Home Sweet Home!

Home Sweet Home!

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

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 The house was built in 2004, so you guys could already imagine how outdated things were there.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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

XOXO, Yesi 🥂

[Editor in Chief: Richard Bazails]

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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]

 

Back…

Back…

Hello, is it me you’re looking for?

I hope so cause I’m back! It’s been a second or two since I began this adventure with ya’ll….or you know about ten months, but hey what’s a couple of months between us. Nonetheless I finally feel like it’s time for my comeback and also to fill you up with what’s happened since I was last here. 2018 was truly filled with many changes, not only for me, but for my family as well. I feel like I grew a lot as an individual and just needed to take some personal time in order to reflect and just process all that was happening around me. With renovating around the house and all the while planning a wedding things got hectic really fast, but a beautiful house and a husband later things are a lot calmer now.

I can honestly say I’m glad I found the courage to come back and get my blog up & running once again because I felt like I was missing a little something in my life. It can be hard to manage a business, maintain your home, keep a social life going, make time for yourself + work on your blog posts…..it’s just not possible unless you’re willing to sacrifice something. Plus sometimes it can be difficult to come up with new ideas for your blog, especially when you’re just trying to cope with a hectic day. But hey that’s life, sometimes It’s okay if that happens, it’s okay if you’re not in the mood or it might take you a little longer than usual to get back to your habits. As long as you’re happy with what you’re doing then that’s more than enough. Needleless to say having a forum in which I can express myself, vent or just maybe learn new things along the way is something that greatly makes me happy. Now that I’m back, I’m so ready to start on this lovely adventure again & I might even share a little bit of what I’ve been up to these last couple of months!!

XOXO, Yesi 🥂

[Editor in Chief: Richard Bazails]

My Top 10 Favorite Drugstore Facial Care Products:

My Top 10 Favorite Drugstore Facial Care Products:

1. L’Oréal Detox & Brighten Pure Clay Mask:

This supercharged clay mask will literally brighten your face after 10 minutes. I absolutely love applying it after a very long day & most of the time right in the middle of the week. I basically take it as a at home mini-spa day, and if you really wanna do the same, then you can just slice up some cucumbers & lay it on your eyes for the duration of the Clay Mask!

2. Acure Moroccan Argan Oil:

This bad boy is a definite must, it’s meant to restore the appearance of the textures & tones of your skin, and the best part of it all is that you can also use it on your hair! Talk about a 2-in-1 product!!

3. Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water:

Looking for the perfect product to remove your makeup but also mattify your skin? Look no further, this product is definitely the one you’ve been looking for! I personally like using this specific product right after using my Neutrogena Make-up Cleansing Towelettes, just to mattify my skin a bit more.

4. L’Oréal Magic Skin-beautifier BB:

This is my go-to BB cream for whenever I’m not in the mood to apply any makeup on my face, it color corrects and hydrates your skin. The cool part of it all is that once you apply it, it will literally transform from a lime green color to your perfect shade, for a bare finish look!

5. Aveeno Positively Radiant SPF 15:

Can I just say how I absolutely LOVE this product? This is my go-to Moisturizer, I literally live for it! I’ve been using this product for about 5 years now & I haven’t had the necessity of changing it, because it does exactly what its meant to do. Moisturizes & hydrates my skin, while also giving it that extra protection with its SPF 15.

6. Cetaphil Gentle Foaming Cleanser:

Cetaphil is well known for their facial & body cleansers, all of their products are created to treat all different skin types without deteriorating or ruining your actual skin. I absolutely love how gentle this specific product is and how soft it makes my skin feel after every wash!

7. Neutrogena Make-up Cleansing Towelettes:

If you’re looking for the best towelettes to remove your makeup, look no further because these are the ONES! These pre-moistened facial cleansing wipes effectively dissolve all traces of dirt or makeup. Most wipes leave heavy residue of makeup behind, which later on can take its toll on your face. Which is why I choose to spend a little more & get these bad boys, because they completely remove all of my makeup and heavy residue off of my face.

8. Neutrogena Radiance Boost Hydrogel Mask:

I love to use these whenever I get home from work feeling all tired & in need of some extra boost! It instantly quenches my dry skin, leaving it hydrated & smooth. It’s truly magical and not expensive at all, you can literally call it a spa day after work right from the comfort of your home!

9. SheaMoisture African Black Soap Clarifying Mud Mask:

I’m all into mud masks, so this one is definitely an absolute must have. It draws out dirt, while helping absorb any excess oil & improve the appearance of troubled skin. It’s just a little extra step in helping my skin look as flawless as possible, I personally like to switch both SheaMoisture African Black Soap + L’Oréal Detox & Brighten Pure Clay Mask throughout the week, so I don’t just stick to one product.

10. Yes To Cucumbers 2-Step Single Use Eye Kit:

Have you ever had dark circles under your eyes that you can’t find a way to get rid of? We all have those every once in a while, and I’ve found that Yes To Cucumbers 2-Step Single Use Eye Kit has absolutely helped me whenever it’s too much to handle! This product contains soothing cucumbers, caffeine and fruity fruits to keep my skin calm while waving buh-bye to my dark circles! It’s a 2-step product, and step 2 is an eye treatment cream that is meant to help brighten the under eye area.


Hopefully these 10 of my faves will also become part of yours, let me know how ya’ll like them after trying them out & don’t forget that any of these products can literally be found at your nearest drugstore, while not breaking your bank account, which is definitely a plus!

XOXO, Yesi 🥂