Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Travel Fashion Essentials- Italy Prep

The warmer weather has started to show and that means traveling in the near future! Robert and I are heading to Italy next Friday and we cannot wait. I have done some online shopping and browsing and I think I have everything for our trip! I am the nerd who left almost all of my summer clothes back in the states. I moved here to Germany in September and brought lots of jeans and long sleeve shirts. I obviously had a major brain fart since I brought very few summer items with me. So, today I want to share some of my travel fashion essential.  And really what I will be wearing most of the spring and summer!

Travel Essentials

Lightweight scarf. I love a pretty blue with a delicate print, dresses up any outfit. / Basic T-shirts. If you haven't noticed my style is very simple and fun color t-shirts are perfect for the warmer weather, especially dressed up with a cute scarf or necklace! / Crossbody Camera Bag. A cute bag that has enough room for your camera as well as travel essentials like passports, money, ect. / A simple necklace. Robert recently got me this Kendra Scott necklace in teal and I loooove it. Adds a dainty pop of color to any outfit. / Jeans. Basically capris and I love the style Gap has right now. Perfect for those rainy days and especially at night. / Aviators. Sunglasses are a must for me and aviator style is by far my favorite. / Comfortable Shoes. I recently bought these ECCO sandals for our trip and oh my...pillows on my feet. Comfort is so important especially when traveling. I have learned my lesson the hard way. / Maxi Dress. I think maxi's are super comfortable and super cute, one of my favorites! / Shorts. White and Denim shorts are a must for me during the warmer weather. There are also so many fun printed shorts out there as well!

What are traveling essentials for you? What am I missing? 

I would love input!


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Burger Bowls

This is a favorite meal of mine right now. It is yummy and follows the Whole 30 rules! And even better?? It is quick and easy! Ladies and gents, I introduce to you the Burger Bowl...

1 lb. Lean Ground Beef 
salt and pepper
2 tomatoes, chopped
Romain Lettuce
Mustard or Frank's Hot Sauce (Whole 30 acceptable) 

Brown ground beef in skillet, season with salt and pepper, or other spices you like. While meat is cooking, cut up avocado, tomatoes and lettuce. When meat is done, drain excess grease. Now it is time to make your bowl! Lettuce, meat, tomatoes then avocado. Add your sauce and enjoy!

Robert and I have really enjoyed this meal, especially when we need something quick.

Easy, simple, healthy and delicious. Great for a week night meal!


Friday, April 25, 2014

It is Friday!!

 Hello Friday and hello friends!! 

We have had good week here- nothing crazy, just enjoying Nuremberg! Let's get going on some fun for this Friday (and a little look at our week)...

{ONE} I finally did a recap of our honeymoon! Better late than never, right? I guess, I am a little too late seeing how our 1 year anniversary is less than 2 months away. Crazy! You can also see all my Wedding recaps here.

{TWO} We have been enjoying lots of time outside. Partly because of the great weather and partly because we are dog sitting this week and go on tons of walks. We have loved it and so enjoyed our time outside! We tried to get some pictures with little Frankie but she is always a little preoccupied...

 We also went on a wonderful picnic, matching, whoops. And do you see that I am wearing a short sleeve shirt AND shorts outside...hello warm weather!

{THREE} I think this will be on our menu this week...

Lime Cilantro Chicken, yum. And whole 30 compliant!

{FOUR}Speaking of food...we are headed to Italy in 14 days!! I don't think I have ever been more excited for a trip (or to be done with whole 30 and finally eat some pasta! in moderation of course). But I need some restaurant suggestions?? I have a few, thanks to other blogs, but would love more recommendations! Those who have been to Italy- where was your favorite pasta, pizza, gelato?? Any and all ideas welcome! We will be in Venice, Florence and Rome.

Eat pasta in Italy? Challenge accepted.

{FIVE} And I will leave you with this quote...

I feel like this is so true. It is so important to be happy with who you are and where you are. God made us in His image, each of us different and each of us with a unique and wonderful life. There is SO much joy to be had, just look around! I need to remind myself of this daily. Such powerful words!

Linking up with the wonderful Five on Friday ladies, Jennie at The Diary of a Real Housewife and Lauren Elizabeth.

I hope you all have a wonderful and FUN weekend! I am so glad you stopped by today. Happy Friday, friends!

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Bahamian Honeymoon

For our honeymoon, we went to Sandals Royal Bahamian in the Bahamas! First off, I cannot say enough good things about Sandals. We always had wonderful service, friendly staff, amazing food and the whole resort, including the rooms, is beautiful! All Sandal locations are all-inclusive which is the way to go-especially on your honeymoon. Our agenda for the week? Tons of relaxation and pool time. And eating plenty of delicious food!

I think this was after 3 hours asleep. A very early flight but we were excited!!

We are here! You can hardly see it, but down that pathway is a hammock, a wonderful hammock. Pretty soon after we arrived, we decided to relax in the hammock for a bit. 5 minutes later we were OUT. Probably, the best 30 minute nap I have ever taken.

 A view from one of our favorite lunch spots...

Hanging out by the pool, our itinerary most days. Robert got to rap a little ice ice baby...

They had some sort of entertainment each night. It was always very fun!

 The view from our room. The color of the water was incredible. This was my first beach vacation and I was blown away.

 Room service. One of our best ideas.

 A huge perk- they have another island you can take a short boat ride to. We loved it there...

 The best part? There are hammocks everywhere. So relaxing. We also took a massage class and it was so fun! We learned the proper way to give back/head rubs, it was so great and helpful!

More food. I am telling you it was delicious. We were very impressed. Let's also talk about drinks, one of there famous drinks at the resort is a Humming Bird. A crazy combination of stuff but oh so good. That's the almost gone drink in the picture...

 my handsome groom!

The boat ride back was a little windy...

 One of our favorite things to do at night was to relax by the fire pits right next to the beach. Most nights with live music!

We got to go snorkeling one day and it was soo neat. I had Rob stay by me the whole time though, I am a little bit of a scardy cat, but I so enjoyed it at the same time.

Each day they had games like bingo by the pool. We also participated in some relay races with other couples, it was really fun!

So many gorgeous flowers...

One of our favorite meals. This night after dinner, we sat in comfy chairs and listened to jazz music.

yes, we did watch the NBA finals one night. Don't judge. 

My favorite meal. I got this wayy too many morning for breakfast. 

Our resort was in Nassau, the same place as the Atlantis hotel. I used to be a huge Mary-Kate and Ashley fan, so visiting Atlantis was a must for me. Holiday in the Sun, anyone? We took a little day trip to the resort, which we scheduled once we got to sandals.

It was very neat to see the resort, it is huge and pretty incredible. But it was also packed. The outside is basically a huge really nice water park. It was very different than what we had gotten used to- calm and relaxing. This place was loud and crazyy busy. After a little exploring and some water slides (so fun), we headed back to our resort early, but it was still neat to see.

A beautiful sunset on the beach...

One of the prettiest restaurants. The day you arrive you can sit down with a concierge and plan out where you want to eat each night. Some restaurants require a reservation, so you tell them what you want each night and they will set it all up for you! Easy peasy.

Our last day. Robert's face says it all. We were not ready to leave.

A few pictures around the resort. If you are thinking of this destination for a vacation?? Do it!

Of course, the traditional, write your last name (or the shorter version of it) in the sand picture.

We had such a fabulous honeymoon- it was the perfect time away and I cannot wait to go back one day! I sure do miss that place. Swimming in the pool, laying on the beach, pizza by the pool...does not get much better.

Any other questions about this resort? Shoot me an email!