Monday Motivation

This Saturday was my little sister’s birthday.

She finally turned 21 this year, so we of course went to Vegas. My aunt picked me up after work and we headed straight to my mom’s house. Once we got there we picked them up and made our way to Las Vegas.

It was a girls getaway and it was very refreshing to spend time with my family but also to be apart of a moment that my sister will remember forever. She of course was on a lucky streak when she turned her $5 into $25 dollars. We even went to Excalibur to watch the Tournament of Kings, which is a fun family dinner show.

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The weekend couldn’t have been any better. Everyday I feel so grateful that I have an amazing family that loves me unconditionally. There is no greater feeling then spending time with the people that love you.

So this week’s quote is inspired .

my mother is still young and full of life, despite her age, and still looks young as well.. but this is still such a rarely realized aspect of reality...: Photo Credit: Lifehack

Hope you all had a nice and relaxing weekend.

-Erika

Mexican Getaway

Hello Everyone!

Sorry I have been MIA for a while. Lately I have been working on some side projects and focusing on re-branding.

But last Thursday I decided to take a break from the every day and go on a vacation with my family. My aunt was planning on going there for a quick two day trip. So she invited my mom, sister and I to go.

We all slept over my grandmas house and left to Mexico at 5:30 in the morning. As soon as we made it to San Diego we did our last stop before entering the border. We bought water bottles, snacks and stopped by the bank. After that we ate breakfast at McDonalds and before hitting the road we filled up the gas tank.

Some tips I would give others who haven’t been to Mexico is always bring water. Not only because you can’t drink running water but because you will save more if you but it before hand. Another important tip is to fill up your gas tank. The gas in Mexico isn’t  close to the quality in the U.S. So that small amount of gas you buy there might mess up your engine.

When we arrived in Ensenada we stopped by our favorite taco stand, since we had time to kill. Right when I took a bite, my taste buds went crazy. The tortilla was freshly made and complemented the meat so well. To top it all off I ordered a Mexican bottled coke and that sent me to heaven. Nothing is better than that combination.

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We headed to our hotel right after. This time we stayed at a different hotel than usual. The hotel amazingly had a casino and a beautiful pool. It felt completely safe and it had a secured parking lot for the guests.

 

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Right after getting settled in we decided the rest of the plans for the day. First we went to the cemetery to visit some of my family. My uncle Carlos and Jose are buried right next to my Aunt Maria. My grandma wanted to keep all her children together when they got laid to rest. My favorite Great aunt that I loved to visit was buried right in front of them. We brought them some beautiful flowers and helped tidy they tombstones.

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We then headed over next door to see my Great Grandma. Every time we go visit her my heart just breaks. In many third world countries they love to rob graves. They usually pick ones that rarely get visited and slowly pick away at them. I know this because this happened to her resting spot. When I was about ten, there was a black iron fence that surround her tombstone and had flower holders. Every year we would go there would be things that were slowly missing. Soon enough the black gate was gone and this time the flower holders were gone. As we prayed for her I couldn’t help be feel hurt that someone does this. On the row behind hers there was already an empty plot where someone already looted it. So I put more effort in cleaning her tombstone. I pulled out some weeds and splashed some clean water, to clean off the dust.

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Since we were close to our favorite paleta spot we decided we needed to stop by before we left. I got their cookies and crème paleta and my sister got their pecan. I did regret not getting the strawberry one because that one is their number one best seller. After having our dessert we were hungry again. So we thought why not go back to our favorite taco guy.

 

Round two at the taco stand I decided to be adventurous. So I got their flautas and man they were good! They had shredded beef filing and were topped off with sour cream, lettuces, pico de gallo, avocado and carne asada. With every bite you could tell that it was made from scratch.

 

On Saturday we packed and checked out at 10. My aunt Sandra was dying to go back to La Bufadora. So we walked around looking at food and seeing what each vendor was selling.

For you who don’t know what La Bufadora is. Here a video to show you the main reason everyone goes. That is to see the blowhole of the sea. The area causes the water to squirt up and spray everyone standing near it. Many locals go there to beat the heat especially when its just a dollar to go. Right after that we headed straight to the border and it took us about 4 hours to cross. We got home around 11:30 at night because we stopped to eat dinner. I got home tired not only the wait but the heat too. So when I saw my boyfriend a rush of relief hit me. Sometimes going and visiting other places teaches us what to be grateful for. Even though it was two days it took me a few hours to get use to things again.

Wishing you a great day!

Erika

 

 

Weekend Getaway

My boyfriend got a really good deal on a motel in Lompoc, CA. For one night he spent $20 and it was an amazing deal with free breakfast.

On Saturday we woke up at 4:30 am (I didn’t get out of bed til 5). The only reason why we woke up so early was to try Paula’s Pancake breakfast. We have been there before and I loved how delicious their bacon was and how crispy their hash browns are too.

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After we finished our delicious breakfast we had time to kill until check in. So we decided to try Anderson’s famous split pea soup. Once you go inside you see their cute gift shop area and if you go upstairs you will see their museum. I felt like I traveled back in time as we were looking at old can goods they had on display. They even had a lot of their city history captured in old photos and newspaper clippings.

Since we were full we thought a nice outdoor activity would help us digest our food so we went to the La Purisima Mission State Historic Park. If you have kids or you just love learning I highly recommend you check this mission out. They are extremely hands on when it comes to teaching you how things were done during the mission times. They have many animals such as pigs (big ones), chickens, horses and a huge bull. One of my favorite things is that we got some free finger food but I got to make my own necklace. I know that I will be back and this time I’m going to bring my aunt, mom and sister there.

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As for dinner, I was blown away by the best steak I have ever had! We went to this restaurant called  The Hitching Post II . My boyfriend being the yelp elite he is was scoping out the area for good eats. He said that everyone posting reviews would say best steak I have ever had. When we got there the wait was 45 to an hour long. We were lucky that there was room for us at the bar because my stomach was already talking lol.

I loved this place so much! I had their split pea soup and steak dinner. The pea soup was 10 times better than Anderson’s (which stocked me). Then for my meal I had their medium rare 8 oz filet mignon with a baked potato. The steak was so juicy and tender, it felt like heaven in my mouth.

The next day we got our free breakfast and checked out. Overall it was a great short trip to get away from the everyday. I hope you all had a fun weekend as well!

 

Love,

Erika