My Favorite Books from the Past Year

In my last post I wrote out some of my summer goals and one of those was to read more.  I had a ton of friends tell me that they’ve also been wanting to get back into reading but got stuck when it came to actually discovering good books to read.  Let me tell you,…

Update and Summer 2019 Goals

  A lot has happened since I last posted. In the past four months I’ve spent many late nights studying, took a trip to Disneyworld, had many fun times with friends and family, was accepted into the study abroad program of my dreams, took a few weekend trips, and successfully completed my second year of…

What To Do Inside on a Harsh Winter Day

The last few days have been dangerous cold in Chicago (temps have been hitting -20 degrees (F) with windchill in the -40s) so I’ve been snuggled inside wrapped in my favorite fuzzy blanket.  That being said, here’s some of my favorite things to do in the cold weather! Let me know in the comments below…

My Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipe: Christmas Crack

The week before Christmas is one of my favorite times of the entire year.  Holiday festivities are in full swing and in my house, this includes a LOT of baking.  I love trying new cookie recipes so I thought I would share my favorite with you guys 🙂 Here’s a quick and easy recipe for…

Letter to My College-Freshman Self

Hello hello hello, it’s been a while since I’ve sat down and written a blog post and I’ve been missing it lately.  I always use the excuse of “classes have been so busy” or “work is crazy right now” which are both true but honestly, the root of the lack of posts have been my…

New England Photo Diary

Annual family vacations are weeks that I always look forward to throughout the year.  Having the opportunity to explore somewhere new and spend quality time with my family is an absolute blessing. This year we decided to delve into the East Coast.  At the end of July, we flew into Boston and took a week…

Road Trip Hacks

There’s nothing more characteristically summer-ish than a road trip with friends, family, or in the company of just yourself for a change.  The freedom of taking your car wherever you please is a feeling like no other. Whether it’s a two or ten hour drive, I’ve been on my share of road trips.  In the…

Summer Bucket List

Well it’s official; I’ve finished my first year of college and summer is finally in full swing.  I made it through my freshman year being thrown into college life 6 hours away from home. While there were definitely some challenging times, I wouldn’t trade my experience for anything.  The lessons I learned this year will…

Paris Photo Diary

This past March I had the incredible opportunity to travel abroad to a city that I have always dreamed about visiting: Paris.  For 9 days, I spent my days exploring this beautiful city (that absolutely lives up to the hype) and getting to know local Parisians who welcomed us with open arms. I was extremely…

How to De-Stress at Every Budget

My university is on the quarter system which means we are in the midst of final exams.  There have been days where I have had class until 2:30pm, grabbed a granola bar, drank 2 coffees, and then continued to study until 2am.  If you have ever experienced finals week at a university, you know exactly…