SPOT ON | Simple Medleys

hello amigos!

Not to brag but, I am one heck of an online shopper in fact I prefer online shopping now a days that actually having to get dressed and leaving my house to go buy anything. I suppose sitting at home with my laptop on my lap, tv on, browsing through the web gives me some sort of relaxation. I’m big in finding online shops that I gravitate too and just love. There is an online shop I came across by it is by a fellow sister in the faith named Tania, her shop Simple Medleys is on Instagram! Can you believe it? Well, I’ve personally reached out to her to get to know the face behind this fashion forward accessories online shop and homeschool mom of two!

Mission Statement

“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather for people.” {Colossians 3:23}

1. What’s the definition behind the name Simple Medleys? When i think of simple I think… not complicated :) something easy and Medleys… Well, I think of collections, so together I get collections that come together easily. In my shop, it could be a collection of charms, or a collection of chains, or a collection of beads that easily fit together to make a beautiful piece a Simple Medley!

2. Who is your biggest supporter? First off, My Husband Luis! He has always supported all my crazy ideas and allows me to experiment and express myself in whatever ways I choose. Then my friends, there are many, you know who you are, I would need more space to give you all a shot out but these have been there since the beginning, Jamie & Carlos, Stacy & Paul and Lulu & Mike. They support me in many ways, not just emotionally,  but financially as well, they are some of my best customers too! I also have another friend, who has even given me some business advice and always finds a way to back me up, Amor. THANK YOU GUYS FOR YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT!!

3. What inspires you? My faith in God and His love! My family! Life itself… the good and the bad. Most of my pieces have a meaning behind them, something that reminds me of my faith or things that I am passionate about.

4. What made you start your business? Honestly, I needed extra income! I started off by selling Lockets. One day I  found some great distributors, thanks to a good friend and started buying at wholesale. Then one day I needed to fix a piece and discovered my passion in recreating and designing pieces myself. 

5. What makes your products stand out from others? The items that I buy wholesale, I’m very well aware that other shops have access to as well, So the main difference is that I like to keep my prices affordable for all pockets. I also like to find a meaning for the pieces and name them. The pieces that I make stand out because they are created to encourage others and remind them of their faith.

6. Describe your business in 3 words.  Simple, Faith-based, Medleys

7. Does your business work with any non-profit organizations? Not on a constant basis to a specific Organization, but I have donated to different organizations (End it Movement and The Pink Fund)  and I have had the opportunity help out different people in need by donating to their gofund me pages. I have also just donated a piece to Go Shout Love, an amazing Instagram page who helps families whose children have rare illness. I was part of this months auction and plan on participating again soon!

8. Where are your products available? Currently, I’m trying to keep it personal and strictly on social media. Id like to have some kind of contact with my buyers.

9. Have you’ve faced any challenges that you have overcome? Of course! TIME! As I mentioned in the beginning, I am a stay at home Mom, who works and Homeschools two highly intelligent kids! An incredible talented & creative 8 year old girl and an amazing, organized and well focused 3 year old Boy. So one of my biggest challenges is finding the perfect balance! Managing my family, my house, homeschooling, ministry and my business. Trying to keep up with orders, sending them out on time. Keeping my customers satisfied! I think it’s something that I will always be working on, making sure nothing gets left behind or neglected, although I don’t mind if the laundry is neglected ;) yea right!! 

10. Where do you see yourself and your business in 5 years? Im trying not to obsess about my future, which comes to me naturally, I’m trusting God, doing all I can to continue to follow His lead for my life. In 5 years, I hope to be closer to Him and know His heart more than today. I plan on growing older and wiser, growing in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. I plan on continuing to express my creativity in whatever avenue allows me to! If He allows Simple Medleys to flourish, I pray that in 5 years it can and will have touch many peoples lives one way or another!

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You can find more of these beautiful products on the Instagram or by clicking the picture above, this is just some of many pieces she has available online.

At the end of every month I will be featuring a company on the blog that is not only affordable but an online shop that GIVES back to the community. We will name these segments SPOT ON! Now, hurry and go grab some products…

xo,

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Perfect 365 | Review

Hello Amigos!

Today I want to share with you an app I kinda found both appealing and shocking at the same time. It is an editing app called “Perfect 365″ I’m sure you have heard of this app as many celebrities do use it to make their skin look radiant in all of their photographs. I read in many articles that Kim Kardashian has used this app herself, I cannot confirm that for you all, but it’s what I have read while doing my research of this application.

Personally, I’ve only used it twice but I have not posted photos until today on Instagram. So, I will definitely let you all know what the response from everyone will be. If you’re going to use this app to correct areas of your face my suggestion would be “less is more” because if you use too much you will look like a bad porcelain doll. If you use just enough, you will still look like yourself but a little bit better… here let me show you…

Before:

After:

Now, if you use too much of the app it can make you look unreal, over-edited and you don’t want to look that way. You want to still look as natural as possible with just better looking skin. If you notice in the pictures above I have a scar on my left cheek, well, that is something I didn’t want to take away from my face because it is part of me, but I did remove some spots that are really unflattering… you can have a better look at this with the pictures below…

Before:

After:

Ahh, please excuse my eyebrows… I hadn’t done them yet… haha… anyway, in these photos above you can truly tell the difference when it comes to this app. I tried adding more than I did in the last photo to the skin to make it look clean and you can for sure tell the difference between the two photos.

So, overall, I think this app will be used by me for future selfies, now you know one more of my secrets to editing photos… but it’s not that much of a secret because I have shared it with all of you.

If you have used this app or any other please share them with me in the comments below, I would love to know what else is out there.

xo,

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SUNGlasses for a SUNNY SUMMER!

Hello Amigos!

Lately, I have been into sunglasses… specifically oversized sunnies. UGH, I’m a sucker for the oversized look, especially because I have a big, oval face. ha. So, in honor of a SUNNY SUMMER I have created a list of the most affordable, retro, glam, fun sunnies you might want to buy for yourself and wear during these Summer daze ahead…

1. Retro City Sunglasses

BigDrop

Black-Out Big Drops | Can we just take a moment to be say….. YAAAASSSSSSS! These are on sale right now. You can buy them by themselves for only $10.99 or buy them with another pair for $18.50!

FlatTopMonica

Flat Top Monica Sunglasses | These are simple with a twist of sassy-ness….. these are $10.99 as well and are also on sale.

Mirrored Dionysus in Black and Flame

Dioysus in Black & Flame | There are times you need some color in your life, these run for $11.99 I really love these because they scream out, “Summer, I’m ready for you!” and the prices on all these three are just perfect!

2. Urban Outfitters

BDG Quinn Oversized Half Round Sunglasses

BDG Quinn Oversized Half Round Sunglasses | Simple, Chic and Perfect everyday Sunnies! These are $18.00 plus s/h.

3. Nasty Gal

Vortex Sunglasses

Vortex Block Shades | Nasty Gal has one of the most amazing retro sunglasses, if you haven’t noticed a flow going on here. These are more on the pricey side, they run for $20.00!

Summer has begun and since I live in Sunny Florida it usually is SUMMER all year round. :) If you’re enjoying your Summer and are looking for some cool, retro, big sunglasses look no further. These are all affordable and will keep you looking stylish all Summer long.

xo,

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Learning to LOVE

Hello Amigos!

Today’s post is going to be pretty long… so you might want to go get your breakfast and coffee, kick your feet up, grab your favorite throw blanket {which I do everytime I sit down to write} relax and read on…

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Lately, I have been feeling a certain way regarding all the things happening in the world today. I will not be going into all of these things because they are so many to mention. One thing I do know and rely on 100% is my Faith, without it I would be completely and utterly lost. I still know where I stand in my beliefs. I stand knowing and believing in a powerful God who loves every single person roaming this earth today.

One of my biggest mistakes in the past has been not showing love towards those who are different from me, I can surely admit that. I’ve been set in my ways thinking that I was right when in all truth I can say, I was wrong. This may come as a shock to some of you but I’ve been judgmental, rude, condescending, ignorant and many other things, all but loving. I cannot say I am proud of certain things in the past years, but I am grateful for God’s mercy and grace. I’m thankful for a new day to turn a page and start over, fresh. At the end of this lifetime I want to leave a legacy of truth, hope and love for my future children and for generations to come.

The good thing about the past is that it stays right there, in the past. The last couple of years have been the most difficult years of my life personally and spiritually. You see, I can’t have one without the other. I’m not going to sit here and repeat past mistakes, in fact I won’t even share them because it is unnecessary, today is a new day. As I previously said, the hardest thing for me back then was showing love towards those who talked, walked, lived differently than I, but I have come to the realization {slowly but surely} that it isn’t the way God intended it to be.

When someone is different than you, say it be different religions, beliefs, lifestyle, etc. my nature was to either 1. turn them away 2. be unkind to them 3. ignore them completely. You see in my case it didn’t matter how many church services I could attend or how much I served my church community or even how many outreaches I could volunteer in. If I wasn’t showing LOVE to those who lived differently than me then all that work meant nothing. As I sit here writing this it pains me to realize how many people I turned away because of pure ignorance and selfishness.

Truly, I’m thanking God for new mercies every morning and a new day because I can happily say I’ve turned that part of my life around. I’ve realized one important factor, God loves all people but hates sin. Which causes me the need to also LOVE all people but hate the sin. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “Love the sinner not the sin” I guess it can apply here, but for me personally it goes deeper than that….

I’m a follower of Jesus Christ…

I’m saved by grace…

I’m flawed…

I’m a sinner…

but God still LOVES me.

So, although I may not agree with someone’s lifestyle choice or how they walk & talk or there different beliefs my bible tells me that I need to LOVE them as Christ loved the church. You may ask yourself, well… How does Christ love the church? simple… John 3:16-17. The bible also tells me that I need to LOVE my neighbor as myself {Matthew 22:39}.

That is enough for me to understand that although many things and people are changing, my God commands me to love them and pray for them. God doesn’t call me to judge them or condemn them. Who am I? I am no one to point the finger at someone who is struggling or is living differently than I am. In fact, I am someone who does care about how others feel and I am learning to love more and hate less. If you had a small idea of how I grew up, then you’d have a deeper understanding as to why I thought this way for a long time. I thank God I no longer think that way.

It was necessary for me to share this with you all because this blog is my space to share life, struggles, stories, anything that I want to share. This was important for me to write down, to share the struggle I’ve had for a very long time, How I needed to learn to love the unloved. In all seriousness it angers and pains me to now see others blinded by ignorance of not understanding the bible. They so easily judge and condemn out of pure ignorance. This ought not to be.

Finally, I’m learning to LOVE the way God has intended it all along. I always think if Jesus were roaming the earth today, How would He approach those who were different than He? Well, I believe He would be kind, compassionate, graceful, selfless, caring, giving, bold, but above all loving… and that is who I am striving to be every single day…

xo,

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Motivational Monday

 
Written by one of my favorite artist of all time, Vincent Van Gogh. Ever since I started school I’ve always had an appreciation for art, the reason being I didn’t know the English language and a lot of the time in school Art was my form of expression. By the time I reached high school, Van Gogh would become a staple of inspiration for me.

The quote above, is pretty great if you ask me. What stuck out to me the most is “How can I be of use in this World?” This is a question I’ve been asking myself lately. What am I bringing to the table? When I speak are my words of kindness? When someone does something to me, do I lash out at them or remain silent trying to be understanding and compassionate towards them because vengeance is the Lord’s? I’m definitely not afraid to stand alone in a crowd, I’ve shared Jesus and the gospel in my blog before, it’s part of who I am, Christ defines me, Am I sharing the gospel the right way? By the way I live my life? How I treat others? What am I doing to better the world around me?

What are you doing?

I’ve made a list of the things I should be doing. I won’t share the list here, it’s personal… Some things are better kept that way. I encourage you today to make a list of the things that you know & should be doing!

The only way we will be able to change the world around us is when we begin with ourselves.

Happy Monday!

Dear Genesis,

Hello GORGEOUS!

Today, you graduate Palmetto Ridge High School and I cannot begin to describe to you how insanely proud I am of you. Through the years I’ve seen you take your first step, I remember watching you trying to stand up and falling but you always managed to get back up. I remember when you first started village green and then the other private schools that your parents wanted to put you in because they always knew that you are something special, we all believe that. The saddest day for me was the day you all moved to Naples, Fl… I remember crying because I knew that I would miss out on seeing part of your childhood as you were growing up, but I was determined that I would somehow be a part of your life.

One day I remember talking to you and you telling me how scared you were about starting school because you were in a new town and didn’t know anyone. I told you it would be alright and that you would make lots of good friends. Middle school was a breeze for you & then High School, once again you had doubts and questions, I would always listen to you and think, she has nothing to worry about, she will do and be great. The personal challenges that you have had to face through your high school years have not been easy, in fact, many of them have been unfair. Divorce, it’s never easy for a family.. let alone a teenager trying to find herself.

Today, I stand in ovation and I applaud all your hard-work and dedication to your school work.  I applaud you for not giving in to the pressure of life transitions and challenges. I applaud you for not giving up for always pushing forward even when everything in your life and our family’s life seemed to be going up in flames,  Gen, you pulled through! You have no idea how many nights I stayed up praying for you, your brother and mom during those times, there were many times I thought we as a family wouldn’t make it, but God through His infinite mercy had compassion and love toward us. Thank you God!

YOU MADE IT!

The proudest moment for me will be when they call your name and you get up to walk across the stage to receive your diploma. You’re going to look up and see a crazy bunch of hispanics and one american screaming our lungs out for you and all that you have accomplished. Gen, Tia is very PROUD of you because through all the “poop” you’ve managed to keep pushing forward and I know you will continue to do so.

I’m honestly excited for what the future holds for you! You can do anything you set your mind too, you already know that… You’ve shown us that no matter what life may throw our way that we will be able to pursue, go after, achieve our dreams and aspirations!

You are proof of that.

I LOVE YOU 

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And always remember to put GOD first in all the decisions you make about life. I can’t wait to see you, hug you and squeeze your cheek….

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

xo,

Memorial Day!

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance, a day to reflect and give thanks to the fallen warriors, to those who gave their lives so that we could live in a “Free” country. Freedom is not Free, it’s sacrificial.

Today, I want to take the time to stop, say a prayer to those families who have lost a loved one in the line of battle. I want to pray for our soldiers still out there today fighting for our Freedom. We want to have a moment of silence for our fallen heroes.

Many will be celebrating this 3 day weekend and although that is not a bad thing, many forget what Today is about. All I ask is that you take 5 minutes of your day to give thanks to a veteran and if you don’t know one just say a small prayer.

Happy Monday