Friday, November 18, 2016

Wedding Planning

I talk to many brides-to-be who are stressed out about wedding planning. If you feel like it's becoming a chore or it is tearing your relationship apart, this is a signal to step back. Wedding planning is supposed to be romantic and fun.

Take time to just enjoy your future spouse. There is nothing wrong with postponing your wedding date. Eloping is also an option, but be prepared for the consequences from family and friends.

You may want to scale down your wedding celebration. An intimate ceremony with a small reception can be beautiful. No matter what you decide, your relationship is the most important.

Take care,
Monica


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

November 9, 2016

Today Donald J. Trump became president of United States of America.

My Muslim-American friends and students were crushed. As were the LGBTQ community. Why was hate allowed to win?

Was this the Democratic Party's fault? Bernie Sanders would have won in my opinion. The media has to be called on the carpet too. CNN, Fox News, MSN CHANNELS, and NPR all gave Donald Trump over a year off free advertising. FREE!

If you decided to write in Harambe or Mickey Mouse, you're guilty just like the people who sat this one out. President Obama has to hand over the White House to a man who could not handle his own Twitter page.

I am hurt, confused and completely depressed. I feel like my life is unimportant to our new President. Things will change here in the United States of America. Life as we know it is over.

Triste,
Monica

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Earth Fare Fail

One morning last month at the Earth Fare in Fairlawn I was rudely approached by an employee concerned about me and the beautiful flowers bouquets I was looking at in the store. *I share photos and thoughts about organic flowers on IG and Twitter.

After she walked off I found another employee and asked for the manager. I was surprised that the rude employee was now the "manager". I told her I was embarrassed how she spoke to me earlier. She LIED and said she said good morning how may I help you. No. I told her exactly what transpired and explained my tweets about flowers. 

I cannot believe the employees at this location. Things have been bad for awhile. Today was the last straw. I put my full cart of groceries back and left the store without a purchase. I will not be back. There are too many great options in Fairlawn to settle for such disrespectful employees. I work hard for my money and will spend it where I am treated with excellent customer service.

Three days after this incident the actual store manager called and left a message on my voice mail. The manager was concerned about the incident and wanted to speak with me. I already wrote a letter to the  corporate office. I received another message from the the corporate office along with a gift card for my inconvenience.

Earth Fare handled the situation well. I am still annoyed, but I will occasionally shop there. My heart is someplace else. The rude, unpleasant "manager" ruined my positive feelings about the store.

Still concerned,
Monica 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Election 2016

I am "fortunate" enough to live in the battleground state of Ohio. We get several visits from the candidates and non-stop political ads on television. I feel special... sort of.

What happens if the wrong candidate wins? It is a lot of pressure to decide the leader of the United States. There is still time to research each candidate. Vote for the best person. If you don't vote, you cannot complain!

Concerned,
Monica

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Rant Time!

Invisible Disability ...

The looks I get when I park in a handicapped parking spot (with a valid, visible tag) need to stop. People have no idea how many nights I cry myself to sleep because of the pain.

There is a great group on Facebook called "But I Don't Look Sick". Members post memories, experiences, and all kinds of fabulous advice for those of us who don't LOOK sick.

I spend most of my evenings trying to figure out what to wear, what kind of makeup will cover up bruising best, and how to appear happy and healthy at work the next day.

I'm not asking for sympathy. We all have to deal with the cards we are dealt. I hope more people practice empathy.

Rant over.

Muchos abrazos,
Monica


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Love on Reality TV

Dear Paulie, I've been watching the CBS ‎show "Big Brother" since the first season. I noticed you, Paulie Calafiore, right away. It was something about your eyes and openness. You seemed to be flirty and talkative. I thought to myself "This is a handsome, smart, and humorous man. He's just my type."

The rest of the cast didn't thrill me until Zakiyah was introduced. She is the most beautiful and kind woman I have ever seen on "Big Brother". You kept smiling at Zakiyah. She flirted back and soon the two of you became a complicated love affair. I started to notice that you would bite your lip when thinking about or watching Zakiyah. Super sexy! Through the ups and downs, you kept my attention. I always wanted to hear what you had to say.

My goal was for Zakiyah, Paul, Victor, and you to make it to the final four. My hopes were dashed when you made a few major moves that resulted in an eviction from the Big Brother house.

You living in the jury house with Zakiyah made your love grow stronger. An Italian soccer coach ‎and a African American pre-school teacher found love on a reality TV show. I think you two are perfect for each other.

I'm proud to be a part of the #CalafioreNation. Thank you Paulie for an adventurous summer!




*This letter was written as a part of a dedication to a house guest on the popular TV show "Big Brother ". Paulie Calafiore and Zakiyah Everette were on #BB18. Marissa Meleske is creating a fan book for Paulie and asked fans to write a letter to him.

Fangirling,
Monica

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Keep You In Mind



"I know you feel the love. It's in the air..." ~ Guordan Banks

Besos,
Monica

Monday, September 12, 2016

86th Annual Dahlia Show

My love for Peonies will never go away. At the end of the beautiful Peony season, the lovely Dahlia begins to grow. I was fortunate enough to attend the 86th Annual Dahlia Show at our local mall on September 10, 2016. 

Below are some of my favorite award winning Dahlias. I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I do!






Peace, love, and flowers,
Monica 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

#WeddingWednesday - Bouquets

This week's #WeddingWednesday focus is on flowers. If you can't already tell, I love flowers. Most of my Twitter account photos are floral in nature.

Bridal bouquets are just as important as the bride's wedding dress. The right bouquet will tie your wedding together quite nicely. If you're looking to save money, choose flowers that are local and in season.

One of my favorite wedding magazines " Magnolia Rouge" recently featured a stunning fall bridal bouquet. It was designed by Wild at Heart Flowers and photographed by Amanda at Peppermint Photography.


xxoo,
Monica 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

It's That Time Again

Time for updates!

-The 2016-17 school year is off to an interesting start. Teaching a new class on study skills. So far so good. Crazy schedule, but I have time to go to the restroom. #winning

-New allergy doctor. He is AMAZING. Is on my top 5 lists of awesome doctors. Took the time to listen to me. Respected my research and my medical records. Unfortunately my allergy tests came back that I am literally allergic to EVERYTHING. He thinks he can help me and I believe him.

-My Coda turned 11 this week! She's still acting like a puppy, but she is slowing down. I can't imagine my life without her. Totally grateful to my ex for bringing her into my life.

-I hired a professional to do my mulch this year. Incredibly glad I did and will budget to continue to do so from now on. Landscaping makes a house look like a home in my opinion. Plus he's a former student. We've come full circle :).

-A guy I dated briefly a few years ago looked me up. Take two is happening this week. We'll see what happens...

-This election year has brought out the worst in people. Ugh. No me gustan los políticos.

-As you know Big Brother is one of my favorite reality TV shows. This season has been sort of a nightmare until Paulie and Zakiyah (aka Zaulie). I LOVE them for many reasons. Now I know this is a showmance, but they are gorgeous together. Paulie has said and done some stupid things in the house, but if Zakiyah can forgive him who are we to judge? I love watching their tribute videos on YouTube and chatting about them online. #BB18


Besos y abrazos,
Monica 

*Photo courtesy of YouTube/Big Brother .