My Feng Shui Mistakes

Here are my feng shui mistakes! Learn from them!

1)A mirror directly across the bed! I am definitely removing it but looking to see what to replace it with! I am going from brown furniture to something lighter. So something like the mirror below would work. I am still browsing!

2)Clutter! Frankly with two people working full time, we need someone to help us. Now in other countries, someone would be in charge of this daily. However, we aren’t in that position. If I can only clean one area..I will now clean the kitchen area daily!!

3)Welcome mat with your name or initials! I did quickly change that!!!!!!!!

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The new one is just a simple WELCOME!

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4)Not having a money tree!

5)Not using the right colors for me (car, etc). I now have a black car, which is the best color for me!

It’s a creative decorating challenge I love to take on. Good luck with your Feng Shui decorating!

Copper Kitchen

Saw a glimpse of copper colored kitchen items that I wanted to share! Definitely would love these for myself. The first are a set of mixing bowls. They are definitely under $50.00 and would make a great gift for the holidays or for birthdays.

The next set of items are copper colored canister sets. Some days I do want them, but I am always trying to declutter the kitchen counter areas. So I am not sure. If I did get some, then for sure I would love the copper finish ones or those with a touch of copper.

Some sugar and creamer set!

Treats container!

Hope you liked the gift ideas for under $50.00 !


13th Anniversary Inspirations

For this anniversary, we are going to be having a big pictorial!



October Lights and Halloween

My son loves the holidays that involve decorating with lights and inflatables! Here in America, that would be Halloween and Christmas time! I love watching him plan how he is going to set up. Luckily, my dad helps him a lot. My dad has his ways such as using wooden stakes to hold the inflatables down and covering electrical connections with plastic materials. It takes my son the whole day to decorate a front lawn. But he is always so happy with the results.

We have a variety of lights for Halloween that have caught his eyes. Mostly, they have been purchased at Wal-Mart. Here are some examples:

#lights #halloween

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Bring on the skulls, spiders, and jack-o-lanterns!

He says he's too busy decorating gma's place that he can't decorate ours

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Of course, the plain orange ones will do also!

His newest addition to the inflatables is the white ghost from Wal-Mart.

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Not sure if we are trick-or-treating this year. We may just be giving treats for the most part. They did pick out their costumes purchased from Wal-Mart also. One will be Lego Batman because we couldn’t find a scary enough clown. The other one will be Pikachu from Pokemon.

I will add the Amazon links for those costumes in case you are on the go and just need to buy them fast!

This price is for under $16.00 in a child’s size small.

The Lego Batman was definitely cheaper at Wal-Mart. However, if you have the Amazon gift cards, this may be better for you!

Hopefully, my son will get to decorate our lawn soon! We have our own inflatables to put up. The next project is to get some photos of Emma and Sophy using some Halloween background. It will be our first Halloween with the pets and I am looking at Pinterest for inspirations of course. Be on the lookout for costumed versions of Emma and Sophy on this space!

Great Wolf Lodge Grapevine Review


We spent the weekend with our worldwide traveling family https://www.facebook.com/DskiAdventures/ so all the cousins could be together at Great Wolf Lodge Grapevine! On our way from Sugar Land we definitely stopped by two Buccees to stretch our legs and refuel. So that broke the long road trip for us.


Since we lost our Jeep Commander to Hurricane Harvey, we took Andell’s 11 year old BMW 335i. It did well! To get the most out of your stay, you can start using the waterpark at 1 pm prior to check-in. So get the kids in their swimsuits already before entering. You will get white wristbands. The boys were amazed! They have been to MANY waterparks, but they still entered with awe and amazement. Your kids will have fun even if you won’t! But you will most likely have fun!

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There is an outdoor and indoor area. Know that the outdoor closes about 5 or 5:30 depending on the day. The indoor one closes later. You will need to go to the lower level to get to the entrance of the water park areas. There at the ground level you will see the arcades, pizza restaurant, little girl’s spa and all the other things to entertain your little guests.

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Since my boys love basketball, they obviously could not spend too much time in the water basketball section. The teens love that section too. So just keep an eye out. The teens were friendly when we went and entertained the boys. They even gladly shared the balls.

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There is a lot of seating in that section and about two handicapped tables. Grandma and Grandpa hung around there while waiting for the rooms to be ready. I will tell you that if you don’t wear your swimsuit, it will be hot for you indoor. You might as well take a dip! Or have plenty of cool drinks with you.

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It is a waterpark and there will be many steps to climb! What’s great is that you are not under the blazing sun and it is manageable!
You will definitely get your steps while being with the kids/having fun.

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We booked the rooms with the bunk beds, and I would do that again. It just makes it more fun for the kids. You are able to have 7 in each room.

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We did have to move out of our room, at GWL’s request because there was a maintenance issue affecting the room below us. But they absolutely more than made up for it! We enjoyed a great breakfast buffet for the 13 guests. If you have a large group and want to spend some time together, this is a great place to be.

Some more photos of the trip!

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The kids had such a blast, they were really begging us to go return the following weekend! We will be back!


Getting New Tires : Pirelli

It was a get new tires weekend! Tires always dig deep in the pockets. Dealer pricing would have cost us over 1 grand. Thankfully, we found D3 Motorsport. Andell chose Pirelli tires. Thankfully, the cost was nowhere near the dealer estimate!


Let me tell you about the Audi A4. Before the Jeep Commander, we actually just purchased an Audi A4. We quickly sold it to get the Commander when I found out I was pregnant. Andell kept his dream car which is still alive today at 11 years old. Hurricane Harvey did damage the Jeep Commander, but it was a heavily used SUV. This black A4 was purchased last year. I had wanted to get a newer car to prepare for possible breakdowns of the older vehicles. Glad that we did. When we bought it, we looked at https://www.cargurus.com/. This site basically tells you what the best deals are! There’s nothing hard about it, it will have an arrow pointing up if it’s a great deal! We found the car in Austin from First Texas Honda. The best part was that at 2 years old, it only had 13,000 miles!!!! Score!!!

If you are looking for a new vehicle, definitely check out that site. The boys think they want a truck to replace the Jeep Commander. Specifically, they want a Ford truck. Maybe it’s a guy thing! After Harvey, there is definitely a need for one. We would have a lot of uses for it. In the meantime, we will continue to browse https://www.cargurus.com/”>https://www.cargurus.com/

Kitchen Themed Gifts for Under $50.00

I was going through the kitchen and noticed some things I definitely needed to replace or get more of. The ones listed below are all under $50.00 and all can be found on Amazon. Maybe you have people in your lives that ask you all the time what you would like as gifts. Well send them this list! My favorite gifts to give are ones that I myself would love to buy but probably don’t buy for myself because I decided something else was needed. These are definitely those items- not needed but nice to have or have more of!

1)Stainless Steel Cooking Gadgets

2)Oven Mitts- I find myself needing that extra mitt since my kids now love to help! Moms or dads with kids will need more of them, even if they don’t realize it yet.

3)Magnetic chip bag clips – This is a gift that I would love receiving because I don’t want to spend on it myself but it’s a product I definitely could use! Get it for parents who have school aged kids! They will need them to close the chip bags and cereal. They will also need them to post things on that refrigerator door!

4)Wooden chopping board-

5)Kitchen drawer organizers – I did buy mine at IKEA but here is one from Amazon if you have those Amazon only gift givers! Or maybe you have major Amazon gift cards!

5)Toaster Oven- I just got rid of ours. So I need a new one. It’s one of those things that you don’t need. But with the kids being independent in the kitchen and wanting to do their own things, it’s nice to have.

6)Wooden Mixing Spoons- Can’t get too many! Someone is always wanting to mix and bake alongside!

Happy shopping!

7 Year Old’s Wish List

A couple of more days until our youngest is 7! We actually have a lot of catching up. He wants videos from the day he was born. Definitely will have to ask grandma if she has some clips. It will be a Pokemon themed birthday. In case you were wondering what a 7 year old in America might be interested in, here are some of my son’s favorite things!

My son is into special effects and magic. What a better gift than the new book from Zach King!

Ah what 7 year old does not want just one more fidget spinner. The request this time is for a gold one!

Athletic wear! According to my son he can run faster when dressed in athletic shorts!

The rest include more converse shorts and some scientific toys to make tornadoes! Happy birthday October babies!
Click here to see the rest of his wish list!

Halloween Decorating



Our youngest has an October birthday and big brother enjoys all the Halloween decor. We are pretty festive during the month of October. We have been going to Lowes to browse their current stock on inflatables. Most importantly, we are waiting for them to go on sale! Here are some of the ones we are wanting and they are all Minion themed.


Our youngest who turns 7 this year will be having a Pokemon themed party! Pictures from that party coming in about a month. But you can be sure the cake will be from Cake4Tay. This was the cake Angel made for David last year!

We haven’t decided on a Pokemon cake yet, but I know it will be one of a kind!