Thursday, June 25, 2015

Miracle Cocktail

Since summer is here and it's always a nice feeling to get things spruced up and organized, I just had to share a little miracle cocktail that works amazing wonders.

Last post I shared how to get a whiter and brighter smile  and I just felt the need to share this useful tip as well.

Miracle Cocktail = Less bathroom slaving & more writing/reading time :)

If you have stubborn water stains (shower doors/shower floor etc.) this will help diffuse them.

My little experiment started out by trying to remove the water stains from the base of the ice and water dispenser in my refrigerator. And it worked!!

The cocktail?

Simple. Simple.


For my fridge ice and water dispenser, I poured a little vinegar and a little baking soda- let it set for about fifteen minutes.

I used a little brush to loosen things up and ALL the water stains disappeared. Wish I discovered this trick years ago.

As for the shower floor, I followed the same steps however, I used a tile brush with coarse/stiff bristles and scrubbed.

For the shower door, it's most easiest to pour a mixture of baking soda and vinegar in a spray bottle and soak the doors. I like to also make a baking soda paste and apply over it.

If the buildup is extensive, it might be necessary to make a fresh batch a few times.


Baking soda
Spray bottle
Tile brush with stiff bristles

Happy summer!! XOXO

Shout out to Stina Lindenblatt for trying out my cocktail!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

How to Get a Quick and Easy Dazzling Smile Under Two Minutes

Because I love learning and love sharing what I learn with others, I think it's time to share a random tip of the day every now and then. Yes?

First random tip of the day...drumroll please....

Lighten and whiten teeth in less than two minutes.

I don't get out much so I'm well aware that a lot of you may already know this little trick, but I thought to share just in case there's somebody out there who hasn't tried it yet. And because let's face it, whether you're a writer or a reader (or a human being for that matter) drinking teas and coffee has become a longtime hard habit to break. Not to mention colas and berries tend to darken teeth. 

So here's my random tip of the day:


That's right plain ol', good ol' baking soda. 

I learned this trick many months ago and was so excited and amazed that it actually really worked. 

I recently went to the dentist and mentioned my baking soda discovery to my dental hygienist.

Though I was more than afraid to share it with her, thinking she might ruin all the fun-I was 100% certain she'd scold me for one reason or another, but to my surprise, she agreed with my little discovery and had just recommended the same tip to a patient earlier in the day. No wonder we get along so great :D. 

I realize they'll still might be a naysayer, but I'm good with my dental hygienist approving and as long as I don't abuse it, I feel pretty OK about it :)

So here it is. Baking soda wonders. 

**Note: ALWAYS check with your dentist before trying any new whitening techniques. NOT advisable to use on veneers and dentures. May discolor. 

1. Mix a generous amount of baking soda in a small cup/bowl/container.

2. Use a new (separate) toothbrush.

3. Add a little water at a time by dipping a toothbrush under the facet and into the cup. Careful not to add too much water. 

Paste should be thick not runny. If it gets thinned out too much simply add more baking soda to desired consistency. If too thick, slowly add more water. 

4. Leave paste on front of teeth for 1-2 minutesRinse.
May brush teeth after with minty toothpaste for that extra clean feeling.
Use a Sonic rotating toothbrush for an extra, extra dentist clean feel.

And that's it!! 

Voila. Bling. Bling.

Repeat 1x a week, or like my dental hygienist says, "When needed."

I've also heard this technique used with lemon as well. However, I’m too chicken to allow lemon to sit on my teeth as I knew a person who loved to eat lemons as a child and it messed up their enamel big time. My dental hygienist agreed with me on that one. 

So there you have it. 
A quick and easy dazzling pick-me-up smile. 

If baking soda isn't your thing and you prefer to use a store bought whitener, my absolute favorite is CrestWhitestrips Professional Strength
But it's gotta be the PROFESSIONAL STRENGTH. 

P.S. Nothing like waking up at 3 a.m. from a slumber sleep and inspiration nagging to write a post on baking soda and a vibrant smile.
Must be meant to be :)

Here’s to a NEW VIBRANT you! 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Inspiration For the Day

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

❤️February is HEART MONTH! ❤️

It's February!! One of my favorite months!! 

And guess what? President Obama declared February as American Heart Month

How awesome is that?

I've always loved Valentine's Day, but it wasn't until doctors discovered my congenital heart defect that I learned to truly appreciate and embrace it.

Never in my life had I expected to say that I'm 1 in 100--a CHD survivor. 

Born with a broken heart. It is what inspired me to write my latest children book, BROKEN HEART

February is more than a special month for me. Always will be. 


Let's spread some CHD awareness and save a heart. ❤️ 

Sending you all much heart love! 

Hope you have an amazing February! 

#CHD #HeartMonth 

When seven-year-old Stephanie learns her twin, Julia, has a broken heart and the doctors have to mend it, she tries to make sense of things. Doing her best to stay strong, she helps Julia face her fears. 

It's up to Stephanie to be Julia's biggest cheerleader. If she had only one wish, it'd be that doctors would fix Julia's heart and make it all better.

Will Stephanie get her heart's desire?

Click HERE to view/buy BROKEN HEART on AMAZON.

Saturday, January 17, 2015


The amazing Sharon K. Mayhew is graciously giving a copy of BROKEN HEART away on her blog!  

Check it out HERE
THANK YOU, Sharon!! 

Sharon is an awesome freelance editor over at The Manuscript Maven and helped edit BROKEN HEART. 


Sunday, December 28, 2014


*My Maui Sunset* Photo by Martha Ramirez

Wishing you the very best in 2015! 
May it be filled with lots of love and 
happiness and great health! 

Let's make 2015 count!!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Photo by E. Ramirez

Happy Holidays!

I'm looking forward to sharing new projects with you in the new year.

Wishing you all the very 
best for 2015.

May all your dreams 
come true!!

Thank you for all your support and for being the best readers ever! 


XO Martha Ramirez

Monday, December 15, 2014

Back It Up

I wrote this post back in the summertime. Hope it’s helpful!

I used to refer to my laptop as ever faithful, but recently my ever-faithful laptop made a liar out of me.

I was in the middle of working on a printing project and got a little distracted. I stepped away for a minute and when I came back to finish working, my ever faithful fell asleep.

I went to wake it up, but nothing. Dead asleep. I held down the power button and still nothing. Nada. Totally knocked out.

Not good.

I swallowed hard, dismissing the thought today may very well be the last day I see my ever faithful power up.

I took a deep breath and thought about how it survived two drownings and then some. Yes, two. 

I thought for sure she had at least seven more lives left. At least.

My mischievous little son who was a toddler at the time, drowned my ever faithful with a water house in the backyard. 

But miraculously, despite the drench, she revved up back to life.

*NEVER trust a toddler with a hose no matter how far away they are*

A few years later, my son knocked over a glass of water and again, drowned my poor baby.

But she never let me down.

Not until now.

Long story short. We tried everything. Powering it down by holding the power button for minutes at a time — taking out the battery, etc. Anything and everything you can think of.

So why am I sharing this all to you?

Because even though I lost my baby, even though I lived through a writer's worst nightmare, a glimpse of light still glowed through that dark tunnel.

Two words: Back Up.
No excuses.

Okay, four words. Four REALLY important words.

I feared this day from the first day I started writing. And because of my fears I made certain to back up my work everywhere possible.

I'd email myself the latest copy of each of my novels.

I'd then upload them to the free version of Dropbox.

Then I'd save them to an external hard drive.

And lastly, I always made certain I renewed CrashPlan (a paid cloud storage).

This all kept me from losing all my stuff, but it was still a HUGE nightmare to get everything straightened out.

The most important thing is to get a cloud storage back up because no matter what, it's never any fun to lose important documents and precious pictures.

Along with all the things I've done above, here are a few things I wished I would have taken care of as well:

Bookmarks- I lost mine. All of them. It's best to import them while you can and make note of your favorite sites.

Pictures- Make sure you are saving them in a cloud storage and external hard drive or even a flash drive as well for more added confidence.

I did transfer everything to a flash drive years ago, but I am still not certain if I have all my pics. Having everything organized regularly will definitely help with reassurance.

Organize, organize, organize, and make 100% certain you are backing up everything you can't live without.

I completely lost ALL my playlists. Every one of them. It still hurts thinking about it. All those years creating lists after lists and now they're gone.

One way to protect your playlists is to purchase Match and sync to your other devices. An iCloud also can keep it in tact. I have no idea what happened, but hope it doesn't happen to you.

Last year, I took the time to burn some of my playlists on CDs just in case, but I didn't burn all of them. You can also create screen shots and place them in folders for secure keeping. At least then you will know the order of the songs.

Sticky Notes
Keep a copy of all treasured notes as well. I had some To Do Stickies that I kept with important links and they are all gone as well.

External Hard Drive
When I transferred my files from my online storage cloud, all my files merged together. A few things I could’ve done here that would’ve made life a little more bearable:

#1, I could’ve taken the time to make folders in my external hard drive and sort ALL my files. ALL files not just some. It’s a nightmare when everything merges together.

And please be sure to update files with proper titles.

Do not use the same characters.

Years and years ago, I’d capitalize the title and add hyphens for an easy search. i.e. ---My Awesome Novel---

My best advice for this technique? PLEASE drop the hyphens (or any similar distinct text) and lowercase the title before moving to a folder.

Only have your CURRENT work with distinct text such as the hyphens and keep the current title uppercased. Otherwise if your PC crashes like mine did and all the files go into one place you won't be left trying to figure out which is the newest version. I’d search for hyphens and come up with old several old drafts. I hadn’t realized I never changed it.

*Nightmare alert*

And yes, there's a way to look up Properties but trust me, it's much less complex to just keep it all 100% organized.

So take the time and clean up.

Delete stuff you don't need and rename files as needed.

Don’t be a rat pack. Yes, I'm talking to you, Hoarders.:D

PLEASE, PLEASE whatever you do BACK IT UP!!!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Enter to Win a FREE EDIT!

Photo by The Manuscript Maven

Feeling lucky?

The fabulous, Sharon Mayhew has launched her own editing services over at The Manuscript Maven and is graciously doing a drawing for one winner!

One lucky winner will receive the choice of a 250 words of a picture book, a query letter, or first 500 words of a manuscript, line edits, and critique.

Sharon worked on my children’s book Broken Heart with me and I just loved her insight!

Winner will be announced after January 7th, 2014.

Please leave a comment with your name and email below if you would like a chance to win!

Good luck!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Have an AMAZING one!! XO