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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Happy Birthday to Me!


We love cake, ice cream and presents don't we?

When you get older and wiser you realize that each birthday is a special gift from God. I remember when I was younger I couldn't wait for each milestone birthday. At the age of 12 I couldn't wait to be 13 and then 16 and then 21 and then somewhere after 25 I stopped counting.

I think its funny that I am getting closer to being able to order from the senior citizens menu, but that is a blessing too. Wrinkles and laugh lines are blessings even though society says we should be ashamed of them. A wrinkle and laugh lines say that you have lived long and well and that is something to be celebrated.

Now I reflect more on my birthdays because I don't know when it will be my last one and I want my life to mean something. Even though a lot of us like to make life about us, I find my deepest joy comes from making someone else's life a little better. I am usually in the shadows doing things for others that no one knows about because I don't crave the spotlight. Most of the time, I run from it.

I go through a lot, but one of the lessons I have learned is that my life does not have to be perfect to be a  blessing to someone else and my trials and tribulations do not define me.
 I have been through hell and high water and I am still here.
I am still standing STRONG

Forgiveness has been the hardest lesson for me to learn because the people that were the closest to me, the ones who were supposed to love me have inflicted the greatest pain upon me and that includes family, as well as friends. They have lied on me, talked about me behind my back, made me the subject of vicious gossip and laughed at my challenges. How do you reconcile in your mind a person that would rather believe a lie about you than the truth?  Or a person that gets close to you just to try and hurt you? How do you love someone who treats you like that?

You can't.

Unless God helps you. The hardest lesson in my life has been loving people that are unlovely. Those are the ones I am on my knees praying for at night. 

And now with the wisdom you only get from experience, I love them from a distance because everyone does not deserve a seat in the front row of your life. If their hearts are wrong, they have automatically disqualified themselves.

Joy and happiness are my constant companions

I take the time to stop and smell the roses and have the kiss of the ocean on my face. The beach has always been my happy place

My steps are ordered by God
Strength and Honor are her clothing and 
she shall rejoice in time to come - Proverbs 31:25

Photography: Stacey Gutierrez
Dear Past: Thank you for the lessons

Dear Future: I'm ready!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Suite Life -Wynn Las Vegas

I love luxury and always jump at the chance to stay in an amazing hotel.  I was recently given the opportunity to put together my idea of a great space for one of my favorite Vegas Hotels, the Wynn. My approach to interior design is similar to the way I dress. 
I love classic neutrals with bold eye popping accessories and mixing colors, patterns and textures. The neutral palette in the Wynn suites is the perfect backdrop for bold color and an unexpected touch of animal print. The possibilities are endless. An ocean palette with warm earth tones is the perfect balance of  setting the atmosphere for relaxation and having a few unexpected touches of glam. I love the idea of a wood vase filled with beautiful peacock feathers and a few accent pillows for the bed or chairs.  

These little touches go a long way in adding style without going overboard.

The ocean inspired colors look beautiful, relaxing and serene and the silk gives an air of elegance

These beautiful animal print pillows add a swanky touch to the decor.
This simple piece of wood art has such a great sentiment and since it is neutral it is not competing with the other accessories. I also think  think a colorful abstract piece of art would also look amazing against the neutral palette

This beautiful lamp from Restoration Hardware is perfect on each side of the bed. The design blends seamlessly with the rest of the accent pieces

When I think of Vegas Hotels, I always imagine opulence and luxury. The great thing about colorful accents, is that they can be easily changed to suit your mood. What is your favorite Vegas Hotel?

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Grilled Shrimp Tostada

 We are some serious taco lovers in my house, but sometimes I cheat on my tacos with a Tostada. Not just any Tostada, grilled shrimp tostadas. Now you see how it happened, right? Love at first bite. Big juicy shrimp, lime juice, garlic, spices, Siracha. This is hot stuff. 


But sometimes we need a little heat in our lives. These tacos can be in your mouth in just minutes and you can stop licking the screen. 

You will need about 1 1/2 pounds plump juicy shrimp

Fresh garlic adds lots of intense flavor

Lime juice will brighten the taste. 

Cilantro adds flavor, texture and is a great garnish

Cabbage tastes better in seafood tostadas and tacos. I love the red for color and texture, but  I also love to mix red and green shredded cabbage for shrimp and fish tacos or tostadas
Fresh Avocado adds that special something to these Tostadas

This Siracha adds the perfect hint of heat

And then you have this delectable finished work of art
For Shrimp
1 1/2 pounds shrimp
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 minced garlic clove
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder 
Skewers for grilling shrimp

For Tacos
6-8 six inch corn tortillas
2 avocados sliced
2 cups shredded cabbage
1/2 cup chopped cilantro

Mix oil and spices and toss shrimp in the mixture. Oil the grill and preheat to medium. Place shrimp on skewers and then cook on grill about 2 minutes per side until shrimp is completely cooked through.

Grill tortillas for about 30 seconds on each side, or use a skillet if you don't have a grill. Top each tortilla with Cabbage, Avocado, Cilantro Shrimp and Siracha.

Bon Appetit!

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