Monday, August 3, 2015

Christmas in July

My mom and I grabbed lunch with my sister the other day. Since she had to run off and yank teeth, we decided to take a stroll through "downtown" Galveston, AKA The Strand. Galveston, Texas is a smallish Texas tourist town on Galveston Island. I've been going on day trips since I was younger, but it's nice to visit with a home base [Sandy's place!].

We went into a couple shops - one being Strand Brass [Christmas on the Strand]. There were the most adorable little old-fashioned TVs that you could switch on. The figurines within would come to life - playing music and spinning around. There were many different shapes - and some were characters or other objects [like the snowman] rather than TVs. My mom was completely enthralled. She took photographs of each one to show her friends.

We were in search of coffee when we decided it was far too hot. Ice cream it is! Hey Mikey's had the most interesting flavors: Ginger Honey, "Summertime," Sweet Tea, and a few others. The decor was really fun! I especially liked the art. And that bench my mom is sitting on. :) It got a bit crowded so we walked on. I devoured my Summertime scoop [blueberries, strawberries, and peaches].

My Jill-E bag has come in pretty handy this summer. It's meant to be a camera bag - the perfect size for my GoPro and accessories. The front pocket fits my most handy camera of all - my phone. :)
Also? I am in love with my new hearts necklace. My friend Raya is so talented! Her paper creations never cease to amaze me.

LOFT denim top  //  Target denim  //  Vans [similar]  //  Jill-E bag  //  Tumbleweeds HC sunnies  //
JORD watch  //  Rocksbox necklace and ring  //  Little Ray of Sunflower hearts necklace  //  Bhldn earrings [similar]

What are your favorite summer accessories? Pretty sure those little hearts won't be leaving my throat anytime soon!

Friday, July 31, 2015

mermaid mode

For the next few days my skin will be pretty pruney. And probably a shade or two darker! I'm scuba diving for the first time in the ocean. You mean I'll actually be able to see the things in front of me and around me? Why, yes! :)
Mermaid mode activate!

I have a couple posts scheduled for the week, but please feel free to follow along via Instagram. Hopefully I can get some really amazing nature shots with my GoPro. I've been practicing! And I also bought a few filters. Woohoo!

Unfortunately I won't be sporting my super sweet Tumbleweed sunnies underwater, but an actual pair of goggles. Not very mermaidy after all. haha!


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Throwback Thursday with Cubans and Coffee-mate – Miami style

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I recently visited my beloved family in Miami, Florida. While Daniel and I stayed with my cousins for the most part, I wanted to spend the night at my grandparents’ house a few times so I could wake up to the sound of their chatter and laughter, as well as the smell of my grandma’s café Cubano. While things are a bit quieter these days, my grandmother can still be heard chuckling in the kitchen with her sister, who is visiting from Cuba, my grandfather is either snoring in his arm chair or sliding his way around the house with his walker, while my aunt is making her latest smoothie – probably mamey.

As soon as they hear me stirring in the bedroom the second pot of coffee goes on the stove [I still wake up a couple hours later than they do]. My grandma’s café Cubano is what made my café con leche so delicious throughout my childhood. Instead of drowning it in milk like I used to, I used Coffee-mate’s Caramel Macchiato creamer.

Have you ever tried flan? It tastes kinda like that – which is perfect because it’s another one of my family’s specialties. [I can already hear my mom licking her lips.]

My cousin was excited to try the Caramel Macchiato flavor after I told her that Coffee-mate is dairy-free. We “cheers”ed to tiny cups and drank up!

Now that I am back in Houston I miss my family dearly, but am glad to have such wonderful memories that are easily sparked by the delicious scent of a perfectly made cup of coffee.

And now I really want flan…


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