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!
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 :
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! 💛✨🌵🌸
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!
As Ya’ll know, it’s only fair that I do a “Mother’s Day 2020 Gift Guide”, because last year I shared a great guide that you all loved! But I did notice that you were all asking to see more jewelry pieces that were cute and inexpensive, some of you guys even brought to my attention that you guys wanted to see what I recommended for your Momma’s, jewelry wise. So I thought to myself, why not switch things up this year and do an entire guide of beautiful jewelry pieces for your Momma’s that you guys can shop right from Marilin’s Jewelry 💎:
Hopefully this guide will help you guys find a little something for your Momma’s this Mother’s Day, we’ve got a little something for each type of Mom! Plus, don’t forget that Marilin’s Jewelry is offering FREE SHIPPING, when you use code : FREESHIP19 ! #HappyShopping 💎🛍💝
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!
Dominos (If you’re hispanic, you will understand why this game is 100000% necessary to have at home 😂!)
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!
Gather around ladies, I wanted to share something with ya’ll for a while a now! As many of you know, ever since I was little I’ve worked in the jewelry industry with my family; I basically EAT, BREATH, and only SEE Jewelry! Jewelry is a part of me and so is the industry! Learning from a young age what it took to run a business, I felt a certain attraction in becoming someone out of my families industry. I always had this plan of graduating high-school and going off to college, which I did & I even graduated with my Bachelors Degree from FIU. Most would’ve thought that I was going to continue going to school and even graduating with a Masters, but I knew deep down inside, that I was born to do something completely different! I wanted to become a #BossBabe ! I wanted to look at myself and say, I DID THAT 🙋🏼♀️!
Most people think that becoming a Boss Babe means that, you are the only boss in whatever profession you are in. But I don’t necessarily believe that, I personally believe that a Boss Babe, is an individual that is striving for progression and productivity in their finances, fitness/health and mental prosperity. In order for you to progress in all of these categories you’ll have to be open to listen to others that are there to help you become a better version of yourself. And if you’re working endlessly towards bettering yourself in these 3-categories, then you are a total Boss Babe! I personally feel like anyone who has the right drive/mindset, the hustle, and a great support system can become a Boss Babe!
Drive / Mindset :
The drive and mindset that one has towards something they’d like to accomplish in life is extremely important, but it can also be blurred with our own inside thoughts! When I first started realizing that I wanted to become someone in my families jewelry industry (and not just their employee/daughter) I started thinking to myself negative thoughts. And I think it’s completely normal for most people to do so, because we’re fearful of failure. But I also realized that in order to start this journey, I needed to shake off all the negative thoughts. My two biggest hurdles to overcome were; “What if this doesn’t work”, or “What if I’m not good enough”. Which honestly it was pretty dumb of me to think, because I’m GREAT at what I do! And what I bring to the table, is something that I can only do. I had to shift my mindset into a place where I was happy with who I was and what I brought to this business. And I’m not saying that I’m completely perfect, because no one is, but at least I’m open to learning every single day & progressing. That drive & mindset need to be there from the get-go and you can never loose sight in them, even if you feel like you’ve succeeded! Because at the end of the day, progress is the only thing that will keep you bettering yourself into becoming the Boss Babe that you were always meant to be!
“Na-na-na, Diva is a female version of a hustle, of a, of a hustle, of a, of a hustla!”
-Beyonce : Diva
Having the ability to hustle for money in an ethical way is extremely important and so is being smart with your money. Taking the current global situation (COVID-19) our business was mandated by the County that we had to close, because it’s considered a non-essential business. But our clients are proving us otherwise, and I being the hustler that I am, I’ve been trying to provide our clients with as much help as possible, within my limitations. This comes to show that if you’re willing to do what it takes to hustle for your money, then you are that much closer in becoming a Boss Babe! I’ve realized that with this global pandemic, I can’t just sit around and expect for money to grow from thin air. So here I am making the best from a very not-so-great situation; and proving myself that I am capable of continuing on my Boss Babe journey, no matter what this world throws at me!
Support System :
Those who are around you and supporting you every step of the way can truly make a difference in your journey. I personally have always had a great support system, my parents have always been open to hearing my ideas and providing feedback when it’s needed and so has my husband. I think it’s important to have a circle that you can feel safe to help you along the way, you can’t expect to do everything on your own. Because again, the progress is much more important than proving to others that you can do it by yourself. I also feel like the term “collaboration” should be included in this section, because when you’re able to collaborate with others, you are allowing yourself to gain more visibility while also providing a platform for someone else within your audience. Don’t be afraid to collaborate with others, because you never know how it might turn out. Creating a habit of working with one another, will uplift and elevate each individual, we are not here to tear others down, we are here to work together to produce a beautiful and meaningful connection with one another, thus creating a much bigger and a much more reliable support system!
– Just Be Yourself!
Being yourself and not loosing who you are is the most important one of all! Always hold yourself to standards when it comes to your personal and professional life! Boss Babes are those who live their truth and don’t let others compromise their values and beliefs! Cheers to working together to continue being the best versions of ourselves & badass Boss Babes!💛
It’s been 1 whole year since we both said I DO, and quite frankly, it feels like just yesterday! There will never be any amount of words that can explain how blessed I am to have you in my life. God truly broke the mold when he made you, with that being said, I thank God each and every day for allowing you to be my husband. I love that I get to share this life alongside you, you are one of the smartest and strongest people I know. Whenever I see you after I’ve had a long day at work, I am reassured that everything will be ok + you always find a way to make me laugh, so it’s only fair to say that you’re my daily reassurance! Thank you for your endless kisses and for always whispering in my ear how much you love me every morning. Thank you for always checking-up on me and on my daily goals (you truly are my #1 supporter)! Thank you for always satisfying my Slurpee cravings, even though you think it’s not 100% healthy 🤣. Thank you for always asking me to dance with you, even if it’s in our living room. The list could go on and on and we could be here all day, but I do want to thank you for the most important part; for loving me unconditionally! I found love in you and I promise you that no other love will ever do, my heart will forever be yours lover. You’ve accepted me with all of my flaws and virtues, and with that I’ve learned to love myself even more. You love me for who I am, and you’ve never asked me to change that. Thank you for your acceptance and for always rooting for me to continue being myself!
This past year has been one for the books! Even though we’ve been together for about 9 years now, every year with you gets better and better every single time. But of course, this was our 1st year married, so it’s been even more special for the both of us! We’ve both grown, accomplished & learned so much together! We’ve motivated one another through the good and the bad, we’ve been inclusive to one another in any decision making; so thank you for that. Plus, we even adopted our precious little Scoobs! BEST DECISION EVER!! But of course he’s been a handful, but a handful that has been totally worth it! So I guess, thanks for being such a great father to our little Scoobs, he sure does appreciate it lol 🐶 !
So I guess this is a letter to thank you for being such a wonderful man, but I also wanted to express exactly how much I love you too! And the answer to that is very simple, I love you because of who you are & for all the reasons I just listed on this letter. Our hearts have intertwined into a perfect harmony since the beginning, because of the love we both have for one another. I will forever & always love you Mr. Lizano!💛 I promise to continue walking this life with you as your wife, best friend, helping mate and your lover. I promise to continue encouraging you. I promise to never stop holding your hand. I promise to always cook you a badass meal & always prepare your lunch for the next day! I promise to continue standing by your side while you face the world. I promise to always join your laughter with my own, and when you can’t look on the bright side, I will sit with you in the dark. I promise to continue growing alongside you. I promise to continue loving, respecting, protecting and trusting you! For I know that together we will. forever build a life far better than either of us could imagine alone. Cheers to us and to a lifetime together!
It’s been 6 whole days for me, 6 WHOLE DAYS of #socialdistancing ! I’ve been working on my blog every chance that I get, but I can’t lie, I’ve also been doing a lot of binge watching….something I’m very proud of 💁🏼♀️lol! Since I have basically become a pro at binge watching; and everyone (including my parents) are asking me what’s a must-watch on Netflix, I thought to myself, let me just make ya’ll a list! So build that fort, open a bottle of wine & make some buttery popcorn, because you just might spend the rest of your quarantine “Netflix & Chillin Quarantine Style”!
The Pharmacist :
This series in particular wasn’t something that I originally wanted to watch, but of course Alex (being in the industry) begged me if we could watch it together! It starts off as a murder mystery documentary, about the shooting of a young man attempting to buy crack cocaine, but later turns out to wrap the viewer into the real mystery around the murder of this young man, a young man who’s father was a pharmacist in New Orleans that managed to blow the opioid crisis, crippling his community wide open. Needless to say it was very eyeopening to the drug issues that we have within our own country right now.
Honestly, the main reason why I wanted to watch this series, was because I always wanted to be a cheerleader when I was younger, but obviously that never happened. And after watching Cheer, my respect for these athletes has grown even more, it follows the insanity behind competitive cheerleading, and it reveals just how grueling and extreme the sport of cheerleading can be.
Locke & Key :
I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS SHOW! I started watching it because it was recommended to me by a friend and I instantly got hooked. It’s an adaption of Joe Hill’s “Locke & Key” comic books and follows the story of a family that moves into their late father family home, which has hidden magical keys all around the premises. Since it can be a little tough to keep track of all the keys, where you first saw them, and what they do over the course of the first season’s ten episodes, it allows us to guide the way with a chronological look at the dozen keys we’ve seen so far. Hopefully, the second season can air soon, because I wanna know more about these magical keys!
When They See Us :
This is a four-part miniseries that reenacts the excruciating case of the Central Park Five, a group of black and latino teens from Harlem, who were wrongly convicted of the rape and attempted murder of a white woman in 1989. It’s main story is of the racial profiling, injustice and media misinformation that led to a 25-year timespan, from arrest to vindication. I promise you that you’ll be hooked on the first episode feeling mad, disappointed and sad all at once.
Love is Blind :
If you’re into the Bachelor or Bachelorette, than the chances of you actually liking this series are pretty high. The producers basically take some single girls and single boys, stick them in these “pods” and expect them to fall in love within a matter of days without ever seeing one another, until they commit to an engagement. Pure chaos! I KNOW! These hopeful romantics are ready to couple up without ever seeing each other, and even though several of them say ‘I love you’ after three days, unsurprisingly many of the relationships don’t last long in the outside world! But I won’t ruin the ending for ya’ll, you’ll just have to watch it for yourselves!
Starring both Jason Bateman and Laura Linnery, it follow the story of a Chicago financial advisor who has to move his family to the Ozarks of Missouri, where he later starts to work for a drug boss. Each episode will leave you wanting more, which is why Alex & I are counting down the days until Season 3!
Stranger Things :
Set in the 1980s, “Stranger Things” is a sci-fi series that begins with the sudden and mysterious disappearance of Will Byers, with the help of a new friend with supernatural powers, a group of kids tried to track down Will and soon discover that their hometown Hawkins, is not as simple nor as boring as it seems!
The Irishman :
“The Irishman” is an American crime epic, that tells the story of Frank Sheeran, a truck driver who gets involved with a powerful criminal family and soon becomes one of the mobs top hitmen, the film itself spans many decades as an older Frank recalls his mob-related experiences. Filled with drama, suspense and numerous emotions; you see how everything at the end piles up, leaving Frank with no one to turn to during his last living days. It’s a 3-hour long movie, so I would definitely recommend to watch it earlier in the day!
Money Heist :
Money Heist is a Spanish drama also known by the name “La Casa de Papel” , where a group of outlaws plan to pull off the biggest heist in recorded history. By printing billions of euros in the Royal Mint of Spain. It’s a twist of emotions throughout the whole 3-seasons, but definitely worth the watch! (My parents are currently binging it & they’re OBSESSED!)
Elite is also a Spanish drama, that follows the story of three working-class teens that enroll in an exclusive private school in Spain, the clash between them and the wealthy students leads to an eventful night, where one of their own is murdered…talk about DRAMA!
Time to Binge :
Hopefully, these series will keep you busy for the next couple of days! Now that I’ve watched them all, I gotta find myself some more to keep myself entertained! Drop some binge-worthy options in the comment section down below & I’ll let ya’ll know what I think of your suggestions!🎥🎞
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.
Who doesn’t love some ‘finger licking good’ Ribs? I sure do! I usually like to eat my ribs right off the BBQ grill, but unfortunately we don’t have one in our home just yet. Thankfully, I do have a Crock-Pot! Ya’ll are probably thinking, ribs in a Crock-Pot? YES, you definitely read that right! Crock-Pots are very useful and there are millions of recipes that you can easily do on a Crock-Pot + it’s very time efficient, because you aren’t trapped in the kitchen while your meals are prepping. Here’s one of my favorite recipe for some good ol’ ‘finger licking good’ Ribs :
2 Cups of BBQ Sauce
1/4 Cup of Brown Sugar
3 Teaspoons of Dried Oregano
1 Tablespoon of Chili Powder
3 LB Baby Back Pork Ribs
Salt & Pepper to taste
How it’s Made :
Combine BBQ sauce, brown sugar, oregano and chili powder in a small bowl.
Apply salt and pepper to your liking onto the ribs, and place the ribs in slow cooker.
Cover ribs with the BBQ mixture.
Cook on low and slow for eight hours if you’re not in a hurry; or on high for four hours.
After the ribs are done, spoon the BBQ sauce in the slow cooker over the ribs before removing them.
Lastly, cut the ribs, serve with extra BBQ sauce & ENJOY!