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Cancun: How to Pack a Carry-on

Trying to pack a carry-on for a trip probably sounds intimidating. Not gonna lie, I used to struggle to get it right when I first started. But man, ain’t nobody trying to wait at baggage claim for some luggage they probably didn’t need in the first place. I’m impatient AF so limiting it to only my carry-on luggage gets me where I’m going quicker. Plus, it kind of forces me to only pack my cute clothes which works out better in the end.

Packing Tips for Cancun

1. The goal is to fit as much as possible

I like to have plenty of options when I travel, especially to Cancun. So I try to bring a variety of clothing items so I will have a little something for every activity! Since I knew I’d be driving boats, snorkeling, and going to fancy dinners, I brought pieces for each occasion. Bonus points for ones that could be worn twice (more on that in a sec).

2. Bring Workout Clothes

I like to bring workout clothes for two reason – in case I decide to work out, and in case I’m feeling lazy and just want to chill. Either way, my workout outfit usually just consists of a sports bra and leggings. This way I can wear both pieces together or separately!

I mean, I like to drink wine while I’m packing but what’s new?

3. Pack Dresses because they’re light

I like wearing dresses when I’m on vacation, which works in my favor because they typically pack pretty light. I can fit quite a few of them in my suitcase so I always have a variety of different ones to wear. Typically, I’ll bring a black dress, a maxi dress, a clubbing dress, and a sun dress. The best part is I can switch up the looks with them by adding a cover up, different shoes, and accessories!

4. Pack Multipurpose Items

Space is key when packing a carry-on, so I try to bring items I can wear/use more than once. One of my favorites is to bring sleepwear that can double as a shirt or dress during the day. I also like to bring cover-ups that can double as a duster or dress!

5. Wear bulky items to the airport

The oldest trick in the book. Wear your coats, hats, and bulkiest shoes to the airport so that they aren’t taking up space in your suitcase. Just make sure you don’t mind dealing with it for the next few hours. Also, you can typically put coats in the overhead bins if there’s room so you’re not sweating the entire ride.

Those are my tips for packing a carry-on for Cancun, but I’d love to hear what you do to make it work. Let me know your tips in the comments below, or if any of these are new to you, hit me up with those too!

I’m on Youtube Y’all!

I’ve been wanting to do videos for a while. In fact, you’ve probably seen the few I’ve spit out over the years. Well I decided it’s high-time I get consistent with my channel. Why? Because I think you get a way better understanding of who I am if you watch me do the crazy stuff I talk about on this blog.

If you’re new here, don’t fret. I am about to introduce myself in the best of ways. WITH A VIDEO! It’ll show you who I am and what this blog/vlog/whatever is all about. One day I’ll explain why I started blogging and how it has quite literally changed my life (for the good and the bad) but for now, there’s this.

How’d you like it? Do you prefer text or video? What do you want to see on my channel? Let me know in the comments below!!

Ginger Tried It: Tofu Shiratake Ramen

I’m starting a new series called, Ginger Tried It. I’m always going to the grocery store and picking out random food that looks good (or at least interesting). Some of you are curious like me and want to know if the food is ACTUALLY good, so I’m saving you some moula and doing a taste test of my own.

 

 

This week, I tried House Foods’ Tofu Shiratake Ramen. I was browsing through Sprouts and saw it in the refrigerator section and thought it looked good. Turns out, I was tricked but that doesn’t necessarily mean I didn’t like it.

Ginger Tried It Spoiler Alert

Okay, so don’t read this if you haven’t watched the video because it will TOTALLY spoil it for you! If you don’t have time to watch it, here are the highlights.

  1. I purchased this at Sprouts because I went into the grocery store hungry AF!
  2. Rookie Mistake – I thought everything on the picture was going to be inside the package.
  3. I didn’t read the ingredients or nutritional facts before purchasing.
  4. I liked, but was confused by, the way their sauce packet was served.
  5. I suck at holding cameras to record myself.
  6. I add hot sauce to everything!

So yeah, that’s my review! Find out how I was bamboozled in the video above and let me know if you would have fallen for it too? (please say yes).

Brunch 3 Ways at Cityline DFW

Thanks to developments like Cityline DFW in Richardson, the suburbs are poppin’ more now than ever before. I went on a brunch tour recently and tried out three of their restaruants – Good Union Urban BBQ, Fernando’s Mexican Cuisine, and Tricky Fish. At each stop we sampled a couple of drinks and 3 entrees. Here’s what our palettes were graced with:

Brunch at Cityline DFW

Good Union Urban BBQ

The Drinks – We sipped on the Union Bloody Mary and the House-Made Sangria. As much as I love wine, I’m not really a huge sangria person. Don’t get me wrong, I rarely turn down a free drink, but I was all about the bloody mary on this stop!

To Eat – Everytime I go to Good Union, I’m pleased with how diverse their menu is. For brunch, you can order tacos, sandwiches, and quesadillas. Maybe it’s a Texas thing, but from where I’m from, barbecue joints just don’t have those options. And if they do, they don’t do it well. Honestly, my mouth is watering just typing out the food we had at Good Union Urban BBQ. We tried the Prime B Breakfast Tacos,  Brisket Breakfast Quesadillas, and the Ham Breakfast Brioche Sandwich. They were all bomb, but the one that stood out to me was definitely that ham sandwich. I couldn’t get enough of that buttery bread and perfectly seasoned ham!

Fernando’s Mexican Cuisine

The Drinks – I’m not typically a fan of frozen drinks (because they take too long to chug) but that is what Fernando’s was serving up so I rolled with the punches. They brought us a Frozen Margarita and a Frozen Blueberry Mojito. As someone who loves tequila and loves mojitos, this made me happy. If I have to drink frozen drinks, I would choose these. The margarita was a margarita..not too much more to say there. That blueberry mojito, on the other hand, was something to write home about! So refreshing and sweet!! If I had to choose between the two, I wouldn’t. I’d just take both. 🙂

To Eat – We grubbed on some of Fernando’s house favorites, the Breakfast Taco, Mexican Tortilla Sandwich, and Fernando’s Quessadilla. This was a while ago, so I don’t remember everything, but I do remember loving that Mexican Tortilla Sandwich. Historically, I side with whichever dish includes the most carbs. This definitely fit the bill.

Tricky Fish

To Drink – I love a good mimosa bar, especially when they let you pour your own champagne. Why, you ask? Because I skip the juice and pour myself a glass of champagne. *pro tip* lmfao Not only is that the tastiest option, in my opinion, but its also the cutest because you can see the fruit you dress it with! That being said, I did love the set up Tricky Fish does for its Mimosa Bar! Shoutout to them for having fresh herbs you can toss in your champs!

To Eat – I’m not gonna lie, by the time I got to Tricky Fish I was full AF and could barely fathom stuffing anymore grub into my food hole. However, I persevered when they brought out these goodies. We had a NOLA Benedict, Fried Shrimp & Oyster Grits, and Praline Pancakes. It was all good, but the thing that took me over the limit was their okra. It’s hard to find someone that cooks okra perfectly, especially if it isn’t fried. But my friends, that okra was off the chain. So much so that I’ve been back to Tricky Fish since this visit just to eat some more.

I know you came on here looking for some food porn, so I figured I’d show you a couple other snacks I ran across….

My beautiful friends, @loveyoumoretoo and @thelovelybass

 

Huge thanks to Cityline DFW for inviting me to your foodie tour. I love going out there for good eats, but they also have lots of other fun activities going on throughout the year. Check them out on Instagram to see when they’re hosting yoga in the plaza. Or, if you can’t wait, check out Reef Point Yoga. It’s one of my favorites in DFW.

 


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Google Local Guides: BBQ and Fried Chicken Tour of Dallas

 

 

A few months ago, Google filmed me around town eating some of the most delicious BBQ and Korean friend chicken that Dallas has to offer. They randomly emailed me one day asking if they could record me eating bbq. Of course my first question was, “How much y’all paying?” And of course their response was, “NADA.” But I still agreed because – hellooooo, its GOOGLE! I couldn’t believe they asked little ‘ol me! When they told me the places we’d be visiting, I told them I hadn’t been to any of them! However, I’m not one to turn down a free meal so I turned on my camera face, and headed out to eat! Check out this video to see where all we went.

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