Waking up in Vegas!

Vegas isn’t usually my ideal place for travel; although, last week,  I found myself heading there for a work conference.

I have only been there once prior and vowed to do everything that Vegas is not known for.  My first time visit revolved around  kayaking in the black canyon, renting a car and driving to Death valley and last but not least, attending two Vegas shows -Cirque du Soleil (which I was not impressed with) and The Mentalist.

Fast forward to last week, I landed in Vegas for a conference.  Luckily, one of my colleagues whom I consider a friend also attended.  This worked out perfectly as through conversations I gathered that she we shared similar traveling styles. When it comes to traveling,  it’s always a hit or miss when it’s done with others.  It can be challenging when you have a group who tend to either do limited activities or do none at all.  In this stage of my life, I’m very cognizant with whom I can or cannot travel with.  I know myself to be one who enjoys indulging in all a city has to offer.  I like to have planned out days that involve cultural activities and fine dining.  I really don’t have a strong interest in selecting cities that have famously active party scenes.  I’m more satisfied with ending a night at a hole in the way with a glass of wine listening to traditional music of whichever country and/or city I am visiting.

Now on to Vegas!  During our stay, we tried to do as many activities as possible given that we were there for work and that some of us had to present during the conference.

Our first night, we checked out Mind Freak.  One of our colleagues kind of has an obsession with Cris Angel so we indulged her by attending his show.  If anyone has watched his tv show, it’s essentially a similar format.  One thing that I really enjoyed about it was the ending (not in a bad sense) and his strong commitment to fund raising for childhood cancer.  It was very touching seeing footage of his visitations to the various hospitals and his time spent with the kids.  Unfortunately, we couldn’t take any pictures as it was prohibited.

The following morning we took a tour to the Grand Canyon (south rim).  I think this was the highlight of all of our excursions.  Unfortunately, the tour mainly composed of driving given the distance from Vegas to the canyon.  Nonetheless, the anticipation was well worth it as the views were spectacular.  The tour takes you through the hoover dam, as well as the famous Route 66.

 

 

The other nights we mainly stayed on the strip and visited a few Vegas notables:

  • The High Roller
  • The Eiffel Tower
  • The Bellagio’s dancing fountain
  • Caesar’s Palace
  • The Conservatory
  • (Away from the stip) Old Vegas – Freemont street and Banger’s brewery
  • The slot machines at the MGM Grand (our hotel)

 

 

Crystal Elixirs…Gem Waters..Crystal Tonics…Crystal Waters

One day, while browsing through my instagram feed I noticed these really interesting water bottles.  I’m totally into the whole concept of positive energy and crystals and these water bottles seemed to be just what I had been looking for!  I’ve browsed through youtube videos and websites on how to make my own crystal elixirs but never really when through with it.  I was always afraid that I would pick the wrong type of crystal and end up poisoning myself.

So out of curiosity I clicked on the tagged name and was redirected to the “Glacce Bottles”IG page.  This company is ran by two ladies from Denver, Colorado who came up with the concept of creating a modern design of a crystal elixir by means of water bottles.  Kinda cool, right?

The actual elixirs are created once crystals are added to the water.  Now you may know this process as something else since there tends to be various names associated with crystal elixirs such as, gem waters, gem elixirs, gem tonics, gem essences, crystal waters, crystal essences, crystal tonics, and more.  Just know that they essentially all mean the same thing.  There really isn’t any difference in the process of how they are made.

The glacce bottles are sold individually, therefore, if you like two different types of crystals, you will have to buy two different bottles.  I’m awaiting for the option to purchase the crystal  compartment separately as I have my eye on all three other crystals!  The bottles are kinda pricey as they go for a whopping $80 not including s&h which comes out to a little bit over $87.  Do note that the Amethyst bottle is a little bit pricier than the others.

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image from glacce bottle website

There are only four types of crystals that are available for purchase.  I purchased the clear quartz!  I’ve been on this journey of starting my blog for awhile with no true commitment.  I guess you can say I’m attempting to gain motivation from mystical sources, right? lol  So far, I haven’t used it as it’s instructed on the site, which is to meditate your intentions on the crystal prior to use.

No, the water doesn’t taste any different.  It taste like, well, water.  That is usually the number one question that people ask.  What does it taste like? Does it taste like metal? Have you gained any psychic abilities? Unfortunately, no to all especially the latter.  However, it wouldn’t be too shabby of a deal to gain psychic powers from drinking an elixir, right?  I may have to invest in the Amethyst bottle to give it a try!

What I really liked about the bottle is how well it was packaged!  It comes packed within two boxes.  One is customized with their logo.  The outer box is just a plain box.  The bottle is made out of glass and comes with a glove for the bottom portion.  As demonstrated in the image above, the bottle does disassemble.  The bottom comes off which makes it easy to clean.  The crystal is securely affixed to the metal bottom, therefore it cannot be removed.  Since these items are hand crafted, the crystals tend to be a bit lopsided.  As you can see in my image below, my crystal sways a little bit to the right.  I don’t mind it but if you’re OCD on formations perhaps this may be an issue for you.  The bottle is a bit small (18 oz depending on the crystal size) but that is just my opinion.  I tend to drink a lot of water throughout the day so it would’ve been nice to have a larger option.  However, looking at it from a positive perspective it does encourage constant movement for refills.  So if you have a sedentary job, this would be ideal for you.  I’m a Higher ed administrator so 90% of the time I’m working off a computer.

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Per their site, the clear quartz will aid in energy, clarity, cleansing and positivity.

Clear quartz is the stone of ultimate wisdom and total clarity. It harnesses the balancing energy of positivity, healing, connection, and wisdom. Clear quartz is easily programmable and is known to amplify energy and thought, making it a powerful tool to manifesting your intentions. It is a great regulator and it’s elixir will help to keep you focused and energized throughout your day. Clear quartz has the power to transform negative energy into positive energy and is a widely used healing stone. Use this as a talisman for finding clarity in your intentions and manifesting your dreams.

 

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image from glacce bottle website -Rose Quartz

If you’re looking to attract love, beauty, forgiveness or presence then your go to bottle is most likely the Rose Quartz edition.

Rose quartz is the stone of the heart, the crystal of unconditional love. It harnesses the feminine energy of compassion, love, peace, tenderness, healing and nourishment. It dissolves emotional wounds, fears, resentments, and aids in the acceptance of necessary change. This stone allows for a deep sense of presence in the moment and gives power to your personal faith in the healing process. Use this crystal to reawaken your heart to its own innate love and allow yourself the capacity to truly give and receive love.

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image from glacce bottle website – Amethyst

If you are seeking calmness, a heightened sense of intuition or increasing creativity or maintaining sobriety then the Amethyst elixir is your pick!

Amethyst is the dreamers stone, the crystal of balance and protection. It harnesses the energy of creativity, spirituality, and passion, yet bears the logic of temperance and sobriety. Amethyst ushers a deep connection with source energy, which can help awaken your creative potential and enhance your existing psychic abilities. Use this crystal as a talisman of focus, success, and protection from negative energies. Amethyst is also known for being a sobriety stone and can support those struggling with addiction or mental illness.

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image from glacce bottle website – Smoky Quartz

I purchased this one for my niece as she’s going away to college this year!  Going away to an unknown city can bring about anxiety that you didn’t know existed.  Plus sharing your space with an unknown individual could also bring about unwanted negative energy.  I figured buying her this bottle would be of multiple use to her (1) Aid in hydrating her (2) Protecting her from negative energy and (3)  Bringing a sense of relaxation to her new life

The smoky quartz elixir aids in the area of grounding, relaxation, protection and power.

Smoky quartz elixirs are perfect for the ambitious.  Sometimes we get caught up in our art, work, or taking on too much at once.  Let smoky quartz bring you back down to earth and serve as a reminder to take it all in, one step at a time.  This stone has been known to help relieve anxiety.  It will ground you through your ups & downs.  With this elixir, you will feel safe in your space, protected from anything negative.  This groundedness will make you feel powerful.  And feeling powerful gives you freedom.

If any of you guys own these bottles and have used them properly, what were your experiences?  Did the product provide what it advocates?  I think I’m going to recharge my crystal during the next full moon and set my intentions to have the full experience.

 

A Lisbon Story….

A few months ago, I took a trip to Portugal.  I spent most of my time in Lisboa.  The city is magnificent!  Very laid back and welcoming.  During my visit, we stayed in Barrio Alto.  This neighborhood was party central.  Especially on the block our Airbnb was located on.  Every night there were crowds of people, mostly tourist and young Lisboans.  The energy was always pure and positive.  Each night we would fall asleep to drumming and signing coming from the streets.

I look forward to going back there!

Below are some of my recommendations:

Se de Lisboa

Carmo convent

Belem tower

Jeronimos monastery

25 de Abril bridge (only by sailboat)

Castelo de Sao Jorge

Feira da ladra (flea market for the vintage junkies)

Bairro Alto

Alfama

Miradouros (all of them)

LX Factory

Rent a tuk-tuk

Take a train ride to Cascais (spend at least a night there)

 

Like smooth skin?

During a recent trip to San Francisco we decided to venture out to Napa!  Boy was that a good idea.  We ended up at the Oxbow Public Market.

Be forewarned that the parking lot is a nightmare but once inside you will see that it was well worth it!  While browsing through the myriad of stands, I stopped by the Olive Press, particularly to smell the lotions.  I tried each and every one of them.  Due to indecisiveness, I purchased all three scents (Fig Olive, Lavender and Olive Leaf) in travel size.

I recently began using them daily and am particularly surprised at how great the quality is.  Usually the store brand lotions I  buy moisturize me for a few hours but this was not the case with The Olive Press brand.  From morning til night, it keeps my skin soft and moisturized while smelling great.  Adding them to my daily regimen has caused for them to run low.  I’m so in love with this lotion brand that I’m heavily considering ordering them online (if available).  My preferred scent is the “Olive Leaf”.  The other two smell great but there’s just something about this one that’s really soothing.

If you guys are planning to visit the area, I would definitely recommend that you stop by and check it out.  The food is yummy, the produce is fresh and the location is charming.napanapa3napa2napa5napa4