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Monday, January 30, 2012

February's Wreath ~Sauri Style~

I found a great idea for a wreath during one of ~Tasha's~ Friday link parties.  They are so fun.  I find so many great things on her blog.  You need to go check it out!

Anyway, I found this blogger's ~ChristmasYarn Wreath~ and at that very moment I knew I wanted to use this with Valentines Day colors. 

My Materials
1}  Wreath Form
2}  Pink, Purple and Turquoise yarn
3}  Newspaper
4}  Glue gun & glue

Reynaldo chose pink to cover the form.  He is kind of a pink fan, don't judge.  He's only 3 and he lives with the "PINK LOVING PRINCESS" so he has an excuse. 

Please notice the "texture" to the wreath form.....big mistake.  Covering the form with yarn took over 6 hours to finish because of those pesky "waves" in the form.  I also would pick a smaller circle the next time I decide to cover with yarn.  I was not expecting it to take so long.  I finally decided that I needed to get over the form peaking through the yarn.  It was taking too much time to try and cover them.  I will just glue the yarn balls over the exposed places. 

I had my crafty helpers to crumple the newspaper into balls. 
Aren't they cute!  We made lots of "yarn balls", 50 if not more, and then glued them to the form. 

I ran out of yarn, plus I decided that the pink yarn wrapped around the form needed to show.  I tell you, IT TOOK FOREVER TO COVER THE FORM!  To me, it's ok that the wreath isn't puffy everywhere, the pink is festive so we'll leave it just like this.     

I hope you get a small idea of how humongous this thing is.  50-60 balls of yarn didn't even come close to covering the thing.   

It is my first wreath I've made that is so colorful.  I'm very happy with the result.  It's colorful and festive yet welcoming, sitting on the front door. 

Tell me what you think?  You think you'll try one?  It sure is pretty!
Mommy Sauri~

I am linking this post up here
~Creation Corner~
 ~Under The Table and Dreaming by Stephanie Lynn~

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

What we did

We had a fun Saturday night with the neighbors this past weekend.  They've been gone for almost 6 months!  We took care of their house and vehicles while they were in California so we've missed them a lot. 
Reynaldo eating chicken from the bone.  Who would have thought!

While they were away they had a beautiful baby boy so we welcomed him to the neighborhood this weekend.

Fresh squeezed lemon juice met margaritas
Papi's best bar b q seasonings met beef and chicken
Bikes were rode in the dark
We froze our booties off outside
Glow sticks froze in the cold winter air
babies slept on comfy blankets in the garage

We had fun!

Mommy Sauri~

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Walk at lunch

For 2011 I set a goal of sorts to walk with a co-worker 2 days a week over lunch break.  Mondays and Wednesdays worked best for our schedule.

I kept track so that I would be able to SEE if I had accomplished my goal or not.  I was good at first.  Bundling up so that the cold windy air wouldn't stand in the way of my walk and I got it done.  Most days by myself because my co-worker couldn't walk in the cold wind. 

But then summer arrived. 

My excuse was the heat outside. 

Remember, this is during my hour long lunch break from work. 

I'm wearing nice clothes that I don't want to get sweaty. 

And changing clothes, BAH. 

I have 60 minutes here: to change, walk, change again, and eat.   Yea not happening. 

And all that sweating, lord knows what types of smells will permeate my surroundings when I return to my desk at 1:00. 

So no walking during the summer months. 

I believe I attempted to "start again" in September. 

And that brings me to 2012.

Same goal, same days of the week and same 60 minute window in which to accomplish this. 

Wish me luck!

Do you try and exercise?  What do you working mothers do to get moving?  I'd love to hear about your "PLAN" in the comments.

Mommy Sauri~ 

Saturday, January 7, 2012

January 2012 ~ Scrapbooking ~

In 2011 I made the decision to become a ~SEI Club Member~.  I knew that I wanted to make my Christmas Gifts to my family a little more meaningful.  Handmade maybe...

I also love taking pictures.  {Some day I will have a nice fancy camera that I know how to use and my photographs will look better than ever.}  I have also really enjoyed the experience of documenting the Babies firsts in their baby books.  So I decided it was time to start scrapbooking. 

Oh my goodness, I had no idea what I was getting myself into.   But my MEGA club shipments come in every other month and thus, my grand stash of materials for scrapbooking continues to grow and grow.

I decided that I was going to make a 2012 calendar for my parents for Christmas.  In order not to spoil anything, I've waited until after the holiday to share my creations with you.  

And here is January 2012. 

I also posted some sneak peaks to this layout ~Here~ and ~Here~

My Materials:
From SEI's Sunny Day Collection
1}  Tulip Field solid cardstock
2}  Umbrella glitter paper
From COLORBOK's Pink/Blue pack
3}  Mixed dots
From Ranger Stickles
4}  Yellow 
5}  Some foam letters we bought at the $ Tree...Sorry I don't have the original packaging to know the manufacturer.

So what do you think?  Do you do scrapbooking?  I'd especially love to read comments from experienced scrapers.   

Mommy Sauri~

I linked this post here:

Creation Corner

Friday, January 6, 2012

New Year's Menu

I'm trying to make a tradition of making and eating black eyed peas New Years Eve or New Years Day.  I have used ~The Country Tart's Recipe~ 2 years in a row. 

I made them New Year's Day this year.  Instead of the smoked paprika I used 2 extra chipotle peppers and I had to omit the turmeric because we ran out. 

I have to admit that I've never eaten black eyed peas other than the ones I've made using The Country Tart's Recipe.  I love spicy food.  The hotter the better for Mommy Sauri, so I do not remove the seeds in the peppers.  These peas are really yummy and quite spicy.  I kind of regret not taking pictures but ~Her~ photo looks even more yummy than something I would have taken.

For New Year's Eve we went to a friends house for a traditional Cuban Year End Celebration.  This year the pig was roasted using a Chinese Box.  It was quite interesting because the pig sat in the bottom of the box while the charcoal stayed hot above, at the top of the box.  Yummy Yummy.  

My contribution to the celebration were champagne, including sparkling cider for Mommy and the Babies, and this lovely idea from ~The Girl Who Ate Everything~. 

I have to admit that I hesitated to post my photographs of our process because ~Her's~ are so much more appealing but then I remembered.  This blog is mine and I'm here to show the world how we do things Sauri Style.  So feast your eyes.


So do you have any New Years Traditions, food or otherwise?  Do you make ~Resolutions~?  Do you have great big celebrations like my crazy Cubi is used to?  Tell me about them in the comments.   

Mommy Sauri~

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New Year's Resolutions

As children I have vivid memories of our family road trips over the New Year holiday.  Mom and Dad in the front seats.  My brothers and I in the back seats dreading what was about to happen. 

Dad would pull over so that Mom could jump into the driver's seat.  Dad would settle into his seat, Daytimer and pen at the ready, to record our New Year's Resolutions.  

As a child, I hated this.  It would bring back all the ill feelings I had of my personal image and personal accomplishments.  At the time, and even now-and-then as an adult, I see myself as a fat, unattractive, second rate citizen.  I was always compared to my brother, Jesse when it came to academic accomplishments.  Even as an adult I catch wind of things that make me feel "second" to my brother and I've had to train myself to stop taking the comments personally.  As a child I wasn't able to do that and this annual ritual of expressing what I wanted to accomplish during the year was not so fun.

As an adult I actually like the idea.  I've learned that without a road map you cannot get to where you want to be so here is my attempt at resolutions for 2012.

1}  Be a better wife, more date nights, more "private time" you get my drift.
2}  Be a better mother, stop to "take in" the small things.
3}  Be a better employee, do what I can to get us to the next level, always.
4}  Scrap more often.  I enjoy it and I think others will too.
5}  Spend more money on me, not just everyone else.  After all, I'm not the only one supporting the family and I work hard for my money the same as the next person.
6}  Eat Green, everyday.  You can visit ~NutriMirror~ to learn more about what that means.
7}  Exercise in some form at least 5 days a week.
8}  Make an effort to reach out to my extended family more often.  I'm not the best at keeping in touch.

Wow, there you have it.  I think I have a good working list of resolutions.  How about you, do you have resolutions for the new year?  Tell me about them in the comments.

Mommy Sauri~


Monday, January 2, 2012

Weather at Casa de Sauri

The weather was a little unusual in December.  While Papi was gone ~to Cuba~ we had more snow than I've seen in a while.  We even got snow right before Christmas but in pure form for this part of our little state, the snow was gone before the day was half over. 

It was still nice to see when we woke up this particular morning.  Papi even had the chance to enjoy it. 

You know because it's kind of rare here at Casa de Sauri.

Do you have any pictures of the climate or weather you are experiencing in your parts?  I'd love to hear about it in the comments.

Mommy Sauri~

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy 2012 ~

Just a quick drop-in to wish you all a great 366 days in 2012. 

I'm ready, are you??

Mommy Sauri~