Opening Day!

The most glorious day of the year is upon us. It’s OPENING DAY!

My parents started dating the year the Florida Marlins were inaugurated as a team. Basically, my parents started dating at baseball games and I watched no other sport as a kid. When I met Mister Miami I started enjoying basketball a little bit more, but baseball will always have my heart. I’m a bit worried this season because Mr. Jeter pulled a Loria and sent all our stars away, but maybe new stars will align.

Although I will be missing the game tomorrow, thanks to the flu attacking 90% of the people in my house (I’ve escaped), I’m pretty thrilled to go to as many games as possible this season. Praying that my Pan con Minuta at Don Camaron is still available. If you have not tried that sandwich, do yourself a favor and head on over there.

New seasons require new gear and I’ve found some deals for you at the MLB Shop! I ordered a hat for my dad because God forbid he goes into 2018 without a fresh Marlins cap.

 Shop for official Miami Marlins fan gear from Majestic, Nike and New Era at Shop.MLB.com

Go Fish!

-T.

 

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored, but the banner does have an affiliate link with MLB Shop. That means I’ll receive a portion/commission if you purchase through my link.

 

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Easter Baskets for Boys

Hi There!

Holy Week is upon us and many of us are getting ready for Easter festivities this weekend. I wanted to offer some last minute inspiration for Easter baskets. Specifically for boys because that seems to be a tougher thing to get away with in a season where it is pretty much all pink and glittery.

The age range in my household is 7-15. One is interested in Hot Wheels and the other one wants a real set of wheels. The Easter bunny can only accommodate to one child and that child doesn’t require State Farm.

Boys Ages 5-10

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A couple days ago when I was filling the insane amount of eggs we will be laying out for the boys, I mentioned a little hack of mine that has saved us time and fights for years now. We tell each child that they are to look for a specific color egg. This year I spiced it up a little bit and bought sports themed eggs based on the sport each child plays. The youngest one plays Soccer so he will have Soccer eggs with another plain colored egg. Each child has 1 golden egg (I honestly feel that the grandparents need to fill that one up with $$) and we fill that one up with different knick knacks or money.

Little man will be getting a hoodie this year that he asked for when we made a trip to Target (hoodie can be found here), some M&Ms, and a pack of Hot Wheel cars that hasn’t arrived yet making my blog flat lay a flat flop. (Tip: Dollar Tree sells large candy boxes for $1.) The basket and all eggs are from Walmart.

Other Item Ideas

  • Assorted candies.
  • Socks.
  • Crayons/Markers with Coloring Book.
  • Board Game.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Baseball hat.
  • Basketball/Football.

Boys Ages 11-15

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Lately I’ve been asked a lot why the fifteen year old still does Easter egg hunts. “Isn’t he a little too old?” He may be but he’s an exceptional older brother and he makes sure to keep the magic alive for little man. Plus he knows that we fill some of the eggs with money so that’s an easy way to score $20. The fact is that we’re never too old for candy, money or magic.

His basket is pretty much the same except teenagers require a little more tactic. Considering that he won’t be doing much more growing, his hoodie was an investment. We opted for an Under Armour hoodie (Full Zip version can be found here.) At 15 you’re obviously too cool for M&Ms so you get Sour Patch candies. We also ordered him a poster but he grabbed it from the mailbox and propped it up himself.

Other Ideas

  • Posters.
  • Socks.
  • Keychains for backpack.
  • Posters.
  • Graphic Tees.
  • Movie Tickets.
  • Cologne/Deodorant.

Before I go I wanted to encourage you all to check out the various egg hunt activities going on at Jungle Island, Zoo Miami, Pinecrest Gardens, and Tropical Park. They are usually inexpensive and filled with loads of fun for the entire family. I sincerely hope this is helpful for you all! May your Easter be blessed and filled with tons of love, family, and Reeses cups.

-T.

Disclaimer: All these items were purchased by me. This post is not sponsored by any of the retailers mentioned above. The ideas expressed here are my own as are the photos.

 

 

Women Who Wine

On March 21st I had the pleasure of attending my very first #WomenWhoWine event hosted by the lovely Natalie Leon from Wine With Nat. This time around she hosted the event at Tarpon Bend on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. I need to revisit that place and try the spicy calamari again, except this time I am not sharing it.

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I had been wanting to attend one of the events for about a year now, but they were either sold out or we had prior commitments. The moment I found out about this one and I saw my calendar, miraculously empty, I went ahead and purchased the ticket.

I have to admit I was a bit nervous when I got there because I had a feeling I would be the youngest woman there and well…I was right. For some reason, younger women are immediately written off because they “lack life experience” but the truth is that no one really know what experience you have or don’t until you let them know…so I let them know.

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Can I tell you how amazing a little personal confidence boost to yourself is? Maybe it was the wine…maybe it was the Coco Chanel. Whatever it was, I realized that I should highlight what empowers me and that’s exactly what I did. At the event we had to write post-it notes about what empowered us. I wrote, “Shoes, Travel, Books, and knowledge empowers me.” Those are just a few things, but they’re the main things.

Each table consisted of 6 women and my table was truly extraordinary. We laughed and cried and worked together on creating a project to help out homeless teenaged girls and women whom have been victims of domestic violence.

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I want to encourage you all to attend the next event Natalie hosts. You will meet remarkable women and enjoy some of the most delicious wine around.

-T.

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. I wrote this to express my appreciation for the event and let my audience know that these events are totally worth attending. All photos are my own and I paid for my ticket to attend.

Book Review: The Happiness Project

Hi there!

One of my favorite things to do is read, specifically non-fiction books because I feel like they’re a mini college course. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin was a book I picked up two years ago at Costco. I started reading it and I misplaced the book in my house. For a while there I was devastated because I was halfway through it and was really into it, but just could not remember where I put the book! Purging my room a couple months ago brought the book back to me. It’s rather ironic because in the book decluttering and ridding ourselves of what we don’t need is heavily discussed and by doing just that, this little gem came back to me. This time I went back to my old ways and did my annotations. I basically highlight and underline quotes and concepts with post-it flags up and down the book. Nerdy? Yes. Do I care? Not really.

One of my favorite concepts discussed in this book is to “Be Gretchen”. That’s what Gretchen uses in the book to remind herself that it is totally okay with being yourself. You cannot and should not force yourself to like something you just don’t like. There’s nothing to feel guilty about and reading that felt as if a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I am Tiffany. Tiffany I am. So I am going to “Be Tiffany.” (Includes being a total nerd.)

What is Happiness?

Well, it depends on who you ask. Gretchen in this book creates a list of resolutions which she planned to work on for an entire year and did! Each month Gretchen chose a different resolution from her list to work on. She also jots down her commandments and “splendid truths.” The chapters are separated by months and detail what her objectives are. She also makes it a point to explain that not being happy doesn’t necessarily mean you are depressed. She acknowledges that depression is a real problem in the world that we need to rid of its stigma. (Woot!)

“The opposite of happiness is unhappiness, not depression.”

Paying attention to our attitude and moods really put into perspective how happy or unhappy we are. Snapping on a regular basis doesn’t make one tough and that’s something emphasized heavily in this book. There are things we need to let go. There are people in our lives that we cherish but don’t necessarily show them enough. For example, Gretchen discusses how her husband Jamie had changed significantly once she stopped nagging and competing with him. (Side note: This is so important. I know so many marriages that fail because it becomes a vicious competition where resent takes over and the main objective to hurt the partner rather than loving it. I don’t know of anyone that vows to do that, but it happens more often than we realize.) It matters more how you fight than how often you fight according to Gottman’s “Love Laboratory” which she briefly touches upon.

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Do it for YOURSELF.

Gold stars are nice. Compliments are nice. They don’t have to come from the people around you if you start doing things, even if they are for other people, to make yourself happy. “No one else had to notice what I had done.” If it doesn’t make you happy or add to your life, leave it alone. My favorite quote regarding this is found on page 46: “You have to do it for yourself. If you do it for other people, you end up wanting them to acknowledge it and be grateful and give you credit. If you do it for yourself, you don’t expect other people to react in a particular way.” (CAN I GET AN AMEN?!)

This book was a breath of fresh air. It was a guide to me that really showed me where I need to stop nagging and where I need to start adding more positive words. After all, our mood affects the mood of the household. Not everyday will be perfect, but there’s something perfect in everyday. Cannot recommend this book enough.

The photo above leads you to the book on Amazon and it’s available on Prime! if you’re like me and need the hard copy right now. It’s available on Audible as well and through Gretchen’s website.

The days are long, but the years are short.

-T.

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. I purchased the book and Costco merchandise with my own money. I was not asked to do this post. I did it because I really feel more and more people should read this book.*

Gingham Obsession

My love for gingham started in 9th grade and no one really understood why I loved it, but fashion is meant to be appreciated not understood. Now gingham is everywhere and I can’t say I am upset about it because, well, I’m not. My closet cannot handle another gingham dress, top, shorts, or shoes. (I’ll still buy it.)

This weekend my family and I spent sometime investing in orchids. I say investing because they’re expensive, time consuming, but totally worth it. We visited the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Orchid show and I wanted to share my outfit with you all as well my favorite shot of all the orchids I photographed at the festival.

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Outfit Details: Dress (TJ Maxx) — Similar options here, here, and here. Sandals: Unisa from DSW. They are no longer available, but these are a great alternative. Hat: Bijoux Turner — I found a few options for you here, here, and here. My bracelet is the Love Freshwater Pearl bracelet by a local jewelry designer in Miami named Roxy Collante.

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Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. I paid for the festival and the orchids myself as well as all my outfit items. All photos featured are mine.

-T.

Hotel Review: Four Points Tallahassee Downtown

Hey there!

Here’s a random small town for you that’s popular in Florida and is remembered by the rest of America during college football. Tallahassee, FL. I had the pleasure of traveling there a couple weeks ago for work and decided to do a review of my favorite hotel there.

Typically I stay at the Four Points by Sheraton right on West Tennessee because it’s far away enough from the Capitol to be unseen and far enough from campus to avoid the noise, but close enough that my shuttle ride is 3 minutes. It’s a safe hotel and incredibly clean. The staff is very friendly and makes sure all my needs are met. Each room comes with two water bottles, which sounds ridiculous, but many hotels I’ve been to charge you for the water. (Rude.)

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My only complaint goes to the pillows. Maybe it’s a preference thing, but I truly felt like I was suffocating. Too fluffy that your head will sink and you will wake up with a very sore neck. I’d totally recommend that they change their pillows, but that may be an expensive thing. The mattresses are heavenly and immaculate. I love their beds because it’s a better sleep than I ever get.

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The nerd in me appreciates the spacious desk with USB ports and plugs for my electronic devices. The wardrobe holds a giant ironing board, which came in clutch for me, and a mirror that’s perfect for #ootd shots. The Keurig doesn’t hurt, but I prefer espresso and that’s not an option here. Next to the wardrobe, not pictured, is a tiny microwave and refrigerator.

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The lobby leads to their tiny pool and gym area which are perfect for the short trips people usually stay here for. Their lounge/restaurant area offers a variety of comfort foods and a full bar if you want to unwind but don’t want to leave the property. I love this hotel because it’s quiet, cozy, and away from the noise. They respect your privacy and they honor that you’re tired from work and that’s something I will always appreciate.

Safe Travels.

-T.

Sunday Rituals

Hello There!

All over Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook I see articles and blog posts on how to have a successful week starting on Sunday. “A Sunday well spent brings a week of content.”  I could not agree with that quote more. Some of these articles encourage you to do insane amounts of work on Sundays which is not realistic. At least not for me, considering there are 3 kids running around the house so I prepare for the week by organizing myself in the most stressful areas.

Calendar

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Note: Marshalls and Home Goods have great options for agendas/planners. That’s where I bought this one.

Part of my day job requires that I run one of the most hectic and insane calendars known to the world. I thank God for this opportunity on a daily basis because thanks to it being so rigorous, I know how to better organize my calendar for the week. On Sundays I wake up and Mister Miami typically takes care of breakfast because he’s a champ like that. If we don’t go to brunch, I grab my laptop and agenda and write out what’s going on during the week for me. I make sure all activities are on the calendar. Granted, I am probably a psycho and I color code everything. Google Calendar is my favorite one and that’s what I use for everything.

I use red for work events, light blue for the kids and Mister Miami, lavender for my personal events/appointments, green for school items, and orange of birthdays. The Skinny Confidential’s Lauryn Evarts wrote an article a while back where she explains her method of scheduling and it has changed my life. She blocks off time to write, read, exercise, eat, etc. I do that as well and it has really made me more organized and productive. Focusing on one thing at a time makes a HUGE difference.

Lay It Out

The way we are raised dictates how organized or disorganized we are later on in life. At least that’s how I feel. My parents are both psycho obsessed with cleanliness, organization and preparation. The joke is (somber and rude, I know) that my mother has the outfit for the funeral before the person has passed away. Unfortunately/Fortunately, I inherited this madness and one of their tricks is to layout their outfit for the next day the night before. I have seen this mentioned in other posts, but I don’t know of many people who actually practice it. My mornings are way smoother because of this and if you really love yourself, do this for the kid’s uniforms.

Meal Planning

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I honestly do not want to spend my entire Sunday cooking. I have Housewives to catch up on and 18,000 loads of laundry. What I do is look up recipes on Pinterest and try a new one every week, or at least try. Based on that I order my groceries on Instacart. This app service has changed our lives. We don’t impulse buy we have a list and we’re just searching for the items we need. We save time and gas as well. The main stores I use it for are Publix and Costco, both of which are psycho on the weekends. You pay for groceries and get your sanity back. (I always pray they’ll add Trader Joe’s.) My handy dandy magnetic note pad helps me keep track of what we’re cooking the next day.

Have a great week!

-T.

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. All items/services mentioned I bought with my own money and/or I pay for on a monthly basis.