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Living my best life Blog Series

Hey ya’ll, this is a new Blog Series where I will be giving a shout out and sharing with you stories from women who had cross my path or have been there since I can remember.

This is my new blog series WOMEN WHO INSPIRE ME #WWIM

Ok, to start amazing series I want to talk about my sisters Chela and Pame, you see I’m the youngest of 4 siblings and having my sisters since day one has been one of my greatest blessings, they have always been there for me, from doing my hair and singing happy birthday to me when I was little to helping through some failures, ugly crying and everything in between. Yes of course we fight but we always find the way to work things out. We love watching TV Shows while eating chips with salsa valentina or just hanging out doing nothing (this was before we had kids, haha)

They are exceptional moms and hard working women, they rock at their jobs and not to brag but they are pretty darn beautiful.

I miss them dearly because since I don’t live in the same city it’s hard for me to see them and visit them as much as I would like to but we chat every day and we help each other even if we are not together.

I admire them so much, Chela is my oldest sister, she is an English teacher in my hometown, she is smart, funny, dedicated and super creative, and she has her own party decor business and let me tell you she is the best, her creations are to die for, she can make anything she puts her mind into. The courage in her heart and the way she has to make any situation better is what makes her the incredible woman she is today.  

Pame is my middle sister, I have a really special bond with her because when I was a teenager going thru all the teenager drama situation she and her husband were always there for me and still are even now that I’m a full grown woman (well, sorta) she has been my support thru all my life and I love her with all my heart.

She is the boss, no, no, literally she is, she represent what a boss girl is, she is over the top intelligent, she is gracious, she is a culinary badass, she is fearless and stylish.

She is what Beyonce was thinking about when she wrote “Who runs the world”. Her kindness overflows every place she goes.

Both of them always make me feel like no matter where we are, we are sisters and we are always here for each other. They have share with me all my ups and downs, they know me and I value them like the shinning diamonds they are.

We are so different but they inspire me because though we grow up together facing the same rough childhood we overcome the fear, the sadness and the despair.

We rise from all that to become the amazing women who will inspire our own children and their children and so on.

Tell me about one woman that inspire you and give her a shout out in my Instagram page @livingmybestlifeblog.

Your girl,

Mary

Celebrating El Dia de los Muertos

El Dia de los Muertos

by Living my best life Blog by Mary

The Dia de Muertos or the Day of the Dead, brings lots of memories and nostalgia to everyone who has Mexican roots.

To me, going to the cemetery and bringing fresh flowers to our dead family members was a tradition since I was a little girl.

I treasure these memories in my heart and I love passing on this traditions and making new memories with my daughters: so today I’m going to share with you guys some Altar de Dia de los Muertos

To honor our loved ones who had passed away we décor a table with papel picado, paper flowers, some beautiful calaveritas , pictures of our loved ones, candles to light and show them the path and some food of their favorite food or pan de muerto to celebrate them as they come here to be with us.

Do you like El Dia de los Muertos? Tell me if you celebrate it or if you know someone who does.

Go to my Instagram @livingmybestlifeblog and DM me.

Your girl,

Mary

5 Books I recommend for this summer!


Books can take you to amazing places and show you imaginary worlds you never knew your mind could create.  I remember the first time I picked up a  book and told myself: I’m ready to really read it for fun, not as an assignment or because someone had told me to. I was hooked from that point on.  I remember staying up late into the night because I just could not put a book down,  the next day I could barely wait to come back from school and keep reading, it was great!


Part of my self-care plan for this year is to read more, specifically self-help books . As a grown-up human sometimes my schedule gets too busy to enjoy the simple pleasure of reading a good book. I even feel guilty sometimes while I’m sitting reading my books when i have laundry to fold or yard work waiting for me.


But I think that reading is worth the investment of your time. Especially if you are reading self help books that would help you to discover who you truly are as a person and help you find the steps to become the  best version of yourself.

You know that feeling deep inside you that makes you excited every time you think about it? We all have a calling inside each of us and thanks to these amazing authors and their experiences we can reach to the best version of ourselves.



This summer I have read some amazing books for the first time and some of them for the third or fourth time (Sister, they are soo good)
These books have brought such joy and wisdom to my everyday life and that’s why I want to share them with you.  
So here is my 5 books recommendations for this summer.






GIRL, WASH YOUR FACE by Rachel Hollis.
This book literally changed my life, for me it’s a must read for every woman I know.  You can grab your copy here

YOU ARE A BAD ASS by Jen Sincero.
This book it’s a boost for self-esteem if you are struggling believing in yourself, this one it’s for you.
You can grab your copy here


BECOMING by Michelle Obama.
This book will inspired you regardless your political views.  You can grab your copy here

HIGH PERFORMANCE HABITS by Brandon Buchard.
This book is filled with energy, meaning and purpose. I freaking love it!  You can grab your copy here

5 LOVE LANGUAGES by Gary Chapman
This is an insightful book, it help me to understand how love can be miscommunicated and how easy is to fix it. YOU CAN GRAB YOUR COPY HERE





Girl, you don’t have to spend a dime if you don’t want to, go to your library or borrow them from a friend, these books are filled with so much wisdom and I hope joy enjoy them as much as I do.


Love, your girl
Mary

9 things you didn’t know about me

9 Things you didn’t know about me
Hello there! Today’s post it’s a bit more personal, I wasn’t entirely sure how to do it, I mean this blog is just a month old but I’m so glad to be able to know such a great community of beautiful and kind people like yourself.  I for one know that I really like to get to know the people whose lives I read about. So I thought why not share a few facts about myself?
Here are some things you didn’t know about me.


    My favorite color is yellow. I’m obsessed with this color, it brings me joy, i can’t have enough yellow in my life that’s all I can say.


 

             Music has a big impact in my life. When I start feeling overwhelm or just having to much in my head, music help me to calm down or if a need a little extra in my morning work out i can always find the perfect song on my Spotify playlist; I like to listen it while I’m cooking, getting ready, doing laundry, driving. I like every type from classical to hip hop.



     I love thrift shopping and antiquing. I mean who doesn’t right? Spending part of my afternoon looking for little treasures in thrift stores it one of my favorite things to do, you know the old saying “Someone’s trash can be someone’s treasure” well I’m pretty good at finding treasures.


          My favorite season is FALL. The crisp air, the leaves turning orange and the smell of cinnamon and all spice in my house, makes my heart happy, but don’t get me wrong I enjoy every bit of summer weather but, autumn its just peace and comfort for my soul. Spending my afternoon reading with a warm cup of tea and a fluffy blanket its what heaven looks to me.

        I write on my journal every morning. I do a grateful list every day to start my day with a grateful mindset and trust me, if I can give you a piece of advice about anything it will be do this practice an habit in your life  “Do a list of 10 things you are grateful for” everyday. They don’t have to be big or important things, some days I’m just grateful for my green smoothie or for the joke my husband told me this morning. Start your day with a grateful heart.

       My favorite food are TACOS. I don’t know a single person who enjoy a full plates of homemade tacos as i do, I mean come on, they are tasty, warm, and spicy they can be eaten in the morning, afternoon and night and let’s face it… TACOS ARE THE BEST FOOD IN THE WORLD.

    Self-development books are my jam. I’m currently reading OWN YOUR EVERYDAY by Jordan Lee Dooley. Soooo good! Go get it at any store books are sold.

         I have a playful blue heeler called Molly, she is one year old and she is like my third child. #dogmom


 
BONUS FACT      The purpose of my writing. I have been writing since I was little tiny human only for myself, but a few months ago I started using it to express my feelings, interest and build relationships with people around the world.

Thank you for taking the time to read about me and get to know me more, now tell me something I don’t know about you! I love getting to know my readers, so if you would comment below or on my insta @livingmybestlifeblog and share something about yourself, it would seriously make my day. Anything else you want to know? Other questions that you have? Ask them below or on my insta and I’ll answer!
Love, your girlMary

Let’s be cool moms






Hey girl!
I have found a lot of internet articles about how to be a “perfect mom” but after reading them I was like, I don’t want to be perfect mom, I want to be a cool mom.


I want to be a cool mom, because I have 2 smart, awesome daughters that are looking every step I make and they need to know that they don’t have to be perfect, they just need to be themselves.
So, a question pop into my head what makes a cool mom? Well I think these 5 things described pretty much what cool moms do.





She is the BOSS!
A  cool mom is the Boss in her family and in her business, of course she knows what is for dinner tonight but she also knows what time tomorrow’s meeting starts and where the PTA fundraiser is gonna be.





She hangout with other moms and talks about grown up stuff.
Even if she is a home stay mom she know that for her sanity she needs grown-ups interaction.
She shows her kiddos that having friends her age is a priority for her. And that she can be besties with them and grown-ups as well.





She knows about technology
Cool moms are good at texting, snapping, making insta-stories even having a blog (wink, wink)
By knowing how social media and internet works she is able to understand better the tech world her kids are growing up in.




Use as little of “mom” items as possible. She reads blogs, love fashion and takes cute pictures with her kids.
She has a big diaper bag with tiny teething toys, sunscreen but also with her laptop, iPhone, nail polish and lipstick.
Let me tell you something you probably didn’t know.
Being a mom doesn’t mean you lose your sense of style or that you are destined to wear pajamas for the rest of your life. Sister, you rock those ripped jeans and awesome shirt even if as a tiny juice stain on it.




She takes time to get readyOk ladies, this is important; a cool mom takes time of her morning to look her best so she can feel her best. ‘’If you look good you feel good” so she wakes up earlier to get ready without yelling like a crazy lady while her kids are running around without a sock or their shirt backwards. She is cool because she knows she is ready to conquer her day and to achieve her goals.


Being who you are and give yourself grace is what makes you a cool mom!!!
 Come to my instagram @livingmybestlifeblogbymary and tell me what makes you a cool mom!

Love, your girl 
Mary

The Enneagram!

I’m obsessed with this personality theory.




The Enneagram evaluates you as one of 9 types; each type has its own strengths, personality lines and weakness. Let me assure this, it’s INSANELY accurate.



I’m so happy to share with you what my enneagram type is and how it has helped me understand my dynamics in my business and personal life. Can you guess what type am I?




After a took the enneagram test, I found out I’m a type 3 which is called “The Achiever” I love the fact of being an “Achiever” because I mean who wouldn’t right? I just sounded like a true 3. I am always working hard, hustling and working toward goals. To be honest with you I expect a lot from myself.
But the weaknesses of my type, oh boy! I can relate to them so well it’s crazy, you see, 3’s want to make sure their lives are a success, but how we define success it can turn our life into a nightmare. Like the Enneagram Institute describe it: “No matter how success is defined, 3’s will try to become somebody noteworthy in their family and community. They refuse to be “nobody”
To be really honest with you sis, I’m still working on overcoming the tendency of want to achieve more and more without enjoy my triumphs. It requires so much self-awareness and self-work to check my priorities and keep moving forward.



They are 9 types of people according to the Enneagram Institute:
1.      THE REFORMER The Rational, Idealistic Type: Principled, Purposeful, Self-Controlled, and Perfectionist
2.       THE HELPER The Caring, Interpersonal Type: Demonstrative, Generous, People-Pleasing, and Possessive
3.      THE ACHIEVER The Success-Oriented, Pragmatic Type: Adaptive, Excelling, Driven, and Image-Conscious
4.      THE INDIVIDUALIST The Sensitive, Withdrawn Type: Expressive, Dramatic, Self-Absorbed, and Temperamental
5.      THE INVESTIGATOR The Intense, Cerebral Type: Perceptive, Innovative, Secretive, and Isolated
6.      THE LOYALIST The Committed, Security-Oriented Type: Engaging, Responsible, Anxious, and Suspicious
7.       THE ENTHUSIAST The Busy, Fun-Loving Type: Spontaneous, Versatile, Distractible, and Scattered
8.      THE CHALLENGER The Powerful, Dominating Type: Self-Confident, Decisive, Willful, and Confrontational
9.      THE PEACEMAKER The Easygoing, Self-Effacing Type: Receptive, Reassuring, Agreeable, and Complacent

I challenge you to take the Enneagram test and check the accuracy of your result, girl it’s gonna blow your mind.
This test will give you an exceptional look into yourself and why you do all things the way you do.
Enneagram Test LINK https://similarminds.com/test.html

Share your Enneagram type with me on Instagram @livingmybestlifeblogbymary 

Love, your girl Mary

4 Hairstyles for unwashed hair

4 Hairstyles to do with unwashed hair



OMG!!! Some friend just found out I don’t wash my hair everyday!!!
Wait what? Well first of all, it’s the best way to keep your hair healthy because of your own natural oils. (My hairdresser advice)
I wash my hair every 3 o 4 days, and let me tell you sister, my hair feels and looks AMAZING!
Anyways if you feel that you can’t go without washing your hair every single day, I got you, because these hairstyles look good with clean hair as well.


MY TO GO MESSY BUN

–          Start by pulling all your hair up in a ponytail, the higher the better.
–          Then secure your ponytail with an elastic band
–          Make all your hair fall down like in different angles
–          You are gonna take a tiny elastic and put it around your hair and pull a few pieces of your hair to make it puffier. Just mess with your bun.
–          Last you use bobby pins to secure the loose ends around the bun or under the elastic.


TEASED PONYTAIL

–          With a comb tease or backcomb the crown of your hair.
–          Pull your hair into a ponytail, then loose some pieces of hair or even curl a little bit the ends.


HAT HAIR

–          Yes, please brush your hair, and wear your favorite baseball hat or summer hat or wool beanie.


SIDE BRAID

–          So easy  that you can do it while watching your favorite show, braid your hair the regular way just starting from one side of your head to the other.
–          Pancake your braid, meaning puff it out, pull each strain a little bit so your braid looks fuller.

 Follow me on instagram @livingmybestlifeblog and tell me what are your favorite hairstyles for unwashed hair.
Love, your girl Mary

My JJ aka Jean Jacket

Jean Jacket 

Girl…let me tell you a secret… I LOVE MY JEAN JACKET!
It’s an essential garment in my closet, for me it’s my ride or die. It’s so versatile, I can wear it at work in the day and on date night, I style it all seasons long, it’s super trendy and to be really honest It has been with me since 2008. So we are kind of used to each other.
 So I thought on share with you some of my favorites looks wearing my JJ (aka Jean Jacket)
I hope you find these looks useful so the next time you see your ride or die hanging in your closet ,you get inspired to wear it like your girl.  

Casual Jean 
My favorite jeans and a cute bright color top makes a great complement to my jean jacket, throw some yellow sandals to the mix and I’m ready to take the day.


All black and JJ
Black jeans, black shirt and black heels combined with a jean jacket makes this edgy look a classic. C’mon what else says BOSS like this outfit right?

“Triple J” Jean Jacket and Joggers
If your “to go” look its more on the comfy zone, i heard you sis, some cozy joggers and neutral t-shirt, snickers and your always handy jean jacket on top will make this, the perfect yet comfortable outfit for you.

Maxi and Jean Jacket pair.
You don’t have idea of how to style a maxi dress? pair it with your jj, add some wedges and you are ready for the day, don’t forget to make a little knot on the side of your dress, it makes the look effortless chic.

Red, White and Jean.
Bold color capris are the perfect match for a jean jacket, combine them with a neutral blouse, cute wedges, some bold color lipstick and a knot bun.


Summer JJ Can i wear a jean jacket in summertime? of course you can! This outfit is so fun and fresh!  Don’t forget your sun hat!


Love, your girlMary

Come and hang with me on instagram @livingmybestlifeblog and share your super cute outfits with me using the hashtag #livingmybestlifebymary#jjlooks

5 ways to spend quality time with your kids

Hey… Living my best life BLOG is actually out in the world (yay!) and while being a busy momma can be challenging specially when you’re trying to keep everything in balance, you know what I’m talking about sis… playing with barbies, cleaning your house, folding laundry, making dinner, you name it…Yet, we all acknowledge that spending quality time with our kids is vitally needed to create unforgettable memories and to show love to our little precious humans.
With that in mind I came up with 5 fun ways to spend quality time with your kiddos doing something you will enjoy!



 1.Pack a PICNIC It can be in your backyard or your local park, anywhere outside of your house where you can enjoy the fresh air and the sun. Make some sandwiches and cut delicious fruit and enjoy!




2.Make them a cute just because note I do this once a week for my girls and it really makes an impact in their day. Just telling them how much you love them or how happy their laugh makes you, i promise you it will brighten their smiles and hearts.




3.Bake a cake together This is great for letting them feel like grown-ups, let them mix the ingredients and break the eggs (my girls favorite thing to do)  and the best part… Let them decorate it however they want; frosting, sprinkles, caramel, cherries, whipped cream can being put on little cups to make easier for them to use.




4.Take a trip to your local library Kids are never too little to adopt the good habit of reading, let them pick any books they like and you will be surprise to see the exceptional impact books create in their life. Mark an hour a day to read with your kiddos or let them read to you.




5. Put electronics down Ok… let’s get real here sister, I’m so guilty of this, but you and me know that we NEED to be present and give all our attention to those little ones running and dancing around the house. I mean Instagram, Facebook and all social media can wait right?

Love,
 your girl Mary

Hey Sis

Welcome to my tiny corner in the web, I invite you to live your best life while hang out with me, I’m Mary, wifey of a rancher, mom of 2 strong girls, dog momma and taco lover. Come with me and enjoy everyday affordable fashion, home decor without breaking the bank, easy peasy recipes and everything in between.

Living your best life blog is a platform where I’ll be sharing my own experiences and stories to inspire you to be the best version of yourself, whatever that looks for you.

I’m so happy you’re here,

Mary

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