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November 16, 2018

Restroom Update with little to No Budget

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We have been slowly making process in our new house to make our home. It was updated when we first purchased it a year ago, but still needed a few of our touches! There are a few big projects in our 5-year plan but for now, we are updating room by room, making it our own until we give it a total facelift!

One of the rooms that always tends to get forgotten in the restrooms. We keep very clean, stocked, closed and that’s about it. With the holidays already here I thought I would give our half restroom a little update. Our restroom in on the hallway that separates our kitchen and formal dining right in front of the laundry. Hence the fact why we tend to forget about it!

 

Now, this restroom was slightly updated with a mirror, new tile, and new toilet before we moved in, but my awesome hubby refinished the grout to a dark grey instead of the preexisting white when he did our kitchen. That alone, gave it a whole different look for less than $14 and we still had left over after doing both rooms and a hallway!

 

I added a few finishing touches that gave it an updated look on a dime. I found this rug and similar decorations at Family Dollar when I went to pick up Scott® Comfort Plus™ Toilet Paper.  

I love that

While there are a close to a million kinds of toilet paper, we use Scott® Comfort Plus Toilet Paper for all our restroom in our home because is 5 in 1- soft, strong, thick, absorbent and keeps my drains clog-free. Plus we have a little princess who loves toilet paper and thinks the potty does too, so all very important since she probably uses this restroom 4853850 times a day! It’s 3x stronger for unbeatable comfort and not only that but it’s is better than the competition, and is preferred over Angel Soft.

I spent less than $20 in this room and it’s already a little cozier! We plan to add shelves and get a new vanity but for now, I’m in love and it’s just what this room needed! You can also do yours! Make a trip to your local Family Dollar and don’t forget to stock up on Scott® Comfort Plus™ Toilet Paper.   for 24 CT Big Roll at $7.95.

 

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November 15, 2018

Easy Homemade Mashed Potato

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This is not your typical holiday post because for us mashed potatoes are always a must but with Thanks Giving around the corner, well gosh next week. I wanted to share with everyone this easy mashed potato the whole family can enjoy and help in the progress!

To be honest this is probably the only thing I make for Thanksgiving. We buy our Turkey Dinner but somehow there is never enough mashed potatoes. I make these and my family loves them and devours them instantly! Without further ado, here is the recipe and the cutest little helper on a cold day!

 

 

Ingredients;

10 lbs bag of Potatoes

1 Land’ O Lakes Squeezable Spread bottles

1/2- 1 cup of Milk

Salt, pepper, and cheese to taste

Mashed potatoes are usually pretty easy, wash, rinse and boil but if you want to take make it one step faster, place half the potatoes in a bag and microwave for 6-8 minutes and done!

I decided to boil this set while I was tending my little helper but again it’s when you need it in a rush! Then, I placed all my potatoes in my stand mixer, added Land’ O Lakes Squeezable and milk. Land’ O   Lakes Squeezable Spread is so easy and fast for everyone, that my little helper had a little too much fun with it and asked to do it 5 times, and even added more to her own mashed potatoes.

These beautiful plates are the new Everyday Collection from Lifeway. Love the message

Land’ O Lakes Squeezable Spread it’s very easy to squeeze and it’s a spread made with real butter perfect for pancakes, pasta, and toast! Be sure to get yours at your local Kroger and tell me what you made with it!

 

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October 31, 2018

Why we choose not to celebrate Halloween

 

Hey guys,

Today, being October 31st I wanted to share our reasoning for not celebrating Halloween. I know many will pull out the religious card and it’s true, but every year I get asked why we don’t partake in this “holiday” and today I wanted to take the time to explain as to why.

I came from Cuba almost 20 years ago and we come to find many new traditions and Halloween was one of them. In Cuba, we don’t have Halloween, Thanksgiving and we do Christmas a whole lot different. I will go into details on another post but I have teamed up with a close friend to share our view on Halloween.

As a 9 year in a new country, where candy was so good and different my first Halloween was hard. I saw my friends dressing up, talking about where they were going and kids ring the doorbell a lot, as I stayed inside. It was hard and I didn’t quite understand it so when I asked my mom why we didn’t celebrate it she answered honestly, or in her view.

She said we didn’t celebrate the devil.

I didn’t quite understand it until I was older and our church started showing us why. Is not what my mom said entirely, but it is, as a matter of fact, a day where people with very bad intentions take advantage of. I won’t go into the history of Halloween but I invite all of you on the other side of the screen to read it. Take a few minutes and look at the story of Halloween and how it started but more than anything this post is to answer the many questions.

So let’s gets started…

I have never in my 28 years of life celebrated a Halloween. We use to sit at home watch TV and turn our porch light off. People still rang the doorbell but we ignored it.

I have never gotten dressed.

I have never gone out to trick -or -treating.

My husband and I are both on the same page.

Our daughter, while a minor, will also follow this.

When Bella and baby sissy get older, Lester and I will sit down with them and explain what we were taught and why we choose for our family not to be involved. I won’t lie, at times this year it has been hard since most of the shows Bella watches have episodes of Halloween and it’s hard to teach a 3-year-old about it.

We decided to tell her we don’t like it and we don’t watch it. She is not interested in dressing up or anything related to it as she has never been involved.

I get it, this may not be for many people and to each their own. For us, this is how we do it.

Our church makes it a lot easier since today we have a Jesus Festival. We don’t bash Halloween, our kids don’t get dressed up and we don’t give candy out. It’s a day where we celebrate our life and our God.

We have games, rides, and food for all our kids.

The kids enjoy a beautiful play, bouncy houses and if it doesn’t rain we even have a petting zoo. I wish I would have had this growing up and that’s one of the many reasons I love my church. I want Bella and sissy to enjoy every day because it is a day the Lord created. And when they are older, who knows maybe we will make October 31st a family day and skip school.

Like everything in life, this is our alternative way.

This is not to say you are doing wrong or that I’m doing it wrong, but just like anything in else parenting, we each have our own style and this is ours.

This is how we have chosen to raise our children.

Thank you for reading this and feel free to email me or leave a comment if you have any questions.

Follow us on Instagram and watch our stories to see a little bit more of our night!

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September 20, 2018

A quick 5 minute lunch

This post is sponsored by Pearls® but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Hey guys,

It’s definitely been a while and I have missed this space so much! Starting next week I will be rolling out more posts and a lot more content, so stay a while!

But today I want to talk about a quick lunch I recently discovered since really we are all on the struggle bus. Not to mention the fact that I’m pregnant and I’m really ON the struggle bus most of the time!

I kid you not, I don’t remember being this tired with Bella. I’m working on a few diet changes because all I really want all day is a bed. But, back to the lunch, cooking has never been my forte but my people have to eat.

Ingredients:

Chicken

Mayo

Dijon Mustard

Salt

Apples

Crackers

Musco Family Pearls

You’ll need a roasted chicken from your favorite store, yes guys I hate cooking, you can also boil chicken breast at home if you are the cooking type! 😉

Shred the chicken. (another tip: put that chicken in the stand mixer for a few second and ta-da. Shredded chicken in secs, literally)

Mix in the mayo, salt and any other seasoning of your choice.

I love my fruit, so I usually add raisins or apples or even cranberries. I gives it an extra sweetness to it. I just love it!

My husband loves olives but Bella is not quite taken by them so I love having my Musco pearls on the side so my hubby can have it all. They come in little cute to go containers and are just delicious!

I’m packing a cup for the hubby for lunch too. Perfect and (easy) snack! Healthy too!

That’s it!

Take your chicken salad and you can eat it on a sandwich or with crackers.

And this quick chicken salad lunch also works as a great dip at your next party!

That’s all for today guys! Hope to see you back soon! More post about the baby bump to come!

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June 23, 2018

Pregnancy Gift Basket

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 The moment I found out I was expecting Bella my whole world changed. Aside from being horribly sick, I was the happiest women in the entire world. I wanted to shout it from the rooftops, of course without throwing up a lung. It was also one of my hardest moments. I wanted to know everything and googled almost 183,840 times a day. I wanted to make sure I was taking care of myself and my baby. If you have googled anything you know it’s probably not the best idea ever. The results will take you on 200 directions and at least in one of them, you’ll end up dead.  All of this to say pregnancy is the first step on a very unknown road no matter if this is your first rodeo or you have done it a few times. They do say every pregnancy and child is different right?! To help with the unknown I have decided to make a pregnancy gift basket full of goodies I loved during my pregnancy with Bella and all which will be in use with any future pregnancies, plus half of my friends are pregnant. Let’s start!
Water Bottle: We should all be taking at least 8 glasses of 8oz of water daily but honestly, I know most people don’t even do 4 glasses.I have figured out that if I find a cup I like enough is more likely that I drink from it. Many times I carry just your old regular water bottle and keep reusing it over and over again!

 Nature Made® Prenatal Multi + DHA (200mg) 150ct. softgels: These are one of the things I researched like crazy. I ended up going with and never looked back. I started taking my vitamins 6 months before we started trying and all throughout my pregnancy. I love that it comes in a gel pack and I get no extra (unwanted) flavors, on top of that it’s one dosage and done! It’s very easy to swallow, and again it’s just one softgel! #winning Definitely my choice of vitamins next time around. They also provide

 essential vitamins and minerals (before and during pregnancy) including Folic Acid, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Iodine, Vitamin B12, and Vitamin D3.†

Blanqi Girls Support Tank: I’m 5’0 and I usually have a big belly by 6 months, which looks more like a 9 months belly and my back knows it. I bought two tanks with Bella and they saved my back. If you have never heard of these girls, believe you need one!

Saltine Crackers: Honestly this will probably be the only thing you’ll hold down and adding a sleeve in your bag is just what your body needs.

Preggers Tshirt: Once you have decided that it time to tell the world I love a good tee that can be worn later one with a dress underneath.

Coconut oil with Gentle Baby: The first time around I used a stretch mark cream and it helped a lot but it wasn’t enough so next time I want to try something new. I made this cream for my tummy and I can’t wait to use it!  I mix it with coconut oil and Gentle baby oil by Young Living.

A Notebook: I love to write and writing letters to my baby was one of my favorite things. It’s something that I give to every new mom as pregnancy may seem long but each moment brings such peace! Most of these items I used with Bella and once we get pregnant again we will be adding all of these into our life!

The best thing you can get Nature Made Prenatal® Multi + DHA (200mg) 150ct. softgels  at your local Sam’s Club! No need to order them and wait for them to be delivered.

What would you include? Is there something that helped you through your pregnancy?

†These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.