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September 26, 2019

Outdoor Space Inspiration

When we first moved in to our home one of the spaces we wanted to tackle was the backyard. Coming from a small backyard, our now backyard is a dream! I could definitely be bigger, but to us is the perfect size.

That being said a few things have changed but we still have a lot of work ahead of us, in the near future, but as the patio area is almost done I want to share a few spaces we are loving and a little bit of where we are headed.

Our whole idea is to have an outdoor eating space and somewhere we could relax and watch the girls play. Bella loves to be outside and while I’m not the biggest fan I love watching her play, hence the whole area to relax part.

First up, this space by one of my favorites Jessica Garvin. I love the simplicity of it and twinkling lights!

This space by Lynzy is also great. Check out her playset.

and what’s an inspiration post without Pinterest here are a few ideas we love.

Here are a few things in my amazon cart.

Outdoor Curtains To keep the sun out on afternoon hangs

Hanging Lights Thisssss. I need these in my life

Swing Very petit and super cute

Hammock I said I wanted to relax right

Galvanized Tray Cutest centerpiece. Add some fresh flowers and call it a day

Patio outdoor lights-I love these lathers

Outdoor light for playgroud No more playing in the dark

Metal black chairs– We have these inside and love them

Bug zapper– Remember we live in Texas, aka as mosquito land

And that’s it for now! I hope to share pictures of our set up later this week.

What are you looking for once the fall temps grace us with their presence?

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September 25, 2019

Creating a good relationship with Technology

This post is sponsored by Google. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I grew up in Cuba, which is basically 20 or so years behind in technology. I remember the first time I shared a picture of me as a baby and everyone looked at it funny since it’s in black and white. When we came to the US in 2000 it was a different world, and a few years later I had my first phone. A tiny little phone that gave me 200 text messages and free talk after 8 pm. Remember those days?

Yup, those days are long gone, giving us a great amount of technology in the swipe of a finger, which great but in Spanish there is a saying

TODO EN EXCESO ES MALO

which means

EVERYTHING IN EXCESS IS BAD

So how do find control and create a good relationship with technology?

As a blogger, I work off my phone and computer, as a mom I believe in educational apps and as a woman, I love to relax watching a show or viewing Pinterest. Who doesn’t right?! But I find ways to balance it, to create control for my family and me.

I have teamed up with Google to share  3 tools we can have control and create a good relationship with technology for the whole family based off their Digital Wellbeing

1. Gmail Autoreply and Priority box.

I want to live by “do as I say and do ” and if I’m constantly on my phone or laptop there is no way I’m setting that example for my girls. I love that Gmail has this tool helping me focus only on what’s important. This way I can finish the emails that need my immediate attention first, cutting my time in half if not more.

2. AutoPlay control on Youtube.

This has been a saving grace for us. I won’t lie, we give Bella our phone to watch Christian music videos and playdoh stories and if we let her she could be there all day long. Again here is where the control takes comes in and thanks to this tool we have a choice.

3. Family link app.

This is probably one of my favorites. It allows us to set time limits, block specific stuff and more than anything allows us to shut down. It’s so important as a busy family to shut down. To stop the noise and enjoy the silence.

There is so much more and you can check here and see how Google Digital Wellbeing is changing the game! This week we will be working on a “OFF ” basket. Where we place our phones, tablets and all electronics there and enjoy each other. I’m so happy Google is taking the driver seat on this  “Digital Wellbeing” and reminding families what’s truly important. Tell me what’s you favorite tool?

 

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September 6, 2019

4 Tips to make Staying at Home easier

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Conagra Brands

Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog. We’ve all been there, where people say staying at home is easy. I don’t know who they are talking to but that’s definitely not true.

Whether working from home or being a stay at home mom is one of the hardest jobs there is. You have no clock out time and that pretty much summarizes life.

But today, after reading what seems like a thousand of mommy blogs, and post I have rounded up a few of my favorite tips and tricks. I don’t have anything under control or even anything closed to having a balanced schedule but many of these tips are transforming the way I work and the way I spend my days.

1.Wake up Early.

This is easier said than done, with an infant this is probably the hardest thing ever, but when I do wake up early my day just runs so smoothly.  I get my bible reading time, I work a bit, pump and even have a hot, yes you read right, a hot cup of coffee.

2.Clean the kitchen the night before.

Ohhh this… This hurts just writing it. I aim so much to clean my kitchen the night before and many times it just doesn’t happen. Between bath times, church and other obligations it’s left to the morning, but goodness, when it’s done my mornings, are the best.

3.Schedule everything.

After having kids, my brain is mush. I don’t remember anything for the life of me. If it’s not written down it simply just won’t happen. This is where I get my planner and her buddies come in to play. I will share about all these later but here are a few links for you to explore.

4.Make lunch a priority.

File this into things I don’t forget. Guys, I love my food, I love eating and you’ll see me doing what my husband calls my “good food dance” more often than not. But kid you not, having good food in my tummy just fuels my every membrane. I recently tried these amazing dishes and well they have been delicious, the best part they are all prepared. hint hint. This is the key for every mama. Having something already prepared and made.

I love the EVOL, I had the fire grilles steak and I also have a few of them in my grocery cart as we speak. Very yummy and 3 minutes in the microwave. Yup, that’s it! Nothing artificial just a bowl full of love and protein.

My husband and I also shared a power bowl by Healthy Choice on Saturday and he agrees. It’s grain-free, vegan and over the top delish.

I even sent the Gardein strips for Bella’s lunch and she eats it up. This I like to call a mom win!

And the last product we have tried and loved is Udi’s Gluten Free Pizza. Again another product that’s grain-free with a sweet potato crust!! YES, delish!

To enjoy and purchase your own click here.

These 4 tips I learned from some of the best mommy bloggers out there. They have helped me so much and I know they will help you too.

For more on these amazing women check their Instagram accounts below.

Amy– Share great tips on her stories

Arin– The Organization queen

Aseky– Busy mom owning every aspect of her life

Clarissa-the queen of clean kitchens before bed