Top five places on my travel bucket list (merica’ edition )

Great list! I’d love to experience these places too one day.

Beauty&Health Journey

Traveling is something that pretty much everyone wants to do at one point in their life. With so many places in the world the choices are overwhelming! I think that before you travel the world you should visit some places right at home! Since I’m from the United states I wanted to feature some places that are right in my country. And if you’re from somewhere else in the world I welcome you to come on over and visit these places for yourself!

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5. Grand Canyon

The grand Canyon is somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit since I was a kid. This beautiful landmark located in Arizona is bound to be on anyone’s bucket list(imagine the footage you could get with a drone,ugh). With the Colorado River running right through it, I’m sure it’s an amazing sight to see!

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Yellowstone National Park is one place that is…

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Lentil and Chickpea Tikka Masala

This looks yummy!! Thanks, Ginger Fox!

Ginger Fox

I think everyone can appreciate a good curry, whether it be your local Indian restaurant or a weekend takeaway. I love to make my own, and i always try to make it a little bit more on the healthy side- but still keeping that classic flavour. Here’s my recipe for a super warming Tikka Masala, packed with Protein and Fibre!

See below for recipe:

Lentil and Chickpea Tikka Masala                                                          Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  • Aldi Specially Selected Tikka Masala Sauce (360g) OR your favourite sauce
  • 1 Cup Red Lentils
  • 1 Can of Chickpeas (400g)
  • A handful of chopped bell peppers
  • Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp Hot Curry Powder
  • 3 Tbsp…

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Watermelon Salad

I need this in my life! It looks to delicious and simple to make! Thanks for this!

The Cooking Spoon

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Serves 4

Whenever I go the market and see Watermelons, I feel as thought Summer is really almost here. After a long Winter of rain, some snow and a lot of storms. At last we can enjoy all the things Spring has to offer, and soon Summer.  For me it is mostly the fruit I look forward to. Here where I live in Holland (in the country side), we don’t get Watermelons all year round like in some of the bigger cities. And I am ok with that.

I like eating what the  seasons have to offer, for me it feels like the right thing to do. So it’s really exciting when I see a Watermelon for the first time in season. Not only are they delicious but apparently very healthy too. They are full of Lycopene which is a carotenoid  good for heart health and bone health. They also contain Citrulline…

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Riviera Maya Dream Wedding pt 2: The Details

The follow-up to; Riviera Maya Dream Wedding. 

Love is in the details. I wholeheartedly believe this to be true. When we got engaged I didn’t have a vision of what I wanted. Some girls know every detail and have it planned out in their mind for years. I didn’t. People quickly started to ask, “what’s your theme?” “What are your colors?” Themes? Colors? For a wedding? As my husband said it best, “isn’t a wedding the theme itself? When did we have to turn this into a themed experience?” I think it has to do with all the bridal shows on TLC, which I was obsessed with before we got engaged. Somewhere around month nine of our engagement, I think I stopped watching them. Now, I totally pass them up. I’ve tried to watch, but I can barely manage a good 2 minutes. Funny how things have changed since actually becoming married as opposed to when I was dreaming about being married.

I thought I figured out a theme. I was going to go with a Breakfast at Tiffany’s theme wedding. While, I’ve loved the movie and idolized Audrey Hepburn, since childhood, have a cat named Kat, and married a guy named Paul, who gifted me an engagement and wedding rings from Tiffany & Co., I felt it was still not authentic to me. After having a conversation with my wedding planner in Mexico, I realized I wanted something traditional and true to me and Mexico’s beauty and spirit. This felt authentic to me, a bit more traditional in my modern girl ways, but highlighting the essence and beauty of Mexico. The reception took place at Hacienda Corazon in Puerto Aventuras, QR in the Riviera Maya. Which truly was a dream location.

Now that I had an idea for my wedding, traditional Mexican wedding, I needed to figure out decor and style. My wedding planner Andrea Salazar from Puerto Aventuras Weddings understood my vision and helped bring it to life. I also couldn’t have had it all without my dear cousin Julissa, who actually created everything for me as if she took it right out of my brain herself. Oh, and Etsy! I used quite a bit from Etsy. I love the idea of supporting small businesses.

What did Andrea help with? I mean everything, but I’m going to highlight the decor only for now.
1. Papel Picado: Puerto Aventuras Weddings

 

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Riviera Maya Dream Wedding – Photo credit: Melissa Mercado Photography

 

2. Maracas: The Perfect Gift Cancun

 

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Riviera Maya Dream Wedding – Photo credit: Melissa Mercado Photography

 

3. Flowers and Talavera vases: Puerto Aventuras Weddings

 

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Riviera Maya Dream Wedding – Photo credit: Melissa Mercado Photography

 

4. Gold table linen and lace overlay: Puerto Aventuras Weddings

5. Welcome gifts for guests that went into the welcome bags: The Perfect Gift

 

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Riviera Maya Dream Wedding

 

What did Julissa create? Everything else, pretty much.

1. Welcome letter/ itinerary for all guest bags and stickers that went on the bags: Julissa A.

 

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Riviera Maya Dream Wedding – Photo credit: Melissa Mercado Photography

 

2. Wedding menus and place cards: Julissa A.

 

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Riviera Maya Dream Wedding – Photo credit: Melissa Mercado Photography

 

3. Wedding programs: Julissa A.

 

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Riviera Maya Dream Wedding – Photo credit: Melissa Mercado Photography

 

4. The bar and signature cocktails sign: Julissa A.

 

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Riviera Maya Dream Wedding – Photo credit: Melissa Mercado Photography

 

5. The cake sign: Julissa A.

 

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Riviera Maya Dream Wedding – Photo credit: Melissa Mercado Photography

 

What did I buy off of Etsy? A lot.

1. The flower girl sign: Our Hobby To Your Home 

 

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Riviera Maya Dream Wedding – Photo credit: Melissa Mercado Photography

 

2. The cake banner and banner behind our seats: Sweet Mae Designs

 

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Riviera Maya Dream Wedding – Photo credit: Melissa Mercado Photography

 

 

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Riviera Maya Dream Wedding – Photo credit: Melissa Mercado Photography

 

3. The handkerchiefs for my mom, mother in law, grandmother, and myself: Lacy Monogramming

 

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Riviera Maya Dream Wedding – Photo credit: Melissa Mercado Photography

 

 

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Riviera Maya Dream Wedding – Photo credit: Melissa Mercado Photography

 

 

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Riviera Maya Dream Wedding – Photo credit: Melissa Mercado Photography

 

 

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Riviera Maya Dream Wedding – Photo Credit: Melissa Mercado Photography

 

4. Cufflinks for groomsmen: MJS Gift

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Riviera Maya Dream Wedding – Photo credit: Melissa Mercado Photography

 

Cufflinks for my father: It’s All About The Print

 

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Riviera Maya Dream Wedding – Photo credit: Melissa Mercado Photography

 

5. The table cards of places we’ve traveled to together. Jones Street Press

6 The wine labels as gifts for my bridesmaids and wedding planner: Tipsy Designs

 

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Riviera Maya Dream Wedding

 

7. Our wedding invitations: Forget Me Knot Paperie

8. The sweet bags we gave out at the end of the night that was filled with Mexican wedding cookies: Marry Me Vintage Irish

 

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Riviera Maya Dream Wedding – Photo Credit: Melissa Mercado Photography

So much more goes into a wedding than I ever imagined. Was it all worth it? Of course. I had the wedding of my dreams, after all. I wrote this blog as a follow up to Riviera Maya Dream Wedding because I’ve had other brides contact me asking about this or that from my wedding. I hope someone finds it useful. For all the brides to be, hang in there!

 

 

 

7 amazing things to do in Lisbon

I can’t wait to visit Lisbon! What a great list from Lucy’s cities!!

Lucy's cities

Lisbon surprises with its lovely atmosphere and warm welcome. Heading there soon? (that’s a greeeeaaaaat idea!) Here’s some amazing things you can do while in Lisbon!

1. Visit Mercado da Ribeira market

Mercado da Ribeira is one of the best things Lisbon has to offer.  Generally, visiting local markets in every city is a unique cultural experience. The market in Lisbon has a large food court where you can taste some amazing stuff – seafood, Portuguese cuisine, croquettes (don’t miss the cuttlefish ink croquette 😉 and many more.

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2. Ride tram N28

You are probably familiar with the symbol of Lisbon – the old yellow trams. The cool thing about those trams is that they’re not in a museum, they are used as a public transport in Lisbon, and another cool thing is that one of them –  Tram N28 covers the most iconic and old neighborhoods of Lisbon. So, don’t miss your chance to ride…

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