Tuesday, January 1, 2019

2019: The Best is Yet to Come

Hello friends and Happy New Year! It’s been a while since my last post and I thought I would start 2019 on the right foot and get back on here.

I hope you all had a wonderful time celebrating the holidays with family and friends. We did our usual family traditions of Noche Buena with my family and Christmas brunch with his family, but this year it was a little bit bittersweet. Why you ask? Well, the holidays will be looking a little different next year and that’s because... WE ARE MOVING OUT OF FLORIDA!

Guys. I have waited FOREVER to finally say those words. I moved to Florida when I was 13 and it wasn’t my decision to make the move. Let’s just say, my parents should have owned stock in Tylenol for the amount of headaches I caused while living with them after the move. It was always a dream of mine to move back north and well 20+ years later, that dream is coming true and I could not be more thrilled!

Where are we moving?

After years of strategically vacationing in areas north of us trying to see where we could see us living, we have decided to move to North Carolina.

Why North Carolina?

We have vacationed in North Carolina for years and I have always dreamed of morning there. We took a trip there over the summer to a specific city and did some sightseeing and it just felt like home. It is much more slower paced than Tampa which is what we were looking for because we are just over the ever increasing of people and traffic. It has SEASONS and is just a couple hours away from the mountains. It is also half way between Ohio and Florida where we both have families.

What has also turned out to be an unexpected surprise to me is that my parents have decided to move there as well. Heck, they may end up there before us which makes me laugh when I think about it! I wouldn’t directly admit to them but, deep down, I was hoping they would follow. We will have them there and some other family/friends that we know in the area. Will help make the move to a new place easier and ease the sting of leaving our other family/family friends here in Florida.

I know that with a big move like this there is going to be a lot of planning and work ahead but I’m so ready for it! I’ve already started a Pinterest board on moving but welcome any tips or advice you have to share with me. Leave them in the comments!

Needless to say, I am so excited for this year because the best is yet to come.


Friday, September 14, 2018

Friday Five | No. 26

Hello friends. I'm back with a Friday Five post for you. It's been a hot minute since I've posted one. Sorry about that.

With Fall right around the corner (official first day is September 22 yay!), 4 out of my 5 are Fall related.

ONE | Tiffany Bonilla Fall home decor

To say I am obsessed with this girls IG account (@tiffboni) would be a huge understatement. She is a creative genius when it comes to decorating and entertaining. Her account is definitely where I get a lot of inspiration for my own decorating. Her decorations are not only affordable but also DIYs that were inspired by more expensive pieces.

She recently posted pictures and stories on Instagram of her Fall decor and I'm in love. It motivated me to start decorating my place but I still need to get some additional pieces to get to her level, for sure. If you are in need of some inspiration go check out her IG. But I must warn you, you will go down a rabbit hole looking at all her pics and you may start to hate her a bit. Perhaps hate is a strong word because she seems like cool people, more jealous of her amazing skills!

TWO | Fall Tees

While perusing Pinterest for Fall decor inspo, I came across a pin of a Fall t-shirt from The Pink Lilly Boutique. On the weekends, my wardrobe is extremely casual. Typically a t-shirt of some sort with either shorts, jeans or yoga pants. It's easy and comfortable which is what I strive for on the weekends. I loved the Fall themed shirts on this site and decided to purchase the two pictured above. Can't wait for them to arrive!

THREE | Panera Autumn Squash Soup

Guys. Do yourself a favor and get the Autumn Squash soup the next time you are at Panera. It is DELICIOUS! This will be a staple Pick Two item for the season for me.

FOUR | Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Last weekend, the Mr. baked Pumpkin Whoopie Pies per my request and I have been enjoying them this week. The actual recipe that he followed is in a Fall Baking magazine we purchased last year however I found a similar online recipe for reference. Our recipe calls for toffee bits vs chopped pecans and WHOA, talk about game changer.

FIVE | Carrie Underwood "Love Wins"

Okay for a non-Fall related topic, Carrie Underwood released a music video this week for the song Love Wins and I love the message. It's no secret that I am a big fan of hers and I just appreciate how a lot of her songs have a positive message which we could really use nowadays. I can't tell y'all how many times a week I contemplate deactivating my FB account because of the negativity that floods my newsfeed. If we could all learn to love, be quick to listen, slow to respond and slow to anger, we would be in a much better world.

Also, has anyone purchased her new album yet? What do you think?


Friday, September 7, 2018

VB Celebrates 10

Confession. I was and still am a huge Spice Girls fan. Posh spice was my girl! I saw this video the other day and it made me smile. I loved all the Spice Girls references and being able to see Victoria's silly side.

After watching this video, it led me down a rabbit hole of Spice Girls videos. Who remembers when they reunited to perform at the 2012 Olympics closing ceremony? I was on cloud nine reliving my high school days.

Seriously, if ever they were to go on tour and come to the US, I will be buying tickets!