Friday, October 17, 2014

Update: 30 Before 30

Needless to say... this was an epic fail. To think that I could accomplish these 30 goals before I turned 30 on top of the Brazil vacation AND job hunting was insane. Well... I do have plenty of time to accomplish them in my 30th year. Sooo maybe this post should be called 30 in 30? What do you think? Anyhow, I did manage to check-off one of a couple more items from my list.

I decided that I wanted to take my hubby out for our two year wedding anniversary and we enjoyed a very lovely day at the Anaheim Packing House and Park Avenue Steak House. Great Mini Staycation indeed!



The hubby proposed a spontatneous outing to Santa Barbara one Friday and although we were too lazy to finish our day trip to Santa Barbara, we had a great time wine tasting in Ojai and shopping in Camarillo.





1.  Visit Brazil – Done! Post Here
2.  Learn and dance Samba – Eeeeh We didn’t have time to Samba!
3.  Travel out of the country (filler) – Yeah Buddy!
4.  Get a tattoo
5.  Get a Brazilian Bikini Wax – Boom for some Sexiness in my pants! - Done and Done and I LOVE IT!
6.  Learn a song on the Guitar 
7.  Write a song
8.  Record a song
9.  Post a YouTube video of me singing I sang the National Anthem for West Covina Nationals Little League and posted my very first YouTube video. More to come! Check out the video!
10.     Stay out until 5 am - PST or Brazilian time (I am often times incapable of staying awake past 2 am)
11.     Get rid of some of my craft stash - a craft stash is all the hoarding of craft supplies one crafter might be storing.
12.     Learn to make champurrado - one of my FAVS
13.     Learn to make tamales - Any kind: Guatemalan, Cuban, Mexican, etc
14.     Learn to make Pozole - any volunteers to teach me?
15.     Pay it Forward - Pay for someone’s Starbucks in the drive-through behind me, etc.
16.     Sew a skirt and a dress – probably using a pattern
17.     Cut my hair short again - the cut may come sooner than later. Tired of this “longness!” - I will get there soon but I'm loving my medium/long length right now and I just dyed it copper. Loving the copper (photo above)
18.     Ride a horse - surprisingly, I’ve never done this (that I am aware of)
19.     Attend a professional football game (Even if it’s in nose bleed)
20.     Go on a spontaneous outing with my hubby
21.     Run/jog 1, 2, and 3 miles without stopping
22.     Post 30 blog posts or more on the blog
23.     Call my friends at least once or twice a month - or more if reciprocated - Calls made: 1/6/14- I have been lagging on this one.
24.     Volunteer – thinking of the Do Good Bus or other local community volunteerism - Volunteer Hours: Massage Event, Tinker Bella ½ Marathon. Massaged all of the runners and walkers. Super great experience and it was great to use my magic massage hands again.
25.     Greet at least 1 stranger a day or week (Hello, good morning, good evening, etc) - this one is going to be tough for meGreetings: 1/8/13 - Introduced myself to one of my new classmates. Too many to count now! I’m on a roll!
26.     Learn self-defense techniques - I’m thinking a self-defense meet-up to save money
27.     Learn to French braid and learn to French braid my own hair
28.     Take the train and spend a day in LA with my Mommy and Sisters - Girls day out!
29.     Take my husband to dinner - Girls can be “romantical” too!
30.     Treat myself to a day of pampering - Hair, nails, the works! I don’t do this enough.

Wish me luck on the rest. I will update after completion of each item.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thursday Thrifty Finds - Dress My Soul

I really need to get in the habit of taking outfit photo's; especially when they involve thrifty finds.

I attended a very lovely summer wedding this year. Complete with mason jars, a photo booth, and an open bar. Weddings are just not fun without an open bar. Sorry to all my sober fans out there. We like to drink... socially, of course. Here is one of my favorite thrifty finds.

Blue Polka Dot Dress

Blue Polka Dot Dress (Goodwill) - $2.50
Ivory Bow Belt (Hand-me-down) - $0
Nude Wedges (Chinese Laundry/Ross) - $30
Pearl Necklace (borrowed) - $0

Pssst... the dress to the right... also a thrifty find of mine
One Shoulder Floral Dress (Crossroads Trading) - $8


I wore the same dress to a Bridal Party/Birthday gathering at Paris in a Cup, Anaheim. 

Blue Polka Dot Dress (Goodwill) - $2.50
Ivory Bow Belt (Hand-me-down) - $0
Brown Doc Martens (Urban Outfitters) - $25

More Thrifty finds coming soon!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Crafty Little Things



Sharing all the crafty things I've accomplished lately. I must say, I am proud of these beauties. I can't wait to make more time for crafting soon.




I Made Blue Velvet Cupcakes for my
Best Friends 30th Birthday in February



Penelope's 1st Year Collage Canvas
Miguel's 1st Year Collage Canvas

Miguel's 1st Birthday Hat

Penelope's Mermaid-Themed Hair Bow Canvas


Delilah's Hair Bow Canvas
Bow and Headband board for Mia and Aiyanna

I must have short term memory
because I can't remember who this was for.
Sad Face


More Crafty goodies coming soon!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Life Lately - The Struggle is Real

The Struggle is Real... per my metrics.

Thankfully, I'm not struggling to make ends meat because the husband and I are fortunate enough to be living with Mom and I am fortunate to have unemployment, and the hubby is working hard for us. The struggle, though, is with my confidence. The journey to finding where I belong has been humbling. Was I too confident that I would find a well-paying job right away? Possibly. Yes. Absolutely! Employers don't want to pay for talent or if they are willing to pay for talented individuals, they require a degree, which I don't have yet; and the competition is intense! I read somewhere that the average number of applications received for one position is 250. Two Hundred and Fifty contenders for just ONE position. I honestly, and naively assumed that finding a job would be easy. Not the case. I have applied to over 40 positions since August but I have not lost hope and I am still trying to stay positive that there will be light at the end of the tunnel and I will find the right place of employment for me. Until then, I'm still working hard to graduate with my Associates Degree in Business Management by 2015.

Here are some recent photo highlights of life lately.


Our very first USC Tailgate
Amazing time!
An Impromptu Drive to Ojai
A Miracle Baby's 1st Birthday
My 30th Birthday Celebration
Carpenteria Avocado Festival







Friday, August 1, 2014

Update: 30 Before 30 Bucket List



I have A LOT to accomplish in 39 days! Aaaaccck. Oh well... Maybe I can extend this to 30 IN the year of 30! Baaaahhaaaah!



Enjoying a Mimosa on our Business-Class
Flight to Brazil. OLE!

1.  Visit Brazil Done! Post Here
2.  Learn and dance Samba – Eeeeh We didn’t have time to Samba!
3.  Travel out of the country (filler) Yeah Buddy!
4.  Get a tattoo
5.  Get a Brazilian Bikini Wax – Boom for some Sexiness in my pants! - Done and Done and I LOVE IT!
6.  Learn a song on the Guitar 
7.  Write a song
8.  Record a song
9.  Post a YouTube video of me singing I sang the National Anthem for West Covina Nationals Little League and posted my very first YouTube video. More to come! Check out the video!
10.     Stay out until 5 am - PST or Brazilian time (I am often times incapable of staying awake past 2 am)
11.     Get rid of some of my craft stash - a craft stash is all the hoarding of craft supplies one crafter might be storing.
12.     Learn to make champurrado - one of my FAVS
13.     Learn to make tamales - Any kind: Guatemalan, Cuban, Mexican, etc
14.     Learn to make Pozole - any volunteers to teach me?
15.     Pay it Forward - Pay for someone’s Starbucks in the drive-through behind me, etc.
16.     Sew a skirt and a dress – probably using a pattern
17.     Cut my hair short again - the cut may come sooner than later. Tired of this “longness!” - I will get there soon but I'm loving my medium/long length right now and I just dyed it copper. Loving the copper (photo above)
18.     Ride a horse - surprisingly, I’ve never done this (that I am aware of)
19.     Attend a professional football game (Even if it’s in nose bleed)
20.     Go on a spontaneous outing with my hubby
21.     Run/jog 1, 2, and 3 miles without stopping
22.     Post 30 blog posts or more on the blog
23.     Call my friends at least once or twice a month - or more if reciprocated - Calls made: 1/6/14- I have been lagging on this one.
24.     Volunteer – thinking of the Do Good Bus or other local community volunteerism - Volunteer Hours: Massage Event, Tinker Bella ½ Marathon. Massaged all of the runners and walkers. Super great experience and it was great to use my magic massage hands again.
25.     Greet at least 1 stranger a day or week (Hello, good morning, good evening, etc) - this one is going to be tough for me. Greetings: 1/8/13 - Introduced myself to one of my new classmates. Too many to count now! I’m on a roll!
26.     Learn self-defense techniques - I’m thinking a self-defense meet-up to save money
27.     Learn to French braid and learn to French braid my own hair
28.     Take the train and spend a day in LA with my Mommy and Sisters - Girls day out!
29.     Take my husband to dinner - Girls can be “romantical” too!
30.     Treat myself to a day of pampering - Hair, nails, the works! I don’t do this enough.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Ole, Ole, Ole, Ole! I miss... Brazil (photo-heavy)


Ole, Ole, Ole, Ole! I miss... Brazil!



Needless to say, Brazil was amazing. If I wasn't a travel junky before, I want to be one now! The beer was plentiful, the people were charming, and the fun was endless! I can't wait for the next adventure! If you love soccer, or even if you don't, attend a World Cup in your lifetime! You will LOVE it and it is an experience of a lifetime. Meeting and socializing with people from different parts of the world was amazing! The passion that people have for their country and their teams was evident, inspiring, and so much fun to witness. We made friends from Canada, Spain, Argentina, Mexico, Russia, Chile, Australia (oh I LOVE their voices), and most importantly, Brazil! The wonderful Brazilian people were so friendly, helpful, and hospitable. What a great host country.

Here are some of the highlights of our trip.
  • Unknowingly flying business from LA to Miami and from Miami to Rio and utterly enjoying the experience. Annel and I were like kids in a candy store. Blanca was used to that great treatment. The flight attendant hooked it up with the Jack and Coke's too! And... who says no to mimosas?!? Crazy people, that's who!
  • Almost missing our flight to Rio by... minutes. We ran to the terminal to find the doors closed already but the airline attendants waved us in just in time. Baby Jesus was watching over us. (Thank Goodness we also flew business to Rio)


  • Dining at Paprika 4 nights in Natal, Rio Grande De Norte and all of the great people we dined with. So many great memories there! We just loved it there.
  • Witnessing the fifth fastest World Cup Goal made by USA's Clint Dempsey at the Ghana vs. USA game in Natal. We witnessed world cup history right there... history!










  • Playing volleyball at 2 a.m. with fellow American neighbors at our Natal beach house.
  • Almost finishing a bottle of Crown Royal and then going swimming in the warm rainy water at the beach house.

  • Attending the the Mexico vs. Cameroon game in the POURING rain in Natal. We were all soaked! (If you know me, you know I am not a fan of rain) 

  • Being Hosted in Rio by the BEST LOCALS! Thank you Paulette and Jon
  • Running into "the Canadians" 3 times between Natal and Rio
  • Staying out late every night in Rio

Jonathan and Paulette
All of us and one of our Canadian friends
Lapa
Club in Lapa



Our Evening out in Ipanema
... and the amazing food
An amazing group of accomplished young females
Lapa

Our Canadian Stalkers
  • Zip lining in Rio at Fan Fest
One of our Favorite Photo's


  • Mariu's Churrascaria was AMAZING! An establishment with such personality and amazing/fun decor! Not to mention... the food was GREAT. Even though many would say it is a tourist trap... well... I was a tourist and we really enjoyed it. It might not have been an authentic Brazilian Churrascaria but it was enjoyable.

The Women's Restroom was covered in vintage dolls and trinkets

Our evening out after dinner
  • Spending the day practically hiking up to Cristo Redentor, one of the wonders of the world!!!





Above All, travelling with the LOVE of my LIFE as we have always planned. 
I can't wait for our next travelling adventure.