Taco Addict – 2020 Amazon Gift Guide

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Taco addict here! My birthday is approaching in a few months and I was curious on what Amazon had to offer for gift ideas for a fellow taco addict. I wanted to share my top 10 finds with you!

Taco Addict Cuff Bangle Bracelet with Charm, Engraved Stainless Steel, Taco Lover Gift
Quan Jewelry Taco Necklace, Gifts for Foodie Taco Lovers Mexican Food, Spanish Taco, Fall Apart Funny Quote Pendant Charm – 100% Handmade
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Feed me tacos and tell me I’m pretty Engraved Stainless Steel Cuff Bangle Bracelet Taco Lover Gift
Guacamole Earrings – Molcajete bowl Avocado taco chip tortilla – Mexican Fiesta Cinco De Mayo – waitress restaurant taqueria gift – food truck cooking
Pink Taco and Avocado Love Keychain – Tiny Food Jewelry
Tacos pt. 2
Taco Tuesday Earrings – Tiny Food Jewelry
Taco Necklace – You Had Me At Tacos Pendant – Cute Charm Gift for Any Friend Who Loves Tacos – In Gold and Silver (Silver)
SEIRAA Feed Me and Tell Me I’m Pretty Keychain Taco Lover Gift Tacos Keychain Mexican Food Jewelry (Taco Keychain)
Deadpool Marvel I Love Tacos 3-Tier Pendant Necklace

Yoga 2019 Gift Guide – Amazon Guide

I wanted to share my favorite yoga gift ideas from Amazon. I do love yoga and wish I could do it more, maybe as we approach 2020, this can be a new goal!

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1 – Ewedoos Yoga Mat Bag with Large Size Pocket and Zipper Pocket, Fit Most Size Mats.
I think this bag is super cute to carry your yoga mat and water bottle.
2. Gaiam Yoga Mat Premium Print Reversible Extra Thick Exercise & Fitness Mat for All Types of Yoga, Pilates & Floor Exercises – Offered in a variety of colors
3. ASUTRA Natural & Organic Yoga Mat Cleaner (Peaceful Lavender Aroma), 4 fl oz | Safe for All Mats & No Slippery Residue | Cleans, Restores, Refreshes | Comes w/ Microfiber Cleaning Towel
4. ELENTURE Full-Zip Exercise Yoga Mat Carry Bag with Multi-Functional Storage Pockets – Offered in a variety of colors
5. Sivan Health and Fitness Yoga Set 6-Piece– Includes 1/2″ Ultra Thick NBR Exercise Mat, 2 Yoga Blocks, 1 Yoga Mat Towel, 1 Yoga Hand Towel and a Yoga Strap

Great gift bundle idea! Also offered in a varitey of colors
6. EYE PILLOW LAVENDER + Flax Seed Filled + Carry Bag. Silk Fabric – Use for Yoga, Natural Sleep Aid, Stress Relief, Anxiety Relief, Meditation, Massage Great Relaxation Gift

I love the smell of lavender and this would be a great self care gift.

Grief, what does it feel like?

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I will never forget the day when my dad was given an expiration date. We didn’t know how long we had, we were told 6 month to 5 years. At the very moment, I realize we were on a journey, which I call “the gift of time”. Every moment I had with my dad, was a gift. Time with spent with anyone you love is a gift but I think it becomes more apparent when someone is ill and given a prognosis. I spent as much time with my dad as I could.

I managed all my dads health care and would be at his side when he health would decline. We would make the 2 1/2 hour drive to go pick up him and drive him back to Denver. I wanted to ensure he received the best care and tended by the best doctors picked to care for my dad. He would go home and life would go back to normal. But as time went on you can tell he was declining and I knew in my heart time was running out and so did he.

I remember him grabbing my hand while were sitting one the couch about a month before he passed away and asking me to please take care of my mom when he is gone. He worried so much about my mom. I think my dad feared death because he feared leaving my mom alone. On his last medical trip to Denver, I think my dad knew he wouldn’t return home. I remember dad telling my husband, I don’t think I am going to make it back home this time; I am going to die here in Denver. He was right, he knew, because with a few days we were presented with the fact my dads worsening condition qualified him to began hospice. My dad’s 5 days in home hospice, he body was exhausted and he couldn’t fight anymore.

The beautiful thing about doing home hospice is being able to care for your loved one during those last moments of time. Dad went to my brother’s home for his last days here on earth. Home hospice allowed us to care for our dad during his final days, we had sleepless nights and the 24 hour case was exhausting but I would do again.

Personally, home hospice was a gift for me, to continue to care for my dad and tend to his needs. It gave me time to sit to in silence and hold his hand while everyone else was sleeping. As a nurse, caring for others is a gift but it’s a greater gift when it’s your own loved one. Dad finally was relieved of all his pain and left the earth on August 28th, 2017. I know my dad went to heaven and I hope he can hear me when I say, I miss you dad.

For the holidays, I know my siblings are all struggling with dad’s passing. I know for me, its a sudden emotion of anger or sadness. I have to take a moment to determine what is this feeling and what is triggering it, then I remember it’s called grief. Grief, hits you like a wave, it can come in big or small and sometimes it can just knock the breath out of you. From my understanding, you never get over grief but eventually learn to live without that person. I have no clue, this is new to me and all I can say is that it sucks!

I decided as a gift this year is to give something with dad. I recently seen these gorgeous memory lanterns on Pinterest and thought this would be a great gift. I started out with purchasing 12 inch lanterns, small doll house chairs, doll house size Christmas tree, Cricut permanent black vinyl, E6000 glue, tea lights, picture of my dad, and white felt to place on the bottom on the inside of the lantern. In Cricut Design Space, I typed the poem “Christmas in Heaven, What Do they Do? They all Come to Earth, to Spend it with You. So Save them a Place and one Empty Chair. You may not see them, but they will be there.” on the black vinyl. Inserted the picture into the back, glued the felt down, then chair and Christmas tree, placed the black vinyl lettering on the front, inserted the candle and voila, it was complete. If you go onto Pinterest and use the search words “memorial lantern DIY”, you can find many ideas regarding memorial lanterns and you can even find some great ideas not related to Christmas.

Mini vanilla Bundt cakes with lemon frosting

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I absolutely love sweets and wanted to try to make mini Bundt cakes. Outside of crafting, I also love to bake and cook. Now who doesn’t love Pinterest! Pinterest is my go to place for recipes and craft ideas.

I was craving something sweet but with a hint of sour, so I began to search for a lemon frosting for my mini Bundt cake idea. I think I found the most amazing and go to lemon frost recipe. I came across a recipe called The Best Lemon Buttercream Frosting from Two Sisters Crafting. This recipe has just the right amount of lemon. It’s not to lemony and I was able to frost my mini lemon Bundt cakes with the lemon frosting. It was perfect and everyone loved them!

I had purchased a set of 12 cup mini Bundt cake pans a few months back and I was armed with a lemon pound cake recipe. I absolutely love Grandbaby Cakes Lemon Pound Cake (Ultimate Lemon Cake Recipe), it’s one of the best lemon pound cakes I have ever made and I always receive compliments when I make this amazing cake for events. Be super careful when filling your pan, as the batter does rise quite a bit and will spill over in the mini pan. My first batch was a bit of a disaster, as the batter spilled over. My next batch I only filled about half way full or maybe even a little less.

Since I am by no means a master baker or cook, I often find lessons learned during my first time experiences. Outside of probably selecting a different recipe, although how can I when Grandbaby Cakes recipe is AMAZING!!!! I believe a 6 cup Bundtlette cake pan would be a better type of pan for mini Bundt cakes but the 12 cup mini Bundt cake pan worked out well.

Lemony Heaven