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Thursday, October 1, 2015

His 9th Birthday Celebration & A Special Letter!

Hello Everyone!! 

We would like to thank everyone from our Instagram, Facebook, Twitter channels for taking the time to wish Happy Birthday to our son!

Our son was born on September 29th at approximately 10:00 in the morning.  After twelve hours of labor, he came into this world weighting 5.5 lbs and measuring 19 inches long.  

He was small and long but it took very little time for this baby boy to put up some serious weight and his length was above the charts.

He was three months old when we celebrated our first Christmas together.   
Our baby was so chunky, long but most of all, he was adored by all!

He has always been a happy and active baby.   

At five months old, he was part of Savannah's Cutest Baby contest! 
His smile and laugh has and continues to be infectious! 

Experiencing one of Daddy's favorite hobbies at just 8 months old!  
He loved been on the boat but he loved his little inflatable boat even more! 

Learning how to crawl at nine months old, he has kept grandmother on her toes
since that day! 

Dear Son: 

     You are now nine years old... and we are so happy and proud of you!  Being a parent is not easy, at times it can be scary.  You see, children don't come with an "instruction" book that will tell us how to deal with every situation.  Therefore, we have to try our very best to guide our children in the right direction. 

    We want you to know that we love you very much and we are so proud of everything you have accomplished in just nine years.   You may think we are mean because we won't allow you to quit when a situation gets difficult.  But by not allowing you to easily quit, your father and I are trying to prepare you for the future by teaching you that you most continue to try.  We want you to be able to reach your goals even when the obstacles seem too high. 

    Remember that a lot of people loves you, Grandmother, Papa, your Aunts, Uncles, cousins, all your friends and classmates.  But most importantly, GOD loves you, no matter what, when or where, he will always be there for you.  You only need to reach for him.  

   I know you most get tired of us telling you that "you need to be more responsible" and to "pay more attention".   You see son, nothing in this life is easy or free and yes, we do know school isn't always fun, but it is very important that you learn these things, so that you can take advantage of your education, so that one day you may have good career options.

    You are smart, talented in so many ways.  Don't ever forget to stay true to yourself and always be thankful for everything you have been blessed with.  Daddy and I have tried to teach you and will continue to teach you the difference between right and wrong.  Always try to be nice and kind to others because those simple actions will define who you are, it is never worth been mean to others.  You need to surround yourself with people who are just like you.  If you are good to your friends and others then they will be good to you.  A true friend is someone who compromises, listens and understands.  If you see a friend who is making the wrong choices, speak up and tell them, if they fail to listen then do not follow them, ONLY follow your own path.  

   Don't ever try to be someone you are not, be proud of who you are. Hey, we are, so why not you!!   (just to prove a point, watch yourself in this video Daddy made for you)

   You are unique because GOD created you that way, and to us you are ONE PERFECT DUDE!

     Love, Mommy and Daddy! 

Birthday Party at Frames & Games

 The moment he discovered he was given a $20.00 gift! 

Ready to play Laser Tag!

 5D Movies! 


Thursday, September 24, 2015

A Simple Recipe!

Easy & Delicious Pasta Salad

Hello Everyone!!

Today I will be sharing with you a very simple pasta salad recipe that will make your next gathering an occasion to remember!

Pasta Salads became increasingly popular during the 1990's.  You can find many different variations of salads that are already prepared and ready to eat at your local deli.  But these salads are very easy to prepare on your own.  

This particular salad only requires 7 ingredients and can be prepared in advance as well. Which is great because you don't want to be spend the entire duration of your party stuck in the kitchen preparing your side dishes.   


16 Oz of Rotini Pasta;
1 16oz Bottle of Italian Dressing (Robust);
1  bag of Mini-Pepperoni;
5 Sticks of Mozzarella String Cheese
1- 10oz Package of Grape Tomatoes;
3 cups of Broccoli Florets;
1 Orange Bell Pepper


Cook the Rotini by following the instructions on the box; (cook until is "al dente" or however you prefer to your pasta to be cooked.  Once the Rotini is done, rinse the pasta with cool water and put it aside to cool down.

While your pasta is cooling, thinly sliced the Mozzarella String Cheese, slice the grape tomatoes in half, and diced the bell pepper.

Add all your ingredients into a very large bowl, (cooked & cooled pasta, tomatoes, broccoli, green pepper, mozzarella cheese, bell pepper).

Pour the entire bottle of Italian dressing, and mix together.

Place in refrigerator until you are ready to serve.


If you are preparing this salad 24 to 48 hours prior to your event, I suggest you add the mozzarella right before the event. 


Friday, September 18, 2015

DIY: A Festive Fall Wreath Tutorial!

Hello Everyone: 

Labor Day has passed, the rains have began to arrive, along with the chilly mornings and warm afternoons. 

It truly feels like fall but officially Fall begins in just a few days, September 23, 2015! 

With my favorite season in mind, I can't help but to be excited to see the amazing colors, the pumpkin infused coffee and the right to wear BOOTS!! 

If you follow our Facebook Fan Page, Caramel Curlz N Swirls, then you already know my obsession with boots and nail polishes.  Of course my dear Husband always indulges me when it comes to my footwear! 

Although Fall has not officially began, this is the perfect time to create your DIY Projects!! The majority of the crafting stores are filling their shelves with winter decorations and all of the Fall & Halloween items have to be cleared from the floor, which means SALES SALES and more wonderful SALES!!!

I bought my items from Michaels, all of their Fall Decor & Fall Floral Accents on sale 40% but starting September 20th the sale will increase to 50% Off.  (Check with your local Store for more accurate prices, current sales and coupons)

The Materials:

 1. Glue Gun; 
2. Scissors; 
3. Wire cutters; 

1 Straw Wreath Form- 18 inch;

 2 Plaid Glittered Fall Ribbon (or the ribbon of your choice);
1 Green Floral Wire- 24 Gauge

1 Bush of Orange Mums;
1 Bush of Blood Red Flowers 

 4 Pumpkin with leaves embellishments

1 Pumpkin Shaped Wooden sign 

The Steps: 

 Start by applying a few drops of glue on one end of the ribbon and
apply it to the wreath form; 
Continue by tightly wrapping the ribbon around the wreath form;

 Continue to do the same until the entire wreath is covered or until half the wreath form is covered (whichever you decide); 
(In order to covered the entire wreath form, you will need 4 Ribbons)

 Cut the mum using your wire cutters make sure you leave approximately 2 inches of the
steam attached; 
Place the mums on the top half of your wreath form; 
Fluff them, rearrange them until you get the look you desire; 
I used one Orange Yellow mum, then 2 Red Orange Flowers; 

Cut the Pumpkin stems, again make sure you leave 
approximately 2 inches so that you may glue the wire 
to the wreath; 

 Here is the final result! 

If your wreath is too wide to fit on your wreath hanger, don't panic.  Simply apply 2 screws approximately 3/4 of an inch apart, cut some green floral wire, approximately a 2 1/2 inched long.  Wrap each end to one of the screws.  Now you can hang your wreath!!

A pre-made wreath like this can cost you approximately $60 to $89.00 depending on the size and fullness of the arrangement. 

Here is the total I spent making this: 

18 Inch Straw Wreath Form....$6.99
2 Glittered Wired Fall Ribbon....$4.98 
1 Green Floral Wire 24"....$1.99
1 Bush of Orange Mums....$5.99
1 Bush of Red Orange Flowers....$3.19
4 Glittered Pumpkin Accents....5.96
1 Pumpkin shaped Wood Sign....$3.59

TOTAL:  $32.69!!!

How Fantastic is that!! 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Our Favorite Story Books: 40 Fun Stories to Help Your Kids Grow

Hello Everyone!! 

As we all know reading and writing are essential to our kids.  One of the first things we are told when we become parents is to make sure that we make time to read out loud to our kids so they may develop better communication skills.  

I love reading, if I were to give you a glance of my Nook's Library, you will see a list of over 200 books.  And yes, I have read every single one of them, some I have read at least three times.  I love losing myself in the story. 

Recently our son has found a series he loves and so far he still wants to continue to read the series even though his summer reading log has been completed and turned in.  

Our daughter prefers when we read to her out loud, I think she loves this because Mommy makes all the faces an funny noises to go with the story line. 

Here is a list our favorite story books: 

I Am Series by Garcelle Beauvais and Sebastian A Jones

*I Am Mixed (I AM Book) #1

*I Am Living in Two Homes (I AM- Book #2)

*I Am Awesome (I AM Book #3)

Princess Truly Series by Kelly Greenawalt

*Princess Truly and the Hungry Bunny Problem

*I Am Truly

*Princess Truly and the Courageous Cape Chase

How Do Dinosaurs Series by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague:

*How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?

*How Do Dinosaurs Go to School?

*How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You?

*How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Room?

Amelia Bedelia Series by Herman Parish:

Amelia Bedelia Storybook Treasury:   Amelia Bedelia's First Day of School; 
                                                                   Amelia Bedelia's First Field Trip; 
                                                                   Amelia Bedelia Makes a Friend; 
                                                                   Amelia Bedelia Sleeps Over; 
                                                                   Amelia Bedelia Hits the Trail

Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne:

Magic Tree House Boxed Set, Books 1-4: Dinosaurs Before Dark, 
                                                                 The Knight at Dawn,
                                                                 Mummies in the Morning, and 
                                                                 Pirates Past Noon

Magic Tree House Boxed Set, Books 5-8: Night of the Ninjas, 
                                                                  Afternoon on the Amazon,
                                                                  Sunset of the Sabertooth, and
                                                                  Midnight on the Moon

Something Every Curly Child should read at least once:

*Ballerina Girl by Kirsten Hall  

*I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont

*What I Like Abot Me by Allia Zobel Nolan

*Spaghetti in A Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage to Be Who You Are

*Emi's Curly Coily Cotton Cnady Hair by Tina Olajide

The Classic Tales all children should have:

*Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

*Charlotte's Webb by EB White

*My Mother Goose: A Collection of Favorite Rhymes, Songs, and Concepts By David McPhail

*The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

*The Little Red Riding Hood by Trina Schart Hyman

*The Three Little Pigs by Patricia Seibert

*Goldilocks and The Three Bears by Candice Ransom

*Corduroy by Don Freeman

*The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Who can forget the Dr. Seuss' collection of stories: 

*One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

*Green Eggs and Ham

*Dr. Seuss's ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book!

*The Cat in the Hat

Tips from our friends: 

Emily says: "Remember that reading should be fun and not be associated with "homework". 

Mari says: "Don't stop reading out loud to them even after they learn how to read by themselves"

Geraldine says: "Choose books together"

Your Admin Bill shares: "Reading stories together will develop and strengthen the bond between the two of you". 


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Quick Updo Style for Today!

Good Morning Everyone!! 

Ms. Bree 's style is a simple and quick Updo.   Perfect for days like this, when "time" was definitely not my friend...  

Cornrowed her bottom half ;
and smoothed her front section;
Then brought both sections together into a simple small bun.

I didn't use any Bun Shaper Foam or sock, just carefully twisted her hair into a bun;
secured it with hair pins.

This style is only for the next couple of days.  I will fix her parts and finish the style this weekend!! 

Have a wonderful day.... the week is almost over!!!