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So I’m going to get a little deep, I hope that’s okay. This is a topic near and dear to my heart! With International Women’s Day, MY OWN AMAZING BFFs, and because I’M OBSESSED with the show GIRLS (it’s on HBO, SERIOUSLY GO WATCH!), I feel inspired to talk about this. Girl friendships are complex, but can be one of the most beautiful and rewarding gifts we have in this world. They enrich, inspire and empower you! They can mold you, shape you and influence you into the person you become. How extraordinary is it to have someone to order a large cheese pizza with and sit on the couch, with no pants and no judgement? To drag to a lame party they REALLY aren’t excited about, just so you can talk to the boy you’ve been obsessing over? Someone to talk about the Illuminati with and debate other dumb conspiracies that don’t even really matter? Who has received numerous pictures of all your shoe-to-outfit combinations because you just need a second opinion? Someone to answer your call at 3 AM when you’re crying over an unworthy boy? Someone to biotch about your job, your boss, your boyfriend, your family? Someone who knows the name of all of your co-workers and all the things that bother you about them, even though they’ve never met anyone you work with? A companion who understands your silence and your words. I feel lucky that as girls, we get to have these unapologetic, deep, soul-touching friendships.

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The hard part comes just like anything else, with age. You move, get jobs, start relationships, life happens. Sometimes, you can feel the once constant everyday presence of your BFF fade and slip away, like sand through your fingers. It’s heart breaking, but life doesn’t come with an instruction manual, and try as you might, things still change. When this happens you can either become bitter and resentful, or understanding and loving. It’s your choice. I, unfortunately, have been both. Resentful of new friends and new lives, and let me tell you, that only furthers the gap. Although it’s immature, we are all human and all anyone can do is try to be better. Here’s the thing, there is only one you! Let your BFF grow and expand into new friends. No one can take away your past and just because things are different, it does not mean that they love you any less or that you are no longer best friends. I said I was lucky before, because surprisingly, I still talk to most of my best friends from high school on a daily, weekly, or bi-weekly basis. It takes work to maintain these friendships as you get older, and to find a new normal. But I have some tips to stay in the know, and to stay connected to your BFF!

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  •  Be INTENTIONAL: This is probably the most important thing. When you make plans, follow through. When you say you’re going to call in an hour, call in an hour! You have to be intentional, because things WILL get in the way! With that being said, it brings me to my next point.
  • Be UNDERSTANDING: You love your BFF and you want her to be the very best version of herself. Sometimes that means letting her grow and understanding life gets in the way. Instead of being passive aggressive (guilty), if she doesn’t call you back when she said, meet her with understanding and love. Life happens, remember that.
  • Turn their Instagram Notifications On: Social media is perfect for staying in touch! For instance, I have my best friend’s Instagram posts set to alert me! So every time they post, I get a reminder. This helps me tremendously! It keeps me in the know and always makes me smile to see what they’re up to! Personally, I always leave a comment too!
  • SCHEDULE Phone Dates: Time Zones are the enemy of long distance relationships. With work and significant others, you have to find your sweet spots. For instance, a few of my BFFs and I have a 2 hour time difference. This makes things a little difficult when I go to call her at 9 AM my time! Find a time that matches both of you! Last, but not least:
  • Be mindful of their Schedule: I’m not going to call my BFF with a 9-5 in the middle of her work day! Be respectful of the lives that they are building!

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    I hope you got some useful information out of this and if you live near your BFFs, don’t take it for granted!

    I love you, and go call your best friend!

 

IMG_7992-2.jpgTraveling is the best thing anyone can do for themselves. It’s an investment in your soul. Going to the airport solo, is like one of my most favorite things to do. Everyone is going somewhere. And as everyone rushes past me I’m like, “Where are they going?” I wonder what their middle name is. What’s the best thing that’s ever happened to them? Who was their first kiss? What’s stuck to the fridge in their kitchen by a magnet? This is probably because seeing all those people, all doing something, can almost make you feel small. In the best way, it’s the realization that there is a bigger picture here. It’s inspiring, to me at least. In a few days I will be soloing at the airport and I’m BEYOND STOKED! Since traveling is one of my biggest passions, I have some packing tips and tricks to make everything go as smooth as possible.

The first thing I ALWAYS, ALWAYS strive to do is: carry-on only. In some instances, it’s unavoidable, but more often than not, a carry on and a personal item is enough!

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Carry-On: Functionality trumps looks in the luggage department, ALWAYS! I have the cutest flamingo luggage set and when Matt and I are running through the airport, GUESS WHAT? I ALWAYS make him switch with me, lol. His is less bulky, rolls easier, and maneuvers better. See, FUNCTIONALITY! Get a carry-on with those qualities! (I’m actually about to take his when I go to Vegas in a few days)

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Personal Item: Back packs are the BEST for this! Personal Items are super important to me, because it’s how you’re going be comfortable. Here are a few things I recommend!

  1. Make-up wipes:(My personal FAVES are pictured above) I throw on a little BB cream while I’m flying, use the make-up wipes on the descent, and then re-apply right before my plane lands! (This keeps me fresh faced)
  2. Toiletries: I keep these in the front pocket of my personal item (backpack), far away from the clothes in my carry-on. That way, if they bust, they won’t ruin anything inside the bag.
  3. Chargers/Electronics: This way you won’t be in a bind if your phone dies (easy access), and you can keep a tight watch on your electronics! (In my case laptops and cameras)
  4. Hair Brush: If you have long hair, this is a must. Especially if you’re like me, and like to sleep on planes.
  5. Head Phones: I love to listen to podcasts and music. When you’re traveling, anything can happen and you may be left alone for prolonged periods of time. Make sure these are with you! BTW: I made the most perfect travel playlist in Spotify. It’s called “Planes Trains and Automobiles”. Seriously, look it up. It rules!
  6. Book: Like I said, anything can happen! If your flight gets delayed, or if you have a long flight, it’s always a good idea!

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Packing Cubes: If you want more space in your suitcase, this is a great way to make it happen! It’s like some Harry Potter magic, lol. I’m honestly not sure why these things work like they do, but OMG! It’s magic. These were $8.00 from Walmart! I’m not super experienced with them yet, but so far they have blown my mind! I still can’t figure out how they work!

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Shoes: It’s hard to pack shoes because you don’t want what touches the ground to be near your clean clothes. I use our “reusable grocery bag” because it can be washed after and is just convenient! (Doubles as a dirty clothes bag too!)

So to be honest, by nature I am a textbook over packer! This year I want to be the best version of myself, so I’ve decided to make an ultimate minimal packing list. Here it is!

The Ultimate List to Not Over Packing

  1. Tops: One dressy, two casual, one tank.
  2. Bottoms: Black leggings, grey leggings, one pair of jeans.
  3. Outerwear: One flannel, a jean shirt, and one jacket.
  4. Dresses: One dress that can be dressed up, and one super casual.
  5. Undergarments/Swim: One bathing suit, one bralette, one bra. (Underwear as needed)
  6. Sleepwear: One over-sized sleep shirt dress.

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This has all of your bases covered, without over crowding yourself! You will be ready for whatever!

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PRO TIP: Wear your most comfy outfit! This shirt is basically a blanket! Also, I always wear some sort of comfortable sandal or flipflop, because my feet swell on planes. Also LEGGINGS, always LEGGINGS! These sandals are made out of yoga mats, HIGHLY RECOMMEND! (THIS SHIRT IS CURRENTLY $11 at Target in the sale section!)

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I am so so so so so so EXCITED! I will be in Las Vegas with two of my very best friends since high school. We’re just excited to be together. It could be anywhere, as long as we’re together! This is my second time in Sin City! If you have a must do, leave it in a comment, so I can add it to our list! DEFINITELY going to the fancy Taco Bell that serves alcohol! I’ll let you know how that goes! Anyways, I hope this will help you in your travels, from a recovering over-packer! Packing is super annoying, but also so exciting, because it means an adventure is awaiting you! Always say yes to an adventure!

Anyways, love you!!! Bye!

 

 

 

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I feel like V-Day has grown stale. Which is very sad to me because, little fun fact, IT’S MY FAVORITE HOLIDAY! Kind of strange, I know, but I love showing love! Valentine’s Day isn’t just for people in relationships and that’s where the V-Day haters get it wrong. I think everyone could use more love in their lives. What better of a day can you ask for than to give and receive love from the people you care about? Okay, I will stop being so Hallmark card-ish. You’re probably nauseous by now. Since everyone normally just goes to dinner, and restaurants have totally capitalized on this, with “A Special Valentine’s Menu”,  THAT’S usually about $75 a person! I’ve taken it upon myself to give you some awesome ideas. Do not get me wrong, I LOVE going out to dinner. I LOVE everything about it, the ambiance, good company, the options, and not having to cook! But, I mean you can go to dinner any night of the week. Why go on the most crowed AND expensive night of the whole year? No thanks! I love planning “fun days” it’s one of my specialties. If you know me, then you know I’m always on the hunt for something fun to do! So I think I got you covered!

 

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ARCADE: What is more fun than an arcade!? Its also romantic, and playful. Dates like these are just the BEST kind, filled with innocence, and laughter. Personally, I strive to do things that I don’t do on the regular, like all the time! It keeps life interesting! It’s easy to spend all day in an arcade. Picture it, corn dogs, ice-cream, air hockey, skee ball, cheap beer, and shooting hoops! Life simplifies, it’s easy to feel in a different world in places like that. That kind of environment makes for a perfect date and makes for an unforgettable time!IMG_1242.jpgIMG_1249.jpgIMG_1211.jpg

Roll your own sushi: I’ve personally never done this before, but I’ve always wanted to! A night in trying to do a new activity together, especially making a meal, is such a bonding experience. No phones, no TV, just a really awesome playlist! Don’t forget wine, and a pallet on the floor, or a blanket fort! Matt and I used to do this all the time, only we bought the sushi! Sometimes we would play “Heads up” too. Highly recommend “Heads up” ESPECIALLY after wine! But any game will do! Now that sounds like a perfect night to me!

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Bike Ride: This is most definitely one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE THINGS! We normally take our bikes to the beach, with some beer or wine, and stop at little spots on the water, or a bar for a drink. Being outside like that, makes me feel so carefree! This is what you call some QT with your QT! (Haha! OMGosh I need to go to sleep) You just kind of go where ever the ride takes you! It’s very romatical and make sure to get the sunset in.

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Picnic: I know this is not an original idea, but I have to mention it because even though it’s simple, it can be so thoughtful. Bring mimosas! Matt surprised me one time on our anniversary with a picnic and it always makes me smile when I think about that day. I want everyone to feel like that. Here’s a pic from that day!IMG_1256

 

A whole day: Start the day together. Go get coffee and order for each other. Go to your FAVORITE coffee shop. Everyone has one. Next, go to a record store, spend about 30 minutes browsing and listening to music. Then take turns buying a record for each other, but don’t let the other see. Then do a reveal at the same time! Repeat at your favorite book store. This is such an intimate way to explore each others interests. Ideal! This date, in my opinion, is ideal!mattbodo!.jpg

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Okay I’m done being super cheese pizza! I really do hope that Valentine’s Day is a happy one for you. Make your best friend your Valentine. Go see 50 Shades of Grey and get wine drunk! Have fun and celebrate the love you have in your life, at whatever capacity that may be. Be thankful for the ones who love you! JUST HAVE AN AWESOME DAY AND GO HUG SOMEONE!!!

(I’m going to leave you with the first picture Matt and I ever took together!)

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Remember I love you! Okay bye!!!!

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Matt, (my Boyfriend) and I did a stay-cay in dreamy Rosemary, not once but TWICE, this December. It was like a dream come true! Haha! One we budgeted for, the other time we stayed out there as a family, when my sister came in town from CO! We usually spend our time out towards Seaside, so this trip, we wanted to see what Rosemary really had to offer; and trust me, we were NOT disappointed! If you are planning a trip or thinking of driving over for a day, here are some things you CANNOT miss out on!

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WHERE TO STAY: The Pearl, is a boutique hotel (which are my personal faves). This hotel looks like a dream. The outside reminds me almost of a doll house. It fits perfectly in the town. This is probably my most favorite part of Rosemary. If you like a place with attention to detail, this is it! You could literally not leave the hotel and have the best time. Next time we do a stay-cation that is our plan! The rooms all have Apple TVs, the most comfy beds, and the cutest decor.

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//I’m swooning right now just thinking about these rooms! O.M.G!//

The Havana Beach Bar at The Pearl: I have to get into some details about this place because is most certainly deserves it! These two bars, (inside and outside), are cohesive but also different. Both so cozy and upscale at the same time; it’s weird how you can be in such a fancy place, but you still feel right at home!  Cuba is the theme at the bar, with film footage (from when the travel ban was still in place) is playing all throughout on different screens. All the bartenders have sparkling personalities, and know more than I could ever begin to comprehend about craft cocktails. They hand make the special syrups, in-house, and have the coolest cocktails I’ve ever heard of! The drink menu is always changing per season, with creative, beautiful, mouth-watering, and unforgettable drinks! (Was that enough adjectives? lol) I will say as someone who enjoys some cocktails, in a perfect world, if I could snap my fingers and automatically be at a bar with a cocktail this would be the spot every time! I’m kind of irritated right now because after writing this, I’m CRAVING a drink from this place, and I have no plans in the foreseeable future to make that happen!!! GGGRRR!

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(cell phone pics^… SORRRRRYY I’m not a pro yet!  Just those two though, I promise! lol)

The outside bar: You want to talk aesthetically pleasing? I could literally sit out there for THE REST OF MY LIFE and be a happy camper. Everything is white and cozy. You can sit under a cabana or by the fire, with couch-like seating. On the trip with my family, Matt and I saw this couple sitting by the fire in robes (which come in every room) who had obviously just got done at the spa, and IMMEDIATELY realized we had MESSED UP! THAT COULD OF BEEN US BUT WE PLAYIN! haha! No, but seriously! As soon as we get the chance that is going to be us! Massage, fancy drink, robe, fire, ugh is this heaven?!

PRO TIP: The outside bar has an excellent bang for your buck happy hour! YOU’RE WELCOME!

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(The couple who did it right! See picture above.)

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(I thought this was HILARIOUS of my Dad and Stepmom)

Before I get into this I want to apologize for the fact that I have virtually no pictures of the magnificent, scrumptiousness that is the experience of this next restaurant I’m about to mention!

La Crema: Two words. CHOCOLATE. BACON! My mouth is literally salivating as I type! So, what they do, is take thick bacon, dip it in chocolate, and freeze the bacon sprinkled with sea salt on top. Words really cannot describe the party that was going on in my mouth from this stuff. BRB, got to wipe the drool off my keyboard!  Next the sipping chocolate! Think  super thick hot chocolate that comes in a teensy tea-cup! Don’t worry they refill it for free a few times. This is like a chocolate experience you do not want to miss, especially good with some red wine! They have a ton of flavors, but my fav was the hazelnut! Last but not least, and the winner of the best thing I have ever put in my mouth is the Chocolate fondue! I DREAM about this stuff. The milk chocolate with a swirl of peanut butter! I CANNOT EVEN!!! YUMMM! It comes with an assortment of things to dip, in my opinion the pound cake and the strawberries in that fondue, is a moment of transcendence on your tongue! I’m dying to come back here, its great date night, late night, girl friend spot, I mean anytime spot. I will say don’t go there hungry unless you want to spend some dollars! They do have excellent tapas but they are small and a little expensive.

(The tiny sign in the left side of the picture is the spot!)

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Cowgirl Kitchen: This is probably the most affordable eatery in Rosemary. We had the fish tacos once. They were good, but nothing to write home about. (I love that expression) I did want to mention Cowgirl Kitchen though, because they have a “Store” type place across from the restaurant that is a cool spot to not only look around, but to grab a drink as well. One of the best parts about Rosemary is that it’s a “Resort Community” which is a fancy way of saying, you can walk around with an open container! You can grab beer or wine, open it up and stroll all through the town. It’s awesome!

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PRO TIP: Grab some beer or wine and take it to your room so you have something cheap to sip while you’re out and about!

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ART GALLERY: These are amazing and I wanted to buy them so bad, but they were too expensive! Aren’t they so cute?? Whats your favorite? I like the Strawberries the best I think, but IDK, that’s a hard one! You tell me! I always LOVE a good art gallery!! This one… I forgot the name of! whoops! Sorry, we went in December though, my memory is not that good! I tried to look it up and I’m just not quite sure which one it is! Anyways, it’s right across the street from The Pearl, and it was paintings, sculptures, all sorts of art. The guy on the floor, I believe it was his store, knew so much about every single piece, and he would just talk to you about all of it! Super cool highly recommend!

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The Hidden Lantern Bookstore: Book stores are totally my cup of tea. There is something so calming, about being among books. It’s a true treasure to surround yourself with that many pages of knowledge; I could spend all day in a place like that. This book store is a true gem! It’s beautiful, charming, and the perfect place to stroll through on any day really! Highly! Highly recommend! Also the couches are so comfy! It feels like your sitting on penguin fat! AND! THE CHANDELIER! How freaking cool is that?!

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Bike Rides: #thepearldoesitagain FREE BIKES! That’s right, your room comes with free bikes! Bike riding on 30A is a great way to have an awesome day!  The bikes are nice and sturdy. You just let the front desk know, and they pull them around for you. All the buildings, homes, and shops, are beautiful. Everything is pretty close together, so it’s a convenient ride to Aly’s Beach, if you wanted to venture past Rosemary. Definitely a good move out there!

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(I HAVE TO THROW THIS IN!! MATT, HUNGOVER, LOOKING SO FORWARD TO THIS BIKE RIDE! LOL)

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(HAHAHA! I’m dyingggg! I remember how miserable he was, but pulling through in front of my Dad, how sweet is he?! aww)

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Bloody Mary Bar: I consider myself a Bloody Mary connoisseur, and what do you know?! The Pearl, has the best Bloody Mary Bar I have EVER SEEN! It has all the yums! Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of it! I know, pics or it didn’t happen. 🙁 Had to mention it though because this is a MUST DO!!! This may be only a Sunday thing, I’m not sure, but DON’T MISS IT!

 

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If you are planning on making a trip happen I hope this helped you! Rosemary in comparison to Seaside is a little more low-key. The change of pace was so nice and much needed. Rosemary/Seaside are my happy places, it’s like a beautiful slice of heaven in my backyard (since I am so close). 2 hours still counts as a stay-cay in my book. I always leave feeling rejuvenated, relaxed, and so incredibly thankful for everything in my life! Being thankful is where it all starts! Speaking of, thanks for reading! Until next time! I hope your day is filled with tons of sunshine!!!!!

Before you go! Let me know in the comments what sounds like something you’d like to do, out of all the things I mentioned?

Love you, bye!

 

 

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Hello Fresh was easily one of the best decisions I’ve made. Like in a really, super long time! Since becoming a grown up and getting my first big girl job, (with like real responsibilities and such) I have slowly grown HORRIBLE at going to the grocery store! There is just no time for it. When I do make the trip, I end up sending money on things I never end up making. It sucks! Being a total foodie, this has left me ADDICTED to fast food and eating out! (When I say fast food, I mean like Panera, these taste buds ain’t CHEAP!) So obviously, MY PANTS DON’T FIT ANYMORE! LIKE NONE OF THEM! Now the only thing small left about me is the size of my wallet! (That felt good to get out) Hello Fresh has helped me to eat balanced, healthy meals; also to just get in the habit of cooking again. The best part is, I don’t even have to think about it.

So if you haven’t heard, Hello Fresh is a meal service delivery company. My BF and I do the 3 meals for 2 people per week plan, (they have others); it comes out to basically $60 a week. I know! Sounds a little expensive, but its like $10 bucks per meal per person. When you think about it like that, it’s a steal! Especially because it’s delicious, the ingredients are already portioned out and it has simple, easy to follow directions! They even have this APP, which being a millennial and all, I OBVIOUSLY love! You can skip weeks, pick your meals, go pork free, beef free, etc. etc. etc!

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It arrives on your door step in this cute box! I literally get super excited EVERY TIME it comes, and we’ve been doing this since November, lollll! There is just something about getting a package in the mail that get me excited! Or is that just me?

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The booklet comes in the box with all the recipes for the week, in easy to follow steps. The steps are also broken down on that app as well!

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This is the setup right before I get to work! I like to keep the booklet propped up for easy access. Also, I have the worlds SMALLEST kitchen. Funny thing is, you probably think I’m exaggerating, and I WISH I were! lol

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Next, I pull which ever box I’m cooking out of my fridge. They are like long and skinny boxes.

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(Bonus points if you spotted the taco bell sauce pack in my fridge! Whoops!)

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I pull EVERYTHING out of the box in the very beginning, and use the box for the trash. That way you can throw away as you go! As soon as an ingredient gets used up, the container/package it was in goes in the box. This makes things SIMPLE! Look how cute all these ingredients are, all perfectly proportioned, awww, lol! This is also another peek at my ZERO counter space!

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See the trash box in the left of the pic? Makes clean up a breeze!

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This picture does no justice to this meal. My whole apartment has like yellow lighting for some reason. And I was starvinnngg, so I could not wait a minute longer, lol sorry! The steak was delicious with a balsamic glaze and a tangy vinegar cabbage, yummy!

Hello Fresh has been perfect for me! I know what to cook. I know its going to be super good, and easy! It has put more of a structure at dinner time, which my life desperately needed! Honestly, life is a little easier with Hello Fresh. Hahaha, listen to all these feelings I’m having over a boxed meal service! lollll

ANYWAY! I do have some free Boxes to give away! If you want to try Hello Fresh for free, leave me a comment saying “SEND ME A BOX!” and I’ll get you the code!

Well… I will see you guys next time! Oh wait, do you like my new site?? I almost forgot!! I hope you like it because it was a lot of work and doll hairs! Let me know what you think!

K love you. BBBYYYYEEE!