Sunday, July 27, 2014

Rules for Sancho

Read this article.

Friend who posted it asked:

"Where are the rules for the side men?"

I was all, right? Where are they?
(In my head)...


Here's my version.

Rules For SANCHO

1. You are my cousin, if anyone asks. Act accordingly.

2. My time is mine. Be grateful I share it with you. Don't ask me questions. Ever.

3. Remember, you're my cousin. Especially in front of bae.

4. I might meet you at the 7 11. Might. Don't get excited. It's when I want. Not you.

5. Let me do all the talking. The less you say the better. Shhhhh.

6. Don't fantasize a life with me, it will never happen.

7. You know this is just for fun, right? Don't get caught up.

8. No, Bae never makes me quiver like that. Ever.

9. Do not try and impregnate me to keep me. I'll never leave bae.

10. The moment I decide it's over, respect it. There are many Sancho's in the sea. I wanna meet 'em all.

Oh ya, you obviously must be in call at all times. Be grateful I chose you. Many people would love to be in your position.

Sancho Lyfe forever.

OjO - In case it's not obvious, parody. But that article was not. Sadly.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

#Icad Week 3

Week 3 just flew by! This week was pretty simple for me. I'm trying to minimize my concepts into two or three steps max. I tend to overdue and layer in my normal creations, so I'm going for something different for this challenge. We'll see if I can continue the trend. 

Prompt #21
Repeating Pattern
I began with pearlescent watercolors for the background. I then added the OM and symbol. Simple but to the point. I love the color.

Prompt #20
Candy Wrapper
We attended a birthday party and this was in the bag. It's pretty normal for parties to hand out Mexican candy. I love all the spicy candies. Yum! I used one staple, then colored in the background with color pencils. I then used a marker to add doodles, text and border.

Prompt #19
Harry Potter
I had no inspiration for this prompt so I went of the grid and used a mantra I enjoy putting into practice. The background is ink, and the drops are as well. The chair is a rub on sticker, and the text are also stickers. 2 brads were added at the end of the card. 

Prompt #18
I used one brad here with scrapbooking paper. Added stickers at the top and bottom for some shine. Used my calligraphy pen for the text. This was easy. I am really enjoying the one staple/one brad creations!

Prompt #17
Polka Dots
Used a map of the brain for the background. Added the word polka dot from a dictionary. I used 3 punch outs and gems on top of those circles. Added text and voila - done. 

Prompt #16
Roll the Dice
Drawing those 3D cubes was so challenging. At least one came out good. I then used color pencils to fill in the background. I am really digging this process.

Prompt #15
I used a map of Los Angeles as the background, added stickers and words. This was real easy and the color combination just came together. 

I'm so happy that I'm keeping up! Hope you are enjoying this series!!


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Icad week #2

I did it! Second week completed! While I am finding I'm not keeping up daily, I am keeping up weekly. The size and prompts allow for the creation of these to simply manifest. So, without further ado.

This is Prompt #14. Magenta. I used my new watercolors for the background. I then cut out some magazine images and began gluing. This was easy and fast. 

Prompt #13. Book Review. Watercolors again. I drew the book first though. Then wrote in my review. Finished with watercolors.

Prompt #12. 
I suck at drawing these. I tried and tried, to no avail. so I cut them out and glued them to the card. I then added gesso and took a heat gun to it. Doing so added some awesome texture to this. I ink sprayed with brown and green and added some text. This was my favorite as far as technique, so far.

Prompt #11
Toy Camera
I was at a total loss for this prompt. Had no idea how to interpret. Then, boom. Stamped the background and added a Lion charm which reminds me of my daughter's favorite toy. Text was added last. Easy. 

Prompt #10
The Beatles.
I drew my girl first. Used color pencils on her. Then added some magazine pages. Finished with some text. I need to practice my faces way more. I have 40 or so more cards to do so. Haha! 

Prompt 9
I began by gluing down some scrapbook paper. Then added the book page, which I misted with ink sprays. I colored in the background with green Prisma Art Stix. Added the text and voila. Done. 

Prompt #8
I used magazine paper, and found this great image of Buddah surrounded by a mandala, which I layered. Used a white gel pen to outline and continue the mandala. Filled in the mala beads. 

I'm loving this. I can't get enough of these little index cards. I think this might me thing now. 


Saturday, June 7, 2014

Monday, June 2, 2014

Icad #2

Day 2 was a prompt which included circus tent. It brought to mind cotton candy and pastel colors. It also reminded me that life is to be enjoyed, and that is found with a positive outlook on life. Love in one's heart and joy on one's lips. I used acrylic paints and an old credit card to spread the paint. I then added gesso to mute the colors, but I forgot to take a picture (oops), I was in the throws of creating. 

I then thought to make a mask of a circus tent. I figured I could stick a phrase in there at some point. I used spray paint and a hand cut stencil. It puddled a little bit on the left so I used a paper to scoop up the rest. I like how it gave it a gritty texture. 

The phrase came to me and I pulled out my stickers. Since this is going to be a positivity and inspirational deck of cards for me, I felt the words and the circus tent go hand in hand. 

I then added some washi tape to break up the monotony of the card. I also added a pink punched out circle.

Used a black ink pen to add accents and finish the page. I really enjoyed how this came out. Nice and simple.

I'm having so much fun with these I've already made the next two! I highly recommend if you have a bug to create, draw, collage, paint, and are intimidated, start with an index card. They are the perfect sized canvas.

This phrase really resonated with me. Life is made of moments that are strung together, like Christmas lights. At the end of a journey we look back and we can see the lights strung together, and having that "Oh-Yeah" moment but in the thick of it we loose sight of that. We step to close and become devoured by life, by Maya, by the illusion. In this life I've chosen to love. Unconditionally. See myself in others. I also want to help other people find their healing power. I have been healed many times. There is more healing to do, and I look forward to it. To the growth. To the expansion. To busting out of the seed and spreading my roots.

I was able to blog both days because it's the weekend, however, I think I'll only be posting my cards on Friday, I have seven to show you (5 this Friday because I've already showed you 2).
Be well.


Saturday, May 31, 2014

I Joined ICAD with Daisy Yellow!

Tammy, over at Daisy Yellow, hosts a yearly event in which we create one index card a day. #ICAD has resonated with me this year. I was inspired to create a positivity deck with this project. It runs for 2 months and at the end you have 61 official cards. More if you create extras, such as I've done here. I began with the brad. The topical prompt offered was Prism, and my mind went to sparkle, and then to glitter. This brad had a nice shine to it, and flashed it's brilliance at me, as it to say, use me, please!

This weeks theme is text. I added the affirmation that I am currently manifesting in my life. I used two different gel pink pens and a silver at the bottom for the mantra to the Goddess of prosperity, Laxmi.

I then pulled out my puffy paints to add another layer to the card. I really like how it turned out. None of it was planned, which is why I'm loving this project. Teaching me to simplify my art, and fly by the seat of my pants.

The card below was the first one I made. I wanted to try and use the lines, but was not happy about how it distracted from the message. Adding to the extra pile. 

Then I created this one. I started out making the triangle doodle and went from there. I really like how it turned out. I'm adding it to the extra pile.

If you should feel so inclined, hop on over to the FAQ page and join me!  xo


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Exercising Based on Dosha

As the warmer air permeates our life, our quench for physical activity increases. Our physical bodies are inherently designed for physical activity. To move, breath, and commune with our environment. Physical exercise brings a lightness to our being. This brings elimination of toxins, impurities, and stimulation of the digestion. Regular exercise promotes a healthy body, mind, spirit. It relieves stress, and aids in reversing the aging process. Exercise allows the body to maintain it's peak condition, and fortifies the immune system. Ayurveda views exercise as a means of expressing oneself in a gentle manner. Exercise should leave on feeling happy, invigorated, and ready to begin a new day. Exercising according to one's Dosha allows us to focus on the areas which affect us by nature. Using our knowledge of our Dosha allows us to balance our self appropriately. If we are aware of our true nature, we can find a method of exercise which we can stick to and succeed.Go here to take a simple Dosha quiz. Kapha Dosha
  • Kapha types have strong, steady energy, and physical strength. They excel at endurance sports such as aerobics, dance, soccer, rowing, boxing, and so on
  • All aerobic activity that works up a good sweat is powerful and necessary for clearing Kapha congestion and sluggishness
  • Predominant Kaphas find the biggest challenge may be finding motivation to exercise. If you are finding it a challenge to begin, a brisk walk may jump start your routine
  • It is very important that Kapha dominant people experience some sweating during exercise, which may be achieved with layers of clothing. Gradually increase your exercise to include more aerobic type of activities 
Pitta Dosha
  • Pitta types have a strong drive, prefer challenging sports such as skiing, hiking, and mountain climbing. They have a competitive nature, and need to have care in being gentle with self, being aware of not increasing their stress while exercising
  • Pitta predominant types, tend to enjoy winter sports of all kinds because they handle cold better than Kaphas and Vatas. Pittas are likely to  have moderate endurance and will benefit from taking a leisurely walk outdoors in nature. This allows you to experience nature’s beauty
  • Swimming is an ideal exercise for Pitta dosha. The water cools the heat of PItta and relieves the accumulated tension of the day
  • Pittas should NOT exercise in the sun or do hot yoga! 
Vata Dosha
  • Vata types enjoy exercise which require quick burst of speed and agility. They tend to tire quickly, due to the low reserve of energy, and must take care in not over exerting themselves
  • Grounding exercises such as yoga, light walking, dancing, and strength training are beneficial to Vata types. These aid in developing strength, balance, and agility, which is much needed for Vata types
  • Variety is key for Vata types. They tend to become bored easily and need new and interesting to keep their attention
  • Avoiding too much cardio is crucial for Vata types. Too much cardio will increase the already swift motion (air) in their mind-body and will stiffen muscles and joints 
As we enter Summer, the key to beginning and maintaining an exercise routine is find something you love, make it fun, and move your body. Developing a routing will allow you to experience the flow of life energy, and fulfillment. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Spring Has Arrived!

Spring is here!

The warm sunshine has arrived, allowing us to shed our winter gear, extra pounds included.  Most of us find it challenging to lose weight, let alone extra winter weight. Ayurveda states the best time to cleanse and detoxify is Spring. As soon as temperatures begin to warm, our internal cycle shifts from building to releasing. Late Winter and Early Spring are ideal times to begin a new diet, exercise regimen, or fasting. Spring fasting helps cleanse the blood after a long winter of fatty, heavy foods.

Spring is called Kapha season in Ayurveda. Kapha dosha traits are wet, cool, damp, slow, heavy. Kapha disorders prevalent in Spring are coughs, colds, allergies, sluggishness, dullness of the mind, and weight gain. Knowing this we can balance all of the above with a few changes to our routine.

4 ways to help you ease into Spring

  • Start moving - begin an exercise routine to shed the extra winter weight. There is nothing more refreshing than a brisk walk on a Spring morning. Sweating is the best way to remove toxins that we stored during the winter months. 
  • Sleep - the best time to sleep is a 10 pm bedtime with a 6 am wake up. These hours are governed by Kapha dosha and allow for a restful, deep sleep. Anything outside of these times can disrupt the sleep cycle causing one to create toxins in the body.
  • Nutrition - Eat a dry Kapha pacifying diet which favor bitters. Add spice to your diet with pepper, fresh ginger, cumin, fennel, jalapenos. Make sure to eat 3 warm meals a day. Kapha is naturally cold and we want to balance this with warmth. Drink Kapha Balancing tea as well. Recipe below.
  • Fortify your Immune System - This can be done a variety of ways, whether you choose food, or herbal supplements, fortifying the immune system allows the body to combat all external forces much more efficiently and easily. There are Ayurvedic herbs which will help support your body’s natural response to allergens by helping to eliminate existing toxins, which aids a smooth transition into Spring. Turmeric, coriander and cumin are effective spices for helping to cope with allergens, as they improve digestion and immunity.

Kapha Balancing Tea
4 cups water
1 Tablespoon cinnamon sticks, crushed
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon fresh grated or chopped ginger
1 Tablespoon of sucanat or other natural sweetner (optional)
Procedure: Heat water in a pot. Add slightly crushed cinnamon sticks and turmeric powder. Boil for 3 minutes. Add sweetener and grated ginger and boil for 2 more minutes. Strain and serve hot.
Tea is originally from here.

Let food be your medicine, and your kitchen be your pharmacy.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Drum Roll Please...

There is nothing to blog about and everything including the arrival of Ms. Anavrin in October. That's pretty much all I've been doing. Loving and taking care of her and her big sisters. I'm planning on revamping the blog and doing more with it. I have so many ideas, but so many that I don't know what to do, or where to start. We'll see what happens, and where I go. Won't you join me?


Monday, August 5, 2013

My Heart Will Soar

Pregnancy is a journey that is a once in a lifetime, and unique in and of itself. Each one is different. We must allow our hearts to soar to the greatest depths which reveal the inner mother. So many emotions during pregnancy when we allow our heart to soar, we expand those feelings, give birth to new thoughts, and expose our true self. It's preparation for the child who will arrive, for that is what they do for us. They expand us in ways we never imagined. They force us to really look within and go beyond being a human, into the spirit, into the heart, into real love. Don't fear the expansion, don't fear the love...allow your heart to soar, and trust it.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

For the Love of Mariachi!

Jose Alfredo Jimenez Jr.,son of legendary singer/composer Jose Alfredo Jimenez, joins Rodri J. Rodriguez, founder and creator of the MARIACHI USA Festival, on stage during the 24th Annual MARIACHI USA Festival at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, June 29, 2013.  The Festival celebrated a special tribute to the legendary singer on the 40th anniversary of his passing.
First, I'd like to thank Rodri J. Rodriguez for the opportunity to attend the MARIACHI USA Festival. It was amazing! Sincerely amazing. I walked away with my heart full of love and renowned vigor for my beautiful culture.

I was blessed to attend a sold-out Hollywood Bowl featuring four and a half hours of non-stop mariachi music with a special tribute to the legendary singer, songwriter, Jose Alfredo Jimenez. Created and produced by Rodri J. Rodriguez, the Festival consisted of a night full of the best mariachi music including: the famous Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan from Mexico; Grammy nominated Mariachi Los Arrieros del Valle from Texas; Mariachi Estrella de Jalisco and Mariachi Los Reyes from Los Angeles; and the Grammy nominated ladies of Trio Ellas.
The famous Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan on stage during the 24th Annual MARIACHI USA Festival at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, June 29, 2013.
I took my mom who thoroughly enjoyed it and was surprised at how many people were in attendance. She had heard of the event, but never attended, because she never had the information. I'm so happy to share the information and let others know about this AWESOME event. We met many people who were in attendance for the first time, just like us. It made me proud to see so many people taking an interest in our culture and music. It was spectacular to see a PACKED Hollywood Bowl. Every seat was taken and all hearts were full of love for the music and the legend, Jose Alfredo Jimenez, among the other talented artist who partook in this event. 

We sang, we cried, we became one under the stars and unified for the love of Mariachi. The evening ended with an impressive firework finale. I am so thankful to have attended and guarantee I will attend next year. 

This year, Rodri also shared the launch of MARIACHI USA Radio for mariachi music lovers, giving us the opportunity to enjoy mariachi music 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Check out for a taste of what my night was like.

This was the 24th year of the MARIACHI USA Festival and I look forward to the 25 year! Thank you Rodri J. Rodriguez for producing a beautiful show!

The Hollywood Bowl lights up with fireworks during the grand finale of the 24th MARIACHI USA Festival on Saturday, June 29, 2013.
Disclaimer: I was compensated tickets to attend the MARIACHI USA Festival.

Monday, June 24, 2013

MARIACHI USA Festival at the Hollywood Bowl

Ever since I was a little girl my life has been filled with Mariachi music. It was part of every wedding reception and most holidays. I have a few relatives who partake in Mariachi bands and they would sometimes do impromptu sessions at my grandmother's house. There is nothing like having a Mariachi band play in front of you. The emotion that comes with every strum of the guitar. The horn yearning for it's owner. The accordion lulling your heart. The vocalist belting out the lyrics to a song everyone in the room knows and is singing along to. It's magic and creates an atmosphere of love and union.

I am very excited to attend the MARIACHI USA Festival which is taking place this Saturday, June 29th at the famous Hollywood Bowl. Tickets are still available. Founded and created by artist and producer Rodri J. Rodriguez,
the festival allows for generations to share in the tradition that is Mariachi music. It is for friends, family, and strangers to come together and celebrate the beautiful music.

This year’s festival will feature Mexico’s legendary Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan; Grammy nominee Mariachi Los Arrieros del Valle from Texas; the popular Mariachi Estrella de Jalisco; and Mariachi Los Reyes, both from Los Angeles.  Mi Tierra Ballet Folkl√≥rico, will be performing with their amazing choreography and beautiful costumes.

Also celebrating their debut at the festival is Grammy nominee, Trio Ellas. I had a chance to ask them a few questions:

How did you meet?  How long have you been working/playing together?
Suemy, Stephanie and Nelly met through working together in previous mariachi groups. Around 7 years ago, none of them had any commitments to any groups in particular. In need of money, Stephanie and Suemy called each other on a weeknight and decided to drive out to a restaurant in Pasadena and attempt to play table to table for tips. However, the guitarron (bass) was needed in addition to the guitar and violin, and since Nelly was a bass player in town that did not belong to any particular group, she was asked to come along.  We have been working/playing together for 7 years.

Where do you find your inspiration?
Suemy:  I like to listen to a violinist named Stephane Grappelli. Also, my parents are a great inspiration in my life since they were the ones that introduced me to music.
Stephanie: My home life is pretty inspiring since between my husband and I are both musicians and our taste cover a pretty large range. Cool chicks like Ann Wilson and Bonnie Raitt are inspiring and so are the super divas like Paulina Rubio. Musically, Venezuelan group Recoveco, Remedios Amaya and old Mariachi Vargas recordings.
Nelly: Great bass players such as Cachao, Charles Mingus and Ryan Cross are an inspiration. The different genres and styles of music they perform(ed) are motivating.

What is your favorite moment in your careers so far?
Being nominated for a Latin Grammy. Going to Las Vegas, walking down the "green" carpet and sitting in a section along with other grammy nominees such as Pepe Aguilar and Juanes.

What is one indulgence/hobby/self care you partake in when not working?
Suemy: If i'm very tired (from gigging) I like to lay on my bed and watch the Food Network or the Travel Channel. If i'm not doing that, then i'm practicing playing the electric guitar, or arranging trio ellas vocals.
Stephanie: I'm a super fan of classic ballet. Other than that I'm an extreme homebody. My motto is stage makeup or no makeup.
Nelly: I love being active and if that can include a workout then I'm super happy. I go for a run every other day and in between those days ill mix it up and go play catch with my son, bowling, or simply call it a deep cleaning day at home.

With whom would you like to do a duet?
We have always wanted Diego Cigala to either sing or record with us. We are big fans of his style of singing.

I cannot wait to watch them perform. I've always been a huge fan of women Mariachi bands. There are very few in this category, which is predominantly male. To see them perform at the Hollywood Bowl is a dream come true for me. I look forward to belting out tunes right along with them.

The MARIACHI USA Festival will feature a tribute to Mexico’s legendary composer and performer Jose Alfredo Jimenez. This will be topped off with a spectacular fireworks finale and 17,000 fans singing along to  “El Rey”, “Volver Volver”, “Viva Mexico” and “La Negra”.

Check out and like their Facebook page, follow them on Twitter, and YouTube some of the previous performances, which are sure to warm your musical heart.

Disclosure: I am being provided complimentary tickets to this year’s Mariachi Festival.