Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Monsoon Season...


Ever since we arrived in Sedona, I've been hearing about "Monsoon Season" and today it is seriously ON!  The students have arrived and it is a tad of a muddy mess around here.  Thank goodness for my rain boots and rain gear.  Never really used it as much as I have in the last week or so.  What was once my camping gear has turned into my everyday gear. 
Have you ever experienced a Monsoon?

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Namaste from Sedona

Namaste as many as you know is a gesture of greeting done when meeting or saying farewell.  Most people are familiar with this word because it is how many end their yoga practice.  According to Yoga Journal,  "Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra."  No matter what your faith is, it is always nice to search for that divine spark within yourself that makes you, YOU.  
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Over the past couple of years I've moved around the country for university jobs, working with the military, a Catholic High School, for B's jobs, but none of these moves have led to a life change as big as this one.  Living in Sedona is amazing but at our little school and corner of the world, there are many components to being part of this community.   I am sure I will talk more about those as the weeks go by, don't worry! 
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We arrived 2 weeks ago with our whole life in a box plus the canine travel team in tow. 
I am so exhausted but also so exhilarated.  Not only will I be teaching my passion to these kids but I will also be developing as a professional and a human being.  I know it sounds crazy and hippie dippy but it is truly how I feel.  I think I am a decent language teacher but moving to Sedona has reinvigorated and reignited that **spark**  in me that made me fall in love with languages and fall in love with teaching.
Namaste

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Saludos de Sedona!

Oak Creek
¡Hola! I've pretty much been knee deep in new faculty orientation since we last touched based here on the blog but if you follow on FB and instagram (and I know you do!) you have gotten the inside scoop to our travels from Nashville to Sedona.  Yesterday we had lunch by this gorgeous creek which is super close to campus.  Everyday this experience gets more beautiful.  I'm not gonna lie, currently I am stressed out to the max trying to plan for the year ahead but luckily this amazing scenery does help calm the nerves. 
Can you believe this will be my classroom?  Although, I have 5 preps (teacher talk for 5 different classes) I am really excited that I will have the freedom to make this the most authentic Spanish and French learning experience for these amazing group of students.  My new school is an International
Baccalaureate
Boarding School which means we have people from all over the world here, including the faculty.  That is right up my alley!  I've always enjoyed being around a diverse group of people and hearing the sounds of many different languages spoken.  The tough part for me will be all the outdoorsy stuff.  I am adventurous but not like my better half.  B will ride his bike everywhere and all day long, rock climb, jump out of a plane, you name it.  I on the other hand, am a little more timid when it comes to those things.  But like my students, I am here to push myself out of my comfort zone and believe me, this is a HUGE change from Nashville, LA, Monterey and living on the Mexican border.
Gotta run off for more orientation, so 
hasta luego and wish me luck!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Palo Duro Canyon, Texas

B had always told me about Palo Duro Canyon and how amazing it was so I was THRILLED when B's mom surprised us and took us there to check out the Canyon AND watch TEXAS, the musical.  Palo Duro is the second largest canyon in the US.  I've been to Waimea Canyon in Kauai and after Palo Duro, all I have left to see is the Grand Canyon.  I mean, I've seen the Grand Canyon from above a plane, but never on the ground.
I enjoyed living in the south over the last year and a half, but seeing the red dirt and rocks just make me feel closer to homeI am definitely a beach lover but the desert also has a huge part of my heart.
After a lovely briscuit, sausage and ham dinner catered by Feldman's Wrong Way Diner, we took in the sights and waited for the musical to start.  It is a great show to take the family.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and the amphitheatre where it is performed is just a gorgeous venue.
We are enjoying a few days in Amarillo visiting with B's mom, stepdad and Uncle Newt, before we hit the road again.  Stay tuned because we will be reaching our new home on Friday !
Have you ever been to Palo Duro Canyon or Amarillo?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Mas Tacos, Nashville

For our last breakfast in Nashville B and I headed to Más Tacos and we were not disappointed.  
It is not a fancy place, but to me that is a sign for some good Mexican food.  I'm not gonna lie, Nashville is definitely a foodie's delight but truly authentic or delicious Mexican food here has been hard to find.  Of course, I am a brat in saying this because I grew up in California and lived by the Mexican border for a while oh and did I mention I am a Spanish language teacher?  Although, I am from El Salvador I do know my Mexican food.  So buckle up and let me show you what we got.
I started out with a Piña and Cilantro Agua Fresca which was super delish and refreshing.
 A delicious breakfast taco with avocado and crema fresca.
Breakfast Taco with chorizo
 And we split this bowl of Cuban beans with plantains.  This was probably my favorite.  It reminded me of my youth when I used to have this dish with my family.  Even though it's called Cuban beans with plantains this is a common dish in Central America as well.
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At Más Tacos, there was no abuelita in the back making this food (at least not that I saw) but the young group of cooks do know how to mix some good Mexican flavors together and it was delicious.  They also had some awesome spicy salsa verde which I had not been able to find since living in the Rio Grande Valley.  I never was able to find  huevos rancheros as good as Taco Palenque in the the RGV but breakfast as Más Tacos was a wonderful way to end out foodie adventures in Nashville.
Más Tacos is located at : 
732 McFerrin St 
Nashville, TN 37206
 
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And YES, you did read correctly, B, the canine travel team and I are hitting the road TODAY and heading to a new adventure in our covered wagon.  You can follow our adventures on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and of course here on the blog.
Have a wonderful weekend!


Monday, July 21, 2014

Isle Style : Kimono Kardigans...


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Brigitte Bailey Lacie Floral Kimono
Earlier this summer I told you how I was in Kimono love.  Well I still am, except I've added a little detail to the Kimono Madness : how about a longer kimono.  We can call it a Kardigan or  a Duster but the soft feminine feel is really what matters the most to me!  I am digging the Brigitte Bailey one above because it can work over a pair of jeans, swim suit, a slip dress, the possibilities are endless.  Right now, throwing them over shorts and a tank is nice and easy not to mention it adds a super light layer when you may need to cover up a bit. 

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Print Duster Kimono
Slowly but surely I've developed a little love for python prints.  I like the earthy yet fiesty vibe of the print.  Don't get me wrong if I ever come across a snake I will high tail it out of there, but I can live with them  harmoniously in the fashion world.  As you probably know, Nordstrom is having their anniversary sale, which is where I found the Print Duster Kimono above.  They have a bunch of kimonos on their site for great prices.  You might even venture into the junior area and just go up a size and get yourself a great deal.  I found a gorgeous aqua one here for $44 !
Kimono Kardigans, love it or leave it?





Friday, July 18, 2014

Kendra Scott GlamRocks collection


GLAMROCKS is Kendra Scott's Fall 2014 collection 
and it just launched this week! 
Charlsea Necklaces Skylie Pendant Necklaces / Karalyn Long Earrings
 In the press kit,  Kendra Scott included some "key words" that were part of putting this collection together and I got so excited when I read:
GLAM REVIVAL
1970's
ARROWHEADS and CRESCENTS
She had me at glam revival and then 1970s! I mean I was born in the 70s!
Definitely my favorite part of the collection were the arrowheads and iridescence of some of her pieces.  These pics don't do them justice, but I wanted to give you some IRL pics.
I fell in love with the rings.  They were a little boho, gypsy chic.
The Ella Ring in Platinum Drusy and the Skylen Ring in Black were my absolute faves.  Another plus about these rings is that you could easily stack them.


Check out the rest of the collection  at

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Summer Tunics...


One of the things I love about summer is feeling free especially when it comes to clothes. That's why I am all about summer tunics. I can't get enough. Just grab and go! If they have embellishments, you don't have to worry about accessorizing. However, with a solid color, bring out the necklaces, right? 
Which tunic is your favorite?

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