Nope, you will not catch me dressed like an “I give up in life bum”, not even to go to the local farmer’s market (inside my house a completely different story LOL). My mother always told me to leave the house loving how I feel and look or not go out at all because I never know who I’ll meet or what opportunities may present themselves… even when going to the gas station. Well, I try to listen t my momma 😊 During my latest visit to the local farmer’s market I got dressed for the heat with some flowy floral pants, a nice breathable flax linen blouse, and my fave straw hat! May be a bit extra, but I’m not going to lie, it feels nice to look nice.
The crown chakra also
known as Sahansrara represents our connection with the universe, divinity, and
the connection among all things. This energy center is in the top center of the
head, between the ears. The crown chakra is connected to the proper function of
the ears, eyes, brain, pineal gland and the skin. Having an unbalanced crown
chakra, depending on if it is underactive or overactive, can lead to spiritual
obsessiveness or lack of spirituality, selfishness, lack of identity and purpose
in life, depression, among other things. On the other hand, if is balanced, we
feel in unity with the world, we understand that we are all interconnected,
exhibit unselfish behavior, good mental health, feel fulfilled, and are more at
peace. The crown chakra is usually represented by the color violet.
How to balance the crown chakra?
Meditating on a regular basis helps balance the
chakra and put our mind at peace.
Practice activities where you get to place the
needs of others first, where you take care of others, or offer help expecting
nothing in return. The more you become aware of what other people go through,
the more you value what you have. It is also important to get to know others to
find common ground and develop genuine concern and stop acting selfishly.
Remember, love is everything.
Sandalwood, rosewood, lavender and jazmine are
some great essential oils to help you balance the crown chakra
Some stones you can use are: clear quartz,
kyanite, and red muscovite
What makes you feel connected with the universe, what makes
you happy and truly at peace?
Memorial Day is quickly approaching here in the US, and with that an extended weekend holiday for a lot of us. YAY! One of my favorite places to go to for a quick extended weekend is San Antonio, TX. Of course, this is a somewhat short few-hour drive away from me, but it is totally worth visiting if you can no matter where you are. It is small enough that you can get a lot done during your visit without having to stay a week or more, but they have a lot to keep you entertained. There are cathedrals, cave tours, Sea World, Aquatica and more. I would like to focus more on the “and more” things to do because I just loved these so much.
This fortress was founded in the 18th Century by Roman
Catholic Missionaries from Spain but was originally known as the Misión San Antonio
Valero. The structure provided shelter, protection and food to many indigenous
people back in the day (way more to learn about this) and it is also a reminder
of the Battle of the Alamo. The history behind it, the uses it was given after
that, and the restoration all make this place really worth touring. Make sure
to go with enough time so you can actually read all about the different
artifacts they have there as well as the various structures. Visit www.thealamo.org to learn more and plan your
visit so you can make the most of it… and don’t forget the souvenirs!
The River Walk
My oh my… I just LOVE this area! It is a man-made river with a
mall and restaurants, pubs, bars, and shops all around. It is beautifully
built, the food and the view are great, you can take a tour on the boat and
learn more about the area, shop for cute little things with the street vendors,
etc. If you visit this place I highly recommend staying at a hotel at the River
Walk so that you may have a view of it from the room as it is all beautifully
lit up at night and sometimes you can even hear mariachis from the balcony! Most
hotels on the River Walk also have direct access to the river walk way!
The Mexican Market (El
This is also such a fun thing to do! This area is so colorful, there is a lot of folk art, lots of food, sometimes they have live music and other performances, and it is just a fun place to walk around. The art museum is at walking distance as well, so you can do both while you are there.
Mi Tierra Café & Bakery
If you go to the Mexican Market, you must stop at this place. This is my ultimate favorite Mexican restaurant in the area. Everything I’ve had there at any time a day has been fantastic and they have a bakery with delicious Mexican sweet bread… OMG it is heaven! I also love the décor, it is so crazy and folkloric that even if you decide not to eat there, it is work looking at it. They even have an altar for people that have passed, and you can bring a picture of your loved one to place there!… I know. Visit the website www.mitierracafe.com if you want to check it out!
I would love to hear if you make your way out there or if you have
gone and your favorite thing about San Antonio.
I have always love beets, when I was a child I would eat them, use
their juice and stain my lips, to pretend I was a vampire sucking someone’s
blood, or pretend I was bleeding out (weird because it looks more pink than
red). Now I love beets for other reasons that I think you’ll love as well.
fabulous as natural tint for lips and cheeks
You may apply the juice directly or mix it with coconut oil with a
bit of lemon juice and store it in a container in the fridge for multiple uses
or applications throughout the day. Don’t over apply on the cheeks, the stain
is pretty strong, so you don’t need a ton.
for a natural rosy glow
Do you like to go without makeup? This may be a nice one for you.
You can easily mix a couple of tablespoons of beet juice with half that amount in
honey or sour cream and gently apply it all over your face and neck. Leave it
on for about 15 minutes and rinse.
scalp and grow healthy beautiful hair
Beets have lots of nutrients that help prevent hair loss, nourish
the scalp, get rid of dandruff, and aid strengthen your hair. Puree some beets
and apply to your scalp and hair, leave on for 30-45 minutes and wash as usual.
& helps fight acne
Apply the strained beet juice to your face and leave on for about
15 minutes and rinse. Remember that beets stain, so make sure to do the
treatment at night and no more than twice a week. Your face should feel hydrated,
healed, less oily, dark circles improve as well as fine lines and wrinkles as
it increases the production of collagen in our skin.
healthy for your diet
On top of all of the benefits of using beets in our beauty routine,
they are incredibly healthy. They have tons of nutrients and essential vitamins
as well as antioxidants. Regularly eating beets has been linked to lower blood
pressure, they help reduce inflammation, fight anemia, among other things.
Please keep in mind that the pigmentation of this root is quite strong
(hence it being used as a tint) and you’ll see that pink pigmentation in your
urine and stools… so, don’t panic if this happened when you ingest beets. Lastly,
if you suffer low blood pressure, you may want to speak to your doctor before
eating beets regularly to make sure it is safe for you. Always a good idea to
you a bit of research about anything you do or eat if you suffer from any
Will share specific beet-based masks soon, do you have a favorite
one you would like me to try? How about a favorite beet recipe? Do share!
I recently traveled to Los Angeles, CA for the very first time to
celebrate my daughter’s birthday in a mommy-daughter trip. I really wanted to
make the trip super fun and special for the both of us, so I did a lot of
research in order to prepare our itinerary. I came across this thing I had
never heard of called the Go Card Los Angeles, a multi-attraction card starting
at under $100 for 1 day and 38 attractions to choose from! One of those
attractions is Universal Studios Hollywood only included in the multiple day
pass for 3,5 or 7 days. I bought the three-day pass and I couldn’t recommend it
more, especially when travelling with children and needing all kinds of
entertainment. The thing that I do suggest is to look at the activities
available ahead of time to make reservations if necessary and make sure to select
the high dollar activities vs the cheap ones; for example, do whale watching
using the card instead of the aquarium. The aquarium is so cheap that you can do
that separately out-of-pocket if you run out of time with the card. Another
important thing to remember is that activities must be entered by 5 pm; it is
fine if you are still there after 5pm, but entry must happen before then.
Thanks to this pass I was able to plan a fun-packed trip at a
lower cost than I would have otherwise since everything I wanted to do was
included in the card!! I only paid separately for the hop-on hop-off tour bus
during the first day before I started using the card. Here are some of the
activities I planned during my trip at a fraction of the price:
Madame Tussaud Wax Museum
Whale Watching in Long Island
Dolby Theatre Guider Tour
Warner Bros Studio Tour
Hollywood Movie Star Homes Tour
OUE Skyspace LA
Queen Mary Tour
Battleship IOWA Museum
Universal Studios Hollywood
I didn’t do the Chinese Theatre Guided Tour this time since I chose the Dolby Theatre only due to time constraints, but I still went to the outside of it to see the hand and foot prints. Just three of the attractions I visited made the expense on the card totally worth it!
Super Hugry Person Tip
Santa Monica Beach has the following little gem with just about the best food item in the planet… FRIES! They have delicious fries with all kinds of dipping sauces. Here I tried the best thing ever… French Fries with Nutella Sauce!!!!! Yes, super unhealthy but OMG this will blow your mind if you are willing to give it a chance. Please if you try them, let me know what you think.
Want to start planning your next trip to Los Angeles or another
major city? Check out www.smartdestinations.com
first to see if there is a Go City Card available! Do you have any other
helpful travel tips? We would love to hear them!
As I have mentioned before, I have been making small changes
in different aspects of my life in order to live in a more natural and
eco-friendly way. Well, I stumbled across this Auromere shampoo bar with neem.
As soon as I saw the packaging, it caught my attention as it is made out of
cardboard instead of plastic…. I LOVED this! I know, I know, cardboard still
kills trees and it is not totally eco-friendly if we put it that way; but I was
really happy that it didn’t come in plastic and wanted to really give it a try
to compare it to bottled shampoo. I was already using an organic shampoo, but
it was in a plastic bottle, so this is definitely a step in the right
direction. I read the back of the box as well as the ingredient section and I
was very excited to take it home and write a review for it.
This shampoo bar is free of chemicals, cruelty free, vegan and earth friendly. It also packs a lot of great oils and other natural ingredients that are gentle with the hair and nourish the scalp.
I was a little unsure about how much of the shampoo bar I would have to use to wash my hair since it is long, going all the way down to my waist, but it got foamy very quickly (not as much as with a regular shampoo) covering all of my hair. I conditioned my hair as usual and styled it to see the end result. I was very pleased as my scalp felt fresh, nourished, and my hair was very soft. I did read on the box that the 4.23 oz bar of shampoo is equivalent to 18 oz of liquid shampoo, so one bar should last a couple of months depending on how often you wash your hair and if you keep the bar dry in between washes.
I am definitely enjoying this shampoo bar a lot, but since this is the first one I am trying, I would love to hear from you about any others you have tried that you would recommend. This one can be easily ordered online at auromere.com, swansonvitamins.com, or amazon!
The third eye chakra also
known as Ajna is associated with intuition, imagination, openness, and wisdom. This
energy center is located on the forehead between the eyebrows and its physical
function is to regulate biorhythms and the pituitary gland. Having an unbalanced
Ajna chakra makes us feel like we have no clarity in our path, we lack vision
and objectiveness, we daydream and feel lost. On the other hand, if the Ajna
chakra is balanced, we feel inspired, our creativity shows, we become more
perceptive, intuitive, and are more willing to learn life lessons. The throat
chakra is usually represented by the color indigo and the element of light.
How to balance the third eye chakra?
Since the pineal gland regulates sleep patterns,
getting enough sleep is essential to have a balanced chakra (like I needed
another reason to love my favorite activity of the day).
Eating berries full of antioxidants and green vegetables
are great to nourish your body and balance this chakra
Meditation (try incorporating the Om sound) and
look up some guided meditations if needed
Chamomile, lavender and rosemary are some great
essential oils to get you back on track!
Some stones you can use are: iolite, lepidolite,
and red tourmaline