June Wishlist

I have a funny way of shopping. I don’t shop on a regular basis for clothes or shoes. I probably shop for clothes 2 or 3 times a year or when something finally has a hole in it. I get sad that I have to part ways with it. But when it comes to home accessories, tech stuff, and office supplies I’m all about it! 

I recently got a stay cool/hot tumbler and it’s only the 2nd day and I love it already! It’s a 30 oz. tumbler, I like that I only have to refill my cup a minimum of 3 times to get my daily water intake. No moisture on the outside, the ice doesn’t melt right away….ahhhh dream come true. I know, first world problems right? 

I have had my eye on these markers for a while, have no idea why I haven’t bought them yet. But for those of you that are hand letter enthusiasts like me, Crayola markers are my favorite to use! The tips are really sturdy so they last longer than the felt tips I’ve used in the past. And these Super Tips are the perfect size. If you love variety theses are also sold in larger packs.

Here’s my 1 home appliance that I want to buy – an air fryer! I’ve heard pretty good things about this Black and Decker model, considering it’s compact and affordable. I’m thinking I’d start out with this one, after all Charlie and I are only a family of 2 so we don’t need a larger capacity for now.

As you start to accumulate things in your home anything you can do to save or maximize storage space becomes really important. These collapsible colanders have become really useful, I already have a large rectangular one that can expand and collapse to fit perfectly on my sink.

Charlie and I are not professional bartenders by any means, but we like to enjoy a good cocktail at home. And when we host parties we love to have sangria, cold beer, and spirits for people to enjoy at our little bar cart we bought last year. I’m eyeing this bar tool set on Amazon. It’s got everything you need to make a great cocktail and every piece has a home so you’re not misplacing it.

What are the things on your wish list for this month?


Carlsbad Family Vacation

This year, for a combined Mother’s Day/Father’s Day celebration the Ortegas went to Carlsbad for a relaxing weekend getaway!

When we all get together it’s always a great time. Lots of laughing, memories, and quality time spent. This year, we kept it low key and stayed at an Airbnb in the hills of Carlsbad just a few miles from the beach and Carlsbad Village.

Whenever we go on family vacations like this I love using Airbnb for our stay. It’s really great to house your family in 1 place, you usually have a kitchen so you can cook to save some cash, and it feels like a home away from home.

Before we made the trip down to Carlsbad on Friday night, we got word that our car came in! Charlie and I test drove the Subaru Forester a couple weeks back and special ordered the car so we can get the color and model we wanted. Low and behold, it came just in time to drive it for our family vacation!

Once traffic died down we made our way down to Carlsbad, had a bite to eat at  Mission Avenue Bar and Grill (great burgers!), and started our vacay. On day 2 we stopped by the outlets, ate lunch at Dini’s (great spot by the beach), and cooked a yummy dinner at home.

Where are some of your favorite places to take a family vacation? Would love to explore new places with our family soon!


Lately and June Goal Setting

You know when reality just smacks you in the face out of nowhere? Yeah, that happened to me on Monday.

Let me start by saying this year so far has been quite the whirlwind! So much to be grateful for, so many things that have brought me back down to reality. I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs and it’s only May. All in all I have to say I’m blessed and I know it. I’m thankful beyond belief. I have a loving husband, wonderful family, great friends, and thriving businesses. What more could a girl ask for?

But Monday came, and I feel like I got punched in the gut with negativity. The cause was one of the things that has held me back my whole life – ME. My need for constant progress, my need to be the solution, and my habit not taking care of myself.

You see, on Monday I realized that I had all these wonderful people and all these wonderful things. I have a relationship with God that has far surpassed anything that I ever thought I could have. But I still felt like there was something missing and I figured it out. It was self acceptance. Not only self acceptance but self love. The same love I have for God, my family, and my friends is the love that I wished I would show myself. I want to be able to show myself grace.

But I don’t.

Over time, I’ve just grown to resent myself and found myself unworthy. And that there lies the problem. It has always been the problem. I have been the problem.

On Tuesday, I caught something on Twitter or Instagram, can’t remember where or who exactly TBH. But it was the answer I needed to take 1 step toward self acceptance.

Keep your head down and do the work.

We’re living in a time where we have so many options and so much information at our finger tips. Lots of us feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. But I firmly believe that if I wasn’t being fed so much information I wouldn’t be as distracted. I’d be able to focus more on the things that help me improve, be better, be more intentional – the things that matter.

Starting in the month of June I’m going to take it 1 day at a time. My goal is to start creating habits that contribute to a better me – spiritually, mentally, and physically. I want to just focus, keep my head down, mind my own business, and put in the work. I want to be able to love myself and show myself some grace. I want to feel worthy of God’s love, the love of my friends and family, and my own love. God already says I’m worthy, why don’t I treat myself like I am?

So cheers to June! I’m excited to slowly chip away at the things that are eating me up inside.