Sunday, December 26, 2010

Sunday Blog Hop!

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Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas Eve!

I wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I hope this upcoming year is a lot better for me and my family. This month was hard for me as I lost two relatives. My grandpa died on December 1st and my uncle Noe died December 21st. My daughter Lily was in the hospital for almost a week for pneumonia.

Although I had all this going on I knew the Lord will help me through it all. I put my trust and faith in Him and all will be well.

I hope everyone remembers the reason for the season and thanks the Lord for all the things in their lives. I have been trying to teach my kids to be happy with everything they have as there are people less fortunate than them. Gifts come from the heart and it's the thought that counts. I just hope it sinks in and they remember what I "preach" when they get older and have their own children.

I'm kinda in a funky mood this morning so if I don't make sense I apologize. It doesn't help that I've been up since 5am and only a couple hours of sleep.

Just remember to appreciate all the people in your life that you love and tell them that you love them daily because you don't know if that will be the last time you see them alive. 

Monday, December 20, 2010

Time for work

Lily goes to the doctor today. I am hoping to hear good news about the pneumonia clearing up. Her dad will actually be taking her as I have errands to do. I honestly do not want to leave my warm bed. It’s cold and raining outside. This krazy weather – I hate you!

It’s going to rain all week some tropical storm going haywire. Anyways, this is the first day of winter break for the kids. It’s after 8am and yes they are still sleeping. I’ve been up since 4am not by choice mind you. Faviola woke up for her feeding and then decided to fight her sleep for two hours. Now I am watching Barney Christmas with Lily who has also been up since before 4am.

I really think I am going to try to potty train Lily during this winter break. She really hasn’t shown signs to learn and I do not want to push her or force her.
I am also supposed to clean my room as I have lots of laundry to put away. I don’t know if I want to – feeling tired. It’s only natural with having a newborn, a toddler who doesn’t sleep during the night and everything in between.
Starting in January I need to focus on finding a job - any job to help pay the bills. I am also going to put my name on the waiting list for CNA training at Fresno Adult School, times are hard and I need to get my butt in gear. I do love being home with my babies but moma needs a job!

Hopefully I will find a job soon. It’s been a couple of years since I last worked. I am a hard worker when I am working and I love helping others. I mostly worked fast food or as an office assistant. I also babysit from my home at reasonable prices. I can do this! I know I can! Let’s just see if these trying times go in my favor and I am blessed with a job.

I’ll let you know how the job hunting goes.

Friday December 17th, 2010 - Update

Wow, it’s Friday already! It seems as though my week went by pretty fast. In a way it kind of did. I was at Children’s Hospital most of this past week as Lily got pneumonia.

She had been sick for over a week before her stay the hospital. It all started before the 7th of this month. She seemed fine in the beginning of the month. I got sick and lost my voice on the 3rd. It was a little difficult for me when I was at my Holiday Boutique in Coalinga.

I got quite a few responses for my drawing. I also got a few sales and was very happy to meet new people while I was there. I was next to a At Home America rep, she was very friendly and we exchanged business cards.

Anyways, back to Lily. I don’t think this had anything to do with it but I’ll let you all decide. As I stated earlier I got sick on the 3rd and felt it on the 4th. That Saturday the 4th we were at my aunt & uncle’s new home. They moved in that day and it was a family gathering as everyone helped them out. Lily drank from my cup and before then she was fine. On Tuesday the 7th she got sick. I really don’t know if that had anything to do with it.

She had a cough and seemed fine. Then out of nowhere she had a high fever over 104. My boyfriend took her to Children’s and they gave her a chest x-ray and she was clear. They told him she had a virus and that it would go away. They sent them home. Lily was given Tylenol and ibuprofen alternating between the two.
It didn’t seem as though Lily was getting better so Antonio took her to the doctor on Friday the 10th. Again they told him she had a virus and prescribed Benadryl. Well Lily started to sleep more and refused to eat or drink anything. All weekend it was like this and we got worried. I was worried because she was taking all these meds and not eating or drinking anything. I did not want her to overdose on these meds.

I took her to the doctor on Monday the 13th, the nurse noticed Lily had a slight fever and her oxygen levels were low. She called the doctor in right away. She listened to Lily’s lungs and heard fluid in there, more her right side than anywhere else. She told me she what she heard and was diagnosing Lily with pneumonia. I was getting in a panic mode but managed to calm myself down. She then called the main doctor and he confirmed what the NP had diagnosed. He told me Lily had acute pneumonia. I was trying to keep it together and not freak out.
He gave me a note and told me to go Children’s and if they had a problem with taking Lily in at that moment to give him a call. Before I started to drive I called my mom as she was caring for Faviola my newborn. Then I called Antonio to let him know what was going on.

Lily got seen right away and didn’t have to wait all night for the doctor to actually see Lily. When the doctor said he was going to admit Lily my heart dropped. I was still trying to keep calm (which is hard for me).
Lily was very dehydrated that they needed to put a iv in so that they can give her fluids. She did not cry when they did this. They also took out blood to check for bacteria in her blood and run other tests.
It didn’t take much time after that for Lily to get her own room. I was very emotional inside because I was unable to help my child. As she lay in bed she seemed unresponsive. I started to break down little by little. I did not want anything to happen to her. I wanted her to get better but I knew it wasn’t up to me. It was in God’s hands and also hers as she had to fight it off. Her little body as I think back I just want to cry.

On Thursday she came home and we watched tv together. I loved it!
I am sitting next to her today and I see her big beautiful smile and her body full of life. I thank God she is ok. She isn’t out of the woods completely as she still has pneumonia and on antibiotics. But I am glad to have her home and have her smiling.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Wednesday Worries

Ok so I know I haven't posted in awhile. I have been really tired with my new baby girl Faviola. She will be 1 month old on the 25th and she is almost 9 pounds already. I took her to the doctor today for a follow up and I was surprised at how much she has grown. I am so happy and excited.

I had been worrying a lot lately. First off, my ex-husband had his parole hearing this past Monday. I was kinda scared as well as my oldest daughter. He is in prison for trying to kill me. It is not something I look forward to when he is going before the board. But I was told he signed a stipulation of five years, meaning he won't go before the board again til 2015.

Second, I am still attending class to become a tax preparer. I should finish mid December. I hope I do well so I can get a seasonal job. I could really use the money to help pay off some old debts and splurge on my kids. Maybe buy me some new clothes as I need them.

Third, I still want to sign up for CNA class as I want to get into nursing. I figure that is something I can do and it will benefit my whole family. I need a good paying gig with six kids. They tend to get a bit expensive, especially my teenage daughter.

I would also like to get married someday (again). My boyfriend has brought it to my attention that in this economy we need to have good income coming in. As like I said before I have six children to support.

I won't be able to post as often as I would like to, because I am sooooo tired all the time. I will try my best to keep you all updated on what's going on in My Krazy Life.

Goodnight!

Wandering Wednesday!

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Life Lessons from Jim Rohn

Life is worthwhile if you TRY.
Try something to see if you can do it. Try to make a difference. Try to make some progress. Try to learn a new skill. Try your best. Give it every effort.
Life is worthwhile if you STAY.
You have to stay from spring until harvest. If you have signed up for the day or the game or the project, see it through. Don't end in the middle.
Life is worthwhile if you CARE.
If you care at all, you will get results. If you care enough, you will get incredible results.
Care enough to make a difference.
Care enough to turn somebody around.
Care enough to change.
Care enough to win.
Life is worthwhile if you PLAN.
If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan.
Life is worthwhile if you GIVE.
Giving is better than receiving because giving starts the receiving process.
Life is worthwhile if you BE.
Wherever you are, be there. Develop a unique focus on the current moment.
Let others lead small lives, but not you.
Let others argue over small things, but not you.
Let others cry over small hurts, but not you.
Let others leave their futures in someone else's hands, but not you.

"Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself and be lenient to everybody else."
~Henry Ward Beecher

One Flaw in Women

Women have strengths that amaze men.....

They bear hardships and they carry burdens,

but they hold happiness, love and joy.

They smile when they want to scream.

They sing when they want to cry.

They cry when they are happy

and laugh when they are nervous.

They fight for what they believe in..

They stand up to injustice.

They don ' t take "no" for an answer

when they believe there is a better solution.

They go without so their family can have.

They go to the doctor with a frightened friend.

They love unconditionally.

They cry when their children excel

and cheer when their friends get awards.

They are happy when they hear about

a birth or a wedding.

Their hearts break when a friend dies.

They grieve at the loss of a family member,

yet they are strong when they

think there is no strength left.

They know that a hug and a kiss

can heal a broken heart.

Women come in all shapes, sizes and colors.

They ' ll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you

to show how much they care about you.

The heart of a woman is what

makes the world keep turning.

They bring joy, hope and love.

They have compassion and ideas.

They give moral support to their

family and friends.

Women have vital things to say

and everything to give.

HOWEVER, IF THERE IS ONE FLAW IN WOMEN,

IT IS THAT THEY FORGET THEIR WORTH.
 
Please pass this along to all your women friends and relatives to remind them just how amazing they are.

Sack Lunches - an email sent to me

Sack

Lunches

I put my carry-on in the

luggage compartment and sat down in my assigned

seat. It was going to be a long flight. 'I'm

glad I have a good book to read. Perhaps I will

get a short nap,' I thought.


 
Just before take-off,

a line of soldiers came down the aisle and

filled all the vacant seats, totally surrounding

me. I decided to start a conversation.


 
'Where are you

headed?' I asked the soldier seated nearest to

me.
'Petawawa. We'll be there for two

weeks for special training, and then we're being

deployed to Afghanistan

 
 
After

flying for about an hour, an announcement was

made that sack lunches were available for five

dollars. It would be several hours before we

reached the east, and I quickly decided a lunch

would help pass the time...


 
As I reached for my

wallet, I overheard a soldier ask his buddy if

he planned to buy lunch.  'No, that seems

like a lot of money for just a sack lunch.

Probably wouldn't be worth five bucks.

I'll wait till we get to base.'


 
His friend agreed.


 
I looked around at the

other soldiers. None were buying lunch. I walked

to the back of the plane and handed the flight

attendant a fifty dollar bill.  'Take a

lunch to all those soldiers.' She grabbed my

arms and squeezed tightly. Her eyes wet with

tears, she thanked me. 'My son was a soldier in

Iraq ; it's almost like you are doing it for

him.'
 
Picking up ten

sacks, she headed up the aisle to where the

soldiers were seated. She stopped at my seat and

asked, 'Which do you like best - beef or

chicken?'
'Chicken,' I replied,

wondering why she asked. She turned and went to

the front of plane, returning a minute later

with a dinner plate from first class.


 
'This is your thanks.'


 
After we finished

eating, I went again to the back of the plane,

heading for the rest room.


 
A

man stopped me. 'I saw what you did. I want to

be part of it. Here, take this.' He handed me

twenty-five dollars.


 
Soon after I returned

to my seat, I saw the Flight Captain coming down

the aisle, looking at the aisle numbers as he

walked, I hoped he was not looking for me, but

noticed he was looking at the numbers only on my

side of the plane. When he got to my row he

stopped, smiled, held out his hand and said, 'I

want to shake your hand.' Quickly unfastening my

seatbelt I stood and took the Captain's hand.

With a booming voice he said, 'I was a soldier

and I was a military pilot. Once, someone bought

me a lunch. It was an act of kindness I never

forgot.' I was embarrassed when applause was

heard from all of the passengers.


 
Later I walked to the

front of the plane so I could stretch my legs. A

man who was seated about six rows in front of me

reached out his hand, wanting to shake mine. He

left another twenty-five dollars in my palm.


 
When we landed I

gathered my belongings and started to deplane.

Waiting just inside the airplane door was a man

who stopped me, put something in my shirt

pocket, turned, and walked away without saying a

word. Another twenty-five dollars!


 
Upon entering the

terminal, I saw the soldiers gathering for their

trip to the base.
I walked over to

them and handed them seventy-five dollars. 'It

will take you some time to reach the

base.
 
It

will be about time for a sandwich.
God

Bless You.'
 
Ten young

men left that flight feeling the love and

respect of their fellow travelers.


 
As I walked briskly to

my car, I whispered a prayer for their safe

return. These soldiers were giving their all for

our country. I could only give them a couple of

meals. It seemed so little...


 
A veteran is someone

who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank

check made payable to 'The United States of

America  ' for an amount of 'up to and

including my life.'


 
That is Honor, and

there are way too many people in this country

who no longer understand

it.'
 
  
 


 

Thank you to all the men & women who are fighting for our freedom! We love you and appreciate all you are doing for us. May God Bless You!
Return Home Safely.

Thursday's Friends Cafe


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8 Friends EVERY Woman Needs

I seen this on my moms group site and I thought I'd share.


http://www.prevention.com/8friendseverywomanneeds/list/1.shtml

1. A Childhood Friend
She can still remember the boy-crazy, artistic girl you were at 16.
Longtime intimates are special for many reasons. They knew you and your family while you were growing up and likely have many memories and stories of you that no one else does. "These friends remind you that you are still the person you've always been," says Rebecca G. Adams, PhD, a leading friendship researcher and sociology professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Nurture these ties by starting a members-only Web site—groups on Yahoo, Google, or Facebook are free and make it easy. Use them to plan vacations or share links to digital photo albums. Or keep things low tech—just stick a card in the mail now and then, and stay in touch with phone calls. Research from the University of Notre Dame shows that people who chat at least every 15 days have the best chance of staying close over time.


2. A New Friend
Unlike members of your grade school crew, newly acquired pals have no preconceived notions about you.
"As we get older, we can fall into ruts," says Pamela McLean, PhD, a psychologist in Santa Barbara, CA. "New friends ignite different kinds of thinking and fresh ways of being." What's more, they'll connect you to another network of people, says Rosemary Blieszner, PhD, a professor at Virginia Tech who has researched friendships among older women. That network can be helpful if you’re looking to make a career change or find a new pool of potential dates.

Find new friends at the office, befriend your kids’ friends’ parents, or try new activities, like that Zumba class at the gym.

3. A Workout Friend
She’ll drag you out for a jog on days when you’d rather be parked on the couch.
Experts agree that exercising—whether walking, golfing, or salsa dancing—is one of the most important things you can do for your physical and mental health and longevity. And a good friend may be the glue that makes this healthy habit stick. A University of Connecticut study of 189 women ages 59 to 78 found that strong social support was key to maintaining a new exercise regimen for 1 year.

4. A Spiritual Friend
Being part of a spiritual community—not necessarily an organized religion—helps people stay resilient, research shows.
A study from Duke University Medical Center found that people who regularly attended religious services or engaged in activities such as prayer, meditation, or Bible study had a 50% lower risk of dying over a 6-year period than others of the same age and health status.

That's not to say it's easy to forge a connection in a room of 300 worshippers or while meditating on your own. Seek more intimate opportunities at a local church or temple: Volunteer in a canned food drive campaign, or attend a lecture series. Or try a neighborhood yoga center or community college; they often offer spiritually meaningful courses.


For best results, set a joint exercise goal together—whether it’s going for a neighborhood walk 4 days a week or running a 5K. It's the best way to boost the get-healthy payoff of a workout partner because neither of you is poking and prodding the other, which is a recipe for resentment, says Marcia G. Ory, PhD, a researcher at Texas A&M Health Science Center.

5. A Younger Friend
How did you juggle your full-time job and three kids? Your 10-years-younger friend really wants to know.
Research shows that an essential element of a happy life is to nurture and feel useful to others—by cooking a wholesome meal, say, or passing on what you've learned through experience. For many women, that itch gets scratched by raising children. But mentoring younger friends (from the office, for example) can give you that same feeling, Blieszner says.

To maximize the benefits of this friendship, let advice flow in both directions. A younger confidante can explain the social networking site du jour or offer a fresh take on current events.

6. Your Partner’s Friends
Becoming tight with your husband’s pals is good for your marriage.
The more a couple's family and friends intermingle, the happier spouses are after even just 1 year of marriage, found one study that examined the social circles of 347 couples. "We were surprised," says researcher Kenneth Leonard, PhD, a professor of clinical psychology at SUNY Buffalo. "Including your spouse in your network of friends is nearly as important for marital happiness as making them feel they are a part of your family."

7. Your Mom
About 85% of adult women say they have a good relationship with their mother, according to a Pennsylvania State University study.

Despite the inevitable conflicts between grown moms and daughters, the relationships are generally strong, supportive, and close. "There is great value in this bond because mothers and daughters care so much for one another," says study author Karen L. Fingerman, PhD. If you’d like to be closer but run into the same roadblocks over and over, here’s some advice to overcome the most common issues.
You find it hard to enjoy time with mom: Stop trying to change her, and focus on what you do enjoy, says Fingerman.
You keep clashing over the same old issues: The women who had the strongest relationships didn't take the conflicts personally. Instead, they tended to see criticism as a reflection of their mother's habits or traits.
The relationship feels too close for comfort: Daughters who did the best with this accepted that their mothers wanted more time together. Instead of telling their moms what they couldn't do, these daughters focused on when they could get together and what they could do for their mothers.

8. Yourself
If you’re like a lot of women, you’d drop everything to help a friend in need—but often don’t pay yourself the same respect.

So, how does one befriend herself, exactly? It starts with self-knowledge, says Prevention advisor Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the University of Maryland. “Getting to know yourself is an amazing adventure,” she says. “Think of what makes you fall in love with someone: how genuine, sincere, and caring they can be; the unconditional love they offer, no matter what. Doesn't that describe how you should feel about yourself?”

Peeke recommends you repeat the following mantra as a reminder: "I love and honor myself as I do the other important people in my life." To give yourself the TLC you deserve, write down seven things that make you feel happy and healthy (cooking dinner, talking to a friend, running, reading a book), and make sure you do at least one every day.
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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

It's a Girl!!!!

On October 25th, 2010 I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. She weighed 7 pounds and 3 ounces and was 20 inches long. Her name is Faviola Elena.

Now the birth was kinda krazy. I was scheduled for a c-section on that day but I was to check in at 11am and have the procedure done at 2pm. Well here is the krazy part at 6 am I start to have contractions and they feel pretty intense. i just kinda brushed them off and then got worried when they were about 5 minutes apart. I got in the shower and headed to my mom's to drop off Lily. This was about 8am or so. I got to the hospital and told them I was having contractions and they were about 5 minutes apart.

I got taken to the triage part of the birthing center and got hooked up to the machine to measure the contractions. Then I was checked to see how far dilated I was. I was at a 5 already in just those two short hours. I was then prepped for surgery and the whole process didn't even take that long before I knew it I heard the sweet sounds of crying and I knew my baby was born.

I was very excited to meet my new baby girl and happy she was healthy. We spent the next couple of days at the hospital as I had to recover from my surgery. I do have to admit I really enjoyed my stay there as I was the one being taken care of for a change.

Once I got home reality hit me hard. I returned to the stress of the kids and significant other. Sure it was ok the first couple of days then it was the same ol shit that I dread everyday. I know I should be happy but I am not. My kids and SO are unappreciative and they make feel horrible all the time. If I have any type of "feeling" I am told I am childish that is not what I want and I feel stuck. I don't know what to do any more and I am starting to just give up, maybe it's the postpartum depression talking, but what was the excuse before I gave birth. I still feel the same way. Maybe it will be easier not to feel so I won't let them get to me.

On a different note, I am very happy about my baby girl and happy to have her with me.

Got this in an email

Words for Women to Live By J

1. Aspire to be Barbie - the bitch has everything.

2. If the shoe fits - buy them in every color.

3. Take life with a pinch of salt... A wedge of lime, and a shot of tequila.

4. In need of a support group? - Cocktail hour with the girls!

5. Go on the 30 day diet. (I'm on it and so far I've lost 15 days).

6. When life gets you down - just put on your big girl panties and deal with it.

7. Let your greatest fear be that there is no PMS and this is just your personality.

8. I know I'm in my own little world, but it's ok. They know me here.

9. Lead me not into temptation, I can find it myself.

10. Don't get your knickers in a knot; it solves nothing and makes you walk funny.

11. When life gives you lemons in 2010 - turn it into lemonade then mix it with vodka and invite me.

12. Remember, wherever there is a good looking, sweet, single or married man there is some woman tired of his bullshit!

13. Keep your chin up, only the first 40 years of parenthood are the hardest.

14. If it has Tires or Testicles it's gonna give you trouble.

15. By the time a woman realizes her mother was right, she has a daughter who thinks she's wrong.

'Good friends are like stars.........You don't always see them, but you know they are always there' 'Remember yesterday, dream about tomorrow, but live for today'. Now smile and send to any girl wasting time at work, suffering from a hangover, or just suffering from life, who might need a reason to smile!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Hello Again!


Wow it's been like two months since I last posted anything. Guess I have been pretty busy. Here's the update on what's going on with me.

On October 25th I am scheduled for my c-section to deliver my baby girl. I am very excited to meet her and will be relieved as well. My boyfriend is picking out her name and he doesn't have one yet. I am about ready to pick it out myself, but since I told him he could I will let him. I just hope he doesn't keep me in suspense too long. I am a bit nervous about going into surgery after all every surgery small or big is risky.

I have been busy trying to get my Gold Canyon Candle business off the ground. I also joined Discovery Toys recently. I love that their toys teach Lily as she plays with them. I also have them for the kids I babysit for in my home. I started a babysitting business in my home. I like to care for children and help out parents in the process. So if you live in the Fresno/Clovis area and are in need of a childcare I am your sitter. I can only babysit in my home as I have my little ones I care for as well. You can go to my website HERE and check out what I have to offer as well as the rates.

I had my first babysitting gig this past week. It was for a little boy named Elijah. He is two and a half and he was such a joy to have around. I babysat him for a full week while his mother was away at business. I have to admit I did get attached to him. My kids liked having him here to. 

My boys are still in Boy Scouts and I am trying to get them involved in karate. We went to a meeting today and they seem to like it. I hope the cost is reasonable and I can afford it. I think it will help them to build their self confidence and self esteem up.

I  have made a tremendous improvement on my bedroom. If you were unaware of this I am a pack rat. Which means I do not like to throw anything out. I have been looking through the many boxes I have left and slowly been getting rid of stuff. I am so proud of myself. I have also got a handle on my impulsive shopping. I try really hard not to buy thing I do not need, because if I do it just ends up in the pile of stuff I don't want to get rid of.

Did I also mention I am taking a tax preparer class? I am hoping to get hired on for a seasonal position. I have been working really hard to understand all the tax laws, credits and everything else. I pray I do get hired on. This will be a great opportunity for me and my kids.

Well that is just an update for now. I will try to blog at least once a week. I could really use the break and it helps me to not feel so overwhelmed & stressed. Til I blog again....

Monday, August 23, 2010

Follow Me Back Tuesday


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SITE NAME


It's a great way to start off your week & get more BF's !!
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http://thenewxmasdolly.blogspot.com/




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Queen of the catalog Scavenger Hunt

Enter to win $25.00 in Gold Canyon products! Email me at leticia@kozycandles.com before 09/30/2010 midnight pacific daylight time with the answers to the questions below in the order they are presented only. You can receive a catalog by emailing me with your address and I will mail one out to you. (Gold Canyon employees and demonstrators or their families are not eligible to win.)

Want to double the prize, Book a catalog show or if local (Central Valley area) an in home party and if your name is drawn you will get $50.00 of Gold Canyon product, plus your hostess awards amount earned for the total sales of your party.

This contest is sponsored by Leticia Torres Independant Demonstrator for Gold Canyon Candles and is in no way offered by Gold Canyon Candles LLC. all prizes are awarded directly from me. Winner will be picked from a random drawing of all correctly answered entries on October 5, 2010 and notified both on this page and by email on the same day. Parties booked for the added prize must be closed by September 30, 2010 and must have a total product sales of $150.00 to qualify.



"QUEEN OF THE CATALOG" SCAVENGER HUNT

1) What is the fun name for the new seasonal tealight column set called? _____________________
(Can store your tealights inside OR fill with flowers, match sticks or candy! So many uses!)

2) The three (3) new Winter Splendor candles have how many wicks? _______________

3) The scent of our new Breast Cancer research candle is __________________________________ (10% of each candle will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation!)

4) What are the three (3) scents for the BOO "delightfully frightful" candles? Happy Halloween!a)_________________________________________________b)_________________________________________________

c)_________________________________________________

5) Each fundraiser candle sold can earn up to $_________ each! Would your organization prefer to sell one (1) 16 oz. Gold Canyon candle or 14 candy bars to earn a 40% return?

6) What is the new holiday Diffuser scent?___________________________ ("Scratch & Win" giveaways on each Diffuser and Refill from 9/1-11/30!

)7) Your Pod Warmer can be converted to an Oil Warmer by using this Oil Warmer Adapter found on page _______!

8) The new scents for the candles in the "Candles for Kids" line are: (100% of the profits of these candles go to the Prayer Child Foundation – making a difference in the lives of children!)
a)________________________________________________b)________________________________________________

9) There are three (3) new CHIMNEY sets (GREAT for decorating!) – what are their colors?
a)________________________________________________b)________________________________________________

c)________________________________________________

10) What is the sales dollar amount range wherein a Host can earn $80.00 in rewards and 50% off two (2) items? _______________________________
(Don't forget the extras from the monthly Host Promotion Flyer!)

11) The Home Fragrance Oil can be used in how many of our products? ___________ (a bit tricky!)

12) What is the name of our newest Boutique Chic fragrance? _________________________

13) To properly extinguish your candles, use our _____________________________ and keep your wicks cut to ¼" using our _________________________________. (Both will reduce black smoke and extend the life of your candle!)

14) Due to their immense popularity, how many choices of Pod Warmers are now available? ______________

15) Pamper a friend, your family or yourself with our wonderful EMERGE line! How many gift sets are available? ________

16) Make your Christmas tree, wreaths and/or garland really smell like Christmas with these new Scent It! Ornaments found on Page_________!

17) What are the scents of the two (2) new layered candles that are adorned with an adorable felt ornament?a)_____________________________________________b)_____________________________________________

18) What pages are the new Pumpkin Patch & Candy Twist Pod Warmers on? ________

19) The Snowflake Twinkle Tie set will liven up your Christmas display! How much does a set of three (3) cost? $______

20) One (1) of our Caffé Velluto candles has a new name: ____________________________________ (three (3) wicks!)







Hurry and request your catalog soon!!! By entering you agree to receive our monthly newsletter "Gold Canyon's Living Well" and special deals and promotions. You may unsubscribe at any time if you wish to.

Good Luck to all who enter!

Adapted from fellow gold canyon demo.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Birthday Bash


Well last night we went to my little cousin's 16th birthday bash. We had sooooo much fun.
I was dancing up a storm with Lily and Bella. My cousin Sunny was up there most of the time dancing with all the kids.

Antonio, Lily and I danced a spanish song together. It was really nice. Lily also managed to her her dad up there to dance with her a second time.

It was nice to spend time with my family and be there for this great coming of age party. My daughter Alanis will have hers in three years so i guess I need to start planning and save up. I will have help from all the Padrinos. Plus I want to get her a starter car, her first car for her present.

Here are some pics of the party:

My kids had fun. Family means everything to me and just being surrounded by some of my family members it felt real good. I miss gatherings like this one. My family doesn't do this often as everyone went their own ways or don't bother to include you in their "parties," in those cases I guess I am not missing much. Since after all I think that just bulls@*t.

Til next time I blog....

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Fall – it's closer than you think…CHECKLIST for success



(I found this posted in one of my yahoo groups and I though I'd pass it on.)

Oh boy – it seems like summer is in full swing and yet as it draws to a close
the Back to School ads are abundant. Can it be that it is already that time? Are
you READY?

1. Calendar check – if you have school aged children, go to your school's
website and transfer the calendar dates (as they are known so far) into your
planner or PDA. That way you will know when you can schedule your parties.

2. If you haven't already done so – focus for the next week on connecting with
those in your customer base who don't have school aged children. Moms of infants
and preschoolers, empty nesters, singles and grandparents. THESE are the people
who will have more time to host parties for you between now and mid September.
Look at who these hostesses were last year at this time and call them first!

3. Watch the Back to School sale ads and stock up on any supplies that you might
need for the busy fall season. Now is a great time to restock your supplies of
pencils/pens, customer folders and file folders at a great price.
I am already doing this as I want to be ready!
4. Order your new fall product kit. Fall traditionally is a busy time when you
see lots of customers before the holidays. The adage of "if they see it, they
will buy it" is a good rule of thumb!
I bought mine and I enjoyed all the new products!
5. Stock up on business supplies. Order your fall catalogs, order forms and
recruiting brochures.
In the process of doing this!
6. If you didn't give your samples a spring cleaning this past April or May,
DEFINITELY do so before fall is in full swing. For a professional presentation,
it is important that your samples look FRESH and NEW!

7. Take out your calendar right now and schedule a back to school coffee with
neighborhood moms. (Remember YOU are the hostess who NEVER says NO to YOU!) This
is a great way to reconnect after the long summer and show off your new fall
samples (and sell off any old samples at a discount!)
Need to do this!
8. Revisit and reset your office hours for the fall. When will you be working?
Designate time each week for phone calls, recruiting appointments and parties.

I thought this would be very helpful for others. I know it will help me.I have some of these done and need to work on the others. I plan to have a great fall, full of parties and sales.  I just need to work hard and promote myself. Good Luck you all!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Thursday's Thoughts

I started a new Meetup group!!! Fresno Women Entrepreneurs. We are currently looking for sponsors of all types. Message me for more details!!!! Get your business seen and your name out there.

I also joined a lot of groups like play dates for Lily and me to attend. School starts on August 16th and I want us to get out there and make new friends. Speaking of school my daughter Bella started her first day of kindergarten today. I called her and wanted to know how it went. She liked it a lot. I talked to her grandmother Irene about how she did on her first day. You know we seem to talk well regarding Bella. Anyways, my boys found out what class they are going to be in. I still can't believe my kids are growing up so fast.

I wanted to let you all know that my vendor show went well last week. There was more people than I had expected. I ran out of my goodie bags quick. I was able to make some contacts. It being my first show and all, I now know what to do better. Especially when it comes to filling out the contact cards. Here are some pics of my setup:


I am finally the mom of a teenager as Alanis turned thirteen on sunday the 8th. I am so proud of her, she is such a beautiful young lady. Did I mention she wants to be a doctor when she grow up, so she can help those who cannot afford to help themselves.

You know I am her biggest fan! Well next to my mother. She also tried out her photography skills here are some of her pics:


I am attending a Gold Canyon training event on tuesday. It will be a launch party for the new holiday line. I am so excited as I already got my holiday package and I enjoyed all the new products and the holiday scents. I also have been challenged to recruit team members before october as I am trying to make manager. If you ever thought about joining Gold Canyon or would like a discount because you are a scented candle lover then won't you sign up today! Go to my website: http://www.kozycandles.com and join! August is the last month to join for $20! Want a kit when you join? Sampler is three payments of $24.99 and full demo is three payments of $49.99 plus tax/ship.

I will also be having my first giveaway soon! So check out the giveaway page and get the latest scoop.

Til next time I blog!!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Gold Canyon Holiday Products

Start your holiday shopping now. Great new products to choose from. Host a catalog party and earn your favorite products!
I got my holiday package today and my kids and I were smelling all the holiday scents and fell in love with them. I especially love the Cozy Christmas scent and I cannot wait to turn my new scent pod warmer on with this scent pod scent.
I hope you stop by my website and place you holiday order. If you order $150 or more I will give you free shipping on your order. All orders $25 and more will get a free goodie bag from me.
Happy Shopping!

Follow Me Wednesday

Welcome to{Follow Me Wednesday} hosted by 3 Four and Under and Momma Go Round!
This is a wonderful way to meet new people and follow some awesome blogs!
Here is what you do!
Please add your blog address to the Linky.
Please follow both of the hosting blogs!  Leave us a comment and we will follow you back!
Place the Follow Me Wednesday Button somewhere on your post!
Then, visit the other blogs on the list. Follow them if you would like.
Please leave them a comment telling them you are visiting them from {Follow Me Wednesday}!
We all love comments!
We only had 9 entries last week.  Lets try to get more! 





 10 entries so far... you're next!
  1. 3 Four and Under
  2. Momma Go Round
  3. Inspirations by D
  4. Belly Charms - the blog
  5. Baking and Crafting Fun!
  1. Crazy About My Baybah
  2. Reviews and Giveaways
  3. TheChickenista
  4. Lydias Pennies
  5. Leticia @ My Krazy Life
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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Life's Handbook

I got this in my email awhile back and I wanted to share with all of you.


HANDBOOK 2010

Health
:

1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants..
4. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy
5. Make time to pray.
6. Play more games
7. Read more books than you did in 2009 .
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day
9. Sleep for 7 hours.
10. Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily. And while you walk, smile.


Personality
:

11. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
12. Don't have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
13.. Don't over do. Keep your limits.
14. Don't take yourself so seriously.. No one else does.
15. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.
16. Dream more while you are awake
17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need..
18. Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner with His/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.
20. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
23. Smile and laugh more.
24. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree...


Society
:

25. Call your family often.
26. Each day give something good to others.
27. Forgive everyone for everything..
28. Spend time w/ people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
30. What other people think of you is none of your business.
31. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.


Life
:

32. Do the right thing!
33. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
34. GOD heals everything.
35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change...
36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
37.. The best is yet to come...
38.. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it.
39. Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy.


Last but not the least
:

40. Please Forward this to everyone you care about, I just did. 



Discovery Toys Giveaway

I am trying to win this for my daughter Lily and also give you readers a chance as well. So click on the link below and sign up! I really hope I win.

 

BUSY BUGS Learning Set - Giveaway

You can count on these buggy friends to introduce your child to early math skills and concepts such as sorting, categorization, matching, sequencing, patterning, and more. Set contains 36 colorful, textured bugs and 23 progressively challenging activities on double-sided cards. 11" x 4" (28 cm x 10 cm) cards.


from 3 years to primary school (K, V)

 
Learning Pathways: from 3 years - primary school

 
EXPLORATION, MATH, MOTOR SKILLS, THINKING SKILLS KEY BENEFITS:
  • Identify, sort, sequence, classify, match, and count 6 different bug species in 6 different colors;
  • Engage in pattern play;
  • Develop tactile learning by exploring different shapes and textures;
  • Enjoy imaginative play;
  • Practice fine motor dexterity;
  • 12 double-sided activity cards promote progressive development of fundamental pre-math skills;
  • Add your own activity on blank card;
  • Learn even more with fun bug facts and additional activities in included guide!

Tanya Peila and Cara Retz of Discovery Toys are giving away a BUSY BUG Learning Set.

Winner will be chosen August 15, 2010. PLEASE make sure you leave an email address where I can get a hold of you! US entries only.

Surfin' Saturdays - Networked Blogs ~ August 7th




I am joining this new blog hop let's see how it goes.

In the last two days I've watched movies with my kids. Thursday night was the Tooth Fairy starring The Rock and Ashley Judd. This movie was HILARIOUS! It had me laughing all through it. The Rock was great and not to mention great to look at. Ashley's performance was great, but then again I love all her movies as she is an awesome actress. My kids really enjoyed this movie night we shared together.

Friday night we watched Kick Ass I really don't remember the main characters name but Nicolas Cage also starred in this movie. This movie not only had me laughing but in awe of the little girl who can kick some ass. In the movie she was great at fighting the bad guys and can definitely handle her own.

I am not a movie critic so may not be good on movie reviews, but I can say this if you have kids at home I think they will be satisfied with these two movies. if you've seen them let me know what you thought and if you haven't what are you waiting for.

The mall was krazy today as the kids are shopping for school. We shopped at the Fashion Fair mall JC Penney to be exact. They had some good deals on the clothes and I was able to save over $150. The clothes are cute and expensive as well. I can't remember the last time I actually shopped at the mall so I was in shock of the prices. I hardly shop at the mall. I am more of a Walmart shopper. That's my fave store. Especially with all the kids I need to save money along the way.

After the mall we went to IHOP for dinner. The kids ate free. They are having a promo for the month of August, one free kids entree (drink not included) with the purchase of an adult entree. This is everyday from 4pm - 10pm (participating stores only). I ordered the Tuscan Chicken Griller with seasoned fries and the Strawberry lemonade drink. This burger was mouth watering. I was in heaven with this chicken, especially the roasted tomatoes. The fries and the lemonade was not bad either. I am more of a chicken eater than I am meat, so naturally I wanted to give this meal a try. I give it 5 stars in my book.

So here comes the best part after dinner we went to guess where......ya you guessed it Walmart! Antonio wanted to take pictures of Lily since she was dressed up so beautiful. He says he doesn't see her dressed up often. I told him well we are always at home why dress up with no place to go. We will try to get out more and have fun in the process. But another reason I'd rather stay home is i feel drained all the time. this pregnancy is really taking a toll on my body, not to mention the insomnia. If any of you out there know of a safe way to treat insomnia I am all ears. I need some good night's rest.

It was a great day today! I am glad we went out and enjoyed ourselves. Saturday is clean up day! We are going to clean the house top to bottom as the party is on Sunday for my daughter. She is excited about turning thirteen. I hope she has a better party than I did at her age. Oh ya my daughter got invited to go to China next summer, some school program. We will go to the meeting and find out all the details. Don't know if she is going but nice to hear form the other students who went this past summer.

I put Buddy outside for the first time tonight. Let's see how he does. It's his first night in the big outside world. In case you don't know who Buddy is he is my almost 5 month old Chi Beagle. I find it hard to house break him and I wanted my laundry room back. He can do all his stuff outside like regular dogs. If you know of a good way to house break a puppy I am all ears as I do not know what I am doing.

I am still trying to potty train Lily so she can go to preschool. I do not want too force her as I do not want to traumatize her. I figure she will go on her her. Like I said I just don't have the strength right now. I am going to start on my prenatals tomorrow hopefully they will help with the tiredness.

That's all for now til I blog again! Good night ya'll at least I am going to try to fall asleep.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Win a Starbucks Card!

I found this giveaway and I am hoping to win! I want to share with all of you for a chance to win as well. You must click the link below to go to their site to post your comments. Read their info: 

 

 

 

$20 Starbucks Gift Card Giveaway!


In celebration of reaching 100 followers by our 4th week we are having our first Giveaway. There is nothing that we love more than getting out of the house for a while to go sit at one of our local Starbucks and bask in the a.c. plus wonderful smells of coffee and pastries with our laptops to work and do homework.



We want to share this with you so we are giving away 2 $10 Gift Cards to two of our followers (1 each). 

To enter the giveaway just follow the steps below. Click link above. Giveaway starts August 4th EST and ends Aug 27th at 11:59 PST. Two Winners will be chosen by Random.org. Must be 18 and older to participate.Please make sure to include your email address with each post. Winners will have 48 hours to respond or new winners will be chosen.

*This giveaway is funded by The Smash Bravo Team. Two $10 gift cards will be purchased directly from Starbucks at the end of the giveaway and mailed to the winners. 

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Wednesday Worries

Lots has happened since I last blogged. On Sunday, my family & I went to the river for a bbq. We had a blast I wasn't able to take too many pictures since I got in the river as it was hot that day. Lily got in too all by herself. I am so proud of her. She is officially a water baby lol. My boys Ernesto & Dominic had fun drifting down the river. It was packed that day but we all still had fun . The water was a bit cold but at the same time it was refreshing. I am glad we were able to get away from the city and just enjoy the day as a family. We will definitely being doing that more often.

My insomnia has increased as I find myself staying up later and later. I seem to have lots on my mind which will not me rest. I spoke to my fiance and he told me it's probably because I seen my ex boyfriend with his new girlfriend. That's not it I told him, I also told him I am over my ex. I guess Antonio doesn't think I am. I told him it bothered me to see my ex's new girlfriend in photos with my daughter Bella. It hurts that I think she gets to spend more tie with my child than I do. I just don't want to be replaced in the heart of my daughter. Does that make sense to all you mothers out there or am I just over exaggerating?

My daughter Alanis turns thirteen this Sunday. I cannot believe she will be a teenager. My mom says I'm getting old. I told her no I am not. At least I do not feel old and I do not plan to feel that way for a long time. At least I will try, lol. We are having a birthday barbecue for her and Antonio and & I picked out her gift already. We tease her as she wants us to tell her what we got her. I told her she needs to wait til Sunday. I hope that all those we invited show up so they can join us as we celebrate this milestone for my daughter. Either way we will still have fun.

I have my first vendor show tomorrow and I am a bit nervous. I know things will go well. Ernesto is going to help me, I am going to try to get plenty of rest tonight. I do not want to be tired as it will be all morning. I will definitely need coffee. I hope Starbucks is open early. I finished getting all my stuff ready for the show tomorrow. It's all packed up and ready to go. I am going to try to get some sleep.

I will blog about my show and post pics too. Oh ya I need to take my camera. Well til I blog again!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Hectic Week

Well I have been trying to get ready for a vendor show I have next thursday. I have been putting info bags together and also little gift bags filled with other wahms info.

I am so excited as this will hopefully get my name out there. I need more business and I am determined to get more clients and sales from this. All my kids have been helping me get ready. Even my 2year old Lily. She comes up to me and says 'I help' she is so adorable. I am grateful for them wanting to help and I do see it as spending time with them. I want to spend more time and it will happen.

I am officially 26 weeks now. I will be 27 weeks tomorrow saturday. I am so ready to have this baby. I am trying to prepare for her arrival as well. I was thinking of having an online baby shower. Let me know if this is something you would be interested in participating in. I could use some help in baby girl stuff since all my stuff got burned in the fire. Just a thought I throw out there.

My life has been hectic these past few weeks and I could really use some me time, but with a house full that's kinda impossible. Let's just say I am so looking forward to school starting up again. I have major problems sleeping at night talk about insomnia. I have also come to conclusion that I am not the only mom type in my daughter's life. Her dad has a new girlfriend and she seems to be spending quality one on one time with my daughter. Don't get me wrong i am glad she is doing so but I am still kinda upset. I know it is not easy to pay attention to all my children at once, not to mention my fiance. I feel so overwhelmed at all the "duties" I have in my life. And yes I feel as though I am going krazy, but I am hanging in there. I am not one to give up on anything I do. I just need to have mommy & me days with my children. It's easier said than done. I also found out my grandpa has cancer and that he has totally given up on life (my mom's dad), and I just don't know what to do or think about that whole situation. I do know if he does pass away my grandma would be devastated and probably will not recover from it. I forgot to mention that my teenage daughter (almost) is also going through some things as my brother's wife is putting her through bullshit. She puts guilt trips on her and makes her cry. What kind of aunt does that? She just brings my daughter down and if it was up to me we would not have anything to do with her, but like I said she is my brother's wife.

I am also looking for 5 more people to sign up to host a Gold Canyon Candles catalog party in august of a minimum of $100 worth of orders. Please help me out if you can. I can send you a catalog and some order forms to show family and friends. All orders will ship directly to you and then you just hand out the orders.

It's probably all these pregnancy hormones getting to me either way Thanks for letting me vent! ;)