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My beginner's guide to Skillshare classes

Hello Darlings, 

I've been wanting to share a post like this one for quite some time now because over the summer I took the time to sign up for

Skillshare

and when I did, I fully dove into a universe of awesomeness. Today I want to share some of my favorite classes that I have done. This is not by any means an exhaustive list since there are hundreds and hundreds of classes available and I've only done a few. I may share another list later. 

When you first sign up you can browse and save some clases for later. I suggest that the minute you sign up, you also join their newsletter to learn about new classes or some discount that could prove valuable. I did that and 2 or 3 days after I signed up, I was able to upgrade to the full membership. 

One of my favorite bloggers, interior designers, and just altogether creative genius is Justina Blakeney, so when I signed up for skillshare and saw that two of her clases were available, 

I took them right away! These short classes gave me many easy-to-implement tips that I am thinking of referring to it as the holidays approach. "

Interior Styling: Style your Space like a Pro

Table-Top Styling: Style Memorable Tablescape for Every Season

This second class was actually a really cool class, especially for a person like me that loves Instagram and often snaps pictures of my food and drinks. I have previously written a post on how to improve your Instagram pictures and this class can also give you additional tips. "

Food Photography: Capturing a Morning Worth Eating

Another great and recent photography class which is a must 

is called "Styling Food for Instagram: Creating Collages". Interestingly enough, after only looking at the trailer of the upcoming class I created a collage and posted it on Instagram and my picture was featured by one of my favorite photographers on her own Instagram as part of "that color project" and also shared by Deeply Rooted Magazine. So after I actually took the class, I have so much more inspiration and direction. The artist teaching this class is really amazing! 

Another class that really made me giddy and that I have yet to finish taking is "Telling a Story through Fashion Illustration" by Paper Fashion which just happens to be such a fabulous fashion illustration. I wanted to try my hand at illustration and the fact that she is one of my favorite illustrators motivated me to just go for it. 

This was actually the first class I ever took on Skillshare. It's one given by Molly Jacques called "Introduction to the art of modern Calligraphy" which really helped me discover a few things and polish my skills. If you are interested in learning this a great way to start. Last but not least, Freelancing for Creatives: Kickstart your independence. This class is not your usual orthodox boring how to start your business, it is more hands on, very helpful and very informative as well!  

Do you already use Skillshare? If you do I would love to hear your class suggestions on the comment section below or on my social media!

Note: The pictures I included in this post were taken for Instagram so you will see some imperfections  in the fruit pattern, I quickly created, that you wouldn't normally see on Instagram and it goes with the class I took. 

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7 Episodes Of The Jess Lively Show That You Must Listen




hello darlings!
So I thought I would let you in on one of my latest interests and the reason for which I was, for a very short period of time, an almost acceptable dish-washing wife. Thanks to Sarah from Cake over Steak, I was introduced to the Jess Lively Show, an amazing series of podcasts in which great bloggers, entrepreneurs, and just all-around inspirational people share their journeys. Before I share some of my favorite episodes, I want to point out that Jess Lively is awesome and I think she is a genius for putting this whole show together. I love how she keeps the guests on track by asking relevant questions.  I admire how she has built this platform for great people's stories to be shared and highlighted. Here are 7 of my favorite episodes and why I liked them so much. 



I was immediately drawn to this episode because I recognized the name of the online magazine that I already follow and enjoy. I am the kind of person that loves stories so I enjoyed listening to this guest's story and how candidly she shared it. I loved that she openly talked about letting go of bad relationships or anything that could hold you back and about being single in her 30's. I must say that by the end of that interview, I seriously started considering Crossfit. 

I think this was the first episode I ever heard, and it was honestly because I was drawn to the blog name. I mean after all, Yellow is my favorite color. I also loved some of her pointers on getting things done and got a good laugh when I learned that her business started when she gave her husband a picture of the dog that he was dreaming of as opposed to getting him a real one. The reason I found that to be really funny is because I have been thinking of doing that for my husband because he dreams of getting an English bulldog that would clearly not fit in our tiny apartment. 

This episode was really life changing for me. I had followed this blog for some time but listening to this episode really gave an insight into the "minimalist" part of this bloggers lifestyle which as some of you know, is something I value a lot. I loved her philosophy on cutting back on things we don't fully enjoy to do more of what we really want. 




This was one of my favorite episodes just because of how authentically she tells her story and the simplicity she exudes. Really looking forward to checking out her book. 

The lady behind this company simply rocks and her product is really cool. She had interesting views on how to divide her day and how to set clear boundaries in terms of how we let social media take over our lives. 

Ok, this lady is by far one of my favorite bloggers ever. Her colorful style and her really beautiful Target collections are just fabulous. I am always impressed with her accomplishments and on how her blog is a well of inspiration. She is definitely someone I look up to in terms of a creative business woman. 

I had heard of this concept through the grapevine (actually from a couple of friends on Instagram) and I loved the concept and read a post from Valerie from Val Marie Paper and it made me curious about the concept. So I was very happy to hear this interview and just be exposed to this sweet blogger and her sincere approach to shaving off some excess out of our lives. I plan on using her planner and let you know about it. 




After watching each episode be sure to read the show notes, there are literally so many helpful links there that I would not want you to miss! Also, if I were you, I  would download the podcast app and write a review. 

Do you listen to any podcasts? If you do, please, please let me know which ones! 

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Coffee Shop Le Falco in Montreal & Ways to make most of your day trips


hello Darlings, 

Just passing by to share some pictures of a date we had while in Montreal this summer along with some tips on how to make most of a date day, either with your significant other or with your friends. Meet Le Falco, both an industrial and cozy coffee shop that makes your coffee drinking experience unique and so delicious. 




If you have never visited Montreal, I hope you plan to very soon because it has a wide array of choices for food, amazing coffee shops, and entertainment. The plan was to go on a coffee shop tour, right after my husband left to go back home (I was staying a few extra days), but luckily his flight was cancelled and he got to stay 3 more days so we were able to enjoy the city together for longer. 





When planing a date day in a city we are traveling to, here are some of the elements we consider that can help you get the most out of it: 

Plan a tentative schedule and itinerary 
It is good to plan a flexible schedule. You don't want to make it rigid and stressful but more like a guideline that will help you stay on track in case you run out of ideas. For example, plan to go to the places that close earlier first with your meals based on your eating preferences and leave for later the things that have a more flexible schedule. It is also good to plan your transportation (check the weather ahead of time) in addition to how you will procure cash in the correct currency, and finally an average of how much you want to spend  There's nothing more annoying than losing part of your day meant for fun on planning how to actually get to the fun. 

Note: Allow room for spontaneity, after all, you are doing this to have fun and to make memories. 





Carry only what is necessary 
In my bag I usually carry (for summer or fall outings) a small bottle of water, a snack, my iphone, my DSL camera, a lip balm, small tube of sunblock that doubles as a hand cream, cash, a pair of flip-flops or cute flats and something to layer like a lightweight kimono. I also wear comfortable shoes but if they ever get uncomfortable for some reason I use my change of shoes. 

Note: I usually share my load with my companion. I usually let them carry the camera and an umbrella. Is that bad? I love having those things but hate carrying them!

Be present and enjoy it
Use your phone for limited times or periods and don't focus so much on capturing memories to post on social media that you forget to live out the memories. My husband and I, along with other friends have truly made wonderful memories by exploring new places together. It brings us closer because we are making memories that we can share forever. 

Some things will not turn out the way you planned but at the end of the day choose what is truly important. 






Check reviews
When visiting a new city or a new restaurant we often check online reviews. Before my visit to a new city I usually put it out there that I will be in a certain city in case people have suggestions. We also check our TripAdvisor App for some reviews and even suggestions. When I went back home I started following a hashtag on Instagram that actually led me to discover many beautiful coffee shops that had opened since I left. The hashtag is #montrealcafecrawl. 






We loved visiting this cafe whose owner is also the designer of this beautiful space. You can clearly see that they're an artist. I ordered the brew of the day which is available in a full cup or half a cup. They also have a light lunch menu that I did not get to try and a small dedicated area to sell coffee related equipment and some art. I bought these prints there. 

Where do you plan to go next? Do you have any suggestions on plan it more efficiently and make it even more enjoyable? Do tell in the comment section below!!! Also, next week we have a special guest post by author and blogger Amanda from Heartbeet Kitchen. Can't wait!!!



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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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June | Coups de Coeur


Hello Darlings, 

I know I am very very late for a June recap but I really want to do it because I love to look back on what really inspired me during the month. I've been on vacation for the past 2 weeks in my home town, enjoying being spoiled rotten by my parents and celebrating my sister's wedding. Only 2 weeks and I feel so renewed and rested. Do you have a place of solace that whenever you go there you feel rested, loved and renewed? 

here is my June Instagram recap: 
1 | May's Coups de Coeur was featured in Bonjour Bloggers at the beginning of June, which is how I discovered them and have since then been an avid reader of their blog that is so full of guidance for bloggers. 

2 | I wrote a review on the legendary book "The Fault in Our Stars" and I watched the movie with some diehard fans. One blogger friend says that this book will probably go down in history as one of the most quotable books ever. What do you think? I mean I did hold back on tweeting every single good quote because there was one every couple of pages, ha! 

3 | I had incredible amounts of coffee this month, as I always do since I married my "coffee junkie husband". I think that after searching high and wide, we have discovered the spot that makes some of the best carrot cake in San Juan. So moist, so fresh and the fact that they also happen to have great coffee is almost like a bad joke because it keeps making you come back for more and more. 

4 | In the month of June I also became a contributor for Ardent Magazine and wrote a short article with some pictures of a picnic in "El Yunque" which is the rainforest of Puerto Rico. I had so much fun doing it that I can't wait to share more. Make sure to check all their fabulous articles, full of such great photography. 

5 | Maybe you've noticed that pineapples are the star fruit of this summer. They are everywhere but for me this has always been my favorite fruit. I love that I can just step out and get some huge ones from the road vendor that comes by our apartment with his truck daily. I also shared a fresh salad recipe (that I am particularly proud of) that has nothing to do with pineapples but rather with another tropical fruit but I still used it because the one I got that day looked so gorgeous. 

6 | That is one of my favorite pictures of our anniversary getaway. We did a road trip from one side to the island to the next, hitting awesome beaches and sleeping in different hotels, of which "La Teraza" in San Juan is my favorite. Not only do they have the nicest personnel working there and making sure you have endless fresh coffee and pastries in the main lobby but just the modern look of those awesome rooms in a restored Old San Juan home. Not to mention the rooftop infinity pool that is opened 24/7 and has a magnificent view of Old San Juan and is just fun to visit in the middle of the night and crack jokes on each other as we attempt to stay up as long as we can without falling asleep. A nice hotel worker took this awesome picture of us. We will be back very soon! 



♥ Paper Fashion artist (one of my favorite) was featured in Rue Magazine in June, which includes a tour of her classy apartment. I loved that the article because it includes part of her story. I love all her work but this one is special and I published the link on my blog's Facebook page before. 

♥ Design love fest blog is known for many things but honestly though, have you ever downloaded one of their "dress you tech wallpapers"? So many talented artists featured there. Amazing. 

♥ My June Instagram crush, and the one that makes me fat just because of all the great food on it that I want to eat. Never make the mistake of checking her account at night, like I have. Also, she was recently featured as a suggest user by Instagram and I am so happy for her because honestly, she is awesome. 

♥ Did you know that national donut day was in June? Yeah this great blogger made it a week of donut related DIY's and they are ADORABLE! 

♥ Discovered a magazine called Whole Magazine and their articles are so amazing! I know that many of my readers would love their uplifting articles so full of the truth that comes from God's word. 

♥ Have you ever thought of replicating a famous person's portrait with foliage? I find that the epitome of creativity. this super talented blogger, interior designer, etc makes me want to remodel my tiny apartment all the time. Two of her hashtags (#BloomsOnBlack #FaceTheFoliage) are an endless pool of creative beauty. 

♥ She Reads Truth Ministry has a STORE with study packs that are not only super cute but so enriching  because it helps you study the word of God. I can honestly not express in words how much I have been blessed through these devotionals as we go through books of the Bible together as a community. there is so much wisdom and truth. What do you think of giving one of these away as a gift to one of this blog's reader?


 Last but certainly not least, today I am joining Malala Day on her birthday to celebrate some of the progress that has occurred on the women's education front. However, there is still so much more to be done. Today, be sure to go on social media and write that you are #StrongerThan Fear and the enemies of education. As a birthday gift, you can also give to the cause of empowering women around the world through the powerful tool of education, a cause for which nearly cost her her life.


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Faith Post | A Week to Remember


hello darlings!

Today I am starting the week with a little recap of all the greatness that is happening in my life this past week. 

First of all, last week I was over at Ardent Magazine with a post called "Picnic in el Yunque" that I had a lot of fun working on as I have gladly accepted their invitation to be part of their monthly contributors. I am so excited to share  more about this project in the upcoming months. While you are there, be sure to check out their recipes and their city guides. I am smitten with them. 

Also, yesterday concluded my wait for my traveling permit that I needed to have in order to attend my sister's wedding NEXT WEEK! Get this, all this time I was planning to go without actually being 100% sure that I would be there. There have been days when my faith withered and I thought the permit would not come on time since every blog and forum said so based on other people's experiences. However, one more time I was reminded that the last decision about anything concerning my life is of divine concern because I have faith, including visa stuff. I share this bit of the story so that you can be encouraged in case you are in a waiting season and everything seems to just go against what you are hoping for; trust until the end. I got my ticket, my dress, and my shoes; ready to do my "maid of honor" duties and visit my hometown that I haven't seen in a year and a half. Follow my adventures on Instagram


"The last decision about anything concerning my life is of divine concern because I have faith" Tweet it


In addition, we celebrated our first baptisms as pastors and church planters yesterday. It is quite a feeling to see people recognize that they want to make Jesus the center of their lives, to disciple them, and to now to see them take the next step of getting baptized. 

Sometimes, we just sit in awe and tears of gratitude mixed with disbelief of how amazing it is that we get to take part, with our seemingly insignificant contribution, in such a perfect storm created by God himself. 

The church that we are planting consists of children (15-25 children) that meet weekly in a home, eagerly asking to hear the stories from the Bible. I have never felt so close to the heart of Jesus as when I stand in that living room singing, teaching, and loving them. 



Let me know if you read the article and what you think! Thanks to all of you for sticking around, reading, and encouraging me. You are part of my life now :) 

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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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May | My Coups de Coeur


hello Darlings,

Yes! Believe it or not May is ending, but it is not leaving us without great memories. I have been reading great monthly wrap ups from many other bloggers and so I am starting one this month as an extension of that. I have my own "goodies" that I have discovered during the month and I will share them with you at the end of each month from now on.  

Without further ado, here is a grid of my favorite May snapshots.



1 | My feed has one weekly food snapshot of some sort and it's usually breakfast because we eat breakfast at any time of the day. 

2 | Yes, I did an entire photo shoot just to feature my new kimono. I love the colors so much and I have to keep myself from wearing it constantly. I got mine from Forever 21. 

3 | This month I hosted a jewelry party for the amazing company called 31 Bits. I am in love with not only their products but also their mission and what they stand for. If you are looking to add a pop of color to your wardrobe this summer and simultaneously help change people's lives, check them out!

4 | This picture was the one featured in Darling Magazine's Instagram feed. That magazine just happens to be one of my favorites. I just love the community they have built around it. If you want to know why I took that picture you can read more about it on my Instagram

5 | Yep, that little person in the pink dress is me! I got to stand in that awesome place in front of the Cabo Rojo light house at the South Western tip of Puerto Rico. My husband took me to the dreamiest location to celebrate our anniversary (I will share all the pictures next week). I am in love with this place (and with the man obviously), as a matter of fact, I wanted to stay there!

6 | To many, 1 year of marriage is nothing but we are so happy that I may or may not have overgram pictures of us and our wedding. In any case, we are so blessed to have each other and though we lived many scary adventures this year, it still feel like it flew by. 



:: Other exciting Features ::

Ministry She Reads truth, which I have written about many times, used my photography to illustrate one of their Bible reading plans and I was so honored that they asked. 

Also, thanks to project Pick it (an Instagram feed that dedicates itself to share other people's stories and unique moments) for featuring  the picture of my sister and I. 

♥ Discovered this awesome blog post (Wonder and wandering) and the blogger has become my pen pal (if you can call email communication that). She is sweet and we just feel like we are friends already. 

Hosted my first Twitter #lbloggers Chat this past Wednesday and met so many awesome bloggers. Our topic was "What makes a blogger Inspirational?"- I am in love with words so doing a word check during the chat was awesome. Join the chat on Wednesdays at 2:00 PM (EST) or 7:00 PM (UK)

Two great ladies passed away this month. One was an unknown hero and a friend of mine the other was Maya Angelou. Here is a guide to her most beloved books. 

♥ Instagram crush lately...

♥ I am not sure what people did with short videos before this one, but I don't want to know

♥ I am itching to try this genius Ikea hack!

♥ This blog is new to me, and I have to admit that I have spent an unhealthy amount of time swooning  (probably more like drooling) over this blogger photography and actually reading her funny captions and posts. Well done! 

♥ I am obsessed with Garance Doré's collaboration paper products with Anna Riflebond. I got quite a few items already and I am now looking forward to her wallpaper

Studied the book of James this whole month and still feel like I can continue, I participated in the #lampandlight reading challenge (on Instagram) this month and I gained so much from it. 



What are you excited about? Please share the link to your monthly wrap ups, or weekly if you have them or feel free to simply comment about what you are up to. 



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