Chopping down our first Christmas Tree

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This is not Eric & I first Christmas together, but this year is a little bit more special because we took a trip to Richardson’s farms to chop down our own tree. Chevrolet let us borrow the 2019 All-New Chevy Silverado LT for the occasion, and let me tell you, that made the trip much more fun. The little smirk Eric had the entire ride while driving the truck made my day. The extra leg space, and lots of storage to transport our tree and new Christmas décor were just added bonuses.

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One of the things we loved about this farm, is that it’s not only a field full of trees. They also have a Christmas décor shop with every supply you need to set up your tree, a make your own garland station and even a wine, beer & snacks stand!  On the weekends they have a free wagon ride from and to the fields that also hauls the tree back to the cabin where they will prepare your tree to take it back home. Inside the cabin you can enjoy homemade popcorn, donuts & hot chocolate. You better believe I took one of each for the ride back home.

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While we were on the hunt for the perfect Christmas tree we quickly realized we weren’t prepared for the task. So here are some tips Chevy shared with us that I’m sure will make your first tree Chopping experience much better than ours.

1. Measure the space in your home: So you know exactly what size tree will fit as you pick one out.  We didn’t do this, so we spent a huge amount of time going back and forward between the big trees section (because Eric wanted a huge fluffy tree)  and the baby ones (which is what actually fits on my living room).

2. Stay warm: Bundle up, wear boots, a beanie and bring a pair of gloves even if it’s “not that cold”, because you’ll be outside for a few hours. Also don’t forget to bring a piece of cardboard to kneel on while you cut your tree down.

3. Choose Wisely: Inspect the trees before you pick one out. The National Christmas Tree Association recommends testing out the branches to make sure the tree isn’t too dry or unhealthy.

4. Chop Chop: Cut your tree low to the ground and straight across. Have a buddy pull the tree slightly away from the side you’re cutting to prevent the saw from binding and make it easier to cut all the way through.  I skipped this last point and instead of helping Eric, spent the entire time filming him and laughing while he struggled. It made this task much more fun (to me at least)

5. Use netting: All trees should be put into netting or a sleeve for easy transport.

6. Tie it down tight: Center your tree in the bed of the truck, loop twine through the integrated tie-down hooks and repeat to cinch with a “figure-8” motion securing the tree. In the 2019 Silverado, there are 12 fixed tie downs stationed throughout the bed of the truck to help you secure the tree from moving around while you drive.

7. Don’t forget to water your tree: Make sure you put your tree into water immediately when you get home and place it away from heat sources like fireplaces or radiators that can dry it out. That way you can keep it alive and healthy all holiday season long!

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After this trip, we made great memories & had a lot of fun, so we I decided to do this a Christmas tradition. Eric on the other hand, decided that this is the car he’s getting next. If you missed his instastories review here it is:

“It’s huge, has lots of storage, great gas mileage, every new technology , feels like a luxury car on the inside but it’s bold and sturdy on the outside… in other words, it’s dope!”

Tell me in a comment, what are your Christmas traditions? Do you also chop your own tree? What is your best advice for a chopping a tree newby like me?

10 gift ideas for HIM & HER


A few weeks ago I asked you on insta stories if you'd like me to create a Gift guide before Christmas and I was surprised to find out that most of you said YES!. So I put this list together with some ideas that would work for both girls & guys. Whether you’re shopping for a friend, coworker, or a gift exchange I'm sure here you'll find the perfect gift here.


1. COZY PAJAMAS

Such a traditional gift that I couldn't leave it out of this list. I love these joggers from TomboyX because although you can find them under the category of sleepwear, they definitely look more aproppiate to wear at the gym. Perfect for the guy who refuses to wear regular pj's but is looking for something soft & warm to sleep with.  Or someone like me who loves a versatile piece . I can totally see myself wearing them outside the house  in fact  I'm wearing these joggers as I write this and let me tel you they are the softest & warmest thing .

2. FUN SOCKS.

We all know socks go in pairs into the washing machine, and somehow they aways end up single. I don't know about you but I'm constantly buying extra socks for this reason. This is why I love being gifted socks, points extra if they're cute.

3. LEATHER PASSPORT CASE & TAG
 This can be a great gift for someone who is planning a trip. This set can be monogramed and comes in different colors.

4. GOOD UNDERWEAR

I recently discovered TomboyX and it immediatly became a favorite. All of their products are unisex,  great quality, and they come in a wide range of sizes. The 4'5 trunks are the comfiest thing. I got a 3 pack of those for Eric and he loves them. I also got us these Christmas trunks to match!

5. RAY BAN SUNGLASSES

Ray ban sunglasses have been around and trendy for a while and they're not going anywhere.  You can't never go wrong with the classic 3016 or a good pair of aviators.





6. LEATHER GLOVES

Talking about winter must-haves. Good gloves always come in handy. Make this useful gift a little bit more luxurius by choosing a nice pair of leather gloves.

7 . STYLISH SCARVES 

Definitely a must if you live in a cold weather city like Chicago. I love a plaid scarf to add a pop of color on an outfit. Banana Republic & J. Crew have the best ones




8. WIRELESS SPEAKER

This wireless speaker has come in handy during each trip & get together this year. The sound is amazing and the battery life lasts during an entire party . It is waterproof and also comes in different colors

9. CHELSEA BOOTS

These are definitely the most stylish and versatile shoes on the game, and they're also unisex! You know how much I love my Arlo boots from Clark shoes and I think these ones from Nordstrom Rack are a very similar option for men.



10. HIGH END SKINCARE PRODUCTS:

Everyone use them, every one needs them, everyone loves them! Boys and girls alike (wheter the guys ask for them or not, we all know they want them) I love that during the holidays most brands come up with skin care sets that you can buy at a fraction of the price.  This Clinique set for men it's only $14 and it's great for the guy who likes a simple routine. I also like this one from Origins and it comes with a Case. For the girls, you can't go wrong with the 3 step routine from Clinique or this set from Philosophy.  My two favorie products from Maelle now also come with an special price on the " ready to glow set" ($10off with code abril10) .



Six Flags Great America!


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I'm wearing: UNIQLO fleece top | Clark arlo booties   | jeans - similar - similar  | ZARA utility jacket - similar - similar | Nike tanjun shoes

Remember that time when I was chasing fall folliage in style driving my Chevy Equinox. Well, that wasn't the only fun thing we did! Chevrolet also invited us to visit Six Flags great america during the firght fest to, of course enjoy the park, but also to check out their new 2019 Models. At their stand , they had an Equinox just like the one I’ve been driving and the  Chevy Malibu which I was really impressed by its new sporty look  and the fact that now it’s also available with an hybrid engine ( just look at my face walking from the stand after checking out the car!) I love a fuel efficient car so I’ll definitely be taking a closer look at this one.

Desiree of fashion lingual tagged along during our trip and she was the best six flags buddy. She not only took all of these pictures, she also jumped on every ride with me and she’s super afraid of heights. If you follow me on instagram you probably remember my instastories from that day , specially this one  where me and Desi are screaming at the top of our lungs when riding the Joker. That pretty much summarizes  our day. I'm definitely not afraid of heights but I feel like, screaming , laughing and being silly is part of the fun !

Do you like attraction parks? What is your favorite ride?
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Aparte de buscar lugares cool para tomar fotos en nuestra Chevy Equinox, tambien tuvimos la oportunidad de volver a Visitar Six Flags cortesia de Chevrolet para poder checar los nuevos modelos 2019 y por supuesto disfrutar del parque.

Esta es la segunda vez que voy, y ahora me lleve a Desire para que fuera mi copiloto en los juegos. A lo mejor no lo saben pero ella le tiene muchisimo miedo a las alturas y aun asi nos subimos a practicamente todas las atracciones. Si nos siguen en instagram a lo mejor se acuerdan de los videos que subimos a instastories gritando a todo pulmon. Asi mas o menos nos la pasamos todo el dia!

A ti te gustan los parques de atracciones, cual es tu juego preferido?



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