Fashion, Shop Local, Uncategorized

Ballin on a Budget 🏀💵

Checking my budget twice.

Has there been a moment in your life where you finally have the money to get what you’ve always wanted, but something is holding you back from living your best life? I know you might be thinking, “Yea, it’s called being an adult!” I wasn’t born in a life of luxury (not that I’m complaining), and it was engraved in my head growing up to not to “desperdiciar el dinero” (aka don’t waste/miss-use money).

That is why I have the hardest time when it comes to purchasing a luxury item with a bigger price tag. Don’t get me wrong saving is great, but if you work hard why not treat yourself every once in a while without the guilt? You deserve it!

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That doesn’t mean you have to go broke either, to get your luxury item. There are ways you can buy resale luxury items. You can buy them from someone you know, thrift stores, and resellers. Just make sure you do your homework before buying.

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First, find out if the place you are purchasing that item (or items, I’m not judging) from is legitimate. Do your research! Second, read their reviews and make sure they are also legitimate people making the reviews. Finally, now that you’ve done your homework go ahead and treat yourself. You’ve been eyeing that bag, so buy it.

I have purchased three of my High End bags from Her Authentic on IG. They are resellers to some amazing bags, and the owner has some really good finds at reasonable prices. It’s super easy to purchase from them. That’s a place I would definitely recommend all first timers on purchasing resale items to check out.

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Here is why you should go for the luxury item instead of the 10 less expensive bags:

Reason #1- It will last longer. Most luxury items are made of better quality products that with the right care could last a lifetime.

Reason #2- They are made in limited quantities, and they are unique pieces.

Why is that important?

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Reason #3- As apposed to the 10 other bags, because of the fact that they are unique and luxury items it is rare for them to lose value, and if you take really good care of them you can always resale them for a price close to what you originally paid when you purchased them.

Now you can have that bag, and still have money in it! (Maybe to shop some more lol)


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Let’s talk Podcasts

If you are so bored of your playlists, and at this point you know every song in your playlist at the top of your head. Then, this is is the blog post for YOU.

There is literally a podcast about everything, and anything!

From motivational/inspirational/feel-good to creepy/eerie/suspenseful. I jump from one type of podcast to another, but lately I’ve been on this true crime podcast binge. If you could tell from the picture above most of them are in that category. Sometimes they can be a little too much, and I’ll switch it up to a lighter themed podcast. Just to have that break, or “comic relief” in between. If you haven’t listened to any podcasts, but you want to without knowing where to start I’ll list some of my favorite ones down below by category.

True Crime

This has been my favorite, and go to category. Not because I like serial killers, but because it seems interesting/crazy how the mind of other people work. Also, it teaches you a lot about the justice system and how it differentiates between people. I’ll let you come up with your own conclusions, and ideas (please share your thoughts with me). One of the main reasons I love these podcasts is that I’ve shared them with friends, coworkers, and family to the point it’s become like a book club.

Here is how I would describe them:

  • Casefile– a podcast that talks about various crimes and serial killers with a glimpse of their upbringing.
  • Over My Dead Body– a divorce gone bad. This case proves that fact is stranger than fiction.
  • Serial Killers– the title says it all. These are stories of serial killers, their victims, and how everything led to that point.
  • Up and Vanished– This one was the one that started my binging on true crime podcasts. Listen to the story of Tara Grinstead, so that we can talk about it. The host of the podcast is amazing, and it will make you feel like you are part of the mission to solve this case.

Entertainment

These ladies make me feel like I’m talking to my girls while I’m at work. They honest, hilarious, and some a little raunchy (like myself 😂).

Here is how I would describe them:

  • WHOA That’s Good ft. Sadie Robertson– I love this podcast, because she is so sweet, has inspirational guests, she talks about Jesus, and I love when she calls her mom to share advice she’s been given.
  • Why won’t you date me? With Nicole Byer– In this podcast Nicole Byer (from the show Girl Code) asks guys she’s been with/and or messed with, why they haven’t dated her. She also asks her close friends why they think she is undateable. Pretty much she has the balls to ask the question most single girls would like to ask those in their life.
  • Anna Farris is Unqualified– Anna Farris has her friends come over to her podcast, and talks about all kind of topics. Makes you feel like your having drinks with friends, and having genuine conversation. Listen to the one with Chelsea Handler and Tiffany Haddish.

Educational

If you like to multitask, this is the category for you.

Here is how I would describe them:

    • StarTalk Radio with Neil Degrasse Tyson– NDT talks science and astrophysics has special guests like Bill Nye.
    • CoffeeBreak (Italian)– I used this podcast to learn Italian phrases before going on my euro trip. It was perfect because while I worked I would put my headphones on, and repeat after them. Which totally made me look crazy at work speaking to myself in Italian, but I learned a lot.
    • TED Radio Hour– Have you watched TED Talks? This is the podcast version. They have guest speakers on all topics. You’re bound to learn something new.
    • LORE– Is a podcast about the origin of Folklore from different countries, and even tells you about how different sayings came about. They even made a show about it on Amazon Prime. Completely recommend to those of you that are curious about things, and ask things like “I wonder who came up with this saying?”
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Well, I hope you find some podcasts you might be interested in checking out. If you listen to any of the ones that I’ve listed, let me know! Comment here or any of my social media to let me know what you thought of them.

Side note: All of the pictures above are the covers to the podcasts. They are not my own art work they were found on Spotify, and are on here for the sole purpose to help you find the podcasts.

Till next time,

Jenny

Reflections, Shop Local, Uncategorized

Spring Cleaning Life

Spring is known for the season for blooming flowers, and cleaning (hence the term “spring cleaning”). If you are Catholic, it’s also around/during lent. Forget starting New Years resolutions, this is the perfect time to bloom your ideas and projects. Usually, people give up something for lent that is hard for them to give up for the next 40 days leading up to Easter. Last year, I gave up meat for the full 40 days. It was tough, and decided not to do that one again. If you don’t do lent, that’s fine you can still use spring as a way to get rid of the negative, and bring out the positive vibes.

Instead of giving up something this year, I decided to add good habits to my life for the next 40 days. Good habits that are hard for me to keep up with, and would require some kind of time sacrifice. I don’t know about y’all, but me personally the hardest thing for me to give is my time (even giving myself time). I’m considering that starting these good habits will be a type of “spring cleaning” of my life. Also, one lent two years ago I gave up social media, and came back 40 days later with this blog.

This spring means business for me. I’m going all in. Like I said, instead of giving up something to eat I’m going to add these positive habits in to my routine for the next 40 days and hopefully build a habit enough to keep it for the rest of the year.

Here is my list of good habits I’m adding:

  • Workout 5x a week (something that does my body good, but requires me to make time for it. Usually after work I’m exhausted, and all I want to do is sleep.)
  • Read 10 pages on a book everyday
  • Do a blog post once a week.
    Work on my new project everyday to make it available to all of you by the end of this month (top secret right now, but super excited to tell y’all when it gets closer to launching 😉)
  • I’m looking forward to adding these few positive habits to my everyday life. I know in the long run will become long term positive outcomes.
  • Here are some ideas of things you can add to your spring:
    • Surround yourself with positive people
      Do random acts of kindness
      Tell people you care about you love them more often (life is short)
  • What positive habits are you adding to your life this spring? Let me know comment below.
  • I hope to hear from y’all soon,

    Jenny

    P.S- let me know of anything you would like for me to post about.


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    Thank you

    Travel + Leisure

    Travel Thursday: Part I- Venezia

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    Ciao, and Welcome to Travel Thursday! Is that a thing already? If not, it is now. As some of you may now know I went on my first trip to Europe, and my first stop (if you haven’t guessed by now) was Venezia (also known as Venice, Italy). Since I was a little girl I’ve always wanted to go to Italy, but never imagined I would ever really be THERE. My first day in Venice I was just taking everything in. Trying to absorb everything I saw, heard, and use all my senses to record the moments in my memory (also into my camera). Now, let me tell you about some of the highlights of the trip through my eyes.

     

    Il Cibo– The Food

    The most important sense to use in Venice is TASTE. Oh, the fun I had using that one! This is not the time, or place for a low carb diet. To quote Drake, “YOLO”. I rather leave this earth knowing that I have tasted amazing (and some interesting) food than to be dwelling in my afterlife about the food I didn’t get to eat, or the wine I didn’t drink. Did I mention there was gelato, and cannoli’s? If you try gelato in Italy, the one back home will just taste like melted ice cream in comparison. I was fortunate enough to have a tour guide to give good suggestions on where to eat, and at times when those places were closed you just have to go based on instinct. A tip on knowing if the place is good to eat, see how many people are sitting down to eat there. Also, try to spot locals in the crowd of people. The reason being, any good restaurant always has customers. Also, if there are locals they know what’s up on food in their town. You don’t want a stomach situation on a trip, because you want to enjoy the trip.

    L’arte– The Art

    The art of Venetian glass, this takes me back again to my childhood. When Mr.Rogers would put a video on of how things are made, and the trolly would pass by. Anyways, It was awesome to see this in person. To see someone create art like second nature, just shows you it is in their blood. In this case, at the Murano Glass Factory in the Galleria San Marco beautiful glass work is made out of Venetian glass. The certified kind, because believe it or not they have certificates and logos to show the real from the fake. They make anything from chandeliers to cute earrings out of glass.

    “People rarely tell the truth but give them a mask and…they will”, is what it says on their business card. I love it! At Schegge Art & Crafts, the owner of the store was greeting us and welcoming us in. She was very passionate in telling us about how painting masks is something that is passed down generations in her family. She painted all of the paper masks you see in the pictures above. Each one is unique, and a work of art. If you are ever in Venice, you have to go see for yourself.

    Il Luogo– The Place

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    Walking around Venice was even more beautiful than I would have imagined it to be. It looked like straight out of a story book. The architecture is amazing. I have been to many places that I have seen on TV, just to get to the actual place and be disappointed. They were just illusions created on sets or by green screens. Not Venice though, Venice looked more beautiful than I imagined. The second day there it was not dry, and it might have been a little unexpected for me. There were high tides which caused it to flood in Venice. As someone who lives in a city that floods, it amazed me with how relaxed and calm everyone in Venice is when this happens.

    They just put on their rain boots, and keep moving forward. It also helps that their way of transportation are boats. Which reminds me of one more highlight I have to show you before I end this post…

    The Gondolas

    When in Venice, get on the boat. Enjoy the ride, and the good views. I am 100% sure that this is not even close to summing up my trip, but as always…if you want to know more or have any questions you can ask below on the comments. Ciao Ciao!!

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    Discover Your City

    Welcome to Houston, a city full of diversity, pride, and hearts of champions .

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    Last year our city faced one of the biggest floods we have seen in our lifetime due to Hurricane Harvey. A time where some would try to focus on themselves to get ahead, but not Houston. Houston opened their doors, hearts and pockets to help their neighbors. To see the shelters and food banks have to turn down volunteers, because they had more than enough…that was a beautiful reminder of good humanity. It was a true awakening.

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    This year, we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of Discovery Green. A beautiful park in the middle of downtown where families can go out, and enjoy some art with our beautiful skyscrapers hugging it. It is a big milestone, so the city decided to do something very creative by creating a collage with pictures submitted through Instagram that were tagged by #DiscoveryGreen10. This was a beautiful way to become part of history, so below is the picture I went with.

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    Everything we go through in life leads to something bigger, and I like to think that this is just the beginning. Not just for my city, but for all of us. We get humble, and we get stronger everyday.

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    Congratulations Discovery Green on your 10 years!! Wishing on many more.