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 🥂

JIS 2019 :

JIS 2019 :

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.

Perfect fit for your Queen! 👑

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

#BTS ✨💎📸

XOXO, Yesi 🥂

Home Chef :

Home Chef :

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)

  • Asparagus 12oz.
  • Crispy Fried Onions 1oz.
  • Hot Jalapeño Jelly 2oz.
  • Pecans 0 1/2oz.
  • Salmon Fillets 12oz.
  • Seasoned Salt Blend 0 1/2tsp.
  • Olive Oil 2tsp.
  • Salt pinch
  • Pepper pinch

Recipe :

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

XOXO, Yesi 🥂

Mother’s Day Gift Guide:

Mother’s Day Gift Guide:

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. DEEZOMO RFID Blocking Genuine Leather Credit Card Holder Front Pocket Wallet With ID Card Window - Pink
  4. 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. Miuco Womens Bamboo Handbag Handmade Large Tote Bag Size Small
  5. 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. STEVEN by Steve Madden Women's Greece Sandal Black Leather 5 M US
  6. Kate Spade New York Women’s Office Supplies Tackle Box :This is a total must have if your Momma’s are Boss Babes! Perfect office supplies set, that will keep them on check & in style! Miranda Priestly herself would node ever so slightly in approval.
  7. 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! Godiva Chocolatier Gold Ballotin, Classic Gold Ribbon, Great for Gifts, Gourmet Chocolate, Chocolate Gifts, Gifts for Her, Mothers Day Gift, 36 Count
  8. 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!
  9. 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.
  10. 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!
  11. 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!
  12. 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.)
  13. 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. TENGYUFLY Womens Rivets Bowtie Flip Flops Jelly Thong Sandal Rubber Flat Summer Beach Rain Shoes Black
  14. 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. Personalized Throw Pillow Dear Mom I Get It Now Pillow Mothers Day Gifts for Mom from Daughter Mom Gifts Personalized Gifts for Mom
  15. Home Is Wherever Mom Is Rustic Wooden Farmhouse Sign: This is a totally cute idea, because not only does it serve as a reminder of how much they are loved, but it also adds some decor to their work space or home! Home Is Wherever Mom Is Rustic Wooden Farmhouse Sign

P.S. Wishing all of my beautiful Mommy followers a wonderful Mother’s Day!

XOXO, Yesi 🥂

[Editor in Chief: Richard Bazails]

 

Viva Las Vegas:

Viva Las Vegas:

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas….except of course for all the great pointers I’m going to mention for any of you considering visiting Vegas. Whether you’re into the party scene or just a relaxing time, this place has the best of both. With all the great clubs, shows and restaurants there’s always something to do but apart from that it also offers beautiful sceneries that are an absolute must see, like the Grand Canyon!

I guess that’s what I LOVED the most about Vegas, it truly has a little bit of everything for all types of people (but definitely not for kids)! I can’t emphasize that enough. In fact my first time in Vegas was when I was only 6 years old and even though I remember very little of it, I do remember that my older brother & I couldn’t do much because of our age. We were very limited as to what we could do, so we spent most of our time with our grandparents walking around the resorts and of course visiting the Grand Canyon. So being able to visit Vegas again was exciting for me, because it almost felt like I was going for the very first time. Before my trip I made a list of things my Fiancé & I wanted to do and we basically planned our 4 days around that list.

Things to do in Vegas:

  •  Visit each and every resort on The Strip:

-The cool thing about The Strip is that you can find all the famous resorts in exactly one place…down the strip of course. The Strip is approximately 4.2 miles, which makes everything pretty much walking distance. But don’t worry about passing out from heat exhaustion since you can buy a drink nearly anywhere on The Strip. All while you get to check out each resort and their unique features that offer different themes, which I personally found pretty cool because they will keep to that theme to the T. My favorite place to buy a drink on The Strip was at Fat Tuesday’s, you can find one pretty much anywhere near every resort & best of all their drinks are refillable.

My personal favorite resorts:

-Wynn

-Bellagio

-Ceasar’s Palace

-New-York New-York

-Paris

-Aria

-The Cosmopolitan

-Encore

-The Venetian (LOVED THEIR GONDOLA RIDE)

  • Food:

– Buffets are the way to go in Vegas, there’s one in every resort. They can be pricey, but totally worth it, because the quality of food makes up for it.

– Each buffet ranges anywhere between $35.00 to $70.00

– With all the different themed resorts, you will also be getting very diverse menus that will hit all those taste buds in all the right places in ways that you never knew before.

  • Gambling:

– If you & your significant other love gambling (who doesn’t like to take some risks every once in a while), then Vegas will be your new favorite vacay spot. They basically eat, sleep & breathe gambling…it’s literally going on 24/7, since everything else closes but the casinos. You can literally find a Casino in every resort, even at the airport, just in case you want to try your luck out one last time before you leave.  Plus the cool thing is that you’ll get free drinks from the bar attendees while you’re playing at the casinos.

  • Shop till you drop:

-For those of you that can’t do without retail therapy, not to worry since you can find the shops inside every resort.  From all of your high end brands to the regular stores that you can find pretty much anywhere else.

  • Shows & nightlife:

– Vegas is well known for their award winning shows and you honestly can’t go to Vegas without watching a show. They have a variety of Cirque du Soleil shows, with “The Beatles & O” being their very best. You can find comedians pretty much everywhere, even some that offer magic with their acts, for those wanting to cross off two in one.  Also you can’t forget about the singers that offer such amazing performances that they manage to draw in crowds regularly. We watched Le Reve & Absinthe (both were absolutely amazing), Absinthe being a mixture of a raunchy adult comedy & acrobat show.

For all those party animals not only does Vegas have well known DJs but they also have a variety of clubs that offer different themes + bottle service tables to make your experience extra special. The cool thing about Vegas is that while you’re on The Strip you can pretty much find a promoter on every corner & get information on what’s going on at night & who will be preforming where , which helps you out plan your night out. Luckily, we were able to get into Omnia Nightclub and get to see Steve Aoki, talk about an experience!

I would totally recommend informing yourself before heading out to any show or nightclub to make sure it’s the type of scene you like, cause its Vegas and there are tastes to meet anyone’s desire. You can find information about the shows on TripAdvisory & Yelp and the promoters can help you out with the nightclubs as well.  When it comes to shopping for show tickets, I would totally recommend to purchase them ahead of time, because they do get booked fairly quickly.

  • Grand Canyon Tour:

– If you’re in Vegas you have to set one day aside just to go visit the Grand Canyon. The beauty that this one place holds is something that everyone has to see with their own eyes at least once in their lives. The geological history that the Grand Canyon holds is truly amazing, like jaw dropping amazing! Trust me you won’t want to miss going to the Grand Canyon!!!

They offer a variety of tours that you can take to the Grand Canyon. Alex & I decided to do the bus tour that would pick us up early in the morning at the hotel & take us back at around 6:00PM, so yes, you’re literally spending the entire day there. I would totally recommend getting a tour that includes various stops so you can actually get the full experience of it all, especially a stop at the Hoover Dam. Trust me it is well worth seeing this incredible structure, so make sure that whatever option you’re getting includes it before purchasing your tickets. Also try and plan it out ahead of time, because we reserved our spots before we even headed to Vegas due to it filling up pretty quickly. Along with the Hoover Dam option we booked the tour that would take us to the West Rim, which allowed us to hike for about 3 hours once we got there.

We booked our tours through Sweet Tours Vegas, which offers a bunch of different tour options depending on what fits your needs better. You can take a look at their site & check out their different options + see how many spaces are available for the specific one that you’d like to go on.

  • Visit Fremont Street:

-Fremont Street is a street in downtown Las Vegas, that is among the most famous streets there, besides The Strip. In fact some would even say that Fremont Street was the original Strip. Although you can find casinos located pretty much anywhere in Vegas, Fremont Street is known to have the most famous casinos in all of Vegas, like the Golden Nugget. Fremont Street also offers a variety of things to do & places to eat.

They even have a beautiful light show experience at night + a zip-line experience through Fremont Street. You can find a few similar things at Fremont to the Strip, like the Fat Tuesday’s drinks and artsy people trying to make a living. Plus, you’re walking distance from the Elvis Chapel, for any of you who would like to tie the knot, Elvis style!

With all that being said, I really hope that this short guide will help you out when planning your upcoming vacay to Las Vegas. There’s so much to do and so little time to do it in that organization becomes a definite must in order to maximize the most out of your vacation. But no matter what you decide to do I would like to wish those of you who are planning an upcoming vacay to Vegas the very best in their travels & that you get to live in the moment while you’re there because it’s totally worth it.

XOXO, Yesi 🥂

[Editor in Chief: Richard Bazails]