West to East 2.0

Our second cross country road trip was spot on. We went with super awesome friends which made it ten times better. The States we drove through included Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York. My husband was proud of me because I didn’t take 3 naps everyday in the road haha. Our highlights would definitely be The World’s largest hot springs, Liberty Jail LDS Visitor’s Center, Donutology in Kansas City, and Hershey Amusement park. Although in all honestly, nothing beats simply getting to be with the love of my life for 30 plus hours while admiring God’s creations. As I look back on this trip I think of the stomach pains from endless laughter we had with Dani and Aaron and all the sugary goodness that was included. I love my humans soooo much ❤️

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Double Twist Crown

This tutorial was inspired by by bangs. I’m in the awkward growing out my bangs phase. I have never felt confident with hairstyles during the process of growing them out. I usually just pin them up and wear the same two hairstyles. I’m also giving my hair a break from heat so my hair has not been very fabulous lately. Whenever the weather warms up my creativity enhances, especially when it comes to beauty and style. CLICK HERE FOR TUTORIAL. Enjoy!!

Asian Spring Salad

My favorite thing about this recipe is the simplicity. There is no way someone can butcher the steps! The Orange Sauce that is incorporated as a dressing has a lot of flavor. One of my goals for the summer is to get creative with salads and make new recipes. Just mix all the ingredients in a large bowl. It makes around 4 servings. 
Ingredients:
1/2 a cabbage head

1 cucumber chopped 

1 cup of shredded carrots 

1/2 cup of peanuts 

1 cup of diced grilled chicken 

Panda Express Orange Sauce

One Year of Marriage 

I cannot believe it’s been a whole year since my wedding day. It’s been a journey getting to know my best friend better each day. On our wedding day many small details went wrong (like in every event) but it was the best day of our lives. This sounds bad but I didn’t have high expectations for my reception. I imagined myself being stressed all day. It was not like that at all. Our biggest desire was to dance the night away. That’s exactly what we did. Miguel and I did not leave the dance floor from 8pm-12am. When planning a wedding don’t forget to make time for yourself. 

Shortly after we got married we headed off to New York for the summer for our jobs. Since September we have been living in Idaho and will head out back east next month.  I highly recommend to newly weds, move away from family. This is coming from a couple who adores their siblings and parents. The reason I say this is it gives you space to grow and to become emotionally dependent on each other. I hate not being able to be close to family but residing in a different state reminds me of my goals and the importance of my relationship with my husband. 

The highlights of my first year of marriage includes getting to road trip cross country with him. I grew to love him so much on that trip. He drove 90% of the time while I slept a lotttttt. I will never forget the overwhelming fear that entered our souls once we arrived to New York. We later discovered we were both putting on fake happy faces to comfort each other but our mutual feeling was “what did we do….”. Going out to New York for the summer was a life lesson for me. If it doesn’t scare us, it will not make us grow. I also enjoyed exploring the city. We were about an hour away so we were there very often. The first night we got to meet Drake at a private party. That story is long and I will spare you the details. Skydiving in the Hamptons is an experience that still makes my heart race whenever I think about it. If you’ve ever thought about skydiving, DO IT! Earlier this year we were blessed to attend a cruise with our company. The only other foreign country we have been in is Mexico so getting to go to Belize was amazing. Cave tubing in the forest of Belize with friends was memorable. 

I often think about the future, I can’t wait until we graduate, I can’t wait until we’re closer to family, I can’t wait until we have grandchildren. This thinking makes forget about the wonderful years I’m experiencing. One day I’ll be reminiscing about the days when were broke college students living simply and happy. I am grateful for not my temporal but eternal marriage with my lover. The sacred covenants I made with my Heavenly Father and Miguel on March 19th, 2016 is something I do not take lightly and work hard every day to make sure I am doing my part. Hooray for love  and marriage!!!!❤️

Katia

I absloultey adore my life but work and school can get so repetitive. I crave constant change in my life. Making music videos is the perfect outlet for me to get away from responsibilities and have fun. Spring is slowly but surely arriving in Idaho and I couldn’t be more thrilled! I was able to snap a few shots of Katia with patches of snow. Hope you guys enjoy this video! CLICK HERE FOR FULL VIDEOShouties to my model: Katia Regalado

Caribbean and Coworkers 

We are back in snowy Rexburg ready to tackle on another semester of school (not really). During our winter break we had the blessing to attend a cruise with the company Miguel and I work for during the summer. These guys sure know how to spoil us! We departed from Galveston, Texas and ported in Costa Maya, Belize City, and Cozumel. Our excursions included Snorkeling, kayaking, cave tubing, and zip lining. As fun as it is to visit new places and participate in invigorating activities what made this vacation worthwhile was the people. We were able able to meet new peers and also bond with those we already love. This trip was an eye opener for me. I often get trapped in the idea that traveling is what makes me happy but what brings me even more constant joy is connecting with phenomal humans in my life. I wish for myself and everyone to always be within a work environment where there is support, challenges, and endless laughter.

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Christmas Weekend

Our Christmas was full of snow, snow, friends, love, food, and snow. I’m very grateful for tiny humans who make Christmas magical and eternal friends❤️

Seasons Greetings 

It is definitely the most wonderful time of the year! Being a not-so-wealthy-newly-wed-college-student did not refrain me from spicing up my home with holiday cheer. All the decorations are a combination of yard sale finds, Dollar store items, DIY, and Etsy Shop purchases which I already had. I chose to have a Christ centered theme and hold off on all the glitter (for once in my life). I’m trying this holiday season to make even more of an effort to be Christ-like and find ways to serve others. Whether you’re a religious person or not I believe it’s the season for all of us to make an effort to give more than we usually do. Whether it’s befriending someone, volunteering, giving blood, baking someone a treat, donating money to a non-profit organization, or expressing our gratitude, I hope you find a way to get into the season of giving! I’m using the #LightTheWorld initiative this month. Here is the link. Use social media or just keep it to yourself but let’s spread cheer!

Bailar Y Cocinar sign in kitchen

Simply sign in window

Squash Alfredo Pasta

OH MY HECK. Guys this recipe is too good. I wish here was a way to teleport some to you right this second. I make fettuccine Alfredo for my husband frequently but I decided to make a different version that involved Fall flavors. It serves approximately 4 people. I have to say I envisioned the pretty color but had no idea how the flavor would come out. This must for a Fall meal! 

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese 

2 cups of heavy whipping cream 

1/2 cup of butter

1 cup of chopped parsley 

2 yellow squash

1/3 of butternut squash 

2 tbsp garlic powder 

1 lb of fettuccine pasta 

Salt


Directions:

1) cut butternut squash into chunks and boil in water for 15 minutes, a fork should be able to able to slide through once it’s ready 


2) blend the whipping cream and butternut squash in blender until smooth (make sure to strain the water from the squash) 


3) using a large pan melt butter on medium heat and add in 1 tbsp of garlic powder, let simmer for 5 minutes 

4) pour in the cream and squash mixture and let simmer for 5 minutes 

5) while the cream is cooking slice the yellow squash into half circles then add them into the pan


6) mix in the Parmesan cheese, 1 tbsp of garlic powder, salt (to taste)  and chopped parsley, cover and keep it on low for 10 minutes 


7) serve over cooked fettuccine pasta and EAT!

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