Monday, July 28, 2014

Puppy Number 4!

After all the years of saying no to getting a dog, I never imagined myself with one let alone FOUR, but we did just that. Two weeks ago we brought home Rosie to see how she fit in with our crazy family, and last night, made her officially ours.



I was very hesitant to bond with her, not wanting another puppy, to be honest. Joe was the reason I was playing along. I can't say no to him. If it makes him happy then I'm all for it. 

She has the same father as the other three puppies and actually is a full sister to Piper, sharing the same mother as well. She's just as sweet as Piper too. She loves to her her belly rubbed. 

We couldn't come up with a name for her that we all agreed on either. We originally wanted to call her Claire, but it didn't suit her. Marissa started calling her "no name", until I put a stop to that! Not sure who came up with Rosie (maybe one of my sisters??), but I wasn't sure, being that my first name is Rosaria and my sisters call me Ro. In the end we all liked it and she learned her name very quick. 

I finally did bond with her, how could I not?  She makes me laugh with her head tilt when I talk to her, and she's a love. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Great Purge of 2014

Since getting back from vacation, I've been trying to catch up on things around the house. The theme is mainly "PURGING". I've been going through things all year long but I've been in high gear lately.



First off, papers. Old receipts from 2010? Tossed. Credit card statements going back to 2004? Shredded. It's ridiculous!! I've made a dent but still have a way to go. 

It's freeing to just toss something. Crazy as it sounds, it makes me happy seeing the garbage can fill up. 

Purge purge PURGE!! 

I'm hoping to get it more under control so I won't have to dedicate so much time to it. Eventually take just one day a week to work on it. Baby steps. 

Might mix things up today and go through my closet too. I'm finding some clothes to be too loose on me (YAY) and refuse to hang onto them. The battle of the bulge has been going in the right direction and I'm a happy girl. 

The outcome of this might get my scrappy mojo moving again. I think the pressure of so much to do around here has the creative side blocked off. I have barely stepped foot in my scrap room this week. 

So the Great Purge of 2014 must continue! 


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Perler Beads Weekend

After hearing the girls ask for Perler Beads one day, I made sure to find them on my next visit to Michaels. The girls were excited and happily sorted out all the colors, because that's how we roll. (I admit to being a little OCD). It took a while but it was so nice and quiet while they sorted that I contemplated buying another huge bucket to sort!! LOL! 



We looked up and pinned loads of ideas on Pinterest to try. They even free handed some designs. Then they asked what I would like and made me these....


Marissa made me the flower and purple coffee mug, and Gianna made me my favorite Lady & a sign proclaiming that I am the number 1 mom around here. 

Treasures I'll keep forever! 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Gianna's 10th Birthday Family Style

With Gianna's actual birthday spent at Disney World, we didn't get a chance to celebrate her birthday with family until today.  She didn't mind, it just extended her day!  

I have to admit that without the girls helping out a lot around the house, helping me clean and helping with the puppies I wouldn't have been able to pull this off.  I got a cold while at Disney that felt worse after coming home.  Shortly after starting to feel better from that, I had some sort of 24 bug that knocked me out.  My girls really stepped up and made me proud!

Here's the birthday girl, happy to be the center of attention.


Her requested mustache cake.


Wish big, my sweet girl.



It's completely official now, she is TEN.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Project Life 2014 Week: 3

Back with week 3 of Project Life.  


January always seems like a great time for beginnings.  A new years worth of contacts, my first fox sighting, organizing and pizza nights becoming a regular thing.


Around this time I was trying to re-focus on sharing more on the much neglected blog.  I would start up many posts on my iphone while waiting for the girls at pick up time from school, but hesitated to post from my phone knowing I wanted to tweek it or spellcheck before sharing.  Though when I got home the last thing I wanted to do was sit in front of the computer.  **sigh**  It was a no win situation that needed to be addressed. 

Another item that needs to be addressed is my scrap stash.  It's time to purge some supplies.  I've come to a point where I have to seriously curb my buying.  There I said it (again).  I will of course buy the nessescities like adhesive and my favorite releases from Bella Blvd, but no more without using it up.   I need to "scrap the stash".....I just have to come up with a plan!


Currently I'm working on March, and I must admit to wishing I had not accumulated so many PL items.  I'm feeling forced to do this project until I use my stash....which could be a few years!!  I miss scrapbooking 12x12.  I know I've whined about it before and I know I could put a page together here and there, but knowing how far behind I already am on PL prohibits me.  I'm OCD about it.  I don't want to get further behind but I'm also feeling like my hobby is being forced.  

When I feel forced to do something I dig my heels in and we get nowhere.  **sigh**  I need to be faster with my pages but I want to remember WHY I took a picture of my contacts, or WHY I took a picture of shoes...journaling the reason behind the picture is important to me.  Sometimes it can be a few word explanation and other times the story needs room to be told.  I want future generations to understand WHY. 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Project Life 2014 Week 1

After so long, I finally get to share my Project Life pages for 2014!! Seems like it took forever....or six months! ;)  I somehow skipped posting this spread before posting week 2...I blame vacation brain. ;)


After the holidays, we're all so burnt out and we don't do anything. I need time to reboot and clear my head from all the craziness, plus we're tired! 


For something so simple, this makes me happy. I added some stickles to the wood veneer I got from Two Peas and that's it! I like sparkles. 



Currently, I'm working on March. Was hoping to be caught up before our trip but life had other ideas. Eventually I'll get caught up again.  I may even do the cover page to the album before the year is over, but I'm not promising!!  LOL!

Friday, July 4, 2014

4th of July aka Benigno Family Reunion 2014

Our fourth was spent with my side of the family at my sister's house.  It was a chilly 4th but that didn't stop some of the kids to jump into the pool.


Gianna was probably one of the last kids in the pool.  She's turned into a fish lately.



Food, catching up and chilling out were on the agenda.  It was good to see some of the cousins that don't live close.  Thanks to my aunt, she got us all together for a group shot.  


This bunch of knuckleheads warming up after calling it quits on the pool.



Aunt, cousins, sisters (I'm in red). It was a fun day, full of love.





Thursday, July 3, 2014

Good News For The Scrapbook World

When I heard the news about Two Peas closing unexpectedly I was naturally sad to hear about it. Losing a great place to shop, to find inspiration and to connect with people that have the same interests as I do.

Deep down I also selfishly worried about losing my gallery. Over the years I've shared over 500 (?) projects. A good portion of that was before I started blogging so I didn't have them saved anywhere else. 

A few days after the Two Peas announcement, I saw this post on Instagram, (I get a lot of my news on there!!) 


It sounded easy enough but technology is not my friend, so I was skeptical. I kept hearing how easy it was, so I made some time to figure it out. Let me just say, Scrapbook.com made it easy peasy! It's virtually effortless! All it took was my peanut number and about a half hour to transfer everything. I had started a gallery there years ago but didn't want to have to keep up two galleries, especially after starting the blog. 

Yay for technology! (did I really say that??) LOL!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Riley Turns 1!

One year ago today, Riley was born! When she was born, we weren't looking for a dog, we were just coming to terms that it was time to give in to one of the girls' dreams of having a dog.  We had no idea of her existence until September, but now we couldn't love her more!


Not the best birthday picture, but it was a rainy day out so we'll have to try tomorrow. She has the most expressive eyes and we have a close bond. I just love this puppy! 

Monday, June 30, 2014

June 365 2014

Another month gone and we're more than halfway through the year. Shocking how fast the time goes, especially the nice warm months.


Mondays Are Mean!

Especially the day after vacation!!

Mondays don't usually bother me too much but today was tough.  I had to go to work a lot longer than my normal day and it's standing all day long. I'm feeling it.  Doesn't help that afterwards I went food shopping since the cupboards were BARE!  Well mostly just the fridge, but whatever. 

It was also hard leaving the puppies after picking them up late last night and not getting enough quality time with them.  I've missed those sweet, little faces!! 


All day at work, I thought about Disney, and the puppies. My kids too. Can't forget them!! LOL! They've reached the age, where they just don't want to pose for pictures anymore. I don't have many pics with them from our trip. It breaks my heart, and I tried all sorts of Mothers guilt to get them in the shot but it didn't always work. 

Since coming home, I've made the puppies a fresh batch of treats, and started tackling the mountain of laundry.  I'm hoping to relax a little in my scrap room tonight, even if all I do is print pics.  I need to catch up on ProjectLife so bad and I'm feel the pressure.  Yes the pressure is just from the craziness inside my head but after the last Disney trip taking so long to get through, I'm afraid how long this trip will take me to do! 














Friday, June 27, 2014

A Sad Day In The Scrapbook World

As I was scrolling through my Instagram feed I saw this and it floored me.



I quickly checked my email and sure enough it was true. After 15 years of amazing inspiration, Two Peas is closing. I haven't been very active in the last few years with posting to my gallery but I have been an active shopper! 




I've made some wonderful friends through Two Peas. I've learned so much  through their classes. It's going to be hard not to jump on for some inspiration when the mojo is not flowing. I'm going to miss having my gallery easily accessible.

I'm going to miss it all. Thank you for the inspiring years! 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Life Lately

It's been another amazing vacation to Disney World! The days have been hot and the trip seems too short. There's never enough time to do it all, but we enjoy the time we have. 




This was Gianna's 10th birthday trip. Her birthday was celebrated almost every single day. She's officially double digits! 









It was magical!!



Monday, June 23, 2014

She Is Ten!

Today my little girl enters double digits.  Gianna is officially TEN!  She's hit the tween years hard already.



Here are TEN things about Gianna.

1.  Her favorite color is green.
2.  Her favorite foods are Hot Wings (from Outback) and Cinnabon.
3.  She loves to read magazines.
4.  She loves playing Minecraft.
5.  She loves to listen to music.  Her favorite artists are Selena Gomez, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.
6.  She loves riding her bike.
7.  She is very independent.
8.  Her favorite book series is the Dork Diaries.
9.  She loves thrill rides.  The faster the better!
10.  Her favorite Disney character is Goofy.

Wishing my baby girl (who isn't a baby) the happiest of birthdays!

Love you G!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Project Life 2014 Week: 2

Week 2 was a hectic week around here.  Riley hurt her eye so a trip to the vet was in order.  We also had to  bring Annie back to the breeders so she could go to her forever home, and a birthday get together ended the week. 


Powered through this week with a lot of polka dots, alpha stickers and washi tape.  Kept it simple (for the most part) and it got done fast.


used a 4x6 pocket protector from WRMK since I wanted to include more pictures without breaking them up, and I like having the flexibility.  I need to use more of a variety of page sizes.