Alex and I absolutely love getting active, and bringing our little Scoob’s along. But the same trails can get boring from time to time, luckily we got invited by the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens to enjoy an evening date at their beautiful lushes gardens this past Thursday! They offer this cute event every Thursday from 5:30PM to 7:30PM called “Dog Dates at the Garden”, you can bring your Fur Babies and enjoy some fresh air and fun!
Fairchild’s mission is to save tropical plant diversity by exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants; fundamental to this task is inspiring a greater knowledge and love for plants and gardening so that all can enjoy the beauty and bounty of the tropical world. They carry a variety of beautiful tropical plants, all while keeping them in impeccable conditions; you can definitely tell that they really want to keep these gardens growing for a life to come. The garden itself is huge, 83 acres to be exact! Although we didn’t walk throughout the whole property, because they do did have a specific trail that you’re supposed to stay on, we honestly enjoyed it a lot and needless to say Scooby was exhausted afterwards 😂.
After we took a walk through the Garden we got to enjoy a little something they like to call “Yappy Hour at the Glasshouse Cafe”, and the best part is that it’s meant for you and your Fur Babies to enjoy! Yappy Hour at the Glasshouse Cafe includes a variety of Tapas with complimentary snacks for your pups + complimentary water for all thirsty pups too. They’ve also got a little something for the Pawents; like Prosciutto Toast, Pretzel Knots, Veggie Hummus Wrap, and a Mini-bar with some yummy wine or beer, to cheers the night away ✨!
Needless to say, we will definitely be back! It’s such a cute #DateNightIdea for any Pawent’s that would love to include their little Fur Babies on their next date-night + it’s SCOOBY APPROVED 🐶! For more information regarding “Dog Dates at the Garden” just click this link ⬅️, and let me know how you liked your experience on the comment section down below!
You know that saying that traveling is the only thing you can spend money on that will make you richer – well, Alex & I definitely believe that! We’ve made it a habit to at least once a year plan a little getaway so we can relax, meet new places and create new memories. Since the beginning of this year we had a trip planned out for the weekend of our wedding anniversary, but had to cancel last minute for obvious reasons! Shortly after we canceled my family-business was mandated by the county to close until further notice & I was basically stuck at home, handling all of Marilin’s online orders, while Alex was working non-stop + wrapping up his last couple of weeks of PGY-1 residency. Honestly, I felt extra bad for Alex because I knew exactly how badly he really just wanted to take a few days off to relax, but at that current moment it wasn’t gonna be option.
Fast forward to June 27th (just to be exact), we booked a mini-getaway to celebrate the fact that Alex was officially done with his residency – the funny part was that I basically had less than 24 hours to pack up everything, because we were literally leaving the next day. Some would question why did we wait so last minute to book anything and the answer to that is quite simple, with everything that has been going on this past year, we didn’t want to book anything with anticipation and then have to cancel once again! I won’t lie, at first I was a bit skeptical as to where we should go, I knew it had to be somewhere local just incase an emergency or potential lock-down due to this pandemic. The great part of living in Florida, is that FL has beautiful beaches all throughout the state, but you have to be willing to drive just a little. We were looking for a place neither of us have ever been to and we had a few options, but one specific spot stood out the most for us and that was Sanibel Island. We wanted to go somewhere that was tropical and peaceful, and I must say that the other reason why we were so attracted to this location, was because of the amazing deal we got at the resort! DEALS are always the way to Alex’s heart 💛 😂!
We found this Resort right on the Southwest Gulf Coast of Sanibel Island, called Sundial Beach Resort & Spa. We were able to select from their spacious and fully-equipped condominium accommodations our Island Suite! They’ve got different condos to fit everyones needs, I personally liked the fact that it was spacious + very private/cozy at the same time. It honestly felt like we were in our second home, I even remember us leaving dinner one night and saying “now when we get home let’s sit on the balcony”! We reserved directly from their site with the Florida & Georgia Resident Discount; which included Breakfast for 2 every morning of our stay, beach towels, chairs & umbrellas, paddle boarding, kayaks, bikes to ride throughout the island and all the basics that a resort usually includes.
The resort is very centric to local restaurants & shops, which was something I absolutely loved, because you don’t have to fully rely on the resort if you’d like to grab something to eat. The resort also offers multiple restaurants/bars, but we really wanted to eat local food and I’m glad we did because we got to try out different restaurants. I feel like the best part of the resort was the fact that it included so many activities like bikes, kayaks and paddle boarding. We would normally do something active every day and then end up relaxing at the beach until 4:00 or 5:00 in the afternoon. Plus, by that time the low-tide was active and we would just walk right by the shoreline collecting seashells. The amount of beautiful seashells that you will find at Sanibel is insane, I have never seen so many seashells in my life! I mean, they don’t just call Sanibel a tropical island destination with miles of shell-strewn beaches for nothing!
Sanibel Island is definitely a must if you haven’t been to already, trust me! Needless to say, this trip was definitely all about relaxing, and that’s something we both needed! We laughed, we created new memories and we probably even found the one place we could always turn to for a mini-getaway!💛🌴✨ – Till we meet again Sani!
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!
3 Cans of Tuna
1 White Onion (diced)
How it’s Made :
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.
Dice the white onion & mix into the tuna.
Squeeze the lime & mix into tuna.
Add 2 tablespoons of Mayonnaise & mix into tuna.
Start adding Curry powder and mix until the tuna starts turning green or to taste.
Chop cilantro & add into mixture.
Add dried cranberries & sliced almonds to taste and mix all together.
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
When it comes to working out, I’m the type of person that would really love to make time for it, but at times, I find it hard to do so. My weeks are pretty hectic & I basically only “work-out” whenever I walk our little Scooby🐶! When I was younger I considered myself pretty active in that sense, but as the years go by, I’ve found it harder to do so. Ever since Alex & I adopted Scooby, we’ve been making it a habit of taking him out for 3 daily walks, needless to say, these daily walks have definitely been motivating me to be more active, and when that motivation kicked in I found it easier to justify the fact that I absolutely love wearing leggings for pretty much any occasion 😆! (I’m that type of gal that literally has over 20 pair of leggings in her closet, and whenever I find the opportunity to add another pair to my collection, I definitely do so!) Please don’t judge, lol!🙏🏻
So when LAKI Active reached out to me for a potential Collab, you can pretty much imagine how excited I was! LAKI Active is all about creating Premium activewear for modern Athletes. They strive to not only push the limits in creating apparel that not only is aesthetically pleasing, but also feels extraordinarily comfortable, and let me tell you something; those leggings definitely fit like a glove! They are extremely comfortable & form-fitting. In my opinion, they are definitely worth every penny especially since they’re so BUTTERY SOFT!😍
I got their Legacy Leggings – Rouge , which are the perfect blend of softness and compression! They are well known for having an inventory that is true-to-size, and designed with premium high-quality fabrics to be supportive in all the right places! I mean, once you own a pair of Laki leggings, these leggings will definitely become your go-to leggings for any occasion! Plus, they also have a variety of all types of activewear for both men & women. So, if you find something you like on their site, don’t forget to use Code : YESI15 for 15% OFF your LAKI order, enjoy!😘
This one is for all of my Doggy 🐶 Momma’s! How many of you are absolutely obsessed with your four-legged babies & are totally into accessories for them? I’m totally THAT mom🙋🏼♀️! I just think it’s so cute having them wear little Bandanas, especially after a well deserved grooming day.
If you’re that type of mom, then check out The Buddy Bandana , they’ve got the cutest Bandanas + matching scrunchies for those Momma’s that absolutely love to match with their four-legged babies! The beauty behind this cute brand, is in the fact that they are also helping 1 Bandana at a time. Their mission is to spread awareness and raise money for rescue organizations across the country. Unfortunately, each year approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized, due to overpopulated shelters. The Buddy Bandana prides themselves on donating to NO KILL SHELTERS to support and save animals in need. Every month they have vowed to feature a dog that your donations have helped save. In the month of September they have partnered up with the Animal Hope & Wellness Organization. With the donations of the month of September, they were able to help save Agatha. Agatha was liberated from a slaughterhouse truck that was en route to the Yulin Dog & Cat Meat Festival. Agatha now has a life with her new owner JB filled with lots of love, belly rubs and beach days.
It’s nice being able to shop from a small business that not only has cute & trendy stuff for you & your dogs, but also shop from a business that is also giving back to their community. Which is why I invite you guys to check them out now & if you do end up falling in LOVE 🥰 with a few of their accessories like I did; then feel free to use Code : WOOF for 40% OFF your purchase!
As you may all know, I’m totally obsessed with cooking & trying out new recipes that will put me out of my comfort zone. I personally love to eat and it’s nice when you get to be the one behind the magic of prepping a meal. For a while now, many of my insta followers have been asking me to share a few of my recipes + share vlogs on how I prepare my meals. At first I was a bit skeptical, because in all honestly I’m kinda video/camera shy lol! But when Home Chef reached out to me, I thought “hey, maybe I can give this a try & film myself doing it” and I basically got myself out of that zone of being scared of the “what-if’s”!
It’s easy to be scared of trying something new, but you can’t fully judge something if you haven’t given it try. I feel like, we as humans allow ourselves to feel like trying something new isn’t always the right idea, because we’re scared of the feedback we’ll receive from it. And sometimes getting ourselves out of that comfort zone can be hard, but I’m glad that I took this opportunity to not only collaborate with such a yummy company (literally 😂 ), but also allow myself to do something different with my content & maybe open up more room for something that was actually fun to do!
Enough on my first filming experience & let’s dive in on my 1st experience with Home Chef. Home Chef is here to literally simplify your whole cooking experience & bringing people together around the dinning room table, by helping you save time while enjoying real home cooking and all of the joy that comes with it! Simplicity is their mantra! They provide you with easy-to-follow recipes & ingredients from online to your doorstep, to your kitchen table! I mean it can’t get any better than that!😍
How it works : Home Chef offers a meal kit delivery service in which you can choose from up to 26 different fresh weekly options including steak, chicken, pork, fish, and vegetarian. You’re in control as to what you want to eat, by customizing your choices by swapping, upgrading, or even doubling the recipes! Each week they send perfectly portioned ingredients with their recipes, so you never waste food. Plus, they provide fresh ingredients from their community of trusted suppliers.
Packaging: Honestly their packaging system is pretty interesting, their Home Chef boxes 📦 are completely lined with recycled, compostable, biodegradable textile fibers. And if that wasn’t enough they are completely insulated and equipped with ice packs, so all of your ingredientes stay nice & fresh, even if you’re not home!
Alex & I received our first package last week on Wednesday, and I was so excited to get my cooking on, that same day. But if you’re not up to cooking right away, most of their ingredients can stay from 3-5 days in the fridge, before they start going bad. Our package included 2-servings of the following 3 meals :
Cotija-Crusted Pork Chops
Maui Pork Tostadas
Hot Jalapeño Jelly Glazed Salmon
The Salmon was our first choice, because I was dying to taste that Jalapeño Jelly Glaze (I absolutely LOVE spicy 🌶 food) and to be honest it wasn’t extremely spicy, it was the perfect touch of spiciness! So Alex was definitely able to enjoy it as well. Here’s a quick look at the ingredients + step-by-step recipe that Home Chef provided for this meal :
Hot Jalapeño Jelly Glazed Salmon w/ Crispy Onion Asparagus:
Ingredients : (2 servings)
Crispy Fried Onions 1oz.
Hot Jalapeño Jelly 2oz.
Pecans 0 1/2oz.
Salmon Fillets 12oz.
Seasoned Salt Blend 0 1/2tsp.
Olive Oil 2tsp.
Start the Salmon : pat salmon dry, and season flesh side with a pinch of salt & pepper. Place a medium non-stick pan over medium heat and add 2tsp. of olive oil. Add salmon, skin-side up, to hot pan and sear throughly until golden brown and salmon reaches a minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees, 4-6 minutes per side. While salmon sears, cook asparagus.
Cook the Asparagus : trim woody ends off asparagus. Place a large non-stick pan over medium heat and add 2tsp. of olive oil. Add asparagus and seasoned salt to hot pan. Stir occasionally until lightly charred and tender, but still crisp, 8-10 minutes. Remove from burner and stir in pecans and crispy onions.
Finish the Salmon : remove pan with salmon from burner & top with jalapeño jelly. Gently flip salmon until coated with jelly. Jelly will loosen up as it heats.
Finish the Dish : plate dish as pictured on front of card & Bon appétit!
Honestly, it was the simplest meal ever & it was so full of flavor! Alex & I really enjoyed prepping this meal together (even though Alex was mostly behind the camera making sure we covered the whole prepping process)! Home Chef definitely goes above and beyond to provide everything that you might need for your next meal + the quality of their ingredients speak for themselves when you take that first bite. Now that a week has passed by & we’ve tried the other 2 meals that arrived in our 1st package, I can fully say that Home Chef is definitely worth a try. If you’re the type of person that doesn’t know what to buy or how to prep a full meal, Home Chef might just be able to help you out with that! Check them out for yourselves & let me know what you think!😊
Here’s a quick video that my Hubby recorded of me cooking this delicious recipe, I hope you guys enjoy it, just as much as I did!