Friday, August 17, 2018

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

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


1. Beautiful sunrise

2. New haircut

3. Standing up for myself

4. Self care

5. Happy Mail

6. Newk's Q sandwich

7. Air condition

8. Reese's peanut butter cups

9. Getting stuff done early

10. Finding new-to-me songs

What made you happy this week?

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Until next time...

Monday, August 13, 2018

What I Read in July

Happy Monday! Last month, I finished reading Am I There Yet? by Mari Andrew. I have been a big fan of Mari Andrew for a while now. Mari's instagram is amazing and I love to see her illustrations. I was so excited when I found out that she was writing a book and knew that I would purchase it.


Mari's essays and illustrations are so relatable. I found myself smiling and nodding in agreement so many times while reading this book. Mari wrote about heartbreak and loss, overcoming disappointment, creating a home, discovering and finding yourself and so much more. There were a few things that I had already figured out for myself, but it felt great to reflect on those things. There was so much that I found inspiring. This is a quick read, but I took my time. Overall, I highly recommend this book.

Have you read Am I There Yet? What did you read in July?

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Until next time...

Saturday, August 11, 2018

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

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



1. Taking care of myself

2. Finishing a book early

3. Starting a new book

4. My boys

5. Dr. appointment went well

6. Great deals

7. This article about a breastfeeding mom

8. Amazing news from Starbucks!

9. Sour Patch Kids candy

10. Going to the library

What made you happy this week?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Monday, August 6, 2018

Party Q & A

Today I'm linking up with The Blended Blog for TBB Asks. TBB Asks is a monthly questionnaire and link up series.


1. Favorite Birthday Party as a child? I loved all my birthday parties when I was a kid, but if I had to choose just one...I think it was my ninth or tenth birthday party. I remember I wore this big, fluffy red dress. I loved that dress so much.

2. Do you like to entertain? Yes or No? Not really, but I can't wait until we get our new house. I really want to have a little get together or house warming when we get our new home.

3. What kind of parties are your favorite? Any party or celebration is great. Kids parties are always fun. I am always amazed at how much energy kids have. I also love holiday parties.

4. Big or Small parties? Small parties

5. Favorite thing to do at parties? Eat food lol and catch up with friends.

6. Party food favorites? This is a tough one. I guess chips and dip. I don't think you can wrong with chips and dip.

7. Favorite flavor of birthday cake? I love ice cream birthday cakes. The ice cream cakes from Carvel with the chocolate crunchies are my favorite!

8. Balloons? Yes or No? Of course!

9. Best Party Song? Ta' Encendío (El Baile Del Beeper) by Oro Solido

10. Do you like to dance? Yes or No? Yes!

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Friday, August 3, 2018

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. Mango lemonade

2. Häagen-Dazs vanilla milk chocolate ice cream bars

3. Finally learning how to type accented characters on my laptop and my iPod

4. Donating clothes

5. Fall displays are up in stores

6. More sleep at night

7. Chili cheese hot dogs

8. My baby carrier

9. Starting my new workout plan

10. Ice cold water

What made you happy this week?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Thursday, August 2, 2018

August Goals

How is it August already? School has already started and my boys are so excited for the new school year. Last month was very busy so I'm glad that it's a new month. I'm really looking forward to this month because I won't be so busy.

Since it's a new month, it's time to share my goals for this month. Before we get to the new goals, let's have a little recap of my goals for July. Just a heads up...I didn't do so great on my goals for July.


Recap of July Goals
  • Read 2 books: I only read one book, but I consider this a pass since I haven't been reading much. 
  • Share at least 1 personal story or essay on the blog: I didn't share a personal story or essay except for an update on Raphael. I guess you can consider that a personal story...right? I did submit an piece to Holl & Lane Magazine and I hope they love it. I poured my heart out in that piece and wrote about something very personal that I don't talk about often...not even to my family and friends.
  • Start my new workout plan: Once again, I didn't accomplish this goal. I am hoping that I am able to start my workout plan this month.
  • Make at least 3 scrapbook or craft projects: I also did not make any projects this month. I have been wanting to create something, but just haven't had the time. 
  • Pitch at least 2 brands this month: This was a success. I pitched several brands and I was even contacted by a brand which was so exciting!

August Goals
  • Read 1 book
  • Share at least 1 personal story or essay on the blog
  • Start working on my Instax mini album 
  • Pitch at least 3 brands this month
  • Start new workout plan

What are your goals for August?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Crayola Take Note Giveaway

Happy Wednesday! Some of you may know that I am a big fan of Crayola. My boys and I love using Crayola products. I am so excited that Crayola now has a new collection called Take Note. The collection is made up of gel pens and erasable highlighters. This collection of writing supplies is perfect for both students and parents. It's perfect for homework, taking notes, bullet journals, art journaling, planners, and more!


The gel pens are washable and have a 0.7mm Medium point. They write so smooth and you don't have to worry about streaking.

The erasable highlighters have a chisel tip on one end and the eraser is on the other end. You can use the chisel tip to make thick or thin lines. The highlighters have a snap on cap so you can prevent your highlighter from drying out. The colors are so bright and vibrant.

I am so excited about these new products and am so excited to have paired up with Crayola to offer a giveaway of Crayola's NEW Take Note products! Enter below for your chance to win!

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*Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.*

Winner will be notified by email.

Which Crayola product is your favorite? Are you excited about Crayola's new Take Note products?

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Until next time...

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Raphael - 3 Months

Oh my goodness! Raphael is now 15 weeks old! I can't believe that he will be 4 months old soon! I'm a bit late on giving an update on him, but better late than never.


Size: Raphael is about 10 pounds. He's still wearing size 0-3 clothes and is also wearing size 3 clothes as well. He is also still wearing size 1 diapers.

Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding is going very well. Raphael is still eating every 2-3 hours. I'm also still pumping milk. He is still doing much better from his reflux.

Sleep: He is starting to sleep more at night and is awake for longer stretches of time during the day. It looks like he is starting to have a schedule.

Loves: He still loves bath time. He loves sleeping on me and John. He loves his brothers! He always smile when his brothers make funny faces and talk to him.

Dislikes: He still dislikes the same things as last month. He's not a fan of getting out of the bath. He really doesn't like his car seat. It seems like he hates being strapped in anything. He still likes/dislikes Tummy Time, but is definitely getting used to it.

Things I Want To Remember:

  • His first 4th of July
  • How much he is growing
  • Michael and Gabriel's excitement when they check on Raphael. 
  • All the faces that Raphael makes. 

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Until next time...

Friday, July 20, 2018

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

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



1. Celebrating my 5 year wedding anniversary today!

2. Instax Mini 90 camera

3. Buying thoughtful gifts

4. Finished Back to School shopping

5. Good news!

6. My kids and John

7. New-to-me movies and TV shows

8. Ice cold water

9. Me time

10. New sunglasses

What made you happy this week?

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Crayola Thank A Teacher Campaign


It may be summer, but back to school season is in full swing around here! We are already getting ready for the first day of school. The boys are so excited to meet their teachers and are also excited to see their teachers from the previous school year.

During the last month of the school year, my boys' school always asks students to write thank you letters to their teachers and staff. I think it's so great to write a handmade note or letter thanking teachers because they work so hard.

I am so happy to share that Crayola is currently running the Thank A Teacher campaign and contest. The goal is to create a handmade thank you card for a teacher. Upload your handmade card here for a chance to win grand prizes for your family, teacher, and school!

There are ten grand prize packs which include the following:

  • $10,000 classroom makeover for the teacher
  • One year supply of Crayola products for the school
  • $1,000 scholarship for the student
  • $1,000 gift card for both the teacher and school
  • Free CreatEd seminar for the school

In addition to the grand prizes, one entrant will have his or her thank you note featured on a pack of Crayola crayons this holiday. There will also be a weekly sweepstakes that will run concurrently with the contest and entrants will have a chance to win $500 gift cards for themselves and their teachers. The contest and sweepstakes will run through August 25, 2018. 

There are a few rules for this contest and the sweepstakes. The contest and sweepstakes are open to legal residents of the United States and D.C. Entrants must be 13 years or older. Minors must have his or her parent's or legal guardian's permission to enter. You can find the official rules here.

If you decide to participate, you can also share your cards using the hashtag #CrayolaThanks.

Below is one of the cards that my boys made.


Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

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.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Mini Letters


Dear July,

So far you have been a decent month. Please continue to be a good month for me. June was such a brutal month.

Dear Network Television,

I am so disappointed in you. Seriously...why are a ton of my favorite shows canceled? I always have the worst luck when it comes to television shows. It seems like whenever I like a new show, it gets canceled.

I can't believe that Lucifer, Here and Now, and Damnation are canceled. John and I were really annoyed that Lucifer was canceled. John doesn't watch a lot of tv so it really sucks when one of our favorite shows gets canceled.

I'm also sad that The Last Ship is ending with its upcoming fifth season. It was a really great show and I loved the storyline. I'm so glad that The Last Ship will not be ending in a cliffhanger.

It looks like we will be getting Netflix soon because we heard that Netflix picked up Lucifer.

Dear Mother Nature,

My goodness! It is unbelievably hot outside! I shouldn't complain about the weather since it was so cold during winter, but it's been so hot that I have been staying home a lot. I have been enjoying the summer thunderstorms that we have had. There's just something about summer storms that just makes me happy.

Dear Toys R Us/Babies R Us,

I am so so soooo sad that you guys went out of business. It is not that often that I get incredibly sad over a company going out of business, but I'm so upset that you guys are no longer in business. We have been buying all of our baby needs at Babies R Us since I was pregnant with Michael. You guys were our go to shop for toys as well. We loved the rewards program and baby registry perks. We were so happy to be able to shop for our youngest son, Raphael. However, we are so sad that he will not be able to experience Toys R Us like his brothers did.

Dear Old Navy,

You guys are killing it with all of these deals. That is all.

Dear Barnes and Noble,

I have bought so many books and it looks like I'm going to go on a "no spend" for the rest of this month and next month. To be fair, there were a lot of great sales and I'm a rewards member so I got a lot of great deals on books.

Dear Fall,

I'm so ready for your arrival.


Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

July Goals

Happy Tuesday! Another month has gone by and I'm so glad that it did. June was a really rough month for me so I'm excited for July and hope that it's a better month.

Before we get to my goals for July, let's check out my recap of my June goals.


Recap of June Goals
  • Read 1 book: Unfortunately, I did not reach my reading goal, but I did read a lot of blogs and articles. 
  • Share more personal stories and/or essays on the blog: I didn't share any personal stories or essays. I've been so frustrated with myself. Almost every month, I set this goal and then I don't share anything. 
  • Start a new workout plan: I'm not sure whether to give this a pass or a fail. I didn't really start my new workout plan, but I finally found one that I think will work for me. 
  • Make at least 2 scrapbook or craft projects: This is a pass. I made a couple of cards and I also worked in my Summer Stories travelers notebook.
  • Continue to work on my meal plan: I didn't make a meal plan for the whole month, but I did cook a lot. I guess you could call this a pass. 

July Goals
  • Read 2 books
  • Share at least 1 personal story or essay on the blog
  • Start my new workout plan
  • Make at least 3 scrapbook or craft projects
  • Pitch at least 2 brands this month

What are your goals for July?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Vacation Q & A

Today I'm linking up with The Blended Blog for TBB Asks. TBB Asks is a monthly questionnaire and link up series.


1. Will you go on a summer vacation this year? Not this year since we just had a baby.

2. Do nothing but relax or pack it all in vacation? It depends on where we go on vacation. If it's a staycation, we usually try to relax for most of the vacation.

3. What month do you like to vacation? Late May or early June

4. Cruise: YES or NO? I've never been on a cruise and have never really been interested in going on a cruise.

5. Favorite vacation tradition? We always take a day during our vacation to just relax and lounge especially if it's not a staycation. We love collecting mugs so we always get a couple when we are on vacation.

6. Most memorable vacation? My most memorable vacation was going to Disney World with my husband and two older sons. Now that we have Raphael, we want to go again soon.

7. Pack light or Pack it all? I definitely overpack.

8. Hotel, Condo, or House? Hotel

9. Favorite thing(s) to eat on vacation? It depends on where we go.

10. Warm or Cold Destinations. Warm, but I'm not opposed to going to a cold destination. It would just depend on the destination.

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

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


1. Amazing sales

2. Outshine Fruit Popsicles

3. My boys

4. New books

5. Encouraging words

6. Chilly Cow Chocolate Brownie Batter Ice Cream

7. Being almost done with school shopping

8. Listening to old songs

9. Mango Dragonfruit Refresher from Starbucks

10. Cupcakes

What made you happy this week?

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Currently List

Happy Wednesday! It's been a while since I posted a Currently List so I thought today would be a good day to share a list. Usually, I use a Currently List card, but I'm switching it up this time. Instead of filling out a card, I decided to use my Currently List stamp set and make my own list in my travelers notebook.


Watching: I am so happy that The Bold Type is finally back. I was starting to wonder if it would ever come back or if it was going to get cancelled. The second season started last week and the first episode for the season was amazing.

Reading: I'm still reading Am I There Yet by Mari Andrew and it is such a great book. I love the essays and the drawings.

Listening: I've been listening to a bunch of music, but I've been listening to The 1975 a lot.

Making: I started working in a new travelers notebook and am currently using it to document my summer. So far it's going great. I made a bucket list, currently list, and documented my day at a farmers market. I have also been journaling in my Moleskine sketchbook.

Feeling: I have been feeling so many emotions. I'm actually going to work on a post about the emotions that I have been feeling and I'm a bit nervous to share it.

Loving: I have been loving raspberry lemonade. It's so good. It might be even better than blackberry lemonade.

Planning: I really want to share some personal essays and stories. I think July may be the month that I actually do this. As I said before, I plan to write a post about the emotions that I have been feeling and it may just be the first personal essay that I have shared in a very long time.

*Below are some close ups of my currently list in my travelers notebook.*



What are you currently up to?

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Monday, June 25, 2018

2018 Summer Bucket List

It's officially Summer! Although it's felt like summer for the past few weeks, it's so exciting that the season has officially changed. Every year I make a Summer Bucket List and just like last year, I decided to share mine with you all.

  • Have a picnic
  • Make lemonade
  • Make popsicles
  • Have a BBQ
  • Go to the Silver Comet Trail
  • Read at least 5 books
  • Have a water balloon fight
  • Go to a new park
  • Go to a few Farmers Markets
  • Go to an ice cream shop
  • Watch a sunset and a sunrise
  • Watch a thunderstorm
  • Watch a new (or new-to-me) movie
  • Try a few new recipes
  • Make s'mores
What is on your Summer bucket list?

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Until next time...

Friday, June 22, 2018

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

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



1. Nutella and Waffles

2. Lemonade

3. Going to the Farmers Market

4. Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink

5. Thunderstorms

6. Am I There Yet by Mari Andrew

7. School shopping (yes I know it's a bit early, but there were some amazing deals!)

8. It's finally Summer

9. Finding new recipes to try

10. Lazy afternoons

What made you happy this week?

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Raphael - 2 Months

My goodness...another month has passed by. Little man is now 10 weeks old so I thought it was time to give you all an update on how he is doing.

Size: Raphael is 8 lbs 4.5 oz and I'm so excited that he is gaining weight. He's now wearing size 0-3 clothes and is in size 1 diapers!

Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding is going well. He is eating every 2-3 hours, but I do think that he might be going through a growth spurt.

I'm also still pumping milk since he has to take one bottle of fortified breastmilk. I've also been pumping to store some milk for the future.

Sleep: We don't really have a schedule, but he is sleeping so much better at night. He wakes up maybe 2-3 times a night.

Loves: He loves bath time and he still loves everything else from month 1.

Dislikes: He hates being cold, being taken out of the bath, and hates getting his nose suctioned.

*I think he also likes, but dislikes his pacifier as well as tummy time.*

Places He's Been: Target, Walmart, Publix, and Babies R Us.

Things I Want to Remember:

  • He is smiling so much!
  • He is cooing a lot.
  • Michael and Gabriel love helping me with their little brother. My boys are so sweet. 
  • He is starting to become more alert.

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Until next time...

Friday, June 8, 2018

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

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


1. Getting more sleep

2. Ice Cream

3. This video of a father coming to his daughter's rescue

4. Warm weather

5. Reading blogs and magazines

6. Starting a new book

7. My boys

8. Running errands by myself

9. Pom Wonderful Pomegranate Blueberry juice

10. Waffles and Nutella

What made you happy this week?

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

What I Read in May

I didn't accomplish my reading goal for April and I was not sure if I'd reach my goal for May, but I am so happy to say that I did. I finished one book this month, read a couple of magazines, and I read a bunch of blog posts. There were so many amazing blog posts that I read and a few of them really made me think about a lot of things.



Must Read

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

I was so excited when I found out that Elizabeth Acevedo released her new book. This is a verse novel and the poems in the book are really good. The Poet X is about a girl named Xiomara Batista from Harlem. She is the daughter of two old school and strict parents. Xiomara keeps a journal and is invited to join her school's slam poetry club. The story was great and I loved following Xiomara's journey of finding her voice. One of my favorite things about the book is how Elizabeth Acevedo mixed languages (Spanish and English) and culture (Dominican and American culture) in the story.

Light Reading

Cosmopolitan - June 2018 issue

I loved reading Cosmo's interview of Kesha. I also loved the book recommendations.

Hello Giggles

Hello Giggles released their first magazine and I finally found it at Barnes and Noble. It was a really quick read and there were not that many pages, but there was a lot of interesting articles. The essay that stood out to me was "The Day I Found Out I Wasn't White". This was a great essay on race and identity.

Blog Posts I Loved

Learning for learning's sake by Austin Kleon.

My Day Arted by Julia Cusworth

The Best Moms Are Selfish by Ashley (Atlanta Area Moms Blog)

Hey Moms, Let's Stop the Shaming by Genevieve Padalecki

The London Notes: Big Magic by Brittany (Letters to Rayelle)

What did you read in May?

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Until next time...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

May Designs Newborn Notes Journal

Happy Wednesday! A few weeks ago, I briefly mentioned that I received a May Designs Newborn Notes Journal and promised that I would post a full review. Today, I am going to share that review.


I've said it before and I will say it again- I am a huge fan of May Designs. I was so excited when I found out that they have a Newborn Notes Journal as well as a Pregnancy Journal.  This journal is amazing and I love that you can customize the cover.


The Newborn Notes Journal has a section where you can put your baby's first footprints as well as his or her height, weight, and date of birth. There is also a section where you can put information about the pediatrician and check-ups. There are several different prompts in the journal such as Hospital Memories, Baby's Homecoming, and Birth Story.

The journal contains many pages to keep track of a newborn's feeding schedule, wet/dirty diapers, and sleep schedule. Keeping track of a baby's feeding schedule is so important. When I was in the hospital, I received a few sheets of feeding and pumping logs to keep track of my son's feedings. However, I wanted a book where I could keep track of all this information as well as have a place to list any concerns or questions that I may have for his doctor. I think having this journal makes it so much easier to track all of the information and it's so much more organized. You don't have to worry about losing papers and the journal is so cute.

Check out the images below for a look at the prompts and feeding logs.








This journal has been incredibly useful. I have been taking this journal with me to Raphael's doctor appointments. Whenever his pediatrician asks about his feeding schedule, amounts of wet/dirty diapers, and sleep schedule, I just show her the journal. There's so much to keep track of when you have a newborn and I'm all for products that makes things easy. And May Designs has definitely made things just a bit easier with this journal.

I highly recommend the Newborn Notes Journal from May Designs. You can check out all of their products here.

Have you used a journal to keep track of your baby's feeding schedule? 

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Disclaimer: I received the May Designs Newborn Notes Journal complimentary for review, but all opinions are my own.
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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

June Goals

Happy June! It's time to reflect on the previous month, look at my goals from the previous month, and set some new goals. May was such a busy and exciting month. We celebrated Michael's 8th birthday! I still can't believe that I have an 8 year old. We also celebrated Mother's Day. We went to several end of the school year events and celebrations. Now we are excited for summer vacation.


Recap of May Goals
  • Read 1 book: I finally finished reading The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. This was such a great book and I highly recommend it.
  • Work on meal plan: This was both a fail and a success. I didn't really make a meal plan, but I'm glad that we haven't had a lot of take out. 
  • Work on my 100 Day Project: I'm so behind on my 100 Day Project. I'm debating whether to start the challenge over or continue from where I left off. 
  • Share more personal stories and/or essays on the blog: Unfortunately, I did not share any personal stories or essays. I decided to keep this goal for June. I recently joined H & L Writes, a monthly membership that promotes writers and writing. I'm hoping that the monthly themes and prompts will inspire me to write some essays and stories.
  • Make at least 1 scrapbook/craft project: I made two scrapbook layouts this month. 
June Goals
  • Read 1 book
  • Share more personal stories and/or essays on the blog
  • Start a new workout plan
  • Make at least 2 scrapbook or craft projects
  • Continue to work on my meal plan
What are your goals for June?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Summer Lovin' Q & A

Today I'm linking up with The Blended Blog for TBB Asks. TBB Asks is a monthly questionnaire and link up series.


1. Walk or Bike Ride? Walk...I think I may have forgotten how to ride a bike. Is that even possible?

2. Favorite Picnic Food? Chicken Tender Sub

3. Pool or Lake? Pool

4. Favorite flavor of ice cream? Chocolate chip cookie dough

5. Ice Cream Cone or in a Dish? Ice Cream Cone...preferably with soft serve ice cream

6. Flip Flops or Slides? Flip flops, but I still wear sneakers during summer.

7. Jean Shorts or Jean Capris? Shorts

8. Favorite Summer Fruit? Mango and Quenepas

9. Corn on the Cob or Cut Off the Cob? Corn on the Cob

10. Favorite summertime song? This is a tough one. I have a lot of favorite summertime songs. So I'll just list a few.


11. Favorite summertime activity? Stargazing

12. Favorite Berry? Strawberry, Blueberry, Raspberry or Blackberry? Strawberry

13. Bikini's, tankini's, or one pieces? One pieces or a bikini with a cover up

14. Dresses or skirts? Dresses

15. One word to describe Summer? Blazing

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Mini Letters

I love writing letters in my journal. Most of these letters will probably never be seen by anyone, but I think there's something therapeutic about writing letters. It's also a great way to remember events. This month was so busy, but exciting. I wrote several letters in my journal and I thought it would be fun to share a few with you all.


Dear May,

You are one of my favorite months. There are so many events and celebrations like Michael's birthday, Mother's Day, and end of the school year celebrations.

Dear Starbucks,

Thank you for making the limited edition Molten Chocolate Latte chilled espresso. This drink is amazing and it might just be my new favorite drink.

Dear man who paid for my picture frame while I was behind you at the checkout line,

Thank you again so much. That was so incredibly kind of you and it made my day. I love hearing stories about random acts of kindness and it was so cool that I experienced one. I want you to know that I paid it forward.

Dear Graduates,

This is such an exciting time! Whether you are graduating high school or college, I just want to say that I am so proud of you all. It might sound a bit weird since I don't know every single high school or college graduate, but it literally makes me so happy when I see someone wearing a cap and gown. Random fact...when I do see someone that is graduating, I make a wish that he or she accomplishes all the goals that they have set for themselves. So graduates...congrats! I hope all your hopes and dreams come true.

Dear Maroon 5 and Cardi B,

So I just saw the music video for Girls Like You and it is amazing! I love that there were so many dope women in the video.

Who would you write a letter to?

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Currently List

Happy Tuesday! It's time for another Currently List.



Watching: Band of Brothers is one of the best war drama miniseries ever made. I watch this miniseries at least once a year. I read the book by Stephen Ambrose and it's such a great read.

Reading: I'm currently reading Am I There Yet? by Mari Andrew. Her artwork is amazing. You can check out some of her work here.

Listening: Lana del Rey and Barrie-James O'Neill's cover of Summer Wine is amazing! I've also been listening to This is America by Childish Gambino. The music video for this song is incredible.

Making: I've been writing a lot of blog posts and lots of lists. I'm also working on some new cards for my shop.

Feeling: Today was such a great day. I felt well rested and was able to get a lot of stuff done.

Planning: School is officially over so I've been planning some fun Summer activities. I'm so excited for our summer adventures. I also need to finish making my Summer bucket list.

Loving: Naps...I could use all the sleep that I can get right now.

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Monday, May 28, 2018

Cherish VoxBox

It's been a while since I received a voxbox from Influenster so I was really surprised and excited when I received one in the mail. From my experience, if you are selected to receive a voxbox then you will receive an email or a notification that let's you know that you were selected for the campaign as well as information on tracking the package. I didn't receive either so it really was a surprise.

I received the Cherish voxbox. This box had several full sized products and items for the entire family.



BarkBox Toy: I think this toy is really cute. This dog toy squeaks and is so soft. I don't have a dog so I will be passing this along to one of my friends.

Mott's Sensibles Apple Raspberry Juice: I was so excited to receive this juice. There was even a coupon included in the box. There was a discount in the Target Cartwheel app and I was able to combine the coupon with the deal. I ended up getting a six pack of Mott's Sensibles Apple Raspberry juice for just a little over a dollar. The boys and I love this juice and I will be purchasing this juice again.

Vera Wang Embrace Fragrances - French Lavender & Tuberose: This perfume smells so good. I plan on carrying this little sample in my diaper bag.

Dove Men+Care Stain Defense Antiperspirant Deodorant Dry Spray: This came at the perfect time. John had just ran out of deodorant and I was going to make a run to the store to get him some more deodorant. John said he really likes this deodorant. He loves how easy it is to apply and he really likes the scent. He said that it went on dry and there was no wet feeling.

Pantene PRO-V Daily Moisture Renewal Foam Conditioner: I'm already a fan of Pantene so I was so happy to see this. I had no idea that Pantene made a foam conditioner. I haven't tried this yet, but I do love how it smells.

Have you tried any of these products? What are some of your favorite products?

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DISCLOSURE: I received the products described in this post complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.
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Friday, May 18, 2018

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

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


1. Chocolate chunk cookies

2. Target Cartwheel App

3. Happy Mail

4. Hello Giggles new magazine

5. School year is almost over

6. Spring storms

7. Everything, Everything Soundtrack

8. Random ideas and thoughts during the day

9. Instagram Stories

10. My boys

What made you happy this week?

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Currently List

Happy Wednesday! It's time for another Currently List.


Watching: I have always been interested in World War II and I tend to watch a lot of films about war.  I wanted to watch Dunkirk as soon as I heard about the film and I was finally able to watch it. I absolutely loved the film. I really loved that there was not a lot of dialogue in the film. I think everyone should watch this movie.

Reading: As usual, I've been reading some blog posts. I plan on starting a new book this week, but I'm not sure which book I want to read next.

Listening: Te Bote has been stuck in my head for a while.

Making: I have so much stuff to get done so I have been making a ton of lists. I'm starting to work on meal planning again so I'm working on my grocery list as well as a list of recipes.

Feeling: I'm so exhausted. Everyone says that I need to sleep when the baby sleeps, but that's easier said than done.

Planning: I still have several projects to get done. Michael and I are going to work on his school project. I have no idea why his class has a project to get done when school is almost over, but I'm glad that it's a book related project.

Loving: Holl and Lane has created a new membership, H & L Writes, that promotes writers and the love of writing. This is such an amazing community. There are monthly themes, prompts, and exercises. Members can also submit a piece to be reviewed by the Sarah (Editor in Chief) or Mia (Editorial Manager). There are so many other benefits to joining H & L Writes. If you would like to learn more about Holl and Lane and their new membership, please click here.

What are you currently up to?

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Raphael - 1 Month

Wow a little over a month with our sweet boy has already passed! The past month has been emotional  and we are all just feeling so lucky and blessed to have Raphael in our lives.

John was able to take 2 weeks off of work to stay with us. My mami has been amazing. She's made us  meals and has helped so much.

One of my favorite photos of him

Nicknames: Raph, Raphi, Sweet Boy, Mi Nino

Size: Raphael is slowly gaining weight. At his one month appointment, he weighed 5 lbs and 7 oz so he is now past his birth weight. I'm really happy about this because I was worried about his weight and how much he was eating. His preemie clothes are getting a bit snug and he is starting to fit in his newborn clothes. He is also still wearing newborn diapers.

Eating: Raphael is primarily breastfed, but he does take one bottle of fortified breastmilk (breastmilk and formula). He has to take a bottle of fortified breastmilk because he was born early and had some trouble with feeding. However, he is starting to eat a lot more which is great.

Sleep: He is doing so much better with sleeping at night.

Loves: He loves sleeping on John's chest and he loves laying on me. He loves looking at his brothers.

Dislikes: Raphael is not a fan of baths or being cold. He also doesn't like getting his diaper changed.

Things I Want To Remember: 

  • He's already spit up, peed, and pooped on me. 
  • His facial expressions are just so cute!
  • He is such a sweet baby. He loves cuddles from John, his brothers, and I.
  • He is strong...it runs in the familia.
  • Raphael makes the cutest sounds and noises. 
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Friday, May 11, 2018

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

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


1. Klondike bars

2. More great news from the doctor

3. Grey's Anatomy

4. Early Mother's Day presents

5. Naps

6. Journaling

7. No Roots by Alice Merton

8. New books

9. Instagram

10. Iced Triple Mocha from Starbucks

What made you happy this week?

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Entertainment Q & A

Today I'm linking up with The Blended Blog for TBB Asks. TBB Asks is a monthly questionnaire and link up series.


1. Comedy or Drama? This is a tough one because I like them both. If I had to choose, I'd pick drama.

2. Fiction or Non-Fiction? Fiction

3. Movies in Theater or At Home? Depends on my mood. If I go to the movie theater, I prefer to watch the movie during the day. 

4. Musical or Play? Musical

5. Which meal of the day is your favorite to eat out? Lunch

6. Favorite book ever read? The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery is one of my favorite books. I also really loved Things We Lost In The Fire by Mariana Enriquez.

7. Game Night: Yes or No? Yes

8. Favorite outside game to play? I don't really have a favorite, but I love playing Tag with my sons.

9. Favorite TV series ever? This is a tough one. Prison Break and Grey's Anatomy are just two of my favorite TV series.

10. Sitcoms growing up or Sitcoms of today? Sitcoms growing up!

11. Miniature Golf or Bowling? Neither

12. Favorite movie theater candy? Sweet Tarts

13. How do you like your popcorn? With a side of nacho cheese

14. 3D movies with glasses; Yes or No? No

15. Favorite genre of books to read? Fiction, but lately I've been reading a lot of nonfiction.

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Friday, May 4, 2018

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

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


1. More good news from the doctor

2. Raphael is gaining weight

3. May Designs Newborn Notes Journal

4. Taking a 2 hour nap

5. Hugs and cuddles from my little ones

6. Warm weather

7. Great sales and coupons

8. Finding time to read a book

9. Going for a walk

10. Chocolate Chip granola bars

What made you happy this week?

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