Monday, July 30, 2012

TUESDAYS Beauty Files:)LOVE brings out the beauty in EVERYONE!

This past weekend on Sunday to be exact the hubby and I celebrated 12 years of marriage!
I know we can't believe it either really!!
I THINK that a woman in LOVE is the most beautiful woman EVER!!!
Don't you know or remember being that bride that just glowed with LOVE:))

Now not everyday do i feel that glow of love (being that I'm no rookie to marriage and all:0) 
 But i have to say that this man still can and does bring me so much LOVE, ROMANCE and JOY. 
12 years have gone by so quickly. So many changes take place in any individuals life and i consider it a  honor and a blessing that God saw fit to partner me with this amazing, loving, thinker, dreamer, Romantic of a man!




There's a line a movie i saw recently that moved me so much  a Bride toasting to her new Husband 
it went something like this..

"May you never steal, lie, or cheat, but if you must steal, then steal away my sorrows, and if you must lie, lie with me all the nights of my life, and if you must cheat, then please cheat death because I couldn't live a day without you. Cheers!"


I know that if i had written my own vows i would have slipped this part in there somewhere.
Our Romantic love story is beautiful and imperfect but made perfect through God who has continued to work out our kinks:)
If i'd known how much more our love would grow and mature after all these years i might have complained less..
and been thankful whole lot more for the man i married! 

Happy Anniversary to us!! CHEERS on 12 years of our blessed life together and the wonderful kids that God has given us..my cup runneth over
And Happy Tuesday to you and God bless!!
xoxo-aligna

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Thoughts for Thursday..PIN IT!


I have to say there is nothing worse then a ugly bathroom..well there is but this just bothers me extremely because MY hands want to redecorate, paint and design a haven of a bathroom

I enter our bathrooms and cringe! 
I even struggle when i have to clean it too. I know God wants me to be thankful even in this. Thankful that we even have a bathroom 
and a home for our familia..
but i have to be honest 
I struggle with the fact that we still RENT and i have no real authority to change anything with our house
I DREAM, PIN, DESIGN in secret:)

God doesn't ignore my desires I KNOW IT! 
He has the perfect house for our family and waiting for this blessing is going to be worth it

Are you waiting for something? Something that you've dreamed of that you have secret journals filled with all your hearts desires

Keep dreaming but go further and write them down. Plan on it! Ask for it! 
And then ask God to show you how you can use the right actions to move things along.. waiting for the right and good thing that God has for you is 
definitely worth it
Its just not so easy all the time!

Take courage your time is coming!
Blessings abound!

SO PIN IT & DREAM IT FRIENDS











xoxo- aligna
God bless you!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tuesdays Beauty Files..Fashionista!

OK so i am some what of a thrift store JUNKIE! 
I find designer, no name, vintage brand clothing you name it at many hot spots around our area. So shopping for me is more like finding a piece of treasure even if its not for me! 
But today i thought I'd switch things up a bit and 
show you a dress (that i actually bought at the store!! Lol

Yes taken with the iPhone..lame but i cringe still at buying a new camera AGAIN!! 

 Dress- Rue 21..half off of course:)
Dark Brown thin leather belt-Rue 21
Shoes- Forever 21 14.99 (souvenir from NEW YORK trip:)

This dress makes me feel so pretty and fun.
 Its by far my most favorite summer dress!
Its this light weight cotton and so comfortable to wear in this amazing HOT summer we've had.


Do you have a favorite piece this summer that just makes you feel extra nice??
I hope you do!! You deserve it:)

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

Monday, July 23, 2012

Weekend Snapshots...and on being reminded..

A little lake living a visit to our small county fair,some much wanted & needed girl time filled this mama's cup this weekend!


Girl time with one of my best girlfriend Jess from One Sweet Life 

She adores her grammi

FULL of JOY

Violet joy is 10 months and well almost 11 months in one week can you believe it!! *TEARS**



 This weekend while visiting with my best girlfriend we talked about something that has been on my heart for sometime and that's 
"Gods Promises" and how in lonelier and discouraged moments
in life we loose them..well not really lost but our eyes and heart are blind to them
We easily give into false things
We become stagnant in our faith 
We forget what is truth from our heavenly father, those sweet promises that once lifted us up and pushed us forward to next season or step in or DAY even is forgotten just like that
We can and repeat the discouragements or lack of them around us to ourselves 

I have to be honest and say so much of what we talked about convicted me to ask some tougher questions about myself and what kind of woman i want to grow into this next year..
and in sharing our hearts i felt iron sharpen iron literally so to speak
If your in your in a moment of doubt about what God has planned for your life don't loose HEART! 
In the bible in the book of Habakkuk(so stinking small like 3chapters:)
 there's this awesome answer from God to Habakkuk and it goes like this
"Write down clearly on tablets what I reveal to you, so that it can be read at a glance. Put it in writing, because it is not yet time for it to come true. But the time is coming quickly,and what i show you will come true!
It may SEEM slow in coming, BUT WAIT FOR IT; it will certainly take place, and it will not be delayed.-chapter 2 Habakkuk

This little story was pressed against my heart last week in the mist of deep discouragement and then i found it highlighted and dated even from 2years ago!! Yep it was definitely a lift to my heart and a reminder of how i have to keep guarding my heart from joy stealer's and take captive every thought..
Happy Monday friends and God Bless you!!!
with much love, this girls journey
xoxo-aligna


Silhouettes of our family
Feeling Gods promises fulfilled in these precious moments with them

Monday, July 16, 2012

Weekend Snapshots..Its family

A Family Reunion is by any definition A EVENT!
Our last week and weekend have been FULL to say the least!
And although ever year or two when we have them i'm still so surprised by all the changes and differences amongst us.
I look forward to them even though i know we will be exhausted my kids will hardly sleep and yes there might be a melt down thrown in there from time to time..by sometimes ME! But..I still love it



       We are A American Family. We are all so unique, we all have different paths and family lifestyles
Yet we have one common cord that runs through us and i think thats our FAITH and I really LOVE that about our family

I love our family 
and although there is nothing easy about getting this many family members together for a weekend reunion when all is said and done we will miss them and be glad for the time we got to catch up

jasmine was so sad to see her cousin bethany go..can you tell;)

see our children build friendships
make connections with each other 

Among all the reunion togetherness my daddy turned 73!! 

If you can believe it! I've got some good genes i think:))

Happy Monday to you and God bless 
Hope you all had a wonderful week and weekend!
with much love, this girls journey
xoxo-aligna

P.S Had to share this cute picture of this wedding taking place on the beach..dont you love the umbrellas!

Friday, July 6, 2012

A not to SHABBY Week of celebrations!

Our 4th of July was filled and yet not as crazy as other years were we go go go all day till the fireworks begin and then crash like no bodies business into our beds.
No this year we took it nice and slow and easy
a little parade, some tubing down our local river
Spent some much loved time with my brother and family which was awesome since i never get to see this handsome man! He's all grown up and i love the man he is, really i couldn't be any prouder of this guy.( I already miss him) I got to meet his beautiful sweet girlfriend and she was a HIT! let me tell ya the kids just loved her too:) 





So yes MY CUP was full this week over get togetherness and soaking up all the love and sunshine around me. And honestly if you have friends and family to spend these monumental celebrations with consider yourself SO BLESSED!! Really:)
I know that when those Fireworks began all the work and stress of getting our family of six & plus some down to the beach just melted away…
I heard Gods sweet majestic whisper of sweet promises and peace just wash over me. Its magical isn't it. I don't think i ever paid so much attention to the beauty of those lights on past years. It may have something to do with little kids distracting me but this year everyone was mesmerized by them. All you could here was our oohhss and ahhhss. I will admit to a few tears of joy falling as the finale came upon us in a loud but beautiful display



Something so significant as our countries birthday could not be better celebrated then flashes of light  that boom with loud glorious sound!
I heard a lady behind us say loudly over the fireworks " i just love our country!"
See,so there you have it folks could not be better said. I'm proud to be A American and proud and thankful for all the GOOD it stands for!

Hope you all had a wonderful week full of joy and being present is the greatest gift you'll ever give yourself and others..so live:)

Happy Weekend friends and God bless!
with much love, this girls journey
xoxo-aligna

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Tuesday Beauty Files: Tone it up!

Tone up Tired Skin!! with this little MASK
recipe that i tried out recently. Its perfect for summer and your skin can't help but feel refreshed and cooled off afterwards too!

**Make up a smooth pulp of crushed cucumbers, and gently pat all over face and neck. Pull up your hair and apply a little bit behind the ears and behind your neck. This facial is absolutely fabulous for oily skin and clogged pores! ANd don't forget to use the cucumbers on your eyes to tone them up and get ride of eye bags..ehem well mine anyway:) 

Enjoy my friends & stay cOOL
 Happy Tuesday to you&God bless!
with much love, this girls journey
xoxo,aligna

Monday, July 2, 2012

Bring it on! HEAT it uP!

Iowa temps are so stinking high this week you would think mother nature has forgotten we are in the midwest people!
..not the caribbean
Hilarious way to cool down!
I love me some funnies so i had to share!!! ENJOY!





But hey you will hear no complaints from this chica because i live for the HEAT! 
My skin,hair and bones soaks up all this humidity like one who's been thirsty all winter long!
Puerto Rican genetics are screaming Praise the lord Bring on the HEAt!

So after this great weekend where i got to get away with the hubby(which i'll blog about later this week) 
i have no other ambitions but to stay by the water as much as possible with my little familia and catch up with my super cool brother whose visiting from the west coast…
Yes life is good and praise god for all this sunshine and HEAT:))

Happy Monday to you and God bless!
..and jump in a lake or take a swim stay cool my friends!!
with much love, this girls journey
xoxo-aligna