Friday, June 1, 2018

Travel

I would like to travel this summer. I have so much to do with my house (repairs, painting, deep cleaning, etc.), but relaxing on a beach is just what I need. My health has been up and down the entire school year.

The beginning of the year was fabulous. I hadn't felt that good in years. It didn't last for long, but I was able to successfully finish 10 hours of graduate school credits. I even went to an amazing wedding in Florida. I had the time of my life!!


I will definitely return to Florida, Lord willing, but I would also like to see Colorado again, maybe even visit mi familia in Los Angeles. I must be healthy to accomplish all this. Going to do everything in my power to do so.

January, February, and March have been a challenge. April started off rocky, but my doctor has a plan. Praying it works. Life is short. I want to enjoy it while I still can!

Take care,
Monica

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex! The wedding was beautiful. Meghan's dresses were fabulous. Best wishes for many years of wedded bliss.

xxoo,
Monica

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Fresh Flowers

Years ago I made sure to have fresh flowers in my home at least once a week. Unfortunately that ended, but happy to say this uplifting tradition is back and even better (es mejor).

A wonderful store opened up not too far away. 365 Whole Foods. Amazing organic, nonGMO, healthy food at a reasonable price. It has become my favorite place to shop. The best part... #fairtrade flower bouquets for $5.00. 🌼 Mi hija says it looks like a flower shop in the living room lol.

A burst of joy for $5.00, por favor!!!

Los flores son muy bonitos,
Monica

Monday, April 9, 2018

The Jersey Shore Family Vacation

(Photo via The Jersey Shore IG) 

I was a HUGE fan of the reality tv show "The Jersey Shore". My Thursdays turned into Jerzdays for six seasons. I was hooked. 

All good things must come to an end. I thought the series should have ended in Italy, but the producers decided to squeeze one more sad season on the boardwalk. 

All but one original cast member, Sammi Sweetheart declined. She says she is in a healthy relationship and didn't want Ron drama ruining it. Good call Sammi. Ron has a baby on the way, but he's acting like single Ron, and talking A LOT about Sammi. Hmm... 

Nicole and Jenn are married with children. Deena is married and Vinnie and Mike both have serious girlfriends. Pauly is the only single cast member. 

No spoilers, but even though years have passed, everyone is pretty much the same, except for one MAJOR change. PLASTIC SURGERY. I was distracted during the entire premiere looking at Nicole's terrible lip injections. Everyone has had way too much botox. It's sad. There comes a time when you have to look in the mirror and know you have gone from naturally attractive to some plastic wax person. 

I'll still watch, but my hope will be the cast will read the thousands of comments and realize enough is enough!! 

Looking forward to Jerzdays, 
Monica 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

All You Have is Your Word

It amazes me how many people break promises. The technology at our fingertips allows communication in almost any format nowadays. If you tell someone "I'll get back to you", there is no excuse not to anymore.

It's not just everyday people either. Companies are dropping the ball. I have been trying to purchase a dishwasher for MONTHS. Stores that sell large appliances are completely unreliable. I see why big box stores are closing. It should be so simple to make a purchase and have it delivered and installed within the week. The entire process is way more complicated than it should be...

Frustrated,
Monica


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The Works of Reymundo Sanchez


ONCE A KING, ALWAYS A KING



MY BLODDY LIFE



LADY Q



These books are serious Chicago Literature. Read at your own risk. Rey doesn't hold back on the violence of living as a Latin King on the South Side of Chicago.

Pensive,
Monica


Monday, January 1, 2018

Feliz Nuevo Año 2018


May 2018 bring much needed peace, love, and light.

Abrazos,
Monica

Monday, December 25, 2017

Feliz Navidad

Mariah Carey "O Holy Night"


Lyrics:

Oh, holy night, the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior's birth

Long lay the world in sin and error, pining
Till He appeared and the soul felt it's worth
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices

For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn'
Fall on your knees, oh, hear the Angels' voices Oh, night divine, oh, night when Christ was born Oh, night divine, oh, night, oh night divine

A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn'
Fall on your knees, oh, hear, hear the Angels' voices

Oh, night divine, yeah, oh, night when Christ was born
Oh, night divine, oh, night, oh night divine
Oh, night divine
Oh, night divine
Oh, night divine

Feliz Navidad,
Monica




Tuesday, December 19, 2017

EL Maquillaje | Makeup

Makeup and skincare are a part of my daily morning routine. I find as I get older, my skin is getting drier. I get hormonal breakouts too.

Life after 40 is full of surprises. Many of them are great. I feel more comfortable and confident with myself. I don't feel like I need to please others. If someone doesn't like me, oh well!

I used to find reasons to be away from home. Now a perfect night in consists of a homemade  spa treatment, a good book, and an intriguing movie.

Great skincare can be muy caro. I am always looking for ways to save money on my favorite products. I download apps, carefully look through magazines, and visit Amazon daily. I'll be sharing my favorite beauty deals with you in 2018. If I'm happy and saving money, I want the same for you! The deals won't just be on makeup, I enjoy electronics, books, and pet products.

Stay tuned. We're in this together.

Abrazos,
Monica


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Let It Go

*When someone decides to ignore you, let them go. Grieve privately, pray, and go on with your life.

*I never thought I would buy anything from a Kardashian/Jenner. Never say never. Kylie Cosmetics are amazing. The lip-glosses are beautiful. They last for hours, feel great, and smell delicious. I wrote about this before, but back then I only tried a few shades. Now I am hooked!! I recently tried her pressed illuminating powder. It goes on smoothly and stays on. Impressive. Picture of me wearing "Cupid" lipgloss and the "Salted Caramel" powder. 



*I am back in grad school taking classes. I have always loved school. Writing papers, doing homework, and studying are my idea of fun. I have two final exams tomorrow. I have gotten an "A" on the last three ones I have taken this semester. Nervous about the last two. My goal is to renew my Supplemental Computer Technology Endorsement in 2018 and eventually move up to the high school.

*Christmas is just a week nine days away. I am almost ready. I have Christmas dinner mapped out. I just need to finish shopping. I have a badly sprained ankle and a broken foot. The walking boot has slowed me down. Grateful for it, crutches are a nightmare!

*My wonderful manicurist introduced me to the line of CDN Vinylux polishes. Found them online for a bargain price. I have been painting my nails weekly. Haven't done that in years. I am a stickler about getting pedicures, but my fingernails got by with just a clear nail polish after I got tired of "pink and white" tips. Spending more time on me. Hair and makeup really make me feel better. It's an easy pick-me-up on days when I have run out of spoons. The Spoon Theory

*La verdad es muy importante. Working on being honest. Little white lies have ruined many lives. I'm done. Sometimes the truth hurts, but a lie no matter how small leaves scars.

*Thank you amazing readers for sticking with me for all these years. Looking forward to an interesting 2018.

Happy Holidays,
Monica