Tuesday, December 17, 2013

With a great name, comes....greatness?

My goodness!!!  Has it already been a year since my "little guy" was born?!?!  It really doesn't seem like it's been that long, and yet, he is so big and already starting to walk, so I guess it must be true! 

Tristan is such a sweet, adorable and fun little boy!  He may be a HUGE kid (he's already wearing 18-24 month clothing....), but he is such a kind, soft and gentle guy. Super cuddly and affectionate. Makes my heart melt! I know that we haven't been posting on here quite as often as we would like (probably not as often as some of you would like either!!).  This year has been very, very busy for us, and buying a house and settling in has taken much longer than we anticipated!  There is just so much to do!!!  

But it has been a year.  365 days since my sweet baby boy was born, 365 days of getting to know a very different baby than our first, 365 days of fun, exhaustion, learning new things, watching him discover the world around him, and just lots of love!  We all love Tristan...especially Lilyana.  And the sweetest part is...he ADORES her!  

Every morning, when he wakes up, the first thing he wants to know is, "Nana? Eh Nana??" He looks all over for her, knowing full well that she is hiding beneath the covers on our bed waiting for just the right moment to jump out and make him laugh.  They are the best of friends, inseparable, and just downright cute!

I seriously have the cutest kids....and I love them to death.  Even on rough days when they haven't had enough sleep (and neither have I!!), a simple, short cuddle or a kiss from one of my babies makes the day seem brighter....cheerier...and happier. 

Of course, there is nothing quite like a sleeping baby!


And now, in honor of our giant of a son turning ONE, enjoy a TON of pictures of him throughout his first year!  And here's to hoping that I get a computer or tablet in the near future so that I can get back to blogging regularly!!! 

 LOL...check out how orange his skin is!!!  Someone was loving their orange veggies!

 Jam time!

 All boy. He has loved to wrestle and rough house since he was very little.  Lilyana has always hated it. :P

 This is Lilyana's version of fun!

 Sick babies. :(

 Okay, now come on and be honest...isn't this just THE CUTEST picture you have ever seen???!!!
And no, I did not post this...they were just sitting and having a good time!

 Walking practice in the sand...

...but the Mowgli walk was  still easier!

Until recently!!!  Go baby, go!!

 Tristan fell asleep while we were running errands. Lilyana faithfully guarded him from noise, light and whatever else might harm him. Nothing has changed since picture number four!!

 Shopping cart buddies. 


 Still loving the orange veggies....

My book lovers. 

And one last picture of my boy. 
Happy 1st Birthday, Tristan!  
We love you sooooooooooooooo much!!!!!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Sleeping Beauty's Giveaway!!!!

Ben and I are super excited to be giving away a 
Vitassage Massager

If you  have been considering ordering your Young Living Starter Kit, NOW is the time to do it!  Starting now and running through the end of the month, we will be giving away a Vitassage Massager to the one lucky winner! I bought one of these last winter, and I LOVE it! Lilyana enjoys giving me a massage when I'm tired and sore. :P  This fun little vibrating massager comes with empty little bottles for you to fill with your favorite oil. And it feels fantastic at the end of a long day!

So, all you have to do is complete these 3 simple steps:
1. Click here
2. Fill out the quick and simple form putting my member number 1119038 into the Enroller and Sponsor fields
3. Make sure you get the Premium Starter Kit and finish your order! This offer is only good for those who order the Premium Starter Kit

Once you have completed your order, we will throw your name into the drawing for the 
Vitassage Massager!

If you haven't seen the new kit, let me give you a quick run down on what it includes (and yes, I am very jealous...this new kit is sooo cool!)  

Among many other things, the new premium kit includes:

Everyday Oils Collection (which includes: Joy, Frankincense, Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint, 
Purification, Panaway, Peace & Calming®, Thieves®, Valor®)
 Home Diffuser (AHHHHHH!!!!  So cool!!!)
2 Lavender Sample Packets 
2 Peppermint Sample Packets
2 Peace & Calming Sample Packets
2 Lemon Sample Packets
2 Thieves Sample Packets
2 NingXia Red 2-oz. samples 
 Product Catalog

And now, for Sleeping Beauty's Overnight Beauty Tips!

As the Winter Season is coming upon us rather quickly, it is easy to resign ourselves to how easily and quickly the cold temperatures and harsh wind erases all signs that the wonderful Summer bestowed upon us.  Instead of sitting inside, waiting ever-so-patiently for the long sunny days to return, check out Sleeping Beauty's simple overnight tips to keep your skin looking fresh and healthy!

1.) De-puff

If you constantly wake up with puffy, swollen eyes, try these essential oils for some healthy, healing remedies: Rub some Lavender and/or Frankincense under your eyes. Top with the Wolfberry Eye Cream for added benefit, skin tightening and to help seal in the oils!  But take note: A little bit goes a looooong way!!! 

.) Prevent wrinkles

Sleep deprived mothers take note: Gentle Baby works to help reduce wrinkles! FrankincenseLavender3 Wise Men,Copaiba and 
Geranium are also great oils for keeping your skin look fresh and wrinkle free.  After you have used yourA-R-T  Gentle Foaming Cleanser, rub these oils over your entire face (you can apply them neat, or dilute them if your skin is sensitive). Top with the Boswellia Wrinkle Cream, or 
email me for my Anti-Wrinkle Cream recipe!

.) Brighten

If your skin is looking dull because it's suffering from lack of summery sunshine try Lemon Essential Oil!  Massage onto face and let it work it's magic!

.) Lengthen lashes

Give your lovely lashes some good lovin' with a natural lash lengthening treatment. Jojoba Oil is rich in unsaturated fatty acids, B-complex vitamins, silicon, chromium, copper, vitamin E and zinc. It also contains iodine, which helps fight infection, whch makes Jojoba oil a GREAT choice for caring for your lashes. In a bottle (0r a 10 ml roll on bottle) Combine:

2tsp of Jojoba Oil 
1 drop of Lavender (nourishes your lashes and follicles)
1 drop of 
Lemon (enhance the oil's cleansing and stimulating properties)

​Shake to combine and apply every evening after washing your face and removing all of your eye makeup! ​

.) Moisturize

The Winter season is harsh on your skin, but you don't have to let it leave you feeling dry and chapped!  Take heart, my friends...there is help!  

I don't know if you have tried the A-R-T set, but I am in love with it!  The foaming wash finished with the morning and nighttime moisturizers leave my skin feeling like silky baby skin!  If you haven't tried them yet, I highly recommend them! 

If you suffer from very dry skin, check out the Essential Beauty Serum. Formulated with ingredients that will work wonders for your skin, this is a must-have for the dry winter months ahead!  ​

​What are your nighttime beauty secrets?  If you have other ideas, or are looking for some more, or even some recipes, I'd love to hear from you!​

And don't forget to get your Starter Kit now to qualify for our drawing!!!



: I am not a doctor.  The information provided is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Deep in the Heart of....Crazy!

Ben and I have been in crazy planning mode ever since we moved into our new house. As of yet, we still don't have pictures hung up on the walls, a very sad realization for me...the photographer of the family. Most of our house is set up, and although a few rooms are lacking in furniture, the house looks lovely and cozy, and we love it very much.

So, even though our house-setting-up-mode has been put on a little bit of a hold (and that means our house-warming party that I'm dying to have is also on the back burner), we're still very, very busy planning a large event for our church's annual Church in History Festival (or CHI Fest...previously known as Reformation Day). It's going to be grand...and it better be after all of this work! :P

If you are in the area and are interested in finding out more about the event, click here or leave a comment with your email and I'll get you more information! It is going to be a blast!

And my computer is still dead, which leaves me without Photoshop, and therefore a way to resize photos....unless Ben knows how to do that without Photoshop.  So, some of these pictures came from my phone, and the others are from my camera and are HUGE. But enjoy...

My home-grown cutie-pie.
We take lots of walks. We have an awesome stroller, and the kids love to stroll. We all love the great outdoors, and evening walks are routine and very enjoyable. 

Tea time!  I LOVE that my Lilykins is old enough to enjoy tea time with me! I have always dreamed of having tea time with my kids every day! 

Doesn't this just make your heart melt?
Well, it makes mine melt!

Waiting and watching for Daddy to come home. 

My squishies! I shall call them squishies!

 He is SUCH a good sport....always putting up with the many tortures that his sister inflicts on him. *grin*

Cutest. Little. Boy. Ever.
 Lilyana calls him "The Mung Bean".

All dressed up for what?

A walk down to the Farmer's Market, of course! Lilyana has been enjoying our Friday morning walk to the market since she was born!

A gift for the kiddos!

 Awwww! It's a baby in a baby carriage!

Lilyana is tickled pink that Zorro enjoys being pushed around. 
I'm just happy that this adorable wooden baby carriage is sturdy enough to hold him!
Lilyana would be happier if we didn't follow her around the house while she pushed Zorro. :)

 Emil and Grace came out for a visit and wanted to soak up some local colour...so guess where we went?!?
That's right!!! La Mo!!!!


On a recent trip to Lodi to walk through the venue for our upcoming CHI Fest (formerly known as Reformation Day), we found a local tasty place to fill the void in our very empty tummies...
"Nina" and "Nana" enjoying the girlie side of the table...

...while Zorro and Daddy enjoy the boy side. 

Back home again, Lilyana wanted to show off her latest piece of art that she drew for Ben.

Back up to Lodi once more for a Ladies Encouragement Day that our church was hosting. This, my friends, was my table... :)

No slowing down yet! The following day saw us in Berkeley to pick up a gas range for our new house! The lady we bought it from gave us a discount, so we grabbed some local organic Gelato!!!  Sooooo good!

Poor Zorro got stuck eating pumpkin puree with coconut oil. Paige (holding Zorro) and I thought it was good, though!

But not good enough to replace this stuff!

Hector Girls. 

Me and my gang! It was a fabulously fun day! We should do it again, Paige! :)

The long drive home.  

 Zorro wanted to show off his messy post-eating face.

 If you have been reading our blog for a while, you will have noticed that Hectors have a weird obsession with weird head gear...I'm sure that they get it from their father...

 Yes, another angle...

 ...and another! He is just SO CUTE!
Come on, admit that you enjoy all of these photos. :D

 Soon after Grace and Emil left, the Chapas arrived in town for their California vacation!
We were sooooo thrilled to host them while they were in our neck of the woods!

 And with the Chapas, we saw the return of Jessica!!!!
Love you, Jess!!!

 And no summer is complete without a sailing trip.
Ben bringing The Inflatable" back from the sail boat. He decided he needed some exercise.

 "Uncle Bella" taking the girls out for a swim.

 Daddy enjoying some quiet shore time with his girl.

Zorro has decided that he loves duck.
Preferably smoked. :P

And I leave you with this awesome shot of Lilyana...

"The name is Audrey. Audrey Hepburn..."