My favorite holiday films

12.16.2016



One of the things I look most forward to this time of year is grabbing a mug of hot cocoa, wrapping myself up in a blanket and watching my favorite Christmas movies on the couch with family and friends. Over the years, my family has accumulated a solid collection of holiday films that are now staples in our home
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It's the most wonderful time of the year

12.05.2016



My sister and I embracing our inner kids, Christmas 2015

Looking back, I think there were two parts to every year of my childhood: the holidays and the time I spent anxiously waiting for the holidays to arrive. Christmas has such a special place in my heart. It encapsulates the greatest memories of my childhood - memories I still remember so vividly. As a little girl, I'd get so excited to wake up the day after Thanksgiving because I knew that was the day my mom would play our favorite holiday casette tapes and CDs while my dad brought down all of our Christmas decorations
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Last-minute Halloween costumes

10.31.2016


"You severely underestimate my apathy"

It's October 31st, and you're suddenly freaking out that you don't have a Halloween costume. There are probably two reasons why: 1. You originally dismissed the idea of dressing up entirely, but now, the cute pictures from the weekend have flooded your social media feeds and you want to dress up

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Three and a half days in London

10.14.2016




I'd wanted to go to London since I first watched the film The Parent Trap as a little girl. One of my favorite scenes is when Hallie Parker (disguised as Annie James; both played by Lindsay Lohan) stares out the open window of her cab while en route to her mom's flat in London. She admires all the iconic sites - Big Ben and Tower Bridge, to name a couple - as "There She Goes" plays in the background. Some might find that cheesy, but it's still one of my favorite movie scenes to this very day and instilled in me a desire to visit this beautiful and historic city. That desire was fulfilled three months ago
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Serial Reader

7.13.2016


The five books I'm reading this summer, with some help from Nova.

I have this really strange habit of reading multiple books - of different genres and with completely different plots - during the same period of time. There's just something about putting a book down when I'm only halfway through it and picking up another one that gets me even more excited to return to the one I started with (maybe distance really does make the heart grow fonder?) Really, it's just a personal preference
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Dose of Love

6.30.2016

Photo Courtesy of Orlando Sentinel 

It's no secret that, nearly three weeks ago, Orlando was at the epicenter of a series of horrific and tragic events. I won't dive into what happened - the media did, and continues to do, enough of that - but I will say that what followed that terrible week were long, gloomy days filled with anger, sadness, fear ... and an overwhelming abundance of love.

Whenever I get down about the state of the world, it helps to shift my focus onto more positive stories
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Guac This Way

5.05.2016




This is somewhat embarrassing to admit, but I have to give credit where it's due: I didn't really fall in love with guacamole until I tried it at Chipotle in high school about seven years ago. Fast forward, and here I am, a guacamole-obsessed 23 year-old. It's my go-to starter at pretty much every type of restaurant (Italian restaurant? I look for the guac. Thai restaurant? Show me the guac. It's embarrassing). Last year, I decided to *literally* take my guac addiction into my own hands and prepare my own version
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