Succulent Garden @ Casa Lizano :

Succulent Garden @ Casa Lizano :

Happy Saturday Ya’ll!! I just wanted to pop in here and say HI 🙋🏼‍♀️ and also talk to you guys about a little something Alex & I created when this whole pandemic started. I thought it would be a great idea to do so, because tomorrow we will be spending the whole day doing a few ‘Home Improvements’ around Casa Lizano, so I thought it would definitely set-up the mood for tomorrow!

As many of you guys know, when this whole pandemic started I was basically stuck working from home – all while Alex was non-stop at the hospital. Even though I technically never really stopped working, I did find myself creating a little work-schedule, because I also wanted to take this time to relax & reflect on different projects I had in mind. I didn’t want it to feel like I was working more than before, so I would take little breaks here and there throughout my day. One day, Alex was actually home and we decided to swing by a local nursery so we could get some cute plants for our home. I specifically wanted to get plants that would add some pop of color inside our house, because I felt like our walls were to plain. So the idea was to create a wall garden inside the house, but I wasn’t sure how I wanted to set them up. So we went ahead and got a few succulents that day and just brought them home to figure out exactly what we wanted to do.

In my opinion the best place for ‘home decor’ ideas is on Pinterest, but Pinterest can get complicated very quickly because you can find so many cute ideas all at once and that could be a little intimidating sometimes, because you loose a sense of creativity along the way. I noticed that Alex & I had about the same ideas for what we wanted to do, but Alex was leaning more towards having the wall garden outside in the yard rather than somewhere inside the house. He felt like it would be better for watering purposes and also because he was afraid they wren’t going to get enough sunlight indoors. So in a way we were kinda lost as to what to-do for quite some time. I’m not gonna lie, these succulents stayed outside for over a month until we finally decided what we were going to do with them, and in the meantime I continued purchasing more & more succulents every chance that I passed by the nursery. We had so many plants & succulents that we had to-do two wall gardens instead of one, which worked out perfectly because we both got what we wanted at the end, an indoor and outdoor wall garden 🌵!

Here’s a list of all of the succulents, plants & tools needed to create our indoor and outdoor wall garden :

Succulents & Plants :

  • Money Tree
  • Mini Phalaenopsis Orchids
  • Dracaena Trifasciata
  • Mammillaria
  • Perle Von Nurberg
  • Green Prince
  • Wax Agave
  • Jade
  • Echeveria-Desert Rose
  • Candelabra Cactus
  • Lety’s Sedeveria
  • Grafted Color Top Cactus

Tools :

Since we had so many succulents and orchids, we decided to replant a few in the same pots. The pots that we ended up purchasing were a little bigger than expected, but I loved the fact that they were plastic & looked as if they were porcelain because of its design/texture. So giving up the pots for different ones wasn’t gonna be an option for me, and we had so many small succulents that we could get away with replanting two-in-one! So after we replanted all of the succulents & orchids, it was time to figure out how we were going to place them, as you guys can see we did 3 rows going horizontal and vertically with enough spaces for each individual plant. I love how clean and modern the gardens look both indoors and outdoors. The great part of it all, is that you can actually rearrange the plants every so often, cause all you have to do is move the pots around. So whenever we notice that a few plants might need a little more sunlight, we just move it outside and bring a few of the outdoor plants back inside. So in a way, the garden itself is very versatile and you’re not stuck with the same view for forever!

I hope you guys enjoy creating these wall gardens, just as much as we did and don’t forget to let us know in the comments down below what type of plants, succulents and orchids you used to make your own wall garden! 💛✨🌵🌸

XOXO, Yesi 🥂

Game Night – Date Night :

Game Night – Date Night :

Since this whole quarantine thing started, I’ve found myself getting a little more creative when it comes to planning our Date Nights! I absolutely love planning date nights that involve PJ’s & some good wine, I mean, you don’t have to necessarily go-out all the time + it’s super pocket friendly! But one thing I did realize was that, we had never done a game-night date night! Of course, we hadn’t done it yet, because we actually didn’t have any board games at home. When we first moved in, we didn’t think of purchasing board games and I honestly feel like board-games is a total must-have! Thankfully Target came to the rescue and they had an amazing BOGO deal, in which you buy 2-games and get 1-FREE. We couldn’t miss out in the opportunity so we went ahead and purchased a few games that we knew we definitely needed.

We absolutely LOVE game nights, it’s one of our top favorite ways to pass some time and the great part of game-night date night, is that you probably don’t have to waste a single cent. Unless you’re like us and didn’t have a single game at home. But if you were smart enough to buy them ahead of time, all you gotta do is open a nice bottle of wine, set out a cheese board and challenge each other to a bet. Plus, if you ever want to host a double date once this whole quarantine is over, a game night is a fantastic at home date night idea for a group date or a double date! I personally love being competitive and seeing Alex’s competitive side!

Here Are Some Great Games For Couples :

Don’t Forget About :

Once you’ve got everything set out, you can’t forget about some yummy snacks and a great playlist to have playing in the background. This will just set the whole mood up for the evening. I’ve usually prepared cheese boards whenever Alex & I have a little date night at home, but I was thinking, that maybe this weekend I can try making something a little different, like some yummy “Truffled Popcorn”. We shall see 💁🏼‍♀️, but for now I hope you guys enjoy this little idea with your lovers this weekend!

XOXO, Yesi 🥂

Curry Tuna Dip :

Curry Tuna Dip :

Now that we basically devoured our favorite dip; I honestly couldn’t wait till tomorrow to give you all the sweet deets of this recipe — here’s something yummy & quick you can make for any in-home date-night or for whenever this whole quarantine is over and you can finally have a friends & family gathering!

Ingredients :

  • 3 Cans of Tuna
  • 1 Lime
  • 1 White Onion (diced)
  • Mayonnaise
  • Curry Powder
  • Cilantro (chopped)
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Sliced Almonds

How it’s Made :

  1. Drain cans of tune and make sure that there’s no remaining liquid, you won’t want the consistency to be watery. You will continue by adding each ingredients individually and mixing in between each ingredients.
  2. Dice the white onion & mix into the tuna.
  3. Squeeze the lime & mix into tuna.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons of Mayonnaise & mix into tuna.
  5. Start adding Curry powder and mix until the tuna starts turning green or to taste.
  6. Chop cilantro & add into mixture.
  7. Add dried cranberries & sliced almonds to taste and mix all together.
  8. Serve with Ritz Crackers & Enjoy!

Bon Appétit

XOXO, Yesi 🥂

Date Night @ Casa Lizano Pumpkin Painting :

Date Night @ Casa Lizano Pumpkin Painting :

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!

Alex’s Pumpkin : The Nightmare Before Christmas Jack Skellington & Yesi’s Pumpkin : Monsters Inc. Mike Wazowski

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

XOXO, Yesi🥂

Sunday Brunch @ Casa Lizano :

Sunday Brunch @ Casa Lizano :

Peep 👀 my PJ’s & Slippers 💛👌🏻

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.

Ingredients :

  • 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 :

  1. In a medium bowl beat the eggs well & set aside.
  2. I’m an 8-inch skillet 🍳, melt 1 tbsp of butter, then add in the onion & sauté until tender.
  3. Add in bell peppers and fry until the onions are softened to your liking and the bell peppers are tender crisp.
  4. Add the ham and cook for one more minute while stirring.
  5. Pour the eggs mixture over top of fried ham/vegetable mixture.
  6. Turn down the stove heat to low and cover with a lid for about 4-5 minutes.
  7. 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!
  8. Place the cheese on one side of the omelette and fold over the omelette into a half circle shape.
  9. 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!)

Ingredients :

  • 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 :

  1. Mix in all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. (Flour, baking powder, sugar, salt)
  2. Whisk egg in a small bowl and add to the above flour mixture along with the milk.
  3. Stir together, until well blended and pour onto hot greased griddle.
  4. Wait until pancakes are bubbling and cooked around the edges and flip.
  5. Garnish with freshly cut strawberries 🍓 & some yummy whipped cream.

Sides :

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!

Mimosas :

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 :

Ingredients :

  • 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 :

  1. Pour 1/4 cup of orange juice into a champagne flute (this should fill nearly half of the glass).
  2. 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! 🥂
  3. 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!😘

XOXO, Yesi 🥂

Home Sweet Home!

Home Sweet Home!

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As we all may fully be aware of by now, adulting is a pretty hard concept. What with having to work and pay for things, who wouldn’t long for the good ole days of being a kid and not having a care in the world except waking up in time to watch Saturday morning cartoons. However hard it may be, nothing is more adult than having to move out into your own pace. It can be tough, having to leave the home that you grew up in and start a life all on your own. I personally felt like it was a bittersweet moment when I finally left because I was so used to always living with my parents that it made me feel that having them around is what made our home, feel like a home. I mean when the time finally came it took me forever and a day to finally move out, like I literally took a box per trip.

Needless to say it took a while to move out but however scary it was I was also excited to begin a new chapter of my life and more so be able to create new memories with Alex! We didn’t miss any opportunities for it either. Since our home needed some renovation to be made, we decided that before moving in we would try to get as much work done as possible. The house was built in 2004, so you guys could already imagine how outdated things were there. Namely we would concentrate on the flooring, baseboards and bathrooms. These were amongst the oldest things in the house and I feel like starting here will ultimately help determine the overall theme when decorating our home. We did our upstairs flooring in a dark chocolate brown hardwood tile and our downstairs area, along with the bathrooms in a beautiful 24×24 Porcelain marble look-alike tile. Honestly, I’m obsessed with the combination of the two that we ended up choosing because in the beginning we were considering doing wooden tiles for the entire house & I don’t think it would’ve come out as beautiful in comparison to the two contrasting tiles. Additionally, we went ahead and remolded our kitchen cabinets as well. Luckily we had the most expensive part which was the granite and backsplash, which saved us a ton of money since this can get pretty expensive considering what type of granite you decide putting in.

After the struggle of redoing all of our floors, bathrooms & kitchen we went ahead and repainted our entire home, cause might as well. The previous owners had a dark palette all around the house and let’s face it, unless you’re not recreating a haunted house, it can get kind of depressing; plus it makes the area look 10x smaller than what it actually is. That being said I definitely wanted to brighten up our home, I would’ve personally chosen an eggshell white for the whole house, but Alex was not up for it. So we met in the middle and got an ivory tone for most of the house & a kaki color for two accent walls. (Compromises go hand in hand to a happy marriage after all) Nevertheless let me tell you something, thank god that we opted for those two colors because they complement each other so well and all while making our furniture pop! And so together, along with both of our families and of course all the contractors we were able to turn our vision into reality after a good 3 month period, which isn’t all that bad considering how much longer other renovations can take up to.

Now that the hard part was finally behind us, we got to do my personal favorite hobby, go shopping!! We chose all of our main furniture from Room’s To Go from the Sofia VergaraCindy Crawford Collections. Here’s a list of our furniture selection:

Since our master bedroom had the wooden tiles, we didn’t want to get dark furniture that would blend in with the floor. We decided on getting the Sofia Vergara Cambrian Court White set in size king so that it could add some contrast to our bedroom. It fit in perfectly because the ivory tone paint that we painted our bedroom matched so well with our furniture.

Honestly, our living room space is my favorite part of our home and that’s all in part thanks to our beautiful sofa. It’s super comfy, you can literally sleep on the sofa & it was the perfect size for the limited space in our living room. It’s available in many different colors, but we decided that the platinum color would fit perfectly with our style and it sure did! 

Thankfully Alex managed to find the best dining table because we honestly had no clue what would be a good fit for us. He pointed out how it would already fit in with all of our other furniture, plus it being the same color of our wooden tiles upstairs, kind of made it a perfect fit. They have two types of chair styles, we opted for the fancier style because it looked nicer & it actually is way more comfy to sit on. We ended up adding the Sofia Vergara Cambrian Court Bronze Server because we wanted to have a little extra space to store our dinning essentials and have an extra table that we could use for serving purposes whenever we’d have family or friends come over.

Incredibly, we got two accent furniture pieces at Big Lot’s. The first being an electric fireplace console that we placed right in front of our sofa & happens to look perfectly paired with our TV that’s right above it. The other piece that we bought was a little breakfast nook that we put on the other side of our kitchen, its perfect for two people, which is pretty much all we needed because our household isn’t that big just yet. (Unfortunately I couldn’t find the links for both of these pieces, because they are always changing their inventory & never have the same things repeated.) But if you’re in need just head down to the store and hopefully they’ll still be in stock.

Finally, the small little details like decoration and other accent pieces I personally took the time to go to our local Home Good’s & buy what I thought would fit in with the style we were leaning more towards. You can find pretty much anything at Home Good’s & with their low prices, you can’t go wrong. Just be careful you don’t end up wanting to buy everything you see!

Needless to say, we’re both obsessed with our little home after all the hard work we both put into it. We’ve been living together for about 8 months now and throughout that time we’ve been doing minor renovations that still needed to be done after moving in. Overall, the home renovations were definitely one for the books, the process was fun & we learned a lot. But now that we’re officially done, we just want to enjoy ourselves & create more memories in our little love nest! 

XOXO, Yesi 🥂

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