Tuesday, July 28, 2015

We're Moving, Again!

We're moving out of state in a matter of a few short weeks, that is crazy!  My mind is still trying to process everything that is going on.  Just in case you are wondering how I feel about this move, I'm excited, nervous, and sad all at the same time.  We've been waiting for this moment for years and the day is finally here.  You guys have no idea how many times my husband and I talked about moving out of California, but for one reason or another nothing happened until now.  We truly believe in God's perfect timing and we know this is not the exception.  We prayed, listened, and took the leap of faith.  Now it's time to say goodbye to our home, family, friends, and start this new journey.  I hope to share as much as possible here and on my Youtube channel, and would love it if you guys came along this new adventure with me.  Let's begin with the announcement and a few random things that happened this past week.


We began our week with fresh flowers.  Micah and I bought these beautiful flowers for my sister-in-law, aren't they just lovely?  We paid her a surprise visit at work and she absolutely loved them.  


While my husband was away on a business trip, Micah and I had the opportunity to spend some time with family.  First up was my wonderful sister who very generously invited us to a great Mediterranean restaurant near our house.  I ordered my favorite vegetarian dish, but since they were out of grape leaves (ugh, my fave), they compensated by giving me more hummus and tabouli salad.  


We enjoy our morning walks and going down the slides.  I never knew slides were so much fun!  


On Thursday I met my mom and grandma for some delicious lunch and frozen yogurt.  I had a combination of strawberry, Tahitian vanilla, and birthday cake flavored yogurt with almonds, blueberries (for Micah), and a few pieces of kiwi.  Perfect treat!


However, my absolute favorite treat during the summer time (or anytime for that matter) is watermelon.  I LOVE that stuff!  You would think I would know how to pick a good watermelon, but I still can't.  I've tried every trick (tapping, yellow spot, the greener the better) and every time I cut into it is either cheer joy or total disappointment.  There's no consistency.  Do you know a sure way to spot a good watermelon?  If you do, please share your secret.


Here is my current favorite nail polish combination, perfect for summer!

Revlon 051 Starry Pink and SinfulColors (color unknown)
My current lunch obsession - naan bread topped with hummus, avocado, tomato, veggie patty, cilantro, and a sprinkle of cheese.  It's so good and so easy.  


I hope all of you have a wonderful week!  


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

My Week Without Instagram

Last week I closed my Instagram account.  Shocked?  I am.  So many times I contemplated doing this but never had the courage to do so.  I don't like to admit that I was "addicted" to Instagram, but just between you and me, I did check it everyday.  I simply did not want to miss out on all the cool things my sweet IG friends were doing.  A few weeks ago I felt convicted in a big way and decided that it was time to take a break.  I truly believe that God put it in my heart to break away from Instagram and re-evaluate how I was utilizing my time.  I listened and took action.

I'm grateful for the wonderful women who followed, liked, and left encouraging and lovely comments.  It was fun while it lasted and I will definitely miss my daily dose of inspiration. However, I strongly feel that this was the right decision. Will I reopen my account in the future, you ask?  I don't know, only time will tell.  Just in case you are wonderding, it has been easier than I thought and I'm enjoying my time away.  However, I'm not completely walking away from all social media. My plan in to update this blog as often as possible and continue to upload new content to my Youtube channel on a weekly or semi-weekly basis.


This is a little recap of my week.  Now that I'm not spending time scroling through pictures, I've become more aware of my surroundings.  Case in point, my neighbor's lovely blooms.


Micah's fun haul!  A post reviewing these products is in the works.


I worked on a small kitchen organization project, and I really like it.  It makes me wonder what took me so long?


On Saturday I went to a very cute local coffee shop and treated myself to my first cronut.  I'm sad to report that I wasn't blown away by it, but I can finally cross this off my bucket list.  


This week was all about getting Micah a few essentials.  Here's his Baby Gap haul. :)  The sandals fit a little big but I'm sure he'll be wearing them in no time.  The gray shirt with the smiling heart was sent by mistake (we ordered a peach-y colored shirt and got this instead), but it's so cute we decided to keep it.  



Life is good.  We're in the process of potentially making some very big decisions for our little family, but I can't say much a the moment.  However, rest assured that I will write about it here once I am able to.

Hope all is well.

Karina


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Easy & Inexpensive DIY Gifts for Father's Day (Last Minute)

This is the second year that we get to celebrate my husband on Father's Day.  However, last year we didn't do much in terms of gifts - much less diy gifts.  Micah was a newborn then, which meant we were on survival mode as new parents, and I simply did not have it in me to come put on my creative gloves and start crafting.  Now that everyone is getting a decent amount of sleep (thank God!),  I decided to kick it up a notch and surprise my husband with a few diy gifts.  They are super easy to make and very inexpensive.  Most of these are kid-friendly, so get the kids involved and have fun!



These personalized rocks was the easiest project, plus it didn't cost me any money because I had all the materials on hand.


Micah helped me with this personalized canvas.  I believe I had more fun than him but that is only because he is still so little.  


This is as simple as it gets.  A glass jar and dad's favorite snack!

Source to Inspiration

This card was a bit more labour intensive but worth it in my opinion.  It's always easier to purchase a card, but there is something so special about a homemade card regardless of how neat it turns out.


I hope these ideas gave you some inspiration to make a few diy gifts for the men in your life.  



Karina

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Sunset Magazine's Speedy Chicken Posole

If you enjoy posole but don't care to much about the process of making it from scratch, then you are going to love this recipe.  I came across this recipe a few years ago while reading Sunset Magazine and immediately knew this one was going to be a keeper.  I've made it many times since and it's always a hit with my family.  What I love about this recipe is that it's fairly easy to make yet the taste is not compromised.  I hope you give this one a try!  If you make it, I would love to hear your thoughts.  

Happy Cooking!








Karina

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Target Beauty Haul!

Micah and I went to Target earlier this week to purchase some beauty essentials that I was running low on.  Target is currently having a great promotion on beauty products where you get a $10 gift card for every $40 you spend on beauty products.  The gift card can be applied towards your next purchase.  Having said that, I quickly made my list and with baby in tow, drove over to Target and took advantage of this great deal.  In addition to this, I also used their Cartwheel app to get additional discounts on some of these products, and I also paid using my Target card which saved me an additional 5%.  Because, I mean, every little helps when you are on a budget.  :)  I'm far from being a participant on Extreme Couponing but I do quite well in the world of "smaller savings".



Happy Shopping!

Karina