Walking the Freedom Trail

Never having been to Boston before, which you would think was an actual crime based on the reaction I usually got when I would tell people that, my dad and I decided that we’d make a weekend trip up to the city. So we packed up into the car on a sunny Saturday morning, put on some good tunes, and I promptly pulled my usual sh*t and fell asleep in the passenger seat within five minutes. Seriously y’all, I am quite literally the worst person to road trip with because I am the QUEEN of sleeping in cars.

And so without a care in the world, I slept the entire two hours up to Boston just in time for lunch and walking tours.


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Sundays at Machu Picchu

To say that visiting Machu Picchu has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember would be a bit of an understatement. Anytime I would come across an article the site in National Geographic or would see a picture of the ruins on instagram, I would be flooded with both a hint of jealousy that I wasn’t there in person myself and also a feeling of wanderlust that made me want to pack my bag and catch the next flight down to Lima, Peru.


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How to Transition Your Favorite Summer Staples into the Fall Season

It’s a sad but undeniable truth that summer can’t last forever. The weather will turn cooler, the days will grow shorter, and the leaves will start changing before we know it. And while the start of fall means the end of summer, it doesn’t have to mean the end of your favorite summer clothes. So, before you pack away your go-to warm-weather pieces, try out these quick styling tips that will easily bridge the gap between seasons. 

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Hiking the Inca Trail

“Unless we are willing to encourage our children to reconnect with and appreciate the natural world, we can’t expect them to help protect and care for it.”- David Suzuki


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Postcards from: Cusco, Peru

I didn’t really know what to expect when we stopped off the plane is Cusco. I had done a fair amount of research and reading on Machu Picchu and the Inca trail before leaving for our trip, but I realized that I knew very little about the city we’d be staying in before heading out on our hiking journey.

With very few expectations, we took a taxi into from the airport, checked into our first hotel, and walked around the streets of Cusco to get a feel for the city. And not going to lie, I think I fell in love with the vibrant colors and crowded streets within the first 10 minutes.


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Happy 1 Year Work-aversary to Me!

GUYS GUESS WHAT. Despite all of my fears back during my senior year in college, I have been gainfully (and very happily) employed for the past year! In fact, Wednesday was my one year anniversary of working for my company and I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve geeked out about that fact quite a bit in the past few days.


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Currently: July

Hurray for the holiday weekend!! I’ve been looking forward to the 4th of July for a while now and I’m so excited to have this coming Monday off to kick back and relax on the beach, while hopefully eating barbecue and enjoying a beer or two!

What do you guys have planned for the long weekend?

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Audiobooks You Need to Listen to Right Now 

I’ve been an avid reader for as long as I can remember. I wasn’t exactly reading Tolstoy back in the day, but if you gave me a novel written by Judy Blume in elementary school or by Sarah Dessen in middle school, I would have devoured it in mere hours.

I still love reading (and if you have any recommendations, let me know!), but I don’t always have the time to sit down after work and properly read a book. Which means I tend to get all of my reading done on the weekends and on vacation. But to be completely honest, that doesn’t cut it for me so I like to cheat and listen to audiobooks while I’m driving and at work.


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My Favorite Quick Workout & PB Energy Bites

I’ve been pretty good about going to the gym lately. After spending two weeks hiking through Peru and pushing myself to keep going even when I thought that I couldn’t take another step, I’ve been feeling particularly inspired to stay in shape and not revert back to my days of spending hours on the couch watching Netflix.

So I was feeling pretty good about myself until I read an article about how Blake Lively spent 13 hours in the gym everyday to get in shape for her newest movie. THIRTEEN HOURS. No wonder she’s such a babe! Unfortunately, I have to spend a majority of my day sitting in my cubicle so I can’t dedicate as much time to fitness. Which means I have to get creative on days when I can’t make it to the gym for my normal weight lifting/cardio class.


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Small Goals for this Week

Happy Monday!

I hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend and spoiled their dad’s for Father’s Day! I spent most of the weekend either catching up on sleep (I accidentally slept almost 12 hours on Friday night… oops) or spending time outside and enjoying the nice weather up north. After two weeks of absolutely gorgeous weather in Peru, I was somewhat shocked that Connecticut was also sunny and so I’ve been soaking up lots of vitamin D and going for runs on the trails near my apartment.

But now that it’s Monday morning and it’s already time for another work week (why do the weekends always go so quickly??!), I’ve made a little list of things to do this week that I hope will make for an amazing first full week back at work! In other news, I’ve finally started editing my photos from Peru and Machu Picchu and I’m really loving how they came out (please disregard my sweatiness after an hour of hiking haha).


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