Tequila Take Over

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Cinco de Mayo is here and many of us are ready for the 5 o’clock work whistle to blow and the tequila consumption to start.  As an avid margarita drinker, I take this very seriously.  If you are looking for a spot that won’t disappoint, check out these locals nationwide!

 

  1. LOS ANGELES – El Compadre: Home of the flaming Margarita http://www.elcompadrerestaurant.com/home
  1. NEW YORK –Rosa Mexicano: Has locations all over the city! http://rosamexicano.com/new_york_city
  1. WASHINGTON DC – Uncle Julio’s: home of the swirl – a frozen margarita with frozen sangria.                                                                                               http://www.unclejulios.com/
  1. CHICAGO – El Mariachi: Strict policy of only serving top quality ingredients                     http://elmariachitequilabar.com/
  1. BALTIMORE – Nacho Mama’s: home of the hubcap margarita! Say Whaaat? https://www.mamasmd.com/NachosSite/
  1. PITTSBURGH – Mad Mex: experimental with huge flavors!          http://www.madmex.com/
  1. ATLANTA – Taqueria Los Hermanos: a family run business with hometown flair http://www.taquerialoshermanos.com/
  1. DENVER – Tomayo: chicrestaurant with over 100 tequilas and a rooftop bar                     http://www.richardsandoval.com/tamayo/
  1. PHOENIX – Modern Margarita: all fresh ingredients and nominated “Best Margarita” by Phoenix New Times                                                      http://www.modernmargarita.com/
  1. DALLAS/FORT WORTH – Joe T. Garcias: started 1935 and still the best in town!               http://www.joets.com/
  1. OKLAHOMA CITY – Fuzzy’s Tacos: originally a Fort Worth restaurant, this place is spicing up downtown                                                                         http://www.fuzzystacoshop.com/locations/30057-fuzzys-taco-shop-oklahoma-city-ok

How to Fight, Right!

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Squaring off against your partner or friend is never fun, but how you handle the situation can actually speak volumes about your relationship. I have a temper.  There, I said it.  After a large number of what some may categorize as “explosive” fights, I have learned how valuable communication is.  It is hard. So here are some tips I’ve learned that to help me put on my hard hat and get to work.

  1. Take the time you need to calm down in order to have a civilized conversation. Breathing room is ok – just make sure you are both agree to that.
  2. If possible, have a conversation in person – texts and even phone calls can’t take the place of physical connection.
  3. Keep a close eye on your WBT (Words, body language and tone) – HOW you say something is just as important as WHAT you say.
  4. Leave accusations at the door – the blame game doesn’t help anyone. This just puts you both on the defensive.
  5. Remember the other person has feelings on the subject too – I struggle with this a lot. When I get upset I tend to forget that other people may be equally as upset for a different reason, but it is very important to recognize.
  6. LISTEN! When you are sitting there thinking about what you are going to say next, you may miss something important that the other person is saying!
  7. Avoid words like “Always” and “Never” – when you talk in absolutes it doesn’t leave any room for change.
  8. Be aware of mine fields – Both parties may have hot buttons so tread mindfully. You don’t want to set something off that is completely off topic.
  9. Operate with full disclosure – Your partner does not know what is in your head. You have to tell them. If something hurts your feelings, speak up! Plus if you aren’t fully open about how you feel, it WILL come up again in a later fight.
  10. Keep the fight in perspective – Is this something to end a friendship or relationship over?

Birthday On A Budget

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Growing up my birthday almost always fell over Spring Break.  So of course, I grew accustom to a week-long celebration.  Unfortunately as an adult, who is rationing vacation days, I had to come up with a plan that still gave me the same feeling only on a shortened time schedule.  I figured some sort of epic adventure would hold me over until my next vacation.  I planned to go skydiving and even purchased my voucher from LivingSocial (I’m all about a good deal), but when I called to set up my jump; they were booked!  After I stopped crying, I went back to the drawing board.

I sat down and started looking at different activities near Los Angeles that were still budget friendly Continue reading “Birthday On A Budget”

No Shopping? No Problem!

Challenge Update: I MADE IT!!! 60 days down. ZERO clothes purchased and holy guacamole, it was hard.  Throughout this process I realized that I shop mindlessly.  Walk into a store, find something, buy it, repeat.  I never stopped to take stock of what I actually need to add to my wardrobe.  The result – an average clothing collection with some cute pieces sprinkled in.  Talking to my roommate during a late night chat, I asked “Wouldn’t it be nice to open your closet and love everything in it?” The question actually stopped me in my tracks.  Who says I can’t love everything in my closet?  I buy the clothes!

This challenge has not only changed my view on how I shop, but what I shop for.  My new rule, I must LOVE it to spend my hard earned money on it.  It has also made me start to take inventory of the items I already have.  I gave myself a pass to buy a new outfit for my birthday, but as it turns out, I had a perfectly good jumpsuit in my closet that I hadn’t worn!

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After I finished the challenge, I didn’t have this urge to run out and get my fix.  Actually the opposite happened.  Continue reading “No Shopping? No Problem!”

Party Time – When You Don’t Have Much Time

Feeling bored with the typical weekend routine of trying to rally your friends into going to some random bar? Feel like you are too short on money and time to host a party? No problem! Remember how much fun you used to have as a kid playing with your friends? Embrace your inner child and have a GAME NIGHT!  I love hosting parties but have a full time job and have a tight budget.  Here are some ways I have found to stretch my pennies, conserve my time, and make a BIG impact.

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New Way to Make Resolutions

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Every January people get so excited (or dread – depending on your mood) to make their New Year’s Resolutions.  So while it’s still January – I thought I would weigh in on this subject. One of my friend’s summed it up nicely the other day while brunching saying “I don’t need a New Year to make changes for my life.”  While I do agree with her – I also recognize that the new year is a great time to take stock of your life and what you want to achieve.

I feel like most resolutions are made with an underlying tone of self hate:  I’m too fat, I’m too thin, I hate my job, I don’t make enough money, my cat hates me, blah blah blah. Let’s make 2016 the year of love and acceptance of the most important person in your life, YOU. Here are some tips to make your resolutions something you are actually excited about:   Continue reading “New Way to Make Resolutions”

The ART of a Happy Home

Spring is in full swing and this is the time for rejuvenation.  The first thing that comes to most people’s mind is cleaning out their closet.  I (having an unhealthy attachment to my clothes) take a very different approach.  Redecorating.  Being on a budget, I have to start with things that give me the biggest change fast.  The number one thing that can completely change the feel of a room is paint.  My apartment was originally ALL white and I felt like I should be in a straight jacket! That is definitely not how you want to feel in your home.  Once you figure out what you want the feeling to be, check out colors that reflect that. There is power in hues and HGTV has a great guide to the psychology of color.

  • Red: Dramatic and Energizing
  • Yellow: Uplifting
  • Cool Blue: Serene
  • Purple: Playful and Creative
  • Green: Growth and Renewal
  • Silver Gray: Romantic Neutral

Continue reading “The ART of a Happy Home”