May 19, 2015

Our Kitchen Remodel Plans

Our kitchen layout is one I've always wanted. I have always wanted a kitchen island and having the stove and range hood in the island just makes things even better. Other than that our kitchen is is very outdated. The cabinets are orangey and they smell old. Our counters are tile and our backsplash is some ugly green plastic. We changed a couple things like flooring, popcorn ceilings removed, and updated lighting but we didn't plan on remodeling it until maybe next year. Here is what our kitchen looks like now.  
The flooring and lighting make a big difference, don't they? We removed the old vent hood and I have our new one in the garage along with our new stove top but we haven't had time to install yet. Here is another before shot...
and a currently...
We do plan on keeping the stone wall as is. It is one of my favorite features about this kitchen. You don't find those in new homes anymore. I am both excited and nervous because as you all remember we've already been through one kitchen remodel before with our first home and it was chaotic. I remember having to wash dishes in our bathtub. I'm not looking forward to that but I'm keeping my mind on the outcome because that is what makes the craziness so worth it. 

In our first kitchen we chose maple shaker style cabinets, matching granite countertops, and a tan subway travertine tile. 
I loved our kitchen but I also love white kitchens and I told Omar that if we ever moved our next kitchen would be white. So we are planning on getting white shaker style cabinets with a blue/gray island. Here is my inspiration kitchen (found on pinterest of course). I love it so much, I think I pinned it twice.
I think the white cabinets will make the kitchen look so much brighter. The current cabinets compete with our dark floors and just make everything look dark and dingy. For our backsplash, I really want to do a white subway tile with gray grout. 
 A stainless farmhouse sink so it can stand out from all of the white.
and white/gray granite for our countertops.
I'd also like to extend our island to create a little bar for more sitting/eating area. We are having my husband's cousins (they created our cabinets in our first home) create our new cabinets. They are coming to measure and then we can get rolling on the kitchen remodel. I will be posting updates on instagram so make sure to follow so you can see our progress. 

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May 18, 2015

Pizza To The Rescue - Tony's Pizza

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and TONY’S® Pizza, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #BigPizzeriaTaste http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

As you all know we just recently moved in to our new home about three weeks ago. It's been chaotic moving with the kiddos, especially with one of them being a toddler. With all of the work to be done around the house, I haven't been cooking much. I actually like to cook, especially when trying new recipes but lately I've had not time or energy to do it. So the other day I picked up some TONY’S® Pizza at Wal-mart and decided to take a break from unpacking and organizing to just enjoy some good quality family time and have a pizza night. I even made brownies and popped some popcorn. I've never seen my kids more excited about dinner!
I remember eating Tony's pizza growing up but I really hadn't had it since. I do remember it being smaller which basically meant one pizza per person in our home. I was pleasantly surprised to find Tony's pizza to be 30% larger now and it's made with real cheese and sauce from real tomatoes. It is both inexpensive and yummy! We all loved it! For less than $7 (two pizzas) our complete family of five ate! Who doesn't love that? Especially when eating out is so expensive nowadays. I've got a tip for those of you who don't own a pizza cutter (I still haven't found mine): I just used kitchen scissors to cut the pizza, so easy! I don't think I'll ever need a pizza cutter again.
We all loved Tony's pizza so much, I ended up buying more later that week and we had another pizza night. I think we will make this a weekly thing, the kids love it and I get to take a break from cooking and just enjoy spending time with my family. Little man is usually a picky eater but not when it comes to pizza.
I'd love for you to try Tony's pizza for yourself! There's an awesome Wal-mart coupon for Tony's pizza right now. You can SAVE $.75 off of any TWO (2) Tony’s Pizza (14.14 oz. or larger). That is a GREAT deal considering Tony's pizza is already inexpensive! The Walmart digital coupon is available until 6/30/15. So make sure to print it out and plan a pizza night with your family!
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May 8, 2015

The Story of our Second Home

On a previous post I had someone ask me about how we came about finding this home. That is a very good question and one I decided to answer in a complete blog post because I want to document this and look back and read it to remind myself how good our God is!

We weren't really planning to sell our first home. We wanted to buy a second home and rent our first home so we were looking at homes that were fairly inexpensive and just a tad bit bigger in size. We began the search and went to look at a couple homes in the same area (near our first home) but nothing really stood out. I've always loved homes in the town that we are living in now (our new home) just by seeing them on my realtor app but it wasn't until we drove around here that we fell in love with the town with it's huge trees and good sized lots. We actually found a house we loved at a price we could afford and we put an offer in and got the process going and then things didn't end up working out with that house. I was super bummed! We decided maybe it wasn't the time for us to move just yet and we stopped looking for a couple days.

Then one day Omar asks me if I want to go take a look at a house. Omar had this house (our new house) saved on his realtor app but we never thought anything of it because it was way out of our price range and the only way we could maybe possibly afford it is if we sold our current house. This house was for sale by owner and was on the market for a while. Well he decided we should go drive by and see it, just to see what it looked like in person. I didn't want to get my hopes up so I didn't really want to go but went anyway. As soon as we entered the neighborhood I fell in love, it felt like we were so far away from everything yet everything was so close by. We drove by some beautiful homes each sitting on 2-3 acres and then we parked in front of this one. Of course I thought it was beautiful but again I didn't want to get my hopes up. As we were driving away Omar decided to call the owner and we were able to see it that weekend. I remember walking through the house that day, we saw tons of potential. It had the exact layout we've been wanting and the big yard we always dreamed of but the only thing holding us back was the price. As Omar and I walked around the back yard....
he said "I really like it, do you like it?" 
I said "yes of course I do, but it's too expensive"
he said "let's pray."
There in the back yard holding hands, we bowed our heads and prayed.

Everything after that went smoother than we ever imagined. The owner brought down the price of the home and was willing to wait for us to sell our home. Everything just fell right into place. Not only that but we felt so much peace throughout the process. Something we didn't feel with the first home we were looking to purchase. With that home we felt like we were forcing it and in the end it didn't even work out. It was completely different with this home. Not only was the buying process smooth but the selling of our first home as well. We feel extremely thankful and overwhelmed with God's goodness!

Our plans were not God's plans and I am thankful for that because His plans were much better and greater for us than we imagined! Thank you Lord! 
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April 27, 2015

Vi and Va Dolls - Giveaway

I always loved playing with dolls as a little girl. I played up until I turned twelve, yup I would even beg my younger sister to let me play with her sometimes. Most twelve year old girls nowadays are too grown up to play with dolls. I always looked forward to playing dolls with my daughter one day and when I heard Vi and Va's new fashion dolls launch I knew they would be perfect for Sarah... and me too. 

Vi and Va is a recently launched fashion doll line inspired by Latino cultures. Vi and Va (pronounced like Viva!) are two teenage sisters: Viviana (Vi) and Valentina (Va).  For these girls, every day is an adventure and a reason to celebrate the bonds of family and friendship. Vi and Va, along with their best friends, cousins Felicia and Roxxi, were created to help girls honor and embrace their heritage.  The themes and storytelling within the line focuses on both family and culture.  The 4 main characters are not just friends, they are also family!
Sarah received all four Vi and Va dolls. Two of them are sisters and the other two are their cousins. What I like about these dolls is that they're not just about fashion. They each have a hobby/personal interest and include accessories to match. For example the Felicia doll loves to paint so she has her own set of paints and a little box for art supplies. This gives each doll a personality and gives your child a boost in their imagination as they play. I also love that these dolls are not skinny, they're curvy ;)
Sarah loves that she has dolls that look like her to play with. The Valentina doll is her favorite, she says it looks just like her. 
We love Vi and Va's new line! The full assortment of "Vi and Va" fashion dolls is available at Target stores and on Target.com. One of my lucky readers will get a chance to win one of Vi and Va's new products: The Vi and Va styling head. 
Just enter via Rafflecopter below for a chance to win this for your daughter, niece, neighbor or maybe even yourself. I won't judge ;) Giveaway ends this Friday May 1st, winner will be notified by email.


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This is sponsored post in collaboration with Vi and Va Dolls and Latina Bloggers Connect. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

April 24, 2015

Space for Dreams - 2015 Honda CR-V

Dreams, we all have them. We often think about them and wonder if they will ever come true. One of our dreams (prayers) came true just recently. I shared about how we always wanted a house on some land/acreage where our kids could run around and play. Just a few weeks ago I remember talking about it with my kids while driving back from school. Everyday after school they would ask me "when are we moving to the new house?" I would listen to them talk about playing in the yard and what they wanted their new rooms to look like. I love listening to their conversations and their dreams!
When I watched Honda's video on the new 2015 CR-V it reminded me of all of the dreams I would have as a child...
I had the chance to visit my local Honda dealership in Round Rock,TX to check out the new CR-V and it is AMAZING! It's decked out to the max with everything you can ever imagine. 
Let me tell you that we are a Honda family, we've owned a Civic, CR-V, Odyssey, and now we own a Pilot. I already knew I would love the new CR-V but was amazed to find so many awesome new features. I walked in and they helped me right away, explaining all of the new CR-V features. Yamile (the sales consultant) was super nice and helpful, she took time to not only explain the new features but try them out on the CR-V as well. 
I got to see all of the new features in action like the awesome rearview camera...
There's so many cool features but one of favorites is the new smart key system that allows you to lock, unlock and even start your CR-V without taking your keys out of your purse. This was especially appealing to me as a mom, I'm always digging through my purse to get my keys out. This smart system just requires you to have your keys nearby which means you can just keep them in your purse or pocket. The start button won't start unless you put your foot on the breaks, this help keeps kiddos from starting the CR-V themselves.
The other awesome feature that I loved was the cameras. There's not only a rearview camera but also a side camera under the passenger side mirror. This is perfect for those blind spots. It automatically turns one when you hit your right blinker or you can turn it on anytime you click a button at the end of the handle. Loved this feature, I've had too many close ones with my blind spots.

I am actually considering the new 2016 Honda Pilot that is supposed to come out this Summer and was told that many of these features would more than likely be on the Pilot as well. If so, I'm SOLD!

The new CR-V is spacious and perfect for small families, perfect to drive your little dreamers around ;) It's decked out with the latest technology, things we could only dream about a few years ago. Thank you Honda for allowing me to test out the new CR-V features and for reminding me that dreams can come true!
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This is sponsored post in collaboration with Honda and Latina Bloggers Connect. However, all opinions expressed and love of Honda are my own.

April 14, 2015

My new non-black dress - eShakti review

If you know me, then you know I tend to wear black a lot. In fact most of my closet consists of dark colors like black and navy. So when eShakti e-mailed me about reviewing one of their dresses, I naturally started browsing the black and navy colored dresses. Then I got a sudden urge to just step out of my comfort zone and I let my husband choose for me and he chose this gorgeous ivory chiffon dress.

eShakti's email came just in time, it's like it was perfectly planned. A true blessing! You see each year we celebrate the Lord's Supper and although it is not about what you wear, it is the most special day of the year. So just as I would buy a new dress for a wedding, I wanted to buy a new dress for The Lord's Supper. We were in the middle of selling our house and I didn't have the time or energy to go dress something and then I received the e-mail and I almost cried. 

eShakti's dresses are seriously one of a kind. They've got a huge selection and you can customize any dress to your liking. From sleeve length to the overall length of the dress to inputing your specific measurements to get the dress made perfect just for you. I didn't think I would love the dress as much as I do. I mean it's already hard shopping for dresses in stores, to order one online was kind of nerve-wrecking for me. Especially since I didn't buy a back up for the event. I just decided to trust it would fit and it fit so perfectly! Not only that but the dress was so comfy and it has pockets! Yes pockets in dresses are the best! Especially in fancy dresses that you just don't expect it. I got so many compliments on my dress! Thank you so much eShakti for the beautiful dress! 

Now you have a chance to win a $25 giftcard to eShakti! We will have TWO winners!
Just enter below using rafflecopter and I will announce the winners on my social media on Friday April  17th. Now get going and visit eShakti to see what you will pick when you win ;)

Here are three dresses I'm thinking of ordering (of course I had to choose a black one)...
a Rafflecopter giveaway
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April 7, 2015

We Bough A House! - Before Pictures

I'm still letting it all sink in. Within a month we sold our first family home and bought our second. It's amazing, God is very very good! The day we signed on the new house, Omar and I sat outside just admiring it all, completely in awe of the new place God had given us. We always talked about owning land with lots of trees one day but never did we imagine it becoming a reality so soon. 

Our new home sits on two acres. It is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home. It is a 2,200 sqft home which is way bigger than our previous. I still can't believe it! The house is an older house which means it needs a lot of work but it is beautiful and has tons and tons of potential and features you don't see anymore in new homes. 

As you may know (from following me on insta) the house doesn't look like this anymore. We hired out most of the work so that we could move in as soon as possible and I've been sharing the process on instagram using #cinsarahhome

Alright let's get down to the pictures now shall we? 
The back of house
Our new big backyard
This is the main entrance
formal dining room
living room
One of the things I feel in love about this house is this stone wall fireplace!
This section is an addition to the house. It used to be the patio which is why there is that open window from the kitchen. We already opened up that wall in the back to connect it to the laundry room. You can find photos on instagram.
Kitchen
breakfast area
laundry room/utility closet right next to the garage
hall bathroom
view from hall bath
 Bedroom One (Sarah's new room)
Bedroom Two (Josh + Levi's new room)
Master Bath/Dressing Area
Master Bedroom
All the popcorn and wallpaper is gone! Painting is being done this week and hopefully flooring next week and then we can finally move in and continue to work on it once we are all settled. I can't wait to start showing some after pictures on here soon. Meanwhile you can keep up with our progress on instagram here
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