TRAVEL BUCKET LIST – “Not all those who wander…”

I am sure everyone has their fair share of places that they want to visit. Wanderlust is a real thing and I find myself wanting to leave the country every couple of years! 🙂  Here are some places I really want to visit and why: Zakynthos, Greece; Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in France (specifically); Marrakesh, Morocco; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Rio de Janiero, Brazil; and Sicily, Italy.

Read + check out pics below as I share why these six places are on my travel bucket list!

1. Zakynthos, Greece—this is the ultimate honeymoon destination for me. Santorini, Athens, Mykonos—all stunning…but have you seen Zakynthos?! I truly believe that paradise is on earth and it’s located in that clear blue water.

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2. Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc, France—this incredible hotel is strictly a tumblr-esque want of mine. I have never been big on Pinterest, but Tumblr…I am all about it. Whenever I would see photos of du Cap-Eden Roc I would continuously wonder where this marvelous place was. Then in 2011, I saw photos posted on a friend’s social media site; I was absolutely stunned by it. She posted photos in front of the long driveway into the hotel and I was swooning over the chateau-esque vibe. It has become even more famous than ever due to IG fashion bloggers and the Cannes Film Festival, but seeing her personal photos showed me, I too, would love it.

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3. Marrakesh, Morocco—thriving souks, palaces and mosques adorn Morocco. I still put Moroccan pillows in my room just to dress up the neutral vibe. I really just want to go to Marrakesh for the amazing marketplaces, spices, shopping…and of course…so I can eat a meal on the floor with my hands!

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4. Buenos Aires, Argentina—I’ve been to Egypt twice (father was born there), but I have not been to Argentina. One of the reasons why Buenos Aires is on my list is because my mother was born in Buenos Aires and lived there through her childhood. The way she speaks about Buenos Aires is amazing, I would never want to go there without her. When I went to Egypt, I found that half the reason why I even loved it so much was because my father was busy telling me stories about different buildings, beaches and cities. I’ve been told Buenos Aires is the city for me; I can’t wait to visit…with my mama in tow.

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5. Rio de Janiero, Brazil—the Christ the Redeemer statue alone will put me on that 10+ hour flight to Rio. Something about watching soccer as a child—the yellow and green jerseys, my mom speaking about her father speaking Portuguese and the way the soccer players all had golden brown skin made me think it was the place to be…but then! Snoop d-o-double g himself came out with a music video for his song “Beautiful.” Sold. If you haven’t seen it, I suggest you get on it!

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6. Sicily, Italy—my grandmother, my mother’s mother—was born and raised in Sicily. My parents visited Sicily before they were married and they told me all about what an incredible trip they had. My grandmother and great aunt are two of the greatest human beings I know: loud-passionate-loving-forever screaming-hardcore Italian women. If I have the chance to meet more people like them, let alone a whole city filled with synonymous souls, I’m taking it.

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28 THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT ME

Happy Monday! Today, I realized that I am exactly 3 months away from turning 28 years old! I know a lot of people don’t like getting older but I REALLY do. I feel way more settled in the person I am today than I was even a year ago! I have found that life keeps getting better and I’m so much more motivated. I hear a lot of people talk about how much they hated their 20s and how amazing their 30s are — awesome! — that just means it only gets better from here.

Below are 28 things you may or may not know about me…Enjoy! 🙂

  1. I am obsessed with numerology. Numbers are everything (which is hilarious to me because I hate math).
  2. I never went to Pre-K or daycare…So when I got to kindergarten I used to cry every single morning when my mom would drop me off — brutal!
  3. I would like to think I am a good flyer now, but really, it varies…by flight. LOL
  4. I had a 5th birthday party and a 27th birthday party. All other birthdays in between were mini events with family. Needless to say, my golden birthday (September 5th, 1994) WAS SUCH A HIT. My 27th birthday was a mix of both. I started the morning in tears over the proper theme decorations and ended the night so grateful, excited and HAPPY.
  5. I’m obsessed with babies. My friends, coworkers, and family members send me pics of babies all the time. Everyone is well aware of this obsession.
  6. I’m a Virgo and I am SUCH a believer in astrology and the zodiac. You might even catch me basing my life’s decisions on whether Mercury is in retrograde or not.
  7. I am a valley girl THROUGH AND THROUGH and I would not change that for the world. Ventura Blvd. alone is reason enough to NEVER move.
  8. I am all about new beginnings. New week, new month, new year, etc. I love a fresh start and I take it super seriously.
  9. I am a planner. Everything is structured and organized. I just like to be prepared, really.
  10. I have two dogs named Bentley and Bugatti. Bentley is a white Maltese and Bugatti is Bichon-Poodle mix. Bentley does not like to be touched and Bugatti LOVES to cuddle. They are polar opposites and potentially hate each other, but its okay because they are the greatest. I also have a third dog named Ryder who lives with me part-time. He is 100% my baby and could very well be my biological son in dog form. He’s a mini Labradoodle and he is the greatest little thing I have ever seen. He definitely loves his dad more than me, BUT…his dad chose him, takes care of him full time, AND IS WAY MORE FUN…so I’ll let his dad have this one.
  11. Speaking of dogs, my dad NEVER wanted dogs in the house and he now sleeps with two dogs in his bed. You win some, you lose some.
  12. I went to Cancun on 7/7/2007 after I graduated high school and it is, until today, the greatest vacation I have EVER been on. I still talk about it…all the time.
  13. This year is my 10 year high school reunion and I feel like I just graduated yesterday. Either way, I am really excited to see all of my friends in a few months!
  14. My best friend has been my best friend since I was 6 years old. This year we’ll be celebrating 21 years of friendship. We met in summer school so every summer we celebrate our Friendsversary.
  15. I don’t like alcohol. I have never liked it. I do occasionally have a glass…or five…of rosé. Champagne and rosé. Count me in.
  16. I consider my brother’s fiancé my sister. I am so glad he chose her.
  17. I graduated high school at 17, college at 21, and received my Masters when I was 23. I took a year off and did some traveling…I happened to take a short trip to Europe with my best friend during that time as well…It was FABULOUS.
  18. My first job ever was at Abercrombie Kids when I turned 16.
  19. One time I was reading a magazine at the grocery store and walked out holding it…AKA I STOLE SOMETHING…when I got to the parking lot, I got SO scared, I started running.
  20. I’ve known my boyfriend since I was 16 years old and he’s one of the smartest human beings I know. He’s also really cool…and cute. And a good puppy dad. And SO much more.
  21. Speaking of my boyfriend, when I met him, my friends and I thought he was so cool that when he drove past us and waved…we all screamed in unison. RELAX, YO.
  22. My brother and I are 14 months apart and he thought we were twins up until a few years ago. I still laugh every time I think about it. I am currently CRYING LAUGHING as I type this.
  23.  I have one sibling, my brother Sterling, but my parents/aunts and uncles have instilled in me that my two older cousins, Cookie and Taleen, are my sisters. The three of us have ran with it ever since.
  24. My mom is my best friend. And that is that.
  25. I love hot weather and I worship the sun. There isn’t a vitamin in the world that can give me the energy that the sun gives me.
  26. I used to never like candy when I was younger and I now live for a good piece of candy. I like Mike and Ike’s, Sour Patch and Boston Baked Beans. I also like Twix, Snickers and Big Hunk’s. MMMMMMM!
  27. Beyoncé and I are both Virgos, she’s born on the 4th and I am born on the 5th. She is Sasha fierce and I am Tasha fierce…obviously.
  28. My favorite movie of all time is My Father the Hero…a MUST watch!

 

HOW I STAY ORGANIZED

HOW I STAY ORGANIZED

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had an amazing weekend. I managed to have the perfect Sunday yesterday so I think I’m ready to get this week started. A lot is going on this week and I need to stay as focused as possible. I realized that for me, lists, calendars, agendas, apps — all of those things play a part in how I organize my life. A little over a year ago, I was teaching a college course and I knew that it was time for me to really kick it into high gear when it came to being organized. Lesson plans are NO JOKE. More importantly, I couldn’t look ill-prepared in front of my students. So I started researching apps, reading up on organizational tips, and figuring out key habits to incorporate into my lifestyle. I juggle many projects at work and I also strive for work/life balance; hence the need for organization. Check out the 7 organizational tips that I live by, below!

1. To-do list

Write everything down, don’t rely on memory. This is about as self explanatory as it gets. I no longer rely on my memory (my memory used to be spot on, not sure what happened LOL). I feel like it is MISSION CRITICAL to write down all of the important tasks for your day, week, month. Check back in on all of those tasks to make sure you’re on top of things!

2. An appealing agenda

Head over to Target and find a PRETTY calendar/agenda/daily planner, people! My cousin bought us matching Bloom daily planners that I am obsessed with. I use it for everything. It’s my favorite because every month you can add new goals for the month, there’s fun quotes, and most importantly: it’s pink.

3. Google Calendar

Maybe he’ll kill me for sharing — but my boyfriend and I have a shared calendar now (big step, big moves, we’re the real deal) LOL. It’s actually really exciting for me 🙂 I live for these things. I love that I am able to schedule things so we don’t forget anything. It’s not crazy detailed: weekly date nights, travel schedules, events — those type of things are on our calendar. Find you a man who indulges all the boring things you’re obsessed with. 🙂

4. Time blocking

Do. One. Thing. At. A. Time. I time block all day long (both at work and at home). For starters, I time block my time spent checking emails (first thing I do when I step into the office). Everyday at work I allow myself 2 hours of email time. Sounds crazy I know, but it’s not. My emails are always in the triple digits and I feel COMPLETELY on top of my game when I have under 20 unread emails. I also time block certain tasks to make sure I get everything done on my to-do list. Speaking of tasks, when I can’t finish everything, I resort to #5 below.

5. Don’t let things pile up!

Hence the reason I time block. I try to make sure I get through my to-do list each day. Granted, easier said than done. So in the instances where I fall behind, I have a rule – NO PILES. If that means, staying longer at work or going through the beginning stages of a pile at home, then so be it. I live for clean spaces and I am not afraid to throw things away. ::COUGH COUGH:: #6.

6. Don’t be scared to purge

I AM THE QUEEN OF PURGING. If there’s a box filled with things that I have not opened in a year, I will throw it out. It’s just a rule I live by. If I haven’t opened that box in a year then there’s NO point in me opening it now — Clearly, the contents are not that important. I think it’s important to declutter as much as possible. Whether it’s your office, your bedroom, your home — decluttering is good for the soul. 

7. Perfect your morning routine (separate blog post coming soon)

In a nutshell, having a morning ritual is everything. It sets the tone for your day. I always do the same. exact. thing. every morning before I pour myself my first cup of coffee. My skincare routine, my morning news apps, my puppy cuddles — all of those things fall into my morning routine. I will do a more detailed post on this soon 🙂

How do you stay organized? Enjoy your week everyone! XO

 

APRIL GOALS

Hey babies, I’ve been MIA yet again, what’s new? I’m actually really excited to share the next couple of posts with you all; starting with today’s post on my April Goals.

For starters, Happy Monday! I love a new week, new month, new year… you get it.  I spent the majority of March with incredible people, doing a lot of fun things and working really hard. The only problem is, I haven’t been sleeping, I’ve been kind of stressed out, and I think I’m 100% dehydrated LOL. The goals I am looking to achieve for the month of April are all centered around nourishing my mind, body and spirit; I’ll get to those in a second!

A wise man recently enlightened me on the difference between being a Spectator vs. a Player. Needless to say, I have spent a majority of my life being rather careful. I play things safe, I abide by all of the rules, and I am happy doing just that. Can anyone say SPECTATOR PROBLEMSSS!?

I promised myself that this year would be the year where I’d be fearless, free and HAPPY. Lucky me, I have been the happiest I’ve been in years…but I’ve still been playing it kind of safe. So for starters, I am learning how to let go. Let go of being scared, let go of not trusting people, let go of control, let go of wondering WTF I am doing with my life, etc. I’ve decided I need to jump in the pool before I dip my little baby toes in the water.

This is life, being afraid to fail is not an option for me anymore. It is what it is and it will be what it will be. That uncomfortable feeling, that lack of control…that needs to be my sweet spot now. I urge all of you to find the power within you to really feel that exhilarating feeling of finding comfort in being uncomfortable. It’s going to change your life.

See my APRIL GOALS below and be sure to keep me posted on yours via the comments section below or via email.

The boring ones:

  • Drink more water, LOTS OF IT.
  • Take all my vitamins, FUN TIMES.
  • Eat something green everyday, YUCK.
  • Cut the caffeine, WHAT?

The fun ones:

  • Do something that scares me, ONCE A WEEK (done and done).
  • See new places I’ve been wanting to see, WEEKEND ONE DOWN (blog post to come).
  • STOP obsessing over what’s happening in my life and be grateful for each and every moment, STRAIGHT LIFE INSPO.
  • Create rituals with people I want to spend time with, MORNING YOGA ANYONE? MONDAY NIGHT DINNER? THURSDAY HIKE?
  • And lastly, a really personal goal that probably means the most to me right now: learning to trust in the timing of my life…knowing that everyone is on their own wave and that in time what’s meant to come together always will. YEA, YOU’RE WELCOME, AMERICA. THAT’S GOLD.

XO.

 

 

THE HONEST TRUTH.

The month is basically over and I’ve blogged all of FOUR times this month. Honestly, for a blog to really be successful…you need a great social media following and great content. Not to mention, you have to be somewhat interesting or at least share interesting things. I think the sweet spot for blogging is posting about 2-3 times a week. Well, I blogged once a week this month. The honest truth is, this month has been so profoundly life changing for me. It’s as if there’s been a shift. January was so exciting and February has just been SO calm (minus work). And I love it. I haven’t gone to a bar/club/etc all of 2017 – yea, yea it’s only been two months whatever. But shit, I’ve barely made it to a restaurant lol. I have had zero urge to even be out amongst people lol. I have spent the past two months painting, reading like crazy, journaling, watching great movies and just catching up on those zZz’s! All solo projects.

I’ve also spent 2017 having real conversations with friends and family, talking things through, nurturing good friendships and family ties. I have focused so much on the love that surrounds me everyday. To say I am blessed isn’t going to cut it. I am so grateful each and every morning. I called my best friend the other day and had a full on conversation while I was searching through Whole Foods for some good vitamins…we were cracking up at this new shift in my life — this is my life now and I love it lol.

It has been really relaxing and really refreshing, but in the back of my mind I’ve been thinking about this blog like crazy.

  • Where is it going?
  • What am I doing with it?
  • What’s my edge?
  • Who’s my target audience?
  • Why are my stats still golden while I’m not posting shit?

It’s annoying. I have worked 50+ hour weeks and I’ve managed to spend more nights in a hotel in February than I have in my own bed. I never thought I’d be traveling this much for work. The solitude of a hotel room and not having to worry about anything except what to order for food has been nice…but uhhh…TRAVELING IS EXHAUSTING. I literally kicked my suitcase the other day. I’ve never lived on my own and hotel living has taught me one thing, I am a super silent person who doesn’t like a lot of noise when I’m alone lol. I never had the TV on once, I brought more books than clothes, and I only listened to my YOGA playlist on Spotify lol. The peace was just something I needed. Living at home, there’s always background noise. Living in a hotel room…there’s nothing. There’s silence. And the noise you decide to make…which in my case was Spotify and the flipping of pages.

Things are slowing down a little bit and I just wanted to take the time to thank every single reader who manages to keep checking this while I figure me out. I haven’t posted in two weeks and I promise you that everyday I am wondering “WTF am I doing?” Lol. At the same time though, this blog means a lot to me…I created it two years ago with a certain vision and completely flipped the script last year. Needless to say, my blog flourished once I started blogging about things I wanted to blog about. I guess that’s all it really took — honesty + the real me.

I end this by saying that I won’t be gone for much longer, I am working on content as we speak. I have been really MIA because I haven’t had much to say and everything I have written, has been in a journal.

It’s the honest truth. I have managed to post many pictures on Instagram and connect with many more bloggers this year. When someone says they like the aesthetic/vibe of my Instagram, I literally CRY TEARS OF JOY inside. Lol. I never considered myself to a be a creative person so when anyone compliments a photo I’ve taken, etc…I swoon.

Just stick with me and don’t unsubscribe just yet. I am only two months into 2017 and I promise I am going to WOW you this year. ULTRAGOLDENLOVE was a concept that I thought of in March of 2015 and I plan on explaining everything + the name soon too. Until then, I am sending good vibes, lots of light and so much love to you all. XO!

GET ORGANIZED – GET ZEN

GET ORGANIZED – GET ZEN

The first month of 2017 is GONE! Ready to get relaxed? Try getting organized first. I am all about my new zen lifestyle. Yoga, being artsy LOL, hanging out with my nieces and nephews…all of it is so enriching. Before I started getting out there and doing all the fun stuff, I got real. I organized, rearranged and found my ZEN. Here are 17 tips to get organized and GET ZEN in 2017.

  1. Go through your inbox and unsubscribe from junk mail. #gamechanger
  2. Clean out your desk drawer. Only put essentials back in and trash the rest.
  3. Put all of your travel products into one case instead of randomly stuck all over your bathroom.
  4. While you’re at it, find cute bins at Home Goods for your bathroom. I have several bins now: A hair bin with hot tools and brushes. A skincare bin filled with BOSCIA. And a makeup bin!
  5. Keep a couple reusable bags in your trunk for groceries and errands.
  6. While watching TV, grab your computer and go through old files, pictures, etc. Do the same with your phone. Clear up that memory and data!
  7. Open your fridge and pantry – clear it out!
  8. Set up a MINT account and forget missing any monthly bills. MINT will alert you when it’s time to pay them!
  9. Each Sunday, write a grocery list and meal schedule.
  10. Clean out your sock and bra drawer. I have so many “sexy” bras I never wear. BYE BYE. LOL.
  11. Do you really need 865 pens? Pick your favorites, live minimally. I’m all about that minimalist lifestyle these days.
  12. Look in your medicine cabinet—I guarantee there’s expired medicine in there. Stock up on what you’ve thrown out.
  13. Look at your calendar and plan out haircuts and any other personal maintenance appointments – that includes massages, facials, mani/pedi’s, etc.
  14. Figure out a skincare routine that works for you, and only keep those products. I will be sharing my skin routine soon – everyone keeps saying I’m glowing. So it’s either the yoga or the BOSCIA 🙂
  15. Go through your social media platforms and unfollow the accounts you don’t care about.
  16. Speaking of social media, take a hiatus all together. Nothing feels better than not having your phone on you.
  17. Lastly, BUY CANDLES. I know this has nothing to do with getting organized but it has everything to do with finding your zen. I love candles, incense, sage, etc. I usually stick to candles because incense can be messy. If you’re into candles the way I am, make sure to check out dyptique Paris candles. A-MAZ-ING.

XO.

TEN MORNING HABITS SUCCESSFUL WOMEN PUT INTO PRACTICE DAILY (MEN, THIS IS FOR YOU TOO!)

TEN MORNING HABITS SUCCESSFUL WOMEN PUT INTO PRACTICE DAILY (MEN, THIS IS FOR YOU TOO!)

I read an article and wanted to share what I learned with my readers. I am super excited lately because I see my stats booming on here and it’s really exciting to see more and more people checking out my blog. I decided that I should start writing about the main things I like to read about as well. I wanted to share the 10 morning habits that successful women implement daily. Just so you know, every single one of these habits can be implemented by men too 🙂

1. Wake up early

CHECK. Okay, so I am working on it. I usually get up about an hour before I leave for work but I’m now waking up an hour and a half earlier to get some things done. That includes: cleaning my room, mapping out blog content, reading, etc.

2. Be mindful

Meditating is something I have actively been trying to get into. Unfortunately, I’ve put it into practice maybe twice this year. It’s really hard for me to quiet my mind lately but I am definitely going to continue working on it.

3. Make the bed 

CHECK.

4. Visualize your perfect day

“When we can “see” ourselves in our mind’s eye as our own best versions, it’s much easier for our actions to follow suit.” — I have not tried this…yet! I am going to try this tomorrow as I get ready for work and report back!

5. Conquer the most important item on your to-do list

I NEVER do this. I really do think this habit will make your day much, much easier. I sometimes put things off until the end of the day and I know that’s a terrible idea — time to be proactive!

6. Eat an energy packed breakfast

CHECK. I usually stick to coffee/hot tea and hard boiled eggs for breakfast and that holds me over until my mid-morning snack.

7. Workout – before any excuses get in the way

Sad face. That’s my response…for now. 😦

8. Connect with someone you love

Does my dog count? If so, then CHECK! Lately I’ve been in odd moods so in the morning my mom opens my door and let’s my little girl in for morning cuddles. Works like a dream, not to mention she’s my favorite non-human on the planet.

9. Be a super scheduler

My cousins just taught me about their “family fun calendar” and their personal home budget (bills, groceries, fun, etc.). Needless to say, it’s a genius approach. They both schedule in alone time with each other, as well as dinner dates with friends or relatives, etc. They also have a family budget where they take hold of their finances and stay on track. This year I really wanted to start saving money and making time for the people I love all while remaining relaxed and stress-free. I’m happy to announce that I now have a budget app and I’ve started my own schedule where I have planned a date with one of my girls and an afternoon with my cousins.

10. Nail your “get-ready-quick” routine

I think that every #GIRLBOSS should have one of these. I usually stick to the same thing every time. I can literally do a liquid liner cat eye in the car so doing it at home is a treat. My get ready quick routine during the winter is:

  • Wash face/brush teeth
  • Moisturize
  • Cat eye
  • Lip balm
  • ZARA black stretchy pants, booties and an oversized sweater
  • Hair in a side pony
  • …and a smile!

Takes me 15 minutes max!

What are some of your go-to morning habits? XO

 

 

 

Another ONE BOWL Recipe (For the Holidays!)

Another ONE BOWL Recipe (For the Holidays!)

Hello everyone! I am so excited for Thanksgiving weekend! I have a huge event coming up for work so lately I find myself exhausted after 10-12 hour days. I spend so much time in traffic that by the time I get home, my energy is SHOT. I hate to say it but — I don’t know many people who work really hard anymore. Honestly, I feel like people just say “I’m tired” for fun these days LOL. That’s not to say I work harder than anyone, I’m just saying that this generation and the “tired gene” go hand in hand. I feel like I am always tired, always sleepy, always wanting to nap. For the record, I NEVER nap…but the thought of it sounds divine. And one more thing for the recorddd! I am always tired, always saying I’m tired, etc. The main reason why I am mentioning this is because I never cook. Good transition, yea?

Being tired and working is no excuse not to cook, of course…but the thought of cooking just isn’t appealing when I’m drained. Baking, on the other hand, always excites me. I don’t bake often, but when I do, I thoroughly enjoy it. I don’t care for complex recipes, the only complex recipe I ever put into action is my boyfriend’s tres leches cake and I usually bake his favorite cake 1-2 times A YEAR!

I wanted to share one of my easy ONE BOWL recipes (just like my one bowl banana bread) that I found online that you can use over the holidays. The pumpkin flavor, the fact that it’s HEALTHY (don’t tell anyone), and the smell alone add for some holiday cheer. Check out what you’ll need, plus the instructions, below:

What you’ll need:

  • One large bowl
  • 9×5 in loaf pan (If you have one, if not, any pan with some depth will do.)
  • ⅓ cup melted coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon, plus more to swirl on top
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice or cloves
  • 1¾ cups whole wheat pastry flour or regular whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ cup hot water

How to make it:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
  2. In your large bowl, beat oil and honey together. Add eggs, and beat well.
  3. Stir in pumpkin purée and vanilla, then the salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice. Stir in flour, just until combined.
  4. Add baking soda to hot water, stir to mix, and then mix briefly into batter until it is evenly distributed. Spread batter into the greased loaf pan.
  5. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  6. Bake for 55 to 65 minutes. Be sure to check that the bread is done baking by inserting a toothpick in the top. It should come out clean. If the top of the bread jiggles when you pull it out of the oven, it’s NOT done! Let the bread cool in the loaf pan for 5 minutes. Transfer the bread onto a plate/platter and allow it to cool for 30 minutes. You can slice it after it cools!

ENJOY!!! And HAPPY THANKSGIVING! 🙂

xo.

 

ONE BOWL Banana Bread

ONE BOWL Banana Bread

I am obsessed with everything bananas. I love banana gelato, banana pudding, banana cheesecake, bananas in my froyo–you name it! Not to mention I love the actual fruit as well LOL. I just had a banana for breakfast now that I think of it! The only thing I am not a fan of is banana flavored candy…the banana Laffy Taffy? Easily my least favorite flavor! But back to my LOVE for bananas. So, the one thing I have been dying to share with you all is my ONE BOWL banana bread recipe. I am not a very good cook, nor am I someone who can work off of remembering a “pinch of this” or a “pinch of that.” I am a MAJOR recipe follower. I love simple recipes and I’d like to think that I am a good baker! 🙂

The reason why I love this recipe so much is because it’s 1) delicious, 2) easy to follow and 3) you can score you some major points with minimal effort! This banana bread recipe is super easy and although I do not have pictures, I will make some (hopefully) this weekend and post it on my Instagram. Check out the recipe below.

Things you will need:

-4 ripe bananas
-1/4 cup melted butter
-1 egg
-3/4 cup white sugar
-1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-1/4 teaspoon salt

-(OPTIONAL) I like to add a teaspoon of vanilla extract for extra sweetness

Prep:

-Preheat oven to 350.  Butter a loaf pan and set aside.

-DUMP EVERYTHING INTO THE BOWL AND MIX! LOL

Bake:

-Add everything from the bowl into the buttered loaf pan.

-Bake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool for 20 minutes and SERVE.

DELICIOUS! 🙂

A little Shoebox and a lot of Trader Joe’s!

A little Shoebox and a lot of Trader Joe’s!

Sometimes, when you’re not feeling too good, it’s best to take a look back at what you were doing in the past that truly made you feel great. Thankfully, I have the Shoebox App. The Shoebox App is great because it stores all of your photos and it emails you with a subject line like “This Time Last Year” and basically shows you a photo from that day last year. I am actually super excited when I see an email from them.

I found myself looking through the Shoebox App this past week when I got an email. I clicked on July 2015 and went through my photos. Many pictures were of my outfits, a selfie, a quote, etc. One thing I noticed was–I was tan, my hair was long and dark, and I looked a little bit more fit. So I started thinking back to that time. I thought about what I was eating, what type of exercise I was doing, what my sleeping habits were. The main thing that struck me was how IMPECCABLY clean my room was in all of the photos as well.

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