Jumping on the bandwagon

Ciao! After a failed attempt a few years ago at this blogging thing, guess who’s back… back again. I really shouldn’t use the word failed because the fact of the matter is, I just let life get in the way and before I knew it (or more like didn’t know it) I had forgotten all about making time to write and share with you my super exciting life! Ha!

My name is Haide, and as you can probably already tell from my first paragraph, I don’t have it all figured out…yet. Actually, more often than not I trick myself into believing I do. I am a 25 year old 1st generation Latina living in Austin, Texas who loves to shop, sing, dance, travel, and explore new cultures among many other things.. I just love life! On any given Saturday you’ll find me at Zara shopping for the perfect outfit to wear salsa dancing plus the perfect beach dress to wear on the next vacation I haven’t even booked, chic shades to wear to Brunch the next day and one or two cute pieces to keep my office wardrobe stylish. On Sunday morning you’ll find me Pintresting (that’s a word right) the World’s Best Gluten Free French Toast while deciding if I should go to the gym before or after church or not at all and maybe I should skip the cooking and text the girls to meet for brunch instead. Mondays are for walks with my mini poodle Louie and wine tastings with my handsome boyfriend or for orthodontic and hair appointments. Are you intrigued yet?

So why am I back? I’m not trying to be like the cool kids and make a million bucks off my blog, although if I’m keeping it 100, that would so freaking amazing!  Rather, in the past few years I’ve re-discovered myself by stepping out of my comfort zone, doing things that seemed so out of the ordinary and yet along the way I realized that there were so many people out there who were living these extraordinary lives making them seem so… ordinary. As I sat in the hair salon dryer chair yesterday, I thought, “OMG I really need to start blogging again and share all of the great things I’ve learned, am learning, and will learn”! Again, I don’t have it all figured out but I want to invite you on my journey as I do, and hey you might just learn a thing or two as well…or at least I’ll keep you entertained :).

XOXO,

Haide

Visit Puerto Rico!

I landed yesterday in La Isla del Encanto (The enchanting island) and I just couldn’t wait to tell you all about it! This is my fourth time visiting this beautiful island and second time post Maria. This time it’s a little different because we came to my boyfriend’s aunt’s wedding so I didn’t overload our days with activities but I’m excited to experience such a magical day in such a magical place.

Upon arriving we were picked up Dad and dropped of at Luquillo Beach where we met up with friends. This is one of my favorite beaches not only because of its white sand and electric blue waters but because there is a row of over 30 restaurants right behind it! I had the best Mofongo in Kiosko #38 and you can find the best piña coladas in Kiosko #7. So from having an amazing food selection and sandy beaches, Luquillo tops my list :).

 

We headed home where dad received us with a delicious bistec, arroz con salchicha and tostones! Can someone say Puerto Rico?! After our food comas we decided to relax at home and wait for mom to get home and catch up. Today we are headed to beautiful San Juan so stay tuned :)!

XOXO

Haide

Braces in your 20’s

Back in high school I had visited an orthodontist with my siblings for a consultation. I kind of really wanted them because I thought they were cool but it turned out I didn’t need them then.

Now in my twenties I began to notice one of my front fangs was becoming more noticeably forward and although it wasn’t painful, it bothered me. When 2018 hit, I was like “new year new me” lol so cliché, but I was like braces are so 2000 and they’re going to cause me so much pain. I went to a consultation at Sonrisas Dental and they were so great at answering my questions that I decided to begin the process that same day!

What type of Braces?

Invisalign

The Sonrisas staff explained to me the difference between Invisalign and traditional braces. Invisalign is great for those who don’t want the braces to show at all, the downside is that the process takes longer and the patient is responsible for putting them on and off at home. Immediately I knew that wasn’t for me because I’ll either forget to put them back on or worse, I’ll loose them!

Ceramic Braces

Very much like your traditional metal braces except they are a clear color, therefore you can still feel them and you can see the metal wire running through the middle but from afar you can’t even tell! These are the ones I went with.

Life With Braces

If you’ve been debating whether or not you should get braces at least go in for a consultation. At my consultation they even told me approximately how long my procedure would last. All in all, aside from the initial discomfort, braces don’t stop you from living your life and I can’t wait to see the final results!

XOXO,

Haide

First Time Cruise to Cozumel

I just returned from my first cruise ever and I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised! We sailed out from the port of Galveston, TX on a 5-day Carnival Valor cruise ship. First of all, I’d never looked into cruises before because my idea of traveling is to explore as many places as I can while I’m there and the idea of a cruise seemed caged to me. I was soooo wrong, although my favorite part was exploring Cozumel, I was so glad I took the time to explore the ship as well! Between the twelve decks on the ship there’s always something for everyone to do, but if your a first timer you can easily miss some of the great amenities on the ship so I’ve put together a few tips that I hope will help you make the best out of your next cruise :).

What to pack?

Initially I was going to pack light because I couldn’t imagine needing more than some bathing suits and shorts on a cruise ship. Thankfully my boyfriend, who is an islander and has been on many cruises before, advised me to pack a few dresses for dinners and one nice outfit for “elegant” night. I heard the word elegant and immediately reassessed my wardrobe plans.

  • 4 bathing suits
  • 3 pairs of shorts with corresponding tops
  • 2 cover ups
  • 1 pair of jeans
  • 1 pair of dressy shorts with 2 blouse options (because decisions)
  • 2 dresses
  • 1 off the shoulder pant jumpsuit
  • 3 workout outfits
  • 2 hats (lost one to the wind and the sea)
  • sandals
  • running shoes
  • wedge heels

I am so glad I did because you just never know what you’re going to end up doing with so many options on board! Above are some of my #OOTD.

Pro Tip: Pack one of your bathing suits in your carry on. Checking in your luggage is so convenient but often it can take some time to arrive to your room so avoid wasting time and enjoy one of the many pools or hot tubs on arrival!

What to Do on Board?

My primary focus was to locate the gym and the bar ( I know, kind of paradoxical ). By arriving early we were able to explore the ship before the multitude arrived which gave us quite an advantage. The fitness center was right behind the spa and beauty salon and next to the sauna and steam room, yeah I know, that was enough for me already! The bars were also easy to locate because there’s one on all the floors with activities, including one in the Adult only “Serenity’ area, Casino floor, Main Lobby and Buffet floor.

On deck nine there was food options two pools, hot tubs, and daily activities hosted by Carnival’s ‘Fun Squad’ including the “Hairy Chest Contest” lol! I’m going to elaborate a little on food options… there was so much food! You can choose from a Hamburger restaurant, a Mexican burrito bar, a Pizza restaurant, Sushi bar, and a buffet room with everything from salads and entrees to an array of desserts and self serve ice-cream and frozen yogurt all day!

Aside from eating we spent quite some time on deck five also which hosted the large casino, a dance club, a Karaoke bar, a Live music bar, a coffee bar (I told you there were plenty of bars) a comedy room, a theater and more! We didn’t spend much time on the main lobby (deck three) but we did stop by one night and had so much fun dancing salsa and bachata to one of the alternating nightly music groups that played around the ship.

Pro Tip: Upon arrival they issue you a personalized Carnival cruise card that is linked to your credit card to use around the ship for anything you want to purchase! Although this is convenient, it’s easy to loose track of how much money you’re spending so head on to the main lobby on your last sea day to ask for a statement. This will allow you to make sure there aren’t any erroneous charges on there.

Cozumel!

Carnival offers excursions you can purchase for your day on land but we opted for an on our own excursion. We rented a Jeep at the port and drove over to Buccanos Beach Club located on the northern shore of Cozumel. Rated one of the top snorkeling sites and with an on-site tequila tour, we knew this was the right place! The food was amazing and the snorkeling did not disappoint, we really enjoyed our day drinking Mojitos and laying on the sandy beach finishing up with a delicious tequila tasting before heading back to port.

Pro Tip: Plan ahead! Do not waste your time on land, instead get right to exploring.

I don’t know when I’ll go on another cruise but now I’ll know how fun they can be and how to take advantage of all the work on board fun! Till next adventure:).

XOXO,

Haide