day and he said he couldn't be with someone who did that (looking back that sounds super insensitive and pretty brutal of him, but just remember we were in our early 20's, freshly dating, so I can understand where he was coming from). I swore I would stop and I did. But I'm not going to lie, the "temptation" resurfaces more often than one might think...even two children and a whole lot of happiness later!

When the world is crashing down on you, where do you go?
Usually I find a quiet spot, cry and pray! I cry about anything (happy or sad) but these kind of cries are the "ugly cries" (as I believe Oprah referred to it as :)) where you get hysterical, can't breath and just look like a total mess. I plead/pray to God and than usually feel better! Or I cry to Manny (my husband). He gets the brunt of most of the "meltdowns" I have! ;)
Do you have any goals? What are they?
Of course I want to be a great wife and mother who raises my children to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior, finish school, graduate from college and do something with their lives but OTHER THAN THAT ;) I'd love to go back to school to finish my college credits and get my AA in Mental Health &Human Services to than further my education and become a Child Advocate and/or Social Worker. I dropped out of college a handful of credits shy of getting my AA.

Can you honestly say you love what you do?
As far as my professional career goes? No, not at all! :( I love the people I work, I don't mind my job (it pays the bills) BUT my dream job is what I talked about above...to be a Child Advocate and/or Social Worker. I want nothing more than to have a job where you actually make a difference in someones life! Being a Loan Funder at a mortgage company isn't exactly life changing! ;) But again, it pays the bills and in this economy I am SO thankful to have a job!

Who has been the single most influential person in your lifetime thus far?
I'd have to say my mom! Although we don't always see eye-to-eye, she has ALWAYS been there for me. Loved me when I most un-lovable and did an amazing job raising my sister and I by herself...always putting us first and herself last to give us what she could. She instilled in us that you don't rely on ANYONE to support you. You have to be self-sufficient. She has taught me so many life lessons. Even at 56 years old she is teaching me lessons about achieving your dreams as she's at the beginning stages of opening her own Italian cookie business! :)
Honestly, we are all striving for something, what is your greatest goal in life? I'm not talking about money!
I'd have to say my greatest goal is to raise my children right. I know that term "right" can be very subjective, but it is a crazy, crazy world we live in and I pray with all my heart and soul that Manny and I raise Manuel and Mia (and any other future children) to be followers of God, to always do the right thing, and being "cool" doesn't always mean following the crowd. If anything, the exact opposite is true, but that's SO hard to remember when you're going through your teenage years. Raising children is a tough, tough job, and I just pray we do it correctly. I know the road that Manny and I both went down (drugs, alcohol, etc.) and I just NEVER want to see my children experience any of it! It's not worth the heartache and pain!

Name your most defining moment in life so far!!!
The day I found out I was pregnant with Manuel is by far the most defining moment in my life...had that never happened I am almost certain that I wouldn't be here today. My life of drinking, drugs and just a horrible lifestyle all stopped the SECOND I found out I was pregnant with Manuel! (obviously unexpectedly). I always say Manuel saved my life, and I mean that!


Are there people in your past that you wish you could make amends with?
Honestly, no. I'm not one to hold grudges and tend to be pretty forgiving, so if you aren't in my life now, there's a reason for it, and I'm okay with it! :)

What memory will be forever burned in your mind to the point where you can smell the room and feel the energy?
It would have to be Christmas Day 2006. It was Manuel's 1st Christmas. My dad, who I had just recently made amends with (he was a drug addict and alcoholic) was hospitalized with MRSA, Hep C and goodness knows what else, so being his daughter, I certainly couldn't let Christmas go by without going to see him...Manny and Manuel waited in the car, it was cold and dreary outside, I walked in his hospital room and it smelled of "hospital smells" (I'll spare you all the details). He was disoriented, not really even 100% sure who I was at moments, and more details that I'll spare to give him his dignity. It was my sons first Christmas and part of my time was spent doing this. I had guilt from that but I knew Manuel didn't know what was going on. I was so heartbroken (not really for myself) but for my dad who was spending his first Christmas (the first one in a long time where he wasn't incarcerated or living on the streets) in a hospital room, alone, not all there and just sad. It breaks my heart just thinking about it and I remember it all like it was yesterday. My dad died unexpectedly on May 15, 2009 and I will also never forget the feelings/thoughts/smells/sounds of the moment I received the phone call, but I will also never forget the immense relief I felt knowing that he was FINALLY Home, safe, drug free, disease free, and HAPPY!

What movie and or book speaks to you?
Sadly, I'm not much of a movie watcher or book reader, BUT my favorite movie of all time is "Life As A House"...it's a tear jerker, but if you haven't seen it, WATCH IT! :)



What is your greatest wish right here and now?
Honestly, if I could have one thing this very second, it would be to own a home, of my very own, where my children didn't have to share a bedroom and Manuel could have his backyard, front yard, and basement (that's all his little "almost" 6 year old heart asks for :)) That probably sounds pretty materialistic but it would truly be just amazing to be able to settled into "our home"! I'm not a big and extravagant kind of girl, so nothing super fancy, just a cute little house to raise my family! :)


THANK YOU CHRISTINA for being brutally honest and really digging deep to share your truth with us. I have never met Christina in real life but we have been blogger friends since the very beginning of my blogging adventure. She has become a dear friend to me.
Whenever I am down, sad, lost, broken or need someone to talk to she is there with words of comfort and encouragement. I treasure our friendship. Christina is the real deal; a real person; a real mom; a real friend. Please go show her some love and check out her adorable blog




Read the entire series of "Brutal Truth" Interviews {HERE}

L*I*F*E.......Give It EVERYTHING You've Got!!!!!



HAPPY NEW YEAR LOVELIES!

Let's talk resolutions..........

Do I have some?

Ooooohhhhh...........................you bet I do!!!!!!!!


Number one: 

RUN A FULL MARATHON!!!
I am striving to start with the Mardi Gras Half marathon March 4th in New Orleans and then run a full marathon in October!!! 





Number two: 

Open my own Shop selling couture handmade Aprons





Number three:
To live my truth everyday being grateful.

Number Four:
I want to inspire my children to grow and learn and be the best people they can be. I want to lead by example, proving you can do anything you set your mind to.
My kids are my greatest love in life.


I hope you all have high hopes and expectations for yourself as well!!!! 2012 is going to be great year!!!!! 


BRING IT ON!!!

Play Hard. Work Hard!

Happy New Year!!!!









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Champagne Sparkle Hi Hat Cupacakes


Happy New Year FRIENDS!!!!!!

I whipped up a little New Years Inspiration.


Champagne Sparkle Hi Hat Cupcakes





  • For The Cupcakes:

    Simply use your favorite white or yellow cupcakes cake recipe or boxed cake mix and add 1/2 teaspoon champagne extract.

     It can be purchased {here}



    For The Frosting

    • 1 3/4 cups sugar
    • 1/4 cup of water
    • 3 large egg whites
    • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon champagne extract
    • 1 bottle of Wilton Pearl Dust. (purchase {here} or at any craft store.)
    • a paint brush
  • For The White Chocolate Coating

    • 2 cups chopped (about 12 ounces)  white chocolate
    • 3 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil

Prepare the frosting: In a large heatproof bowl, combine sugar, 1/4 cup water, egg
 whites, and cream of tartar. Using a handheld electric mixer, beat on high speed until
 foamy, about 1 minute. Set bowl over a pan of barely simmering water. Beat on high
 speed until frosting forms stiff peaks, about 12 minutes; frosting should register 160
 degrees.on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla and champagne
 extracts, and beat for 2 minutes more until frosting thickens.
Transfer frosting to a large pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch plain pastry tip or a gallon
 sized zip lock with a piping tip fitted in the corner. Leaving a 1/8-inch border on each
 cupcake, pipe a spiral of frosting into a 2-inch-high cone shape, using about 1/2 cup of
 frosting per cupcake. Transfer cupcakes to a baking sheet, and refrigerate while
 preparing the chocolate coating.
Prepare the chocolate coating: Combine chocolate and oil in a medium heat-proof bowl
 set over a medium saucepan of barely simmering water; stir until melted and smooth.
 Transfer to a small bowl, and let cool about 20 minutes. The choclate should be room
 temperature before dipping. It should NOT be very warm to the touch.
Holding each cupcake by its bottom, dip cupcake in the chocolate to coat frosting,
 allowing excess to drip off. Transfer to a baking sheet fitted with a wire rack. Spoon
 more coating around edge of cupcake and any exposed frosting; none of the frosting
 should show. Let cupcakes stand at room temperature 15 minutes. 
Refrigerate for 30 minutes to let coating set. Now with a DRY, clean paint brush brush
 the pearl dust onto the cooked dried white chocolate. Place back in refrigerator. You
 may decorate with gold cupcake wrappers that can be found at any craft store and
black satin ribbon.
Cover, and refrigerate for 2 hours more. Serve cold. Cupcakes can be refrigerated for up
 to 3 days.


original recipe adapted from {here}









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Brutal Truth is a Beautiful Thing with Lindsay Lee

I have started  a little interview process called   "Brutal Truth is a Beautiful Thing." I'm doing this because I love to get to know the "real" people behind their blogs. I think so many of us are afraid to tell the truth whatever it may be. We want others to like us. We want others to read our blog. We don't want to scare anyone away. 
 
Me included!! 
You can read my itnterview anytime {HERE}

For the first year I never really shared a lot of personal information because I didn't think people wanted to hear it.I posted my recipes and a few cute pics of the kids and that's it. Well, I couldn't have been more wrong. Yes, people still want all the fabulous recipes and cute photos but they want to know me. I have gotten the biggest responses from my "on my heart" posts. People want to know you, what makes you you the person you are. They want to know how you live your life. They don't want a bunch of  nonsense about how fancy your car is and perfect your life is. I think we all want to be able to relate to each other and NONE of us are perfect!!!
 
Today's Interview: Lindsay Lee
 
What's your greatest Weakness?
Caring to much what other people think. It weighs me down on a daily basis. Also, I bite my nails. I consider this a weakness. Or my worst habit. I've been doing it since I was 5 and I can't stop. I need an intervention



What's your greatest strength?
My ability to forgive





What has emotionally crippled you in your lifetime?
 My struggle with insecurity. You can see more of my story here.  



What has elated you with joy in your lifetime?
 The birth of my daughter. The best gift I've yet to receive. 






Have much have you evolved since your teenage years? Are you a similar person?
 Completely different. As a teenager I was painfully shy and not sure where I fit into this world. I've come a long ways and still have so far to go.




What's something you don't want to tell us about?
 All of my scars. Far to painful to reveal them all. 




When the world is crashing down on you, where do you go?
Most importantly, GOD. He is my greatest strength. Secondly, my parents or my best friend. They are my biggest support and have my back no matter the circumstance.  



Do you have any goals? What are they?
I want to continue to grow in my relationship with the Lord, and start putting myself first. Too often I sacrifice my own happiness to make others happy. I also hope to grow my little business. 



Can you honestly say you love what you do?
 Yes. I just wrote a post of it here. 




Who has been the single most influential person in your lifetime thus far?
My parents. They both have hearts of gold and love my sister and I unconditionally. They have taught me to have a forgiving heart and always give more than you receive.  





Honestly, we are all striving for something, what is your greatest goal in life? I'm not talking about money!
 To have made a difference in one persons life. I also have big dreams of traveling the world. 






Are there people in your past that you wish you could make amends with?
 Absolutely. I think God will lead me to reconciliation when the time is right. 




What memory will be forever burned in your mind to the point where you can smell the room and feel the energy?
 The day I lost a close friend in a car accident. {post found here} I will never forget the entire process. The slew of emotions I remember like it was yesterday




What movie and or book speaks to you? 
 The notebook. It sounds cheesy, but it's my reminder that true, passionate, crazy love exists. I watch that movie when I feel like giving up. 




What is your greatest wish right here and now?
That I can be happy with me. That I can realize I was created perfectly in his image and no matter what, I can cling to him alone.  

I just want to give a huge thank you to Lindsay for sharing her life with us today. Lndsay and I have been bloggy buddies for a long time now and I adore her. 
She is honestly one of hte most kind hearted bloggers i've ever "met".

Please go check out Lindsay's adorable, fabulous {BLOG}. She shares so much amazing inspiration and I consider her a dear friend!!!
Thank you Lindsay for openeing up to us today!!!!
 

You May read the entire series of "Brutal Truth" Interviews {HERE}

SHOCKING in pink

I saw these jeans one day last week online.
 I almost DIED!!!!

  I mean I NEEDED to have them. SO I told myself that I had to sleep on it. IN the morning they were still all I could think about so I bought them!!! 

I LOVE THESE JEANS!!!!! I already have one million ideas of things to pair them with. They are just so much fun and great for any season

L*O*V*E


P.S. I'm running 6 miles a day now. WHOOP!!! Marathon here I come! 



Momma Go Round
pleated poppy
 



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