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Conferences are a great vehicle for visiting different cities but it's so difficult to fit in time to get to know those cities within the parameters of a conference schedule.  We're lucky to have jobs with generous vacation policies and a little work remotely flexibility so when I knew I was going to attend the #WeAllGrow summit hosted by Latina Bloggers Connect in Los Angeles we worked to make it a week long trip.  The trip seemed that it was meant to be especially given that Ethan has family in the area,  some of whom I hadn't met yet.

There so much to share about the conference, the food in LA and our time with family but we also wanted to share info about the planning for our trip as a resource for you in your own travel adventures.

If you're looking to cut down hotel expenses,  consider Airbnb.  For the first half of the trip we stayed with a lovely family in Sherman Oaks. We had a private bedroom,  bathroom and living area with our own entrance for less than we would have paid at a nice hotel, about $110 per night.  This was just another overwhelmingly positive experiences we've had using the service.

LA can be a tough city to navigate without a car.  It's easier than it used to be given the prominence of apps like Uber but if you plan on seeing as much as possible a car is recommended.  Ethan wanted to splurge some for more of a performance vehicle so we used Silvercar

Silvercar is an app based service available at 10 US airports.  They're entire fleet of vehicles consists of Audi A4s, decked out with satellite radio,  navigation,  and WiFi.  We definitely felt like we were living a pampered life. This was our first time using the service so we used a promo code to cut down on cost. A quick scan of Google search results should reveal any current promotions.

After a six hour flight no one wants to stand on a car rental line.  With Silvercar we completed all of the registration online before the trip and then only had to show ID and credit card since it was our first time using it.  Once we picked up our luggage,  we texted Silvercar and they sent a driver to pick us up at our terminal. I felt so fancy. 

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Can't believe how many months it's been! Both of us starting new job last year, kept us pretty busy and just as we started feeling more settled in, family life got eventful and posting about it wasn't as important as being in the moment. Rather than go on about the details, we'll share some of the key moments with photos:

Trick or Treating in the historic section of Chelsea is never disapointting.

Halloween fun included trick or treating with some of the family kiddos followed by a get together with some of our friends who know you're never too old to dress in costume.

November brought some tough news. Ethan's sister Erica was diagnosed with breast cancer so focusing on family and supporting as best we could became top priority.  She opted to come to get her surgery here in New York so we were able to offer our apartment as her home away from home. 

While, I hate the circumstances, I'm so glad to have had more time than ever to spend with her and over past few months and even more so that we've still found moments to smile at like the one pictured above (Erica's the one testing the wig she might need once chemo starts and the masked lady is Ethan's mom Myra). We got some holiday shopping done at the Renegade Craft Fair. Ain't nothing wrong with retail therapy!

We spent Thanksgiving week in Arkansas taking care of Ethan's niece and two nephews while Erica was in NYC having surgery and recovering. Again, despite circumstances, we couldn't have been happier to have time with these great kids and to help out their warrior mom.

In December I got to take a break to celebrate the birthday of my dear friend Candelario in Cancun, Mexico.  I've been friends with Cande for 18 years and Aimee for 19. They've been there for be through thick and thin and I'm lucky to have them in my life.

We topped off the year with a visit from my sister, brother in law and niece who left the comforts of warm Hawaiian weather to brave 10 days of New York winter weather.  It's been a year since I saw them last so we tried to pack in as much family time as we could.  Hoping that 2015 brings along a trip to visit them!

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This week I attended a Macy's event for Martha Stewart's new book One Pot. I was able to meet Martha briefly and get my copy of it signed!  Want to win a copy of your own? Macy's was generous enough to give me an extra copy for one lucky Que Pasa NYC reader. Read on to learn how to enter.

One Pot contains 120+  recipes for easy meals made in one of the following cooking vessels: Dutch Oven, Skillet, Sauté Pans,  Slow Cooker, Roasting Pan, Baking Dish, Pressure Cooker, Stockpot and Sauce Pan. At the moment I'm most interested in the slow cooker section since we've got a new crockpot that's helping us to prepare home cooked meals despite our busy work schedules.  The stand out amongst those recipes is the Bacon Potato Soup.  As soon as the weather is cool enough this is getting made!

At the event I was able to sample the  Arroz con Pollo, which was hearty, delicate and delicious. One of the other chicken recipes I'm looking forward to tasting is the Lamb and Apricot Stew.  And before I forget, One Pot also includes dessert recipes. The Giant Almond Crumble Cookie and Molten Chocolate Cupcakes are calling to me.

So here's how you enter to win your very own copy of One Pot.  Leave a comment below telling me which one pot you use most often or want to use more. The deadline for entering is 11:59 pm PST pm on Sunday, October 12, 2014. You can extra entries by tweeting about the contest (up to 1x per day) or following us on social media.

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UPDATE: The first 5 Que Pasa NYC Followers who find me at this event will receive a free copy of the book!  I'll be there on Tuesday by 5:30.  Tweet at @latina_sweetie at that time for info on where to find me.

Culinary goddess Martha Stewart has a new cookbook, One Pot, wherein she shares recipes and tips for making all-in-one meals cooked in one pot. I'm really excited to get my hands on the book because while I love home cooked meals, after a 9 hour work day I only have so much energy to expend. Thinking about a main dish and sides can often feel daunting, so keeping it to one pot can make cooking a weekday meal much more manageable.

The One Pot book release is on September 23rd, and if you're a big Martha Stewart fan living/working in New York City you should head to Macy's on that day!  While One Pot books cannot be purchased at Macy’s, you can receive one with a $75 Macy’s Home purchase made between September 15th and 23rd. You'll also receive a $10 gift card.* More importantly, Martha will be in-store on 9/23 at 6 pm for a book signing and you'll have the chance to meet her and sample some of the recipes from the book.

So if you had a Macy's home purchase on your to-do list, now's the time to pull the trigger and get the Martha Stewart One Pot bonus! Hope to see you there!

Where: Macy's Herald Square, New York City; Lower Level Cellar

When: September 23, 2014; 6:00pm

*One per customer, while supplies last, while time permits. Macy's gift card valid September 23-30, 2014. Gift card and Martha Stewart book will be distributed September 23rd. Event subject to cancellation or change. 

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