We are back!

My husband and I are back at Disneyworld! The happiest place on Earth!

On May 5th my sweet cousin married the love of his life, and I’m so glad we were able to be here to witness this happy union!

We’re on day two of Disney magic fun. Our days have been packed! Tons of walking, eating, and pictures!

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Las Vegas-The Recap Part 1!

Day #1-Local Scene

After picking up our rental at Alamo, we went directly to a little restaurant off the strip called KOMEX.It’s an amazing fusion of Mexican and Korean flavors. It sounds so outlandish, and strange, but this is definitely a must try!

I had the lettuce wrapped tacos. My husband had the kimchi beef fried rice & bulgogi burrito. I had a couple bites of his order, and they were amazing!

I wish I had taken pictures, but by the time we had our food I was incredibly hungry, and basically inhaled my food.

We did some grocery shopping later that night and picked up some essentials-Greek yogurt, salad, light Italian dressing, whole wheat English muffins, morning stars, and egg whites.

Day #2-Gym & shop-aholics

We woke up around 10 am, and made breakfast with my cousins. I had an egg white, morning star, English muffin sandwich.

Then my husband, cousin, and I went to 24 hour fitness, located only 5 minutes from where we were staying, super convenient! We went through an intense leg, back, and core routine. We then continued our workout with 40 minutes of steady cardio. We were insanely sore and had to stretch our exhausted muscles.

After, we went to Costco to pick up more essentials for our family reunion. We also picked up a rotisserie chicken for our salad we had for lunch.

We met up with other family members at the Premium outlets. I didn’t have any luck here so we moved on. We then went to Fashion show mall. Some of my favorite stores were Cotton On and Super Dry Japan. We spent almost 7 hours shopping! YIKES! We did major shopping damage, and it was an amazing day!

Our trunk at the end of our shopping marathon!

We had to re-energize and decided to try RA Sushi for happy hour, located just outside of Fashion Show Mall. It was the most extensive sushi happy hour menu I’ve ever seen. The price ranged from $2-$7 plates, of generous portions. Each dish was unique and flavorful. I highly recommend trying RA sushi to help recover from a long day of shopping. It was a feast!

After our meal, we had to walk it off. We ventured onto the strip. I loved the reaction, and look on my cousin’s face as we walked outside and the Las Vegas strip was lit in all of its glory! It was her first time in Vegas and she absolutely loved the lights!

Day #3-Family time!

This day was all about family! I think the pictures speak for themselves…

My adorable niece, husband & I infront of the Welcome sign!

Some of the cousins & my niece infront of the "Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas" sign

Some of the ladies infront of the "Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas" sign

Us waiting for the Bellagio water show! Someone was excited 🙂

Some of my cousins & their kids at the reunion.

I’m beyond blessed for the amazing family God has given me. Every day I think of my family and I can’t wait to see them again. We took time to share stories of our Grandpa, who passed away two years ago. We looked back and realized what an incredible impact he has had in our lives, and his love of God he shared.

We hope to get together again soon, and live out his legacy. Looking forward to more memories, laughs, and prayers with my family!

PART 2 Coming soon…

Pictures from day #3 courtesy of my cousin Edward Fernandez.

Countdown!

So in 7 days I will be reuniting with my family in Las Vegas, NV! I can’t express how excited I am to be with family and enjoy some warm sunshine aaaahhhhhhhhhhh! It’s going to be amazing! I think the headcount is 70 adults and 13 kids (under 10)! The headcount is just for the event, not all of us can make it. Yes my family is like a mafia, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. There is never a dull or quiet moment when we’re together!

Although I’m super excited for this 5 day getaway, it does make me slightly nervous. Vacations used to be my biggest fall back. They were every reason to veg-out & pig out, especially in Vegas! Have you seen the buffets? WOW!

Back in November, I went to Las Vegas with my immediate family to celebrate an early Thanksgiving. I picked up a few tricks to help me stay on track-

What I packed

  • Running shoes
  • Workout clothes
  • Greek Yogurt­-you could obviously buy your snacks at your destination, but we had really great deals with coupons & advertised special at our local grocery store. We needed to use them anyways!
  • Protein shakes-I drink premier protein, you can find them at Costco. 30 grams of protein!
  • Almonds
  • Lunchbox
  • Icepack
  • Waterbottle-I use this one by Thermos

I wanted to bring my foodscale, but at the mention of it my husband looked at me like I was crazy, so I won’t be taking it with us!

What I do

  • If I fly in at night, I make it a priority to workout the next morning-The first day always sets the tone for a trip.
  • I use MyFitnessPal app (Iphone) to keep track of my calories
  • Bring snacks (greek yogurt, protein shakes, and almonds) in a lunchbox. Our schedule is so unpredictable it’s always good to eat something at least every 3 hours. Even if you’re going to a buffet that day!
  • Most importantly, I let myself relax. I work extremely hard at home, and for my mental health, I try not to stress if I have more free meals then healthy meals. Use this time to recuperate and enjoy the time with family!

What helps you stay healthy on a vacation?