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

Summer Bucket List

Hey friends!

Summer is here and it is blissful. I recently switched jobs and although I’m still unsure about how much I like it, I do have more time which is definitely a positive. My boss gave me Fridays off and I work shorter hours which means more time to be productive, more time to do activities and more time to blog!

Each season I like making a bucket list of things I really want to do. It helps me to get out and make plans for those few months and it also helps me feel fulfilled. Sometimes on social media it can feel like holidays or seasons are just a big competition of who can do the most fun stuff and who can post the most pictures. But once I make a bucket list I don’t feel the need to prove myself to anyone and I can just enjoy the season and the holidays that come with it without any comparison.

I hope you enjoy my summer bucket list and I would love to hear some of your summer bucket list activities down below.

Healthy-ish smores // I’ve been eating a lot of paleo recipes lately and I really like the way it makes my body feel. I’m thinking of trying to make some kind of healthy-ish smores with gluten free graham crackers, marshmallows and dairy free chocolate. I feel like Justin’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups would be so delicious with this too!

 

Outdoor concerts // I don’t go to many concerts but when I do I always get lawn seats and have the best time. I saw Mumford and Sons recently but they got rained out and we had to leave early. I really want to go back sometime this summer and actually get to enjoy the experience.

Sushi date // Sushi and hot weather don’t mix but there’s a local bar that has delicious half-price sushi and outdoor seating. My boyfriend and I haven’t gotten the chance to go yet and I definitely want to get there soon! I could eat sushi every day.

Beachy brunch // The Jersey shore is so beautiful and filled with some great places to eat. The Turning Point in Long Branch is a great place to get brunch and sit outside. After brunch you can plop yourself right onto the beach and soak it all in.

NYC // I’m really trying to make my way to the city this summer. I tend to go in the cooler months because I can’t stand walking around in the heat but I would love to hit up a bar with an amazing roof top and walk around the High Line.

Beachy hairstyles // I am not the best at doing hairstyles that involve braids or any kind of complicated parts but I really want to try these cute hairstyles for the beach or by the pool. I’ve been trying to switch up my look but I end up giving up. I might have to enlist the help of my sister (who is a hairdresser) for these ones.

I hope you’re all having an amazing summer already and that you’re 4th of July was terrific. And always remember that social media DOES NOT determine what kind of life you’re living. You can still have an amazing life even if you don’t post it on social media for the world to see 😉

XO

April Showers bring May Flowers

Happy April!

It finally feels like Spring here and I can’t help but feel like this is a time of new beginnings. As the flowers bloom and the dead grass turns green again, I feel something blooming within myself as well. It’s the perfect time of the year to start something new. Look back at your New Years resolutions. Are you working toward your goals? Or have you fallen behind?

Always remember it’s never too late to chase something you want. You can always start over and Springtime is a great time to do that. I recently took some huge leaps in my life and really took some risks. And although it can be scary and uncertain, I’m feeling so optimistic.

In Autumn and Winter everything goes to sleep. The season is dormant. And although the holiday season and the start of the new year tells us to begin something new, our instinct is to hibernate. In the Spring there is a new awakening. Nature is alive again and inspiration runs freely. Take this time to really think about what you want out of life.

This month I’m focusing on creating a better relationship with myself. What are you working on this month? I would love to know.

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image via Pinterest

23 Things I’ve Learned by Age 23

Hello my loves!

This past Friday, I turned 23! It’s my first birthday out of college and it’s the first age that actually makes me feel like an adult so I thought I would reflect on some things I’ve learned along the way.

1.) Be kind, always.

2.) Accept yourself for who you are and be proud of it.

3.) Accept your family members for who they are. No one is perfect and they’ve most likely made you who you are today.

4.) Save more than you spend and live below your means.

5.) Say sorry. Just do it.

6.) Surround yourself with people who make you FEEL good.

7.) Do things that scare you or make you feel uncomfortable.

8.) Listen to your body and respect it.

9.) Eat vegetables. Literally, this past week I suddenly started liking them. Is this a 23 year old thing?

10.) Be authentic.

11.) Cry when you want to cry, laugh when you want to laugh. Allow yourself to feel it all.

12.) Know that life is HARD. You’re not the only one who thinks so and we’ll all get through this together.

13.) Know that life is BEAUTIFUL. There are many more beautiful things in this world than ugly. You just have to open your eyes to them.

14.) Travel when you can. It is possible to do it cheaply and it’s incredibly valuable.

15.) Do things YOU enjoy. If you don’t like bars, don’t go to them. If you hate roller coasters, don’t ride them. Don’t ever think you need to like things other people like just because it’s “normal”.

16.) Eat good quality food. There’s nothing like a good quality piece of bread. Am I right or am I right?

17.) Do your best even when you feel like you have nothing left in you to give. Give it your all.

18.) Learn time management. It will save you frustration in the long run.

19.) Learn how to be alone. It may not always be enjoyable but it is VALUABLE.

20.) Health really is everything. Both physical AND mental. Both are affected by your diet.

21.) Take that risk. It’s better to have taken it and fail then to always wonder what could have been.

22.) Talk to someone who has different opinions than you. You might just learn something.

23.) Live your dreams. Create your life. Go for it. You can do it!

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Ready to take on the world with this guy by my side

I really feel like 23 is going to be my year. Big things are on the horizon. Stay tuned 😉

XO

How I Reduce my Travel Anxiety

Hi Guys!

I don’t think I’ve talked about it much on here yet but I unfortunately suffer from anxiety and have since childhood. Over the years I’ve gotten a pretty good hold over my everyday anxiety however, I still struggle a lot and I plan on doing a lot of posts in the future about how I cope. For today I wanted to focus on travel anxiety.

The world is so vast with so many things to see and so many people to meet. I knew it would be such a shame if my anxiety stopped me from travelling because it’s something I’m really passionate about. I am fortunate enough that I don’t have a fear of flying so airplanes are not the issue for me. However, the thought and feeling of being in a new place FREAKS me out.

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I have always been an adventure seeker and once I went away to college I made it a goal to travel at least once a year. Since then, I’ve made traveling a priority and had some amazing experiences. No matter what I do or how much I prepare I always have some type of anxiety especially on the first day of a trip. I recently came back from my first European trip which was a huge step in the right direction for me and I experienced some pretty bad anxiety while I was there. I thought I would compile what I’ve learned over the years so that if any of you are suffering this can maybe help. Please keep in mind that there are varying degrees of anxiety and this is just what worked for me. I understand there are people out there who fear flying or people who can’t even take long car trips. No matter what your level of anxiety is, I hope that this helps you in some way.

  1. Be prepared. Do errands ahead of time so that you’re not rushing the day before you leave. Start a week before and figure out what you need. This leaves time to pick up anything you may remember to bring as the week progresses. I usually start packing two days beforehand so I would definitely recommend not leaving that until the last minute either. Set reminders to print boarding passes or check in and charge your phone the night before.
  2. Make lists and stay organized. Mentally walk yourself through the days you’ll be away and figure out what you’ll be using. I like to make a list with good, old-fashioned pen and paper. I separate my packing list into toiletries, hair products, makeup, electronics, miscellaneous,etc. I also write out a general idea of what I’ll be wearing each day. I check the items off of my list AFTER they go in my suitcase and never before, to ensure that it’s really in my suitcase. I also bring the list with me so I can go over it before I go back home so that I know I haven’t left anything behind.travel
  3. Bring medicine if you need it. I’m not huge on taking anxiety medicines but sometimes it can be a helpful tool in getting you to calm down. There is a time and a place for taking these kinds of pills and I only take them if I’m having a serious meltdown. Your doctor can help you to better figure out what is right for you. You should also consider bringing ibuprofen and other meds in case you get sick. This is one mistake I made and I really regretted not bringing the medicine I needed.
  4. Find internet and contact family/friends. Once you get to a spot with Wifi, Facetime or message someone you love and trust. Knowing that they’re at home waiting for you will give you a sense of comfort. They can remind you home will still be there when you get back.
  5. Watch anti-anxiety videos or read articles on how to stop it. In Spain, at night, I would watch anti-anxiety, meditation videos. These helped me tremendously and allowed me to relax and calm my mind.
  6. Keep your routines as similar as you can. If you have a nighttime and morning routine try to follow it. This will help you to create a sense of home and give you some familiarity.
  7. Lastly, take deep breathes and now that it will pass 🙂

I wish you all a lifetime of worry free travels! Please comment down below and let me know if you have any tips or tricks on stopping travel anxiety.

XO