Monday, September 29, 2008

New Blogs

I started a couple new blogs ...

This one may be of interest to those of you who have youngins at home.

Toddler Teaching

I'm going to try and do a mini-preschool with Kason - hopefull he will benefit from it and we'll have fun!

I'll do my best to keep it updated!

2nd new blog ...

I didn't realize people were reading this one until I went to it today and had a couple comments!

I am 100% honestly embarressed to post this blog BUT, I think it will keep me motivated to know that people actually are reading this blog!!

Weight Loss Blog

That's all for today folks!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Another one!

I'm really getting into this blog giveaway thing!
So much that I am working on getting one put together for this very blog.
(stay tuned!)

We are in need of a new vacuum so this giveaway peeked my attention!

Check it out

By doing this ... I get 5 extra entires (woo-hoo!)

You really should check into blog giveaways - they're exciting.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Guess What?!

Remember this post??

"Scrapbox Giveaway"
where I told you about Vanilla Joy doing an amazing giveaway?

WELL ... I'm one of the TOP 20 FINALISTS!!
In fact, I'm number 2!!!

I just have to write a 200 word essay by September 28th
(Alicia, I may need some English help!)
And then I may win!!

I'm SO excited about this! Stuff like this NEVER happens to me!
Wish me luck! I'm off to write an essay!

On a side note, Kason has an ear infection.
This is the first one he's ever had & it's really the first time he's been really sick. He's gotten colds before but, that's it. SO ... he's miserable. Poor kid.
He's a real grouch when he's this sick. I feel so bad for him, I know how much ear infections hurt.
hopefully the amoxicillin is fast working!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Tuesday's Entertainment

This is so cool.
It's for a Dutch company called, HEMA.

Visit their product page


turn up your sound, and just watch!
It's so neat!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Mi Casa!

After 9 months of living in this house I FINALLY feel like we are getting settled in.
Right after we moved in Kameron got sick so our life kind of got overtaken by that.
Then with Kameron being home I just didn't take time to finish getting everything put together, I just focused on us spending time together.

Well, when TipJunkie did her Top 10 Favorite Things in my House I figured it was a perfect way to
#1)clean up my house so I could take the pictures
#2)get a few last things up
#3)show off my house

So here it is! My Talk to me Tuesday!
The Top 10 Fav Things about MI CASA!


1. The Front


I just think it's so cute! And we actually have grass. I love it.

2. My Living Room


I love how everything goes together.

I love these shelves:


And, our tv stand (that I totally refurbished ... it still needs some work) ... I'm working on something more for above the tv. And that lamp ... I got it for 50% off - isn't that awesome?


3. My Kitchen Table


My mom bought this for us when we got married and I love it.

4. My Piano


What would I do without my piano?! We got an great deal on it about a year after we were married and I've been so happy with it ever since!

5. This clock


I made it. We did it for a Super Saturday Craft in Enrichment. I love it.

6. Kason's Room




Despite the abnormal amount of dirty clothes that come out of this room, I love it. I think it turned out really cute. I just need to find a big letter 'K' for that shelf ... anybody know where I can find one??

7. My Kitchen


I love my cabinets. I love that there is a dishwasher. I love the sink. I love having the microwave over the oven (i never thought I would like this!). I love how much storage there is. I love it!

8. This shelf


I actually just put it up. It's in our bedroom over our bed. Don't worry, it's not completely finished. The other things I'm going to put up there are in the mail.

9. My Kitchenaid


My wonderful kitchenaid. I made homemade bread, for the first time Tuesday (aren't you proud of me?!), and this made it SOOO much easier. I get excited everytime I get to use it.

10. My Grandma's things



My Grandma Young died when I was a Senior in High School and I miss her everyday.
But, thankfully a few of her things were passed down to me and cherish them so much. I have a few other things that belonged to hers (her microwave, iron, couch, glass cups etc.)
But these two things really remind me of her.
She loved birds. She collected these little figures and had so many of them.
And the Baath sign hung in her guest bathroom and all the times we stayed with her I remember always loving that sign.

So, there you have it!
Our humble little abode.
I love it. It's so comfortable and homey.

Thursday, September 18, 2008


Nope ... not me.

But, I'm considering one in the near future.
For now, you'll have to deal with other people giving away stuff!!

You know Scentsy?
Well, you have a chance to get some FREE! A.MA.ZING huh?!

Check out this blog



Here's ANOTHER giveaway (aren't I generous to tell you about these?!)
This one is GREAT!
Have you ever heard of 'The Original Scrapbox'?

You can WIN ONE!

Check out this site, (it's SUPER cute!):

Vanilla Joy

And here's the link for the giveaway!

If anybody has a scrapbook room like mine you'll need this! Mine is so clutter with boxes, crates, drawers, supplies still in packages just because I don't have any room to store it all! I need this one!
So, get out there comment and GOOD LUCK!

Where, oh where, has that blog gone?!

I know this is probably a shot in the dark but, is anybody a regular reader of

The Provident Cottage?
I LOVE this blog.
She lives frugally and makes lots of things homemade.

Well, today I went to go view her bread recipe ... and it told me the blog had been deleted!

So ... this is my cry for help ... if ANYBODY knows if she changed her blog or what the dealio is - let me know!! I need some more provident cottage in my life!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Getting know me!

Since I'm a saucy blog - thought it would be fun to do a little tag-a-roo (thanks Mandi)

What time did you get up this morning?
8:00 - tried waking up at 7 and that just wasn't gonna happen! (I LOVE that Kason sleeps in so late!)
Diamonds or pearls?
Last movie you saw?
It's been awhile ... The Bucket List? Fool's Gold? Curtosy of Netflix of course.
What is your favorite TV show?
Grey's Anatomy (season premier Sept 25th!!!!!!)
What did you eat for Breakfast?
I haven't eaten yet
What is your middle name?
I don't have one!
What food do you dislike?
What is your favorite CD at the moment?
I honestly don't really listen to cd's, I'm more of a radio girl
What kind of car do you drive?
Honda Civic
Favorite sandwich?
Ham (preferably from Subway!)
What characteristics do you despise?
Selfishness and Lying
Favorite item of clothing?
anything cute that makes me look good!
If you could go anywhere in the world for a vacation, where would you go?
Cambodia - Kam served his mission there and I can't WAIT for him to take me back!
What color is your bathroom?
Favorite brand of clothing?
American Eagle, Old Navy, Downeast Basics, modbe (of course! I can't do this without a plug for my own company right?!)
Where would you retire?
Right here, Thatcher, AZ - or maybe San Diego!!
Most memorable birthday?
I am not a huge fan of birthday's - they're all the same to me!
Favorite sport to watch?
BASEBALL & football
Favorite saying?
Hmmm ... don't think I have one of these - I'm not a very philosophical person.
When is your birthday?
May 4th
Are you a morning or a night person?
Definately night!
What is your shoe size?
7 1/2
What did you want to be when you were little?
a teacher, vetrinarian, a Navy SEAL (ha - funny huh?)
What are you today?
A MOM!!!!!!
What is your favorite candy?
I LOVE Reese's and especially the Reese's Fast Break (so yummy!) and I LOVE See's Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cream (so delicious!)
Your favorite flower?
What is a day on the calendar you are looking forward to?
January 1st, 2009 - I'm ready for a new year - this one hasn't been too fun.
What are you listening to right now?
What was the last thing you ate?
A couple pieces of Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
Do you wish on stars?
Eh ... sometimes.
If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
well, according to this: purple
You Are a Purple Crayon

Your world is colored in dreamy, divine, and classy colors.
You hold yourself to a sky high standard, and you are always graceful.
People envy, idolize, and copy you without realizing it. You are an icon for those who know you.
And while it is hard to be a perfectionist, rest assured it's paying off!

What is your pet peeve?
people who say they're going to do something and then don't
Last person you spoke to on the phone?
Kam calling from work.
Favorite soft drink?
right now i'm trying SO hard to not drink soda but usually Sprite
Favorite restaurant?
you ready for this list?! Arby's, In-n-Out, Subway, Chili's, Macaroni Grille
(i love going out to eat!)
Hair Color?
Used to blonde, not so much anymore - it's more brown now.
Favorite day of the year?
June 25th - anniversary!!!
What was your favorite toy as a child?
gosh ... I have NO idea. Probably a doll or something.
Summer or winter?
Hugs or kisses?
depends on who's the one giving 'em! I LOVE Kason kisses and he gives the best hugs. Kameron I definately love to kiss!!
Chocolate or vanilla?
DARK Chocolate!
When was the last time you cried?
Hmmm ... it's been awhile. I really don't know!
What is under your bed?
shoes, clothes, probably some toys stuffed there by my toddler, and my modbe stuff
Who is the friend you’ve had the longest?
Karilyn - 2nd grade!!
What did you do last night?
Family Home Evening
Favorite smell?
sweet pea
What are you afraid of?
scorpions and house fires
How many keys are on your key ring?
probably like 3 or 4 - i don't even know what a couple of them are for!
How many years at your current job?
19 months!
Favorite day of the week?
Saturday and Sunday - Kameron's home all day!
How many states have you lived in?
two - Arizona and Arkansas
Do you make friends easily?
Ya, I think so!

Tag: How about all my "fellow saucy bloggers" ?!?
Have fun!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Wow! Double Whammy!

So, in addition to my BRILLANTE AWARD (see below) ... I'm a SAUCY BLOG this week!!!

I stumbled across this blog a couple weeks ago and love it!
They introduce new blogs everyday for the "SITStas" to go check out and leave comments on.
It's a great way to get around the blogging community, and so much fun! I have come across some GREAT blogs these past couple weeks with fun ideas and even some contests! (woo-hoo!)

So, WELCOME all you newbies! Here's a bit about little ole' me ...

I am a stay at home mom to a energetic 19 month old toddler. He's my daily entertainment.
My husband runs a tortilla factory (he's Hawaiian ... funny eh?).
I sell modbe clothing (check it out here)
We were married in 2004 in the Mesa, AZ Temple.
We now live in Thatcher, AZ, a small cotton farming town.

I love blogging and it's become an addiction of sorts.
I blog mostly about my family but, occasionaly will venture out to other topics, which I starting to do more and more as I get more comfortable with this whole blogging thing.

Welcome & thanks for all your comments!!
(I will secretly enjoy all the love my page is going to get)

All my regular readers ... check out "The Secret Is In The Sauce" blog ... you'll love it!

Have a great, SAUCY week everybody!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Wanna know something cool??

I won this:

Isn't it exciting?!
My first ever blog award!
And, it's all courtesy of my dear friend, Alicia Deets.

This award doesn't mean I just have a great blog.
No, no - this award means I have a BRILLANTE blog.

What brillante is, I don't know, but I like it.
And the next 7 people should be proud they've got it too.

It really is exciting, so add it to your sidebar with pride!

After careful selection I have chosen (in no particular order) the following blogs that I get giddy over everytime I see a new post from them:

1. Erin Householder
2. Holly Lane
3. Emily Southerland
4. Stephanie Howard
5. Heidi Joncas
6. Susan Martin
7. Karen Baker

See, isn't it exciting?
You should check out their blogs, too.
They're scattered with adorable kids, fun links, and good laughs.

Congratulations, ladies! You've been awarded!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Let's Talk Politics!

I can hear the grumbles already.
I KNOW politics is not a topic lots of people care to get very involved with.
Usually if you enjoy politics you're very opinionated about your stand.
I used to not care.
I used to just vote for what Kameron or my mom voted for.

But, as I've grown older and learned more and more about the government and how it's run, I've realized how important it is for me to be informed about each candidate, what they stand for, what they promise and their values.

So, read with me if you want, comment if you wish ...

This next comment may lose me some friends, but it's worth it.

I am a very conservative Republican.
I don't, and won't, ever cross the line to the Democratic side.
I don't understand how people can stand for the things that Democrats stand for.

Let me give you some examples. These following things are just some of the things that Barrack Obama stands for and supports ...

· He voted for partial birth abortion.
· He voted no on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions.
· Supports affirmative action in Colleges and Government (quotas)..
· In 2001 he questioned harsh penalties for drug dealing as being too severe.
· Says he will deal with street level drug dealing as minimum wage affair.
· Admitted his use of marijuana and cocaine in high school and in college.
· His religious convictions are very murky.
· He is willing to meet with Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, Kim Jung Il and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
· Has said that one of his first goals after being elected would be to have a conference with all Muslim Nations
· Opposed the Patriot Act.
· First bill he signed that was ever passed was campaign finance reform.
· Voted to allow law suits against gun manufacturers.
· Supports universal health-care.
· Voted yes on providing habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees.
· Supports granting driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.
· Supports extending welfare to illegal immigrants.
· Voted yes on comprehensive immigration reform.
· Voted yes on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security.
· Wants to make the minimum wage a ’living wage’.
· Voted with Democratic Party 96 percent of 251 votes. (241 votes Demo, 10 votes Republican)
· Is a big believer in the separation of church and state.
· Opposed to any efforts to Privatize Social Security and instead supports increasing the amount of tax paid into Soc. Sec. [Tax Increase.]
· He voted No on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax which now hits middle income brackets.
· He voted No on repealing the ’Death’ Tax. [Tax Increase.]
· He wants to raise the Capital Gains Tax. [Tax Increase.]
· Has repeatedly said the surge in Iraq has not succeeded...which is not true.
· He is ranked as the most liberal Senator in the Senate today and that takes some doing.

I'll admit, I don't understand some of things and I can't guarantee the honestly of all of it but, there are a few that outrage me regardless.

1st thing ...

Partial Birth Abortion.
Some may choose to skip over this, I encourage you to read it if you can handle it, I want to let you know what Partial Birth Abortion is. Remember, Obama supports this:

When the partial birth abortion procedure is done, the baby is born at 20-23 weeks. Keep in mind, parents usually find out what the sex of their baby is around 20 weeks. This means when this procedure is done they know wether it will be a boy or a girl. Hmmm. After the baby is born, they inject him or her with a chemical that will slowly kill them. Then, do you think the birth-mom holds him? What about the doctors? Nurses? No ... nobody holds this poor, premature, chemically injected child. They take this brand new baby, who is fighting for their life, and drop them off in the dirty linen closet and wait for them to die before taking them to the morgue. It can take anywhere from minutes to hours. Is this something you want to be going on in our country?? It will if Obama is elected into office.

2nd thing ...

Obama's stand on drug charges
Is it just me, or do the drug problems in this country seem to be at an ultimate high? I'm constantly seeing commercials re: meth, marijuana, cocaine, and even perscription drugs on television. Or the billboards all over our highways with pictures of meth users? It's obvious that something needs to be done about how readily available drugs are to anyone who wants them.

How can we control this problem when the Democratic nominee for President wants to decrease the punishments that are given to those dealing illegal drugs on the streets? Or possibly just pushing these problems aside? How is that going to help this national problem of teenage illegal drug use?

3rd thing ...

Illegal Immigrants.
Maybe this only worries me because I live in Arizona and I see the immediate affects of having illegal immigrants in our country. I do want to put out there that, I have NO problem with people from other countries coming into our country the LEGAL way, it's those who do it illegally that I have a hard time being okay with.

Let me tell you an experience I had with illegal immigrants. A few weeks ago, we were in Mesa and we had gotten a hotel room just down the road from the Mesa Temple. Those of you who have ever been to this temple know that it's not the nicest part of town but, there are residential areas surrounding it. Elderly couples, young children & full grown families are sure to live in those homes.
As we were leaving to come home we drove past some of these communities and standing on every corner were 3-5 (sometimes more) illegal Mexican immigrants waiting to be picked up for a job that day. In fact, we saw one guy pick up 2 of them. This got me thinking, if these illegals are standing on these corners, those same corners where young children play, that means somewhere nearby is a drop house, a house full of people who are by no means safe. I for one would NOT want my family to live in a neighborhood filled with these type of people. Seeing this actually scared me. It made me wonder if democrats are oblivious to these problems. How can they not be concerned about these people coming into our country?!

Further more, how can Obama support giving these same people drivers licenses?! Welfare?! Social Security?! Our tax dollars going to support people who aren't even US citizens?? Gee, something about that just doesn't seem right to me! Maybe we need to bring Obama to AZ and let him spend the night in a neighborhood with drop houses and coyotes, think that will open his eyes?? I don't send my husband off to work everyday to work 8-12 hour days just so that ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS can live comfortably in our country.

I encourage each and every one of you to get imformed about what each candidate stands for. I am a huge fan of Sarah Palin, but that's a whole other post for a late time.

Get out there, listen to the speeches, read up on the values of each person, and educate yourself about the person you want to run our country.

Oh, one more thing that drives me crazy, those people that don't vote and then complain about how this country is being run. So...

and most importantly ....


Friday, September 5, 2008

Our BIG News!

Alright, Gila Valley-ites ...

You know this place?

They make the YUMMIEST tortillas!
They have a little factory in downtown Safford.
They just hired a new GENERAL MANAGER.
And, you're lookin' at him!


That's right!!
We're SO excited about this.
It is a GREAT opportunity for our family.

We're a little bummed about not moving to Mesa/Gilbert because we had gotten really excited about it.
But, we know now that this is where we are supposed to be.

This is such a huge blessing for our family.
We're VERY grateful for this job that came along.

The Lord really does bless us after the storm passes.

I would never have imagined that this kind of opportunity would be given to us.

So, we are staying in little old Thatcher, and I couldn't be more excited.

And I am so proud of Kameron for being so willing to take this job, which is by no means going to be easy or stress free. But, it will provide a good living for his family. He's so selfless when it comes to us! And for that I'm VERY grateful!

The only downer to all of this, Kameron starts work on Tuesday and I don't know what I'm going to do without him home all day!
I've gotten so used to him being home with us since MARCH!

I'm sure this little rugrat will keep me plenty busy though!

*he wanted to get in on the picture taking fun - but got distracted by the football on tv ... he really is Kameron's son!!*

Kason is going to miss Kameron SO much!
He has LOVED having him home all the time.

I am grateful that we were able to spend so much time together before he started work again ... that was REALLY nice!

Sorry all you Mesa/Gilbert/Chandler peeps ... we'll just have to make more trips down there.
And thanks to everyone who said prayers in our behalf these past 6 1/2 months! We wouldn't have gotten here without you!

I guess now you can call us the Tortilla Familia!
(my only worry is that we're all going to get FAT!)

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

See this boy, Kason?


And this mom?


Well, Kason loves this:


And, Mom is okay with it. In fact, Mom lets Kason have as much of this as he wants because he gets a full serving of fruits AND vegetables with every serving!

Kason also loves this:


Mom's okay with this too. You know why? Becuase after exploring this website together this morning, Kason already knows how to say, "A-B-C" and he can recognize the letter "a". Pretty good huh? Check it out. It's a mom's favorite website.

You know what else Kason loves?


And guess what? Mom loves it, too. You know why? Because it gives Mom 30 minutes to cook dinner, take a shower, clean the house or maybe even just surf the web. It's a wonderful little parenting tool.

Mom sure loves her boy!


In fact, Mom loves both of her boys.


I have a good reason to be proud of my one boy, Kameron.
Maybe I'll post about it soon. Tomorrow. Friday.


I Promise.