All posts filed under: Lifestyle

San Francisco Recap

Hi, I recently got back from my trip to San Francisco on Sunday and it was nice to spend quality time with my sister, Jessica. The last time we were both there together was probably when I was 16 years old. I was there trying out for American Idol….seems like a lifetime ago. I planned this trip because I’ve never really done anything like that with my sister and wanted to share a new experience with her. We arrived on Friday afternoon and stayed at the cutest hotel right in the heart of Downtown San Francisco, The Palihotel. It definitely had that old rustic feel. The room itself was small yet adorable, and it had everything we needed for our two-day stay! The hotel even had its own restaurant with a lounging area for drinks and food – cocktail for two, please. After we had unpacked, we got ready for dinner! I had made reservations at the yummiest place I could find on Yelp. I chose Italian because who doesn’t love carbs, especially on vacation! …

Let The Wedding Planning Begin.

Happy Wednesday, It’s been a while since I’ve written something on here! I always forget how much I really enjoy coming on this platform to connect with you guys at a much deeper level. Anyone else feel that way about blogs? As you may know, Matt and I just started planning our wedding. I personally feel like we’re behind on this whole process but I’m glad we’ve taken the time to really sit and think about what we wanted. For starters, Matt and I found our dream venue last Friday! It’s not your traditional venue but we are so happy with it because it has everything we need. It’s a beautiful home located in Thousand Oaks in a very secluded area which is ideal for a wedding. The backyard is spacious and has plenty of room for tables, chairs, a dance floor, DJ, and not to mention space for a bartender and a catering company. Why did you pick a house instead of a banquet hall? When we were shopping around for a venue we …

Italy Trip | Rome

Hello, It’s been a full week since I’ve gotten back from my Italy trip, and let’s say its been hard to adjust! Many wonderful things happen in Italy including, getting engaged to my soon-to-be HUSBAND! In this blog post, I wanted to go over in more detail all the great activities that Contiki put together for us. I’ll be breaking down each city into separate post and go more into detail about each place. Let’s get started!!!! Matt and I have always booked and planned our own trips from start to finish. When the time came to plan our next trip, we decided to book through Contiki, a travel agency for 18-35 years old. The thought of sitting back and relaxing while letting someone else do the planning seemed like a nice change of pace for once. Contiki for the WIN!!!! Contiki made it easy to book our flight and hotel stay through them. They had a variety of destinations to pick from which made it hard because every place looked so beautiful. In the …

Five Things To Do This Valentine’s Day!

Hello Fam! I have to take a moment and say, “OMG, it’s been forever”! It’s honestly been way too long since I’ve last posted. Can’t wait to dive right in and continue this blogging journey again with a cute blog post that I put together for you all.  With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I wanted to list 5 things you and your significant other can do this Thursday! Let’s do this: Ice Skating: Don’t you remember the days when you were a kid and enjoyed ice-skating with friends or that special someone? This is probably the cutest thing you can do this Thursday! Get into your cozy clothes and head over to your nearby ice-skating rink. Let loose and enjoy being a kid for a day! Scavenger Hunt: By far the most thoughtful idea yet. Quick story: Matt did this for me like four years ago. He left little notes all over the house and places where he and I would hang out. I still have all the notes and the photo album he …

What’s Inside My BirchBox ! |Review

Who on here is a BirchBox user? This is my second #BirchBox and my very first review on their service. I’m super excited to share my thoughts on this subscription box because I know so many of you are curious about it. I had seen BirchBox’s advertisement on T.V for months and then finally one day, I said to myself, ” I need a subscription box! That way I can try new products out before buying them and see if I like them or not.” I immediately thought of BirchBox and that same night I went online and signed up. Can you believe that for just $10 a month you can score name brand products – small but still – and test them out! As a blogger, this helps eliminate a lot of the guessing game. Will I like this product? Is it worth the investment? As I’m sure you know already, buying makeup, hair and skin products can get expensive very quickly. With BirchBox, I was able to customize my product preferences and based …

My 2017 Recap

Can you believe that 2018 is only 25 days away!? I can’t help but feel eternally grateful for all the beautiful memories I’ve made this year. I feel so blessed to have been able to share my journey with my online fam, so thank you for following along. Let’s rewind and revisit some of the highlights of 2017…. let’s do this! HIGHLIGHTS: 1. My Very First Tattoo I’ll never forget the day when I decided to get my very first tattoo. I started to research for meaningful phrases and words that spoke to me. I came across the word Bonheur -meaning happiness in French-and instantly fell in love. Every day I look it and remind myself to be happy even when things aren’t necessarily going my way. When the day finally arrived, I kept asking M, “Should I go through with this?” I was so afraid of what the pain would feel like and remember asking everyone to explain it to me. Sadly enough no one could describe the sensation or feeling to me – …

How to Pack for a 2 Week Trip | Travel Guide

Hello Fam! I don’t know if you’ve heard, but I leave to Thailand in 3 days!!!!! I’m still trying to let it all sink in because M and I planned this trip six months ago and I just can’t believe it’s finally here. For those that don’t know, I’ve had a flying phobia ever since I could remember. I don’t know why it started, but I always get nervous before a big trip. If you guys have any recommendations or remedies on how to calm the nerves, leave them in the comments down below. Anything helps. With so many people flying out for vacation and the holidays, I wanted to put together a guide on how to pack for a two-week trip. After four big trips and many mini getaways, I think I’ve mastered the art of packing– no joke. Last year I bought an Ebag –which I’ll link down below–, and it made traveling so much easier for me and faster to get in and out of the airport. I’m not going to lie, …

My Journey with the University of Phoenix

2014 was the year where I set a lot of things into motion for my career, my traveling, and my educational journey with The University of Phoenix. It was definitely a good year and one that I’ll cherish forever. In this blog post, I’m going to break it down into sections and answer questions that many of my friends, followers and family members have always ask me about UOF. Let’s do this!!! Enrollment: Enrolling at the University of Phoenix was pretty simple. I would say all counselors were very helpful and knowledgeable. They made it super easy and took me step-by-step on the entire process. I did a lot of research and asked a lot– can’t stress enough how many questions I asked. It was crucial for me to know that my decision to commit to this college was the best option for my lifestyle and work life. Note: I would recommend getting your general classes out of the way at a community college. Also, double check that the courses you are taking elsewhere will …