Ask And It Is Given

“By the powerful Universal Law of Attraction, you draw to you the essence of whatever you are predominantly thinking about. So if you are predominantly thinking about the things that you desire, your life experience reflects those things. And, in the same way, if you are predominantly thinking about what you do not want, your life experience reflects those things.”

Ask And It Is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks is the book that I’m currently reading. My mom recommended this book to me, and told me that it would open my mind and teach me how to manifest my desires. I have already been reading it for about a week now and as of today I am on Chapter 10. What I am learning from this book has been so liberating. It puts me in this positive state of mind, it makes me happy, it makes me look forward to reading more, and best of all, it resonates with me, spiritually and emotionally. I can apply this book in every single aspect of my life, and it truly helps.

The reason I decided to start reading this book is partly because my mom asked me to do myself a favor and read it (I now understand why she said that), but mostly because I am in the process of learning how to connect with my soul so that I can decide what I want in my life and live it the happiest way that I deserve. There’s so much that I’ve learned and much more to learn. With every new answer, pops a new question, and so it never ends; and I love that. I feel like there is always something to look forward to. I would recommend this book to anybody that seemed to be down or feeling upset because this book is very uplifting. Although I do have to warn that in order to understand this book, it is NECESSARY for you to have an open mind, and to consider everything that you read; reread twice if need be. Below is a brief summary that is printed on the back of the book to help you understand exactly what I’m talking about. Hopefully it will make you want to read it too! (:

This fascinating book by Esther and Jerry Hicks, which presents the teachings of the nonphysical entity Abraham, will help you learn how to manifest your desires so that you’re living the joyous and fulfilling life you deserve.

As you read, you’ll come to understand how your relationships, health issues, finances, career concerns, and more are influenced by the Universal laws that govern your time-space-reality-and you’ll discover powerful processes that will help you go with the positive flow of life.

It’s your birthright to live a life filled with everything that is good-and this book will show you how to make it so in every way!

Reference: Ask And It Is Given, Esther and Jerry Hicks

My First FRESH Thanksgiving

Happy Belated Turkey Day! I hope everyone’s belly’s were as satisfied as mine was last night! I would have blogged about my Holiday on the actual Holiday, but this momma-to-be was on her feet ALL day yesterday, standing up cooking and was too tired to even think about blogging; so here I am today!

This year, as well as last, was my turn to cook the Thanksgiving Dinner. (I’m giving momma a break!) The only difference is that instead of using any boxed or canned food, I made everything fresh from scratch. My mom bought Turkey Legs for her boyfriend to Bar-B-Q, but the rest was up to me. I was in charge of making the mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and my most famous creamed corn. We were supposed to have Brussels sprouts, but unfortunately we forgot to buy them at the supermarket, so we won’t be having any greens with this meal. But it’s okay because even without the green vegetables, the food was exquisite! I made homemade cranberry sauce with real cranberries and fresh orange juice straight from the orange. I made homemade stuffing out of dried french bread with vegetables, (I found and compared recipes online for this). I made the mashed potatoes with real potatoes and real farm cow’s milk. I also made the corn souflè out of everything natural (Recipe at the end of post). My mom and her boyfriend were very pleased with the food I made and complimented the good job that I did.

The bread to make the stuffing

From Left to Right: Cranberry Sauce, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing Mix, Stuffing, Corn Souflè.

Cranberry SauceMashed PotatoesMaking the StuffingThe StuffingCreamed Corn

I firmly believe that people should find something to be thankful about every day, however most people only seem to recognize the importance of being thankful on this holiday, which is a shame. I have no room to talk because I do not appreciate things as often as I should. I am so very thankful to be alive and healthy, for the shelter over my head, the good food that I eat, and the clothes on my body. I am thankful for the people that are in my life, and the adorable animals! ❤ I am thankful that I have the money to accumulate the things I need, and that I don’t have to depend on anybody for anything. But more than anything, I am thankful to have this precious life growing with and inside me. I can not wait to bring her into the world so I can see the wonderful little person she is going to become. All in all, I have A LOT to be thankful for.

As for my garlic, they are not doing very good at all. Well, let me rephrase that-only a couple are growing fantastically. (I’m practicing looking at the positive aspect of things!) Let me remind you that I have never planted anything, EVER; I am a total beginner, a complete newb. So it is not surprising that more than half of my planted garlic didn’t survive even a month; lol. But I do have to admit, the factors were not the best. The soil was not completely dry, it was more than damp because it gets kind of marshy when it rains. I’m surprised that two of them are doing as well as they are. Two other garlic plants have potential to come back to life, so I’m attempting to do so. I’ve been going outside to visit them every day and talk nice to them. When plants receive positive energy it helps them to feel good and grow, so I’ve been told. Hopefully they will revive themselves, and if not, I can always replant in the spring. I have ideas for some new spots to plant my next garlic anyways. I learned from other farmers that you can not replant garlic in the same spot that you did the planting season before; something about rotating your crops. Since Jimmy (Mom’s boyfriend) cleared the entire back yard, there’s new spots in that area that get real good sun and where the soil is not too damp. I have a good feeling that the garlic will grow a lot better there in the Spring. So I’m excited about becoming a “farmer girl”. (:

I will conclude this Thanksgiving post with my own personal homemade creamed corn recipe. So Happy Holidays everyone, may your days be filled with joy!

Laura’s Homemade Creamed Corn Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 4-6 tbsp flour (depending on how thick you want it to be)
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 6 ears corn
  • 4 tbsp Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups milk
  • *3 eggs (If making Souflè)


Directions:

  1. Dissolve sugar into boiling pot water (about 6 cups).
  2. Clean your ears of corn
  3. By the time you are done, your water will be boiling. Cook the corn on medium heat for about 10-12 minutes.
  4. Drain corn and put in freezer to cool for about 15 minutes. (So you can handle it without burning yourself)
  5. While corn cools, in medium sauce pan bring 3 tbsp butter and flour together. Cook on medium-high heat until it starts getting clumpy.
  6. Pour 3 cups milk into pan. Add salt and Parmesan cheese (and whisked eggs if making souflè style). Stir consistently and make sure you get all the clumps out. (mash them against the side of the pan with a wooden spoon.)
  7. Continue to stir for about ten minutes until sauce thickens. If it starts bubbling, turn heat down to medium (5). Set aside.
  8. Take corn out of the freezer. Cut off the kernels. They will be stuck together so you will have to use your hands to separate the corn.
  9. Once finished, pour corn into mixture and stir thoroughly. Let sit and cool, covered for 10-15 minutes before serving.
  10. Serves 4-6. Top with Parmesan cheese if desired.

***If you want to make this into corn souflè: preheat oven to 350° F, Add whisked eggs to mixture, pour mixture into shallow baking dish, top with Parmesan cheese, and bake for about 20 minutes or until top is golden brown. In my opinion, the souflè tastes the best.

If you decide to make this, please let me know how it turns out and if you have any questions. Enjoy! (:

Pregnancy Post #4 – 23 Weeks

Today marks my 23rd week and 2 days of being pregnant and boy do I have LOTS to talk about:

I can finally see the baby moving inside of me! Every time I feel her moving inside of me I look down and can see those little hands and feet pushing against my abdomen. It is so adorably sweet and leaves me feeling all fluttery inside. She is very active in the mornings before I even wake up, and at night when I’m getting ready to go to sleep (how convenient for me!). I guess this is her way of preparing me for when she gets here, waking up extra early and staying up extra late. Oh goody! Even though it will probably wear me out, I KNOW I’m going to enjoy every minute of it.

Below is a link to my video where you can see the baby’s heart beating through my belly. It’s miraculous to watch!

Click Here To Watch Baby’s Heart Beat!

At our last appointment, everything went perfectly well. I weighed in at 136 lbs. (26+ since pre-pregnancy weight) with a BP of 110/60, which the nurse told me was very good. I have really good blood pressure every time I check in with the doctor, which is great news for me! The baby’s heart beat ranged around 150’s and everything sounded perfectly healthy. Nothing makes me happier than receiving good news about our baby’s health! Also, the nurse gave me this orange flavored drink that I have to drink about an hour before I come to my appointment to test for sugar glucose levels or something like that, I can’t remember. So that is what I have to look for at my next appointment.

I’m only halfway through my pregnancy and I already have half of everything baby girl will need. This reassures me that she will have EVERYTHING she needs and some. Her playpen and my baby sling just arrived in the mail a few days ago and I’m expecting the stroller, car seat, bed spread set, and room accessories next. I’m looking forward to seeing that bed set because once I know the exact color of it, I’m going to run to the store to get the paint and wall decor! I’m so excited about it because this is going to be my next BIG project: setting up the nursery. Shoot, by the time I have my baby shower, all I’m going to need is diapers and clothes!

I’ve made a baby financial planner to give myself an idea of how much money I can expect to spend on a monthly basis for baby girl. It should be roughly between $200-300 a month depending on whether I buy extra clothes and toys or not. I’ve made my baby registry on Amazon.com that has a universal registry, which means I can add anything from any other website to it. I have way too many cute outfits on there already!

Click Here to View Laura’s Baby Registry!

My attempt to stay consistent with my belly picture taking is going well. At the end of the pregnancy I will have to pictures I need to  make a belly flip book. The only thing is that since I took pictures at different angles in different places, it will be sort of difficult to make a flip book. I have pictures of my growing belly from every week since we found out I was pregnant, so there WILL be some kind of belly book. Regardless how it will turn out, it’s going to be the most amazing book in the world. ❤

Today, my plan is to draw a box cover to decorate the baby’s box that is going to store all her keepsakes. This is in addition to the nursery project I will soon start. I have big plans coming up in the upcoming weeks. Until then, I’m going to continue doing my prenatal yoga that I do every other day and reading my books about pregnancy and how to manifest your desires (which I will blog about later).

People usually save the best for last, but I decided to do the opposite:

  • Yesterday morning, I was awaken by the most excruciating pain I have felt in a LONG time: a charlie-horse in my calf. It had me almost in tears it was so painful. It happened early morning while I was in bed, and it came about so unexpectedly. Probably from trying to get comfortable, and while moving into position, it strained my muscle. However it happened, believe that I’m going to research every possible way to prevent something like that from ever happening to me again!
  • Morning sickness is still affecting me. Not often, but roughly once or twice about every two weeks. It’s nothing compared to what I went through during my first trimester, thank God.
  • I can feel myself getting tired easily and I’ve been feeling like I am getting the energy sucked right out of me. In the pregnancy book that I’m reading, it informed me about this “lack of energy” and “tiredness” was coming from the need for twice as much iron in expectant women. It stated that “If your iron stores are low, your red blood cells aren’t getting enough iron to support your muscles and your baby. Many women experience this during the second trimester because their babies are growing rapidly and absorbing extra iron from their blood.” This information helps me not feel so bad about feeling so tired all the time! The good news about this is that I get to treat myself with extra beauty sleep. (:

That’s about it for negative part about my pregnancy; not too bad.

My mother is going to the store now to go pick up some items she ordered to be shipped to the store. I can’t wait for her to get back so I can see them! I’m going to take pictures and post them later on when I get further into decorating the nursery. As for me now, I’m going to do some yoga and read some of my book that I’m enjoying so much. Chow for now!

Me 1 Day Shy of 23 Weeks Pregnant.
I’m so excited about having a baby girl
so we can wear pink together. ❤

23 weeks down, 17 to go!

“We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” – Anne Frank

“If you raise your children to feel that they can accomplish any goal or task they decide upon, you will have succeeded as a parent and you will have given your children the greatest of all blessings.” – Brian Tracy

Halfway There!

FINALLY, I have finally finished half of the classes that I need to graduate! I feel so accomplished and motivated to continue my hard work so I can finish getting this diploma before Christmas (my personal due date). According to my transcript, I just need a half credit of English 3, a half credit of Liberal Arts Math, a half credit of Algebra 2, and a whole credit of Art Appreciation or any other elective. I chose Art appreciation because it sounds easy, I love art, and I’m not trying to make this difficult, I’m just trying to hurry up and graduate. I created a timeline document in Microsoft Excel to help me determine when I could expect to finish based on how many assignments I needed to do and how often I did them. I concluded that if I stay consistent with completing at least 10 assignments each week, I will be finished before Christmas! The feeling I have about getting my diploma is indescribable, especially because of everything that I’ve encountered in my young life and the situation as to why I did not graduate on time, which is very personal and prefer not to publicize. This has to be one of my greatest accomplishments so far in my life, and will continue to have accomplishments likewise to be proud of because I have BIG plans for my future.

Next after my diploma: Get a Federal Student Loan so I can attend college. I’m debating whether I want to do cosmetology right away, which I absolutely love and would have so much fun doing (and it would not take me more than a year to finish), or going ahead and getting a start on my graphic design degree. I have plenty of time between now and then to contemplate what I really want to do and what would be in my and my daughter’s best interest to do at that time. But again, I’m just brainstorming my options. I will get more detailed about it when I finish getting my diploma. I don’t want to overwhelm myself, and I need to focus on one task at a time because it is very easy for me to get side-tracked.

On another note, I was able to revive my garlic plants that (I thought) got demolished under the rocks that were thrown on them a few days ago. I moved the rocks out of the way and was able to find two that were buried; while one was successfully growing through the rocks and one was not growing at all. I talked to the plants that seemed a little withered because I know that plants are living cells that respond to us humans. So I talked to them to nurse them back to health and gave them water, so hopefully they will come back to life.

I’m really enjoying writing about my ideas, goals, and daily activities on a regular basis! This blogging has given me a new hobby and has helped me improve my writing skills as well as my vocabulary, which is helpful to me in many ways. I can apply this to my school, my work, and even in everyday life communicating with other people. I need to develop new writing skills anyways because ever since I have been out of school, I have not been doing so much reading and writing, which is a shame because I think it is very important to read and write, even outside of school. I can’t wait to bring my daughter into the world so I can teach her how to do all the amazing things that I know how to do that will help her in her future.

The next upcoming Holiday of the season is probably everybody’s favorite, Thanksgiving. I don’t really have any plans set in stone other than the traditional Turkey lunch and dinner. However, I might just do something a little different this year. I’m thinking about starting some kind of artsy project because I absolutely LOVE anything that has to do with art, drawing, writing, etc. I’m thinking of either starting a scrapbook for all the millions of pictures I have with no where to put them and the millions more to come, or making hair accessories for me and my little one; and maybe even other girls so I can make a little bit of money on the side. I’m not exactly sure yet, but I’m very excited about starting a project that will keep me occupied on days like this when I have nothing better to do.

I hope everybody has an amazing week and I will conclude this post with an inspirational quote. (:

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. -Lao Tzu

Pregnancy Post #3 – 21 Weeks & 4 Days

  • So I finally created my baby registry! I downloaded this pregnancy tracker application on my phone and it’s the neatest thing. It tells me all kinds of useful information about my baby week by week, it includes pictures and videos, and it has a check list of things for me to do to get ready for the baby as my pregnancy progresses. This week it told me to create a baby registry, so I did. I found the PERFECT website for it too, Amazon.com. You can make a baby registry which includes a universal registry so that you can add items from other websites. It’s absolutely perfect, because then I don’t have to stick with items from just “one” store.
  • We also picked the perfect name, although it’s subject to change at anytime until she’s born: Natalia Chalreo Vila. Ever since I was a little girl, I always dreamed that my daughter would be named Natalie because for whatever strange reason, it has just always been my favorite name. Jacob tells me the more he says it, the more he loves it. Since baby girl is going to be 1/8 Cuban and 1/4 Brazilian, I suggested we pick a name that can be pronounced in all countries. I also wanted something that would confirm her nationality, since she will be born a Brazilian citizen thanks to me. My mother and I are going to take a trip to Miami sometime after the baby is born so we can all get our Brazilian passports renewed and also register the baby for one.
  • I have an upcoming appointment this Thursday that Jacob and I are looking forward to. We look forward to all the appointments actually! We plan on going baby shopping and a little early Christmas shopping. He’ll probably throw in a couple surprises in their too; he always does. I am very excited for this weekend!
  • I am almost halfway through with completing my credits needed to graduate high school. I know, I know: I’m still in high school. Unfortunately I dropped out right before I graduated. But I am going to take advantage of all this free time and finish it so that I can go straight to college after this baby is born. My goal is to get my diploma before my birthday on January 27, and according to my progress, it looks like I’m going to meet that goal (as long as I keep up my work). I have about 2.5 credits to finish and then I will finally be able to get my diploma! I feel very fortunate that I ca still get my diploma even though I’m almost 20 years old, and I feel like I have not given up on my dreams, which makes me feel like I’m on top of the world, and I love that feeling. (:
  • As for my garlic plants, a couple of them are not doing so well. I think I’m going to give it about a week and if I don’t see any improvement, I’m just going to yank them out and just focus on the ones that are growing. My mother bought gravel to throw on the ground in the front yard and had her boyfriend spread it for her. However, he spread it over four of my plants..of which three out of four were doing very good. I was a little upset, but not too much because I still have some in the backyard. But this kind of ruined my experiment because I was trying to figure out where the plants grew better. It’s okay though because I can always try again in the spring, which is exactly what I plan on doing.
  • I want to make a video sometime this week regarding my make-up obsession. I would LOVE the opportunity to show girls how to do their make-up because all my friends tell me how good mine looks on a daily basis and ask me to do theirs for them all the time. I want to introduce my talents to the world because I plan on taking them further and possibly making a career out of it. Not for the money, okay a little bit for the money, but mostly for the love of it. I will definitely blog about it and post the video for everybody to see.

Pregnancy Post #2 – 21 Weeks

So there are many exciting events that have happened since the last time I’ve blogged! I really need to discipline myself to develop a routine for this whole “blogging” thing.

  • Tuesday, 10/30/12 – I definitely felt the baby moving inside me on this afternoon. There was some strange activity going on in my stomach, so I curiously put my hands there. Next thing you know, BOOM! I feel the baby kick or punch right where I put my right hand. It was so incredible, it sent love throughout my entire being. I ran to my mom’s room to tell her about it I was so excited! She was so happy to hear that I felt the baby move for the first time. She told me that she remembered when she was pregnant and felt me kick her for the first time. It was such a special moment, one I’ll remember forever. ❤
  • Wednesday, 10/31/12 – Happy Halloween! My plans for this evening consisted of watching scary movies, eating pumpkin pie with my mother and enjoying the beautiful weather. I didn’t really feel the need to do anything this Halloween because one, I’m pregnant; two, I’m broke; and three, I’m all the way in Lake City, Florida, the middle of almost no where (although I like that aspect about this place), and there’s no kids around here to trick-or-treat anyway! So this momma stayed home for this Holiday.This has to be my favorite time of year simply because I enjoy the cold much more than the hot (It’s easier to keep yourself warm than it is to keep yourself cool in my opinion), your make-up stays on your face, your hair stays perfectly straight and blows delightfully in the wind (this makes me feel like Marilyn Monroe), coffee tastes better when it’s cold outside, and it’s the time for wearing cute scarves and hats, big over-sized jackets and hoodies, and my favorite, boots. Boots, leggings, a coat, and a scarf is my ideal outfit (for someone who lives in Florida cold of course). This morning, I was awaken by those now familiar movements in my belly. What a joy to wake up to something like that. It put the biggest smile on my face! I felt like the baby was telling me “Good morning. Wake up mommy!” And then I told it “Good morning. You are an early bird aren’t you?!” lol. It was the cutest most memorable morning I ever had. The kicks and punches occurred often throughout the day and it just made me so happy. I absolutely love being a mom already, and I’m so in love with somebody that I haven’t met yet.
  • Thursday, 11/1/12 – Today was my 2nd ultrasound appointment. I made the appointment in Jacksonville so that Jacob could be there. We were beyond excited for this appointment and he had a bunch of things planned for me and him while I stayed with him for the weekend. The appointment was at 3:30 and ALL of our friends on Facebook has been waiting to find out what we are having. Although I wasn’t thinking too much about what I wanted it to be just so that I wouldn’t be disappointed, deep down from the very first day we found out I was pregnant, I, scratch that, We wanted/prayed/hoped for a baby girl.At the very end of the appointment, we finally find out what the gender is.
    Daddy teared up he was so happy! It was the sweetest thing I ever saw. We were holding hands both overfilled with joy and happiness. He was recording the ultrasound the whole time on my phone because we didn’t bring a DVD disk for the OB to record on, but we still got the video of the ultrasound.

    Ultrasound #2

  • We both posted our status’ on Facebook and by the end of the day, I felt like celebrity. My post had a total of 75 likes! I have never had that many people like anything of mine, EVER! I was happy to see that everybody was happy for us. I’m sure the status was so popular partially because everyone I know has had/is going to have a boy. So for my friends to see that I’m having a girl was very exciting for them all. Especially because I am the biggest girly girl in the whole world, so it was ideal for me to have a girl!
  • Friday, 11/2/12 – Last night, Jacob took me out to our favorite Mexican Restaurant: Ole. Today, he bought me lunch and a Starbucks frappe, and then we went walking at the Town Center to shop for the baby’s first out when she comes home. It took us till the very last store we walked in to find the perfect outfit, but luckily we found it. It was a $16 four-piece set from the Carter’s baby store. It came with a teddy bear hat, a short-sleeve onesie, a long-sleeve onesie with footies, and pink leggings with teddy bear footies. It was the perfect buy because we could choose which outfit depending on the weather. The due-date is in late March so we don’t know if it’s still going to be cold or not, so we got both just in case.
  • Monday, 11/5/12 – I came back home to Lake City last night, and this morning, I woke up relatively early and decided to go outside and check on the garlic I grew last week. I was surprised to see that a few of them had already sprouted out of the ground! I was so happy that my plants were growing, so I ran to get the watering can and filled it up so I could water the garlic since I had been gone all weekend. I only water them .5 in. of water twice a week (if it doesn’t rain) because I read about how often to water your garlic. I started making my personal “weekly garlic growing log” to track how good or bad my garlic grows so I can experiment to figure out what’s the best way to grow, what not to do next time, etc. Then, I recreated it in Microsoft Excel so that it was neater or legible. I don’t want to make mistakes and have to cross things out and I don’t like to write in pencil.The tallest garlic stem grew to 3.25 in. in a week! So I can not wait to see the progress of my plants and I’m going to start taking pictures of the growth to add to my log.So that’s about everything that happened in the last week that is worth writing about since the last time I blogged. I plan to blog about my new hobby: nail art. I’ve been watching YouTube videos of different girls painting their nails the way the professionals do in the salon, only at your house. Also Ive already starting buying the tools I need for the nail art so once I start using them, I’ll blog about it. I also want to add make-up to this nail art blog since it all has to do with beauty. I bought a bunch of new eyeshadow palettes that I want to try out and take pictures of to show everybody (Eventually I want to have enough pictures to build my portfolio for cosmetic school). Shoot, I might even have make a tutorial video for this one. So there are a bunch of plans for the next week. Soon I’m also going to start making my own bows and hair accessories for myself and my daughter! This will probably be my favorite project! (: