3 Warning Signs To Look For When Feeling Overwhelmed

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

    Feeling Overwhelmed?

    As a woman that wears many hats, I can be the first to tell you that I get quite overwhelmed with almost everything. Especially if it is something that I can't control. People can tell us that we need to take a break or relax until their face turns blue, but of course we don't listen lol. That is until our body tells us right? I know when I'm starting to get overwhelmed because my heart starts racing, I get a headache, and EVERYTHING irritates me it can also be anxiety lol. There are plenty of signs to look for when you start feeling overwhelmed, but I included the top 3 that I believe to be no brainers.


    1) You Start Feeling Stressed Out

    Some of us have husbands, kids, work outside the home, have our own business, take care of our family and the list goes on... all of those things can cause some serious stress. If you are constantly finding yourself overthinking things and getting upset when things don't go as planned, it's time to step back for a little. It could be for an hour or two or hell, take the rest of the day off. Your mental state ALWAYS comes first. 

    2) Exhaustion and Lack of Energy

    You are doing so much and caffeine does wear off. What now? You should not let yourself get to this point because low energy and exhaustion is serious. Being exhausted is like sleeping for 8 hours, waking up and still feeling tired like you never slept. If you ever get to that point, I suggest taking time off from work for maybe 2 days and just take a mental break from it all. If you have kids, ask someone to watch them for 2 days. If you have a spouse, ask them to take care of home for 2 days while you rejuvenate your MENTAL STATE.  If you don't, you can get sick, which leads me to the 3rd warning sign.

    3) You Can Get Sick

    This is very important, because being overwhelmed, depressed, having anxiety, etc can cause your body to shut down and open up to sicknesses. Such as a cold, fever, body aches etc Your body will have a hard time fighting it because it already crashed and now, you are too weak to even take care of yourself and all of this could've been avoided if you took a break once you felt overwhelmed.

    The bottom line is take breaks when needed. Who cares if your employer, teacher or whoever gets upset. In order for you to pour unto others, you need to pour into yourself first. What are some warning signs that you need to take a break?

 


    


Yummy Fall Treat | Caramel Apple Crescent Rolls

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

     

    It is Fall time and I am here for it. Living in Florida, it is kind of hard to fully enjoy it because the weather does not change that much. However, I make the best of it buy purchasing a few things to bring the season to life in my household lol. Along with decor and "Fall outfits" I like to bake homemade Fall treats. The aroma of anything "Pumpkin, Chai, Apple, or Cinnamon just makes me feel "Fall" I am always on the hunt for new recipes and I found one on Pinterest that looked really yummy. 

    This dessert is called "Caramel Apple Crescent Rolls" and the best part about making this is that it does not require a lot of ingredients. Everything I purchased, was less than $20 at Publix and I am pretty sure you can find these items at any grocery store.  

    
    This recipe calls for simple ingredients. They are very expensive too.

You will need
-Apple Pie Filling & Topping
-Ground Cinnamon
-Hershey's Caramel Syrup
-Original Crescents

    I love doing things with my daughters and they enjoy cooking and baking too. So, when I told them that I wanted to try this dessert for Fall, they were game. 

First things first, you will roll out the crescent rolls. They can make 8 rolls by the way. 
    
    Next, you will place 2-3 Apple filling on each crescent roll. 



    Then, once you're done filling each crescent roll with apple filling, you will then roll up the crescents like the photo above. After you have rolled each one you will place them on a non-stick pan or a glass baking dish like I have. After placing each Crescent roll on the baking dish or pan, you will then drizzle caramel syrup on the rolls. You can put as much or as little as you like. After that, you will sprinkle a small amount of ground cinnamon (Not too much). 

    Now it is time to place these babies in the oven. I had preheated my oven at 400 while I prepped. However, once I placed them in the oven, I lowered it to 350. I let them bake for about 15 minutes. At this point, you can eye ball it. When it's a golden brown color, you can take them out. 


                                                   




        We let these bad boys cool off for 5 minutes and we tried it. Let's just say, our whole place smelled like apple pie and this dessert tasted like a mini apple pie. I highly recommend this treat. If you have kids, they will definitely enjoy making and eating this treat. If you try this recipe, take pictures and tag me on instagram @Elizabethjacasblogs. I would love to see them.

Later Love Bugs,
Elizabeth Jacas










4 Self Care Tips for a Busy Mom and Wife| Lifestyle Blog

Thursday, September 30, 2021

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    The role of a mom and wife is not just those titles alone. We wear many hats and play major roles in our children and spouse's lives. We get tired, but we still take care of our families and home. I don't know about you all, but I take self care very seriously and I make it a priority too. Self care doesn't necessarily mean getting a massage or doing your nails. It is more of a mental and well being situation. Below, I have listed 4 self care tips for the busy mom and wife... Enjoy!!!!

Self Care Tip #1- Mediate/Journal

    I am an advocate for meditating and journaling. There is something so soothing about sitting in silence and getting in tuned with your mind and soul. Throughout the day, we are constantly thinking about everything and we are constantly on the move... We have to set a time and a quiet place to just unwind and release. My quiet time and place is either early mornings or late nights on my patio and I just sit in peace and just journal. In my journal, I write down all of my thoughts and feelings, I jot down my dreams and goals. I love writing and it just brings me joy and I feel a weight is lifted off my shoulders after I pour my heart out.

Self Care Tip #2- Bath/Hot Shower

    I know some people might have either a bath tub or stand up shower, either way, It is very calming to take a hot bubble bath or a hot shower. For me, it releases stress and the muscle aches that are caused by it. For a bubble bath or shower, I recommend using either lavender or Eucalyptus scented bath soaps those scents are great stress relievers. Body sugar scrubs are also great too. They can help with dry skin and makes your skin feel super smooth. When you are clean and refreshed, your mind also feels refreshed. 


Self Care Tip #3- Stay in Bed!!!!

This tip has to be one of my favorites. There are some days where I just stay in bed and do absolutely NOTHING. Your body will tell you when to take that break. Do not feel bad, your kids and hubby will be A ok!!! lol. I know us boss moms are not getting a full 8 hour sleep even though we want to it's just not realistic at times. Sis, when you feel exhausted or mentally/physically drained close that bedroom door and lay on that bed. You won't regret it. 


Self Care Tip #4- Read or Listen to your Favorite Book

    Writing and reading has always been a passion of mine. I enjoy it to the fullest. I like reading books that are motivational and inspiring. I believe in feeding my mind positive and motivational things. I know we are super busy, so I set at least 30 minutes a day to read a book. If not 30 minutes, I make time to at least read one chapter a day. Right now I am currently reading "Buy Yourself The F*cking Lilies" and it is inspiring. I will link the book below if you want to read it.

I hope these 4 tips help you with your self care journey!!!!

 Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies: And Other Rituals to Fix Your Life, from Someone Who's Been There


Later Love Bugs,

Elizabeth Jacas

Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

    


    It is September 1st. Can you believe it? The year is almost over. I have been on Instagram and this year alone, I have seen so many people invest in themselves. I have seen so many people either quit their jobs or leave from full-time to part-time to work on their businesses. It is truly inspiring to see. After seeing all of that, It made me wonder about what I am doing and my dreams. I am so happy and content with what I am planning on doing. One thing I do know is that although this is where I want to be because I know the outcome will be amazing, It is very uncomfortable because I am sacrificing things. However, I am comfortable with being uncomfortable.


    Sometimes, we have to place ourselves in an uncomfortable situation just to be successful later on. Being uncomfortable doesn't necessarily mean that it will hurt you, it's just that you may have to do some things that may require you to feel uneasy. Such as, going to sleep late, waking up super early, doing countless research on what it is you are working on and the list goes on. On my podcast, Elizabeth Jacas Blogs Podcast, I speak about being Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable it's a great listen and I drop some amazing gems. This link is on anchor fm, If you have Spotify, this would be the link to the podcast, Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable

    As always, thank you for your continued support. I have many other projects up my sleeve and I have something for you guys really soon. Let's crush September and meet all of our goals.


Later Love Bugs,

Elizabeth Jacas


3 Signs That You Need A Social Media Detox or Break

Tuesday, August 3, 2021


 Social media is definitely bigger than it has ever been. The fact that more and more people are quitting their 9-5's to pursue their own businesses and using social media as a marketing tool is amazing. There is going to be a time where there's going to be a shortage of staff everywhere because people do not want to work for anyone but themselves. I feel like everyone should own something. I can't wait to see how far social media takes their future. 


    Although there are good things that come from social media, it can also deteriorate your mental health. You really have to be mindful of how much of it you consume on the daily. Even if you use it for marketing and/or business, you still need to take breaks from all of it. Of course, I don't know which reader is taking accord of what I am saying, you might not even use social media for business, You might just use it for networking or catching up with old friends and family. YOU TOO need a break sometimes. Here a 3 signs that might let you know its time to take a social media break or detox.


3 signs that you need a break or detox from social media

  • Screen time- I'm not sure about Androids, but I know with the iPhone, there is a screen time overview. If I'm not mistaken you get a weekly overview of how long you were on your phone. It also breaks down what you were doing on your phone. Such as, social media activity, internet activity, games, etc. I like this feature, because it shows me how long I am on social media. If you notice on your screen time that you're on social media for hours everyday.... Then it's time to start lowering that time. Other things could've been done within that time frame. Use all of your time wisely doing something productive, spending time with family, or just getting some much needed rest.

  • Comparison- I wrote a previous blog post on comparison. Check it out here Breaking Free From Comparison if you find yourself comparing other peoples lives to yours and you feel down about it or even jealous... LOG OFF right away, it is not healthy. Remember, everyone has a story or a testament. You never know what people went through or are going through. It's not a good idea to compare. No one is the same. From a business aspect, even if you are selling or promoting the same product or content, don't fret. You are unique and offer something they don't.

  • You Don't Live In The Moment-  I have seen this plenty of times where people are out somewhere ex. Disney world lol and want to do a video for social media and they are not living in the moment. I get it... content. However, sometimes things need to be more personal if that makes sense. If you catch yourself always wanting to take out your phone when you are out enjoying life with your loved ones, try and practice not doing it so much. 

Later Love Bugs,
Elizabeth Jaca


It's Almost Time For Back To School (Let's Get Back On Track)

Monday, July 26, 2021

     

    Hey Moms, Can you believe it is almost time to send our kiddos back to school? I can't believe how fast this summer has come and gone. I can truly say I enjoyed the time home with my girls. We are usually at summer camp and work all summer. So, I am grateful that I was not employed and my girls HAD an option of staying home or going. I did not force them to go to camp. 

     I wanted to help any moms out there that are having a hard time with transitioning back to a schedule with their kiddos. I have been having a hard time with sleep schedules. We are all messed up lol. We are going to bed around 4am and waking up in the wee hours in the afternoon, unless we have prior engagements. (Don't judge me) I can't have us like this weeks before school starts. We will be tired come the first day of school. 

    Since school starts in the beginning of August, I am going to start placing the whole family on schedule. Now, I know going to sleep early will be hard. So what I plan on doing is first thing in the morning, EVERYONE is going to wake up. 8am will be the time and 8:15am will be the latest. I will do this everyday for the rest of summer so that we can all get our bodies and minds adjusted. 

     This is also the time where I go over expectations and just refreshing their memories. This is is the first year where I did not have them do any summer work, read, or anything educational. I know some of you might say "wow and you are a teacher?" Yes, so lol... I believe kids need to be kids. My girls schooling was crazy since March 2020. My girls deserve ALL the fun and no responsibilities at least for one summer. I would periodically ask them to spell something as a game but that's about it. 

    The next couple of days will consist of back to school shopping, fun, more back to school shopping and just enjoying each other before the craziness during the school and work week starts back. The next couple of posts will be all about back to school. Hope you all stick around





    What are some ways you are getting your kiddos back into the groove of things before school starts back? 

    Also, if you haven't already. Check out my lifestyle podcast on either Anchor Fm or Spotify. Both links are down below.


https://anchor.fm/elizabethjacasblogs 

https://open.spotify.com/show/1dg9LkCe8TqoNxL2HWRvRn


Later Love Bugs,

Elizabeth Jacas

Friendships

Friday, July 23, 2021


Friendship

    Everyone has their own interpretations of the term "Friendship" I know some people that call everyone their friend. I also know some people who calls everyone their associate.

    When I was younger, I used the term friendship very loosely and  I am pretty sure most of you used it too (It was cool back then). I think coming from a younger perspective, it was about being accepted and just surrounded by people all the time.  I often associated having a lot of friends with being popular. Which most kids want to be right?

    I also believe that when you reach a certain point in your life and I am not only referring to "age" because some individuals do not mature with age(let's be realistic). I think our views and mindsets change when we go through different stages in life. For example, I did not realize having a lot of friends was not good for me until my senior year in high school. I noticed I was getting into situations, I had no business getting into. I started distancing myself from a few people. You ever heard the saying " You are who you hang out with" or "Guilty by association" Yup, those are some strong sayings lol. 

    It is imperative to surround yourself with people who will uplift you and bring you joy, not drama. If someone in your circle is not pushing you to do better or you are not inspired by them...hmmmm I think that friendship needs to be reevaluated. If the friendship is one-sided where you catch yourself always making the first move to send a text or call then that person does NOT value your friendship and does not care to make time for you. I get it, we are all busy, but we can make time to send a "hey, just checking in" message and that literally can be it. For those in the back SOCIAL MEDIA DOES NOT COUNT! lol

    Your friendships should be based on quality and no quantity. I rather have one real friend than a group of fake ones(make sense?). If you have at least one area one on your team, thank God for them. Pray over them and your friendship. I have to guard myself because of some people I let in that shouldn't have stayed in my life past their season. You will know if your friend(s) is truly genuine. Discernment is no joke. Red flags will always appear. I created kind of like a "table" of "How to spot a friend" and "How to spot a "not so much" friend" lol below. 

How To Spot a Real Friend
  • Motivates and inspires you to do better
  • Values your friendship
  • Celebrates your wins with you and is truly happy for you
  • Will tell you the truth no matter what
  • Makes time for you
  • Supports you and your ideas
  • There for good and bad times
  • Has your back in front of you and when you are not around
    (This also goes both ways, remember that)

How To Spot a Fake Friend

Add "DOES NOT" in front of all the things on "How to spot a real friend" lol Period! ex. "DOES NOT motivate or inspire you to do better"

    I have a Podcast now and the majority of the episodes will be from the blogs I have posted and will post in the future. 

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Later Love Bugs,
Elizabeth Jacas

Easy Tips On How To Shift Your Mindset

Saturday, July 10, 2021

 

Want to shift that mindset?

    Hey everyone life has a way of making us feel good one day and bad the next. It's not a big issue because let's be real..."LIFE HAPPENS" everyone goes through ups and downs. I struggle with this as well. Who wants to be in a "happy go lucky" mood if something bad happens or doesn't go your way? 

    However, I have learned that being in that negative mind frame for a long period of time can in fact mess you up in the long run. You ever heard of doing something everyday for 21 days straight will most likely become a normal habit for you? Imagine being in a funk for 21 days straight... 9/10 that will be your new normal. I remember I use to get upset and be in a mood. Everything irritated me. Then I started getting headaches and feeling somewhat depressed. It also started affecting my relationships with people. As I've gotten older and did my share of mental health research, I have noticed that we can shift our minds. I believe we have control. The thing is we have to have DISCIPLINE. That means, we have to be strong minded when we want to get back to that positive mindset. It's easier to be upset and negative than to be happy and positive. TRUST ME! 

Here's how to shift that mindset

  • Show Gratitude - Often times, life's issues can get the best of us. For example, lack of finances, stress at home, stress in the workplace, relationship/marriage issues, sickness, death etc...Because we all deal with things and get in a depressing state about them, we forget to be grateful for WHAT WE DO HAVE in our lives. With every bad situation, there is also a good outcome. 

  • Be Mindful of What You Attract- The people you hang around, the content you look at on social media, the shows you watch, and even the music you listen too can put you in a negative mindset. Feed your mind good things. Just like how they tell us feed our bodies healthy foods because if we consume too many bad things, eventually we will not feel good right? Same thing goes for our minds. Imagine watching the news all day with all that negative energy and then go on social media and see nothing but drama and reading about bad things. I don' think you would feel good mentally. I personally don't watch the news because it messes with my mind. My husband knows how much that bothers me. 

  • Talk Yourself Out of It- I know that sounds crazy, but this is where the discipline kicks in. If this is going to be your first time trying this technique...You WON'T get it. This was years of practice for me. You have to be aware of what and when your mind shifted into a funk. Just yesterday, I was fine all day until my oldest did something that made me upset... not only that, we were all going to the mall and we had 1 hr before they closed. Let's stop here and evaluate the situation...
1) We were rushing to get ready because the mall will be closing in an hour.

2) During the time to get ready my daughter knotted a braid in her hair.

 3) I had to unbraid it, but she got upset because I was upset (goes back to be careful what you attract).

 4) Even though I got the knot out and we made it to mall right on time.... I WAS STILL UPSET and IN A FUNK. 

    It's when we left the mall and went out to eat, my husband asked me "what's wrong?" because he noticed I was quiet. I quickly said to myself in my head... "Shift that mindset, shift that mindset, its okay. Think positive. BE Positive" I kid you not, the rest of night we had laughs on top of laughs. I was able to shift that mindset so quickly. 

  • Pray and Write Your Feelings in a Journal- I am an advocate for journaling. I've been journaling on and off since I was in elementary school. Sometimes, people express themselves better in writing(hence as to why I'm a blogger lol). Also, praying does NOT mean always going on your knees etc. You can also write your prayer in a journal. There are plenty of times when I can't fully express myself by talking in prayer, so I write it down as if I was talking to God himself. It feels good to write and express yourself the best way you know how. You can also look back and reflect on it too. 

    Most importantly, Be transparent with your feelings. If someone is making you feel a certain way and you are unable to ignore them, let them know how you feel. If an environment is making you feel depressed or in a funk, try your hardest to get out of there. Your well-being is very important AND it should always come first.

    I hope these tips helped you out. 

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Later Love Bugs,
Elizabeth Jacas

Easy Air Fryer Fried Chicken Recipe

Thursday, July 8, 2021

 #NationalFriedChickenDay

July 6, 2021

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    This is a super late post but you know... LIFE lol Anyway, Tuesday (07/06) was National Fried Chicken Day and you know my family and I had to join that bandwagon. To be honest, I don't remember the last time I made fried chicken in oil on the stove. I'm trying along with the family to make better choices on what we eat, and using the air fryer is a great choice. 

    I have mastered making some air fryer fried chicken and it's A1. Below, I will give you some quick steps on how to make these.

    First, you will need an air fryer. Mine was gifted to me by my husband about 3 years ago on my birthday. I believe he got it from Best Buy. I will find a similar one on Amazon and link it below. 

  Second, PLEASE clean your chicken. Use vinegar, lime, lemon, and boiling hot water. Remove the little hairs and fat... (Someone needed to know this and you're welcome). After that, you can season your chicken to your liking. I personally use homemade "Epis" (Haitian Marinade), creole seasoning, Lawry's seasoned salt, paprika, and any type of hot sauce.  I switch up my seasoning all the time. 


    ***I forgot to tell you, while you are cleaning and seasoning your chicken preheat the air fryer on 350 for 15 minutes. 

    Third, To make the cooking process faster, I suggest putting 5-6 Drummets in the air fryer to get thoroughly cooked. 


    
    Set your air fryer to 400 degrees for 40 minutes or less (keep checking to make sure it doesn't burn, air fryers temps may be different). This is me checking it after a few minutes of cooking. What I like about the air fryer is that, while the chicken is cooking, I can go and tackle other tasks. Once the air fryer is done, it will beep and that means your chicken is done!!!





Enjoy!!!!



Later Love Bugs,
Elizabeth Jacas

My Night Routine As A Mom/Entrepreneur (Summer Edition)

Monday, July 5, 2021


     Night Time Routine

    As a mom and newly profound entrepreneur, it is very hard to find a balance especially when all the work I try to do is at home. Having discipline is key and it is also very hard to obtain(just being honest). I am still trying to figure out how to make this all work and I hope to help any moms out who may need answers too. 

    My night time routine consists of taking care of the kids first, home, and then my blog site. It is imperative that I have my home in order before I can sit down and focus on my work. (something about a clean house motivates me)

    My kids don't have a bed time (summer) however, by 11pm they are in their rooms and this is when I start cleaning up. I like to start in the kitchen first. This is where I put our dinner away if we have leftovers for the next day. I also wash the dishes, wipe the counter tops, and sweep the floor. It can be a lot especially if I cooked a big meal, so I have my google home in the kitchen to watch a show to make the cleaning time less boring. ( I am currently watching the whole season of the RHOA) lol

    I then proceed to the living room, bathrooms, and the bedrooms and just do a quick tidy up. My place is usually clean anyway; So I'm just basically putting things in their designated areas.

Now for the entrepreneur side of things

    Having a blog is hard. Before I started blogging, I always thought it would be easy. All I'm doing is writing and posting. NOPE! It's more to it than that. After writing and posting, It's time to promote. This is even harder because you have to find your target audience(this will be on another blog) anyway, at this point, the place is pretty quiet. So I can begin to jot down my ideas for future blog posts and IG posts. I am still a novice on all of this... I just go by what works for me at the moment.  

    In the mornings, I create a to do list and at night is when I check them off if they were completed. Having a to do list makes me feel so accomplished especially when I complete all the tasks for that day.

    I have a "catch all" journal in which I write down my ideas and days I want to post. I have learned that from quite a few bloggers that I follow. Creating a plan is very useful. It makes posting so much easier in my opinion. That is where discipline comes in. 

    Follow up on emails, comments, etc

     I take about 30-45 minutes to reply to comments on social media and to find inspiration/motivation from other bloggers on that platform. Being a new blogger, I get majority of my ideas from other bloggers and some of them are very helpful when I ask questions as well. I also check my email list to see if I have any new subscribers and then I log on to my blogger site. I usually check to see if I have any comments under my posts and I just scroll throughout the page to make sure everything is in order. (I do this everyday).  I also save reels on instagram to recreate them for a future post and so far it has worked in my favor. I save so much time when I know exactly what I want to do. 

    I know everyone has their own version of what works for them. So far, this routine has worked wonders for me. Let me know what routines you have at night time. 


Later Love Bugs, 
Elizabeth Jacas


What Should Your Kids First Pet Be And Why?

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 Stuart, FL, USA

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Why Should Every Child Have A Pet?

    Before I start this post, I must give a disclaimer... I AM AFRAID OF ANIMALS lol. So the fact that my kids have one is very funny to me. I do however feel like every kid should have some type of pet. Whether it is a fish, hamster, rabbit, dog, or cat. I do believe it should be something small and easy to maintain for the time being. Having a pet can boost children's confidence. They will also have a sense of responsibility. 




What Pet Did We Get?

    Well, we got a... Hamster. She is such a cutie patootie. Her name is "Coco Chanel"lol...but we mostly call her Chanel. First things first, my kids paid for everything themselves. Don't come for me lol... They are learning how to be responsible and save up for what they want. They are really good at saving their money. She was purchased at Petco and she was only $17. The girls. put their money together and bought a cage, food, wood chips (so it can chew on) and a ball to roll around the apartment so it can get its exercise on. 


What You Need To Know Before Purchasing A Hamster

    Although Hamsters are cute they are very scary especially coming to a new home. The sales associate told us to not hold it for at least two to three weeks so that it can be used to its new environment and used to our voices. (I have no trouble with that lol). The starter cage comes with bedding (the white stuff in the picture). The sales associate told me to change it at least once a week or when need be (he said I would know when its time lol). I must say after day 3 of having her, I did need to change the bedding... She was stinky lol. One thing that is kind of annoying is that hamsters DO NOT SLEEP at night. They are nocturnal. They will play and make so much noise in that cage for hours. Then when you wake up in the morning, that thing is sleep lol. As of right now, we are all scared of her but hopefully we will all warm up to her and hold her. I was also told that when they bite it hurts. I have seen her teeth and those things are long and sharp... that's where the wood chips come in, they are supposed to help in filing the teeth down. Besides that, I think a Hamster would make a great first pet scared or not. I think I can be okay with not holding it and knowing my girls, they won't hold it either.

    Here are some of the items I purchased for our Hamster. 

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    Do you have a pet? What was your first pet? Let me know.

Later Love Bugs,
Elizabeth Jacas






Our Summer With The Avenli Pool -Elizabeth Jacas

Thursday, June 10, 2021

    We purchased an Avenli pool 

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    Ya'll when I tell you we are going to try so many new things this summer, I mean everrrrrything! The other day, my husband had a grand idea of having our own mini pool in our patio. Sometimes, we don't feel like going to the pool in our complex, we just want to be in the comfort of our own home and by ourselves. 
We ordered the Avenli Pool from Amazon and it was very inexpensive. There are quite a few different sizes, we just got what worked for our size family and we took into consideration of the size of our patio.

What it includes

    This pool does NOT include a pump so we purchased one at Walmart. Also, we don't have a water hose because we are in an apartment, so we had to fill buckets of water from our tub to fill up this pool. LOTS OF WORK. If you have a backyard and a water hose, then you will be fine lol. My husband took plenty of trips to fill this pool up. But it was definitely worth it.

Maintenance 

    
    We love this pool and we want to keep it for a long time. My husband did some research on how to maintain pool water, and because its not that big, the maintenance is very minimal. We took a trip to our local pool store and bought a bottle of chlorine, a spa cleanser, and test strips. Since our pool is not that big, we only use an ounce or two of chlorine once a week. It's very easy work to keep the water clean and keep us safe from any bacteria etc.


What do we think?

    We love our pool. In fact, our daughters are in there for hours at a time. It is well worth our money and we purchased it at great time to kick off summer break. I highly recommend this pool. 

First Time Visiting A Food Truck Event ( Summer To Do List)

Saturday, June 5, 2021

 This post is NOT sponsored and everything written is my personal review and experience.


        One of the things that I wanted to do this summer was to visit at least one food truck event in my city or nearby. I also have a list of other ideas for the summer check out my other blog post   Fun Things To Do As A Family This Summer Our family has never been to one and when I saw that there was an event that occurs only on the first Friday of the month, I knew we would be able to visit and give it a shot. 

 








It was quite a turn out especially for this quiet town. I thought there could've been more trucks but I guess for the amount of people there, it was okay. We only purchased food from two trucks. A Jamaican one and a Wings one.  In my opinion, if you are dealing with customers and they are PAYING you, then your energy should be different. 


My rice tasted like "leftovers"and it was hard. The chicken was not seasoned like how I would do it and the "hairs" from the chicken wings was still on there (smh). The cabbage was definitely bagged cabbage from Publix or something lol.

 

BROWN STEW CHICKEN, RICE AND PEAS, AND CABBAGE

    My husband tried the boneless bbq wings and fries. The chicken in our opinion was just sautéed and smothered in bbq sauce. I did not taste any seasonings at all. I feel like the food could've been better. The fries definitely tasted like deep fryer oil. That is also a "no" for us. 

    One thing I would say is that this monthly event is something good to do with family and friends. It's a good environment to just go out and have a good time.  I am also happy to see a lot of entrepreneurs handling their business. But like I stated, the ones we purchased from, could've been a little more friendly. IF we decide to go again, we will not go to those two trucks. A taco truck is next on my summer list.


 BONELESS WINGS AND FRIES

 






Have you ever ate at a food truck? How was your experience?
 
Later Love Bugs,
Elizabeth Jacas

I CUT IT ALL OFF!!!!

Sunday, May 30, 2021

    "A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life" -Coco Chanel


    I made the decision to cut all my hair off AGAIN. The only difference between then and now is, I am actually going to rock it out in public. I was always self conscious about showing my hair and what it looked like. I knew there would be a day where I stopped caring and started to live my life for me and not what others thought of me. This decision however did not come lightly. I like to think things through before I make drastic changes and decisions. 

    Last week, I packed up all my stuff and quit my job of 6 1/2 years with no remorse. The past 2 school years, I wasn't staying for myself instead, I was staying for others. I would always feel bad and think about what would  happen if I did leave. Would the class be okay?, would they hire someone that actually teaches etc. I'm thinking all of that while I am stressing in bed and those people are okay sleeping in their beds. I knew I had to make that stop ASAP! I even expressed to my daughters that quitting is not okay however, if you feel you can do better and deserve more then you do what you have to do. I had to make sure my girls see that mommy is not here for the BS from anyone especially with being an African American woman.

    After quitting, I felt more empowered to change everything. I knew embracing my hair would be the first. Not only for me, but for my daughters too. I want them to know that natural hair and nails is beautiful. We should not let society tell US that hair weaves, lashes, and fake nails signifies beauty. It should ENHANCE our natural beauty. Who am I to express that constantly to my girls while I am getting weaves and/or lace fronts? I have to make sure I am setting an example for my black daughters in a f'd up world. 


    This is going to be a change of many for me. I have so many plans and I am going to utilize this free time (summer) to do just that. 


    If you are having some doubts on whether to make some changes in your life, I suggest you shift your mindset and just make those changes. You don't have to explain yourself to anyone. Opinions from others based on YOUR decisions/moves are not relevant. 


    Later Love Bugs,

Elizabeth Jacas


 

Fun Things To Do As A Family This Summer

Saturday, May 29, 2021


     Another school year has come to an end. I can't believe how fast the year went for my girls. I know that they will expect to do so much and it's time for me to start planning some things for just us girls to do together and as family with daddy lol. I decided to share some ideas that you all can do with your families too. I am not sure of when school ends for you guys but ours end the last week of May. So technically, my girls have 2 whole months off. I am going to definitely implement some type of educational activity. But for the most part, they are going to have fun.


    I know this is a time where families usually take vacations and what not, but I am also going to include things to do at home or in your local community. 


Things to do at home

1) Cook/bake together

2) Play board games

3) Paint (you can buy a canvas for everyone at Dollar Tree along with some acrylic paint from Walmart and watch a Youtube video with an easy painting tutorial that the whole family can do)

4) Tye Dye..This is super fun. You can buy a kit at your local Wlamrt or craft store. You can basically the dye anything. We did this last year and we all had a great time check it out here Fun Summer Activity For The Family (Tie Dye Shirts).

5) Slumber Party in the living room or master bedroom. Bring in the treats, drinks, movies, and wear your PJ's.

6) Arts and Crafts. There are plenty of inexpensive materials that will allow you create almost anything. 

7) Record a dance video 


Things to do outside of home

1) Beach/Water park

2) Park

3) Picnics

4) Go on a walk around your neighborhood or if your are adventurous, go on a nature walk at your local park trail.

5) Visit family 

6) Staycations (Spend a night or 2 at a local hotel or resort...kids love hotels for some reason)

7) Family vacations (always check online for deals and discounts)



Take That Leap of Faith

Thursday, May 27, 2021


    I am ready to just speak to someone today because my spirit is on 100 right now. Listen, when you manifest something, you have to believe in your heart that it will come to life. I am living it right now. Another thing, when you make plans best believe God will either make it happen or switch it up a bit. For the past 2 years, I have been battling with whether or not I should stay at my place of employment. For those of you that don't know I WAS working at a preschool as a VPK teacher for 6 years and this school year a Kindergarten/First grade class opened up and I taught it. If you haven't read that blog, you can click here What Led Me To Teaching Kindergarten/First Grade anyway, for months I was stressed and started feeling discouraged (this had nothing to do with my students, I love my class) it was just a mental thing.  I am still on my positivity kick and I realized I was not practicing what I was preaching if I am coming into an establishment not happy and ready to give it all up. With the same breath, I am telling y'all to not let negative energy get to you and if you are not happy somewhere to just leave.

    My mental health was declining and I caught myself being upset more than usual and I know that I had to do something quick. So, I started taking mental health days and stared acting as if I was not working. I would wake up in the morning, take the girls to school, come home and sit in my patio and write in my journal with a cup of coffee. I would treat my whole day as if I did not have a job. I envisioned this everyday. I acted out the life I wanted to live.

    If you do not own a journal to write down your visions, thoughts, plans etc, then I suggest you get on that now because, you will have that "aha" moment and when you go back and read what you wrote prior to that moment, you will be in shock. A few weeks ago I was telling my husband I wanted to quit but I felt bad for the class. I even planned when my last day at the job would be. I asked for a sign. All of this was written in my journal 2 weeks ago. God gave me 2 signs and he did not want me to finish out the school year. Even though that was my intention. Teaching is my thing and my passion BUT, it will be in a better environment at the right time. Right now, I am enjoying my family and getting things done. 

    Only you have the power to determine how you want to live your life and who will be part of it. If you feel like you can do better, take that leap of faith. Always remember, your mental health comes first. If your gut is telling you something isn't right.... IT'S NOT! Manifest the life you want to live and act like it already happened!!! Trust the process and do the work.


    Hopefully this is the sign that you needed to take that leap of faith. Good luck, You Got This Girl! My ebook also talks about taking that leap of faith with different situations in our everyday lives.


Later Love Bugs,

Elizabeth Jacas


Word of Advice

Monday, May 24, 2021



    It's the last week of school! I can't believe how fast it went.(If you didn't know, I am a teacher). Although it is the last week, I took another mental health day today. I am starting to listen to my body and when it tells me to take it easy or focus on something else, then that is what I do. I can't give my all to things or people and neglect myself and my hustles and neither should you! It was on my heart to write this post. It may be for someone who is reading this right now or in the near future. 

     I don't want to be classified as an Influencer because I am not that. I don't want to work for IG per say however, my goal on being on social media is to promote this blog site and my experiences so that it can help or motivate someone who may be in the same situation. For the past few months as I tried to grow my audience and produce some type of content(still learning) I noticed that everyone is acting almost the same online. It is kind of sad in my opinion. I see a lack of authenticity. 

    Most of the women all look the same and act the same. They promote the same businesses and the lack of support for others is very noticeable. I follow quite a few "influencers" who I know started off real small and always interacted with their followers and shared each others posts and what not, but the moment a few of them gained an audience, they started moving different. Why support a person or company that already has a huge following that doesn't even know you exist? Whereas you have small influencers that support you 100% but they can't even get a single like or share from some of you. 

    Now, I know no one should base anything on likes, comments, shares, etc However, if you are using these platforms as a potential business then they do matter. I quietly watch and observe people on- line and most times I can tell who is very genuine with their audience. I don't think it will kill you to support one another. I have made some great connections online and I try my hardest to share their content and comments on their stuff because I honestly feel like we all should win.


      My word of advice to you all is to be humble with everything and everyone around you because one day you can have it all, and then poof the next day it can all be gone. Remember the people who supported you in the beginning stages when you had nothing, and think about the people who "support" you now when you made a name for yourself. Sometimes its "clout chasing" If you feel like giving up because the numbers are not where you want them to be, DON'T... My numbers have not grown in months and that is NOT going to stop me. Consistency also plays a factor and engaging with your audience, even if its only one person.  If you were able to get that one person to reach out to you and thank you for something you did or said on a post that inspired them, then you have made it! It only takes one person to feel motivated/inspired. 

        Social Media is a great platform, but it can also mess up your mental state. Learn how to shift your mindset and not take things personal. Like I always say, if following someone makes you feel some type of way...UNFOLLOW them. The discernment you are feeling is not for play play. Whatever your hustle is, be consistent with it and never give up. Don't compare yourself to anyone and your timing for success will come when its YOUR time. I want us all to win and we all will. 


Later Love Bugs,

Elizabeth Jacas