Mom Love Gift Basket

With the theme of love and appreciation for the month of February and Valentine’s Day, I’ve been deeply touched by a certain someone who’s been helping me out the past month and a half. We’ve all heard the saying “It takes a village to raise our children,” and from where I am in life right now, and who I allow and attract around myself, the help and assistance from my neighbor is undoubtedly, one of the greatest appreciations I have right now.

Starting the new year, I had started a new full time job, leaving my two (yes two) part-time jobs. Landing this new job in a new industry was one of the greatest blessings, as I’ve been screaming out to the universe that I’m ready for something different and challenging. Once, I started my new job the first week January, new routines had to be set, as my husband had to travel for work, leaving us scrambling around figuring out school morning drop off’s.

Having loving neighbors within out cozy cul-de-sac, I was able to shoot out text to my neighbor asking if she could help out for a few days while my husband was out of town, and while I was at work. With no hesitation, she was totally fine with the task.

“Love your neighbor as yourself.”

This past Valentine’s I just had to give my neighbor a token of my appreciation for the help he’s given me the past month. Other than, a typical gift card, I had decided to give a gift basket of little tangible items that she may find helpful. In this post, I’ll share an easy gift basket made from items all purchased from WalMart.

Walking into Walmart, I had one thing in mind – and that was having a basket, and adding a couple things, I myself found helpful for the mom on-the-go.

Here’s what I found:

Above, are the items I purchased all at Walmart. Links provided for a few of the items. But I eventually added a some protein bars. I thought it was nice to add a little more  treats for the mom on-the-go, and it also paired nicely with the mini water bottle. It also tied in well with the color scheme that I ended up going with.

Not Pictured:

Scent Charm & Scent Charm Plug In, (Spent: $5)
Now, obviously this doesn’t really say “mom on-the-go,” but I’m pretty sure a mother who lives with her husband and middle-school aged son, would definietly appreciate a fresh scent within the main living space of her home.

Note Books, (Spent: $2)
Ladies, we all can admit we do love “lists.” Jotting down grocery items, to little reminders to pick-up our kids at this certain time. Having a thin notebook or two lying around in your purse or in your car is always helpful.

Faded Glory Teal Women’s Baseball Cap, (Clearance Find $2)
Going to one place to another, mainly being in your car, for school drop offs, baseball practices, and spin class, having a easy going relaxed fit baseball cap helps defuse the sun away from her face, and also controls that messy “I had no time,” mom hair.

The Asobu Skinny 8oz. Stainless Steel Insulated Water Bottle “Skinny Mini Flask”, (Spent $7)
I’m a sucker for any insulated reusable water bottles. I’m a lover of S’well and Hydro Flask. Literally, I have more water reusable  water bottles than I do bras. I know. But it’s true. Stay hydrated while you are out of the house is key. This mini skinny 8oz water bottle is so tiny, it fits perfectly in your your purse. Hydrate. Or you know….Add water beverage as you please. I won’t judge. Live your best life!

Pioneer Woman “Clean & Dry” Dishwasher Magnet, $3

Now, this was my best find of the day while at Walmart! If you’ve been a ready for quite some time, I do love my some Pioneer Women. Her collection at Walmart is the perfect combo of farmhouse, and spring. Finding this Dishwasher magnet was a perfect addition to add to the gift basket. Something to add to your home, and definietly communicates what needs to be handled in the kitchen. I bought one for our kitchen, and my son loves it!!

Bringing it all together was second most fun part of this after going shopping for the items. I simply took some twine, and also some lightweight butcher paper (Also purchased at WalMart!) It’s all in the little details when presenting the gift basket.

I also added in a small succulent, and you guessed it, purchased at WalMart in the garden section for $2!  I styled the times with the tallest items in the back, bringing the smallest towards the front. Add in more personal items, such as a wooden letter charm with the gift receivers initial.

From one neighbor to another. She helps me when my husband is out of town, and knowing I leave to work early. She drops my boys off to school, and offers for drives back home. Love your neighbors.

 #MomTribe #ItTakesATribe#Parenting #Teamwork #ThankYou#ValentinesGiftBasket #MomsOnTheGo#February #MonthOfLove #Blessed#KindNeighbors 💕☺🌸

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Do you have any helpful neighbors that you appreciate or maybe had neighbor that meant the world to you? Comment below, I’d love to read your stories!

At Home Date Nights

It’s February the month of love. This year, our time is quite limited due to our work, but also interest. We love staying home. Usually, around this time of year, I’d have some cute craft for you lined up for the blog, but my intentions with my blog is headed to a different direction with intention with highlighting family life, and daily lifestyle. As I’ve evolved into a working mom, my time isn’t as flexible doing crafts (although I do miss, the occasional colored craft paper, and handprint paint). However, my time now prioritized through making high quality memories with my family. Let’s start with how I’ll be spending Valentine’s Day with my husband this week.

Both my husband and myself are introverts. We love our home. We love staying home. And will choose over mostly anything to stay home. That’s why we invest in our home to make the most comfortable base for us as a family. Investing in comfortable couches, having just the right amount of throw pillows, and the coziest throw blankets ever. Everything down to what we eat off of. Our plates and dishes cultivate the right amount of love and high end experience to living. Eating from nice decorative dishes (Majority thrifted btw!) all create peace, harmony, love and intention. We love it. And that’s all that matters.

We love our home, we love staying home… All because we’ve created it for us.

This Valentine’s Dinner, will consist of staying home. Obviously, being on a work/school night, we’ll be avoiding the crowds, and Hallmark marketed day, staying in our humble abode, and preparing a nice warm meal candle light and wine added.

Usually, on weekends the husband and I enjoy a cheeseboard either in the late afternoons before dinner, or later the evening when the children are down, and we want to watching a Netflix comedy special or two..

Above is a spread we’ve been loving for quite some time. The cheese board includes:

  • Pears
  • Red Seedless Grapes
  • Dried Apricots
  • Almonds
  • Italian Dry Salami
  • Rosemary/Olive Oil Flavored Crackers
  • Cheese: Brie

When it comes to dinner, this is a typical dinner we usually do on weekdays. Chicken has been our go to meat in our household. Anything from chicken thighs (boneless & bone in), or chicken tenders. We refrain from going Chicken Breast, because in all honesty, it is way too d r y.

We prepare our chicken thigh (in this case, above shown picture is bone in chicken thigh.) And we’ll just season it up, and bake it on a baking tray for 45-50mins at 390. Then broil for 3mins at the end, for that extra crispy skin.

Salads are the perfect pair to every meal in our kitchen. There is no way, in an entire day we don’t go a day without eating vegetables. It’s all about how you flavor it up! It’s not always about the dressing. My husband loves sliced Golden Greek Peperoncinis sprinkled in our salads, It adds a little crunch, as well as a zing to every bite. In addition we chop of tomatoes, radish, flavor bomb red onions, and also add some crumbles of feta cheese.

Home made.

It’s been a really really long time since the last time I’ve purchased a salad dressing from the grocery store. Thanks to my sister-in-law who currently live’s in Paris, France, she’s taught us a few recipes on easy go to salad dressings with everyday ingredients you already have.


  • Olive Oil
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Chopped Garlic
  • Basil
  • And a secret his secret ingredient. Which he doesn’t want me to share. LMAO.

Staying in at home isn’t just all about saving money. But also who the individuals are. My husband and I have no problem skipping out on the holiday and creating a special dinner on our own, at home. Being able to be in our own kitchen preparing a meal for ourselves creates a more intimate and delightful evening between us two.

Are you and your special someone just like me and my husband? Do you love staying in? Avoiding the crowds? And invest in your home? Comment below! I’d love to read your “stay-at-home” Valentine’S Day Date ideas!

Cheap Craft! Clothespin Memo Board

Finding ways to get organized in an aesthetically pleasing way is always a continuous theme in my household. With millions of things running through my mind, I did daily reminders, multiple alarms clocks, dozens of post-it notes, and so much more. Leaving out the door for many of us, we usually have so many thoughts running through our mind. How do we slow it down?

For one thing, I need reminders. Daily affirmations of positive motivation always coming in. As I step my way out of the door, I’m usually in the entry way/garage door entry of my home. I’ve decided to add (yet another) memo board right there, for my eye to catch a quick glimpse of before I leave. In this post, I’ll be sharing one of the EASIEST most affordable memo racks E V E R. Simple. Decorative, aesthetically pleasing, and most importantly, affordable.

What You’ll Need:

  • Wooden Rack – I purchased mine at my local Daiso Japan, for $1.50.
    For those, who don’t have a Japanese Dollar Store, check out the 99Cent Store/DollarTree, WalMart or just your local craft store!
  • Clothespin Hooks – Again, I purchased mine at Daiso Japan as well, for $1.50
  • Command Strips
    These damage free command strips are my most favorite item to have around the household! You can buy them anywhere from Target/WalMart. | CLICK HERE


  1. Take your wooden memo board, and apply the Command strip on each corner of your board.
  2. Apply pressure to desired surface. I chose the back of my garage door adjacent to my front door entry.
  3. Once stuck to the door, hand your clothespin hooks to memo board.

And VIOLA! That’s it friends! From here, the fun decorating begins…

Memo Board Decor Ideas:

Since the memo board is just a place to hang notes grocery lists, and other very light weight items, I’ve stuck with a color scheme of just green. Green is my favorite color, and by chance* happened to be everything I’ve grabbed to fill this memo board.

  • Personal Photos
    I’ve added photos to the board to make it personal for the family, not just another “mommy’s project,” around the house. The husband and kids appreciate it. Personalize your home, to all of those who live in the home. Not just you. There’s nothing better than seeing pictures of your loved ones before leaving the home. The photos I hung, where a sweet gift from friends given to me a few Christmas’s ago. Printed from my Instagram. You can check out other sites such as: Social Print Studio, Printiki, and Shutterfly to do the same!
  • Motivational Quotes
    I had purchased this flag ornament from Target 2 years ago, and had it on my front door knob for the longest time. I simply took it, and relocated it to the memo board.
  • Faux Greenery
    I’m a fan of faux succulents/Airplants. Yes. I’ve said it. Adding greens add more life to the home. Ideally, real and living…BUT this small little succulent wreath was a little project I did over the summer for some ready to go gifts. (Stay tuned for tutorial!)
  • Art
    Lately, I’ve been into bullet journalling, so my creative doodles, have been really on point lately. Below in the photo was a doodle I did of succulent terrariums on an envelope with my rent check. Yes. I doodle on my rent check envelope. My landlord loves it btw…. 

And how easy was that?! Creating this, was not only less than $5, but also took 5mins to do as well! Creating personalized memo boards create a visual dashboard in your home, dorm room, apartment, or even office.  With a few affordable items, you too can create something just as easy and simply delightful as well!

Be sure to stay tuned for my MINI DIY Succulent Wreath tutorial and a few tid bit ideas on bullet journalling soon!

Have a great weekend!

Dimple Records – Broadway

Hi guys! Welcome back! So, it’s definietly been  a w h i l e  since I’ve been on this platform to share more of my tidbits of everyday life happenings, crafts, DIYs, and such. BIG changes have been happening, career wise, and also with growing chapters in marriage, adulthood and parenting. ALL of these topics are in the works to share with you readers this upcoming year!!

Once again, I’ve felt the creative urge to create, and share, which lead me to here. My safe place, and tiny corner of the internet to share some of my most favorite things, and another Sacramento happening that the family and I love to visit. Dimple Records.

As some of you fellow readers may know, the family and I love music. LOVE LOVE music, where, it’s needed everywhere time and day. Even when we sleep. No joke. The kids to this day, sleep to bossa nova every night. It’s how the husband and I trained them to sleep when they were babies. Yes. bossa nova. On weekends, when the family and I feel like exploring the city, we usually check out Yelp on local business that mean a lot to the city.

Dimple Records delivers some great entertainment from movies and music right along Broadway. What used to be an old Tower Records, now became Dimples. The atmosphere and the concept remains the same just like Tower Records does with the Dimple’s touch where you can buy and sell items fast.


Dimple Records


2500 16th St.

Sacramento, CA 95818

(Land Park)

With awesome hours from 10AM to 11PM, Dimple Records continues to give off the classic feel of music discovery without looking at a screen. From our favorites like Tower Records, to today’s music/entertainment retailers such as Rasputin Music, Amoeba Music and so forth, you can’t get the same feeling of buying music and video media at a Target/Best Buy/ or Frys Electronics. You just can’t.

What are you favorite places to shop for music and media? And please don’t say Amazon or Target. I’m talking about a place where you can walk in, and breathe in that media/used smelly scent, of secondhand music, and vinyl.

If you know of *that* smell. You and I are best friends. (Sending digital hugs and high-fives if you totally know what I’m saying!)

Stay tuned of an upcoming post, on new chapters. New Years changes, mile-stones, and why I’ve given up on making new years resolutions. Stay tuned!

A Pumpkin Patch Visit

Exploring free to budget friendly activities within my city, are my trump card to every weekend. With crazy schedules, birthdays to attend to, and lifes changes, it’s always nice to slow it down with the family, and check out something local and budget friendly.

Luckily, I live right on the edge of Sacramento’s downtown area, where on the other side of the road, you see farm lands, and during the fall autumn season, pumpkin patches!! My neighborhood has a beloved favorite called Goblin Gardens. Hosted through a family owned farm called Bastiao Farms, this delightful pumpkin patch brings in everyone from the area.

With private picnic areas decorated to a t, and also old run down rusty trucks, pouring with hay and pumpkins. Every year schools come in with kindergarteners to enjoy an afternoon filled with exploring in the corn maze, climbing a hay pyramid, getting spooked in the haunted house, or enjoying a nice hay ride through the pumpkin patch.

As a kindergarten aid, this was one of my most favorite field trips of the year!

Entrance Fee is $8 for everyone over 2. There was so much to do! Weekends they offer face paining, corn mazes, train and hay rides. Of course everything has a fee but prices were reasonable. I recommend this local farm to everyone and cannot wait to return every fall. Located at the edge of Natomas, and just 5 minutes away from my house, visiting honestly brings out the inner kid in me. Having two boys, and being a kindergarten aid, the kid in me stays alive, and continues burning strong until the holiday season.

Are you local to the greater Sacramaento Area?

Come visit Bastiao Farms Goblin Gardens!



3845 El Centro Rd.

Sacramento, CA 95834


Check them out on Yelp!



Harvest Hues

Halloween accessories are sprinkled upon our households, but when November 1st hits, the spiderwebs, skeletons, clowns and bat decor all disappear. With the spooky decor gone, we’re back to basics of the harvest hues. Having the foundation of the harvest tints and colors are a great base for Halloween decor; which is one main reason why I stray away from the Halloween purple and black tones.

Once the goolish day is celebrated, having the easy transition back to Harvest themed decor is perfect passage to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Harvest Hues can start with base colors:

  • Apple Cider
  • Arizona
  • Satchel
  • Fire Orange
  • Lion’s Mane
  • Caramel Toffee
  • Mississippi River
  • Cutrus Zing
  • Peach Glow
  • Walnut
  • Ripe Pear

You’re probably reading these colors halfway in, saying “Tiffany, what colors are these?” These colors are from the BHG Paint Color Collection, which are commonly used throughout Pinterest, and other home and style sites. Just the sound of “Arizona,” already reminds of deep spicy oranges. I love it!

Fall season decorating is all about making your space cozy yet modern and sophisticated. Obviously, we all have different styles for our homes, my style is bohemian farmhouse, but you may be Hollywood Glam, or Scandinavian, or Shabby Chic. But having the base fall color hues for your home unites the seasonal theme to any interior style.

From bold patterns to soft neutrals, glossy metallics and using matte color, fall decor colors are across the board, gives you lots of options to make your space your own. Some like to experiment with colors, patterns and my favorite — textures. If you prefer a space that’s a little more toned down, there’s something for everyone using harvest hues.

Take for instance, my dining area. I don’t host Thanksgiving, nor even use my dining table as a dine-in table. It’s currently being used as a work desk for my husband, and myself. I don’t have a Pinteresting centerpiece, but I do style my buffet table which is located right next to the dining table. By adding a pop of burnt or spicy oranges against wood is one of favorite harvest trends.

Also, using greenery helps bring in the outdoor feels into the home. I just just using the classic faux fall garlands, and some DollarTree foliage around the home.


What are your easy harvest themed trends? Do you put away your Halloween decor, and start from scratch for Thanksgiving? Or is it an easy transition? Let me know! Comment below!

Halloween Dime to Dollar Decorating

Halloween decor can be overwhelming for some. Wait. Let me rephrase that, Holiday/Festive decorating can get super overwhelming. With all the terrific ideas you find on Pinterest, and all the wonderful items you see at Home Retailers, it’s so hard to stop yourself from an impulse by, and then not know how to style with it. Take it from me. I’ve been there. That’s why I’ve cut out HomeGoods, Hobby Lobby, and other decorative retailers out of my shopping go-to places.

When it comes to Halloween, and getting spooky style, start off with looking around your home and seeing where you can place certain things. WAIT. HOLD UP. Let’s back up e v e n fuuuuuurther than that. Let me hype a place where you can get all the Halloween accent decor items you need that costs no more than a dollar. The DollarTree.

You’ve heard me praise this store in probably every craft post, along with Thrift stores. It is my holy grail. My number one spot to check out when it comes down to little holiday festive occasions. Take your $5-$10, $20, if you’re a big spender. LMAO! Yes, you read it right! I’m a budget queen, so if you want to save money and decorate with Chic DIY style, continue reading.

The DollarTree/99Cent Store/Dollar General, is the Halloween headquarters. You’ll find everything form spiderwebs, to skeleton garlands (see below), to glitter skulls, spiders, rats and bats. All the creepy, crawler things you need to spook up the home.

My favorite item for Halloween, have been these skeletons, which come on a garland. I purchase them every year, because I just take them off the twine, and sprinkle them everywhere in the home. Now back to your home/living space in where you’d like to add some spooky style. It’s easy.

Take whatever inexpensive items you’ve purchase, and throw them in your everyday decor. That’s it. No special HGTV Special, or interior designer can break it down to that. I’ve added skull heads, skeletons and spider webs everywhere. It’s that simple.

Above it a corner ledge of where my staircase and front door entry meet. I usually just have a styled vignette of a faux succulent branch, and candle sticks. Adding spiderwebs, and a fake pumpkin UP’d my Halloween game to 3000. Really though. That simple.  Don’t overthink it, that you’ll overdue it. There’s no such thing, during the Holidays. No limits, just have fun with it!

Like these budget friendly decorative posts?! Check out my Home & Style Pages of the blog!

From Kids, Decorating, Seasonal Style, to Thrifting! It’s all there, to share!


Let’s Roll to The Rink

The weather is perfect, and the weekends have booked with pumpkin patch visits, checking out apple orchards, basketball games, sports camps, and also a load of birthday parties!! This past weekend, my boys had a jam packed day of basketball games, and birthday parties. Something I’ve mentally prepping myself for about 2 weeks. I told my husband, we’d have to tag team this pas weekend, because I knew I was going to burn on halfway through. Luckily, we made it work out!

The first birthday party of the day was a roller skating rink here in Sacramento. Folks, I haven’t been at the Roller Skating Rink, since I was 9! So this was totally, excited to be attending this party with my son. I came in walking in my Toms, and had an extra pair of socks waiting in the car. As nervous as I was to have my son possibly back out of roller skating, he surprisingly was down to participate. ONLY with the exception that mommy does it with him. (I was soooo happy he needed me!!) I ran off back to the parking-lot and got my socks!

| The Rink |


2900 Bradshaw Rd.

Sacramento, CA 95827

| YELP |

Roller skating is definitely a dying activity, but I’m so happy theres a few locations like these in Sacramento. The kids had these PVC Pipe trainers, that support the child with roller-skating — which was totally cool. And having the classic roller skates on, definietly brought me back to my childhood. To enjoy a classic activity, that was honestly already old when I was a kids, is certainly a homerun in activity experiences with my kids.

For those of you local in the Sacramento area, The Rink, currently has a Groupon going on! An offer of roller-skating with skate rentals for two or four (up to 53% OFF!!) That’s a weekend activity right there to get the children out of the house!  Groupon offers:

Admission and Skate Rental for 4 = $16 ($34 Offer, ends 10/16!)

Skate Package for 2: Includes Admission, Skate Rental, 2 Slices of Pizza, and 2 Small Drinks = $12 ($25 Deal!)

Purchase the Groupon Offer HERE! | Groupon |

To Cute To Scare

As a budget friendly shopper, I love shopping for festive holiday decor AFTER the storm has passed. Come November 1st, I’m ALL OVER Halloween Decor at Target, RiteAid, WalMart, CVS, and other retailers like a fat girl eating cake! 50%-70% off items is a steal! You can get so lucky as to finding bags of candy for $0.40!! Yes girl, yes!!

So last year, I was able able to score a bag of Spider Webs for nearly $0.10! I had no idea how to style with it, but after seeing it be used around the neighborhood on front porches, I thought I could give it a shot, wioth only spending $0.10. What was I going to loose?!

After playing around with the intimidating Halloween pantyhose like decor, I was finally getting used to the friendliness the spider webs were. The cotton, stretch like fabric stretches, and has no pattern for you to follow.

I began stretching it over picture frames around the house, and adding fun decorative spiders. Now, if you’ve been following some of my IG posts, my youngest son get’s really freaked out with spiders. But after his older brother and I spoke to him about how fun it will be to decorate the home for Halloween, he opened up to the idea.

With just a few supplies, such as scissors, and pairing the spiderweb with other Halloween pieces, this project will become so peaceful and tranquil, you’ll honestly loose track of time styling your spooky home!

I simply took scissors and snipped small pieces of the web and stretched it, literally over everything in my home. It totally gave a boost of the Halloween spirit in my home, without really doing much, or buying much.

Have you decorated with spider webs before? It’s honestly, really addicting.


October | 90 Day Challenge

October is here, and along with all the fabulous fall festive posts, I’d like to add on to the list! From autumn accessories, frugal fall decor, to curated cozy home decor, I’ve got the posts for you! If you like creating your own style, from thrift store buys, clearance finds, and also secondhand chic items, this is the place to be!

I’ve put all my seasonal posts all into one page of my blog! As we enter October, its a mixture of Halloween galore to Thanksgiving! Don’t get to overwhelmed yet mama! To be honest, I’m just taking it one day at a time! This year, I told myself, “What’s the rush?!” Why do people overly consume themselves to push all Halloween decor our within the first few days of October?! We have all month!!! That’s just me!

Apart from accessorizing the home, I’ve also composed a page of kids crafts and DIY Festive Fun! Don’t miss out mama!! There’s enough time throughout the month of October to celebrate Halloween! I mean, it is on the the last day of the month! And it’s only the 1st!! 30 more day’s until Halloween! No rush, enjoy the month, because we all know the holidays come hitting us real hard, and then if you’re like me, you crumble with stress with family drama, and juggling schedules.


Which brings me to my #90DayChallenge.

How many times have you given up on yourself? 

How many times have you started and stopped? How many times have you broken a promise to yourself? How many times have your friends, or your partner or your children watched you walk away from your goals? 

This last quarter of the year, I plan to crush it. Literally crush it. Being the best me (wife, mother, friend, co-worker, employee, etc..) I’m going to commit to change over the next 90 days. There is no, “New Years Resolution,” because to be honest with yourself, that does not work!

There is no more long list of reasons, to push these goals off. Kill it for the rest of 2017, so you’ll set up for success come 2018. Come follow along with my #90DayChallenge on my Insta-Stories!!