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Costa Maya, Mexico

Costa Maya, Mexico Spotlight Travel Destination
Costa Maya, Mexico
Spotlight Travel Destination

Costa Maya, Mexico

Costa Maya is a small tourist region in the municipality of Othón P. Blanco in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico, the only state bounded by the Caribbean Sea to its east. This municipality is close to Chetumal on the border with Belize.

Costa Maya’s principal language is Spanish, but English is also commonly spoken. The average temperature high in Costa Maya is approximately 84 F°; the average low is 67 F°. The Mexican Peso is the official currency of Costa Maya, but most places will accept U.S. dollars

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Fun Facts

Colin & I almost ended up living here and opening a Del Sol store on the Costa Mayan Port. We have spent a lot of time between Cancun and Costa Maya and find the Yucatan Peninsula to be one of our favorite places on earth!

• Early Mayans were predominant in the area from 200 B.C. to 900 A.D. The ruins at Chacchoben, constructed by the Mayans in the 4th century, include magnificent stone structures and pyramids.

• In August of 2007, the port of Costa Maya and the cruise dock sustained heavy damage when Category 5 Hurricane Dean made landfall with sustained winds of 175 mph, with gusts up to 200 mph. The port reopened in the fall of 2008.

• On February 1, 2015, Costa Maya and the Mexican state of Quintana Roo officially adopted a new time zone that corresponds to Eastern Standard Time.


 

Costa Maya Coconut Bread (Pan de Coco)

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Costa Maya Coconut Bread Recipe
(Pan de Coco)

Ingredients:
1 1/2 grated coconuts or 1 cup unsweetened grated coconut
2 cup water
3 Tablespoons yeast
3/4 cup warm water
2 Tablespoons melted butter
3 1/2 Tablespoons sugar
3 teaspoon salt
3 pounds flour (approximately)
1/4 cup melted butter
Directions: grate the coconut and discard any brown skins. Add 2 cups water to the coconut and let sit for 30 minutes. If using dried grated coconut, add an additional 1/4 cup water to compensate for the lack of moisture. Dissolve the yeast in 3/4 cup warm water. Add the sugar and 3 T of the flour and let rise until bubbles form. Add all remaining ingredients except flour. Add 3/4 of the flour. If you are using a bread mixer, add additional flour until mixture pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Mix for 5 minutes or until elastic. If mixing by hand, knead for about 8 minutes continually adding additional flour or until smooth and elastic.
Cover and let sit until doubled. Punch down dough. Divide dough into 30 balls. Place on greased cookie sheet and flatten slightly. The shape should resemble English muffins, only a little smaller. Each bread should be at least 1 inch apart. Brush with melted butter. Let rise for 30 minutes.
Place bread in preheated 400 degree oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and brush with additional butter. Serve warm or toasted.

I obtained this recipe from Mayan Beach Garden. I have included the link below where this recipe can be found http://www.mayanbeachgarden.com/recipes_breads.html

Great Tips for a Stress Free Holiday Season This Year! | Holiday Tips

Great Tips for a Stress Free Holiday Season This Year!

Take Care of your Mind, Body & Soul.

Calm yourself for at least 15 minutes of the day(more if you can, but I know how hard that can be). Treat yourself to quality time being alone and present with your innermost thoughts and happiness. If you can’t find the time to actually go to a spa or take a quick weekend vacation then you can do what I do and take time out to truly visualize doing those things or being those places in your mind. Trust me it really works! Put on your favorite cd, light your candles, close everything out and just be at peace for just 15 minutes thinking of nothing but whimsical dreams and happy thoughts.


 

Identify your priorities and establish boundaries.

Consider what is most important and valuable to you during the holidays and keep those as priority. This will require you to set boundaries around your priorities. Say no to “lesser” priorities, and ask for help when needed. For example, if exercising regularly is a priority, set boundaries around your time to ensure you’re able to get to the gym on a consistent basis. Similarly, if you want to spend quality time with loved ones you don’t see often, then you may have to say no to other responsibilities. This will keep you from feeling like you’re being pulled in all directions. It may also help reduce the risk of feeling resentment or disappointment once the holidays are over.


 

Have Gratitude

Don’t focus on all of the things that you don’t have this holiday season or what you can or can’t buy. I know this is very hard to do especially this time of year but it is so important and helpful to constantly write down all of the many things that you are grateful for instead. You will find that you are in a constant state of thanks and joy that you have no room in your heart or day to covet what you don’t have or cannot buy.


 

Below I have included a good article from Real Simple on 7 money-saving, stress-less holiday shopping tips. http://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/holidays/christmas/money-saving-holiday-shopping-tips

 

Wishing you Holiday Joy,

Malaika@loftandlearn.com

 

 

5 Things you can do Right Now and For Free to Revive Your Home Decor and Perk Up Your Attitude. | DIY

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5 Things you can do Right Now and For Free to Revive Your Home Decor and Perk Up Your Attitude

Reorganize your pantry.
You will be amazed how pleasing it can be to open that normally cluttered space to find pleasing items organized in a tidy manner. It May even make you a little more excited to prepare tonight’s meal.
Place a new sheet set on your bed & guest rooms.
If you have multiple colored sheet sets then go switch it up and add new flowers, waste basket or pillow shams (all could be borrowed from another room in the home) or tucked away in your attic, then Voila, you have just redecorated!
Paint just One Accent Wall
Do you have any paint in your garage? Well then put it to good use and paint an accent wall to a small area such as laundry room, entry way or closet. This adds so much pop and takes very little fuss.
Bake something.
Do a major clean & then bake some type of baked good and set the plate out on the kitchen. It will not only make your house smell like a million bucks, but may give off the feeling of newness like an open house.
Get rid of the clutter.
Get rid of your clutter!! Go Ahead and plow through your closets, ALL of them and the Garage. When you are finished placing all of the items neatly in packed boxes, take them to a nearest shelter or goodwill. Not only will your home be free of clutter but you will have an amazing feeling of happiness when you enter your home again knowing you have done something positive to help someone else.Well Done.