Merry Christmas! Hope everyone enjoys a lovely day.
Brittany Murphy passed away yesterday at the age of 32( November 10, 1977 – December 20, 2009). Her mother found her unconscious in the shower and immediately dialed 911. She apparently suffered cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead upon arrival at Ceders Sinai. So sad..I really liked Brittany Murphy. She was so quirky and seemed full of life. One of those people who would illuminate the room with her smile.
She starred in 2 of my all time favorite movies,Clueless and Girl Interrupted. She was also in others such as Uptown Girls,Just Married,8 Mile,Love and Other Disasters and voiced the voice of Gloria in Happy Feet. I remember seeing her on Sister,Sister also growing up. Brittany also dabbed into music occasionally.
May she rest in peace. And I hope that she’s “rollin with the homies..” in heaven..
Ps. What’s with all the deaths this year? The grim reaper really needs to chill out.
So today while laying in bed hella sick,I decided to use the little energy I had left and head to the Betsey Johnson sample sale in the city. There were so many beautiful dresses to choose from. I gave myself a budget to work with although I wanted to purchase half of what was there. I also ran into Jasmine aka the Vintage Vandal while I was there. We got to chat for a little bit. She is a sweetheart! Make sure to check her blog out! http://www.vintagevandalizm.com
I wish I had felt better because I barely had the energy to try stuff on and what not. After the sale I headed to Toys R Us to buy some gifts. When I got home I felt like death and slept til Gabby was dropped off by her daddy. Now the munchkin and I are cuddled up watching Barney. What a way to end the day! Check out the goodies I bought @ the sale.
So today Gabby and I went Christmas shopping. And guess what? We bought absolutely nothing on our list. We shopped for ourselves! Smh…let me stop saying we. Lol Gabby can’t defend herself yet. But yeah..I bought nothing on the Christmas list. I did however buy 1 or 2 things from my personal list which included a blazer and shoes.
I also bought Gabby some cute stuff at H&M. I love that store. They had some really great deals. I spent about $30 on a good amount of things. I was gonna buy myself some things but I saw nothing that caught my eye since I just shopped for myself there not too long ago. Lol I was debating on getting this pair of sequined leggings. They were so hot but they snag so easily. :/ I also tried a pair of sequined harem pants but they made me look like a hippo. Lol no seriously. I got hips and well they accentuated my hips way too much. Not cool. I kinda regret not getting this nice hot pink skirt. But I already own many skirts and dresses. Ok..I’m rambling now..but check out the goodies I got Gabby below. And I swear I will finish Christmas shopping soon and not just shop for myself and the munchkin. Lol
:::Stands up..looks around…Hi I’m Virginia..and I have an addiction to shopping..:::
I love fashion. Which obviously means I love to shop. I especially love to shop for Gabriella. I can’t help myself. Stores have the cutest stuff for kids,especially girls. My favorite stores to shop for Gabby at are Baby Gap,Gymboree,Target,Old Navy,Crazy 8,Pumpkin Patch,Babies R US. Mmm..I think that covers most. Honestly I’m not a huge fan of The Children’s Place. However,I do love their jeans. 2 for $22 ,awesome price,cute styles and colors. I also love their graphic t’s. I’m just not a big fan of most of the patterns on their clothes.
So today while heading to the New York Library,I noticed Gap had a sign “$10 fleece for kids”. Not badddd! So I headed to the library returned the books and dvd s then headed straight back to Gap. Ok,ok..I’m lying. Lol 1st I headed to H&M but they don’t have kids at the 5th avenue location so then I really went to Gap. I ended up getting Gabby a dress,hoodie and pants. All fleece of course! $10 each. Not bad! I wanted to buy like half the store but I got these items because they were on promotion. Plus I’m still waiting to get my 1st paycheck from my new job!
I also ended up at Old Navy. They are having a pretty sweet sale. A lot of stuff at the 34th street location was sold out already. Well at least stuff I had wanted to get for Miss Gabriella. I ended up getting her a denim skirt $8 and a long sleeved striped henley $5. I also had a 25% coupon I got in the sunday newspaper. So I only paid $11 for both items. Not bad!
I love getting great deals. Especially with how things are now in our economy. I’m really happy I found a job,even if it is seasonal. Hopefully they will keep me though. I’m really liking it there so far.
Ps. A few weeks ago I got Gabby a pair of super cute New Balance sesame street sneakers. $14.99 @ Marshalls. I saw the same exact pair today @ Foot Locker for $29.99 yet another purchase I’m happy about!
Also..I didn’t buy anything for myself..ok..ok..I did. I got 2 pairs of earring @ Charlotte Russe. But I’m saving up my money to shop @ my job this week.
Oh..and I tried to get Gabby to model her new clothes but that didn’t work very well. She was more interested in my jewelry that I tried to distract her with. Lol
Name: Kaylee Madison
Age 23 Months on Dec.15,09
Favorite cartoon: Wow Wow Wubbzy
Favorite food? French Fries, Chef BOYARDEE Lasagna/ Mac&Cheese…That’s a tough one, She loves everything!
Favorite activities: Climbing on everything, Finger painting, Dancing, and Hiding toys into Mami’s shoes
Struggles: The pacifier
Strengths: She understands spanish
3 Random facts: Loves watching Noggin, Loves to give Besos (kisses), Loves taking pictures
Age: 23 on Dec.15,09
Occupation: Administrative Assistant for the Dept. of Parks and Recreations
Nationality: Puerto Rican
Kids: 1 Daughter
Do you want to have more kids? Yes
Do you consider yourself a M.I.L.F? Yes
Favorite part of mommy hood? Having a little one to care for. Dressing her up in the most cutest outfits and shoes.
Least Favorite: When I can’t find a Babysitter
3 Random things about yourself: Very Independent, Hardworking, Love to have fun!
Any Advice? Spend as much time with your little one as possible…before you know it, their all grown up!
So I was frustrated about not finding a job. The stress was killing me at times. I was a stay at home mom and had been since I gave birth. For the most part I didn’t mind. The best person to take care of your child if yourself. That was a major plus. The only big negative to being a SAHM was uh lack of money. Living off of 1 persons income doesn’t cut it sometimes man. That was and is my major issue. Aside from that my only other complaint is occasional boredom. Ya know..like days when the weather is gross and you’ve watched every dvd owned,everything on tv sucks and toys aren’t entertaining your tot much. Those kinda days.
So I searched and searched. Emailed my resume a billion times. No one was calling me back and finally,boom! I got a job. I was and still am excited for the most part. But a part of me is questioning it all. Maybe I’m just scared? I mean its been a really long time since I worked. I love retail and its exactly what I’ll be doing again. I mean its a seasonal job so I should just shut up and deal with it. But I don’t know.
Retail isn’t very flexible. I wish it were a monday-friday,9-5 kinda job but its not. I love retail but now as a mommy maybe its not for me anymore? My schedule this week is fine so far since I’m just being trained but then how will it be once I get some real shifts? I feel like I’m gonna be missing out on so much. Maybe I’m just being paranoid?
I’m glad I got a job at a store I love. We’ll see how it goes. I don’t think I can honestly see myself working boring 9-5 office job. Its just not for me. I really do love retail. My major is fashion design after all. But I don’t know..just time wise,I wonder if it would be better?
I don’t know. I’m just a big confused mess right now. I need to play the lotto and win and then all will be good lol help!
James Frey is one of my favorite authors. Ok,so there was hella controversy in regards to ‘A Million Little Pieces’. But it was an amazing book as was ‘My Friend Leonard’ as well. Today while surfing the web I was saddened to find out that his son,Leo Siddhartha Frey, passed away July 3rd,2008. He hadn’t spoken or written about it before but for World Aids Day he wrote an essay about his devastation over losing a child.
“On July 3rd, 2008, as my wife held him in her arms and I held his hand, my son, Leo Siddhartha Frey, died. We were in a small room in a hospital in New York, a room that was, and is, part of the NICU, a room where families who knew their children were going to die went to spend their last moments together privately and in some kind of peace, though I would never describe the time as peaceful. As we watched him, and told him we loved him, and cried, Leo took a final breath and his heart stopped beating and he passed, and part of me passed with him.
It was, and still is, an unimaginably horrific experience. Whatever loss or pain or sorrow I have ever felt or known pales in comparison. I wept, literally, for weeks. To this day I cannot look at pictures of Leo, and cannot talk about him without breaking down. I have never written about him, never spoken publicly about him, and after this, may never do so again. He was my son. I wanted the world for him. I would have given him anything and had so many dreams for him, though I truly wanted him to have the opportunity to find his own. Every day he was in the hospital I got down on my knees and begged God to save him, to spare him, to let him live, to let him grow up and know love and happiness and find his way. I said take me, take me and grant him what I have known. Take whatever time I have left and give to him. I begged and pleaded and cried. It made no difference. Leo got sicker, and weaker, and he died. In many ways, I will never recover from it.
When I think of (RED), I think of Leo, and I think of the children who are dying. I think of the pain and misery their families will feel when they are gone. I think of what my wife and I have felt and lived with and experienced and I never want anyone else to have to experience the same things. I think of the fact, and it is a fact, that many of these children could be helped and saved and given life. They can find their dreams and pursue them. They can know joy and beauty and love. They can take their first steps and learn their first words and go to school and have their first dates. My son never got to do any of those things. Nothing we, or any doctor on earth, could have changed it. But we, you and I and our families and our friends and our coworkers, can change it for the children in Africa who are living with AIDS. We can give them the gift that we have been given, and that so many of us take for granted.
They need our help. They need money to purchase drugs. They need doctors who can help them learn to live with their disease. They need hope and to believe that they will see tomorrow. Give them that chance. As someone who knows the pain of losing child, knows the personal apocalypse of losing a child, knows the emotional devastation that I felt and will always feel because my child is gone, I beg you to help. Anything you can afford will make a difference. For them, their parents, their families. It will make a difference. For our world, which is so full of violence and horror and poverty and hopelessness and despair, it will make difference. – James Frey”
James also created a one of a kind hand painted Bugaboo Cameleon stroller – inspired by his children and love of letters. You can check out ebay.com to bid on the stroller and help save lives.(RED) saves lives. So please choose (RED), get involved and make a difference in this world.
Sorry for your loss James..
*edit :James’ son Leo, died 11 days after birth from spinal muscular atrophy, a rare disease that was, at the time, undetectable by prenatal testing and is untreatable and incurable. The Freys wanted to try for another but settled on adopting instead. They adopted a 22 month old (at the time) from a Russian orphanage. The Freys also have a 4 year old girl named Maren.