August 18, 2016

Meet The Teacher Turtle Playdoh Gift

So yesterday I shared with you all how I am going to be teaching preschool at a local church. Well I've been busy crafting up and getting all prepped with lesson plans and such. I knew being a teacher was a lot of work but just prepping for the school year is exhausting and it truly makes me appreciate teachers oh so much! 

Here is something I came up with for my students. Our class theme is turtles so I thought it would be cute to do a little gift involving turtles. I bought a huge pack of mini playdohs at Costco recently and decided to use the brown ones as turtle shells. They came out better than I expected!
I decided to list this in my Etsy Shop for any other teachers out there who want to use these. I do plan on  listing these on Teachers Pay Teachers as well but I haven't had a chance to figure all of that out yet so for now any other cute printables I come up with will be listed in my Etsy Shop.
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August 17, 2016

Life Lately - Changes

Life has been busy. It seems I always say that but it's been especially true this Summer. A couple things happened that are both exciting and a bit stressful but overall VERY good. 

First off, the picture above is from our most recent trip to THE VALLEY which is basically the little border towns down in South Texas. We went to South Padre Island and visited family and friends. It was a good little trip but as always trips come to and end and leave you with piles and piles of laundry (and a few pounds heavier as well). Which is what I've been up to these past two days.

I've also been busy planning for and decorating my classroom. Yup I'm gonna be a teacher! I am so excited for this opportunity! I will be teaching preschool at a local church and Levi will be my student. This is something I prayed about. I wasn't planning on working/going to school until Levi turned FOUR and went off to public school but I prayed and the Lord answered. So in the next two weeks I will be a part time student at our local community college and a teacher at a church preschool. 

I am excited and thankful for the opportunity! I have always wanted to go back to school but didn't want to do it until all three of my kids were in school. I want to be an example for my children so although it might take me a while I want to graduate from college someday. 

So with school and work that means you won't see many posts from me around here. As if they weren't few already! I am kind of taking a break from the blog but of course I will still be on social media so you can keep up with me there. We have a couple home updates planned so when we begin on those I will be blogging about them. I will also be cutting down on design orders on Blessed Design Studio and only accepting orders from previous customers. I don't want to completely shut down because my previous customers have been SO GOOD to me and I am available if they need me. I might not be as available as I've been before but I will do my best. 

It's gonna be a challenge juggling home, work, and school but I am certainly not the first to do it and I'm sure I won't be the last so although I anticipate some stressful days I'm committed and putting my trust in God that he will help me along the way!
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July 20, 2016

Disney's First Latina Princess - Elena of Avalor

This is a sponsored campaign in collaboration with Disney Channel and Latina Bloggers Connect, however our love and excitement for #ElenaOfAvalor is completely ours!
Sarah and I are super excited for Disney's very first Latina princess: Elena of Avalor! Have you heard? The new series begins this FRIDAY July 22 at 7pm 6pm CT on Disney Channel and Disney Junior. Sarah and I have been watching all of the trailers and videos on the Elena of Avalor YouTube Channel. Princess Elena along with her sister Princess Isabel and her grandparents Francisco and Luisa learn to boldly lead the kingdom of Avalor with bravery, courage, and compassion.
Growing up I always loved watching Disney Channel and loved playing and pretending to be a Disney princess, but I noticed none of them actually looked like me. Except maybe Pocahontas, but she isn't Latina, so I am SUPER excited to have a princess my daughter can identify with! Sarah is not very fluent in Spanish, which is partly my fault, but that doesn't mean I don't encourage her to learn more about our culture. She might not properly enunciate her R's like a Latina, but she's definitely got the Latina spunk in her! She's a mix of sassy and sweet, which I can tell Elena is as well just by watching the trailer.
Sarah loves dressing up and just last week I found this adorable Mexican outfit that my grandmother gave her a couple years ago. It fit her big at the time but it definitely fits now. Our church had a Mexican fiesta picnic this past Sunday and she dressed up in this. I want Sarah to grow up being proud of her heritage, of who she is. Series like Elena of Avalor make it easier. To see diversity in the shows they watch makes them see that there are many different cultures and that although we are different in many ways, we all are human and experience the same emotions.
I can't wait for Friday! Will you be watching? Don't forget to tune into Disney Channel or Disney Junior at 7pm / 6pmCT this FRIDAY July 22. Also, if you haven't already, you can view all of the Elena of Avalor videos and to follow Elena on Facebook before the premier this Friday, so you are all updated and ready to go.
Be sure to also join the “Elena of Avalor” Twitter Party, hosted by Latina Bloggers Connect, on Thursday, July 21, 2016, 5pm PST / 8pm EST with the hashtag #ElenaofAvalorTwitterParty.
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June 21, 2016

My Globe Obsession - Full Quiver Designs

    If you've been following me for a while then you know I'm obsessed with globes. Why? Idk but I love them and I started collecting them a couple years ago. I've got NINE so far. Most of them live in my bedroom on the shelves my husband built and then I also have a globe in each of the kids' rooms. 
A while back I found Full Quiver Designs. Becky is AMAZING at hand lettering and she hand letters globes! How perfect is that? A couple months ago Becky posted on IG that she was looking for a rep for her business and of course being the globe lover that I am, I entered and I WON! I sent Becky a globe to hand letter for me.
It took a while to decide which globe I wanted lettered and what I wanted. I ended up choosing the globe in Sarah's room. I wanted something meaningful on it so I chose:
 "For God so loved the world." I absolutely LOVE the globe and how it turned out. 
 If you are a globe lover like myself then I highly recommend FULL QUIVER DESIGNS and guess what you can use code: CINSARAH to receive 10% off your order! Lettered globes are not only great for home decor but they are perfect as gifts or weddings too!
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June 15, 2016

The As Is Home Tour - Features

Thank you all again so much for joining us for The As Is Home Tour on Instagram and a BIG thank you to my awesome Co-Hosts! It was a lot of fun and I loved going through your posts/homes. Today I am featuring a couple of you. I wish I could feature you all! I will be featuring some of you on Instagram as well. If you haven't had a chance please go through #TheAsIsHomeTour and spread some love. You will find a lot of awesome accounts to follow. I sure did! Alright let's begin witht he features. I won't go into details of each one because there is a ton but these are some of my favorites from each category. I took a screenshot so you can find the account on instagram easier this way.

E X T E R I O R
 
B E D R O O M S
 
B A T H R O O M S
 

L I V I N G
 
D I N I N G
 
K I T C H E N S
 
O T H E R 
 
Thank you all again for participating! I am planning to do this again next year and keep it a yearly series so make sure to follow me and I will keep you updated of when we will host our next As Is Home Tour.
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June 13, 2016

My Home Tour - AS IS

    So you've seen photos here and there of my home on instagram and I've shared all of the photos of when we first purchased our home. Well today I am giving you the FULL tour AS IS. Today's post contains picture overload and minimal words because I'm sure you would much rather peek at my home than read about it. Warning: some of these pictures are NOT pretty but they are REAL LIFE which is what this home tour is all about. This is our home, it's a work in progress. We've done so much already and still have TONS to do. So, lets begin the tour with the exterior...
Omar (my hubby) has worked on our yard, removing stumps and trimming all of the bushes but we still have a lot of work to do out here. We would like to eventually replace all of the windows, install new siding, and paint but well all of those things require money so we are tackling it little by little. Omar also built us a new mailbox because our old one was all kinds of busted. It was ugly and it needed to go. You can see our old mailbox in this post. He also built a house numbers sign for us
Our home sits on two acres and we've got a ton of tress which is a HUGE difference from our first home where we had one skinny little tree. We love it here and the kids have a blast running around the yard. We see tons of deer walk through our yard and I love it!
Our living room is a work in progress. One of our couches is almost eleven years old and the other one was my sister's. If you look closely you can see the spilled juice stains on it. I promise it's juice! I created the gallery wall using mostly thrifted frames. It took me almost a year to collect them all but it was worth it. I love the way it makes this room feel. I would eventually love a West Elm sectional here with some colorful mid century accent chairs but realistically the old couches work best when you have young kids. I would hate to have juice stains on a new couch! 

I would love to do something with this stone fireplace wall but for now it is Levi's toy central. I haven't really figured out how to style around it yet. If you have any ideas please leave me a comment below.
This room is an addition to the house. It was originally the patio but it is now a long and narrow room and we haven't done anything with it yet. I have thought about two options. One would be to open up this wall with a door. This goes right into the office nook into our master bedroom so if we closed that off on the other side this could be a small fourth bedroom if we need it. Another option would be a large chalkboard like the one Omar built in our first home. This would be super useful because I plan to turn the other side into the kids homework/craft space with a long desk.
On this side of the room we've got keyboards where Josh and I practice. The doors lead to the laundry room. where the keyboards are now is where I would like to have a long desk for the kids and build some shelves to store all of their craft supplies. We still have to finish the doors and the baseboards in this room.
The large laundry room has tons of potential but it is a complete mess right now. It's basically our storage room. I'm pretty sure this is the last room we will complete in our home.
Our dining room is pretty much complete. I would like a new light fixture, add a rug, and maybe some board and batten some day but for now it works.
Our dining set was a craigslist find. It is not in the most perfect condition but I LOVE it! I love mid century furniture and with this being a 70s home I think it just fits.
Our kitchen remodel took a while to complete but it is finished! You can find the post to that here. We went with white cabinets because this space seemed so dark with all of the dark cabinets it had before. I've always wanted a white kitchen and I finally have it!
The breakfast nook is right in front of the kitchen and very close to the dining room. There was a tiny wall separating the two but we took that down to create a more open space. 
Our master bedroom is spacious, it's got vaulted ceilings which make it feel even bigger. It is one of the first rooms we finished in our home. 
It's got a small nook that we turned into an office. The office is a big mess. It's become my dumping ground and seeing this picture makes me want to organize it.
Our bathrooms are on our remodeling list but not this year and maybe not the next because remodels are expensive and we plan to work on the exterior a bit before continuing on the inside. There is a separate dressing area to our master bathroom.
Our bathroom has tons of storage but it does need a lot of work!
The hallway bathroom has come a long way. You have to see the before to appreciate this photo. I posted a video on instagram if you haven't seen it.
This is Joshua's room and eventually it will be Levi's room too. It is much bigger than his first room. My husband built his bunk beds just before we moved. We went with a CAMPING theme for this room.
Of course no camp is complete without a TV! lol
Sarah's room was so fun to put together. I would have LOVED to have a room like this when I was her age! She recently got the rug and unicorn for her birthday. Yes she actually wanted these things for her birthday... that and shopkins of course!
I'd like to paint her doors one day because the pukey green just doesn't go with this room. That green was the color of this entire room before we moved in.
...and that is it! That is my home tour AS IS. I hope you enjoyed this series. THANK YOU ALL so much to those of you who joined us on instagram. I LOVED seeing each of your homes. I will be featuring a couple of your rooms on my blog this week as well as on instagram.

Make sure to visit each of my co-hosts' blogs to view their home tours:

Christina - Christina's Adventures  
BLOG | INSTAGRAM
Brandi - Dont Disturb This Groove   
BLOG | INSTAGRAM
Courtney - A Plus Life 
BLOG | INSTAGRAM
Amanda - Our Humble Abode
BLOG | INSTAGRAM
Ann Marie - White House Black Shutters 
BLOG | INSTAGRAM
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