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Tacos are a well known food everywhere in the world, we all love them and is an easy and delicious meal.
In Costa Rica, the tacos are not made like the Mexican tacos, these are rolled, fried and accompanied by cabbage with mayo and ketchup.
My mom made some good ones the other day and I took some pictures so I can show you the process.
Because I love photography so much and I shot digital for few years, I started shooting in film very recently, going back to the days where you needed to wait until you develop the film by yourself or sent it to the film lab and hope you get some good shots. You haven’t feel adrenaline when you get your pictures back, you are dead!
Because I don’t have a huge budget, my friend Laura Pardo, recommend me the Canon Rebel G, I got one online for $35 with one lens and filter. I was very lucky! I started watching videos about it, and reading a lot, and still I feel like I know nothing (just like Jon Snow ).
How do you learn about film photography? Take pictures! Read, ask questions! -God knows everybody is sick of my questions- but I rather ask and learn than screw my camera and still feel clueless.
Now I am part of some facebook groups where fellow film-lovers like myself, learn about film photography, share their pictures and ask questions (for a newbie like me, this is awesome!).
If you are looking for a workshop to learn how to shoot film, check Embrace the Grain, the fall workshop is starting very soon.
And now let me show you an awesome video for inspiration purposes:
Need a gift for someone who loves music?
Do YOU love music? Get something for you or your home. I will show you cool stuff you can gift to that person that listen music all day long. 🙂
You can’t go wrong gifting a nice wireless speaker.I own a few and use them in different rooms, I will show you a couple that I owe and they have been great!
I love to sing in the shower, is one of the places we feel comfortable enough to give ourselves a nice concert.
This speaker is $14.99 and even if is not super loud, you can put it in the shower with you. 🙂
If you plan to give a bigger one, my recommendation is the Phillips DOT, I own it and is awesome! I use it everywhere, at the beach, in the house, at the backyard, the sound is awesome for the size and I can take it in my purse.
But if the recipient, is in need of a nice pair of bookshelf speakers, you can buy good ones from $50 to $250
When looking for a turntable you need to know your needs and what equipment are you willing to add to your player. So I bring you a couple of options, one portable and one that you can set it up with a bookshelf speakers and be ready to rock your place!
This vintage style turntable is belt drive (If you don’t know what this is, you can learn more here), and has built-in speakers, you can connect your Ipod, RCA output (so you can connect your speakers), 3.5mm line in port and headphones jack. Also will look super cool in your living room! Use code VY4BWJIT for $30 off -Yayyyyyyyy!-(until 5/31/16).
If you are looking for another style, the Audio Technica At-LP60 is a great beginner’s turntable.
Spotify Gift Card:
Well, I love physical albums but my ¨collection¨ goes beyond my records, I love Spotify and how simple it is to use it. Also my cell phone doesn’t have a lot of space so this is great when I want to listen online or offline to my playlists. Buy Gift cards in this link.
Also, great news for families.We have a family plan and I am so happy I found about Spotify Family, now my husband and I can use Premium accounts and still have our separate profiles.
Spotify just released the awesome news that they are upgrading their pricing for families up to 6 people for $14.99 a month.
Check more about Family plan here.
Obviously, if you are a music lover, you need music 🙂
Going to the record store is one of my favorite things to do, but unfortunately I can’t go there as often as I want to.
Luckily, there are a bunch of ways to get records online Amazon, Ebay, Discogs, Amoeba, but also from some years back, records subscription clubs have been gaining a lot of recognition, mostly because is a excellent way to discover new music and adding essential vinyl to your record collection. Vinyl Me Please is one of my favorites, they send you an exclusive pressed record every month, also includes
Prices start from $23 for your own membership and you can send it as a gift.
Concerts are all about the experience of listening to live music and set a memory that will last forever. So concert tickets are a no brainer if you know some artist is coming t your town and you want to give a ticket as a gift.
This could be a double gift, let me explain myself better.
You can surprise your loved one with a ticket to a concert of her/his favorite artist (and that by itself will be awesome) but giving it is half the fun. You can find ideas of how to give concert tickets here.
To buy online tickets for someone else, check this link.
Record storage case:
I am a record collector and even if I have more than 30 albums I own this case, because is beautiful (Gorgeous!), is a great option to add to your decor showing your love for music and brag about your favorite albums. 🙂
And if you want to gift it, I bet that person will love it! (Extra points for you if you give it with some records inside).
Get this case here.
Of course, wearing the t shirt of your favorite band is the best thing ever, so giving it as a gift is a no-brainer. Is inexpensive but a really emotional gift. (Am I the only one who gets really excited when I see someone I don’t know wear a shirt of my favorite band?)
Rockabilia is a cool website that carries from baby sizes to 3X.
I am obsessed with gallery walls and decorating your wall with art inspiring by music will show everybody the love for music and you will feel embraced by the best of music.
I am going to recommend two artists that captures not only the musicians, but their work, and they nailed it!
Based in Florida, this is one my favorite shops on Etsy, a great collection of artists art prints of all music genres: from Jazz to Hip Hop. If you -or the person you are looking a gift for- loves Indie music,definitely check this shop. Follow them on facebook and Instagram , sometimes the artist post good offers and updates his art shows!
Draw me a song
This parisian shop illustrates song lyrics into awesome and colorful art.
With a mix of typography, illustration and music lyrics, these art prints are bold and awesome to change the decor of any room.
Check the shop on Etsy, Facebook and Instagram.
Because drinking coffee without music in the background is just wrong.
Show the love for music with a mug. They are inexpensive, but is a gift that it will be used every day of the year 😉
I remember the days of the mixtape and how you could show that special person how much he/she meant to you by spending hours assembling the perfect playlist.
Now, you can make a nice playlist but instead of a tape, storage it in a USB drive that looks like one. Get it here.
Ticket Stub Diary:
A great and easy way to storage all those concert tickets, it comes with space so you can write your own impressions. Buy it here.
What else would you add to this list? Tell me on the comment section. 😉
I met Emily when she volunteered in Costa Rica. She was my roommate and she was sweet and friendly. I always liked her a lot, now I can tell why, after all of these years, she is still looking for ways to give. That is how Jane & Pearl was born. A watercolor stationery where 100% of the profits go to non-profits organizations that help oppressed women and children.
Her first project as Jane and Pearl is helping a Syrian Refugee School in Turkey where 250 Syrian refugees children are learning from 8 Syrian Refugee Teachers and 1 support staff. You can check about this school here.
This kids are taught in classrooms that once were shipping containers and besides regular class, they also help them deal with their emotions through art.
You can help this school to maintain open, buying Jane and Pearl’s thank you cards, every package comes with 10 cards with their envelopes. 100% of the profits goes to this school.
So, Mother’s day is almost here and you don’t want to end up getting some flowers at the supermarket that will die in 2 days (too dramatic?)My point is, there is awesome stuff on the internet to give as a gift. Hey, after all, all moms are different! 🙂
I check some websites to find cool deals and awesome gifts.
Let me show you some ideas of cool products I have found online that are not the typical ¨mom’s gift¨
Swear Coloring Books:
Yeah, they are a bunch of coloring books all over the place,mandalas, cats, etc, but these ones, are for the moms who need to take some time for themselves with a glass of wine or beer, while the family sleeps.
If your mom/ friend/sister loves yoga, having a good yoga mat is a must. This one is not expensive and the material and quality are awesome, I personally own this one and is great!
Is Latex and rubber free, hypoallergenic and 5mm thick. Get it here, but if you need something thicker and extra long, I recommend this 8mm one.
Also if she wants to lose weight and get healthier, the DDP Yoga DVDs could be an awesome gift that she will use the rest of the year. You can get it in one payment or in 3 monthly payments of $24.99, check it here.
If the mom is a Star Wars fan, this will melt her rebel heart. Also you get to keep half of it, so is a win-win situation!
OK, so, if you are a mom, you now the bath time is like taking a vacation, so you need to make sure that mom is taking some time for herself to keep sane.
This is made of teak, good deal for $39.99, buy it here.
I went to Etsy to find something cool, and there is sooo much in here that I included a link with store that have really cool ones for your mom, grandma, aunt, sister, etc. This one definitely will make her smile every time she uses it.
Recently I found a really cool product that simplifies the way to garden herbs,veggies and flowers, so this is the perfect time to gift it, it is called the Seed Sheet, pretty much is a sheet already with seeds on it and you just have to lay it on the garden, water it and watch it grow!
They literally hundreds of subscription boxes around there, and one of my favorite ones are the food boxes, this one called Try the World, curated by chefs, brings you 7 or 8 items every month from different parts of the world. (or twice a month depending of your choice)
Subscribe here and get a FREE box with subscription.
Mandala Round Beach Throw Tapestry
Springtime is superb for outdoor time and this mandala throw is so beautiful that you won’t want to put it on the sand, also can be used as tabletop or use it in a picnic.
If nothing above feels like a right present for your mom, try Hello Shopper, a website where you set up a budget, some keywords and they will show you some really cute gift ideas.
They pick some selection of presents from all over internet, according to the information given by the client and open a request, someone will email you back with a list of possible matches. (I even opened a request for myself and my sister and I liked what they suggest with a budget of $25, kudos). Get a $10 off on your first order.
What do you think of this list?
What would you add to it?
Let me know in the comment section.