Friday, January 31, 2014

A Month of Instagram- January 2014

My Wifey and I having a little hat fun

The bride and myself

We once were bride and groom...

I still love him just as much as when I said "I do."

Sofia made sure Elmo got some good sleep

My Boodah and myself cheesing hard.

Baby selfie time!

Getting to Know the Queen (Confessional Friday)



It's really late...but I didn't get a chance to do my Confessional Friday as I had to celebrate my hubby's birthday! He's 29 today and still looking sexy! I love my spicy burrito! But this Confessional Friday is different and it's getting to know me. I know that I do To-Know-Me Tuesdays so you can know more about me as well, it there is never enough opportunities to know somebody and so I have no problem doing this link up!



My name is Brittney P. Ortiz and I'm 28, born on July 17, 1985. I'm an all right person I guess. I like me. It takes me a little bit to warm up to you but when I do...watch out cause I'm a goofball and I will do anything to make you laugh.



I live in Ft. Worth, TX in this beautiful house right here. Please know that our grass looks nothing like that right now! But we'll be changing it soon enough. I was born in Texas and have only ever lived in one other state as a child: Louisiana. But I'm a Texas sweetie and hopefully will always stay that way. But you never know...the Lord might have another plan for us.

Me and my husband, Juan



Me and my Boodah Bear

I'm currently a stay at home mom to my little munchkin Sofia and honestly I love it this way. Being close to Sofia all day while working on my writing is like a dream to me. Things are going to have to change however as my hubby needs a bit of help with the bills and the house.

I have a huge family as does Juan. So much so that I won't be able to put them all on this post...you can see them on their family profiles as I make them. But generally speaking, other than Juan, Sofia and myself, there is my mom, Tracy. She gets her own area here because she's so awesome and because she lives with us in our house.


My mom as you can see is stylish and full of charisma. She knows everything about me and is my best friend. Currently she is a certified etiquette teacher and also a blogger like me at Silver Fox Style. I came close to losing her two weeks before Sofia was born to a severe asthma attack. As a result I'm always trying to make sure she's ok...


(l to r:) Chapo, Armida, Carmelo, Mike, Mom, Daniel, Juan Jr. Juan Sr. Me
Eva, Ruben, Sofia, Alicia, Martha, Jorge and Dad
This is majority of my family and familia together...and that's missing people! There are so many more!

I am a writer and have been for a long time. I currently write multicultral erotic romance. Yeah...that's right...that Fifty Shades stuff. I currently have a novel I'm writing on called Take Two and Call Me in the Morning that I'm really proud of as I don't normally write from beginning to end. I take that as a good sign. 

I started writing this blog at first because I wanted people to know about my life. But as my pregnancy with Sofia progressed, I started ignoring my blog. Fast forward to now...and I have given my blog a new look and a new name as I'm trying to live my life to fullest while balancing two cultures. I'm in love with my blog and in love with reading other lifestyle blogs. I love that everybody has a story to tell. 

Here's more random things about me:

- I have Aspergers Syndrome and was diagnosed when I was 15. Because of that I take pleasure in things that are more so too immature for people of my age and I'm socially awkward with people my age and older. If you have seen the fan boards on my Pinterest, hopefully this will explain them.

-I went to Disney World when I was 21 with my mom. It was that or Jamaica. I picked the right choice!

-Speaking of Jamaica, I went there with Juan when I turned 25. 

-I can't stand to sleep with socks on. 

-I love food. A lot. 

-My favorite animals are lions, followed by polar bears and Clydesdales.

-I'm a late owl...but still am able to get up in the morning thanks to my little human alarm clock.

-I have a weird phobia where if I see things in bunches, I freak out. (think ants in a smushed antpile)

-I have a younger sister and brother. I barely know my brother.

-I don't have a drivers license. Hopefully this year that will change.

-I love making new friends.

-I love the show Grey's Anatomy.

So that's pretty much me in a nutshell! Hope you enjoyed...now it's off to bed for me! I'm exhausted. 

On a special note though: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY KING! I hope you didn't think I forgot you! Muah!


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Some Things I Have Learned About My Mexican Familia



When I first started going out with Juan in 2010, as you can imagine...I had no idea about his culture or what his family is used to. I slowly started learning the ways. These are just some things I have seen or realized in the nearly five years we have been together.

1. Mi  familia celebrates Christmas on the 24th instead of the 25th: It's a really busy time for us around Christmas time. We spend all night partying over with Juan's family until midnight and then have to wake up around 7 or so...open presents and then spend the rest of the day with my family. They wait until midnight to open their gifts.

2. Mi familia likes to eat mayo on their corn on the cob: I have never ever seen this before. It was only ever butter in my family but they love it! Especially Juan who will put spice on top of the mayo.

3. Mi familia doesn't have a dishwasher: When I met my husband, he didn't know what the dishwasher was when we moved into our first apartment. Before you say "WHA?! Who doesn't know what that is?!" let me tell you that his family doesn't have one in their house. Everything was cleaned in the sink. So while it's different, it's just the way he grew up.

4. You better come to mi familia's house hungry: If you come full...they are going to try to feed you anyway. I love my mother in law's food though so I don't mind it!

5. Mi familia eats chile on EVERYTHING: Meat, sides, fruit, veggies, candy...the spicier the better for them! Juan can't go too far without his Valentina sauce.

6. For Pinata time at a birthday party...mi familia makes a way to put it up in the air. Be it on the roof or  on top of the truck...it's going to get up there.

7. It is nice to be helpful: I still need to work on this, but it's always looked up on when the younger ladies help out the mother of their loved ones. There are times where I clean up after we eat or have made dinner for them all and it feels good to help.

8. Mi familia loves to party: If there is music...and beer...and food...and dancing- they are there! I always have a good time partying at their get togethers. It can be either just for fun or for something important and they last a long time...be sure you are going to sleep in afterwards.

9. Mi familia answers the phone with "Bueno" instead of hello: I'm still not sure why exactly...but if it's not broke, don't fix it.

There are so many more...and believe me, I'll put it here. I'm still eager to find out more about Juan's culture through him and his family. My learning is still ongoing!


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

To-Know-Me Tuesday: Favorite Foods- Round One


There is no doubt that I love food. I love to eat it...to study it...to smell it. I'm not too picky; there are few foods that I will absolutely not eat but other than that I am pretty much open. For this week's To-Know-Me, I'm going to list some of my favorite foods to eat. Because, come on...who doesn't love food and especially good food! If this list doesn't make you hungry...then I haven't done my job right.

1. Nachos: I love to eat either the nachos from Chillis with steak on top or Mucho Nachos from Taco Bueno. I also just like making some with ground beef, Velveta and tomatoes when I'm making some at home.


2. Salad: My whole family loves eating salads. My mom is known for eating her spinach salads with grapes and chicken. Me myself...I love either a simple green salad with chicken and cheese with ranch or even just one with cucumbers and tomatoes. At restaurants I usually eat club salads.


3.  Chicken Alfredo: This dish is quite possibly one of my all time favorites to chow down on! There is something about the creamy cheese sauce that just makes me squee happily. Add some chicken and I'm down! We eat this a lot at my house. The best restaurant one to me is the Seafood Alfredo at Olive Garden.


4. Pears: I only have a few favorite fruits and it's come a long way from my kiddy favorite, cherries. Now my all time favorite fruit are pears. At first I didn't really care what pears I ate, just as long as I had some. But starting in 2012, I started buying Bartlett pears and haven't turned back. They are the juiciest sweetest pears I've ever tasted, with just a hint of tang in them. They come in red and green but I'm more used to buying the green ones.


5. Ramen: This is something that everybody must have eaten at least once in their lifetime. If not...it's pretty yummy. I have eaten this since I can remember and I still love it just as much. My favorite flavors are Shrimp, Pork and Chicken. The rare ones I eat from time to time are Oriental and Creamy Chicken.



6. Cake: My top favorite food though tied with ramen. I love red velvet, vanilla, strawberry, funfetti...but my all time favorite cake is yellow cake with chocolate frosting. It reminds me of my Nanny who used to make it for us all the time. I like to make cakes at home now, but I have yet to learn how to make two layer cakes.


7. Barbacoa: I have to admit...before I met Juan I had no idea what the hell barbacoa even was. One time he took me to a Mexican marketplace and we ate from a food truck called Glory's. That was my first heavenly taste of the barbacoa along with my first taste of the drink Jarritos. Both were excellent and now I love love love it when either he or my in laws get me some.


8. Avocado: Along with barbacoa...I hadn't really eaten a lot of avocado before Juan either, but now we make it a part of our diets a lot. I love how buttery it tastes and how soft it feels. It's a bit messy to prepare and sometimes...it irritates my throat but still...can't eat Mexican foods without it.


9. Pancakes: Yes Yes and Yes...I could eat pancakes all day long if given the chance and not having the worry of being fat. My dad used to make pancakes all the time. I even craved pancakes when I was pregnant with Sofia. Even she loves them. That's my kid! In IHOP I always go for the New York Cheesecake Pancakes



10. Jack's Brunch Burger: My final one of this round of course has to be the fattiest burger around...but I love it so much. I'm quite fond of the munchie meals that come only at 9 and later at Jack and the Box and for a change of pace I got this burger. It was good...I'm all for breakfast burgers...but the thing that got me was that it was a burger...like beef with all the breakfast stuff...even hash brows. I still crave that thing sometimes!


Wow...all of these food have made me hungry and I haven't even eaten yet! For now I have to settle for spaghetti with sausage in it, but sooner or later I will have one of these! Anybody have any favorite foods to share? Link to them here! I can't wait to see what you guys love to chow down on!




Monday, January 27, 2014

Today I...

I wore: Pajamas (if I feel sick...I look sick too...not ashamed of it either)

I did: Wrote in my blog...a lot, cleaned, washed clothes and cooked... also blew my nose all day long

I cooked: Steak fingers, cream of chicken rice, green beans

I listened to: Luck be a Lady by Frank Sinatra, Dearly Beloved on the Kingdom Hearts soundtrack

Funniest Part of the Day: None...was a miserable day

Saddest parts of the Day: Sofia being miserable with a runny nose. Finding out about the family at the hospital.

Photo of the Day

Mom, Sofia and mine's weapons of sickness!

To Pull the Plug or Not- A Tough Decision



I found out that there was a legal situation from the hospital that I used to work at. The situation was that there was a mother that was 14 weeks pregnant that had a blood clot to the brain and was proclaimed brain dead. The family wanted to take the mother off of life support, but the hospital said that it was against the law to because of the baby still inside of her. There was a huge fight between the hospital and the family and it resulted in a judge telling the hospital to pull the plug on the mother. The family won the case. Good for them...but it got me thinking.

What if it was me?

I guess it would have depended on certain things. Like the length of pregnancy. This woman was 14 weeks along...she still had a lot more pregnancy life time left to go. There was no way she could get good nutrients to the baby or prenatal vitamins. If it was me and I had died at that time with the baby inside me then yes, I would want Juan to take me off life support. It would have been a really hard time for that baby if not formed right.

Now...if I was lets say 8 or 9 months pregnant when this happened then I would want Juan to keep me alive for that time if the baby was alive, kicking and healthy. This I know for sure.

I'm so sorry for the family to have to go through all of that; to see their loved one just wasting away because of the baby they didn't know yet. I'm so sorry for the husband to have to deal with the horror of this situation. I just hope that they have the peace that they have been searching for though this.

It's amazing how life works...how rough it is...and the pain it puts people through.

Simply amazing.



Here is more on the story: here

Our Kingdom is Sickly...

It has been nothing but coughing and sneezing and runny noses here in our house for the past two weeks. The pollen of the mountain cedar is going all around North Texas and it's driving me, Sofia and my mom crazy!

I'm so tired of the itchy eyes, ears and throat and so tired of wiping Sofia's constantly runny nose over and over all day long.

I've tried everything for her: Benedryl, Claritin, Hylands...but nothing is working. I might have to call her pediatrician and see what she can do for her to give her some relief. As for me, I need to get some Allegra. Something that will keep me awake and still battle my allergies.

My mom is worse than me...with her asthma and all. She's been coughing a lot more than both of us. But it's running it's course. Juan is starting to get more sick...now the allergies are bothering him now. Blegh...I can't wait for this allergy season to go away. Give us some relief!





Sunday, January 26, 2014

Something Snapped Session # 2- Ruben Ortiz and Bianca Olivo



Yes I know it's not baseball season yet but who could resist a picture like this? I had been wanting to take pictures of my brother in law and his girlfriend for a long long time; they are the cutest couple. From their playful bantering to just all out fuzzy wuzzy loving, it's clear to see that they are so in love with each other. I was very happy with the way their pictures came out.









ETA: And guess what?! They actually ended up getting engaged a month after this photoshoot! Maybe another one soon?

La Princesa || Month Twenty











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