Happy 2016 my beautiful readers! One of my new year resolutions this year is to be 100% present on my blog. So here I am! Today I wanted to give you all a recap on my 2016 since I was not very active. So here is a little look into my life!
2016 was full of ups and downs, to say the least...March was filled with mixed emotions and beginnings. On March 9, I was blessed with a new, beautiful baby cousin, his name is Matthew. He is the cutest little boy and currently he is crawling all over and obsessed with Mickey Mouse. A few days after his arrival I was diagnosed with type one diabetes. While having type one diabetes is an uphill battle, I am blessed to have friends and family supporting me constantly. I will be sharing lots of updates, as well as stories and more relating to my type one diabetes on the blog this year.
During the summer, I began my internship at Goodwill of South Florida as the social media coordinator intern. It has been such a blessing to work there and I have learned so much! Moving forward to August, I began my second year at Florida International University and joined a sorority...Phi Mu! Joining Phi Mu was the best decision I have ever made. I love my sisterhood so much. I have created the most amazing friendships through Phi Mu with sisters. These girls love me with all my flaws, are there for me through thick and thin, and are always down for an adventure. I can't wait to feature them on my blog and Instagram.
Above, I have shared some a video I captured of a sneak peek into my 2016!
Overall this year was a journey--to say the least--but I am grateful for all the amazing people that came into my life. I am so incredibly blessed. I am looking forward to seeing what 2017 has in store for me. Thank you to all my dedicated readers who reached out and asked for more posts. You are the reason I am coming back stronger this year and dedicating myself to IAP. I wish you all a new year filled with love, health, and many blessings! Stay tuned. XO
Happy Monday! I hope you are sipping on plenty of coffee after your fun weekend. Today on the blog I am excited to share a new workout place I tried along with some of my blogger friends. Ever since I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, in March it has been my goal to maintain a healthy lifestyle (with a few sweets here and there, of course! Haha) So to say I was excited to try pilates would be an understatement. My mom actually takes pilates so I was familiar with it but didn't understand the hype until I attended a Pilates ProWorks class.
Pilates ProWorks is a modern twist on working out with classes like pilates and boxing. My pilates class was definitely challenging, but it was great. I am the queen of complaining about working out, so you could bet that I struggled and wished I was taking a "power nap" versus "powering" through the workout. But I have to say it was an empowering experience! By doing the class I realized I am a lot stronger than I thought. Truth is, I am my toughest critic.
What I love about Pilates ProWorks, other than their amazing Miami-native owner, Summer Christen, is that the classes are fun. Summer taught the class and it was a great workout! It was fun to blow off steam after a long day of classes. Are you ready to work, work work, work (*read that in Rihanna's voice*)? Then take a pilates or boxing class and get your summer body ready! The address and information is below, make sure you let them know I sent you!
I hope you all have an amazing week! And by the way, you deserve that second cup of coffee. Haha! XO
25 Merrick Way, Coral Gables, Florida 33134 (Miracle Mile)
*The class was complimentary courtesy of Pilates ProWorks. Like always, all opinions are my own. Thank you to the companies and brands that make It's a PAshion possible!
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It is almost Christmas time! My family has many Christmas time traditions, but the annual Christmas card is one of my absolute favorites. I love receiving and sharing Christmas cards with friends and family. I am always on the go and busy with everything that it is nice during the holidays to receive cards and images of all my loved ones to see how everyone is doing. It is the best way to keep in-touch with those who we may not be as close with as well. I love being able to see my long-distance cousins too and how much my family is growing/changing since I don't always get to see them.
Today on the blog I wanted to share with you a beautiful Christmas card designed by one of my all-time favorite stationary designers- Simply Ashley Nicole! On top of being such a sweet person, she is also an incredible designer. Oh, and she has a pretty cool name too (haha!) Ashley produces custom-made cards that will satisfy any of your holiday/event needs. From Christmas cards to birth announcements, Ashley does it all! One thing I can honestly say is that Ashley is very easy to work with. When it comes to this industry there are a lot of mass-production companies and small businesses (like Simply Ashley Nicole) that are not focused on adding the personal touch and just look at it like another card. That is why I loved working with Ashley! Ashley is focused on creating a creative, exciting card while at the same time adding your personal touch to it. Every card of hers is designed to meet the customer. Whether it is changing the colors or the message, Ashley is willing to make your card a one-of-a-kind and leave you 100% satisfied. I shared my card that she designed with me and my family above (isn't it beautiful?)
I recommend Ashley to everyone in search of a card. Whether the card be for a birth announcement, invitation, or a holiday card Simply Ashley Nicole is the way to go. It's simple: get personal cards, with great customer care, and 100% satisfaction....Just go Simply Ashley Nicole.
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Thank you for coming by the blog on this beautiful Thursday. XO
Warning: Do not read this post if you are hungry. This labor day weekend, I decided to go on a food-adventure with Miami Culinary Tours. There is nothing I love more than experiencing culture and learning new things, which is exactly what Miami Culinary Tours provides with a whole lot of food. For those unfamiliar with Miami Culinary Tours, they are a company that specialize in giving entertaining, quality food/culture tours in Miami's hottest locations (Wynwood, Little Havana, etc.). It is basically like taking a bite (literally) into the amazing mix of cultures Miami provides. I went on the Wynwood Food and Art Tour.
Stop One: Wynwood Kitchen and Bar
Location: 2550 Northwest 2nd Avenue
Taste: Wynwood Brewery Beer, Maduros, Tequeno filled with cheese, & Chicken Empanada
The first stop on the Wynwood food tour, proved that this was going to be a great experience. We were sat in a spacious room with tons of well-known artist's works hanging before us. The food was out of this world. It made my proud to be hispanic! Wynwood Kitchen and Bar knows how to make classic items with a punch of flavor. For anyone visiting the Wynwood Walls this eatery is right on the property so make sure to pop in and savor the flavors.
Stop Two: R House / White Porch Gallery
Location: 2727 Northwest 2nd Avenue
Taste: Short Rib Sliders and Tuna Tartar
On our second round of tastings, we headed over to R House, a Wynwood restaurant, bar, and gallery. This is definitely a chic place to dine and enjoy the arts. My absolute favorite bite from this stop was the Short Rib Slider. This is the place to go if you love short rib!! R House marinates the short rib for 24 hours in a mix of coffee and chipotle (interesting combo, right?) what it results in though is one meal you won't be able to put down. Also, take a look at the amazing can-inspired art pieces on the walls.
Stop Three: Jimmy Z's Kitchen
Location: 2700 North Miami Avenue
For those of you who have not heard of Jimmy Z's, you are in for a real treat. Jimmy, the chef/owner, is actually American (shocker because he owns a Puerto Rican restaurant). He grew up in Puerto Rico, and grew a love for their food and that is how Jimmy Z's came to be. This was my first time trying mofongo, and let me be the first to tell you, it was out of this world. It was delicious! I plan on heading back and eating more of that delicious plate.
Stop Four: Made in Italy
Location: 10 Northeast 27th Street
Taste: Prosecco (via Italy)
Step into a little piece of Italy, literally. Made in Italy is the perfect spot for a date, a GNO, or just having a little me-time. Made in Italy prides itself in only serving items from Italy (they do not even sell Coca-Cola!). Another great part about this place, other than the amazing atmosphere and market/bar, is that if your purchase a bottle there is no corkage fee. This place is definitely one that anyone will love from one bite or sip.
Stop Five: SuViche
Location: 2751 North Miami Avenue
This is one bite for real Miami natives. As you know, Miami is all about boating, fishing, and making the perfect ceviche. Although, I am not a fish person, the people around me seemed to indulge into this sea dish. This place is amazing and has a beautiful indoor and outdoor environment, not to mention a fully stacked bar, for those who are looking to have a drink.
Stop Six: Fireman Derek's Bake Shop
Location: 2818 North Miami Avenue
The last stop on my food tour, was definitely my favorite. For those of you who love something sweet, you are in for a real treat. Fireman Derek's Bake Shop is a stop you need to make in Wynwood. The pies are out of this world delicious and filled with amazing ingredients. Not to mention, everyone in the shop is incredibly sweet (just like their pies!). Not to mention, even foodie Paula Deen visited the bake shop recently! Wow. Make sure you also check out local-artist, Rey Jaffet's, amazing work done on their shop. My two favorites: Oreo and Salted Caramel Popcorn. My family members, who love Key Lime, recommend the best-known pie via Fireman Derek's: key lime pie, which is made with cream and Mexican key limes. This place is a "slice" of happiness.
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