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!
If you’re not eating salmon – you are SERIOUSLY missing out! Unless you’re vegetarian, then GO YOU and replace the salmon with tofu or any other protein you want!
I personally love how thick and creamy salmon tastes when cooked perfectly. I also have a serious relationship with broccoli slaw made into an asian salad. So if you have similar tastes to me, you will be obsessed with this salad recipe. It can be eaten warm (my fave) or cold.
Preheat your oven to 425
Season salmon with pepper and a little salt
Cook salmon for 30 minutes (or until fish is JUST flakey.. not dry!
While salmon is cooking, heat 1 tbsp olive oil on a pan
Add 2 cups broccoli slaw to pan
Once wilted, add 2 tbsp coconut aminos and 2 tsp siracha
Put salmon on top of broccoli slaw and top with low sodium soy sauce, siracha, spicy mustard, or any other condiments that you enjoy!
You can also make this ahead of time. Just refrigerate after it cools down, and you have a great salad for the next day. A great meal of healthy fats and veggies! LOVE!
I also use broccoli slaw raw as a salad base on a weekly basis. Just add some edemame, snow peas, protein, and sauces — voila. Make this salad your own!
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
Excuse moi??? If you buy quality fabric leggings that are nor borderline transparent when you put them on, they absolutely count as pants to me. Tell me if leggings are not the most perfect piece of clothing… they don’t have pockets that bulk up your figure, look very flattering on most people, they are super comfy, and you can literally wear them with anything to make a multitude of outfits. Dress them up with a nice girlie blouse, accessories and nice heels (my look here), wear them with a graphic shirt and some converse to chill on a weekend, with fuzzy boots during winter, or even wear them for your trip to the gym.
Need to pack light?
I love easy travel, so the least I can pack the better. I love packing leggings and jeggings since they don’t take tons of space, you can roll them very easy and shove them in your carry on with tons of space to spare! These are definitely my “can’t live without” clothing items, what are yours?
Now, I am not going to say that I don’t
eat any sugar whatsoever, because I do. My goal is to eventually eliminate all
added sugar from my daily life (except maybe special occasions very sporadically),
but I have to say… it is very hard! Why is it so hard you ask? Well because it
is so addictive! There are strong physical and emotional reasons as to why we
love eating sugary foods so much, but reducing the amount of sugar we consume
on a daily basis is extremely important. Sugar has sooooooo many ugly side
effects that we should really consider not eating sugar part of our daily self-care
On top of sugar contributing to obesity,
diabetes, and heart disease, here are other very visible effects of a sugar-packed
Tooth decay (not very attractive)
Contributes to lack of collagen on skin (that
means more wrinkles!)
Worsens acne and skin allergic reactions
Personal victory, but still ways to go
I quit sodas as well as sugar and
creamer in my coffee 10 months ago and I can say that it really has made a
difference in my life. I don’t crave sugar-packed drinks, enjoy water more, my
skin feels more hydrated since I drink more water now, I get more energy from
my cup of coffee since I don’t get the crash from the sugar, and my body doesn’t
feel bloated. Eliminating just those things has made my life so much better that
I really want to continue and eliminate or minimize sugary and processed foods
from my daily life. These changes are not easy to make, but they are possible
and totally worth it. Join me and share your progress on the blog!
Traveling to Cancun is one of my favorite things to do. It is somewhat inexpensive compared to other beachy destinations out there… especially places as beautiful as this with crystal clear water. They also have tons of all-inclusive resorts with great deals year-round. As tempting as it is to stay within the resort, dare to visit some of the other many beaches and attractions nearby. Cancun is not only known for their beautiful ocean-side, they also have many natural swimming holes scattered all over the place, many eco-friendly attraction parks, Mayan ruins, an under-water museum, zip-lines, over the ocean bungee jumping, amazing reefs, and more!
One of my absolute favorite eco-friendly attraction parks is Xcaret, an ecological and archaeological park that allows you to explore small Mayan ruins, underground rivers, fauna, and learn about Mexico with their amazing shows.
Want a bite to eat at a unique location? Try Alux Restaurant, a restaurant inside of a cave! It is absolutely beautiful with high end cuisine, sometimes they have live music or other shows, and then you get to explore the cave. It is definitely a great place to try.
Do you have a favorite spot in Cancun
yet? Share it with us, we would love to try it next time!