My dad is not computer savvy

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  My dad’s birthday is coming up and he’s the hardest person to shop for in my family and that’s only because if you ask him (I stopped asking him a long time ago) what he needs or wants for his special day, he’d tell you to save your money because he doesn’t need anything.  Your presence is worth more to him and I love that, but I want to give him gifts.  Many, many gifts.  Yet, he gives me no hints, no clues, so I’m on my own.

My dad is the kind of person that you always want by your side if you’re ever in trouble.  I haven’t been in any trouble yet, knock on wood, but if I ever needed support from someone other than my husband, he would be the first one I’d call.  He was by my mother’s side EVERY SINGLE DAY after she fell ill two years ago (he only went home at night when visiting hours were over and as she progressed he went back to work and was quickly by her side after work at the hospital and then at the rehab facility until she came home).  He loves being a grandfather and hearing my girls call him Pop Pop.  He wears the t-shirts, that I make him with the girls pictures, with great pride.  He does have his flaws.  Who doesn’t?  He can be impatient, a “sunday” driver, and he’s stubborn as heck, but he’s my dad.  The man who still loves my mom after many years and always went to work because he had a family to support.  I want to give him gifts.  Many, many gifts and even though they’re not expensive, I know wholeheartedly that he’s going to appreciate every single thing that we give him because he’s a great man.

I went to my second home, Target, and walked around the Mens Department.  I love this freaking place.  I was able to pick up several items and then I went to Payless and got him some cool slip on shoes.  I wanted to share a picture of what I got him and because my dad is not computer savvy at all, there’s no risk of him ever seeing this before his birthday.  He totally balks at the notion of being online, but at the same time calls me to book him a flight to Puerto Rico and find him the best deals on something that he needs.  🙂  He’s funny that way.

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Target: Mossimo Supply Co. short sleeve v-neck striped shirt, Merona 6 pack 100% cotton handkerchiefs (my dad carries a handkerchief with him every single day, he’s so wonderfully old school), 2 pair Auro Goldtoe socks, and a Merona Navy Canvas Dopp bag.

Payless: Airwalk Men’s Cale Slip-On shoes in Grey http://www.payless.com/store/product/detail.jsp?catId=cat10089&subCatId=cat10295&skuId=130421070&productId=72845&lotId=130421&category=&catdisplayName=Mens

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I found a birthday card (Target’s $1.00 card section) with beer on the front.  How great and perfect is that for any man who loves a pint of beer?  Best card ever I say!

This post is intended to give you some gift ideas for men and it’s also for my dad, whom I love very, very much.

Take good care all.

Until next time…

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DIY Felt Gift Bow

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  I love wrapping gifts with unique wrapping paper that I either make myself, if the gift is small enough, or find at stores.  Recently, I wrapped up this gift for my god-daughter’s birthday.

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I found this polka dot wrapping paper in the dollar section at Target in Harrisburg, PA awhile back.  My god-daughter loves Minnie Mouse so I found this clip art and glued it on top and then I found a Disney inspired font and printed out her name on an address label for her card.

She’s going to love it!

I also love gift bows and after finding that DIY magazine gift bow pin on Pinterest and attempting it with great results, I thought, “Let’s try using something else to make a bow.”  HELLO FELT!  

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I’m definitely not a pro at sewing, but I do my best.  I love the final result of this bow and I used a long piece of thread so I could attach all the felt pieces together without having to cut and start again.  I only cut the thread for the last piece of felt, in which I sewed it separately and then tried to sew it on top of the bow without showing too much thread.  I wasn’t that successful, but that was my first attempt and I’m definitely making more of these bows so hopefully practice makes perfect.  I’m going to add a little bit of glue so it’ll stay on the gift, but hopefully still come off intact.  The gift above is my husband’s Valentine’s Day gift 🙂 wrapped up in another gorgeous print found at Target’s dollar section.  I can’t wait to show you what I got him.  It’s too freaking cute!  I also can’t wait to do more of these gift bows in different felt colors and designs.  Happy gift wrapping and bow making!

Take good care all.

Until next time…

Random photos

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  Here’s an update on how we’re feeling:  My daughter and I are still coughing, but that’s about it, my hubby tried his hardest to dodge the germs we sneezed and coughed his way (not intentionally), but he didn’t prevail (he’s coughing now and his throat is sore, POOR BABY!) and my youngest is still sick free.  We’re crossing our fingers that she stays that way.  Here’s a few random photos I’d like to share with you:

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I went to Target (my other home) and fell in love with this aqua basket.  The price was reasonable and I want to start bringing in some color into my home.  I’m planning on getting a beautiful yellow hand blown vase next week.  I completely forgot to take a picture of it, but it’s gorgeous as well.  Pops of color are nice in your home especially if you can’t paint your walls like me.

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I received my art print titled “Dear Parents At Sandy Hook” by Jeremy Collins.  I purchased a brown frame for it and placed it near my working space.  The image is striking and emits such sadness.  An unfortunate reminder that someone can just change your life forever without caring.

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These are photos taken by my cousin Janice, who lives in Huntsville, Alabama.  She snapped a picture of these two beauties right outside her house.  Absolutely amazing and my cuz is a great photographer.

So little by little, I’m cleaning and making my home as ideal as it can be in my mind.  I do things one section at a time.  I want it clutter free and currently my best friend is the paper shredder.  I’m tackling my filing cabinet and folders.  I know that one day it’s going to be just the way I want it to be and then, just like that, we’ll be moving into our first home, hopefully, starting the madness process once again. 🙂

Take good care all.

Until next time…

Happy Halloween 2012!

Hello everybody! I hope you guys are well and safe.  Happy Halloween!  Unfortunately, there are many people still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and we hope they are safe and able to recover.

This past Sunday, the 28th, we had an early Halloween party for the kids and my husband’s judo pals.  It was a small gathering and we had a lot of fun.

My daughter decided that she wanted to be…

Merida, from Disney’s Brave movie.

We bought the costume and bow and arrow set from Target.  That’s a wig on her head that she left on for the picture.  She took it off immediately because she didn’t like having it on, but before that we tried to change her hair with color hair spray so it could resemble Merida’s red hair.

This was the result and she liked it, but couldn’t stand the smell of the spray.  In fact, she wouldn’t stop complaining about it so I washed her hair and the spray came off easily.   If you’d like to know, we used a brand called bright color Hair Spray and we got it at Target.

Olivia as Merida with her natural, beautiful brown hair!

As for my youngest, she simply didn’t want a costume so I put together a cute little outfit.  I bought the short sleeve t-shirt (Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku for Target) and combo skirt/leggings from Target.  I already had the pink long sleeve onesie, the red socks, and red glittery shoes.  I crossed my fingers and put the outfit on.  She didn’t fight the outfit, but I had to stalk her around the apartment in order to get a picture of her dressed up.

Got her in the kitchen! 🙂  My Harajuku Vampire diva!

My sweet, little girls, dressed up for Halloween 2012.  Look at the diva’s face, HILARIOUS!!

My husband, Angel, went as a HAMBURGER and his friend, Tyson, was a chicken.

TYSON CHICKEN!  GET IT? 🙂

As for myself, I was indeed the party pooper.  I wore a regular outfit, shirt, skirt, leggings, black booties, and a headband with a little witch’s hat on it.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN 2012 FROM THE MERCADO FAMILY!

Stay alert, stay alive.  Until next time…