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.

Monday, December 31, 2012

#Mamavation Monday




So here I go again another Mamavation Monday post and what better time than on Dec. 31. With a New Year comes new goals the difference between all the other years and this one is I have my Mamavation Sistas behind me. I want to look in the mirror everyday and see the person that I know is in me. I am not going to go at this thinking I have to LOSE weight but I have to GAIN muscle and health. I look forward to posting my weight loss every week and supporting all the other great Mamavation woman on this journey with me.
Don't forget to show me some LOVE on twitter and let @bookieboo know you stand with me and believe in me. 

Hey @bookieboo! I want @RUtheMOMof  to be the next #Mamavation Mom. She has my support! http://bit.ly/aorv3Y  

Sunday, December 30, 2012

My New Years Traditions

New York Times Square
London 
   
Miami

Australia
I like to bring a little from all over the world to my New Years Eve traditional party that I have every year. I buy fireworks, party hats, streamers, noise makers, sparkling apple juice, Sidra ( Spanish Apple Cider ), red & green grapes, every appetizer possible & a giant cookie clock. We have music on all night & watch Dick Clark in New York and at 12 watch the Apple drop. Since my kids were little we have done this sometimes they fall asleep before 12 but I always wake them up to get a kiss and do the countdown. A little before 12 I pass out glasses with 12 grapes and we eat them at every strike of the clock, we also sing Auld Lang Syne at least the first few lines. Then we give each other a kiss and call all the family not with us. I also throw a bucket of water out of the house. I like to have the house as clean as possible & a wallet or purse full of money. The next day I make white rice, black eyed peas, collard greens & ham . As you can tell I have a smorgasbord of traditions so all my bases are covered. What traditions do you have ? 


Saturday, December 29, 2012

#Mamavation Monday

 I never make resolutions for the simple fact that by the second week in January they have been broken.This year I will not make resolutions that I do not intend to keep. I will make some and will keep them no matter what. I have to take care of myself first just like when you are on a plane and the flight attendants tell you to put the oxygen mask on yourself before you put it on your kids. So here we go...



1. I will break a REAL sweat for at least 45   minutes a day
2. I will take 15 minutes for "ME" time everyday
3. I will cut out all sugary drinks 
4. I will make vegetables my main course and build around that
5. I will eat cut out processed foods and eat clean


I applied for the Mamavation Bootcamp  and the Omron Strapless Heart Rate Monitor Fitness Challenge so if I get to be a part of any of these or both of these I will have the support & backing to keep me on track.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Happy Kwanzaa


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas







Monday, December 24, 2012

Feliz Noche Buena

Friday, December 21, 2012

Giving is so much better




We have had an extra dining room set with 6 chairs & a china cabinet for about 9 months that I wanted to give to a family that needed it. I didn't want to donate it and have it sold for profit. I have asked around at churches, friends, schools & City Hall and always got " Don't know anyone but I can take it". That wasn't cutting it. Finally I found someone who is struggling and just bought her first house. She was telling me how long she had to save for & just got beds for her kids. BINGO I asked her if she had or needed a dining room set. Before I finished she had tears in her eyes and came over 3 hours later in a truck to get it. That was my Christmas Gift to myself her expression and knowing that her family will now have a table to eat dinner at and do other things families take for granted. 

OH Christmas Tree OH Christmas Tree

Tree in Living Room
The decorations have been up for a while now. My poor Christmas tree needs CPR . It has been up since Thanksgiving and has been used as a playground by my new puppy. She finds the water great to drink and underneath it a great hiding place from my bigger dogs (3) which of course they follow her and in the process half the ornaments have broken. Oh yeah she finds Christmas lights also fun so she ate through some. The kids tree has been saved from her maybe because that one is fake. Outside hasn't been any better. Where we live there are wonderful  possums & raccoon's that : A. find lights fun to chew on , B. like the taste of poinsettias. So I have decided that this year after Christmas I am hitting all the stores up and getting a whole lot of decorations for next year and retiring most of the ones I have.  
Kids Tree in Game Room

Only Snowman we will have 
Santa Snow globe
Reindeer & Mini trees in Planters
Entrance





Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Happy Birthday to My BABY

1st Photo 8 lbs 5 oz
My baby Christina Faith was born 9 years ago today at 2:15 pm. She was induced  because her due date was on the 25th & I wanted her to be the STAR of the day. The 19th was perfect because I would have enough time to come home with her and wrap presents, cook & bake for a GREAT CHRISTMAS. She has been a blessing everyday since. Christina is the baby of the family which she doesn't like because she says she missed all the things we did before her. She loves everything sports, dancing, music, singing,baking and especially her family & dogs. Christina is a mini version of myself and I can only imagine what the future holds for her. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my favorite girl , Mommy LOVES you. 
Supermodel in training
My little athlete





Hugging her 1st dog King
already helping clean 
My Little Supermodel







Christina with her baby Bella
Growing Up to quick

Monday, December 17, 2012

Oral-B® Professional™ Precision 5000 Review

pc5000



I have been using the Oral-B® Professional™ Precision 5000 for the last 2 weeks and it is the BEST toothbrush ever.  I have always brushed my teeth at least twice a day and thought I was brushing long enough. I brushed the tops , inside and out of my teeth, brush my tongue and floss every morning and night. Using the Oral-B® Professional™ Precision 5000 it took the guess work out. It comes with a timer that shows you how long you have been brushing and how long you have to go. Each side of your mouth top and bottom gets 30 seconds. After using the toothbrush my teeth felt cleaner, my gums did not feel sore or bleed & my entire mouth felt FRESH .The brush on The Oral-B toothbrush has 48,500 movements per minute no matter how fast or hard you use a manual toothbrush you are not going to get that. The Oral-B Professional Precision 5000 rechargeable power toothbrush is rechargeable and lasts 10 days using it twice a day without having to recharge it. For more information on Oral-B products you can check them out on Facebook , Twitter , or on there website oralb.com .  


Oral-B’s most technologically advanced toothbrush, ProfessionalCare SmartSeries 5000 with SmartGuide provides Oral-B's most advanced cleaning technology for ultimate plaque removal and also features a wireless SmartGuide.
  • Separate, wireless SmartGuide helps maximize brushing performance
  • Deep Clean mode removes up to 99.7% of plaque from hard-to-reach areas*
  • Pressure sensor stops pulsations when brushing too hard
  • Gentle on teeth and gums
  • Improves gum health better than Sonicare FlexCare
  • Offers outstanding whitening and polishing in 3 weeks**
  • 5 modes: Daily Clean, Sensitive, Whitening, Massage, Deep Clean
  • Oral-B is the #1 dentist-recommended toothbrush brand worldwide

Oral-B is offering a $20 mail-in rebate on select power toothbrushes November 18  through December 31, 2012. Please visit OralB.com for more information) . 



“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Modern Mom on behalf of Oral-B and received a product sample to facilitate my review.”
 These opinions are my own and in no matter were the influenced because of this.



Mamavation Monday- What a Week

This past week has been full of highs and lows. I was officially welcomed into the Mamavation Sistahood which was a high. My youngest daughter who is 8 will be having a birthday on the 19th so she wanted to go to Disney World & Medieval Times so we went there this past weekend another HIGH . But on Friday before we left the TERRIBLE news at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newton, CT was heard all around the world. It literally knocked the wind out of me. I felt that we just didn't have a right to have fun and laugh over the weekend. I didn't want to ruin my daughters Birthday weekend so we still went but I could not help and listen over & over again the news. The pictures were heartbreaking and I explained to my kids what happened & how now those 20 kids & 6 adults were now Angels.  Moving forward is what we all have to do and being there for our kids is a MUST. One way to do that is by being the best ME I can be and that is by being present & healthy. This week Mamavation TV is all about bringing the outdoors in with gardening and how to do it in your own backyard. No acres and acres necessary. I look forward to hearing all about gardening ,I have always wanted to do it but don't consider myself having a Green Thumb. 

“This post is sponsored Dole and Mamavation – a community dedicated to obesity prevention & weight loss for women and I’m writing this to be entered into a giveaway”

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Beautiful Poem for Angels of #SandyHook

twas' 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38 when 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven's gate. their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air. they could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there. they were filled with such joy, they didn't know what to say. they remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day. "where are we?" asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse. "this is heaven." declared a small boy. "we're spending Christmas at God's house." when what to their wondering eyes did appear, but Jesus, their savior, the children gathered near. He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same. then He opened His arms and He called them by name. and in that moment was joy, that only heaven can bring those children all flew into the arms of their King and as they lingered in the warmth of His embrace, one small girl turned and looked at Jesus' face. and as if He could read all the questions she had He gently whispered to her, "I'll take care of mom and dad." then He looked down on earth, the world far below He saw all of the hurt, the sorrow, and woe then He closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand, "Let My power and presence re-enter this land!" "may this country be delivered from the hands of fools" "I'm taking back my nation. I'm taking back my schools!" then He and the children stood up without a sound. "come now my children, let me show you around." excitement filled the space, some skipped and some ran. all displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can. and i heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight, "in the midst of this darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT." Written by Cameo Smith, Mt. Wolf, PA

Monday, December 10, 2012

#MamavationMonday

You know when you keep telling yourself "I just gained a couple of pounds" and those couple of pounds turn into a couple of 10's & 20's. Where that is where I am I have gained 60 lbs. and they aren't cute either. I never had a weight problem growing up as a matter of fact after having my kids I would just "Bounce" back. Well my last baby is now turning 9 next week and the only thing bouncing is my stomach & butt. I need someone to YELL, ENCOURAGE & MOTIVATE me to do it. The Mamavation sisterhood is just that group of people I want on my team. For the past 6 months I have followed a few of them and see the way they congratulate & praise the members. This is the year of "REBECCA" and I expect nothing less. 


    NEW YEAR NEW BODY NEW MIND 


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Peppermint Bark by My 8 yr old

                             
My daughter has turned into a little baker recently. So everyday for the last week we have been baking something different. So far we have made  pies, a cobbler, cake, bundt cake , cookies & this peppermint bark. This recipe only needed 3 ingredients and no baking at all. 
                              PEPPERMINT BARK:
                      2 1/2 cups of milk chocolate chips
                      2 1/2 cups of white chocolate chips
                      7 candy canes



1. Melt 3/4 cups of milk chocolate chips at 1 time in the microwave for 45 seconds take out mix and keep adding and microwaving until they are all melted and smooth 

2. Pour in into a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper then refrigerate for 10 minutes
3 . Meanwhile take the plastic off the candy canes and smash them this can be done by putting them in a zip lock bag & using a mallet or rolling pin

 4. Now melt the white chocolate the same way & pour it on the milk chocolate sprinkle the crushed candy canes on top & refrigerate for 20 minutes

5. Now break it into pieces we did this by dropping it on the counter then putting the large pieces in a bag and banging it a few times. 

They can be given out as gifts in cute bags or saved for yourself to snack on.

       

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Gingerbread Bundt Cake and Caramel Icing

This Bundt cake is super easy and was made using Torani Syrups . These yummy syrups added wonderful flavoring and gave it a great color.


INGREDIENTS:
1 (8oz) package cream cheese
3 sticks of butter
3 cups of sugar
6 eggs
1 cup of Torani Gingerbread Syrup
3 cups of cake flour

Preheat oven to 325. Cream the butter, sugar and cream cheese. Add the eggs one at a time and gradually add the Torani gingerbread syrup mixing well. Add the flour to the batter and mix well.Pour batter into greased bundt pan and bake in center of over for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Let it cool in pan for 20 minutes then remove and cool on a wire rack.
6 Ingredients
Mixing Batter


Pour into bundt pan
Cooling on rack

FINISHED


Caramel Icing:

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 cup Sugar free Salted Caramel Syrup
1 cup powered sugar

Mix syrup and powered sugar until nice & smooth. You can pour it on a completely cooled cake however it will soak up the icing better if the cake is still warm.  

I doubled the icing and poured it on while warm & again while it was cool. We ate it with a tall glass of cold milk.

*** This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks and Torani I was gifted 2 bottles of Torani to come up with a recipe which was made by me

SheSpeaks and #Torani

 SheSpeaks Logo


                           

Torani Syrups   are made with pure cane juice or Splenda , natural flavors & cold filtered water. They can be used in hot or cold beverages like iced coffee, lattes, lemonades, teas & Italian sodas.They come in over 100 flavors from Almond to Bacon Flavorings.I  have used them in french toast, oatmeal, smoothies, iced & hot coffees & in baking. SheSpeaks sent me 2 bottles to experiment with and see what recipes I could come up with it.  I received the Gingerbread & Sugar Free Salted Caramel syrups. From the moment I opened the bottles I knew I was in for a treat. I started brain storming & came up with a delicious Gingerbread Bundt Cake with a Caramel Icing. Which I will be posting. I also made iced caramel coffee with the Sugar Free Salted Caramel Syrup and a nice latte with the Gingerbread Syrup.








This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks and Torani but all opinions are my own.                  

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Melissa & Doug FLASH Giveaway

Melissa & Doug Home
With the holidays so close everyone is running around thinking about what gifts to buy for the little ones. Well let me tell you Melissa & Doug has just what you need. I was lucky enough to get a Trunki from them which is a child friendly suitcase that is perfect for weekend trips. The Trunki also can be used as a ride on pull toy. They come in several colors and are great for boys and girls. Since they are hard you don't have to worry about things getting smashed up they also make great storage for toys. 


My 8 yr old is a happy customer 
I have one Trunki to giveaway to a lucky person just go to the Melissa & Doug website & leave a comment on what color you like and who you would give it to . This giveaway will end on 12/7 .

GOOD LUCK