I'm Spaghetti Crazy!

Spaghetti is one of my favorite things. Unfortunately, I don't have a great red sauce recipe that I can whip up when I'm craving some pasta. So, I decided to search for THE BEST SPAGHETTI SAUCE!! And, where else do I go to find this but google! I searched, "best spaghetti sauce" and found the following blogs who all claim they have the best recipe! I put them all to the test and here are the results according to my lil taste buds!

I tried Kitchen Scoop first. It wasn't terrible, it wasn't bad, but it's wasn't great and I'm sorry but it wasn't even close to the best sauce ever! It was easy and it was okay but the truth is, I wouldn't make it again. C-

Next I tried, Me and My Dog I was excited to try this because she said it was thick and sweet. Two things I love in my sauce. It also had mushrooms, which I love!  I liked this one better than the fist one I made but maybe because I tweaked it a bit. I liked the ingredients she chose but there just weren't enough of all of it so I was adding a lot more of everything. I did put the rest in the freezer, where last batch I threw all the left over away. This one was better but still not the best sauce ever. C

Moving on.... Smitten Kitchen had the most simple recipe of them all. I have to admit when I read that all that was in it was onion and butter, I really didn't think it could be that good. Well, I was kind-a right. It wasn't as bad as it sounds but the search continues...

Mom's Compass

Dalai Mama Dishes This is the recipe I look most forward to trying and I will share my results soon!

Rara Bakes

Household Management 101

A couple years ago, I was reading one of my favorite blogs, Aunt Ruthies Sugar Pie Farmhouse. She had a recipe for what she calls: Hillbilly Spaghetti Pie. I was so excited to try it, I even went out and bought a cast iron pan. I made it and sadly, it wasn't all the hype everyone on the blog made it out to be. Yes, it was okay but I never did make it again. C

Some say I'm a little picky but I say, I like what I like. So what! :o)


It's true.

One thing that's true about me, I LOVE bags! Give me a new purse and yes, I'll smile. I'm picky about everything so it's hard for me to find one I really, really love but when I do, I have to have it. These are usually splurges but they make me a little happy so I don't think twice. I give myself that little gift every so often and I think it's a good thing.

Here is my new little Mott Street Fisher in white.


my happy things in this moment.

that natural glow you can only get from being sunkissed.

windows wide open and lots of fresh air.

new shoes.

constant bird chirping.

fresh flowers of course.


solid God time.

wooden wicked candles.

puppy love.

meeting running goals.

self reflection.

nice friends.


my journal.

clean, fresh, cozy home.


i miss it in here...

i really do. don't know when i'll be back though.

hope you're having a lovely summer!


You don't have to BUT....

PLEASE vote for ME!!!

I would sooo appreciate it! It only takes a sec to sign up I promise!

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Pretty Please! xoxo.


Ways to Say {THANK YOU}

I must have these cookie cutters!

Adorable crane and card.

2 great little books...

My always favorite Cupcake in Bloom. Good for an occasion!

Personalize M&M's to say whatever your heart desires!

If you have any other unique tokens of appreciation, please share them with me. Thank you! xo.


10 happy things

*Random Joys of Happiness*

This quote: "happiness is having something to do, someone to love, and something to hope for"

This video is adorable.

Very CUTE idea for Valentines Day or any day really!

My new bag. Just got it.. LOVE it.

More PostSecrets. I cant stop. I'm really addicted.

This hankie I love because it reminds me of my grandma for 2 reasons. 1) because we collect vintage hankies together and 2) she made me a quilt and wrote that exact phrase on it for me. xo.

These shoes.

I REALLY, REALLY want this little top...

9. Very cozy bed by House & Garden Magazine...


Hi, it's me. I haven't been around much lately BUT...

I'm kind of back... I missed it... that's for sure!

Since I haven't been around in awhile, I thought I would update the blog community with some current random facts about me.

I sent in my very first POSTSECRET! hehe. It's kind-a addicting. I want to keep sending them in now.

Has anyone seen, "It's Complicated" .. I loved it and can't wait to purchase it! I see a lot of movies and this one is my current favorite.

I'm almost............. 31 years old. Seriously.

Im going to be an aunt in June. It's a girly!

I have recently been given a blessings in disguise. Not easy when you have to get hurt in the process, but so worth it when the end result is {the truth}. Good friends are hard to find. I cherish the ones I have.

Please let me know if you're on facebook.. would love to add you as my friend!

I'm *finally* motivated to lose the weight that I've gained over the last few years.

I have {A LOT, A LOT} going on in my life right now, it's so complicated and so overwhelming, but I'm ready for some GOOD changes please.

I just bought this cute little necklace over at Etsy.

One of my favorite things.. the sharpie pen. I love all sharpies but this one is my new best friend! It's the only thing I'll write in my moleskine with too.

Has anyone seen the new show, "Life Unexpected" ... the pilot was just on and it's a super cute show! It's on Monday nights!

I want, want, want this bag by the way! Fingers crossed I can get it!

Cheers to you!


Have you seen this?

I saw this on a blog somewhere and now I can't remember....
Please let me know if you know!

so very pleased to meet you

Dear 2010,

I am elated that you are here! I really couldn't wait to meet you. 2009 just wasn't that great. I don't want to dwell on yesterday but I don't know how much longer I could have taken. Your timing was good. Thank you! So far, this year has brought some {new} changes that were much needed! Thank you for that! I pray that this continues to happen as I ride this random, spontaneous, beautiful wind! Please send me off in a direction that will only help me be a better me! Please.



December 31st marks the anniversary of the day my husband proposed to me.. its such a bittersweet memory. New Years Eve has always been a difficult day for me so it's special that that is the day he chose to propose.. he turned my sad day into a happy day. Memories are nice when they are sweet... but sometimes the sweet ones turn sad, too. Anyway, to you: I hope you have a sweet and safe New Years! Cheers!


right and wrong

Yay, Christmas was here and now is gone. Now, just waiting for New Years Eve to get here and be gone. I know that sounds so negative. I hate how negative it is but the truth is, I am just soooooooooooo done with 2009. Done. Done. Done. Done. It's not even that I'm excited for 2010, I'm actually kind of scared of it. It's just that I'm literally living moment by moment at the moment and since I'm in 2009, I'm talking about 2009. I'm just at a place in my life where HUGE decisions have to be made. There is no other way around it and I fear these choices. I don't want to mess up. Life is so difficult. I want to do what is right, but I'm not sure what right is. I'm not sure what I want or what I'm supposed to want. Sometimes I think I want things that are wrong. My mind just won't stop going in circles. If only my thoughts wouldn't haunt me for 5 minutes!


random ponder

I really can't believe it's almost a new year. Time flies and it really hurts my heart. I don't want time to pass me by anymore, but how do I slow everything down? I look forward to 2010 in a way, only because 2009 was such a heart ache. I can't think of anything good that came out of it. Isn't that sad? I want to think of something, I'm trying but nothing comes to mind. It really seems to be just one thing after another that has crushed my spirit even more. Can it even be crushed anymore? I know things could always be worse. I sound so negative these days. I used to be pretty positive. Where did I go? I really don't know myself anymore. I hate that. I must say that I am very blessed in a lot of ways. I have many things to be thankful for, I really do. And, I do know this. I also know that my precious Lord doesn't give me more than I can handle, even though sometimes I wonder if I will explode into a nervous break down at any given moment. It hasn't happened yet, but I'm sure I've been very close. I just want things to change. I want them to sway in a direction that doesn't hurt so much. I'm tired of the pain. I'm tired of holding my own broken heart. I'm tired of growing older all alone. I'm tired of missing out on the little things that bring me so much joy. I'm tired of pushing the people I love far away. I'm just tired. I think 2010 will be a big year for me. I'm not sure if I'm even ready for it, but I know I don't have much of a choice. This is scary. Life. It's such a small word, but such a big thing. It's important. I was given this important, precious life. It was a gift for me. Me! What am I doing with this gift? How am I taking care of it? I'm not, sadly. These days, it seems I'm just hanging by a teeny tiny thread. One so tiny that you can't even really see it. I hate living my life this way. No one should. It's not fair to the one who gave it to us. I want to live. I don't want to just try and get through another day anymore. How do you really live? How do you do this when all the walls around you continue to crumble down. You would think that at some point there wouldn't be anything left to fall, but they just keep falling. My mind goes in circles, all day, all night. It's the same ol' thing day and night and night and day. It never stops. It's a vicious, scary cycle that I truly hate. How do I get out of this? I feel so trapped and stuck and far, far away. It seems that all the things I wanted and were given were never really there. What do I do with that? How do I proceed? Where do I go?


Just Remember...

Precious Jesus is the reason for the season!
God bless you. Have a very Merry Christmas! xo.


i want:

Just my personal *wish list*

received....Criminal Minds, Season 4

received....The Donna Reed Show, Season 2

received....The Donna Reed Show, Season 3

All seasons of Curb Your Enthusiasm


received....Post Secret

received....iPod nano

received Cranberry....MAC eyeshadows: Cranberry & Twinks


Don't want but need:
New chord received!....Laptop needs to be fixed and I need a new chord for it.
Got 2 new tires but need 4 new tires now.....2 new tires for my car.


my baby

I can't believe it's been a year. It seems like just yesterday. I still miss him so much every single day! I lost my dear Carm to cancer exactly 1 year ago today. I don't think this pain of losing him will ever leave! I am glad that he isn't suffering anymore and I take comfort in knowing I will see him again some day, but there are no words to express how much I miss him!

Please click here to see some very adorable pictures of my little carm cakes!

Preston & Sadie visiting their big brother today...

My Carmen...


i love Him.

I had to go to someones house today.. I left my house thinking I had their key with me but once I got there I realized that I didn't. So, I got in my car and headed home confidently thinking I knew where I had the key. I got home and looked 3 times in the place the key should have been. It wasn't there.

Whenever I realize I lost something, I always go into a panic mode and start searching like crazy instead of just asking the Lord to help me find it. The reason I say this is because whenever I lose anything and I ask Jesus to help me find it, I ALWAYS find it but for some reason my first instinct is just to look, I forget to ask!

So, after looking where I thought it should have been and realizing I had no idea where this key is, I remembered.... " just pray!"

So I said this: "Dear Jesus, please help me find this key........ instantly. In Jesus name I pray. Amen."

As I was praying, I was about to stop the prayer after I said "key" but then I realized I need to find this key now, not in a couple hours so I added the word instantly real fast and BEFORE I even ended the prayer, I got this vision in my mind of exactly where the key was. I finished the prayer and ran to that spot and there it was... exactly where I saw it in my head. He told me "instantly" before I even could finish my prayer. I love when He does this!!!

I have another similar story here!


Bebo has always been my favorite!

for me...

Sometimes when I'm all alone
I don't know if I can
Take another breath
Some say home is where the heart is
Tell me where my home is
'Cause i'm scared to death

Falling from the rooftop
Crashing like a raindrop
Can you make my heart stop
Shaking like a leaf
Standing at the floodgate
Steady as an earthquake
Can you hear my heart break
Tearing at the seams

I am drifting in the deep end
Holding on to your hand
Is all that saves me now
Life can treat you like a beggar
You hold me together
But I don't know how
Some say home is where the heart is
And my heart is in your hands
You are all I need

Rising from the ashes
Lifting from the madness
Now you see my heart is
Deep enough to dream
Heal me from the deathblow
Lead and I will follow
Now you feel my heart glow
Mending at the seams


It's finally feeling like Autumn here in southern Caifornia and I love it!


thank you.

To everyone who took the time to comment and help me in the post below. Thank you with all of my heart! I haven't forgot about you and plan on getting back with each and everyone of you! I am currently dealing with some issues that are even worse than that one at the moment, so that one is on hold. Thank you again for your loving words and helpful hearts! xo.


i'm seeing red

Usually these blogs are so inspiring and pretty but not day, today I have to be real and let my current emotions just fly! The release may be good for me. Just letting it all out!

Dear Blog Readers {You)!

I’m begging you for help with a VERY personal matter! If you never come to my blog again or never post again that is okay…. but could you please at least post this one time. I’m coming to you today for REAL advice on a VERY sensitive issue that I have been dealing with all summer. An issue that I am dealing with every day at every moment and it’s been going on since the end of May. I am dealing with it right now.

As I’m writing to you, my blood is boiling. It is a very constant feeling. I am full of rage and resentment and anger because of a certain situation I was forced into. I hate that this is who I am right now, but because of this, I must warn you that the ugly side of me (not so proud of this side by the way) will be coming out in this post!

Like I said. I really, truly need your opinions/thoughts/suggestions/prayers with this matter. So, please continue reading and please post whatever comes to mind that you feel will help me!

My sister in law got pregnant by her abusive boyfriend last year. That is a story in itself. She is 24 years old but very immature for her age. She is a mess and no matter what anyone tells her, she always does the opposite of what she is supposed to do and then everyone has to pick up the pieces for her. She continues on this path because her family babies her. Her boyfriend kicked her out when their baby was 5 months old and my husband let her come stay with us. I was under the impression it would be for about 2 months! She moved in with us at the end of May. She is still with us. She doesn’t work. She has been collecting unemployment for a year now. She doesn’t have to pay rent and any money she gets, she blows, not saving a dime.

She is taking full advantage of living here and I literally feel like I am going to explode at any given moment. She is here 24/7. She never leaves our house. You would think if you’re going to force yourself in someone’s house and over stay your welcome, you would at least get out of the house during the day and let them have their personal space. She never leaves. She is either eating, sleeping or watching tv. She is very disrespectful with my things and has already ruined and broke many. She has taken over my house in all ways! I can't even tell you how many things she has done that just maks me cringe.

This is my house and I like things a certain way. I have been very nice to her, but I think too nice because she isn't getting the hint! I'm done being nice! It is only making everything worse!

I know I sound bitter. I am bitter!

I feel that she has over stayed her welcome. How long am I supposed to allow this? Trying to talk to my husband about this is like talking to a brick wall. He doesn’t give her any rules or boundaries. He just lets her do what she wants and so she does.

I have tried giving her hints that it’s time to start looking for a place and she doesn’t even acknowledge me. She does sometimes talk as though she’s going to look for a place to live or get a job, but it’s just talk.

My husband doesn’t prefer her here but he doesn’t want to be the big bad brother! Also, she looks up to him almost as if he was a God. It’s very weird. She depends on him a lot. She is very needy and can’t be alone so I think he is flattered by all of the attention!

I think it’s his place to talk to her BUT he won’t. So.. Do I? I was thinking about writing her a very real, honest letter! Something she needs to hear! She needs to get her life in order and stop intruding in ours!

I can’t live like this anymore! I’m going crazy. I know that this sounds harsh but I very upset and I don’t know how much longer I can take it!

Please help me!


dressing my home.

A good friend of mine asked me to describe my style of decorating at about the very same time my good friend Anthropologie sent me an email asking me the same thing! So, here goes...

I honestly have trouble defining my sense of style. I often think about it and try to narrow it down to something but I just can't.

Decorating my home is a HUGE passion of mine. It has always been something very important to me....ever since I was very little.

This is something that I don't talk about very often but I don't have open range to do whatever I want with my home and this is a huge struggle for me. Although this sounds ridiculous, it saddens me very much!

My style in a few short words. Things that I like and make me happy.

I think of myself as eclectic with a strong emphasis on a cozy and welcoming feel. I like splashes of different styles.

My favorite magazine is Country Living and my favorite store is Anthropologie so those two have a very strong influence in the direction that I like to decorate. I get so much inspiration from them both!

I like pieces that have a story behind them and aren't so common. I like making things myself and working on home projects rather than buying something that you could find in any living room. I also pay VERY close attention to details.

I try to stay away from trendy, new prodcucts made to look old, putting something somewhere just so it's not empty.

I like different aspects of french country, garden, rustic, scandinavian but I wouldn't say just one or all define my style.

Your home says a lot about you, I think. I aim to have a pretty, refreshing, unique, cozy place. Where people feel welcome and have a lot to look at, especially things they may have never seen before or atleast not often.

I live in what I call a "cookie cutter" house so I try very hard to make it stick out (in a good way) from the rest of tract houses!

So, I'm curious...What would you say your style is? I would love to hear how you like to decorate!


just waving in the wind

I wanted to do something fun and get a flag to hang high on the hill in the back of our yard! I wanted something cute but more on the simple side. I didn't know where I would get one until I got an idea on Etsy!

After finding some cute banners HERE! I asked this super sweet girl if she would do a special order for me. She was open to anything! I asked for one huge pennant, instead of a bunch of small ones. She made me exactly what I wanted and did such a fantsatic job!

Our last name starts with an "H" so it worked out great that she could do the "H" on both sides of the flag.... free of charge! I want the flag to actually hang higher but this is where it stands for now.

It's really hard to tell in the pics but this flag is HUGE!!!

Please disregard all the dirt and ugliness... It is still in a makeover process! Once the hill is more complete and pretty, I'll show you an after pic!


{quilt of the week}

Todays {quilt of the week} is sooooo simple and pretty. I just adore the pale yellow on the back side. I almost didn't want to take a picture of it out of fear the flash would deteriorate the quilt even more.... I'm joking. But, really... this thing is falling apart big time!



Click HERE to see the STRIPES that I painted in my house!

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