Archive | March, 2013

Casual day: Linen shirt and Dark pink pants

29 Mar


My work gave us Good Friday off. I am so thankful for this. Not only has it been a long week but I’m grateful for the time I can spend starting to focus on Easter.

This outfit has some great color. The dark charcoal/navy linen shirt paired with medium pink washed pants, make me smile. The pants were a recent acquisition from a friend. Actually I didn’t do any of the acquiring. Josie just said, “what size are you? I have some things I think you’d like.” Don’t you just love friends like that?

Anyway, I love how this looks. Natural, harmonious, easy. Some of the words I love to feel when I look at or wear an outfit.

IMG_1896 IMG_1897 IMG_1898 IMG_1899Pants: Gift — Shirt: Old Navy ($10) — Necklace: Target ($2) — Shoes: Target ($9)



Instagram: The Sky

28 Mar

I was recently looking through all my Instagram photos. All 400 of them. Exactly 400, yes. They fall into a few categories, food, daily style or sunrise/sets “the sky”. That got me thinking. What is it that I love about sunrise, sunsets, and the sky and why do I feel the need to Instagram them?

1) The look beautiful. Whether the sun shining through the clouds or there is an intense purple color mixed with blue to create and ombre effect, it’s beautiful.

2) I love basking in the sun. The feeling of warmth coming from the sun as I sit in my car during lunch break is one of the best feelings.

3) It fills me with love of my Creator and the everyday loveliness He put on this earth. Even after I take the pictures, they never capture the entire amazing splendor of the sunset. It looks so small in comparison.

4) I love how many analogies can be drawn from the sky, the sun and the clouds. Whether it be a clouded day with the sun shining through (telling me that God’s there even through the storms) or a bright sunny day (where I feel God’s blessings very close to me) or when I look up at the sky and just take in how big it is (where I try to comprehend God’s magnitude is), I’m always learning about my Savior.

5) I want to share this awesomeness with others! I just can’t contain the beauty of the sky. The fact that there are sunrises and sunsets every day? Amazing.

What do you Instagram most often? What do you think it says about you? If you’d like to follow me on Instagram, my name is joodlesdoodles!

Workwear: Purple dress and Black Blazer

28 Mar

This is a great professional outfit for a day at the office. It’s also comfortable. Surprise! You’ve seen this dress before here as a skirt. But this time, you get to see the whole dress! It’s something I picked up when I needed to go from day-to-night during a conference. It was great for working at a booth during exhibitor hours and then going gala event that night. It worked perfectly!

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Dress: Ross ($11) — Blazer: Macy’s old — Shoes: Famous Footwear ($20) — Necklace: Made by me

Thoughts: Redeemed

27 Mar

All my life I have been called unworthy
Named by the voice of my shame and regret
But when I hear You whisper, “Child lift up your head”
I remember, oh God, You’re not done with me yet

I am redeemed, You set me free
So I’ll shake off these heavy chains
Wipe away every stain, now I’m not who I used to be

Because I don’t have to be the old man inside of me
‘Cause his day is long dead and gone
Because I’ve got a new name, a new life, I’m not the same
And a hope that will carry me home

Redeemed by Big Daddy Weave

Mark 10:27 “Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.”

Higher than the mountains that i face
Stronger than the power of the grave
constant in the trial and the change

One thing remains

Your love never fails
It never gives up
It never runs out on me

One Things Remains by  Jesus Culture

You stay the same through the ages
Your love never changes
There may be pain in the night
But joy comes in the moring

And when the oceans rage
I don’t have to be afraid
Cuz I know that You love me
Your love never changes

Your Love Never Fails by Chris Quilala

Our circumstances change and our situations flux but You, Lord, You are constant and steadfast. You never change, You never waiver. You are always the same. We so often flip-flip. We go from loving You when it’s easy to wondering where You are when the storms come. But Lord, You are always the same. How can we say that it’s You who have abandoned us or not lived up to our expectations when You, Lord, are the thing that stays the same in our ever changing world?

Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever.   – Hebrews 13:8


Workwear: Coral Necklace and Black Blazer

27 Mar

This coral necklace is usually long as seen here. But this time I folded it in half, twisted it, and used leather cord to tied it up. This is the same technique I used to wear my favorite pearl necklace. It’s a great trick to learn for any necklace so you can use it for any neckline.

IMG_0814 IMG_1807 IMG_6737 IMG_7760Shirt: Target ($8) — Blazer: Macy’s old — Pants: Target ($20) — Shoes: Ross ($9) — Necklace: Target ($3)

Dinner: Chicken Tortilla Soup

26 Mar

How many of you like Mexican flavors? Like tacos, burritos, enchiladas, taquitos and fajitas? Me too! And this chicken tortilla soup is one of my favorites. It’s really easy to make and makes the house smell lovely.

Step 1: Get out fresh and canned ingredientsIMG_1796 IMG_1798

Step 2: Measure out spices and make them look cool for a picture

Step 3: Fry up some chopped chicken with half the spice mix. After it’s cooked shred it with forks or fingers.


Step 4: Saute fresh veggies and then add the other half of spice mix

Step 5: Open canned items and drain


Step 6: Combine them together in the potIMG_1803
Step 7: Add water, broth and chicken

Step 9: Let simmer for 30 minutes to 1 hourIMG_1805

Step 8: Serve with shredded cheese, scallions, sour cream or tortilla chipsIMG_1807

This is the text I received from my husband (he was in the other room) while I was making dinner in the kitchen. So sweet 🙂IMG_1806

The recipe isn’t mine. It comes from Pioneer Woman. The great and powerful. Again the pictures are mine and the recipe is hers.


2 whole Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1-1/2 teaspoon Cumin
1 teaspoon Chili Powder
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 cup Diced Onion
1/4 cup Diced Green Bell Pepper
1/4 cup Red Bell Pepper
3 cloves Garlic, Minced
1 can (10 Oz. Can) Rotel Tomatoes And Green Chilies
32 ounces, fluid Low Sodium Chicken Stock
3 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
4 cups Hot Water
2 cans (15 Oz. Can) Black Beans, Drained
Sour Cream
Diced Avocado
Diced Red Onion
Salsa Or Pico De Gallo
Grated Monterey Jack Cheese

Preparation Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix cumin, chili pepper, garlic powder, and salt. Drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil on chicken breasts, then sprinkle a small amount of spice mix on both sides. Set aside the rest of the spice mix.
  2. Place chicken breasts on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until chicken is done. Use two forks to shred chicken. Set aside.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a pot over medium high heat. Add onions, red pepper, green pepper, and minced garlic. Stir and begin cooking, then add the rest of the spice mix. Stir to combine, then add shredded chicken and stir.
  4. Pour in Rotel, chicken stock, tomato paste, water, and black beans. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 45 minutes, uncovered.
  5. Check seasonings, adding more if needed—add more chili powder if it needs more spice, and be sure not to undersalt. Turn off heat and allow to sit for 15 to 20 minutes before serving. Five minutes before serving.
  6. Ladle into bowls, then top with sour cream, diced red onion, diced avocado, pico de gallo, and grated cheese, if you have it! (The garnishes really make the soup delicious.)

Workwear: Yellow striped sweater and grey flannel

26 Mar

This outfit could work for a casual day at work or almost pass off as actual workwear (if you don’t work in an office requiring business professional). The black jeans almost look like dress pants and here I’ve tucked them in black boots. I love the mix of plaid and stripes on top. IMG_7532


IMG_7647Shirt: Target ($14) — Sweater: Ross ($6) — Pants: Target ($18) — Boots: Target ($15) — Necklace: Target ($2)


Weekend Recap

25 Mar

This past weekend was a busy one. On Friday, B and I saw Olympus Has Fallen in theaters. It was good not great, basically a mix of Air Force One and the first Die Hard movie. (so says B) So appealing to me because I love those movies but so much with the on-screen violence. ehh.

Saturday started early with a conference in West Virginia. In the spring, my organization, Generation Joshua, will travel around to conferences and conduct educational government teen track for teens. This teen track is called iObject and teaches the teens how a Grand Jury works. All the staff members of GenJ (what we call Generation Joshua for short), participated this conference. It was pretty fun to have everyone playing different witnesses, prosecutors, judge and officers.

The case that we presented for them, they get to play the Grand Jury, it is set in the 1930s in Chicago. Essentially, there is a murder and they kids have to question witnesses, look at evidence and determine who is guilty for what crimes.

As you can tell in the pictures below, each witness/character had a different personality, accent, and attire. Quite the comedy routine.

iobject1 iObject2I played an Italian chef who encountered one of the suspects as they ran through my kitchen. My name was Marcela and I was known for my Chicken Florentine. 🙂

IMG_8351The kids could not get over how much I talked about my pasta.

Sunday, I wasn’t feeling so well. Waking up with a headache, we attended the latest church service. Then at night we met up with friends and ate bbq chicken, decorated eggs (for Easter!) and played Phase 10.

Here are some of our eggs! It was my first time decorating them. Quite the experience.


eggs2I really like the marbled one and the teal one that says “Life” on it.

Also, these last pics are from this morning, but we got snow!!! I’m pretty stoked. This NY girl’s heart was full. We were able to come in to work late and in casual wear. Yes!! What did you do last weekend?

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Casual Day: Leather Boots and Grey Shirt

25 Mar

In honor of the snow/slush/rain coming out of the sky, I give you a casual day outfit. While not the best photos, this is the perfect pairing for a messy day outside. Stretch skinny jeans and boots are always a good combo and when paired with this cozy grey knit top and statement necklace, they complete the comfy outfit well.

IMG_3321 IMG_8212 IMG_8957 IMG_9914Top: Target ($12) — Jeans: Target ($20) — Boots: Famous Footwear ($39) — Necklace: Target ($5)

New Office: Wall Decor

22 Mar

This is the last edition in my New Office series. Here I showed you my desk, and here is my sitting area. Today, we move on to how I’ve decorated the walls.

I used mirrors in two different places because it makes my tiny office appear larger than life. Also, I hate fluorescent lighting so of course the over heads are always off and I used 4 different table lamps. Also you’ll see the card stock window decor on the back wall from the other day.

The two canvas pieces really make the walls come alive and bring the outdoors indoors. One is of B and me on our wedding day and the other one depicts a birch bark tree.IMG_5963


Shout out to Shannon Brown for making it in this post as her blog is on my screen! 🙂

IMG_7085 IMG_9758What do you think of the finished office decor? I love the way it turned out and look forward to coming to work every day because I have such a nice environment here.