It’s Time To Get Crafty with this Fun DIY!

Let's Get Crafty

Let’s Get Crafty

Hello Sunshine! I am so ready to get my Fall Decor on in our home. That’s right I have spirit, how about you? I recently ventured into our hardware shops & I am always overwhelmed! There really is a tool for everything and material for everything. I actually saw a faux brick wall! Can you imagine! Outstanding! Well, I did not get the faux brick wall, but I did get some of the more novice items for me to play with. Let me show you what I got to play with that maybe you may want to try.

Shopping The Hardware Shops

Still a bit too much for me. I knew what I wanted, but I did not find exactly what I was looking for. Luckily, there is a helper as you walk in to ask for guidance. The gentleman led me exactly to what I was looking for, but the shop did not have the larger size. I could have bought the materials, but I would have had to cut the size & I would have needed the tools. A little too much for a part time wood worker. I decided to buy ‘Off The Rack’ as he mentioned and use the smaller size. It really is just our entry table that I was trying to add a little ‘zing’ to anyway. If you can see in the pic, There are a few wooden furniture feet that you can decorate for a holiday. I chose a few and as I always like to say, “I did the best I can!”

DIY Fall Decor Candy Corn & Pumpkin

DIY Fall Decor Candy Corn & Pumpkin

Initially, I was looking for a few tapered legs to look like Candy Corn, but I thought the short stubbies were just too short, so I got the tall sticks instead. Although, there were these super cute double beveled cones that would have painted well as gourds. You know, I think what you choose will be fine. Depending on how many you use and the assortment you get will make all the difference. Oh, and get this~ these are furniture legs & staircase posts, so this is sturdy solid wood. This will be very long lasting. I decided to keep mine in the perfectly painted version, but I was going to sand ours to give it a more rustic look. Keep in mind, Decorating your Pumpkins and Candy Corn is your artistic privilege! If you would like to use sparkling crystals, different color paints to go with your decor, or even different types of ribbons, oh the possibilities are endless!

I do really like FolkArt Craft Brand Paints from Plaid Enterprises. The paints dry fast and really last on the wood. No, this is not a sponsored post, just one of my favorite brands & I really like their prices. I always like to create great crafts on a great budget.

So, depending on if you have a few paints on hand, the embellishments (ribbon, wood glue, felt bottoms & a few paint brushes…) this craft could cost you about $20.! Large wooden pieces cost about $7.50 and each & smaller are about $3.50 each, paint brushes I buy at the dollar store, FolkArt Craft Brand Paints $1.50 each. I like to put the felt bottoms on the finished wooden pieces so that they do not scratch any furniture, especially if I am gifting anyone my craftiness. I have found these Felt Bottom Pieces at The Dollar Stores also. If not, you can find at the hardware shops. They are used to protect furniture from scratching tile furniture.

Princess Mousey Embellished with Photofy App with Crafty Chica  art

Princess Mousey Embellished with Photofy App with Crafty Chica art

I really had fun getting back into the craft room and making these, as you can see! Let me know if you get a chance to make some or if you are inspired to make something similar. I would love to see them. Don’t forget to tag me in your Instagram @princessmousey

Lots of love,

Lisa

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National Hispanic Heritage Month

Our Ofrenda 2013

Our Ofrenda 2013

Hello Sunshine! I hope all is well with you & family and you are enjoying the beginning of this beautiful Fall Season. We have had some cooler temperatures here in Austin and also storms. I always appreciate cooler temps and I even like the rain, but sometimes they can bring on my post brain injury migraines. So I have been away for the last week because of them. Enough about that though, I want to share with you what my fellow Texas Latino Bloggers are writing about: National Hispanic Heritage Month.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated September 15th – October 15th. Most of you may follow my Instagram or Twitter or even this blog and know that I am a Proud Latina. I am always wanting to learn more about my Hispanic Heritage. Like, when I was able to meet The Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Sonia Sotomayor at Book People, I was & am forever A Proud Latina. Or, when I posted my Instagram for Latinos Beyond Reel, I was encouraged to find more documentaries and more Latino Actors past and present that are not getting stereotyped. I encourage you to visit the webiste: National Hispanic Heritage Month to find more information about the observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15.

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Sonia Sotomayor

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Sonia Sotomayor

My story begins with my hair appointment~Funny, I know, but anyway… I was so happy to find out that my fantastic colorist is engaged and she is just glowing with happiness, as we all are when we know we are to wed for life. She was asking of our wedding and I was telling her that we have a very big Hispanic family and our wedding was 250+ guests. Oh & that we married on Halloween. She was so intrigued, as most are when they find out our wedding & now Anniversary is on Halloween. She is from San Antonio and was telling me how much she loves these ‘Big displays of Halloween or family members with the food and beer or liquor bottles.’ I said, ‘Oh, you are talking about The Ofrenda.’ It got me to thinking that maybe this is what I am to write about for my National Hispanic Heritage Month Post.

Ofrendas are an essential part of Dia de los Muertos celebrations. The word, Ofrenda means offering in Spanish. Ofrendas are also known as altars, but not the kind of altars for worshiping. These altars are for paying a special tribute to our departed. It may seem melancholy to have our wedding on Dia de los Muertos & even I had questioned it in the beginning. I called Sister Helen from my Catholic Church and she gave me a beautiful response of how she thought it was beautiful that we were having such a Blessed event on the Eve of All Saints Day. It was done. See, I no longer had my father and my grandfather had also passed prior to our wedding. My husband also has loss in his family that it was so fitting and felt comfortable to have this as our wedding date. We also had a close connection to Halloween in our dating history. We do not think of Halloween or Dia de los Muertos as a sad, scary or unpleasant time, but a time to bring both of our families together in our anniversary and honor & remember or departed that have passed over the years. Oh & this year there is going to be an animated movie called The Book of Life and it will be about living and the departed. I am looking forward to it!

It’s early still, but I want to give you enough time to prepare if you would like to make an Ofrenda for Dia de los Muertos. Now, these do not have to be morose or haunted, quite the contrary! The Ofrenda welcomes spirits, but guides back to the departed’s journey. Also, there is no correct or incorrect way to make an Ofrenda. I included pictures of our pet Betta Fish last year because he died & why not? We loved our Betta! If you have a pet you should include yours as well! It is all a part of your Faith & your family. Here are a few things you may want to include in your Ofrenda:

  • Photographs of your loved one
  • Glass of water represents quenching the thirst of the spirit after their long journey, water also purifies & cleanses
  • Salt is to season the food that you are offering him & the continuance of life
  • Pan de muerto ‘Bread of the Dead,’ is a dessert bread found at panaderías, Spanish bakeries, or HEB in Austin
  • Favorite foods or beverages: a plate of food, candy bar, bottles of beer, wine, or other
  • Small, personal items that belonged to the deceased: a watch, piece of jewelry, hat, belt, handkerchief, etc.
  • Marigolds Sometimes a cross is made with petals of the cempasuchitl flower. Also with the petals, paths are set to guide the souls to the ofrenda. I bought my Marigolds from Ben White Florist last year if you are Austin
  • Skeletons/Calaveras these are becoming popular in the shops every year! Any type of style you find is perfect to fit your decor or that may fit your loved one. I love to add as many as I can. Why not start a collection?
  • Candles represent fire & at least one for each person being honored. Also four candles at the top represent the cardinal directions & provide a lighted path to this world
  • Copal/IncenseBurning copal is a tradition from the Aztecs, who used the incense as an offering to the gods. It is still used in Catholic funeral masses
  • Papel picado/Brightly Colored Cut Tissue Paper serves as a colorful & meaningful trim: Black = death, purple = grief or mourning, pink = celebration, white = hope  yellow = sun

Other items that are known to be in Ofrendas are beans to represent fertility, woven baskets, pictures of Saints & toiletries. I like to make it a happy place. Our family and friends spirits are coming by and are having visitors and I want them to have a nice place to be entertained. I am always one to be the happy host!

My Beautiful Grandmother

My Beautiful Grandmother

This year I have a tough one because I will be adding my Beautiful Grandmother. I miss her so very much.  I want her beautiful Spirit to be welcomed in the most beautiful Ofrenda ever! I am going to make a Pretty Pink Space Just for her! That is what an Ofrenda is, to make a special tribute to the departed. Ofrendas are not to be sad or bring depression when you look upon it and see your departed. Ofrendas are set up to remember and honor the memory of our ancestors. I want to look at my grandma daily and be happy and see her favorite things and remember her in the best way!

You can also make a little Ofrenda with a little cardboard box, maybe a shoe box, cereal box or maybe any box/crate you are not using. Start adding your items inside. It does not have to fill an entire table. Make a mini size Ofrenda.

If you make one, Instagram it & tag @princessmousey. I would love to see it!

Enjoy your National Hispanic Heritage Month &

Lots of love,

Lisa

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Aliento A Tequila Photographs by Joel Salcido

Don Julio ALIENTO A TEQUILA EXHIBIT

Don Julio ALIENTO A TEQUILA EXHIBIT

Hello Friends! I wanted to tell you about this fantastic exhibit that is showing now through November 29th in Austin, Texas at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. On Saturday, September 13th guests gathered at the Mexican American Cultural Center to celebrate photographer Joel Salcido’s exhibit, Aliento A Tequila. Joel Salcido enjoys photographing our beautiful Texas and you can find his work in Texas Monthly.

Also, Tequila Don Julio Master Distiller and inspiration behind the photography series, Enrique de Colsa, was in attendance for the event to greet everyone and accept an image that Salcido took at the Don Julio distillery, La Primavera. While taking in the exhibit, guests enjoyed authentic Mexican fare alongside Tequila Don Julio specialty cocktails made by local mixologist Javier Flores, including the Don Burro made with Tequila Don Julio Blanco, ginger cordial, fresh lime and cucumber juice and a house made apple serum.

Don Burro Cocktail

Don Burro Cocktail

The event came full circle as guests enjoyed the images while learning about the Tequila making process, from harvesting, cooking, to distilling the Tequila and tasting Tequila Don Julio 70, 1942 and REAL, three of the añejo and extra-añejo variants that have been aged perfectly in American White Oak Barrels until ready.

Admission is always free at the Mexican American Cultural Center for Exhibits and you can receive a temporary parking pass once requested at the main office.

Here are the recipes for the fantastic drinks served at the event containing Tequila Don Julio so you can make at home: Please Click on images if you would like to enlarge.

Don Burro Cocktail

Don Burro Cocktail

Tequilero de Noche Cocktail

Tequilero de Noche Cocktail

Do you have a favorite cocktail that you make with Tequila Don Julio? Would you rather sip on Tequila Don Julio? I really enjoyed sipping Don Julio 1942, but these specialty cocktails are definitely going to be at our next function. I always love a signature cocktail at our parties. If you are 21 years or older & follow @donjuliotequila on Instagram, they post specialty cocktails on their feed.

Thanks for coming by friends & Lots of love,

Lisa

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When We Need Peace

Find Peace All Around You

Find Peace All Around You

 

Hello Sunshine! I am finally getting my fall decorations out. I do enjoy the fall season because we have extremely warm summers here in Austin, TX and any cooler weather is a relief. Also, my husband & I have a wedding anniversary in October & I earn another year of living in October. So, now is the time to bring out the home decorations and welcome the season.

For my entry on healing today I wanted to let you know how I find peace when I there is just too much going on. I am one of those that is constantly watching the news. I always have my office television on cable news. My phone is constantly ‘pinging’ with any updates. I get updates from Wall Street Journal, New York Times, BBC News, Politico, News360 just to name a few. I also follow local news! Of course I know I could stop my notifications, but I just can’t! I need to be ‘In The Know’ at all times. I am addicted to the news. Last week when the absolutely horrific beheading video from ISIS came out, I was glued to the news & not only watch every story, but read every news update on my phone. All I could think about was watching the mother plea for her son. My heart was aching for that mother.

I find when I am needing peace in my life, I need to take a walk or run. I love to go to our local Hike & Bike Trail here in Austin. Whenever I am on the trail, I will pray and just let myself be at peace. I wear my baseball cap and my big sunglasses so I hide me tears, because yes~ I do cry. I am so deep in prayer at times when I am trying to find peace from whatever I am going through that I just shed tears. The trail is full of runners, bikers and walkers & Austin is such a friendly city that even if anyone did notice, they would only be kind. When I was planning our wedding and I got overwhelmed, when my father died, when my grandmother died, when I was having trouble with ‘family’ that could not understand my mourning~ just anytime I need to stop, clear my head and get back on track ~ I hit the Hike & Bike Trail. I can still watch the news, get notifications and live my Princess Mousey life. I just need to find a balance. It is good to be ‘In The Know,’ just don’t let it take over my life. I need to get away sometimes and find my peace.

Do you have an escape that brings you peace? A bubble bath, a neighborhood run, a warm cup of tea in the garden. Leave a comment & share, maybe we could try your peaceful moment as a new way to find our peace. Whatever your escape may be, take advantage of it and enjoy it as much as you need to so you can have that balance.

Lots of love to you,

Lisa

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Killer High Protein Gluten Free Brownie Recipe

High Protein Gluten Free Brownies

High Protein Gluten Free Brownies

Hello Sunshine! Are you a techie waiting for the Apple Announcements tomorrow? My husband always jokes that he is taking the day off to watch these. He likes to be ‘In The Know’ with Apple products. I like it because he can always help me if I have questions about the new software or backing up my laptop!

So, about a year or so ago we got a few Trader Joe’s here in Austin and I never have gone to shop at one of the locations. I must admit I am a Whole Foods, Central Market and HEB shopper and I did not want to add another grocery store to my rotation. Well, The Hubby said on Saturday morning that we should go check it out so I thought I would get on the website and see what they had to offer before I went in. I found that they had lots of recipes and I saw a ‘High Protein, Gluten Free Brownies’ so I printed it up and thought I might as well get the supplies while I was there and give it a try. I do not eat sweets, but high protein & gluten free made me a bit interested. The ingredient list was short & the directions were minimal, just the way I like it!

Now, like I said, I have never been to Trader Joe’s before so I am not sure if they are all like this but I found it so easy to find all of my needed ingredients. I needed organic sugar~ there was only 1, I needed unsweetened cocoa~ there was only 1, etc. When I shop at another store, there are so many options to choose from. It seems like Trader Joe’s doesn’t give me any choice so I don’t have to think! I guess that is good? They only have their brand so I should not expect any other.

Making The Brownies Is Easy!

Making The Brownies Is Easy!

However, let me tell you, these brownies went fast in our house! So their brand must be a great quality & their brand was  reasonably priced. I can see these being requested again & me making them again. Luckily they are easy to make. Thanks Trader Joe’s for making me a star baker!

I hope you get a chance to make these brownies because you really don’t notice that they are high protein or gluten free. I know, why make them? Well, why not? Try something different to add to the rotation.

‘High Protein Gluten Free Brownies’

Lots of love,

Lisa

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So I Broke My Ankle, Big Deal!

What Happens When A Fashionista Breaks Her Ankle

What Happens When A Fashionista Breaks Her Ankle

Hello Sunshine! School is back! Some are happy, some are sad. I always say we need to pay teachers more whenever we have an opportunity. Our teachers do so much to educate our children for 9 months and we do our very best with the 3 months we have, but really we are not the professionals~ they are. Not saying we are not to help with teaching their curriculum when they are out for the school days. Just that we may not be best at starting any new studies on our own. Always give those teachers the best we can when the little cherubs return!

So for this month for BlogHer I mentioned that we are all writing about healing. Emotional healing is what I have been focusing on or when I have been brainstorming. Then, as I have been all summer~ I was going to my post op visit for my broken ankle. Some of you may know that I broke my ankle Memorial Day Weekend. Yes, that’s right ~ the beginning of Summer! The Texas BBQ smell is in the air, my summer dresses are ready to get out, my summer heels are ready to be worn & I am ready to just get some color because I suffer from migraines and I’ve been struggling with my Vitamin D so I have really lacked in my Latina bronze!

Then summer begins & I break my ankle! I did not know the first 2 weeks or I was in denial. I thought I just twisted it really bad when I was coming out of my Mini Cooper with too many shopping bags and my large Chloe handbag. No, I never feel the need to make more trips to the car, that’s absurd! Well, finally I went to the primary care & yes, it was broken so I needed to see a surgeon. Yes, Surgery Needed, ‘When would you like to schedule?’ I’m thinking,  ‘Today is Monday.’ Surgeon says, ‘I can schedule your surgery Friday, but you may want a second opinion & discuss with…’ I interrupt,’That sounds great, if I think about it too much… besides I really want to just get this over with and get back to normal!’ Ha! Oh Yes! That is where my surgeon should have said, ‘Hold up, wait a minute!’ I was in a hurry from the very beginning. Like Sweet Honey Brown, ‘Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That!’ I was scheduled to have surgery June 6th. Done & done!

Well, I have luckily been moving right along every month, using my crutches (not very easy), doing my ankle exercises,

Collage Of Broken Ankle

Collage Of Broken Ankle

wearing my ‘Stylish & Always Fashionable Boot’. For me this has been very difficult because I was just getting ready to wear my dresses and linen pants and just purchased great backless jumpsuits from Neimans that I knew would look fabulous with my 3″ heels! Guess what? Those fashion dreams ended when my ankle was broken.

I finally saw my surgeon last month and he said I could wear a ‘sneaker’ or a ‘running shoe’. Ok, I have those, but I use those when I run & when I run I am on the great Hike & Bike Trail in Austin so they get that really dusty look or even when I use them in our neighborhood, they get a good looking wear. So I did what anyone would do, I went shopping for a new pair of ‘sneakers’ or ‘running shoes’ to wear that I could use with my summer outfits that would look nice and not like one of those office people that walk around with pretty clothes & running shoes. Nothing against them, it’s just not my look & I could not rock it as well. I was out for most of the day with no luck, but I did find a great pair of heels that will look great when I am healed! I did try to stand in them & it was a no go. I thought if I need to go anywhere nice, I can be carried in them for now, but anyway I will try another day for the surgeon prescribed shoe.

I never was able to go out for a good shoe that he had ordered and it was time to see my surgeon again. I had found a cute pair of Mary Jane type of traction shoes that I wear sometimes when I am doing lots of walking on vacation. Perfect, right? Wrong! My surgeon said, ‘Cute, but not enough support.’ I also got in a bit of trouble for working out on my ankle. I really thought it would be a good idea to start doing squats to build up my muscle, but apparently it is just too soon. Let me tell you going shopping on my ankle all day is just not a good idea either. I just like to go out and get the weekly groceries to Whole Foods, Central Market, Costco and if we want to see a movie we will go to walk around the beautiful downtown Austin to the Violet Crown Cinema. Well, I have been a bit stubborn and pushing my ankle too much. My kind and wise surgeon said it’s no wonder that I am having so much pain because I am giving it to myself. I really need to be more homebound.

My New 'Hardware'

My New ‘Hardware’

What I thought was physical healing of my ankle has become more of an emotional healing. I really need to stop being so stubborn and stop pushing myself. I keep wanting to get back to normal and I think if I start acting like my normal self, my ankle will also. I got a huge wake up call that my ankle is going to tell me when I can go back to my normal self instead of me. I waited until I was 40 years old to break a bone and I still do not have the knowledge to listen to my body. As much as I am tired of being homebound, it really does not matter. I need to get over it and do what is best for ankle no matter how sad I am about it.

I know many of you are wise enough to know this, but I wanted to share with you my healing dilemma. I will always be honest with you, even with my flaws! So what if I missed my fashion this summer, big deal! I just have more reason to look forward to my Fall wardrobe, with more supportive shoes. I do hope I find some cute ones….

Lots of love,

Lisa

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If You Haven’t Been Though It…

If You Haven't Been Through It, You

If You Haven’t Been Through It, You

Hello Sunshine! During the month of September, Along with NaBloPoMo, A part of BlogHer~ We will be posting on the theme of Healing. So here is my first post.

My post is about loss, not any loss but the death of a family member or friend. Now, I noticed this at an early age because my father died before I was 30 years old & most of my friends still had the dad living. It was treated as though I should just move on and I should just go out, party & not make a big deal about it. I was amazed that I was not even allowed a few days to mourn. It did not take me too long to realize that most people do not understand because they have not experience the pain. I never held it against them, quite the opposite. I was so grateful that they never felt the same pain. I was so grateful that they were going to live out their lives seeing their dad grow old and their dad would see them grow old. Whenever you go through loss, it can be very painful, but do not let this add to your pain if anyone does not understand and just wants to go out and may just want you to carry on as though nothing has changed. Be grateful they do not know your pain.

That can be my first post on healing. I hope this little bit helps you or someone you know. If you would like to read more posts on healing, simply click the widget to the right and you will be linked to the BlogHer page with more Bloggers Posts.

The photo above is my dad at an early age in private school.

Lots of love,

Lisa

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