Queen of Caulk

Caulking Tips

Holy Caulk ... ing!!! We recently had our roof replaced with a beautiful asphalt shingle.  We HAD the cedar wood shake covering our roof (hullo, fire hazard), but no more.  We HAD the original 20 year old skylights from when the home was built.  I decided to have the skylights replaces while the roof was being redone.  Smart, right? The old ones were weathered and hazy and needed to be changed out.  I went to my nearby home improvement store and bought 2 new skylights with the flashing kits.  It was a bit of a challenge as our skylights are not standard and we had to have them ordered specific to the size.  I'll tell you that it is hard to measure accurately from the inside and even the … [Read more...]

Craftsy – Up to 50% Off On Sewing, Quilting & Knitting Classes

Craftsy 50% off Sale!

Best-selling Craftsy classes are on sale for one week only!  Save up to 50% off on Sewing, Quilting & Knitting classes taught by some of the world's best instructors. September 9 – September 15 Once you purchase a class, it's yours to enjoy forever. Every class comes with a money-back satisfaction guarantee! disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links … [Read more...]

Top 5 Kids Sewing Books

top 5 kids sewing books

I have a love for sewing, you may or may not have known this, but it's very true.  My oldest has shown an interest in sewing for a couple of years and we have made a few things together in my sewing studio.  It's kind of a win win for both of us, he gets to sew and I get to spend time with him soaking up our one to one time. I've wondered how I could share kids sewing ideas with you as while my son and I are sewing and creating as I don't take pictures.  It is time for us to bond and be creative, so I immerse myself in the time and not take photos that may annoy him and sever our time.  Hope you understand. There are a handful of books that I have found that might peak your interest. … [Read more...]

Need some Inspirational Motivation – Weight Loss

Women's natural bodybuilding

I saw this video on Facebook recently and have watched probably 10 times.  Arthur is changing lives and he's doing it by sharing his own story about overcoming weight loss and health obstacles and not believing what others said to him. Arthur's journey is a true testament of never giving up and believing in one's self.  I am so drawn to his story as it has moved me so much to want to share it with you I have started my own journey to help myself get back to where I once was 5 years ago. Can you believe I had a 7 month old baby and a 2 year old when this picture was taken?  There is obviously no reason why I cannot accomplish my goals after watching Arthur's story. I can make up a … [Read more...]

Be bold with color – on the walls & in your hair!

Bold hair color style

I was just talking about being bold with wall color, but let's take it a bit further and be bold with color on my hair!  YEAH!! My feature wall in our front room is now purple, I cannot wait to share with you the completed project.  I now also have purple in my hair!  What made me do it?  Well, my hair is a point of growing out after shaving it 5 months ago {for St. Baldricks Day to raise money for Childhood Cancer}, and I really needed a style and something different to help me along the process.  You can see the pictures of my bald head and what I looked like just before the clippers touched my head slowly shaving my hair. I haven't colored my hair anything funky or anything that … [Read more...]

Unexpected Adventures + $25 Target Gift Card

Target Gift Card Giveaway

I'm teaming up with Target today and we're giving away a $25 Gift Card! {{See below how to enter to win!}} Pretty much every day is an unexpected adventure with me!   I want to talk about one in particular from several years back.  My BFF and her husband came from Canada to Albuquerque to visit and meet our new baby boy when he was just 4 months old.  It was their first trip to New Mexico and I wanted to make it so special and memorable for them. We took adventures all over the state but the most memorable and unexpected adventure was when I surprised them with a hot air balloon ride.  They had NO IDEA!  Not only was it special to surprise them but it was also mine and my husband's … [Read more...]

Taradara is getting a facelift!


Well, my blog is ... I personally use botox now that I'm over 40 ... LOL! Please enjoy the changes on the blogga-roo as they happen.  It will certainly be most lovely when it's completed and I cannot wait! PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT ABOUT WHAT YOU'D LIKE TO SEE OR WHAT YOU LIKE ALREADY! This is the perfect time to have YOUR voice heard and I'd love to know what your thoughts are!  Like, I would really really LOVE to know! It really is like waiting to see what a baby is going to look like after growing in a belly for 9-10 months! The anticipation is killing me, but I'm being patient because I know the end product is going to be stellar!! … [Read more...]

Be Bold With Color

Be Bold with Color

I am a bit out of my comfort zone here.  Most of you know me to be very colorful and bright with my sewing projects and products.  When it comes to wall color of my home, color is a challenge for me.  I am about to be very bold with color.  I'm pretty neutral generally when it comes to paint colors in my home. Not this time! This room has been white for over 5 years!  5 YEARS!  Why?  Because I haven't been able to decide what color to paint it.  It's the front room.  The first room you see when you walk into the house.  It has been a catch all room, never truly having an identity or purpose. See this amazing piece artwork?  It's one of the biggest inspirations to the 'change' Here's a … [Read more...]

Childhood Cancer Research – St. Baldricks

Woman shaved head for St. Baldricks - Childhood Cancer research

Just over 5 months ago, I shaved my head for Childhood Cancer Research at the St. Baldricks Foundation event in Denver.  It was one of the most liberating moment that I have ever experienced. Shaving your head for a woman is a big deal.  It's not a secret that for some women, hair is a defining characteristic for them.  This used to be me as well.  I used to love my hair {I still do, but ...}, but I was just at a point in my life that it didn't matter.  Hair is just hair, it seriously grows back. I'll be honest and won't lie, it's a very slow process.  There are times where I wish my hair would just grow and be long, like right now.  But there is never a time that I regret shaving my … [Read more...]

Boys and Sports

Boys USA hockey

I wanted to quickly share these cute hockey photos of my boy who has taken a HUGE love for the game.  My heart is warm when I watch my boys play hockey.  His team was 4th in their bracket and made a huge comeback to win the year end championship!!!  These strong boys in orange really played as a team in order to dominate.  When I hear them coming out of the locker room telling each other "Good game, you played so well!", I want to hug all of them! My oldest will play hockey any time, any place ... dry land or ice.  He is a devoted little player who truly has Canadian blood running through his veins.  I love it!!! We met Rex Brothers, a pitcher for the Colorado Rockies earlier this month … [Read more...]