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!
Hey 🙋🏼♀️!! Just wanted to drop in here and share with you all my favorite daily products that I normally use for my “quick + easy daily look”, click the video down below and check out, how I personally prefer to get ready for work – enjoy!
Some would say that your only worry should be if the tide is going to reach your chair, and although that does cross my mind whenever I’m relaxing by the shoreline, I also have found myself worrying about my skin and hair while I’m at the beach. It’s normal to worry about them because our skin + hair tend to dry up with sun and saltwater exposure, and especially when you’ve got treated hair. But throughout the years, I have found great products that I can’t live without them, for whenever we head over to a tropical destination. I have compiled a list for you guys of a few products that I have been using for a while now and a few other ones that I have recently added to my beach bag!
Sunscreen is extremely important no matter the occasion, I normally wear sunscreen every single day and I try to make sure that my daily moisturizer for both my body & face contain some amount of SPF. But of course, whenever you’re headed to the beach you need much more than just a little amount of SPF, so these are the 2 sunscreens I like to use while I am laying out in the sun. I actually don’t wear any tanning lotion, I prefer not to and I don’t really feel like I need it, because I tend to get a nice natural tan with these two sunscreens.
Ladies! Please moisturize after laying out in the sun!!! It’s such an important step that most women tend to forget, but trust me you will notice the difference right after the 1st application. Whenever you lay out in the sun, your skin tends to get dry and moisturizing it with some Aloe will definitely help bond your skin together. What I would normally do, was that once we showered back at the room I would moisturize with Aloe all throughout my body.
Like I said before, moisturizing is needed especially after a day out in the sun. So I personally like to ‘extra moisturize’, after the Aloe dries up, I go back and usually moisturize with a regular lotion. But I recently purchased this specific lotion, because of it’s great reviews. This natural glow moisturizer is truly a game changer ladies, it gradually created a flawless, natural-looking color while also hydrating my skin!
I’m not lying when I say that I use this lip balm on the daily, but I feel like lip balm is also very important when you’re headed to the beach! Just like your skin and hair, your lips tend to get dry and chappie, which is NOT cute! So make sure you get your favorite lip balm and stick it in your beach bag NOW!
So when it comes to Olaplex, there’s only good things to say! I got these 4 products after I decided to lighten my hair and now I can’t live without them! They are a bit pricey, but worth every penny, because you will notice the difference in your hair once you use them. I basically washed my hair every single day that we were at the beach, and after every wash I would apply Olaplex No 6, which is a styling hair cream. The styling hair cream helped with keeping the frizz away and would make my hair extra soft. Now with Olaplex No 3, I only used it once throughout our whole trip. This specific product is a hair mask, so it’s not meant to be used every single day, using it just once did the trick!
A good detangling hair brush is a total must, especially after you get out of the water and you just want to brush out your hair – I would totally recommend this one because I’ve noticed that it doesn’t tug & pull my hair!
I always like to have my hair feel smooth, so whenever I was out of the water and ready to sunbathe, I would splat some of this coconut milk conditioner onto my hair and brush it through. It would obviously condition my hair and give it these cute ‘beachy wavey’ style!
And of course, you can’t forget your serum! I would apply this every single day before and after applying the coconut milk conditioner. I’ve even found it very useful for whenever I would want to style my hair up on a bun or ponytail, rather than using gel or moose!
Hopefully you will find these products useful for your next beachy getaway, and as always Happy Friday!✨💛🌴
Most people would think that journaling entails a whole “Dear Diary” type of vibe, but in reality journaling does more than just help you record your memories or find self-expression, it’s good for your health too! Plus, journaling is no longer old-fashioned, or just for folks of a certain older-and-wiser age. It’s something that you need to do NOW! I always thought that I had started my journaling-journey about 3 to 4 years ago. But I recently discovered (while doing some spring/quarantine cleaning) that I’ve been journaling ever since I was a kid. Most of my journals from when I was younger, did begin with that famous “Dear Diary” line, but I guess once I started maturing I really found my true purpose when it came to my journals. I’ve found that journaling has many purposes and in my opinion it’s a great way of keeping all of thoughts, memories, and even life goals organized in one place + it also gives me another reason to swing by every 2-3 months to HomeGoods, so I can buy myself a new journal! I usually go through an entire journal within 2-3 months, because I write so much in them!
I’ve created a routine of writing down every morning what I’m thankful for and my daily/weekly goals. By doing so, I’ve found that this simple morning routine keeps me motivated and centered throughout the week. Which is why I am firm believer that journaling has some great virtues! Here are 4 good-for-you virtues of journaling :
Reduces Stress :
An overabundance of stress can be damaging to your physical, mental and emotional health. I strongly believe that journaling is an incredible stress management tool, because you can always jot down your feelings, rather than bottling them all up. We sometimes feel like the best way of managing certain situations, is by keeping them to ourselves. Which is okay, if you know how to manage yourself under a lot of stress, but I’m not that type of person. I personally love talking and expressing myself with those closest to me, and I even express myself in my journals, because I feel like I’m letting go of anything that might be stressing me out at the moment.
Keeps Your Memory Sharp :
Journaling helps you keep your brain on tip-top shape. Not only does it boost memory and comprehension, it also increases working memory capacity, which may reflect improved cognitive processing. Alex always asks me, “how is it that I remember so many things from the past”, and the answer too that is simple, I WRITE IT ALL DOWN! 😂
Holds You Accountable :
Many people like to record facts and figures in their journal, especially ones which relate to an important life change. Whatever the nature of your change, your journal can help you to achieve it. Seeing your progress in black and white helps you carry on when your motivation is at rock-bottom! Like I said before, I personally love writing down all of my daily/weekly goals in my journals, and being able to see how I accomplish each and everyone of them keeps me even more motivated!
Encouraged Positive Thinking :
When you write in your journal, don’t dwell on the things that went wrong. Focus on the positive aspects of your day or week – even when you have to dig hard to find something (trust me, you’ll find something). We tend to focus a lot on the bad things that happen to us, and forget about all the good that has happened, and it’s important to keep in mind that dwelling on the bad won’t help you progress in life. Shifting your focus will help you see a faster change in your attitude and life. One way that I like to exercise this specifically, is by listing the things which were not just good but BETTER! It helps me shift my focus and realize how blessed I truly am.
Ready To Start Journaling?
YOU GET IT : Journaling is good for you – physically, mentally and emotionally. But what if, like myself, you ever find yourself stuck, staring frustrated at a blank page, because you don’t know what to write about. Well firstly, ditch the guilt of not being consistent or instantly motivated. It needs to come out naturally and you can simply start where you are. If you need to initially just write a single line, or detail the specifics of what you had for breakfast, do it. Don’t preoccupy yourself with managing perfect punctuation, grammar, spelling or your best handwriting…..because chances are you’re the only one reading your journal! Just write and don’t censor yourself, this is for YOU! Remember : You don’t have to be Shakespeare.
So go ahead, grab one of those marble journals at HomeGoods and set aside a dedicated space and time for journaling, you can thank me later!💛
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 💎🛍💝
If you guys follow me on the Gram, then Ya’ll know that I absolutely love making my famous oven-baked potato thins as a dinner side at least once a week! It’s a great healthy and easy-to-make dinner-side option, because all you need, are either golden or red potatoes and some yummy seasoning! I’m 100% sure that every ingredients that I am about to list down below, Ya’ll have it in your kitchen pantry 😋!
3 pounds of Golden or Red Potatoes, & sometimes you can mix both which is what I normally do (sliced)
2 Tbs Olivie Oil
5 cloves of Garlic (minced)
1 Tsp of Dried Thyme
1/2 Tsp of Dried Oregano
1/2 Tsp of Dried Basil
1 Tsp of Chili Powder
1 Tsp of Paprika
2 Tbs Unsalted Butter
Salt & Pepper to taste
Shredded Cheese to taste
How it’s Made :
Start by preheating oven to 400 degrees F and lightly oil a baking sheet or coat it with a nonstick olive oil buttery spray.
On a separate bowl mix all the seasonings listed above together, so you can spread the seasoning in an evenly manner onto the potatoes.
Place potatoes in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet and add olive oil + the seasoning mix. Try to cover each potato thin as much as possible with the seasoning mix.
Once you’ve got the potatoes covered in seasoning add on top as much shredded cheese as you’d like. I personally cover it entirely with shredded cheese, because once they’re completely baked, the cheese tends to get crispy and it’s so delish!
Place potatoes into oven and bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp. Once they’re removed from the oven stir in butter until melted.
Serve immediately, and if you’d like, you can also garnish it with some parsley if desired!
As many of you know Marilin’s Jewelry is literally my L.I.F.E 💎! It’s only fair to say this, because I was basically raised at my parents store. So much so, that every client that sees me always says the same exact thing, “Omg Yesi! You’ve gotten so big”! They were always so used to seeing me running around the shop or pretending to know what I was doing ever since the age of 7 🤣! But now I am all grown up, and managing two storefront locations alongside my parents, creating new marketing techniques & learning each and everyday what this business has to offer. I make it my daily goals to always continue bettering our brand, it’s not easy because I’m not a professional marketing director, but I feel like the fact that I care so deeply for this brand, it gives me more motivation to do better for it.
Creating can be difficult sometimes, especially when you’re working extra-hard to do something completely different from the norm. I’ve found that being different will definitely set you apart from other brands, and actually give you a chance to be seen as an original. In the jewelry industry, it’s extremely important to be authentic and have originality, especially if you’d want be seen by others. Which is why it’s been kinda difficult for me to find exactly how I wanted to market our Insta page. I’ve found myself on many occasions in a place, where I would come up with an idea, do it for a couple of months and then see it plastered on every other jewelers page. So I would feel, like maybe the idea was cool for the moment, but I gotta move on to something much more different + cooler 😎! Which is why progress & change are also very important factors in a business.
With that being said, I always envisioned our brand to take the next step and create an online presence. But as many of you know, working a full-time job and building a website can be difficult to-do at the same time. So when our storefront locations were mandated by the County to close on March 19th due to COVID-19, I thought to myself, let me make this time as useful as possible. I not gonna sit here and lie to you, the first couple of days I did take some time off & relaxed, because I physically and mentally needed it. But after I did, I felt like I could finally set my attention towards something I always wanted to do. Which was, build a website for Marilin’s & figure out what I wanted our brand to be. Figuring out what I wanted our brand to look like, was much more simpler than building a website. But I thankfully got both things done in a timely manner, I came up with a plan for our brand + built a simple website for the time being, because I really wanted to have an online presence as quickly as possible for our clients during these unprecedented times. The website is definitely a work in-progress, but the first step was taken already, and that’s the important part from all of this. Now that our website has been live for just a couple of days, I have realized why it’s so important to have one and I am glad that I took that initiative to build it, because now this step has opened up a whole new world for our brand! So cheers to Marilin’s new achievements & to many more!
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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!
Confessions of a Jeweler 💁🏼♀️ : I wish I could put all of my jewelry tips & must-have under 1 blog post, but we would be here all day, so my top-10’s will do for now!
1. Stackable Bracelets :
I personally love being able to wear multiple bracelets all at once, because arm candy is definitely a must for me. I actually have a few thin gold bracelets that I normally never take off and I’ve also got a few others that I interchange every once in a while depending on my #OOTD or #OOTN .
2. Diamond Studs :
A pair of diamond studs are surely every woman’s dream, that’s why they call them a girl’s best friend! They have been a staple in the fashion industry for as early as the 16th century and have remained a beloved piece of jewelry for all women of all ages!
3. Stackable Rings :
Good news, if you’ve got rings, guess what! YOU ARE IN LUCK! Any ring can be a stackable ring, if you just try hard enough. Seriously! There are so many different ways you can wear stackable rings, but the most important thing to remember is that there is no right or wrong way to achieve this look. If you love how you’re combining your rings and how it looks, that’s all that matters!
4. Layering Necklaces :
Necklaces can be fun, and the more you have ON these days, the better! I personally like to mix-and-match different links & thicknesses of necklaces all together. I have a few that I wear on a regular basis, and are totally trending right now!
5. Signet Ring :
I CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT MY SIGNET RING! I’ve had my signet ring ever since I was a little girl, and it’s become part of my day-to-day accessory. Plus it can also be worn as a stackable, but I normally always wear it on my pinky!
6. Tennis Bracelets :
The diamond tennis bracelet has actually been around for quite a long time, and most people assume that it has something to do with the sport, but it actually doesn’t. In my opinion it should actually be called the eternity bracelet, because it’s an endless circle of diamonds on your wrist. It can be worn with pretty much any outfit, which is why I normally never take mine off!
7. Watch :
I’ve always felt like watches are a definite must-have, it doesn’t matter what brand or style, but you should always have a watch on! I have a few that I interchange depending on my #OOTD or #OOTN .
8. Diamond Huggies :
Just like diamonds studs, Huggies are on the same level of must-have. I’ve been wearing Huggies for as long as I could remember, and the great thing about them is how safe they are to wear. You basically don’t even realize that you’re wearing earrings, because the clasp mechanism is that great! The steam goes into the earring and clips on the back side, so they don’t even bother your ear!
9. Large Hoops :
If you guys know me well, ya’ll know that I absolutely LOVE Jenny from the Block! So it’s only fair, for me to say that you definitely have to have a pair of LARGE GOLD HOOPS! Trust me, you’ll thank me later!
10. Engagement Ring Alternative :
Last but not least, if you’re married or engaged this is a HUGE must-have! Engagement rings can be very pricey, plus they will always hold a precious sentimental value, so you’ll never ever want to loose it. Which is why I always recommend for every Mrs. to have an engagement ring alternative! You can have a simple white gold band or even an eternity band, that you can wear whenever you don’t feel like its the right occasion to be wearing your showstopper ring! [For example : while traveling!]
All items can be found for sale or custom-designed at our shop : @MarilinsJewelry ! Follow us on the socials for #dailypics of all of our jewelry pieces! 💎