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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Thrift Store Find, Writing, and all that Jazz

I've been really into up-cycling, re-purposing, and making handmade items. If you don't know or haven't checked out my Etsy site yet, please take a moment and visit. I've been working on handmade items on and off for the past year, but with working full-time, going to school, and having a family, I haven't had a chance to create new items.
 
 Original: Purple / Re-purposed: Gold & Black

I've been really into the 1920s lately. When I saw this mirror, I just had to have it!

What do you think of my thrift store find? 
 
Update on Books: 
While it's been a crazy roller-coaster ride, I did finish the children's book I've been working on - which will be released the fall of this year, just in time for Halloween. I've also started writing a relationship book and I'm hoping to have that complete in a few months (fingers crossed)!

What about the THIRD book of the Goddess of Night Series?

I'll be honest, I have been staring at the blank pages for the third book in my Goddess of Night Series, Transcend - at least I have a title, right? The past few years...oh my gosh...years...have been so crazy with moving, work, the kids extra-curricular activities and trying to squeeze in date nights. Since school is done - for now, and that's another topic I'll write about later - and I've gotten use to everyone's crazy schedule, I can now say that I've gotten my own schedule back on track. I even have a 2 year monthly calendar (specifically for writing) where I write down exactly what I need to do each day, to make sure I reach my deadlines!
 
I've decided that 2015 is the year to get serious and have fun. I have a good, no great, feeling about it. Just call me optimistic. I take my son, Ray, to acting class twice a week. It's about a 40 minute drive from where we live, so during those drives, I'll listen to some of my favorite songs. The one's that inspire me to write. I'm definitely getting back in zone and I'm very excited about that. 
 
Stay tuned for my next post in a few days!
 
Ta-ta,
Ley
 
 
 



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Monday, January 5, 2015

My Winter Vacation

I went on vacation with my family to Solvang, CA - a place I haven't visited before. My parents came up with the idea. So when they came out to visit us, we would take a mini vacation. I am so glad that we did! This place is amazing and definitely has that small town charm. We went during the holidays and it was just awesome to see all the holiday decor. We visited many small shops, bookstores (of course) and the Thomas Kinkade art galary. We indulged in the famous Aebleskiver (shown below), sweets, and tasty dishes. If you're ever in Southern California - this is definitely a great place to visit!

I've added some pictures of the town for you to see. 
























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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy 2015!

Wow! I can't believe how fast the year has come and gone. Here we are in 2015, where new resolutions, changes, and a clean slate begins. Even though many people think that's it's just another day, I'm a big believer that the New Year brings in a fresh start.

I hope everyone had a wonderful time celebrating. Some of my friends threw parties and rang in the new year at home. Other's went out on the town. I, on the other hand, spent New Years at home with my husband and kids - just as I do every year. When I was younger, we always spent New Years at a party and we even did New Years on the Strip in Las Vegas, which BTW wasn't as exciting as it sounds. I felt like a sardine trying to make my way through the crowd, but was sort of stuck in place. I think my husband and I decided from that point on - spending the New Year at home is the best way to go.

Do any of you believe in New Year's superstition? Like wearing something New will bring good luck and more new clothes throughout the year. I am definitely one of those people who follow almost every superstition. I generally have a few that I do every New Years Eve before the clock strikes midnight. For example: I always make sure to have coins as well as paper money in all of my pockets. I open all the drawers, cabinets, doors, and windows to let in good luck and I make a lot of noise to scare out all the bad spirits. Oh, and I make sure my kids jump up and down when it strikes 12 so they will grow taller this year.

I know, I know...I get a little overboard, but hey, I write about the supernatural so it only makes sense!

Anyway, there's still a few hours left of the New Year, so I hope you enjoy it with friends and family and make sure to have fun, but also be safe! Until next time.

Ta-Ta,
Ley


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Monday, December 29, 2014

Meet Binx

My family and I have been thinking about getting a pet for awhile - but due to me being allergic, it was definitely difficult to find just the right one.

We decided, that if we were to get a pet, we would adopt. There are so many animals in the shelter, that it only made sense. But before I got my kids hopes up in adopting our first pet, I had to go to the shelter first. I went to the shelter every day, I did my research to see which animal I wouldn't be allergic too. Then one day, I saw this 7 week old kitten. He was so small and scared. He wouldn't even come close to the gate, but there was something about him and I knew he was going to be the newest member of our family. I already knew what we were going to name him: Binx. 

Yes, Binx. Now if you don't know where the name Binx derives from, I strongly suggest watching the movie Hocus Pocus.

I immediately put my name in to adopt him and I was the first on the list! There was a waiting period and I had to come back on a certain day to official adopt Binx.

I still went to visit him everyday and brought the kids with me so that they can meet him.

The day of his adoption, we were thrilled and so excited. When we brought him home, he was so scared and stayed in the corner of the hallway until he finally warmed up to us. He began to explore his new surroundings and as he did, I noticed something unusual as he strutted around with his tail up - his butt was red. Me - being the overly paranoid person that I am, went on my computer and started doing research for a possible diagnosis. I ended up finding that he could have a prolapsed rectum.

Luckily, the shelter provided me with a list of local vets that do free exams within 5 days of adoption, so the next day I quickly called a list of places and was able to find one that was open and available to see Binx that day!

I rushed on my lunch break to take him to the vet and it was confirmed that he has a prolapsed rectum. The doctor stated that this isn't unusual and it's probably because he has parasites in him - which might have been inherited while his mother was pregnant. It is also caused by Binx straining while he uses the bathroom, so the vet gave us some medicine to give him and suggested we feed him wet food for a few days. The vet said that sometimes it corrects itself, so if it doesn't heal in a week or two, to bring Binx back to have him checked. He stated that it might result in surgery, which I hoped wouldn't lead to that. 

A few weeks went by and it just didn't seem like he was getting better, so we took Binx back to the Vet and scheduled him for surgery.

Though the surgery went well, a few weeks later, we noticed that his rectum still came out occasionally...the doctor said that he did what he could to preventing this from happening, but Binx might have to live with this condition for the rest of his life. He hoped that as Binx gets older, the issue would go away.

Well, Bink is about to turn 1 years old this week and I'm pleased to announce that he no longer has this issue! I am so happy that he is safe and healthy and is definitely loved. My family and I are completely blessed to have him in our life and I just wanted to share this blessing with you.

Here's some pictures of our awesome Cat, Binx!

 From the Shelter to HOME

 After Surgery

Binx - Present Day.




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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Children's Picture Book!

Hi Everyone!
I wanted to let you know that I'm finally finished with my children's picture book! I haven't decided if I'm going to submit this to an agent or continue with my self-publishing route. It's been something that I've been debating...this book is so precious to me because it is inspired by my daughter, Haley. The pictures in the book took a lot of hard work and dedication and I had a lot of fun writing it and reading it over and over to my daughter.

Either way, whichever route I decide to take, I will definitely document my journey! I haven't submitted a picture book for a literary agent before, so I'm going to have to do some research on the proper format on submission. I've read articles that some agents don't require illustrations and to not include them. I will definitely need to do some homework over the next few weeks! If any of you have had experience submitting a picture book before and are open to give advice, please let me know. I would greatly appreciate it!





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