Prior to relocating to WI, I always would describe myself as a "cold weather" type of person.  But after surviving my first Midwest winter I couldn't be happier that spring has arrived.  As many of you might remember last year I completely got rid of a good fourth of my wardrobe and decided it was time to embrace the minimalist lifestyle.  That decision has honestly changed my life as it completely altered a number of aspects of my life.   So, to celebrate the warm weather I've been on the hunt for the perfect pieces to add to my spring wardrobe.  Above is a mixture of pieces I already own, have recently purchased or am considering.   I'd love know what pieces you guys plan on purchasing this season, so be sure to leave me a comment below!  


jacket | sweatshirt | t-shirt | Birkenstocks | overalls | bag | watch | earrings | cap

Posted on April 3, 2015 .


DIY MACRAME PLANT HANGER ©Cristina Martinez of Cautiously Obsessed

As many of you might have noticed, I've been a little M.I.A on the blog for the past few weeks.  After taking some much needed time off from blogging, I'm back with an new DIY project to share with all of you that is perfect for Spring.  This DIY project came about as I was searching for a budget friendly plant hanger and came up empty handed.  So, I headed over to my nearest hardware store and stacked up on some supplies and decided to try and DIY this project myself and it turns out it's extremely easy and inexpensive.  

DIY MACRAME PLANT HANGER supplies ©Cristina Martinez of Cautiously Obsessed.jpg


1.  A pair of sharp scissors

2. One keychain ring 

3. Thick rope or cord ( make sure it is something durable)

4. (Optional) Four wood beads (you can paint a few of the beads before hand as I did with a little bit of acrylic paint to create a pattern of your choosing)


To get start all you need to do is cut four strands of cord, make sure to cut your cord at least 15 inches longer than what you want your planner to be when completed. 

DIY MACRAME PLANT HANGER Steps #1  ©Cristina Martinez of Cautiously Obsessed

Next,  slide your strands of cord through the key ring and at the midpoint tie a secure knot.  

DIY MACRAME PLANT HANGER Steps #2 ©Cristina Martinez of Cautiously Obsessed

Separate your eight strands of cord into groups of two and measure about 10 inches down from the key ring to begin your half-hitch knot.  This knot is extremely simple to execute, simply begin with your two strands of cord and take the cord on the left hand side and tie a knot around your other strand.  Keep repeating this and be sure to maintain the cord that you are creating knots around as straight as possible.  

DIY MACRAME PLANT HANGER Steps #3 ©Cristina Martinez of Cautiously Obsessed

After a couple of knots you will begin to notice that you are creating a spiral pattern as you go along.  Continue tying half-hitch knots until you are satisfied with the length of the knots and repeat this process for your three other sets of cords - for this tutorial I created about 20 half-hitch knots per two strands of cord.  

Next you will want to lay your strands of cord flat and grab the right cord of your first set (created by the half-hitch knot) and take the left cord from your second set and 10 inches down from the half-hitch knots tie one half-hitch knot.  If you have decided to utilize the optional wood beads for your DIY macrame planter what you will need to do is string one of your wood beads on the strand of cord you just tied a knot around.  Push the bead to be as close to the knot you just tied and tie two half-hitch knots below it and repeat this process for the remaining cords.  If you decided to not utilize the wood beads simply repeat the process for creating half-hitch knots (for this DIY I tied around 10 half-hitch knots).

DIY MACRAME PLANT HANGER Close Up ©Cristina Martinez of Cautiously Obsessed

To complete your macrame plant hanger simply gather all of your cords and tie a large and secure knot.  To secure your knot even ore, grab the longest strand of cord and wrap it around your other strands and create half-hitch knots (around 10 knots will do).  Trim your remaining strands of cord to be the same length and you then you are ready to place your plant inside of your new macrame plant hanger!  Once you get the hang of the half-hitch knot this process becomes incredibly easy and I ended up making two additional plant hangers in less than 20 minutes.  

I hope everyone enjoyed this simple DIY and if you give it a shot be sure to let me know how it went by leaving a comment below or by sharing a photo of your new plant hanger on Instagram or Twitter and tagging me (Instagram @cautiouslyobsessed - Twitter @cautiouslyob) so I can take a look at your beautiful creation.  Hope everyone is enjoying their Spring so far and be sure to check out the blog for more DIY's to come.  

Posted on March 27, 2015 .


It's almost the beginning of a new month and I wanted to create a couple of wallpapers for you lovelies to download.  Each wallpaper incorporates a positive little message that I hand-lettered and I don't know about you but for me one of the things I tend to stare at the most is my desktop wallpaper, it's the image I see at the start of my day, during my breaks and at the end of the day.  With this in mind I wanted to create wallpapers that would give you a friendly little reminder to either "stay kind", "seek adventure" or that "you can do this." 

Hope you all enjoy your new wallpapers and please be sure to comment me on Instagram (@cautiouslyobsessed) or on Twitter (@cautiouslyob) if you decide to snap a picture of your new wallpaper so I can see your beautiful photos!  

To download the freebie wallpapers, just click on the wallpaper you want below and download the full size version. 

designs by ©Cristina Martinez of Cautiously Obsessed, by downloading this wallpaper you agree the following terms and conditions .  

Please remember that these wallpapers are for personal use only, they are not to be sold, shared, modified or redistributed for any reason.


Posted on February 26, 2015 and filed under downloads.


mini apple pies by ©Cristina Martinez of Cautiously Obsessed | www.cautiouslyobsessed.com photo #1.jpg

Here's a simple recipe for Mini Apple Pies which are absolutely delicious and most likely you already have all of the ingredients in your kitchen.  To get started all you need is:


1. 1/2 cup of butter (unsalted) diced and chilled

2. 1 1/4 cup of flour

3. A pinch of salt

4. 2-3 tbsp of cold water


1. 2-3 Apples peeled + sliced into small pieces

2. 1/3 cup of sugar (or less)

3. 2 tsp of cinnamon

4. 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar

5. 1 tbsp of honey

6. 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)


1. Food processor

2. Rolling Pin

3. Mixing Bowl

4. Muffin Pan

5. Measuring cups + spoons


1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.  Then combine your flour and salt in your food processor and slowly add in your butter and water until your dough forms a ball.  If you find your dough to be a bit too dry just add another tablespoon of water.  

2. Spinkle some flour onto your cutting board before rolling out your dough.  Roll out your dough until it is around 1/4in thick - be sure to flip and rotate your dough as you go so it doesn't stick to your surface. 

3. Using a standard 1 cup measuring cup as your guide, firmly press the cup into your dough to create the circles to place into your muffin pan.  This recipe makes about 6 mini pies with left over dough to cover the top of your pies.  

4. Once you have six circles of dough cut out, place them in your muffin pan - gently shape them in the pan until they form little bowls.  With your excess dough cut 6 thin slices of dough per pie (they should be about 4-5 inches long and less than 1/2 inch wide).  

5.  In a large mixing bowl mix your apples, sugar, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, honey and vanilla extract.  

6. Add your filling to your dough, be sure to fill them to the very top of your muffin pan.  

7.  Carefully place your sliced strands of dough over the top of each mini apple pie - place three of the strands horizontally and three vertically to create the effect shown in the photo above.  Cut any excess dough and use the tines of a fork to decorate the edges of each mini apple pie.  

8. Bake at 425 degrees for 18-20 minutes or until the crust is a light brown and your apples are bubbling.  

9. Once you remove your mini apple pies from the oven let them cool for about 10 minutes then gently remove them from your muffin pan with a spoon.  

Mini apple Pies by ©Cristina Martinez of Cautiously Obsessed | www.cautiouslyobsessed.com photo #3.jpg

And that's it!  It's a pretty simple and straight forward recipe and you can pair them with a warm cup of coffee or serve them by themselves for dessert.  If you give this recipe a try be sure to let me know what you thought by leaving a comment below.  Hope everyone is having a lovely day!

Posted on February 17, 2015 and filed under food, RECIPIES.


Illustration by ©Cristina Martinez

Illustration by ©Cristina Martinez

1. Hope In A Tube :  I've mentioned this eye cream before on the blog and I honestly didn't realize just how essential this product was until I ran out last week.  It's the best eye cream I have found so far, it's not too thick and it keeps the skin under my eyes moisturized all day.

2. Purity Made Simple: I absolutely love this face wash, its gentle but very effective and I use in the morning before I apply any makeup or lotion and at night.  

3. Korres Lip Butter in Guava:  If your lips tend to get pretty dry in cold weather, I would highly recommend any of the Korres Lip Butters.  They're incredibly moisturizing and they come in a variety of colors so they are a great alternative to lipstick during the winter months.

4. Hope in a Jar (Night):  I know this moisturizer is meant to be utilized at night, but I started using it during the day (as well as the night) and it has kept my skin from becoming a big dry mess.

5. Urban Decay Naked BB Cream:  This has been a long time favorite of mine and I honestly can't rave about it enough.  Since the very first time I purchased my first tube of this BB cream I haven't used a drop of foundation.  It leaves your skin with this velvety texture and it provides a very light coverage which is great for someone who prefers little to no makeup. 

Posted on January 23, 2015 and filed under beauty.