Friday, October 2, 2015

Bucket List for Travel

Sometimes you just have to do something that's a little crazy! Gives life the jolt it needs. For me, crazy happened last night and I can thank my Travel Bucket List for that!

After diligently researching Mexican reports for two weeks to decide on a winter vacation at the beach, I changed my mind in a matter of minutes, and instead booked a dream vacation to a beach resort in Bali, Indonesia.  Felt crazy just after I did it (both because it's expensive and because a place like Indonesia will likely pull me out of my everyday comfort zone). Elephant safari anyone? Plus, during this vacation I'll celebrate two big milestones: reaching 10 years or marriage and turning 35. Getting to both isn't assured and I've been blessed to be almost there. The perfect celebration in my personal opinion is TRAVEL!

Do you have a travel bucket list or simply a bucket list that inspires you? Everyone needs one. Doesn't mean we're constantly marking things off, but it does mean there's a plan that could come to life one day. The next travel destination for me is Africa. This way I will have done a least one trip to Africa, Europe, Asia, Central and South America, Canada, and the Caribbean. 

Having a bucket list for travel is something that stretches us beyond the daily bubble of life, even if only every couple of years. Last summer while I was on my third vacation to Guatemala I made a conscious effort to see a different part of the country, do something extreme, and keep myself towards an experience that only comes when a person encounters a new culture and way of living. I am humbled every time I learn about new cultures and I come to appreciate my own roots all the more. It's what travel does for me.

Travel doesn't have to be your bucket list theme. It could be adventures such as skydiving and race car driving. Heck, a bucket list can include experiences, foods, or even, hobby exploration. For one person learning to play the piano could be as impactful as first setting eyes on a foreign beach covered in black sand. All in all, a bucket list is that itemized plan to gives life a jolt to our lives reminding us there's more to it than habit and routine. Sure, we all have different lives and budgets.

Whatever the considerations and likes may be, I wonder, what would be on your BUCKET LIST for travel, or otherwise???

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Awesome Girls

My kids and I have been big fans of Kid President for a while. This kid really knows how to liven up a room and bringing positivity into the world. And did you hear? He even kissed Beyonce once.

Recently Kid President posted a new video all about a new series he is going to be doing. This series is called Awesome Girls and its going to be about girls out there making a positive difference in the world.

I love the idea of a young boy, despite his fear of the opposite gender, will be highlighting how awesome girls can be. Once again Kid President is out there doing some good in the world!  

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Creating a Family Command Center

Ever heard of a family command center?

My husband heard of one and it changed his life. He immediately cleared out a wall in our family room and got to work on his latest design idea (thank you, Pinterest):

Our center will look a lot like the one pictured above except it'll be more family-oriented. We plan to have a large roll of butcher paper for art projects and drawing, a few hooks for kids' coats and backpacks, art supplies, and a cell phone/mail drop. Another must have is a large Q to represent our last name. The hubby is adding a cross and favorite quote (directly painted on the wall) as well as a clock.

As you can see there are plenty of options when building a command center. The best part is the whole family will be organized around one key area in your home. A couple of must-haves in any center:

  • calendar
  • dry erase board and markers
  • mail drop

Having this space of organized chaos in any home is just what every family needs. This command center reinforces a family's daily routine of homework, chores, and multiple schedules. Plus, this project doesn't need to be costly. Find a wall in your home and fill it with hanging file bins and office supplies (calendar, notepad, and markers) from the Dollar Store, and poof, there's your command center.

How would you design the ideal family command center in your home?

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Emergency Medical ID on Your iPhone

Last week I upgraded my iPhone to the ios 9 operating systems and when all was said and done I noticed an icon for "Medical ID" a place to input my medical emergency information that anyone can access if needed.

Have you ever noticed on your lock screen. There is Emergency button...

If you click on it , even if locked, will take you to this screen...

From here you can make an emergency call. There is also a button *Medical ID. Here someone can click and see your emergency contact info as well as blood type, allergies and medical issues.

Here are some quick steps to set up your medical ID. Go into your Health App on your iPhone you well be taken to the dashboard. On the bottom right is where you can see and edit your medical ID info.

This is a great feature that can help save someone in an emergency situation. Great job Apple! 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Books That Change Your Life

There are timeless books that change people's lives time and time again. Oprah recently did an entire one hour special on Paolo Coehlo the author of The Alchemist. Tell me, you've read it? I wouldn't be surprised if you answered yes. It's been translated into countless languages and thousands credit this book with literally changing their lives. I won't give anything away, but I will assure anyone new to this book that Coehlo beautifully tells a tale of a man on a journey of transformation. This is a story anyone hungry for success must read. Add it to your reading list, immediately.

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz is a must read, too. This book isn't as renowned as the first gem listed but it's another life-changer. Have you ever wanted to cling to a simple life philosophy to experience calm, intentional happiness? Better yet, looking to simply better your everyday habits while interacting with other? If so, this book is for you. Made up of 4 basic principles to live by. This book like the Alchemist  is simple, poetic and without a doubt, tansformative.  

Not into reading lenthy books, but looking for a little inspiration? Read this tiny classic from 1912: As A Man Thinketh by James Allen. This book is fictional, and yet, the short principals are powerful enough to impact a lifetime. Pick this one up, today.

Seeking spirituality? Grew up with religious guilt? This may not be you, but for someone who grew up surrounded by die-hard Catholics who piled on the catholic guilt, Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsh was a pretty transformative read. Dive in if you're looking for a new spin on what it means to live spiritually connected.

 What books have changed your life?

Friday, September 25, 2015

1989 By Taylor... wait no... by Ryan Adams

Yup, exact same songs as the Taylor Swift album with a heck of a lot more edgier sounds. This album sounds like a version for adults. If I had never hear of Taylor Swift (yes I know these days that is impossible) and I just heard this album I would LOVE it. It has am 80's rock vibe to it. It made me think of The Cure and Morrissey.

All your favorite T Swift songs are on here but completely revamped for a more mellow coffee house vibe. "Blank Space" goes from a crazy girl theme song to a slow melodic guitar filled ballad. "Style" gets an awesome 80's glam vibe added to it. "Shake it Off" gets a Bruce Springsteen feel and it totally worked. It transforms the song to something even the manliest of men would listen to. "Bad Blood" goes from a anthem to a fun song that you can imagine singing around a campfire.  "This Love" becomes a gorgeous haunting song.

This album is gorgeous and demonstrates what a talented and creative singer Ryan Adams is. I think this also highlights the fact that Taylor Swift is a damn good songwriter. She is listed as a writer for every song on the 1989 album.

Have you listened to Ryan Adams, 1989 album yet? It is streaming on Spotify! 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Pope and a 5-year Old Child

If you were anywhere online yesterday then you probably heard all about Sophia Cruz, a 5 year old who not only crossed the barrier during the Pope's procession but managed to hug Pope Francis and deliver a note with a heart wrenching message. Her letter said...

Pope Francis, 

I want to tell you that my heart is very sad, because I’m scared that one day ICE is going to deport my parents. I have a right to live with my parents. I have a right to be happy. My dad works very hard in a factory galvanizing metals. Immigrants like my dad feed this country. They therefore deserve to live with dignity, they deserve to be respected, they deserve immigration reform, because it would be beneficial to my country, and because they have earned it working very hard, picking oranges, onions, watermelons, spinach, lettuce, and many other vegetables. Don’t forget about us the children, or about those who suffer because they’re not with their parents because of war, because of violence, because of hunger.

Wow! Just wow.  I tried to read this out-loud to my daughter but couldn't get through it without crying. This letter was so emotional because Sophie's fears are the fears of thousand and thousands of children's fears. With one act this little girl has brought a very important issue to the forefront of the media. What an amazing little girl with a powerful message about immigration.