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My 2012 Faves

31 Dec

This year was quite a year to remember. Here are my 2012 favorites:

Family

It’s so easy for us to take our loved ones for granted. I really felt like my family and I grew closer this year, and I’m so grateful for that. Seeing Izabella grow has been quite an adventure for all of us and has certainly made life a little more worthwhile.

My family and I at Bella's 1st Birthday Party!

My family and I at Bella’s 1st Birthday Party!

Love

I can go on forever about this very special person, but I’m simply glad that he’s been by my side through the good and the bad. I couldn’t ask for a better boyfriend.

Mohammar and I at The Getty Center.

Mohammar and I at The Getty Center.

Friends

I stuck by the few friends that I have and was lucky enough to make new ones. I’m so thankful to have them in my life. They’re very dear to my heart, and I would do anything for them.

Since 2007? Er, something like that. The point is she's my best friend and she always will be.

Since 2007? Er, something like that. The point is she’s my best friend and she always will be.

My soul sister. She's definitely more than a best friend. Words can't describe how much she means to me.

My soul sister. She’s definitely more than a friend. Words can’t describe how much she means to me.

Nicholita! I met her at just the right time, and we've helped each other through a lot. It was meant to be!

Nicholita! I met her at just the right time. It was meant to be!

My little brothers that I love and adore. Stay away, girls!

My little brothers that I love and adore. Stay away, girls!

Maria is one of my favorite fashion bloggers! We started talking through the inter webs and I can definitely call her a new friend. She's such a sweet girl. Click on her photo to check out her blog!

Maria is one of my favorite fashion bloggers! We started talking through the interwebs and I can definitely call her a new friend. She’s such a sweet girl. Click on her photo to check out her blog!

Italy

What’s life without a little adventure? Italy was definitely the highlight of my year. I’m so lucky to have been given this birthday gift. This trip opened my eyes and helped me realize how much more of the world I’ve yet to see.

Outside of the Altare della Patria or Altar of the Fatherland.

Outside of the Altare della Patria or Altar of the Fatherland.

Rome with my lovely parents.

Rome with my lovely parents.

Venice!

Venice!

You can find a more extensive look of my trip here!

2012 was great to me, but I know 2013 will be so much better. I pray God helps you reach all of your goals. Have a Happy New Year, friends!

Christmas Eve

24 Dec

Hi, everyone!

I’ve been gone for quite a while, but I was enjoying a long needed break.

I’m done with my fall semester of my senior year in college. Crazy! Right? I only have winter session and spring semester to go, and I’m done (for now)!

Well…

It’s Christmas Eve today! My heart feels happy and my tummy is excited 🙂

Our family celebrates the birth of Christ today. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Christ is the greatest gift of all, and I hope that you all remember what today REALLY means. Sure the presents and delicious food make today more enjoyable, but today we celebrate the greatest present that was given to humanity.

I hope you all enjoy today and tomorrow with your favorite people 🙂

I bought my Christmas Eve outfit at Nordstroms Rack. Here’s what I’ll be wearing today:

This is the front of the dress.

This is the front of the dress.

 

This is the back of the dress.

This is the back of the dress.

 

I love the bow and sequence detail!

I love the bow and sequence detail!

 

Aren't these gorgeous?

Aren’t these gorgeous?

 

Black sheer tights to finish the look.

Black sheer tights to finish the look.

Merry Christmas!

 

HoliDIY

6 Dec
Make this and other patterns!

Make this and other patterns!

Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, this DIY is perfect for this time of year.

Materials: popsicle sticks, glue, and your imagination.

Feel free to follow your own pattern, but you can follow the picture above for help.

If you have any cool DIYs you’d like me to do, let me know in the comments below!

My Thanksgiving

23 Nov

Hello, everyone!

I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving 🙂

My Thanksgiving was filled with yummy food and beautiful people…

My niece, her cheeks, and I.

This little girl is really special. She has brought so much love and joy into my family. It was her first Thanksgiving!

Mohammar and I at DCA!

Mohammar and I went to Disneyland/Disney California Adventure a day before Thanksgiving. It was so much fun, and it really set the Holiday spirit!

Bella and the “big” girls.

We spent this Thanksgiving with three other families: The Escobar (my sister’s family), The Castillo (my best friend’s family), and The Guzman. It’s nice to know that even though my extended family is far away,  the love I have for them is just as deep and true. (P.S. We really missed the other Guzman family. It wasn’t the same without them!)

iBon Appétit!

What’s Thanksgiving without a little (a lot of) dessert? It’s the small and sweet things in life that matter 😉

I can’t wait for Christmas!

Pretty Little Things

15 Nov

Hello, friends!

I’ve been doing a lot of bargain shopping over the week and found some great finds. I’ll be posting photos soon!

This is a short post, but I promise my next one will be filled with goodies that I’m sure you’ll all enjoy.

Have a great weekend! XO

Twenty-One

19 Oct

Birthday Glee

It’s happening. I’m entering adulthood, and I couldn’t be more excited for what God has planned for me.

My birthday (October 20, 2012) falls on the Sabbath this year. What a blessing! I don’t believe in coincidence, and I strongly feel this happened for a reason.

Like most people, I’m usually pretty selfish on my birthday and expect the world to pour out congratulations and gifts at my feet. This year, however, I just want to give thanks.

First and foremost, I thank God for giving me another year of life. For allowing me to wake up every morning with a healthy body and a loving family. I feel guilty sometimes because I know I don’t deserve half of His blessings, but after all, He is love. That’s His thing. I thank Him for loving me and making me new.

My family. What a beautiful sentence. What a privilege to call them my own. They make up who I am. They are a gift from God and nothing on Earth matters more to me than they do.

My best friends. Friends are family we choose for ourselves. I’ve chosen wisely. They complete the little empty spaces in my heart and have each taught me valuable lessons in life.

I plan on making this year better than the last. Becoming a woman of God and living my life as an example for others is what I hope to accomplish. I ask you all to keep me in your prayers, and thank you for being a part of my life 🙂

From birth I have relied on You; You brought me forth from my mother’s womb. I will ever praise You. –Psalm 71:6

My Trip to Italy

13 Sep

Now that my senior year in college is in full swing, I didn’t want to miss out on the chance to talk to you all about my amazing summer vacation. Some of you might have already seen the pictures on my Instagram (PriscillaMrtnz), Twitter or Tumblr but I wanted to give you all a deeper look into my time in the beautiful Italia. I went on this trip with my parents as part of my twentieth birthday celebration (though my birthday is in October). I’m so blessed to have such loving parents! They’re the ones who made it all possible.

This was my second time in Europe. I had the chance to visit France, England and Spain when I turned 15, but I enjoyed this trip a whole lot more. I think you appreciate things a lot more when you’re older.

We began our journey in Rome

Here I am taking a stroll down the beautiful city. I love how narrow the streets are, and the architecture is timeless.

My first Italian meal: grilled chicken, pasta and veggies, and squash all lightly glazed in olive oil.

This is probably my favorite picture from the entire trip! Props to my dad. Visiting the Colosseum meant a lot to my parents and I. So many martyrs shed their blood here.

My mom and I outside of the St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican (please excuse my overly exposed legs).

Here I am outside of the Altare della Patria or Altar of the Fatherland.

We weren’t allowed to take pictures of the breathtaking Sistine Chapel, but I snuck in a picture (or ten).

Florence

Florence is beautiful! I love the architecture as well. The shopping wasn’t too bad either. They sell so many leather goods.

At the Boboli Gardens located behind the Pitti Palace.

Pisa

I’d been wanting a picture with the Leaning Tower of Pisa for so long! My wish came true 🙂

I love this picture of my mom and dad!

Venice

So beautiful! The small boats in the photo are taxis!

This was taken after I cut my hair at BH Salon. The service was so great!

We didn’t get to ride a gondola. It was way too hot!

I had an amazing time in Italy. There was so much to see! The people were so friendly and welcoming. I can’t wait to visit Europe again 🙂

Have any of you been to Italy or anywhere else in Europe? What was your experience like? Please share in the comments below!

Have a great day, everyone!

XO