Mother’s Little Helper.

My Mom and I were chatting the other day about my Grandma who apparently had a nervous breakdown after her 4th baby. Since I usually feel like I am on the verge of one myself, I asked her what her own Mother’s looked like.  My mom told me that she was too young to remember but she does remember little things.  Like after they’d come home from church (Grandma wasn’t able to go) she’d look for the light in the kitchen window and, if that light was on {Mom} was O.K. and that they’d have dinner. She also remembers that her oldest sister raised her for many years, not really much more than that. I would really have loved it if my Grandma would have kept a journal, an honest one.  By the time I was old enough and started raising my family, Grandma’s mind was gone so I never got to ask her those types of questions to really know who she was as a woman, mother and wife. Hopefully this will serve well for my kids to know who I was.

I know I’m not having a nervous breakdown (yet) but there are those days when I could use a Mothers Little Helper, I started joking about Prop 19 and how I have my 25×25 plot already marked out in my yard and of course Mom said she’d visit more often. But what was interesting was that apparently grandma was an original “tweaker” all jacked up on benzadrine during the day and some sort of downer at night…Mother’s little Helper, got hooked on it and had to go through all sorts of trouble getting off of it.  Just wanting to look into it a bit more I started doing some research (this is where I am totally like my Grandma, always looking around for solutions to friends troubles and ailments) and happened on this article, it’s an amazing read through not only this topic but that of medicating American society at large, just ignore the product plugs at the end of it.  Kinda made me sad…ok, on to better and less depressing things, off to mark out my 25×25.

Can I take a moment to gush about my husband?

I’ll start by saying that Ruben is an amazing business man.  He is well educated, well spoken and that’s exactly why, when he told me he wanted to go into real estate so many years ago, I cringed. I am not alone in saying that I truly despise 99% of real estate agents out there.  Did you know that realtors are right up there with politicians in the top 10 most hated professions? Of course as with everything, I am along for the ride and I will always stand by and support him.

It didn’t take him long to build-up a loyal client base and a successful business. The market was up, things were great and there was easy money to be made. Now, the market is in the toilet and the quick deals are days of old.  I began to worry, because it’s what I do best, but I should have known better because my husband has never been one to quit.  Instead of hitting a wall he is fighting harder and using these challenges, roadblocks and flat out dead ends to create opportunities.  But it’s not all Ruben. I realize it’s God shaping Ruben through what appears to be impossible, unworkable and flat out desperate situations. Some how, some way, he gives Ruben the ability to make things happen and provide people with hope. Last week, I saw him get a foreclosure pushed out the day the house was going to auction.  Other times, I have seen him take over transactions where other agents have failed, allowing people to short sale their homes, stay in their homes, or find other solutions instead of losing them.  Although the work is harder and longer, it is 100% more rewarding and he is more fulfilled than ever.

He is a business man thru and thru, it is truly amazing to watch him and how he negotiates in the sea of sharks. He’s always had that…the business side. Now, the neat thing is that I have seen his heart change, too. He isn’t chasing the almighty dollar. Instead, he has embraced being a man for others (thanks, Denny).  I can see that he truly cares about his clients and what they are going thru on a daily basis.  I tell him that sometimes I think he does too much for them. And then…we argue.

He knows what his clients needs are, even if they don’t.  He orchestrates things beautifully and is flat out GREAT at what he does.

Since I don’t do real estate, I finally got around to doing a branding exercise for him. Because that’s what I do.  [You know what they say about the shoemaker’s son, well, I wanted him to have some shoes]. So here are the beginnings of his brand, I hope you enjoy it.

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Super Glam Powder Room.

**This powder room featured on Remodelaholic.

This is a re-post from quite a while ago, but when I ported over everything from blogger not everything came over correctly so here are our powder room before and after shots.  It’s quite possibly the tiniest room you’ve seen so we raised the ceilings a bit, swapped a corner sink for a floating one, paneled the walls (Ruben has really gotten good at that over the years) and put in a black damask wallpaper!  OH! I can’t forget my floors! They are the coolest floors EVER!  Quarter shaped mosaic marble, black, white and grey.  Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

[…] Woo Hoo.  Check out my Super Glam Power Room remodel. […]

Mel - December 27, 2010 - 6:10 pm

Simply stunning!

I’m starting on my powder room redo, but it will not looking anything as glamorous as yours. Bravo!

kris - December 27, 2010 - 11:54 pm

Absolutely beautiful and chic. One of the best posts I’ve seen on Remodelaholic.

I love the glam!

Audra Wright - December 28, 2010 - 2:14 am

I LOVE it! I am such a black & white person. Glad to find your blog….now I am off to check out the rest of your great designs.

Priscilla-The Wheelchair Mommy - March 1, 2011 - 2:32 am

GORGEOUs. WOW. wow. wow.

okay Ineed to be careful or my comment might get spammed. but his is totally glam.

anji - March 1, 2011 - 5:19 am

Yay! Thank you so much for your sweet comments!

On being me. » The Boys and Ruby - March 18, 2011 - 7:01 pm

[…] While I was pinning a photo of a VW Bus (this WILL be my next car) to my board, I looked over at my Super Glam bathroom.  SO NOT VW, SO NOT HIPPIE, SO NOT most of the things I love, but, it is totally fabulous and I […]

Kids Bathroom.

When we bought our new house 3 years ago, it was a beautiful Cape Cod style house and only needed updating.  The carpet was burgundy and there was burgundy paint throughout along with all types of wallpaper and brass accents everywhere.  We re-did this bathroom while I was pregnant with Ruby (before I was layed off!). It only had 1 sink and a door that separated the bath area from the sink area.  This would have been a nightmare getting 4 kids through here in the mornings, so we decided to do a super kid friendly remodel, durable clean and more open.  We tiled 3/4 of the way up the walls and I think we put 3 sub floor sealers for water in case they ever flooded it!  I think it turned out really great.  Sorry  about the quality of the photos, the before shot was how it looked before we moved in when the old owners were still here.

Audra Wright - February 28, 2011 - 5:21 pm

I LOVE it! It looks great!!!

» The Boys and Ruby - February 28, 2011 - 7:03 pm

[…] I’m featured again on Remodelaholic, this time for my Kid’s bathroom overhaul.  Here is the link to it on […]

Priscilla-The Wheelchair Mommy - March 1, 2011 - 2:30 am

It turned out amazing. I absolutely love it. Our hall bath is kinda like this … with the toilet and tub seperate but I think there might be support beams keeping from doing someting this awesome.

Rachel - March 1, 2011 - 3:28 am

This is fabulous, well done! Where did you find your tile and hardware?

anji - March 1, 2011 - 5:18 am

Thanks so much. The tile is pure and simple Home depot subway tile and basic octagonal floor tiles, they sell them in 12×12 sheets. As for the hardware, it’s Delta, from Home Depot, too!

anji - March 1, 2011 - 5:20 am

We had support beams, too. Not sure if the pic shows, but we left the support beam intact and then just coffer-ed in the ceiling on either side, it worked out great!

anji - March 1, 2011 - 5:21 am

Thank you! It was fun and gets used a TON!


This is always a crowd pleaser, great for large parties or intimate gatherings. It can also be used as a “relish” on top of burgers or mixed into pasta with mozzarella for a cold pasta salad and if there’s ever any extra you can use it the next day sauteed and tossed with angel hair pasta for a quick yummy dinner. The KEY to this is fresh ingredients, be picky, smell your produce, squeeze it if it dosen’t smell like a tomato it’s not going to taste like one!

What Goes Into it?

Ingredients Topping

6 roma (plum) tomatoes only if in season, if not 1 package grape tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, packed in oil chopped

1/2 red onion finely chopped
3 cloves minced garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup fresh basil
1/4 teaspoon sea salt (to taste, be careful!)
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cups fresh grated mozzarella (optional)
1 baguette (french bread not sourdough as it’s too salty)

Ingredients Toasties

1/4 cup olive oil for toasting bread
1 clove minced garlic
sprinkle of sea salt

Serves: 8

How Do I Make It?


Preheat Broiler to medium high.

Chop tomatoes, chop sun-dried tomatoes, finely chop onion, mince garlic (by hand. . .add a small sprinkle of salt as you mince), throw the portion or garlic for the toasties into the oil and let set, roll the basil into large roll and slice thinly then chop in opposite direction. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix together. Throw it in the fridge and let it set while you make the toasties.

Slice the baguette into 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices and arrange on a baking sheet, using a brush baste the olive oil and garlic and salt mixture onto bread, pop into the oven and let brown.

Taste your Bruschetta topping and adjust spices as needed. If you are serving this as an appetizer at a large party, arrange toasties on a tray and topping in a dish. This allows the guests to serve themselves.  If you are having a dinner party, assemble the Bruschetta by placing the topping onto the bread and sprinkling with the mozzarella. Put it into the oven until mozzarella is melted and serve warm.

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