Malu’s Mexican Embroidery Clothes & More

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A few months ago I came across Malu and her family who were selling these traditional beautiful Mexican embroidery shirts and I fell in love.

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All of the items are from Mexico and are embroidered by the local artisans there.
She carries clothing in all sizes and even has shirts for men and children.
I normally see these shirts run anywhere from $45 to $100 but Malu’s items start off at $10 and the most expensive item I have come across so far is $25.
She ships as well and once again, shipping is so reasonable.

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Typically I get my shirts straight from the Motherland but I am not able to visit Mexico as much as I would like so I am so thankful I found Malu’s Mexican Embroidery Clothes & More!
Not only are the shirts beautiful and come from quality material but the profits from her small business go towards her daughters whom she is putting through college.

Take a look at her site or Facebook to order and help support this small business!

Xoxo,

– R. Vargas

Shulammitegirl Snaps: April

During the month of April, I: 

  • Pioneered with my best friend. 
  • Had a proud aunt moment when one of my nieces asked if she could attend The Memorial with my mother and I. 
  • Attended the Dallas Arboretum for the first time. 
  • Began a Bible study with my partner. 
  • Attended a very special exhibit at my local museum with great friends. 
  • Picked peaches off our peach tree. 

How productive was your month?

Xoxo,

– R. Vargas

Summer Vacation 2015

I’ve been M.I.A due to a family vacation which I am very appreciative that I went on.
While the vacation was much needed, I am very happy to be home.

Each year my family and I travel to Mexico where my father is from to spend a few days on his ranch in Durango

After a few days spent on the ranch, we then travel to our actual vacation destination. This year we happened to be visiting Mazatlan.

Some of you may be reading this and wondering if Mexico is still a safe country, and let me assure you that it is.
With the media always trying to condemn the country or portray it as very dangerous and unsafe, it is still a beautiful and welcoming country.
It is true that there are some places that may not be as safe as others but if you really think about it, that’s all over the world, even in your own home country.

Mexico offers a variety of colors, scenery, smells, sounds, tastes, traditions, legends, etc.
I could go on and on about all that Mexico has to offer but it’s something you have to experience and not just read about.

Here is a glimpse of my vacation:

Piedras Negras

Piedras Negras

Lunch at Maria Isabel's

Lunch at Maria Isabel’s

Home

Home

Our first day back home, we had a cook out.

Our first day back home, we had a cook out.

Fresh produce.

Fresh produce.

Roasting up tomatoes and jalapenos for salsa.

Roasting up tomatoes and jalapenos for salsa.

Fresh picked green beans.

Fresh picked green beans.

Peeling and snapping.

Peeling and snapping.

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Snapped in half.

Street vendors.

Street vendors.

Making sopes.

Making sopes.

Sopes!

Sopes!

Rosebush in my father's garden.

Rosebush in my father’s garden.

Bus tickets to Mazatlan. (Notice the Familia Vargas)

Bus tickets to Mazatlan. (Notice the Familia Vargas)

Scenery while on the bus.

Scenic views while on the bus.

My nephew posing in front of a marlin.

My nephew posing in front of a marlin.

Charro Beans

Charro Beans

Salsa's

Salsa’s

Carne Asada & Al Pastor tacos.

Carne Asada & Al Pastor tacos.

Queso flameado

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Preparing the meat.

Taxis in Mazatlan.

Taxis in Mazatlan.

Hotel views

Hotel views

Souvenirs and trinkets inside the local market.

Souvenirs and trinkets inside the local market.

Fresh fruits and vegetables.

Fresh fruits and vegetables.

More fruits and vegetables.

More fruits.

More beach views.

More beach views.

Pina Coladas by the pool.

Pina Coladas by the pool.

Supreme pizza.

Supreme pizza.

Nachos

Nachos

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Salsa’s and pickled cucumber slices.

Al Pastor Tacos

Al Pastor Tacos

Pan dulce from Panama Restaurant y Pasteleria

Pan dulce from Panama Restaurant y Pasteleria

Almond Croissants (My favorite)

Almond Croissants (My favorite)

More sweets

More sweets

Writing in the sand.

Writing in the sand.

My selfie stick came in handy although my family didn't want in the picture.

My selfie stick came in handy although my family didn’t want in the picture.

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Beach bummin’.

Seashells I collected from the beach.

Seashells I collected from the beach.

Vendors on the beach selling fruit cups and other snacks.

Vendors on the beach selling fruit cups and other snacks.

Footprints in the sand left by my nephew and me.

Footprints in the sand left by my nephew and me.

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The main fountain towards the entry of the beach.

Cotton candy skies.

Cotton candy skies.

Papa Loca which is their version of a loaded baked potato. (This was my favorite meal on the entire trip.)

Papa Loca which is their version of a loaded baked potato. (This was my favorite meal on the entire trip.)

Busy little bee.

Busy little bee.

Burritos

Burritos

Gorditas

Gorditas

Man roasting up chicken at the local market.

Man roasting up chicken at the local market.

Roasted chicken.

Roasted chicken.

His fresh produce.

His fresh produce.

My handmade & hand painted souvenirs I brought back home.

My handmade & hand painted souvenirs I brought back home.

It was nice to get away for a few weeks but I am so thankful to be home to my plants, my family, my best friend, and I’m even more thankful  to be home in time for my Regional Convention!

Xoxo,

-R. Vargas

Summer Vacation 2014

This summer I went on a family vacation to my fathers hometown which is in Durango, Mexico.

After a week or so on his ranch, the family and I traveled to our actual vacation destination which was Tonalá, Jalisco.

I took tons of pictures so prepare yourselves!

“Maria Isabel” Restaurant that my family normally eats at as soon as we cross into Mexico.

The restaurant is also a hotel as well.

The restaurant is also a hotel as well.

Our first meal.

Our first meal.

My silly niece with some small flowers we picked alongside of the restaurant.

My silly niece with some small flowers we picked alongside of the restaurant.

A statue in Coahuila.

A statue in Coahuila.

Quinta Sta. Cecilia Hotel (The hotel we stayed in our first night while in Quatro Cienegas.)

Quinta Sta. Cecilia Hotel
(The hotel we stayed in our first night while in Cuatro Cienegas.)

I loved the style of this hotel.

I loved the style of this hotel.

The view from the hotel in the morning.

The view from the hotel in the morning.

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If you’re ever in Cuatro Cienegas, I definitely recommend this hotel.

Back on the road.

Back on the road.

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Home sweet home. We finally reached my fathers ranch in Durango.

Home sweet home.
We finally reached my fathers ranch in Durango.

My fathers horse.

My fathers horse.

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My father showing my nephew his horse.

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My brother and my niece riding.

On our way to another city in Durango for a festival.

On our way to another city in Durango for a festival.

Carne Asada!

Carne Asada!

Festival in Cuencame

Festival in Cuencame

Vendor selling watermelon in a cup.

Vendor selling watermelon in a cup.

My favorite part of the festival. The bar!

My favorite part of the festival. The bar!

I had a Piña Colada.

I had a Piña Colada.

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Plants!

Local Natives who sell detailed hand beaded jewelry.

Local Natives who sell detailed hand beaded jewelry.

I think she figured out I was taking pictures.

I think she figured out I was taking pictures.

Dulce (Candy)

Dulce (Candy)

Pots & pans. (I brought a set home!)

Pots & pans. (I brought a set home!)

Hiking in the mountains behind my fathers house with my brother.

Hiking in the mountains behind my fathers house with my brother.

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My brother picking fresh oregano that grows wild in the mountains.

My brother picking fresh oregano that grows wild in the mountains.

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A few of my dads cows. (He has about 18 in total.)

A few of my dads cows. (He has about 18 in total.)

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Looks like some JW's have been leaving some literature in the yard.

Looks like some JW’s have been leaving some literature in the yard.

Rustic cooking. I look like a mess but who am I trying to impress on the ranch?

Rustic cooking.
I look like a mess but who am I trying to impress on the ranch?

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My niece and nephew at the plaza.

One of the perks of living high up by mountains is that the view is amazing.

One of the perks of living high up by mountains is that the view is amazing.

Heading into Zacatecas.

Heading into Zacatecas.

Finally in Zacatecas. (One of my favorite places in the world!)

Finally in Zacatecas. (One of my favorite places in the world!)

Made it to Aguascalientes to spend the night at,

Made it to Aguascalientes to spend the night at, “Hotel Las Trojes.”

Enjoying the greenery in Aguascalientes while I can because my fathers hometown isn't blessed with too much grass.

Enjoying the greenery in Aguascalientes while I can because my fathers hometown isn’t blessed with too much grass.

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I spotted a library in downtown Aguascalientes. (While taking this picture, someone called me Harry Potter. I think it was because of my round frames and my pixie cut hair.)

I spotted a library in downtown Aguascalientes. (While taking this picture, someone called me Harry Potter. I think it was because of my round frames and my pixie cut hair.)

I also found this beautiful little studio apartment while roaming around downtown. I really love the simplicity, the bricks and plants really make me fall in love.

I also found this beautiful little studio apartment while roaming around downtown. I really love the simplicity, the bricks and plants really make me fall in love.

Breakfast in Aguascalientes.  Swoon*

Breakfast in Aguascalientes.
Swoon*

While on the road, my father got really tired and asked me if I wanted to drive, (keep in mind my dad drives a huge Dodge Ram) and I'll admit I was nervous because I've never driven in Mexico and there's tons of curves, dips, narrow one way roads, no guard rails, etc. I prayed as I got behind the wheel and through three hours of valleys, peaks, and cliffs, I drove us safely to our final destination, Tonalá, Jalisco!

While on the road, my father got really tired and asked me if I wanted to drive, (keep in mind my dad drives a huge Dodge Ram) and I’ll admit I was nervous because I’ve never driven in Mexico and there’s tons of curves, dips, narrow one way roads, no guard rails, etc. I prayed as I got behind the wheel and through three hours of valleys, peaks, and cliffs, I drove us safely to our final destination, Tonalá, Jalisco!

Our hotel,

Our hotel, “Casa de las Palomas.”

The view from the rooftop of the hotel.

The view from the rooftop of the hotel.

A closer glimpse.

A closer glimpse.

Hotel scencery.

Hotel scenery.

If you don’t know too much about Mexico or about myself personally, you may have thought about why my family and I chose this specific city for our vacation spot. Let me give you some background information as to why; Tonalá (is a city and municipality within the Guadalajara Metropolitan Area in the state of Jalisco in Mexico. It is best known as a major handcrafts center for Jalisco, especially pottery, as well as its very large Thursday and Sunday street market, dedicated to handcrafts.

I’m all about the arts, handmade pottery, handmade crafts, handmade jewelry, anything handmade basically. If the description wasn’t enough for you to imagine, here are some pictures:

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These pictures do not do enough justice to the real thing. I seriously did not want to come home. I even made friends while in Tonalá!

The city is known for its Artisan District, and I was honored to catch an artist in action.

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While coming back home from the market I spotted this little treasure.

While coming back home from the market I spotted this little treasure.

Loved this mural!

Loved this mural!

Hanging with the locals.

Hanging with the locals.

Pan Dulce (Sweet Bread)

Pan Dulce (Sweet Bread)

Some trinkets & souvenirs I purchased.

Some trinkets & souvenirs I purchased.

My father showing my nephew a tractor while in his fields.

My father showing my nephew a tractor while in his fields.

My fathers land.

My fathers land.

I hope you all enjoyed the pictures from my vacation!

Xoxo,

-R. Vargas