Need a new planner? I have a suggestion or two!

Need a new planner? I have a suggestion or two!

If you are in search of a new planner, I may have a great suggestion for you!

I have used planners for a very long time (10+ years) so I know what to look for when I need a new one. A few requirements include:

  • A glimpse of the entire calendar year
  • A glimpse of every month
  • A weekly view for each month
  • A few blank pages for notes, inspiration, affirmations, goals, etc.
  • And it must be pretty (and preferably pink)
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Happy July & A Warm Welcome to New Readers!

We are officially halfway through the year – like WUUUT?!? As much as I enjoy summertime, I am actually ready to fast forward to the fall season simply because I am not traveling anywhere, lol! (At this point, I have no trips planned for this month.) And since I have an outdoor space to enjoy, I am ready to sit on my rooftop patio to enjoy the cool breeze with a homemade pumpkin spice latte in hand. (Ugh, I know, so basic.) Anyway, I am looking forward to making this month a productive one – per usual. If you are new to the blog, welcome. Here’s a virtual hug from me to you! At the beginning of every month, I like to give new readers shoutouts. 😉 And normally, I keep it short and simple, but this month, I want to give you an in-depth introduction about myself. I want you to know the meaning behind my blog and why I decided to create this online escape.

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Top 5 Posts in May

Top 5 Posts in May

I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I spent mine in Dallas celebrating the little sister’s birthday. It was a nice getaway and a great time with the fam bam.

I normally share the top five blog posts from the previous month during the first week of the new month, however, I delayed it a bit this month. I do this to help those with crazy schedules. I know life is hectic so this is my way of giving you the scoop. The top five blog posts from May were:

  1. May Giveaway Deets – Thank you to those who entered last month’s giveaway! It was actually the first giveaway of the year. The winner was randomly selected (selection process was shared through IG stories). I would love to do another giveaway this summer so stay tuned as I begin to brainstorm fresh ideas.
  2. Strawberry Mint Margarita – Guys, if you have yet to try this recipe, you are missing out on a helluva margarita.
  3. Changing Gears: A Journey of Discovery – To find out how I flipped the script on one of the hardest years of my professional career, this one is for you.
  4. Tips for the First Time Homebuyer – The title says it all. If you are about to purchase a home, or plan to in the near future, I compiled a list of tips for you.
  5. Our Home Buying Experience – I finally opened up about our home buying experience. I covered details about the whole thing so if you are curious about what went down, check it out.

That’s a wrap for tonight. Here’s to a productive week ahead. I am excited to do a try on haul later this week – more about this here.

xx

A Healthy Frosting Alternative

A Healthy Frosting Alternative

Nothing like a YUMMY and FRESH-out-the-oven funfetti or strawberry cupcake on your birthday, huh?!? Well, at least in our house. We LOVE funfetti and strawberry flavored cupcakes. The hubby’s birthday was yesterday and I knew I wanted to bake a batch of cupcakes with a delicious healthy frosting recipe. The good news? I found one worth sharing!

I love to give credit where it’s due so I’ll link the original recipe here. The only reason I modified it was because I prefer a subtle hint of sweet, not a fan of sweet frosting. (And when I read to use one cup of powdered sugar, I was like, “No way, Jose.” But this is a judgement-free zone – you do you, honey.)

Here is what you’ll need to make my version:

  • 2 cups of non-fat plain greek yogurt (I used 3 Chobani cups.)
  • 4 tablespoons of white powdered sugar, or to taste (for a sweeter flavor, add more)
  • 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract

Step 1

Drain the greek yogurt by placing a strainer over a bowl. Add the yogurt on the strainer and wrap it with plastic wrap to cover the yogurt.

Step 2

Place the yogurt in the fridge to drain. The recommended time to drain is at least 2 hours but overnight is preferred. (I drained the yogurt for two days but not on purpose…I just couldn’t finish the process sooner.)

Step 3

Once the yogurt is drained, add it to a clean bowl. Next, you will add the remaining ingredients – powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Mix until the mixture thickens.

Step 4

Let the frosting begin! Be sure to wait until the cupcakes (or cake) are cool enough to frost, otherwise, the frosting will melt away.

I used a zip blog bag to create cute designs – or least I tried to create cute designs, LOL!

If you decide to try this frosting, please let me know your thoughts! The hubby liked it so you can bet I will continue to use this recipe in the future.

xx

Tips on Selecting and Caring For Quality Clothing Pieces

Tips on Selecting and Caring For Quality Clothing Pieces

As much as I love to shop for new clothes, and refresh my wardrobe on a daily basis, I strongly believe in purchasing clothing pieces that will last for years to come. And no, they don’t always happen to be designer pieces. When I shop, I look for a few things that will let me know if something will last a while, or not. I’ve rounded up these tips below to let you know what I look for. They’re simple, easy to follow steps that I think you’ll appreciate as you refresh the wardrobe. Here is what I look for when it comes to selecting quality clothing pieces…

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Takeaways from The Five Love Languages

Takeaways from The Five Love Languages

Happy, happy Monday! Hope you’re having a wonderful day so far. I am feeling a little sore from our run yesterday, but other than that, I feel quite refreshed. The hubby and I had a nice weekend of connectedness. I am using the word connectedness because we did a lot together, and for some reason, didn’t feel the rush or pressure we typically feel. As some of you know, we have been working on the home pretty much every weekend since we bought it and there’s always this feeling of anxiety for getting things done. It can be exhausting if we don’t break from our routine. Hence, a run at the park 😉

Something about this weekend was refreshing. I have yet to put my finger on it but I am going to guess it’s because Jose spoke my love language all weekend long.

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Home Decorating Tips

Home Decorating Tips

It is safe to say we have learned SO much during the home decorating process. We have had complete fails and (a few) wins along the way. For the past eight months, I’ve compiled a list of lessons to share with you to save you from the pain and exhaustion, if possible. I hope these tips are helpful as you begin to decorate your home!

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Our Home Buying Experience

Our Home Buying Experience

It has been a little over eight months since we purchased the home. Eight months. And we are still working on the house, lol. The process has been a loooooong one. I told Jose the other day, my goal is to be 90% complete by the one year mark. (I want some things to be incomplete on purpose so I can continue to shop for the home whenever traveling is allowed again. I’ve always dreamt of purchasing home decor in Paris or Mexico.)

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