I think this is my goal every year...DRINK MORE WATER. I know I feel better when I do. I know I look better when I do. Coming back from vacation I started a challenge with a couple friends for accountability. Each challenge is different but the common factor is the drinking more water. Yesterday at work this topic came up and a coworker told me to get the Waterlogged app to keep track throughout the day. I don't know why having an APP is so satisfying. I just logged in and accidentally typed in that I drank 128 oz of water today and that couldn't be farther than the truth. I was trying to type my goal. But...looks like I will have to make that come true today. I want to do the 30 day Water Challenge but I know I will still be good with taking my weight dividing it by 2 and drinking that total number of ounces. 

Why do I want to do this? Because I drink more coffee and wine than I do water most days. I need that to be the other way around. I need more energy throughout the day. I want my skin to stay as young as possible, for as long as possible. I am still too scared to get botox or any kind of work done on my face. I want hydrated lips because I was seriously born with chapped lips! It's true. No headaches in the morning would be cool (not a wine hangover either, just from not drinking enough water) . Possibly a flatter tummy? I am still skeptical of that change. But why not try? Lets take a shot now! A water shot to get this going! Just did and I didn't even make an ugly face!

 Read an honest review of the 30 day challenge. Hilarious but honest. If you just type in 30 Day Water challenge or Lady drinks a gallon of water for 30 days you will find a ton of reviews. Read some.. see if this is anything you are intrigued by and let me know if you are in. So I am officially challenging you to drink more water with me! We can do this! Power in numbers? More people to let down if you don't Ha!


I recommend getting a non plastic bottle. These are my favorite ever since a friend put a gift basket together for his girlfriend and I. Thanks Mark! 




The best part about a road trip is stopping whenever you want. Our number one rule is road trip with someone who is down for anything at anytime. Kelly and I have been on road trips since we were in elementary school, so we know each other's travel style more than anyone else. Another plus about traveling with each other is we are sisters, so our relationship can't be ruined. I know it sounds a little dramatic, but traveling (especially road trip style) really brings out peoples true colors and the outcome is not always ideal. You do not want to road trip with the wrong person. TRUST ME.  Anyway, here's my two cents on road tripping...

Have a conversation with the person you plan to road trip with. After deciding on a destination make sure you figure out what each person wants to see, do and figure out what your role is. Role is very important. What can you contribute? 

Who is the driver? Are you taking turns? Does the passenger get to sleep? If so how long? What does the passenger need to do? Kelly and I took turns driving. We had lots to catch up on so there was not a lot of sleeping going on. I don't think she trusts my driving ever since the iPad incident (she will probably share this story later) so she doesn't really sleep while i'm behind the wheel... and she doesn't like me to sleep when she's driving at night. The passenger should be in charge of GPS  and digging into the cooler to get snacks and drinks, unless I'm the passenger. JK JK JK! 

Know who plays the role of "DJ" and when - Kelly made us a playlist, but in West Texas internet isn't the best so 3 songs from her playlist worked while we were on the road. She will be posting that playlist soon... But when we road trip the driver picks the music or podcast. Here is the very short list of things we listened to while on the road. 

  • Fleetwood Mac - LISTEN TO THE WIND BLOW.....only half the songs on the CD played but we listened to this on repeat until I figured out I had a handful of songs on my phone.
  •  Sheryl Crow - Greatest Hits is my jam! 
  • Patsy Cline - We were going insane and Big Bend State Park Gift Shop had CDs!!! Praise The Lord! Fresh tunes to play on repeat.
  • MURDER - This is what I would shout when I was ready to listen to a podcast because most of the podcasts I listen to are about murder and let me tell you.... podcasts make time fly by especially on those long stretches...they also keep me awake when I'm the one driving. The series we were obsessed with on this trip was Someone Knows Something Season 2.

Have a Route or Plan - Don't worry, it can be loose! Kelly had mapped out our original route and shared that over at iheartbueno.com

Even if we have a route to follow we are both free to say STOP, get out, let's explore. And we did! This is the benefit of road tripping and not flying. Talking to locals, stopping at a random thrift/gift shops, buying over priced liquor because the next town is hours away, taking pics in desert scenes, laughing at random signs, discovering ghost towns, popping a squat (Kelly has many videos), acting a fool and running around bc sometimes you go cray cray from being in the car for so long. 

Use one card to pay for gas - one person should put gas on their card the entire trip then at the end divide straight down. Kelly and I didn't do that, not sure why so each time we were low we would take turns filling up. When taking long trips in an area you are not familiar with keep filling up when you get to half empty. You do not want to run out of gas in the middle of nowhere with no reception.

Bring a cooler of real snacks - I brought cooler full of topo chicos, oranges, rice cakes, marigold bars, and almond butter along with some other items just for the road. Kelly brought some yogurts, blackberries, raspberries, gummy bears and wine. Yes we also stopped at Buc-ee's to load up on more snacks. snacks on snacks on snacks. Snacks are priority for us. Bring Plenty of Water. Like Gallons. You never know if you get stranded how long it will take for someone to get to you. 

Have easy access to your travel bag- this is the bag you have in the front with you, your quick grab. You should have cash in your wallet for emergency situations, wipes, hand santizer, lotion, chapstick, rose water mist, dry shampoo, vitamin c packs , phone chargers, journal, pen, camera, neck pillow, sunnies, elastics, bobby pins, tampons, advil, claritin, rape whistles, knife, needle and thread so we can sew new patches on our jackets. These are just my necessities on the road, hope I didn't leave anything out. 

Know when to stop - If you are a girl I definitely recommend stopping at a hotel before it gets dark. You do not want to be alone on the road, especially in the middle of nowhere. What if you get a flat tire? Run out of gas? Get pulled over?  If you are camping make sure you are camping at a state park and near other families, set up before sundown. It sucks that just because we are women we have to be extra careful or even deal with this but SAFETY FIRST Y'ALL. There are creeps out there. 

Ok I think that is all you guys. I really hope this helps you get prepared for your next roadtrip. It sucks when you forget something but you'll get creative and figure it out. Do not forget to download your music, take a shower before you leave and get a good nights sleep before you take off. Be sure to follow along on IG @buenobrandi @iheartbueno to get updates for future posts and follow our next trip! 








This was my first time in Oregon and I absolutely fell in love. Living in Houston you can forget that places like this really exist. Don't get me wrong I love Houston, Texas but it was nice to get away and just live at a slower pace with beautiful scenery. There was no agenda in Oregon except for Kelly and Seth to get married and that they did!!! Post coming soon I promise. But...This particular day was the last day we spent in Oregon. The family went to The Redwoods to hike around but Jacob and I took off a little early to take Mike back to the super small airport. If you saw our snapchat/IG stories I'm sure you saw how amused we were by it and by Mike. After dropping him off we made a quick decision to head to the beach instead of driving back to the woods. It was just what we needed to recharge. After being around my family 24-7, whom I love with all my heart, I just wanted to enjoy some one on one time with my Love. I felt like this was really the only time we got to hang out with each other. It may sound silly but since my sister and I don't live near each other anymore and since this was her wedding trip I was just focused on her and spending as much time with her as possible. And Jacob well his focus was on everything and everyone else, making sure the week and wedding went smooth for the bride and groom. He's really good at that sort of thing. I'm so glad we had this moment together to soak it all in and talk about our favorite parts of the trip. His favorite part of the trip was off shore fishing with the boys and our peaceful drive through The Redwoods. My favorite part of the trip was that my whole immediate family was together on vacation, in one house. This hasn't happened since the late 90's! Divorced parents ya know...sucks but it just felt good to know we are still a family even though my parents are not together. 

If you were following our stories and snapchat what was your favorite thing to watch? I'm curious for future travels. What would you like to see more of? What do you not care to see? We have two trips coming up in November and hopefully I can be on top of it! Any guesses where we are headed?





Hair- I used a wave iron on clean hair & the only way to keep this lasting all week is by using THIS

Neck - # 1 reason I wear a bandana around my neck is incase of sweat or allergy attack. True Story. Comes in very useful.

Denim jacket - Thrifted this in Brookings but I've linked other jackets I own below.

Tee - Thrift Shirt that is falling apart but it's my favorite.

Pants - My favorite pants to wear when workingout, traveling, or everyday wear running errands.





Hat- Scored this hat in the cute town of Brookings, Oregon

Jacob- He's been wearing bandanas since we started dating 11 + years ago. Always when working out, also wrapped on his wrist, in back pocket, rolled up around head, and neck. Other than sweat its a style thing for him. He loves accessorizing. 



Denim Jacket




Wrist- random items...half of them are probably mine..ok we share accessories and some clothes.