The History of Me in Music

Music has been a big part of my life from the time I was a baby. When I was little I would watch my mom getting ready to go out and dancing in the house to music.

FYSIKO Eyelash Growth Serum

The instructions say you won't see results until at least 4- 6 weeks. But I am so excited that at 3 weeks I had to SCREAM that it is WORKING already.

Chateau Rebecca

We found the perfect home - it has 3 acres of HEAVEN with birds were singing, butterflies everywhere and bunnies, real live bunnies, hopping around. Now follow along as we remodel it to make it truly ours.

Kenya Moore Booty Bootcamp Review

If you know me you know I love The Real Housewives Series and one of my favorites is Atlanta. I think Kenya Moore former Ms. USA is a great addition this season. That being said when I was asked by the wonderful @bookieboo from Mamavation if I wanted to review her DVD Kenya Moore: Booty Boot Camp , I was like "YEAH" I want a stallion booty.

Gunnar Challenge Premiere Workout

Gunnar Peterson is a personal trainer with over 25 years experience. He is also "The Trainer" of such stars as Sofia Vergara, Jennifer Lopez , Kim Kardashian and multiple athletes.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Guess Who ???

            HOLLA, Hola, Hey, Ni hao in other words Hi .

I have been away for too long and this needs to stop.  I have so much to say and share but my mind can't let it out.  This was me trying to take a picture of my shadow but instead I look like either : 

Dad from Despicable Me 
Alfred Hitchcock 

Whatever ....

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Still Alive

I have been so BUSY with the new house that I haven't blogged in forever but I have so much to say ... Hopefully the exterior of the house will be done in the next 2 weeks and I can have my house to myself . Literally since we closed on the house on the 22 of August last year there have been people in and out. I have so much to share and look forward to doing it real soon. 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Get Those Steps In

Since moving in to Chateau Rebecca 7 months ago we have been remodeling. First we did the kitchen and now we are doing the girls bathroom so my second home has been Lowes & Home Depot which I go to everyday if not twice plus every tile store within a 50 mile radius and HomeGoods. I like to call them my own personal trainer. Have you ever walked every isle in these stores ? No kidding you will bust a sweat in no time not to mention the lifting you have to do. In the last week that we have been doing the girls bathroom I have bought 8 different 30 inch vanities plus 31 inch granite tops. 8 you ask, well my youngest doesn't want a double vanity she wants her own and finding the right one has NOT been the easiest thing. The first set we got looked perfect at the store but after a day I wasn't feeling it. The same goes for the next 3 sets. Finally the fourth pair were the ONES but they only had 1 in stock I still got it. I will be picking up the other 1 next week. Did I mention these stores helped me load them in my truck but once I got home I had to unload them bring them in the house then repack them and load them back in the truck. I have carried enough tile, baseboards, chair rails and crown molding than any normal person should. Don't take this as complaining because this has been my only real exercise lately and not a day has gone by where I haven't reached at least 15,000 steps in a day and my arms have a little definition in them.

Photo: 2 visits to Home Depot and 1 to Lowes today more money spent than I want to admit but got some great steps in #mamavation HOLLA
THANK YOU Home Depot & Lowes
                                               Do you have any unconventional exercises that you do or would love to try ? 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The History of Me, in Music

So the other day the brilliant Joanna from asked me if I wanted to do a post about MUSIC and me. I thought it was going to be easy since I love music and not a day goes by that I am not singing at the top of my lungs ( off key ) but that isn't the point. Music has been a big part of my life from the time I was a baby. When I was little I would watch my mom getting ready to go out and dancing in the house to music. I had the coolest little record player that you could take everywhere with you.
Cabbage Patch Record Player (photo credit: Dragonfly on Brady)
Photo from Dragonfly on Brady
DJ equipment from the 90s

I would go to the record store and loved flipping through all the records and finding that special one I had to have. Buying blank tapes by the dozens and recording music off the radio then pausing rewinding and listening to songs over & over until I got the words right. I even went fancy & got a system that I used to scratch records because I thought I was a DJ. Music tells a story about what is going on at that time in history or in a persons life. Well at least good music. Music has mended my heart, told me I was a survivor, made me drop it likes it hot, let me know that everything was going to be all right. Trying to come up with a handful of songs is impossible because that is like choosing one kid over the other. But that said I was able to pick some songs that tell you a little about what goes on in my head. Now remember I was born in the 70's, grew up in the 80's, was raised by MTV who changed the music game got attacked by the Boy Bands and lived through Gangsta Rap to talk about it. I love all types of music Hip Hop, Rap, Pop, R & B, Country, Blues, Rock, Heavy Metal you name it I love it. 

So this is a tad bit of my LIFE IN MUSIC

Bet you can't name just 1 song about your life and what songs remind you of all your awesomeness ?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Bathroom Remodel

When we moved into Chateau Rebecca the first thing we noticed was the upstairs bathroom was a big useless space not to mention ugly. It has a pink whirlpool tub that can sit 10 football players that sits dead center. Also it has double pink sinks and toilet to match with wall to wall mirrors.
Pink Pink Pink
Double pink sinks & red granite

Wow who would have guessed more pink

This bathroom is in the hall upstairs and is to be used by my 2 daughters. I want a bathroom design that is both practical and pretty but also won't break my wallet. My daughters aren't the bathtub type of girls they are 13 and 10 now and just want a large shower but Mommy knows best and one day they will love it. This weekend we are going to pick out the tub, sinks, vanities, toilet, tile and hardware for the new bathroom. The design I have in my mind is a bathtub that leads to a large glassed in shower that has a seat built-in. Most likely separate vanities and mirrors or one large vanity with double sinks. I'm still not sure if I want the shower to have the same tile as the floor, I will decide that once I get to the store and see the selection. Hopefully next week our contractor can start the work and told us it will most likely take 3 weeks to finish work case. Since he has to move the plumbing around, demolish the walls and then put up new ones. I am hoping I won't need new electric work done. Slowly but surely my DREAM HOME is becoming a reality.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Kitchen In Progress

When we first moved into the new house that I nicknamed  " Chateau Rebecca " and for now on will be called that the kitchen was small with NO counter space. Now it wasn't small small (14 x 14) but it was small enough that I wanted it bigger. On the other side of the kitchen was the dining room and I decided to knock down the adjoining wall , move the dining room and make a little office (6 1/2 x 14) for me.

Old kitchen & lighting

Old kitchen & flooring

I wanted new cabinets, counters, lighting , flooring and of course appliances ,except for the fridge because I just purchased it before we moved here. Me, being a General Contractor at least in my head decided I was going to oversee everything , HA HA HA. First I went and had a kitchen designed the way I wanted it with the measurements I had . I knew what color I wanted the cabinets and the island and I knew what style. Perfect that part was easy.

Drawing of the kitchen

 Now picking the counter tops was way harder. I had to go to the warehouse to actually look at the slabs, the first choice I wanted didn't look the same in person. After looking for hours I choose the slabs I wanted ( since I had a ball park of the square footage) and went with a granite. If you have ever gotten new counter tops you know that they can't be measured exactly until the actual cabinets are installed even if you have the measurements from the cabinets because they have to be precise and it takes at least 2 weeks to get them after. The contractor I hired to do the demolition warned me of the dust but geez I didn't expect it upstairs even in the attic. The guys knocked the wall down and since it was a load bearing wall they had to install a beam this took about 2 weeks. Then we had to stucco the ceiling and plaster my new wall. I say we because I'm paying them so " WE " had to.
Wall being torn down

 Once the new wall was in place and the room was ready we did a final measurement and of course the room was not the same size. I had to now call the cabinet people and have them come out to get correct measurements and we had to pick out more pieces which added an extra week to the already 6 week time frame for the cabinets to be made. I hired another company to do the flooring in our previous house we had natural stone so I was NOT getting that here. Wouldn't you know it I got Egyptian Stone, it was just so pretty in the showroom. The flooring guys did the floor in 2 weeks.
Old floor

The flooring being installed


New lighting

Once the floor was done the electrician had to rewire the kitchen and add some electric wiring to where the island was going because that's where the cooktop was going. He also did the new lighting. While waiting for the cabinets and granite I had the kitchen painted a yellow because that is a fun color. Did I mention all this time I had NO working kitchen, NONE you can only have so much takeout before you go crazy. Finally I got the phone call I was waiting for the cabinets were ready to be delivered and installed. The guys came and in 1 ONE day they did it. WOOHOO I had cabinets but wait no counters .... The granite company came the next day measured with some strange out of this world device and said they would put a rush on it. While waiting we installed the new fridge, double oven, microwave and dishwasher. Oh yeah I forgot we also had to have the plumbing and air conditioning in the kitchen moved around , who would have thunk it. The counter people came installed the granite but first they had to cut out the pieces for the cooktop and sink. Everything looked like it was coming together finally. They left and I now had a real kitchen, cabinets , counters, appliances and it was only (insert sarcasm) 2 months later. That would be a beautiful end but this is no fairytale. I noticed one of the cabinets couldn't open all the way because of the counter top and some ridges on the counter in spots so they had to come back out remove one of the counters cut it a bit and smooth them out. Some cabinets were scratched and I paid some good money so they came back out and they installer made notes and said a few doors would need replacing (11 doors) and had to be ordered which is another 2 weeks. When they came to install them the doors were the wrong style so another 2 weeks. He finally came back to install the right ones but wouldn't you know it again these were the right style but wrong colors. See we had the cabinets brown and the island black and they sent the opposite. So here I sit since November with a beautifully not completely finished kitchen. But hey they are coming next week to put the right doors in the right place.


Playing around where the island was going

New cabinets waiting to be installed


New cabinets with built ins


Granite installed


 Where is the finished kitchen you ask ??? That is the million dollar question. Once that beautiful piece of plywood gets removed my new window will be there then I will take and post that picture.

Do you have any disaster remodeling stories or are you in the process of remodeling I would love to hear ???

Friday, March 21, 2014

Where Did The Time Go ....

The last time I said hello was almost 8 months ago. One day I was just sitting there and I came up with the bright idea that I wanted to move and move right then. The kids start school in August so I had less than 2 months to find a house that I loved the kind of house that when I walked in I was HOME. The house we lived in was perfect on the water less than 3 minutes from the beach but it never felt like HOME. I didn't have a big list or knew what I wanted really. I did want a large yard over an acre, great schools, safe neighborhood and I wasn't leaving Dade County. We called our realtor and went the following week to look at 5 houses he found. The first 2 were beautiful had everything that I wanted but I didn't feel HOME. Then came the third house it was not a house that I would even think about looking at but when we pulled up I felt HOME. The owners just put it on the market so they were living there. We walked around the house and it was perfect but the yard is what sealed the deal. It is 3 acres of HEAVEN literally while we were walking around the birds were singing, there were butterflies everywhere and bunnies real live bunnies hopping around. That was it we wanted that house we made an offer right then and had to get the house inspected. We had a deadline and everything had to be done quick. In less than a month we closed and had the keys to our new HOME. Everything was perfect ..... Except I didn't think that now I had to pack a 5800 square foot home and 13 years of memories call movers, painters, contractors, exterminators, roofers, landscapers, pool services, cable, lights, phone and all the other little things. I did it and by the end of August we officially moved in. The kids love their new school and have made great friends. Since moving in we have remodeled the kitchen and dining room.For over a month we had NO kitchen none and let me say you can only have so much take out.  We also replaced the roof on the main house and resurfaced the pool. I still have dust from the remodeling everywhere. Now we are going to be remodeling one of the kids bathrooms, replacing the roof on the garages, barn and getting new hurricane impact windows on the entire house. I will be updating all the progress and posting lots of before and after pictures.

Old House

Old Backyard


New Backyard

New Backyard

So tell me what new and fun stuff have you been up to lately ?

Friday, June 21, 2013

Happy Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice
Photo by
So today is the first official day of Summer and we even get an extra hour of daylight. I guess no one told that to Mother Nature because it has been HOT, STICKY and HUMID the entire month. My plans to celebrate today will involve a watermelon, water balloons, the beach & pool, playing a little tennis and just having a great family day.

What are your plans for today ?

Monday, June 17, 2013

#Mamavation Monday

Mamavation Monday
I can't believe we are already in the middle of June meaning that this year is half way over. I can't wait to see what the next 6 months will bring. I promised myself "ME" time , eating better and working out. I can say I have done 2 out of the 3. I still find myself feeling guilty if I try and get me time. My youngest daughter who is 9 is basically turning into a mini me which is a great thing , LOL. She loves to hang out with me , watch tv, cook, work out and is just as sarcastic as I am. I want her to be everything that she wants to be and that makes what I do and say that more important. That being said it is important that I make me time so she doesn't feel guilty to take time for herself.

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Fast Metabolism DIET

I was asked by Shespeaks if I wanted to review The Fast Metabolism Diet by Haylie Pomroy who is a celebrity nutritionist and wellness consultant and of course I jumped at the chance because I am always looking at new ways to eat healthy. The book says you can lose up to 20 lbs in 28 days which was the first thing that caught my eye. After reading it though I didn't see it as a Diet but more as a lifestyle change. It is broken up into 3 phases so you are keeping your metabolism guessing. 2 days you eat lots of carbs and fruits, 2 days lots of proteins and veggies then 3 days of carbs , fruits, protein , veggies and you add healthy fats and oils. The book comes with helpful charts and yummy and easy to make recipes. There are restrictions like no eating dairy,soy, corn, wheat, caffeine ( NO COFFEE) , refined sugars, alcohol, fruit juices & dried fruit. You also have to stay away from anything labeled " Diet" and " No Fat" . All the meats also have to be nitrate free and eat organic as much as possible. She also recommends eating with 30 minutes of waking and drinking half of your body weight. I found The Fast Metabolism Diet easy to follow and pretty realistic.You can also follow Haylie Pomroy on Facebook and Twitter . 

*** This is a sponsored post and I was given a copy of this book for review purposes by Shespeaks/FastMetabolismDiet all opinions are my own ***