Hubby’s Birthday Card & Beer Cake!

NOTE: His Birthday was on March 18th, same as Natalia’s due date, ironically! & I’m a little a lot late posting about it. But I had other things to blog about, so I’ve been doing them in their date order and spreading my blog posts to one a day so that I give my audience something to look forward to every day. Please bear with me. xo ♥

This year for my hubby’s birthday I decided I wanted to make something special for him instead of the traditional “buying him a present”, which I also did. As I was scanning through Pinterest – as usual – I came across some great gift ideas from gift baskets all the way to beer cakes. I decided to make a beer cake; & I don’t mean to toot my own horn (even though I love doing that sometimes) but the one I made is BA and it tops allllllll the ones I saw on Pinterest! I also handmade his birthday card and wrote a sweet note straight from my heart. ♥

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His Beautiful Handmade Card ♥
Some of the supplies I used to make the beer cake.
Some of the supplies I used to make the beer cake.
The cake stands that I painted metallic & sparkly green.
The cake stands that I painted metallic & sparkly green.

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Cutting one of my two spare cake rounds to form numbers of the year he's turning: "26".
Cutting one of my two spare cake rounds to form numbers of the year he’s turning: “26”.
My favorite part! Adding the glitter (:
My favorite part! Adding the glitter (:
The process of setting up the beer while putting some of his favorite little gifts inside.
The process of setting up the beer while putting some of his favorite little gifts inside.

There were little presents inside that he didn’t even know about, and I wasn’t going to tell him until he started drinking so he would find them himself. But since I’m pregnant, he’s going to wait for me! (:
And because he decided to wait, I could NOT wait any longer to tell him about the little gifts hidden inside, so he found them without drinking, lol! He absolutely LOVED his gift and his card I made him. He told me that this was the best birthday present he ever got and it melted my heart away. ♥ ♥ ♥

Adding the gold glittery ribbon.
Adding the gold glittery ribbon.
Then the green ribbon on top.
Then the green ribbon on top.
A close up of the pipe cleaners that will be used to hold the scratch offs.
A close up of the pipe cleaners that will be used to hold the scratch offs.
Adding the pretty happy Birthday bow. (:
Adding the pretty happy Birthday bow. (:
Another layer of beer and more gifts.
Another layer of beer and more gifts.
Putting it on top.
Putting it on top.
One last layer of beer, no gifts for this layer though! It's coming out so nicely!
One last layer of beer, no gifts for this layer though! It’s coming out so nicely! At this point, the beer was getting so heavy I had to move it off my bed, hence the baking pan underneath.
I used a razor blade to cut off the side of an empty ribbon spool to use for the top part. Then a hole puncher for the holes that will be used to hold the numbers. The pipe cleaner is for the scratch off.
I used a razor blade to cut off the side of an empty ribbon spool to use for the top part. Then a hole puncher for the holes that will be used to hold the numbers. The pipe cleaner is for the scratch off.
Almost finished! I had to put the 1,000,000 candy bar on there! It just matched so well and looked so good for my million dollar man! ;D
Almost finished! I had to put the 1,000,000 candy bar on there! It just matched so well and looked so good for my million dollar man! ;D
Close up of the smaller sized ribbon I added to the sides of the cake stands because they just looked so ugly.
Close up of the smaller sized ribbon I added to the sides of the cake stands because they just looked so ugly.
More gold ribbons and bows!
More gold ribbons and bows!
Close up of the top.
Close up of the top.
The finished project! With the scratch offs attached. (:
The finished project! With the scratch offs attached. (:
BTW: he went STRAIGHT for the scratch offs and the candy bar before anything, ofcourse!
BTW: he went STRAIGHT for the scratch offs and the candy bar before anything, ofcourse!
I love it, HE LOVED IT, & Pinterest will love it also ♥
I love it, HE LOVED IT, & Pinterest will love it also ♥

Just for future reference to anybody who would like to make one of these bad boys, I used a 24 pack of yuengling beer cans, bought my ribbon and cake stands at Walmart, and the cute party bows at the Dollar Tree, as well as the candy. (:

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Pregnancy Post #21 – 40 Weeks

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*40 Weeks & 3 Days Pregnant Today
*150 Pounds – 40 Gained Since Pre-Pregnancy (stayed the same, thank God!)

Well I’m 40 weeks and 3 days pregnant today and STILL NO BABY! Lol, but it’s okay. I’m totally fine with letting her come on her own time when she’s ready, although that could be any day now because I’m really looking forward to being able to sleep on my stomach again, and turning over in bed without struggle, and bending over, and less frequent bathroom breaks…

I feel like she will be here at any moment because the pain in my ribs that I felt last week, which turned out to be from the positioning of the baby being so far up in me, has subsided tremendously, which makes me assume that she has dropped some more. I am having a lot more discharge these days which is confusing me because I have no idea if I lost my mucus plug already or not. I had to ask my mom “how do you know when your water breaks?” and she replied that I will feel very wet, like I peed myself, but I feel really wet all the time! So I’m confused.

IMG_20130317_205544Monday was her due date, and it was also baby daddy’s birthday. He came all the way to Lake City from Jacksonville just to see me for his birthday (and to induce labor, lol) even though he had to wake up at 5:30 the next morning to go back to Jacksonville for work. I surprised him with an amazing beer cake that I made for him over the weekend, as well as a beautiful handmade card!

I had a doctor appointment this morning that went great. The doctor checked me to see how far dilated I was and the results are *drum roll please* : I’m 2 cm. dilated! Looks like we have some progress! IMG_20130319_124318My doctor thinks she will be here within the week, but she scheduled me to come in on Monday instead of the usual Wednesday because I will be officially 41 weeks on Monday. She wants to do a fetal stress test to make sure the baby is not stressed out which could be the reason for her post due date. At that time we are going to discuss what I want to do about being induced, if that is even the route I want to take.
Jacob is going to come with me to my next appointment since it will be early Monday morning, so he’s going to come spend the weekend with me. (:

I’m overdue in my pregnancy and still get countless compliments on how great I look, which gives me the best feeling in the world. I love that people can see my happiness through the way I present myself and that my body didn’t turn into a big lump of fat in the process! I really CANNOT wait for her to be here. My impatience will be the death of me, lol.

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Pregnancy Post #20 – 39 Weeks

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38 Weeks & 3 Days Pregnant Photo

*39 Weeks & 3 Days Pregnant Today!
*150 Pounds – 40 Gained Since Pre-Pregnancy.

IMG_20130308_153409This past week has been so eventful for me, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to slow down anytime soon. Over the weekend I visited Jacob’s family while staying with him in Jacksonville for the weekend. We went shopping, where he bought me and adorable $40 purse and the best hair styling tool ever created: the curling wand. We bought outfits that we could wear for our maternity shoot that we had on Saturday with his uncle and my friend Ashley. We got the final proofs from Ashley but are still waiting on the ones from his uncle, so I’m going to post a few of the photos that we have so far!

IMG_20130312_202818Jacob’s birthday is coming up, ironically on Natalia’s due date! So today I did a little shopping (as usual, and by a little, I mean a lot) for some things that I’m going to use to make his card and put his gift together. I also browsed the mall to compare prices of a couple of things I want to give him; at a later date when I can afford it because he’s very picky and has expensive taste! I also picked up a couple items for myself and the baby, as well as groceries so I can make plenty of meals that will leave me with plenty of left overs so I don’t have to worry about cooking dinner every night for the next week or two while waiting on Natalia to get here.

indexToday I had a doctor’s appointment to see Natalia’s progress. Oddly, I’m still 1 cm. dilated, but the doctor says it doesn’t mean anything. First baby’s usually drop when labor begins. All baby’s after that drop first and then labor begins. So because this is my first baby, she’s still wayyyyy up there. I complained about an excruciating pain that I’ve been feeling for the past week in my ribs right under my left breast. It’s a heavy pressure that eases when I lay down and starts to bother me when I cough, or breathe too hard, or move around too much. At first I was concerned about it, so I looked it up on the internet to see what kind of information I could get. According to other pregnant women who experience/are experiencing the same discomfort, it has to do with the baby’s position and unfortunately is not going to go away until after birth. Yay me! -_-
Anyways, the doctor confirmed that that was exactly the problem and not to worry about it. She said because the baby hasn’t dropped yet, she’s still way up in my diaphragm which has a lot of nerves that the baby is pushing up against. Honestly, I feel like the pain has gotten better ever since I heard that reassuring information. I’m just glad that it’s nothing concerning, just uncomfortable, which was expected. I guess this makes up for me not having too much back pain or any swelling through my pregnancy. If you don’t get one side effect, you get the other!

Me Shopping Yesterday, As Usual! (:

Me Shopping Yesterday, As Usual! (:

My next appointment is next week and if the baby’s not here by then, she will be 2 days overdue. So We shall see what happens in the upcoming week. Regardless, this waiting game is keeping me excited and anxious. Meanwhile, I’m going to continue doing my every day activities, such as painting my nails, finishing my nesting crafts and adding the finishing touches to the nursery, which by the way I just ordered some new items for her bedroom this afternoon, so I’m really excited for them to get here!

When the baby is born, Jacob is going to take his paid vacation week to come stay with me at my mom’s house. I’m so happy that he’s going to do that because I’m going to need help recovering, caring for a newborn, and keeping up with the house. He’s going to bond with the baby, help make sure I get enough rest, and help me with the cooking and cleaning. I’m also looking forward to spending quality time with my new little family. I love the idea of having MY OWN family, versus being part of one?! I am completely in love and cannot wait to meet our baby girl ❤

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NOTE: I was 38 Weeks & 5 Days Pregnant during this photo shoot. (:

Mamãe Feliz Aniversário!

028265be3055dd9598b5ec7e5c4d53Today is my mom’s Birthday. She had some wonderful things to wake up to this morning! First, there was a beautifully hand-made card made by her 1st daughter, meeeee. Then, when she opened it there was a VERY nice surprise in it (now she can go get her nails done!). Lastly, she was greeted with a delicious red velvet cake saying “Happy Birthday Mom” that I bought for her because one, it’s her birthday, and two she has been saying how she has been craving something sweet, and frankly so have I.

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She LOVED all her gifts and thanked me telling me how happy she was that I was in her life and she feels like the roles are switched, she’s the daughter and I’m the mom, lol! That woman is too funny. I enjoyed every single part about making this birthday special for my mom because she hasn’t had a special birthday in a long time. I even got all dressed up and pretty, curled my hair and did my make-up real nice to celebrate her big day. She appreciated everything I did for her. Tonight we are going to make brigadeiro’s, a delicious Brazilian candy made of dulce de leche and sprinkles, which is both of our favorite desserts. This will be her birthday activity that we get to spend time doing together. I will post about these on another time so I can add pictures and the recipe along with it. I love my mom with all my heart and I am really glad that I was able to do all these things for her to keep a big smile on her face. (:

Me & My Beautiful Mother (:

A Most Recent Picture of My Mother & I.
From My Baby Shower ❤

My Daily Quote Cards

money-and-the-law-of-attraction“I want to be the best that I can be. I want to do and have and live in a way that is in harmony with my idea of the greatest goodness. I want to harmonize physically here in this body with that which I believe to be the best, or the good way, of life.” If you will make those statements, and then do not take action unless you feel good, you will always be moving in harmony with your idea of that which is good.

– Money and The Law of Attraction Flash Card #24

This is a message from one of the Money, and the Law of Attraction Cards flash cards that my mother gave me. They are from the teachings of Abraham by Esther and Jerry Hicks. I love reading these cards every day! It’s an easy, short little message that starts your day with the most uplifting thoughts. My favorite thing about them is the fact that they don’t apply just to money, in my opinion anyway. I feel like I can apply these readings in every aspect of my life. So, while I am learning how to attract money into my experience, I am also learning to attract other things. Another thing that I love about them is that they bring me some sort of unexplainable happiness every time I read one. Some days, I read more than one just because they make me feel so good! Here is a link to Abraham’s direct website where you can buy the cards; and below is the summary printed on the back of the box which explains the purpose for reading the cards. Perhaps it will entice you to buy them for yourself. (;

While money is not absolutely essential to your experience, to most people, money and freedom are synonymous. And since an intense awareness of your right to be free is at the very core of that which you are, it follows, therefore, that relationship with money is one of the most important subjects of your life experience. And so, it is no wonder that you have such strong feelings about the subject of money. It is our expectation that as you ponder these cards every day, a new point of attraction will begin to be activated within you, bringing not only more money into your experience, but evidence of your absolute freedom as well.

The Little Artist – Signs of Early Talent

I was finally able to get my scanner fixed, which means I can upload all my old drawings I found that my mom had collected during me and my sister’s entire growing up. I was quite the little artist at such an early age! And my little sister always wanted to be like me while we were growing up, so she  tried to be the little artist too. (: There are so many drawings that we have both drawn for both our parents, everything from mother’s and father’s day cards, to random drawings about nonsense. Of course, I’m only going to put up the ones worth bragging about. Here’s a little taste of my past imaginations:

I'm not too sure if I drew this or if Karen (my sister) did, but I thought it was so cute for such a young drawing - 2000?
I’m not too sure if I drew this or if Karen (my sister) did,
but I thought it was so cute for such a young drawing – 2000?
My Princess Drawing - I was at least 8 years old; 2001.
My Princess Drawing – I was at least 7 or 8 years old; 2000-01.
A drawing of Angelica All Grown Up from the Nickelodeon TV Show Rugrats. I must have been 10 years old when I drew this!
A drawing of Angelica All Grown Up from the Nickelodeon
TV Show Rugrats. I must have been 8 years old when I drew this!
This drawing is pretty old. I must have been 8 or 9 when I drew this one. It's a picture of Bubbles from my favorite childhood TV Show: The Powerpuff Girls. Bubbles was my favorite character.
This drawing is pretty old. I must have been 7 or 8 when I drew this one.
It’s a picture of Bubbles from my favorite childhood TV Show:
The Powerpuff Girls. Bubbles was my favorite character.
Praying Hands - 2002?
Praying Hands – 2002?
My Poinsettia - Date Unknown.
My Poinsettia – Date Unknown.
My Corel Draw Software I used to play with. A picture of fishing from the underwater view. As you can see I was very young when I made this because the picture is messed up, lol!
My Corel Draw Software I used to play with.
A picture of a fisherman fishing from the underwater view.
As you can see I was very young when I made this because
the picture is messed up, lol! 2001
My Homemade Mother's Day Car; Very Old ~2001?
My Homemade Mother’s Day Card; Very Old ~2001?
I think this is such an ironic picture because
to this day, I still feel the same way! ♥
My Living Room in our old house on the Northside of Jacksonville, FL. This was probably in '05 or '06.
The Living Room in our old house on the Northside of
Jacksonville, FL. This was probably drawn in ’05 or ’06.
My First Year @ the new Middle School on the Northside, Oceanway.
My First Year @ the new Middle School on the
Northside, Oceanway. 2005
My Dream Beach Mansion (when this was actually a dream of mine). I remember being 11 years old drawing this.
My Dream Beach Mansion (when this was actually a dream of mine).
I remember being 9 years old drawing this. 2002
Another of the most recent of this collection of old drawings. 2009
Another of the most recent of this collection of old drawings.
Love Peace & Happiness 2009
This is a little newer than the rest of them. 2009
This sketch of my name is the newest of them all. 2009

A Few of My Favorite Artist Quotes:

“Every artist was first an amateur.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” -Pablo Picasso

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” -Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island

Happy Holidays 2012

This year, instead of the traditional seasonal greeting Card, my mother and I decided to
get all dressed up and pretty to make a Holiday Video to share with all  our friends and family.
We want to wish everybody a very happy holidays from us!

Merry Christmas (English), Feliz Natal (Portuguese), Feliz Navidad (Spanish), joyeux Noël (French),
frohe Weihnachten (German), buon Natale (Italian), merii kurisumasu (Japanese),
felix dies Nativitatis (Latin), vesele vianoce (Slovak), god jul (Swedish).