10 Years in the Making

It's been 10 years since Adam and I have said our "I do's" and it has been nothing but bliss. Ha ha, yeah right. Truth is, it's been no fairy tale.  Let's travel down memory lane, where in the beginning we thought "oh we will never go to sleep angry" or "let's always communicate without yelling at each other" etc. Honestly, marriage takes a lot of work, a lot of commitment and most of all it needs God to be at the center of it all.  I want to share with you guys a few things I've come to learn through our experience over the past 10 years.  

1. GOOD INTENTIONS

It's important to have good intentions in everything you do towards each other.  Whether its intentionally taking the time to sit down and have a conversation without interruptions, intentionally showing appreciation through your actions, not just verbally, or even being intentional with your touch throughout the day.  I'm guilty of letting the day go by with the day to day tasks, that by the time the night ends, we haven't communicated that well and we leave it for the next day.  So, something we have both implemented is lists and a family calendar.  You better believe we even schedule mom and dad private bedroom time on it as well.  

2. PRAY, PRAY, PRAY

It goes without saying, prayer is everything.  I know you hear it during those pre-marital classes and you think "sure I'll pray for him because I love him!".  But let me just say, its a tad bit difficult to pray when your schedule is crazy, nonetheless to pray for someone who is on your last nerve.  Then finally, there is an open window for you to take that time, and when it presents itself be ready to take your prayer journal and write down the specific things you need to pray for in your marriage.  Writing down certain characteristics about him or you can help you be that more intentional and specific in your prayers to God.  

"By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures" Proverbs 24:3-4

3. GENIUNELY MAKE HIM HAPPY

You would think this one is a no brainer and common sense, but it most certainly is a challenge.  If your only goal is to make each other happy, then think about all the arguments you can prevent. However, we are all human and selfish, we want what we want and we have reasons to argue about it to make your point.  When Adam and I take a trip to Home Depot or Ikea it turns into us arguing because, of course, we each have our own ideas of what we like.  My response always is, "why can't you just make me happy and go with this one?" but, that's me being selfish because I could easily do the same for him.  If one of us is in a good mood you'll hear us saying,  "sure love, whatever you want" and that phrase makes all the difference in the world.  Genuinely, try to make each other happy in the little things.


Photoshoot

We got married in San Francisco in 2008, so it just made sense to take our 10 year anniversary photos there as well. When I saw my friend Inna had taken beautiful photos in the city hall, I just knew I had to contact her because I wanted our photos taken there and inside.  Its open to the public, no need to make an appointment.  I totally recommend anyone that loves SF to check it out because its absolutely beautiful inside.

DETAILS

Dress : Vici Collection | Skirt: Amazon | Adam's Suit: Indochino | Bouquet: Ismerai | Photographer: Inna Elsie | Venue: SF City Hall

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Comcast Video Recap

*SPONSORED: this is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Comcast and #WeAllGrow Latina Network but all opinions and comments are my own.

There are 7 million Hispanic households in our footprint. Spanish is today and will continue to be one of our key strategic pillars as the language has become the predominant non-English language in the United States, spoken by nearly 40 million people.  Soccer is a passion for Hispanics. To this day, they remain the most engaged viewer of the soccer championship. Over 32 million Hispanics tuned into the 2014 soccer games and watched an average of 937 minutes, that's 80% of Hispanic households.  Comcast is the nation's largest cable provider of Spanish-language programming and we offer more than 60 Spanish-language channels.

The X1 soccer games experience is another example of how Comcast is leveraging the power of X1 to create technologically-advanced sports-viewing experiences that are simple, immersive and personalized.  Since the Rio Olympics in 2016, we’ve been using marquis sporting events like the Olympics and soccer games to showcase different features of the X1 platform can come together to deliver a viewing experience unlike anything else out there today. 

1. Sports app with real time scores and stats  

2.The ability to call up a range of sports-related information, stats schedules and more with the voice remote voice

3. Integrated live, on demand and web content into one on demand destination

Cool Features

The Xfinity Stream app offers soccer championships action on the go, via on desktop web at xfinity.com/tv or on the Xfinity Stream mobile app.  Customers can stream matches live from Telemundo, Universo, FOX, and FS1, catch up with full-event replays and highlights On Demand or watch pre-game predictions and post-game analysis from the palms of their hand.

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X1 customers can dive deeper into the soccer championships content they care about most with the X1 Sports App. The app allows customers to easily record, watch and catch up on all the action, while also accessing plenty of statistical information – all on the same screen as the game. Whether it’s pre-game team and player comparisons, in-progress scores or post-match highlights, the X1 Sports App has soccer fans covered.

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Moms Own Soccer with Comcast

*SPONSORED: this is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Comcast and #WeAllGrow Latina Network but all opinions and comments are my own.

I grew up in a household where weekends were all about Futbol and it became the background noise that I have come and grown to love today.  Somehow, watching it in Spanish makes it that much more exciting and it brings back the nostalgia of my dad being completely invested in the game.  A few weeks ago,  I was given the opportunity to partner up with Comcast to hear about the latest features Xfinity has to offer it's customers.  

THE EVENT

The event was held in a smart house in San Francisco.  I was in complete awe to see all the innovative household tech items one can only dream of.  This house contained a smart refrigerator, television, wall frames and so much more.  It hosted several of us local mom bloggers that are all about soccer and they did not hold back on pampering us for the day.  We were greeted with an array of small bites and mojitos from  Havana Catering and it was so delicious. To me, that treat alone would have been sufficient, but they didn't stop there.  We were then given the options to have mini sessions for massages, hair and make up.  I have to say, Comcast really rolled out the red carpet for the mommy bloggers.  

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COMCAST NEW FEATURES

In between the pampering sessions we were given a short presentation of Xfinity features which was the icing on the cake for the day.  Before I give you all the details, I want to share that at some point during the day, I thought to myself, "Wow, this is better than being at the actual game".  Everything was so easy and accessible to watch the game, why even leave the comfort of my own home? Haha! Here are a few things that caught my ear the most:

1. Today, over 40 million people speak Spanish in the United States and Xfinity is able to cater to bi-cultural homes and these soccer championships are the perfect opportunity to showcase the new functions of a bilingual platform. Xfinity recently announced that it has expanded the number of international channels that are available to Xfinity X1 customers by including over 60 Spanish channels.

2. X1 customers can decide when and how they want to be alerted about their favorite teams. Whether through X1 notifications on their TV screen that takes them straight to the match they want to see or via text message alerts that provide a direct link to the Xfinity Stream mobile app, customers always know when their game is about to kickoff.

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3. Bilingual homes can now use the X1 voice activated remote and speak to it in English and Spanish to get the latest soccer real time scores and stats, and schedules. Also, a preview of  upcoming games, get a summary or tune to games directly with their voice.

4. You can now view every big moment from the Soccer Championships with DVR Highlights.  On completed match recordings, X1 customers who have DVR service can browse and jump between high impact plays. With many matches airing while people are away from their TV’s or at work, DVR Highlights ensure that X1 customers never miss a goal.  How cool is that?

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With all these soccer games currently happening, I am thrilled that Comcast Xfinity is able to provide their customers with a higher quality viewing experience.  I'd love to know what is your favorite soccer team, please share below.

 

XOXO, Crystal Cara