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!
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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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My Summer Bucket List

Hello everyone! Bit of a simpler post today, I’m thinking about things I want to do in the next month and a half and thought I’d write down a to-do list of stuff I want to do in the limited time that I don’t have already planned out. I have a few trips planned in the coming weeks, like I mentioned in my Coming Up – Summer 2017 post, so time is already kind of booked up, but I think it’s still good to plan out short/small goals.

Some of these were nabbed off of @theobsessionbegins’s Self Care Mini Challenge (like one or two things) but hopefully I’ll be giving her challenge a proper go in August when there’ll be a bit more time to focus things. July is going to be a whirlwind!

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Photos by Me (from my Instagram: @thefroghat)

Things To Do In July Before The Texas Heat Kills Me:

  1. Have a picnic. I recently bought a really neat picnic basket from Target and it has yet to have a proper debut, so I’ll be planning a picnic this summer, hopefully in a massively shady park somewhere… I’m sure there’s one around here.
  2. Have brunch with friends. Can you believe I’ve never had brunch? Because it’s true, I’ve never had brunch. Not the proper kind with mimosas and guac on toast at least, it’s always been frijoles recalentados in my sweet ol’ Mexican household. I want to actually do this one though, it’s on my Life Bucket List. (If you guys are interested in hearing about that, then let me know I have it written down in a notebook somewhere)
  3. Try a new restaurant. I’m guilty at always sticking to the same places, my taste buds need a change!
  4. Have a proper mani/pedi. (Salons scare me, so this will have to require a bit of courage)
  5. Wear a two-piece in public. Do I even have to explain why this is terrifying? It’ll definitely be a step forward in the self-confidence game, so let’s hope I have the cajones to pull this off.
  6. Read three books. This is being really light on the load, I want to read more than three but I’ll set the bar low. Slowly but surely getting back to my bookworm roots.
  7. Meet somebody new. You probably wouldn’t know this, but I’ve had the same friend group since middle school. That’s more than ten years. I honestly don’t know how to even go about making new friends, but I want to give it an good ol’ fashioned try this summer!
  8. Watch one TV show. I don’t have time for TV during the school year! Or at least I didn’t during my first year, I have a feeling my second might be a bit less chaotic. Either way, it’s high time I catch up with some faves, I’m so behind on everything!
  9. Send snail mail. I have a few online friends that I’ve been meaning to write to for ages, but lets be honest: internet has made instant gratification so much more appealing. I want to get back to the roots of things, send letters with cute messages and stationary. I have the supplies, just need to get my ass into gear and actually do it. (Sub-section to this would be to mail a friend a mix cd, because how cute is that!)
  10. Enjoy nature. Texas heat is unforgiving! It’s so bad, it feels like the earth is melting. Nonetheless, I don’t want this to stop me from going outside. I’ve noticed that staying indoors most of the day doesn’t help my mood, so I really want to go on some nature walks and enjoy the fresh air.
  11. Do something Adventurous. Specifically, I’m thinking of zip-lining or scuba diving in Mexico when I visit later this year, but who knows, I’m not limiting this to only one adventurous experience!
  12. Take photos of myself. Another one dealing with self-confidence. I hardly take photos of myself, I want to be comfortable doing that this summer. I’m hoping keeping this blog will help with that as well.
  13. Campfire movie night. I’ve did this once! The photos below are from my instagram, it was so beautiful and such a nice way to spend time with friends at home, I’m itching to do it again!
  14. Visit the beach with friends. I’m trying to put together a trip to a water park with friends at the beach near the end of July, but we’ll see how it goes. Not really sure if it’ll happen or not, but here’s to hoping!
  15. Take a pottery class. Another one from my Life Bucket List! I recently found a local place that offers one-off classes and I really want to go, hopefully it can happen at some point!
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That’s my list! Have you guys ever done any of these? Please let me know in the comments below, and also let me know any of your own summer bucket list ideas (link me to the post if you’ve made one! I love reading about bucket lists.)

Cheers lovelies, thank you so much for reading, and have a fantastic first of July. xx

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Mini Haul – H&M and Forever21

A few days ago, I decided to make the trip to our closest H&M – only an hour drive away. I don’t know why I wanted to go so badly. It might be all the talk about H&M online: I’ve never been able to step foot in one! Also, I’d recently got new tires on my car just begging for a bit of a roadtrip – but really, I’d make up any excuse to go for a long drive, honestly.

I’m not exactly a slim girl, before we start. Which is mostly why I wanted to go in and try on clothes beforehand because I’m smack in the middle of “normal” sizes and plus-sized clothing, and often times that spectrum can be weirdly limiting. Plus size clothing will fit me too big, and the normal sized clothing won’t fit my boobs. It’s horribly inconvenient.

In any case, I’m glad I went, because now I have a better idea of how H&M sizing works and I can give online shopping a go! (yay)

Shorts

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  1. Black (H&M $13) – Simple black shorts that I’ve been desperately in need of for a while. I’ve been needing to stock up on shorts since vacations are nearly here and I do not plan on walking around amusement parks in Florida humidity with full-on long jeans all day. These were nice and simple, they had a cute little cuffed hem at the bottom and they’re super comfortable. Got them in size 14.
  2. Blue/White Stripes (H&M $18) – Banker stripes! I’ve been meaning to get something with a print like this for a month and a half or so, because they’re such a trendy thing going on at the moment. Plus, this was a bit cooler than getting plain ol’ jean shorts. Side note: can I just say how much I love H&M for carrying size 14, I want to kiss them for it! Got these in size 14, as you might have guessed.

Shirts

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  1. Dusty Pink Basic Tee (H&M $13) – I loved this top, it’s a bit cropped so it’ll be so cute to wear with either high-waisted shorts or dungarees. The material is very lightweight and airy, so it’ll be perfect for hot summer weather. Got it in a size Medium. I think it was meant to be oversized but I preferred the Medium fit over the Large.
  2. Striped Knit Top Navy/Yellow (F21 $13) – Every time I buy a horizontal striped shirt I remember my high school teacher telling me that horizontal stripes don’t help you look any slimmer. God I hated high-school teachers with a penchant for backhanded compliments it was the worst. Anyway, whenever I do buy one I metaphorically flip the bird at their aura wherever they might be today. Something about horizontal stripes has always felt a bit nostalgic to me, and I’m not sure why. Maybe I wore them a lot as a kid? In any case this shirt is wonderful, really stretchy material. Got it in a size Large.

Bodysuits

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  1. Knit Top Bodysuit Navy/Cream (F21 $13) – Ha, I did say I liked horizontal stripes didn’t I? I didn’t realize this was almost the exact same pattern as the shirt until I was paying at the register, go figure. I love that this bodysuit has snaps at the bottom, which will really come in handy when it comes to using the toilet. I’ve also been trying to incorporate a little bit more yellow into my wardrobe. I read somewhere that it can encourage a bit more cheerfulness into life, which I could never say no to. My current wardrobe is very monochrome. Got this bodysuit in a size Large
  2. Ruffled Black Bodysuit (H&M $18) – I LOVE THIS! It’s a bit pushing my comfort zone, honestly, I usually don’t wear clothing that show much cleavage. But I’m excited to wear this on holiday in Mexico hopefully. I’m trying to push myself to be a bit more comfortable in my skin, so I’ll probably be blogging about that now and then. I love the ruffle detail, it looks lovely on, I’m just obviously concerned about a boob popping out! Got it in a size Large (as opposed to an XL) to try and keep everything tucked in.

Headwear

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  1. Black Floppy Felt Wide-Brim Hat (F21 $20) – Listen, I didn’t even mean to buy this. I put it on when I entered the store and still had it with me when I got to the register, and I just had to! Honestly, I’d never been able to find a M/L hat in store that I actually like, so I took it out of sheer disbelief that they actually had any. My head’s a bit too large for the normal sized ones, and even then I think this one fits a bit snug. Either way, I’m definitely taking this with me to Mexico, I love it.

That’s it!

I was really saddened to find out that the Forever 21 45-minutes from my house has closed down recently, so I had to go to an outlet store close by, which was fine but they didn’t have as many summer clothing as I would’ve hoped. I hear they might open one closer to my house soon, so I can’t wait to be able to go browsing without the hour long drive. If not, well there’s always online shopping.

Thanks if you stuck around and read through this post, and extra thanks to anybody that’s been commenting, liking, or following my blog! I’ve only been at this for a week but I’m planning on blogging being a permanent part of my life, so it’d be lovely to meet some friends.

If you’ve got a blog or know or a blog I should follow please leave the url in the comments below. Also any thoughts on the haul would be greatly appreciated. Much love! xx

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