A Day at Disneyland

What do you do when you are feeling stressed and life is just getting you down.

Well what I do is go to the happiest place on earth. I love going to Disneyland and enjoying all the magic behind the park. It honestly feels like once you entered the park all your problems just melt away.

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I got the chance to go with my mom and sister. They are the best Disney crew around! What is shocking is that we went on Friday and we were able to get on eleven rides.

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I even got to see Ariel as I was walking into the park. She was looked lovely that I had to take a quick picture of her with a little girl.

If you love to laugh at cheesy jokes and puns then the Jungle Cruise is perfect for you. We got on that as our first ride because the line was only 10 minutes long. But it was actually quicker than that.

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When you go into Frontier Land you can see all the Mexican inspired Day of the Dead décor. I absolutely love it! This time when we visited this section we noticed that they were doing FREE face painting. So of course I made all of us wait in line. I liked that we did something new in the park that we usually never do.

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Here is the final product. Personally I liked my sister and Mom’s skull better than mine so I had to take a close up of theirs.

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My Mom loves the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters and she is always my competition. This time I was pretty forced and our photo showed it all.

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Since it my favorite time of the year I always love seeing how Disney decorates their rides. One ride that gets my creative juices flowing is the Haunted Mansion. Every year they design a new gingerbread house and this one was speculator. The smell alone gets you excited for the cold fall weather that is on its way.

It was such a great way to relax and remind me what joy my family can bring me. I am extremely grateful for my Mom and sister.

 

A Darling Weekend

This weekend was pretty crazy. I planned on cleaning the whole weekend but you know what they say when you make plans…

We ended up getting sick Friday night and didn’t feel better until Sunday morning. Since we stayed in we were dying to get some fresh air. So we decided to check out this Ma and Pa place.

Right when you walked up to it, you automatically fell in love with the place. It was so cute! And it was extremely cozy, it reminded me of these small shops in San Francisco.

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If you love beef jerky I recommend you stop by and have a taste. The original is the best hands down. I wanted to go for simply two things to try their chocolate covered strawberries and their breakfast burrito.

It was a fun day out and I have a feeling we will be back for more. If you want to check it out as well their Yelp page will be linked here.

Happy Monday!

Erika

Portland

 

Hello Everybody!

Sorry it took so long to write this post. We landed on Monday night and are still recovering from our trip.

Portland was beyond amazing. I honestly didn’t think that I would completely fall in love with that place, but I did. The beautiful scenery and people made it seem like I was finally home.

Coming from a place like L.A., where everyone seems fake it was so refreshing to meet people who were genuine. So once it was Monday we were so sad to leave.

When we arrived in Portland we picked up our rental car and headed to the hotel. I was so exhausted from all the excitement that I knocked out. My boyfriend on the other hand couldn’t sleep so he started exploring a local Mexican place.

Saturday morning we got up early and went to the farmers market. My boyfriend and I have been to many farmers markets but nothing like this. They had fresh organic produce, thick pieces of bacon, nice brown eggs and mouth blowing food.

I got a breakfast tortilla bowl and my boyfriend had this Asian noodle soup.

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After that we headed to Multnomah Falls which is the second largest waterfall. The drive there was so breath taking and the fresh crisp air was indescribable. Once we got closer to the waterfall, we felt the clean mist hit our faces. What also amazed me was how clear the water was.

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For dinner we went to Cartlandia. It is a place where many food carts go and sell their food. We tried Chop Chop and it wasn’t half bad for Chinese food. Since we were already there we tried the maple and bacon at VooDoo Donuts. Their donuts didn’t meet the hype but the experience of trying one was great.

On Sunday we went to the Screen Door for breakfast. We woke up early and headed straight there. When we got there, there was already a line. Luckly we were able to get seated on the first round. My boyfriend ordered their Chicken and Waffles and I got their Cathead (of course). We left there with a huge smile and a happy belly.

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My boyfriend has a friend that lives in Portland so we decided to hang out. What we found out was shocking, he told us that he hasn’t been to the Oregon Zoo. So since we planned on going we invited his roommates and him to join us.

The Oregon zoo was so clean and beautiful. You were surrounded by nature and the crazy part was how close you were to the animals.

For dinner we went to Bamboo sushi and I highly recommend you go there if you are in the area. The sushi chef gave us an experience I will never forget. He not only hooked us up with some bomb sushi but he took his time putting them together like a piece of art.

We did the omakase, which is when you let the chef choose what kind of sushi he wants to give you. The guy told us that he lets people chose how much they are willing to spend. We decided to spend $60 per person and it was the best money spent.

Since I love books, we stoped by Powells Bookstore. If you ever doubted that there is a heaven then you need to go to this bookstore. The amount of book selection you have is insane. There were about 5 book rooms that had their own genre to them. My favorite part of the place was their crazy cat lady section where they sold cat books and products.

On our last day we woke up early to see our last foodie spot. We went to Noug’s Khao Man Gat, we had their chicken and rice. It was taken to another level when you add their special sauce. On our way to the airport I got to see a kitty window display as. Personally I thought of it as a sign that I belonged there.

Overall it was an incredible trip. We wouldn’t just come back, we would move there. To tell you the truth on Tuesday I even started looking for jobs and apartments over there.