Mommy Makeover Monday

Today is my mommy makeover day!  Yes, the day I bare all.  No make-up, a fresh face just for you all.   It’s been a while since Hadara and I played make-up together.  After all, she is ten years old now.  In my beauty business, I’ve given many makeovers to women in the past 14 years!  Hadara’s grown up seeing me work at home and even gone with me to some appointments.  I think she’s got a good idea of what make-up is all about.  She’s watches me put on my make-up and now that she’s ten, I figured it was time to put her to the challenge.

Hadara and I had so much fun making this video and making mommy daughter memories . The hardest part of this challenge for me was to let Hadara have full control and let her make me over with little help from me, (cough) the beauty expert here.  (cough again).  I was like putty in her hands.  I think that’s the best part actually because as a mom, I feel like I have to be in control.  Yet, sometimes my daughter has to know that I trust her judgement, opinion and if she makes a mistake while learning. . . that’s OK!  We learn and laugh together.

I think ten is a great age to start teaching our daughters about beauty, skin care and make-up.  Last year, Hadara and I attended the Secret Keeper Girl Crazy Hair Tour and I blogged about our amazing experience.  At that conference, they asked us Moms to be our daughters first teacher when it came to modesty, beauty and fashion.   I totally agree.  We can set a Godly example for our daughters and still have grace, joy and fun with it.   A few months later, I entered a Secret Keeper Girl Facebook contest and won a book called, 8 Great Dates for Moms and Daughters:  How to Talk About True Beauty, Cool Fashion and Modesty by Dannah Gresh! A total blessing!!  I totally recommend this book if you have a tween or teen daughter.  It’s filled with fun challenges and Bible studies catered to to “replace our culture’s lies with truth and make a lasting connection with your tween girl”.

I hope you enjoy watching our Mommy Makeover today.  It’s a tag video, so I challenge you to do this with your daughter too!

Blessings and Shalom,

My Mother’s Day Weekend and What I Got for Mother’s Day Video

My Mother’s day celebration started a day early.  Saturday, my Mom and I along with our daughters, Hadara and my niece Harmony set sail on a fun girl’s afternoon out!  The day consisted of shopping and dinner at Paradise Bakery.  The girls had a ball shopping with us and many laughs were shared.  My Mom and I make it a priority to have a girl’s day out at least once a year.  The special memories that are made are priceless.  The greatest gift you can give anyone is your time and love. 
On Sunday, Hadara and Ruben surprised me with a breakfast in bed pampering, gifts, roses and a day of not doing anything.  No chores, no work, no cooking!  Oh I love them so much.  How did they know I needed a day like that?  Later that day, they treated me to one of my favorite places, Cracker Barrel.  Yummy.  I think the best part about Cracker Barrel besides the home cooked food, is the general store treasures.  I found some precious finds that stood out to me.  I think the Lord was speaking to me through these wonderful trinkets.  They were too good, not to share!  (Especially, the Pray a Latte cup!) 🙂 

After dinner, I snuggled up on the sofa in my p.j.’s and pulled out the funniest movie to watch on Mother’s Day, Moms Night Out.  It’s hard to believe the movie is already a year old.   Didn’t I just go see that movie with my Mom?  Time flies by fast.  

And that was my fun Mother’s day weekend.  Want to know all the juicy details?  Watch my video today where I share what I got for Mother’s day.  How was your Mother’s Day?  How did you celebrate?  

Make it the best day ever! 

Blessings and Shalom, 

Flashback Fashion Friday {Mommy Daughter Love}

Fashion Flashback-Looking back to Move Forward.  

As you can tell, my daughter and I are very close.  When I was pregnant with her, I didn’t know she was a girl.  Ruben and I waited until the morning she was born to find out.   We were thankful to have a boy or girl, but when the doctor said, “she’s a girl!”, I was joyfully ecstatic!  I couldn’t wait to leave the hospital and go shopping for pink girly everything!  Hadara Rose is our little blessing and my life has never been the same since the first time I looked at her precious beautiful face.  The funny thing about mommy-hood is that you never know what you’re missing until your little baby is born.  Then your life is changed.  Forever.  How can a mother’s heart have that much love to give and pour out?  To be selfless and protecting.  Nurturing and forgiving.  A love that the Bible even compares to the Father’s love for His children.  He loves us like a mother loves her newborn child.  

Today’s Fashion Friday is not a typical post, but a Fashion and Flashback Friday combined.  It’s fun to look back and see how far you’ve come.  As a mommy, it’s hard to believe that my precious little baby girl that was five years old in these photos, is now nearing ten.  How could it be that I’ve been homeschooling her for five years?  How could it be that for five years I’ve been holding play dates, tea parties, and dress-up afternoons?  The list can go on, but yes, the years do go on.  I remember at that age, Hadara loved to wear flip flops with everything.  That week, she had her first pedicure so she wanted to show it off.  She also loved to pick her own creative outfits at that age and completely wore the opposite of what I would suggest.  Can you say, “Miss Independent”?

And then there is Mom.  How have I changed?  I can say through the grace of God, He has continued to do a work in me.  Looking at that woman standing in the picture, I remember I was less confident.  Although, I had gone through the baby and toddler phase with Hadara, it seemed scarier to me for the what lie ahead.  I was becoming a homeschool mommy to a only child and blindly ready to face the world.  I had no clue what I was doing.  Ever feel like that?  Yet, I wore a smile and that polka dot dress.   It’s the same dress I wore when I left the hospital to go home after having baby Hadara.  I loved that dress-very forgiving!  

As a new mommy, I was unsure.  As a mommy of a five year old, I was unsure.  No matter what phase in mommy-hood we are at, it’s good to know that we won’t stay there.  Growth is a good word for women to have in their vocabulary.  With lessons learned, experience and well, just life. . . I can truly understand how the measure of a mom’s love can outweigh confidence.     It’s not based on how ready you are for the next curve ball, or how many parenthood books or blogs you’ve read.  You are on your own motherhood journey.  With God, you are the mommy He has called you to be.  For the children He has given you.  Just be that.  Just love . . . and everything else will fall into place.  

Colossians 3: 12-14 

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.   Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.  And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Blessings and Shalom, 

What about you?  Was there ever a time in your life, when you lacked the confidence to be a Mom?  

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He Shall Hear Your Voice

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My voice you shall hear in the morning, O LORD; 

in the morning I will direct it to you, 
and I will look up. Psalm 5:3
Twenty years ago, I walked into a Christian bookstore and first gazed upon this beautiful painting above.  I’ll never forget.  

My husband and I were dating at the time and I was a new believer in Jesus.  As a couple, we loved our dates at the christian bookstore.   We’d spend hours listening to new music, picking out new tracks to sing, and getting lost in every part of the store.  That day, in particular I wanted to check out the wall decor. That’s when I first viewed this painting . . . it captured me.  It inspired me.  It gave me hope as a new Woman of God. 

As a young believer, I was just learning about prayer and how to talk to God.  I may not have known how to pray like the church folks did, but I sure knew that I loved Jesus! 

This painting reminded me of myself at the time. 

Young,  full of love and devotion for my King-desperate. 

Sadly, that day, we didn’t buy the painting.  It was pretty much out of our price range, but I never forgot about it.  No, I never did. 

And neither did God

This past weekend, when I wasn’t even trying.  I came across this painting on a google search.  Did you know I was searching for this painting periodically for about 20 years!   I never knew who the artist was or the name of the painting until this past Saturday

It’s called, “He Shall Hear My Voice” by artist Michael Dudash. 

The Lord is constantly reminding us, that He sees us.  He loves us.  He hears our voice.  

I want to encourage you Mamas. . . He hears your voice.  

He hears your voice when you are praying for your beautiful children. 

Prayer means talking over with Jesus 
everything that happens from the morning til night. 
For the past 3 weeks, my husband and I have been praying for our little girl’s healing from a neck injury.  Sunday evening was really rough for her since her pain grows more intense at night.  Once she finally fell asleep after a long night of praying and intercession, my husband and I came back to our bedroom where I just fell on the bed and wept. 

It’s so hard to see our children hurting.  

It’s so hard when we can’t do anything for them.  

It feels like a helpless situation in the natural. 

BUT, in the supernatural realm, we are not helpless.  
For, God is our help in time of trouble. 
That night, I continued to pray and cry out to God.  Seeking the Lord. 

Then, I remembered that beautiful painting. 

At that moment, I knew that He was listening . . . Jesus you hear my voice.

The voice of a worried, desperate Mama. 

The voice of a broken heart. 

The voice of His beloved bride. 

Yes, he hears our voice when we call out to Him morning or night. 

I sought refuge and I found it in Him. 

For He is my Almighty God full of power and might. 

Trust in the LORD with all your heart
         And do not lean on your own understanding.

In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
                                                             Proverbs 3: 5-6 

I want to encourage you Mamas, with this message today. 

No matter what you are going through with your children.  Keep praying! 

Trials bring you to your knees in prayer.  

Lift up your voice to Him.  

Cry out and call unto Jesus. 

He hears your voice! 

Blessings and Shalom

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Reflections of a Mommy’s Heart

I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way.  
O when wilt thou come unto me?
I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. 
Psalm 101:2

As I reflect back on photographs of being a young Mommy, I realize those moments were so tender, innocent and beautiful.  They continue to be.  Yet, as our children change, we also change.  Motherhood is an ongoing process of change.  Our children grow up so fast.  

I think about all the teachable moments I took advantage of and the ones I neglected. 

My heart fails and so do my child’s heart.  Yet, God’s way is perfect.  (Psalm 18:30)

Many things are vying for our kid’s attention.  They are exposed to many negative role models.  So, Lord, protect our babies.  We want to limit the contact our children have with these sources of bad influence.  Even more, guide us to be a good influence before our little ones and show them, even while they’re very young, how important it is to walk in Your ways and to obey Your commands. 
Lord, help us Moms to live according to Your guidelines and therefore be able to show our children that Your plan is best as they live for you.  

Trust the Lord with your children today and take comfort knowing that His way for them is perfect.  Today, I encourage you to hug your babies extra tight, pray for them, love them unconditionally  and guide them in the Lord’s light.  

Thank you Lord for our children! 

How do you make each moment count with your children? 

Blessings and Shalom, 

Little Pink Casa Inspiration {A Tribute to my Grandma}

In honor of my Grandmother Margaret Rosales, I begin this blog adventure with the pure inspiration of nothing else but her little pink casa.  

Yes, she did own a cute little house with pink siding exterior where my Grandpa and her resided.  This is the little house I visited so many times through out my life to see Grandma.  

My Grandparent’s little Pink casa

How can you put into words a life that has lived and seen 93 years of history?  

Can you wrap your mind truly around that?  Well, for my Grandma who lived to be 93 years old, I would say. . . yes, absolutely!

Grandma was a homemaker and raised six children.  

She was born on the brink of the roaring twenties and lived her childhood and teen years during the great depression.  She raised her children during the baby booming 40’s and 50’s.  She became a Grandma in the 60’s.  Can you see the pattern here.  She lived her life through decades of what many call the “good ole days”.  

My Grandma also worked small jobs here and there outside the home to help the family.  She was a hard worker and did what always needed to be done for her children and grandchildren.  She was also married for more than 50 years to my Grandpa Manuel and widowed for thirteen.  

I loved to visit her and chat with her over coffee.   I’d pamper her with a Mary Kay facial, take her out to tea parties with my Mom.  We had so many good times, yes . . . I was blessed.  

As I often sat down with my Grandma and interviewed her quietly with the intent of one day writing about her life, I grew to believe that out of her little pink casa, walls could talk.  

Even today I sadly reflect.  

On May 24, 2012, this world lost a great woman that many may not have even cared to know her name, yet all who knew her, called her by name.  

My Grandma even in her weakness, was made strong.  

No doubt about it, she would let you know her mind and her opinions.  Any one of us in the family could tell you that Grandma inspired us in different ways.  

We are proud to be apart of such a great heritage that can be passed on. She served the Lord with gladness and it showed in her giving heart.  

Grandma . . . this blog is dedicated to you.  I love you!

So, what is the mystery about the Little Pink Casa?  

Well, as I started this blog it brought me back to enjoying the simple joys of homemaking.  I think back to the time when my Grandma was my age.  That time period shares many similarities with today.  As moms and wives we can relate to the women of that time.  

Today, we are all about saving money, stretching our dollar, back to basics and simplicity.
Ask a woman who is in her 70’s and 80’s today and she will tell you all about it.  They are the experts.  They lived through it-tried and tested it.  

From generation to generation we are blessed by these women and can learn so much from their wisdom.  

Isn’t it time we get back to the basics again?  

In a critical time like today, we need this even more now than ever.  Jesus needs to be the foundation of every marriage and family.  When God is first, blessings will follow you all the days of your life.  From generation to generation.  Let’s journey on this narrow way together.

As for me and my house we shall serve the Lord!  Joshua 24:15

So now you know a little bit about why this blog is called the Little Pink Casa

Sit back and relax.  Come back to a time of beauty, elegance and simplicity.  

Welcome to the Little Pink Casa! 

How has your Grandmother influenced you?  

Can you relate to the women of yesteryear and how?  

I can’t wait to share this journey with you! 

Blessings and Shalom

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