Only Love Today | Conclusion + Reflection Questions

Hello, my book club readers! October fly by just like this book! I devoured this book page by page, and I think I underlined every single word. Wow! She is so spot on how motherhood can be so overwhelming, life in general. How much we are consumed with the meaningless things instead of focus all of our energy on the meaningful and important things in our lives. She talked about finding glory, joy, how to heal the past and learn to move on to expanding the future, and how to choose LOVE first. This book was the perfect reminder I have been looking for!

What brought me to pick this book?

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Honestly, I think the book came to me, one night while I was walking the empty aisles of Target, I remember feeling completely out of energy, I remember not being able to breathe because I felt so overwhelmed with trying to do everything and getting frustrated when nothing would get done. I felt like the kids were driving me insane, like the house chores were never-ending and I simply couldn’t keep up. Just the other day I told you guys on an Instagram post that every morning I would wake up feeling like crap, I had no energy, lacked inspiration and motivation. I kept comparing my self to other Instagram moms, you know the ones with the perfect little squares and million followers. I was so consumed with social media and felt the need to constantly post something all the time and at that exact moment, like if I didn’t share it the world would end. Why? I have no idea. Like who the hell cares? Continue reading “Only Love Today | Conclusion + Reflection Questions”

Part I: The Power of Essential Oils

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Happy Monday, Friends! Do you feel that stress makes it hard to unwind? Does anxiety keep you from a good night’s sleep and prevent you from feeling confident and relaxed? My secret to feeling refresh, renew, and rejuvenate is by incorporating essential oils and infused products in my daily rhythm and rituals. Essential Oils and Herbalism (also known as Herbal Medicine) has been used for thousands of years, but it wasn’t until I had my first baby, four years ago that I started looking for a more natural approach to take care of my family and my self.

Did you know that by using an essential oil diffuser will break down a pure essential oil into a fine mist which will travel through the air and neutralize chemicals, bacteria, viruses, and eliminate bad vibes? Yes, it’s true! Making it easier to improve the air quality of your home by refreshing up the air with natural fragrances. CONTINUE READING!

Our Preschool Reading List “The Magic of Autumn”

Preschool Reading List
Preschool Reading List “The Magic of Autumn”

Every month I select a theme, a specific topic to talk about during the entire month. After the topic has been decided I then plan out our lessons, books, and activities around it.

Our current preschool theme is “The Magic of Autumn” with every theme that I create I love introducing fun, bright, descriptive and vibrant reads to my boys. Since they can’t read yet, I love showing them how magical reading can be, how one book can transport you to new places and exciting adventures.

This list of books will have your little readers learn all about the wonders of Autumn, the beauty in leaves changing color, the crisp air, all about Halloween, but most importantly about, giving, family and gratitude. The text is simplistic enough to hold your little readers’ attention and the illustrations are colorful and engaging. CONTINUE READING!

Homeschooling While Keeping a Tidy Home

 “I hope to teach my children our values and not the governments, to never stop learning, to read as many books as they can and to truly see the beauty in learning something new every day.”

I am fairly new to homeschooling and as I mentioned on my Instagram we are learning through play and growing together as we go. I added a new set of series on my top menu and one of them is titled “Homeschool” there you will be able to easily locate free-printables like my free ABC Flash Cards, lesson plans, monthly themes, our current reading list + more. So I put together this blog post to answer some common questions I get asked a lot like. CONTINUE READING!

Pan Roasted​ Garlic + Rosemary​ Tomatoes​

Pan Roasted Garlic + Rosemary Tomatoes
Pan Roasted Garlic + Rosemary Tomatoes

Hi friends! I have been raving about roasting tomatoes for a while now, and the pan roasting method I am going to show you is glorious because not only is it quick and simple to make but it brings out the most exquisite, almost perfect caramelized sweetness in the tomatoes you will love + herbs really complement the juicy, sweet tomatoes.

These pan roasted tomatoes with herbs are excellent served warm with dinner, and any leftovers can be reheated + extremely tasty at room temperature when added to a salad!

Pan Roasted Garlic + Rosemary Tomatoes

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 25 minutes

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I Am More Than Just A Mom.

“Your art is not about how many people like your work,  your art is about if your heart likes your work. It’s about if your soul likes your work, it’s about how honest you are with yourself and you must never trade honesty for relatability.” from ‘Milk and Honey’ 

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Lately, I have been feeling like I am drowning in life, with the kids, chores, endless to do’s and wife duties. I am having trouble finding the balance between everything that is currently on my plate. I have been feeling like I don’t have enough time for me, time to do the things I love to do. I love my boys, I love my husband and I love dedicating my entire life to them. I feel so blessed and I truly do love my life. But sometimes I wish time would sit still to be able to take off my mom hat just for a second and just sit there and breathe. Somedays I wake up to the smell of delicious pre-made coffee and other times I wake up to the smell of my roommate’s stinky overflowing dirty diaper. Some days are filled with rainbows and unicorns and other’s well, we simply stay in our PJs and just cry.

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The other day I meet this incredible woman at Michael’s who said to me, “Hey you’re mrsfriastorres from Instagram?” I turned around and said, “what?” She smiled and said “I love your blog and your Instagram posts. I love you as a woman, mother and human being. I love how much I can relate to you and I love how real you are with your words.” She then asked me, “What do you love doing most, like what sets your soul on fire aside from being a mom?” I completely choked and for the very first time, I felt like someone was actually interested in what I like to do and for the first time in a very long time I felt like my old self and I remember exactly why I created this space. CONTINUE READING!

Printable Alphabet Flash Cards

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ABC FLASH CARDS

I created these fun pretty Alphabet Printables for us to practice letter recognition and mainly because this week we started practicing writing our ABC’s. Flashcards have definitely been an essential tool for our daily lesson plans. They’re visually stimulating and can be used in endless possible ways for various types of activities no matter what grade your little ones are in.

How we use our flashcards:

  • Start by introducing each letter and word. (A is for apple.)
  • Identify the difference between an uppercase and lowercase letter.
  • Divide a word into syllables (ap-ple)
  • Talk about what you see in the pictures (use body motions and sounds.)
  • Use the word in a short simple sentence.  (The Apple is Red.)
  • Most important have fun.

These alphabet cards will work best when printed on card stock but regular paper will be fine too. However, they will last even longer if you get them laminated. If you don’t have a laminator, check your local thrift store, I recently got one for $3.50. You can also check if your local library has one you can use for free.  CONTINUE READING!