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How to kick ass at life: Life Lessons from my 20s

Tomorrow is my Birthday!!! 
Ermahgerd I'll be 29!  

I have one more year in my twenties! 

I've learned a lot of lessons in my twenties and I'm totally ready for the rest of my life.  The best is yet to come.... right?

SO here they are.... 

1. Do what you want.  Be who you want.  Say what you want. 
Don't be afraid to say whats on your mind, be honest, say what you're feeling.  It's ok.  Who cares if people judge you.  It doesn't matter.  It's ok that you're not married with kids immediately after college.  There is a lot of pressure, especially in the South.  But it's. o. k. Do it on your own time and continue to be awesome at everything! 

2.  Upgrade your wardrobe and makeup.  
In your 20's you go through college... stop wearing college clothes and buy some classy fashionable pieces.  Yes they may break the bank but they will last a lot longer than your Forever 21 top and you will look like a million dollars.  Never stop learning new makeup tips and tricks!

3.  Start a skin care routine.  
Even though you're not old and wrinkly the best time to start is NOW.  Get a killer face lotion and use that shiznit.  It will keep you looking young!  And on that note, stop tanning so much!  Spray tan. Not mystic, versa spa.  You're welcome.

4. Don't judge people.  Be kind.
Especially when you've never been in their shoes.  You never know what kind of battle someone is going through so just be nice.  This isn't Mean Girls.  If someone needs help, help them.  Always take the high road.  If you help people get what they want chances are you will also get what you want.  Karma is good. And on that note, volunteer more!  It's just good for your soul. 

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5.  Class 
Technology is cool but it's a disconnect to real life.  Put your phone away when you're with people.  It's rude.  Hand written thank you notes are lovely and special.  Christmas cards that come in the mail.  Gifts for friends or little things that remind you of them, house warming presents, host presents, thank you's, bringing something with you when you come to someones house for a party.  Keep in touch with friends in real life not through Facebook.  Keep it classy San Diago.

Bottled? Boxed? You're not picky.

6.  Travel. Move. Explore.
Travel whenever you get the chance.  New places are fun!  Get out of your hometown bubble.  It builds character.  It's good for you!  It's amazing what kind of impact living somewhere completely new will have on someone's life.  For me it was college in Tuscaloosa, Alabama a tradition that will live with me forever.  And living in San Francisco.  Two words. LIFE CHANGING.  Just do it.  I promise you will have a completely new outlook on life and learn something you had no idea even existed before.  It doesn't have to be forever.  Even if it's just a small trip.  Appreciate the world.  Step out of your box, your comfort zone when you get the chance. It builds character.

7. Friends really do come and go. Some come back.  Some don't.  That's OK.
Surround yourself with good honest friends and people that inspire you!  People come in and out of your life for a reason.  

8. You don't need anyone's support to make things happen.  Just do it!
 As Miley says, 
"I can do anything, yeah
And I'll do it on my own
I will get it done with the help from no one
I came into this world by myself
So I don't need nobody else
We have just begun
So much to do, so young 

Don't be afraid of alone, you'll get it done on your own!"  

9. Be Passionate!
Passion can go along way.  Pick what you're passionate about!
Read more, write more, travel more, love more. 

10.  Hangovers get worse with age.
Slow down turbo.  You're not 18 anymore and that will hurt in the morning.  Drink a glass of wine and call it a night. Brunch is your jam.  Welcome to classy day drinking with Bloody Mary's and Mimosas.  Dump the beer and binge drinking. 

You challenge everyone who says you can't drink at breakfast.

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11. You can't change anyone, don't try.  
They are called ex's for a reason.  Stop going back.  Turn that circle into a line and let that one run off a cliff. The end. 

12. Remember to have fun.
Playing on a play ground is still fun.  Even though I don't quite have the same monkey bar skills I once had.  Smile. Play. Frollic.  You maybe an adult but have fun with this new set of adventures.

13. Don't get caught up in Social Media.
It's a front.  NO ONE is perfect.  Everyone has their own flaws and issues.  Only compare yourself to yourself.  Not to other people.  It's good to deactivate your Facebook, get off Tinder, and Hinge, and Twitter, and just detach yourself for a little bit every now and then.  I mean aren't you tired of wasting time looking at other people's baby pictures anyways?  Yes.  Take a break. 

14.  Make Money!
Never settle.  Always set goals and push yourself to be better.  Ambition is sexy.  The best things in life are free, the second best are REALLY expensive.  On that note, save money too. Pay off your credit cards every month.  Don't fall into that trap.  It's call interest and it will F you up!

15.  Trust People
Everybody lies sometimes and even though you've been hurt and screwed over in the past continue to trust people anyways.  But trust yourself first.  Trust your gut.  But trust people too! 

16.  Don't say yes to everything.  
You can do anything just not everything.  

17.  Be healthy 
Fit is the new skinny.  Just be healthy for you and focus on your health.  Don't pay any attention to those size 0 dresses.  Embrace you.  Accept you.  Love you.  And remember, You will ALWAYS feel better after you work out!  Being an adult is hard and your mom is probably not making your doctor apts anymore so don't let your health slip by the waste side.  Go see a doctor, dentist, etc. Get it in. Take care of yourself.

18. Be HAPPY!
Be happy you took the road less traveled and keep looking for more!  Don't sell yourself short.  Never settle. Stop complaining. Stop worrying. Just stop.  It won't get you anywhere.  Just be happy where you are and know what's meant to be will be.  Have faith.  Enjoy the now.  The journey.  Time goes by too fast to waste it worrying.

19.  Family is everything.  
Appreciate them while you still can.

20.  Let it be.
Letting go is so much better than hanging on.  This applies to toxic friendships, broken relationships, clutter, stuff, stress, drama, anger, the list goes on.  Don't let anything weigh you down.  Just. Let. It. Go.  

Check back in tomorrow to help me with my 30 before 30 list!

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Things you might not know about easter eggs

This weekend I was wondering where the whole tradition of Easter eggs came from....  Do you know?

1. Decorated eggs as much as 60,000 years old have been found in Africa.  As traditions go, most point 3000 B.C in Persia, where eggs dyed red were given as gifts in celebration of the first day of spring. 

2.  The practice of giving Easter eggs - dyed red to symbolize the blood of Christ - developed into a Christian tradition, with the hatching of an egg symbolizing the resurrection.  The Easter egg is also a byproduct of Lent, as many families would give up eggs during those fast days, which ended with Easter.

I hope everyone had a happy Easter weekend!

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Easter Weekend

Happy Easter Sunday!!

There is something about the holidays and spending time with the family that is so refreshing.  Don't get me wrong... my family is kinda sweet with a few nuts too but that always makes it interesting.... right?

This weekend was full of fun Weddings, friends, family, and visiting some very very missed Grandparents!

Some congrats and get well cupcakes for my most favoritest of cousins. Love her!

Easter Peep decorations, Mimosas with a side of Peep, my adult Easter basket, grumpy easter bunny, Kate Spade Easter eggs, the cutest of cute puppy bunny, Andy Stanley Easter service and my most favorites of flowers!!!! 

Visiting some very missed Grandparents and catching up

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Recipe: As seen on the chew: Huevos Motelenos, Fried Plantains, Jamaican-Style Bloody Mary

                Olive Oil
                1 cup Red Onion; chopped
                3 Cloves Garlic; chopped; plus 2 Cloves Garlic; roughly chopped
                1 1/2 cups Refried Black Beans
                6 Fresh Epazote Leaves; finely chopped – optional
                1/4 pound Mexican Chorizo; out of casings
                2 Tomatoes; roughly chopped
                2 Serrano Chiles with Seeds; minced
                1 bunch Cilantro; chopped to garnish
                1/2 cup Water
                Kosher Salt
                1 ripe Brown Plantain
                1/2 cup Flour
                1/2 cup Brown Sugar
                4 Corn Tortillas
                4 to 8 Eggs
                Avocado; sliced
Queso Fresco; crumbled

Step by Step Directions

                Olive Oil
                1/4 pound Mexican Chorizo; out of casings
                1 cup Red Onion; chopped
                3 Cloves Garlic; chopped
                1 1/2 cups Refried Black Beans
                3 Epazote Leaves
                Kosher Salt
                Freshly Ground Black Pepper 

Heat a tablespoon of Olive Oil in a large sauté pan and add the Chorizo. Cook until brown and crisp and then add the Onions and Garlic. Once softened, stir in the Beans, Epazote and cook until heated throughout. Season with Salt and Pepper.
                2 Tomatoes; roughly chopped
                2 Cloves Garlic; chopped
                2 Serrano Chiles with Seeds; minced
                1/2 cup Water
                3 Epazote Leaves
                1/2 of the Cilantro

In a blender, blend together the chopped Tomatoes, 2 Garlic Cloves, Serrano Chiles, 1/2 cup of Water, the other half of the Epazote, half of the Cilantro, and a pinch of Salt. Blend until nearly smooth, retaining a slightly chunky texture. Pour the sauce into a saucepan and cook on medium-high heat until cooked through, bubbly and thick, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and put into a small bowl, set aside.

                1 ripe Brown Plantain
                1/2 cup Flour
                1/2 cup Brown Sugar
                Olive Oil 

Peel the Plantain and slice it on the diagonal in 1/4 inch thick slices. Whisk together the Flour and Brown Sugar and dust the Plantains with the mixture. Heat 1/4-inch of Olive Oil in a large sauté pan on medium-high heat. Line the pan with the Plantain Slices. Brown on one side, then flip and brown on the other side. Remove the Plantain slices to a paper towel-lined plate, reserving the Oil in the pan.

                Olive Oil
                4 Corn Tortillas

In a cast iron skillet, heat 1-inch of Oil on medium-high heat. One at a time, cook the Tortillas. Place a Tortilla in the oil and cook until lightly browned and bubbles are forming in the Tortilla. Flip over and cook until lightly browned on the other side too. Continue to cook until the Tortilla is somewhat stiff. Use tongs to remove to a paper towel lined plate and continue the same process with the other Tortillas. You will need to add more Oil, make sure it heats up before adding another Tortilla to the pan.
4 to 8 Eggs 

Once the Tortillas have cooked, crack the Eggs into the oil and cook until puffy and crisp. Be careful of splatters.
                Avocado; sliced to garnish
                Queso Fresco; crumbled to garnish 

Assemble the Dish: 
Place a Cooked Tortilla (tostada) on a large serving plate. Spread some Beans over the Tostada. Place a Fried Egg or two over the Beans. Line the outside of the Tostada with Fried Plantain and some Chorizo. Put some Salsa over the Egg. Put sliced Avocado on top of that. Sprinkle Crumbled Queso Fresco over everything. Sprinkle everything with the remaining fresh Chopped Cilantro.

Helpful Tips:
1. If you can’t find fresh epazote, use dried epazote seeds.
 2. More ripe plantains will have a sweeter favor!
3. If you can’t find plantains, use bananas. 

via The Chew

You can find the Jamaican Style Bloody Mary recipe here!  It's pretty good! 

Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did!  Thank you The Chew and International Food Market for making this possible!