PINK WIDOW

Sometimes I spend my weekends at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway supporting my favorite guy, @diymike and his crew #locomotives. Catch us at Test-N-Tune and Import Face Off this weekend!!!

It may not look like it, but this car is almost to it’s 10 second goal… LOL

Here’s the inspiriation behind this hideous PINK Honda del sol build!


(Click the link at the top left of this video to watch locomotives race the widow + more!)

Best Cocktail Bars of Downtown Las Vegas

Two days out of the month, i’m kid free. That means, this mama is going out to play!

Who am I kidding, this rarely happens. My bedtime is 9:00p.m.

#Firstfriday

This was my first time going to this Arts festival. It was pretty cool! There’s a lot of different art, culture, yummy food trucks, and good music.

This photo was taken @ The Container Park.

Best Mixologists are found at:

  • Velveteen Rabbit
  • Atomic Kitchen
  • Oak & Ivy
  • The Laundry Room **
  • Downtown Cocktail Room **

**Haven’t been yet, but friends have highly recommended these spots.

Share below your favorite cocktail bars in LV or around the country!

How do you Calendar?

I’ve been asked many times, how do you stay on schedule? Well, it’s not always easy starting out. In college it was hard for me to plan ahead. As time progressed, I experienced trial and error. I remember when I first became a single parent, I had to get used to getting up early, getting my toddler ready for pre-k, making sure lunches were made, getting to work on time, making my appointments, and so on. It wasn’t easy. I eventually got ORGANIZED. I began using my PHONE CALENDAR for E V E R Y T H IN G.

As you can see… Hair appointments are super important…

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I use my default phone calendar for the following:

  • Appointments
  • Payments (utilities, rent, car, ins., etc.)
  • My daughter’s school functions
  • Parties
  • Events
  • Date nights
  • Birthdays
  • Celebrations
  • YOU NAME IT

I am more of a quick, hand carry, and go type of person so my phone calendar is perfect for ME. If you have the same calendar load as me and memorize all your appointments etc., I want to know who you are!

Some Gals I know even use Erin Condren planners! They are super cute! https://www.erincondren.com/compare-our-planners?gclid=Cj0KCQiAh9njBRCYARIsALJhQkEqwtjPRCz0Cm7gyaWcvqIMF8HCIg7vefwZO6A9sDH1SdQ-4Ds5QS0aAjRoEALw_wcB

Long Story Short, do what you have to do to get organized in your life so that you can  reach lifetime structure!

Share some of your secrets below!

Bún bò Huế

This is Bún Bò Hue. I was introduced to this Vietnamese spicy beef noodle soup & O M G. The flavors just burst! It’s not for a lot of people, hence the pork blood . Although, It is a beef and lemongrass based broth. Mixed in with different chili spices. It usually comes with meatballs, slices of beef, tendon, sausage, and vermicelli. 

Bún bò Huế is my favorite hot noodle dish. Some other faves of mine would be the following:

Most of the time, I have noodles sitting in the fridge, and crave a quick dish. If I have the right noodle (egg is my favorite) i’ll quickly pan fry the following:

  • Egg noodles (3/4 cup) – You’ll need to boil before putting it on the pan
  • Sesame oil (teaspoon)
  • Oyster sauce (teaspoon)
  • Huey Fong Chili Garlic Sauce (half/teaspoon)
  • Bagoong “shrimp paste” (just a hint, this stuff is strong & stinky ha!)
  • + You can eat this noodle dish with a soft boiled egg or any left over meat! Yummm!

Try it! Let me know what you think!

Tell me some of your favorite noodle dishes!

How do you maintain your summer body while on vacation?

Hi guys! First off, where are some of your favorite places to visit during the Summer? One of mine has to be San Diego, CA! This photo was taken at Coronado Beach for mine and my honey’s two year anniversary.

While on vacation, we stayed at a beautiful hotel called Loews! It was five minutes away from Coronado Beach, next to bay waters, with luxury hospitality. This hotel was overall gorgeous and we had one of the most comfiest hotel beds that I’ve ever slept in!

Now here’s the real question!

How do you maintain your summer body while on Vacation? In my opinion, go ahead and eat whatever you want but portion control, get your morning workouts in, and drink lotsss of water! We stayed in San Diego for four days and went to the gym twice. We got home and felt fine! I’m not saying you won’t feel bloated or you won’t gain a little weight if you follow these tips (it really depends on what you eat on your trip). Since your body was out of routine during vacation you’ll definitely need to get back on track.

We love going on vacation when we can and LOVE E A T I N G. Vacation or not, as I said before, go ahead and have that cheat meal!

Upper Body Workouts

Here are some workouts that have worked for me

throughout the years!

Back workouts

  • Standing lat pushdown (Cable Machine)
  • Seated cable row
  • Assisted pull-ups for all ya’ll babies (like me) out there.
  • Close-grip pull-down
  • Single-arm dumbbell row

Shoulder workouts

  • Rear delt raise
  • Arnold press
  • Dumbbell lateral raise
  • Leaning-away dumbbell lateral raise (or with the cable)
  • Stand-back upright row

Bicep workouts

  • Dumbbell hammer curl (I usually do a circuit w/ these – you can add the workouts below)
  • Reverse barbell curl
  • Inner-bicep curl
  • Seated bicep curl
  • Cable bicep curl w/ short straight bar

I don’t usually workout my chest (probably should!). Try some of these workouts and let me know if they work for you too!

Bibingka Cornbread Recipe

“Rice Cake” Cornbread

Sorry about the angle. We got too excited and took a bite.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of rice flour
  • 1 cup of cornmeal
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • 1 cup of confectioners sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter – Melted
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 1 can of cream style corn
Here are some of the ingredients I used.

Topping:

  • Melted butter
  • Granulated sugar

Note: With a flat pan I made 32 small servings.
If you use an 8×8 pan you can make 12 larger servings

  1. Preheat oven to 350’F. Grease bottom and sides of an 8X8 inch baking pan. (I used a flatter large pan)
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together rice flour, cornmeal, salt, and baking powder. *dry ingredients*
  3. In a separate large bowl, beat eggs (until fluffy), add sugar, and melted butter. Continue to whisk these ingredients until foamy. (I manually whisked. You can use a hand mixer or stand mixer) *egg mixture*
  4. Add half the dry ingredients, stir, add the remainder, and stir until completely mixed in, the batter should be thick a this point. (You can use a flat spatula for this step).
  5. Add coconut milk and the egg mixture, using your whisk, stir until completely incorporated.
  6. Finally, add the cream style corn, and mix!
  7. Pour the batter into the pan, even it out using a spatula, set the pan against the counter (give it a little shake!). You want the batter to be even.
  8. Bake! Keep in oven for 30 – 35 minutes or until browned. (Use a toothpick to check the center)
  9. Remove from the oven, let it rest for 2 minutes, brush the top of the cornbread with melted butter, sprinkle granulated sugar, and return to the oven for 3-5 minutes.
  10. Enjoy! Eat this yummy side dish with ribs (Pinoy style), any type of BBQ style entree, eat as dessert (I TOPPED IT WITH COOL WHIP — YOU WILL THANK ME), and honestly, It goes well with E V E R Y T H I N G.

Check out my previous posts below:


Interruption of Happiness

My daughter and I had dinner at my aunt’s house for Thanksgiving, 2017. I fell asleep on her couch, woke up around 10:00 p.m., and got in my car with my daughter. As we were on our way home, on the highway, I suddenly seen a person crossing the road. Mind you, I was going the speed limit (65mph). My instinct was to slightly merge left into the fast lane, I glanced into my left mirror, seen a car speed through, quickly got back into my lane, and the front of my car crashed into the man crossing the highway. The man landed on my windshield and onto the road. I slowly got off the road and onto the shoulder of the highway.  At that moment, I was crying, hyperventilating, and shaking. I contacted 911 and was trying to stay calm for my daughter. She said, “Mommy, the man hit the car”.  Highway patrol and an ambulance came to the scene. I remember the cop telling me, “the man is alive”. I was relieved but still shaken up. He also handed me a phone number for counseling. My father drove me home that night and I tossed and turned that night and everyday for a whole week. 

This was the estimate of the damages to my car.
I deleted all the car photos since it gave me flashbacks.

Let me tell you, I was shaken from this incident. It could’ve been worst, had I merged into the left lane, it could’ve been fatal. Thankfully, by the grace of God, me and my daughter were protected, we walked away from the incident safe and sound, and the man was alive.  


I am sharing this experience to show proof that joy can be expressed through a bad experience and that happiness can be interrupted. But you are the one who controls the interruption. You may be going through a tough or an unusual situation, but have faith, do better, and tackle those negative thoughts with uplifting words of wisdom. Whether it’s from simply calling a family member or adviser, reading the bible, listening to music, podcasts, watching videos of positive speaking, etc. At some point, you will grow from your situation, and be able to share your experience too.

My favorite Chinese carryout and local restaurants

Food brings my family together. Especially this yummy dish. I grew up on this and it’s the only time I eat it!

Here are some of my favorite Chinese carryout and local spots in Las Vegas!

Carryout:

  1. Mr ChopStix located at
    6135 S Fort Apache Rd
  2. The Magic Noodle located at
    5165 S Fort Apache Rd
  3. Rice n Noodle located at
    5165 S Fort Apache Rd
  4. China A Go Go located at
    10550 Southern Highlands Pkwy

Restaurant:

  1. Momofuku (Taiwanese & Japanese) located at 3708 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 *This is upscale, save it for date night!
  2. Yum Cha (Dimsum) located at
    4945 W Tropicana Ave.
    Las Vegas, NV 89103
  3. Chang’s Hong Kong Cuisine (Dimsum) located at 4670 S. Decatur Blvd.
    Las Vegas, NV 89103
  4. PS, I would also sit down at 1 & 2 listed above.
Someone wasn’t too happy at the dinner table! (But…isn’t he the cutest!?)

Let me know where your favorite spots are or which Chinese dish is your go to!