Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Mountain Spa Party

Mountain Spa Party


One of Bianca's best friends was moving away so I wanted to give them a really special last sleepover and first sleepover for another of her best friends.
 
 

I made bags for the girls with all the supplies you need for a spa/sleepover and 
a frame with their pictures and a t-shirt with their picture and signed by them.
 (cost about $12 per bag)

the party had a make over station and a manicure/pedicure station, we also had facials and relaxation (not so much LOL), dance time and movie :












It was a great night for all the little girls!

Monday, August 19, 2013

It's never too late.... to get back to what you love

It's never too late....to get back to what you love
 


Drawing was my therapy through my teen years and then life just got complicated and I didn't have time to practice or even enjoy what I used to love. About a month ago I started to draw again, trying to learn to paint (never really enjoyed it) but I'm really trying to learn to stop my life for at least 30 minutes a day and sit to draw or paint.

So here are some of my drawing and paintings:














Thanks for stopping by.

Mariana

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

It's that time of the year!!!!
swimming suit season

I started a little exercise routine and eating healthier diet. One of the worst things for me it's no diet soda, so I made a little drink that it's taking the cravings away.


make a really strong tea
3 tea bags of green tea
2 bags of ginger tea
lemon
2 or 3 packages of Stevia
mint leaves

Make the tea and let it sit for a while with the tea bags then put it in a container inside the fridge and, when you are about to eat something that you shouldn't get a long glass, put ice and fill 1/3 of the glass with tea and fill the rest of the glass with Club Soda or Sparkling Mineral Water. 
Now sit, drink and, ENJOY!!!!
 
Second problem: salads don't give you the crunch to satisfy the hunger. Solution: change the regular lettuce for Broccoli Slaw, add apple, and walnuts (mine had also chicken), for dressing a low calorie or just olive oil and vinegar, (i used oil and vinegar, dry mustard and a bit of stevia)




OK and last problem craving pizza:
 heat oven to 400 F

1 medium head of cauliflower 
5 egg whites or 3 eggs
2 table spoon of gluten free flower
basil
garlic
salt and pepper to taste

Grind the cauliflower small and mix all the ingredients. on a big flat oven tray spray some oil and, spread the mix on a thin layer of 3/4 inch. Put it in the oven for 35 minutes or until it's dry, then add your favorite "HEALTHY" toppings. I added low fat cheese and for my daughter "RICE CHEESE",  grilled onions, mushrooms, asparagus and a bit of low fat salami. Put it back in the oven for about 10 minutes.
 it was DELICIOUS!!!!!!



hope you can use these ideas!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Homemade Eclairs

Homemade Eclairs
Milk Free


One of my little chef is having a Paris birthday party so I decided to give as a gift a cooking class to learn how to make Eclairs. It was fun to make them and LOTS of work but the faces when they ate them "priceless". We got the recipes from:
www.marthastewart.com 
 http://www.marthastewart.com/907232/pastry-puffs
 http://www.marthastewart.com/317571/pastry-cream-for-eclairs
http://www.marthastewart.com/339804/eclairs

I changed the recipe for my daughter because she has allergy to milk.
Pastry Cream: I used Rice Milk and I added 1 TBS extra of cornstarch
Chocolate Glaze:  I didn't use the heavy cream, I just melted the chocolate "Enjoy Life" (dairy, soy and nut free) and added a TBS of butter or spread.
For all the recipes I used regular butter because she is not allergic but you could use any kind of margarine or spread that you normally use, I'm actually thinking to try is with Coconut Oil.

regular cream


Milk Free Cream


Mikayla mixing the dough


 Me making the Petite Eclairs 
 


Out of the Oven

Girls give the Thumb UP!!!!





Friday, November 2, 2012

Enchanted forest

Hi friends,
I promised you a few weeks ago that I would share with you something really cool so here it is. I was planning the first Family Dance for my daughter's school and, I wanted to be beautiful but we didn't have a lot of money as you know most schools are straggling financially. So, I decided to make the decorations from nature things and call it the "Enchanted Forest". I bought Christmas lights, tissue balls, paper plates, napkins, decoration paper rolls and, serving trays (some I had). The total I spent in decorations for this party was less than $100. All the rest I took from around my home we leave in the forest and I have 4 different kind of pines, but you can buy pine cones at the craft store.

My favorite project was the little enchanted forest, I'm sharing this because as a country a lot of families are having financial difficulties and the holidays are approaching and the stress starts to get more and more for parents. This is something you can make for your children and play with them, If you are religious instead of a forest you could make the Nativity set or try to make the Arch with the animals.

The Gnomes are made with acorns , I separated the 2 parts and glued them back with the opposite side on the shell. The hat it's a piece of something in a potpourri bag from the 99c Store, you could use a piece of fabric.
The tent is made of little branches and a felt piece of fabric $0.50 at Walmart or you can use something you already have at home, bark, pine needles or more branches. the base it's a slice of a log but you could make it out of a box and painted like  a log.





The slide and the swing are made out of bark, but you could make them with cardboard. trees are different sizes of pine cones dipped in green paint. Mushrooms are made with acorns. Turtle is made out of acorn top. Skunk and butterfly are made out of a piece of a potpourri.



The dad deer and the deer baby are made of a small pine cone, acorn and small twigs. Bears are made of small pine cones cut the top and flipped it with the pint to the front so it looks like the nose. ears are pieces from the same pine cone.


I had a great time making this and Bianca is having a good time playing with them :o)
Enjoy your Holidays, things are not what it would make it special, read a story book, watch a Holiday or Christmas movie, make cookies, make ornaments. Your kids will remember those things, they will not remember what they got for Christmas.

The other things I use for the party:

Hanging star made out of pine cones, wood logs to set food.




 Back drop made out sheets, pine cones flowers, white flowers are made of fabric petals from the 99c Store and acorn tops.

It was a great party and we didn't break the bank!


                                                                          Have fun!!!




Friday, May 18, 2012

Ou La La for my little girl



Rock Girl goes to Paris
Last year my baby turned "6" I know how, what, when?????  so I asked her if she wanted a big birthday party or if she wanted to go somewhere and have a small party, after a small silence she said. " lets go to Paris! "WHAT???? I actually loved the idea but it was a little more than our party budget hahaha. So we went to her second choice The Tahiti Village in Las Vegas and we visit the hotel Paris, we took her to the 1/2 size Eiffel Tower then, we had Eclairs.







The party was a Rock Girls go to Paris. I'm not going to lie that I spent many sleepless nights planning, drawing and cutting; but it was totally worth every second when I saw her face right before the party she was allowed in the room an it was priceless!

I bought the goodie bags, paper goods, and balloons from Oriental Trading the whole package for 8 girls was $89 and they had free shipping that day so wooohooo! The things for the goodie bags I set them on a table and they took whatever they wanted in their bag, so they got to play with everything in the party.
I bought some extra decors at the Dollar Tree, I made a foam Eiffel Tower, painted black and cover it with purple glitter. I found some pictures on line and I framed them for the back wall.
Because it was a small party I made a lot of different sweets that of didn't last much :)
for dinner we had burgers with fries, and chocolate cake for desert from Bon Appetite magazine and the frosting from Martha Stewart website. I made the Eiffel Tower and put sparkle powder to make it look like the one on the picture. 
Everything turned out great! just set a budget for your party and stick to it!




the Boutique was my desk and a mirror from Wal-mart $4, I also got lip glosses and eye shadows at Ross for $7, glasses, wands, earrings and headbands were from the Dollar Tree totaling $15






For the picture booth, I used a moving box, gift wrapping paper and black construction paper also from the Dollar tree; the drapes were from Bianca's bedroom.


goodie bags $97 (with tax)
Dollar Tree  $20
Ross             $7
Wal-mart      $4
Food             $85
The grand total was $213,  we had a fabulous party that I had fun planning and the girls played games, dressed up, danced, and laughed!!!!