Little life update

Hola from San Felipe!

It’s been nearly two months since the last time we spoke *inserts crying emoji face here*

When you go so long without writing it’s difficult to hop back on the blogging train. Where do I start? What do I say? What to catch you up on? To get the blogging ball rolling again I thought I would do a little photo dump for you about the past two months of my life and travels.

  1. Last time we spoke I just started my month working at the Moon Farm Pumpkin Patch in Fruita, Colorado. It was a great way to get kick off the season of fall with the yellow leaves and pumpkins all around. I also learned how to make the best pumpkin pie!
  2. Disneyland, oh glorious Disneyland. The smell of Pirates of the Caribbean, squealing and laughing down the Matterhorn, It’s a Small World for the holidays, Tigger tails and giant turkey legs.
  3. Salvation Mountain and non-photographed Slab City. So interesting! The people are totally cool and the colorful mountain just makes your heart sing.
  4. I’m currently in San Felipe, Mexico which means sunshine and tacos until mid-December. Did I mention I’m obsessed with octopus tacos?

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Stay sunny!

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Holiday memories and recovery

This year Christmas was a little different for me in Mexico…I am so used to a very relaxed holiday season at home with just the family. Here in Mexico it was all about the gatherings and fiestas with friends. It’s so amazing though to have good friends that become your family!

Here’s a little wrap up of some holiday memories that I didn’t share on my blog. We had crafts and cocktails, I made a cute little wood sign. There was an ugly sweater party and I made an Elf sweater. There was an abandoned kitty that I fell in love with, although we couldn’t keep him, she went to a good home where I can go visit her! There was an employee party for Parrots Cracker and Sunny Beaches which I think was the highlight for me, I was around some of the greatest people I know and love, there was amazing food,  we had an incredible Mexican band, and there was so much love in the room! I wish I would have taken more pictures but I was enjoying the moments too much!

Christmas Eve we had some friends over and we made tamales, a Mexican tradition! They are so much fun to make and of course so delicious…I am still munching on them throughout our day. That evening my parents and I lounged around with The Christmas Story on television and played some really fun games together! Christmas day we woke up to open some gifts. I received some very lovely gifts this year and adore them all!  We then headed over to a Christmas brunch with some more friends and loved ones. So many carbs, too much eggnog…but it was all totally worth it.

I decided to give myself a recovery day yesterday from all of the hustle and bustle. Some siestas after all the fiestas. In the morning we had some recovery facials with a few ladies that my Mom put together with some Mary Kay facial goods. The rest of the day I just relaxed on my bed with some hot chocolate and a good book (yes, I am still working on the same book.) I also decided to keep my makeup off all day and give my skin a rest since I tend to wear a lot more makeup during the holidays.

I finally got to use a Lush Cosmetics product that I picked up while I was in California. I was so excited for the holiday collection and it was difficult to not spend my money on all of it! I decided to try The Magic of Christmas bubble bar. It was just so beautiful… The glitter, the cinnamon stick, the jingle bell… just so lovely. It is a very warming and fresh scent of cinnamon, cloves, and oranges which I’m all about this holiday season.

I ended the evening with a nice facemask, a little pedicure, and Happy New Year Charlie Brown. Now it’s time to get ready for The New Year! What was the highlight of your holidays?

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Cozy winter drink and a lazy day.

Today has been cloudy and we are expected to have rain this evening, wouldn’t that be exciting for Mexico? It’s one of those Holiday days where you just want to snuggle up with a blanket, a warm drink, and a good book.

Today I made a warm winter drink that you would love if you’re a fan of hot apple cider! You steam together pineapple juice, cranberry juice, cinnamon, cloves, and orange slices. It’s refreshing and soothing all at once! At the store we also stopped by the bakery section for some yummy donas and coconut macaroons. I love anything with crema! It went very well with my warm drink!

I’ve also been on the hunt for a good Christmas book and found one I’ve been enjoying quite nicely. It’s called The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily. It is a really great and light read to hop into Christmas! Now to finish the evening with soup and Christmas films with the family!

What do you like to do on your lazy winter days?

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Warm and Bright Holiday Inspirations

I hope you all had a beautiful Sunday! Yesterday was the art show and I did fairly well with some sales so I didn’t walk away disappointed. Yesterday I missed having a blog so hoping to bring you two today. We had some good friends over for dinner and we made empanadas so I took the opportunity after a long day at the art show to be with my family, learn how to make empanadas, and be in good cheer! Sometimes you have to set things aside for the more important moments in life.

Today I thought I would share some great holiday inspiration that I gathered from Pinterest to get yourself in the best Christmas cheer since it’s the last Monday before CHRISTMAS! However, since I live in Mexico I wanted to share all of the things that inspire me this Christmas which is a lot of color, warmth, culture, and spice!

Follow me on Pinterest, username mariahcassandra, I’m probably the only girl that doesn’t have a wedding board.

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Tree skirt || Christmas Tree || Ornaments

Fiesta Flowers || Christmas Cactus

Ornaments || Frida

Sweater || Socks

Champurrado || Mexican Holiday Punch || Arroz Con Leche || Dessert Tamales

 

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Festive Fashion

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year! There’ll be parties for hosting, marshmallows for roasting, and caroling out in the snow!” Well, in Mexico there will be no caroling out in the snow but we know how to fiesta! Last night was the annual Christmas party of some of our dear friends so obviously I had to dress up for this Navidad Fiesta. It was so fun to be around my San Felipe family with great food, bocce ball, and the greatest gift exchange game I’ve ever experienced…I walked away with Bath and Body Work’s goods in the scent Be Joyful!

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If you’re like me you probably enjoy getting all dressed up for holiday events! The glitter, the ugly sweaters, and all things wonderful to wear during the holidays. Sometimes you don’t want to go out and buy an expensive outfit though so that’s why I stick to something cute and creative to make myself! I want to share with you my festive outfit on a budget that you can do for your upcoming holiday parties too! Get creative with a few pesos in your pocket.

I made my tutu! If you don’t know how to make tutus you would be amazing to learn how easy it is to do and it’s perfect for fun festivities such as this! All you have to do is take strips of tulle and slip knot them onto thick ribbon to tie around your waist! Easy as uno, duos, tres! Tulle can be very inexpensive depending on where you go…in Mexico our fabric stores are incredibly cheap! This tutu probably took one yard of white, half a yard of green, and just a few stripes of the red and silver glitter.

There’s actually a funny story to the giant bow around my neck. I found it on the side of the road! We were driving and I yelled “Pull over! I need that!” I think it’s a giant bow that was on someone’s car that fell off. You can purchase something like this at the dollar store. Throw some ribbon into it and pair it with a simple shirt for a cute festive pop!

My hat is also a snapback…and since I’m embarrassing to be around I of course have to wear it backwards to look supa’ fly.

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Christmas Tag

Day 10 already? Where has the time gone?  Blogmas can’t be blogmas without the usual Christmas tag, right? Especially on days you have been rather busy! I’m going to tag all of you so you can share your favorite Christmas stories!


1. What is your favorite Christmas film?

I grew up watching the little animated Christmas VHS tapes and I have to say that The Little Drummer Boy was my favorite! I loved the story and the song. Today as an adult I love Love Actually, Best Man Holiday, and Four Christmases even though they are good movies year round.  

2. Have you ever had a White Christmas?
I apparently did when I was a baby but obviously I wouldn’t remember. I grew up in the desert so snow was never a thing during Christmas. The only White Christmas I had was a couple of years ago when I was in Rangley, Colorado with my family and it was lovely! Last year I was in Vermont and it was the first time in almost forever that they didn’t have a white Christmas and they were all very upset!
3. Where do you usually spend your holiday?
Christmas is usually always spent at home! The past two Christmases were my only two that I spent away from Utah. This year I’ll be in Mexico though!
4. What is your favorite Christmas song?
I’m obsessed with the spiritual Christmas Hymns and have always been my favorite to sing. O Come All Ye Faithful, Hark The Herald  Angels Sing, and Mary Did You Know are my favorite.
5. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
Yes! It was always tradition to open one present on Christmas Eve.
6. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
Anybody who knows the Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer song knows all the reindeer.
7. What holiday traditions are you looking forward to most this year?
The usual holiday tradition back home was to drive around to look at lights and go to the Visitor’s Center at the Temple to watch short Christmas films. Now that I’ve been in different places the past few years and will be starting my own family someday in the future I should probably start a new tradition!
8. Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
I have never had a real Christmas tree…maybe someday!
9. What is your all-time favorite holiday food/sweet treat?
Is this a serious question?! I love sweets! Egg Nog with nutmeg and peppermint everything are fantastic. I have a neighbor back in Utah who would always make “church window cookies” which were colored marshmallows with chocolate and coconut! It was always so sweet too because she knew they were my favorite so she always tried to make them just for me!
10. Be honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better? 
I love to watch others open their gifts! Especially if it’s something cute and silly that I know will make them smile! 🙂
11. What is the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?
It has to be my first DSLR camera which was a Canon Rebel XSI which I received my Senior year of high school before going off to college for photography.
12. What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season? 
At a quiet cabin in the mountains with a fireplace, snow, and lots of hot chocolate.
13. Are you a pro-present wrapper, or do you fail miserably?
I can be a very good present wrapper when I try! I love to wrap with brown paper bag and decorate it with stamps!
14. Most memorable holiday moment? 
The first Christmas that my Mom and Step dad were together which was the Christmas before they were married. My Mom was SO happy and I remember us shopping for all new home decorations for our new house. I’ve never seen her in that much of Christmas spirit and it was so fun to see!
15. What made you realize the truth about Santa? 
My best friend Keisha in fifth grade told me!
16. Do you make New Years resolutions? Do you stick to them?
I usually always try to make resolutions and do well at sticking to my goals. I’ve never been into the entire weight loss resolution though.
17. What makes the holidays special for you?
Togetherness! Also the little joy of lights, music, and festivities!

If you do this Christmas tag please let me know in the comments!

Easy DIY Pom Pom Ornaments

You cannot disagree with me that pom poms are just way too adorable and can be used for almost anything! They are actually pretty “in” this year!

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We recently took a trip up to Mexicali where I found a mini tree to have in my room and some decorations. I decided to go with all gold because I just love solid gold but then someone brought to my attention that since I’m in Mexico I should add some color to it! I then remembered that I had a small pack of bright colored pom poms that would look perfect on my tree! I decided to take the pack of ornaments I already had and do something with them. The mini pack of ornaments came with solid gold or solid glitter…obviously I had kept the glitter ornaments to go with my cute pom poms.

All I did was take off the top from the old ornaments and hot glue them to my pom poms. Easy as that! I then used twine for my ribbon to give it a more rustic look. I’m still trying to figure out what to do with the ornaments that I didn’t use…that’s means a new DIY project!

You can probably do this by going to your local dollar store and purchase small or large ornaments to take the tops off of. This would be really cute with a bigger tree and use bigger pom poms! Oh my goodness…inspiration for my tree next year!

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I adore my gold and colorful little tree!

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