Still out on Vacation

I must say, 2 weeks off was definitely the way to go.  I can't believe I haven't taken a proper vacation in years, and even when I took vacation it was only a day or two here and there, at most a week! I know I said that already but I had to repeat it. :) 

The first week I can honestly say I wasn't into doing much.  I guess it was my body's way of telling me to chill out.  However, this week I am busying myself with little projects that I will definitely be sharing with you.  As I mentioned in my last post I am working on a pillow for my baby daughter (since she picked out the fabric).  I've also started a piece of wall art to go over my kitchen window and finally I've convinced my husband to frame out the door leading to our laundry room so those who visit cant see (what a mess it while standing in the kitchen!  Also, to keep my baby son out of there!

There is also a project I really need to complete, a painting I started and it has been staring at me for the past couple of months.  Every time I look over at it I feel it is saying to me "how could you! How could you start me and then leave me!" LOL  I am not sure if any of you indulge yourselves in art work, however, if you do, have you ever been stuck on a particular painting?  It's like I don't know HOW to finish it.  It's such a favorite piece for me and I don't want to ruin it.  Hopefully I will get to complete it before I head back to work.  And if so, I hope to include the finish product along with the other projects.

Here is a picture of my painting as it is right now:

(It is acrylic and oil pastels on canvas)

Tell me what you think!


Sewing a pillow

I decided to take lessons from Tiffany's mother on how to sew various items, like pillows, drapes, valances, etc.  Today was the first day I met with her and boy did I have fun!  I was nervous before going because I wanted to do well and not mess up. Geneva (Tiffany's mom) said to me, "It's all about practicing, so if you mess up it's OK!"  Mind you, I've sewn things before but never in front of someone as they stood over and watched.  That's kind of nerve wrecking.  But Geneva was cool and a great teacher!

My baby girl picked out the fabric and off I was to start my first 18" pillow, with piping and a zipper! Ooooo!

Here is a pic of Day 1:  I cut out 2 18"x18" pieces of fabric that will make up the pillow.  Then I sewed the piping onto one of the pieces. Sorry for the not-so-great picture, I didn't think I was going to post any of this!

Updates to come!

Proud of myself Candilaria

Congrats Jason & Melinda!

Sorry this is a bit late, but we would like to send smiles and hugs and lots of love to our friends Jason and Melinda.  They just recently celebrated the birth of their baby boy!  We are incredibly happy for your family and can't wait to see baby Sacha!  Isn't it so cool that the 3 of us had a girl first and then a boy!  Boys are totally different, Tiffany will second that...LOL.

Love you guys!

See you all soon.

Tiffany & Candilaria

Homework...thanks, but no thanks!

Don't you think kids are getting far too much homework these days?  Gone are the days when children can be just that, children!  My 4 yr old is not even in grade 1 yet and the amount of homework she gets is crazy (at least to me).  My 14 yr old daughter is pretty much hankered down with homework for the entire night.

The sad thing is, if they don't keep up then your children are left behind because the standards have risen so dramatically globally that in order to give your children a fighting chance to compete on the world's stage you have no choice but to start teaching them how to read as soon as they exit the womb!  I thought you learnt how to read in grade 1, but I guess I was wrong.  It's crazy how things have shifted in such a short amount of time.  And then we have the whole "My baby can read" epidemic that now teaches 8 and 9 month old BABIES how to recognize words and to get them well on their way to reading.  It's  absolutely ridiculous.  Do people honestly feel proud at the fact that their 11 month old can read? I look at people weird when they tell me "Oh my baby has been reading since she was 9 months!" I look at them weird because I think to myself, what kind of parent are you?!  Anyway, that's another story.

So Asia comes home with 4 pages of homework.  On one of the pages, it instructs her to read the word, draw a picture and colour it.  OK, I'm sorry, excuse me?!  Does my 4 yr old even know how to draw a mug? A cap? A PIG? And the list goes on!  Goodness gracious, we will be here all night, because halfway through my daughter will insist her hand is laughing (tingling and tired) from all the work and just cannot continue (hand on forehead)!  But like a good parent I must get her to finish her homework or...hmmmm...I'm not sure what will happen if she didn't but I really don't want to find out.  Ahhhhhh! 

I hate homework.

Wish me Luck Candilaria

Candilaria Goes on Vacation!

Woohoo! Welcome Vacation! Finally! It's about time.  I don't think I've taken a proper vacation in years!  And do you know what I have planned?  A whole heap of NOTHING!  I am doing whatever hits me and I am so excited about it.  Of course I have my list of things to do but it is my list and if I choose not to check some of them off then, so what! HAHA...I love it!

So this is the e-mail I sent to people advising them of my absence:

Dear All, 

Please be advised that I will be out on vacation beginning ______ and returning on ________.

I will have no access to e-mails and will answer your e-mail upon my return.  Please go easy on the e-mails! :)

To know how I really feel about going on vacation, please click below. 



This morning I saw an advertisement for a course I've been longing to do for some time now.  I was so excited to see that something like this was being offered and I didn't even have to go through the College!  However, the class began today, the same day I find out about it.  Strike 1.  Nonetheless, I visited the website to find out more about the course and Strike 2 reared it's ugly head, the price! 

Don't you often find that while you would love to invest in yourself  most times you can't because of obstacles like timing and money.  Today, it was more about the money.  Like my previous post, I have decided to do what it takes  BUT doing what it takes will have to happen the next go around (lol, me finding out about it on the day the class actually begins doesn't help either).  Hopefully it will be offered at a later date where proper arrangements and preparations are made.

The course by the way was Auto Cad: Intro to Intermediate.  I wish to venture into interior architecture and design and this would be a great tool!

Until next time Auto Cad!  I will meet you soon!


Feeling Inspired

I woke up this morning, while feeling completely nackard, quite excited and weirdly inspired.  After posting on the blog last night my mind kept racing over the idea and possibilities of my dreams and goals actually coming true.  I felt it flowing through my entire body.

I saw this quote, and I love it.  So so true.  It starts with you!

"If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself.  If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself.  Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation." Lao Tzu

Personal growth and inspiration feed one another.  When inspired, you step out on a limb and expose yourself to new and exciting things. When you learn, grow and improve at something, it inspires you!

I saw this other quote I found on a personal development site which was kind of my "AH HA!" moment.  

"You are in control of your most powerful personal leadership trait.  Understand that you are doing exactly what you want to be doing in your life at the moment."
..."Don't have the time to pursue your passion? Make the time, dammit!  If this is a priority, you'll make the time - rearrange your life until you have the time.  DO WHAT IT TAKES."

I guess they told me, huh!

A very excited Candilaria

In the Words of Betty White

Today I was and about doing the usual Saturday errands, but today I had my baby daughter with me and she kept asking for Dunkin Donuts.  So because she had been such a good girl (in the words of Asia, "I did not cry, not one single drop!") during her entrance exam for grade 1, I decided that she deserved a treat - I think it was more for myself to calm down because I was more nervous and terrified than she was!

While at Dunkin Donuts (The College of The Bahamas' location), we moseyed on over to the college bookstore .  Asia picked out 2 books and while I browsed the store I stumbled onto "If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won't)" by Betty White.  I've always been a huge fan of hers, of course largely due to the Golden Girls television series but also because I always thought she would be such an awesome person to have in your life, so incredibly witty, funny, and filled with experience and a wealth of knowledge. (Did any of you realize she was actually the eldest member of the Golden Girls cast? Nope. Not Estelle, Dorothy's mother as you would believe, it was Betty White!). 

In the first Chapter, entitled "Growing Older", the opening sentence is "Old age isn't for sissies." Funny yet so true.  So going back to my post the other day and about turning 30 and not knowing where my career is headed or finding my passion, I cracked up when I read it.  I knew right away I would love this book.  I finished it in 2 hours (I was interrupted by my  There was also a Chapter called "Enthusiasm" and could you guess what the first sentence of that chapter was?? "I think everybody needs a passion." HA.  Is Betty White speaking to me? It goes on to say the following:

"Whether it's one passion or a hundred, that's what keeps life interesting.
If you live without passion, you can go through life without leaving any footprints. You might leave behind pleasant memories in the minds of friends and acquaintances, but those dissipate quickly."

Wow.  When I read this I was immediately taken back to comments made by my father.  I recently announced that I wanted to enroll into an upholstery class, and my father said "Oh goodness Candi, not another class!"  Although the comment stung a bit, because I knew the place it was coming from, like any parent he wants me to find something in this life and I guess settle into it. I've been told that I have no "stickability".  I prefer to describe myself as a Jane of all trades.  Again, I am good at a lot of things and I am constantly undergoing new and different adventures.  So I gathered some comfort from Betty's comments implying that you don't HAVE to have ONE passion but you can have many!

I am no dummy, and while it may appear to persons on the outside that I may not know what I would like to do, I feel that all the many different classes I have/am engaged in are ingredients for something that I am being prepared for.  I am on the path.  Just you wait and see...


The Importance of Finding Your Passion

What is your motivation in life?  Or maybe I should ask the question, what is your passion?  I believe motivation and passion go hand in hand, it is passion that motivates you right?

Have you found your passion or are you still searching?  How do you know if you've found it?  Is it a feeling you get?  Is there a certain way of searching for your passion or is it something that should hit you? 

I woke up this morning feeling the same way I felt coming down to the end of 2011 once again...

All of those questions I asked myself leading up to my 30th Birthday last year.  I was having a difficult time realizing that I was turning such a monumental age (at least in my eyes) and I was unmotivated, melancholy, and confused as to what I wanted to do with my life in terms of my career.  A large precentage of my peers from high school had become doctors, lawyers, teachers, etc. but professionals.  I was feeling grossly inadequate and insecure about where I was in my life.  Please do not confuse the fact that I love my life, my husband and kids, this has nothing to do with my family life.  However, I was/am seeking more gratification in my personal development and career.  Has there ever been a point in your life that you felt that way?  Or are you going through it now?

I enjoy many things and am good at alot of things.  Is there a particular skill I awesome at, no.  Maybe if I focused and gave my all to one particular thing, yes I think I would be great.  Do I want to do that?  I don't know.  I like being well rounded and knowing how to do alot of things rather than just one.  Don't get me wrong, I admire people that have that ONE thing they dedicate their entire life too and are the best at it.  To me that's true passion and discipline.  Is it possible to have that kind of passion for many things?

I thought I could be a Doctor and even a Lawyer, but my heart was not there and I did not feel I fit those molds.  I am more of the creative, animated, spirited type (not saying that Doctors and Lawyers aren't!!!! LOL!) and I love that about myself.  I love painting, designing, and every thing crafty.  I love searching for new projects to do.  But face it with 3 children (but primarly the younger 2) at home I find it very difficult to start and even worse complete a project.  So, sometimes I feel is this really my passion if I can never get anything done?  Shouldn't my passion motivate me so much that I get it done by any means necessary? And how can I turn that passion into something to make money from?!

2012 is dedicated to finding that passion, or uncovering that passion that is there but needs a little nudge to present itself. No excuses.  So this is my journey...


Mini Pizza time...

Tonight was a quick dinner night (gotta love those!).  I decided to make homemade mini pizzas with the kids and they turned out great!

I bought a sleeve of english muffins, some pizza sauce, mozzerella cheese, and with various toppings (pepperoni, onions, mushrooms onions) made the most adorable little pizzas.  They were a big hit with the kids and they loved the fact that they helped with dinner.

Turn the oven onto 400 degrees, place the muffins on the cookie sheet, spread the pizza sauce on the muffins, sprinkle the cheese and add your favorite toppings.  Pop those puppies in the oven for about 10 minutes and Voila! Dinner time!

What do you do for quick dinners? Any cool recipes to share?

Bahamas Race for the Cure...Check!

I did it!  I participated in the Bahamas Race for the Cure (a Susan G. Komen event) and completed the 3.1 mile run.  While, 3 miles may not seem like alot (and a couple of years ago it was a walk in the park for me when I was an avid runner) but since I haven't ran in months and months it means I am months and months out of shape!  The first leg of the race was the Western bridge to Paradise Island.  Can I say, my heart was burning and beating out of my chest by the time I got to the top and there was still 3 miles to go!  But I kept going, slow and steady the whole way.  My time was 37mins and it is almost embarrassing to post it for a mere 3 miles but I will use this as motivation to get it in gear and get back on the level I used to be.

Here are, literally, one or two pictures of before and after the race (My photographer did not make it to take pictures, he was at home taking care of the

We (my sister and I) just arrived and walked in on an already very energetic atmosphere in the wee hours of Saturday morning.  The turnout was awesome.  The amount of people that were there by start time was unbelievable.  People travelled from all over to attend this race!

My sister (on the left) and I after the race.  My sister finished in 29 minutes!  Way to go Michaela!  I think my heart was trying to find its way back inside my
Until next year!

P.S. Please be sure to schedule a mammogram.  Early detection of breast cancer is the key!  I will be scheduling mine very soon!

Finally Friday

Sighhhhhhhhh, finally, it is the end of the work day on Friday.  Whoohoo!

So did anyone have anything freaky happen to them for Friday the 13th?  Do you believe in that?  I was listening to the radio this morning and they mentioned that millions and millions of people are seriously debilitated on this day.  I mean cannot get out of bed, don't want to leave the house, etc. all because of fear.  Well today was just like any other day for me. Your mind is such a powerful tool that when you allow it, it can take over and create things that don't really exist.  But guess what? You control your mind! So Cheers to the rest of Friday the 13th! 

Signed up and ready to go

I am all signed up and ready to go for Bahamas Race for the Cure this Saturday, January 14, 2012.  It begins at 7am and I am hoping I am in the condition to run (or walk) since I haven't ran in months!  This is a good way to kick off my healthy year of eating well and exercising, plus it's for a great cause.  I hope to see some of you out there (who live in the Bahamas)!  I will make sure and take before and after pictures to share.

Breast Cancer Awareness

Susan G. Komen for the Cure will be hosting Bahamas Race for the Cure this Saturday, January, 14, 2012.   Breast Cancer awareness is extremely important in this country as the average age for detection is 42 years of age compared to the age of 62 in the U.S.  It is suggested that Bahamian women start having mammograms as young as 30 years old!  That's a harsh reality, but that's our reality.  Susan G. Komen for the cure works diligently in researching the reasons why this is the case here, mainly due to genetics.  This race is to raise funds so that they can continue to research and fight against this cruel disease. Whether you have been diagnosed or know someone who has been diagnosed this is an awesome event to show your support.  You can visit the website to find out more information or even sign up. I will definitely be there!

Below is a little snippet from the main Susan G. Komen website which I encourage you to visit ( and read more about Susan G. Komen and her story. The site is filled with great information.  Please take the time to visit.

Our Work

Susan G. Komen for the Cure is fighting every minute of every day to finish what we started and achieve our vision of a world without breast cancer.


Fulfilling the Promise

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure, we have invested more than $1.9 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.


Breast Cancer Then and Now

Since 1982, Komen for the Cure has played a critical role in every major advance in the fight against breast cancer – transforming how the world talks about and treats this disease and helping to turn millions of breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors. We are proud of our contribution to some real victories:
  • More early detection – nearly 75 percent of women over 40 years old now receive regular mammograms, the single most effective tool for detecting breast cancer early (in 1982, less than 30 percent received a clinical exam).
  • More hope – the five-year survival rate for breast cancer, when caught early before it spreads beyond the breast, is now 98 percent (compared to 74 percent in 1982).
  • More research – the federal government now devotes more than $900 million each year to breast cancer research, treatment and prevention (compared to $30 million in 1982).
  • More survivors – America’s 2.5 million breast cancers survivors, the largest group of cancer survivors in the U.S., are a living testament to the power of society and science to save lives.

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Mondays Mondays Mondays

Mondays, why do you come so quickly?  You must be the most hated day of the week.  Well, sorry to hear that, however don't look for any love from me. That's mean isn't it.  Ok OK's 2012, a brand new year for brand new attitudes!  So let's get it!

And so sorry folks for not posting over the weekend.  But as all of you can understand, sometimes you cannot steal a moment.  My Saturday was filled with taking down Christmas decorations and cleaning the house.  So from 6:30am until 3:00pm I was on my feet trudging away like a busy bee while the children watched the movie RIO over and over and over.  (It's a good thing I enjoy the movie too, whew!). Then after 3pm, we got on the road to run errands.  On Sunday, it was grocery day [triple stamps at Super Value day :) like that].  We also had my in-laws over for Sunday lunch/dinner.  After giving the children their baths, packing up for tomorrow, and putting them to sleep, the only thing I wanted to do was go to sleep.  No computer time for me!

But now it's Monday, the beginning of the week.  And we are back.  However, I think my poor friend Tiff is having a harder time getting to the computer than me with her almost 3 month old.  YIKES!  Don't miss that phase at all. Sorry tiff riff.  But it gets better with every day that goes by.

So folks, go and make things happen!

Movie Suggestion:  "In Time" with Justin Timberlake.  The concept of the movie is cool.  Oh and I also suggest "Rio" too, tres cute.

Midnight coughing spells...

I was awakened by coughing spells bellowing from my precious 18 month old son, Aindreas' mouth.  I am upset.  Why is this cough STILL HERE!  I swear it has been around since he was born! [a bit of an exaggeration I know but had to emphasize the amount of time...heehee...but I am also quite dramatic too :) ] No, but seriously, I've taken him to his pediatrician's office about a dozen times AND the walk-in clinic when I just couldn't stomach paying over $100 AGAIN to the pediatrician when I felt he should have fixed him the first time around (second, third, and fourth!)

So he's finished his medicine, now what?!?!  Thoughts of pneumonia and chest infections cross my mind and is the only reason I keep taking him to the doctor's office.  They always tell me his chest is clear.  So why Mr. Doctor Man/Woman, does my child still have this cough?  What do I do in this situation?  At this point I can't say it will go away on its own because it's been months now. Sighhhhh......

Suggestions anyone!?

Concerned for my baby,
Candi :)

A New Year.....A New Nanny Again!

Anyone out there employed a nanny for longer than a year? Please give me some pointers to increase their employment time with me? I must admit I fired one of them. The other passively quit. If she returns next week I will fire her too!

Is the key to longevity to first hire someone who can meet your needs and then secondly, give a performance evaluation to ensure they meet your requirements?

Seeking advice for longevity

Passport Update

Can you believe it? The Passport Office called me this morning. I have an appointment for Friday at 10am. I am so very extremely unbelievably impressed. I will keep you posted on Friday's appointment.

DJ, on a Jet Plane...

My big son, Dj (17) moved to Texas in Sept. 2011 to finish his last year in High School and is now living with my brother-in-law and his family. It's not easy when a child "moves" out of the house. Essentially, you are voluntarily relinquishing your parental influence on a daily basis to someone else. And while it's hard to not have that daily influence on your child, we are so incredibly fortunate that he is with his uncle and auntie that are superly awesome. But at 17 you have pretty much raised your child and all you can do now is help guide him through this thing called life.

Dj came down for the holidays and we were so excited to have him home. Such good times. My baby son (Aindreas, 19 months) couldn't stop calling out his name the whole time he was here..."DJ! DJ! DJ!" He, my big daugther (D'ante, 14) and my baby daughter (4 1/2) {Yes, we have plenty chirren, lol} certainly loved up on Dj good!! :)

But now he is heading back to Texas today....sighhhh...and since I was a child I've never been good at saying bye...I hate it and I suck at it really. Sometimes I choose to not even be around when someone I love is leaving the island for an extended period of time. I rather a quick hug and kiss and walk away. It saves me from breaking down.

We will skype Dj when he arrives into Texas, and hopefully that will make everyone feel a little better and not the opposite because just a few hours ago he was sitting right next to us. We love you Dj!!! And soon we will be on a jet plane to Texas for your graduation! Yea baby!


Fox Hill National Insurance Board Office

If anyone who lives in the Eastern District of New Providence needs any service from NIB please visit the Fox Hill Office. Can I just tell you that there is a young security guard who is off the chain with his service. He greeted me at the door with one question. "Good afternoon Maam, how can I help you today." Once I told him I was there to apply for a National Insurance Number for my son he directed me to the application form and explained what documents I needed to provide. He even asked for the documents to copy while I completed the form. He said this was in an effort to save time. UNBELIEVABLE! I almost wanted to have an orgasm. I was in and out of that office with National Insurance card for Chase in fifteen minutes.

Apparently you can collect Benefit Cheques from there as well instead of driving to the Baillou Hill Road Office. But I forget as working mothers we love the absolute bliss we get to visit the main NIB office. Don't they have the best parking ever?!

Very Impressed

Online Passport Application

Soooooooooooooooooo has anyone tried the Bahamas Government Online Passport Application? I must admit I am pretty impressed the Passport Office is offering this service. After completing the application I am supposed to receive an appointment time within the next 48 hours. The jury is still out as to whether this will actually occur. I will keep everyone posted.
Until the next,
Very Hopeful Tiffany

The Day Before School

It is the day before school. Does my daughter know this? She is all over the house screaming, kicking the dogs, begging for chocolate, simply driving me and my husband crazy. Is she trying to enjoy her last day of freedom? The only thing calming her down is Team Umizoomi!

Now I understand why parents look so happy on the First Day of School!

Long Days

So, I mentioned that I was up at 5:00am anxious to begin the day, right, but it's now 3:13pm in the afternoon and my energy has depleted and can I say NAP TIME!! (they should never give up nap time after Kindergarten) Geesh! And with such beautiful weather I could really snuggle up in my bed with a great movie, no not a book, it will only put me to sleep...heehee.  So the countdown is on to leave work to go home to the real work with another load of laundry and the din din certainly ain't cooking itself!! Sighhh.  So much falls on our shoulders, right?!

How about you guys?  How do you do it?  How do you stay energized and keep on kicking with such long days?   

Btw...Any dinner recipe suggestions? lol  I promise, one of my 2012 goals is to get organized and plan meals by the week...bahahahahahaha...sorry, I had to laugh at that...ok ok ok...I definitely will try.

My next post HAS to be about the importance and the necessity for sleep favourite pastime! :)


The Bottle Dilemma

My two month old son Chase, decided he would stop taking a bottle.  He was introduced to a formula bottle the first month of his life to supplement breastfeeding. (I learned this lesson from breastfeeding my daughter Channing, two years ago.) Anywho, at four weeks my darling son became fussy, crying at night. Our doctor said he may have colic so I must stop formula feeding and change my diet. Well Chase stopped crying when I made some changes to my and I began a feeding schedule instead of on demand. Fantastic but here came the dilemma. Chase would not take the bottle when we tried to give it to him again. My husband Eric, suggested putting breastmilk in the bottle. No luck. We changed luck! 

Solely breastfeeding is simply not an option! What do I do now?

I know! I will ask every mother I know what to do. That is precisely what I did. Many offered their sympathies. Jokes! I continued my search for answers.  Until my conversation with my friend Tanya last night. She is the mother of two boys. Here was her suggestion.

Wait for it! Wait for it! 

Tanya suggested I change the bottle nipple. Not the brand but the flow. Maybe Chase had graduated from a  Level One to a Level Two nipple.

Need I say more? Last night, Chase drank four ounces from his bottle with a Level Two Nipple. Thank you Tan Tan!

Back to Reality...After the Holidays

So wow, I woke up at 5:00am this morning quite anxious about getting back into the routine after the Christmas holidays. Back to "real" work and not holiday work...haha...AND let's not forget, BACK TO SCHOOL. So I was anxious about all that comes along with back to school, getting the kids off to bed at a reasonable time, packing bags and lunches for the next day, preparing and laying out school clothes, and of course what else comes with going back to school??? Back to school traffic!!!!! ahhhhhh...but guess what, there was NO TRAFFIC this morning...YAY!!! But check me tomorrow and see how I feel, because I am sure ALL schools are back in by then....sighhhhhh. When is Easter?



Happy Birthday Tiff Riff!!! I hope you can squeeze in a little time away from the kids and husband (well maybe he can tag along but then who will look after the kids? lol) to catch up on sleep, finish that book, or maybe just sit and drink a glass of wine.  Enjoy your Birthday babes you deserve it! :)