How to Kick-Ass!!

You know when you have those days that you say to yourself “there has to be more to life” and you try to figure out what’s wrong with yours?  I’ve been feeling like that lately about my day job and all I can think of is how to make things better.  I know we may all have different reasons for feeling low (in the dumps) and sometimes we just get stuck in a rut, but I hope (in my case) that is not the case.  I want to believe that the career choice I’ve made, and that I have worked so hard at, was for a reason; but it gets harder and harder to keep believing that.

I began searching for answers, what could I do to make me feel better and see things in a positive light and get me out of this funk I’ve been in?  I had gone to the book store with my daughter to get her a book she needed for school and as I walked in the book store this book caught my attention. The book is “52 Ways to Live a Kick-Ass Life”  and as I read the summary I was sold. I had to get this book that seemed to be calling to me.  I felt that it would help me gain to clarity on how to change the things I’m not happy with and to live the Kick-Ass life I deserve.

This book has 52 short chapters of insightful advice to change the things in your life you don’t like and live a kick-ass life instead. The author Andrea Owen gives it to you straight (no hold barred) in a serious, yet humorous way. She is witty and real, no tip toeing around the issues and mistakes we make that deny us the life we are meant to live. I began reading this book a day I stayed home from work because I was sick and I couldn’t put it down. Well needless to say I finished it in a couple of days. There were so many chapters I loved and related to all too well. Here are just a few of my favorites.

We all have that inner voice that we tend to ignore and not listen to, but how many times do we do the opposite of what our instincts (or inner voice) says to us to then end up regretting it later  (I know I have).  I know now that the voice is trying to steer us in the right direction if we only stop long enough to listen we could avoid so many disappointments and mistakes in our life.

We all have a passion. That one thing that we love to do (that doesn’t feel like work) and we actually enjoy doing, it’s what makes us happy.  That passion for me is crafting, whether its making wood signs or creating home decor, it makes me happy.  That is what I would love to do full time.

Hahaha! I love this chapter because how often do we find ourselves on diets (it seems like always for me).  I can’t think of any woman or man that hasn’t dieted in their lifetime.  This chapter is all about making positive changes so that we don’t have to use that 4 letter word DIET again.

We are all unique in our own special way. Could you imagine living in a world were everyone was the same…BORING!  I read once that normal is a setting on a washing machine.  How true that is!  I don’t want to be normal, I know I am unique. My husband can attest to that.

Going back to your passion. As I stated before, my passion is creating things not only for myself, but for others as well.  My dream is to be able to leave my day job and make signs and other items as a full time business. I plan on starting my own etsy shop to be able to sell said items, but I also have the same fears that everyone faces when wanting to start their own business venture. I have to work past my fears and get started because life will pass me by and I don’t want regrets.

Reality is that misery loves company, and if you are around people that are always complaining and miserable, guess what you will be to.  Ditch the drama and find yourself people that will raise you up and not bring you down. This one is tough because I’m sarcastic by nature and optimism is often hard for me. I’m not saying that I’m always negative the opposite is true. I’m the first one to say that everything that happens to us happens for a reason, and that there are lessons to be learned from our experiences. But people that are blind to the deceptions of others, well those people can really get on my nerves (I just want to literally slap some sense into them). What I’m trying to say is find friends that have the same things in common as you, but most importantly, that value you for your uniqueness.

This book was a real eye opener for me because it allowed me to realize that life is what you make of it.  I know I have changes to make not only in my life, but also in myself. I guess I am a work in progress and it is up to me to make myself happy. I can’t blame others for the way I feel, I have to change the way I deal with what life throws at me. So if you are working on making changes to yourself or on creating a better life for whatever reasons, I recommend you pick up this book and give it a read. It will help you start feeling better about yourself and the things you can accomplish. They are “52 Ways to Live a Kick-Ass Life.”


 

My Favorite Pumpkin Bread

Fall to me means pumpkin everything and today I’m sharing my favorite pumpkin bread. I can smell the wonderful aroma of pumpkin bread filling my home as I write this post. Yes I’m baking some right now, so lets get to the good stuff. I had mentioned in a previous post how much I love pumpkin bread and while I could make it from scratch I say, but why if a boxed one is just as good.

I always make this Libby’s Pumpkin Bread mix and it really taste good (no lie). This boxed mix brings real pumpkin puree which makes the bread so moist and yummy and most of all easy to make. I do make some alterations to the recipe, such as using milk instead of water and adding some cinnamon and nutmeg (for extra spiciness), but other than that I follow the recipe.  I like that the kit brings enough to make 2 bread loaves. What I do is I make one loaf and save the extra mix for another time. Just refrigerate the pumpkin puree and icing to use later.

 

You can eat the pumpkin bread with the icing or without, it is good either way. We like it with the icing on and a cup of milk or coffee. It makes for a great breakfast or snack. Have you tried this bread mix? If not you should, especially if your a pumpkin bread lover (like we are) it’s a definite favorite in our home.

 Well friends thanks for visiting me here on the blog as I share my favorite pumpkin bread with you.. Do you have a fall favorite? I would love for you to share any favorite recipes with me. Maybe I can make some and feature them here on the blog.

xoxo,

Maritza

It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas!

It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas! Here I am at Kirkland’s and they have their Christmas decor up for you to “ooh” and “aah” over. Well that’s what I did when I saw it. I went to Kirkland’s looking for Halloween (clearance) decor and left with Christmas decor instead. How could I not with all this beautiful stuff. Just look how cute that bicycle is, I want it all!

If you love the buffalo check decor like some of my friends do (yes Steph that’s you) Kirkland’s has so much fun buffalo check items from pillows, ornaments, signs, and those cute pom-poms.

Now as for me I’m a vintage truck junkie.  I kid you not I am obsessed with those cute vintage trucks and when I see (anything with a red truck) I want it. So of course (using my 30% off coupon) I had to grab that vintage truck mat you see there for my front door. Oh and that pillow well I have my eye on that as well, but waiting on another coupon to get it.

Christmas Farmhouse signs are also available and just look how adorable they are. I don’t know which one I love more the farmhouse or shiplap sign. These decisions are way too hard! I’d take them both if I could.

So if your looking for farmhouse, vintage, buffalo check, and or any other Christmas decor you need to go check out Kirkland’s. The variety is amazing and of course gorgeous as well. It’s beginning to look like Christmas so grab a coupon because you are not going to see these amazing items sticking around much longer. Happy shopping!!

xoxo,

Maritza

It’s Pumpkin Spice Season

Happy Pumpkin Spice Season everyone! I love fall because I look forward to everything that is pumpkin spice all year long. I love pumpkin spice coffee, all different type of treats, but most of all I love pumpkin bread. So in celebration of the season of pumpkins today’s post is brought to you by pumpkin spice and everything nice.

I’m not a big coffee drinker (truth is I only drink coffee in the morning), but boy do I need that cup of coffee in the morning to function. It’s like that saying “don’t talk to me until I’ve had my coffee” it’s so true.  I love my new pumpkin spice coffee mug from the etsy store The Macadamia Shop. I had been searching for a cute camper style mug and they had exactly what I wanted. Isn’t it a cute mug?

Now lets talk Pumpkin Spice treats. I went to Target and they had an amazing variety of pumpkin flavored treats and they were really hard to resist. They have pretzels, popcorn, trail mix, Starbucks Latte, pancake mix, streusel mix, monkey bread mix, bread mix, and cakes in a jar; all in pumpkin or pumpkin spice flavors.

My favorite of all those treats are the Pumpkin Spice snack bites. These little bites are just scrumptious, they have pumpkin seeds and white chocolate and they are a definite must try.

Can you tell that I really love pumpkin!  Now if your not a pumpkin lover, I know not everyone likes pumpkin (I know that’s hard to believe) I did find some apple treats for you apple lovers.

Well friends thanks for coming on this pumpkin spice run with me. I can’t believe how much pumpkin spice stuff there is out there and I’m sure there are lots more that I didn’t include in this post. Enjoy pumpkin spice season, because before you know it Christmas will be here and all those delicious flavors will be gone.

xoxo,

Maritza

 

 

First “World Market” Trip

I tell you the weekend flew by so fast!  Next thing I know it was back to work, “Ugh” the dreaded Monday blues. Well, let me tell you what I did this weekend, friends I went to World Market. It’s my first World Market trip, I’ve never been to a World Market before because 1.) we don’t have one here in Miami, and 2.) The closest one to me is over 2 hours away. I kept seeing on Instagram people post about World Market and hearing how great it was. I have even purchased my farmhouse striped table runner from their website and I love my table runner. So when the opportunity came up to actually visit World Market I was in.

I was so excited to enter, I had all these ideas in my head how great it was going to be and all the great finds inside.  It’s like how                     excited people get when they go to IKEA well I was that hyped up about it.

First thing I come across when I entered are these cute clocks. I mean big clocks, little clocks, wall clocks it was clocks everywhere.  The farmhouse wood cutting boards were also pretty cute (I liked the eat cutting board best).

Then they had the ever so popular “Fresh Baked Pies Served Daily” sign and I was surprised how big it actually is compared to how it looks in pictures. I liked all the pumpkin serving ware, I mean just look how adorable those pumpkin pie servers are and those pumpkin crock pots.

They also had baskets for maybe everything you would need a basket for I think the galvanized ones are my favorite of all.

Of all the things I found in World Market my most favorite are the copper kitchen wares, the copper mug holder, and my absolute favorite that I totally feel in love with was the green jadeite serve ware. Just look at how beautiful those green jadeite plates, and the cake stand was to die for I just can’t get over how beautiful it is.

So how would I rate my first World Market trip, well not as awesome as I expected it to be. Maybe I built myself up too much or maybe it’s just this store that really didn’t have that much of a selection. I don’t know because I’ve never been to any other of their stores.  I mean it did have some cute stuff and that copper kitchen ware is really nice and that jadeite. Well that jadeite speaks for itself! Do I think it was worth the 2 hour drive? No, but if I were ever in the area again I would visit. As for now I think I will just need to wait for their sales online.

Well friends thank you for stopping by the my little blog today. I really hope you enjoyed my trip to World Market. Do you have a World Market near you? If so, what have you bought there that you love? I would love to hear from you. Thanks again for being part of my small blog family.

xoxo,

Maritza

 

DIY T-Shirts

Happy Fall Ya’ll! Yess, it’s officially fall today and I’m so happy about it. I have to say that I’ve been a little out of sorts with all this post Hurricane Irma drama. It’s been somewhat crazy here still dealing with debris everywhere and power outages, but we are trying hard to work through it. We finally got back to work this week and I’m drained. I did manage to make some really cute DIY t-shirts with my nifty Cricut machine.  You all know how crazy I am about my Cricut machine.  As you know, I got my Cricut machine almost a year ago [here] and I truly LOVE it!! This machine is absolutely amazing, I can make so much stuff with it. Believe me (I kid you not) the crafting possibilities are endless.  I think every crafter should own one. 

This past week I made some T-shirts that came out super cute, if I don’t say so myself. Here are the shirts I made.

You all know that I love going Junkin’, and I also love visiting Flea Markets on the hunt looking for vintage finds. What better t-shirt to have and wear than a “Love of Junkin'” shirt.

I also love anything that speaks farmhouse to me. What could possibly be more #farmhouse than a “Subway Tile, Chippy Paint, Shiplap Walls, and Barn Doors” t-shirt?

Who doesn’t love anything with Rae Dunn?  Am I right?! Well what better way to go Dunn hunting than with a Dunn shirt.

All these DIY t-shirts were made possible with my amazing Cricut machine and t-shirts I bought online. (I will add the affiliate links below). Well friends thanks for stopping by this little blog of mine. I can’t thank you enough for supporting me on this blogging journey. Have a great weekend!  See ya again next week:)

xoxo,

Maritza

P.S. We are having a Home Sweet Florida Auction to help those effected by the devastating storm Hurricane Irma. Please go to Instagram and search @HomeSweetFloridaAuction  to read all about this amazing cause and please help if you can. The auction begins September 26, 2017

 

Thankful!

Friends I have been MIA, but it was for good reason. If you didn’t know I live in Miami and last week Hurricane Irma had her eye set on a direct hit for Florida and she was a very powerful storm.  As I evacuated my home last Thursday all I could think about was how it would be when I came back. Would I have a home? What about my family and friends that did not evacuate?

 

By Saturday the storm had turned a bit west, which meant it wouldn’t be a direct hit.  However, it was still a very strong storm (winds over 100 mph) and lots of rain. As we returned back home Monday afternoon; there was no power, internet, or cell phone service. I am Thankful everything was still standing our home had been spared. Well with the exception of the trees and the wooden fence, but trees will regrow and the fence will get repaired or replaced. What counts most was our safety and thank God everyone is doing well.

As you can see, there were barely any trees that did not fall over from the strong wind gusts. Thankfully, there was no damage to any home in the neighborhood and no one was hurt.

The aftermath of Hurricane Irma was that she left over three quarters of the population without power and still today there are many without any electricity or cell service. Gas stations without gasoline, grocery stores without food, restaurants and stores are still closed. Traffic lights not operating, roads blocked from fallen trees or debris. Yes it’s a mess, but nothing compared to the Florida Keys that got a direct hit from this category 4 hurricane.  The devastation there is unbelievable, sad and heartbreaking. The cleanup has begun and it will take time to rebuild, but Florida is strong.  All the prayers and good thoughts helped us through this hurricane and again I am Thankful. Thankful for the family, friends and everyone that expressed concern for us and everyone in Florida affected by this devastating storm. God Bless everyone!!  It could have been a much worse scenario had the storm stayed on its originally anticipated track.  My heart and prayers go out to those in Texas who are still suffering from the effects of Hurricane Harvey and those people who lost their homes in the Florida Keys from Irma.

xoxo,

Maritza

 

Pumpkin Fall Decor

Hi Ya’ll.  I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day weekend. Can you believe that we are in September?  The months are just flying by!  I have been out gathering up fall decor, mostly pumpkins, and I wanted to share with you some pumpkin fall decor. If you follow me on Instagram, you have seen my recent pumpkin finds. Here is my latest pumpkin haul:

My first stop was JoAnn Fabrics where I got these cute little fabric pumpkins (below) for 40% off.

My next stop was Hobby Lobby, they had 40% off all there fall decor as well. I purchased one big fabric pumpkin, a smaller white ceramic one, and some floral foliage to make a fall bouquet.

Another stop was the Dollar Tree where I bought all these little plastic pumpkins for of course a dollar, along with some maple leaves and a corn stalk.

I couldn’t pass up going to one of my favorite stores, Marshalls, to check out their fall decor and fell in love with this sage green wooden pumpkin for only $4.99. It’s a perfect medium size as well.

Went to Walmart for back to school supplies for my daughter and ended up in the fall section and picked up these cute pumpkins for 98 cents. I liked the glitter that these pumpkins have…it adds a little pizzazz.

I had posted on Instagram how I went to Target looking for these velvety fabric pumpkins and the minis. I went to 3 different Targets in one afternoon and all I found was these 4 pumpkins and no minis. I love the colors of these pumpkins, but friends I was on the hunt for those minis and I was determined to find them. Some way, some how I was going to get me some mini pumpkins.

Of course I  hit up another Target Friday afternoon and finally found some of those elusive pumpkin minis. Those babies are so stinkin’ cute, but almost impossible to find. They were mostly orange ones and one green one, but that’s OK because I like the classic colors of fall. And I was so happy to have found them I don’t think the color really mattered. I also scored a “Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice” tea towel that I wanted as well.

Lastly I went to another of my favorite stores, Kirklands. I went there today because they had a 20% off your total purchase coupon and also my birthday reward and bought these lovely fall decor items.

Friends I love vintage trucks.  Just wait until Christmas.  I decorate my house with all these lovely little vintage trucks. So of course when I saw this wooden hello fall truck I just had to have it. What about that cute welcome fall wooden pumpkin?  So adorable!  Well this is my pumpkin fall decor haul, I hope it helps you find any pumpkins you might be on the hunt for your fall decor. Thanks for stopping by the blog today and following me on my crazy pumpkin hunt.

xoxo,

Maritza

Favorite Amazon (Finds) Things

Here I am today with another post of my Favorite Things. This time I’m going to talk about some favorite skincare finds on Amazon. I have stated here on the blog before that I will only share things that I have personally tried and deem worthy of sharing with my peeps.  I will first begin with some of my favorite Amazon finds:

I have been looking for an organic natural deodorant for a long time.  Regular deodorant/antiperspirants don’t work for me, because honestly, I sweat a lot. I needed a deodorant that was going to last all day and prevent bad odors (I won’t lie, I get stinky!) and this one was heaven sent. This deodorant is all natural and best of all it works. Really works!! It is free of all the chemicals you find in regular deodorant/antiperspirants, it’s not harsh on your skin (and I have sensitive skin) and it smells nice. They have it in green tea scent (seen here) and lavender scents.

Next, is this charcoal soap. This soap is great for bathing because you can actually feel that your skin is clean. I mean your skin actually feels different after you use it (I know it’s hard to explain).  Warning it is black soap (after all it is made of charcoal) and will create a film on your shower door, but it’s nothing you can’t remove with the Mr. Clean Bathroom Eraser cleaning sponge. I posted about that [here] just in case you missed it.  Just like the deodorant above, charcoal is a key ingredient in both these products and is great for removing dirt and toxins (so they claim) from your skin. As for now, I can tell you they have worked for me.

I am not a big make-up wearer, but I do use powder foundation, eyeliner, mascara, and lip-gloss on the daily. I’ve had a hard time finding a good make-up remover especially one that removes all your mascara without leaving you with “raccoon eyes”.  The Miracle Face Eraser is just amazing, it removes all your make-up, even that pesky mascara, with just a little bit of water. Yes you read right, just water!  You don’t need any soap or any other cleanser.  All you need to do is to wet the cloth with warm water and wipe the make-up off your face.

It’s so soft, and you don’t have to scrub to take off the make-up. Seriously it’s that easy and it’s fairly large, look at this pic of me holding it in my hand. Your not going to believe how soft it is and how well it works. It is machine washable and a really great buy.

Then there is this charcoal face cleanser from Bioré. It has a nice scent and leaves your face tingling fresh after you wash your face with it. My daughter and I have very sensitive skin and I break out very easily and this face cleanser cleans without irritating or causing a break out. Staying with the the charcoal theme; I also got these charcoal face masks at Marshalls, A mini facial in your own home.

 

Last, but not least, is the Olay Regenerist facial moisturizer.  As I mentioned before, I have super sensitive skin that gets irritated by almost anything I put on. I have tried many (and I mean many!) facial creams from expensive brands to more moderate priced ones, and this is the only one that I will use. This Oil of Olay moisturizer works better than any expensive brand I have ever tried. It doesn’t irritate and break out my skin,  it’s not pricey, and most importantly it works on fine lines and wrinkles.

Here are the links for the products I posted here that you can purchase from Amazon for a lower price than in stores.




Well friends I hope these Favorite (finds) Things of mine are helpful to someone reading this post today. Remember These are my opinions but I stand by my recommendations of these products because they work for me. Thanks for stopping by today and have yourself a great Labor Day weekend.

xoxo,

Maritza

 

Master Bedroom Reveal

Hi friends, sorry I’ve been MIA but last week was a little hectic. As you know, it was back to school for the kiddos and work for myself (I’ m a teacher for those who are new). There was a lot of chaos, schedule changes, crankiness, anxiety, and even some tears (all this was mostly from me!). With that said, lets get to the real reason you are here. Yes! The master bedroom reveal is finally here.  Can I get a “woo-hoo!”. If you are new to my blog, I have been working on my master bedroom transformation [here] by giving it, lets call it a “refresh.”  Well it’s finally done and ready for its reveal.

 

 

Friends it took some work (months) finding the right lamps, curtains, and bedding, but I did finally find all of them. I was looking for glass lamps that were not too big or expensive. One day I walked into Ross and low and behold I found these lovely lamps for the amazing price of $19.99 each and they only had 2.  I ran like a mad woman and put those babies in my cart pronto before anyone else snatched them up.

This lovely white bedding is from TJ Maxx, which includes a king comforter set with 2 pillow shams and a decorative pillow for $49.99 (“steal” of the day).  It is so soft and comfy, it’s like a fluffy cloud on your bed. The comfy soft throw is from Homegoods, it was $14.99 and the accent (“This is our Happy Place”) pillow is from Kohl’s.

The curtains I found were from Marshalls, they included two panels for $24.99. I already owned the sheer curtains and curtain rods from my dining-room makeover, so I didn’t spend any money on them. I love to reuse and restyle decor I already have in my home to save as much money as possible. Also it makes the hubs happy when I save money on these projects of mine.  Oh, and that wood and metal chair you see there (above), was a little treasure that I had been eyeing in Marshalls for a couple of weeks and patiently waiting for it to go down in price.  One day I went in to browse and I couldn’t believe it was one clearance! Yup that baby was coming home with me for $45 bucks (regular price was $79.99).

Of course I have my Rae Dunn mugs on a tray I made out of pallet wood and added some vintage handles that were a flea market find.

 

So what do you think? Those before and afters are a real difference, just look how much lighter and brighter the bedroom is. Wow! It truly is amazing how just simple changes can transform a bedroom or any room for that matter. I love how my bedroom looks now, it really is our happy place.

Thank you for stopping by the blog today. It really is a joy having you follow us on this journey as I transition my city home to farmhouse style. I hope you enjoyed this master bedroom reveal it was a process that was accomplished and completed with lots of love.

xoxo,

Maritza