Best Landscaping Experience!

Jen's List member, Stephanie Davis, is degreed in Landscape Architecture and has taught in this field at both Pierce College and CSUN and has had her own design business for the last 10 years. From my 1st meeting with Stephanie, she has been amazing to work with and I highly recommend her for your next project. Her designs can include pools/spas, water features, patios, overhead structures, planting and lighting plans. No job is too big or too small. No charge for your first appointment. Call 805-231-6117 or email stephanie@stephanieanndavis.comOnce we decided on WHAT to do, we were able to ... ...continue reading

New Family Photos

Mark has been crazy about photography since he got his first camera as a high school graduation gift. He studied photo journalism in college, worked for the yearbook and have enjoyed shooting "for the moment" ever since. After college, he fell into an advertising career that led him to producing, directing and copywriting. Through the years he continued to shoot tons of stills. Since he became a dad two years ago, taking hundreds of pictures of his daughter (yup, that’s her and him on the home page) became the norm and rekindled his love of journalistic photography. We recently had the ... ...continue reading

Pondering Life…

10 years ago, one of my very dearest friends was diagnosed with Sarcoma. They found it in her lung, which was very rare and over the years, after treatment after treatment, it spread to her brain. Emily has endured so many medical treatments, some experimental, surgeries and radiation, one would truly wonder how any cancer could survive. But it has and now she is losing the battle. This weekend, I am traveling with Mike to Dallas, to spend my last weekend with her. Even as I write this, my body is numb and I am not sure how I am going to make it through.I think anyone that reads this will know ... ...continue reading

5 weeks ago….

My life changed...for the better. Actually, it is hard to believe that 5 weeks have gone by already. So fast! I feel great! Relatively speaking, no pain, and I am pretty much back to normal. Between week 3 and week 5, I was exhausted. Because I felt well during the day, and the kids were out of school, it was non-stop, go, go, go and then by their bedtime...I would crash. The hours rolled into days, days rolled into a couple of weeks...and here I am.I am so happy to have had the opportunity to blog during this experience. I think its not only helped me but helped a lot of other people who ... ...continue reading

3 weeks post op and what I never knew……

I guess I wish I didn't feel so good in the morning, because then I would not be running around all day to leave me feeling like crap all night! It is so hard to stay put. How I ever was on bed rest for 5 months is literally beyond me, but at the time, I did what I had to do....OH...and I only had 1 child!So....being 3 weeks post op today...for the most part I am doing extremely well. I am healing like I am supposed to and the swelling is all par for the course. Some things happened though, that I never knew was going to and it brought back to the time I delivered my 1st child. I read "What to ... ...continue reading

2 words – Life Changing…

The past week and half +, during recovery, its given me a lot of time to really think about what my body went thru on July 7th. I think I had short term memory, because truly the impact was made on Friday, when I asked Dr. Schwartz to send me a few photos of "before". WOW. My life has changed for the better, forever. This experience, money spent aside, was the best thing I ever could have done. I am young and have so much more life to live - without ALL of that extra skin around my midsection! Even for the 1st time, now, I did not mind looking in the mirror!Recovery really was doing a whole ... ...continue reading

Clutter…BE GONE!

Can you park your car in your garage?Do you find yourself embarrassed to have the garage door up because the garage is such a mess?Do you trip over items every time you walk in the garage?If you find yourself relating to any of the above questions, I have a solution for you!Last Friday, I had the team from 1 Day Garage Makeover out to my home. The arrived at 9am, and left 4 hours later and the outcome was no less than a miracle! Proof is in the pudding they say…so here are the before and after photos! I was SHOCKED. Having been recovering from my surgery, I could not lift a finger and I ... ...continue reading

Ahhh…to be 20 again…

Ok, so I am not 20 again, and actually almost 40, but at least my stomach is as flat as it was(if not flatter) than BC....that would be before children!Now...be forewarned...I am an open book - so if at any time, the info becomes TMI...stop reading!I can't believe its over. Truly. I was so scared going in on Tuesday morning. My dad arrived at about 530am to stay with the kids while Mike took me to the surgery center. We got there, I got into a gown, same ol' thing - nothing on, opening in the back...blah blah blah. The nurse came in and started my iv. I was still feeling ok. Then Dr. Schwartz ... ...continue reading

Parting With Roo….

I never was secretive about wanting a tummy tuck, but I also didn’t want people thinking it’s an issue of vanity. Before 8 pregnancies, 3 live births including 2 sets of identical twins, I would have told you that people who get plastic surgery were vain. I think it’s a fact of life that things will sag and get wrinkly as you get older, have children and time progresses. There’s a lot to be said for growing old with grace. So all that being said, I kind of felt like a traitor knowing that next Tuesday in Westlake Village, I will be going under the knife. I didn’t like how it got in the way ... ...continue reading

Just Do It!

After watching “Howie Do It”,I laughed to myself, thinking how often I hear “How Do You Do It”?The answer is…You just do! I don’t have a choice. This is my life!I am so fortunate to have a helpful husband, one that is very hands on. I am also lucky to be able to have help 4 days a week. All together, we make a great team and it all works.Not sure that its actually dawned on me that I have 5 kids. Serioulsy. If I ran into someone from high school and they told me they were married and had 5 children, I think I would look at her in utter shock and think that she was nuts! Who has 5 kids? Oh ya…I ... ...continue reading