Monday, December 9, 2019

Holiday Fun with Crayola

Christmas is almost here! The boys and I have been making so many Christmas crafts. We've been using so many fun Crayola products to help us get in the Christmas spirit. Today I'm so excited to share some fun Crayola products that we have been using that is perfect for holiday gifts as well as items to keep the kids occupied throughout the year.

The Christmas Countdown Advent Calendar is a perfect way to countdown to Christmas. The calendar has craft projects, gifts, and coloring activities to help families countdown to the big day. My boys love this calendar. It's been so much fun getting a little gift every day. 

You can purchase the Crayola Christmas Countdown Advent Calendar here.

Crayola Scribble Scrubbie Safari Tub Set

Oh, my goodness! This little set is so cute! The Scribble Scrubbie set comes with six washable markers, four pets, and a working safari palm tree tub. The kids can select which pet they want to color, and then they can rinse the color off using the tub. The little shower actually sprays water! My boys loved making designs on the pets. It can get a bit messy so I recommend having some old towels or paper towels to help clean up. This is such a fun little activity to have on hand for rainy days.

You can purchase the Scribble Scrubbie set here.

Do you have a favorite Crayola product?

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Disclosure: I did receive these products for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own. As always, I only recommend products and services that I have personally used.

Friday, December 6, 2019

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday! Today I'm linking up with Charlotte, Lindsay, and Beth for their weekly happy and grateful list link up.

1. Toffee Nut Hot Chocolate

2. Sweet Treats from Barnes & Noble

3. Milk 'N Cookies Cupcake from Smallcakes

4. Working in my journal

5. Sleeping in

6. Klaus (such a cute Christmas movie)

7. All the Christmas/holiday vibes

8. Warm, cozy socks

9. A Christmas Carol (the book)

10. Happy Mail

What made you happy this week?

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

What I Read in November

Last month, I read three books! I accomplished my reading goal for the month! Honestly, I'm a bit surprised, especially since I was sick for most of the month, the boys were also not feeling well, and I still had so much stuff to do.

Anyways, let's check out what I read in November.

Must Read

I read In A Dark, Dark Room and Other Stories a few days after Halloween. I wasn't ready to let go of Halloween just yet. This was such a quick read. I read it in under an hour. The stories are fantastic, and I love the illustrations. I was hit with a wave of nostalgia. I loved reading this book when I was a kid. Alvin Schwartz was amazing. Just like he did with the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series, he did his research on these stories.

Reasons to Stay Alive was absolutely amazing! I think everyone should read this book. I really took my time reading this book because I didn't want it to end. Some of the stories made me happy, some made me sad, and some were actually funny. This book really made me emotional.

It was so interesting reading about Matt's experience with depression. He did not sugar coat anything, which I really liked. He was honest. I love that he makes it clear that depression is different for everyone. He also doesn't push treatments; instead, he simply states what works for him. Again depression is different for everyone, which means that treatment is also different.

This was a dark but beautifully written book. I can't wait to read Matt's next book.

I saw this book at Target and was immediately drawn by the cover. When I bought the book, I had no idea what the book was even about. I only knew that it had stories and poems. Well, let me just say that I am so glad that I read this book. This is another book that I think everyone should read.

The poems and stories primarily focus on being mixed race and identity. The book also focuses on religion, gender, and family with a hint of politics. I love that Avan included stories and poems by other people who are of mixed race. The book also includes pieces by Avan as well as photographs. The artwork is terrific.

As a Dominican, I found myself nodding at some of the stories. Some of the stories were just incredibly relatable. It made me think about my identity and my family. I found myself thinking about religion as well.

This was such an inspiring read. I really hope I can find another book that is similar to this one.

What did you read in November?

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Monday, December 2, 2019

December Goals

Happy Monday! It's the most wonderful time of the year! Can you believe that it's already December? A decade is almost over! Last month went by so fast, but I'm hoping that December is a bit slower. I'm not ready for the decade to be over just yet. Father Time, please wait a little longer. Take your time.

Since it's a new month, it's time for some new goals. This month is going to be very busy, so I'm going to give myself a lot of grace. I won't be too hard on myself if I don't accomplish a lot of my goals. Before we get to my new goals for the month, let's check out how I did in November.

Recap of November Goals
  • Read 2 books: I read In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz. I was still in the Halloween spirit and wanted to hold on to Halloween for just a few more days. I also read Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig. Reasons to Stay Alive was an excellent book. There are so many things that I want to say about it, but I'll wait until I post my review. I also read Mixed Feelings by Avan Jogia. This was an excellent book, and I highly recommend it. 
  • Start a new journal: I did start a new journal, but I didn't work in it as much as I would have liked. 
  • Stay active (and keep track of it!): This was a colossal fail. I was sick for most of the month and felt extremely exhausted. I'm so disappointed.
  • Try 1 new recipe: This was also a huge fail. With me being sick for most of the month, I was not in the mood to try a new recipe. 
  • Take 1 Skillshare class: This was also a fail. I can't decide which course I want to take next. There are just so many excellent courses which makes it even harder to choose which one to try next.
  • Work on another new art project: I'm not sure whether to check this off or consider it a fail. I somewhat started a new art project, but didn't work on it a lot. I guess a start is a start...right?
  • Finish my Fall mini traveler's notebook: I didn't finish my Fall traveler's notebook. I'm very close, but I decided to take my time with this project. 

December Goals
  • Read 1 book
  • Try 1 new recipe
  • Take 1 Skillshare class
  • Work on my art project
  • Work in my journal
  • Complete the December Pause session of Here course by Liz Lamoreux
  • Document my December 
  • Declutter (with a big focus on my closets)
  • Donate lots of stuff

What are your goals for December?

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Friday, November 29, 2019

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday! Today I'm linking up with Charlotte, Lindsay, and Beth for their weekly grateful and happy list link up.

1. Thanksgiving

2. Amazing Black Friday Deals

3. Finishing an excellent book

4. Naps

5. Starbucks

9. Getting my new planner (Preparing for the new year)

10. Starting to feel better

What made you happy this week?

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! I'm so grateful for my family, friends, and all of you. Thank you all so much for taking the time to read my little blog. 

Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you all have a great day and get to spend time with your family and friends. 

Monday, November 25, 2019

Three Things - November

Happy Monday! I haven't posted as much as I would like this month. I'm starting to get over this really horrible cold that I've had for the past couple of weeks. Last weekend, Raphael was not feeling well, and we stayed at home all weekend. This is not how I thought November was going to be, but that's ok.

Once again, I'm sharing my responses to Steph's Three Things Q & A prompts.

Things I'm looking forward to before the end of the month

1. Spending time with family

2. Watching Christmas movies

3. Finishing holiday shopping

Things I'm happy with

1. Naps. All the naps.

2. Getting stuff done ahead of time.

3. Target

Things I don't understand

1. Why I am breaking so much...I'm not a teenager anymore lol.

2. People who make negative comments on Facebook posts or videos that are positive.

3. The U.S. government (don't get me started on that)

Things I love to eat at Thanksgiving

1. My mami's food

2. Cheesecake

3. Turkey

Things I need from the store

1. Popsicles

2. Medicine

3. Soup

Things I don't like to do

1. Wash my hair #curlyhairproblems

2. Go shopping in the evening especially close to the holidays

3. Fold clothes

Things I've said out loud to strangers this week

1. Thank you. (to our doctors)

2. Haha. No.

3. Thank you for checking. (to a Target employee)

*I haven't really said much to strangers...or to anyone really. I've been sick and avoiding people.*

Things that smell good this season

1. Homecooked meals

2. All the baked goods

3. Candles from Bath and Body Works

Now it's your turn. Feel free to share your response or a link to your blog in the comments.

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