Posted at 11:23 am , on May 26, 2019
Yesterday, a good friend’s daughter of Sr. Elizondo got married. It was a beautiful event as they always are here. There’s definite differences between weddings here and wedding back in the U.S based on my experience.
Weddings are typically a much more formal affair in Mexico than in the United States. The weddings here have a full mass, attire is always formal with most women wearing midi or long gowns. There are normally 250-500 people who attend, and the wedding can last until early morning with breakfast sometimes served!
Some other differences are Mexican weddings have no bridal parties, they start in the evenings and the dinner isn’t normally served until around 9:30-10:00pm. The first thing done at the reception is the “first dance” and immediately after is the garter and bouquet toss. The reception decor is elaborate with ALOT of toys handed out such as light up sticks, whistles, boas, hats, etc. The elaborate affairs become more like raves after a certain hour. They do not give out favors; however, flip flops or slippers given to women seems to be the norm. The cake cutting happens late in the evening and it’s not the attention grabbing event that it is in the States. Actually, I don’t think I’ve actually seen any cutting of the cake by the bride and groom. One last thing I am thinking of is a Mexican wedding would never have you pay for your drinks. They always have an open bar.
My favorite part of the wedding we went to was the fireworks during the couple’s first dance. It was so pretty.
Posted at 1:41 pm , on May 25, 2019
Sr. Elizondo loves jokes. He receives and sends them on a daily basis to family and friends. Here’s a few I received this week form him that made me giggle.
“We don’t eat lactose, eggs, cane, or gluten. What do you recommend? A taxi.”
“Father, with all the changes in the (Catholic) church, will we see priests marry? Not us, but our sons will”.
“Clear proof of global warming!”
Have a great weekend!
Posted at 9:05 am , on May 24, 2019
My 5 new blouses for summer.
This bold blouse is so out of the norm for me and I love it. It’s a really pretty blue in person and I’m a polka dot enthusiast. Polka dot blouse number 4 for me. (Zara)
Im a sucker for a white eyelet/lace blouse and this one is a perfect fit. (Stradivarius)
Gettin’ trendy with the tie dye. The straps on this tank lean inward toward the neck which is flattering. (Stradivarius)
When you know you’re probably going to live in it, it’s best to buy more than one. It’s an olive green blouse on the right. (Bershka)
Posted at 6:14 pm , on May 23, 2019
It’s been 5 weeks eating the Keto way and I wanted to get my blood work done to see if anything is looking bad. I have to admit eating so much fat and eggs concerns me. (BTW: In the past, my bloodwork tests always have come back in the normal range.)
This morning, Sr. Elizondo and I woke up early to be the first people at the lab. (We were the second.) It was a quick blood draw with same day results. It turns out my blood tests once again turned out normal. My cholesterol, triglycerides, magnesium, etc all okay. Two thumbs up to that.
Next week will be my last week on Keto before adding carbs back into my diet.
Posted at 8:19 am , on May 23, 2019
I’ve been craving ice cream lately and made these popsicles. They tasted great and took about 5 minutes to make.
- 2 cups fruit blended. I used blueberries.
- 2 cups yogurt
- 2 packets Stevia
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
Makes 6 pops.
*I used plain greek yogurt which has no sugar to it. If you use a sweet type of yogurt, I would guess Stevia would not be necessary.
Posted at 10:20 am , on May 22, 2019
Time to brighten up my home for Spring starting with my upstairs sofa. It’s normally a maiz color with deep red and gold pillows. I put on it’s white denim slipcover and added some pillows that I usually use in the bedrooms.
I also purchased a couple of small coffee tables for this room as well. Honestly, these tables aren’t my fave with this setup and I might move them somewhere else.
Here’s some more pillow updates. Thank you Walmart for this blush colored pillow.
And H&M for the palm pillow.
I added a few more plants and started some new ones from cuttings.
I bought new floral and crisp/clean scented candles.
Posted at 9:32 am , on May 21, 2019
Posted at 8:28 am , on May 20, 2019
The memoir of a girl brought up in a family of survivalists, extreme religion, little to no home schooling, mental health issues and physical abuse. At sixteen, she decides she wants to go to college and gets accepted. Life outside of her home is a dramatic wake up call to what the world is really like.
A recommended read. The story of this family is fascinating, almost unbelievable.
BTW: I also read Normal People. This book is up for multiple awards and the author has received huge praise. Unfortunately, this book felt like a YA book to me and I just wasn’t interested in this love story.
Posted at 12:00 pm , on May 19, 2019
I started doing the Keto diet after watching a Netflix documentary about how bad carbs and sugar were and how it almost miraculously helped people get healthier with chronic illnesses. So I thought I would give it a try.
I have had 8 years of severe and not so severe IBS and/or digestive issues. Digestive problems can make day to day life a struggle. After 4 weeks of eating the Keto way, I no longer have any problems. Not one. It’s been such a relief to feel digestively healthy after so long.
Then I found out after talking with a medical nutritionist that the Keto Diet is not healthy to do longer than 3 months. I was under the impression that this was a lifestyle. Because my goal is health and a healthy lifestyle, not weight loss (I’m off that BS diet treadmill), I will slowly be implementing more carbs from fruits and grains, paying close attention to my body’s reactions.
Posted at 9:28 am , on May 17, 2019
After reviewing my closet, I’m not in need of too much this summer. I have plenty of summer dresses and I’m happy with all the bottom pieces. My sandals and sneakers are in check too.
So here are my fashion buys for this season.
This purse from Zara. Non-slouchy and white.
These Veja sneakers I found online at Anthropologie.
A recycled poly backpack in Navy Camo from Lo&Sons. This was more of a need than a want. Traveling with my dog, I need to be as unencumbered as possible. It’s four legs against two.
And a few blouses yet to be determined, but here’s some that I’ve been eyeing. (Doen; Zara; Loft). I’m clearly feeling the boho-floral vibe for summer.