Friday, November 17, 2017

Our Anniversary Getaway

And just like that... one year of marriage flew by!  We spent our anniversary weekend in the Texas hill country, which never disappoints. La Cantera Resort and Spa is a great destination for a little getaway and just a few hours from Houston. We wanted to unwind and have a relaxing weekend and this place was perfect for that. 

Their Loma De Vida Spa is situated on one of the Highest points in San Antonio and offers amazing views.
Loma De Vida Spa
My Hubs <3 

We disconnected from our phones (for the most part) and enjoyed each other's company while reflecting on the past year. I think we would both agree that sometimes he is impatient and sometimes I get extra sassy. We don't always see eye to eye, things are far from being perfect, but I wouldn't have it any other way. I don't want to boast but this last year has been amazing. I had always heard that the first year of marriage is one of the hardest, but we didn't feel like that at all. Maybe it was because we had already lived together, or maybe it was our cute fur babies Sir Theodore Costanza and Elaine Sparkles that always brighten up our day. 

Not much changed after we said I do, but we have learned so much over the last few months. Can't wait to see what year 2 has in store for us. Happy anniversary Mr. Ruvalcalcaba!


Monday, November 6, 2017

This team, this city, this year!

These last couple of weeks have been nothing short of a crazy roller coaster. I was pretty consumed with watching baseball, as I'm sure most Houstonians were, and winning the World Series was beyond exciting and so meaningful. It brought back the nostalgia of my childhood.

You see, I've grown up watching baseball ever since I can remember. My dad used to take my twin sister and I to watch the Astros back when they played at the Astrodome. I remember he loved getting there early enough to watch them warm up... I quickly learned to love the game. I might have been young but those are some vivid memories I have always treasured.

Years later, my brother started playing and you would always find our family at his games cheering on our favorite little player, number 8. He played for many years and watching him pitch and do his thing in the outfield (sometimes infield) was one of my favorite things to do.

Being able to experience this with them along with my husband, Eric,  made the experience the best. Did I mention my husband is as big of a baseball fan as I am... if not MORE! We've been cheering on the Astros all of our lives and showed up to the juice box even when they couldn't win one game. Remember those years when we lost over 100 games, everyone called them the "Lastros" and no one would show up to cheer them on... we were still there! Making it to the World Series is what we always hoped for and we were not going to miss the chance to cheer them on during these big games. I will never forget the moment Eric showed up with seats to Game 5. It took me a while to process what I was looking at... best surprise ever!! #besthusbandaward

Game 5 at the Juice Box

The atmosphere inside that ball park was out of this world. I've never been at a game as intense as game 5. No one sat down the whole game. People chanted, cried, yelled, laughed, and everything in between. Eric had no voice for about a week. This experience is one that I will tell my children one day- unforgettable!

My die hard Dodger fan cousins in Arizona.
I had to face time them a few times (especially when we scored). :)

This win couldn't have came at a better time. Hurricane Harvey devastated our city and left many with absolutely nothing, spirits were at an all time low. Many might think "its just a game" or "it's just a sport" but it has the power to unite communities and lift people up. And that's exactly what this team did. ”We’re doing this for the city, we want to bring a lot of joy and happiness to the fans out here in Houston, especially after everything they’ve been through this year. It’s been a tough year for the city. So if we can bring something through baseball, we’re going to do it.” Hearing Carlos Correa say this gave me all the feels and I know I wasn't the only one. This young team wrote an incredible story this year, it was definitely a sentimental series to say the least.





Friday, October 20, 2017

The Houston Egypt Fest + GIVEAWAY

Happy Friday yall!

Fall weather has officially arrived in Houston and if you're like me, you want to be outside and enjoy it as much as possible (while it lasts).  Luckily, there are so many fun outdoor activities to enjoy around our beautiful city including the Houston Egyptian Festival

The second annual Egypt Fest will be held in about a week and it proves, once again, that Houston is such a diverse city. You will get to enjoy a variety of performances including belly dancers and entertainers like local singer Jabour Balka. Guests will also enjoy traditional dishes and desserts from Fadi’s Mediterranean Grill, Dandanah Café and Grill and Mediterraneo Market and Café. 

You will get to celebrate and enjoy the beautiful Egyptian culture while giving back to the Houston community. This year's festival will benefit Crime-Stoppers of Houston, St. Jude’s, Soaring Kidz, Houston PetSet & Friends of Egyptian Children with Cancer and Rebuild-TX, Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort led by Jim Mcingvale, owner of Gallery Furniture. 

The Egypt Fest is a family friendly occasion and will be full of activities for kids of all ages. They will get to enjoy crafts on papyrus, henna, face painting, a costume contest and much more. 

Saturday, October 28, 2017 
Discovery Green
1500 McKinney
Downtown, Houston, TX
11am- 9pm

I love attending festivals and experiencing other cultures. Come out and enjoy this Saturday, October 28. Adult tickets are only $10 and kids 12 and under get in for FREE. You can BUY YOUR TICKET HERE or you can test your luck and enter my giveaway for 2 FREE tickets. 

I am picking FIVE lucky winners. The giveaway will run from Friday, October 20- Tuesday October 24. Winners will be announced the next day. See details below on how to win OR purchase your tickets. GOOD LUCK!


2 Free Tickets to the Houston Egypt Fest 2017

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Photo Booth Alternative

I'm always first in line at any photo booth when I'm at a wedding or any event. I knew we would have one at our wedding but I just didn't know what type I wanted. Fom flip books to classic photo booths, there were so many options which can be a good thing or just very confusing. 

We went back and forth on many options and in the end, Pedro and I decided to go with the SLO Booth by Luxe Films rather than doing the traditional photo booth. It was the best decision ever. It was so different than anything I had ever seen at a wedding and I love how much fun everyone had! 

Behind the scenes of the SLO video. 

Behind the scenes of the SLO video. 

We heard so many good things about how unique and how much fun this was. I'm so glad everyone enjoyed themselves and got creative with their moves! 

If you're considering a photo or video booth at your wedding, consider this SLO booth by Luxe Films, we definitely recommend it! 

Click here for the highlight video.

Until next time,

Friday, November 11, 2016

A Letter to My Almost Husband.

I've thought about this day ever since I was a little girl. I wondered how you would be, how you would make me feel, and how I would feel that exact moment. Eight years ago, I never realized what an incredible journey we were already embarking upon together. Who would've thought that annoying guy who brought me water refills would grow into the hard working, strong and loving man that will be waiting for me at the altar.

In you I found a man who reminds me every single day to dream bigger and work harder and to always keep my chin up no matter what the situation may be. I love how you make me laugh and how you still manage to give me butterflies when you walk through the door. I love your sense of humor and your attitude towards life. I love you not only for who you are, but for who you inspire me to be.

I'm thankful for having your unconditional love during life's challenges. Even on the days when I've struggled, on one of my darkest seasons, not once did I have to walk alone.

It's been eight years of growing up and thankfully never growing apart. Of conquering obstacles that life has put in our way.. year by year, day by day we grew together.

Tomorrow is the day we will look back at as our hair gets grey and your ankle gets worse. It is the beginning of a journey that I can't wait to share with you. I promise that even when my memory starts to fade and the moments of my young life seem farther behind me, I will always remember our wedding day.


I promise to inspire you the way you have always inspired me, to be your best friend, to lift you up when you fall, to make you feel as special as you make me feel each and every day.

With love, hugs, kisses, and the promise of a lifetime together,
your future wife,
The *ALMOST* Mrs. Yessenia Ruvalcaba

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Yessy's Last Splash

My bachelorette weekend came and went way too fast. I celebrated my last long weekend out as a "single lady" in Cancun and couldn't have picked a better destination. I'm thankful for this trip and for my girls who made it as fun as it could have been. 

We did some much needed relaxing by the beach, splashed around at the pool and dove into the Cancun nightlife. We also took a catamaran to Isla Mujeres which was one of my favorite activities. I leave you with a few of my favorite pictures. 

Until next time,

Isla  Mujeres
Exploring Isla Mujeres. The locals kept asking "what team are you girls from?" thanks to our matching shirts. LOL

After our first night out at The City. 
The beginning of night two. 

Night two at Palazzo.