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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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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.