Our First Puppy (The Adoption Story)

Bub and I have lived in our house for almost a month now. We have always wanted to get a dog and it was something we always thought about when thinking of getting our own place. We started looking into buying a puppy from a local breeder and we had our heart set on getting a golden doodle puppy. After reading the horror stories about puppy breeders and puppy mills, we decided to look into local animal rescues and animal shelters.  We found an animal rescue called Lucky Dog and we both knew immediately that this would be the perfect place to get our first dog. Continue reading “Our First Puppy (The Adoption Story)”

Hotel in Antigua Guatemala

My husband and I both have family living in Guatemala so we usually don’t have to stay at hotels but since Antigua is a bit far we had to look for a hotel.  We were in Antigua, Guatemala for a wedding at Casa Santo Domingo. The block of rooms was sold out, but we were able to find occupancy an a nearby hotel called San Rafael Hotel Antigua

The hotel is a colonial style newly restored hotel that only has 7 rooms.  The rooms are all located in the hotel courtyard and are surrounded by beautiful plants and water fountains.The hotel is located two blocks away from Antigua Guatemala Central Park. The rooms came included with a breakfast for two and each hotel room had a small outdoor dining area.

The entrance to the hotel had a gate that was opened by one of the receptionists. The staff was really friendly they helped us carry our luggage to our rooms and greeted us with a welcome cocktail. The room was absolutely breathtaking. The bathrooms featured a large rainfall shower.  The room also had a beautiful fireplace that can be lit by request at night.  I highly recommend this hotel.

We met with the owner of the hotel and he took us to his house which is located in the hotel as well. He took us on the roof of his home and we got to enjoy the spectacular view. We could see the Water Volcano and the famous Antigua Arch!

See below for the video of how amazing it was.

 

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Traveling to Guatemala

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I just got back from my trip to Guatemala. Guatemala is a Beautiful Country that is rich with culture, Volcanoes and colorful cities.

Here are some useful things to know before traveling to Guatemala, based on my observations from my trip.

Bring Snacks on the plane

We traveled from Washington DC to IAH to GUA

Our plane took off at 5:45AM and we were not hungry at all. I made sure to pack some Gogo Squeeze applesauce and RX bars. We landed in IAH at 9 AM and at that point we were starving and those snacks came in handy.

Upgrade if it’s a good price

Bub and I checked into our flight 24 hours before our flight was set to take off. During the check-in process, it asked if we wanted to upgrade to $65 per person for one leg of the flight. We decided to upgrade and it was the best decision we made. If you have 1 leg of first class your bags fly priority and it includes 2 checked bags. This really helped because they charge 50 for checked bags round trip. We got Champagne, unlimited alcoholic drinks, and a full lunch.

Do not drink tap Water

Every time I travel to Guatemala I always make sure to make a pit stop at a grocery store or Walmart. I have gotten sick drinking their bottled water so I always make sure to buy a pack of Evian water or Fiji.

Shop for Souvenirs at Local Markets

When visiting Guatemala we always make sure to get souvenirs at the  Mercado Central Located in Guatemala City. The central market in Guatemala is filled with vendors selling Tablecloths, bags, wood carved items and lots more. I was able to get table cloths and matching place mats for my house for about 30 USD. Also make sure you carry money in your pocket instead of a purse due to a lot of pick pockets in the area.

 

Here is a picture of my aunt and I purchasing our tablecloths.

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I will be updating this post as needed

My Workout Essentials

If you follow me on my Instagram you would know I am OBSESSED with working out.  I take spin classes, lift weights, and do a lot of stretching. Nothing is worse than leaving the gym not feeling accomplished, here are my workout essentials:

If you take spin classes regularly  I strongly recommend getting a pair of cycle shoes. When I first started taking spin classes I would use my normal gym shoes and they were heavy and hard to sprint with. I finally gave in and bought my spin shoes and they made a huge difference in my workout. Not only do they provide support for your feet, but they also are super light and let you sprint super fast on the bike. The shoes I recommend are the Shimano RP3 Bike Shoe, They are on the pricey side but they are worth it if you are committed to indoor cycling.

My favorite lifting exercises are Bench Pressing, Dead lifts, and Squats. I usually lift either barefoot or with my Chuck Taylor Converse shoes.  When I power lift barefoot it allows me to use every single inch of my feet which helps a lot with my stability. It also helps keep my form and reminds me to push through my heels. When I power lift I like to use my converses. They allow me to stay close to the ground and exert energy into the ground.

Staying hydrated is very important especially when working out. My favorite way to stay hydrated is by using my Swell Bottle. I take my bottle everywhere with me from work to the gym and even on road trips. It keeps my water cold for 24 hours and warms for 12 hours. They also have 3 different sizes to chose from, I personally like the 25 OZ because I drink a lot of water. They are trendy, and they come in many different colors and patterns and you can also personalize them on their website! The water bottle I have is the White Marble 25OZ.

For my workouts, I like to stay focused and the way I do that is by using my Apple Airpods. They are completely wireless and allow you move around freely without any wires sticking out of your phone.  They don’t fall out of your ear when you are doing burpees which is amazing.

When I finish my power lifting workouts I usually leave with big  callouses on the palms of my hands. Sound familiar? After getting terrible callouses on my hands I decided to get some weightlifting gloves. These were probably the best investment EVER. They also help grip the bar  and help with alleviating pressure from performing dead lifts.

The most difficult item to find for my workout was a gym bag. I wanted something with a lot of pockets and space to put my laptop. After shopping around I went to Lululemon and fell in love with the Urban Sanctuary bag.  I wish they still made this bag but they have a style similar to the bag I have. Lululemon gym bags are on the pricier side, but to give you an example of how long they last and how well made they are , I have had mine since 2014 and it still looks brand new. I recommend the bag that is similar to the Urban Sanctuary bag which is the Go Getter Bag by Lululemon.

For my workout clothes I usually use a mixture of Lululemon and Target gear. Target usually has cute muscle tees that range anywhere from $10-15. They are lightweight and super comfy, and you can also wear them casually.  My absolute favorite pair of pants from lululemon are the Align pants. They are super soft and you wont even realize you are wearing any pants.

*Comment below what your workout essentials are*