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A Hug from Far Away

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This post was sponsored by Hallmark. All content and images are my own.

The holiday season inspires to celebrate a life full of unique moments and beautiful people that has crossed our path. Let's celebrate those friendships together with Hallmark Vida! | Live Colorful

It’s that time of year again, when we go shop for a Christmas tree, or in our case, take it out of the box, and the memories of all those people who have been and still are a part of our lives begin to come to mind.

My friend Edith, is probably the first person that I think of during this season. I always think about her and all the amazing memories we created together. I traveled with her to the Southern Hemisphere, from Mexico to Chile when we were just 19 years old. We lived together in this tiny bedroom in a beautiful city named Viña del Mar. When we moved together, we didn’t know each other very much, and we had no idea we were about to live some of the best months of our lives. I always think about our sleepless nights, and how we used to go to parties and then back to our room to finish art or design projects for the next day’s classes. It was crazy and so much fun.

When we went back to Mexico, we continued to see each other often at college, we took the same classes and even managed to travel together a few more times around Mexico. I remember the day I told her that I was moving to the United States with my boyfriend, who is my husband now. It was one of the hardest things. It broke my heart to know that I was not going to see her very often and that our lives as we knew them, were about to change a lot.

A few months later she moved to another city in Mexico too, but even from a distance we managed to stay in touch.

Then, two and a half years ago, Edith called me to let me know that she was pregnant. I remember thinking, this is crazy, I just had taken a pregnancy test and it was positive! We talked on a video chat probably for an hour. I started to imagine our babies playing together, and if they were going to be two boys, two girls, boy and girl? Then five months later I traveled to Mexico and I got the opportunity to see her again because she was back in town too. We spent a whole weekend together at my parents home, like old times, staying awake until midnight, waking up late, going to the beach for a walk, talking about college, about Chile, about our trips around Mexico and about our hopes and dreams, but not for us, for our babies.

My son Jaxon was born on February 9 and Edith’s daughter, Isabella on February 14, just five days later.

Thinking about all of these memories made me realize that life can be funny sometimes, it brings us incredible surprises, like the opportunity of experiencing motherhood at the same time as my best friend.

The holiday season inspires to celebrate a life full of unique moments and beautiful people that has crossed our path. Let's celebrate those friendships together with Hallmark Vida! | Live Colorful

How do you celebrate a friendship like that? Hallmark Vida makes it look easy, by creating holiday greeting cards and ornaments that simply express that sincere affection. Hallmark Vida cards and ornaments are also in Spanish. Being able to send a card in my native language feels incredibly special. The message in Hallmark Vida greeting cards has the exact words I used to say to family and friends. Reading them brings back memories, and that makes them even more unique and personal. All my friends who speak Spanish would know that, there is nothing like reading un te quiero mucho, Feliz Navidad or tu amistad me ha regalado tanto!

The holiday season inspires to celebrate a life full of unique moments and beautiful people that has crossed our path. Let's celebrate those friendships together with Hallmark Vida! | Live Colorful

The holiday season inspires to celebrate a life full of unique moments and beautiful people that has crossed our path. Let's celebrate those friendships together with Hallmark Vida! | Live Colorful

The holiday season inspires to celebrate a life full of unique moments and beautiful people that has crossed our path. Let's celebrate those friendships together with Hallmark Vida! | Live Colorful

I wrote a card to Edith last night. I put it in the mail this morning. I hope that it surprises her and hugs her from far away.

The holiday season inspires to celebrate a life full of unique moments and beautiful people that has crossed our path. Let's celebrate those friendships together with Hallmark Vida! | Live Colorful

Use the Hallmark store locator to find the Hallmark Vida Christmas cards and ornaments near where you live. You can also find many Hallmark Vida designs through Amazon too.

The holiday season inspires to celebrate a life full of unique moments and beautiful people that has crossed our path. Let's celebrate those friendships together with Hallmark Vida! | Live Colorful

The holiday season inspires to celebrate a life full of unique moments and beautiful people that has crossed our path. Let’s celebrate those friendships together! Who are you sending that special card to this holiday season?

A Happy Holidays Garland Idea

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A Happy Holidays Garland with Love+Lemon Craft Co. and Live Colorful

The holiday season is approaching fast, and that is inspiring tons of creative ideas I would love to make for the special people in my life. That’s why I’m so excited about collaborating with one of the cutest brands out there, Love+Lemon Craft Co., and using their products in my projects.

Happy Holidays Crafts with Love+Lemon Craft Co. and Live Colorful

In case you have never heard of them, Love+Lemon Craft Co. is an online shop that focus on paper crafting. They sell the cutest brads, fun washi tape designs and unique stickers designs, and they also feature some novelty/party items such as enamel pins, iron-on patches and banner kits.

This week I started to personalize the homemade presents that I’m making for family and friends. I used a few different washi tape designs to add a special touch to the jars and make them look unique for each person.

Happy Holidays Crafts with Love+Lemon Craft Co. and Live Colorful

Happy Holidays Crafts with Love+Lemon Craft Co. and Live Colorful

I also created something simple and pretty to hang next to the Christmas tree. I wanted to cover a small empty space in the wall that was driving me a bit crazy, so this easy project was perfect for that.

Happy Holidays Garland and a Free Printable | Live Colorful

I thought it would be fun to make an illustration of a christmas tree to decorate that empty space on the wall. I used watercolors to draw it, then I scanned it and put together a printable in case you would like to add it to your holiday projects too. 

Download the printable HERE or click on the image below.

Happy Holidays Garland and a Free Printable | Live Colorful

 

To assemble the garland, I stuck the illustrations on top of a few gift tags using sparkly washi tape. I added some twine and hung the gift tags using clothespins. Simple and joyful!

Happy Holidays Garland and a Free Printable | Live Colorful

Happy Holidays Garland and a Free Printable | Live Colorful

Happy Holidays Garland and a Free Printable | Live Colorful

I love how versatile, chic and fun are all the Love+Lemon Craft Co. products are. I can’t wait to start making something for New Years. I want to use some alphabet stickers, washi tape, pendant paper pads and stickers! I’m thinking about decorating my new home entrance to receive guests for a New Year’s Eve party, and maybe some awesome New Year’s Eve DIY earrings!

Any crafts / DIY projects in mind for the Holiday season?

Say Adios Piojos in a Safe Non-Toxic Way

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This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Licefreee and #WeAllGrow Latina Network. All opinions, images and ideas are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors!

We All Grow Familia event | Live Colorfu

A few days ago I had the opportunity to travel to Los Angeles for the We All Grow Familia event. There I met the Licefreee team and learned so much about their non-toxic homeopathic head lice treatment.

There is no reason to use a traditional remedy for head lice with chemical pesticides when I can find a treatment like Licefreee!, that is affordable, non-toxic, natural, effective, and easy to use.

I wanted to share with all the moms and dads what I learned because, as you might already know, lice are awful and gross!

A few friends have told me terrifying stories about their kids getting lice at school. Everything about the situation sounded terrible, plus the treatments they found seemed to be extremely toxic and/or too expensive. I remember feeling a bit anxious about the whole idea and Jaxon potentially getting lice when he starts preschool. I wanted to find an option that makes me feel comfortable, so when the situation happens, I don’t panic.

Just like you, I want the best for my kid, and that includes looking for the safest and most natural products to touch his skin. The way Licefreee works is by dehydrating head lice and their eggs using sodium chloride a.k.a. salt to effectively kill lice and their eggs. Because the treatment kills lice and nits through a mechanical action rather than a chemical action, such as using ugly chemical pesticides, lice are unlikely to build a resistance to the treatment.

There is no reason to use a traditional remedy for head lice with chemical pesticides when I can find a treatment like Licefreee!, that is affordable, non-toxic, natural, effective, and easy to use.

There are also home remedies that you might have heard of, maybe from abuelita? Such as mayonnaise, olive oil, coconut oil and avocado. These are the options a lot of friends have chosen in the past while they were searching for non-toxic head lice natural remedies. Unfortunately, there are a few reasons why these methods of asphyxiation don’t work all the time. Here it goes, the reason, and it’s gross! head lice have a series of breathing “holes” along both sides of their abdomen and sometimes they are able to control these holes and close them off. They can even hold their breath for hours! Trying to smother the nits is an impossible task, as they are protected in their shells. Then there is the well known combing lice method, which can certainly eradicate the problem but, the whole process takes too long and I just can’t imagine my Jaxon sitting down for hours until all lice and nibs are removed. It’s just not going to happen!

After hearing all this information from the Licefreee team at #WeAllGrowFamilia, I’m positive that there is no reason to use a traditional remedy for head lice with chemical pesticides when I can find a treatment like Licefreee, that is affordable, non-toxic, natural, effective, and easy to use.

There is no reason to use a traditional remedy for head lice with chemical pesticides when I can find a treatment like Licefreee!, that is affordable, non-toxic, natural, effective, and easy to use.

Licefreee! brand remedies for lice are available at Walmart, Target, Walgreens, Dollar General, and other local pharmacies. You can also purchase Licefreee! brand lice treatments online or ask your local pharmacist to order it for you. 

Puedes encontrar toda la información acerca de Licefreee, instrucciones de uso e ingredientes en español también, en Licefreee.com/es y en el empaque. Así no te pierdes de ningún detalle y te sientes 100% seguro al usar el producto!