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Fun Times With My Family

In Un-Business Stuff on February 7, 2016 at 11:01 pm

I’ve been traveling quite a bit lately, so when I’m home and off on the weekends I do my best to spend time with my family. Here are a few things we’ve done over the past few weeks.

We got to go to Ridgecrest to visit some family. Unfortunately, the visit was prompted by some bad news, but we made the best of the time we had up there!

Chaz and Andres

Chaz and Andres (our nephew) – Andres is an amazing cuddler!!

Chaz and Gulliana

Chaz and the beautiful Gulliana (our niece)

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Beautiful Gulliana

David taking over

David wrapping Michael and Chaz up…David towers over the both of them!

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3 Handsome men! Michael (my son), David (my brother), and Chaz (my handsome hubby)


Tammy (17 yrs old…almost 18!)


Cathy (16 yrs old)


Kiara (15 yrs old)


Michael (15 yrs old)


Adrianna (Addie) (11 yrs old)


Manuel (our nephew)


Andres (our nephew)


Gulliana (our niece)


Our beautiful girls!

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Chaz and Me

Chaz and Danni

Chaz and Danni (brother and sister)

Family Dinner

Family dinner…all 13 of us! We were missing two nephews and one niece…

On another weekend shortly thereafter, we had a bonfire and smores in our backyard. It was so nice to just sit back and relax and enjoy my family!

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Addie’s marshmallow is on fire! Yummy!

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It was chilly outside, but our bonfire kept us nice and warm!

Michael and Orion

Michael and Orion were cuddling! We have cuddly animals!

A couple of weekends later the kids (minus Cathy because she wanted to look for a job instead – good for her!) and I went for a hike in Hemet, CA behind the Ramona Bowl Amphitheater. The view was breathtaking!

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(L to R) Kiara, Michael, Tammy, and Addie

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Michael taking in the view

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Michael being a daredevil…how is he afraid of heights, but can get on that rock??

This last weekend we went up to Idyllwild to go out to lunch and then on a hike and we were pleasantly surprised with snow!!

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My beautiful family, including our nephew on the end 🙂

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Kiara (L) and Tammy (R) throwing snowballs

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I’m not sure what Cathy was doing…possibly getting out of the way of incoming snowballs.

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It looks like Tammy hit someone…

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Michael getting ready to chuck a snowball back at Tammy and Kiara!

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Cathy…just staying out of the way and finding a good walking stick.

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My beautiful Addie posing for me 🙂

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My handsome Chaz…I had to lighten the picture so he can be seen…I think I was in the sun and he was in the shade, which made it too dark to see.

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And last, but certainly not least, a family picture at a cute Mexican place in Idyllwild for lunch!

Business Trips – MA, CA, And FL

In Un-Business Stuff on February 7, 2016 at 10:59 pm

Since joining the iRobot team, I’ve had the great opportunity to travel quite a bit. Here are a few pictures from some of my travels thus far. I will work harder to get better pictures throughout my travels over the next few months as I get to do quite a bit of travel!

My trip in the beginning of January was to Boston, MA, where we were met with some snow. This was the first time I got to actually drive in the snow. Definitely interesting, but extremely beautiful!

These were taken at my hotel in Boston:

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These were taken on the flight out of MA. Absolutely GORGEOUS!Boston 6

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Next, I went to San Francisco, CA. Here are a few of the highlights. It really is pretty, but the drivers are CRAZY!!

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My next trip was to Seattle, WA…which was gorgeous!! The city was beautiful, the hotel was amazing, and the view from my hotel room was to die for!! I have fallen in love with Washington!

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Then, I went to Orlando, FL. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any actual pictures of FL from the ground, but I did get some great shots from the plan as we were landing.

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However, I did get a picture of the coffee pod in my room in Orlando…Guy Fieri coffee. My husbands co-workers think he looks like Guy Fieri, so I thought this was hilarious!

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I love taking pictures from the plane at night because I really think that they come out better and are just beautiful! Here are a few of the pictures I captured on my way back into the Ontario, CA airport.

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More from my travels to come…I’ll be in Atlanga GA, Phoenix AZ, Fresno CA, Houston TX, and Dallas TX coming up in the next few weeks.

How I Keep My Family Safe During A Storm

In Un-Business Stuff on January 29, 2016 at 6:46 am

We all know how storms can cut power lines and cause havoc in our local communities. As a working mother, I’m always concerned about my children’s safety when that happens. So, a couple of years ago I decided to think ahead and protect my home. Of course, the methods I used might not seem suitable for every family. That’s why you still need to use some common sense when taking advice from this article. At the end of the day, it’s easy to improve your situation if you apply some forethought.

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Purchasing a backup generator

Residential backup generators are a godsend when the power goes down. We decided to buy a diesel model that seems to work well. It’s helped to put our children’s minds at ease and improved our situation. The experts at Able Sales say those products are more efficient than their petrol counterparts. We’ve only had to use the device a couple of times, but it made a huge difference. Indeed, ours was the only house on the street with electricity the last time we had a major storm. All our neighbors came around to ask how we managed to keep the light on, and most of them decided to buy generators after speaking to my partner.


Keeping candles at the bedside

The chances are that power outages will occur while you’re in bed. In some countries, they call that sod’s law. So, there’s always a need for candles at the bedside to stop any accidents. Like it or not, you have to get out of bed to switch the generator on and restore power. As most homes in my area have basements, that could mean traveling down two flights of stairs. The last thing you want is for someone to fall over and break their ankle during the process. That is why we always keep a stock of candles in every room. Just remember to keep a lighter handy too. Otherwise, you’ll struggle to make good use of this advice.

Storing food in the basement

It’s possible that a winter storm might occur and block the roads outside your home. That’s happened once since we moved into our current property. Unfortunately, we didn’t see it coming, and so we had to ask our neighbors to loan food and essentials. While it’s unlikely you’ll become trapped in your home for more than a couple of days; precautions are necessary. We now keep a massive stock of long-lasting food in our basement for those reasons. Tinned goods are always preferable because they have a late used-by date. However, nothing is stopping you from buying a freezer and keeping meat and other items. Just make sure you switch the generator on before they defrost.

I hope that learning about my techniques will make your lives easier in the future. All parents worry about the well being of their children, and so you just need to think ahead. Thankfully, storms don’t happen very often, and so there’s no reason to panic. Just prepare for the worst while the weather is good, and you shouldn’t encounter any issues. Thanks for reading guys. I’ll catch you next time!

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Helping Hands 2 Help Others – Blanket Drive In Escondido CA

In Un-Business Stuff on January 3, 2016 at 8:13 pm

Friends, family, and acquaintances:

My brother-in-law, Mick Lopez, is holding a blanket drive in Escondido, CA. He sees a dire need in his community and is dedicated to helping those in need. His initial goal is to collect 200 new and used blankets, but is also looking for beanies, umbrellas, jackets, pillows, and gloves…really anything…that could help keep those in need warm and comfortable.

If you, or someone you know, is in Escondido, CA and you can find it in your heart to donate even one item, please reach out to Mick directly to have item(s) picked up, or you can drop item(s) off yourself. Please see the flyer below and please donate what you can. Thank you in advance for helping your community!

Please feel free to share this with your friends and family! Let’s get the word out there!


Blanket Drive

Merry Christmas – The Gold Wrapping Paper

In Un-Business Stuff on December 25, 2015 at 6:00 am

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We’ve always be extremely grateful and blessed to provide great Christmases for our children. There have been many years that I’ve told my kids that ‘this year Christmas isn’t going to be that big’, but we’ve always managed to pull it off successfully. We’ve also always been able to find a little extra to give to others whether it’s helping another family when they’re not able to afford something or baking and giving out yummy treats to friends and neighbors. Not everyone is so blessed and we understand that.

What I’ve found throughout the years is that it’s not the cost of the item that you give, it’s about the love that you put into it.

I can’t remember the last time that I couldn’t sleep because I was waiting to open my gifts on Christmas morning, but every year I have a difficult time sleeping because I can’t wait to watch my kids open their gifts. This year is no exception. It is truly better to give than to receive.

Our hope and prayer for all is that you find it in your hearts to give when and where you can.

Merry Christmas from my family to yours!

Merry Christmas

The Gold Wrapping Paper

Once upon a time, there was a man who worked very hard just to keep food on the table for his family. This particular year a few days before Christmas, he punished his little five-year-old daughter after learning that she had used up the family’s only roll of expensive gold wrapping paper.

As money was tight, he became even more upset when on Christmas Eve he saw that the child had used all of the expensive gold paper to decorate one shoebox she had put under the Christmas tree. He also was concerned about where she had gotten money to buy what was in the shoebox.

Nevertheless, the next morning the little girl, filled with excitement, brought the gift box to her father and said, “This is for you, Daddy!”

As he opened the box, the father was embarrassed by his earlier overreaction, now regretting how he had punished her.

But when he opened the shoebox, he found it was empty and again his anger flared. “Don’t you know, young lady,” he said harshly, “when you give someone a present, there’s supposed to be something inside the package!”

The little girl looked up at him with sad tears rolling from her eyes and whispered: “Daddy, it’s not empty. I blew kisses into it until it was all full.”

The father was crushed. He fell on his knees and put his arms around his precious little girl. He begged her to forgive him for his unnecessary anger.

An accident took the life of the child only a short time later. It is told that the father kept this little gold box by his bed for all the years of his life. Whenever he was discouraged or faced difficult problems, he would open the box, take out an imaginary kiss, and remember the love of this beautiful child who had put it there.

In a very real sense, each of us has been given an invisible golden box filled with unconditional love and kisses from our children, family, friends and God. There is no more precious possession anyone could hold.