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Emerald Coast

Hi Shulos,

This post has been long overdue, i’ll the first to admit that I’ve been slacking! Better late. So let me share with you some photos of Destin, Niceville and Destin, Florida. Known unofficially as the Emerald Coast, a charming place that my family calls home.

DSC_0245Emerald coast stretches about 100 miles through five counties, with sand that feels like powdered sugar. Its beautiful, and so clean that it even squeaks when you step on it. The coast got its unofficial name because of its bright emerald-green water that pops next to the white soft sand and the light blue sky.

DSC_0242Seaside, Florida is a very unique place. The town was built to look like an old-fashioned beach town, with traditional wood-framed cottages. The streets are radiant, with pedestrian alleys and open spaces, simply adorable. It’s relaxed, artsy vibe reminded me a lot of home.

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Meltdown a funky specialty grilled cheese food truck in the center of central square. Delicious grilled cheeses for grown ups with a twist. Coming from Austin I compared it to Burro and this place seriously takes the cheese! DSC_0241I tried the brie and bacon on cranberry walnut bread. You can’t go wrong with that combination, am I right?DSC_0233Veronica and Donovan.DSC_0288DSC_0282Later we stopped by The Art of Simple. A cute shop with curiosities and necessities. DSC_0297DSC_0292Seaside’s central square has a farmer’s market with local vendors, fresh produce and specialty treats. DSC_0294DSC_0236Little Miss Evelyn! DSC_0299DSC_0301Next day in Destin we kicked off the day with Another Broken Egg. (Coming to Austin, Texas soon!) A spot with delicious handmade biscuit beignets gourmet omelets and different types of eggs benedict. My favorite! DSC_0306DSC_0330DSC_0347DSC_0338DSC_0312

Bianca, Veronica & Donovan.DSC_0333DSC_0361Stroll on the Destin Broadway. Even though it was a short trip, I was impressed by Emerald Coast and can’t wait to visit again. Hopefully when its warm, and the ocean is not such a big tease.

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Mexico Shulo y Querido

From the leafy colonial streets of Coyoacán to the posh culinary and arts scene in Condesa, Mexico City is quickly dusting off its former image as a grim city. Tales of savory tacos, museums and tequila convinced me to trade Thanksgiving, for a weekend in the city.

Mexico City is the country’s largest and most important city, with a booming population of 21 million. Underestimating its immensity I gave myself 72 hours to explore. A week would have been ideal, but with friends like mine I got to experience plenty. Here’s how we spent our time.

DSC_0010We started the day by taking a stroll in el Parque (Park) de Chapultepec. The park has outdoor water activities, a zoo, a modern art museum, and its very own castle.

DSC_0013 DSC_0020 DSC_0168The footpath is covered with shops, lined up with handmade goods, souvenirs, and so many snacks! Fresh fruit, chips, candy and corn on the cob to name a few, all covered with lime and chile.

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One of the main attractions of the park is the Castillo (Castle) de Chapultepec, sitting at the top of a spiral hill overlooking the city. You can say it’s the Versailles of Mexico City. You can hop from room to room and see fully preserved palace bedrooms, paintings, glass murals and my personal favorite the French-style roof top garden.

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DSC_0110 DSC_0114One of the most famous monuments of Paseo is the El Angel de la Independencia.

Mexico City has various inexpensive forms of transportation that easily help you hop from site to site.DSC_0126Torre Latinoamericana.

DSC_0129FullSizeRenderThis is by far the trendiest coffee shop I have ever been in, Cielito Querido Café. After having a delicious cup of Café de Olla (Spiced coffee) and a piece of Guayaba Cheesecake. Across the street you will find the beautiful gold dome-topped Palacio de Bellas Artes, Its art décor interior will surprise you.

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We continued to The Zocalo the main square, one of the largest in the world. Built over Aztec ruins of Templo Mayor discovered in 1978. Were we took a night bike tour, and did some shopping.DSC_0172 DSC_0178 DSC_0185 DSC_0195

The next day we spent the day in Xochimilco, a former city that has been swallowed up by the city. Its main attraction being its canals were tourists and locals ride the cheerful gondolas.

I’d say the tales are true! I fell in love with Mexico City, and only wish to visit again soon.

Muchas Gracias a Nico y Stefany por su hospitalidad, los quiero!

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A little place called Aspen

Most only think of winter when Aspen is mentioned, yet when the snow melts and wildflowers blossom, summer comes out to play in this town in the mountains of Colorado. Thousands of miles covered in crisp pine trees, creeks and rivers come to life and critters roam freely. A town perfectly nested between the mountains with its highest peak reaching 11,212 feet. This is where you find your bliss.

The town is a mere 3 hours away from the City of Denver and the road there could not be more gratifying. The narrow highway that takes you through Independence Pass is surrounded by several charming ski villages. This route goes over the Rocky Mountains exposing you to steep ridges, lakes and unbelievable views that lead to Aspen.
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Meet my travel buddy and dear friend Karla. Excuse our tired, but excited faces.DSC_0058

Downtown Aspen. The population fluctuates with constant tourists from all over the country (including A-List Celebrities) that sustain the high-end shops, restaurants and outdoor activities.

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Nothing but. Everyone is happy! There is no real need for a vehicle in Aspen, we roamed the streets, hiked into town day and night without a care in the world simply enjoying our surroundings. DSC_0046 DSC_0080 DSC_0081 DSC_0085

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DSC_0094Aspen must: Ride the gondola’s up to highest peak at 11,212 elevation. The ride up was pleasant, coming down was challenging for me (to say the least).DSC_0112DSC_0130 DSC_0117At the top of the mountain there is a calm chilly breeze, with a view that will make your head spin. Literally the elevation is alarming.
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Brunch at Justice Snows, inside the historic wheeler opera house.DSC_0236 DSC_0243 DSC_0251

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The Bayside

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It’s Tuesday, not nearly close enough to the weekend. Yet I am sitting here reminiscing about my recent trip to the Bayside. Oakland, San Francisco and the City of Berkeley! Much like Austin the bay was a place I hadn’t visited yet, but knew I would love. Home to liberals, hippies, hipsters, techies, immigrants, yuppies, and every other now trending generation. A place where you must come hungry, and ready to hike.

 I had the fortune of visiting two of my girlfriends who lived in the area. Which helped immensely with navigation (sort of!) and local spots. Even though I was on tourist mode with my huge camera.

Here’s my take on the bay:

San Francisco is incredibly picturesque. The City of Berkeley is young and creative. While Oakland keeps it real.

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-Ferry Building, San Francisco
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-San Francisco, Chinatown #werk

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– Bob’s Donut & Pastry, San Francisco

Where else would we have been on National Donut day in the Bay. This shabby shop is family owned and still makes their donuts from scratch. These donuts are classically fried, taste sweet and have lots of texture, amazing! But no dogs are allowed.
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Having a full on FAT meltdown.DSC_0359-Lombart Street, San Francisco

The world’s most winding street.
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Every corner of San Francisco is charming. Its streets can challenge you with steep hills or surprise you with beautiful views.
DSC_0372DSC_0375DSC_0387-Ghirardelli Square, San FranciscoDSC_0391DSC_0389-The Fox Theatre, Oakland
DSC_0406IMG_0244I strongly believe that Berkeley is the capital of food porn. You will find the most unhealthy and creative food combinations. Like these ridiculous cheese fries, from Smoke’s Poutinerie. Or this cookie ice cream sandwich from Cream.

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The Golden Bridge, San Francisco
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Ilana and Abbi, also known as Taylor and Charlotte, from Broad City. (The now local and used to be local girlfriends)
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-Dolores Park, San FranciscoDSC_0491DSC_0508DSC_0501DSC_0514-Billy Goat Hill Park, San Francisco

DSC_0532DSC_0529Seafood brunch in San Francisco, with 4 different types of oysters. Oh lord!

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I promise to come back bay bay.

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Festival International de Louisiane in Lafayette

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Let me tell you about Lafayette, Louisiana. Where I spent yet another weekend at a festival, the Festival International de Louisiane. This festival is known for their variety of unique and up-an-coming performers all based from Louisiana that took place in downtown Lafayette. The festival is spread across the old downtown streets of the city where you can bar hop, shop,visit museums, enjoy local art, and their southern hospitality.

In addition to their amazing international lineup the family oriented festival also features workshops, theatre performances, art and mouth slobbering food. Influenced by France (of course), Spain and Africa. Honestly this festival’s food is the best! They had shrimp kabobs, crawfish pisolettes, shrimp friant, philly chesse steaks, pulled pork nachos, crawfish etoufee, jambalaya, gumbo, alligator balls, boudin balls….. yea! Just a couple of their options.

After a morning of steady rain spent having the most amazing brunch at The French Press. Where I had cajun benedicts…Oh lawwwd! The dish has toasted french bread, Hebert’s Boudin, two poached eggs topped with chicken, gumbo and french scallions. A must! The festival finally started at 2 p.m due to the weather. And after a couple of drinks at Marley’s Sports bar me and my girlfriend were ready to fest! With our drinks at hand because its Louisiana.

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JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound- amazing jazzy beat!

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One of the many friendly locals!

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While we listened to JC Brooks, we ran into Meduza from Nomadic massive. Gorge!

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Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate killing it! Literally making the whole crowd dance.

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The crew of shulas! We had an amazing time, as you can tell their empty City Bar cups.

From left, Sylvia, Charlotte and Lainee.
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Turnt… maybe! Also I am blonde now, my hair is not a fan of the humid south and this van is rad.

What I wore:

Mumu style dress, H&M | Purse, Marc by Marc Jacobs | Sneakers, Air Force 1 Nike | Sunnies, Ray Bans |

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On the way back to Texas we were able to stop and take a stroll and explore the swamp lands of Louisiana.

I wish I had more pictures, but fun got in the way. Still, Lafayette’s southern hospitality is unforgettable. The music was lively, unique and international, with so many combinations of sounds! And that food thoooo, I will continue to rave about for months. We highly recommend Festival de Louisiane at Lafayette.

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Rain or Shine…..Anything For Salinas

On Friday I went to Corpus Christi, Tejas! Like thousands of other Selena Quintanilla fans I had to experience the first-ever Fiesta de la Flor. A two-day music festival  honoring the Queen of Tejano music held at Bayfront Park in downtown Corpus.

 I have been wanting to take a trip to Corpus since I moved to Austin two years ago. With the sole purpose to vibe off Selena’s hometown. To smell the air she smelled, do the washing machine on the bay stairs, visit her old home, the museum, her statue and become Suzette’s (Selena’s Sister) BFF in the process. Typical Selena fan goals, this would be my opportunity.

Friday, the schedule was set to drive straight to Corpus, then watch the special showing of the Selena movie. But due to severe thunderstorms and TORNADO warnings it had to be cancelled (Its ok, I had watched it the day before at the gym). The next day Dave, Ryan and I (Up-and-coming Selena fans) toured the late Queen’s hood, starting with the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center. The grounds gardens feature a unique blend of colorful, exotic floral exhibits with areas of native Corpus habitat and natural wetlands.

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After our fun tour of the gardens, we headed off to the family-friendly Festival. Which to my surprise was highly organized! The City of Corpus Christi had public buses scheduled to pick up and drop of fans from the parking lot (city hall/courthouse) to the gates all day. Security/Volunteers happily guided you to the gates and assisted the elderly fans with chairs and mobility to enjoy the Tejano music.

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And the fans outfits were bidi bidi badass!

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These fans t-shirts were illustrated/designed by them. #fakefanwho follow them @the_selinas

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Mid day the rain began to pour down on everyone and the 8 brave little food trucks did not match up to the thousands of hungry Tejano lovers. Thankfully, the event did allow you to come-and-go and so we did in the name of tacos and hygiene. Once the storm had passed… we explored downtown only to find Selena’s Museum closed!

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What I Wore: 

Top, H&M | Wrap Skirt, Urban Outfitters | Purse, Asos.com | Sandals, Gap | Sunglasses, Ray Ban

Once back at the fiesta we enjoyed Los Palominos, Jay Perez and the Kumbia King Allstarz ft. Selena’s brother A.B Quintanilla. Honestly they still got it! The crowd was rowdy, swinging their hips and signing along to their greatest hits and Selena’s original songs.  Cuuuu Cuuuu!

At the end of the night the Kings along with the Quintanilla family thanked the fans for their support, and officially announced that Fiesta de la Flor would become an annual festival! Scheduled next year on May 6th- 7th. SELENA FOREVER!

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I only hope to see Fiesta de la Flor grow and become the Mexchella, SXSMEX, CorpusCityLimits…. FlorFlorFlor. Let’s Selena Quintanilla alive with more Latino Music.Pri Signature

#TBT to CHIHUAHUA

Throwback Trip to Chihuahua,Chihuahua, MX. As I am sitting here staring at my empty luggage bag, instead of packing for my trip home tomorrow. I realized I never shared the pictures of my short trip to Chihuahua City back in October.

Like most Mexicans I adore my family and even though I live miles away, they’re always in my thoughts. Or a whatsapp message away. My family doesn’t know how to keep secrets, use  “indoor voices” and boundaries……are non-existent. Cousins are sisters/brothers and our constant communication is more often than not hard to decipher. Or highly entertaining. And this trip that was to celebrate the coming birth of our niece Renata, was as memorable as every other trip we’ve had together.

Before im even MORE melodramatic… here are some pictures of my cousins and I in downtown Chihuahua.

DSC_0031The Cathedral, Plaza de Armas

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Over the past few years downtown has had several renovations making it a destination for locals and tourists. The streets were alive with people enjoying the afternoon, shopping, walking, and like us taking pictures in their cute outfits.

DSC_0135DSC_0100The City Hall, Plaza de Armas.

OOTD: Pants/Necklace, Express | Top, http://www.goldenbonesatx.com | Booties, Forever21| Purse, Old Navy| Sunnies, Quay Australia.

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H-Town, Beaches & Besties

I’ve probably visited Houston, TX about five times this year, but this was one of the most memorable trips yet. This past Saturday my HTOWN besties and I headed out to Galveston Island. A Texas oasis only an hour away from the city, were we spend the day at the Beach. It was also Cooper’s (my dawg!) first time seeing the ocean so it was kind of a big deal for us.

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Jamaica Beach- Galveston, Texas.

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Yup, that’s my 18 lbs dog crushing waves.

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The besties, Charlotte & Ameth.

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They played Frisbee and we……played it cool.

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Thank you, Cisnero’s Family for having us.

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It wouldn’t be a good post without a sunset picture and my beach #OOTD.

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I guess I am breaking the rules by wearing white pants after Labor day, but its still summer in Texas. Its hot and these are very comfy!

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Top & Pants, H&M | Sunnies & Sandals, Asos.com | Rings & Necklace, Nasty Gal, Urban Outfitters.

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Hill Country Day Trippin’

I’ve driven through the Texas Hill Country about 20 times now, but had never had the chance to stop and enjoy the charming city of Fredericksburg. Until this past Saturday!

Fredericksburg is a small city off of I-10, that was founded in 1846 by migrant germans protected under the “Society for the Protection of German Immigrants in Texas”. It is also known as the Peach Capital of Texas and Noblemen’s Society.

Fredericksburg is filled with cute local shops, art galleries, german restaurants, museums and wineries. Oh! and Dogologie, “a premier store for your canine family members”, LITERALLLY! They carry dog socks, different breed collectives, dog strollers and more, they will make your dog feel like a street dog.

Early Saturday, Dave, Ryan and I headed out to Fredericksburg. We wandered through Main St and discovered several high-end shops, and art galleries (with paintings up to, 75K, YIKES!) Most of the shops on Main St, offer a variety of locally made handmade goods, and vintage artifacts, a dream!

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We had lunch at The Auslander Restaurant, that offers German cuisine and the largest beer selections in the Hill Country.

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Dave & Ryan

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Spaten Oktoberfest German Beer & Opa’s Sausage Sandwich

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On the way back to Austin, we made a quick stop at Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park. This park protects the birthplace, home, ranch and final resting place of LBJ, the 36th President of the United States. Who we learned to be a real badass president who was responsible for designing the “Great Society” legislation that included laws that upheld civil rights, environmental protection, aid to education, urban and rural development and his “War on Poverty”.

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Jumpsuit Forever 21/ Bracelets Aldo/ Bag HM/ Sunnies Tory Burch

Our last stop was at the Bariloche Farm, an all natural farm with all homemade ice cream, smoothies, jams, and of course peach cobbler! I highly recommend this place is it everything you picture the Hill Country to be.

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Land of Yesterday, Tomorrow and Fantasy

I just had an amazing weekend in C A L I F O R N I A !! Accompanied by some of my favorite people in this planet, my mother, two cousins and the reason for our trip my little sister Iris. Not that I need a reason to go to Disneyland, I listen to Disney soundtracks at the office from time to time. But, for about two years we talked about taking Iris to Disneyland and we finally made it happen on this 4th of July (we are brave).

Orange County welcomed us with a cozy breezy 75 degrees. Ahhhh..Perfect, and what better way to enjoy that weather than at the beach, Huntington Beach! Where we got to watch some of the pro surfers compete at the Vans US Open Surfing. 

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 OOTD-H&M Shirt/Sandals, Express Shorts, MK Purse, Jack Willis Bracelet

Independence Day we headed out to Disneyland in the AM. Honestly…. I think I was more excited than my sister!!! I have amazing memories from this place and being the Disney fan/child at heart that I am I could not wait to feel the Magic (yes, the damn Disney Magic!) once again. Also they have the best churros!

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My darling sibling!

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Honestly I remembered this castle to be much larger, but was still very cute.

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Side note: Mr. & Ms. Mouse who were married in Sept 30, 1933 have separate homes right next to each other! hmm could it be that Walt Disney found the key to “happily ever after’? Anyway just one of the many things I psychoanalyzed as the day went by and I experienced as an adult at Disneyland. 

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In Mickey’s Mouse Cave. haha!

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OOTD-Asos.com Lion Smock Dress, Steve Madden Ecentric Sneakers, Marc by Marc Jacobs Purse

“I know all of the songs… I am embarrassing!”,  “Nooooh, it means you had a good childhood” – Alan. Wow, seriously when did this kid (teen) become so perceptive.

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And after a whole day being on our feet, laughing and eating churros we ended our day with some of the best fireworks I have seen, yet! Happy late 4th of July!

The next day after eating a well deserved California style breakfast, we ahead to the second park, Disney California Adventures (pretty much a grown up version of a Disneyland). California Adventures has less crowds, better quality food, and booze! Yes! grown up drinks, that only made the rides that much better! They also have a lot of new attractions like Cars Land, A Bugs Life, World of Colors and Ariel’s Underworld Adventure, my favorite.

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Radiator Springs, in Cars Land it looks just like the movie!

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DSC_0018-001DSC_0154OOTD-American Eagle Top, Urban Outfitters Pants, Juicy Rings.

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I hope you enjoyed our pictures, it was very hard to select just a few after out of 600. This was my first adventure blog post! I promise to have many more to share. I had a lot of fun with my family on this trip, and am especially glad that I got to be a part of my little sisters magical memories that like mine, will last a lifetime.

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