Random Ramblings: October 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

noticeablyNICOLES on etsy

Have you heard of etsy?  Do you have an etsy account?  I love etsy and recently (well a few months ago) started my own etsy shop called noticeablyNICOLES.  
I have all kinds of fun stuff in my shop.  
Heres a little peek into some of the things in my shop.   
Come and check it out.
Don't hesitate to ask me to make something you have in mind.  Just because you don't see it doesn't mean I won't make it for you.  

 This is the Dolphins one, but I can make any sports team you want.  

Some MERRY AND JOY WOOD SIGNS, and you can choose between white wash wood finish or dark wood stain color.  You can choose the colors of your letters too.  

BELIEVE THERE IS GOOD IN THE WORLD WOOD WALL HANGING.  I am going to make one like this for our house in our colors, I love this one so much.  A friend of mine asked me to make this one for her and it turned out exactly how she wanted it.  

ENJOY THE JOURNEY WOOD WALL HANGING. You can choose what color you want the colored board too.  This is the same one we have hanging in our living room right now.  I also have this same piece in a light pine color, and a red rooster one as well.  

This is a fun one, and have sold several of these in the last few months.  It makes a great wedding gift or one just for yourself even.

I love this color combination and any little girl would look super cute in this.  

Fun and different hair bow.  

Aren't these so adorable for pictures?  TUTU cute.  :)

I can make so many custom things, if you ever have an idea don't hesitate to give me a call, or text, or email or whatever and ask for me to make it.
I love all of the things I make and would love to make something custom for you too.
Coming soon to my shop are more tutu rag skirts and some Christmas ornaments. 

Come on over and check out my shop.  


Monday, October 20, 2014


Project Life
week 12
march 16 – march 22

Ramblings from week 12: (SPRING BREAK )
Sunday : Miss Chloe!  She is out sweeping the front yard dirt with the house broom while just in her underwear and my slippers. 

Monday :  ST. PATRICKS DAY.  I dressed the kids in all green and I made them green pancakes and green milk for breakfast.  With lunch I made them green milkshakes. 

Tuesday : I finished the banner I made for Lily’s birthday party.  I love how it turned out.  Another crafty project I finished up this week is the love one another wood sign.

Wednesday : Today Michelle and Joey got married.  They got married at the Hesperia City Hall and then everyone went back to their house for a small reception. 

Thursday : I got an amazingly cheap deal on Hungry Hungry Hippos today at Target.  Can’t beat it for $3.00.  I got 2 and gave Chloe one, and am saving the other one in the gift bucket. 

Friday :  The kids played Hungry Hungry Hippos on the front porch and were catching lady bugs. 

Saturday : Jacob took little Jacob to a birthday party.  Caleb had his tball opening day ceremony.  Then we went to Hailee’s birthday party.   

Happy Documenting !

Sunday, October 19, 2014



  • The kids had NO SCHOOL Monday becuase of Columbus Day.  They always love an extra day off, and frankly so do I .  They already don't have school on Friday's, so it was nice to have a 4 day weekend.  
  • I worked Monday and Tuesday again this week.  
  • Jacob's work schedule was all crazy this week.  He worked day shift, got a day off, worked grave yard, got a day off then 2 more days of day shift.  
  • Had to do our health insurance enrollment.  Always not fun to see how much comes out of his check each week just for this.  I mean don't get me wrong, I am thankful for having health insurance, but it has been so all over the place the last few years with his company and we finally had Kaiser, which I loved and then it got changed again and also went up $300.00 a month.  
  • Jacob submitted his application for a job at another cement plant in Arizona.  They have been calling him asking him to apply for quite some time now.  The time never seemed right, but now, maybe it is just our time to move.  We will just have to wait and see how everything pans out.  
  • Jacob's parents came over for dinner on Wednesday night.  Jacob bbq'd steaks and made baked potatoes.  SO GOOD.  The steaks were cooked perfectly.  
  • I had an early appointment down the hill on Thursday morning so I had to drop the kids off at my sister in laws house at 6:30am.  It was crazy getting up and going while it was still dark out.  The kids did great and got up easily and got dressed with no problems.  THANK GOODNESS. 
  • I got new doctor appointments made for me and Jacob, new dentist appointments made for each of us and the kids, and little Jacob an appointment with our old pediatric orthopedic doctor down at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles.  
  • Saturday we spend the day relaxing at home most of the day.  Jacob ran to the junk yard for a part for the truck and I cleaned up around the house, I even got the kitchen mopped.  I got my wood sign orders all cut and glued together. 
  • The kids had their first ever sleep over.  The little girls from next door stayed the night.  They were all so darn excited, and Caleb and one of them stayed up so late playing games on the computer.  
  • Today is Sunday the 19th, which means it has been 11 years today since my dad passed away.  I will never forget that phone call as I was getting ready to go to work.  
  • Today I painted all the wood signs for my orders and a few for our house too.  

  • This coming Friday is the funeral for Jacob's friend and co worker that died in the mtorcylce accident recently. 


  •  Still working on sharing all my project life pages on my blog to get all caught up. 
  • All of my wood sign orders.  

  • Did anyone see the announcement that Becky Higgins and her team are accepting applications for the new PROJECT LIFE DESIGN TEAM 2015?  I am thinking of applying.  
  • We got to watch the first episode in this seasons WALKING DEAD.  
  • Tonight after the kids get in bed we will be watching the next epsidode as well.  
  • I am still behind on all my other shows, so maybe this week I can slowly watch them little by little.  

  • Finally it is starting to feel like Fall around here.  Much cooler weather and I am loving it.  

  • I have been craving a Jersey Mike's turkey sandwich for weeks and on Thursday I finally had one.  SO GOOD!  I enjoyed every last bit of that thing too. 
  •  I made homemade potatoe soup riday night and it turned out AMAZING.  Our neighbor and my new friend stayed to eat and my step dad came by to eat with us as well.  
  • Saturday night Jacob made homemade fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy and green beans.  SO good, it has been so long since we have had fried chicken.  

Saturday, October 18, 2014


Project Life
week 11
march 9 – march 15

 Ramblings from week 11:
Sunday : The kids on the front porch today enjoying a popsicle.  Our little cuties.  They are growing up so fast. 

Monday : Chloe painted her own toenails today.  So is so girly and lover her nails painted. 

Tuesday : Chloe decided that today was a good day to play in the tub with all her millions of toys.  No water, just playing.  Whatever makes her happy.  Silly girl.

Thursday : Caleb’s float for school.  I had a lot of fun helping him make this. 
Chloe being crafty this week too.  She loves all things crafty. 

Friday : I brought Natalie and Nathan home with me today after dance class.  We had dinner at our house for Jacob’s moms birthday. 

Saturday : I went wedding dress shopping with Michelle, Debbie, Jamie and all the little girls today.  We went to a few stores, and then went to lunch at La Casita. 
While the girls were shopping the guys all went fishing.  Caleb caught a big fish. 
I picked up Debbie after and we met them out at the lake.  I  always love a good silhouette sunset! 

Happy Documenting !

Friday, October 17, 2014


Back in late December I shared a list of projects and plans I wanted to do around the house.  One of the things listed was work on our bedroom.  Every house we have lived in, our bedroom is always left for last and then rarely ever gets done.  
My list was just so that I could have it all written down for my grand plans around the house.  I am a visual person and like to see my lists written out.  You can find that list HERE.  

The first thing on the list for our room was to get a new comforter from Fingerhut.  I really did like it, but after getting it and the matching curtains it was getting costly.  Then came the obsession with the color turquoise and the Bed Bath and Beyond catalog that had a comforter I fell in love with.  You can see that post HERE.  

Then we got that Bed Bath and Beyond Comforter and it was perfect. You can see that post HERE.   It was also what finally made me get my butt in gear and actually do some work in our room.  

So FINALLY I am going to share what our room currently looks like.  It is done for the most part, with just a few small things I still have in mind for it.  But I love how far it has come so far.  

I love this collage I made.  This is how it has transformed from the time we moved in, to how it is right now.  Well kind of from the time we moved it, we had that comforter, but a totally different bed.  But it started with an oak bed, and nightstands, and furniture with this green and tanish comforter and tan curtains, with white walls.  
Then the picture on top is the way it was when we were waiting for the rest of the furniture to be delivered after they brought the wrong bed.  We slept with our mattress on the floor for a week or so. 
Then we had the new comforter with the new furniture, with still white walls and the other accessories that matched all the old stuff. 
 Then this bottom picture is how it is now, new comforter, new furniture, new paint on the walls and matching accessories for the room.  

Here are a few before and afters to show how the room has really changed.  
One thing you might notice in this picture is the lamps.  In the original before paint we had these same lamps. I looked around for new lamps and lamp shades and I cannot believe the prices of those things.  Holy Moly there was no way I was going to spend close to $100.00 just for 2 new lamps and lamp shades.  So I did the next best thing and spray painted the lamp itself grey and then since I still had no luck with the lamp shades, I painted those too.  They were cloth like most lamp shades, but kind of a plastic like material I guess you could say.  So I spray painted them with several coats of white glossy paint and perfect. 
I also changed all the curtains.  I really loved the ruffle curtains and had all my intentions to make them, but came across a good deal on all of them through Fingerhut and ordered them all at once.  Even one for the bathroom shower.  
I also added the rug to the room, which really adds that pop of color right there in the middle.  I love it and got it on sale at Target.  

After I painted the room, I moved a few things around too.  In this corner of the room we had a chair and a lamp and a plant stand and some randomness thrown on the wall.  It was just a whatever corner.  So I moved the tall dresser (which I still want to paint black when I get a chance) and put the tv in that corner.  It seems to give the room more balance and I love not walking into this big tall dresser right when you walk into the bedroom. 
I have a plan for that wall vase as well, I have my eye on this flower greenery bundle at Hobby Lobby and it has turquoise flowers in it.  I never seem to be there when it is on sale, and want to use my coupon on other things.  :)

The left picture is where the dresser and tv were, right when you walk in the room.  Now I moved the trunk over there, and hung a frame and some candle holders on that small wall.  I want to add a wood sign under the frame.  Now to me it doesn't seem so cluttered right here when you walk in the door. 

Over here on the other side of the closet doors I added color to the little metal stand I had. I added a shelf under the clock and added a candle and a tiny framed picture of my dad.  I am not fond of the silver pot, so I might change that to black and add some greenery.  

Over on this little wall by the window I just added a grouping of black frames with some family pictures in them.  
They are old frames I have had in here or around the house and I just spray painted them all black to match.  

I took this accent pillow off of our couch because it matched perfectly.  Until I find another one I just leave this one in here.  I got that on clearance months and months ago at Target.  

This frame was originally by the But it is the one I filled and moved over to the other wall.  

Here is what the dresser looked like before the paint, and you can see that frame over there on the wall.  

Here you can see how I updated the dresser by adding some color to it.  I painted the LOVE sign, and bought the little turquoise frame at Target.  I also got the tiny tea light candles (I know they are hard to see) on clearance at Target. 

I also gave the candle holders an updated look to match the room. I sprayed the candle holders a bright silver metallic color and got flame less turquoise candles at Hobby Lobby when they were on sale for 50% off.  

I even gave the flower pot a coat of color.  I kill plants so they never survive here I swear.  So I plan to plant some fake greenery in here.  :)

Here you can see a small glimpse into the bathroom how it was before with the tan accessories and now with the walls painted and a new rug and towels.  
I got the rug on sale at Target, the shower curtain (which is really just a curtain like in our room) through Fingerhut.  I got the matching towels at Walmart.  

I know I didn't share how the space in the bathroom looked before, but I thought I would share how it is now.  
The shelf matches the other one I hung in our room and came from Target, I used to have both hanging up right here, but liked the look with just the one and more accessories on the wall.  I had the vase and greenery since forever ago.  I got the perfect matching wash cloths at Target on sale.  I got the pretty little glass jars at the .99 cent store.  I got the iron wall hanging at the swap meet for $1.00. 

So this is pretty much how our bedroom has transformed completely since we moved here.  I LOVE our room and love just looking in at it all and how it has come together.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Project Life
week 10
march 2 – march 8

Ramblings from week 10:
Monday : Chloe riding the merry go round at the dollar store. 
I had such a headache today I laid down on Chloe’s bed to watch her play and she covered me up with her blanket when I dosed off.

Tuesday : Chloe love bologna!  She is always grabbing a slice and eating it. 
Today I finished up Caleb’s water bottle for tball. 

Wednesday : Today I am working on a baby blanket for Jacob’s lawyers new baby.  I can’t wait to get it all done.  

Friday :  Caleb making his bed. This is one of the kids morning chores.  They also have to brush their teeth, get dressed, eat breakfast, and clean up their room.  We are working on a smooth routine. 
Kortny invited us for ice cream after dance class today. It was a fun treat and it is always fun when the cousins get to hang out.  We don’t seem them much except for Friday’s at dance  class. 

Saturday : Chloe was helping daddy wash the cars today. She is such a daddy’s girl. 
Chloe is pouring her own milk .  She is so grown up.  

Happy Documenting !

Monday, October 13, 2014


Project Life
week 9
february 23 – march 1

Ramblings from week 9 
Sunday :  Jersey Mike’s is our new favorite sandwich place.  I took Jacob a sandwich for dinner today after my photo shoot.  We ate ours out at his work with him. 

This is Jacob dressed up all week for court.  This week was filled up all with intense court hearings. 

Wednesday : Jacob and Jimmy, his lawyer back at his office celebrating a NOT GUILTY verdict.  It has been a roller coaster of emotions over a long time and I am so glad it is all over finally. 

Thursday : A nice rainbow this morning.  The calm after the storm!

Friday :                     
  • Hailee and Hannah both got awards at school this morning.
  • The girls school had a firetruck pull up as we were leaving and Chloe wanted to take a picture in front of it to show Caleb, since she knows how much he loves them.
  • Another rainbow today.
  • A rainy day. (which I love)
  • Caleb’s Dr. Seuss Day at school today. 
  • Relaxing by a fire tonight.  


Sunday, October 12, 2014




  • A good friend and co worker of Jacob's  was killed in a motorcycle accident on his way home from work.  You can see the news video HERE .  It is so sad and my heart hurts for his family. 
  • We had an appointment for little Jacob to see about where we go now for his foot since we have new insurance.  Now we have a PPO so I can just call CHILDRENS HOSPITAL OF LOS ANGELES and get an appointment, no more waiting for referrals. 
  • Had to take the KIA in to the dealer for a part to get fixed.  So thankful that we have a full warranty and we didn't have to pay a dime for it.  
  • I had to go to the Social Security office twice this week. I somehow misplaced mine and the kids cards.  Well little did I know they don't take birth certificates as a form of ID, so I had to go back with another form of ID for Chloe.  I had the boys school ID's in my wallet the first day, so I was able to use those for them. 
  • Chloe had dance class on Wednesday and her teacher is out with a broken leg and had to have surgery. 
  • We got rid of all the puppies (except one that we are probably going to keep).
  • I had a flat tire on Monday after I got off work.  Jacob fixed the hole and it is good as new now. 
  • The kids made friends with the neighbor girls on Thursday and they have been over every day since.  I love that the kids have some little neighborhood friends to play with now.  
  • We went to visit my grandparents on Saturday.  Grandpa Jim has been in and out of the hospital a few times the last few months.  Heck this entire year he has been.  We don't go visit nearly enough at all.  So it was so nice to be able to go out and visit.  We had a nice lunch with them, and then just hung out and visited. Both my aunts were there too and one of my cousins, and my other cousins son.  The kids had a blast playing with him.  It was a great day for sure.
  • I officially met the neighbor girls mom.  We stood and chatted for a bit and she seems really nice.  
  • Netflix has tons of scary movies on lately, I am sure in honor of Halloween.  So for the first time ever I watched Nightmare on Elm Street part 2 and Halloween : Resurrection.  

  • This week I work on Monday and Tuesday.  
  • Jacob is on day shift.  
  • The kids have NO School tomorrow for Columbus day.  I will be able to take them to work with me, so that is nice.  
  • I have an appointment down the hill on Thursday morning, so I am still figuring out about the kids.

  • Just blogs. I am not reading any books at the moment.  I want to find a good book to read, I love reading, but never find the time.  I might try to start Debbie Macomber A Cedar Cove Christmas.  I have had the book for about 2 years and started it a few times, and just haven't gotten past the first chapter.

  • I am playing catch up on sharing my Project Life layouts.  
  • I am working on some blog posts.  
  • Working on several wood sign orders I got in the last few days.  
  • Working on a layout for my Layout A Week post.  
  • Working on a SILHOUETTE AMERICA project for this coming weeks post.

  • I am working on getting caught up.  I have all the photos taken, I am just organizing them to print.  I have all the way until week 19 completed in my album, but organized on my laptop until the end of August.  
  • Also working on sharing the completed weeks up to week 19 on my blog.

  • I know all of our shows started back up this week, but we have not had a chance to watch anything.  I have only been watching Switched at Birth on Netflix each night when we get into bed.  I have been obsessed with that show lately.  I am so intrigued with the sign language.

  • The weather lately has sucked.  I am so ready for fall cooler weather.  It has been in the high 80s to low 90s.  Come on I want fall cold weather.  Heck the leaves on all the trees are still green here.  I love the different foods we eat in the colder weather too, I am so ready for all that.

  • This weekend we had leftovers once for dinner. 
  •  Tonight Jacob made some super yummy chicken eggroll/wontons and marinated beef over rice.  
  • This past week we had some beef bean and cheese burritos, we went to his sisters Friday night for a BBQ for her birthday.  
  • We also had chicken and mashed potatoes with gravy and green beans, and a sausage pasta bake that I am going to share this week on the blog.


Saturday, October 11, 2014


Project Life
week 8
february 16 – february 22
Full Layout

Left Side

Right Side

Ramblings from week 8:
Sunday : Little Jacob is 9 today.  I can’t even believe that.  He is such an amazing kid.  Our little man is growing up so fast. 

Monday : Today I made homemade donuts . 
Caleb also had his first tball practice tonight.  He was so excited, but nervous at the same time.  He did great. 

Wednesday :  Little Jacob took cupcakes to his class today to celebrate his birthday. 

Thursday :The empty courtroom halls during jury selection today.  We have spent a lot of time here lately that the empty halls are nice.  

Jacob all dressed up from court today, looking handsome as always. 

Jacob’s new favorite coffee is from Starbucks.  We found this bag at Costco so that he can enjoy it at home too. 

Friday :  Caleb got a gold star sticker at school today for being a super student. Way to go Caleb. 

Saturday : Chloe had a makeup dance class this morning.  She looked so cute in her outfit.  Then she looked just so small against the Talent Planet Wall.  
When we got home we found the cat attacking a bunny.  We were able to catch it and put it in a basket.  Its leg was hurt and bleeding.  It died overnight.  



Friday, October 10, 2014


I have been in so major need of sharing my project life layouts.
I am super behind in sharing them here on the blog.
I find it easier to go a few months, then print out all my photos to date and add them to my album all in one day.  Then I take a few days to add all in all my journaling cards.  I keep notes to myself and what we did in my planner so it helps sometimes go back and write some journaling I may have forgotten.  

Project Life
week 7
february 9 – february 15

Full Layout

Left Side 

Right Side 

Ramblings from week 7
Sunday : Jacob went on a dirtbike ride today and sent me a text with this picture of his view.  I think he enjoyed just taking off on the bike for a bit and stopping to see as far as the eye can see.  
The cat also got stuck up in the rafters of the garage.  Not once but twice.  I had to climb up on the ladder and help her get down.  

Monday : NO SCHOOL today.  Daddy also had the day off of work, so they all got to spend some time together playing xbox.  I love days like this.  

Tuesday : We bought a Valentines Day sugar cookie decorating kit at Target so tonight we all sat at the table and decorated our cookie.  It was alot of fun.  I enjoyed just sitting there as a family each decorating our own cookie.  The kids loaded up there cookies with icing and candy.  

Wednesday : When I got home from the grocery store, I almost stepped on this lizard.  I grabbed my camera and got down on the ground and it let me snap a ton of pictures of it.  I don't like lizards as in pets or to hold them, but I still find creatures interesting.  I also knew the boys would love to see the pictures of the lizard so up close.  
Today I am also attempting for the first time ever to make my own homemade enchilada sauce to go with dinner.  It was a longer process than just buying a can from the store for sure, but I love trying new things like this and being able to say I made it all from scratch.  It turned out pretty good for my first try.  

Thursday : Each semester the boys get to pick an elective extra class they would like to take at school.  It is called their enrichment class.  They go once a week, every Thursday.  This time around they both wanted to take No Bake Cooking.  Their first no bake item was this fruit kabob.  They are both really enjoying this class already.  I can't wait to see what else they come home with.  

Friday : HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY.  Jacob and I had to go to court today for a matter so my mom picked up the kids from school and took them out to lunch at McDonalds.  They have half days of Fridays.  Since we were done pretty early ourselves, we stopped by Steer n Stein for a quick lunch date.  It was nice to be able to have a nice lunch date.  

Saturday : Caleb wasn't feeling well tonight at all and started throwing up and had a fever.  I gave him some medicine and hoping he feels better in the morning.  


Wednesday, October 1, 2014


Are you ready for Fall?  I know I sure am.  Even though the first official day of Fall has already passed, the start of October really puts me in the Fall spirit.  It just seems more like a Fall month.  

So to celebrate FALL being here, yesterday I was over on the SILHOUETTE AMERICA blog sharing this new FALL BANNER I created using this weeks FREE SHAPE.  

Come on over HERE to the blog to find out how I created this Fall Banner.  It even has rhinestones.