Star Wars Vs The Avengers

Nerd Alert! Nerd Alert!

I’m totally going to geek you guys out right now but its time we discuss a super important question that is on everyone’s minds. Which of the two biggest heavy weights of all time will win the biggest fight of their careers?

Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Lets first agree that both movies are great in their own right. Even though they are wildly different films they both have a massive fan base, amazing fighting scenes and brilliant special effects.The question still remains which movie will come out on top and earn the most money. Being a fan of both franchises I predict Star Wars will surpass the Avengers on opening day but on a world-wide scale The Avengers will kick Star Wars ass. Lets start by dissecting all the aspects of both movies. 

Star Wars The Avengers

The Star Wars Saga which began in May 25, 1977 has made a total of 4.4 billion dollars in the past 38 years with a total of 6 released movies so far. While The Avengers single movie which was release on May 2,2012 made a whopping  1.5 billion dollars making it the third highest grossing movie of all times. (Furious 7 is currently in the process of  surpassing it) Even though in total Star Wars has brought in more money, as individual movies they haven’t done that great. Star Wars Episode 3: Return of the Sith only made a mere 860 million in 2005.

Episode 7 will take place 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi bringing back many of the fan favorite actors including Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Mark Mill as Luke Skywalker, Carrier Fisher as Leia, and even Peter Mayhem as the infamous Chewbacca. These are all great actors but lets face it non of these actors are going to get my panties in a bunch. Not only do The Avengers have a huge male fan base but due to its hunky cast of sexy men they have a huge women following as well. With Robert Downey Jr as Iron man, Chris Hemeworth as Thor, Chris Even as Captain America and my personal favorite Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk I could watch this movie without any sound and just watch these guys kick some ass and I would still enjoy it. Oh yeah and I guess the hot and talented Scarlett Johansson is another reason to watch the movie.

38 years in the making has made Star Wars one of the biggest franchises in the world from Disneyland rides to endless merchandise Star Wars fan base keeps getting bigger and bigger. But even with Star Wars growing fan base it can’t compare to the amount of fans and followers that The Avengers have. Unlike Star Wars their fan base didn’t just begin with the release of their 2012 movie but instead with the first release of The Avengers comic book in 1963. Since 1963 The Avengers comic books have transformed to The Mighty Avengers, The New Avengers, Dark Avengers and Avengers: The Initiative. With the comic book world increasing so rapidly its no wonder why The Avengers is one of the biggest movies of all times.

This is a must watch video if you haven’t seen all of the Star Wars Episodes and would like to catch up. Heck even if you have seen them you should still watch it its pretty bad ass.

Thankfully we will not have to wait long to see who comes out on top with The Avengers 2 movie being released on May 1,2015 and Star Wars Episode 7 being released December 18 2015 we will soon be able to find out who the clear champion is. One this is for sure both these movies are going to be making a crap load of money. Stay tune for my review on both of these films. Along with my count down on what I’m hoping is the best movie of all times Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice which isn’t set to be release until March 2016.

-Nancy

My Baby Girls Baptism

My Baby Girls Baptism

I would like to share moments of my little ones baptism into the Catholic church. Even though my husband and I are no longer Catholics we still believe in God and want her to have a strong sense of faith in her life. When she becomes older we want her to be open minded and be able to choose the religion she want to belong to. The reason we chose to baptize her instead of a mere introduction was because of what it signified to her grandparents. It meant that if anything were to happen to her she would be safe in the arms of the Lord.

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This was the day before her baptism. We took her to the park to take pictures and discovered that even though she loves being outside she does not like how grass feels.

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Someone decided not to wake up until 10 that morning and refused to take her afternoon nap before the baptism. Which meant a very tired, sleepy, and cranky baby throughout her baptism. She may look calm while her daddy holds her but the water works started short after.

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The light of the candle. Only way to get her to stop crying was to give her my cell phone. I told myself I would do that but she doesn’t even need to have it on she just likes to hold it.

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These pictures are totally flipped. The lovely Olive being held by her fairy God Mothers before and after a 10 min nap! That’s right I said 10 mins. That’s all it took her to go from I hate everyone near me and all I want to do is cry to I’m loving life oh we’re  taking pictures should I smile like this or like this.

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No cake for this party nothing but a sundae station.

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The Family

-Nancy

 

Holding On To My 20’s

As I was going through my calendar looking at all our upcoming events I came across my birthday. Normally I look forward to my birthdays but not this year. This year is not just any ordinary birthday, oh no, this year is the dreaded 30th! It’s not just the end of a decade but the end of an era! It’s the end of being able to blame things on being young and innocent. Okay the innocent part is a stretch but the young part still applies. It’s the point in your life when you are officially an adult, even if you don’t act like one or want to be one. Don’t get me wrong I’m not anti 30’s  I’m just anti not being in my twenties anymore. I loved my twenties and I’m even looking forward to my forties (that’s going to be my I don’t give a crap stage) but your 30’s! They are so blah!

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Twenties are the time to discover the world around you, to experiment different things, to fall in love and out of love,  to make life long friends, to make mistakes but most importantly your twenties are the time you will say,”I am never going to drink again!”  but then get wasted the next day. To honor and celebrate my twenties I will be making a mini series of articles all about your 30’s entitled SUCK IT 30’s! So to kick off my suck it 30’s I was going to make a list of all the things I want to accomplish by the time I’m 30. Only one problem, I’m going to be thirty in a few months so I can’t start now. So instead I decide to take the list of a fellow blogger and see how I stacked up to her 30 by the time you 30 bucket list. Here is the link to her full article http://gentwenty.com/bucket-list-30-things-to-do-before-you-turn-30/

 

            Bucket List: 30 Things to Do Before You Turn 30

1.Travel somewhere you don’t know the languages Lets see I have gone to New York, Chicago, Mexico, Washington DC, Washington state, Hawaii, and Colorado. The local people always spoke English or Spanish which I know both. But I’m still going to out it because my younger brother would travel with us and he claims he speaks English but half the time I can’t understand what he is telling me so I’m going to count it.  Check! 

2. Date someone who isn’t your “type.”: Duh!!! I not only dated him but I married him! Check! 

3. Start your 401(k).:Check! Well sorta of the papers are filled out I just have to turn them in. Check!

4. Take a risk: Go bungee jumping or skydiving or swim with sharks.: I visit my mom in East LA once a month if that isn’t a risk then I don’t know what is.  If I want to live to see my 40’s I’m not going to go bungee jumping or skydiving or swim with any kind of sharks thank you very much!

5. Buy some stocks.:Yeah. No. I don’t. Maybe next year.

6. Get in a heated political debate.: Of course I have had heated political debates! How dare they say Michelle Obama wore the wrong thing to meet a foreign leader she was in her right to wear that pant suit! Check!

7. Stop holding grudges.: This one was hard to do but I am glad that I have grown enough as a person to be able to check this off. Check!

8. Start a collection.: I never thought about it as a collection but I guess I do have one. I love collecting different types of mugs. Check!

9. Take a cross-country road trip.: This one I have been wanting to do for sometime. I just can’t see myself doing it until my little one is a little bit older. Even if I don’t take her with me I still can’t think of leaving her behind just go on a road trip. I would miss her too much. But whenever I am ready it’s going to be an all girls road trip!

10. Pay off your credit card debt.: This one I have checked, unchecked, checked again and currently have it unchecked. It’s an ongoing battle.

11. Attend a multi-day/weekend music festival.: This sounds like an awesome thing to do BEFORE I had a kid. I just can’t see myself doing it right now. Its one of those things shoulda, woulda, coulda.

12. Set a reading goal.: I LOVE READING! Total nerd alert! So there was no need for me to set a reading goal but I did have to set a limit on how many books I can buy in a year. (I’m old school I don’t like I Pads or Kindles to read) 

13.Overcome a fear. : Not sure what kind of fear she is referring to but I did have a huge fear of giving birth and since I have my child next to me and not inside of me anymore I will count this one as Check!

14. Get a tattoo.: I have been wanting to get one forever but my husband would die if I ever got a tattoo. So I will probably just wait until I’m in between marriages to get one. I was thinking an anchor with my baby girls name. I know typical tattoo but I love it! 

15. Join a club.: I wanted to join a book club but I never actually did. I think  it was because I couldn’t find a book club with members under the age of 70! 

16.  Treat yourself to something really expensive.: How about my house or my car do those things count? Check! 

17. Be the first person to apologize.: I apologize all day at work! Hahaha! Yes I know you were supposed to have your product 3 weeks ago and I am very sorry that we wont have your product for another 8 weeks, I do apologize for the delay.  In my personal life I have always apologized if I believe an apology was deserved. 

18. Run a marathon.: I have done walks but never actual ran a marathon. Does it count if I power walked? If I power walk next to a sail that would be practically sprinting the entire marathon. Sorta Check!

19. Forgive yourself for mistakes.: Speaking seriously this is actually very hard for me to do. I still give myself a hard time for mistakes I have done years ago. I can be driving and then it just pops in my head and I feel terrible for days thinking what would my life be like if I didn’t make that mistake. This is something that I’m constantly trying to fix. 

20. Learn how to cook.: Bitch I’m Mexican of course I know how to cook! I would like to take an Italian cooking class though. Or better yet one of those cooking classes where you drink and drink and drink wine. Wait I think that’s not a class…. What I meant to say is I want to go wine tasting. Silly Me. Check! 

21. Eat really expensive cuisine.: How expensive?? I actually have done this and I don’t really care for it. I can eat cheap and just as good and still have money left over to go shopping.  Check!

22. Pay it forward.: I haven’t done this in a big way but I have done little things here and there. The most recent one was when I was in a drive thru and I paid for the lady’s order behind me. She had basically ordered every dollar item on the menu and she had a boat load of kids in her car. A simple act of kindness goes a long way.  Check!

23. Attempt to break a world record.: I try this everyday!!! I try to break the record for the person who an stays asleep the longest but my darn kid wakes me every time she gets hungry.  So needy. Needy baby greedy baby. (only Big Bang Theory fans will get that)

24. Attend the Olympic Games.: Not that I’m not patriotic but I really wouldn’t care to attend the Olympic games. Don’t get me wrong I will watch a game here and there but I’m not a hard-core fan. 

25. Pick a cause and be passionate about it.: I am hoping to make this one of my future goals. To be able to find a cause and dedicate time and effort to it. So far I’ve helped causes here and there but haven’t found the one that has made me super passionate over it. 

26. Make your family tree.: It seems like every time we talk about my family we do an outline of our family  tree. We end up using a whole tree worth of paper writing everyone’s names down and before we even finish we give up and wonder why we even started this in the first place.

27. See a Broadway play.: A couple of years ago my sister-in-law took me to go see Wicked. It was amazing I even told her that we just have to go see another play. Since then we have planned to go see a play around 7 different times but haven’t made it to any of them. Check!

28. Work a menial job.: When you have been working at a job for a really long time and it becomes boring and repetitive then no matter what that job is it becomes a menial job. So I would like to check this three times! Check! Check! Check! p.s why would this be on anyone’s bucket list!!!

29. Become a connoisseur in something.: Ugh! I feel at this point she couldn’t think of anything else to write so she is just making up dumb things to write down. I’m one of those people when I find something interesting I must know everything about it but I wouldn’t consider myself a connoisseur of anything. 

30. And finally, make a list of 40 Things to do Before You Turn 40.: I haven’t done it yet but you know when I do I will post it. Pre -Check!  (lol gross)

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Good thing this isn’t a school test if not I would have totally failed. It was very interesting what things are important to some people while others find them absolutely pointless. Like the connoisseur things come on! Really? Well the count down now begins. My really goals to hopefully meet by the time I am 30 is finding my new house, getting in shape, and passing my classes!

-Nancy

In Memory of my father

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When I first started this blog I told myself I would write about everything in my life not just the good moments but the bad ones too. Today is no exception. Its been two weeks since my father passed away. These passed two weeks have seemed more like a dream than anything else. Even though he was only 55 years old he had been having heart problems for years. He always seemed to end up at the hospital every time there was a big moment in my life. I would always tease him and tell him that he was always just trying to steal my thunder. He would just laugh and agree with me. As soon as I got married he pushed for a grand child. He would tell me his wish was to be able to see one of his grand children before he dies and I would ways respond back with”Well you better start taking better care of yourself!” But sadly he never listened.

 

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A month before he died he was in a car accident with my mom, his sugar had dropped and he passed out behind the wheel. When he came out of the hospital he declared himself a new man. He saw the accident as God giving him a second chance in life and he wasn’t going to pass it up. He was going to finally follow the doctors orders and take his medication as he should. He was going to stop drinking and possibly cut back on the smoking. But sadly that only lasted for a week or two.

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When I first heard the news about his passing I was angry. Angry with the fact that he was making us going through all this grief. Angry that he didn’t care enough about his family or for himself to take care of his health, but mostly I was angry for my daughter. His wish of meeting her before he passed came true, but what about her? She is too young to have a single memory of him. Not only will she not be able to remember him but she wont even be able to visit his grave. She wont be able to go visit him and sing him happy birthday to him on his birthday or put letters or flowers on his grave for father’s day. She wont be able to do any of this because his last wish was to be buried with his parents in Mexico. I look at my daughter and think why would anyone not want to fight for their life  just to be able to see her grow up. Why wouldn’t you take care of yourself to be able to see her walk her first steps or hear her tell her first words. I was angry because the doctors told him if he didn’t take his medication as directed he would die and with several close calls he still did nothing about it.

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Slowly all the anger in me has  gone away and I am left with sadness. Not sadness that he is no longer with us but sadness over the fact of how he spent his last living years. Years of worrying about his heart and about his sickness. What I’m mostly sad about was how he just stopped talking to me. He was a man of few words but when it was just the two of us to he would always have something to say. Like who is that boy you were talking to? Smooth dad. Or that’s fine you can have a boyfriend just don’t tell your mother and if you do don’t tell her I knew. That all changed when I moved out on my own. My dad was very old fashion and he couldn’t understand why I would move out if I had a home with my family. Slowly he stopped talking to me about my personal life and only asked me about my car and my job. Then I got married and he would merely say hi and bye to me. I think the moment that I got married he felt I was no longer had his daughter. I’m sad that he felt as if he couldn’t talk to me a more. I’m filled with sadness to think that if we still talked then maybe I could have been able to help him get better. I’m sad that we lost once we once had.

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The only peace I have is knowing that he passed like he would have wanted to. He was in a place surrounded with good people, good music and good food. In a place that reminded him of his childhood when life was a simpler place. We are blessed in knowing that he did not suffer, he just sat back and passed quietly. He was deathly afraid of hospitals and the possibility of dying on a hospital bed so I thank God that at least he wasn’t afraid the moment he died. Now all that is left is our memories of him. We can choose to remember him during his sickness or we can choose to only remember the good times we shared. The times I would stay in the car while my mom went shopping and he taught me how to play poker or how he would let me hang on his neck when I would go swimming because I was afraid of the sharks at the bottom of the pool. I can stay angry with him for so many more reasons but the past is the past and there isn’t anything we can do about it anymore. I have learned to forgive and even though forgiving is easier than forgetting at least its a start.

 

All I can say is our holidays will be a lot less exciting without his crazy ass around anymore. We will all miss you Dad.

-Nancy

 

Treat a Babies First Cold

 

It all starts with a tickle in your throat or a couple of sneezes here and there. From there its only a matter of time before it finally hits you. THE COMMON COLD. Luckily as soon as we start feeling the signs we can just go to a drug store and load up on everything from cough syrups to sinus tablets. Unfortunately if you have a little one under the age of two with a cold there isn’t a cold medicine that is safe for them to take. Luckily they’re things you can do for your little ones that will help them fight that nasty cold.

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Olive got a cold a couple weeks back and due to her age we couldn’t really give her much. I searched and read  every label in the children section at Walgreens but everything said not safe for children under two years old. Thankfully we got so many great tips from family, friends and the doctor that really helped her out. Here are a couple of things you can do or give to your little ones to help them when they are suffering from the common cold.

This is the closes to going outside that she could do while she was sick. She loves watching the trees and the birds.

This is the closes to going outside that she could do while she was sick. She loves watching the trees and the birds.

Vicks Baby Rub: Growing up I remember if  my mom ever thought I was coming down with a cold the first thing she would do was grab the Vicks. She would go a little nuts and almost use an entire container on just my chest. Now as a mom I understand she just didn’t like to see me sick but you don’t have to use so much. Simply rub the baby Vicks on your babies chest, back and feet, that’s right I said feet. Rub the Vicks on their feet and put a pair of warm socks  on them so that the Vicks can be absorbed through their pores. Make sure you use baby rub and not Vaporub, this is important since Vaporub can be very harmful to kids. Also a very popular  but unsafe area to put baby rub is under the nose this can cause respiratory problems for kids under two.

 

 

Soothing Mist Humidifier: Before Olive got a cold I really never understood the use for humidifier but now that I do, I think it should be a must have on every expecting mothers baby registry. A humidifier is a device that keeps cool moister in the air. Having moister in the air will help keep your babies nasal passages lubricated which will help your baby breath better when congested. Bonus it will also keep snoring husbands quiet for the night.

 

Little Remedies For Noses: The reason babies has trouble breathing when they have a cold is because their noses are filled with boogies. Since they are just babies they don’t know how to get rid of them. At first we would use the bulb syringe on our little one all the time but we could barely get any mucus out.  The doctor informed us that we were using the bulb to many times. We should only use it 3 times a day right after first putting two saline drops in each of your little ones nostril. The saline drops help loosen the mucus before we try to extract it.

 

Bulb Syringe: So this one is a no brainier since I was just talking so much about it with the saline drops. I just want to make a quick note that the best bulb syringe is the one they give you at the hospital. All other bulb syringe suck. And that’s all I have to say about that.

Boogie Wipes:  If you have a little one that just wont let you put the saline drops then Boogie Wipes are your next best thing. They are wipes that have saline in them. The great thing about these wipes is that they are super soft and wont irradiated your baby’s nose.

 

 

 

 Infants Tylenl: This should be a staple in any home with a baby. Its one of those things you hope you don’t need but will be thankful you have when you need it.  When your baby has a cold it is important to check their temperature regularly. If your baby is between 3-6 months and has a temperature of 101 or higher call the doctor. If you baby is over 6 months call the doctor if it reaches 103.0  Make sure to give the Tylenol only as directed by your doctor.

 

 

Pedialyte: It is very important that you keep your baby hydrated especially while they are sick. If your baby starts refusing to drink their milk and you’re not exclusively breast-feeding it is recommended to offer your baby a few ounces of pedialyte. This will insure that your baby remains hydrated even if they only drink a few ounces.

 

 

 

 

Steam Showers: Steam showers help your little ones air passages open up making it a lot easier for them to breathe. You first make sure to close all the windows and doors in the bathroom. Then you run a very hot shower and you let the bathroom get nice and steamy. Once the bathroom is steamy you can turn the shower off and bring your baby into the bathroom allowing her to breathe in the steam.  After 10 mins you can take the baby out but I recommend covering them with a blanket before leaving the restroom. Its going to feel cold the moment you step out of the restroom since you were in the steam room.

Elevate head while they sleep: When your baby is asleep with a cold you can hear the trouble they have breathing. To minimize the stuffiness in their nose elevate their  mattress using a crib wedge or blanket by placing it underneath the mattress. It is very dangerous to place an object on top of her crib to elevate their head because this can be a suffocation hazard.  When their heads are slightly elevated this will cause their mucus to drip down instead of collecting in one spot.

Before giving your child anything new consult with their doctor. If symptoms continue take them to their doctor to rule out any other possibilities.

 

 

Homemade Veggie Spray

A 2012 study shows how pesticides and chemicals used to grow vegetables and fruits could be putting kids at risk for developing several types of cancers. While others studies show that small amounts of these same pesticides and chemicals can’t be harmful unless consumed in large amounts. There are hundred of studies regarding pesticides and chemicals that contradict each other. So who should you believe?

What we know to be a fact is that fruits and vegetable are covered in chemicals and pesticides. What is in question is if they are in fact harmful for consumption. Well I don’t know about you but I don’t think there is any chemical that is safe once it’s consumed so why risk the health of your family. But what can we do to protect ourselves? Well we can buy organic but that sometimes is too pricey. The next best thing would be to buy over the counter vegetable and fruit sprays but since they can also be costly then we will just have to make our own.

Fruit and Vegetable Spray Cleaner

 

Clean Veggies

 

Here is what you will need:

  • 1 Cup of Water
  • 1 Cup of White Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon of baking soda
  • 3 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • Spray bottle

 

The way you combine the ingredients is actually very important. You don’t want to just mix everything together because it can cause a mini explosion that can leave you with a not so mini mess. Make sure you wash the spray bottle very well before you start. Once the bottle has been washed pour the water and white vinegar into your spray bottle and mix very well. Then start scooping in the baking soda, do this step slowly. You will notice that the vinegar water will being to fuzz. Once all the baking soda is poured in then tightly close the bottle and shake. Add you lemon juice and shake one more time. Then release the gas by opening up your spray bottle then close it back up.

It’s a lot easier than it sounds. It’s basically pouring and shaking in between pourings.

 

Veggie Spray

 

 

Spray all your fruits and vegetables and let set for 5 minutes. Then wash with cold water and there you have it, clean fruits and veggies.

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This super easy DIY fruit and vegetable spray only cost me $2 to make. You can buy a spray bottle at any dollar tree store or 99 cent store. The white vinegar also only cost me a buck at Ralphs and I already had baking soda and water at home.

 

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Don’t forget to label your bottle and keep it refrigerated.

 

 -Nancy

A case of the Mondays

Today was a very rough morning for me and not just because of the hour change. Actually the hour change hasn’t effected me yet it normally hits me mid-week. This morning felt like deja vu, from when I first returned to work from being gone for 4 month on maternity leave. I would cry every time I would drop off my love bug at the sitters. Eventually with time it became our routine and it became a little easier to say good-bye to her. But this morning as I was explaining to the sitter all about her new meals and the reheating process it hit me all like a ton of bricks.

Why am I explaining how to feed my child to anyone. This is my child I shouldn’t have to explain what she needs, I should be the one there for her everyday not just nights and weekends. Don’t get me wrong I have an amazing baby sitter I couldn’t ask for anyone better. But to me it doesn’t matter who the baby sitter is what matters is that it’s not me.

 

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But as I got to work I started thinking of why I was there. I had to go back and think about all those long conversations me and Rene would have about her future and the future of our family. We would need to make sacrifices so that our kid(s) could have the best life possible. Will I still have these types of break downs? I don’t doubt it, I’m a mother that loves spending time with her child and it breaks my heart every moment I’m not with her. But I can’t be selfish we are lucky to have someone who does an amazing job taking care of her while I’m at work. I have to learn to be able to step back and see the big picture.

I’m not writing all this to bitch or vent about my situation. I’m writing about my experience to share one out  of hundreds of stories of working mothers that struggle everyday with their decision to go back to work. It seems to know matter what you decide to do you will feel guilty. If you decide to stay home with the kids then you feel guilty of making your partner the sole bread-winner. If you decide to go to work then you feel guilty for leaving your kids. As long as you know you are making the best decision for your family that’s all that really matters. Know that you are not alone and there are many mothers and even fathers that go through what you’re going through. Just remember don’t raise your kids to have more than you had, raise your kids to be more than you were.

-Nancy