Friday Favorites

Here we are again. How is it Friday already?

This week was exhausting but I definitely found some things I’m loving that I want to share. Enjoy!

Wilmer Valderrama Interview // One of my favorite podcasts is called The School of Greatness and is hosted by Lewis Howes. This week he interviewed Wilmer Valderrama and the interview was truly one of my favorites. His life experience, advice, and outlook on life is nothing short of inspiring. The major take-away for me was to believe I can do anything I put my mind to, while also realizing I don’t need to rush to accomplish everything at one time. The best part? Lewis replied to my comment on Youtube!

Ben and Jerry’s Caramel Almond Brittle // Yet another dairy-free flavor I’m loving. Crunchy almonds and sweet caramel mixed into creamy goodness. The perfect snack to eat after work in the sun.

Veggetti // Disregard the peculiar name. This spiralizer is only $10 at Bed, Bath and Beyond and turns zucchini into low carb pasta. I was genuinely amazed when I started using it and there are so many things you can make with zucchini noodles. I ended up trying out this amazing recipe for zucchini noodles with avocado pesto and shrimp, and it was amazing.

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Witch Hazel Toner // I seem to always get lost in the skincare section at Target. This week I picked up this Witch Hazel Toner in the lavender scent and I have been loving it. I use it in the evening after I wash my face and before I moisturize. It picks up anything your face wash may have missed and gives your face such a clean, refreshed feeling. It also helps bring moisture into your face so you can achieve glowing skin.

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image via Target

Google Partners // As someone who is very interested in digital marketing this was an amazing discovery for me. Google Partners offers free certification in Google Adwords and Google Analytics. If this is something you’re interested in or if you want to pursue a career in digital marketing I suggest checking it out. Just another certification to add to your resume. Just search Google Partners and click “Join Now”.

I hope you all enjoyed my favorites this week. Let me know your favorites down below!

XO

Top Travel Sites for Cheap Trips

Traveling is something that always has been and always will be very important to me. So many people ask how I travel and afford to take so many trips. But traveling cheaply is now easier than ever with the internet.

When I went to college, I knew I was going to make traveling a priority but because I was on a tight budget, I had to find a way to make it work without breaking the bank. These are the top sites I’ve used for cheap trips. I hope some of you find these useful in planning your next getaway!

Skyscanner // This is an app I keep on my phone. It’s convenient and easy to use so I like browsing through flights whenever I have free time (like when I’m in the waiting room at the doctor or getting an oil change). My favorite thing about this one, is that it has a very simple layout and it’s easy to find exactly what you’re looking for. It’s also excellent at finding some of the best flight deals!

Momondo // I used Momondo to book a flight to Spain and had a great experience. The site does redirect you to another site once you check out which can be a little daunting, especially if you’re not familiar with the site it takes you to, but I still had a good experience. I ended up getting a flight for $500 a person for my sister and I from Newark to Madrid! A deal like that can’t be beat. I’ve found the best prices for international flights on this site.

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Royal Palace of Madrid

Thrifty Traveler // I haven’t actually booked through this site but I’ve heard great things. It’s fun to scroll through and see all the random deals they have. This is a great site if you’re looking to book a random trip somewhere and the deals are out of this world!

Cheap Caribbean // I’ve used this site many times to book all inclusive trips and I’ve always had a positive experience. The site makes it really easy to bundle flight and hotel together. You can browse through honest reviews on resorts and pick the trip that’s right for you. You can even book transportation to and from the airport and excursions right on the site. I’ve found amazing deals and its great for finding spring break trips if you’re in college.

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Me after ziplining into a cave in Mexico’s underground river system

Traveling is a priceless experience in my opinion and if it’s important to you, you can find ways to save up and find some great deals.

If you know of any great travel sites let me know down below!

Happy traveling!

XO

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!

I woke up this morning with a mean stomach bug after a long week. Although I’m feeling so sick, I knew I wanted to get up a post because blogging makes me happy, and because I feel we should choose to focus on the positives in life. I hope your Friday is going better than mine is and I hope you enjoy this post!

Tennis // I’m trying to incorporate different types of exercise into my routine on my cardio days. I’m having my boyfriend teach me how to play and it’s a great way to work up a sweat without even thinking about it. I’ve only played once so far (and I’m not very good) but I want to continue and hopefully get better over time.

Kettlebell Kitchen // We order these meals at work and they’re super convenient and healthy. Perfectly portioned meals for a person on the go. Kettlebell is only available in certain areas of the country but any kind of healthy meal service will work. And you can always recreate your own version at home like I did with this recipe for paleo chicken nuggets.

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Kettlebell Paleo Chicken Nuggets with Sweet Potato Fries 

NASA hat // This hat is just too funny and cute. I love the sarcasm of it and it fits my personality so well. Perfect for anyone who values their personal space. I like baseball hats for the beach and I like how this one is slightly distressed. I bought it in blue but looking back I would have purchased a different color. I didn’t realize how similar the color of the writing would be to the hat. Still cute regardless and adjustable.

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Game of Thrones // It’s back! And WOW, what an opening. I won’t spoil it for you but if you haven’t started watching I highly recommend it. Trust me. It’s GOOD.

Skipping foundation // In the summer I like wearing more minimal makeup. Because of this, I switch from a liquid foundation to a BB cream in the summer. I’ve been using the Garnier one for years but for some reason this year, it was causing me to break out really badly. I still like wearing it for even, light coverage and I like the added benefit of SPF especially for the beach but I think wearing it all day at work was too much for my oil-prone skin. I’ve since switched to using concealer and then setting it with a translucent powder. Add bronzer and blush and you have the perfect, summer, fresh-faced look.

I hope you all enjoyed this post even though it’s short.

I want you all to have the happiest, most amazing weekend.

Until next time.

XO

7 Ways to Deal with a Job You Hate

I’ve had many jobs in my short time here on Earth. I’ve been a lifeguard, a waitress, a babysitter (best job ever), an intern at a winery, a brand ambassador, a cashier at a department store, etc. The list goes on and on! 

Because of my work experience I’ve had many great experiences and also some really terrible ones! I switched around a lot in high school and college because many of these jobs either didn’t pay enough, were seasonal or both. This switching around definitely filled my resume but it also gave me a sense of what kind of work I like doing. 

At one point or another we all have to deal with a job we don’t like or even hate. So how do you wake up on Monday morning and get there? And how do you grin and bear it before you find something else? 

Today I’m going to share 7 ways you can deal with a job you hate. Hopefully these tips can make your work week a little less painful and give you some sense of relief. 

Be prepared // If you already dislike your job, be careful not to make it even worse by going in unprepared. Pack your lunch the night before, figure out what you’re going to wear, keep your work bag organized if you have one and have a general idea of the tasks you’ll be doing the next day. When I’m feeling really organized, I write down what I’ll be doing at work the next day in my planner the night before. This allows you to go into the office feeling your best and feeling confident. And of course, show up on time!

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Do your best // All you can really do is your best. Give it your all and remember that everyone makes mistakes. What’s important is that you bounce back.

Enjoy your off time // This may be the most important tip on this list. Take care of yourself on your time off and enjoy yourself. Workout, eat balanced meals, stay mentally healthy, go out with friends, listen to podcasts or read articles on personal development. Having a good time out of work and focusing on yourself will feel so rewarding and it will give you something to look forward to after work. Knowing that your life is full will give you the motivation you need to push on.

Don’t take things personally // This is a hard one but try not to take everything to heart. That meltdown your boss had last week? The condescending comments your co-worker keeps making? They’re not actually about you. It’s about them and their own insecurities/flaws that they’re taking out on you. Like I mentioned, as long as your doing your best, you’ve done your part. Don’t let anyone make you feel less than. Of course, constructive criticism or correction is fine. But if you start feeling like you’re in a toxic environment you’ll know it’s the people around you that have the real issues. 

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Communicate your struggles // If you have a boss that is open to discussion (which I hope you do) and/or an HR department you can go to, do it. Sometimes voicing your frustrations can actually make things better  and there can be solutions to issues you’re having that you may not know about. If it’s a position you really care about, try your best to make things better. You’ll never have the answers to your questions or the solutions to your problems if you don’t ask. 

Find the good and focus on that // Go into the job focused on the benefits you’ll receive instead of focusing on what you’re doing for your employer. Yes, the tasks you’re doing are benefiting your boss or your company but they’re also most likely benefiting you. What are you learning? What can you take away from this job?Figure out skills you’re taking away from this position. What can you use in your next job? There may even be skills you can use in your personal life. For example, my last job gave me great commutation skills which I can use in virtually any position. But those skills have also helped me in my personal life to become better at holding conversations, making friends and being less introverted. 

Look for something else // At the end of the day you can always leave. If this position won’t get you further in your career, if you hate going to work, if it’s a toxic environment or if it’s just not the right job for you, you can always leave! There are so many opportunities out there and life is way too short to do something you hate. 

I hope this list helps some of you to have a better Monday. Be sure to let me know some of your tips down below. Are you dealing with a job you hate? I would love to hear your stories.

As always thank you for reading!

XO

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!

This week flewwww by. My boss was out of town on vacation so I had a very laid back week at work and am ready to get this weekend started! Here are some of the things I’m loving on this particular Friday. Enjoy!

Working Out // I stopped for awhile and am finally getting back into it. I feel so good afterward both mentally and physically and it is so worth it. I am currently doing the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide and I’ve seen some of my friends have amazing results with it. She kicks my butt but I know that’s the best way to see results!

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Flow Chart // At work I have a flow chart that tells me what specific tasks need to be done on that day of the week. I decided to take this concept and incorporate it into my own life because I am terrible at time management. It helps me to stay organized and I’m able to figure out what I should focus on for the day instead of running around like a chicken with it’s head off.

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Friends // I was able to see all of my college friends last Sunday and was able to cross something off my Summer Bucket List when we all met up for a beachy brunch. We’re all so different but we somehow all get along and we always have each other’s backs. I also got to Facetime with the missing member of our group who is currently living in Spain. Moments like these make me feel complete and give me such a sense of peace. Friends are so important.

Travel Vlogs // Right now I don’t have vacation time and it’s killing me slowwwwwly. I am DYING to travel again but since I can’t I’ve been enjoying summer at home and living vicariously through other people. I’ve mentioned this before but Mimi Ikonn has the best travel vlogs on YouTube in my opinion so I’ve been watching and re-watching all of them.

Pac Sun // Pac Sun is having a HUGE sale right now and a lot of items are 70% off. I’ve been looking for a one piece for awhile and decided on this one. 27 bucks!? I’ll take it! Keeping my fingers crossed that it fits well once it comes! If you’re looking for summer clothes or bathing suits definitely take advantage of the sale.

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image via Pac Sun website

Ben and Jerry’s Dairy Free Cherry Garcia // My mom picked this up for me and I didn’t think I would be a fan but YUMMM. It tastes like a chocolate covered cherry and is deliciously creamy. After work I love coming home, sitting outside in the shade and eating it straight from the container.

New Planner // I just picked up a new planner and a notebook from Target. I feel like having a cute planner gives me more motivation to actually use it and these two remind me of mermaids or something. I couldn’t find mine on Target’s website but they have so many to choose from.

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As always thank you for reading and be sure to leave me your favorites down below.

Have an amazing weekend!

XO

5 Dairy Free Must-Haves: Sweets Edition

Hello all!

Today I’m focusing on my favorite dairy free sweet treats! I’ve been lactose intolerant since I was a year old. Despite that, I still ate some dairy as a kid with the help of Lactaid pills but as I got older it really started to negatively affect my digestion and my skin so I decided to quit dairy cold turkey. I felt better, my skin was clear and I even lost some weight. Over the past year I’ve gone back and forth between eating it and not eating it and I definitely slip up.

Unfortunately, now my body reacts even worse to dairy and I break out in eczema! So basically my intolerance turned into what seems like a full blown allergy (can that even happen???) and I’ve had to get creative when it comes to finding amazing dairy free alternatives. I hope you all enjoy these finds!

Steve’s Dairy Free Ice Cream // Every flavor I’ve had so far has been amazing! So creamy, sweet and delicious. You would never know it’s not real ice cream. It seems to be sold out online but I find mine at my local grocery store. My favorite is a tie between the salted caramel and chocolate chip cookie dough.

Zen Dairy-Free Pudding // Nothing will take you back to childhood like a chocolate pudding cup. These are so good and perfect if you’re looking for something sweet and light for dessert or a snack.

Silk Creamer // I couldn’t live without my coffee in the morning. And my coffee just isn’t coffee without my creamer. This is the best dairy free coffee creamer I’ve tried. Caramel and vanilla are favorites of mine!

A Good Vegan Bakery // If you’re like me and you love sweets, definitely find a local vegan bakery where you can get the goods. If you live in Central Jersey I recommend Papa Ganache in Matawan. Their cupcakes are delicious, they have a wide selection and I’m able to satisfy my sweet tooth without harming my stomach!

Almond Breeze Chocolate Milk // Chocolate milk was by far one of my favorite things to drink growing up and it always brought me such a sense of comfort. I’ve since switched to this one by Almond Breeze and I don’t even miss the regular stuff. I’ve never been much of a milk fan anyway so I like that almond milk doesn’t have that nasty, milk after-taste. Besides drinking this straight from the carton you can also blend it up with some ice, chocolate protein powder and a scoop of peanut butter for a delicious shake.

I would love to hear your dairy free suggestions down below! And stay tuned for an upcoming post where I’ll talk about my savory dairy free must-haves.

I hope you’re having an amazing day wherever you are. Until next time!

XO

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday friends!

I just love that Friday feeling. Don’t you? I want to try my best to start doing a weekly Friday favorites series here on the blog and I hope you all enjoy it! Here are some of my favorite things this week: 

Seth Godin // If you’re interested in marketing or business and/or you just need some inspiration, I recommend listening to him. He’s insightful, intelligent and easy to listen to. I just got done listening to him on this podcast and I’ve just started listening to his book Linchpin.

The Weeknd- Secrets // The ultimate feel good jam! It’s a great driving song for the summertime. 

Blogging // I didn’t blog much when I was out of work because I was constantly looking for jobs but now I’m getting back into it and really enjoying myself. It’s such a great way to get things off your chest and connect with people. 

These gluten-free blueberry muffins // They are so delicious and contain no refined sugar. The honey and blueberries gave them all the sweetness they needed. 


This American Eagle top // I got this top on sale at an outlet store in the plum color. It’s simple but it fits well and looks really pretty with gold accessories and a tan! It’s a crop top which I’m not at all into, but I wore mid-rise white shorts with it and my tummy was covered so it’s not super cropped. It was the perfect summer outfit and super comfortable.

Popsicles and wine // I can’t remember where I saw this idea but I knew I needed to recreate it for the 4th of July with some bomb pops and sparkling moscato. The popsicle melts into the wine and it turns into a sweet and delicious concoction. Yummm!


I hope your weekend is as sweet as moscato and that you all enjoyed this post. Let me know what some of your favorites are this week down below. 

Cheers to the weekend!

XO