Wednesday, May 30, 2012

For Greater Glory

For Greater Glory

I can't wait to watch this movie.  It is a topic that is very close to my heart, a story about Latinos and our passion for our Catholic faith.  The film pits the Roman Catholic establishment against a government they believe is infringing on their religious rights, and they are willing to fight back.  A chronicle of the Cristeros War (1926-1929), which was touched off by a rebellion against the Mexican government's attempt to secularize the country.

 Academy Award® nominee Andy Garcia headlines an acclaimed cast as General Gorostieta, the retired military man who at first thinks he has nothing personal at stake as he and his wife (Golden Globe nominee Eva Longoria) watch Mexico fall into a violent civil war.   The General faces impossible odds against a powerful and ruthless government. Yet is those he meets on the journey ­ youthful idealists, feisty renegades and, most of all, one remarkable teenager named Jose­ who reveal to him how courage and belief are forged even when justice seems lost

The setting for the film is a historical one, taking place in 1920s Mexico. Having successfully overthrown long serving dictator Porfirio Diaz and having defeated counterrevolutionary forces during the 1910s, the Mexican revolutionary government under Elias Calles seeks to enact various reforms. These reforms include, however, efforts that attack the Catholic Church. The increasingly violent means of enforcing the new laws lead to a violent backlash, as several bands of pro-Catholic soldiers, known as Cristeros, rise up against the federal government.

Summer Fashion

Sunny days are here again, time for a warm-weather
wardrobe you can wear and love all season.
Here are some summer fashion ideas from Nordstrom. 
They have put together a handy list of our favorites,
from head to toe. Summer starts now at Nordstom
  1. White Haute - From bold baubles to sky-high sandals, white accessories are so right now. They look especially fresh worn with a (faux) tan. 
  2. Easy Cover-Ups - We've got you covered with glamorous updates on the classic beach staple—in sheer fabrics and safari-animal prints. 
  3. Wedge Apperal - Dressed up or dressed down, colorful platform wedges and elevated espadrilles are summer's most versatile shoes. 
  4. Shorts Story - No longer just for backyard barbecues, shorts in punchy prints and sunny solids look pulled together when paired with wedges and a breezy top.
  5. Summer Flats - Comfortable needn't be boring. Slip on a pair of stylish summer kicks, and you'll be ready for anything under the sun
  6. Tropical Punch - Floaty dresses in exotic, tropical prints will instantly put you in a summer-getaway state of mind. Just add water.
  7. A Pop of Color - Update your summer look and boost your mood with a shot of juicy color, from pool-blue polish to tangerine lips—the brighter, the better.
  8. Go- Everywhere Tote - Meet your new best bag: an extra-roomy, super-stylish carryall that enjoys both work and play. Just throw it over your shoulder and go.
  9. The Boyfriend Shirt - Our favorite men's shirt has taken on a lived-in feel and more feminine fit for an effortlessly chic allure.
  10. Retro Specs - Soak up the sun with a pair (or two) of classic wayfarer shades—now in a rainbow of not-so-classic hues.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Earrings Style

Earrings are one of the most important fashion accessories for women.  Earrings offer bold color with faceted glass stones, lustrous gold tone discs and earthy briolettes. The look is meant to bring back confidence to fashion in a gorgeous delicate design.  Fashion earrings are stunning in beautiful corals, turquoise, ivory, and apple greens.  I personally prefer the lever-back earrings because they feel more secure.  Wearing these earrings is so romantic and fun, and totally sets the mood for the day.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Eat Healthy

This Memorial Day lets take time to remember those who gave their life for America.  Because of their sacrifice we are able to enjoy time with family and friends.  Hope you have fun grilling and going out to eat, but don't forget about your diet.  Stay fit, stay healthy, and stay happy.

With more than 60% of adults overweight or obese, over 97 million Americans are at risk to a host of chronic diseases. If you are trying to control your weight, watermelon is perfect because it has only 80 calories, no fat at all, and is full of satisfying flavor and important nutrients. One of our favorite ideas is to “spoil your appetite” with a slice of watermelon before your meal. Being 92% water, this appetizer will help curb your hunger by satisfying your taste buds!

Monday Blog Hops

Follow Us Monday Morning - Frugality is Free
Mingle Monday - Life with Meg
Meet Me on Monday Blog Hop at Inspiring You to Save
Monkey Do Monday Blog Hop - Let Them Eat Cake
Monday Mingle Blog Hop Monday - Measuring Flower
Meet Me on Monday - Never Growing Old
Mom Blog Monday - The Not-so-Secret Confessions of a First Time Mom
Give it to Me Monday - Just Married with Coupons

Saturday, May 26, 2012

She's a Senior

Time has flown by these past 17 years.
My baby girl is now a high school senior. 

She has grown and matured before my years. Every prayer has been answered. She is loving, respectful, appreciative, responsible, caring, mature, focused, and special. God has been with her every step of the way. As a single mom, I have to give so much credit to my family for helping me raise her. My mother has been there for Gina, giving her advise and spoiling her. Gina enjoyed those years with my brother when she attended the school he worked at. Gina is so blessed with wonderful aunts. My sister have helped me take care of her, especially during summers when I had to work. Growing up in a Hispanic family means lots of family, and Gina is blessed with cousins who she enjoys hanging out with. Last but not least is my son. He is Gina's best friend. He is two years older than her and as an older brother he has always been there for her. My baby is no longer a baby. She is a fabulous young woman and I'm sure she will always be "Daddy's Girl" to her dad.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Happy Memorial Weekend

I wish all of you a wonderful and safe Memorial weekend.  As we go out to enjoy time with family and friends, lets remember the price of freedom.  It is the service and sacrifice of our military through the centuries that have given America the blessings of freedom.  I send God's blessing to you and your family.

Today is your best day because of love.

My family is my heart, my love, and my purpose. Without them I would be empty and lonely.  My mother is my rock and fountain of wisdom.  My son is my strength, my pride and joy.  My daughter is my beauty, sweetness, and happiness.  My God is my peace, comforter, and confidant.  I need all of them to survive in this world and thrive in my spirit.


Hope does not disappoint us, because God
has poured out His love into our hearts
by the Holy spirit whom He has given us.
Romans 5:5


Thursday, May 24, 2012


Food Network host Giada De Laurentiis stepped out of the kitchen and out on the town for the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation's 37th Annual Gracie Awards Gala, which honors females in outstanding programming in radio, TV, and digital media. Giada took home an award for Outstanding Host - Lifestyle.

Here is Giada at her most creative—and at her most laid back. Flavor, freshness, and fun take center stage while cooking times, pots dirtied, and stress are kept to a minimum. With gorgeous color photographs and intimate home snapshots of Giada and her family, Weeknights with Giada is a welcome handbook of fantastic recipes and surefire Monday-to-Friday strategies for every home cook.  BUY THE BOOK

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


"Accept the things to which fate binds you,
and love the people with whom fate brings you together,
but do so with all your heart."
Marcus Aurelius


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Healthy Eating


House Wives of the Hen Coop

I love chickens and roosters. I think chickens they are sassy. They walk around like its nobody's business, strutting their stuff and pecking like they are looking for gold.  Its so funny how the hens gather in groups to gossip about their day.  I bet they are sizing up the rooster to see which hen he will follow...LOL.  It sounds like real life drama like House Wives of the Hen Coop.
This morning I found these earring on eBay and had to buy them.  The words "El Gallo" means "The Rooster" in Spanish.  They style is from the Loteria (bingo) game that is so popular in the Latin culture.  I can't wait to get them.  They will go great with my Western Senorita attire.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Set Apart For A Purpose

Christ's anointing teaches you the truth on everything you need to know about yourself and Him, uncontaminated by a single life.  Live deeply in what you were taught.
1 John 2:27

In the Old Testament times, pouring olive oil on something or someone was a sign that what was being anointed was being set apart for God's special use.  High priests, rulers, and objects used in God's temple were all anointed and viewed as sac red.  Jesus himself was often referred to as the Anointed One, which is the meaning of Messiah in Hebrew and Jesus in Greek.

Through Jesus' sacrifice, you too have become an anointed one.  Instead of being anointed by oil, you have been anointed with god's own Spirit.  You've been set apart for God's use int he is world.  In the Old Testament, God occasionally anointed people like David and Saul with the gift of his Spirit.  But before Jesus came to earth, this kind of anointing wasn't permanent. God's Spirit could be taken away, like it was from the ruler Saul when Saul became lax in how he followed God.

Thanks to Jesus, the anointing of God's Spirit will never be taken away from you. God's spirit set you apart and become your personal teacher and trainer.  He helps you understand Scripture, see things more clearly from God's perspective, and discern between God's truth and religious-sounding lies.  However, you can only experience a part of God's Spirit while you're here on m earth. That means your understanding of God, the Bible, and his ways is still imperfect. But God's Spirit will help lead you where you need to go in this life.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Support and Inspire

Here are a few tips to that will help you
influence another woman in a positive way:
Give her a sincere compliment
If you see a fellow sister wearing some cute shoes, sporting a funky haircut, or having glowing skin...TELL HER! Compliments are meant to be given and not hidden. You would be surprised at how life-changing a few words can be.
Be able to accept a compliment
When we see our mothers, sisters, and aunts denying compliments we tend to do the same. So, choose to be a better role model and learn to receive compliments. Stop saying, "This old thing?" or "You are just saying that because you're my friend". Instead, say "Thank you for noticing" and return the favor to someone else.
Stand up to gossip
If you are present when someone is being catty and degrading another woman, stand up for her! Inform them that you will not take part in the verbal assault. Or mention something positive, something that you admire about her.
Help the little sisters
Daughters, younger sisters, and other young women we encounter daily are in desperate need of sisterhood. Lead by example and teach them that other women are not the enemy. Instead of being competition minded (i.e., for male affection and attention) encourage them to be confidence minded. When we build self-esteem in others, our own self-esteem increases. And a boost in self-esteem can make us more attractive to potential dating partners and friends.

Start on your own journey to improve the lives of other women and let me know how it goes...  

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Someday dreams....

Getting divorced several years ago meant that I had to adjust to a new lifestyle.  I was no longer able to live the life I was so used to. God had a different plan and I had to adjust.  There were adjustments to be made emotionally and financially.  I have learned so much from my experience, especially to value things I often took for granted.  Since then, I have worked hard and helped my kids with everything I have. 

I used to drive a Mercedes Benz M-Class. It wasn't brand new but it was nice. I now drive a regular "mom" car, as my kids call it.   It paid for and reliable, and that is all I need for now.  I look forward to the day when I can buy myself nicer things.  I've worked hard, sacrificed, and provide so much for my kids.  Hopefully someday it will be my turn to enjoy the finer things in life.  I'm hopeful for "Someday Dreams".

Mercedes-Benz M-Class is an SUV that is very desirable and the best of both worlds, proud legacy of a strong off-road at the same time to make passengers feel as if they were traveling in a luxurious premium saloon. Ground aluminum or wood beautiful and finely detailed switches and trim highlights the electrifying blend with the surface and strong, harmonious lines to create high class interior ambience and an extraordinary sense of well-being for both driver and passenger.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


God gives the best kind of peace, Jesus said that he would give you His peace, not the peace that the world gives.  The world's peace is fragile, uncertain and easily toppled.  God's peace can withstand any storm and difficulty of life.  His peace brings the glorious assurance that all is well because you are His and He is yours.


Monday, May 14, 2012

Mistakes Women Make in Middle Age - 5 of 11

Skipping Exercise

Tempted to stop working out as you get older? (Or use it as another excuse not to start?) Sorry, that won’t cut it.

You’ll have to exercise despite the aches and pains of middle age—the bum knee, tricky back, or it-just-makes-me-feel-like-hell feeling.

Exercising can actually relieve pain, and stave off health problems in coming years, such as creeping weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, or dementia.

If you can manage a marathon, great. If not, now is the time to check out the gym pool, start taking yoga, or fall in love with power walking.