My favorite holiday films


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

It's the most wonderful time of the year


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

Last-minute Halloween costumes


"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


Three and a half days in London


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

Serial Reader


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

Dose of Love


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

Guac This Way


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