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Congratulations to my blog friend, Julie @ Wearingmascara.com
Please email me at silviarpaulo@aol.com to give me your mailing info. etc... :)


Also, wishing everyone a Fantastic Father's Day weekend!!! May we be grateful for our father's, husbands, and friends who are great fathers!

Much Love,
Silvia :)

Lifetimers

In life you come to realize who is important to you and why. You are given people, whether family related or not that are not the best for you. However, there are some people who come into your life when you really need someone. Like it or not, they are there to guide, protect, encourage, create a bond and better you. I am a firm believer in my faith and I know that God handles me with what He believes is best for me. Simple as that. It took me at the age of 19 to realize this notion and I must say, I was pretty young to understand it. I guess experience, failed & falsyfied relationships can make you become a wise person at a rather young age.
You suffer, grieve and learn, that not everyone is who they used to be and perhaps they were never who you thought they were. But the good thing is that the ones who make you laugh, stand by you and accept you for you are the ones that stay. And they usually stay for a lifetime. Those are the lasting relationships that matter and are worth writing about. There is no amount of wealth in this world to trade in for one wonderful bond with another person. Books and movies are written about these relationships.It used to amaze me to read about these bonds and always believe that they exhisted. Heck, God granted me with many blessings in my life but good people was not one of them. As a child, I thought, "When will I find a good person in my life?" Yes, I have amazing parents. But with a failed sibling relationship right out of the gate of childhood. You always pray that God would have to give you some good people in your life. Those relationships are the ones that can stand the test of time, ones that you can catch up after months of not speaking as if it were yesterday, ones that you know what the other is thinking and laugh at the exact same time without uttering a word. Those are the blessed ones and I am honored to say that I am blessed with that. God didn't grant me a large family not even cousin's my own age to relate to. I was a loner, a child surrounded by adults. I didn't grow up with friends down the street that would knock on your door to play with every day during the summer. However, God works in funny ways. I had failed relationships with family memebers as well as, friends. I was somewhat of the black sheep, I never went with the grain. Good or bad, I did what I thought was right in my life. I never grew the trait of jealousy or greed. Never had a thought to make someone's else life a bit harsher, so that mine could be brighter. It wasn't me, God didn't grant me those characteristics. With that, you were outcasted. It's simple, in my past relationships, if I didn't go along with the group. You are out.

Years ago, when I was in college, I met many of my dear friends that I have today. But I will only touch on one in college. She is one of my closest friends. We argue, vent, yell, laugh, cry and have crazy fun filled getaways.In the end, we never judge, we never faulter, we are who were are. We see the good in eachother, we value and cherish. Later in life, I met a friend who reminded me today actually of how much he values our relationship. He is what I call my personal shover. He shoves, it's one of his many duties. Yes, mentally, emotinally and sometimes in a playful manner he shoves. I met him in a time where I went through a huge life decision that I had made months before. I was at a time of trying to find peace within myself and peace with the decision that I made. So, there he was and has been there for me ever since.


All my relationships are close and filled with encouragers, comedians, protestors, shovers, teachers but above most of all they are lifetimers. My relationships are few and far in between. I could count them on one hand. However, I never think of it as sad, I think of it as grateful. It's not about how many friends a person has, how popular they are. It is about the subastance of that person and relationship. For me, it is equivalent to finding gold. Some never find it, others do, but we are always searching for it. My lifetimers are apart of my family, and I am lucky to have them.

I know, that many of you have asked about my writings etc… I will only stick to blogging for right now. This entry was inspired by a friend today, just had to write it out.


Thanks :)

Tori & Pink Giveaway!

This is my first giveaway and I wanted it to be special :) So, with that, I will be giving away the following Beach Read & OPI Nail Polish ( courtesy my friend Powell & Polished Nails):



























These are a must for any girl who loves Tori Spelling & the color pink! :)

Here's how to enter: Post a comment and let me know what you like about the blog :)

Winner will be announced on Friday!


Giveaway ....

Starts Monday! Please make sure to check my blog on Monday night for details.
Believe me, this will be a fabulous giveaway!

xo,
Silvia

Ode to the Mom Agenda

I love this planner & highly recommend it to everyone who uses daily planners, Mom's or just women who like to make their days easier & much more organized. I am not a Mom yet, however, being a single 20 year old. I cannot get enough of my Mom Agenda Planner!!! This agenda is a 2 year planner. Yes, 2 years 2010-2012. How wonderful is that?! Thick cover, reminds me of a novel binding.

To me it is the crème de la crème of planners! Ultimate organization.. Here is a brief description:








They come in various colors & cover designs. Prices range from $40-$45. I have the pink desktop Mom Planner. It is a 2 year planner with address book, note pad, Monthly & weekly calendars, Vacation planner and so much more!





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Do you happen to love this planner? Are you a Momagenda addict? How do you organize your life?

Happy Thursday Friends!:)

xo,
Silvia

And I'm spent!

And I'm Spent & with no pictures to show for it.  My camera broke on the drive up. I am very bummed that I have no pictures to show you girls at all. Forgive me?

Yes, I am back from my weekend vacation in Maryland/DC and I am exhausted.

It was a great time with my parents & sorority sister. We stayed at her home and it we had a wonderful time.

On Friday, we ventured into Baltimore, visited Little Italy. We ate at a place that I believe was run by the "M****". If you catch my drift. ( wink * wink). So, that was super uncomfortable and very Godfather like. We walked around the Inner Harbor, which was fabulous. There is the Domino Sugar Factory on the harbor. You can smell the sugar being cooked… it was really amazing!


Saturday, we toured the US Capitol & Library of Congress. Can you say... WOW!!! I was just in awe by the size of these two American Landmarks. Who in the world knew that these two building were built back in the 1700/1800's by hand?!! The craftsmanship is jaw dropping. I found myself, just staring at everything & thinking.." My oh My… now this is craftsmanship at it's finest" We don't build things like this anymore.


Saturday Night- Dinner at a Portuguese Restaurant called - Tavaria! Yes, I was psyched. My beloved culture is now in MD area. My parents were tickled pink as I was - ha-ha. I am 100% Portuguese - first generation. I grew up in this world and now, living in the Carolinas. I am not around it anymore, therefore, I get super excited when I find a place t hat offers my food :)


Overall, the trip was great, many memories were made and I did miss my readers/friends. How was your weekend?



Until next time- Adeus,

Silvia

IPhone 4G..Gotta Have it!

How excited was I to see Steve Jobs announce the new Iphone 4! I am a nerd for gadgets. I can't help it. The only problem is.. Cost. I can't afford half of this stuff that comes out. I really want the Ipad. I am saving up for one and the new IPHone 4 when I am able to. My cell contact will end the beginning of next year. So, I will definitely be purchasing this little puppy in white & once my laptop passes away ( perhaps 2-3 more years? Ha-ha). I will invest in the newer version of the Ipad. ( You know, there will be a newer Ipad 3 come that time :) ).


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So, what do you all think of the new Iphone 4? Do you have an Iphone already? Or are you like me, saving your pennies & waiting until you renew your cell contract?



Happy Wednesday Loves!

And We're Off!


Happy Wednesday All!!!

I hope that your week is going swimingly! :)

I will be Baltimore & DC boung starting tomorow at 6 am. It will be my parents and me heading to do the DC tourist thing until Sunday morning. My mom will then take the train to visit my family in Boston, while Dad and I will be coming back home to SC.

I will definately take many pictures and document my trip, so that I can share with you all! :)

xoxo,
Silvia

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I'm a Bookworm & I am Proud!

dnI am a true book worm. I read all the time, books, magazines editorials, newspapers etc.. I read on my lunch break, in the morning when I wake up and begin my day, even before I fall asleep I try and read 1 chapter before bed. My friends always ask how do I go through books so quickly, my answer: I am addicted to reading :)

Here are my top reads for the month of June:

1). Hannah's List by Debbi Macomber
2). The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
3). Island Beneath The Sea by Isabel Allende
4). Heart Of The Matter by Emily Giffin
5). Pointe and Shoot: A Jenny T. Patridge Dance Mystery by Natalie M. Roberts

What do you like to read? Are you a book worm too?

Happy Tuesday :)