family, familytime, goals, New Year, Self love, Travel

New Years Goals!

Hello Beautifuls! Happy New Year’s to all of you beauties. I hope you all had an amazing time ringing in the New Year with family and friends. We kept it really simple at the Boucha home, we went out to dinner and were home by 9pm, it was a wild night. I was able to call my mom from the future, which was pretty funny and so weird that I was already in the year 2019 and my parents where waking up on New Years Eve. Since, we were so “wild” we went on a little adventure and took Jason ice skating for the first time. It was about the cutest thing I have ever seen. Before, getting on the ice he spotted a little train and it was the first thing he wanted to ride. He has a little obsession with trains or as he calls them “choochoo”, he had his money ready for his train fare and everything. Jason didn’t do much skating due to him going all limp noodle when he was put on the ice so, daddy did much of the skating and pushing him around. I stood on the sidelines and took as many pictures and videos as I could and I didn’t trust myself on the ice with my squishy or trust my husband to get good pictures. Needless to say, we all had a great time and made some awesome memories with my little family. Look how cute my little squishy looked all geared up for the ice.

 

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Now, onto a little rewind of my goals last year and my new goals for this year. In the year 2018, I felt like I accomplished a lot of the goals I set for myself. Last year, I wanted to revamp my wardrobe and I actually did it. Living in Japan, most of the women are so well put together so, I felt inspired to step up my game. I also set a goal for my education, and I’m getting closer to finishing my certification course. Last year, I put up some items I wanted to get and I am so grateful that I achieved getting all of the items I wanted. One of the biggest goal I had last year was going home and seeing my family. Although, I accomplished some of my goals 2018 through in some surprises my way but, who doesn’t like surprises.

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My 2019 goals have little less materialistic and more travel and working on myself. This year my main goal is going to Tokyo Disneyland, even if all my other goals don’t happen, going to Tokyo Disneyland will make 2019 an amazing year. Along, with going to Disneyland, I would like to travel to different places in Japan. One of the places that we are for sure going to this year is Okinawa, to see the beautiful beaches and spend time with our friends. In 2019, I would like to lose a few pounds, I’m not trying to be a Victoria Secret model or anything, I would just like to go back to pre baby weight. I want to work on reading more books and watching less Netflix, I want to be the example for my son and at the age he is at right now he copies everything mommy and daddy does. I’m hoping I will be able to potty train my toddler this year, so this can go one or two ways I either go crazy by the end or I’m one happy mama and I have a potty trained toddler. Sooooo, wish me luck! Finally, I would LOVE to reach 100 followers or more here on my blog by the end of the year.

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Did y’all do a dream board? What are some of your goals for 2019?

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Christmas, family, familytime, Food, friends, Memories, Present's

What We Got For Christmas.

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Hello Beautifuls! I hope you all had a great Christmas with friends and family. We had a great Christmas Eve with our friends. This is our second Christmas in Japan, for some reason this year it hit me super hard that I was not with my family. To be honest, im still a little down, but I have to push through and just think that we just have a year and a few months left. Thank God I had amazing friends that came over to celebrate this holiday with. My friend I call my nugget bestie and her husband came over and we had a great time. This was our first time ever doing a Christmas dinner, I think for it being our first time cooking a big meal, we kinda nailed it.

So, let me start of by saying I’m not a cook or baker by any means. Now, y’all may think mashed potatoes aren’t that hard to make but, for someone that has never done homemade anything, it was a big deal for me and may I add they came out super yummy. The other thing I made were Texas sheet cake cookies, I got the recipe from Pinterest! The fact that it didn’t turn into a Pinterest fail is huge and they came out super yummy. Another, Pinterest recipe I saw and managed to not mess it up was making a crockpot creamy hot cocoa, best hot cocoa I have ever tasted. It was a proud moment for me and it gave me a little bit of confidence in the kitchen. My husband also threw it down in the kitchen he made a delicious prime rib roast, a cheese cornbread casserole, and some peanut butter balls. Overall, it was a great time and very blessed to have been able to celebrate this holiday with my little family and friends.

 

 

 

 

Now, onto what we got for Christmas, we will start with the person that got all of the gifts under my tiny tree, my squishy face.  He sure got spoiled by my parents this year, they got him a power wheel Silverado, shoes, clothes, and some learning toys. Santa brought him cars, Lighting McQueen stuff, more clothes, and t-ball gear. We tried to not get him useless toys they we will be stumbling on in two days. My aunt also sent him some more clothes, so you can say he is somewhat set on the clothes. Our fur baby got the biggest bone ever and he sure is enjoying it.

 

This Christmas I didn’t get much, like I mentioned before we are saving up to go to Okinawa to visit our friends. From my hubby I got grey UGGS, from my amazing parents and brothers I got money I’m still debating on what to get, my in laws and Brent’s grandmothers also sent Jason some cash. My friends really out did themselves this year, like omg! My boo boo kitty, send me a Kate Spade tumblr and the cutest necklace ever, it made me cry. My other bestie sent me a gorgeous rose gold Minnie necklace, absolutely gorgeous. My nugget bestie got me cute and dainty Japanese earrings and necklace. My friend and old boss got me the new Gabrielle Chanel perfume, she is the bomb. Finally, my friend Taylor got a cricut and made a cute mason jar with my name. I’m a sucker for mason jars. I treated myself to a cute mug that gives me Henri Bendel vibes and a sparkly Starbucks tumblr. I mean how amazing are my friends, I am beyond blessed to have them in my life. Love you guys soooo much!

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Overall, it was an amazing Christmas and I hope you got what you wanted from Santa. Haha.

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Christmas, Decorating, Favorite Season, Love, Memories

Decking The Halls & Filled With Joy of My Blogs Year Anniversary!

Holy Moly! I cannot believe I’ve had my blog for a year now. I’m so grateful for each and everyone of my followers and the amazing people that read my blogs! You guys are amazing. I just go back to the first blog I wrote and how scared I was to start my blog but, here we are a year later. I hope I’ll be doing this for more years to come. I just want to thank you all for the support. Now, let’s get into the holiday spirit and talk Christmas decor.

My house has been decked out for Christmas since the 1st of November, some may say that is way too soon but, I don’t care. I look forward to decorating for Christmas all year sadly, this is the first year that we won’t have a Christmas tree though. You can read all about our Christmas tree fail in a post I wrote last year. Since, then I’ve been a bit hesitant with buying a real tree again and well, living overseas you don’t have a wide range of choices for an artificial tree. We only have the MCX and the choices they have are super expensive and in my opinion, not worth the price. I’ve always had a real tree growing up, I love the smell and how green and full they are. Once, I’m back home I will be splurging on my dream artificial tree or trees… you know maybe one for every room. Haha. Some of the decor I already had from last year and some I found at my local thrift store or got at target. There aren’t a lot of places to shop for decor like back in the states there’s Marshall’s, tjmaxx, and of course target! Not everything they have is online and stuff I would love to buy won’t ship here. So, I had to do work with what I had. I’m loving all the neutral and white decor I’ve been seeing everywhere but, it’s something about the traditional colors like green and red that scream Christmas and I’m not ready to change colors at least, not now maybe when I go back to the states and I have options. For the time being this is how my humble home looks.

The green and red throw pillows I got at one of the Japanese dollar store. For a total of $4 I have cute pillows. These are our stockings from last year and the wreath I made last year as well. My placemats and the runner that’s on my coffee table are from target. The snowman I’ve had for years and the signs are from daiso.

This is probably my fave spot in the living room. This huge snow globe plays music and the bottom turns. I absolutely love it and it’s one Jason’s favorite things to look at. I have a picture of my squishy on his first Christmas, some nutcrackers from hobby lobby, and my recent purchase from target is this mercury glass tree. This little spot is so magical to me and makes me so happy.

The decor in my beauty room is a bit different, I wanted to make it a pink wonderland since, it’s the main color already. I wanted to mix the metals and have a pop of pink. The silver and white wreath and the tall golden tree is from the local thrift store.

The deer, nutcracker,the small rose gold mercury glass tree, and the candle holder in the middle are from target. I diy the white tree with things from the Japanese dollar store and finally a cute picture of my sweet baby boy.

I hope you all enjoyed this little tour of my home in all it’s Christmas glory. Once, again I want to thank each and everyone you for all the support and making this a great year!

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Christmas, family, familytime, Favorite Season, friends, Memories, MilitaryWife, Uncategorized

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year.

It came in flash it seems but, the most wonderful time of the year is here! It’s the first day of December and we already had a day full of winter fun. In the afternoon, since my hubby volunteered to be Santa Claus, I went with some friends to the winter market on base and did a little shopping. The winter market is a place where little home shops can be in one place and sell their products. Yes, you read that right, my husband loves dressing up like Santa Claus and surprisingly he doesn’t scare the kids, they actually like him. Haha. Like, I was saying it was a fun time and Jason got to take a picture with Santa aka daddy. We were scared that he would recognize him and pull down his beard and ruin the illusion for the other kids but, he didn’t. Thank goodness.

Later in the evening, we went to the tree lighting event. There were brownies, hot cocoa, delicious apple cider, yummy food, and Christmas music. This was a great experience and to have been surrounded with friends made it so much more fun. It wasn’t the tree lighting at the Rocker Feller but, it was beautiful nonetheless. We made great memories already and it’s just the first day of December, I can only hope there’s more fun to come.

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Fall, family, familytime, Zoo

Family Day At The Zoo.

Hello Beautifuls! I hope you guys had a fantastic weekend and have a great Monday. Well, as great as you can make a Monday be so, throw back a cup of good cup of coffee and start your week off strong.

Anyways, my weekend was full of fun and excitement. It has been a while since we had a little adventure in Japan. On Saturday, we went to a sushi go round with some friends, Jason loves some California rolls. In case you don’t know what a sushi go round is, it’s a place where different types of sushi is going around on a belt line and you can pick from the line up. We thought it was going to be super expensive, but to our surprise it was quite affordable for the amount of sushi we ate. It has become a favorite spot for us now, amoung other amazing restuarants we found this weekend. On Sunday, on our way to the zoo we stopped at this Italian place called, Jolly-Pasta, since the hubby was craving some pizza. We ordered a pie of pizza and a plate of pasta to share and after we ordered a slice of apple pie, by far the most yummiest pie I have ever tasted. Everything was absolutely delicious.

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Once, we were done stuffing our faces we were ready to walk it off at the zoo. We went to the Hiroshima City Asa Zoological Park, this was the first time Jason has gone to the zoo and boy, was he excited. The animals were quite close, we saw bamboos, rhinos, turtles, lions and the main animal there the Japanese red panda. It was my favorite animal, it was sooo cute! Jason’s favorite animal was the tiger, when he saw it he roared at it and had his little hand like paw. The hubby was excited to see the chimpanzee, he was a little sad that there were no gorillas there. I was so happy that he was having a great time and it made me so much more happier that the hubby was having a blast too.

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After, the zoo we were headed home and we starving, we decided to give this little restaurant close to home a chance and I’m so glad we did. It’s called Cusco, a Peruvian restaurant, y’all dont understand how happy I was to have found this place. It had some of my favorite hispanic dishes, I wanted to order the whole menu. I got some fried yuca and beef empanadas for appetizzers and a lomo saltado for dinner. The struggle is real out here without any hispanic food, but this will do for until we go back to the states. We were ready to go home and relax, Jason was so tired that by the time we came home he was looking for jammies and his bed, he was so tired he put himself to sleep.

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Overall, it was a great family outting, we haven’t had time between work and school to go out exploring this great land of Japan. I what our little adventure will be next time…

 

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Decorating, Fall, Fall Decor, Favorite Season

Hello, Fall!

Hello, Beautifuls! We have approached my favorite season, ever. Although, it technically isn’t fall yet, but, in my mind once it hits September; it is fall for me. There are so many reasons why I love fall, the first being my birthday is in October and this year I will be turning 25 years old. Only five more years until my 30th birthday. AAHH! The other reasonsI love the fall season is the weather starts to get chilly and my makeup isn’t sliding off my face, the fashion, and lastly, I love the decor.

I start decorating on the 31st so, my house can be ready for fall the first day of September. I don’t decorate for Halloween I just decorate for fall. I take decorating for fall and Christmas very seriously. My husband just looks at me all crazy, but, it makes me soo happy. This year Jason can actually understand and enjoy the decoration, he likes it and helped me set up some things, and yes he has not touched them since. He is really good with not messing with it. Some of the decorations I’ve had for some time, sadly, it is really hard to find to fall items here in Japan. The Japanese are really into Halloween, but like said I don’t decorate for Halloween. Today, I attempted to go out and see if I could find some things, but no luck. Out of five stores I was able to find four fall items at Nitori and of course they had an abundance of Halloween things. My only hope is that the store on base puts out some decor soon and I’m just waiting for a good fall care package from my amazing madre, she always comes through. Even though, I couldn’t find more decor, I did the best with what I had and it gives me so much joy. Most of it came from the dollar section at target, the dollar tree, and the floral and leaves came from Daiso. Thank goodness I’m was able to bring back some fall candles from bath and body works when I was back home. So for now, I am so happy with how my house looks and smells.

Where do y’all get your decorations? Are y’all sad summer is over? Are y’all ready for fall like I am?

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DIY, Hauls

100 Yen Store Haul & DIY’s

Hey there beautiful people! Today, I’m coming at y’all with a little haul and two diy’s from my favorite stores here in Japan. Daiso and Seria are the stores that have been taking all my coins, literally, since the 100 yen is a coin. I’m beyond obsessed with these places and I don’t know what I’m going to do when we go back stateside. The dollar store back home has nothing on these places. They have great items for diys, the cutest stationary, and not to mention the cutest Disney stuff, and it’s all for 100 yen (1.00 usd). These two places have come in clutch since I’ve been redoing my beauty room. I’ll do a post of my room once it is done.

My last trips I picked up some items for some diys and some random items, since I can’t control myself in those stores, the only downside is they only take yen, which I guess is a good thing because I would be in the hole. So, let’s get into this little haul. All these goodies cost me 2000 yen ($20.00), I mean come on this is a steal! Where else can you find a glass screen protector for $2.00? These were the only things that cost more than $1.00. I’m sure if you drop your phone it will break, but for $2.00 it does the job. On the topic of phones, I picked up this CUTE phone case, for a $1.00! I actually got two for backup. You know what they say, if you like something get multiples for backup. On the stationary side I got some heart paper clips and toy story sticky notes, I’m sure these would be more than $5.00 at Disney or the Disney store, I got them for $2.00. The black hook thing is a handbag holder for the car, it makes it so much easier to reach in to my to get my ID and helps keep my bag from getting dirty. It is something I never thought I needed. The last random item is the handheld fan, this was a crucial item, it is hot ass balls in Japan and I needed to not die of a heat stroke while I was outside. The rest of the items like the marble contact paper, stickers, wooden shelves, paint, and the lace place mat are for diys.

I’m currently obsessed with anything floral, whether it be dresses, floral arrangements and floral decorations. Even though I am obsessed with floral arrangements and decorations, I am not obsessed with spending $50 and up on them. I took it into. I took into my own hands to get what I wanted for way cheaper. You know we got be cute on a budget. The first project I used the little shelves and made a floral arrangement to hang up on my wall. I painted the shelf a blush pink and hot glued the fake flowers onto the shelf. This project cost me a total of $5.00, including the fake flowers. Tell me this isn’t something you can find at Target for $20.00. I absolutely love how it turned out.

The second floral project I made was a take on a pin I saw on Pinterest. This diy cost a little more due to not being able to find a embroidery hoop at the 100 yen store, I had to go to an actual craft store to find. The hoop was $10.00, but I’m sure it can be found on amazon for cheaper, I just didn’t have the patience to wait for it to come. I found the lace mat and flowers at daiso, the total for the project was $12.00. This too was east to accomplish, all I did was unscrew the hoop, lay the mat on top of the smaller hoop and tighten the hoops together. I then cut off the excess fabric around the hoop and finally, I hot glued the flowers onto the fabric and arranged the flowers to my liking. I think this came out amazing and it was super easy to make. What do y’all think?

I hope y’all enjoyed this little haul and these easy diys as much as I did. Thanks for reading.

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