The Best Breakfast Bagel in New York City

There’s nothing that I love for breakfast more than a good bagel. Most mornings I stick with my usual smoothie, but if I’m in the city I like to indulge myself. Because although I’m not one to try and perpetuate stereotypes, New York City honestly has the BEST bagels and pizza in the world.

And one of my favorite spots in the city to grab a breakfast bagel that will fulfill all of my cravings is Black Seed Bagels in the Nolita area.

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Peanut Butter & Banana Protein Smoothie

After a weekend filled with bagels and a little too much wine (although, who am I kidding, one can never drink too much wine!), I’ve been trying to detox and put my body back on track. Which means hitting the gym extra hard and eating clean, i.e. eating salads for lunch at work and lots of protein for dinner. And drinking lots and lots of smoothies for breakfast.

If you ask any of my coworkers, they’ll tell you that most mornings I come into work with my work BlackBerry in one hand and a smoothie in the other. Smoothies are just such easy ways to sneak extra fruits (and veggies sometimes) into your diet, that it’s hard not to love them. Plus the way that I make my Peanut Butter & Banana Protein Smoothie is so decadent that it almost tastes like I’m eating dessert for breakfast!

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Happy Monday!

It’s Monday again, y’all!

With fall approaching ever closer on the horizon and the summer temperatures slowly starting to drop, I decided on a whim last week to take off Friday from work because the weather was supposed to be absolutely beautiful. And luckily for me, the weather forecast was correct!

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Small Changes for a Healthier Lifestyle

Over the last few months, I’ve been getting more and more into eating healthier and working out. Maybe it’s because the weather’s been so nice that it’s actually enjoyable to go out for a run or the fact that I’ve been hanging out by the pool in a bathing suit on the weekends, but whatever the reason I’ve been feeling very motivated as of late.

And while I don’t think that I’ve lost much weight, I definitely feel stronger with every gym class I attend (i.e. I don’t feel like I’m going to pass out within the first 10 minutes anymore) and I’ve been trying to eat fewer processed foods and have been upping my fruit and veggie count for the day. Plus that endorphin high, which always makes me feel like a fitness goddess as I leave the gym, really can’t be beat after a long day at work!

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Currently: September

I hope everyone is enjoying having Monday off this Labor Day Weekend! I’ve spent most of my weekend in New York City catching up with friends and family, and enjoying the surprisingly nice weather since I thought that we would be getting hit really badly by the tropical storm by this point.

What did y’all do this weekend to celebrate??

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August Book Haul

I’m going to be completely honest with y’all–I really haven’t been reading as much I would have liked to this summer. What with finishing up my certification for work earlier this month and life in general, most nights I tend to find myself sitting on my couch and binge watching The Killing before going to bed.

But now that I’m not reading a textbook at work all day, I’ve made a inner pact with myself to catch up on my reading. Which means that I’ll be watching less Netflix (sigh) but also means that I’ll finally start cracking down on the books that have just been sitting on my bookshelves for the past three months!

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10 Places That I’d Love to Visit Someday

I’ve always loved traveling and I’m constantly coming up with future travel plans, even if it’s just in my mind. Which means that I love finding new travel bloggers to follow on Instagram and live vicariously through them. I even have a map tapestry above my bed to remind myself that there’s more to life than scoring a really good deal on heels at DSW or binge watching Law & Order: SVU.

This past year I’ve been incredibly lucky travel-wise, with my hiking trip through Peru, 4th of July in Los Angeles, and many weekends spent in New York City, and I’m looking forward to the rest of 2016 and what 2017 has in store for me.

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My Favorite Avocado Toast Recipes

I love food. I love talking about it and eating it (duh), but I’m not the best cook out there. I ate out a lot in college, or heated up frozen meals in my apartment’s tiny kitchen, so it’s not like I had a lot of practice before I graduated and moved into my big girl apartment. Granted, I can make a mean shrimp risotto but otherwise I usually stick with fajitas or pasta.

Which is why I love avocado toast and eat it at least a few times a week. It’s easy and quick to make, but at the same time is healthy and packed with dense nutrients.

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Tips for Visiting Machu Picchu

The fact that I visited Machu Picchu earlier this summer still feels a bit like a dream. After wanting to visit for so long, it’s still hard to comprehend that I ticked off a major bucket list travel destination of mine even though I have the photograph evidence to prove it to myself.

So because I’m still a bit moony over our trip to Peru (and I’m sure that I’ve completely bored my coworkers with my stories), I’ve put together a few tips that might help out on your future visit to Machu Picchu!

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My Everyday Morning Routine

Good morning, y’all!

Truth be told, I’m not much of a morning person. I always joke that my best talent is my ability to sleep wherever or whenever, which is especially true when I’m in my own bed. So my alarm is not my best friend when it wakes me from my beauty sleep every morning, to say the least.

As I roll over to hit the snooze button (God bless whoever inventing snoozing), I usually debate whether or not I actually have to go to work that day… Which of course is a silly thought because how else would I be able to pay for my overpriced Lululemon workout leggings and my weekly trip to the wine store?? So with tired eyes and a very naggy cat who wants to be fed, I drag myself out of bed to face the day ahead of me. What I’ve actually found helps me most in the mornings is to follow a set routine, so that I never get too distracted by what’s happening on Twitter and Instagram and somehow find myself still in bed with only 5 minutes to get to work.

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