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Quotable Week No. 2 | Blog's Birthday GIVEAWAY of Some of My FavoriteThings

Happy Wednesday Darlings!

I've had an intense couple of days, but today I am a tad overjoyed because this week marks this blog's

FIRST

 birthday. I am so thankful for each and every one of you that faithfully reads this blog and encourages me with your friendly comments. Above all, I'm thankful for the community of creatives that I've met and hopefully will keep meeting and connecting with. 

Also, on Monday I failed to share my second post of Twittable quotes, so here they are for you to tweet away.  

As this blog's first birthday approaches I am celebrating this week in two ways. First, I have written two photography articles (and here) to share some things that I have learned along the way and that you may find helpful and maybe even interesting. Second, I am hosting a GIVEAWAY that you can sign up for at the end of this post. 

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T W E E T A B L E S

Without further ado, here are some of my favorite quotes that inspired me this  past weekend. 

At the end of my days I do not wish to look back on my life and see that I was always there but never "present"- Valerie (Tweet it)

"It is wonderful what you can do when you have to."  C.S. Lewis (Tweet it)

"The difference between winners and losers is that winners kept playing until they won" - Kathryn Jackson (Tweet it)

I liked these quotes because they encourage me to be successful, to press on. However, I don't want to achieve anything in this world at the cost of the most important relationships in my life. As a result, I am presently in the middle of a big media intake assessment, trying to decide how I will diminish that. I will certainly share the journey with you.

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G I V E A W A Y   CLOSED

The best way to say thank you to some of you that started following this blog from the very beginning and to you, new readers is to offer a giveaway with some of my favorite things. You have seen them photographed in different blog posts, and Instagram pictures because these are truly beautiful items that I use in my personal life.

 

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Simple SPA Day at Home



Hello Darlings

I am so excited to be sharing with you some of my favorite summer skin care/detox elements that I use on days when I want to pamper myself at home. I picked my three absolute favorite ingredients and even added a bonus section at the end with other blog links to awesome DIY home spa ideas. 

Have a Face Mask you love

I was on the market for a good, pore cleaning mask with all natural ingredients that would leave me feeling refreshed and clean. I tend to have occasional acne; I have  rather oily skin (especially in the T zone) and to make matters worse, it tends to be on the sensitive side. Needless to say, I am extra careful of what I put on my skin. Add to this the humid climate in which I live, the oils of my skin just tend to duplicate. 




In comes the "love lettuce" fresh face mask from Lush. 

How can I describe how in love I am with this mask without it sounding weird? I don't know about you, but nothing says "spa" to me more than a good mask, especially if it looks green like the one I use. It feels fancy, refreshing and it actually does what it promises to do for a great price. This mask is so fresh that it has a lifespan of about three weeks or a month and has to be kept refrigerated. 




Have a do-it-all natural ingredient

So if there was nothing left on this earth except for two things, I would probably choose peanut butter and coconut oil. Peanut butter for obvious reasons and coconut oil because this one ingredient takes care of so many needs all at once. 

I use coconut oil: to cook and to make smoothies, to shave, to remove my eye makeup, as a skin and hair moisturizer, for foot therapy, as massage oil and many other uses that I will discover along the way. 

This may sound as a homemade, grandma trick but honestly, I've been using coconut oil for years now and I am so happy with it. Any other coconut oil fanatics out there? So next time you have a spa at home, pull out your organic coconut oil jar and use it on pretty much everything!  

Have a Natural Drink

No spa is completed without a great, relaxing drink. I am a firm believer in all the great properties of green tea and an avid drinker. So I decided to share my summer spa drink recipe with you. 




♥ Green Tea Lemon and Cucumber Refresher 
1 green tea bag
1 3/4 cup of water 
3 slices of cucumber
1 spoon of lemon juice
organic honey or brown raw sugar to your taste
1 leaf of mint (my tea mix already has mint but fresh mint will give a nice kick)
Ice cubes

Brew the tea in the water, add all the ingredients, then mix all of the ingredients and when you are ready to serve add the ice cubes. 

I make jars of it and it keeps me hydrated while helping me stack up on antioxidants  and just overall adding another level of freshness to my homemade spa. 

More Ideas

I usually decompress by watching something like a documentary on Netflix, but I know some of you would prefer music so here are a couple of options that may work for you. 

If in your next home spa day you decide to incorporate a hot bath, consider trying some of these bath recipes | 12 Surprising things to add to your bath

Check out the girls over at Feel and Flourish blog with two DIY recipes
DIY Sea Salt Body Scrub
DIY All Natural Detox Mask 



Have Fun!


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July | Coups de Coeur


Hello Darlings!

How can it be August already? The first week of August in Puerto Rico means that we will still have  summer heat for a while (yay!) but it also means that school has just started and that my husband is going back to work (boo!).  So today I am sharing with you my July Coups de Coeur (french for favorites) and I hope that you are inspired by it. 



My Monthly Instagram Recap

1. The highlight of July was definitely spending a few days with my family in Montreal and being able to explore amazing coffee shops, see some dear friends, and just enjoy all the diversity of the city I call my first home. 

2. Perfect depiction of our little tradition that we have before every trip or before every grocery purchase day, it has to do with being creative and making a new recipe out of whatever is left in the fridge. Thanks to Project pick it for featuring one of my pictures and the stories I often attach to them! 

3. This month I published a post on one of my childhood frozen treats and I really had fun taking pictures for it. I actually made the Frozen Banana Pops for my Sunday school class of pre-teens that I happen to love and have tons of fun with. 

4. This map picture really depicts how many times we had to pack and unpack for a trip during this month. In between one of those trips I took a little break and treated myself to a mani and pedi at our local Essie Nail bar. I wish you one close by. 

5. Once again, I participated in this month's "Between Lenses" photography collaboration created by two great bloggers and curated by any blogger that desires to link up. This month's theme was "movement" and this is the picture I chose to share. 

6. Last but not least a picture of my husband's hands pouring coffee for both of us, one of my favorite pictures I took this past month. Thanks to Village Style community for featuring this picture on their Instagram account. 



My Coups de Coeur

My favorite bloggers have launched a second app that happens to be really fun, especially for photo strips.  Have you downloaded the Party App? What do you think?  

Have you ever had an Instagram crush? This blogger, that also happens to be a stylist and a designer for children's clothes, is one of the reasons I spend too much time on Instagram in the first place. She blogs about her life in Brooklyn with her little girl, new born baby, and husband. I love how real about life she is and how colorful her thrifted wardrobe is. Welcome to the new baby! 

A great find for me lately has been the "Printable Planner for Procrastinators" created by Sofia Cope. It is really colorful and features a beautifully design I'm sure will inspire you to take action , the first of which should be taking advantage of the discount you can find on her website until August 15, 2014. 

Thanks to a fellow blogger that has been a guest here, I am now completely hooked on podcasts by Jess Lively (The Lively Show). My recent, over eager attitude when volunteering to do dishes may give it away because now I get to listen them while I clean. The podcasts are short and varied. She brings all these amazing people to talk about their business experience in such a fun and relevant way. 

Discovered a new Christian Magazine, that makes a magazine lover like me very happy. Deeply Rooted Magazine is about to publish their second printed issue, but you can also get them digitally. For a visual person like me, that also loves to talk and connect with people that have faith, this magazine is a breath of fresh air. 

Also if you haven't done it, I suggest that you download the "She Reads Truth" app to read the Bible with a great community of women, accompanied by beautiful photography and beautifully designed study packs. I am currently a little behind because I started the "Sermon on the Mount" study a bit late but I am enjoying it so much. 


"God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him,

    for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs | Matthew 5:3"
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The Fault In Our Stars | My Thoughts & Favorite Quotes



Hello darlings!

If you haven't read it, you've probably heard about it. The movie based on the book "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green is coming out in the United States on Friday. I must say there's been some debate about who should have played Augustus but needless to say that there's some excitement around it. I purposely waited to share this post until now because I wanted it to coincide with the release of the movie.

If you haven't read the book, I will try not to spill the beans (at least not in their totality) but I must say it is a sad book, that has been beautifully written. As my husband (who is an english and literature teacher) says it is a piece worthy of a fellow English teacher. The book is full of really great quotes, to the point that I had to withhold myself from tweeting all through it.  

Basically it's the story of 3 teenagers that meet through their terminal illness support group. Two of  which fall in love and we get a glimpse into a specific time of their adolescence or like they would say their "little infinity".  

I found that through the characters many fundamental questions that many people struggle with were exposed. I felt like in this book grief, pain, disappointment, sickness is dealt with and spoken about in a raw and direct way. All the stuff that you can possibly feel uncomfortable about when it comes to terminal illness is addressed and even cleverly joked about without taking away the seriousness of the situation. So here are some of my favorite quotes, and please sure to share yours in the comment section and tell me why you like it so much. 

Romantic
  • As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly and than all at once
  • You gave me a forever within the number of days, and I'm grateful

Cruel Truth
  • That's the thing about pain. It demands to be felt.
  • The World is not a wish-granting factory
  • What a slut time is. She screws everybody.

Pain
  • You don't get to choose if you get hurt in this world...but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.
  • Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you. 

Deep 
  • The marks humans leave are too often scars.
  • You are so busy being you that you have no idea how utterly unprecedented you are.
  • Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin. 

Debatable
  • Without pain, how could we know joy? This is an old argument in the field of thinking about suffering and its stupidity and lack of sophistication could be plumbed for centuries but suffice it to say that the existence of broccoli does not, in any way, affect the taste of chocolate. 
I love this quote because of how cleverly written it is. However I think the issue is not pain vs joy but rather me experiencing pain so that I can grow and be able to handle the fact that joy is not always lusciously packed, instead it is hidden in the banality of small pleasures of our daily lives. So small in fact that most people miss it and may go a whole life pursuing happiness as if it was a destination, rather than finding it in their journey. Pain has indeed revealed my true character and as a consequence peeled off some layers of shallowness, stretched, helping me mature so that I can then appreciate the accumulation of small pleasures that might've been there all along but that I took for granted. Tears of pain have cleaned my eyes time and time again, revealing what I could not see before that experience. So when life gives me broccoli, I dip it in chocolate! 

I also thought it was interesting how the author compare the life of a person that has faith or believes in the after life like Augustus and the one who doesn't like Hazel. Discussing this with someone made us realize that this mirrors how people deal with grief and illness all the time. Some people, like me, it has been my faith that has literally saved my life getting through pain. But also, I have met people that the burden of pain almost serves as a confirmation that they should not believe. I feel like, underneath the surface, this is a recurrent theme throughout the book. 

Last but not least, I really liked how this book made me rethink the whole notion of time and how precious it is. I really enjoyed reading the passages about the infinity that there really is in small portions of time. I loved how the author developed the story in a way that they enjoyed their short time as much as they could even with all their limitations. As I read I was faced with the fragility of life itself and how our families and friends are gold and we must enjoy them as much as we can because one day they will no longer be. None of us actually. 

Which passage made you think or cry? Maybe when you read it you saw something different. I could write so much more but why don't we talk about it in the comment section.  


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