Learning How To Be Awesome [Inspo Link Up]

Posted on: June 1, 2017

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Happy Thursday online friends! I truly hope this finds you well and that are as stoked as I am for FRIDAY! It’s just something about the weekend that makes me swoon. If you want to jump to the straight to the goodies, head to the bottom of the post for the link ups!

I recently shared on my instagram that I started listening to a podcast called Awesome With Alison  and she is somebody I really look up to in the online world. We’ve never met but I really like her style, sexy dance moves, and killer confidence. Did I mention she runs her own business, throws epic parties, and is a mom too?! I’m sending her a virtual high five as I type this because she is kick a$! (gotta keep it G on the blog).

So why am I blogging about this cool chick today?

Two reasons. Reason number one is that I really want to learn how to be awesome. Sounds easy right? But how easy is it when you really stop to think about it? Do we speak to ourselves as kindly as we would our best friends? Or are we constantly self critical, judgemental, and all around self confidence killers? Is that helping us become more awesome? I don’t think so….

But I AM CULPRIT NUMBER ONE! Just today I stood in front of a mirror and tore my body apart. #guilty.  So where does that leave us? Well it leaves us with a choice. Continue on that destructive path or pick a new one.  Maybe this new path will surprise you. Kind of like your very own yellow brick road leading you to awesomeness. I’m on the search for a new brain, one that speaks kindly of me, some courage to find myself, and a bigger heart to love all. Wanna join me?

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That leads me to reason number two why I am blogging about Alison. I wanna make change like she is. I wanna be a positive force to be reckoned with on the internet.

I LOVE following her because she is REAL and aware of her imprint on the world. This recent need of mine stems from the desire to live in integrity with my self ALWAYS. One of my favorite quotes ( I wish I knew who it was by) says it best:

 I like messy people; people who don’t fit in a box or stay between the lines, but who’s integrity is greater than any rule book and who’s loyalty is stronger than blood”.

I wanna be that person. I wanna be messy, and creative, and true. So now what? …Well…

I just wrote it down for the entire internet to see so best I get to work then I think. You can all keep me accountable and jump on board if you’re ready for some soul searching. I’ve linked up some pretty awesome tools that I’ll be using to achieve this new “me” below!

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PODCASTS:

AWESOME WITH ALISON

HAPPIER WITH GRETCHEN RUBIN

MAGIC LESSON WITH ELIZABETH GILBERT (a few episodes are marked explicit so keep that in mind)

BOOKS:

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert (can you tell i’m in love with her?)

You are a Badass by Jen Sincero

Rising Strong by Brene Brown 

OTHER INSPIRING LINKS:

HeadSpace (favorite guided meditation app)

SuperSoul Sessions  (Inspiring talks hosted by Oprah)

How I lost my Identity but Found my Worth (TEDxUSU by Jeannie Woller)

I hope this helps you feel a little bit better about yourself today! Don’t forget to Shine On and let the world see who you really are without all the filters and carefully curated lives. Can we encourage each other to shine a bit brighter always?

xoxo

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Travel Cheap Series [5 Ways to Book Cheap Flights]

Posted on: May 29, 2017

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Hello internet world! It is summer in BCN and that has me feeling all sorts of ways. I cannot get enough of the sun and I know I will be missing this feeling come next winter. So…..I’ve had travel planning on the brain! We travel A LOT and you can imagine that could add up pretty quickly. We are also students at the moment with limited income so being frugal is essential for us! I thought I would share our tips on how we travel on a budget!

First up is flights. In my opinion, the most daunting of all travel planning. We use a few sites and apps to help us find the best prices! The time spent searching is WORTH IT believe us!

1. SHOP ON DISCOUNT SITES 

MOMONDO Functions like most other discount sites but we ALWAYS find better deals on this site!

SKY SCANNER: Similar to Momondo, but you can set up alerts for specific flights to notify you when prices are rising or falling! I set them up straight to my email and I get alerts to either “book now” or wait.

GOOGLE FLIGHTS: Really helpful to search for multiple locations. For example, type “flight to Europe” and you can view prices for every major city. It also has a calendar function that displays prices per day so you can choose the cheapest option. With that function, google will show you “tips” if another day is cheaper as well as suggest the “best” flight for you.

We have found better prices on the sites I listed above, but Google Flights is helpful when deciding on an itinerary. You can also set alerts for price predictions and when is the best to buy!

*** ALWAYS USE AN “INCOGNITO TAB” WHEN SEARCHING FOR FLIGHTS OR HOTELS. Your internet browser saves your searches and will present higher prices when you keep checking the same flight. It somehow knows you really want that flight and will display higher prices. Kinda creepy huh?

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2. GET APP ALERTS ON YOUR PHONE

HOPPER: Our favorite flight app! Know when to buy to score the best prices. Hopper lets you search for any itinerary you have coming up. You can select filters for short layovers, one-ways, direct flights, etc. At the moment I think I have 7 “watches” set up! I get alerts if I should book now or wait. The best part is that the app predicts if prices will rise or drop as well as a date to purchase by. So helpful right? It’s like having a mini flight searching elf in your phone!

3. LOOK FOR ALTERNATIVE ROUTE OPTIONS

If you have flexible travel days you may be able to score a great flight to your destination just taking a different route. Look for one-ways flying into large airline hubs. If you can fly out of a hub, you are likely to find a better price! When we fly from the US to Europe, we usually search for flights through NYC since SLC isn’t a huge hub. You can also compare the price of booking separate one-way tickets to the cost of a round trip ticket.

4. STAY IN ONE PLACE FOR A BIT

Often times when you are jumping from country to country, those prices add up real quick. We made this mistake when traveling in Thailand. I wish we would’ve stayed in one place longer since the cost of food and accommodation is SO CHEAP there. An expensive flight is so worth it if you can eat delicious food for less than $10 a day. Am I right?! If you are putting a lot of money into your flight, plan on spending a week or two in one spot to get the most out of it! You may be able to see more of that country by renting a car or traveling by train.

This is where google flights comes in handy because you can see costs for nearby countries and large cities. Pay attention to details (something I’m working on) and do the math. If your spending a large amount on flights, travel to a cheaper location like mentioned above. Or on the other had, Europe is really easy for us to see and relatively cheap to fly.  But three weeks jumping country to country in Europe added up real quick with cost of accommodation and food.

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5. TRAVEL CREDIT CARDS WITH BONUS MILES

Credit cards sound like such a scary thing right? I used to think so too until we did our research. There are a lot out there but we use these two!

CAPITOL ONE VENTURE CARD: 2 miles for every dollar you spend on purchases. 100 miles is equal to $1 in travel rewards. You can redeem travel purchases and or book travel with your points! And they never expire!  You get a one-time bonus of 40,000 miles (equal to $400 in travel) once you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening. We love this card and use it for most of our travel purchases!

DELTA AMERICAN EXPRESS:

Earn miles for purchases you make with your Card.  Miles are redeemable toward travel on Delta and more than 15 airline partners. When you sign up you get a one time bonus of 60,000 miles after you spend $3,000 within your first 4 months. You also get a free COMPANION TICKET every year as well as one FREE checked bag! We use this card when flying delta and we also love the travel insurance it provides!

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That’s it! I hope this helps you save a buck or two on flights! I’d love to hear your tips if you have others we don’t use! Always looking for the cheapest way to travel!

xoxo

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My Favorite Summer Skin Care Products

Posted on: May 22, 2017

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Summer makes me think of BBQ’s, watermelon, swimsuits, and lots of sun! We all love the sun right?! I mean who doesn’t love a little glow and some Vitamin D?! Carson and I have found a new love for the beach and typically try to sit sea side every weekend! I like to call it freckle season and I wish they would stay year long. I’m not sure if it was the move abroad, or just growing older but my skin has become SO SENSITIVE! I can’t even use Dove anymore and i’ve switched to more natural products. Now this post is NOT SPONSORED so I am not trying to sell you anything, just spread the goodness of all natural products!

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Amsterdam Photo Round Up

Posted on: May 12, 2017

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5 Amazing Places to Eat in Amsterdam

Posted on: May 10, 2017

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We all love to eat right? If your answer to that question is “no” then you are probably lying because lets get real. #foodislife.  Whenever we are visiting a new city we make it our mission to find the best tasting food the city has to offer! With a little help from friends and family here are the 5 best places to eat in Amsterdam!

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Brugge, Belgium [ travel tips ]

Posted on: May 5, 2017

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Hola chicos! Can you tell I have been practicing my Spanish? It’s literally all I do right now and I AM SO DETERMINED to be fluent by the time we leave Spain so it’s practice, practice, practice!! Too bad today’s post isn’t actually about Spain! Surprise! While we were visiting Amsterdam and the gorgeous tulips we decided to take a day trip to Belgium! Why not cross another country off the list?

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How to See the Tulips in Holland

Posted on: May 3, 2017

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Street Art in Valencia Spain [ and other travel tips ]

Posted on: May 1, 2017

 

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Once you wander off the beaten path you’ll discover the famous Street Art of Valencia. Valencia’s “El Carmen” neighborhood is home to bohemian bars, adorable restaurants, boutiques, and the Institute of Art. It’s the perfect canvas for street artists with the plethora of concrete walls and old buildings. We wandered for an entire evening up and down the countless streets of art. On every corner we stumbled on something beautiful!

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Day Trips From Barcelona You Need To Take

Posted on: April 26, 2017

oatmeal cookies (4)We have really fallen in love with Spain!  While my friend from home was in town, we took full advantage and rented a car to explore! The cost of a rental car was so cheap and we didn’t spend more than 2 hours in the car finding these gorgeous locations! If a car is not an option, you can always take the train! We found that parking was a little harder in Barcelona but super easy once we got up the coast!

 First up…

GIRONA 

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I blogged a little bit about Girona with a few more photos here. Such a cute, quant town full of hidden surprises! Tasty food, Game of Thrones Sites, and a gorgeous Cathedral!

BESALU

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While visiting Girona we got a recommendation to drive up the coast a little further and see Besalu!  I’m so glad we did because it is a small Medieval town that has been really well preserved. I felt like I was walking onto a movie set and I was happy to see that it wasn’t busy with tourists. Go for the Medieval feeling and enjoy some tapas in the large main square!

CADAQUES

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 Cadaques is a place you could probably spend an entire week but if you are on a budget like us, we settled for a day trip! Its BEAUTIFUL! The entire Costa Brava has some beautiful little coastal towns and its a must see while in Spain! We sat on the beach and enjoyed some tapas while soaking in the sun. Cadaques full of hilly cobblestone streets and adorable local shops! If you go in the summer take a swim suit and dip your toes in the ocean!

What’s your favorite spot in Spain? Comment below if you check any of these places out! I’d love to hear your thoughts!

xoxo

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A Day In Girona

Posted on: April 17, 2017

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We rented a car and headed up north to Girona for a day while my girl Katia was visiting! It was about time we explored a little bit more of Spain and I highly recommend a quick day trip if you are visiting Barcelona. The drive was about an hour and its gorgeous!

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