Jell-O No Bake Lemon Meringue Pie

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  The other day, my darling husband was grocery shopping and something caught his eye.  A lemon meringue, no bake pie and what sealed the deal, it was on sale.  Enough said, into the cart it went.  All you needed was butter and cold water.  That’s it!

Inside the box you have three mixes (crust, filling, and whipped topping).  For the crust, you add the butter and for the filling and whipped topping, you add cold water and stir.  Refrigerate for two hours before devouring.  Easy peasy.  How did it taste?

My hubby and I, both agree it was DELICIOUS!!  This is definitely a repeat purchase.

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Happy Birthday Lil’ Sis!

Hello everybody! I hope you guys are well.  Today is a special day, it’s my sister’s birthday!  I’m very proud of my sister and how much she has accomplished with her life.  She’s hard-working, dedicated, smart, beautiful, and a very brave woman.

May all your wishes come true sis!  Have a great birthday and thanks for loving my blog.

This one’s for you.


Sisters for life!

Happy Birthday Sis!

Yes, that’s my sister above.  I told you guys she was beautiful and brave!

She’s one of New York’s finest, NYPD!

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We saw Santa…Yay!!

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  Yesterday, we did it.  We got dressed up and quickly made our way to the mall so we could take our annual family photo with Santa.  I say family because we have to sit down with the girls since they refuse to sit with Santa alone.  It’s our third time going to the same mall with the same Santa.  He’s kind and sweet, but my oldest is shy, while my youngest is not warming up to Santa yet.  Not even a tiny bit.  I don’t mind taking the picture, but sometimes I wonder if it’s cheesy.  I suppose it might be to some, but I really like going to see Santa with the girls.  I like dressing them in their Christmas dresses.  I might not get a smile from both girls, but I do get a sweet memory.  After taking the photo, I went to pick out the best shot and Santa gave the girls a choice of either a small plush kitten or unicorn as a gift.  My girls chose the unicorn and they thanked Santa.  It was cute watching them skip around the mall in their dresses while holding their little unicorns.  Before we left they hopped on a mini carousel.  With no meltdowns, I say the mission to get a picture with Santa was accomplished.  Whew!


Our picture with Santa will be posted on Christmas!

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playing with grandma rose is always fun!

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  I almost lost my mother to sepsis (blood infection) about a year and a half ago.  She survived and one day I hope to write about the whole ordeal and how brave and strong she was then and still is now.  Every single time my parents come over to visit, it’s wonderful because we’re lucky to have her still with us and my girls love their Grandma.  My mother’s name is Rosa, but the girls call her Grandma Rose.  Rose is the English translation of Rosa.  My oldest daughter’s middle name is Rose, after my mother, and my youngest daughter’s middle name is Luz, after my mother-in-law.  These ladies are strong women, but upon hearing that their grandchildren were going to be given their names, they turned into giggling school girls.  It was pretty funny and I was grateful to have made them both happy.  My girls have a unique relationship with each grandparent.  It’s great to see and I love photographing every single moment I can.


Grandma Rose and Sophia playing picnic and standing up and knocking down CARS dominos.

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P.S.  We’re in the process of building the girls a playhouse.  We’re trying to house their play kitchen, table, books, and stuff animals into one area.  Grandma Rose is doing the curtains! 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving 2012!

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  Happy Thanksgiving and we hope you all are able to spend time with family and friends.  A special THANKS to those who are serving in the military and protecting our country.  You’re forever in our thoughts and may you have a safe return back to your families.

My husband who’s a great cook made our Thanksgiving lunch, which is also going to be dinner as well.  We sat around the table, held hands, and gave thanks.  Now there’s football on the television and our bellies are full.  Have a great holiday!

Our traditional Thanksgiving food! It was yummy!

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Storing Picture Perfect Jigsaw Puzzles

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  My daughters love jigsaw puzzles and they have a lot of them, but I don’t have enough room for all the boxes.  Here’s my solution:

I put each individual puzzle into a Ziploc bag (sandwich size) and cut out the picture of the completed puzzle that’s usually on the front of the box and tape it onto the front of the bag.  I then take a picture of all the puzzles together, print on regular copier paper and tape onto the front of a big box that’s going to store them.


This puzzle set has small pictures of the completed puzzle on the back of the storage box, but I wanted to place a bigger picture of the puzzles on the front of the lid so I took a picture, added their names, printed it out and taped it on the lid.  Now my daughters can see it clearly.  Thanks for looking and I hope you like this idea.

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DIY Thanksgiving banner

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  Here’s a DIY Thanksgiving banner that I came up with.

I used Microsoft Word, a leaf template, cardstock, a wide Thanksgiving print ribbon, and paper clips to make my banner.

A simple, but meaningful banner.

I affixed the leaves onto the ribbon using the paper clips and the ribbon is held by blue painter’s tape, which I love to use because it holds things up and doesn’t damage surfaces.  I hope you like this idea.

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School pictures are in and first report card!

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  I understand it now.  Parenthood is a very tricky world, to say the least, and I’ve always known about that part, in fact it almost made me not want to enter it, but the joys that come along with being a parent are many and every moment that’s new for me, as a parent, is very exciting.  I used to think, “What’s the big deal?” whenever a friend, who happened to be a parent, gushed about simple things their kids did.  But I get it now.  It’s the fact that it’s your kid going through or learning something and you get to share in their joys or sorrow.  You have a powerful connection with them and of course you want to share it with the world, but not everyone will see it through your eyes or heart.  They’ll politely say, “That’s nice,” but they can’t feel your enormous bond with your child.  It’s uniquely yours and I understand it now.

A few days ago when I went to pick up my daughter after school, I noticed all the kids were holding something in their hands.  It was a large envelope and even from afar I could see my daughter’s sweet, little face peering through the clear cellophane paper in the middle of the envelope.  It was their school pictures! My heart leapt inside of me with so much anticipation.  Oh, I couldn’t wait to see the pictures and my daughter couldn’t wait to show me.  She darted towards me, holding out her envelope with pride.  We looked at it, said “WOW,” and broke out in giggles.  Needless to say we hurried home.  Her portrait picture came in various sizes and I loved searching for her little face in the class picture.  When I found her, I thought, “there’s my daughter” and I wondered if my mom thought the same thing when she received my first class picture and searched for my face.  I understand it now.

As for her first report card, we went yesterday and it was a thrill to hear that our sweet Olivia was meeting all the standards and impressing her teacher non-stop every day.  It filled my heart with pride.  I’m really enjoying these new moments as a parent of a Kindergartener, even though I still have to let her go out into the real world.  Can you imagine what I’m going to be like once graduation rolls around?  I’m going to go insane with happiness.

My pride and joy!

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Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  Remember our Halloween door monster.  If you don’t, then here’s a reminder:

I wanted to continue this door decoration idea right into Thanksgiving so our adorable monster has had a major transformation.

Meet Gobble Gobble Mercado!

I think I love him more than my daughters do.  Oh well, he’s simply adorable and I had a blast doing this.  I kept the eyes from the monster and printed out the hat, beak and feet.  I used party streamer paper and found two red strings for the wattle.  I hope this turkey brought a smile to your face.

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