BLOGMAS DAYS 4-6 Weekend Wrap Up




I've finally been feeling better, I'm not 100%, but I do have most of my energy back; the only downside is this lingering cough that is somewhat embarrassing to go out with. I know that I made blogging everyday for Blogmas my personal goal, but  I also don't want to put up any content that lacks substance. I feel like the biggest problem that occurs when doing 'tags' or 'challenges' is that sometimes it becomes more about quantity rather than quality; and you end up reading a one sentence post that usually contains an instagram picture. I didn't have much going on this weekend besides, getting a ton of rest, which has finally payed off and I am now ready to get back on my grind. 

This weekend we managed to make our way to the Balboa Park Holiday Lights festival, which was so fun and it was way too cute watching Lyla get so excited, she kept saying "Look Mommy, Daddy- it's Christmas" We grabbed some tacos before hand (which has to be like my favorite part about being back in California- Tacos on command) then we indulged in some cotton candy a churros. 
After this post you're definitely going to assume I have a sugar problem, and you're not wrong. 

 You'll have to excuse my horrible night time light photography - it's a weakness of mine. 

Family selfie with a tired baby

Lately, I've been all about hot chocolate sided by a holiday treat, and these brownie tree-eats (see what I did there) are delicious and an easy make. All you need for these babies are: brownie mix, green frosting, and some holiday oriented sprinkles. Next, follow the instructions on the back of the box , after baking let cool for 1-2 hrs and cut the brownies into triangles and frost. 


Stocking Stuffers She Will Love

BLOGMAS DAY 3 


It's day three of Blogmas and I have another gift guide for you; this time Stocking Stuffers For Her. If you need a bit more inspiration, I have another gift guide here ; and you can see my guides from last year's Christmas here and here

Essential Christmas Movies

I haven't been feeling too hot lately. For the past few weeks I have been battling some sort of sickness that has just shot my immune system. It all started out has a cold, then a sinus infection, and now I am like 50% sure I have the whooping cough and the other 50% is sure if it's not whooping cough it's phnemonia and I should probably go back to the doctor. I've been coughing so bad it makes me puke, so I have had to do smaller meals, usually soups. It's quite pathetic actually, because in between coughing I feel normal but after, I feel completely exhausted. It's the constant ups and downs that are draining; I know there's people out there battling worse,but I am so over being sick- I just want my energy back and not to sound like some demon who has a hairball stuck in their chest. On the bright side, Lyla has remained 100% healthy. Hopefully I get back to my norm sooner than later, because I really do not have time to be sick. Since today all my energy was focused on picking up the lack of house-work, here are some must have Christmas Movies to put you in the holiday spirit. 





Merry Blogmas! Pictures of Recently Enjoyed Things

For me it feels like November only has one day- Thanksgiving, and the rest are spent mourning Halloween and decking my home out with Christmas decor. I've made it my personal goal to keep up with all 25 days of Blogmas this year-  so get ready, because it's gonna' get festive up in here! Merry Blogging everyone! Be sure to leave your links in the comment sections below.

Bath & Body Works sale. Currently cuddled up in this blanket.


My little helper fell asleep while we were decorating.

Decor credit : Sister-in-law

Holiday Gift Guide for Bloggers 2015



NARS Concealer for those late nights and early mornings. 
Faux Fur Throw  to cuddle while you read. Also, very appropriate for photo backgrounds.
Knit Throw because you can't just have one throw.
A cute Tealight Holder 
Handy Gurugu Hand Cream our hands need love too. 
Studded Choker everyone needs one. 
Tisty Tosty Bath Bomb to treat your winter skin. 
Candy Mountain Bubble Bar A sweet treat (best part, no calories)  
For the days we can't drink a Mimosa, this Mimosa Scented Candle will do. 

Pumpkin Patching



Pumpkin picking has been something I have been longing for the last three years. Personally, I am not a fan of pumpkin picking from a cardboard box outside of Albertsons. I get why people do it (pumpkins from pumpkin patches can be a little overpriced), but why miss out on a great time? I remember when I was a little girl my mom would take my brother, sister, and I to this little pumpkin patch in our home town where we'd have to clip our own pumpkins from the vine and push the wheelbarrow to the car; we had the full experience and I loved every bit of it. Eventually the little farm went out of business and for years we were forced (yes forced, I was very upset that I couldn't pick my pumpkin from the vine) to store pick our pumpkins. One year while visiting family in Escondido, my aunt had taken me to a giant pumpkin patch; I don't remember how old I was, but I sure do remember the Bates Nut Farm pumpkin patch. Ever since, I have been wanting to go back and this year (after being deprived for so many years) I was able to take my little family to experience that very pumpkin patch. Bates Nut Farm offers not only a wide range of pumpkins to pick from, but also yummy food, activities for all ages, live music, special events, and I can't forget to mention their amazing store filled with deliciousness and unique finds. 

It probably is not surprise to you when I say I am a total disbeliever in Trunk or Treat or anything that has been "modernized" when it comes to holidays. For me, things like trick or treating on any other day besides Oct.31 takes away from the holiday, the fun, and the experience that makes memories so special. Something that is very important to me, is keeping the origins of holidays present. For as long as pumpkin patches are around, I will be taking my family to them. Changes are great, but sometimes a little tradition and old school ways are better. 


Halloween Etsy Finds



Seeing as I am completely obsessed with Halloween, I thought I'd share a few of my recent Etsy finds with you. I also haven't been been posting lately, so I figured this would be a good way to prompt some creativity, which I have been lacking lately. I'm just at a loss for words; I feel motivated to write, but I just can't seem to be happy with the finished product. Maybe I am a little stressed, tired, or anxious, possibly all three. I mean, I did just move across the country with a two year old, and I am just now getting settled in our new yet temporary home. As I'm writing this, I'm asking myself why I am being so hard on myself, I should be patting myself on the back. Alan will be here this weekend and all of this stress, and anxiety I have built inside me will not only be released, but it will all be worth it. 

I never imagined the military life could be so stressful (and I'm just getting a taste of it), but it is, and I have so much respect for all of the ladies who make it look so easy, especially the ones with children who have been doing this for years. It breaks my heart every morning when Lyla wakes up looking for her "Daddy" and she can't quite understand why he's gone. I hope I've been enough for her, but there's a little part of me that will always know that I'm solely not enough for her. She loves her Daddy, so much and she needs him. This is the first time she's been away from him, but not the last. I cannot help but to think about how being away from him will affect her future, because it will inevitably have an impact on her. I just hope when it's time to face those challenges, she knows how much we love her, and how hard we work to be the best parents we possibly can for her. 

Well, this has turned out to be less of a short post and more of an emotional rant. However, I feel comfortable with it, and since I'm leaving you with some really cute/creepy Etsy finds, I don't feel so guilty. 





Being Homeless Sucks!


If you don't  already know, I am no longer living in Florida. Lyla, my brother, and myself went on a cross country road trip, while Alan stayed behind for work. It was quite a long trip, three days of driving, and lots of singing in the car to keep from dying of bordom. After all the excitement and anticipation, I cannot decide how I feel about being back here. Entering California looked somewhat like a graveyard for mountains, it was depressing. I knew the drought was bad, but I didn't realize it was this bad. The uproot has been more challenging than expected, usually Lyla has no problem adjusting to new surroundings or new people, but I think this is a bit much for her little soul. She was never really one to throw tantrums and definitely not one to be clingy,but she has been on a whole new level since being here--I can't blame the poor girl, she had to say goodbye to her Daddy, we took her away from her home, made her sit in the car for 34 plus hours, and now she has to sleep in some strange place (my parent's home). So  yea, we aren't really homeless, just going without our own home for now, which is hard. I miss my own bed, I miss my having my own space, I miss Lyla freely running around without clinging to my leg every time I need to use the restroom, and needless to say I miss my husband. I am grateful for my parents letting us stay in their home until we get our new home, but I am so ready to have a place to ourselves again (crossing we don't run into any major issues with our future home). Speaking of a new home, I will be searching tomorrow in San Diego, wish me luck!



A Much Needed Update


Well, this is it guys, our time here in Florida is reaching its end. Never in a million years would I have thought I'd find myself comfortable enough here to refer to Florida as "home", but I have, and in all honestly I am a little sad to be leaving. In the beginning it was rough, and I mean really rough, we had so many big changes happening at once, it was a lot to adjust to, but somehow in all the chaos we've managed to find a balance. Life here has recently just felt normal and now it's time to pack everything up and move 3,000 miles West. I am anxious. I am anxious about our move, about our adjustments, finding a new home....I know, I know "It will all work out.", but in the mean time my control freak self will be stressed through the roof. There's a lot to be done and until it is, I apologize for the scattered posts. 

Besides being a nervous wreck, I am extremely excited to see California in a whole new light. Time away has done my soul justice. The lifestyle I live now is completely different from four years ago, in fact, I'm completely different. I am in a really good place right now, and I am happy with the person I have grown to become since I left California. I cannot wait to explore all of the nooks and crannies that I previously took for granted, but before I get lost in the fantasies of new adventures, I want to show you guys a little of what we have been up to the past few weeks. Enjoy!

On the left is the view of St. Augustine from the rooftop of The White Room where we attended our friends' wedding. On the right is the downtown area of Orlando, Fl from Lake Eola on Fourth Of July right before sundown. If you are in the area for Fourth of July I suggest you coming to this park to watch the fireworks, it was by far the best show I have ever seen. 


Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens where we celebrated Lyla's 2nd birthday.


Fourth Of July in Orlando 

Downtown Disney World 




LUSH Favorites


Nothing beats a trip to LUSH, especially when you are as obsessed with their products as I am. I have a ton of favorites, but Rub Rub Rub is one of the products I cannot live without. This scrub keeps my skin crazy soft, it doubles as a shampoo, and smells amazing. Angels On Bare Skin is currently the heart of my morning routine, since my skin has always been sensitive to most drugstore/chemical cleansers and exfoliants, it's been a challenge to find something that works for me, but this here cleanser is a game changer. I dont really have problems with acne, but when I do get a pimple, it's usually one on the left side of my chin, that always seems to pop up when I'm stressed out. I've named it "Cerberus", because it's like three little pimples bunched up, that make it look like one big monster on my face. As well as being prominent, he's a stubborn fellow; I used to opt for putting rubbing alcohol on it to get rid of the darn monster, but that only caused my chin to dry out, causing more breakouts. My friend Sierra recently introduced me to Grease Lightning and within a few days that little sucker Cerberus was gone, this stuff is seriously a miracle worker. So if you're reading this, thanks girl! With all that has been going on lately, it has only been necessary to run myself a long hot bath, and what's a good bath without a bath bomb? Seeing as it is Summertime, it was only fitting to purchase Big Blue . Now if you'll excuse me, it's time to "Just lay back and sail away to shores of uncluttered thoughts, softer skin and warm, blue seas."

Key West 2015





Our adventure to Walt Disney World lead us on a long, but great journey to Key West, had it not been for our family members suggesting the idea, Alan and I would have never been able to convince ourselves to go. I fell in love with this little island the moment  we were across the bridge. Forgetting the hurricane/flooding hazards, I am totally okay with Alan leaving the military to move here and doing so we could open some sort of local restaurant or store to get by (not really,but it's a great day dream). The people here were all so inviting, the atmosphere was always uplifting. and as you can tell the scenery is beautiful. We definitely plan on coming back someday, hoping someday comes sooner than later.

Disney World March 2015











As most kids, I too dreamed of going to the happiest place on Earth and that dream finally became a reality at the age of 21. Giggle if you must, but I have always found it best to keep my childhood alive within me and Walt Disney World definitely brought it out. Being from California most probably would have assumed that I had season passes to Disneyland but I have never been there. Shocker I know, by the way Mom, Dad, if you're reading this I forgive you for never taking me (wink). 

Although Lyla probably won't remember us taking her, she can never say she didn't go to the happiest place on Earth, and she even has the scar to prove it. That reminds me, about 7hrs prior to having to wake up and drive to Orlando Lyla had a trip to the Emergency Room so they could glue her sweet little forehead together. She cracked that pretty little forehead of her's open on our entertainment center, don't be horrible parents like us, get a swim noodle and secure it to every little corner/sharp edge in the house, mind you, it was her first real booboo. At least the poor girl got to wake up to The Magic Kingdom awaiting her. 

We used three of our four day park hopper passes, our first stop was Magic Kingdom, next Animal Kingdom, and finally, Epcot. If you're wondering why this post is only of pictures of Magic Kingdom it's because, one, I lost my camera's lense cover the first day and two, rain was scheduled every day for the rest of our time there and I wasn't about to take my nearly new camera out in the Florida showers, but I did however take pictures using my iphone6 so, you'll be able to see those in a different post coming soon. 

I hope you all get a chance to visit Walt Disney World and if not at least make it to Disneyland, everyone needs to experience the happiest place on Earth at least once in their lifetime.

'til next time,
    Lo 

Back from Vacation!






Hey everyone! I know it has been a while since I last posted and I am so sorry. For the past few weeks I have been busy preparing for vacation as well as enjoying it. I have so much to share with you this week, I hope that you will keep checking in to see our latest adventure, what I took on vacation, my recent favorites and much more.

This year we were still trying to recover from vacation, so we strayed away from the big Easter dinner and went out for some hibachi, came home and watched Interstellar, while letting Lyla dig in her Easter basket. I hope all of you had a wonderful Easter whether it was quiet or extravagant.

Until next time, 
      Lo 

Our Valentine's/ Presidents Day Weekend









Sorry for the late post everyone, I definitely meant to post this on Presidents Day, but we ended up having a spontaneous barbeque. Thanks to some awesome friends, Alan and I were able to celebrate Valentine's Day a day early. Alan surprised me with two dozen roses, then we went out to dinner which gave me the perfect excuse to wear a little black dress to watch Fifty Shades Of Grey (because who wears a LBD to the movie theaters?) . I enjoyed the movie a lot more than I expected to and now I am just way too excited for the sequel. On Valentine's Day we stayed home, opened Valentine's gifts, then made some ceviche and shrimp scampi to eat. We had a perfect two day Valentine's and spent the rest of our time off accompanied by great friends. How was everyone elses Valentine's Day/Presidents Day?

Oh, I almost forgot to mention, Lyla had her crib transformed into a toddlers bed. Updates on that soon. 

Yours Truly,
Lo 

Suja Fuel : Perfect Pick Me Up


If you're like me and often have to workout in the early morning or at noon, then you probably find yourself  needing to be re energized at some point during the day. I want to enjoy my entire day, so one way I help my body beat the sudden lethargy, is by making sure my body can recover after a workout. One of my favorite ways to that is by making smoothies or getting some other sort of nutrients into my body. I opt for smoothies and juices because they're light on the stomach, after jumping around and stuff ,eating a big meal makes me nauseous.

After being selected for a Suja Juice campaign, I had the opportunity to try some of their products. The bottle you see in the picture is called Suja Fuel, one of my favorites from Suja. It's a blend of organic carrot, apple, pineapple, and lemon juice with organic ground turmeric. It leaves me feeling energized, fueled and ready to go. It's a 16 oz juice that's USDA certified, non-GMO project verified, vegan, Kosher certified, dairy free, soy free, and gluten free with no added sugars. Obviously if you have never juiced organic veggies and fruit, it might be a little weird the first time ,but that's not to say that this doesn't taste delicious, if I could stock my fridge up with this, trust me I would! 





Disclosure: I purchased Suja Fuel using coupons given to me by BzzAgent. If you would like to learn more about BzzAgent and how it works, visit their website BzzAgent.com    . 

My Top 14 Perfect Movies For Valentine's Day



 Besides 50 Shades Of Grey, these movies need to make it to your living room , or your bedroom, whichever you prefer. Grab your box of tissues, endless snacks, and get to binging. 

  1. Safe Haven 
  2. A Walk To Remember 
  3. Vanilla Sky
  4. The Great Gatsby 
  5. Pearl Harbor
  6. Barefoot 
  7. The Notebook 
  8. Silver Linings Playbook
  9. Dear John 
  10. Love And Other Drugs
  11. My Best Friend's Wedding 
  12. 500 Days Of Summer
  13. Don Jon 
  14. One Day 



Valentines Day Etsy Finds

 Every young girl fantasizes about her first "romantic valentine"well,  I know I did. I always pictured roses, rose petals on the bed, in the tub lit by candles, roses arriving at my doorstep, roses galore. We'd walk somewhere beautiful as the sunsets, entering a home with a romantic dinner setting, engaging in some sort of adult conversation over the candlelight dinner we cooked ourselves (which was something sophisticated with wine to drink), then cuddling up with each other on a couch accompanied by a plate of chocolate covered strawberries and a bowl of popcorn for the movie we rented to watch, but wouldn't finish. 

It still sounds like a dream Valentine's day to me, but I think I have lowered my expectations a little bit since realizing that the standards movies hold Valentine's Day to are somewhat unrealistic to the lives of many. A lot of times work schedules don't always match up, it's flu season, people are forgetful or just don't put the effort into making it more than a "Hallmark Holiday" (not that I blame them, planning something that would meet a womans' expectation would take a lot of planning) ,but then what is this recent February 15th holiday men declared Steak & BJ Day?

With Alan, our first Valentines Day was spent a part. Alan was in bootcamp and I was back at home eating a bag full of peanut m&m's, sobbing while writing letters to send to him that week. Our second Valentines day, I was horribly sick with my pregnancy and he worked until midnight, he managed to surprise me with candy and some cute gifts. Last year we attempted a romantic dinner with a boob happy eight month old baby girl, you can subtract the romance out of that yourself. Although I haven't had the sappy Valentine's Day I always dreamed of having, each one with Alan has been special in its own way. I have learned that Valentine's Day isn't about having the perfect romantic night but simply just a day for celebrating love and having faith in love.