Let’s Fight Flu Season!

Flu Shot

Flu Shot

Hello Sunshine! It’s Friday, any plans? It’s also Columbus Day Weekend. Some of you may have Monday off of work to celebrate. Nice to have a day off. Officially Columbus Day is October 12th & my birthday is October 12th. So have a little indulgence for me!

Well, along with these two celebrations come Flu Season. Bummer! (I just recently saw The Big Lebowski). I wanted to share with you that I have received my flu shot. I know some are against getting vaccinations and of course I do not want to go against your wishes. For those that are ok with it, I wanted to let you know that the flu shot is available now and you may want to look into getting yours soon.

Soaps & Counter Sprays available around the home.

Soaps & Counter Sprays available around the home.

Another way we like to keep the Flu and other germs away as much as we can is to keep our hands & house clean. I keep soaps and counter sprays at every sink in our home. I keep them in the bathrooms & in the laundry room. I make sure I keep counter sprays in the laundry room and I use the kitchen counter spray throughout the day with paper towels that can be thrown away. When it comes to cooking, raw meats and veggies can bring any kinds of germs. Make sure you wash your veggies with veggie spray or at least soak them in warm water with baking soda to remove any dirt, insects or pesticides off of them, especially if you do not buy organic.

Wash Your Hands

Wash Your Hands

If you have young kiddos that are coming home from school, pre-school, daycare or just anywhere that they may have been with other kids or grown ups, it’s always good to have them change into after school clothes and wash up. When they are washing their hands in warm water, always have them sing the ‘Happy Birthday Song’ TWICE so that you know they have gotten a good cleaning. I used to love singing the song and putting my name in it! Also, make sure they don’t just wash the soap off immediately! When I was a teenager and I would babysit, I would see that a lot! I always love teaching kids with the foaming soaps because its cool the way it foams and has the fragrance so quickly! Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day always has the best fragrances and it is such a great product.

I know there is so much going around with Ebola and the best we can do is keep clean and avoid letting our own germs spread. Keep these tips in mind to help you from spreading germs:

  • If we sneeze or cough, do so in our sleeve & keep tissues.
  • Wash our hands after using the bathroom, handling money, handling food, contact with animals, someone ill, changing diapers, handling garbage, before eating, touching your eyes, mouth or nose.
  • Use hand sanitizers when sinks are not available
  • Keep children’s toys clean and disinfected.

Oh friends, The one year that I did not get the flu shot~ you guessed it~ I got the flu! I was miserable. My husband travels sometimes and it happened to be a week that he was traveling, I put my big girl panties on, pulled myself together and drove myself to my Primary Care to get the care I needed. Thankfully I was able to sleep all day and all week until he returned. Luckily, I was not out & did not spread the yuck because I would not wish the flu on anyone. Well, stay healthy out there.

Also, some of you may know that I have epilepsy and with those of us that have epilepsy or any other illnesses it is important to really take care of ourselves. I really enjoyed my friends post on taking extra care. Check out her post Here. I know you will find it informative.

As always, lots of love to you,

Lisa

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No Tricks, Just Treat Others!

Treat Others

Treat Others

Hello Sunshine! Ok, be honest… How many Pumpkin Spice Latte’s have you had so far this season? I know! I’m finding pumpkin flavored everything everywhere! I love it! I haven’t found anything unusually ‘Pumpkin’ flavored. I do love it when my husband & I shop and he points out pumpkin items to me. He’s so silly! Let me know if you find something silly or unusual.

Ok, if you follow my Instagram or Twitter, you probably have seen that I like to treat anyone that treats me. Now, I would definitely take all of my caregivers to lunch if my budget could afford, but I have to do a gesture that is more in my pocket book.Especially with my abundance of caregivers!

What You Need To Treat

What You Need To Treat

So, I give these cute little buckets of sweets to those kind caregivers! If you would like to Treat others, you don’t need much, and you can get this at your supermarket when you are getting your groceries like I did. You can dress these up, but sometimes I have not been so prepared and I have picked up prior to my appointments & just put it together in the car on the way.

Put Your Treats Together

Put Your Treats Together

I just place the tissue in, I mix up the candy, sometimes I write a card & that’s it! Looks Super Cute! Different seasons call for different fun packaging. I also like to put non-candy snacks, like granola bars, individually wrapped mixed nuts, Gold Fish Brand Snacks, pretzels, non-chocolate candy, etc. In our Texas Summers ~ Popsicles are one of my favorites to give! I even give little packs of stationery from my card shop. I just happened to get all chocolate candy this time!

I was recently released from my Orthopedic Surgeon(YIPPEE) so I wanted to return to their office and give them a bucket and let them know about the post that I had written about my ankle, remember: So I Broke My Ankle, Big Deal .

I like to drop these off at my post office, my doctor’s office, my local coffee shop that I frequent & more. I love my native Austin & it is a growing city, but I want to keep it the small city that I grew up in. Any way that I can keep it where we know each others names and we help each other & have the ‘Small Town’ feel I grew up in, I want it.  Well, it’s just nice to treat those that treat us, even with a little something. I am not trying to guilt anyone, just letting you know a little way I pay it forward & keep us smiling at each other instead of ignoring each other as we go about our days.

I hope I see you today & give you a smile as always,

 

Lots of love

Lisa

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Satur-Date Movie: Gone Girl

Satur-Date Movie Gone Girl

Satur-Date Movie Gone Girl

Hello Sunshine! Wow, we had a great weekend here in Austin. It was Austin City Limits Music Festival Weekend, so it was great to have all the visitors in for the outdoor live music under the beautiful blue sky with the cool breeze. Now, we have plenty of days like this here, but it’s nice when we have visitors with outdoor events so we give such a warm welcome. I hope you had beautiful weather where you are also.

Well, The hubby and I had not had a movie date in a while & we pre-purchased our tickets to see the movie, Gone Girl. I had the book on my Goodreads list, but I have so many books on my list that I would probably get to it this time next year. I had Instagram‘d that we were going to see the movie & I admitted that I had not read the book and a few of my friends & followers had mentioned that the book was so good, that I really should have read the book. Ugh! I should have, I know, but I didn’t. I made the decision to load it in my iBooks immediately and do a speed read. So far, so good, I was on chapter 6. I was flying by. Easy read. Then I took a break. Read a few more posts on my Instagram, ‘oh, I hear it’s really loyal to the book’. I started thinking, ‘Should I really complete this book?’ Then what will be the point of watching the movie? I stopped reading the book!

On with the movie:

Wow, A ‘Must See.’ Oh & you do not need to read the book before you see the movie. Now, Gone Girl is definitely for a mature audience, so don’t think you can bring anyone under age and it’s just a scene or two. It’s more than a scene or two. I always like to go into a movie knowing little to nothing. I don’t read reviews. I do watch CBS Sunday Morning, so I do watch David Edelstein’s reviews. My husband on the other hand must read reviews. The bad part of that is, he will tell me about the movie review and tell me what is going to happen in the movie. He did that in this movie also. This movie has so many twists and turns and is just a thriller that you may walk out of there with the ‘what just happened?’ Yes, we were breaking this one down for hours after! If you like a thriller, physiological thriller, suspense thriller, or a ‘Halloween Scary Thriller Reality Movie’ this is the one!

If you are in Austin, I recommend seeing the movie in one of our favorites, Violet Crown Cinema. The top left pic above is from the balcony at the Violet Crown. They have a parking garage and the cinema will validate your ticket. The balcony has the coziest chairs that you can grab a drink prior to your show while you wait for seating and soak up the Austin sun. The cinema has a lite bite menu, but I honestly recommend you get the popcorn and Brussels Sprouts. The popcorn is free refills and I believe they have the best tasting popcorn. I don’t know why, but it is the best. The Brussels Sprouts are almost as good as my own recipe, Top Secret Brussels Sprouts. I order them every time I see a movie at the cinema. Each theater seat has a table top, but you have to take your dish & drinks in, there are no servers. They also serve coffee & specialty coffee. I was enjoying a Double Dirty Chai, as you can see in the pic on the bottom right. We have been going to The Violet Crown since it opened and the staff is always friendly, our food is always fresh and delicious and drinks are always perfect. Recently the bar was short staff for the first time and the gentleman was the friendliest and fastest. I am under the assumption that VCC treats their staff fantastic because the staff treat VCC & their guests fantastic!

I love spending money locally in my Native Austin!

There were a few trailers for upcoming movies, but I will be looking out for The Theory Of Everything Movie. That looks like it might be a good one. Probably a movie I will ask my friend, Holly to see with me but thats all right! Not every movie needs to be a Satur-date. The Hubby saw a trailer, Birdman that interests him. It does look good. Perhaps that will be an upcoming Sadur-date.

Thanks for stopping by & lots of love,

Lisa

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Let’s Honor Our Hispanic Ancestors

With My Voter Registration Card. It Is A Law In Texas We Need A Photo ID Also To Vote

With My Voter Registration Card. It Is A Law In Texas We Need A Photo ID Also To Vote

Did you know the #1 reason Latinos don’t register to vote is because no one asks? I am a Latina. I am a registered to vote and I exercise my right to vote in every election! Growing up my grandmother would tell me of days when Latinos & African Americans did not have the rights to vote and she was always so happy to know that I was an active voter. I can remember times when I would go over my grandparents home and we would watch debates or election results. We would spend mornings having coffee talking about politics and what we thought about The State of the Union Address the night before. Sometimes we can take for granted our rights and what our ancestors have gone through to give us our rights. I am so grateful for all of those talks with my grandmother so that I never forget.

My Serrano Grandma

My Serrano Grandma

I would like to give you a friendly challenge and ask you to ask 3 Latinos this weekend if they are Registered To Vote. If you are in Texas, like me, Monday October 6th is the Deadline to register to vote & have your 3 Latino’s that you have asked to be able to vote in this November Election.

I have added a link on my blog to the right to direct you to Latinos2014.com and there you can register to vote! See, I make it so super easy for you!

Let’s make our Hispanic Ancestors proud! Exercise our rights that they have fought for.

Si se puede!

As always my dear friends,

Lots of love,

Lisa

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I also wanted to post the website National Hispanic American Heritage Month 2014 again in this post as I did in my previous post talking about Ofrendas. I always encourage learning more about Hispanic Culture.

In addition, I wanted to let you know that I stumbled upon PBS showing documentaries on their website PBS.org for Hispanic Heritage month.

Thank you so much for visiting and thank you for sharing on your social media pages. I really appreciate it!

 

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 floors.

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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