Exploring the Orlando Neighborhood : The Wondermande Cafe

Happy Friday 👋🏻 let’s jump right into this weekends fresh date night inspiration!


Last weekend the hubs and I decided to take a day trip up to Sanford, Florida. About 30 minutes from downtown this quaint little city is the absolutely adorable. Cobble streets, cafes and old brick buildings > I was in heaven.

Utilize their free parking along the main road through their historic downtown. About every shop and cafe is about 2 blocks distance from the main strip, so don’t worry too much about seeing everything.

Our goal was to visit the Wondermade Cafe! Wondermade is this complexity unique cafe that sells delectable s’mores! Take your time walking and explore each of the back streets, every area is covered paintings and sculptures.

Stop into Wondermade Cafe and pick up a handmade s’more! They have small jars on the left counter top filled to the brim with unique flavored marshmallows and dark chocolate.

Although, I have to admit, the prices were a BIT EXPENSIVE. (Two small s’mores cost us roughly $7) but it was well worth the price. I picked out strawberry marshmallows and dark chocolate 🤤🤤🤤

I absolutely loved everything about this small downtown strip. My husband and I did end up getting to Sanford a bit later than we had hoped to, so we missed out on a few stops. We defiantly will be back!


Have any of you visited Sanford, Florida or the Wondermade Cafe? I would love to hear about it in the comments below!

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Life Hack : Habits of Highly Successful People That You Can Start Today

There’s so much pressure now to eat healthy, get exercise, take care of your home, spend time with your spouse/kids/pets AND to balance it all while working a full time (or like me TWO full time jobs). This whole “work-life balance” shenanigan. 

My husband and I always tease each other and call this the “participation point challenge.” Starting of the day with 100 points and marking off points for having to basically participate in life. (I.E. Walking the Dog -25 points). We joke that honestly I end far up in the red each day. We find it amusing to laugh about our stressful day over a shared bottle of wine 😂😂 


I’m by NO MEANS a morning person. But here are somethings I’ve learned over the years that help me feel like I’m at least getting most of that first list accomplished: Exercise, Eat Healthy, Spending Time with Spouse/Pets AND have a clean home. I tell myself everyday when I roll out of bed at the ASS CRACK of dawn >>

“If I do this. If I really really do this. I get everything done. Then after work, when I come home, I’m going to treat myself to a long hot bath and Netflix.”

The “treat myself to….” changes every morning. From Starbucks, to there’s chocolate on the counter in the Kitchen for god sake just get out of bed. 


What I do at night to make a better morning

  1. Make a bottle of water and leave it in the fridge. Here’s the link my current bottle!
  2. Pick up your house: Straighten couch throw pillows, vacuum if you need to, start the dishwasher, start a load of wash Etc. Make everything “company clean” if you will
  3. Pre-pack your lunches. We like to do this on Sundays after grocery shopping, but the night before works too. My go-to right now is grilled chicken and organic veggie pasta with raw spinach. I love these meal prep containers on Amazon!
  4. Layout your work clothes. Pick out an entire outfit, shoes and all. I like to keep labeled week bins in my closet. Done with the wash? Pick out your outfit and throw it into a labeled “Monday” bin. I use these bins for my closet, find something that works for you too! 
  5. ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS have a “drop location” at the front door. Ours is a small dish on our kitchen bar: use this to lay down your work badges, car keys, wallets, wedding rings etc. I picked up an antique glass dish for ours, but you can use something like this too! 

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Exploring the Orlando Neighborhood : The Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, Kissimmee Florida

Tinsel and I (not so much my husband) love to hike and we are always looking for new adventures to go on. This weekend we finally had perfect weather and hit up the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek > Kissimmee, Florida! This place has been on my bucket list for a while and I was so excited to finally get to check it out!

Just a 30 minute drive from the heart of Orlando, with minimum time on dirt roads this short weekend adventure was well worth the trip. Here’s the link to their website for more information!

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We arrived at that trail around 10AM on Sunday morning and the parking lot was virtually empty. There were a few vans parked out in the lot and to our surprise there were A LOT of families with small children. If you are bringing your dog along that does not get along with children, be sure to pass on this trail. There a lot of bikes, children and families picnicking! The good news? There is not many dogs, so if your pup is like mine (not friendly with other pups) this trail is for you!

ALWAYS BE PREPARED: Even when on shorter trails it’s important to have the essentials. Interested in what kind of day pack I use for trips like these? “>Here’s the exact day pack I use on my day-ventures with this cutie. (Affiliate link). I always carry a first aid kit (for myself and Tinsel), a pop out bowel for her to drink from AND PLENTY of water! I’ll be posting a “day packing guide” later on! But you can see all of our hiking and camping adventures here.

Start off straight from the parking lot and hit up the first .8 mile loop (short I know). Make sure to take lots of breaks with your pup, the path is made of crushed shell rock and might tear up your pups feet. After the loop, keep left and follow the longer “brown” trail markings through the picking area. The brown trail will lead you to a multitude of other trails, all around 1-2 miles round trip. Pick and choose your trails, these are fully pathed. Great for biking too! There are plenty of picnicking spots along the paved path; next time we will bring a packed lunch!

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There is a historic pioneer village in the middle of the trails (that is NOT dog friendly), but great for kids! That part of the park hours vary, so be sure to check before arriving.

We had a blast checking out all of the trails this park has to offer and you should too! Perfect for familes, safe for solo femal hikers (like myself) AND perfectly suited to bring your best fur buddy along. We hiked just under 3 miles, but we were EXHAUSTED. Next time, we plan on starting a bit earlier in the morning to avoid the heat.

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Have you checked out this trail before? I would love to hear about it in the comments below! 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻 Thank you all for reading! Be sure to check out Tinsel & my Instagram @TheTangledTinsel to see all of our weekend adventures!

DIY : Color Blocked Painted Pots! 🌺👩🏻‍🌾

I’m a bit OBSESSED with color blocking > wether we are talking about wall art or notebooks. I saw this craft idea on a fellow craft bloggers Instagram and just had to give it a go for myself! Belows the supply list & let’s get started!


“>Terra-cotta Pots! As many as you want to paint. I’ve included my a link to what I purchased off of Amazon (affiliate link).

Paint! I chose “>orange, “>pink, “>navy, “>black and “>white. OR you can buy a “>variety pack of paint here.

“>Painters tape!

“>Paint brushes

Be sure to pick up cacti or herbs and dirt to fill your pots ☺️☺️ (I’ve actually ordered succulents off of amazon and I was completely surprised by how incredible they were. “>Check out what I purchased here). For only $15 these little cuties were absolutly perfect.

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Now let’s get started! First I want to share with you my favorite tip: always use terra-cotta pots with painting projects; the clay asorbs paint, allowing it to quickly dry. If you are looking to hot glue, let’s say florals always use the PLASTIC terra-cotta looking pots, plastic adheres better to hot glue.

For this project, start off with giving your pots a good coat of white paint. You can use a spong or brush to apply it, you don’t need to be too particular about getting it perfectly even > you’ll be covering it up later.

Next > get inspired. Check out Pinterest or copy the patterns I did on my pots! There are so many options!

Start taping off your pots. Horizontal, diagonal or vertical strips OR HECK just pant cute white starts on yours (like I did).

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Don’t mind the mess! (And the half empty Starbucks cups 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️)

After Taping off the pots, start adding some color! My first pot is this cute half orange/pink and black stripped cutie.

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Add even more character to your pots! Add stripes, swirls and stars. After painting, let your pots fully dry for about an hour before planting! Sitting the pots out in the sun will help speed up the process too.

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Or you can be impatient like me and plant them right away

After letting the pots dry add in some of your favorite plants. Of course I found this project as just an excuse to buy more cacti for my collection. If you live near Orlando, Florida be sure to check out my two favorite cacti places; The Florida Cactus Farm & Lukas Butterfly and Nursery 🌵 > I’m not even sponsored by these places, I actually just live at them (but for real….I have a cacti PROBLEM).


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Here’s how the pots turned out! (Buddy the bunny, helping out of course 🐰)

Thank you all for reading! I would love to see how your pots came out in the photos below! Don’t forget to pin this post for later and follow us on Pinterest to see all of tutorials 😘😘 Thank you!

Exploring the Orlando Neighborhood : Leu Gardens @ Art with LEGO Bricks

Looking for something fun to do this weekend with the kids? Leu Gardens is pretty much known for their incredible family friendly events – like their Dinosaur Scavenger Hunt a few months ago. But these next few months they are doing something different – Art with LEGO Bricks! So here are a few things you need to know if you are putting this on your list!


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  1. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for childern ages 4 through 17 and any child under 3 admission is free.
  2. Parking is always free. But if you are visiting on a Saturday or Sunday parking is a little tight. You should try to get at the garden gates at open or on a weekday
  3. Make sure to get a paper map at the front entrance. They do have an app version of the map, but cell phone signal is limited
  4. Garrdens open up at 9AM and close at 5PM (last entry is 4:30PM)
  5. Currently the Leu House Museum is closed due to hurricane damage
  6. Last but not least, this event is running now unti April 22nd
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(I promise I won’t spoil ALL of the statues) The Peacock is the 1st stop on the scavnger hunt!

Take your map and follow the crowds to find each of the 13 unique LEGO brick statues. Each with an educational description of the animal(s). EDUCATIONAL FUN! The weather was so perfect this weekend (in the upper 60s) and we really could not have asked for a better afternoon.

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The one thing that we would change? We’d pack a picnic to enjoy on the lawn. So many families brought in blankets and food to have lunch under the big oak trees and it looked delightful! We will be sure to come back again to see this event!

Leu Gardens has several free admission days coming up too, be sure to check out the dates here.


Looking for more date night ideas or family fun? Check out all of my weekend date ideas here. I would love to see pictures of your Leu Gardens finds below! Hope you all have a great weekend ahead!

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Life Hack : The Goodwill Outlet & What you need to know

Ok so I like to travel, I love testing out Pinterest crafts AND I love all things Tinsel. But did you know one of my other passions is thrift shopping? I get all of my clothes either on sale or directly from Goodwill.

And there is a little known secret – the Goodwill Outlet store. The Outlet Goodwill is a unicorn and varies from state to state, so be sure to do a quick google search to see if you have one near by you. If you are a Orlando local, you can find your store here.


So let’s jump right into this, there are few things you should know before going.

  1. This place is SCARY. It can be a bit scetch, but trust me it’s completely worth it. If you are a bit uneasy with germs – be sure to bring long sleved rubber clothes.
  2. Everything is $1 per pound – that means clothing, accessories, kitchware and anything else you find in the store
  3. Carts are great, but they get in the way. Carry what you can and skip the carts
  4. They don’t give discounts.
  5. You have to bag your own items
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If you can’t tell: Goodwill Thrifting is my Favorite Pass Time

So we get started here at the entrance. I never bring my purse or any bags into the store; it can get in the way while digging through the blue bins. Just carry your debit card, cash or shove your belongings into your husbands pockets 😘

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That look of concentration 😳😳

When you walk into the warehouse it can be a bit overwhelming. The entire warehouse is open and lined with these large blue bins. The bins are piled high with treasures and it’s up to you to find them! The bins are dumped every hour or so by security and refilled with new items.

During the change of bins, security will have you move into a formal line and wait while the reorganize. (I put photos in below with the rules that are posted throughout the store)

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Sometimes I love to come to this store just to find the most interesting things! LOOK AT THESE PANTS. LOOK AT THEM. 😂 

For the few minutes that we spent here Saturday morning I was able to find just a few treasures! Three perfect condition scarves and a flowy floral tank. Want to know how much I spent?

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Yeah I know. $1.15! Three scarves and a top? Seriously? After only a few minutes of digging? Yeah I’m completely serious. I love this place. Honestly I could spend hours digging through these bins 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻


Ok so now that I’ve peaked your interest, you must go and try this place out! I would love to see all of your finds down in the comment below! I’ll be posting a bunch more articles on my thrift store finds, so be sure to keep an eye out!

Want to save money in a different way? I wrote an entire article on swapping to full organic meals AND savings $100 a week! Check out that article here.

Be sure to follow me on social media too! I’m always styling my thrift store finds in some pretty cute selfies 😏

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Life Hack : A look inside my private writing (and hiding) space 🧘‍♀️🧘‍♀️

My husband, Tinsel the dog and myself live a medium sized condo – we have one bedroom and one bath. Although we love living in our smaller lifestyle (Less cleaning/maintain everything), sometimes I feel like I have no “me space.” A space for me to focus on my writing and meditation. AND to also find somewhere I can show off my cacti collection 😏😏

So I set my mind to it this weekend. I wanted to create a my own zen space. I started off by collecting some floor cushions, I was lucky enough to have been given these by a friend FOR FREE! I snagged an extra shelf from our storage closet. I picked up these ADORABLE black and white printed outdoor rugs from IKEA for $15!

Aren’t these rugs freakin’ adorable?? This is my second set of these same rugs….since my little bunny nibbled on the last set 🐰. I set up a small couch with the floor cushions, added some throw pillows AND BAM! Wondering what that black fence thing is in the background? That’s my DIY bunny fence. I can easily pull it out and pin him on the patio for a little bit of fresh air and exercise. Normally he stays out here during the day, getting some much needed exercise and fresh air. I even make him cardboard box houses to play in (OK so he doesn’t look happy – trust me he just has RBF). 🤷🏻‍♀️♥️🐰

So that’s kind of it. I now have this incredible zen-like work space. Especially that I have been sick, this is my sitting space to get some much needed fresh air. OH and space for my cacti collection (see below)….now that I have a bit more space….I think it’s time for another trip to the Florida Cactus Company – Check out my article about them here.

What’s your zen space look like? Do you have a little reading nook or hiding space away from the kids? I’d like to hear about thembelow!