Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Guide to Paris, France by Musings Over Mochas

I'm so excited to share a post today from one of my favorite bloggers, Musings over Mochas. Like myself, this blogger spent the last semester studying abroad. I absolutely loved following along on all of her Paris adventures. (If you're a coffeeshop lover, you have to check out her blog for amazing recommendations!) Today she's sharing her favorite spots in Paris. I can't wait to try these out when I get the chance to visit!

Monday, August 22, 2016

What I Buy at Trader Joe's

I moved into my first apartment this summer and have been getting used to grocery shopping for myself and cooking my own meals. I love Trader Joe's for grocery shopping – it's not as intimidating as a standard grocery store and they have tons of unique products you don't see anywhere else.

I've been trying to eat really clean this summer (after four months of indulging on whatever I wanted in Europe!) and Trader Joe's makes it easy because they have tons of healthy food that's either pre-made (but not filled with chemicals) or really easy to throw together.

Here's what's always on my grocery list:

I always stock up on root vegetables (carrots, potatoes, beets) so that I can roast a big batch at the beginning of the week. My meals almost always include brown rice, but it is so tricky to make, so the frozen, microwaveable packages are perfect. When I'm lazy, I'll just microwave a bowl of the superfood pilaf. The quinoa veggie burgers are the best frozen veggie burgers I've found. I love to eat them with avocados and a dab of hummus. For breakfast, lately I've been loving overnight oats which I make with steel-cut oats, plain Greek yogurt, and almond milk.

For snacks, I love the pita bite crackers with flax seeds with cheese (I'm obsessed with Manchego cheese after living in Spain for four months, and Trader Joe's has that too!). I always have sugar snap peas and heirloom tomatoes on hand for easy snacking, too. These brown rice cakes are super healthy and delicious with peanut butter on top. 

And for some not-so-healthy favorites... I'm obsessed with cookie butter, sea salt butterscotch caramels, and the peanut butter-filled pretzels.

Anyone else a Trader Joe's fan? 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Weekend Reading

I might be crazy for saying this, but I'm kind of over summer... I'm ready for all of my friends to move back to campus (I've been here the whole summer) and I'm antsy to get into a routine of classes rather than work. The summer has been beautiful but it feels like it's been going on forever! I think it's because I was able to pack in so many adventures. Just one more full week of summer for me, though!

Here are some things around the internet I've been loving...

1. This Instagram account is perfection but my favorite part are her Stories! You really get a feel for a "day in the life" of someone who lives in Paris.
{ via @ParisInFourMonths on Instagram

2. Love this piece on why you should use natural cleaning products and which ones are the best out there.
{ via The Everygirl

3. Been finding lots of good music on Spotify lately, and this song is on repeat.
{ via Spotify }

4. This house is so pretty! I love a good home tour.
{ via Style Me Pretty }

5. Pretty pictures and style inspiration from one of my daily reads.
{ via Gal Meets Glam }

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Weekend in the Whites

My dad and I love to hike together and the White Mountains have been on our list ever since I started college in New Hampshire two years ago. We finally got to check it off our list a few weekends ago! The White Mountains absolutely blew me away... Not only were they incredibly beautiful, but also there was a sense of calm up in those peaks unlike anywhere else. I already want to go back and experience it again.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Exploring Portland, Maine

I grew up in Midcoast Maine, in a town about an hour north of Portland, Maine's biggest city. Of course, I grew up going to Portland for shopping, restaurants, and concerts since my small town didn't have much to offer in those areas! As I think of it, though, I don't think I had ever spent a full day exploring downtown. An opportunity to do just that came about through my job, actually, and I jumped at the chance to see the city through new eyes.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Tips for Getting Out of a Rut

At the beginning of last week, I was in something along the lines of a "rut," for lack of a better word. I would wake up with a million things on my mind, have anxious feelings that I don't normally have, get frustrated because it felt like nothing was going my way, etc. I just didn't feel like myself. Thankfully, by the end of the week, I had come out of it. Here are some things that I did that I think helped get me back to normal...