Home Decor, motherhood

Decorating Like a Queen but spending like a Pauper.

Decorating a space makes me very happy. I love to decorate and I truly believe that your home should be your zen place.  Whether its decorating a room, the home for the holidays, hosting a party or even decorating a cake. I enjoy pretty things and I enjoy creating pretty spaces.

Although I enjoy a beautiful space. I am not a millionaire… yet.  so I enjoy being creative on a budget, I also love that my home feels like a very peaceful place. I  feel settled and my apartment feels like a home.

So I just wanted to share various projects that I have done around our place that are wallet friendly!

Table Decorations

Food Displays

Christmas Cookie Bar and lots of sweets! 

Plants or flowers

Flowers from My Love always brighten up our home!

Plants are such a great way to brighten up any area, I decorated flower pots for less than  5.00 and now I have lovely plants to bring color to our home.

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So if I have any advice for decorating like a queen on a pauper budget they would be.

  • Stick to solid or fairly neutral colors for furniture. That way when you are in the need for a change in your home, you can switch pillow or throws for very little cash.
  • Don’t be afraid to thrift store or the dollar store. Some of my best finds have been at places you wouldn’t expect.
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Dollar tree and thrift store combo!
  • Paint and spray paint are game changers! This shelf was once a boring old gray thing, now its GOLD!


  • For those with limited storage space, furniture with storage will be your best friend!

Aviry picked this storage Ottoman from Bargains and buyouts $20 Bucks! I love it!


  • Ask for the input of your family, I think one reason why people enjoy our space is that we decorate as a family. ( I still have the final say) Because if I let the boys decide everything we would have 6 tv’s in our living room. In all seriousness, they gravitate towards items I typically wouldn’t. Yet they always look great in our home and our house is a fusion of all of our ideas.

It was Carlos’s idea to mix and match the bar stools! Love it!

What are some of your decorating tips and tricks? I’m no interior designer but I love feeling at peace in my space and I love looking at pretty things. I can’t wait to look back one day at this post years from now and be so happy to see, that at this place in my life I am happy with our place and I have created a home out of a small space.  : )


28 Reasons I Love Being a Mom!

  1. Aviry has a real world view of adulthood. I’m still learning to adult. (I think we all are) Although this leads to many teachable moments.
  2. I have a lot of energy.
  3. I work harder than I ever would have on my own.
  4. I had to learn how to cook tasty and nutritious meals.
  5. Kids movies are pretty awesome.
  6. Aviry is funny!
  7. When you see your child do something or say something that lets you know you are raising an awesome human being.
  8. I will forever have an ongoing education because I have to help with homework.
  9. I am responsible for someone else’s laundry. So I have to do mine.
  10. The feeling of loving someone so much you can literally feel it in your heart and soul.
  11. Because I’m a millennial mom. When Aviry is up at night not feeling well you can barely tell with the fancy concealers we have on the market.
  12. I love watching him learn.
  13. The joy of watching Aviry persevere.
  14. When your kid does something inappropriate, but, its hilarious.
  15. Watching the dogs and Aviry fight over who will run the pack
  16. I have grown in my ability to smell a rat.
  17. I have so much grit.
  18. I can say I taught someone how to ride a bike.
  19. I am raising an awesome human being.
  20. To see your sense of humor in someone else.
  21. I get the best hugs and kisses.
  22. The smile when he is rewarded.
  23. The smile he has when he accomplishes something.
  24. The moment you realize you weren’t just waisting your breath.
  25. Seeing his imagination soar.
  26. Knowing you made a good looking kid,
  27. I get the best hugs.
  28. I know that this list is infinite.


Happy Friday!

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Notes to Self.

Reminders for myself to keep my mind right.  I just decided to make a list of things that I know will help take my life to the next phase, and that I believe will help me to become my best self.

  • Sharon stop hitting snooze. Seriously.
  • Fuck Netflix and every other time wasting streaming service.
  • Go outside.
  • Ride a bike.
  • Ok maybe you don’t need to hit the gym everyday, but do a light stretch and workout daily.
  • Pay bills in advance.
  • Save your money.
  • Time is fleeting so really embrace the moment.
  • Slow down.
  • Other people’s time is important.
  • Stop being a people pleaser.
  • Aviry is only getting older.
  • Time is money.
  • I am in charge of my destiny.
  • Love hard.
  • Breathe.
  • If I think the dogs need a bath, they need a bath.
  • Always work in your passion, It never feels like work.
  • Finish what you started.
  • Hug often.
  • Laugh.
  • Take naps.
  • Kiss longer.
  • Wine is cool, but don’t be cheap.
  • Show gratitude.
  • Pray.
  • Mediatate.
  • Say no.
  • Sing
  • Read.
  • Act.
  • Remember your why!
  • Trust your gut.
  • You don’t know it all.
  • Follow through.
  • Follow up.
  • Dance.
  • Learn how to swim.

Lets talk about Love.

I am blessed to be in love and to be with someone I know who loves me unconditionally. I hate to sound cliche but the first time I laid eyes on Carlos I knew we were meant to be connected.  He is one of the most wonderful men I know, and I am so blessed to have him in my life as well as my son’s life. I love seeing people in love and I love seeing couples who have grown old together. I hope one day to grow old with Carlos.

Because it is Valentine’s day. I want to talk about some of what Carlos and I believe has helped us overcome some of our darkest times in our relationship and what we do to stay connected. I also want to know what you think it takes to have a solid relationship.

Carlos and I got off to a pretty rocky start, we argued, we didn’t trust one another and we had our guard up for quite a while.  Working through the issues we had was not an easy task. Yet we were in love and we wanted to be the best version of ourselves for one another.  We had to fix problems within ourselves and identify what past issues we were bringing into our relationship that were effecting it negatively.

No one’s perfect and everyone enters into a relationship with something that can be worked on. I entered into my relationship with trust and anger issues from past relationships. ( That’s a story for another day) It took work for me to overcome those issues.

Carlos and I have always chosen to let love be what leads us in our relationship. We are partners and we always choose not to give up on one another.

When we have a problem we talk about it. We both know we can’t read minds. We talk about it our problems we may debate about it but we get to the root of a problem and don’t sweep it under the rug.

We are also teammates. Carlos is my right hand man and I am his right hand lady. We understand that we are more powerful when we work together. That means that we support one another and adapt to each others life changes in various ways. We both want the best for ourselves and our relationship and will work to no end for success in our lives and relationship.

We respect each others space and we trust one another.

We are in no ways perfect and each day we grow more open, and more vulnerable. We experience something new to navigate everyday. What do you believe is needed to build a strong and stable relationship?

I would love to know.

Also Happy Valentines Day.  ( Even if you think it’s cheesy!)


I Quit

I did it. I quit.

I  removed myself from a place where I felt the most stifled I had ever felt in my life. The feeling in my chest was indescribable, The tightness would creep in the longer I sat in slow-moving traffic, counting the minutes until I would run into the office to avoid being late, hungry and needing coffee. I didn’t like my job. I felt as if I were signing away my freedom.

Many times I had the urge to drive past my job and never come back in. In this particular daydream I would take the day off,  get a nice breakfast at some cute place downtown, read a good book, the kind of book that makes you laugh and cry all in a day. I would then go to the gym, pick my son up from school early and dinner would be ready by 7.  Oh yeah, and the house is always spotless in this daydream.

A girl can dream right?

I wasn’t feeling stifled because I had to work. I was stifled from the work that I was doing. Listen I’m not insane. Of course I can’t take off from my responsibilities, wear yoga pants and eat ice cream all day.  Of course I can’t go to brunch every morning and go workout all before 12 noon during the week.  I know this.

So I did the next best thing.

I quit my job to work in my passion, This would also mean a pay cut, but I do not regret it at all. Working in my passion has freed me from the feeling of being stifled, smothered, and bored. Work feels like opportunity, creativity and innovation.  Does this mean I expect all sunshine and rainbows moving forward? Not at all. I am now required to have more grit than ever. I am working for ME now, and that will require more blood, sweat and tears than ever before. But through all of the blood sweat and tears every success, no matter how big or small feels victorious, and I love that feeling.

” Then the day came when  the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk to blossom”

-Anais Nin

Written in response to the word prompt Stifle.