Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Christmas Layouts

Happy Wednesday! I'm so close to finishing all of my Christmas projects. Today I'm sharing two Christmas layouts that I recently made.

I used some older Christmas scrapbook and craft supplies that I had. I tried very hard not to purchase new Christmas supplies. One of my goals is to use a lot of supplies from my stash in my projects instead of purchasing new supplies. 

Making both of these layouts was very simple. I used some papers from a Christmas themed paper pad for the first layout. Then I used some embellishments from a previous Freckled Fawn December/Christmas themed embellishment kit. I also added some enamel dots and stickers. I loved using a black and white photo of my husband and sons. I think the scrapbook items makes the photo "pop".

Below is a close up of the layout.

Those puffy alpha stickers and layered stickers are so cute. I also love the chipboard stickers. I was surprised that I was able to get a photo of the boys looking at the camera. Sometimes it's a bit hard to get them to all look at the camera at the same time.

I took a photo of my mami's Christmas tree on Christmas Eve. The boys and I love how she decorates her tree. The boys were so excited to find candy canes on the tree.

This second layout was also very simple to make. I added my journaling onto a jumbo tag and then decorated the layout with some cardstock embellishments and some enamel dots.

Below is a close up of the layout.

Overall, I really like how these layouts turned out. The past few weeks have been busy so I knew that I would have to make my layouts and projects very simple. I actually kind of prefer making simple layouts because it's not time consuming. 

How did you document your December? Are you almost done with your December projects?

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Autumn Stories Travelers Notebook

Happy Tuesday! Autumn is over and Winter is here, but I finally finished working in my Autumn Stories travelers notebook.

Spring used to be my favorite season when I was younger, but Autumn is now my favorite. Everything about Autumn is just amazing. I love the cooler weather, the seasonal drinks and treats, and all of the events that takes place during this season. This autumn was very special and memorable because it was Raphael's first autumn. We were all excited to make new memories with him and celebrate the season.

I had so much fun working in this travelers notebook and documenting the season. I really love how it turned out.

Please note that this is a very photo heavy post.

The lighting was not so great in some of photos so I apologize for that. The weather has been a bit gloomy and we are just now starting to have some sunny, but cool weather after days of rain. The majority of the items that I used came from Freckled Fawn. The rest of the supplies came from my scrapbooking stash.

How did you document your Autumn?

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Monday, January 14, 2019

If You and I Had Coffee

Happy Monday! Today I'm joining Lecy from A Simpler Grace for a little virtual coffee chat.

If you and I had coffee...

We would probably meet at my place or somewhere very close by. I'd tell you that I'm still feeling a bit of pain from the car accident, but that I'm starting to recover. I'd tell you that I've been having to endure the pain because the medicines that were prescribed are too strong and I'm still breastfeeding. John still has some pain in his back and neck, but luckily Raphael is ok and does not have any injuries.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd tell you that I have not been making art everyday. I have missed a few days from an art challenge that I signed up for, but I don't really feel disappointed. I knew that I would probably miss a few days, but that's not going to stop me from making art.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd tell you how excited I am that I got a free premium membership to Skillshare for a year! Skillshare is a website that offers thousands of classes on various subjects like art, photography, web design, and so much more. I'm so excited to take some classes especially Mari Andrew's class. There are some free classes available, but if you sign up for a premium membership then you get access to some really amazing classes. You can select a 3, 6, or 12 month subscription if you decide that you want to get access to premium classes. You can get a two month free trial by signing up here.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd tell you that I'm so ready for warmer weather! We've had cold and rainy weather for a while now and I'm so over it. I'm ready for spring, sunshine, and flowers.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd tell you that I still haven't decided what my word for the year is. I think I may end up having two words this year. I'm also thinking about making goals for the entire year in addition to making goals every month. Do you set monthly and yearly goals?

If you and I had coffee...

I'd ask you if you are currently participating in any reading challenges? I'm going to try and read 12 books this year, but I also want to participate in the Pop Sugar Reading Challenge. I saw a couple of other smaller reading challenges that look like fun so I may try to add a few of those to my reading challenge as well.

What would you tell me?

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Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash

Friday, January 11, 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.

I almost didn't post my list today because I am still hurt after being in a car accident. However, I had to post this because it really made think about being grateful. My youngest son was in the car with my husband and I. We are so grateful that Raphael is safe and sound and did not have any injuries. John and I have some injuries, but will recover.

1. Target

2. Zaxbys

3. Quiet mornings

4. Warm weather

5. That we are all safe and sound after being in a car accident.

6. The priest who helped us after witnessing the car accident.

7. My mami

8. Doctors and nurses

9. My family

10. Waking up to see another day

What made you happy this week?

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Until next time...

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

January Goals

Happy Wednesday! I'm a little late with sharing my goals, but I decided to take the first week of the month off so I could enjoy the holidays and my birthday. I still can't believe that we are in 2019! December went by so fast. I'm so excited for 2019 and for this month.

It's a new month and it's time to share my new goals for January. Before we get to the new goals, let's recap on December.

Recap of December Goals
  • Read 1 book: Unfortunately, I didn't finish reading my book. December was such a busy month. I had a feeling that I probably wouldn't finish reading my book, but I did continue to read throughout the month. 
  • Clean out the trunk of my car: I'm actually a bit upset with myself because I didn't clean out the trunk of my car. It was one of my goals that I really wanted to get done especially before the end of the year.
  • Continue to work in my journal: I worked in my journal throughout the month. Sometimes I only had five minutes to work in my journal and sometimes it was close to an hour. There were some days that I didn't work in my journal, but it's definitely an improvement from previous months. I'm hoping to eventually work in my journal everyday. 
  • Try 1 new recipe: This was a fail. I keep having a hard time picking which recipe I want to try. I have such a huge list which makes it so hard to choose a recipe. What are some of your go to recipes?
January Goals
  • Read 1 book
  • Clean out the trunk of my car
  • Try 1 new recipe
  • Start a new workout routine
  • Make art every day

What are your goals for January?

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

TBB Asks: Entertained Edition

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

1. Book(s) you have read multiple times

I've read so many books multiple times. Some of the books that I've read multiple times are The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Abarat series by Clive Barker, and anything by Dr. Seuss.

2. Favorite book/author of all time

This is a hard one. I'm currently loving Neil Gaiman. His new book, Art Matters, is amazing!

3. Favorite TV show to binge

I'm sure you all know that I am going to say Law & Order: SVU. I prefer the older seasons when Stabler was still around, but the newer seasons are good too. And you know I can't forget to mention Grey's Anatomy

4. Favorite new-ish TV show

I haven't been watching any new TV shows. Most of the shows that I watch are not considered new (i.e. Grey's Anatomy and Supernatural). If you know of any new shows, please let me know.

5. Favorite movie of all time

Saving Private Ryan. This was the first movie to make me cry. 

6. Movie you are looking forward to watching

There are a lot of films that I am looking forward to watching. I can't wait to watch Glass and Us. I'm also looking forward to watching Avengers: Endgame and Star Wars: Episode IX. 

7. First concert you attended

I was about 14 or 15 years old. I went with my older sister and a couple of her friends. It was a latino festival/concert and was so much fun.

8. Ultimate concert (even if it can't happen!)

My ultimate concert would have music from all over the world. It would have a little bit of Merengue, Bachata, Salsa, Rap, Hip Hop, Pop, Alternative, etc.  It would be amazing to go to a concert (or a festival) that had different genres of music. It would be fun to see new collaborations between artists at a concert as well.

9. Favorite music artist/band

Honestly, I don't really have a favorite artist or band. There's just too many to choose. I love Foster the People, Bastille, Lana Del Rey, Coldplay, Juan Luis Guerra, and Danay Suárez.

10. How do you listen? (streaming? CDs? Vinyl?)

I listen to music and podcasts on my iPod Touch. I also listen to music on the radio when I'm driving. 

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Weekend Recap - Birthday Edition

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I don't normally write a recap of my weekend, but this past weekend was special because it was my birthday on Saturday. I say this every year, but I can't believe that I'm another year older. It seriously blows my mind that I'm 28 years old. I was having mixed feelings about turning 28, but I'm so grateful that I'm even able to celebrate another year. I'm celebrating my birthday all month long and I actually started celebrating my birthday on Thursday.


On Thursday, I went to the hair salon and got my hair done. I saw that the weather would be terrible on Friday, so I thought it would be best to just get my hair styled a day earlier. I was actually a bit nervous to go my stylist. My hair stylist recently lost her son and just came back to work so I was unsure what to even say to her. How do you tell someone that lost their child that you are sorry for their loss? I bought her a card, gave my condolences, and a hug. It still doesn't feel like enough.


On Friday, I went to Krispy Kreme and Cinnabon to get some free coffee and donuts. I love that I can get birthday rewards from some of my favorite places. If you have any favorite spots that you frequent then you should sign up for their reward lists. There are tons of stores that give birthday rewards like Starbucks and Chick-fil-A.

John, the boys, and I went to the mall so that I could get some new shoes. John knew that I wanted to get some sneakers so I was excited to pick out my gift. I decided to get some Chuck Taylor All Star High-Top Sneaker and I absolutely love them.


Saturday was my actual birthday and I got to have some me time for a couple of hours. I went to a few different shops during the day. When I came home, we spent time relaxing and watching TV.

In the evening, we went to Mami's house for dinner. The dinner was actually a surprise birthday party! I almost cried when I walked into her house. John was in on the surprise as well and I can't believe that he was able to keep it a secret. The greatest gift that I received was having my sisters, brother, and cousin all together. We haven't seen each other in such a long time and it's been years since we were all together. My heart felt so full with joy and love. I am so grateful to my family for pulling off this surprise. Having everyone together was just what I needed and wanted. This was definitely one of the best birthdays I have ever had.


It was a quiet, but productive day. I spent the day doing laundry, tidying up, and preparing for the upcoming week. I finally started working in my planner and also got a few blog posts ready for the next couple of weeks.

How was your weekend?

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Friday, January 4, 2019

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday! It's the first Happy List of the month. Today I'm linking up with Charlotte, Lindsay, and Beth for their weekly happy and grateful list link up.

1. It's 2019...a new year!

2. Pre-birthday celebrations (my birthday is tomorrow!)

3. Lots of birthday rewards

4. Standing up for myself before the new year began

5. Long conversation with my little sister

6. Hugs and cuddles from boys

7. Jumbo chocolate chip muffins

8. Pink lemonade

9. Relaxing

10. Getting stuff done early

What made you happy this week?

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Until next time...