I love going on adventures every year and explore nature no matter what the weather condition is. As I mentioned, snow or desert heat I am there.
We decided to get away for a weekend without the kids.
My experience in Palm Springs is always fun and adventurous. From hikes to great places to dine-in and party.
Where to stay: Book through Expedia or Kayak for better deals!
Hilton Palm Spring for a quieter vacation and perfect for families with young children. No bar or DJ or live music by the pool. From there you can explore the desert.Click here
Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs is a fun hotel to stay. Perfect for couples that need to get away from reality. Best part of the hospitality you have a bar, DJ and/or live music by the pool. At night, the pool area has firepits and it’s open until 10pm. Click here
Where to eat:
Las Casuelas Terraza Mexican restaurant in downtown. The food is so delicious and guess what? Best Margaritas in town!! Gorgeous outdoor seating with live music. Click here
The Village Pub is the best place to get the body dancing all night with live music and DJ. Everything in one location. It has two floors so you can choose what your mood feels like. Click here for details
Moxie Palm Springs is a great place to enjoy live music and you can go upstairs for a nicer view. Food is descent.
My favorite place to hike is at the Indian Palm Spring Canyons. I recommend going around May and early June (80-95º). Discover the beauty and history from all three Palm Canyon, Andreas Canyon and Murray Canyon. Three days ago, we saw two big horn sheep. Pack a small towel and cool down in the creek. Water all year round! Click here
Another awesome place to visit is the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Online booking is not available at this moment because of covid. But, you can show up and buy your ride ticket at the boarding station. If you are driving there is a parking fee.
This place is open at 10am (Sat, Sun & holiday at 8am);
until 9:30pm (Friday & Saturday at 10:30pm).
The Tram takes you all the way up to Mount San Jacinto State Park (elevation 8,516 feet). The restaurant has an amazing view to the mountains. Enjoy over 50 miles of hiking trails, history museum and shops in case you get cold or need a gift.
Bring a sweatshirt or jacket if you are planning to go around May-June. ***During winter time you must bring snow gear.
Traveling can be stressful if you’re planning an overseas trip. Even if you travel inside the country, it requires many steps. You need birth certificate, ID/DL or non-expired passport, flights, hotel, transportation from the airport to your destination, outfits, a tour guide, places to eat, and COVID-19 testing.
Are the kids coming or staying at home? Then, it’s more planning for who will stay with them while you’re away or, if they are coming, what do you need to be prepared with your child? You’ll need a birth certificate to travel between the United States and Canada by land or sea. However, in the event that the child needs to travel back to the U.S. by air, a passport book is required. Every U.S. citizen, regardless of age, must have a passport to travel abroad. Newborn babies, infants, and toddlers all need a passport to leave and enter another country.
This trip was months of preparation. Kids stayed at home! We needed new passports and the travel health visa to enter the Bahamas. Once we got our passports, we were able to open an account by entering all our personal information, including COVID-19 requirements. I scheduled us in advance for the COVID-19 tests (72 hrs prior to the flight). Also, we got travel insurance in case anything happens. It’s better to be prepared!
I’m sharing my favorite travel stuff below. They’re must-haves!!!
Happy New Year! I am glad we got through the holidays and are starting 2022 with positive vibes. I narrowed down all my favorite outfits, home decor and kitchen supplies.
Dresses for all occasions! Date night, girls night out, brunch, or beach event.
I love these joggers and how they look. Casual look and affordable!
The Shark NV360 is a great vacuum for its price ($200). It compares to the Dyson for cheaper.
Organize your entire home by shopping at the container store!
The iFly 3-set luggage is the best deal at $250. It comes with 3 different size suitcases: 28”, 24” and 20”. Lightweight and plenty of storage. Expansion zipper. 360-degree wheel navigation. 10-yr warranty.
These reusable food wraps have saved my life! No more plastic or ziplock bags. 100% compostable. 1-yr lifetime (about 100 uses).
This bamboo laptop stand is a multi-purpose little table. it can be used standing up on top of a table or desk and sitting down over your lap with legs height adjustments.
I love Spanx leggings so much. These faux leather leggings have super stretchy and soft fabric. No camel toe and they fit true to size. You can dress them up or down. All my Spanx leggings are size regular x-small. My height is 5’5” and bottom size 0.
The Favy brand razor helps to remove all the dead skin and facial hairs from your face. I’ve been using it for several months now. My facial hairs grow back as normal (not thicker).
When it comes to hair tools, these are my favorite ones. The Revlon hair dryer dries and brushes your hair at the same time. It’s the best creation ever for people like me that don’t have the perfect hand coordination to hold a brush and a dryer at the same time. The hair waver gives you perfect beach hair. The curling iron is my favorite for big curls and last for a long time.
My family has food allergies and I have to get created with meals that don’t have eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, dairy and gluten. It looks complicated and I asked myself so many times, “What can they eat?”. I did my own research what I could use instead of eggs and wheat flour.
2 eggs = 1 ripe banana or 2 tbsp applesauce or 2 tbsp olive oil
Wheat flour = rice flour or tapioca flour
1 3/4 cups pure pumpkin purée (1, 14 oz can)
3/4 cup full-fat coconut milk (can, shake well before measurement)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch or potato starch
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 vegan pie crust
Preheat your oven to 350F (180C)
Have your unbaked 9” pie shell ready
Add the pumpkin, coconut milk, brown sugar, cornstarch, maple syrup, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and salt to a blender or a large bowl. Mix well.
Pour the pumpkin mixture into the pie crust. Use a spatula to spread the pumpkin evenly and smooth out the top. Bake for 60 mins. When you remove it from the oven, the edges might be slightly cracked and the middle will still look wobbly. Let it cool, and then chill in the fridge for a minimum of 4 hrs or overnight until completely set.
As a parent and full-time accountant, working from home has been a transition from business to casual attire. These days, we don’t have to worry about commuting to work, so we can save on both time and money. There is more time to focus on ourselves and our families. Do I wear jeans everyday? No, but I like to wear a variety of different outfits throughout the week. Leggings have become my new number one. Which brands do I like? Spanx is perfect to shape your curves nicely. Express has great vegan leather leggings but they don’t fit true to size so I go a size down to XXS. Target has Assets by Spanx which is so affordable and fits great.
I purchase my skinny jeans from Express and Old Navy. Recently, I placed a couple of orders for the Sofia by Sofia Vergara jeans collection from Walmart, which fit true to size. They are great quality and super stretchy.
Nordstrom has great sales. By signing up for the Nordstrom club and applying for the credit card, I can save more and gain cash back. Each time I do a curbside pickup I make $10. That is a great deal! Many items I purchased there were for free or for a few bucks.
Vintage Boho’s selection is my favorite from the Louis Vuitton collection.
A lot of my hat collection comes from Amazon. There are affordable prices from $7 and up. They are great quality and durable. If you are looking for wool hats, I have linked awesome deals here.
I love Pinklily. All of the sweaters, jeans, bralettes, and cardigans I wear come from here. They are great quality, the colors are stunning, and they have good sales all the time.
Michelle’s Boutiques is a local store in Hermosa Beach, CA. They have amazing outfits for the beach or for the red carpet. I find stuff from Free People too. If you buy there, mention my name.
I am very happy to own these products. Revlon hair dryer makes my hair so wavy and it is very easy to use. It takes 15 minutes to dry and style my hair.
Mpow selfie stick tripod is a lightweight, portable, and extendable phone tripod. It can fit in my small purse and I can also use the bluetooth feature for taking selfies or family photos. Mpow selfie stick tripod is a lightweight, portable, and extendable phone tripod. It can fit in my small purse and I can also use the bluetooth feature for taking selfies or family photos.
The AirPods Pro has the best noise cancellation. It is very useful if you are in a noisy environment like work or around children. You can talk to Siri and the sound quality is excellent. The battery is very reliable and lasts for up to 7 hrs. The wireless charger comes in handy for extra charge.
Keurig K-Cafe single server K-Cup Coffee, Latte and Cappuccino Maker has become the number 1 in the house. I can make the best lattes, cappuccinos and coffee cups with it. I love the COLD setting for cold frothed milk. It is perfect for your choice of fresh milk. My favorite kind of milk is oat milk. My best coffee recommendation is Pete’s organic Alma de la Tierra k-cups or French dark roast ground coffee. Link to purchase Pete’s coffee http://liketk.it/35JDE
BabylissPRO curling iron is really good for making beach curls. I use low heat because I have thin hair and it doesn’t damage my hair.