Last night Alex & I gave up our Pumpkin carving kit, and we decided to turn things up a notch with our painting skills. Instead of doing the usual and carve a pumpkin, we really wanted to do something completely different and not as messy. Carving pumpkins can become a very messy date-night, and I wasn’t looking forward to cleaning up all of those guts! Which is why I came up with the idea of turning it into a painting sesh; and honestly it was the BEST idea EVER!
At first Alex was complaining that he isn’t a good painter, but I mean, its not like it was a competition 😂 and he actually did a very good job! I just wanted this to be something fun & relaxing, so we opened up two Red Stripes 🍻, baked a pizza 🍕& got our painting on. In all honesty it was so relaxing, I don’t know if it was the fact that we had Sam Cooke playing in the background or if it was all the painting that was going on, I just felt like we took it easy & enjoyed ourselves fully. I’ve heard that painting can be therapeutic, because it allows the mind to focus on the images at hand and nothing else. The focus on one central topic relieves stress on the mind, and in turn relaxes the body. So this date-night was perfect after a long work-week (for me at least, because poor Alex had to clock-in today).
It’s always nice spending time together, but also finding unique things to-do from the comfort of our home, plus a super inexpensive date-night! You honestly don’t need much; except a few painting brushes, two pumpkins, a couple of acrylic paint kits & some Sam Cooke playing in the background! Oh & of course you’ll also need some cute ideas/designs 💡 for your pumpkins, Alex & I looked up on Pinterest “Pumpkin Painting Ideas” & there was more than a million ideas/designs to choose from!
Casa Lizano is officially ready for Halloween 👻 with our cute pumpkins 🎃 that are giving us all the Disney vibes! We hope you all can enjoy some cute/fun pumpkin decorating during this spooky season & don’t forget to give “pumpkin painting” a try; ya’ll will thank us later! -Enjoy
I mean, who doesn’t love a good ol’ Sunday Brunch? I sure do! Alex & I love going to Bonefish every once in a while for Sunday Brunch, but recently we’ve been brunching from the comfort of our home, because who doesn’t love a lazy Sunday? Especially when you get to enjoy it in the comfort of your favorite PJ’s & Slippers! Alex normally works 11-days straight & then has a 3-day weekend, so we always try to make the best of it whenever he’s got the whole weekend off. And what better way than to celebrate his Sunday off than with brunch?
I’m normally an early bird, no matter what day of the week it is. So while Alex takes a break from his early morning routine for work, I prepare some yummy breakfast & every little thing that we will be needing for Sunday Brunch; Mimosas DUH!💁🏼♀️🥂 So, I thought it’d be nice to share a few of my favorite recipes for your next Sunday Brunch, I hope ya’ll can enjoy!
Western Omelette or Scrambled Eggs :
Alex & I love either of the two, especially when they are packed with yummy ingredients; which is why we always stick to the Western one. Plus it’s super easy to make, and omelettes/scrambled eggs in general are a great choice for a low carb breakfast, because they pack you full of protein and keep you full for quite a while easily.
1 tablespoon butter
3 large eggs (in our case 4-5 large eggs, depending how hungry we are)
1/2 cup onion finely chopped
1/4 cup green bell pepper/red bell pepper finely diced
1/4 cooked ham chopped
1/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese
Salt/pepper to liking
How it’s made :
In a medium bowl beat the eggs well & set aside.
I’m an 8-inch skillet 🍳, melt 1 tbsp of butter, then add in the onion & sauté until tender.
Add in bell peppers and fry until the onions are softened to your liking and the bell peppers are tender crisp.
Add the ham and cook for one more minute while stirring.
Pour the eggs mixture over top of fried ham/vegetable mixture.
Turn down the stove heat to low and cover with a lid for about 4-5 minutes.
Once the eggs are solid and cooked almost through, flip the entire circle and cook for one more minute. But if you’d prefer to eat some yummy scrambled eggs, just scramble them up while adding some cheese & skip the following two steps down below!
Place the cheese on one side of the omelette and fold over the omelette into a half circle shape.
Let the cheese melt inside and then serve.
Homemade Pancakes :
I’m obsessed with pancakes, so whenever I get the chance to munch on them…I definitely do just that!😜 Check out these easy to make homemade pancakes 🥞 from scratch! (Plus, besides adding some sweet syrup; you can also top them off with some freshly cut strawberries & whipped cream!)
1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg (beaten)
1 1/2 cup of milk
How it’s made :
Mix in all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. (Flour, baking powder, sugar, salt)
Whisk egg in a small bowl and add to the above flour mixture along with the milk.
Stir together, until well blended and pour onto hot greased griddle.
Wait until pancakes are bubbling and cooked around the edges and flip.
Garnish with freshly cut strawberries 🍓 & some yummy whipped cream.
I normally always like to have a couple of sides to pair with the Omelette/Scrambled Eggs 🍳& Pancakes 🥞 ; so I always tend to make some wheat or classic toast with butter or jelly. And of course we can’t forget the BACON 🥓; bacon is completely necessary for a Sunday Brunch @ Casa Lizano!
Oh, and we can’t forget the Mimosas either🥂, the most important part of it all 😆! Here’s what I consider the perfect mix for a Mimosa :
1/4 cup pulp-free orange juice
1/4 cup + a splash 😆 sparkling white wine (my personal recommendation would be Prosecco)
How it’s made :
Pour 1/4 cup of orange juice into a champagne flute (this should fill nearly half of the glass).
Pour 1/4 cup of Prosecco into the flute; and of course top it off with some extra splash..you can just eyeball it lol! (I’ve found that, that extra splash is exactly what the drink needs to go from good to GREAT! 🥂
If you’re like me, you can just garnish it with some of the extra freshly cut strawberries 🍓!
Time to enjoy :
Now that I’ve told you a few of my fave things to make for Sunday Brunch, I hope ya’ll can enjoy these easy-to-make recipes & let me know how ya’ll liked them!😘
We’re still on that honeymoon state of mind, but I wish we could be reliving that entire week all over again! When it came to honeymoon 🍯 planning, Alex & I literally had to wait till last minute to actually reserve anything. We were getting married on March 30th, and I kid you not when I am telling you that 2 weeks before the wedding, was when we were finally able to reserve our honeymoon. Ever since Alex started Pharmacy School, we would always have to plan things around his schedule, especially our honeymoon, because he was waiting to see where & when he would start his residency year.
So on March 15th, 2019 at exactly 8:00AM, he finally got that phone call that we were both yearning for so long. He had gotten accepted at the #1 place that he really wanted to do his 1st year of residency & we were finally on the clear to plan our honeymoon. His graduation date was set for May 17th & he still had to study for his board exam before he started the residency program, which only left us with 1 possible week to celebrate our honeymoon. Which was perfect, because all we really wanted to do was take some time off, just for the two of us & disconnect from our normal routine.
Fast forward to one day later, and we were able to get an amazing deal on a 1-week cruise on the Symphony of the Seas by Royal Caribbean Cruise Line & we were finally able to book our honeymoon! The best part of it all, was that we were leaving the day after Alex’s graduation, so it honestly couldn’t have been planned any better! We both needed this time off, but it was extra special for Alex, because he was officially graduating from Pharmacy School, so it was double the celebration!
I personally love cruising, because you don’t really have to worry about anything, everything is literally taken care of for your, and Royal Caribbean really knows how to treat their guests on-board. From the moment we got to the port they were fully aware that we were on our honeymoon & really gave us those extra perks. Not a day passed by, that we didn’t feel like we were both on Cloud 9! Everything about this trip was absolutely perfect; from the service, to our balcony ocean-view cabin, to the food, to the shows & honestly the list can go on. Royal Caribbean is an exceptional cruise line! They’ve got jaw-dropping performances on stage, ice, water and air with entertainment that transcends the stage, literally. Plus they’ve got so many onboard experiences, that it would be imposible for you to get bored on their ships!
Our itinerary included the following ports : (W/ 3 at Sea Days)
Coco Cay Perfect Day
Even though, Alex & I have been to all of these 3 islands, we were both just looking forward to relaxing & trying out different excursions that we probably hadn’t done before. Plus, Coco Cay (which is a private island that is owned by Royal Caribbean) had recently gotten a total facelift 😂, so we were looking forward to checking that out as well.
St. Kitts :
Alex & I really wanted to do the Mount Liamuiga Volcano Hike at St. Kitts, but unfortunately due to the weather they had to cancel this excursion. So we decided to go ATV riding throughout the St. Kitts rainforest (which we were able to see Mount Liamuiga from afar + snap some beautiful pictures) & then ended up at the beach, sipping on tropical drinks while we sun-bathed.
St. Thomas :
At St. Thomas, we sailed away on a Catamaran that took us to Christmas Cove where we snorkeled with sea turtles & stingrays. And later sipped on unlimited rum-punch🍹, while we partied our way back to our cruise ship!
Coco Cay, Perfect Day :
Honestly this day was full of tropical drinks & delicious food by the beach, while we sun-bathed at one of their adults-only beaches. Talk about a perfect 👌🏻 day at Coco Cay!
Days at sea, were just as good as the days that we were roaming the islands 🌴. We took those 3-days at sea to enjoy all the perks the ship has to offer + relax by the adults-only pool with a Piña Colada!🍍🍹Besides the fact that this was our honeymoon, this trip was one of the best, and it’s funny because I feel like I always say the same thing about every other trip, but seriously we couldn’t have selected a better way to spend our honeymoon!💛✨🥂🍯
Once a year the biggest Jewelry International Showcase takes place @ the Miami Beach Convention Center; JIS offers inside access to the hottest jewelry brands, industry leading manufacturers, jewelry wholesalers, and an experience like no other trade show! I was able to attend my first ever JIS last year and I was obsessed with the event! They honestly have the best of the best & makes it much easier to get ready for the Holiday Season with such great jewelry manufacturers.
With the Holidays right around the corner our jewelry experts are hard at work putting the final touches on our fall line @ Marilin’s Jewelry. Being recognized as Miami’s Top Ten Jewelry Store on Yelp ; means having the absolute best customer service, unbeatable prices, and a wide selection of fine and fashion jewelry. It’s important for us to always be up to date on the latest fashion trends. We always strive to have a little bit of everything for everyone’s taste + budget. This is why it’s extremely important that we’d attend the JIS jewelry expo. Like every industry, it’s important for us to reach out and feel part of a larger community of jewelry retailers and manufacturers. We have built lasting relationships with some of the top manufacturers of our industry and will continue to grow our relationships as we expand and grow our business.
We can’t wait to show ya’ll, all the beautiful & unique pieces that we’ll be adding to our collection this Holiday Season! So stay tuned for our JIS Haul on our Instagram page @marilinsjewelry + my top 10 favorite pieces for this Holiday Season! But in the meantime enjoy these snaps 📸 I was able to get while we were shopping 🛍 for ya’ll!💎 -Enjoy
It’s officially Fall Ya’ll, and I couldn’t be any happier! Fall truly is a wonderful time of the year, besides Christmas, it’s like once that clock hits Fall O’clock everything is much nicer. I guess it’s because it means that the Holidays are much closer, and people are finally getting into a much merrier mood! Although we don’t really get to experience all of what Fall has to offer down here in South Florida, we as true Miami-ans, really try to savor in the little things about Fall. From decking out our homes with Pumpkins, to eating anything & everything that contains Pumpkin Spice and wearing flannel shirts with our ankle boots! We honestly don’t waste any time when it comes to Fall!
So, I thought what better way than to celebrate the fact that it’s officially Fall, than with a “Fall 2019 Bucket List”! This way Ya’ll can get some cute/fun ideas for this years Fall, I personally feel like sometimes it’s hard to find time for myself and my family when working 9 long hours 6-days a week, so whenever I make lists and schedule things in that I’d like to-do, it definitely becomes much easier for me to accomplish them, which is why I’ve made it a habit to write things down!
So with no further ado, here’s the 2019 Fall Bucket List!
With Mother’s Day being just a few days away, the race for finding that perfect gift for the woman that raised and loved you begins. I’m pretty sure that I stand with everyone in wanting to give the world to my mother, but since this is reality unfortunately it comes with a budget. This is why I thought what better way to get in the mood than give you guys a little guide for gift ideas for all of your mommas’! I compiled a few ideas that you can find directly in my Amazon Storefront which any mom out there will love and more importantly it won’t drain your bank:
Curling Wand Set : It’s the perfect curling wand set that brings 5 interchangeable ceramic barrels, for 5 different curling styles! Cause you can never have enough looks for any given event. It’s a definite must have for those moms that just got to look their best whether it’s slaying a night out or a PTA meeting.
Apple Watch Series 4 : Just in case you can afford it, nothing says I love you mom quite like an apple product and honestly at that price she better love you back. But seriously if you got a techy mom she’s going to love all the new features that come with this watch, from tracking fitness to sending you cute emojis throughout the day.
Genuine Leather Credit Card Holder : This is perfect for those of you who are looking for something that is inexpensive but still want to get something cute and practical. Personally, I sometimes I’m in a hurry and have to leave the house fast so I just grab my card holder + keys and I’m out the door knowing all my essentials are with me. It fits up to 4 cards + ID slot, has a pocket to carry some cash and best part, it’s available in 19 different colors! Just be careful that she loves it so much that she’ll go after a Dalmatian and try to add to her collection.
Miuco Womens Bamboo Handbag : How cute is this little handbag? This is perfect for those moms that love something handmade and want to spare the life of an animal…just not a plant. Being completely made out of bamboo, it fits perfectly with any outfit and will make a statement for sure.
STEVE by Steve Madden Women’s Greece Sandals : I absolutely love these cuties, they’re available in 7 different colors and they’re total dupes to the Hermès Oran Sandals. She will total be feeling her Greco goddess self during this upcoming summer leaving those in Olympus jealous with envy.
Godiva Chocolatier Gold Ballotin : I mean, who doesn’t love a box of chocolates? I’m not even a mom & I wish that I’d be getting a box of Godiva Chocolates! With over 36 assorted fine chocolates, this is definitely going to hit the sweet spot in your Momma’s!
iRobot Roomba 690 Vacuum: A definite must have for any household, a Roomba will definitely alleviate some of the cleaning duties around the house. With its 3-Stage Cleaning System and Dual Multi-Surface Brushes it picks up everything from small particles to large debris, maintaining the house squeaky clean!
Seven Apparel Hotel Spa Collection Plush Robe: Give your moms’ a little something to use for when she gets out of the shower and relax in while she’s sipping on some morning coffee or something a little stronger, I don’t judge.
Le Chateau Wine Decanter : With this hand blown lead-free crystal decanters you can add radiance to any room or kitchen with a modern yet elegant design. Perfect for those moms’ that enjoy sipping on some wine & actually appreciate the way in which the decanters amplify the ambiance and enhance the purity, aroma and taste of their favorite red or white wine with the wine pourer!
Ekouaer Pajamas Set : Momma’s need a little something comfy to cuddles with & these PJ’s are the perfect lounge wear set + they are available in 39 different styles!
Best Mom Ever Mug: Perfect little mug that your Momma’s can show off at work while they sip on their coffee/tea and let everyone know who the title belongs to. (Not liable if a wrestling style battle ensues.)
Women’s Rivets Bowtie Flip Flops: I’m totally obsessed with these jelly flip flops, they are available in 8 different colors, which makes them very easy to mix & match with any cute outfit. Plus they’re total dupes to the Valentino Garavani Sandals at way less the cost. Though I feel like I should make a fair warning to those that have a Hispanic mother, this can be a projectile.
Personalized Throw Pillow Dear Mom: I’m a sucker for personalized gifts, because it shows the thought you put into the gift. So if your Momma is the same way, I would totally recommend these customizable throw pillows to let her know that you’re always thinking about her.