Feliz Día de la Independencia!

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Today marks a significant day in my culture.

It was the day that Mexico stood together and revolted against the Spaniards.  Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla  was the father of this whole movement. He gave a famous speech known as “Grito de Dolores, or Cry of Dolores”.  It became very powerful because Hidalgo was captured and executed right after he armed his people.  When Hidalgo was killed the people finally had enough of the Spanish rule and fault back . Mexico had won the battle and got back their country. So today Mexican’s all over the world celebrate the glory of victory.  The Mexican President every year go out to the balcony and yells, “Viva México! Viva la Independencia! Vivan los héroes!”  In Mexico they have all these festivals and many make their signiature dishes. It really is a celebration worth seeing.

So today to represent my culture and roots I decided to dress up. As far as my plans I guess I will just have to wait and see what I come up with. Hope you all have a great Friday!

 

 

This Weeks Lesson

Happy Friday!

I so happy that the end of this week finally came. I have been so stressed out trying to make sure I am on top of celebrating everyone’s birthday. This week and next week I have friends and family that have birthday’s back to back to each other.

This week it was my Dad’s birthday (2nd), Boyfriend’s (7th),  my friend Jesse (8th), my Mom (9th) and my bf Mom (10th). So that was pretty hectic! I’m so grateful that my Mom and boyfriend don’t mind sharing the same weekend.

With everyone sharing the same month it becomes overwhelming so this year I learned some new things. One being that it isn’t always about the amount of money you spend on someone but the amount of effort.

This year for my boyfriends birthday I decided to approach it with a different mentality. Since I love getting an amazing response from my gifts I always go big or go home. So as I was on Best Buy’s website, I was browsing their gaming section to see what new toy I can get him. Once I looked through all the pages of products I found myself seeing nothing that he would love. I was rattling my brain on what would be a great gift. Then it hit me, I wanted to give him multiple surprises. I wanted to surprise him in the morning, while he was at work and when he came home.

For his Morning surprise I put a note on the mirror that said Good Morning and to go to the kitchen for his surprise. In the kitchen I taped a sign that said surprise inside with a balloon to the fridge. Inside the fridge I made him a lunch from scratch with some fruit and beef jerky I got from Whole Foods. Right in front of his bagged lunch was a handmade card. I jotted down some things that I love about him and how much he means to me. My whole goal was to make sure that he started his day off right.

When I got to work I wanted to create a nice photo collage of him and all the photos we have together. So I wrote a sweet note and posted it on Facebook. He loved it so much and people were complementing me on how nice it looked.

Here is where the headache really started. So my plan was when I get home I have two hours to bake a cake and decorate while I’m waiting.

What I didn’t know was that baking a cake with coconut flour gets pretty tricky especially if you have never worked with it. I decided to be bold and make him a sugar- free, low carb cake. So as I was mixing all the ingredients together I started noticing that it was pretty thick and hard to stir. Before I started panicking I kept adding water and even skim milk  to the mixture to see if it changed. Well sadly it didn’t but I was running out of time and I said, ” F*** it I’m just going to put it in the oven.”

One task was taken care of, so now I had to tackle decorating. I had this idea for his last surprise to tape a note outside the door to go to the kitchen, that a surprise is waiting for him. I was going to make a balloon avalanche so when he open the kitchen door balloons were just going to fall on him. I was going to be inside waiting with a cake with candles and sing him happy birthday.

But of course things didn’t go as I imagined so I just had to adapt. I hung the streamers and began to blow up the balloons. Just to do a time check I text my bf to let me know when he is almost home and what did he respond with… 10 mins away. So the idea of an avalanche was thrown out the window.

I ended up placing the balloons on the floor, bed, couch and on his desk area. I took the cake out and started putting in the candles because clearly there wasn’t any time to wait for it to cool. So as he walked in and was surprised by the decoration I started to sing to him.

For his gift I got him a Pacific candle and massage oil from Whole Foods. He absolutely loved it and I was beyond relieved. I told him of my ideas of getting him something expensive and he said that I chose the perfect gift. After he opened his gift we went to Gen (Korean BBQ restaurant) and we had a feast since it was all you can eat.

At the end of the day everything fell into place and made it one for the books. It taught me not to get so invested in an idea because some times things don’t go as planned. Another thing it taught me is that the gift means more when it comes from a place of love instead of money. I think that’s why I fell in love with my bf because material things don’t mean anything to him he prefers love.

 

P.s. The cake I made was okay, I had some left over batter and the cupcakes saved the day. While the cake ended up in the trash. You live and you learn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello September!

YAY! It’s finally September!!!

Can you tell that I’m excited? Yesterday I was running an errand at Target and noticed all there Halloween stuff in the dollar section.

There was so much cute stuff I had to stop myself from getting overboard. I even got accepted for a Target credit card!! So I have to control myself from completely losing it at Target lol.

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I got some window sticker to decorate my office and home. Today since it is the first day of September I decided to celebrate Halloween a month early. So far a few of my co-workers saw what I created and loved it.

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Nothing makes me happier than decorating, it gives me a reason to use all my FIDM skills.

I hope you guys have a wonderful Thursday. Just remember one more day til the weekend!

 

Sincerely,

Erika

Happy Birthday Modern Meow!

 

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Today marks the first day I started my blog. I remember being afraid that no one was going to read it or that I wouldn’t receive any followers. But yesterday I got my 50th follower!

I am really proud of how much my blog has grown since I first started. There is much more in store for this blog I can’t help but feel excited for what the second year brings.

I want to thank all my followers and readers for supporting me and my dream. It has been stressful and there were many time I just wanted to quit. But once I see a new follower, a comment, or just a like; it makes it all worth it.

As I enjoy my day of hard work I welcome you to enjoy a piece of cake on my behalf!

Happy Birthday Modern Meow! I promise this second year will be fabulous!

 

Love,

Erika Ochoa

 

Monday Motivation

Good Morning all my sleepy heads!

This week is going to be very important for me. I have a FIDM alumni networking event on Saturday. So this week I’m going to be polishing up my resume, portfolio and even my website.

I plan on getting some new business cards printed and giving out Modern Meow stickers. It’s going to be so much fun seeing college friends while sippin some bubbly.

So to celebrate new changes and mercury going into retrograde, I wanted to share this quote. Hopefully this sets the tone for the rest of the week.

What separate’s you from everyone else is determination.

Sending everyone some positives vibes to kick ass. Happy Monday!!!

 

  • Erika

 

July Sephora Play Review

 

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This months Play theme was Effortless. If summer could pick beauty products it would choose everything that was in this months bag. They had so many goodies that I had no idea what I want to try out first. My mind was completely blown away when I saw the beautyblender blotterazzi. Automatically I thought this is going to be a good Play bag.

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1.NEST Citrine:

If you love NEST perfume as much as I do then you got to get this one. I fell head over heels for the perfume! It smells so lovely and light. This fragrance is the perfect blend for what I am looking for. It’s sexy, dewy, and fresh, and still shows up on my skin. Every whiff was utter bliss, I found myself sniffing my waist throughout the day.

 

2.beautyblender blotterazzi:

With the one beauty blotter I received, I also got a small sample of the blendercleanser in a subscription box. I couldn’t be more pleased with the results. I’m heading to Sephora after work today to pick up some more so I can have them at home and at work. It absorbs oil without smudging my makeup around. It also fits perfectly into nooks around my nose, where you’d usually have to smush a blotting paper and mess up your foundation. Love, love, love this thing.

 

3.Ouai Wave Spray:

I’m not a huge fans of the Kardashians but I am a Chrissy Teigen fan. Jen Atkin is the founder and creator of Ouai, she is a hairstylist to many A list celebrities. So when I saw her wave spray I couldn’t help but squeal. The wave spray is amazing! It smells so good and gives my frizzy/wavy/curly hair some hold and keeps the poofiness to a minimum. It also left my hair feeling manageable, not brittle like some salt sprays.

 

4.Smashbox Photo Finish Oil Free Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

Since I have oily skin, I have tried many primers that helped control it. After trying several out I always came back to this one. I discovered it when a former Ulta employee told me that this one was by far better than Porefessional by Benefit. When she said that I had to try it immediately. I can honestly say that it did work some amazing blur miracles. I love that it helps control my oil production and minimizes my pores.

 

5.Too Faced Soleil Matte Bronzer:

I ADORE this bronzer. The color is great, goes on light which is perfect for building up however deep a bronze you’re looking for. Great for my medium/olive complexion and smells like chocolate!

 

6.First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser With Red Clay:

The beginning of this summer was pure hell. I recently got my acne under control from an antibiotic that was prescribed to me. My skin became significantly clearer, to the point where I didn’t need make up. I would have the occasional breakout but when summer came my skin went crazy. I thank the heavens that I got a chance to try this out and control it. I had always heard that this brand created skin miracles. So of course when I tried it I noticed a big difference. The redness went down along with the size of them. It turned an outbreak to a controlled situation. By the next morning there were already some that disappeared.