So far my goal this year has been to read 52 books, and I’m pretty close to completing it! If you follow me on GoodReads, you’ll see I’ve read 42 books this year. I’m currently reading two this week, but I wanted to make a little list of the books that I’m excited to read during this fall. I think fall is a great time to read scary stories and nonfiction, so here’s my list (with summaries from GoodReads):Read More
When we found our house, I started to think long and hard about how I wanted it to look. Of course I love the all-white wall / minimalist / tons of plants vibe that so many cool, trendy houses seem to capture, but it got to a point where I had to be realistic.
We’ve got a lot of animals, including a kitten who is convinced he should be a vegetarian (aka he eats plants) and a deaf dog who feels personally offended by the suggestion that maybe he shouldn’t lounge on the furniture. We needed a pet friendly home that showed who we were, not who we wanted to be.Read More
I’ve been really interested in doing some money diaries exercises, and since we just moved – it’s been even more on my mind. I really wanted to see where my money was going, so I thought that it would be fun to do a test run for my first full work week since we moved into the new house.
This was a fun little exercise – and it helped me see where my money tends to disappear to during the week. Of course, it’s not a typical week of spending because we just moved and I’m in the process of getting the house set up, which means a bit more spending than I’m used to.
As I did this exercise, I realized that I was spending less because I knew I would be writing it down. This helped a lot with frivolous spending!Read More
When I first saw pictures from the first 29Rooms, I made a conscious effort to make sure that if it ever happened again – I would go. Fast forward to a few months ago: the second round of 29Rooms was announced and I immediately bought tickets. While I’m sure you might be sick of hearing about and seeing 29Rooms photos on your feeds, I wanted to post my breakdown of the whole process for those either A. who managed to snag tickets to the Los Angeles residency or B. Who missed out and are wondering if it’s worth it to go next year.Read More
This summer has been insanely busy (we bought a house! we went on trips! we continued to work full time so we could pay our bills!) and over the past few months I've taken some time to reflect on my relationships with social media and blogging in general.Read More
If you are a regular follower of this blog, you might notice that over the past few months I’ve changed the layout quite a few times. I’ve been going back and forth on styles and themes, but finally have found one I really like. I went through and organized my old posts, but I also wanted to refresh some of my older posts to fit more seamlessly with this new theme. That being said – here’s a re-do of my original post on The Blue Lagoon.Read More
I wrote this post over a year ago but wanted to change it up and add to it. I've been to Philly a handful of times since I originally made this post and I can attest that their street art scene is constantly changing and growing. Here are a few of my favorites:Read More
When you hear “least visited,” you probably think that this is going to be something to breeze past. Dry Tortugas National Park is one of the top ten least visited National Parks in the United States – but don’t let that dissuade you. Dry Tortugas is seventy miles from Key West and it’s only accessible by boat or plane – which means the park averages about 58k visitors a year. Compare that to the527k that visited the Redwoods last year and you’ve got a “least visited park.”Read More
Los Angeles is jam packed with awesome street art, so I’ve been sitting on this post for a few months. I wanted to compile some of my favorite snaps from trips I've taken in the past year. Street art is always changing – sometimes you’ll plan to see things and by the time you get there, they’re gone and replaced with something new. In all my ~*research, I tend to not get my sights set on any one particular wall. Instead, I pay attention to neighborhoods and different areas where I can wander around and see what I find.Read More
Some trends I don’t really get, but others I’m so on board with. The whole cactus culture thing is one I totally support. Living on the East Coast means that the cactus I see are usually on the teensy side, unless I’m visiting one of the many botanical gardens at my disposal. Every trip I take to the West Coast leaves me blown away by the amount of cacti, and I love it.Read More
Over a year and a half ago (I’m sorry!) my Greek husband and I took a trip to Iceland. We spent the majority of our time exploring but decided we wanted to do one big thing and so we booked a Glacier Tour in Skaftafell National Park. For those of you who are Game of Thrones fans, we were lucky enough to tour “the land beyond the wall.” (I don’t watch Game of Thrones, but my Greek husband does and he was pretty excited when I informed him of this.) Here’s my breakdown of the whole experience:Read More
Earlier this Spring, my best friend and I decided to tackle a New York trip. This may sound pretty normal but I’ll admit I’m not a huge fan of New York City. The sheer size of the city is pretty overwhelming – so I normally let whoever I’m traveling with take the lead on planning. Usually my trips revolve around Brooklyn, but this time my BFF and I decided to shift our location. We planned a day trip to Soho and I’ve got to say, it was my best New York trip yet.Read More