Thursday, May 31, 2012

Its 9months already..cue in the **tears**

 9 months have arrived and all i can say is this bundle of joy has done exactly what her namesake says about her Violet Joy is JOY!! 







She has brought a whole different spirit, dynamic into our family. A definite clown and loves to make us laugh. She is every ones baby and we all love to be the first to pick her up when she awakes so we can be the one who receives her sweet big Muppet smile:) The moment this girl wakes up she smiles
she giggles she squeals with delight to see your face. She has taught us to laugh more smile more hug and kiss each other MORE! because those little eyes watch us all with curiosity 
she is a gift
she is our blessed gift of JOY
Happy 9 months Violet Joy!

with much love,this girls journey
xoxo-aligna

Have a wonderful weekend friends!!


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

YUM YUM Foodie Expert Guest Post!

I want to introduce you to my dearest friend Jessica over @One Sweet Life 
I've been wanting her to guest post for some time 
She's the sweetest person i know she blogs about her life as a mama of 4 and often shares one of her great gifts of cooking. Her recipes inspire me to cook and it just so happens i need inspiring in that area 
big time!! She is one AMAZING cook
i mean she is the kind of chef that makes food look oh so PRETTY!! and it just also happens to be 
delish too!!
And here today she's sharing with you a great recipe: ENJOY
Hello Friend!
I am SO honored that you'd ask me to do some guest posting! Thanks for this amazing opportunity!  So sorry it's taken me forever in getting back to you. The sickness in my house has taken all my spare time  
So I was thinking that I could do my Crustini recipe! 


Crustinis
One loaf of French bread or other similar bread
3-4 tomatoes diced
a nice size bunch of fresh Basil(about 1/4 cup finely chopped)
salt & pepper 
2 cloves fresh garlic finely diced
Mozzarella, Parm , or other Italian cheese shredded
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1.Preheat oven to 350
2. Slice your bread into 1/2 inch slices and arrange on a baking sheet
3. In medium size bowl mix tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper to taste and set aside. Let sit for a 1-2 min and drain extra juice off.
4. Drizzle olive oil over each slice of bread 
5. Spoon some mix onto each piece of bread making sure to divide evenly among the bread.
6. Sprinkle with cheese evenly as well
7. Bake in oven for 8-12 min or until edges are toasted and cheese is melted.
8. ENJOY!!
These are good as an appetizer or as a meal with a side salad. these can be made all year long. I love how they remind me of summer in the winter and in the summer are easy and light!  I hope you like them as much as my family and I do!


Thanks again!! :) 
Love 
Jess

I hope you all had a great Memorial Day
mine was spent sleeping in and enjoying friends, watching the kids swim and make 
clay art from papa's pond..oh to be a kid again:)!

P.S Be sure to check out Jessicas blog @One Sweet LIfe and say hello

Happy Tuesday friends and God Bless!
with much love, this girls journey
xoxo-aligna

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day Quotes&Blessings!!

For love of country they accepted death...  ~James A. Garfield


They fell, but o'er their glorious grave
Floats free the banner of the cause they died to save.
~Francis Marion Crawford


Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.  ~From a headstone in Ireland



The brave die never, though they sleep in dust:
Their courage nerves a thousand living men.
~Minot J. Savage


The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.  ~Benjamin Disraeli

And I'm proud to be an American,
where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.
~Lee Greenwood

Happy Memorial Day!!
with much love, this girls journey
xoxo-aligna

Friday, May 25, 2012

living is so dear..


can i just say one thing that's been bugging me..well about ME
 is my list lately of the you know to do list..life list, living, dreaming list
 has gotten quite large and with no action behind it
..do you do this?? have you done this?
I'm a huge list person and the life bumps that come along the way either by sickness(kids in my case) or obligations or just plain old being tired and not motivated to live life to the fullest can create HUGE detours from my list!
 Which by the way i don't mean that you have to be doing SOMETHING all the time!! 
Being present and enjoying all the blessings God has given me is what i so desire. I want my story, my life to be a blessing to others around me
I don't want to compare my life to others and fit life into other peoples box of what it means to live life..but i do sometimes and in the past was a bigger problem for me.. 
God has been dealing with me on this A LOT over the last couple of years 
its not a constant thing but a thing nonetheless that pokes its ugly head into my thoughts when i start doubt what Gods doing in my life or hear and see how much others are able to do..
LIFE is so dear
and i don't want to waste my time comparing
 i want to spend my time well 
its the most precious thing we have this thing called TIME
whats right for one person in life may not be the best fit for who i am and my family and really i have to make peace with that*really**
Wherever God is taking you in your life its for YOU! you can't follow other peoples road to success or their journey in life because its theirs to take not yours
and if we compare our lives and gifts with 
i think we miss out on our very own precious journey to finding out who we are in Christ
living with a thankful heart and loving who you are  starts with being content

learning, observing and taking bits of truths from others story and experiences,
 leaving behind what doesn't work or apply to me has been a new process in my thinking 
and its been FREEING!!! 
My LIFE is so dear God says
and so is YOURS!!
So live it

P.S. A Guest Post from my one of my dearest friends(a blogger herself) is coming on Monday!! I'm so excited to share its something I've wanted to do in awhile and its DELICIOUS..yep its going to be GOOD!!
Happy Weekend friends, and God bless!
with much love, this girls journey
xoxo-aligna

Thursday, May 24, 2012

random thoughts for thursday..

carpets need to be cleaned LIKE MAJOR CLEAN!! i hate carpets if we owned this house every room would have hardwood floors:)
dance recital mania has taken over my mommy brain i think pink stockings, glitter, tap shoes every 5 minutes in the event i might forget I'm secretly chanting this to myself..since Sunday peeps!!
fevers rashes and two sick girls had me in a state of confusion but now it seems i see the light of day and they, thank god seem to be doing just fine PRAISE THE LORD!..still praying for my besties baby girl who's still sick:(
car has died um well at least 3 times on me in a week and so we replaced the battery oh joy!! and now on to the air conditioning fixing:)) apt. set check check..CANT WAIT!

we have a major trip family trip that is coming up soon and we are all giddy with excitement
be prepared to see a enormous amount of pictures of me in a kayak like EVERYDAY!!!!!
pictures of me by the lake pictures of me in the wilderness jeez you may even see pictures of 
me hugging a tree!!LOL.. no maybe not that one:)

deleting a old myspace(you remember that place!:) account lately takes a LONG TIME longer then i expected! Retrieving long lost pictures that i haven't seen in years no less has me all teared up..the kids were so small..and we look so different then, in fact we were different people then too...

summer is here and i couldn't be happier for us all, thank you god for all our seasons 
because living here has me thankful for when the summer heat finally comes!!!..so bring it on

Happy Thursday to you and God bless
with much love, this girls journey
xoxo-aligna

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

7 years of knowing this girl:)


This little cutie celebrated her 7th birthday today!!
Someday jaz when you read this i hope you know anyway that
We are so blessed to have you Jasmine Rose. You have the sweetest spirit and your love for Jesus is so precious. Oh how you so want to be pleasing to god, it moves me and challenges me to ask the hard questions too. 
To hunger for more of Gods truth like you do. 
The fact that God knew exactly what we needed when he sent us you is just amazing! 
And as i sit here tonight writing this about the girl who came and stole my heart 7 years ago 
what i feel is all tears of joy and excitement for the years to come and thankful for the years we've had with you
Our little flower, our star, the adventurous girl who made the twins into the three musketeers.
You became more then just there shadow you became part of their pack!

 P.S. Jaz your going to loose those front teeth soon and we all can't wait for it:))!!!LOL

Crazy hair day at school:))
My cup runneth over 

with much love, this girls journey
xoxo-aligna

Friday, May 18, 2012

If you asked me..

If you asked me i would say that this week has flown by and it was just the beginning of our summer
vacation if you can believe it

If you asked me i would say I'm struggling to let my boys have more and more freedom all the while stay strong in my boundaries and convictions as a mama of 10 year old boys..man i feel old saying that

If you asked me i would say there was a time when i could here a sad song or story and just feel the sadness without tears..now not so much i cry and i cry more now then ever not the ugly cry although yes i do that occasionally:) but just tearing up over the simplest of things and even happy things can bring me tears. And i would tell you that it brings me joy that i no longer see tears as weakness or something to hide. Cry if you need to friends God isn't ashamed of you when you do! Your tears are precious and releasing it may be the best gift you give yourself .SO feel it:)



If you asked me i would tell you that i am over the moon excited for this girl to have her birthday!!
at the rollerskating rink no less and with a Hawaiian theme too..she's excited I'm excited
I'm just not ready for her to be 7 this little flower of mine is blooming and god has blessed me with 
this precious girl..its all overwhelming thank God he guides me in parenting because i seriously feel like i drop the ball so many times and then there's the surprising moments when you just look at them and think
maybe I'm doing pretty great after all:)

Happy Friday friends and God bless
with much love, this girls journey
xoxo, aligna

embracing the camera with this little spirit!!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Wordless Wednesday...& Pintrest Galore

Brought to you by PinTrest! because i try to limit my time on it seriously i need a limit for that place..
i just get lost in all the ideas and i start making crazy list of what to too next that before you know it 4kids are screaming at me "Mom feed us already!!" no joke this has happened..shame

Anywho here's some pretty cool ideas for you DIY/Home decor junkies like me:))








Have a lovely Wednesday friends and God bless
with much love, this girls journey
xoxo-aligna

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Bronzer Beauty tip Tuesday

I recently bought Tarte's amazon clay princess bronzer and i love it!!!
So of course i had to share with you guys
Here's a How TO of this bronzer 
many times i see that bronzer is either used incorrectly or not at all:\
And i'm especially a fan of this bronzer because its natural ingredients and it gives me a tan look without sun damage, it can give your face a defined look. When you apply it make sure to sweep right below the cheek bone kind of like a check mark and blend if you have too:) So many days i just put on my concealer and sunscreen and then swipe the bronzer along my cheeks and down my nose and along the hairline quickly and head out the door its so quick and easy and makes me feel like i put at least a little effort into looking nice for the day!:)) Of course i always squeeze in the mascara and red lipstick on in the car...hehe i just can't help myself

See here BEFORE bronzer




AFTER bronzer 



If you'd like to give this bronzer a shot look to sephora or beauty.com to buy it since
its always sold out at sephora lately:)

Happy Tuesday to you and God bless!!
with much love, this girls journey
xoxo,aligna

Monday, May 14, 2012

Summer breeze...

Summer breeze, makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind.
Summer breeze, makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind.
See the paper layin' in the sidewalk, a little music from the house next door.
So I walked on up to the doorstep, through the screen and across the floor.
Summer breeze, makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind.
Summer breeze, makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind.
Sweet days of summer, the jasmine's in bloom. July is dressed up and playing her tune.
And I come home from a hard day's work, and you're waiting there, not a care in the world.
See the smile a-waitin' in the kitchen, food cookin' and the plates for two.
See the arms that reach out to hold me, in the evening when the day is through.
Summer breeze, makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind.
Summer breeze, makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind.
Man this song! There was a summer when my hubby sang this song
 all the time and especially to our jasmine
he would be walking around humming this tune and then i couldn't stop humming or singing it myself
the song immediately takes me into summer mode 
I want to sit outside all day and soak in the humid air and cool nights with the chance of fantastic rain storm or too;)
Monday came so quickly and the weekend disappeared with dust trailing behind it
Last week was the end of school for my older kids which required us to celebrate and make all kinds of plans for the upcoming summer
It was a wonderful weekend full of sunshine and celebrations for our mothers I lOve Mothers Day
I have so many lovely pictures i wanted to post but my phone is being a stinker on me tonight 
so i as life would have it i've resulted into sharing other random peoples photos of how they spent their mothers day...JUst KIDing!!!
Hope you all had a lovely Monday and God bless:)
with much love, this girls journey

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mamma's,Mom,Life-Giver,A Treasure:))

My mama,


 thank you for all you've done for me and little bro!:) For giving me life!
For dragged out bedtime singing for the both of us. Boy how we fought for your attention..no wait we still do that!:))
Thank you for continuing to feed me amazing meals!..even though i was the WORST picky eater as a child. Now i know exactly how you felt mom!!! hem cue in JasmineRose!
Thank you for all the activities you had us in and how involved you always were. 
Thank for late night walks:) For being available for last minute road trips to Huge Garage sales!! and shopping to our hearts content:) For knowing how i love special little treats and always surprising me with them!
Thank you for being a mama too not only being a mom to me, but to all my friends,foster sisters anyone who needed mothering. You were that MOM who really cared what i was  up too. You asked all the questions why, where, whom,what time?? My all-time favorite line from you was "those are her parents, white people parent differently WE are Puerto Ricans so NO! LOL!!!!!! Ah and how could i ever forget that mom! I thank God for you mama:) 
And then i hit the mother load of all jackpots and got the BEST Mommy-in-law ever!!!!
So God saw fit to bless me with not only one mama but two moms.
And i am forever changed and influenced by these wonderful ladies that have loved me, 
encouraged me, prayed with me, and cried with me.
Both my mamma's have also helped James and I raise the most precious beings on earth!!! 
Thank you Grandmama's for loving on my babies like they are your own, teaching them the sweetest songs, for giving them a love of antiques and OLD things:) 
Thank You God for blessing me with the best mamma's out there
cheers to you both!!!!

Happy Mothers Day
with much love, this girls journey
xoxo-aligna

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Thoughts for your Thursday

I have twins. You may or may not have known this.They are as different as two people can be, in looks, personality, you name it!
and God made them this way
 it just makes me laugh that at least once a day something happens 
between the two of them that is such a TWIN thing?!!

which leads me to my next thought and story i wanted to share, 
i read it in a little book I've SLOWLY been reading called God Never Blinks, and in this story there's this
 sort of a little parable about twins and I've always enjoyed hearing twins stories 
funny ones especially:)

There's an old story about a set of twin boys. One was a optimist, the other, a born pessimist. A psychiatrist trying to understand them put the pessimist in the room full of toys to see what would happen. The boy whined and cried. The doctor then put the optimist in a room full of horse manure and gave the boy a shovel. Hours later, the optimist was still grinning and shoveling the manure as fast as he could. Why was he so happy?..
 The boy said, "With all this manure, there's got to be a pony somewhere!!" 

Which really got me thinking about what em I
who em I most like??:)
and this got a conversation going with the hubby (straying a little from the story above of course)..on how far do we go on the whole optimistic notion 
really?? because is to much optimism about everything in life a problem as well??
Do we in general take being positive about everything that happens to us as a GREAT thing.. 
I think sometimes a situation in our life may require us to see it from an angle of pessimism 
get angry, cry getting sick in tired of a bad thing can push us to take a different 
course in our life.. to make the right change. Because being positive about a bad thing is well not..good

Jim Rohn shares this funny analogy about that in saying that if he was to hear a preacher preach about Fire and Brimstone (meaning heaven/ hell/salvation) and the preacher just smiled the whole time while he preached it with no apathy or tears for what it means to his congregation, Rohn says 'i would be worried he's enjoying this too much!! LOL!
Kind of like the reporter that smiles with joy while she gives the most grieves of heartbreaking news...
that would be weird um and creepy and i have seen this on a local news channel too!
makes me wonder that maybe sometimes a bit of pessimism, sadness, authentic tears are needed in our lives.
So after jumping all over the place with this story i've come to the conclusion that its really about  balancing both our optimist and pessimism within us
We all know that we all have a winter in our lives bad things happened to good people all the time, its not always sunshine and rainbows and unicorns everyday folks! 
Sometimes its really OK to admit things stink,
 and then move on and say what can i learn from this and
 where can i find that darn pony!!:)


Now which one are you today the optimist or the pessimist??


with much love, this girls journey
God bless!
xoxo-aligna


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Finale pics of Nueva York...;)

These are the last few pictures that I'm sharing of my New York birthday 
celebration...
it was only two months ago and yet it feels like already it happened a lifetime ago 


 when something so grand and amazing is happening to you it can be hard to take it all in
to be grateful 
to stay in the moment
to soak it all in and just be..



So here it is ENJOY!
The night of the OPERA!!..i was channeling Audrey Hepburn;))

I really wanted to wear the mask..or maybe just go to a masquerade!Lol

Thanks to my amazing handsome hubby i was in NEW YORK on my birthday:))

Taxi car fun! really wish we had taxis around here..:)

The most beautiful neighborhoods REALLY !..anyone think YOU GOT MAIL!

DELISH! Prettiest bakery:) Jaz would have gone bananas over all the cupcakes!!

Night of the show..this roles up to the theater!! Craziest limo I've ever seen


Gorgeous theater!!

Happy Wednesday Friends and God bless!!
with much love, this girls journey







Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Frame DIY & Giveaway shout out!

First off Go visit my friend Erin @sweetnessItself for her amazing giveaway that 
JasmineandViolets gets to be apart of! You can win all the goodies featured there so don't miss out:)

The other day i received this great quote from LivyLoveDesigns on Etsy and i thought
this deserves a special frame!
So tada here it is folks and it was really easy!


i bought this $2 wooden frame from Kmart and some 
Lime Green outdoor/indoor spray paint also around $3

 You spray and it dries really fast. I have used this type of spray paint on so many of my frames, mirrors and more. Its so easy and really changes the look of a room;)

Happy Tuesday friends and God bless!
with much love, this girls journey



Sunday, May 6, 2012

rain on your parade..may be good

I love the rain
i  always haved loved the storms
pressing my face against the windows trying to catch a view of something bright and strong and dangerous.... And this weekend we had plenty of it


which as you know can deter any plans of outdoors activities or planned events for most of us
but isn't it nice when we have to stop and recalculate our day..and maybe just maybe do nothing at all
 but enjoy the blessings of a rainy storm filled day

time to reflect on your life
play some board games, watch some old movies
and before all these storms i enjoyed a majestic sunset after a date night





just slow down it whispers.. and it was good:)

hoping you all had a wonderful weekend spent with the ones you love!
with much love, this girls journey
P.S. we purchased a wee cute Hummingbird feeder that we enjoyed so much on our Sunday afternoon!
i finally caught one on camera they are just amazing creatures really:))

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Fashion & Pretties and all things FABULOUS!

Because this girl needed  a pick me up yesterday!, it came in the way of window shopping through
the web. And boy did i find some inspiration and beauty!
From mod cloth to Vogue & Instyle..
Just lovely!!
LOve love the pockets and color

I really like the t-shirt dresses out there but i'd like to find one more for summer with this color!

Screams Date night!! and Romantic pastels look great on everyone

Those COLORS!!!!! 

A summer MUST HAVE i can live in these dresses everyday:)
So pretty! and look at those tights where can i find these?!!


Pretty Pretty!

I would add a belt too to make this already cute dress FANTASTIC!!


Yes please!
The colors the style!! Its all beautiful and inspiring, hope you enjoyed it friends because it was sure
fun window shopping:)))
Happy Thursday and God bless
with much love, this girls journey