• Fitbit Alta Review

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  • Boston Adventures 2016

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  • Pros & Cons Of Blogging

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  • Friyay Thoughts & Workout Shirts – June 10/2016

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Fitbit Alta Review

whats all the hype about the fitbit- sincerelykenzWhen I was first looking to purchase a “tracking” bracelet, (I really don’t know what else to call them), I did a TON of research. These bracelets aren’t exactly cheap and I didn’t want to spend my money on something that wasn’t worth it. After a ton of research I found that the JawBone was the best bang for my buck…. so I thought anyway. Long story short, I bought the JawBone UP2 and it sucked. It fell off of my wrist anytime I did any form of exercise and aside from its appearance, there wasn’t really too much to it.

 

I eventually returned the UP2 and bought a FitBit Flex instead. The Fitbit totally blew the Jawbone out of the water, and I am so glad that I purchased it instead. The differences between the Fitbit Flex and the Jawbone UP2 were small but noteworthy. I guess the most important difference was that the Fitbit actually stayed on my wrist. I wrote a whole blog post on these two bracelets so if you are interested feel free to  learn more about them by reading it here.

 

I rocked the Fitbit Flex from the day I bought it until about a week ago when I was introduced to the Fitbit Alta. I’m not usually big on spending money and the Fitbit Flex was working just fine, but because I use my Flex so much I felt that buying the Alta would be a good investment. I was right about this  (I’m always right) because the Alta is seriously awesome.

 

As I said before, when I was looking to buy a tracking/fitness bracelet I did a ton of research prior to actually purchasing it. I wanted to share my honest opinion and thoughts about the Fitbit Alta so that I could help any of you who are looking to buy the same product.

 

The Alta is about thirty dollars more than the Flex– the Flex being $100 and the Alta being $130. Similar to the Flex, the Alta comes in a series of different colors. Blue, teal, black, and silver are just a few. I opted to purchase the black primarily because I feel that it goes with everything and is simple enough for everyday wear. You also have the ability to change the color of your band if you desire to do so. Bands are sold as separate pieces at stores like Target, Walmart, and even Amazon.

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When taking a look at the Fitbit Alta, it definitely is a bit different from the Flex. The Alta is thinner and looks a lot more appealing than the Flex. The Alta also has an OLED screen that the Flex didn’t have.  One aspect of the bracelet that I found to be important was the closure because duh, you don’t want this dang thing flying off your wrist all the time. No worries, though, I found that the closure on the Alta is the same as the Flex and works just as great as it did on the Flex.

 

The screen on the Alta is known as the “tap display” and by tapping it with your finger, a series of different things pop up.  Tapping the screen twice will allow you to see the date and time. Each tap after that will show you stats such as your steps, your calories burned, the miles you have walked, and the amount of exercise you have completed.  A new feature also allows you to get text and calendar notifications on the OLED screen. I personally didn’t care for this feature and chose to turn it off.

 

The app for the Alta is the same as it was for the Flex. All of Fitbit’s bracelets connect to the same app. The app is awesome and has tools that track your sleep, track your calories, and even a “coach” section to help you achieve your fitness goals. The Fitbit app is constantly being updated and changed, I have never had any problems with it yet!

 

Overall, I think the Alta is a great step up from the older, Flex. I totally recommend investing in this bad boy if you are willing to use it regularly…. It’s not really worth the money if you are only going to use it every once in a while.

 

I  hope you all have a fabulous Wednesday and that this post helped any of you who are looking to purchase a tracking/fitness bracelet!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boston Adventures 2016

This past week Rob and I took a trip to Boston. We had a ton of fun and were so excited to take some time to explore one of our favorite cities for a couple of days.

 

Even though a major part of traveling is to experience new things and make really amazing memories, we are both still college students and don’t have all the money in the world. We tried our best to have a great couple of days while saving a few of our pretty pennies.

 

We opted to take the ferry into New London, Connecticut because Boston is about a 4 1/2 hour car ride from where we live on LI. We thought that the ferry would ease up the trip a little bit. We ended up taking a 7 a.m. ferry and getting into Boston at around 11 o’ clock. Naturally, the first thing we wanted to do was eat so we headed straight to the Public Gardens to have some lunch. We had purchased bagels prior to entering the city so that we didn’t have to spend a lot of time sitting at a restaurant once we got there.

 

We had a lil’ picnic and both enjoyed an egg everything bagel with vegetable cream cheese (my personal favorite).  I love the Public Gardens because there is always so much going on there. Whether it be street performers or farm stands, there is always something different on every corner of this area of Boston. I also love people watching, and the gardens are the perfect place for that.

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After enjoying our lunch, spending some time people watching, and exploring the gardens we eventually made our way towards Newbury Street. Like I mentioned before, we both didn’t want to spend too much money so we really didn’t buy much. Rob ended up getting a t-shirt and I got an adorable pair of shorts from Aerie.

 

After exploring the city some more and walking for what felt like forever we finally made our way to our friend Tony’s apartment! We got a quick snack with him and then headed to dinner where we had an amazing meal. Rob got a lamb burger (ew, lamb) and I got a taco salad. The restaurant that we went to had outdoor seating which is one of my favorite things.

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On Thursday we headed towards the Charles River Esplanade after getting breakfast- this place was gorgeous and I totally recommend if you are planning to go to Boston anytime soon. There were a ton of people kayaking in the river/running along the river/ and there were even a few art classes taking place in the same area! Shortly after spending  awhile here we made our way back to the ferry port and headed home. We both had a great couple of days. It was really nice to  take a break from work and spend some time in a new place.

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Have you ever been to Boston? What did you do there?

 

 

 

 

Pros & Cons Of Blogging

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Hey party people I am here to wish you a very happy Monday! Another start to another week, I am SO excited for this week because Rob and I will be heading to Boston on Wednesday! We’re going to see a Sox game but other than that we are just going to kind of wing it… hopefully the city has some awesome things in store for us!

 

I woke up this morning to the glorious sounds of my neighbors cutting down trees with chainsaws (duh it’s 2016 what else would you be cutting a tree down with?) :-‘) … BUT being the super positive, awesome, person that I am, I figured I would use this unannounced morning wake up call as a positive rather than a negative and wrote this blog post instead of trying to go back to sleep.

 

Let’s get started…

 

I started consistently blogging a while ago. When I first started my blog I really had no idea what I was doing and it wasn’t until about a year or so later that I actually began to schedule out my posts, and really do some research on maintaining a successful blog.  One of the biggest things that I have learned is that writing posts isn’t the only thing that comes along with having a blog. Answering emails, connecting with the community, creating graphics, working with sponsorships, and a bunch of other things also come along with blogging.  That is why I am here on this beautiful Monday, sippin’ on some black coffee (feeling like a badass), and uploading my idea of the pros and cons that come along with having a blog. I feel like I could make this list (or the pros part of it at least) go on forever. I am going to try my best to keep things short and sweet.

 

Pros Of Blogging:

I guess the biggest pro that comes along with blogging is that you are able to express yourself on your own time, with your own voice. If we are being realistic, I could write about anything I wanted and post it on this blog and it would reach at least a few people. Having your very own blog is like having a little space of your own, where you ultimately get to decide to do whatever you want with it. A blog is a creative outlet where you can share your thoughts, opinions, and whatever else you are feeling. It’s really great to have a place where you can unleash your creativity.

 

Another awesome thing about blogging is the community of people behind it. When I first started my blog I really had NO idea how many other people out there had blogs as well. It’s crazy to think about the amount of new “blogging friends” I have made just because I started a blog. The best part about this is that fellow bloggers are always willing to give a helping hand when you need opinions, have questions, or just want to chat.  There is so much to learn about blogging and fellow bloggers are usually always willing to share their knowledge with you.

 

Sponsorship opportunities are also great. It’s awesome to know that your hard work is valued and that business owners/companies actually want you to work with them to promote their products! It’s really a great feeling when you open up your email and realize that a company is interested in what you have to offer. Being compensated for your hard work isn’t too bad either ;).

 

I feel like having your very own blog is almost like an asset to who you are– not to mention that it probably looks great on resumes! But really, it’s a very cool feeling to be able to tell people that you are a “blogger” because it is something that is pretty unique… and awesome. I love talking to people about my blog and I love that it is something that separates me from most people.

 

This list could really go on forever and ever and ever, there are so many amazing things that blogging has brought to me and there are so many amazing things that I know are in store for me if as I continue to blog. As far as cons of blogging go, there aren’t really that many! Buuuuuuut I definitely can think of a few….

 

Cons Of Blogging:

I guess one of the biggest cons of blogging is all the work that goes into it. Sometimes it is very frustrating to work really hard on a post and then not get as many page views as you were hoping for. It gets stressful to keep up with posts sometimes and nothing is worse than being underprepared on a day that you usually post. At the same time I guess that all of the hard work usually or eventually pays off… so I guess this could almost be considered a half pro half con…is that allowed on pros and cons lists?

 

Another downfall of blogging is the social media upkeep that comes along with it. I get a lot of beef from my friends about how I post on Instagram a ton and about how I try and maintain a theme on Instagram. What most people don’t understand is that by doing this I am ultimately creating a brand for myself and promoting my blog. Keeping up with social media is kind of a must have if I want to promote myself. It’s tough to constantly know in the back of your mind that you have to make a tweet about your latest post, or post on facebook, or Pinterest, or really any social media platform for that matter. The sucky thing is that social media really is one of the biggest ways to connect with other bloggers and to promote your content.

 

 

I can’t really think of any other cons that come along with maintaining a blog- I guess that’s a good thing though, right? Can you think of any pros or cons that come along with blogging? I would love to here your thoughts in the comments below!

Friyay Thoughts & Workout Shirts – June 10/2016

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FRIYAY ! I feel like this week has gone by so fast…crazy, abnormally fast. If you were wondering how my week went, (I bet you probably weren’t, but I’ll tell you anyway), it was just as good as any other week. I am surprised at how fast this week went by considering how much of nothing I really did throughout it.

 

I am here to ramble on about how expensive Nike sneakers are… and my question is WHY?! Seriously, I have had the same workout/Nike sneakers since my 8th-grade year of middle school. As you probably guessed, I am in dire need of a new pair of sneaks’, but I just can’t get myself to purchase a pair of shoes for over 70 dollars! Maybe I’m just cheap, but I really do think that a pair of sneakers should cost fifty dollars at the most.

 

Aside from expensive sneakers, I can’t complain about how things are going today. I had work this morning and will be heading to work again in a few hours. I’m actually about to kick back and have a cup of much-needed coffee before I run out the door for my next shift.  Not complaining, though, I need money!

 

On a completely different note,  I have recently found some fabulous workout shirts that I would love to share with you guys because they’re honestly all great (I picked them out, obviously they’re great)  and deserve to be appreciated. I actually laughed a little when I found these:

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I love love love going to the gym and getting a good workout in, but some of these shirts really do a perfect job of summarizing how I feel when I am in the process of working out. Anyways,  I hope you enjoyed this quick lil’ rambling and have a great weekend! Be sure to check back Monday for a new post!

 

 

The Best Eats In Boston

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Rob and I are going to Boston to visit one of our good friends next week and we are so excited! We have only been to Boston once before, and that was all the way back in November. So you can probably imagine that we are excited to endure a slight major change in the weather as well as having the opportunity to check out our beloved city once again.

 

While preparing for our lil’ adventure I obviously had to go on Pinterest and do some research. Keep in mind that I was REALLY hungry when I did some of this research, thus all of these places revolve around food one way or another. Here are my top eats in Boston that I would like to try and check out when we visit next week:

Breakfast:

Mike’s City Diner:

This seems to be a typical diner with a ton of delicious food.  There even is a breakfast special that comes with two eggs, three pieces of meat, toast, homefries, and coffee for just 7 bucks! You can’t go wrong with that.

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Trident Books Cafe:

Located at the end of Newbury street, this place is actually a very old bookstore with a small cafe inside of it! It has actually been ranked one of Boston’s top “grooviest” cafes because of its hip atmosphere and fun food. I have read a lot of amazing things about their blueberry pancakes!

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Blunch:

Blunch is located on the South End of Boston and is a tiny little spot that people seem to rage about.  Egg sandwiches or “eggwhiches” are very popular at this restuarant. This “hidden gem” has stool seating along a glass window so that you can people watch while you enjoy your fabulous breakfast…or lunch… your fabulous blunch.

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Lunch/Dinner:

Bostonia Public House:

According to TripAdvisor this is an American styled restaurant with some basic dishes that anyone would enjoy.  If we’re talking specifics, “Bostonia Public House celebrates the history and tradition of Boston. This Tanya Nayak design thoughtfully combines, rustic elements, modern accents and unique finishes that will remind Bostonians of their rich and colorful heritage. Cognac and coffee tones, tufted banquets, vintage and modern lounge seating promote a warm and welcoming environment. Bostonia Public House will be a polished and playful venue offering a ‘refined rustic’ menu within a vibrant bar atmosphere.”

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The Dogwood Cafe:

The Dogwood Café is known for its burgers, quirky salads, pastas, and unforgettable cheesy pizza pies. This hotspot is actually located right next to the Arnold Arboretum, which is a pretty well-known spot in Boston!

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Sweet Caroline’s:

Sweet Caroline’s is one of Fenway’s newest restaurants. This restaurant’s lower level dining room features floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the patio and Fenway stadium. This seems to be a perfect spot for any Sox fans!

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Sweets and Treats: 

Amorino Gelato:

The name is kind of self-explanatory on this one, this is basically a real gelato shop in the city of Boston! Two Italian dudes started this shop in hopes that they could bring some of their Italian roots into the city that they both loved.  This shop also sells waffles, crepes, and Macarons.

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Union Square Donuts:

I have heard a ton of amazing things about this place but have never actually had the chance to check it out. Flavors of the donuts range anywhere from PB and J to Maple Bacon.

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Pavement Coffee House:

I am a sucker for cute coffee shops, they are one of my favorite things. The last time we were in Boston Rob and I went to The Thinking Cup coffee house and absolutely adored it. If we have the chance I would love the check out this newer coffee shop because hellllllooooooooooo you can never have enough coffee.

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 have you tried any of these eats in Boston?, if you have let me know in the comments- I would love to know how they are!

 

 

Lets Talk Ice Cream Cones

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It’s Monday, the start of a new week and I (for what feels like forever) finally have a day off. I felt like having some fun on this fabulous Monday, so we are going to discuss a very serious and important topic on the blog today… Ice cream cones.

 

For those of you who don’t know, I am basically a professional ice cream scooper. I have worked in the ice cream industry ever since my sophomore year of high school and I hate to brag BUT, I can make a mean ice cream cone.

 

My ideal ice cream order usually changes all the time, but if I’m in the mood for a cone, my order is  usually pretty consistent. If we’re talking specifics: pistachio frozen yogurt, cookie dough ice cream, and chocolate sprinkles in a waffle cone. Delicious combination, I know, no need to tell me.

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Some people literally have no idea what the differences are between ice cream cones. I can’t tell you how many times I have served people ice cream and asked them what cone they would like to eat it in and they have literally had NO idea what I was even saying. It’s not a different language people, it’s actually pretty simple.

 

So that is why I am here today to talk specfics and get these things straightened out. It is 2016, you should know the different types of ice cream cones that exist!

 

First things first,there are usually three main dry ingredients which create our beloved cones.  Wheat flour, tapioca flour, and sugar are the three major components of ice cream cones. These specific types of ingredients are chosen for baking quality, strength, and relative sweetness, and then wala-  you have your ice cream cone.

 

Unless you live under a rock, you would probably know that there are three major different types of ice cream cones. You got your wafer, your sugar, and of course your waffle. These three type of cones all taste and look a bit different.

 

 

Waffle Cone

What is it? In the family of cones, the waffle is the largest. The cone has a waffle-pattern all over it and generally has a combination of softness and crunchiness, it really depends on where you get it from. Waffle cones usually can hold a ton of ice cream (duh, I just told you that they were the biggest cone) and this cone has the most flavor to it, it is a bit sweeter than the wafer and the sugar cones.  Lil’ fun fact: I have decided that Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Shops actually make the best waffle cones in the world. Don’t even get me started on the chocolate dipped waffle cones that they sell…

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Wafer Cone

What is it? The wafer cone or sometimes known as the cake cone is the softest of the three types of cones. This cone basically has zero taste at all and weighs in at a whopping 5 calories per cone! These cones are generally used for soft serve ice cream and they kind of absorb the ice cream flavor into themselves… if that makes sense?

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Sugar Cone

What is it? Last but not least we have the famous sugar cone. The sugar cone is the darkest of the three cones, and probably the crunchiest. This cone is very sturdy and doesn’t usually get soggy like the wafer and waffle sometimes can.

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And there you have it, the three types of ice cream cones. Please inform your friends, your family, your families friends, your friends friends, and your friends families about the differences in these cones, it is an epidemic! This is common knowledge and should be taught in schools or something.

 

What is your favorite type of ice cream cone?

 

How To Create An Editorial Calender

editorial calender- sincerelykenzGood old writer’s block… one of most blogger’s worst enemies and biggest pains in the butt! Staring at a blank screen for countless hours in hopes that maybe, magically, a brand new blog post idea will pop into your head isn’t good for anyone. It is frustrating, stressful, and VERY annoying.

 

I’ve dealt with this more than I would have liked to throughout my blogging career and let me tell you, it is not fun. BUT I am here to tell you that there is hope! The countless number of times that I have faced writer’s block are no longer a part of my life… I have discovered one of the best blogging tools and it has helped me beat writer’s block more than I thought anything ever could…. I have discovered an editorial calendar!

 

Utilizing an editorial calendar has kept me on track with my posting schedule and has helped me steer clear from all of the stress that comes along with not having any idea of what to blog about on a given day.

 

What Is An Editorial Calander?!

An editorial calendar is basically a very detailed schedule for your blog posts, social media outlets, and all of the other great stuff that comes along with blogging. The goal of an editorial calendar is to help you stay on top of your content and keep you on track with what you need to get done ahead of time.

Why Do You Need An Editorial Calander?

First of all, an editorial calendar will save you a lot of time, as well as sanity ;).  Planning and creating your content ahead of time allows you to do things in bulk. So you would spend one whole day creating graphics, writing, editing, etc. rather than spending a few hours each day scrambling to complete a single piece of what eventually you would like your end result to be.

Working in bulk allows you to stay focused on the same task for an elongated amount of time… rather than trying to refocus in a short period of time every single day. Say goodbye to cramming within an hour or so to get a post up and say hello to good, quality, posts.

Taking the time to write, edit, and prepare your posts before the day that they are actually scheduled to go live will improve their quality immensely.  We all know what procrastination leads to…. and it usually ain’t pretty. Rushing to get things done right before your deadline is stressful and frustrating.  When you plan ahead you have more time to prepare your content, and to make it as perfect as it can possibly be.

How To Hop On The Editorial Calander Bandwagon:

There are a ton of ways you can create an editorial calendar ranging from something as minimal as a paper and pen method to something as advanced as some type of technical, computerized, software that organizes and manages your content. Whatever method you choose, here are the key steps for creating an editorial calendar:

 

Well, it’s kinda simple! The first thing you will need is obviously, a calendar: You can pretty much find these anywhere and everywhere and can even find free printable ones on sites like Pinterest and Google.

 

Up next- a few important tools! You will need to figure out which tools work best for you when it comes to creating a post, a graphic, or whatever it is you really want to create. This includes where you will be composing your post (Evernote, Blogger, Word, and WordPress and just a few), where you will be creating your graphics (Canva, PicMonkey, or Photoshop are all great for this), which social media outlets you will be using to notify your readers about your content (Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest ,Facebook), and how you will be able to get into contact with your readers or sponsors ( your best bet on this one would proooooooobably be any type of email website).

 

After you have figured all of that out, comes the hard but fun part! This is basically where you have to write down any idea you possibly have for a blog post: I find that when I am scrolling through Pinterest, a ton of people have posts that are titled “106 Blog Post Ideas” or something similar to that, and these help a lot! When I’m really in a rut I’ll just go through a bunch  of these lists and write down whatever I think my readers would enjoy. I also keep an ongoing list of blog post ideas in the notes section of my phone and this helps a lot! It allows me to remember any posts that spontaneously pop into my head when I’m out and about without  a notepad or computer nearby.

 

Almost done….. up next is where you need to plan plan plan… did I say plan?! 

After you have your blog post ideas generated and have figured out which social media outlets you would like to use, and how you would like to create your blog posts and your graphics, it’s time to get planning! Here’s where your calendar comes into play. Take some time to think about which of your posts should go live when. For example, if you know you’ll be having some type of party/gathering at the end of the month and you also know that you want to create a blog post about a recipe… you may as well use one of the recipes that you will be making for this party as the recipe you will be writing about in that blog post…. does this make sense!? When you think wisely about what posts should go live at which times, it’s kind of like killing two birds with one stone.

 

After you have this all figured out, you simply have to write it down on your calendar. Next comes in all the extra but very important stuff. Make sure to write down which graphics you need to create when, which social media posts you need to create when, and which emails you need to send out to marketers/sponsors when.

 

And that’s it!

Find a calendar that works for you, discover which editing, writing, social media tools that best suit you and you’re ready to go!  Do you use any content planning tools other than an editorial calendar, if so which types?!

 

 

 

May Favorites 2016

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May is already over…. what?! It’s crazy how fast time is going by. I don’t know if it is because I am more busy than usual, or because I am getting older , I really don’t know what the deal is but it is getting kiiiiinda scary.Before I know it I’ll be heading back up to school and moving in again in August.

 

I am trying to savor my Summer days as much as possible so let’s hope that June goes by a bit slower than this past month did.  I am a big fan of “monthly favorites” types of blog posts soooooooooooo here I am again whippin’ up a blog post for you guys. I now bring you my list of favorite things during the month of May:

 

1. The Undercover Eggplant:

When I was still up at school I discovered an amazing food place called the Undercover Eggplant. This place has a ton of different soups, salads, and sandwiches. They are known for their famous pasta salad that comes with every sandwich. Not gonna’ lie, I was pretty mad at myself for discovering this restaurant so late in my college career but I am SO happy that I finally tried it out, it was delish. I can’t wait to check out this spot again when I head back up to school.

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2. Water:

Ah, good old H2O… I loooooove water. I hardly ever drink soda or any juices/teas because they upset my stomach so I have learned to love and appreciate water very much. I guess you could say this is kind of a strange “favorite of the month” but after going a few days without drinking as much water as I usually do, I have really learned how good it makes me feel. When I don’t drink enough water I get headaches, and I’m more hungry and tired than usual. I was gifted a S’well water bottle this year and am obsessed. It is definitely an incentive to drink more water, just because it is so pretty.

3. Home:

I finished my last college final of my sophomore year on May 10th, so I have been home for about a month now. Being home is such a different atmosphere than that of living in college. I love being able to control what I eat, and being able to work, and of course the obvious… shower without flip flops. Having my car readily available is also a huge plus of living at home… I don’t bring my car up to school with me. Being home also means that I get to spend some time with my two faves, Cisco, and Elliot.

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4. LUSH’s Ocean Salt Scrub:

I was given LUSH gift cards for my birthday and Christmas last year and amongst the many different things I bought, one of the things I opted to buy was the Ocean Salt Body/Face Scrub. This stuff is the bomb dot com guys, it literally works wonders for my skin and leaves my face and body feeling baby soft after every use. This scrub has sea salt, coconut, and avocado in it! The best part is that this stuff smells amazing. Definitely a must have if you are ever shopping in the LUSH department.

5. Aloe:

My best friend Alessia and I had our first beach excursion this past weekend and I got BURNT, like seriously so burnt…..I look like a tomato. For some reason whenever I go to the beach I always end up with some type of sunburn somewhere on my body, I have no idea why because I really do use sunscreen- I swear! I guess I am just not  reapplying it soon enough, this is something I am trying to work on. But anyways, back to the favorite of the month…. Cream with aloe extract in it has been my savior this past week, safe to say that I will be using this stuff a lot this Summer.

6. Instagram:

I have been trying to get my Instagram following up and it has been working slowly but surely (very slowly). My goal this month was to gain more followers and I did just that- I gained a few hundred followers and am looking to get in the 2,000 range next month. I have been loving the latest update of the app, the small changes go a long way!  I currently post on Instagram about four to five times a week but my goal for the month of June is to be able to post every day and spend some extra time interacting with other grammers’. If you don’t follow me on Instagram already you totally should!

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7. Acai Bowls:

I have totally talked about these bad boys in a previous post here on the blog, and here I am talking about them yet again. If you are unfamiliar with what an acai bowl is it is basically like a thicker version of a smoothie with a TON of toppings. I like to think of it like an ice cream sundae except a LOT healthier. I got one a few weeks ago and it was sosososo yummy. I opted to top it off with blueberries, bananas, raspberries, granola, honey, and peanut butter- try and say that ten times fast .

8. Dry Shampoo:

Dry shampoo should seriously be on everyone’s favorites of the month list. This stuff is magical and is a life saver. Dry shampoo always comes in handy when I am rushing around and need to help my hair out a little bit. If you are unsure of what dry shampoo is, it is a spray on product that absorbs the oils in your hair. You could seriously go like three days without washing your hair while using this stuff and it would still look squeaky clean.

9. Nikki Blackketter:

Nikki Blackketter is a fitness guru and YouTuber who I have recently discovered this month. She uploads vlog style videos a few times a week featuring things such as what she eats in a day, her workouts, and just overall different aspects of her life. She is seriously awesome and gives me the motivation to get my booty to the gym every day. If you are looking for a new YouTuber to watch I totally recommend!

10. Blogging:

I think this is on every blogger’s favorites of the month list! I have been on and off with blogging lately but am ready to start posting on a regular basis. Today I am making an editorial calendar which will totally help a ton with keeping me on track with my blog posts/social media posts/ and all that other jazz that comes along with maintaining a blog. If you are unsure of what an editorial calender is have no fear- my next post is going to talk all about it 😉

 

That wraps up my favorites for the month of May. I hope you all have had an amazing month and are looking forward to a very hopeful month of June! What is one of your favorite things from the month of May?!

 

Summer 2016 Long Island Bucket List

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Hey party people happy Wednesday and happy Summer! Okay, if we’re being technical Summer isn’t officially here until June 20th BUT I have been home from college for a couple of weeks now so…. happy Summer!

 

I plan on spending my Summer days by working a TON, spending time at the beach, hanging out with my friends, and going on some exciting adventures. I hope to end the Summer with a nice tan, a motivated mind set, and some great memories with people that I love.

 

I have never really been one to create bucket lists, but lately, I have been reading some of my fellow bloggers “Summer bucket list” posts and I got inspired. I have a ton of things that I want to accomplish in  my lifetime but have never really taken the time to write them all down. Whenever I think of something that I would like to do, I usually just tuck it in the back of my mind and hope that I will someday remember to do it (I usually forget). I finally decided that I should change my ways and actually keep a running of list of all of the amazing things I want to accomplish and have already accomplished in my life time.

 

I figured a good start would be to set a list of goals and things that I want to do during the Summer. Thus, here is my Summer 2016 bucket list.

1. Hike The Greenbelt Trail:

The Greenbelt Trail is one of Long Island’s major hiking trails. It actually spans across about thirty-two miles. No worries, by no means will I hike thirty-two miles… even five would be pushing it for me. Anyways, the Greenbelt Trail starts in the Sunken Meadow State Park and eventually ends up in Hecksher State Park, located in the Great South Bay. As if this hike wasn’t enough, the Greenbelt is also subdivided into a ton of smaller, lower mileage hiking paths (this is more my style).  I would love to hike the Seashore Trail this Summer, which goes through New York’s only Federal Wilderness Area near Smith’s Point. I have gone on a few different hikes up by my college and they were all a ton of fun, hiking really is a great way to exercise while checking out the world’s hidden beauty.

2. Visit Some Botanical Gardens:

If you read my last post, you would have seen what Rob and I did on our crazy adventure last week. Maybe it wasn’t thaaaaat crazy, but we did go to an arboretum which isn’t what we usually do. The arboretum we visited was beautiful but I would love to take a break from the #treelife and check out some botanical gardens this Summer. Botanical gardens are awesome becuase who doesn’t love beautiful flowers AND they serve as great spots for photoshoots 😉 . I reeeeeally want to check out the New York Botanical Garden becuase it seems to be one of the biggest ones that is close to my home town. I would also love to check out the Old Westbury Gardens, the Clark Botanical Garden in Albertston and the Bridge Gardens in Bridgehampton.

3. Go Brunchin’:

I am a HUuUuUuUGE brunch fan, like feed me pancakes for the rest of my life and I’ll be the happiest girl around… probably really fat, but definitely really happy. Some of my favorite places are unique coffee shops or cutesy lil’ brunch restaurants. I love some good eggs, pancakes (duh), homefries, frenchtoast, or anything related to the whole brunch thing. I bet you’re hungry now…so am I. Some of the brunch spots I want to check out this Summer are Jam, Toast in Patchogue (I have already been to the Port Jefferson location), The Witches Brew coffee shop, and a new place called Locals, which is right near my house.

4. Check Out Coney Island:

Coney Island is located in Brooklyn, New York. From what I have heard, it is an amusement park along a board walk with some sort of beach as well???? I guess I won’t know until I actually check it out. I have seen a ton of fun pictures from Coney Island and would love to see what it has to offer!

5. Go To Six Flags:

Similar to Coney Island, Six Flags is an amusement park with fun rides, games, and food. My friend Alessia and I are going to try and head over to Six Flags before all of the public school districts end their school year, this way there won’t be as many kids running around the park with us. Fun fact, the last time I went to Six Flags I was with Rob and we actually had to take a bus there becuase we both didn’t have cars or licenses yet… I am looking forward to going back to Six Flags this Summer via a car rather than a bus, haha!

6. Go To A Red Socks Game:

I am not crazy into baseball but I do think that going to major league baseball games are a ton of fun. I have only really been to Mets games and would love to switch it up and see a different team, at a differernt stadium. I would abolutley love to check out a Boston Red Socks game. Boston is one of my favorite places and I think it would be so awesome to check out the team and spend some time in the beautiful city.

7. Eat A Rainbow Bagel:

You have probably seen rainbow bagels all over your Facebook timeline… they are new and seem to be what all of the foodies are loving lately. For the longest time I thought that the only bagel store that made these crazy rainbow bagels was in New York City buuuuuuut I just got word that a bagel store right in my home town makes these beautiful bagels as well! This should be an easy thing to cross off my list!

8. Sign Up For A Marathon:

I am by no means one of those people who can run like five miles on any given day. In fact, I have a REALLY tough time running like one mile at the gym every day. This Summer I really want to train myself to be able to run a 5K. I don’t want to sign up for a marathon this Summer because I know I won’t be ready for it but I would love to prepare for it this Summer and be able to actually complete one sometime next year in September or October. Which by the way, does any one know any fun marathons in Upstate New York?! Let me know in the comments!

9. Work On My Cooking Skills:

Next year at school I will still be living in a dorm but I will be cooking and preparing my own food. Hallelujah for no more dining hall food! I have (obviously) been pinning a ton of different recipes and food ideas that I hope to make next year at school, but I would love to actually try and make them at home before I go up to school. I really want to learn how to cook things other than just chicken and broccoli, haha.

10. Head To Fire Island And Montauk:

I went to both of these spots last Summer and had a blast. I love love love the beach so these places are perfect. My ideal day would be to lounge on the beach and then walk around the town and get some dinner. Last year I went to Montauk with Rob and Fire Island with my friends Haley and Alessia. Both spots are cute little beach towns and were a ton of fun.

 

What are your plans this Summer? Have you made a Summer bucket list- if so what did you write down on it?

 

Last Week’s Adventures // May 18 & 19

Posting on a Saturday….. whaaaaaat?! I had a few technical difficulties with my little corner of the internet yesterday but I really wanted to get yesterday’s post up as soon as possible. Thus, here I am blogging on a Saturday.

 

I recently took on another job at a local bagel place that opened up near my house. I now know how to make egg sandwiches, make heroes, and butter/cream cheese bagels. All of which are great things to add to the set of skills that I already have 😉 .  My usual summer job is at an ice cream shop in a town over from mine. I have been working there for a while and basically am a professional ice cream scooper. But life is expensive and I’m saving up to study abroad so I figured that a second job wouldn’t be the end of the world.  Juggling two jobs, a blog, and a crazy bunny sounds a bit hectic but so far it has worked out in my favor. I even managed to get two days off last week, which were both very well spent.

 

On one of my days off last week, Wednesday, I hung out with Rob. We went for a delicious lunch with my Grandma at a cute lil’ breakfast cafe and then we headed to an arboretum. Which by the way, who knew that an arboretum was just a bunch of trees… not this girl. The arboretum was located on the same property as a massive mansion that used to be owned by some dude a very long time ago.  The arboretum itself was lined with pathways and benches, it was beautiful.

 

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Thursday was my second day off last week. My best friend Alessia and I decided to spend the day in NYC to celebrate her birthday. This day was absolutely awesome, we learned how to use the subway system (except for one mix up when we got lost in Brooklyn), waited two hours for some milkshakes, and went boating in Central Park. We even managed to make our way over to Times Sqaure at the end of the day.

 

These milkshakes are from BlackTap, a small restaurant in the Meat Packing Industry. Believe it or not, we waited 2 hours for these! The restaurant was actually very small, and we had to stand to drink them because there were not enough seats. The shakes were good but I definitely think that the place itself is a bit overrated.

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15 pounds later, we decided to head over to Central Park. This is where we accidentally took the wrong train and somehow ended up in Brooklyn. We eventually made it to our destination and had so much fun! Rowing a boat is a LOT harder than it looks,  this was definitely my workout for the day.

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Did you do anything fun last week? I would love to hear from you in the comments below!