My Summer Bucket List

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Summer started about three weeks ago and I’ve already checked so many things off my summer bucket list 🙂 I’ll put check marks next to the ones I’ve already completed.

Here’s my list and if you try any of these let me know! I’d also love to see your lists too

Get a nice bronze tan

Go to the beach so many times I lose count

Go on fun summer dates in different cities

Have a picnic while watching the sunset

Get in touch with old friends ✔️

Work out at least four times a week

Take a yoga class once a week to relax and unwind ✔️

Eat as much ice cream as I can

Take a road trip somewhere fun & new

Watch movies outdoors while eating s’mores by a bonfire

Make a summer music playlist ✔️

Shop the Nordstrom sale

Get a new car that’s much needed

Try a fun new heatless hairstyle ✔️

Go to a baseball game ✔️

Ride bikes and watch the sunset over the hills ✔️

Go to a night market/farmers market ✔️

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xoxo, Liz

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In N Out Picnic

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Ahh where to begin on recapping just how fun the In N Out Picnic was. Isaac and I arrived early so we were able to do so much before it got more packed with associates and their families. We enjoyed the day and rode fun rides, played bingo and carnival games, ate so much food, and ended off our night by dancing it out 🙂

I hope you all have an amazing weekend!

xoxo, Liz

How I’m Being Frugal In June

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Now that we’re halfway through the year, I’ve had a lot of moments where I’ve thought about how much money I should have saved up. However, I had an eye opening experience when I realized I’ve been working so much yet I have hardly nothing to show for it. When I took a look at my bank statements, I realized I’ve been spending way too much on clothes and food. Throughout this, I’ve now added a shit ton of stuff to my closet that I hardly ever wear and I’ve gained some weight from eating out all of the time.

As summer is approaching I now have a bunch of new clothes I’m happily willing to show off but a body that I’m not proud of. I’ve been paying $30 a month for a gym membership I hardly use. So throughout all of my deep thinking, I came to the conclusion that I’m going to challenge myself to not buy anything new and not eat out in excess in the month of June. Plus I’m going to go to the gym 20 times this month in hopes that I will continue this in other months. 

It’s been pretty hard to keep up a good track record but I’m excited to challenge myself in such a way. So far I have not purchased anything except shampoo because I needed it, but I bought the cheapest and biggest bottle so it could last me longer. I also have not eaten out nor do I have plans to. I started this challenge off by telling Isaac and my family so that way they don’t pressure me into buying things or eating out.

Recently I got a second job for the summer time while I’m not taking any classes so I can make more money to invest into my future. I opened up a savings account specifically for the money I’ll be getting and I can’t wait to see how much I’ll have saved up by the end of summer!

I’d love for you guys to also join in on my frugal June experience 🙂 and if you have any suggestions on how to save money, please let me know.

xoxo, Liz

Cinco De Mayo In LA

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Happy Monday loves! Yesterday Isaac, Nicole and I went to Los Angeles to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and it was so much fun. We went shopping at The Grove, taught Nicole how to thrift shop, and ended off our day with tacos from Teddy’s Red Tacos. 

For my outfit I didn’t have anything super festive for the holiday but I had this super cute smocked rainbow top sitting in my closet and I thought it’d be perfect. The day was chilly and it actually rained towards the end of the day so I’m glad I wore these jeans and not these shorts. I paired my look with my white sandals and it turned out cute and festive.

I’m wishing you all a beautiful week

xoxo, Liz

Day In Laguna Beach

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Since my last beach trip, I’ve been dying to go back so when I found out Isaac and I had Saturday off from work, I quickly suggested a beach day. We decided on Laguna beach and it was gorgeous. However, we left and went to our favorite place; Newport! We always go to Corona Del Mar so that’s why we originally wanted to switch it up but when we got to Laguna, it was so hard to find parking plus we both needed to use the restroom badly and there were no bathrooms. So we ended up turning back and going to our favorite beach. 

We soaked up the sun and dipped our feet in the water (which was freezing btw) and just had fun. I did get a bit sunburnt since it was gloomy but it’s not too bad thankfully. 

After the beach I really wanted ice cream so we made a pit stop at Atomic Creamery in Fashion Island. I’ve been following their page on Instagram for the longest but we never got a chance to stop by and try it out so it was a must for me to try it out yesterday. I’m so glad we went because it was so freaking good plus the decor and theming is perfect. If you guys are in the area of Newport or Laguna, definitely stop by and try it out. 

I hope you all have a wonderful day and week 🙂

P.S. I’d also like to thank you all for the love on Friday’s post. It was hard to write but I’m glad I was able to write out how I’ve felt over the situation.

xoxo, Liz

How I’ve Dealt With Grief

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Over the course of six months I’ve dealt with a new feeling I’ve never felt before and that’s grief. I haven’t been very open the past six months since losing my brother and while it often hurts me a lot I’ve found comfort in masking my feelings. However, in doing this I’ve built up lots of anger, sadness, and questions. Of course this is no good way to accept death and begin to move past it. To backtrack I’ll share how I found out, whats happened since, and how I’ve been able to overcome this tremendous sadness.

October 26th…

As I look back on this day, never would I have imagined that something so awful would happen to my brother that would end up costing him his life. It was a normal Friday for my family and I, my parents were out of work, I had just gotten home from the gym and my mom asked if I wanted to go shopping with her. I said yes and off we went shopping. While doing this, we split up and I went my way and she went hers. When we met up to leave, my mom showed me a shirt she bought for my brother Jacob for Christmas. Genuinely I was surprised my mom was already thinking about Christmas gifts and especially a gift for Jacob, because every year she would always wait until the last minute and scramble on what gifts to get him. We got home and parted ways to go to sleep.

October 27th…

What started off as a normal morning of letting out our dog Chloe to use the restroom and feeding her turned into a day I don’t ever want to relive. I woke up and began brushing my teeth when I heard someone ring the doorbell at around 8:30 a.m. Immediately our dogs began barking and I heard my mom answer the door. A man asked for the parents of Jacob Rodriguez. My mom rushed to put our dogs away and she went and grabbed my dad to come out to the formal living room to speak with the man. To this day the one thing that I’ll live with forever is hearing the story of what happened to my brother. I was in complete disbelief and I remember my mouth being open because of the state of shock I went into. My parents immediately began to cry so I came into the room and finished talking with the man about what our next steps were. My dad walked away crying uncontrollably. His son, his best friend, his everything died. To this day what makes me most sad is knowing the pain my parents have in their hearts forever from losing their son. When the man left, my mom and I began crying together and we went into their bedroom. We all sat there on the bed crying and holding each other. We made calls and I had to tell my sisters and my other brother. Everyone immediately came over and tears were just being shed uncontrollably. 

As I was still in shock over what happened, I wanted to know what exactly happened to Jacob. The man that delivered the news and basically ruined the rest of our lives as we knew it, told us he had been involved in a car accident which also involved another person which was a female. I called the detectives number and in a horrific shock I found out what exactly happened. My heart immediately fell into my stomach and I felt sick. I won’t exactly share what happened but I’ll leave this here.

In the days after this, I was just numb. I wanted to escape from this hell that had been put upon us. Just when everything in our lives was going amazing, something so devastating happened. I’m a firm believer in everything happens for a reason, but why this? Why did Jacob have to make this awful decision that took his life and an innocent persons life? My brother was the sweetest most caring person. He was funny and got along with everyone. He loved his rescue animals with all of his heart. So why him?

Of course we’ll never know why my brother did what he did and although the pain of not knowing haunts us everyday, it’s best that we don’t know. Having to “move on” has been so difficult. We brought in his animals which consists of two dogs, Teddy and Zuko, and one cat, Kiwi. They have been the biggest blessings out of the whole situation. When I look at them I cry because they’ll never know why Jacob never came back home. 

A few weeks after we laid him to rest I had to work 10-5 at my job all alone. This day we had awful rainy weather so of course it was empty at my work. I was bored from not having any human interaction so I began remembering things from the past. Because of the weather I remembered back to New Years Eve of 2014 when we woke up to Jacob banging on our dads bedroom door saying, “dad it’s snowing outside!” Nicole and I woke up so fast because we were so excited that it was snowing and we didn’t care that it was 3 in the morning. So outside we went as siblings playing in the fresh snow that was falling in Temecula of all places. We used beach boogie boards as sleds and made snow angels on the street. That’s a memory I’ll never forget as it’s one of my favorites. But as I thought back to that moment, I felt so alone and empty when suddenly the song that played at Jacobs funeral in his slideshow began playing on the stores speakers. I instantly started crying and I knew I wasn’t alone.

For two months I cried every day on my drive home because going home didn’t feel like home anymore.

I used to find the formal living room couches to be so comfortable and the best place to relax and take a nap. But now that room feels cold and the couches are hard. I hate that room. That room will always be the room where we found out what happened to Jacob.

Over time we’ve found peace in this situation. The holidays without him were probably the most difficult. We’ve accepted his death and have began to move forward but we still keep his memory alive everyday. We light a candle everyday in his honor that never runs out. 

I miss him so much everyday and I know one day we’ll all be reunited again as a family.

xoxo, Liz

 

Beach Day

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What a fun day I had yesterday 🙂 I’m currently on spring break vacation so of course I had to plan a beach trip. Isaac and I went to Newport and had the most amazing time! We got there and immediately set up our stuff so we could soak up the sun and get in the water. Of course being in the water didn’t last too long because it was freezing lol. We went for a walk to explore and then had a beach picnic and it was so romantic After lunch we did a little shopping then made our way to Newport Pier to rent bikes. We rode for six miles then treated ourselves to some delicious cronuts. We returned the bikes then went to dinner at Woody’s Wharf and had the most amazing food plus got to enjoy some people singing along to karaoke haha. Overall it was a great day and I can’t wait to make more beach memories this spring and summer.

xoxo, Liz