Mexico vacation 2019

August 19, 2019 | Lifestyle | No Comments »

Before I continue with my regular schedule, I want to talk about my vacation. My family and I used to take yearly vacations (nothing extravagant), but we’ve had to hold off the past few years due to personal issues. So to make up for it we extended our trip an extra week.

Mexico vacation 2019

Don’t mind the expression haha!

For those of you who don’t know, I was a nervous wreck in the weeks leading up to the trip. I’ve been to Mexico before and I’ve flown quite a few times. But after having my son I’ve developed a few fears. Suddenly I was afraid of flying. I tried to keep busy by making lists and cleaning. When the day finally arrived it started off surprisingly well. I got my hair done a few days beforehand, but my curls had fallen out. I have a difficult time curling my own hair, but on that morning my hair turned out really nice. My skin was cooperating too so my makeup went on effortlessly. Everything was going great!

Mexico vacation 2019

The first flight was a bit nerve wracking, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as I had imagined. I had my iPhone filled with upbeat music to keep my mind at ease. Then we landed in Texas. First we were alerted that our flight was delayed due to engine issues. Yeah, not what you want to hear when you’re a nervous wreck. We decided to use the time to eat and recharge our devices. Then things started to go downhill. Our flight got cancelled! We spent the next hour and a half trying to get a new flight, but was told no flights were available due to the weather. They managed to get us on a flight the next day, but it would land in Mexico City rather than Puebla City. My husband very carefully planned this trip catering to each one of my fears. He opted for Puebla City because it would have only been a 2 hour drive up the mountains instead of the 5+ hours had we landed in Mexico City. We took it because we had arrangements and needed to be in Mexico by the next day.

Mexico vacation 2019

Not a fan of Texas, but I still got my souvenir. Back when I worked at Starbucks I started collecting cups.

Since lots of other flights were cancelled everyone hurried to make hotel reservations so that they wouldn’t have to be stuck in the airport. Which meant we were left with… well some not so great choices. We took what we could so that our son and my mother-in-law could get some rest. We had no access to our luggage since they were in limbo. That meant no clothes, no toiletries, nothing. I wasn’t too happy. My pretty hair? That Texas humidity destroyed it! My makeup? I had to wash it off with whatever I could find at the nearest gas station. I opted for baby shampoo. I suppose it could have been worse.

Mexico vacation 2019

The hot pink bandana that saved our luggage!

The real fun came the following day. We arrived at the airport 3 hours early. We start the check in process and are told that we have reservations, but no actual seat has been assigned. They tell us to go to the original airline so they can fix the issue. It’s all the way on the other side of the airport. No big deal. This is why you arrive early, right? We did this back and forth thing about 6 times. Finally we throw our hands up. Our flight was paid for. It was successfully rescheduled. We were told our luggage would be transferred. Now we are being told there’s nothing they can do. Thankfully someone stepped in and offered to help us. We were told to head to the gate and wait. If seats opened up we could get on. I don’t know how, but somehow there were only 4 seats available and we were able to board. Our luggage was waiting for us in Mexico City. The ONLY reason they even found our luggage was because I used an old trick my father taught me. I tied a hot pink bandana around the handle. When they asked us to describe our luggage and I excitedly shouted ‘pink bandana!’ they were able to locate them all and have them transferred.

Mexico vacation 2019

Thank you, Aeroméxico!

I have to say, going through all of that really took my mind off the fact that I was scared to fly in the first place. I was just so happy to be finally leaving Texas. No hard feelings, Texas, but I’m so not a fan!

Mexico vacation 2019

The ride is scary, but the view is amazing.

The 5+ hour trip up the mountains happened. In the dark. In the rain. It was terrifying. My husband worked so hard to make this easy on me and the universe just took every single one of my fears and served them to me on a platter. In fact, during this whole trip I was exposed to every single fear over and over again. Until it became somewhat normal. And you know what? It really wasn’t as bad as I had remembered. I’m not going to say I’m cured. But if I was told we had to hop on a plane tomorrow and do it all over again I’d be all for it. So long as we can skip over Texas.

Mexico vacation 2019

Cecina tacos.

As for the rest of the stay… we stayed at my mother-in-law’s house. She lives here in the states, but she also has a house in Mexico. Aside from the heat and savage mosquitos, it was wonderful. Most nights we sat outside and enjoyed the cooler weather. We talked and snacked until we got tired and went to sleep. During the day we took trips back down the mountains into some neighboring towns. We bought food and souvenirs. I’ve always enjoyed the food there. Everything is so fresh and delicious! I miss it all already.

Mexico vacation 2019
Mexico vacation 2019
Mexico vacation 2019
Mexico vacation 2019
Mexico vacation 2019
Mexico vacation 2019
Mexico vacation 2019
Mexico vacation 2019

One of the biggest reasons for this trip was to finally baptize my son. My mother-in-law’s town has a very unique tradition. It was quite the event. If I’m being honest I only understood maybe half of the ceremony. It was still very beautiful.

I really have to work on my Spanish for the next time. It’s very rusty. Everyone helped me and not a single person laughed. There was one incident where we were in a store and I had wandered off and was approached by a sales person. He kept talking and very fast. I thought I had told him ‘I’m sorry, I don’t understand.’ But when he squinted and pulled his head back and quickly walked away I had to track down my husband. Him and his mother had a good laugh as they told me what I had actually said was ‘No YOU don’t understand!’ Oops? I suppose that was less embarrassing than my first visit where I asked the churro man for a chorro. Seriously, why are those two words so close? Believe me. One is definitely not like the other.

Mexico vacation 2019

My mother-in-law sent someone out to get me some churros. They really are my favorite haha!

I think I’ve written enough. I could go on and on. While I may have been scared at first and we did encounter some obstacles, we all had a great time. We got to end our trip the way it was supposed to begin. In a really nice hotel not far from the airport complete with air conditioning, a clean bathroom, and room service. I guess in the end it worked out.

Mexico vacation 2019

I was afraid to go for a swim because I didn’t know if the water situation was safe. I figured I had come this far and hadn’t gotten sick. It sure did look inviting though. When I finally decided to go for a little swim it started raining and they locked the doors. You snooze you lose.

I’ll post some photos below with captions. I’ll try my best to spell everything correctly. Also, keep an eye on my Instagram stories. I’ll be sharing even more photos and videos from my trip there.

Mexico vacation 2019

I was taking a nap when my husband ran inside to wake me up so that I wouldn’t miss out on this shot. This was taken just outside my mother-in-law’s house.

Mexico vacation 2019

Statue in Acatlan.

Mexico vacation 2019

Church in Acatlan.

Mexico vacation 2019

Outside the church in my mother-in-law’s town.

Mexico vacation 2019

Inside the church in my mother-in-law’s town.

Mexico vacation 2019

Church in a neighboring town.

Mexico vacation 2019

The best rice and chicken I’ve had in all my life!

Mexico vacation 2019

Chorizo taco at this nice little spot in Acatlan.

Mexico vacation 2019

My mother-in-law and my son. Look at that smile! Much different from the usual Chandler Bing type photos.

Mexico vacation 2019

To compare, here is my mother-in-law and my son again back in 2006.

Mexico vacation 2019

My love.

Mexico vacation 2019

My not so little guy.

Mexico vacation 2019

Taken outside Catedral de Puebla.

Mexico vacation 2019

Taken inside Catedral de Puebla.

Mexico vacation 2019

Taken inside Catedral de Puebla.

Mexico vacation 2019
Mexico vacation 2019
Mexico vacation 2019

If you know me, you know that I can’t resist donuts. So when we finally arrived in Puebla City and I saw their plaza/mall had a Krispy Kreme, I nearly ran to them. They had a Barbie promotion going on.

Mexico vacation 2019

I didn’t get the Barbie donut (I opted for the brownie cake instead), but I did get this cute cup.

Mexico vacation 2019

I like these throw type blankets. I’m always cold and covering up. Even in Summer.

Mexico vacation 2019

Handmade basket and towel to keep my tortillas warm.

Mexico vacation 2019

I thought this little guy was cute.

Mexico vacation 2019

I was really drawn to these salt and pepper shakers at first. But now the more I look at them they kind of give me the creeps.

Mexico vacation 2019

When we were leaving my mother-in-law was pretty sad and started going through all of her souvenirs and handing me things. I turned most down assuring her I was ok and that I had more than enough. I did take this apron though. I’m always in the kitchen and I tend to make a mess of myself. The pockets are handy and the color is super cute.

Mexico vacation 2019

Picked these mascaras up for my friend. I got a few for myself too. I’m a little worried about trying them though. They weren’t sealed. All of these ice cream lickers got me worried about everything now.

Mexico vacation 2019

Until next time.

My top CBD picks

May 13, 2019 | Lifestyle | 5 Comments »

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My top CBD picks

A while back I promised I would write up a list of some of my favorite CBD products and where you can find them. For those of you who don’t know, CBD or cannabidiol is a compound from the cannabis sativa plant. In states where it is legal you can purchase CBD that contains THC. However, the CBD products I purchase and mention on my blog and social media DO NOT contain THC. So it is non-psychoactive. It comes in many forms including edibles, topicals, supplements, and apparently you can even smoke it. If that’s your thing. People from all walks of life have turned to CBD to help with a number of things. I’m not going to list them and make a bunch of claims, but feel free to look it up. It is said to help with so many things. I personally use it to help with anxiety and diet related issues since it’s an anti-inflammatory. It leaves me feeling relaxed and calm. Almost sleepy. I don’t feel the urge to lay down and take a nap or anything. I can still do my day-to-day tasks. I just don’t walk around doing them feeling tense like usual. I also find that it helps with some aches and pains. It truly relaxes me in so many ways.

Like with any supplements or medication, you have to decide what is best for you. This includes dosage. Sometimes you have to adjust as you go. When I first started experimenting I started pretty small. I started with 10 MG edibles and would adjust to fit my needs. Below are the products I currently use including dosage and pricing.

Bath By Bex CBD Bath Bombs

Bath Bombs
Of course I had to start off with my absolute favorite CBD product. Bath bombs! My two favorites are Bath By Bex and Life Flower Care. I love beeZbeeCBD products, but their bath bombs did nothing for me. The Bath By Bex and Life Flower Care bath bombs are the most relaxing bath bombs ever! They relax my muscles and soothe aches and pains and even put me to sleep. I’ve seriously fallen asleep in the tub a few times. They are that relaxing! Click the links below to read more in-depth reviews. Bath By Bex allows you to pick your own MG of CBD. I find that 25 MG works nicely for me on so/so days. On days where I need more relaxation or if I’m in any kind of pain, the 50 MG works wonders.

Review: Bath By Bex
Review: Life Flower Care

I like edibles for on the go. I always keep one in my handbag for emergencies. They come in handy for long car rides or super crowded places. The two things that usually trigger my anxiety. Green Roads used to make these delicious little gummy men that contained CBD and melatonin. They used to help any time I couldn’t sleep. And they were so tasty! Unfortunately they stopped making them and replaced them with the Sleepy Z’s. It’s definitely not the same, but just as relaxing. beeZbeeCBD make some of the best edibles and they’re probably the only ones I buy now. These are my go-tos.

beeZbeeCBD Caramels

beeZbeeCBD Caramels (30 MG) – $45.95
The caramels are on the sweet side. They taste like a regular caramel. They’re very good and super relaxing.

beeZbeeCBD Terp Pop
beeZbeeCBD Terp Pop

beeZbeeCBD Terp Pop (10 MG) – $9.95
The terp pops definitely take some getting used to. The terpenes have a very Earthy kind of taste. However, I feel like these calm me down more than the 30 MG caramels. Because of that I have learned to appreciate the taste. It’s not awful, but it’s definitely different.

I don’t like to consume the edibles daily because I don’t want to waste my sugar and calories on candy. So I tuck them away for emergencies. For daily use I like the Green Roads CBD Oil. For these you just drop a dropper-full under your tongue and let it sit there for about 30 seconds before swallowing. It’s a little funky, but it’s not awful. It could taste worse. Believe me. Thankfully the taste doesn’t linger and you can just drink some water afterward. These oils also work nicely in tea. A half of a dropper makes for a nice relaxing drink.

Green Roads CBD Oil (100 MG) – $26.99
A whole dropper of the 100 MG bottle is 7 MG of CBD. This is perfect for me during the morning to start my day.

Green Roads CBD Oil (250 MG) – $45.99
A whole dropper of the 250 MG bottle is 17 MG of CBD. I usually reach for this one before bed. It’s the perfect dose to help me sleep on those difficult nights.

There are so many options I don’t even know where to begin. So in no particular order here are the topicals I use regularly.

Life Flower Care Anxiety Elixir

Life Flower Care Anxiety Elixir (100 MG) – $30.00
These little roller balls are so pretty! You can roll it on your temples, wrists, or feet. I usually apply it on my wrists and chest before bed. Breathing in the herbs and oils really relaxes me and helps me to sleep better.

CBD Daily Intensive Cream (60 MG) – $25.99
I have a bad habit of sleeping like an animal and waking up with either back or neck pain. I hate applying anything that smells funky on me so those over the counter pain creams are a hard pass. I have no issues applying this cream though. It has a similar minty scent, but it’s not that bad and it’s not greasy. It has a nice cooling sensation and really helps with tension and pain. I’ve spotted this cream at the mall. If you see it, get it! You’ll love it.

beeZbeeCBD Lip Balm

beeZbeeCBD Lip Balm (20 MG) – $5.95
So this one might be a little gimmicky, but I couldn’t resist. I had to try it. The blue raspberry smells so good! I was actually surprised by this lip balm. Not only did it smell amazing, but it was very moisturizing. I’m not sure if I got any of the benefits of the CBD, but it’s definitely one of the better lip balms I’ve tried. My IT Cosmetics is still number one, but this is easily top 5.

Derma Thereal Overnight Rejuvenation Cream (20 MG) – $36.00
I’ve been wanting to try some CBD skincare ever since I started experimenting with CBD. I was curious as to how it would affect my rosacea. I picked up the Derma Thereal Overnight Rejuvenation Cream at my local CBD Kratom Shop. They have such a pretty display of their CBD skincare products. I’ll have to see if they’ll let me snap a quick photo. Anyway, the overnight cream seemed like a really nice place to start. I usually apply it after my medicated cream. I’ve been using it for almost 3 months now. My skin used to be so dry because of the medicated cream. After applying the overnight cream for the past 3 months, my skin is so hydrated and smooth. I do still have redness, but that’s due to the broken capillaries. Otherwise my skin is pretty even. I absolutely love this cream and I totally plan to repurchase it.

There’s only 20 MG of CBD per 1 oz jar and I was a little skeptical. I wasn’t even sure I would have enough product to last a month. But a little goes a long way. And here I am on the 3rd month and still have 1/3 of a jar left! The texture is so light and airy. It glides onto the skin and spreads out beautifully. It has a soft almost powdery scent. It feels so lightweight and that’s even layered on top of my medicated cream. Come morning my skin is so soft and smooth. I swear my skin glows now! This is a beautiful overnight cream.

Life Flower Care Patchouli + Rose Body Wash

Life Flower Care Patchouli + Rose Body Wash (100 MG) – $26.00
I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about the patchouli, but the rose was calling my name. Surprisingly it smells very nice and not at all overwhelming. It’s pretty balanced and makes for a relaxing body wash. It pumps out pretty watery, but once you rub your hands together it lathers up nicely. They claim the essential oils help boost your mood and even helps soothe certain skin conditions. I’m not sure if that worked into my head or what, but I did find it to be uplifting yet super relaxing. It’s a wonderful body wash and I’ll definitely repurchase it.

I’d like to note that the MG might be confusing because some packaging displays total MG per package rather than dosage. I tried to make it less confusing by listing the MG per dosage rather than the MG per package.

There you have it! These are the CBD products I use regularly. Of course I still try new things here and there. I’ll take notes any time I find a new favorite. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. I’m not a professional, but I do feel comfortable sharing what I know. I’ve done my research and I highly suggest you do the same before diving in. Always make sure you purchase from reputable companies as some places are known to use other chemicals and then label it as CBD.

Have you heard of any of these products?

Smile Brilliant cariPRO Electric Toothbrush

January 28, 2019 | Lifestyle | 11 Comments »

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Smile Brilliant cariPRO Electric Toothbrush

Smile Brilliant cariPRO Electric Toothbrush

If there’s one thing I could change about my physical appearance it would be my smile. I’ve always been self conscious about it and would actually cover my mouth when I smiled for the longest time. My teeth are fairly straight. I don’t have any visible chips thanks to my crown. My problem is that I’ll never have that Hollywood pearly white smile. You see, much like my skin, my teeth are extremely sensitive. Any time I’ve gone to the dentist I’m reminded that whitening would only leave me feeling very uncomfortable. Pair this with a sweet tooth and a love for coffee and you have the recipe for disaster.

Just because I can’t have that perfect Hollywood smile, doesn’t mean I can’t give my teeth the star treatment. Because I do! My husband has invested in all of the fancy gadgets I need to keep my teeth and gums as healthy as possible. From flossers to electric toothbrushes. The problem is that once I get something I like I don’t bother to upgrade. I won’t even upgrade my iPhone. I insist I’m happy with what I have. My husband will take my electronics and upgrade them for me. He can’t really do that with my toothbrush though because something like that is really more of a personal preference. So I held onto what I had for years and never really knew what I was missing out on.

Smile Brilliant cariPRO Electric Toothbrush

My old electric toothbrush had just one button. That’s one setting. It would turn on and off. That’s it. I was ok with that. I mean it was much better than a manual toothbrush. I never knew that they had advanced so much since then. So you can imagine how surprised I was when the Smile Brilliant cariPRO Ultrasonic Toothbrush landed on my doorstep and I saw that it had not 1, but 5 different settings! I was missing out. Boy was I missing out!

Compared to some of the other electric toothbrushes I’ve tried, the cariPRO Ultrasonic Toothbrush is longer and thinner. It’s a lot lighter and easier to handle too. I can’t tell you how many time’s I’ve dropped some of the other models because they’re so much bulkier. The charger/base matches the sleek grey colored toothbrush. It’s fairly small and doesn’t take up a lot of counter space. The toothbrush itself contains 5 settings.

Standard mode for superior daily cleaning.

This mode is pretty powerful, but I didn’t find it to be bothersome.

Most powerful cleaning mode for removing surface stains, polishing and vigorous deep cleaning.

I did find this one to be a tad more powerful than the Clean mode. I’m not sure how this will affect my sensitivity over time, but I just had to put it to the test. I swear it has made quite the difference in my teeth! I really wish I had taken before and after photos, but if I’m being honest I wasn’t expecting to see changes so soon. I thought maybe it was just me, but when my husband had commented that my smile was visibly brighter I couldn’t help but smile more. It also leaves my teeth looking/feeling nicely polished. Similar to the feeling I get after leaving the dentist’s office!

Gentle gum pulsation mode for gum stimulation. For complete coverage, use with another cleaning mode.

The massage mode was a little intense. If your gums are super sensitive you might find the pulses to be a bit much.

Gum Care
Gum mode for gentle cleaning along the gumline. For complete coverage, use with another cleaning mode.

This gum mode was much gentler. The pulses weren’t as intense. I really like using this along with the Sensitive mode for a thorough cleaning.

Ideal for users who find the default clean mode to be slightly too aggressive. This gentle cleaning mode is tuned well for those who have sensitive gums and teeth.

Obviously this was my favorite mode. It was extremely gentle while still leaving my teeth feeling sparkly clean. It’s really nice to have a Sensitive option especially since a lot of us do have sensitive teeth and gums.

Once you choose your setting using the arrow button, you press the power button and your toothbrush is ready to go. It powers on in 4 30 second intervals. They suggest breaking up your brush time into 4 sections. Upper left, upper right, lower left, and lower right. I can see this coming in handy for children. Especially my son who confuses 2 minutes with 2 seconds.

Smile Brilliant cariPRO Electric Toothbrush

Overall, I have to say that I’m extremely impressed with this toothbrush! I love that it has options including one for those of us with sensitive teeth. I love that it leaves my teeth feeling like I just left the dentist’s office. Minus the pain of course. I also love that they sell their brush heads in bundles that are very affordable! The smallest bundle contains 2 electric brush heads for just $13.00! And the brush head even has a tongue scraper on the back. Something that manual toothbrushes have, but surprisingly my other electric toothbrushes was lacking.

If I had to find one thing to pick apart it would just be the charger. I wish it had a compartment under the base to coil some of the cord so that it’s not left hanging around the counter. Aside from that I can’t think of a single negative thing to say. This is easily the best electric toothbrush I’ve ever tried. And right now everyone in my house is eyeballing my shiny new toothbrush. My son even jokingly told me he had used it. I think that was his subtle way of asking me if he could try it. I might have to get him one now.

I’m not one to tell people what they need in their life. And you’ll only ever hear me talk about the things I truly love around here. This toothbrush gave me something I thought I’d never have. A nicer smile. It’s still far from perfect, but I feel a whole lot more confident these days. And now I don’t have to give up coffee.

Just kidding. I can’t quit coffee.

Smile Brilliant was generous enough to allow me to host a giveaway. One lucky winner will be issued a $119.00 credit to purchase their very own Smile Brilliant cariPRO Ultrasonic Toothbrush (Individual Package)! CLICK HERE TO ENTER! If you’re too excited and can’t wait (or if you don’t win) you can use the promo code midwestglam20 for 20% off! Good luck!

*I received these products complimentary. I was not paid or compensated in any way to write this review. All opinions are completely my own.


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