Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Sedona Summer Style...

I loooove this grey and white striped top!  It is super comfy and cool, especially during these hot summer days.   To balance out the drapey top I paired it with white skinnies which are a basic sealaura wardrobe staple.  Even though I know I will end up with red Sedona dirt or doggie paw prints all over them I wear them anyway.
Now that I am home I am re-falling in love with my clothes.  Like I said in a previous post, living with a limited wardrobe is great for travel but it gets old after a while.  I also pulled out my summer bag and a trusty pair of Sanuks.
 My hubs got me these sunnies from TOMS so I've given my aviators and cat eyes a little break.  I recently visited the TOMS store in Venice, CA and they have all sorts of goodies besides their cute shoes. 
I've been trying to make my wardrobe easy to pair, so it's a lot of black, white and greys. 
 I spice it up with stripes (exciting I know!). 
Ok, it's back to lesson planning for me so hasta pronto!
What pieces are you loving this week?

Monday, July 27, 2015

Pickled onions...


Now I know this post will not be up everyone's alley but when I was in Honduras I re-fell in love with pickled onions.  They had them in little jars at all the restaurants on the West End.  While I was in Honduras, my friend Nicolle posted about pickled red onions (here) and I knew I had to make some as soon as I got home.  Nicolle used this recipe and so did I.
 So you basically cut up the onions and warm up the liquids and sugar and also toss in the spices.
You let the liquid cool and then add the onion slices.  At first I was worried I did not have enough liquid but I did, once they started to pickled and shrink a bit.
for complete directions click here.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large red onion
  • 1 c. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 c. red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp. ground allspice
  • pinch of red pepper flakes

and as a Latin American,  I like me some spice at bfast so I made some eggs and a little side of rice and beans and topped it with some of my pickled onions.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Roatan essentials...

 We've been back from Roatan for about 2 weeks now and I still have some bites that kinda still itch, but most of them are long gone, thank goodness!  Most travel blogs highlight the beautiful and fun aspects about island life and I loooooove that, but today I want to share some of the things you have to consider in order to make your trip a true island dream.
Not everyone gets bitten by mosquitos but I do, so I had to be prepared and even so, they still bit me good.  There is also Chikungunya to worry about when you visit places like the Carribean. Again, I am not trying to freak you out, but it is a real issue and for that reason one should arrive to the islands prepared.  Roatan is a small island and ammenities such as sunscreen, bug spray are pricey, so I think it is best to overpack these than NOT.  My biggest lifesavers were the AVON skin so Soft and the OFF bite and itch relief.  I was told that a mixture of tea tree and lemon essential oils ward off the insects and I liked having this on hand when I did not want to feel too layered in spray, sunscreen etc.  We also brought DEET and yeah, you kinda need it but I felt that the Skin so Soft was just as good and I didn't feel the chemically vibe on my skin.  I also liked that the Skin so Soft was a spray rather than a cream.  After a rainstorm, the mosquitos were unreal, so those were my DEET moments! :)
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Bring some antibacterial wipes, especially when eating out because most vendors and even restaurants don't supply napkins or a bathroom.  Speaking of bathrooms, also have some tissues on hand because some bathrooms don't supply that either.  The one thing I wish I had was a handkerchief to wipe off the sweat.  It is super humid and even if you do know what humidity is, you will be wiped out by the oppressive nature of this humidity.  Again, that is why you are on island time and walk slowly but hey a rum drink or coconut water will cool you off in a jiffy.
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I am a big believer in bringing things that make you feel good and like you just stepped out of the spa when you are traveling.  Because we are wanderlust budget travelers, we don't get to partake in all the luxuries of the all inclusive resorts.  BUT that is why we bring our own goodies like my Paul Mitchell Lavender Mint Shampoo and Conditioner.  Even on my grimiest days, a shower with these goodies brought me back to life.  Besides you are on vacation so treat yourself to some special soaps, or whatever makes you feel good.
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Nothing is worse than thinking about the things you wish, you would have brought on your trip, so now that I am back I wanted to share these tips with you.  Lastly water is expensive and you will want to drink it like mad so bring a Nalgene water bottle or two.  I kept mine filled and would take one and leave the other in our small fridge.  Cold water is practically non-existent or it will cost you about $1 every time you want to drink some and you will be thirsty. Luckily our place had purified water available but we would go through it fast.
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So there you have it, not a full list of everything you should bring but some things to consider when you travel.
What is your travel must have?

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Back in Sedona...

Hola!  We are back in Sedona!  After 4 weeks in Honduras, we came back to Vegas, went to LA, Santa Barbara, back to LA, Redlands, back to Vegas and then BACK to Sedona.  It's been super fun, but now it's time to regroup and get ready for the school year.
After wearing the same clothes for a month and a half ( I am a light packer), I was so happy to reach into my closet and pick out something "new" to wear.  I love these pants because they are lightweight and oh so comfy!  
We decided to enjoy our little town and take a day out in town, enjoying a walk in Tlaquepaque.  It feels good to be back here.  I am trying to keep the ZEN even though things are about to get hectic.  I am telling myself I will not allow it to get hectic.
I have a ton more to share about Roatan, in case you are interested in visiting but I just wanted to let you know we are back in the USA.  Of course, if you follow on Instagram and FB, you already knew that!  
How is your summer going?


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Isle Style : Blue Burst Maxi


Happy Saturday! 
Our adventures in Roatan continue. 
When you are living out of a suitcase for a month, you kind of have to ration out your outfits, and after nearly 3 weeks in Roatan, I though it was time to take this baby out for a spin.
I've really been into tie dye this spring and summer as seen in this post.
 I didn't get a chance to get this dress hemmed but I HAD to bring it on vacay so a little knot took care of things in a jiffy.  It's not too long on me but everything is long on me since I am about 5'0.

I love tie dye and the burst of blue hits right at the perfect spot, to slim things down a bit.  I've been living the good life down here eating all this great tropical food, so a little tie dye camouflage is much appreciated.  I am real girl blogger, so this is what I really look like on vacay. 
No alterations on the dress or on me!

Today we are going to do a little pool time, snorkeling and seeing what other shenanigans we can get into.  
Don't worry we are usually in bed by 7:30pm!
 Roatan is awesome but it is pretty small so after a week or two, you settle in to a basic routine.   
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BTW, This dress is currently on sale for 25% off (normally $115, now $86)
I buy things by Price per Wear and this baby will definitely pay for itself in no time!
if you are interested shop it here and enter code EVERYDAY
also enter S1317 when you check out.
What's your isle style lately?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

West Bay Beach in Roatan...

 It has been raining GATOS y PERROS for 2 days so I thought it would be perfect to share about our lovely Monday Excursion to West Bay Beach.  This beach reminded me of St. John USVI for its peacefulness and calm waters.  As I've mentioned in previous posts, we are staying on West End and took a water taxi to come to this beautiful beach.  If you make it out here make sure to bring your snorkel gear!
 I walked over to the edge of the beach which is pretty darn close to the edge of the island and the fish were unreal and super friendly or...hungry!

When you think about vacationing on the island, these images are exactly what pop up in my head immediately.  If you go past all the resorts (past Infinity, the big resort here)  you will find a chill place to put your stuff down and enjoy the water.  Of course, still be careful and to be honest, one of us was always near our stuff, just in case...
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Nevertheless, there weren't as many eager vendors as we first encountered when we first came over and hung out closer to the resort.   Even on the beaches of West End, people will offer to give you a massage or braid your hair or drive you somewhere and it gets a little tiring to say No gracias...
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Luckily, most of the vendors have gotten used to seeing us walk everywhere with my unbraided or self braided frizzy hair.  B has joked that he wants to make a shirt that says "No necesito un taxi, gracias :) " and sell them here.  We would make bank!
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But in the vendors defense, tourism is their main (or only) source of income, so they have to offer their services. 
We have been enjoying banana bread and coffee in our room for Bfast but in the afternoons we might treat ourselves to a little Rum Punch before dinner.  Bananarama was on our list to try and it was a fun stop.  They have plenty of food options here too, but we went back to West End for our usual $5 meals of rice and beans, salad and a protein.
video
Check out what the water taxi scene is here in my little video.
Hasta pronto!


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Week 2 in Roatan...

It's been 2 very chill weeks here on the island.  B and I have been trying to enjoy the quiet but when you work a high energy, go go job, it is hard to let yourself relax.
Now, I don't expect you to pull out your violin and feel bad for us, trust me I know how lucky we are and we are so grateful for this experience.
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I've done a little snorkeling.  But I have to be honest, I get a little nervous in the open water and the waves have been pretty strong.  Luckily, B is an experienced swimmer but trust me, you need to be careful around here.  Last week a kayaker got pulled out to sea due to the strong current and winds but luckily he was found and is safe and sound.
Sunset Snorkeling
We are also blessed enough to be able to hang out at this infinity pool and it is divine. 
 Especially the sunsets, you can't beat those here.
Because it is the slow season, we pretty much have the place to ourselves. 
B has been lucky on his dives and spotted may turtles.  I am so glad we got the underwater camera because it has been an extra pleasure to document these underwater moments.  And even so, it is nowhere near what it looks like.  I wish our eyes were cameras to capture it all. 
For calmer waters you can definitely go to the beaches in West End and our favorite in West Bay.
The Water in West Bay is divine.  Just avoid cruise ship days, and you will have the beach to your selves.  I'll do another post about it soon but for now check out some of my pics on Instagram.
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I must admit B and I are missing Norm and Newman, so I think next time we will cut our time to 2 weeks away from the boys.  There is plenty to do on the island but since we are on a budget, we can't do it all.  To be honest, some of it is kinda hokey and I am ok with NOT doing it.  For instance, I don't want to pet a few monkeys or see a bunch of iguanas.  Some of the entrance fees are about $40 bucks each and these "packages" are not really worth it.  I mean monkeys aren't even native to the island so it is not a real island experience.  I can see monkeys at home.  As far as iguanas, I saw some at West Bay Beach by the rocks and I saw one swim out of the water and onto the street by our rental.  That was a much better experience for me.  
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We are trying to maybe eat one (or two) meals out because we are not Rockefellers. 
Rice and beans baby! That was lunch today.
Also taking water taxis to West Bay is a cheap way ($3 per person) to get a boat ride and have a beautiful seaside view of the island.  Water taxis are definitely the way to go.
In case I did not mention it in previous posts.  Save yourself some money by bringing your own snorkel here down here, rather than renting.  Snorkel gear is pretty cheap in the states and you can be charged about $5-8 bucks a day to rent it here in Roatan
We tried to be locals and took the bus ($1 each) to Coxen Hole.  I am not gonna lie, it was a bit scary.  Everyone was staring at us and it was a huge change from West End where we are staying.  Still it was a huge eye opening experience.  We are enjoying so much here but about 20 minutes away, life is hard.  Even though I am Hispanic, I felt like such a foreigner and couldn't help but feel guilty for all my blessings.  Coxen Hole is where the Cruises dock but the tourists are quickly bused out to West End and West Bay and to other sight seeing parts of the island.  Not all of Coxen Hole is intimidating.  B and I just happened to walk deep into some of the Colonias.
Long post but wanted to give an update.  Roatan is still treating us well and we are loving our time down here.  Stay tuned for more adventures..
xo

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Booknook on Roatan Island..

We decided to come to Roatan, to disconnect and reconnect with the things we never have time to do.  In preparation for this trip, I packed a few books to keep me busy and entertained.  I mentioned earlier that I was reading the Paris Wife which was amazing!
B and I were strolling around West End and we came across this sweet shop, called Booknook.  We had passed it before but it was closed but today we were able to take a peek.  Sometimes with island shops you have to check back since it's usually one worker or they are also on island time :)
This place is AWESOME, I mean it had so many books, even nonfiction!
I was also happily surprised to see books in French etc.  I mean this place rivaled any used book store back in the States.  So if you head down to Roatan, you will have plenty to read!
I've moved on to this book, which I brought from the States.  So far, so good. 
I really like Mary Kay Andrews, she is fun to read.  Nice chick-lit.
I wish I would have known about this shop, so I could have lessened my load a bit.   But the shop owner told me I could exchange my books for a little credit at Booknook and get some new ones.
What are you reading this summer?

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