What’s In My Bag: Flight Edition

I come to you live from my household, one night before our flight to Florida where everything is complete chaos because we’ve all managed to go above our weight limit for baggage. I’m sure we’ll figure it out, eventually. Travel always seems to be a bit stressful the few days before, and my family doesn’t really make it a habit of flying anywhere. I’ve flown a few places alone, but never with my family, so tomorrow is sure to be a hectic and interesting day.

Thought it would be interesting to do a bit of What’s In My Bag before the flight though! These are subject to change considering the chaos that’s going on in the hallway. I might end up having to shove my hair straightener in here as well, but here’s the gist of it:

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  1. The trusty ol’ Jansport backpack, survivor of the highschool days.
  2. Makeup Bag, with the usual suspects inside. (Going to be trying out BB Creams while I’m out there, but in case I end up hating them, I’ve got my usual foundation in there. Hopefully, I’ll be able to review them soon!)
  3. Snacks! I’ve opted for some Chocolate Chip cookie bites, Milk Duds, and a small Mio bottle to mix with water that I’ll get before boarding.
  4. Hydration Essentials. Including: EOS lip balm for chapped lips, St. Ives Skin Renewing Collagen & Elastin Body Lotion poured into a travel sized bottle, & Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask. Flights usually suck moisture out of my skin, so I’m stocking up!
  5. Spectacles. I talked about these glasses in a Recent Splurges post, and I’m so excited to take them on holiday! Follow me on Snapchat to get Spectacles footage from my trip.
  6. Laptop. I’ll hopefully be blogging while I’m out in Florida!
  7. Ipod + Headphones. I try and use this iPod for photos as well to save battery on my phone.
  8. Extra Headphones. You honestly never know, I can’t take chances with headphones. I’ll be taking my wireless Jaybird x2 headphones as well.
  9. Moment Lens. I bought this recently and will be using the trip to test drive how much I like it. So far it’s been AMAZING, I can’t wait to make a full post about it. Watch out for it!
  10. Bullet Journal + pens. This will be used less for planning (as I usually use it) and more to jot down quick thoughts at the end of the day. Some part of me always feels a bit more secure with my bullet journal around for some odd reason, even if I don’t use it.
  11. Kindle Paperwhite. I’ve been clinging to this for the past two weeks! I’ve finished through and entire series (finally) and have tackled reading The Martian. I haven’t seen the movie for the sake of reading the book first. I’m completely immersed and can’t put it down!
  12. Anker External Battery, just in case.
  13. Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel. I’ve got so many of these still lying around from student gifts last year, it’s so awesome. I’m never out of hand sanitizer!
  14. Contact case (+ contact liquid, not pictured), just in case my eyes dry out so much that I have to take those babies off.

That’s about it! My wallet and phone are obviously included as well, but I tend to carry those in my pockets anyway. The reunion went well, if a bit dull, for those wondering. I managed to twist my ankle playing kickball so most of the evening was spent chilling with my cousins in the shade. Good fun.

Phew, I’ve still got to finish putting together everything for tomorrow, so I’ll finish off here. Are any of you guys taking trips soon? What are you taking with you? I’m a novice at best at flights so it’d be lots of fun to read blog posts on stuff like that, link me in the comments!

Hope you guys had a wonderful weekend!

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A Four Hour Drive To Nervesville

Tomorrow marks the first time I ever attend a family reunion. An official one at least! I come from a Hispanic background, and try as I might I still don’t know most of cousins because of the vastness of our family tree.

My maternal grandmother’s family isn’t huge: they were only six siblings, and only four made it to the age to have a family of their own. I’m not expecting hundreds of people, but I am expecting to be overwhelmed. Not only do I not know many of the people attending, we’ll have to travel four hours to get to them!

Also there’s a small matter of us never being part of an Official Family Reunion before. We spent weeks coming up with games and events we could go but seemed to come up short. The internet was full of bad ideas. Never Have I Ever is not a family friendly game, I don’t care who is trying to convince me otherwise.

At the very least, I’m looking forward to the pool in the public park the event will be at. A whole day in 100+ degree weather? Not looking forward to that. We’ll be four hours north of where we usually are in Texas, so let’s hope that the change in location might give us a bit of respite in the heat department.

I’m a little bit nervous.

Also, hey I’m aware that this is my first personal-ish post! I know there’s very few of you so far but I hope you’re finding my blog entertaining, if not at least satisfactory. I have a lot to learn about this platform and hopefully you all can stick around to see me grow.

Cross your fingers tomorrow goes well!

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Come With Me: The Flea Market

Today my family took a small trip to a local flea market and I thought I’d share a few photos from our night out! Flea markets (or “pulgas”, as we call them) are usually open during early morning hours, but a nearby one has special hours on Wednesday nights. We took advantage of this to go with my parents, who are usually busy working mornings to go with us.

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Left: Used fishing equipment for sale | Right: Mom sifting through second-hand shirts

Pulgas have been a staple of my life since childhood. I love everything about them! From the music that stalls blast to get your attention, to the people blurting sales out of a megaphone, to the smells coming from the back end of the lot that make my stomach rumble. You’re guaranteed to find everything here! Second-hand working tools, second-hand clothing, off-brand phone cases, and even used fishing equipment! Everything’s up for grabs. Some of the more interesting finds this time around involved a fully-functioning cauldron that could be plugged into a small propane tank for some spooky-themed soup recipes and a stack of really cool vintage radios.

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Left: Witches cauldron! | Right: Two vintage radios, already sold.

I really wanted that cauldron to be honest, think of the cool Halloween party ideas you could do with that! It looked to be made of really thick metal as well, absolutely no flimsy plastic-ness to be seen.

The food stalls at flea markets are always amazing. We started off the evening with a bit of fruit at the produce stalls near the front of the lot. It’s the best place to get fresh fruit, other than a farmer’s market of course! I devoured a mango, while my family all opted for some coconut dressed in chili powder and lemon .

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Left: Fresh mangos for sale | Right: Dad’s snack of choice: coconut

There’s so many options for snacks along the way of the shopping stalls. Any row of normal vendors will have a chips & soda stall thrown in the mix, or if you’re lucky you’ll bump into an ice cream or aguas frescas vendor.

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Left: A stand of Aguas Frescas (I got Lemonade) | Right: Mexican Ice Cream!

I got myself a nice fresh lemonade, because the weather was blistering hot and I needed a refresher. My little sister chased after an ice cream man with a small rolling cart and bought the best pecan popsicle I’ve ever tasted. Then again, it could also have been the heat talking!

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Left: Me and my little sister | Right: The best pecan popsicle in the world

After a good long walk around of the entire area (it’s a lot of walking!) we reached the back lot of food! My favorite part. An entire area is dedicated to various taco stalls and Mexican restaurants with a variety of proper meals to choose from. We visited a family friend’s food stall and had ourselves two orders to share amongst the four of us: an order of fajita tacos and shredded meat sopes!

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Left: Tacos and Sopes for dinner | Right: Authentic Mexican Coke label

Bit of a trick to fans of Mexican Coke: if the bottle doesn’t say “Retornable” on the label, then it’s not a proper Mexican Coke! Glass bottled cokes directly from Mexico always taste so much better for some reason, I don’t know why. Either way, if you haven’t had an imported Mexican Coke you should try it! They’re made with pure cane sugar and taste ten times better than the regular kind.

Lalo, the blue Macaw who danced to cumbias

Before we left, we bumped into this little guy hanging out with his owner. He was so cute! I always feel bad for birds that aren’t in the wild but this guy sure was sassy. He was dancing along to the music! His name was Lalo and he was the most brilliant blue I had ever seen.

Our bellies full, our purchases made, and the sun set, we were ready to call it a night. We left a bit before closing to avoid traffic jams in the parking lot, as always. It was such a nice night out with my family, I can’t wait until we can go again!

As the sun sets, so does my picture quality (oops)

I hope you enjoyed coming along with me and my family to the flea market! Hopefully I’ll be able to do more posts like these, it gives me an excuse to go out and explore new local areas!

Thank you so much for reading, as always.
xx

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10 Things To Do When Feeling Down

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Life has ups and downs, its the natural course of life. It won’t always be great and sometimes you can’t fake it. It’s okay to have an off day every so often, and on those days it’s good to do things to lift your spirit!

  1. Make Your Bed.

    It’s silly, and I know so many people say this, but its true! Having your bed done, even if you don’t plan on leaving the room, can work wonders for your mood. Chunk up chores into tiny little goals. Do your bed one hour and then the next maybe clear out your desk or put away the washing. Take it slow, and don’t beat yourself up about not feeling up to it! The important thing to keep in mind is that life will feel a bit more manageable after.

  2. Wash Your Face / Put On Makeup

    I always feel like something drug out of the swamp when I wake up first thing in the morning after a rough night, or when the day is immediately shitty. Wash your face with your favorite cleanser and put on your favorite minimal makeup look! It’s a great way to feel put together and face the day.

  3. Send A Gratitude Text

    I’ve done this for several years ever since I saw an awesome video on some random person’s Facebook wall about the #1 generator of human happiness: showing gratitude! It was such an eye-opener to me, and it really is true! Text a friend or loved one something that you appreciate about them, whether its for helping you clean your room that one time or just for being there for you. It’s a good way to feel better on the inside.

  4. Play A Feel-Good Playlist

    There’s no such thing as a guilty pleasure on a self-help day! Blast that Britney Spears! Jam to Backstreet Boys! Turn up the volume on every single One Direction song ever released. Hell, sometimes I just need to listen to Walking On Sunshine by Katrina & the Waves to feel good. Pretend you’re in an 80’s getting-over-that-boy montage and work it. You can even change through all the outfits in your wardrobe, nobody’s judging!

  5. Have A Seasonally Appropriate Snack

    I’ve always said that snacks shouldn’t be in a plastic bag for feel-good binges. It just brings on more bad feels eventually. Is it summer? Go for a fresh frappe or ice cream cone. Eat a watermelon and get sticky fingers! Wear sunglasses and enjoy the treat. Is it winter? Get a hot cocoa or coffee with warm pasties. Snuggle into a sweater knit and thaw out your insides.

  6. Quote-A-Thon Favorite Movies, Starring You

    Everyone has that movie that they know front to back, every line included. My favorite thing to do on shitty days is bust out the long-time favorite, never-gets-boring, Pride and Prejudice (2005). You can argue with me all you want, that movie is a work of art. I can watch it repeatedly, several times in one day, and never grow tired of it! On bad days, I love sitting down, watching, and saying the lines along with the actors on screen. There’s a strange sort of satisfaction in it.

  7. Write A Journal Entry

    This is a bit obvious, but journals really are good for reflection and meditation. Thinking about why you feel the way you do is cathartic. In the end you should feel a bit of relaxation, if only it being the knowledge that you know yourself a bit more. When I do this, I try to also write down goals that I have myself to try and get out of the rut. Maybe tomorrow I’ll set up a date with a friend, or I’ll go to the cinema alone and revel in enjoying the pleasure of my own company. It’s important to push yourself, and if that only happens in baby steps, it’s okay too.

  8. Spa Time

    The only crime in this is that I DON’T HAVE A TUB. It’s so frustrating, I’ve always wanted to experience Lush Bath Bombs and I’ve never been able to. Either way, spa time is vital for my own self-care. I usually start with a hair mask, then move on to face mask and new polish for my nails. Things change here and there according to the season or the mood (or the state of my skin at the time), but one thing always remains the same: there must be a candle involved.

  9. Bust Out The Moscato

    This obviously isn’t required, as it’s not exactly… healthy. But hey don’t judge me! Sometimes a glass of white wine is all I need to relax and de-stress. Just never rely on alcohol too much on bad days or it could lead to dangerously unhealthy habits. I love my white wine, but I try and space out the amount I drink for obvious reasons. Barefoot Sweet White Moscato remains a long time favorite.

  10. Go To Bed, Night Owl!

    Sleeping late on bad days is a problem for me. This usually happens because I tend to nap during the days I don’t want to be awake. I’ve been working to stop this habit! Waking up early really does do wonders for mood and mental health, and going to sleep early on a bad day ensures that you can start the next day on a fresh slate. Resist the napping urges!

I hope you enjoyed these few simple tips that I have, if you have any more suggestions be sure to leave them in a comment below! What do you do to get rid of bad-slump moods?

Happy 4th of July!
xx

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Tech Talk – Apps On My Phone

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It’s hard to imagine a time when everyone didn’t have a phone in their pocket at all times. I didn’t get a proper cellphone until I was 17 years old, and even then my parents were not very keen on the idea. Now it seems like I can’t live without it!

Before everyone starts launching their “technology is evil” political cartoons at me: let’s look on a positive side to this. Most apps and social media have made life so much easier! I have long-term friends on the other side of the world. Social media in particular can be bad, but in moderation it’s the best thing in the world: just like coffee and chocolate.

I feel like this might steer off into a small series – with themed recommendations later on. For now, these are the ones I use the most!

The Obvious Ones: Instagram, Snapchat, WordPress, Tinder, Pinterest, Whatsapp

tweetbot.pngTweetbot 4 ($10.00) 
A substitute for the official Twitter app. I couldn’t stand that app so I shelled out money for it. Only drawback to this app is that it doesn’t have support for polls on twitter (you won’t be able to see them). Pros: You have an excellent blacklist system that lets me stay spoiler free from any and all television shows I haven’t gotten around to seeing the season finale for! It’s honestly great. If it wasn’t for the blacklist feature, I might have ditched this app a while back, but it’s just too great to live without it. Also the design of it is very nice and compact, sans all the horrible extra white space in the official app.

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Discographic for Discogs ($2.99)
I collect records! I’ve been doing it for about five or six years now, and this app is such a lifesaver when it comes to keeping track of pressings that I have in my collection, and which ones I want to buy next. It helps keep myself organized! And in the few occasions when I’ve had to resell a vinyl, the app made it easy to connect with interested buyers. A great app well worth the money if you’re into record collecting!

 

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Wunderlist (FREE) 
Here it is, the required to-do-list app! This one has a desktop version as well as mobile and they both synch up to keep yourself up-to-date no matter which device you’re using. It’s super easy to use and my favorite to-do list app I’ve ever used.

 

 

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Mealime (FREE)
This is a recent discovery, and I absolutely love it! The app lets you choose a type of diet (vegan, low-carb, vegetarian, etc.) and then gives you a variety of recipes to choose from PLUS a shopping list ready for you to go to the grocers. It’s amazing! Some of the recipes are locked for PRO members only, but there’s plenty of tasty meals to try out. I’m not a horrible cook, I’ve just never had the time to learn to make several proper meals, and this is the perfect way to practice a variety of tasty healthy meals. I’ve only been using it for two weeks but I absolutely love it.

 

Screen Shot 2017-07-02 at 7.18.21 PMBLACK – (FREE.. but not?)
This app emulates the feel of black-and-white film cameras. I’ve always wanted to get into film photography but never actually did it, and this app kind of scratches the itch a bit. The app claims to be free but does have required in-app purchases!

 

 

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1 Second Everyday – Video Diary ($4.99)
THIS IS MY FAVORITE APP OF THE SUMMER. It’s a simple concept: record a second every day. The app stitches together videos from your camera roll for a one-second summary at the end of whatever time span you choose to have your video follow. I tried doing it for the month of June, but missed quite a few videos. Hopefully July will be a bit more seamless, I’m making a more conscious effort to snag a tiny video every day. The video produced shows date stamps and edits everything for you! All you have to do is choose which videos get put in the final product. I’ll be posting my end-of-July video on my Instagram so be sure to follow me over there if you’d like to see it.

 

little alchemyLittle Alchemy (FREE) 
This app is based on an online game that was popular a few years back. The premise is: make stuff. You start off with a few elements like air, earth, and wind, and you use those to create different objects, from the most grandiose and vague to the most weirdly specific thing you could think of. I currently have 276 out of 560 objects created, so I’ve got a ways to go. It’s such a cute little game though, and it really does make you think. Of course a Bat and a Human would make Batman! What else could it have been? (No seriously, try it, it’s fun!)

That’s it for now! I might do a travel-specific app post soon, I want to test drive some newish apps first before I write about them. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and thank you so much for the new followers! I’m glad you stumbled on to my baby of a blog and that you’re sticking around.

What’s your favorite app to use that’s not an obvious choice? I’m always on the lookout for new apps to try!

xx
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