Author Archives: Andi Perullo de Ledesma

About Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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Review: The Ava Earrings From Ana Luisa

I have always loved jewelry, especially big, bold pieces. However, a jewelry collection can cost a pretty penny. Thus, I was thrilled when I discovered Ana Luisa — a jewelry brand that offers stunning high-end jewelry for an affordable price. All of the designers come from the world of luxury fashion and their mission is to offer similar pieces without the extreme mark-up.

My first experience with Ana Luisa were the Ava earrings. They looked gorgeous on the website, but are even more drop-dead gorgeous in person! These fine gold plated brushed earrings feature a perfect sculptural design. I love their unique geometric shape and they go with every outfit I wear. Also included in the purchase is a one-year warranty and free US shipping, which completely takes away any stress from buying.

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On top of being totally smitten with the earrings, I am utterly obsessed with Ana Luisa’s packaging. Every single detail is thought about!

Ana Luisa

For $60 I am telling you these beauties are a steal! And they are limited edition, so do not hesitate to commit to them. Every single time I wear them I receive compliments.

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To learn more about or to purchase the Ava earrings simply click here.

How To Avoid Hurting Yourself At Work

One injury in the workplace can have a hugeimpact on the rest of your life, not to mention the business itself and the other people who are working there and who may have witnessed your accident at the time. Although accidents, by their very nature, are not always possible to prevent, there are some things you can do to avoid hurting yourself at work, making it a much safer place to be, and easier to get on with the jobs you should be doing. Here are some of the ways to do it:

Read The Safety and Wellness Plan 

Some workplace injuries are minor, and others are much more serious and could even mean that you need to claim compensation through due to time missed from work, for example. It is important to avoid all kinds of accidents, no matter what the outcome might be, and that is where your company’s safety and wellness plan will be useful. 

This document, assuming that it exists in your organization, will set out all the important points that you need to be aware of when it comes and the health and safety requirements within your office or warehouse space. If there is no such plan, ask your employer to make one, as it will help everyone to be safer in the workplace. 


Taking part in training at work can certainly help you to avoid hurting yourself. Knowing, for example, how to use the heavy machinery, drive the work vehicles, or lift heavy objects will mean you are much less likely to damage yourself when taking part in these activities. Even if you feel you already know what you would be taught during this training you should join in; new guidance may have been introduced, and even if the information is the same, it is good to refresh your memory once in a while. 

Use Protective Clothing 

It might not be the most fashionable attire, but protective clothing is important. Something like heavy duty gloves, a hard hat, high visibility clothing, and more is there for a reason, and should always be worn when it is provided. 

If it is not provided, that does not mean that it is not necessary, and if you feel that there should be protective clothing and also safety equipment in the workplace, this needs to be addressed as soon as possible. Do not do any work without the right safety equipment and clothing. 

Keep Fit 

Muscle strain is a common workplace injury and can happen so easily, just a twist in the wrong direction, and you can be in pain for days. The fitter you are outside of work, the less likely you are to hurt yourself through muscle strain. 

Going to the gym to work out regularly or exercising at home if you prefer, will help to prevent many different injuries, including those that relate to muscle strain, both at home and in work. Not only will you get healthier, but you will also be less prone to physical pain and damage too. 

Read This If You Are Looking For Gifts For Your Newlywed Friends

You have been invited to the wedding of the year and you just cannot wait! You have found the perfect outfit (that does not upstage the bride of course), you are getting your hair and makeup done and your nails compliment everything, perfectly. But, have you thought about the wedding gift yet? 

Wedding gifts are something that strike fear into many guests hearts, simply because they are so difficult to get right. Vouchers can seem a little dull and the last thing you want is to find something that someone else has already gifted them. After all, how many toasters does a new couple need? Well, if you are struggling for a little inspiration, do not panic. Here you will find some great ideas of how you can wowyour newlywed friends with a truly special gift. 

Invest in their future

From commemorative coins to beautiful investment pieces, why not gift your favorite couple something that will increase in value over time? Check out Golden Eagle Coin for the very latest in investment information and prices. It is a great feeling knowing that they will have something put aside for a rainy day.

Personalized wooden boards

Whether your favorite couple are cheese lovers or they just love spending time in the kitchen, treating them a personalized cheese or cutting board is a super sweet idea. It will look great in their kitchen and every time they treat themselves to a cheeseboard or simply prepare their dinner, they will be thinking of you. 

A weekend away

Yes, they might have jetted off on their honeymoon or perhaps they are waiting a few months before they head away, but what every newlywed couple needs is a chance to relax after their wedding. Planning a wedding can take months, even years, not to mention all the stress and pressure that can come with it. So, why not spoil them with the gift of a weekend away? Search online and you can purchase a weekend away experience, but they can select the dates and the location. It is perfect!

Babysitting services

If your newlyweds have little ones at home, then chances are that they will not get much time to themselves these days. So, why not offer them a whole night of babysitting services? They can head out for a meal and spend some much needed quality time together! They will certainly appreciate it more than a new blender.

Somewhere to store their mementos

Of course their photographer will have captured some pretty great shots of the big day, but how about helping them remember all the other little things too? Gifting them a commemorative storage box that is personalized or just beautiful to look at is the perfect place to store things like, bags of confetti, place names, menus from the day, pressed flowers from the bouquet, the order of service, and so on. 

Publish your own moments

As mentioned above, they will have had a photographer to capture all the beautifully posed pictures of the day. What about the parts that they might have missed? Take plenty of photographs throughout the day and then have them put into a photo book for them. They will love seeing their big day from another perspective! 

South Carolina Aquarium

South Carolina Aquarium

Recently, while staying at the Wild Dunes Resort in Charleston, South Carolina we opted to skip the beach for the South Carolina Aquarium. The luxury resort has partnered up with the local aquarium for a new “Family Sea Turtle Package” that I highly recommend taking advantage of. It is available through September and starts at $249/night (based on occupancy). It includes:

  • Two-night accommodations at the AAA Four-Diamond Rated Boardwalk Inn, Village at Wild Dunes, or select vacation homes and condos
  • Two Tipsy Turtle drink vouchers at Beachside Burgers
  • Four tickets to the South Carolina Aquarium
  • $50 Uber gift card for aquarium transportation
  • Sea Turtle welcome amenity bag and sticker, plush duney, and a $10 donation

Groups staying at the property can also take advantage of unique offerings at the aquarium ranging from after-hours cocktail receptions to private guided tours to hands-on animal encounters.

When you arrive and enter the aquarium you will immediately be struck by its unique beauty. Everyone we encountered was incredibly friendly and you could genuinely tell how happy they were to work there.

South Carolina Aquarium
South Carolina Aquarium

Of course, the main attraction are the sea turtles. All seven species of sea turtles are listed as threatened or endangered. This is why Wild Dunes Resort’s has partnered up with the South Carolina Aquarium. They are dedicated to eliminating that threat and to keep Charleston’s beaches “sea life safe.”

In addition to offering the package, Wild Dunes Resort is also going strawless in all of its restaurants and bars, providing “sea turtle safe” beach signage at the Grand Pavilion, and hosting “Green Team” beach sweeps.

We could have watched the sea turtles swim four hours, especially since they are my husband’s favorite animal and they are completely mesmerizing, however, there were more awesome exhibits to see!

Make sure you plan to spend at least half a day there, as there is so much to do and see. There is also a cafe to grab some food and drink and a store to purchase some keepsakes from your aquarium adventure.

For more information or to book Wild Dunes Resort’s South Carolina Aquarium package, please visit or call #855-318-6099.

Balancing Rest, Relaxation, And Exercise For Effective Self-Care

The modern world is a demanding one, and it can be hard to keep up a healthy lifestyle because of it. Even so, there are a number of mental and physical activities that you can do to ensure you get the right level of self-care. 

Self-care is the daily tasks that, while they might not be fun, leave you feeling whole. Self-care involves making decisions that make you feel good and well, whatever that might mean for you at the given time. If you feel that working out in the morning will make you feel good, then doing it is self-care. If making a wholesome family dinner is what makes you feel well, then doing that is self-care. 

Why Self-Care is Important 

Experts agree too much stress causes a range of health problems and given that over two-thirds (70%) of American adults admit to dealing with stress and anxiety it makes sense to include rest, relaxation, meditation, and fitness into a self-care routine. Do not think that self-care and self-indulgence go hand in hand though. Self-care has been shown to reduce stress and help people to achieve short-and-long-term overall health and wellbeing. If you are ready to start your own self-care routine then keep on reading for our tips and tricks on how to do it. 

One for the Fitness Fanatics 

For some people, there is nothing quite like getting a sweat on while doing an intense workout. Focusing too much on fitness and neglecting other elements of self-care can do more harm than good though. There are benefits to incorporating the other aspects of self-care into a workout routine. Whether you are hitting the weights, preparing to run a marathon, or doing some cardio, here is some helpful advice from the professionals: 

  • Make breathing exercises a part of your routine. 
  • Be sure to cheer yourself on.
  • Warm up before exercising, stay hydrated while working out, and do not forget the cool down.
  • Do not check your emails, answer texts, or use social media while exercising. Focus completely on the workout and be 100% committed to it. 
  • Be sure to track your progress. If you are not someone who deals in numbers, then just remind yourself of your goals and what you want to get from your workout. Think about what motivates you and how your workout leaves you feeling. 
  • Be mindful of what your body is trying to tell you. Listen to your muscles. Be sure to stretch properly. Consider including a massage into your routine once or twice a month. 
  • Find the best workout gear for you; it should fit well and leave you feeling confident and happy. 

Other Self-Care 

Not sure that relaxation belongs in your daily routine? Take it from us when we say it does. While hitting the gym and going for a run will pay dividends, make sure that you are also making guilt-free relaxation part of your self-care routine.

  • Create a space in your home where you can relax and meditate. Solitude is great for allowing you to slow down, relax, and reflect or just let your mind be free and wander. It is the perfect way to charge your batteries before going back to the hustle and bustle of modern life. 
  • Create a relaxation regimen that lets you wind down at the end of the day. Have a lovely hot bath with some detox salts and lavender essential oil or just take a warm, soothing shower. Get some candles and calming music and have a lovely cup of tea to relax and prepare your mind for a good nights’ sleep. 
  • Power down your electronics and turn off social media.
  • Curl up and relax with a good book.
  • Spend time with your friends. Put together a plan to go on a walk or workout and have dinner together to get the best of both worlds. 
  • Meditate; meditation has been shown to help you re-center, focus, and relax at the end of the day. Just ten to fifteen minutes of breathing meditation helps you to deal with stress and find an internal balance. 

Improve The Quality of Sleep 

A major part of self-care is making sure that you sleep enough at night. This can be difficult if you have a life packed full of responsibilities. Sleep experts have come up with several ways people can improve their sleep hygiene and sleep better at night. They recommend: 

  • Using relaxation techniques such as mindfulness, meditation, breathing exercises, and progressive muscle relaxation to prepare the mind for sleep.
  • Creating the optimal environment for sleeping in. The best sleeping temperature for most people is between 65 and 72 degrees.
  • Opening a window to let air circulate.
  • Turning off electronic devices and avoiding them in bed. 
  • Buying a good mattress and pillows. Cotton bedding is among the most breathable and durable options. 
  • Get rid of noisy nuisances with a white noise machine. Getting the best quality sleep requires the best quality environment. 
  • Stay hydrated by drinking during the day. Avoid drinking alcohol or caffeinated beverages, especially late at night. 

Identify Three Core Self-Care Activities 

You should identify the top three self-care activities that you do. It is up to you how to prioritize them, but I recommend that you choose the tasks that have the biggest impact on your mood, can be easily implemented, or can be included alongside other parts of your daily routine. 

Schedule Tasks that Leave You Feeling Well 

Now you are ready to put the plan into action. Carve out regular 20-minute increments in your day and pencil in those important self-care activities. What you put in your schedule is what you do in the day no matter what. Experiment with trying different times for the activities to find something that fits well with your wants and needs. If you start skipping a task then schedule it for another time, or modify the activity so that it’s easier to do and stick with. Continue adapting your schedule and refining it as necessary. A good self-care routine is adaptable and flexible. 

The ultimate goal of self-care is to reduce your stress levels, nurture your well-being, and improve your work-life balance. There is no single solution to do it, but balance and moderation are key. The “right” way to handle self-care is to do what works best for you.