Two Weeks in Puerto Escondido, Mexico

Two weeks in Puerto Escondido, Mexico | a travel recap

Two weeks in Puerto Escondido, Mexico | a travel recap

We just got back from two weeks in Mexico, and it was quite a trip. I already talked about how much of a culture shock it was, but today I’ll share more photos and details of the trip.

Posing on zicatela beach in Puerto Escondido

Puerto Escondido
Puerto Escondido is on the southwest coast of Mexico. It’s a fairly new city, and it attracts Mexicans as well as loads of foreign tourists. A lot of people come from all over the world for the surfing, and it wasn’t uncommon to meet people from France, Australia, other parts of Mexico, and the US.

Pinspiration and our Wedding

Rug as an aisle runner for wedding -- with buckets of flowers flanking the seats

This post is part of Wedding Wednesdays, where I am sharing details on our June 2014 nuptials. If you’re looking for a general recap, check out this post.

I need to confess something to you. When Pinterest first started, I thought it was pointless and I refused to join. I figured I didn’t want another online account, and my tangle of browser bookmarks was working just fine.

Obviously, I eventually broke down and created an account, and now I love it. I used it a ton when planning our wedding, and it was really great to be able to easily share pictures with George. It’s been fun for me to revisit our wedding pin board and see how inspiration images were transformed and customized in our own wedding. Here are some of my favorite examples.

Adventuring | How authentic do you like your vacations?

Adventuring | How authentic do you like your vacations?

Adventuring | How authentic do you like your vacations?

I’ve been thinking a lot about different ways of having authentic travel experiences, and about the various ways to vacation. Right now I’m on a getaway in Mexico, and I’ve had some of the most real (read: uncomfortable) interactions with a different culture.

I could barely hold back my gag reflex as we walked through a market filled with smells of raw seafood and meat, out at a nice 85-degree room temperature. And I’m pretty sure our surfing instructor was talking to a drug lord as we rode away from our lesson. Don’t worry- he left us by telling George and I not to walk in our neighborhood alone at night because people hide in the bushes waiting to mug you. Oh, and did I mention that I only speak about 30 words of Spanish?

Decorating Pumpkins With Christmas Lights

Decorating Pumpkins with Christmas lights -- a nice alternative to carving for Halloween

Decorating Pumpkins with Christmas lights -- a nice alternative to carving for Halloween

I am one of those people who can never successfully carve a pumpkin face. I’ve dodged this sad fact by painting pumpkins for Halloween instead, but I was tired of the same old projects. This year I did something a little bit different and drilled holes for white Christmas lights. And it was fool proof!

Large pumpkin for halloween carving

My Creative Month: September 2014

My creative month - September 2014

Every month there are many small projects and events in my life that don’t make it on to the blog. My Creative Month shares some interesting tutorials I’ve tried, as well as a little peek into my life.

My creative month - September 2014

This September was a complete whirlwind and a lot of fun. I just got new freelance responsibilities, which are keeping me busy (and paid!). I’ve also been helping in little ways on multiple projects, including painting at my friend’s new doughnut shop. But those aren’t even my stand-out projects. Here are some of the highlights:

 

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