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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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

My Quarter-Life Crisis

I’m writing this post in hopes that it will help someone who is going through something similar. I’m also apologizing in advance for the rambling I’m about to do. I’m in a period of my life right now that I can only describe as a quarter-life crisis. Now technically I’m only 23 and maybe I shouldn’t be going through something like this quite yet but let me explain.

I’ve always been a highly motivated person. When I was a child I dreamed of being a doctor or an actress or an editor of a major magazine and I constantly fantasized about my adult life and what it would look like. Going away to college was a huge step for me and really helped me to become the person that I am today. I make very BIG goals for myself and quite frankly sometimes those goals screw me over. So my big goal out of college was to get a job right away, which I did. I interviewed a week before graduation and two more interviews and a whole lot of patience later I got the offer. I was put in customer service (which is not at all what I wanted), but I took it because it was a job and helped me to meet my goal. Although the company was awesome, my actual job wasn’t and the most important aspects of a job weren’t all there. I got a salary (it was a measly salary but still), benefits, 401k options, free drinks (it was a beverage company), fancy parties, great friends, 12 paid vacation days and paid holidays. But what I didn’t get was a good paying salary, the promotions I was promised time and time again, growth in the company, trust in management, support, or help from HR. They were also bought out by a bigger company which created a lot of unrest between employees and I watched as moral dropped.

I was so overwhelmed and stressed by the amount of work that I had that after almost a year of working there I went in one Friday morning and put in my two weeks. WITH NO PLAN. This lead to two months of unemployment until I landed the job I have now which is completely different. I work for a nutritionist in a very small office and I’m technically an assistant but I really just run the front desk. There’s usually no more than 3 or 4 of us in the office at a time. I don’t have a salary, I don’t get paid vacation time until I’m there for a year (and then I get a week), no paid holidays, no 401k options, no lunch break (you eat while you work) and it’s an hourly wage. I’ve only been in this job for a month and my idea in getting this was that it was different. It’s not a large company and I felt like maybe I could learn something here and eventually become a nutritionist myself. But now I’m honestly not so sure that’s even what I want or if it’s even a possibility. I also thought it would be a much less stressful work environment (I was wrong).

I guess it’s like the expression, “you never know what you’ve got until it’s gone”. And quite frankly sometimes I miss the perks of my old job. As I mentioned in my last post, I’m now working a lot less hours. I went from 42 hours per week to about 30 for the summer, which is nice but with an hourly wage it’s kind of stressful. Being completely honest (and I know it’s still new) I don’t love this job either. But I’m sticking it out because they took the time to train me and I owe it to them and myself to give it a good shot.

My biggest problem right now is that I’m so frickin’ confused about my life! With both jobs I felt really optimistic and proud to have gotten them. Only to feel disappointed later when it turned out to be different than what I thought it would be. Because I feel so uneasy in this job right now and in life in general, I sat down last weekend to really figure out what I value and what I really want. I’ve been talking to so many people about this and they always tell me, “if you could do anything what would you do”? And honestly, it would be this! I would love to blog, to write articles, to write books, to become an entrepreneur and have my own business, to create apps and to eventually launch a website in the ecommerce world. I want to be my own boss. But this road is not an easy one. And right now I’m struggling to find out if I should take this extra time I have and throw it into launching a business and focusing wholeheartedly on blogging or should I be considering different career options working for other people? Should I be doing a little of both?

My biggest concern with this job is that I don’t have vacation time which is incredibly valuable to me. I’m also making way less than I made at my last job (and I felt I wasn’t getting paid enough there). I’m not a very money hungry person but I came to the realization that I need to pay off some of this student loan debt, save for a home and a wedding eventually and have some extra money left over to travel or to launch a business or app eventually. And I can’t do any of that right now.

I have a vision board, I’ve made lists of my goals and I know what I want my outcome to be in the years ahead. It’s getting there that is the hard part. Everyone in my life has given me different answers and at the end of the day this has to be my decision. But between the constant confusion and anxiety every day I don’t know what to do next. I also have a raging social media addiction that needs to be taken care of and a procrastination habit that needs to die.

At the end of the day no matter what we are going through or feeling we have to be grateful. Maybe my last job wasn’t great and this current one isn’t perfect or a “dream job”. Maybe my dream job needs to be created. Maybe I’m looking for something that doesn’t exist. Maybe I just need a better attitude. But I’m grateful to have the job that I have and to be able to pay my bills. I’m lucky to have supportive parents and a home to live in. I’m lucky to have a boyfriend who I can build a life with.

This time in life can be hard and confusing and stressful but I really believe I can achieve my goals. And I believe you can too.

So, if you’re confused about your life, please let me know down below. And if you have any advice I welcome it 🙂 As always thank you for reading and following. I can’t wait to look back on this in 4 or 5 years and wonder why we ever worried.

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Hope you all have an amazing day.

XO