January 13, 2021

Happy 5 months baby Olive

Utah, USA

Dear baby Olive,

Today you are 5 months old... Oh my how time is going by fast! Your mama and dada thanks the lord every day for bringing you to our lives! 

Every day you are doing something new and exciting that makes us happy/cry! We love your little personality and high pitch screams. The way your eyes light up when daddy comes home and everything thing around you stops for a minute. You are a daddy’s girl! 

Olive you are now eating baby food and so far your favorite has been carrots and apple sauce. We love how excited you get when you start eating! You make the cutest little sucking noises with your lips while devouring all your food! 

You have the strongest core of anyone we know! You love sitting up and doing crunches! It’s adorable how every time we lay you flat, you put your little new out and try to sit up as fast as you can.

When you get excited you love to kick your legs and arms and sometimes in the middle of the night which is super cute and loud! 

A few weeks ago you started to notice Lyla (your little kitten sister). She walks by and meows towards you and you softly try to pet her. 

Tummy time is still not your favorite and you recently flipped over. (It’s only a matter of time before your laying in your tummy all the time).

Logan and Lia love taking care of you and often ask me if they can help with feeding you and holding you. The best big brother and sissy! 

Your eye/hand coordination is amazing and you love switching toys between your chubby little  hands. 

You weight around 16 pounds now. Such a chubby little girl. 

To celebrate your 5 months today we did a photoshoot with all these adorable outfits that were hand knitted by daddy’s grandma. 

Olive, we are obsessed with you and your adorable personality. We love you so much! 




January 12, 2021

2021 Goals aka Bucket List

Utah, USA


It’s that time of the year. Did you think that 2020 was ever going to end? I sure didn’t... As you know, there were a lot of events that happened last year. For some, it was one of the worst years of their life, while for others, it was a year for thriving and following their hearts. 


Lots of people lost their jobs and had to get creative and that’s where a lot of smalls business were born. The thing about creativity is that you’re either born with it or you have to work really hard at it. For those born with it, 2020 was the year to get those creative juices flowing. And oh boy, did I witness some creativity. From brands to friends and everything in between. And unfortunately for those that weren’t born with it they struggled a bit a long the way...


So wether you are a creative being or on your way to becoming one, in order to make 2021 the best year yet, today’s blog post is all about creating a bucket list of goals that you want to accomplish and hopefully actually go through with them! 


If 2020 taught me anything is that life is way to short for not following your dreams. A lot of you used to be like me: create a list of goals every news years but don’t actually follow through with it. It’s okay, you know why? You are only human! 

To give you an example, out of 10 goals I made for 2020 I was able to “complete” 8 of them.


                             Vision Board

a collage of images and words representing a person's wishes or goals, intended to serve as inspiration or motivation.



Vision boards are amazing! Not only do you get craft by cutting things out of a magazine you also get to have the visuals for the year. It’s a pretty simple process: you come up with a list of goals or bucket list items. Then either cut out images that represent that list or print them from online. Here are some fun ideas from Pinterest to get you started: 



List of Goals

the object of a person's ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.

For 2021 you should think of goals you would like to accomplish. Much like a bucket list they could either be something simple such as eat more fruits and vegetables or travel to a different country. 



Now the following list of ideas is just to help you get started with your goals/bucket list for the Nee Year:

1. Try to Workout at least twice a week
2. Eat a healthy meal once a day
3. Get 8 to 9 hours of sleep daily
4. Start writing down your thoughts on a journal
5. Drink 8 to 9 cups of water daily
6. Check in on your friends often
7. Start a business
8. Explore your own city
9. Try a new cuisine once a week
10. Work towards paying off debt
11. Have more “me time”
12. Take care of your skin
13. De clutter your home
14. Get rid of services you aren’t using
15.Volunteer for a good cause

What do you think? Are you ready to create your own now? Are you inspired and motivated? 

I sure hope so!



January 6, 2021

I did a no shopping challenge in 2020 and I’m doing it again in 2021 and here is why:


“I did a no-shopping-challenge in 2020 and I’m doing it again in 2021”

Here is why: 


Last year was a great year for me to reach some of my goals. The first one being that I didn’t want to buy anything new for myself. No malls, no online shopping, no local boutiques. If I really really needed something I could only go to my local thrift store.


If you were to ask me to do this “no buy challenge” 10 or so years ago I would have said no way! You see, things were a bit different back then. 


Consumerism literally consumed me... Fast fashion filled my closet. If there was an online sale you bet your bottom dollar I was the first one to buy from it.



There is this one distinct memory that still haunts me: I worked for a corporate office where I had to dress up every single day, and there was this one specific day that after going out to lunch with a coworker I spilled my drink all over my skirt. We were near a Kohl’s at the time and my lunch time was running out but I looked at my coworker and said: hmm I think I’m going to stop in here quickly and buy me a new skirt. This one is wet! ~wake up dummy. I can’t believe that that person was me! I’m still really speechless over the fact that I would go off and replace a piece of clothing because a liquid was spilled on it knowing that I would have been fine once it was dried. 


So yes, back then there wasn’t a lot of research on FAST FASHION so my clueless-self didn’t know just how much I was contributing to polluting our Earth. How much I was helping these highly profitable business by buying their cheaply made clothing because “it was in style” because “all my other friends were doing it” and because “I saw it on my favorite fashion blog”. 


Fast Fashion: inexpensive clothing produced rapidly by mass-market retailers in response to the latest trends.

"the high-street leader when it comes to fast fashion"


“Fast fashion makes shopping for clothes more affordable, but it comes at an environmental cost. The fashionindustry produces 10% of all humanity's carbon emissions, is the second-largest consumer of the world's water supply, and pollutes the oceans with microplastics.”



Back to last year, I’m going to start by admitting that buying my first piece of clothing from a thrift store was a process in itself. Not because I didn’t see the benefits in it. It was purely because I was grossed out over the fact that someone else had worn that shirt before and it might smell. Crazy right? So if you currently feel the same way, here is what I have to say: it’s a mental process. It will take you going in a couple of times and browsing the racks in hopes to find something that you like. One of my most successful trips was planned out before hand. 


Here is how it went: 

-It was a members only 50% red tag day at Savers.

-I went through my closet the night before thinking of what I might need

-when I got to the store, my only goal was to search for red tags.

-my next goal was to search for some of my favorite brands like Lululemon, Express, Loft, well made sweaters, H&M, and any well known designer. 

-looking for those specific items made it where I didn’t just buy everything and anything. I know that these brands are fast fashion, and there is probably a grey area here but this is where I knew I would feel a little bit better because I wasn’t buying brand new.

-I left the store with a wide variety of my favorite clothes and with a feeling of achievement.


I’m lucky to live in the city I do because there are a lot of second hand stores here. One of my favorites is uptown cheapskate. I have been able to buy brand new items from there. They also have a $10 dollar grab bag sale that whatever you can fit in this bag you will only pay $10 for it. 



How do you make the shift from consumerism to minimalist shopping?


Consumerism is the idea that increasing consumption of goods and services purchased in the market is always a desirable goal and that a person's wellbeing and happiness depends fundamentally on obtaining consumer goods and material possessions.”


Influencers are on Instagram daily sharing their favorite buys with beautifully modeled pictures and affiliate links to all these stores. Makes it extremely difficult in this day and age.


Back to my last years goal:


I started by deleting the Instagram app from my phone. I knew that it would not help my mental health if I was mindless scrolling and seeing all these beautiful outfits. It would defeat the purpose of my “no fast fashion shopping”


Then, I made an “inventory” of sorts of my closet. There was section for t-shirts, jeans, workout clothes, fancy dresses, sweaters, and “sentimental items” these were either given to me or just something that brought me happiness and was used for a special occasion.


After doing that I decided to donate the rest of the clothes I either wasn’t using or didn’t see a need for it. Guess what? My closet was still pretty full after all this.


One thing I’ve noticed about my wardrobe is that a lot of the clothes in there I’ve had for a few years now. So technically I haven’t been going on crazy shopping sprees for a while now. 


My next goal was to only go shopping if I absolutely had to and my closet just didn’t have it. Oh! Another great thing is that if someone goes shopping for you then that’s an advantage right? My mom is amazing and bought me some pregnancy clothing last year.


Starting from the end of 2019 to the end of 2020 I went shopping a total of 5 times. 


One of my favorite finds was this Calvin Klein dress I wore to my brother and sister-in-law wedding:




How to do a “no shopping in 2021”


Follow these simple steps and you should be well on your way to boycotting fast fashion:


  1. Only buy if it is absolutely necessary 
  2. Shop your closet first
  3. Find local thrift stores in your area
  4. Visit local thrift stores and browse their clothing section
  5. Stay aware of sales. If you have a savers near you they have great coupons and 50% off sales all the time
  6. If you want to be extreme like me, delete your Instagram app for a couple of months so that there is no temptation. (I still haven’t downloaded the app on my phone)
  7. Trade clothes with your family members or friends. I do this quite often with my mom and sister!
  8. Say it with me: “Do I love it? Do I need it? Can I live without it? 
  9. Do your research on Fast Fashion (my favorite articles have been: Fashion Revolution Fast ashion emits more carbon than international flights, and many more)
  10. Find brands that are doing their part to save the earth. I will warn you, because these clothing items are ethnically made, it can become quite pricey. ( I will soon write a blogpost on these brands)


There you have it, this  is how I was able to dial back on my shopping and do my part to help our carbon foot print.


Are you ready to take this challenge? 






January 1, 2021

New YouTube Series: Chef Would Be Proud


New YouTube series: Chef Would be Proud 





You’ve read my bucket list posts and seen how long my list is. Which brings my to today’s blog post. Where I tell you all about how 2021 is the year where I will attempt to complete most of the items on my food bucket list. 

As I sat down and wrote a long list of recipes that I wanted to recreate, I have decided that it would be fun to document my journey on my YouTube channel. Thus my new series “Chef Would Be Proud” was born!

For the past three months I have watched countless food channels and researched countless recipes, famous chefs, popular recipes, recipes from all over the world really. In hopes to create a long bucket list for me to go over with you. 

My plan is to post one video a week as well as a blog post with explanation on how the recipe went and how you can make it yourself!

For today, here is what my Food Bucket List looks like:

List of desserts I would like to master:

  1. Macaroons
  2. Macarons
  3. Três Leches cake
  4. Cinnamon rolls
  5. Homemade bread
  6. Apple pie
  7. Mini fruit tarts
  8. Tiramisu
  9. Cannoli
  10. Pecan Pie
  11. Pineapple Upside-down cake
  12. Banana Crumb Cake
  13. Lemon Tart
  14. No-Knead Dessert Bread
  15. Beignet
  16. Praline
  17. Belgian Waffles
  18. Chocolate Souffle
  19. Creme Brule
  20. All of Disney's Desserts!
  21. Pana cotta
  22. Whoopie pie
  23. Caramels
  24. Traditional fudge
  25. New York cheesecake 
  26. Chocolate dome dessert
  27. Nutella crepes
  28. Doughnut
  29. Scones
  30. Round layered cake with buttercream 
  31. Brazilian Carrot Cake
  32. Brazilian Corn cake
  33. Gourmet Brigadeiros
  34. The best banana bread
  35. Gingerbread cookies
  36. Crackle cookies
  37. Molasses cookies
  38. Sugar cookies with royal icing
  39. Baklava
  40. Wedding Cake
  41. Bananas Foster
  42. Yule log
  43. Baked Alaska 
  44. Buckeyes
  45. S’mores
  46. Lane cake
  47. Swiss Roll 
  48. Coca Cola cake 
  49. Rice crispy treats 
  50. Funnel cake 
  51. Pralines
  52. Lemon squares
  53. Peach cobbler 
  54. Old school Fudge
  55. Pound cake 
  56. Kyle lime pie
  57. Blondies
  58. Whoopie Pies
  59. Brown butter cookies
  60. Basque Cheesecake


List of dishes I would like to master:

  1. Beef Wellington
  2. Jambalaya
  3. Gumbo
  4. Crawfish Etouffee
  5. Corned beef
  6. Manhattan Clam Chowder
  7. New York Style Pizza
  8. Oysters
  9. Chicken and Waffles
  10. California Style Pizza
  11. Fish and Chips
  12. Chicago Style Pizza
  13. Kalua Pork
  14. Spam Musubi
  15. Sheperd's Pie
  16. Pao de Queijo
  17. Feijoada
  18. Texas Barbecue
  19. Poutine
  20. Yellow Pea Soup
  21. Sushi
  22. Dim Sum 
  23. Spring Rolls
  24. All the versions of Curry
  25. Posole


Restaurant Copycats:

  1. Chili’s molten lava cake
  2. P.F. Chang’s lettuce wraps
  3. Starbucks Caramel Frap
  4. CPK BBQ Pizza
  5. Dole pineapple whip
  6. Chick-fil-A frosted Lemonade
  7. Texas cinnamon butter
  8. Olive Garden zupa toscana
  9. Red Lobster cheddar Bay Biscuit:
  10. Chick fil a sandwich
  11. Levain Bakery Chocolate chip cookies
  12. Panda Express orange chicken
  13. Crunchwrap supreme
  14. Shamrock Shakes
  15. Honey Walnut Shrimp
  16. Wendy’s Chilli
  17. Krispy Creme doughnut
  18. Samoa Cookies
  19. Wendy’s chocolate frosty
  20. Outback coconut shrimp
  21. Sonic drive in cherry lemonade
  22. Disneyland corn on the cob
  23. Jamba aloha pineapple smoothie
  24. Wingers sticky finger
  25. Starbucks lemon pound cake


FAMOUS FOOD CHANNEL CHEFS:


1. Paula dean: Yeast rolls

2. Buddy Valastro: Canolli

3.The Pioneer Woman: Cookies

4.Trisha Yearwood: Chocolate pound cake

5. Guy Fieri: Black Bean Corn Salad

6. Bobby Flay: Red velvet cake

7. Giada De Laurentiis

8. Alex Guarnaschelli: cast iron corn bread

9. Sunny Anderson: mini expresso cake with peanut butter frosting

10. Martha Stewart: Pastries


Famous Celebrities Recipes:

  1. Meghan Markle's zucchini Bolognese
  2. Taylor Swift's chai tea eggnog cookies
  3. Matt Damon’s saffron risotto with steamed asparagus
  4. Miranda Kerr's gluten-free apple and banana oat muffins
  5. Chrissy Teigen's banana bread with chocolate chunks and coconut flakes.
  6. Karlie Kloss' "perfect 10 Kookies" 
  7. Victoria Beckham's brownies
  8. Barbra Streisand’s instant coffee ice cream 
  9. Blake Lively’s cauliflower with pomegranate, pine nuts, and parmesan.
  10. Sean "Diddy" Combs' recipe for chicken with sweet hickory merlot rosemary BBQ
  11. Reese Witherspoon uses her grandmother's recipe for the ultimate comfort food: buttermilk biscuits.
  12. Eva Longoria’s guacamole by adding serrano peppers.
  13. Ashley Tisdale's candy-cane sugar cookies
  14. Kristen Bell has a recipe for an "everything cookie."
  15. Antoni Porowski's tomato, basil, and melty mozzarella baked rice
  16. Alicia Silverstone's chocolate peanut butter cups
  17. Oprah Winfrey’s classic deviled eggs.
  18. Jessica Alba’s turkey meatballs.
  19. Kristin Cavallari's chicken enchiladas verdes
  20. Paris Hilton’s Lasagna 
  21. Kris Jenner’s brownie recipe.
  22. Lauren Conrad's blueberry streusel muffins 
  23. Chrissy Teigen's Low and Slow Scrambled Eggs
  24. Kylie Jenner's Garlic Ramen
  25. Beyonce's Guacamole
  26. Patti LaBelle's "Over The Rainbow" Mac 'N' Cheese
  27. Ayesha Curry's Horchata Brownies
  28. Kourtney Kardashian's Mac 'n' Cheese With Turkey Bacon
  29. Alicia Silverstone's Pumpkin Pie
  30. Gwyneth Paltrow's Strawberry Shortcake Sliders
  31. Taylor Swift's Pumpkin Spice Cookies
  32. Khloé Kardashian's Chinese Chicken Salad
  33. Teresa Giudice's Holy Cannoli Cupcake
  34. Kyle Jenners Olive Oil Cake 
  35. Martha Stewart’s cheesecake

I also found this amazing website named Taste Atlas https://www.tasteatlas.com/ that has the map of the world and you can look for popular dishes in certain countries. Like in Brazil for example, churrasco is one of their popular dishes. 


What do you think? I’m still finishing up and will have specific categories added to this post such as: “Indian dishes” or “famous desserts for each USA state

See you soon with some delicious recipes!

December 26, 2020

Christmas Cookie Box


Throughout the year I baked a lot... I baked when I was sad, baked when I was happy, baked because it was a Tuesday, and baked to perfect my craft. So for our Christmas presents this year I decided that baking would be a heartfelt gift! 

It all started with a list of cookies I wanted to add to my box...

Christmas Cookies Box:


1.gingerbread 

2.sugar cookie

3.baklava

4.crinkle cookies

5.chocolate peppermint cookies

6.molasses

7.linzer cookies 

8.buckeyes 

Then I took to the internet to find the best rated and most used recipes. Being that it was my first time making some of these recipes I wanted to make sure I had it down the first try. 

Starting with the Baklava:

a dessert originating in the Middle East made of phyllo pastry filled with chopped nuts and soaked in honey.

We used this recipe from fifteen spatulas  and out of all desserts this is the one I was a little afraid of trying. It’s probably because we eaten so many delicious versions over the years and thinking that it would so hard to replicate. If I’m honest with you, it turned out just like the ones from the restaurants! PS: you do have to wait 8 hours before you can eat but totally worth it!




Then I made an assortment of cookies for the boxes.after making the dough for each cookie I added the gingerbread, molasses, and the sugar cookie to the freezer to set because I feel like it keeps it’s shape better when you let it cool. 


Chocolate crinkle cookies

Molasses rolled in sugar

Chocolate peppermint dipped in white chocolate 


The gingerbread recipe I think is probably one of my favorites and I’m not a gingerbread fan. So that’s saying a lot! I found it on YouTube from the channel “stay at home chef” Rachel is awesome and so is her recipe!





 
My favorite part of baking all these treats was seeing
how excited my family was over these! Their happy faces while eating them brought me so much joy. I loved how they said it was delicious. It is now going to become a Christmas tradition and I hope that for 2021 my cookie game is even better! 

Do you have a Christmas tradition?