July 2020 / Mainly Marta :: A Motherhood + Lifestyle Blog



What started as a digital diary to document a newfound journey as a stay at home mom / wife has quickly evolved into my own little corner on the internet where I share all that life brings my way -- the good, the bad, and everything in between. Thanks for stopping by; I hope you stay awhile!



In light of the Wayfair scandal a few weeks ago, I shared two posts about human trafficking. 
I'd like to share those posts here as my views on the matter have not changed and I'd like to acknowledge the information given in my second post. I was going to publish this last week, but I wanted to wait until today because tomorrow is world day against trafficking. 

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| period. —————————————————————— it’s happening, it’s real and it’s uncomfortable. —————————————————————— when I first read about the Wayfair scandal this weekend — I immediately thought conspiracy theory because that’s what we do when things are super uncomfortable. all the fact checkers said false, so sigh of relief and we move on to the next thing, right? —————————————————————— no. we should be outraged. a fact checker tooting false several hours after the accusation went viral over something that would need to be investigated is suspicious — sorry if that burst your bubble. just because Wayfair came out quickly and said it’s not true doesn’t mean we stop looking into it. that shouldn’t be enough for us. we should be demanding for more. —————————————————————— I AM NOT SAYING THEY ARE GUILTY. I am also not saying they’re innocent. I’m saying that claims like this should be FULLY investigated. because that’s how we let the exploiters know we are serious about shutting them down. child trafficking is not a joke. they should know we are coming for them. that we do not take pedophilia lightly. that we will never tolerate + accept the exploitation of children, women, and our fellow humans. —————————————————————— what we know is that people prey on children and some people make it their business to exploit them. we can not turn a blind eye to this any longer. demand justice for all. —————————————————————— #savethechildren — all them.

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| in light of my last post, several of you have asked about the the fight against human trafficking and what there can be done to help. ๐˜บ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด. ๐˜บ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด. ๐˜บ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ. thank you for focusing on the important stuff. here is a list of things you can do right now to help pursue + aid in the fight. ⁣ —————————————————————————⁣ ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ข๐ ๐ง๐ฌ • when an estimated 600,000 to 800,000 men, women, and children are trafficked across international borders each year, we should get familiar with red flags + signs of trafficking. —————————————————————————⁣ ๐˜ข ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต https://humantraffickinghotline.org/human-trafficking/recognizing-signs —————————————————————————⁣ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ ๐š ๐ญ๐ข๐ฉ • if you have concerns about a potential trafficking situation. Contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline by calling 1-888-373-7888 or text HELP to BEFREE. ⁣ —————————————————————————⁣ ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ ๐š๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐›๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฐ๐ข๐ง๐  + ๐ฌ๐ก๐š๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐š๐œ๐œ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ.⁣ @ourrescue⁣ @a21⁣ @timballard89⁣ @love146⁣ @polarisproject⁣ @ecpat⁣ @stopthetraffik⁣ @hopeforjusticeintl⁣ @exoduscry ⁣ @safehouseproject ⁣ @freeforlifeintl —————————————————————————⁣ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐ฅ๐จ๐œ๐š๐ฅ • go volunteer at organizations in your city. donate what you can, when you can. talk to community & church leaders about spreading awareness + hosting fundraisers to support the cause. ⁣ —————————————————————————⁣ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ / ๐˜ธ๐˜ข ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ด⁣ @avillageforone⁣ @cupcakegirlsorg⁣ @sharedhopeinternational ⁣ —————————————————————————⁣ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐š๐ฒ • for the people on the ground doing the hard work. for our communities. for our nation. for the hearts of man to be engrossed with the pursuit of justice. ⁣

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I'd like to share more information resources on human trafficking as this topic has always been one that has pressed fervently on my heart. I've compiled a list down below of places to donate and sites to visit with notable information about human trafficking. The best way to stop these cruel treatment of our fellow humans is to stay informed + alert to the fact that this is happening -- everywhere


National Human Trafficking Hotline

National Center for Missing or Exploited Children (NCMEC)

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Tip Line


Ending Human Trafficking -- download their ebook + listen to their podcast.

Freedom United -- take these quizzes to test your knowledge + enroll in their 15 to 20-hour course titled "Understanding Contemporary Slavery." There is a $10 fee to enroll, but it's so worth it. 

O.U.R Stories -- operation underground railroad's blog. 

List of State Agencies / Organizations -- that combat child sex trafficking and exploitation. 

A21 Shop -- they sell gear with a message.

End It Movement Shop -- more gear with a message.

Reading Material 


Places To Donate

when you can, what you can. 

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I've compiled several infographics and I would love it if you would save them, share them, pin them to help get the word out. spread awareness. get involved. together, we can end modern-day slavery. 


Make A Scene In The Backyard

It's summer and everything is still closed -- thanks COVID. I don't know about you guys, but if the weather permits, we find ourselves outside. My boys are really into pretend play right now, so I like to create backyard scenes that promote having fun while pretending to be doing something that we would have been doing if it was a "normal" summer.

Each product will be linked below and as always, I want to insert a little disclaimer here reminding you that some (not all) links are affiliate links -- which means that make a little bit of commission from the sale if you end up purchasing through my link. There is no pressure at all to buy anything; just constant thankfulness for your support. 

I also want to note that I wouldn't purchase all these things at once, I know that play can be expensive. These round-ups are meant to be inspirational / spark interest. Personally, I like to purchase one item and then build around it by thrifting, collecting, and diy(ing) things to help make the scene a reality. 

S C E N E # 1 | C A M P ❂ O U T

Hape Gourmet Grill

Reso Picnic Table

Log Pillow

Stump Pillow (round)

Plush Campfire Set

Marshmellow Sticks

Nature Light + Sound Lantern

Magnetic Fishing Pole Set

Garden Chair


Camp Out Set

Coleman Sleeping Bag

Flash Light

S C E N E # 2 | T E A ❂ T I M E

Wooden Dessert

Tea Set (with basket)

Picnic Blanket

Floor Cushion

Nora Doll

Straw Hat

White Long Gloves


Felt Ice Cream Sandwiches

Floral Napkins

Sleeveless Dress

S C E N E # 3 | B L A S T ❂ O F F


Space Boots + Glove

Space Pack 

Space Suit (orange)

Space Overalls (blue)



Hanging Solar System

Hanging Star Lights

Galaxy Tapestry 


S C E N E # 4 | S A T U R D A Y ❂ M A R K E T

Cafe Tent

Ice Cream Stand

Crepes + Waffles Cart

Lemonade Stand

Food Truck

Burger Stand 

Gas Station 

Morning Market Stand

Wooden Popcorn Machine

Tea & Treats Stand

... so there you have it -- some cute and fun round-ups to make set up a scene and enjoy hours upon hours of play time with your littles as we continue to quarantine. 


Earth Inspired Modern Home | Inspo Boards

I've rekindled my love for interior design as I revamp spaces in my home. I thought it would be fun if I'd share mood boards in the form of mini round-ups as I am seeing so many things I love while shopping for pieces. Today I am sharing things I think would look good in an earthy modern home. I've linked each product shared in each room below the roundup.

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note :: just wanted to share that some links (not all) listed are affiliate links in which I do get a small percentage of the sale -- honesty is important to me, so I just wanted to throw that out there. as blogging is my main source of income as a stay at home mom, you'll be seeing more affiliate links in the future. as always, thanks for being here, reading, and engaging. I appreciate you. 

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T H E ❂ M A S T E R ❂ B E D R O O M 

Washed Linen Duvet Cover Set (in the color black)

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T H E ❂ L I V I N G ❂ R O O M 

Kรคhler Hammershรธi Miniature Vases

Carson Carrington Ullnasnoret Scalloped Velvet Arm Chair

Mid Century Modern Wood and Glass Coffee Table

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DIY | Farmer's Market :: Fresh Mart Makeover

Hi friends! 

Today I'm sharing our play grocery store makeover! The boys got this play grocery store from Melissa & Doug for Christmas last year. If I'm going to be honest, I was planning to give it a makeover from the moment that it was in the cart. I wasn't a fan of the red and green, so when we opted to set a playroom up for the boys, I took it as a chance to give the whole room a cohesive feel and start with my own little DIY project. 


Surprisingly, the store was in decent shape -- the only thing the boys managed to break off was the fridge door on the side of the store. I ended up throwing it away because I was tired of trying to fix it. Other than that, it was functional. I love this grocery store because it's so sturdy. It gets so much playtime from three little guys who love to climb, pull, and throw things, so the fact that only the door was broken is a win!  

All it really needed was a fresh coat of paint. I mean, this was such a simple task because we only took off the scanner and conveyer belt when we painted it. Once those were off, we painted the store with three colors from our master playroom color scheme and waited for it to dry. 

S O S I M P L E -- seriously you guys, it's like a whole new toy! I love how it turned out. 

Once everything was dry and touch-ups were added, I went to decorate + style the Market with their toys! I'll link some of the play food + products just in case you want to snag some for your collection. But first, let's take a closer look at the farmer's market. 

A F T E R 

Eggs -- Target Dollar Spot; these always appear around March / April 

Small Wicker Basket (with lid) -- this came in a set from IKEA; it comes with two other baskets that I use in the house and the smallest one is perfect for play crackers and small things. 

Mini Wooden Crates -- from Melissa & Doug Food Groups; this can be found on Pottery Barn and at Target if you don't want to purchase it from Pottery Barn.

Baskets -- from HomeGoods and Marshalls 

Honey Jar -- came in a set. 

Plush Cupcakes -- from IKEA but are no longer available; they have a cute roll set though!  

Play Fruit + Veggies -- I've been collecting play food from the moment Felix got a play kitchen at 18 months and he's almost four, so I have a pretty hefty collection. I like to buy sets and when they're on sale. Here are some of my favorite places to look when I'm on the hunt for more house play items. 

Learning Resources ● Target ●  Amazon ●  Pottery Barn Kids ●  Crate + Barrel Kids ● Walmart

⊿  TIP :: the key here is to constantly look at these places because sales appear when you least expect it. 
Waiting for Black Friday is usually when you get the best bang for your buck, but you need to move fast because a lot of times, they sell out fast!

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F R E E P R I N T A B L E S 

Here are the little prints I created for the market. Feel free to right-click and download! I placed them in 5x7 YLLEVAD frames from IKEA because it's perfect size-wise + they're 49 cents each. These little prints can be interchanged by the season if you'd like. I love how they give the market a more personal feel. 



... and that's a wrap y'all! I hope you've enjoyed this little makeover and that I've inspired you to dream up your own little DIY project. Stay tuned to see what I did with the boy's KidKraft play kitchen! 

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