Sunday, November 19, 2017

Sayulita Part 3

Today is the day! I am finally sharing part 3 of our trip to Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico. If you missed them, Part 2 is here and Part 1 is here. This post is a long one, so sit down, get comfy, and get ready.. here come the pictures! Ha! Our last full day in Mexico was spent aboard the Chica Locca! We arrived at this boat at 8:20 am and sailed and explored until 6:30 pm. It was a long day, to say the least. When we originally found out the dates we would be in Mexico, we decided we would extend our trip, and do more than just attend the wedding we were there for. This was partly because, why not!? and partly because it fell so close to our own wedding anniversary. We didn't want to be celebrating in a plane if we could help it, so we extended our trip a day, and planned a fun sailing trip instead. 
Originally we had wanted to sail to the Marieta Islands. You've probably seen the pictures of this one. It's basically a giant rock with a hole in it, and a beach inside. (It's also known as lovers cove, and the Mexican Galapagos. In the summer of 2016, Mexico closed the island for a month, because of environmental damage to the coral reef. After reopening it, they placed many restrictions on the area, limiting the number of people in groups, and closing it two days a week. Because of all this, we ended up changing our destination, and going to Yelapa instead.
 We had to get to the boat pretty early, but they had a nice breakfast there waiting for us.

 On our way to Yelapa, Chris got to reel in a nice little tuna!
 We spent most of our time lounging on the front of the boat.
Arriving in Yelapa. It was a tiny little town of 1,500. The only way in and out if this town is by boat which helps it remain off the beaten path. It definitely feels like Mexico here. There are no souvenir shops or chain restaurants, only a few local spots to eat, and a few women selling some handmade items
Once we made it to Yelapa, we got off the boat and headed to the waterfalls. Pictures cant even begin to do this place justice. It was absolutely incredible. The water was freezing but we went in anyway and got right up under that waterfall. It was such a cool experience. 
 Once we got back to the beach we had some time to kill, so we landed here. I don't remember the name of this place, but it's pretty much the only place there is to eat on the beach. We had a fresh coconut drink and of course, guacamole!
 We kept hearing from people about the lady that sold pie on the beach, and how incredible it was. We didn't know it then, but this is kind of their "claim to fame." We got lucky and she wandered up right as we were leaving to get back on the boat. I bet you cant say you've eaten pie on the beach before. That pie was good, y'all.
They made ceviche with the tuna that Chris caught and we all got to enjoy it! This is on the list of something I would never eat, but I did anyway, and it was surprisingly good!
We finished the boat ride with a cheers to two years of adventuring as husband and wife, and a shot of tequila, because, when in Mexico.. 
 When we finally got back to town, we had a couple hours of daylight left, so we did some last minute shopping. This was my favorite street, but really all of the streets were so colorful like this. 
We finished the night with an anniversary dinner on the beach. It was such a great day, but we were so exhausted we couldn't do anything else. We had such a great time in Mexico. We loved Sayulita, and Yelapa, and I would one thousand percent recommend traveling to both if you ever get the chance! If you're headed there, shoot me an email so I can give you all of my recommendations!

XO -Megs

Friday, November 17, 2017

Fit Friday no.6 (2017)

Its been awhile since I've done a Fit Friday post.
Fall is finally in full swing in Texas, I even have the heat turned on in my house today. I like to use this time of year to mix it up a little. Too much time in the gym can just get so boring, not to mention I always feel like I am so busy in the fall. There is just so much to do to get ready for the holidays, inevitably, I slack on going to the gym. This year though, I am in such a good rhythm.
One of the things I try to do is stay active at work. I'm pretty lucky in this respect, because my job is literally to chase two wild little boys around all day. I keep the boys on a pretty active schedule. We are always going here or there, but I try to fit in walks as much as possible. Last week I only had one in the afternoon, so I jumped at the opportunity to load him up in the stroller and go on a 45 minute walk/jog! I remember when I worked at a preschool, I would do squats, crunches and push ups while the kids napped. If you really try, you can fit it in anywhere. 
I know it can be so easy to fall off the "healthy bandwagon" this time of year. Believe me, I am a lover of all the yummy things. Those (never healthy) Thanksgiving sides, pies, hot cocoa, peppermint milkshakes, Christmas candy.. SIGN ME UP! Ha! I love it all, and I plan to eat it all. Just a little bit, because depriving yourself just never works. Trust me, I know its so easy to give up this time of year, but I'm not going to do it, and if you're on your own fitness journey, you shouldn't either! 
This is why I'm mixing up my fitness routine. The last place I want to be after eating junk is in the gym, but outside, is somewhere I always want to be. I love to spend time outside, this time of year. For years now, every fall, when the weather is nice, my mom and I have gone on long early morning walks and hikes on the weekends. This year, I'm going to be even more active outside, and keep those holiday pounds at bay. 
Plus, something about the fresh air just makes my soul feel good!

How are you staying on track this fall? 
Are you mixing up your exercise routine?

XO -Megs

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Sayulita Part 2

Back again to share more of Mexico! So, I had every intention of just breaking our trip up in to two parts. One part wedding, one part us exploring. However, that just isn't going to work. We did too much, and took way too many pictures the last two days, and I just don't want to cut any of it out! So here we are. This is a recap of day five. You can read about days 1-4 here. I will post Part 3 (day 6&7) very soon, so stay tuned! 
 This was actually from day four. While I spent the day doing all things bridesmaid, Chris was left alone. He walked down to the beach and met our friend Pete, (a local we met our first day in town) who found someone to take him snorkeling. He ended up getting the chance to fish too, and caught this Mahi. It was good! I'm so glad he found the time to do this. It was probably the highlight of his trip.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

His and Hers Gift Guide

Today I'm sharing a little his and hers gift guide. Just a couple items I think would be great Christmas gifts (or gifts for yourself!) This post contains affiliate links, (if you purchase from my link I will get a small commission at no additional cost to you) and all of these items can be purchased on good ole Amazon, where everything's cheaper, and conveniently shipped right to your door! Just click the picture to view in detail/purchase.

An essential oil kit. I personally recommend Young Living, but in the interest of full disclosure, I actually use DoTerra as well. This would be great for the new mom, or the friend or family member that prefers a more natural, holistic lifestyle. The full starter kit is on the pricier side. If this is a little out of budget but you like the idea, I'd suggest this Thieves Healthy Home Kit. I have used this oil for awhile, and love that I am able to keep our home clean without chemicals.
This Naked 3 eyeshadow is something every woman needs. I am by no means a "make up girl" but since I got this pallet I have used it almost every day. The colors are so great.

This white terrycloth robe is actually one I just purchased for someone on my own Christmas list. (I'm hoping they don't happen to read this!) I love the length, and I love terrycloth. This is such a nice gift for someone that likes to, or needs to relax.

Another relaxing gift for her. This face mask is amazing. Personally I never buy face masks for myself, just because I'm always spending my money on anyone but me, so this is a gift I love to get. Skin care is so important and we should really all make it more of a priority. This is the perfect treat for her, and super affordable.

Now a couple gifts for the men in your life!
If the man in your life has a little hair on his face, I highly recommend this kit. Especially the beard oil! It keeps the beard looking nice, smelling good, and feeling soft. This stuff is kept in stock at our house!
Chris was actually gifted this speaker last year for Christmas and we have gotten so much use out of it. It is super affordable and I can't recommend it more! Seriously, click this photo and go buy it now! (This is actually probably a unisex gift.)

What man wouldn't love a nice, good quality jacket? This one is not too light, and not too heavy. Plus, this one is just $99 on Amazon.

These Marshall headphones are great. They are wayyy cheaper than Beats and they're pretty cool looking. Chris has the wired ones, and these will be the next ones I get him.

Just a couple little gift ideas if you're struggling to come up with something this year.
What's your favorite go-to Christmas gift?
What's your favorite gift to get?

XO -Megs

Sayulita Part 1

I'm finally going to share a little bit from our trip to Sayulita, Mexico today. We made this trip to celebrate my oldest friend, Julia's wedding. (We have been friends for 26 years!) The first few days of our trip were filled with wedding festivities that I'll be sharing today. The second part of our trip was spent exploring the town, just the two of us. I'll share that part in a few days. 

Drinks to kick off vacation!
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November Goals

 I realized yesterday, as I was blogging about fun Halloween things, that November would be here today, and I hadn't given much thought to my goals for the month.  Also, I couldn't even remember what goals I had set for the month of October. I keep saying it, but I am still all jumbled up from vacation. There is just so much to do that I can't even think straight.

So first, I'll check in with how October went!

October Goals
Attend Oktoberfest (I hope we have time for this!)
We made time and had ourselves a nice little Oktoberfest date night.