Bar Cart Contemplation

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I live in a three story home, four if you count the garden level, and five if you count the roof patio. This means a lot of stairs. On the third floor is where we are currently spending most of our time (though this will be changing soon I suspect).  It’s a small tv room that we will begin redecorating this weekend. What  I know for sure is I want a bar cart in it. No more up and down stairs for a glass of wine or handful of almonds. Luckily, there are lots of options out there. Here are a few I like.

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Monterrey Mexico Sights

Culture, Travel

I live in Monterrey Mexico. It’s an industrial city about 2 1/2 hours from Laredo Texas. It’s considered the most “Americanized” city in Mexico with HEB, Home Depot, Costco, and shopping malls. Now that I have a friend coming to visit for a few days, I am thinking of touristy things to do. What would be fun for a tourist to do here? Here are five places I will be showing her (with exception to the last one sadly).

Macroplaza and Barrio Antiguo

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This is el centro de Monterrey with great architecture and restaurants with a more Mexican feel.

 

San Pedro

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This is the posh area of Monterrey where you can shop till you drop and have a nice upscale meal. Side note: This beautiful area comes with a beautiful price tag too.$$$

 

Pueblo de Santiago

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A pueblo magico is a town in Mexico considered historically significant.

 

Parque Fundidora/Paseo de Santa Lucia

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A huge park including Plaza Sesamo, museums and restaurants.

 

Tecate Brewery Tour

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I recently found out this tour has been closed until 2017 for remodeling.

 

 

Salsa Verde de Cilantro

Cravings

I loveeee cilantro, and this salsa (a la Sr Elizondo) is Que Rico!.

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(Measurements & times are approximate)

2 lbs small green tomatoes

1 chile Serrano (add another if you like your salsa hotter)

1 bunch of cilantro

1/4 tsp salt

Boil whole tomatoes, chile, and salt until the tomatoes are a light green and soft. (20 minutes)

Turn off the stove and leave the tomatoes and chile in the pot of water until cooled. (1 hour)

Put the tomatoes and chile in a blender and fill the blender half way with the water from the pot.

Add the cilantro leaves and blend.

Hormone Balancer- Maca Root

Wellness

Maca root is the newly mainstream natural way to help keep those menopausal symptoms in check.  After many failed attempts at HRT via pills, patches, and shots, I’ve decided to take my health into my own hands. I am not 100% my normal self, but I am feeling improvement.  Currently I am taking Ashwagandha, Holy Basil, and Maca.  Maca root is from Peru and is said to have the health benefits listed below.

1. Vitamins
Maca is rich in vitamin B vitamins, C, and E. It provides plenty of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids.

2. Sexual function
Maca is widely used to promote sexual function of both men and women. It serves as a boost to your libido and increases endurance. At the same time it balances your hormones and increases fertility.

3. Women’s health and mood
Maca relieves menstrual issues and menopause. It alleviates cramps, body pain, hot flashes, anxiety, mood swings, and depression. If you are pregnant or lactating you should avoid taking maca.

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Maca powder and root4. Energy
Within days of using maca your energy level may increase. It is also known for increasing stamina. Many athletes take maca for peak performance. If you find yourself tired most of the time, experiment with maca to see if it helps. Just a small amount could be exactly what you need for a boost!5. General health
Maca helps your overall health in a number of ways. It supplies iron and helps restore red blood cells, which aids anemia and cardiovascular diseases. Maca keeps your bones and teeth healthy and allows you to heal from wounds more quickly. When used in conjunction with a good workout regime you will notice an increase in muscle mass.

But be very cautious if you have a cancer related to hormones like testicular and ovarian, among others. If you have liver issues or high blood pressure you should ask your doctor before taking maca.

6. Skin
Many people take maca for skin issues, as for some people it helps to clear acne and blemishes. Another benefit for your skin is that is decreases sensitivity. In hot or cold weather, maca may help your skin withstand extreme temperatures.

7. Mood balance
If you find yourself overcome with anxiety, stress, depression or mood swings, maca may help alleviate these symptoms, though of the evidence is anecdotal. Some have reported an increase in mental energy and focus.

From Vegkitchen.com

Traveling with Samantha

Travel

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As a doggie parent flying for the first time with my Shih tzu Samantha, I learned a few things to pass on to those of you considering taking your babies up in the air with you.

  1. Be sure not only to have the health certificate for your pet, but their actual vaccine booklet as well.
  2. When you get to the airport, check your bags first thing. Trust me, it’s way easier to deal with your pet when you have less to carry around.
  3. Before going through security, take your pet outside for one final walk-potty.
  4. If your pet hates the carrier, going through security is just going to suck. You have to take your pet out before the x-ray and then put him/her back in right after the x-ray. The struggle is real.
  5. While waiting for your flight, your pet has to remain in their carrier. I hid in a few corners with Sammers quietly on my lap or sitting next to me, airport personnel always found me.
  6. Have all your pets paperwork and booklet available when boarding. They will want to look at it before letting your pet board.
  7. Find your seat and get situated immediately. There is even less room when your pet is at your feet.
  8. Pray your pet doesn’t bark. Sammers barked a few times each flight. I bent over and gave a quick hello each time and all was good.
  9. Trying to get your checked bag from the conveyer with a pet is kind of a pain because of all the people crowded around. I set her down for one second to get my luggage, turned around, and found her rolling away, freaking out in her carrier. I felt terrible.
  10. Have water and her leash ready when you pass through those exit doors. Celebrate. You made it!

Would I travel with her again? The jury is still out on that one.

 

Make Up Duo for Ruddy Skin

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I have always had reddish skin, but it seems to have become a little worse with age. Luckily, I found two products that hide it. First,  I use NYX CC Crème in  med/dk green (only where I’m red, nose & cheeks).  Then, I use a product  that was recommended to me while traveling in France. It’s called Bioderma Creáline AR. A little bit goes a long way. It’s a  dark  tint when I put it on my finger, but magically when I put it on my face it blends right in with my pale skin. I think moderation is the key with this product. Again, I use this only on my red zones and blend it out. Wa-La! No more red.

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*NYX is a cruelty free brand (though the parent company is not)

Fetch Eyewear & The Pixie Project

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I had one of those slap you in the face “You’re getting old” moments. I realized this as I caught myself with product in hand, first up close to my eyes, and then far away, then up close, then far away, trying to find the correct distance so I could read the label. I’m in need of reading glasses. Images of grandmas sitting in rocking chairs, hair in a bun, glasses at the end of their noses attached to chains around their neck. Ugh….

And so my internet search began for cute frames when I stumbled upon Fetch Eyewear. These guys have some trendy and chic looking specs at decent prices. You can have six frames delivered to your house, choose your favorite, and send back the rest no charge. Brilliant! Then as I’m checking out the rest of the website, I read that 100% of their profits go to The Pixie Project. The Pixie Project being an animal rescue/adoption organization. Double brilliant! Check out some of their reading glasses below.

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