Baby #2! oh boy

So like the title says, oh boy! I’m pregnant, 8 weeks and 5 days, with baby #2. So far only one baby can be seen. I say that because I have heard so many stories where a lady is pregnant, goes in for ultrasound, and one baby shows up. THEN later down the pregnancy road, BAM! another one shows up on the ultrasound. I don’t think that’ll happen to me but you never know. Knock on wood. Phew.

Yeah, I’m happy about it, even if it was a surprise. Unfortunately, my happiness disappeared as quickly as it was created. Mainly due to my knowing that my fiance wouldn’t be happy and I was correct…for a bit. You see with my first pregnancy, he didn’t express positive feelings or even truly acknowledged it until early into the third trimester. He would be there with me when I went shopping for the baby stuff but he wasn’t really there, mentally. Which caused me some depression. I was happy throughout my whole pregnancy, for the most part. Due to him not accepting, not even acknowledging it, it caused some negative emotions towards my unborn child at the time.

Because of me being pregnant caused him unhappiness, for a few times I wished the pregnancy would disappear, wished for the baby to be gone. As soon as the thought came into my mind, it disappeared and guilt filled me up. I thought that if the pregnancy ended then we would go back to being happy. After the last time the thought came up, I decided if he doesn’t shape up or change his view after our daughter was born, he’s out. I was going to do the whole shabang. *not even sure if that’s how its spelled*. Even though he wasn’t happy about it, he was very caring though. Making sure I rest if I was tired, had food if I was hungry, took over some duties that I did, and etc. Fortunately, he did turned around and started to get excited for our daughter.

This time round, it happened again. He wasn’t happy. He even asked me to consider to abort or adoption. His unhappiness quickly infected my emotions. I started to think about the two options. But I wanted to keep the baby. Then all of my emotions came out. I told him how he left me to suffer alone during my first pregnancy, how he ruined the experience for me. But he came around. He’s actually happy about it. Yeah, he is still worried a little bit but that is due to his anxiety. He’s always making sure I am doing good. Always wants to touch my belly. I can tell he’s happy for this baby. He loves our daughter to death and now he has another one to love. I’m laughing as I type this because I knew his personality from before. Trust me, it’s a complete 360. We are excited for this new child. I even think it’s going to be a boy. It’s just a feeling. We’ll see in a few months.

Can’t wait to share this journey with you. Until next time lovelies!

50 NEW facts about me

Hello everybody! How have you all been doing? What did you all do for Valentine’s? I think that was the only major holiday for now. My guy took four days off from work and we went SHOPPING! LOL. We went to Japantown SF, movies, went to Santa Rosa Plaza mall, and ate out at restaurants. By the way, I was excited for the Santa Rosa Plaza mall, mainly due to my chocolate covered apple, AKA the Carnival Apple. So good!! Oh and my guy’s Cinnabon cinnamon roll. It’s closest one we have to us. Anyways, it was so much fun. Especially since we rented a car for that week and discovered the next new car we want to get. Anyways, I realize I made a post before on facts about myself. Since its a new year, I decided to write a post about 50 more facts. Why not. So here we go.

  1. I am turning 26 this June
  2. I love the colors white, purple, and grey
  3. I have been in a relationship for nearly 10 years
  4. I like playing tennis
  5. Strawberry is my favorite sorbet flavor
  6. I am currently learning the Japanese language
  7. I am a shoeholic
  8. Verry Berry Hisbicus is my Starbucks drink
  9. Walt Whitman is my favorite poet
  10. I want to get a Leonberger
  11. I like to bake
  12. I like to hike around the Marin Headlands
  13. I wear contacts and glasses
  14. Betsey Johnson is my favorite handbag designer
  15. Kate Spade is my second favorite handbag designer
  16. My shoe size is 8 ½
  17. Watermelon is my fruit
  18. I don’t care for the cold
  19. I like tofu, I really do
  20. My left thumb is double jointed
  21. I’m terrible at doing my own hair
  22. I enjoy being outdoors
  23. For my future, I wish to be able to travel the world
  24. I want to be a big name in the wedding industry
  25. I am a simple person meaning I can be entertained easily
  26. I am not really a drinker
  27. I come up with way too many business ideas for my good
  28. I can go over the top a bunch of times
  29. I like all animals except for cockroaches
  30. I like spicy food
  31. I will order food instead of home cooking when I have off and lazy days
  32. My dream car is not a luxury car, at least not anymore. It’s a Camaro by the way
  33. Dark chocolate over milk anytime
  34. I secretly like the lipstick shopkins
  35. I love to create budgets
  36. I am in the process of entering school for either business or finance
  37. I don’t like to dance very much
  38. I am now only becoming comfortable being my true self
  39. I like colorful makeup
  40.  I am a skincare hoarder
  41. When I am lazy to really cook and don’t want to order food, I make spaghetti *most easy in my opinion*
  42. Also an mug hoarder
  43. And measuring cups/spoons hoarder
  44. I injured my right knee where now its not completely in place and can pop whenever
  45. I think doing squats are actually fun *I know right*
  46. I like doing my fingernails but not my toenails
  47. I am a loud person (ask my family and friends lol)
  48. The person who inspires me is Manoj Bhargava
  49. I am both a morning and night person
  50. I am now starting a Youtube channel with 50 facts about me

That is correct. I am now creating a Youtube channel. I think it will be fun. My first video is 50 facts on me. I am in the process of editing. When it is uploaded, I will add the link to this post. Not only am I starting my own channel but I will start one with my guy and another with my younger sister. I am already working on my next blog posts. Now to kick my behind back to my schedule. I hope you enjoy.

Until next time my lovelies!

 

E-book Step #1

In my previous post, I mentioned about creating and publishing my own e-book. As well as taking you along the trip. Well, all a board! I guess that’s more train related…you get the idea. So obviously before the actual process of creating your e-book, would be to figure out your niche, your subject, on what the book is all about. After figuring that out, then finally start the outlining. So for those that read my post before this one knows I am creating and publishing an e book on special cakes. In this type of e book, my preference would to have pictures of each step by step.

For my first step, I am sketching the cake designs I want to present in my book. Currently, I am still drawing my cake designs. Anyways, in my preference, start drawing out what you would like to be in you book. Like for instance, if it’s a finance book, then what parts of finance you want to write about. In a finance book, there could be family budgeting, taxes, business accounting, regular accounting, how to get rid of debt, etc. You need to figure out exactly what will be involved in your book.

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Before you say or think anything, I know I know. Most beautiful face to be drawn you ever seen. Not! On paper, I am a terrible drawer. As you can tell by my “lovely” eye. Fortunately, I understand my sketchings. That’s not how I normally write by the way but those are just quick notes. I am sketching the designs I want to make and involve in my book. Next to each sketch, I am writing down quick little notes of certain pieces, what it will be made of, what to cover it with, and special effects I want to involve.

That’s it for now. I will be working hard on my first step. So continue to follow along with me on my journey of creating publishing my very own e-book. Thanks for reading.

Until next time Lovelies!!

AT THAT TIME OF THE YEAR…Blogmas #1!

Cold breeze touching the tip of your nose, all wrapped up like a pig-in-a-blanket, sipping hot cocoa by the fireplace, trying to catch those sneaky snowflakes on your tongue, shoved while shopping, etc, ETC. The list goes on but the one thing that nearly everyone does, is making NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS. Oh how…cliche. But everyone has their moments. Like me! Yes, that’s right. I, as in myself and me, am making that cliche. But that cliche is more a timeline for me. Not saying that I haven’t started it now. But I would like to reach my goals by the end of the next new year, 2017!  What, as you ask, are my New Years resolutions? Well….here’s my list *yes, a list, not one but multiple*.

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Alright, so let’s get my most cliche resolution out of the way. I want to lose weight. Sooo unique Yolanda! I know it’s not a bad one but I hear it all the time from people and their resolutions. And I am part of the cliche group, ain’t no shame here though. I am not saying that I am completely unhappy with my physique. I got the rack and the booty. *insert winking emoji*. But in all seriousness, I do want to lose some poundage. I like to play sports and do adventurous activities. I can do pretty good in those but the weight and bad knee (from a incident when I was few years younger) do make some stuff more difficult than they need to be. So this is what I will be doing. I will make posts of how I am losing the weight, that way, maybe it might help you. Also to keep me on track. Well, technically, I want to lose inches. Pounds tend to look different on everyone. My goal to lose 10 inches overall. Keeping it realistic!

Next resolution! Plan, write, and publish my very own traditional hard book and e-book. It will be a step by step baking creations. I love to bake and create unique, crazy sculptures. So I decided to help others learn how to make special cakes without paying a hefty price to get it. Obviously you would need to get the ingredients, that’s a given. There will be a segment where its for kids to do, with very minimal parent assistance like putting it in the oven or melting. Then there is the other part. Cake sculpting! Specialty cakes! Cake Dazzling!! Okay I’m done. Anyways, there will be simple cakes, cake buildings, cake characters and so much more. Princesses, castles, buttercream, lights, OH MY! Yes you read that right, lights. I will even show to add lights to cakes and even show one to two cakes with special effects, like movable parts. I will even show alternatives to certain parts of a cake. Still finishing the outline but getting close. I’ll even write posts during the process. To assist others who are thinking about making their own hard copy and e-book.

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THIRD! Open my own online boutique. I have always wanted to have my own online store. My bigger dream for it is actually to open a store front for it. I like clothes and finding looks I see on celebrities but more budget friendly. I will start out with only women clothes. Then probably add accessories and shoes. Maybe I will even sell kids and men clothes down the line. I think this would be so much fun. I have already chosen not to do dropshipping. I would prefer to carry inventory. Because of this decision, I would start out small then slowly raise up. Just like the other resolutions, I will post about the process. I would like to help people who want to achieve the same resolutions. I want them to know how I am achieving it and avoid making the same mistakes I will probably make. Oh, who am I kidding?! I WILL make mistakes. Now all I got to do is choose the style. Or maybe even go with a little of everything. Probably will go with that. I do like a bit of all styles.

By the way, technically I do not know how this Blogmas works. I know I started late, that’s for sure. I’m not sure of the topics these posts suppose to be but if I am doing it wrong, then….Blogmas, Yolanda style. I really do hope I am doing alright for my first blogmas post. Hopefully I’m doing good. Am I suppose to write a post everyday or what? Or just write posts that are related to the holidays? I think I need to research more. Yup, definitely. By the way, I meant when I wrote that I have already started to work on my resolutions. As I am typing this post, I am working on my cake book.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST! Starting a Youtube channel with my guy and myself. Alright so knowing myself, this is probably not my last resolution. But I do got to limit myself. I really do got a LOT of ideas. You could ask my mother and all of my siblings. I kind of can get out of hand with ideas. But they love me, craziness and all. Plus I am their entertainment. Anyways, back to the youtube idea. My guy and I thought this would be so much fun. We were thinking about doing diys, cooking challenges against each other, testing weird products, trying out unique food and flavors, all kinds of stuff. We are going over what we need to start off with. Also, we decided for our first video to be pancake art. That will be fun. I am better at cooking but he is better at drawing. So it will be interesting to see who will do better. I always wondered if those pancake arts were more for show than to eat. Alright, they are for show but I want to know if they taste good as well. I will link our youtube channel(once it’s created) to my blog for those of you who would be interested and want to see me make a fool of myself. I know I do!

By the way, I do have a surprise for you all and will write the process of dealing with it in the future. Once it becomes official. I will give a hint: the sound rattle, rattle. I hope this post was good for you. I wanted this post to also show that you don’t have to wait until the new year begins to start on your resolutions. And that it is not so crazy to have more than one resolutions. Thanks for reading! Until next time lovelies!!

Baking Time! Mmm, Bananas!

So you all know beauty is my love. But I will admit baking is just as close to my heart as well. I hope everyone’s week started off great! Mine started great! You ever wake up from your dream, that you probably can’t even remember anymore by the way, and feel a strong determination throughout your body and soul? That has been me for the past week. I feel like good things will come. I’m literally excited about a certain piece of news, I am about to burst, guts of happiness all over the floor….I can’t tell if that was disturbing or not…I think so, let me know. Anyways, on to the yummy part of this post.

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I worked hard and try to perfect my recipe. Creating my own recipe was a pain. Well, okay, so it’s easy, you basically take the base recipe, mess around with measurements, and then add your own special spin in it. The only pain about it is finding the right texture that you, your friends, and family like. Now, time to create yumminess!!! Hope you like it. I promise it is real easy. Here is my recipe:

1 3/4 cups     All-purpose flour

1 teaspoon    Baking powder

1/8 teaspoon Baking soda

1/4 teaspoon Salt

1 cups           Sugar

1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1/2 cup          Butter, unsalted

2                    Large eggs

1/4 cup          Buttermilk

                 Whole Bananas, ripe

1 cup             Blueberries

Directions:

Pre-heat oven at 350

Flour a loaf pan

Make sure the eggs, buttermilk is at room temperature and the butter is softened at room temperature.

  1. In a large bowl, add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt. Stir to combine.
  2. In a mixer bowl, add the butter and sugar. Mix until smooth.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time. Make sure it is incorporated.
  4. Mix the vanilla extract in the buttermilk.
  5. Add the flour and buttermilk in 3 additions. Switching off, ending with buttermilk.
  6. Stir in the blueberries by hand, careful not to squish them.
  7. Pour the mixture into the loaf pan.
  8. Bake for 35-45 mins. Depends on your oven.
  9. Check with a toothpick and see if it comes out clean.
  10. Let it cool.

Serving suggestion: cut yourself a slice then put a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. So good!

Well, I hope this comes out to your tasting.Enjoy the goodness! Thanks again for stopping by and reading my blog. Until next time Lovelies!

Valentines Ideas for couples/singles

It’s almost Valentines!!! An extra special day to shower a special person or yourself with extra love! And that’s where holes in most of our wallets are created. LOL. The holes are filled with roses, chocolates, and cards instead of dollar bills. We may see the emptiness but that soon subsides once we see happiness and loving expression spread across our special persons face. Or for the singles, we feel special emotions about ourselves. We justify the spending by knowing what it will bring. I know at the same time, it can be anti-climatic. Some will think its a useless day. I do think we don’t need one day to just express our love to one another or ourselves. But at the same time, this day can be used to show EXTRA love. It can be even a reminder of how we need to tell that special person(s) how much they mean to us. I can go on and talk about what this day means and the importance of it. Instead, I’ll just write some ideas that you can do.

FOR THE COUPLES

For your special guy: A surprise wallet! Does your guy need a new wallet or you just want him to have options? Go ahead and get him a wallet. Now get some stock cards, cardboard, paper, wallet photos, or anything you can write on that is the size of a business card. For the wallet photos, you can write on the back side for this. On each card write something the person can claim for, like “good for one movie date” or something they like but out of your comfort zone, “good for one skydiving”. So on and so on. They’re like a coupon card. Create as many cards as there are card slots or just stuff it with as many as you can. Get creative! You can hand write it, cut & paste, or create on the computer. Obviously write things that apply to them. Have fun with it!

For your special lady: Love message potion ball! Buy a jar from Michael’s or any craft store. Make sure you can close the jar opening with a cork or something. Now grab some paper and cut them into small piece but not too small. You still want to be able to write and read it. Write as many as you want! Write 101 or 365 ways to say “I Love You” to her. Roll up the pieces of paper and tie it with a red string or whatever color you want. They’ll look like mini scrolls. Now put them all in the jar and close it. Then on the neck of the jar, wrap a necklace around it. She’ll be able to take one and read it everyday or whenever she needs a reminder.

For your special self: That special item! On this day, you got to love yourself as well. Allow yourself to buy that item you been going back and forth about. Let this day be the day you spoil yourself, especially if you don’t do this often. You got to just allow this day for you to relax. It’s okay if you’re not in a relationship, you don’t have to be in one to have fun with it.

Now these ideas are just to give you some help. I know it can be surprisingly hard to figure out what to do for this special day. I like more hand made gifts than store bought ones. I am not saying I don’t like the store bought ones because I do. Sometimes the gift is beautiful, which I will admit to first sight. There are so many things you can do as gifts. The gift should be something special, meaningful, or useful to your special person or yourself. Have fun! Hope all of you have a good Happy Valentine’s Day! Thank you again for stopping by and reading! Until next time Lovelies!

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Peel-off mask review!

Today I decided to review a facial mask! Considering that I used up 6 bottles, going onto 7. What is this mask that made someone buy repeatedly? Glad you ask. Wait for it! 🙌 It is the “Freeman Facial Revealing Peel-off Mask Pomegranate .” Now you probably wondering if you read right. And yes you did. Now I’m all about taking care of your skin, real good. Sometimes the low end stuff works just as well, even better than the higher end. I bought mine from Ulta beauty store. They had a “buy one, get one free” sale going on. This mask is a clear gel mask. Plus the scent is quite pleasant. It’s good for purifying the skin. From what I know it also contains extract from blueberry, cranberry, and mango.

Now what you do with this is apply a thin layer on top of your face. I do my neck as well. Let it dry, between 5-10 minutes. Once it dries, you obviously peel off the mask. That part I enjoy so much. I think it’s the fun part. Do you remember in kindergarten, doing crafts that involved Elmer’s glue? Then you got all over your hands and you had to peel it off? And found it to be so much! Lol! It’s like that!😃 Again, me being weird. Anyways once you peeled it all off, rinse your face with warm water. Then I suggest using a toner and finishing your skin care routine. I really do suggest these masks. Especially if you are on a budget. Until next post, enjoy your weekend my lovelies. 💜

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