November 11, 2015

Getting Crafty with HP's New Sticky-Backed Photo Paper At My #StickaPic Party

This past Saturday, we were able to unleash the endless possibilities of HP's new sticky-backed photo paper and had tons of fun creating, DIY-ing and photo stickin'! Check out the two projects we created and be inspired. They are both timely for the upcoming holidays.

Done watching? Scroll down to see the rest of our party fun.

October 31, 2015

The Colorful Road to the Mountain Top

12 Years. That's how long it took for me to finally experience, witness, admire and [forever] capture the beauty of Fall up in the mountains. A wait worth the wait. In one full day, nature revealed its grandeur and amazing wonders all but unexpectedly - yet wholeheartedly accepted. It made me walk in the clouds, yes, walk in the clouds and marveled on its panoramic views around me and below me.  

October 29, 2015

A Walk In The Clouds: Grandfather Mountain - Amazing Photos

Just when we thought our visit to Grandfather Mountain was a bust because of the weather, it instead gave us the experience of a lifetime!

October 28, 2015

A Ghostly Ride Aboard The Ghost Train

Ghost Train ready to take in passengers / Photo: +Maricris G 

The Ghost Train in Tweetsie Railroad is probably one of High Country's best kept secrets during Halloween season. But as you know, best ones don't stay secret for too long. This is why we found ourselves driving almost 2 hours from Charlotte to discover what makes the Ghost Train so popular.
"You can measure the popularity of an attraction by how they affect the area around them. Out of towners flock to this location and congregate in one hot spot. Hotels are an easy indication. They're all fully booked. And majority of these visitors, you'll see at Tweetsie. "

October 27, 2015

The Great Pumpkin Fest 2015 Last Hurrah For The Season This Weekend

Girls having fun at the Bubble Machine / Photo: +Maricris G 

This is the last week before Carowinds closes it's spooktacular gates for the season. If you haven't yet, this week is your last chance to go and have fun at The Great Pumpkin Fest with your little and not-so-little-ones. And I should say, this is the best week to go because it's Halloween weekend! A great way to end the season with Carowinds.

Now take a quick look inside The Great Pumpkin Fest to help you plan your visit this weekend. My #1 tip? Bring a change of clothes for the wee ones! You'll need them at the Foam zone. Trust me. You will.

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And if you don't know yet, see what Carowinds have in store for you in 2016! Tons of great additions ahead!

October 24, 2015

DIY: Glam Up Your Nails with this Quick and Easy Halloween Candy Corn Design

Halloween is right around the corner, and when I think of Halloween, my mind immediately think of Candy Corn, right there along with the Great Pumpkin. But unlike the Pumpkin, Candy Corn makes for a great nail design, of which I love to put on my nails in celebration of this candy-filled occasion. And you'll see that it's pretty easy to create as well. I promise. Watch my video below and learn how to.

How My Search for the Perfect Coffee Brewer On-The-Go Came to an End!

On the road with the Presse' / Photo: +Maricris G 

It is no secret that I love coffee. My wife loves coffee. And my young daughter, no surprise there, is now following in on the same path. We also love to travel and want our coffee to travel with us. Brewed, hot and ready to go. We love Starbucks too and works great when you don't have time to make your own but most often than not, I'd rather ground and brew our own coffee just the way we want it!

Of course, in the real world, you can't ground and brew your own coffee all the time especially in the early morning hours and you're crunched for time. Unless, of course again, you have those instant coffee-brewing-thingy-ma-jiggy, which we don't like, to speed things up for you. Nothing against it, just not our style. However, I might finally have found the solution...

October 20, 2015

Macy's Rwanda Path to Peace: 10 Years of Making A Difference In the Lives of Underprivileged Women and their Families

Rwanda Brown and Green Fruit Basket displayed proudly on my mantel with other handcrafted home decor items made from different countries. / Photo: +Maricris G 

It's hard to believe that it has been 10 years since Willa Shalit vowed to help Rwandan women rise up from their desolate fate brought about by the violent genocide in 1994 in Rwanda, that took away their husbands and sons, and left them with the difficult task of being the sole breadwinners. But 10 years of goodness it has been!

One that I'm proud to be a part of again this year through Macy's 10th year anniversary of unwavering commitment to the Rwanda Path to Peace campaign.

You know why? Because this project not only helps these women and their families but most importantly because, it has been helping rebuild their communities for years as well.

October 14, 2015

Filling In the Gaps with the Amazing Grass Green Superfood to Stay Whole

There is so many alternative to staying healthy and making sure you are getting the right amount of vitamins and minerals in your system - but let's face it, sometimes, taking those humongous vitamin pills are ridiculously not so throat-friendly. If for anything, it just reminds you that your gagging reflex still works pretty well. This is why the Amazing Grass Green Superfood is no stranger in my household. It has been a part of our diet for years and makes up for those days when taking vitamin pills are just too much to swallow. And with that being said, when you like a product and someone asks you to try a few of their flavors to review, what do you do? You, of course accept the request and say, yes! right away.

Well, that's exactly what I did when Green Moms Meet asked me.

October 12, 2015

Style Watch: 7 TV Prince Charmings Who are Totally Rockin' The Long Mane and Beard

There seem to be a growing trend with men sporting long hair, long beard and that dreaded Man bun that seems to be catching on in the world of hunky men and a few not so much. Cute celebrities included. Some look good with them, some, I'd say, "lose the hair!" But not to these 7 men in my list. They are totally rocking the long mane, the beard, and they look totally delish!

They're simply that good. They don't even have to try. These men dominates the world of TV and my living room. It's time they dominate yours! Oogling recommended. Totally.