Friday, September 22, 2017

2017 Fall Bucket List

Happy first of Fall, y'all! Every year, I like to create a Fall Bucket List. When it comes to seasons, Fall is my top fave with Winter coming in second place. This is probably one of the biggest reasons that I want to get out of Florida. I want to experience seasons, especially Fall! Not having the cooler temps and colors of foliage here make Fall "activities" not so fun. I don't get that feeling, you know? Plus, you sweat your toots off if you try to dress in fall apparel. So, needless to say, my bucket list is Florida style.

Host a Pumpkin Painting Party
Drink a Pumpkin Spice Latte
Bake Fall Treats
Watch Hocus Pocus
Visit a Pumpkin Patch
Go to Disney to see Fall decor
Take Fall Road Trip

What are your Fall bucket list items??


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

YouTube | Get To Know Me!

I've recorded my second video and it's live on YouTube! Get to know me as I answer some fun questions in this video. :)

If you have any video suggestions, let me know in the comments!


Friday, September 15, 2017

Friday Five | No. 21

It's possible that I've said this before but this week has been one of the LONGEST weeks ever. Hurricane Irma definitely left her mark in Florida this week. So many people were out of commission at work thanks to either having evacuated the state or power outages that lasted days. We were working with a skeleton crew and then had to pull more than half of that crew to support another team that was experiencing major technical issues. It was just nuts. I was beat by Tuesday and couldn't remember what day it was. It was all a blur. I am so happy that it's Friday.

ONE Hispanic Heritage Month

Lately, it's been very disappointing to see all the challenges that Latinos in this country have been facing as immigrants. Many who have sacrificed so much to come to this country in search of a better life for themselves and their loved ones. Through perseverance and determination, many have been successful and made a difference in their community and in this country. Today is the start of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15) which celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

TWO | iPhone X

Apple released the news of the next iPhone. Initial thoughts... WHY did they get rid of the rose gold?! The 2% conspiracy theorist in me is not sure how I feel about the facial recognition. The selling point of that for me is the opportunity to make animojis. I live for emojis and this is taking it to a whole other level!

THREE | Hearth & Hand

Shut the front door. Two of my FAVES are coming together! Target and Magnolia. All the tears of joy!! November 5th could not come soon enough! Can you tell my excitement by the overuse of '!' ?

FOUR | 10 Pound Donut

THIS guys. This is what dreams are made of... my dreams at least. If you were to ask my friends or co-workers, "What is the first thing that pops in your mind when you think of Vicky?", I assure you that 99% of those responses would be donuts. When someone tagged me in this Facebook post, my jaw seriously dropped. Obviously, I immediately tagged the husband and commented that we needed to make vacation in Cali and stay at this hotel. I WANT THAT DONUT! #vickyrunsondonuts

FIVE | Too Faced Peaches and Cream Collection

Okay, y'all know I'm a sucker for cute packaging and this collection has me all heart eyes and high five emojis. I seriously want everything in this collection! However that would be excessive and the husband would frown upon that unnecessary shopping spree. But I WANT IT!


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Lessons I learned from Hurricane Irma

I've lived in Florida for 20 years and this is the first time that I've had real concern of danger as a result of hurricane. We've had some close calls, but those that have made landfall in Florida have been in other areas. This time it was different. No one in Florida was escaping the intense force and size of Irma. It was like a scene from the movie The Day after Tomorrow, which I happened to watch yesterday, with how the state disappeared off the map once the storm was over us. It was crazy!

Now that it has past us, I am thankful that we did not experience any major issues. We were one of the lucky ones that didn't lose any power or cable. There are some trees in our neighborhood that were damaged and lots of leaves/small branches on the ground. Seriously, not bad considering the wind that we experienced last night! I think in my area we had winds that were around the 70's. It felt like the windows were going to blow off at some point. I would have thought there would have been more damage in my street.

With all that being said, this scare sure taught me some lessons:

1) Have a hurricane supply kit. You hear the news anchors and meteorologists say this at the beginning of every hurricane season. And of course, I don't really think about it until we have a possible hurricane threat in our area. At that point, it's pointless because not only did I not plan ahead and have a hurricane supply kit, everyone else didn't either. This means that the shelves of batteries, candles, flashlights, etc are empty. That is exactly what happened leading up to Irma. Well, lesson learned. I have pinned a couple lists that I will be using for starters as I create kits for us and the pups.

2) Purchase some non-perishable foods at the beginning of hurricane season. Since it is just the Mr. and I, we don't eat a lot of processed food so we don't typically have a lot of food in the pantry. Well, very much like the hurricane supplies, non-perishable food items were cleared off the shelves leading up to Irma. Water, bread, canned food, even the TUNA! It was like the apocalypse, y'all. I think that for hurricane season sake, it would be good to stock up on some of those items, even if it's not our usual diet.

3) Invest in a generator. While we were fortunate to not have lost power, a lot of people we know did lose power. Some of them have a generator which is great because depending on the situation and location, it can takes days to get restored. NOT a situation I want to be in. I am not sure the cost of generators, but still might be worth the investment.

So those are some of my take-aways. I will say, that even with these lessons, I think the most important thing is to keep calm. I know that's easier said than done when faced with this type of threat that we have absolutely no control over, but stressing is not going to make things better. Stress and panic makes you not think logically and do things impulsively.

Again, considering the original size of this storm and the havoc that it wreaked in the Caribbean, I am so grateful that we are safe and sound. People, the power of prayer and our God is greater than any emergency kit, checklist, storm preparation we can do. I am grateful for all those that kept us in their prayers as we waited and hoped for the best. While we were spared, I urge you all to continue to pray for those that were impacted. I know there was a lot of destruction in the Caribbean and those in southern Florida. Pray for peace and strength as the families impacted begin the restoration process. If you are able to donate money or time to help the victims, please do consider doing so even if it's small. Any amount counts.

Now, it's time to start prepping because hurricane season doesn't end until November 30!


Friday, September 8, 2017

Friday Five | No. 20

It's Friday y'all! Thanks to the holiday weekend, last weekend, this work week was shorter and I so much appreciated it! While it wasn't really to crazy at work itself, it's been nuts thanks to Hurricane Irma. So let's kick off this Friday Five with a little hurricane talk, shall we?

ONE | Hurricane Irma

Every time a hurricane is slated to come to Florida, I realize how UNPREPARED we are for any worst case scenario. I guess I don't feel too bad given that in the past few days, it's been mad chaos in the stores with shelves of water, bread, and survival equipment clearing out. Note to self: Work on the hurricane kit ASAP. We are somewhat fortunate that the eye of the storm has now shifted more to the east (but that could change any time). Still have to be concerned of high winds and rain, but not to the extent had we been in the direct line of path. Saying prayers for all those that have already been affected by the storm or in the path of the storm.

TWO | YouTube Video

In case you missed it, I created my first video on YouTube. Say what?! After YEARS of saying I want to do it, I finally took the leap and did it. I shared it on Facebook and was seriously overwhelmed with the response I received. I had so many views and people leaving me comments, direct messaging me, texting me, EVEN giving me compliments in person. Gosh. For the longest time, I held off on sharing this blog with anyone because I was afraid of people's reaction, mainly their criticism. Wishing I had started and shared this sooner! I plan on recording another video this weekend. Stay tuned!

THREE | Baby Number Three

Hot off the Royal Press! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (you know, my bff) are expecting baby number three! I was flipping through pictures of Prince George and Princess Charlotte... they some cute kids. Did anyone see George's first day of school pics? Adorbs.

Kensington Palace // Twitter
Let the guessing game for baby name begin. I am holding out for Victoria cause duh, we bffs.

FOUR | The Sinner

Any other crazies watching this show? So, if I'm to be honest... I started watching it simply because Jessica Biel was in it and was kinda expecting it to be a bust. Not a fan of Jessica Biel. Didn't care for her in her 7th Heaven Days. #TeamJustney4eva

Well, have they proved me wrong! That ish is nuts! When we first started watching it, we thought we had figured out the plot, but this show is one of those shows that has a twist in almost every episode. It's an 8 part series and this week is part 6, so we are getting to the end. I want to know what happened!

FIVE | T-Swift is back!

I'm sure everyone is probably tired of hearing and seeing this on FB etc, but I am living for T Swift's two new singles. I will admit, it was not love at first sight with Look What You Made Me Do, but after listening to it on repeat like ten times, it grew on me. The girl knows how to make some catchy songs. I'm just sayin'. Counting down til November 10.


Monday, September 4, 2017

Hello YouTube! The Making of My First Video

Guys. This has been a LONG TIME coming. I've been wanting to make a video for too long and I've finally made it happen.

Not too shabby for my first video. It took a much longer than I thought it would. I definitely have a lot to learn and perhaps some better equipment to invest in if I really plan on doing more videos. It seriously took me half a day to record, re-cord, edit and upload. Sheesh!

I won't say much more about the video because I know I will become very critical of myself and I don't want to do that. I'm just happy that I DID IT!

If you watch it, please let me know what you think!