Costa Rican style tacos. (Tacos Ticos)

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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.

Tacos ticos

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours

Tacos ticos


  • 3-4 pounds beef roast.
  • 20+ Corn Tortillas (I use the big ones, if you can't find those, small ones will work as well)
  • 2 Cabbages.
  • Oregano.
  • 3 Garlic cloves.
  • Salt.
  • Mayonnaise, for serving.
  • Ketchup, for serving.
  • Vegetable oil.
  • Optional Ingredients:
  • -Lizano Sauce., for serving
  • -Guacamole.
  • -Cheese (For melting, like mozarella)
  • -Refried beans.


    For the meat:
  1. In a pot, put the roast and fill with water until covers it.
  2. Boil the roast with oregano, garlic and salt.
  3. Bring to boil and simmer until is tender.
  4. Once done, shred the meat and reserve.
  5. For serving:
  6. Shred cabbage and reserve.
  7. For the tortillas:
  8. No matter if they are home made or store bought, they need to be put in heat to make them soft to be able to roll them.
  9. Now, let's make some tacos:
  10. Place the tortilla in a plate or a cutting table, add shredded meat on one of the ends of it.
  11. Roll the tortilla and press it when is done so keeps its shape.
  12. On a skillet, pour 1 inch of vegetable oil and when is hot (like really hot!), put the taco in and leave it until is golden (you might have to turn them if don't want to use a lot of oil).
  13. Use thongs to get it out of the oil. (safety first!)
  14. Place the fried taco in a paper towel to get rid of the excess of oil.
  15. Now, set the taco on a plate, add some shredded cabbage with mayo, ketchup and Salsa Lizano if you feel like an extra Costa Rican flavor.
  16. Enjoy!
  17. Optional:
  18. You can add cheese when rolling the tacos. Also can add refried beans inside or outside of the taco.
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Hope you like this recipe, let me know if you make it and how was it!
Pura Vida!


My start in film photography

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You don’t take a photograph, you make it. 

Ansel Adams

Happy World Photography Day!

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:

Games of Thrones Free Printables

If you are a Games of Thrones fan, you need to pin this post.
Either for a watching party or a birthday theme, this free (who doesn’t love free?) printables list are going to come in handy.

Free Games of Thrones Printables. Compiled by

GOT Bunting:

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Awesome for parties! Get this set of printables at Home Chemistry Set blog.


Party Games:

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Peach Party Love has 3 different games for a GOT party theme. Get them here.

Premier Party Pack:

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Via Jellyfish Soup

Jellyfish Soup posted an awesome party pack, especial for party view parties.

Valentine’s Cards:

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Via Eat + Sleep + Make

 Feeling romantic? Eat + Sleep + Make has 3 different cards to give to that special person.

Words are Wind print:

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Via A Bird and a Bean.

A cute design from a great quote from A Clash of the Kings, posted by A Bird and a Bean. Click here to get it.

Wolf & Lion prints:

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Via Dudi & Lariz

This Brazilian blog posted 2 freebies, a wolf and a lion, in case you can’t decide between Jamie or Jon. Get them here.


Quotes prints:

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Via The Traditional Millenial

This blog brought us two quotes from GOT characters: Syrio Forel (above) and Tyrion Lannister.

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Via The Traditional Millenial

Mother of Dragons print:

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Via Love and Lion.

I need to print this one ASAP! Get it here.


House Stark of Winterfell Wall Hanging Papercraft:

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Via Papercraft Square

If you need a new wall decoration, this might be it! Get all the info here.

10 Free Summer Printables

10 Free Summer Printables

Is officially summer and I love to change the Gallery Wall prints to celebrate this awesome time of the year.
So, I have chosen bold and beautiful free prints to bring color into your house!


10 Free Summer Printables Bright Print
Image from Crafted Sparrow.

I love this song and having this print in my house, will definitely cheer me up. Get the free printable here.

And, enjoy the music while you check the rest of the printables:

10 Free Summer Printables Hello Sunshine
From Eighteen 25

Beautiful bright colors to say Hello to Summer Time!

10 Free Summer Printables Watermelon
Twin Dragonfly Designs.

Do I need to say something? Get this awesome watercolor Watermelon print here.

10 Free Summer Printables Hello Summer
From Kraft Mint.

Watercolor + pineapples + cute lettering = This awesome print.

10 Free Summer Printables Let's go on adventure
From I Should Be Mopping.

Going outdoors is one of my favorite activities,now you can keep it in mind all summer long,get it here


Summer Printable

Hello Summer print here

10 Free Summer Printables Lemon Print
From Kristen Duke Photography

When life gives you lemons…print art!

From Little House Studio.

Cute print, I can totally see this in a kid’s room, get it here.

10 Free Summer Printables Pineapples
From Live Laugh Rowe.

I am obsessed with pineapples, so this printable is perfect! Get it here.

10 Free Summer Printables Surf
From Craftaholics Anonymous.

Beautiful printable, click here to get it.

Want to see check more free printables?  Follow my board on Pinterest.


Gardening with pallets

Gardening with pallets


Gardening with Pallets
Cool ideas for your garden!

I love pallets! So versatile and an inexpensive way to build stuff.
You can find them for free , check this article of good ideas where to get them (Where to get pallets for free )

I have found so cool ideas to use them in the garden, so all of those veggies and flowers have an awesome place to live. 😛

Gardening with pallets Herb Garden

Cute herb garden tutorial from DIY Show Off.


Gardening with pallets Potting Bench

Pallet Potting Bench from BHG.

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Strawberry pallet planter from Lovely Greens.

Gardening with pallets Hose planter

Hose Hiding Planter from That’s My Letter.
(Even this tutorial is not from pallets, includes the plans and is doable with pallets)

Gardening with pallets Garden Organizer

And of course, we need a nice and well organized space for all of our tools.
Check this tutorial from Our Little Acre.

16 Free Father’s Day Printables

16 Free Father's Day Printables

Looking for an affordable and heart-melting gift for father’s day?
These free printables from very talented bloggers will help you celebrate it!


Father's Day Free Printables Yoda Man Dad

From Carrie Elle blog, any Star Wars fan will love this one!

Father's Day Free Printables Retro Card

This retro card is awesome, also includes a beer/soda label and a coupon. Elegance and Enchantment has beautiful printables that can be found here.

Father's Day Free Printables SuperHero Card

For a SuperHero theme, check this printable from Sandy Toes & Popsicles.

Father's Day Free Printables Hipster Cards

A hip dad deserves a cool card! Check the ¨Hipster Cards¨from Tried & True.


Free Father's Day Printables

These classic cards can be found at Live Laugh Rowe.



Father's Day Free Printables Questionnaire pack

Mrs. Thompson’s Treasures posted these cute printables for dad, granpa and uncle. So all of your family is covered. 🙂

Father's Day Free Printables Questionnaire 2

Fun Facts About Dad printable from The Girl Creative.

Father's Day Free Printables Questionnaire 3

A cute printable from Kinzie’s Kreations.

Art Printables:

Father's Day Free Printables Dad free art print

Chalkboard printables from The Shabby Creek Cottage.

Father's Day Free Printables Dad free art print baby

From the baby to Daddy. He will keep this as a treasure forever. Get this printable from Crafty Morning.

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Another heart-touching printable from Crafty Morning.

Coupon book:

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A cute coupon book from Tiny Me.

Father's Day Free Printables coupon book superhero

Super Dad Coupon Book from Easy Green Mom.


Father's Day Free Printables Reeses label

Ready to print for a sweet tooth dad 😉
Get it here from Craftiness is not Optional.

Father's Day Free Printables BBQ rub label and recipe

BBQ Rub recipe with a free printable label from Capturing Joy.

Father's Day Free Printables Dad stache

Dad’s stache label from Thoughts from Alice.

13 music gift ideas

13 music gift ideas

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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. 🙂

Wireless speakers:

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!


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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. 🙂

Get it here.

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.

Bookshelf Speakers:

13 music gift ideas from Bookshelf Speaker
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!

13 music gifts ideas from Turntable
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).

Buy it here.

If you are looking for another style, the Audio Technica At-LP60 is a great beginner’s turntable.


Spotify Gift Card:

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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.



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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.

Concert tickets:

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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:

13 music gifts ideas from record 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.


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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!

Dose Creative

13 music gifts ideas from Dose Creative Art

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

13 music gifts ideas from Art 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.



13 music gift ideas from Mug


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 😉

Check some here.

If you are more of the beer type, you can get pint glasses.



TUNDRA BOOKS - Tundra Books to publish Legends, Icons & Rebels
Cover of Legends, Icons & Rebels: Music That Changed the World, released October 8th, 2013 (CNW Group/Random House of Canada Limited) (CNW Group/Tundra Books)

¨I have too many books¨said no one ever.
From biographies to coffee table’s books, there are a wide selection online.

Legends, Icons & Rebels: Music That Changed The World.

The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll’s Best-Kept Secret

Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain.

1000 Record Covers

Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting.

Cassette Tape USB Stick Flash Drive

13 music gift ideas from mixtape USB

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:

13 music gift ideas from ticket 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 on Uncommon Goods.

What else would you add to this list? Tell me on the comment section. 😉
























Watercolor art with a purpose.

Watercolor art with a purpose.

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.

Buy them here.