stop feeling guilty for doing something for you.

I wasn’t feeling it yesterday. I wasn’t feeling it the day before either. Sometimes I’m just not feeling things and I always feel like shit about it. I should be an awesome person today and I’m not, what’s wrong with me?

Last night I had some alone time and decided to take advantage of it. Although I promised myself this quiet and relaxing time I still felt guilty. I felt lazy because I wasn’t doing something productive. I could have been writing a new blog, working on my paper due next Sunday, starting a new project… absolutely anything would be better than what I was doing.

When I started to really feel guilty I took out my laptop and started to write a post for my blog that didn’t even matter to me just for the sake of getting something up on the blog. How silly is that? I then shut my laptop and made a goal. I got really enthusiastic about this goal.  “I’m going to binge-watch the entire season of my show tonight and nothing is going to stop me!” I whipped up some Mexican hot chocolate, grabbed a cookie, snuggled in my bed and pressed play. I was finished with my series by 10pm and went to sleep.

This morning I woke up feeling enthusiastic to write to you and tell you that I think you should make it a goal within the next week to binge-watch your favorite show on Netflix with hot chocolate so you can wake up the next day and be a badass.

Stay Merry and Bright!

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Holiday memories and recovery

This year Christmas was a little different for me in Mexico…I am so used to a very relaxed holiday season at home with just the family. Here in Mexico it was all about the gatherings and fiestas with friends. It’s so amazing though to have good friends that become your family!

Here’s a little wrap up of some holiday memories that I didn’t share on my blog. We had crafts and cocktails, I made a cute little wood sign. There was an ugly sweater party and I made an Elf sweater. There was an abandoned kitty that I fell in love with, although we couldn’t keep him, she went to a good home where I can go visit her! There was an employee party for Parrots Cracker and Sunny Beaches which I think was the highlight for me, I was around some of the greatest people I know and love, there was amazing food,  we had an incredible Mexican band, and there was so much love in the room! I wish I would have taken more pictures but I was enjoying the moments too much!

Christmas Eve we had some friends over and we made tamales, a Mexican tradition! They are so much fun to make and of course so delicious…I am still munching on them throughout our day. That evening my parents and I lounged around with The Christmas Story on television and played some really fun games together! Christmas day we woke up to open some gifts. I received some very lovely gifts this year and adore them all!  We then headed over to a Christmas brunch with some more friends and loved ones. So many carbs, too much eggnog…but it was all totally worth it.

I decided to give myself a recovery day yesterday from all of the hustle and bustle. Some siestas after all the fiestas. In the morning we had some recovery facials with a few ladies that my Mom put together with some Mary Kay facial goods. The rest of the day I just relaxed on my bed with some hot chocolate and a good book (yes, I am still working on the same book.) I also decided to keep my makeup off all day and give my skin a rest since I tend to wear a lot more makeup during the holidays.

I finally got to use a Lush Cosmetics product that I picked up while I was in California. I was so excited for the holiday collection and it was difficult to not spend my money on all of it! I decided to try The Magic of Christmas bubble bar. It was just so beautiful… The glitter, the cinnamon stick, the jingle bell… just so lovely. It is a very warming and fresh scent of cinnamon, cloves, and oranges which I’m all about this holiday season.

I ended the evening with a nice facemask, a little pedicure, and Happy New Year Charlie Brown. Now it’s time to get ready for The New Year! What was the highlight of your holidays?

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Just dropping a note.

I wish I didn’t have to say I forgot. However…I forgot day 22. Knowing me though I have done very well with Blogmas and this has trained me into coming up with blogging ideas a lot easier now. I think that three blogs a week will be really easy now compared to one everyday. I can do it!

Last night I did some last minute Christmas shopping down by the Malecon. There’s something I really love about shopping by myself for Christmas. I really love looking at every single thing I can, taking my time, and not feeling rushed. This was my first time shopping in Mexico alone though and I really enjoyed it, plus I got some great things for my loved ones! I came home to finish up some last minute ornament gifts and finished off the evening with Mexican hot chocolate and Merry Christmas Charlie Brown. We also ended up watching The Great American Baking Competition. Just a quite and lovely evening with my parents.

Today I ask you to take time to set some busy things aside to enjoy that hot chocolate with your family, open a good book, watch a Christmas film, and snuggle up with a blanket. Enjoy the smaller holiday goodness that we all love so much!

I am off now to enjoy some coffee, The Today Show, and read my book I’m into so much for the holidays (It’s getting really good, guys!)

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Cozy winter drink and a lazy day.

Today has been cloudy and we are expected to have rain this evening, wouldn’t that be exciting for Mexico? It’s one of those Holiday days where you just want to snuggle up with a blanket, a warm drink, and a good book.

Today I made a warm winter drink that you would love if you’re a fan of hot apple cider! You steam together pineapple juice, cranberry juice, cinnamon, cloves, and orange slices. It’s refreshing and soothing all at once! At the store we also stopped by the bakery section for some yummy donas and coconut macaroons. I love anything with crema! It went very well with my warm drink!

I’ve also been on the hunt for a good Christmas book and found one I’ve been enjoying quite nicely. It’s called The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily. It is a really great and light read to hop into Christmas! Now to finish the evening with soup and Christmas films with the family!

What do you like to do on your lazy winter days?

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DIY Santa Hat

Yesterday I decided to decorate a plain santa hat and since I can’t sew I thought this was a fun and easy way to work with fabric, for the cheaters like us. A nice little accessory to your next Ugly Sweater Christmas Party. I’ve been wanting to make something cute and festive from the super cute Mexican fabric here and thought this red would be perfect.

You will need

  • A cheap felt santa hat. They have a lot at the dollar store.
  • 2 pieces of 16×20″ fabric
  • Ribbon
  • Glue…I used hot glue but you might want to use fabric glue
  • Fabric Scissors

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First you will want to unfold the bottom part of the hat, you will be gluing your fabric down there. My hat was about 14 inches high so I kept my fabric at 16″ high, you will want that fabric glued to the inside of your hat. Cut your first piece of fabric down the angle of your hat, leave maybe 1/2″  to 1″ edge. Once you have cut our your pieces you will want to take your glue and apply it to the sides of the hat, a little bit at a time so you can fold over the edges.

Repeat on the second side. This doesn’t have to be perfect because you are gluing your ribbon to the side seam edges.

Once you have glued your fabric of choice on your hat you can move onto the ribbon. I used that really festive sparkly ribbon. You will glue this over the side seams.

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Last but not least fold back over the bottom and wear your cute new hat!

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Warm and Bright Holiday Inspirations

I hope you all had a beautiful Sunday! Yesterday was the art show and I did fairly well with some sales so I didn’t walk away disappointed. Yesterday I missed having a blog so hoping to bring you two today. We had some good friends over for dinner and we made empanadas so I took the opportunity after a long day at the art show to be with my family, learn how to make empanadas, and be in good cheer! Sometimes you have to set things aside for the more important moments in life.

Today I thought I would share some great holiday inspiration that I gathered from Pinterest to get yourself in the best Christmas cheer since it’s the last Monday before CHRISTMAS! However, since I live in Mexico I wanted to share all of the things that inspire me this Christmas which is a lot of color, warmth, culture, and spice!

Follow me on Pinterest, username mariahcassandra, I’m probably the only girl that doesn’t have a wedding board.

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Tree skirt || Christmas Tree || Ornaments

Fiesta Flowers || Christmas Cactus

Ornaments || Frida

Sweater || Socks

Champurrado || Mexican Holiday Punch || Arroz Con Leche || Dessert Tamales

 

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Brea’s Birthday Wish

Tomorrow is my best friend’s birthday and she’s going to be the big 25! I met Brea when I was in 7th grade and we started to become good friends in middle school which grew into becoming best friends. She’s always been so sweet and caring of others, their feelings, and needs. A few months ago we were at Walmart to gather goodies and snacks for an evening in and there was a homeless lady outside at the parking lot entrance asking for help.  On our way out she said to me “Wait, pull over!” and she ran over to give her a bag of Doritos. It was so sweet and made my heart warm.

My sweet Brea decided that for her 25th birthday she wanted 25 random acts of kindness to be completed by her loved ones and good friends. I think it’s such a wonderful idea to spread good spirits to others! There’s no better feeling than to make someone smile and feel good during their day.

Just a couple acts of kindness that have happened so far from the project is our best friend in Ohio, Candice, scrapped ice off of someone’s window so they wouldn’t have to. That would make me so happy and blessed about this because I dread everything about cars in winter weather and dealing with that mess! Also our long time friend’s little boy,  Ryker, donated his own money to help others in need have Christmas. It’s so sweet when children understand random acts of kindness as well!

I decided to make a batch of goodies for our very hard working security guards in our community! I made Oreo and marshmallow bars which would be a different and new treat for them in Mexico. They are so yummy…you can find the recipe here by Picky Palate! They were so excited to get a batch of goodies…it made me so happy to see a smile on their face and how grateful they were for them. I’ll be sharing my treats a lot more now!

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Please participate and use the hashtag #breasbithdaywish in your social media posts about your random act of kindness! Let’s go above and beyond 25!

Always spread kindness and love.

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DIY Christmas Cards

I’ve always been a huge fan of making cards especially Christmas cards! I know how exciting it is to get cards in the mail so I like to share that joy with my loved ones! This is one of the main reasons why I’m obsessed with scrapbook paper. It takes me a lot to drag me out of the scrapbook paper section at the craft store, I’m so addicted to all of the amazing patterns! I wanted to share with you a few DIY Christmas cards that are super easy to make!

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You will need

  • Blank card paper. I use brown craft paper because I love the rustic look to all of my cards. You could always just use heavier paper and fold it but premade blank card paper is so convenient if you’re an avid card maker.
  • Scrapbook paper. There’s a lot of really great small packs of holiday paper. You will want duel sided for one of the projects.
  • Large hole punch. Mine is a 1″ and I think it works really well for most projects.
  • 3D stickers
  • Glue
  • Scissors or a paper cutter
  • Ribbon
  • Thin black marker
  • Letter stamps

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Hanging Ornaments Card || This first card you will need to punch out different patterned circles and apply them on your card surface with 3D stickers. Scatter them around because they will look like hanging ornaments. Once they are applied you will draw a line going from the top of the card to each ornament and then add little loops to look like tiny bows!

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Christmas Tree Card || This tree card is where having duel sided paper will come in handy. Draw and cut out two larger sized triangles, these need to be the same size. Figure out which one you would like as the base and apply it to the card base with 3D stickers. Take your second triangle, fold it in half and apply the fold down the middle of your first triangle with glue. This will create a fun and easy three dimensional card! I had a gold glitter star in my Christmas crafts and applied that on top with 3D stickers

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Christmas Wreath Card ||  Last but not least we have a cute and girly Christmas wreath…it of course doesn’t have to be girly though depending on the scrapbook paper patterns you use! You will want to choose three or more patterns to punch out. Once you have punched your patterns draw a circle on your card base as a guideline. Glue on some circles around the circle you drew, slightly overlap them for more dimension. Take your remaining circles and apply them on top with 3D stickers, this will add great dimension to your wreath! When you are finished glue a little bow on top.

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After all of my cards were finished I stamped “Warm Wishes” at the bottom. Since I’m in Mexico I thought that would be a proper message for my cards. I actually use paint instead of ink which is a little more difficult to work with at first but I enjoy the look of it much better…and you can use any color! I went with a red paint to match all three cards.

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What Christmas cards have you made this year? I’m also thinking about New Years cards to send out to family!

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Easy Peppermint Chocolates

I love peppermint everything and what’s even better is peppermint with chocolates. I wanted to create a really easy and quick treat. These bad boys are so easy that you can make them in about 30 minutes! Perfect for a very last minute treat for your holiday events.

You will need

  • A silicone mold. There are so many adorable silicon molds anymore and you can really be creative with this. Mine are flowers which remind me of poinsettias! I’m sure there’s a wide selection of Christmas themed molds now though.
  • 1 or 2 cups chocolate. This depends on how deep or big your trays are. If you fancy white chocolate that would work very well with this too!
  • A handful of peppermints

How to

  1. Melt your chocolate. After it was melted I put mine on a ziplock bag and cut off the very corner, this helped me get into the small corners of my flower petals. You only need to fill your tray half way right now.  It actually helped to dollop some chocolate in the middle and spread it around with a toothpick. After you have covered the bottom part of your tray place it in the freezer for about 10 minutes or until solid.
  2. While your chocolate is in the freezer you will need to crush your peppermints. You can do this by hand or with a food processor. If you use a food processor be prepared for the amazing scent of peppermint to hit your face when you open the lid! I crushed mine just enough so there were a little bit of chunks.
  3. Remove your tray from the freezer and sprinkle a thin layer of your peppermints on top of the frozen chocolate. Afterward fill another layer of melted chocolate so your peppermints are placed between two layers of chocolate. You can either stop there or add another layer of peppermints as I did for extra peppermint goodness!
  4. Freeze until chocolate is solid and pop them out of the tray! That’s the awesome thing about silicone trays is they will just pop out!

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You can either eat these on their own or toss them into some hot chocolate! If your trays are like mine and kind of deep these will be very rich! There’s other fillings you can do as well such as caramel, marshmallows, sprinkles…you can get very creative! Enjoy!

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