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My New Obsession: Sea Glass

Ever since we got here, I’ve been looking for sea glass, and yesterday I ACTUALLY FOUND SOME! I learned about sea glass about a year ago when Ruby sent me a link to website where a girl was selling some really awesome sea glass jewelry. If you’ve never heard of it, sea glass is exactly what it sounds like- glass from the sea. More specifically, it is little shards of broken glass that have been worn smooth and frosted by tidal action and saltwater. And, it is the COOLEST. STUFF. EVER.

Sea glass is this whole thing that people are completely obsessed with collecting (and I can see myself becoming one of those people). Some people also get really into researching what KIND of sea glass they’ve found–in other words, what it was before it was sea glass, how old it is, etc. Apparently some sea glass dates all the way back to the 1800s.

Anyway, I’m PSYCHED to have found some on a deserted rocky beach that seemingly no one ever visits. It was kind of tricky hiking around the rocks in my flip-flops, but totally worth it.

For more about sea glass, click here.

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May 19, 2010 at 8:00 am 5 comments

Vamos a Tulum

Yesterday we went to see the Mayan ruins at Tulum. It took about thirty minutes by bus, and was pretty spectacular. They were the first ruins we’ve visited, not counting the small temple on a nearby inlet.

My husband had a theory that all the former Mayan residents have been reincarnated as iguanas, because there were SO MANY of them. Ruby would not have liked it–she has a strong objection to lizards. Personally, I think they’re pretty cool.

You can totally see why the Mayans built a city here. It was an important trade port, but it was also a gorgeous stone city towering above the cerulean sea.

The one disappointing thing about Tulum was that you can’t climb any of the ruins like you can at some of the other sites. Of course I understand about wanting to protect the archeological integrity of the place. This was the only building people could touch and get close to.

Well, seems I’ve got the technical difficulties resolved for now. Until tomorrow…

♥Emerald

May 15, 2010 at 1:55 pm 4 comments

Hiatus

Buenos dias, everyone! Right now Ruby is in New Orleans, soaking up the beautiful balminess and probably cooking up a big ol’ pot of shrimp for breakfast. Meanwhile, I’m already living out of my luggage, as all the clothes I’m not taking on my Mexico trip are packed up. Everything except my computer and my dishes are packed, and I’m practically counting the minutes until Mexico.

While Ruby is gone, I plan to take over the blogging duties from Mexico since I will have internet service. However, since everything is kinda crazy right now, and since I have to pack up this computer and put it in storage, I can’t promise anything like regular posts until after May 7. Then I will be able to provide updates about the food I’m eating, the sights I’m seeing, and my (hopeful) adventures as a jewelry-peddling beach hippie.

So check back next week to see what I’m up to! Adios, amigos!

♥Emerald

May 3, 2010 at 8:40 am 3 comments

I Wanna Be A Beach Hippie

Tow years ago when my husband and I went to Costa Rica, I became enamored with a group of “beach hippies” in the west coast town of Manuel Antonio. I don’t know where the hippies came from–they looked vaguely European, but were so tan they could have easily been native Ticos. I don’t member talking o them except to buy some of the jewelry they made, I only remember that they apparently lived in a van by the ocean with a bulldog who wore a beaded necklace. And I thought to myself, I want that life. So, since I’m going to Mexico (ten days!!!) for two and a half months, and since I won’t really have a job while I’m down there, and since I like to make jewelry, I’m going to try my hand at being a beadin’ beach hippie, minus the van and the dog of course. Maybe make a little dinero para cerveza, if you know what I mean.

In preparation, I’ve been making and stockpiling jewelry for the vacation. I’ll have internet while I’m there, so I will post updates about my endeavor. You only live once, right? Might as well reach out and grab it, especially when it’s that close.

My “Workshop”

I’m not sure how I’ll decide on a spot to sell my merchandise — I’ve never really done anything like this. Have any of you? Tips and advice are welcome….

♥Emerald

P.S. Check out Ruby’s super-cute flag pennant giveaway below, and leave a comment- it could be yours!

April 27, 2010 at 10:12 am 8 comments

{these moments} for the mom who can’t choose

And have a great weekend, all!

~Ruby

April 16, 2010 at 8:07 am 9 comments

Stress Reduction Resolution

Because I’m temporarily moving to Mexico in three weeks, I have a LOT to do. Each morning I wake up to a list of tasks that need to be completed, and it seems like the list gets longer over the course of each day, in spite of assiduous efforts to cross things off the list. Though I’m excited about the next few months, I’ve also been very stressed out. Ruby says a peculiarity of my personality is that when I have things I HAVE TO DO, even if the goal or the result is something really exciting, I become ultra stressed.

Stress is bad for you. Not only can it have a negative effect on the physical body, it also reduces  quality of life.  Yesterday I decided I don’t want to do that anymore. I should be spending these next few weeks feeling happy and excited, not over-taxed and uptight.  So, even though I can’t change the fact that I have a lot to do (nor would I want to), I can incorporate certain attitudes or activities into my day to reduce stress.

Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

  1. Tea-time (or wine-time). Yesterday evening when my husband got home from work, I was in the middle of making dinner. I was very tired because I’d spent all day DOING STUFF, and WORKING. But instead of immediately parceling off a portion of the to-do list onto him, I poured us both a glass of wine and said, “Why don’t we go sit on the couch for fifteen minutes and drink this wine.” It was a nice little break. We were able to catch up with one another about what had been going on, and it was a reminder that we don’t actually NEED to be moving at light speed every waking moment. It changed my whole mood.
  2. Morning time. I’ve also decided to take a little time for myself in the morning, about thirty minutes, to drink a cup of tea and read a book. I do this before I get dressed or turn on the computer.
  3. Breathe. This is actually one I’ve been working on since I started doing yoga, but it really helps, when I remember to do it.
  4. Listen to music instead of the news. Every now and then I forget why I hate the news, and I turn on the radio news program. I usually wind up feeling anxious and depressed afterward. If I select some relaxing or stimulating music instead, I usually feel energized.

Well, that’s all I’ve come up with so far. You’re all busy people- I’d love to hear some of your ideas for coping with stress in your daily lives. What are some of the things you do for yourself to stay sane and healthy?

April 13, 2010 at 9:09 am 5 comments

Make your skin happy

Hello, hello and happy Monday, all 🙂

I wanted to talk  today about something I have been making for many years now, since I was a teen, actually.  It’s sugar/salt scrub.

I know this probably isn’t a revelation, but we can all use a reminder now and then of those simple things that we probably already know about, but forgot about.

That was the case for me. 

Recently with my tax return money I was going to buy myself some sugar scrub because while I remembered how much I enjoyed using it I didn’t remember how easy it was to make, but I quickly recalled my love of kitchen crafting when I was faced with the $15 price tag at the bath store.

This time I made it with coconut oil, olive oil, sugar and gray sea salt.  It came out great, of course, and I have been enjoying the simple pleasure of it.

I poured as much as I could into a nice short jar I had saved and then found a fat mouthed tea-cup to put the rest in and have kept that at the kitchen sink to use everyday on my Colorado-reptile hands and it has really been working nicely, they almost look human again!

Here are some recipes if you are not the sort to just jump in and throw some stuff in bowl until it looks right:

http://tipnut.com/homemade-sugar-scrub-recipes/

So get into the kitchen , scrounge up some oil, a jar and some salt or sugar and get to mixin, summer is coming and your skin will thank you!

If anyone else has any nice pampering ideas please send them our way….

Love,

Ruby

April 12, 2010 at 5:28 am 3 comments

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