Sunday, September 14, 2014

Favorite Lips

Oh yes, lips, lips, lips!!! I am obsessed with lipsticks! All kinds of fun colors, from sexy to funky to mellow! As you gals know I have been giving some tips on how to love yourself. And well, this is one of them! It may sound a bit crazy but lipstick allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and now it makes me feel beautiful! I used to be so shy to wear any type of bold color because people might stare, but once I did I felt amazing, beautiful and comfortable in my own skin. It allowed me to do something I love and not worry about what others might think. And now- well I have some favorite colors! My favorite lipsticks are from MAC. I love the matte finish, and it lasts all day long!!

The rules to wearing lipstick? NONE!!! :)
The challenge is to wear a lipstick that you love! Maybe the red makes you feel sexy a certain day, or the fuschia makes you feel confident one day. Or maybe you feel a little relaxed and wear the pink plaid. You see what I mean?! Have fun and be yourself! Let me know how it goes! Here are my favorite colors! I will be providing a link for the MAC online store  and colors :)

Rebel

Pink Plaid

Flat Out Fabulous

Russian Red


http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/shaded/168/310/Products/Lips/Lipstick/Lipstick/index.tmpl

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

How To Love Yourself: First Two Steps

OK ladies, it is time to start this journey and enjoy our beautiful lives! These are some of the steps I have taken and continue taking to truly love myself. Before we start let me give you some information on two important words. LOVE: An intense feeling of deep affection. Synonyms- tenderness, warmth, attachment. ACCEPTANCE: The action of consenting to receive or undertake something offered. Synonym- Welcome. Keep this is mind as I take you through the steps!

Step 1: FACING THE FEAR- BE COURAGEOUS 

When it comes down to how I loved myself it was one simple way- to fight a good battle. I had to face my demons, and fight a good fight until I won! The fear of failing myself and others. I was always afraid of letting others down and myself. Always thought if I only I lost a little more weight I would be happier. If I only had a smaller nose I wouldn't look so weird--and so on! You know how the list can go on and on and on!!!  But remember when facing your fears you have to dig deep down and find out why you have those fears, be courageous my friends and dig deep! My fear was that I was never good enough for myself or others. What is yours?

Step 2: FIGHT THE BATTLE

 Once you realize what those reasons are,be ready for battle! But remember we have to be prepared. So here comes number two! I have a couple of tips on what has helped me fight a good battle. Here they are!

A: Positive thinking!
All day, every day! Tell yourself things you are grateful for. Tell yourself you are beautiful. Tell yourself you are unique and have a purpose in life. Keep those positive thinking coming all day, every day!!

B: Read
This may sounds strange but start reading some books. Take your mind off everything and focus on what you are reading! Try to read inspirational books or something that you have always wanted to read. Also read books that you are curious about! My first book was The Alchemist, you can buy it at any book store! Reading gives you knowledge and allows you to think about something other than yourself.

C: Clean space
This helped me so much! The times I was feeling so down were the times I had a messy room, messy house, and dishes were not washed!! (oh oh)! But as I started to concentrate on making sure my little home was always cleaned I started to focus more on the positive! Having a clean space allows me to think clear and get things done in a peaceful relaxing and clean atmosphere.

Ok friends! These are the first tips :) I will be posting more next week! If you are having a hard time loving who you are and need some tips, let me know if these help you as much as they have helped me! XOXO-M


From one of my favorite books: "And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it." - Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Monday, September 8, 2014

How To Love Yourself Intro:

OK ladies, you know this is a big deal! LOVE is a four letter word but holds so much meaning. Before I go on to talk about this recurring topic I will be posting about, let me explain why I decided to post on this subject. For many years I always felt that I could be thinner, always felt like I could look better, if it wasn't one thing it was another. If I was a size 10, I needed to be a size 8 just to look a little better. If I was a size 8 I needed to be a size 6--just to look better than I did before. I was never truly happy with who I was, and I felt as though the only way I was truly going to feel my best was if I lost "just" a little weight. Then pregnancy came a long and I gained more than I had even imagined! I was so scared to look like someone else. My beautiful angel came along and I thought things would go back to normal, only to realize it was harder than I thought it would be to loose weight this time. For months--and I mean MONTHS I cried myself to sleep, feeling pity for myself and a failure for not getting back to my size 8 jeans. I was terrified of what others would think and feel towards me, because for years I only saw myself as a failure and a "not so important" kinda human being. Having my daughter made me face the demons I had hid for so long. And so this is where we get to this point! I have freed myself from so many lies I told myself! And though I still need to learn more, I wanted to give some tips and share my stories with any one out there who has felt the same way as me! Anyone who is a mother and has had to redefine your self love and what it truly means to love yourself. For any single ladies who thought the only way to love yourself was by what size of jeans you wore. To those who are struggling, you my darling, are beautiful

I will posting the steps I took to have self love, and steps I am still taking so that maybe someone out there who is going through the struggles I went through can maybe see just how beautiful life can be-just the way you are! Can't wait to share the first step I took with you gals this week :) talk to you soon!

These next recurring posts my friends with be raw and show my journey, hope you can join me!
XOXO-M


Got this amazing wall paper from http://www.designlovefest.com/

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

No longer the center of the universe

Hello PRETTY LADIES! 

If you read this title and you are a mother then you know why. If you read this and have had some powerful moments in life, then you know why! As for me--from the moment my little Gracie was born it was all about adapting to her needs, giving her all the love I had just gained from looking in her eyes. I knew in that moment I was no longer the center of the universe, but she was. Of course, I need to take care of myself and follow my passion, but this is different. It is a kind of love that no one can take away, even if they were the most powerful, magical human being. No no, it won't happen! "Love liberates" like Maya Angelou once said. Motherhood has allowed me to see life in a whole new way and grow as a person. I have felt more powerful physically and mentally than I have ever had. It is hard at times but the rewards I get for my soul are endless, the lessons I learn every single day are incredible. Anyway just wanted to share a little something that has been on my mind today. Lets empower one another as women, no greed, no vanity, no jealousy. Just love, acceptance, forgiveness, and that self love I talked about last time :) What do you ladies think? this isn't just for mothers but for all of us women. Whether you are a mother or not, we can all have this amazing feeling. I have learned from motherhood, how have any of you ladies felt that "AHA!!!" moment in life?! 

XOXO-Monica

This book is one of my favorites :) I was so anxious and excited when I was reading the end! 


Mi amor



Sunday, August 10, 2014

True self love

You all have heard about true love?! but how about true self love? the kind of love we can only get from ourselves and no one is. The kind that allows us to love every single cell of our bodies without worrying about the negativity. Without worrying about what others feel about you. The kind of love that allows us to never betray our souls. Now that is a true self love I try to have every single day. It is hard to get and it takes time but every day is a new day. Now remember true love isn't perfect so why would true self love be perfect too? it isn't. No one is perfect, we just have to keep poking until we see some light shine through. Just keep having that joy! Lately I have been focusing on love, love love for myself. It is amazing how much I can love myself when I just let negativity go and have some joy in me. Thank you all who take the time to read my posts--always makes this little heart of mine feel amazing! Here are some pictures of me and a little babe with a BIG heart!
XOXO-M





Monday, July 14, 2014

Eat. Pray. Love. Repeat

You know the Eat Pray Love book and movie? I think we can all use a little bit of that. So let me take a moment to express my thoughts as they ramble in my head and I'll try my best to type it on here trying to make some sense out of it. Haha! 

We had a pretty amazing day today, enjoyed a nice Sunday morning, found some amazing costume made rings at the flea market, and attended a family BBQ who were all amazing and kind. We got home and as we were trying to figure out what to watch Eat Pray Love was thought about, and so what did I do? Watched it! LET me just say that, I am in love with the movie every time I watch it! It always teaches me a little something about life and happiness : ) I realized that every time I fear something and I decide to just let go I succeed in anything I want! I feel whole and at peace, and for me that is enough. I had the fear of labor, and now I have the most incredible daughter. I had a fear of giving up on trying to "run" and now I have been running for almost two months! I had a fear of body image and now I couldn't be happier in my own skin. I had a fear of not having money to travel to different places with my little family and now I am saving money for us to enjoy the world a little more. You see, if we just let things go we can accomplish so much. Joyful are we. Happy are we. Like in the book “To lose balance sometimes for love is part of living a balanced life" Elizabeth Gilbert.  We all have our own happy lives and dreams, and we can always find a way to do the things we love. It doesn't have to be the way the world wants it to be or how society expects our lives to be. It can be our own paths we create and in those paths we leave memories forever. 

XOXO
M

Happiness is finding amazing rings at the flea markets! 

Found this vintage hopscotch vest at the flea market today :) 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

oh Happy day.

We had the time of our lives today! Nothing special, but every second was extraordinary. If that makes sense? if not--let me explain. My little chicky has been growing so fast, every day I wake up and I see new personality traits, new tantrums, new wants and a new kind of love. She loves to kiss me when I say "beso" in spanish-- trying to teach her both languages :) and she cries if I don't get her the ball she wants at any store! haha but that is what makes a day extraordinary. When I get to hold her to sleep as she touches my face with her tiny little warm hands, and I cuddle with her as she sleeps ( I still co-sleep)! HA! It just makes our days extra sweet. Today we went to a great friends wedding who I've known for almost ten years now, his open house reception was incredible! Lets just say I ate about 50 macaroons! YIKES! and my little babe ate about 5! :) I just wore my classic plain outfit- booties, jeans, and a jean shirt-and you can't forget my rebel mac lip! And of course she wore her romper- because who doesn't love them?! With her bright green salt water sandals :) BTW isn't her hair getting so long??! 

XOXO-M