24 Hrs to Beach Days!

Travel

I’m on the countdown to the first beach vacay of the summer! With the countdown comes the list: gardener scheduled (check), Sam sent to puppy jail (I hate this part, but next trip I vow to send her to a puppy hotel)(check), itinerary sent to sister (check), folder of itinerary/tickets to bring (check), pack luggage (just starting).

Here’s my preliminary packing list for 5 full beach days at an all inclusive…..and it’s sure to change…

  1. Plane outfits (1 pair jeans or shorts, 2 tops)
  2. 3 bathing suits & coverups
  3. 5 dresses for dinners
  4. 1 pair shorts & 1 top (possible excursion or non beach day)
  5. 2 lounge dresses (in-between pool and dinner time)
  6. 1 pair heel, 1 pair sandal, 1 pair flip flops

I’ll post the trip with final outfit decisions. Adios Amigos!

Tasting a Pithaya (Dragonfruit)

Cravings, Wellness

I’ve been seeing this fruit sold on the street corners recently and had no idea what it was. Then I saw it at the grocery store and it’s called Pithaya (aka: Dragonfruit). It’s such a pretty pink, I decided to give it a try.

I wasn’t sure how to cut it, so I cut the ends and took off the skin.

Later, I looked up the proper way. You slice it down the center an then scoop out the inside. Oh well.

I simply cut it up and had a go at it. My immediate reaction was a kiwi.  It has the same texture and seeds. It’s sweet and has a slight cactus after-flavor to it. I read another review that says it has a marshmallow flavor.  I didn’t taste that, but then I’m not familiar picking out a Dragonfruit, so I’m not sure if the one I chose was a “good one” or not. Regardless, it was still tasty.

I added cut up banana and pineapple to it for a fruit salad. It was so delish, I ate it before I took a picture! Next time…

 

 

The Canícula has Arrived

Culture, Sunday Sol

The hottest days have arrived in Monterrey. This time of year is referred to as the canícula. It lasts from June 14th through August 24th with  consistent temperatures in the 90’s-100’s, not to mention the humidity.

Born and raised in California, I’m familiar with the hot dry summers of the Central Valley or some light humidity in Southern California. What I’m not used to is high temps AND what feels to me to be high humidity (though this is disputed by others!). This is the time of year if I am not in an air conditioned room, I am completely melting. While others look fine, I look like I’m going to dehydrate and pass out at any moment.

So the countdown to cooler temps begins…40 days to go! Thank goodness I have beach days in my near future.

Micellar Water is a Definite Product Recommend

Beauty

Because of all the micellar water hype, I bought L’Oreal Micellar Biphase to try. In case you don’t know, micellar water is a gentle cleanser/makeup remover made up of soft water and micelle oil.

I used it for the first time and I love it. You can feel the oil when you first put it on, but then it disappears and your skin simply feels clean and soft. As far as removing makeup, it’s a thumbs up for that too.

There is also a surprising perk. It reduces the redness in my face. I cannot say enough good things about that!

 

 

Easy Squash Soup

Cravings

What do you do when you have 6 squash in your refrigerator that are going to go bad if you don’t do something with them? Make squash soup. It’s so easy and delicious.

  • 6 squash
  • 1 cup vegetable broth (add water to fill 1/3 way up)
  • 1 med slice of onion
  • 1/2 tsp garlic
  • 1 tsp salt

Bring to a boil and let it cook for 25 minutes or until squash is soft. Let sit in the pot until cold. Once cold, put squash in blender with 1 cup of the water from the pot and blend to the consistency you like. Add more water if necessary. You can also add cream or milk at this point. Adjust salt if needed.

**Photograph styled by Sr. Elizondo

 

 

 

 

Juice Fast Day 6

Wellness

It’s the end of day 6 and I’m finished!

I have to admit the last day was not as stringent as before. After yesterday’s salad fiasco, I wasn’t hungry at all…for anything. I had my morning lemon water and water in general, but thinking of any of the juices made me nauseous. It wasn’t until after 1:00pm that I had my first juice. Then I had 2 more and that was it.

In the end, I’m happy I did it. I feel lighter and it was a great motivator to get healthy. On the downside, it was REALLY difficult. The flu symptoms were the worst, but I guess if you want the toxins out you have to accept the pain. And as for losing weight, I have no idea. It was a detox for health, not a diet.

Would I do it again? Yes, but probably at a retreat/spa with all the herbs, massages, colonics, etc. I feel like those things really help the process. What I would do at home is a modified version of juices with a daily plant based meal.

As for tomorrow I plan on a morning smoothie, a plant based meal, and a squash soup that’s in process now. Cheers to healthy living!