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Monday, June 6, 2016

Summer Bucket List 2016

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Summer bucket list and why you need one too..

          We have all thought about it or know someone who has. What is it? A bucket list of course! But why do I have to wait til retirement? Or til the age of 40 or 50? Shouldn't we have a daily bucket list? I know.. Im asking too many questions.. oh well!

          Since attending school is year-round for me I don't want my son to feel like he wishes he was at school because it would be better than watching me do homework. That's when I realized... Duh! I'm a planner! I always give him great fun filled summers and he never knows when we're broke or not haha! He just knows he's going to busy having fun no matter what! So what's the difference this time? Well..., this time I decided to write it down and share with all of you! You may not be able to do everything on my list but, you may just be inspired to plan out your summer. Maybe this will inspire you to create your own summer bucket list. Because this is his first summer as a teenager (side-eye look of worry), and we know teens are moody because, well, that's their job after all; I decided to include him on the ideas I had for this summer bucket list. Please be prepared to hear, "no I don't want to do that this summer". I made a huge list and had him add his own ideas plus remove the ideas I came up with that he didn't want to do. The more you make them feel that they came up with the idea, the more they will be inclined to participate.  

          I get summers off so I get to spend quality time with my 5 foot 7 inch tall tween baby haha. Yes! he will be my baby even when he is 50 and the grandkids will laugh because I call their dad my baby haha. Ok, so back to the subject. Luckily being a planner is what my boyfriend finds to be my most attractive quality. He was so excited to hear about our summer bucket list. There wasn't a specific amount of activities. Just a list of simple, and out of town adventures. 

          You're probably asking why you need a list. Like what's the big deal right? Well, there were times we would forget we could have gone certain places because we had the time. Also, it prevents sitting around saying, so.... what are we gonna do? If you have a list you can make sure to take advantage of the summer weather and stay busy. We make family time a huge priority and you don't have to spend a ton of money if any at all when you make a fun list of activities that can be done at home, in your local town, or a day trip away from home. Please remember that your list should fit your wallet, and be unique to your family's needs and wants. Are you ready to be inspired?! 

Here's the list!:

- Drive-in theater in Riverside, Ca.
- Visit our local museum
- Visit at least 3 museums in L.A. (Some days are free admission to certain ones)
- Go to the San Diego Zoo
- Have a bonfire while cooking dinner outside on the grill at least 5 times during the summer
- Visit La Placita Olvera in Los Angeles http://www.olvera-street.com/ 
- China Town in L.A.
- El Mercadito in L.A. 
- (We do this often) Take the dogs for a walk in Downtown Palm Springs
- Go to the beach, Santa Monica is at the top of our beach list (I'll take recommendations on SoCal beaches)
- Play tennis at the park
- Put a mattress in the living room and watch movies all night 
- Hiking---- La Quinta Trails, Palm Desert Bump and Grind, Palm Springs Indian Canyon Trails 
- Swimming at the pool 
- Take a day trip to Lake Hemet and Idyllwild
- Visit L.A. Fashion District
- Watch the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie of course! 

I'm excited and can't wait to post and share all of our summer adventures with you guys! 

-I've added some random photos of my little fam haha-









Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Lip Plumping Review !

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Lip Plumping Review

No matter what your age is, we all seem to want fluffy luscious lips! 
I went to Ulta for Mothers Day and I had a list of screenshots of products I wanted to try. I did a little research as to what the internet was saying the best products out were and you know the internet is always right haha. So I cleansed my face and put some under eye cream on for my puffy eyes to prepare for this epic before and after. Ok, maybe not that epic.. ?
(Not a sponsored post. But that would be cool lol) 

I bought all products below from Ulta. The gloss I used was Pillow Plump Lip Gloss


So far I really like this Cleanser from Ulta and eye cream I picked up at Walmart. Especially when I come out of the restroom and my boyfriend says, "did you put makeup on"? I mean does he want me to cry tears of joy and make the eye cream look like a liar? hahaha 
This was my before pic prep.


Finally! The Epic Moment! 
Ok, so I don't look like Kylie Jenner with a huge pout, but I did like this Pillow Plump Lip Gloss. My lips were seriously tingling for about 25 minutes. This photo is a 20 minute difference. My lips didn't get huge but I did notice that all of my little fine lines had gone away and there is a slightly noticeable plumping effect to my lips. This is perfect for a night out or special occasion to have some youthful looking lips. You never want to look like you're trying too hard so this would be perfect. What do you think? 



Next? They ran out the day I went, but I want to do a review on Two Faced Lip Injection lip gloss. I just think my lips are too small so eventually I will opt for fillers. 

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Three Year Anniversary in Catalina Island !




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We never get date night. We never leave my son with sitters. I'm seriously those psychotic overprotective moms. hahaha. So on that note we left to celebrate our 3 year anniversary in Catalina Island with no guilt because we took him to school and he went to the boys and girls club after. If I remember correctly my sister watched him for a little bit til we got home. It was only like one hour. Every year we do something really nice for our anniversary.

We took a tour of Catalina Island on a bus ride which was so scary but so freakin cool! We saw the whole Island and listened to the history of Catalina! 
Did I mention I hate Valentines Day? We actually don't celebrate it. It's the only time I'm selfish. I want to walk around all day while celebrating our anniversary saying every 2 seconds "it's our anniversary" with the cheesiest smile ever and have everyone say "aaawww". (So special right? hahaha. I literally want all the attention of our love on us not on a day I'm told to show it). Celebrating Valentine's Day is like walking into a party with 2 other girls wearing the same dress as you. I mean I want to be the only special one in the room. Just sayin' hahaha!




How gorgeous is this view?! It's not the best pic because I was scared to get up and move to the other side for the irrational thought that I might make the bus fall over. Hahaha! But seriously, isn't it beautiful?!


Ok enough torture lol. Im going to post a ton of pretty pictures now to show I kind of know what I'm doing. I actually take nice photos. The boat ride made us so sea sick we were dreading leaving the Island at all. I mean my son doesn't need parents does he? haha Joking you serious people out there. 





We put our swim suits on and chilled by the water. We even took a nap!

Omg I look so fat here but it's a part of keepin it real right? We're literally obsessed with eachother. Warning: All this sugar may cause cavities lol! 

Thanks for stopping by! Sincerely, your Co-Mommy Divapinks! 

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Upcoming Posts: 2 year anniversary, 1 year anniversary, hiking in La Quinta Cove Ca.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Palm Springs Hiking Trails - Indian Canyons

          Hey there!, If you follow me on Snapchat, you know we lllooovvveee hiking. The Coachella Valley is a great place to do so much. You can give in to your inner city chick self, or your rugged hiking girl self. Here we are at the Indian Canyon Palm Springs Trails. I am all about finding my zen place any way I can, and I teach my family to stop and smell the roses and forget we need technology every minute (says the girl on snapchat non-stop haha). There is a small fee per person when entering, and they have a ton of trails to choose from when you get to the top. We first tried their smallest trail and then went on to the 7 sisters trail that took an eternity and almost gave us heat stroke, but hey! we reached the waterfall so that's all that mattered! Enjoy the pics below! 

Sincerely Your Co-Mommy, Divapinks

-Next time? Hiking at the La Quinta Trails for free!-
This was him stopping and thinking and taking everything in. Its ok to teach your kids to stop, meditate, and just breathe instead of trying to entertain them every second with over stimulation. 


Palm Springs Hiking Trails
This was only about 3 months after his heart surgery... How happy would you be to see your child this happy...


If a picture is worth a thousand words... There isn't enough space to write on here... Feeling extremely blessed... 


Yah I take my Starbucks hiking lol


Palm Springs hiking
My biggest phobia... Will this stop me? No! Because I love hiking too much! Bwahahaha. Are you loving the #snapchat caption as much as me? hahaha
Time to conquer the world baby...


Relaxin and chilaxin..


Palm Springs 
My humble little family... Cue cheesy mccheesy hahaha!

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Why didn't you tell me?!

And so it begins...

I can't tell you what we were watching cause when he asked me the question I became immediately uncomfortable and thought to myself  (what does it matter!). 
He knows I used to be a model and most people who know me know that before I got married, then pregnant shortly after at the age of 21, (yes in that order) I had a modeling contract in Beverly Hills, CA. 
So he asks the question... "did you ever do runway?"
I had wanted to be a model, I think from the moment I was born. Ok so I unwillingly answered...
"Only once because I wasn't tall enough for runway. I mostly did print and once I was one of those window models who posed and didn't move."
His reaction? "Really?! Why didn't you tell me?! That's cool!"
Me: "Because that was a long time ago. I feel like because I'm not a model now it doesn't really matter."
Him: "Of course it matters. It's a part of your life experiences and the things you can say you've done."
Me: (I feel like crying) I mean what am I supposed to say? 
Yah, you have the leftovers of what I once was... Beautiful and thin! Am I supposed to say that I feel like a failure because I didn't follow through? I made a decision to be a completely committed mother to my son the moment I found out I was pregnant. I didn't care that they wanted to sue me, I didn't care that I turned down a Pepsi commercial. 
What am I supposed to say? 
I still feel like a model everyday only I don't have to worry about being skinny anymore? My family tells me I'm not that model anymore and they make fun of me when I joke about wearing sunglasses at night because the paparazzi might catch me. I joke alot and make people laugh,... but secretly? I wish I was a model living the model life everyday and the guilt that follows becomes intense followed by anxiety. 
You see...., I was told I could never have children and that's where my mindset was. My grandma said she was sad that I would never have children right before she passed away. How could I be selfish and take on this career that does not cater to new mothers when you are a beginning model? I chose my son, and I have no regrets. I choose him everyday, before anyone. I still in my heart feel like a model. I may not be thin but I have an essence and energy about me. I love the arts, and fashion. If anyone knew what I've been through as a single mom for so many years, they would call me a role model to see how far I've come...
I'm currently substitute teaching and I'm working on my teaching credential in special education. I love being a substitute because I have more freedom to be available to my son and family. 
BACK TO THE BEGINNING: We've been together for 3 years now and I have been such a tough shell to crack. He is still finding things out about me. His favorite part? He didn't know I knew how to cook. hahaha. 
So finally,... what did I do? Change the subject....
A LITTLE BACKGROUND INFO: YOU READY??
I was a little girl living in a trailer park with my mom who was a single mother. Life was far from perfect, let alone even comfortable. I thought being a model was my ticket out. I was finally going to be free and I could help my mom out of this hole we were in. I was on a mission and I guess I still am to make up for the life she couldn't have because she had us... 2 little girls... and a man who loved his girls but wasn't strong enough to be around and do the hard work.... Thinking of what I've been through hurts like a bitch.. My son will only know my story when he is older. For now, I'm his tough mom from Compton who always has his back and provides him with everything he wants and needs. I thank God that he has a step-dad whom he loves and respects as well as a relationship with his father. He has a great life and I have worked my ass off to make it possible.....


This is now me... 10 years later... imperfectly, perfect me...

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Liebster Nomination Award

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What is the Liebster Award?? 

liebster
The Liebster Award is a blogging community gem, encouraging up-and-coming bloggers to share pieces of themselves with the world. 

The rules are simple:

          1.Thank the blogger who nominated you.
          2. Display the award on your blog.
          3. Answer a set of 11 questions provided by the nominating blogger. 
          4. Post 11 random facts about yourself.
          5. Nominate 11 blogs with less than 1000 followers. 
          6. Create your own set of questions for your nominees to answer.

Now It's My Turn!

I want to give a big thanks to Blogger @Teacupgeek for my nomination! Listed below are the answers to the 11 questions, and a list of 11 random facts. Enjoy!

1. When and why did you start blogging. I've actually been blogging for a few years on and off but my son and college have always been first priority. I was told numerous times by family members that I should write a book on my thoughts, knowledge, and experience but blogging is much more fun. 
2.What are your favorite things to blog about. Hiking, my son, my experiences, and soon hopefully my obsession with cleaning and kitchen gadgets.  
3. What are your hobbies besides blogging. Hiking, camping, and spending time with my son and boyfriend. 
4. What are the biggest challenges you have faced while blogging. Getting people to read my content and give me a chance before they become disinterested. My current biggest challenge is getting paid for my posts. 
5. Describe yourself using only three words. Passionate, loyal, feisty.
6. What is your favorite quote, and why does it mean so much to you? Anything by RM Drake. It is so heartfelt and beautifully confusing.  
7. If money was no object, what would be the first thing you would do? Pay bills and move to Italy.  
8. Do you have any pets? (If not, what pet would you like to have)? Yes, dogs.
9. What is your most prized possession? Why does it mean so much? My photographs. All of our memories are captured in time. 
10. What is your most cherished memory so far? Going camping at Big Bear for my son's and boyfriend's bday and taking a helicopter ride for the first time with them!
11. Where do you see yourself in a years time? In the process of buying a house with a pool. 

Random Facts: I crochet, I enjoy hiking more than most people, I am my own worst critic, my feelings get easily hurt, I love to bake, I can't have gluten but I don't have Celiacs, I love to travel, I can only take naps on the beach in the summer, I don't allow my dogs in the kitchen, I like pilates and cardio workouts, I'm addicted to chocolate. 

Nomination Time!

Now it's time to nominate some fellow bloggers to answer eleven questions of my choosing. I hope you find them fun! 


The Questions Are:
1. What type of blogger are you?
2. Why do you blog? 
3. If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be? 
4. Is your family supportive of your blogging?
5. When do you find time to blog?
6.What do you do when you're not blogging? 
7. What is your favorite food or recipe?
8. Have you ever used an Uber driver? How was your experience?
9. Do you consider yourself sporty or girly? Why?
10. Are you a purse or a shoes girl?
11. What advice would you give other bloggers?

Just because your blog isn't nominated doesn't mean you can't get involved! Answer away and share your link in the comments! :D  



Monday, April 25, 2016

Moms don't go to the restroom.... They go on a getaway! !

       
          I know I'm not the first or the last mom to find refuge in the restroom.  It's the one place I can sit with my thoughts and not be interrupted.  Single moms don't even get this luxury.  So I have a solution, (I think anyway haha) why not try to switch things up and have family reading time. Some people do not like to read, however if you find a book that reflects the type of shows you like to watch it can be a great getaway.  Into romance?  Find a romance novel. Sitting with your children while they read allows you to escape into the story into a world far from your own. Option 2- read just before bed. If you're a new mom or have older kids chances are you don't go out much or even get TV time for that matter. Do you have ideas for mommy ME time? Share!
Healthy mom, Healthy baby. 
                                          Love, your Co - mommy,  DivaPinks

What goes on in our mind...

aaaaahhhhhh.... paradise.....

We can dream can't we?.....




Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Day after Christmas Sale PART 2

Day after Christmas Sale Part 2!!
Please keep in mind that I didn't post all pictures because it will spoil the surprise for next year. I can't believe I did so well! I got Christmas wasted hahaha! I think I was high on Peppermint hahaha! Before I would walk in the store I would tell my boyfriend, "the sales better be so good they offend me. mmm." haha! He was smiling the whole day from ear to ear watching me go crazy haha. Did I mention this is the first year I have done the whole Day after Christmas Sale thing?! 

This was how we decorated around the fire place. :) 


You read that right honey. Some of the gift bags I got were about .34 cents. (No Joke). Those $10 stockings? I got them for under $3 ! I went c-c-c-c-crazy lol


I never thought the dollar store would have a sale! I mean why would they? Everything is already a dollar! I can't show the stocking stuffer/odds and ends gifts for next year but I got each item for .50 cents! My boyfriend and I are currently attending college so we're on a budget, but honestly budget or not this is a great way to save and spend. Maybe going to church has made me more humble? 


My boyfriend was looking for certain items and I really thought I was going to hope he would hurry so I could continue my shopping craze but then there it was... An entire rack of Christmas items! 60% off? Most of my items were $1 ! Ay chihuahua!


I didn't do as well at Walmart but it was late and it looked like I was beat to the finish line because there wasn't much left. The gift sets above were only $1.75. Holy Moly! These gifts will be for the mailman, the men who pick up our trash, my son's hair dresser, etc., etc. :D


I looked everywhere for a nativity set. The ones that were left were not my style. :/ This one shown above was the one from the thrift store! It is a glass nativity set and it goes perfect with our crystal cross! 

A FEW TIPS FOR SHOPPING THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS-

1. HAVE IN MIND WHAT YOU NEED! DON'T BUY WHAT YOU DON'T NEED!

2. MAKE A LIST OF THINGS YOU NEED IF THE SALE IS GOOD ENOUGH TO OFFEND YOU! EX: POTS AND PANS OR THAT NAME BRAND PURSE YOU CAN ONLY SPLURGE ON ONCE A YEAR. 

3. SOME OF THE ITEMS I BOUGHT WERE EVEN CHEAPER WHEN I CHECKED THE PRICE. ITEMS DON'T ALWAYS GET MARKED PROPERLY!

4. ADD YOUR TIP HERE!............ WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU ADD TO THIS LIST! I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW! 

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Day after Christmas sale part 1!

So... Since I've been M.I.A. since my son's surgery, it's given me time to think. I love blogging dammit. I don't do it for the money (haha excuse me while I die of laughter thinking you can get paid for just writing your thoughts). This is my hobby, my therapy, my way out. Anyway I'll leave this for a later post. Now to the important part. DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS SALE! I know I did it right because I can't walk today my feet hurt so bad. I'm going to detail where I got, and what I got that had me Christmas Wasted! Haha! Yes I said Christmas Wasted! I felt high on peppermint! Omg I'm laughing so hard. I have taken more time than ever to concentrate my energy in thanking god that my son is alive and well and I get to enjoy these things with him while he smiles and laughs and says, "oh mom". Anyway, I literally bought gifts and gift bags for next year! 12 months early! Who does that?! Oh yah, me... I want to be organized and clear so this is just a heads up that I'm getting back into sharing. I love blogging and this new year means a new me. I will concentrate on me and my family this year. If you're reading this stay tuned for some realness headed your way. I don't plan to hold back this time. Did I mention my boyfriend and I are still college students on a budget? My ultimate goal is to be a Special needs teacher and I'm currently in the credential program. (Also leaving this for another post). SSSSOOOOOOOOOOO...... DID YOU SHOP THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS?

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Heart Surgery Update!

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          Oh boy.. Where do I start... I broke down in the hospital as they took him away and popped a little blood vessel in my eyeball. I knew that if they didn't take him fast enough I would break down into a million pieces.
There was a split second after I said goodbye to him that I changed my mind. I wanted to yell...
"Please don't take him! I've changed my mind! I want him back and you can't have him!"...
But instead I ran...
As soon as the door shut behind me I could hear myself screaming from far away...
 (Thoughts inside my head- What if his heart stops? This will be all my fault for fighting as hard as I did. Why am I being so selfish? Other parents go through worse! What if he'll hate me for putting him through this? He's missing school and he'll fall behind. This is going to affect him emotionally, I just know it. Why did I ask his dad to come? I've been doing this alone for years! I'm doing it for my son. My son needs his father to be here. He SHOULD be here. He SHOULD be going through this with me. I know... I'll buy my baby a giraffe from the gift shop)...
GIRAFFE?? .... Yes giraffe!
The pediatric area of the hospital has a "giraffe elevator" and I teased my son about it when I saw it. I told him they found out he is the tallest kid in his grade so they built an elevator tall enough for a giraffe so he would fit haha. Everyone laughed.. (I forbid anyone from coming that couldn't control their emotions so I made sure to make everything funny and talk about our plans after the surgery).
This was taken right before the surgery... They brought him an xbox so he wouldn't be bored. 
Can we say awesome sauce?!

Boy was he grumpy after the procedure... No visitors please! 
It only lasted about 30 minutes..

Here's my happy boy! Lets go home mom!

OMG THANK YOU GOD WE'RE HOME
So of course his bff furbaby (Hercules pom/chihuahua mix) had to suffer being away from his best friend because he could accidentally open his incisions. I was so grateful that no one was calling my phone and they were giving me space. The house was quiet and he had to lay flat. We did this for about a week including giving him Motrin and having followup appointments. Of course this entire time I didn't sleep. I needed to get up every 20 minutes because he needed something... even throughout the night. I figured it was like having a baby again and getting up every 2 hours so I just sucked it up and did it with a smile. Everything was finally OK. We were going to be OK. He was starting to have more energy and walking a lot more. I really thought we were finally in the clear. Then....

OMG PLEASE NOT AGAIN.. GOD PLEASE...

Do you see the giraffe?



My Baby- "Mom..." (as he comes in the kitchen clutching his chest)
ME- "omg. Whats wrong"
My Baby- "My heart.... it hurts I cant breathe..."
ME- "ok I'm calling 911 lay down and stay calm so your body can help your heart, slow breathes baby"
ME- (omg not again. I thought this was over. I will have their heads if something went wrong!)
Everything went so fast. We ended up in the ambulance being transferred from the palm springs area all the way to Loma Linda Hospital. The local hospital was too scared to see him, they thought it was best to take him back where the doctors knew his situation.
At the hospital I was angry and I wasn't leaving without answers. They ran every test they could before finally coming to the conclusion that his heart was perfectly healthy now and it was just the nerves that were irritated and his muscles were strained because they had to travel to his heart touching things on the way and stressing the muscles of the heart.
(I knew exactly what to do... mom to the rescue.)....
In the car on the way back home..
Someone was exhausted...
Giraffe is still his comfort buddy..


When I got home with him I gave him 500mg of Magnesium Citrate to relax his nerve endings and 200mg of L-Theanine to relax his mind and body so he wouldn't have anxiety. Did this work? YES! When it comes to my baby I follow my motherly instincts. He has not been able to participate in recess yet or vigorous activities but he is stronger everyday. When I asked him how he feels now he said,
" .... I really feel the blood flowing through my heart and I don't run out of breathe anymore when I try to walk fast. I feel like I have a brand new heart. I feel like I can do anything now. I can even take really deep breathes now."
ME AGAIN: Thank god and the prayers from everyone who knew what was going on....

Stay tuned for next weeks blog showing how he's currently doing! :D 
Life is full of ups and downs.. What matters most is how you handle it..
Take life by the bull horns! It's YOUR life! Take charge!