Monday, April 30, 2012

Happy Monday!

There is nothing more exciting than knowing something you have desperately longed for is near becoming reality. What am I referring to you ask? Ladies & Gents, I'm heading off to New York City babyyyyyyy! <-- hence my excitement by the many y's used. Seriously people, did I not just blog about how much i yearned to hear the sounds of bustling taxis and be enclosed by hovering skyscrapers while I walked with the masses on top of underground trains?! (: Ahhh, I am truly a testimony of how sometimes the best things happen to you when  you are completed blindsided by them!
With that being said, it is truly marvelous how God works and stays true to working in mysterious ways! Sometimes the most awesome opportunities come when you least expect them, completely taking you by surprise!  Friday morning, I only dreamed of one day visiting the big apple. Later that day, I found myself discussing with my mom about my NYC obsession and how it started to flare up again. She mentions to me how one of her good friends is going in 2 weeks and poked fun at how i should just tag along and hide in her suitcase."That it!". I said She gave a puzzled look. "I'll ask if I can go with her!". She started laughing, not believing that I would actually follow through with it. One hour later, I was deciding flight times and looking at my days off. Monday morning, not even 5 minutes after talking to Bossman and asking for my days off, I had a non-stop plane ticket booked to the big Metropolis!
I am leaving in exactly 15 days & you better believe I will be counting down the hours! This is so exciting to me! If you have been to The City, what are some must see places you recommend I check out? Let me know! Until then, I will obsessively keep thinking of ways to pack my bags, revising my "NYC ToDoList" till I can't no more, and keep on the lookout for this scarf or something similar. Since it is Monday, here are a few things to distract you...

- Looking at this room literally gives me anxiety attacks. Do you?

- We went to Bonnie Springs this weekend, post coming soon!

- Still without a car, hoping to get it back sometime this week!

- I want to start doing a Vegas Tourist series, where people can request places they want to see, reviewed, or checked out. What you think?

- I need to go to a J.Crew soon...and get me a pair of those darn pixie pants.

-I am obsessed with this blog who pays homage to my childhood. *closed eyed smile*

- Need inspiration? Watch one of these! I would like to add the training scene in this movie to the list!

- Favorite song of the week!

-Want to know how to properly hail a taxi? Read this, NOW!

- I always seem to play this game on my own & somehow thought I had a multi million $$ idea in the works. Turns out it's already been invented. (womp womp) Can't help but love it though!

Have a wonderful week! Any plans to make this first day of May fabulous?!

Picture is from here!

Friday, April 27, 2012

I've had one every day of this week from the cafeteria. Pathetic, I know. Especially when I know I can pack my own lunch and save myself 6 dollars instead. 6 times 5 equals 30 dollars. 30 dollars I could have used for a new candle or 2 packs of my favorite socks. Oh well, cause you know what? This Oriental Chicken Salad from downstairs, as it might not be the fanciest or most elaborate, is for sure one of the tastiest. I pick out the mandarin oranges. I can't seem to digest them alongside a crispy rice noodle & a sliver of almond, doesn't make sense. So I pick them out and eat them right before. Weird. Maybe. I never understood the whole fruit in salad craze anyway. Except for dried cranberries. I can justify that. :)

<3 Stef

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Dog Walkin'

Ahh, the joy of dog walking. There is nothing better than walking your dog on a wonderful spring day, in which you can feel a slight breeze on your cheeks and smell the blooming flowers. Ever since I was young, I always thought as walking with your dog and your significant other to be the most romantic thing ever. It always seemed like one of those milestones in the dating realm. You know, those moments in your relationship in which you reach a point where you can be more comfortable with one another. For ie; you have the "i don't always have to wear makeup" milestone which makes you realize that he really doesn't care all that much about lipstick. There's the "lets stay in and do takeout&seinfeld reruns" milestone which me and Isaac seem to be stuck in for the last year or so, Seinfeld lovers; indeed we are!, Then there's the "let's walk the pups & grab coffee" milestone. (Which i might add, there are never any walking distance coffeeshops around, blah!) where it is learned to appreciate the presence & conversation alone of the one you love. Yesterday was one of those days, kinda, minus the romantics&coffee. The weather was exquisite & the grass outside was beautiful (Yes, Vegas does have some grass beleive it or not! Considering this lol) and what better way than to spend some time outside! So we decided to head outdoors for abit with Isaac's nieces and soak up some well deserved fresh air!

Who needs monkey bars?! Not these gals!

I love this picture of Alex. She looks so glam!

 Doing what he does best, looking handsome! (:

Kandy PhotoBOMB!

She made a quick smile, so glad I caught it!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Desert Wonders

Living in Las Vegas, one gets used to not seeing much greenery & seeing a LOT of rocks and shrubs. & when one visits a place that is plentiful with trees, flowers, and grass, there tends to be an amazement at the sight. This usually happens to me when I visit California, and awe at the fact that half of the population has fruit trees growing in their yard. (They know not how lucky they are!) However, I have accepted the fact that as long as I roam the so called City of Sin, I will not see sprouting orange trees on the side of the road anytime soon. There being a park not that far from me, celebrating desert botany at its finest, I managed to get a few shots of the beautiful cacti and flowers that are blooming throughtout the dry hot desert. As they might not be the typical flowers that you are acustomed to seeing, they are still unique and fascinating in their own way. It always seems to blow my mind how even in the midst of desert these little fellas can grow without the need of temperate weather or water irrigation. It also fascinates me how some of the strangest things grow out here, yet bloom with beautiful flowers within (sorta like the cactus below and above. Either way, it comes to show that Las Vegas does have some sort of vegetation and its beautiful at that! (:

Here are some pictures that I took this morning coming into work. :)

            Does anyone know what these are? They look like abnormal furry pea pods to me.

What are the strangest flowers or plants you've ever seen? (:

<3 Stef

Monday, April 23, 2012

Happy Monday!

(Downtown Las Vegas BTC Bus Station, my morning commute) :]

Another week passes by and I am starting to really beleive the whole "as you get older, time goes by faster" saying. Seriously! It does NOT feel like 4 months have just passed by! However, this just makes me enjoy life more and rejoice in God's amazing plan for my life! I've been really tired lately, and I have pinpointed it to the fact that I have completely slacked off in working out and in what i am eating these past few days. Once I realize how different I feel when I take my shake, vitamins, and eat as healthy and delicious as I can, I dont even want to eat out or set aside my daily pm runs. Isaac surprised me with the latest Newsweek edition that commerated the 50th anniversary of The Beatles, woohooo! It's things like that, which make me realize how darn lucky I am to have such a neat-o boyfriend (: My car is in the hospital for this week. Hopefully I have it back by Friday! In this town, you NEED car. Although I must admit, public transportation here doesn't completely suck and it doesn't hurt that the bus station isin't bad to look at. ;p

-Besides The Beatles, this makes me wish I was a flower child of the 60's!

-I'm a sucker for hotel&store front signs, so considering the latter, these photos are just orgasmic!  **for lack of a better word. lol.

-I received my Herbalife shipment last week, feel like a kid at Christmas! :)

-I love when people do posts about my city!

-Iron Girl '12 is 2 weeks away, and my knees are trembling!

-My family went out for mojarras, right after I wrote this post! Oh, the irony!

-If I had $150 dollars (and no bills to pay) I would totally buy this, it screams fresh and summer!

-It makes me so happy to know that I have such an amazing mom. I couldnt have asked for a more amazing woman. (Mother's Day gift ideas coming soon!)

- This instigated my craving for a weekend picnic!

- Once again, Biggest Loser has managed to have me bawling my eyes out and near fetal position. These folks are just so dang inspirational!

- I rediscovered my love for Sonic Cherry Creamslush treats. I had 2 this weekend! ah!

-Favorite song of the week: "Where are we Running" -Lenny Kravitz (:

So any plans for this week? What are your weekly favorites? (:

<3 Stef

Friday, April 20, 2012

Marinating Fish!

 Let me start out by saying that by no means am I a chef or a culinary expert, or have ever had a desire to be one. Heck, I didn't even start getting into the kitchen until about my freshman year in high school! I remember when my sister and I were younger and would be hungry after school, she (being the cook of the house) would whip herself some of the most amazing stuff out of whatever she could find in the fridge and pantry. It was common to see me eating a heaping bowl of Cocoa Pebbles while she savored plates of chilaquiles en salsa roja, flautas,and huevos rancheros. I never understood why she never made me some of whatever she was making (maybe she was secretly trying to spark the inner culinary artist within me). However, all of this changed when I decided to give up red meat about 3 1/2 years ago and I was forced to cook most of my meals to suit my needs. I remember the first couple of months rotating between 4 different dishes that I knew how to do well and tasted somewhat decent. However, as time progressed and I googled more recipes and picked up more cook books I think i have advanced to "can survive on my own" level having worked up to the point where I know enjoy cooking, and sometimes cook from instinct without instruction and on a limb. (My amazing spinach pesto stuffed chicken was a result of this, yum!) But anyways, now I am just rambling, and I tend to be good at that, so I will go onto the reason of this post; Delicious Fish!


 Growing up in a Mexican home, I was really never exposed to fish unless it was deep fried and served with a side of fresh salsa, rice, and salad. Mojarras were usually only prepared during family gatherings as they required some serious deep frying & were sometimes a little more costly to buy. I remember when I was first exposed to fillets, my whole world flipped upside down. "You can eat fish without the skin?! You can cook it different ways?!" i thought. This blew my mind! I remember the first way of learning how to cook a fillet was the classic butter&dried herbs way; sauteed in a skillet. After a while, I learned the beauty of marinating with salt&pepper, real&fresh herbs, citrus juices, seasonings and rubs, and bringing out the wonderful flavors when you let it soak into the fish. Today I am sharing one of my all time ways of marinating salmon (my favorite!), that is easy and fresh; with ingredients that blend flawlessly to produce a very tasty result.

All you need:

a fresh or thawed salmon fillet (I get mine from Sam's or Costco)
onion slices
1 large lime
2 cloves of garlic
fresh rosemary 
a pinch of your favorite dried herb seasoning 
olive oil

Go ahead and place your fillet in a plastic dish or container and rub or sprinkle your seasoning on making sure to cover the desired area. Cut your lime in half and squeeze the juice onto the fish making sure you cover most of it. Cut 2 or 3 lime slices (which you will place on top) and squeeze whatever juice you have left. Slightly crush your garlic cloves and place around or on top of your fillet, along with your slices of onion ( i love onions!). Add a drizzle of olive oil after this and your salt and pepper. Garnish with the rosemary sprigs and your lime slices. Let it marinate for at least 3 hours so it can really soak in all the variety of flavors. During this time you can cook up some simple side dishes such as rice, a fresh salad (like the one below) or steamed vegetables; & catch up on some New Girl and Biggest Loser. (: 
When you're ready to cook your fish, I like to transfer everything (juice and all!) onto a piece of foil, wrap it up, and put it on the George Foreman grill or oven. The cooking time of the fish really depends on the thickness and size of your fillet, you can get a good idea of the time by checking out this page here. I love cooking fish and the wonderful aroma that fills the kitchen while doing so. So the next time you have some fillets on hand, try this recipe and let me know how it goes! Good luck! (:

(simple salad idea: romaine hearts, tomatoes, cucumbers; with a drizzle of olive oil, squeeze of lime and salt)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Lunch Ideas

                 *the bottom of my pages were cut off, hopefully you can still read! The bottom left of    the second page states "Hummus & Pita Chips"

    Hope you enjoyed!

<3 Stef

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Color is Amazing

  i love anything that is colorful. Anything that is bright and blossoms with varieties of shades makes my heart patter as if it was love at first sight. Doesn't color just make everything better? I mean would you rather eat plain beige macarons or some awesomely amazing colorful ones like the babies pictured above? Yeah, i thought so. (: & so you ask yourself, if color is so amazing, why are we the daily slaves to to the neutrals and plains in our everday life? In our makeup, clothing, decorations, and cars. ( I mean seriously, when was the last time you saw a car in a mint green?). Why do we boast these colors and hold them proud and high, not acknowledging the rest of the colors around us. Its the colorful hues that makes us realize how awesome it is that we don't live in a black and white world. Variety is good. Identical is boring. Being different is beauty and being mismatched is perfection!

think about it, there might be one blue, but there are over 57 hues of the same color. All different, not one the same. Cerulean, sky, navy, true, egyptian, cornflower, tiffany blue! So many kinds, and gosh darn it, that just excites me. God made us all like these different dyes. He loves diversity and contrast, and there is nothing more beautiful than that. Iridescence is what flows within us, glow is what shines through us. Never forget how exquisite you really are. Never forget that God created you with his perfect will in mind. So next time you feel like the odd one out, the jagged puzzled piece, or just plain different than everyone else. Rejoice! For Colorful is different! & Different is beauty!

<3 Stef

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Ham&Cheese Sandwich

Here are a few pictures that I took of Juanito, a cute little guy who so happens to be my little brother's partner in crime and faithful cousin. My mom and I went to visit some of our family friends and their new business, and Juanito happened to run out the door with his sandwich (as he loves to be outside). As I went out to go get him I noticed how perfect it would be to take some pictures by their outside wall. Here is the result. I cant help but LOVE the contrast between his striped long sleeve and the wall, and how happy he was with him ham&cheese sandwich.


Gracias Moni por dejarme fotografiarlo! (:

Monday, April 16, 2012

Happy Monday!

(fresh strawberries & grapes, my favorite snack at the moment!)

Hurrah! It's Monday! The thought of a fresh start to a new week is so refreshing. No, really it is. While 1/2 (or even more) of the people I know dread Lunes and can't understand how the weekend slipped by so quickly, I like to think of it as another opportunity to rejoice in God's amazing grace and beauty. So next time you want to hit the snooze button or just keep complaining on how you wished it was Friday already remember that it is what we make of it. If you are not happy, look for happiness and the perfect will of God in your life. If you are tired, boost your Vitamin C intake and go for a run! If you can't seem to figure out why there is always a missing sock after a laundry load, then have a picnic!
Here are a couple of things from last week/end.

-I am completely in love with the earrings, the weirdest part is that I they appeared in my dream the night before I stumbled upon them! Fate? I think so!

- Ive been running at least 3 miles everyday to get me ready for Iron Girl '12!

-Discovering new bloggers is mah thang! I love cakies, gypsies and thieves,and nat the fat rat.

-Riding a motorcycle in the rain is not as cool as it seems. Feels like pebbles are being thrown @ you!

-I went to the shooting range this weekend and ended with this injury

-I realized living with my family is the most awesome part of my life right now.

- I purchased these these today! So excited and can't wait to start using them!

-Getting closer to God and putting your trust in him is the BEST thing you can do.

- I want this blender. REALLY bad.

- My mom bought 3 Costco size bags of Spinach and decided to make a spinach pesto sauce to back it in. Recipe coming soon!

I really hope that this week I can continue with training for Iron Girl and eating healthy. I hope the weather is nice so I can sneak in a few park walks and can ride my bike to work instead.

How do you plan to make this week fabulous?! (:

<3 Stef

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Dresses @ The Office

above dress from target :)

I can't seem to get enough of the fact the weather is now nice enough to break free from the confinement of what we call work slacks. (although I must admit they are pretty comfortable)! I love when I can start wearing [work appropriate] dresses with light cardigans to work as it is chic, hassle-free, and you got fewer pieces of clothing you have to worry about! As a long time pattern-phobe freak, I was always weary of wearing any dress that wasn't a solid color with minimal detailing. I would steer clear away from anything like what I am wearing today. If you are a pattern-phobe like I was; i have one thing to tell you; it's really not that scary, I promise. If you're scared that your choice won't be versatile, you'd be surprised how mixing and matching key pieces can really create an awesome look. I am loving anything from
Lauren Conrad for Kohls line and anything from Target!
Here are my tips when dress shopping for work. :)

1. Make sure that it is not too short or has too low of a neckline
The last thing you want is to attract unwanted attention from your coworkers (male AND female, the boys will stare & the ladies will snarl) So make sure that your dress is of appropriate lengths both ways. You also don't want to be worrying about your dress riding up or unwanted chest views when that pack of pens falls to the floor. The last thing you want is to look like this girls. D'oh!

2. Make sure your pattern is not TOO flashy.

There is a clear difference between coming out of your comfort zone and trying new bold patterns and looking like you just came back from Carnaval in Rio. Keeping your colors tame and your patterns reasonable. You want to make sure you keep your professionalism and your common sense.

3. Make sure that it is comfortable!
The last thing you want is to be completely uncomfortable with the dress of your choice, because if that was the case I bet half of us would rather rock the slacks. Make sure that it fits properly and that it is of a comfortable material (if it's a struggle to get into it, fuggedabouit!)Cotton is always a great option as it is flexible and soft. The polyester&Rayon combinations are also great. No matter what material you pick, as long as you feel good in it, that's all that matters!

4. If you have a pattern, keep your accessories to a minimum.
This is a must! Timeless key pieces such as a watch, dainty necklaces, and simple rings are a gals best friend when you are rockin a dress that already has is already a bit busy on its own. This is one of my favorite watches of all time. Goes with anything!

So there you go, just a couple of things to keep in mind next time you decide to step out of the dull slacks & button down shell and go for work appropriate dresses!

Whats your go to rule when it comes to picking out work clothes? I wanna know!
<3 Stef

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

I Need Some NYC

Oh NYC. Oh how I long to walk your paved concrete streets and be surrounded by your hidden brownstone jungles. Seriously. This whole NYC addiction borderline unhealthy obsession is flaring up again. Kind of like seasonal allergies, but deadlier. & the only cure is for me to buy a ticket and go. (but) Unfortunately, that cannot happen. I am waiting for the right moment. & all this anticipation seems to make the future trip even more exciting. Why NYC you ask? I guess it's the unique and different architecture of the city, the diversity of the people, the masses that walk the streets, and the hustle and bustle that seems to never stop. Sure, Las Vegas has some H&B to it as well, but it tends to stop once you cross over Paradise Road onto the East Side or Valley View if heading West is where you're going. It's just different. I ain't worried tho. I am just feeding my hunger for the city through blogs and websites, and that seems to be taming it okay. For now at least. So until then, I will keep proclaiming my unrequited love with obsessively watching any shows or movies with a Manhattan background, and constantly checking flight prices on Kayak.

<3 Stef

Picture is from here

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter!

May you all have an awesome day remembering the Resurrection of our Savior. :)
John 11:25

<3 Stef