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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An Afternoon in Los Angeles

Because I didn’t have any set plans for the 4th of July this year, I made a somewhat spontaneous (i.e. I asked if I could come approximately 50 times and booked my flights a month before) decision to fly out to Los Angeles to spend the long weekend with my boyfriend and his family.

After a full day of flying, which was made way more enjoyable by the free wine and cheese plate I was served on my flight from Chicago to LAX, I got in late Friday night and promptly slept like a log. We spent the next day by the beach, eating too much food, and being generally lazy while I adjusted to the time change, and then made our way out into the city on that Sunday.

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A Quick Guide to Newport, Rhode Island

Now that I’ve been living in New England forever a year now (so crazy how quickly time flies by!), I’ve been trying to get out of my comfort zone travel-wise this summer. After several weekend trips, I have to say that Newport, RI was definitely one of my favorite spots for a weekend getaway. With the big homes, the fantastic ocean views, and delicious food, it’s hard not to fall in love with Newport within the first five minutes of your visit.

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Dear Diary: Life Lately

Happy Monday, y’all!

After almost a week of silence, due to constantly either having my nose in my Business Law textbook or scanning through my notes, I’m back and so excited for this week because I’m finally finished with my training program for my job! I’m not exactly sure what that’ll entail for me going forward, but I’m excited to find out.

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Currently: August

It’s officially my favorite month of the year! Mostly because it’s my birthday month (because, yes, I like to celebrate for the entire month haha), but also because it’s the last full month of summer. Which sounds weird, but I almost feel like I appreciate the warmth and sunshine more in August because I know that fall is just around the corner.

What do you guys have planned for August??

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House Hunters: Beacon Hill Edition

Confession time.

I am 100% that chick who points out which houses she wants to live in whenever she travels. Walking around cities and getting to look around the neighborhoods has always been one of my favorite activities (probably because I’m nosy), even though there’s no chance that I’ll ever be able to afford half of the houses I’m browsing.

So when I was in Boston for the weekend, I spent a good chunk of the weekend pointing out to my dad which houses I liked, which could not even be stopped by the crime-themed walking tour we took around Beacon Hill.

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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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