Best Websites For Trip Planning

Traveling is a very important part of life. It allows you be engulfed by a culture other than your own, forcing you to grow and try new things. I absolutely love to travel any chance I get! I also love the planning aspect of a trip. My last big trip to Europe, I planned completely. Everything from locations, to flights, to Airbnbs, and activities. It was a blast to plan and even better to experience all my hard work! Today, I thought I share with y'all my favorite websites to help you plan an exciting trip of your own! 

1. Pinterest 
The reason I put Pinterest first on my list is because the first thing you need to do is figure out where you want to go. If you have a travel board, look through that and write down your top places. From here, you can search your top picks and make some decisions. 

This website is pretty great, especially if you don't really know where you want to go. All you need to know are two main destinations that you want to visit. You start by putting in your first destination, then what type of a vacation it is (romantic, friends, family, or solo), then your length and budget, and finally your last destination. It will provide you with cities and towns to stop at on your way. This website really is amazing!

Google Flights is a great tool to use when looking to book flights. It is especially helpful if you are more flexible with your dates. Instead of picking specific dates, click in the date box and a calendar will pop up with the lowest prices for each day. This way you can fly in and out at the cheapest times! 

4. Airbnb
I'm a huge Airbnb fan and use it anytime I travel! I prefer to stay in homes rather than hotels, because I like to cook and really immerse myself into the culture. I have yet to have a bad experience through Airbnb, but I am very easy going. If you are more of a high maintenance person, you could have some issues because they won't always have the necessities that a hotel would have, like linens, coffee makers, wifi, etc. You just have to make sure they have what you need before you book. My rule for booking with Airbnb is that they must have more than 3-5 reviews. That way, you know it's not a scam and can see what others thought of the host and the place. The best combination is a great host and a great place, so definitely read the reviews!

5. Yelp
I am a big supper of Yelp! It is a great tool to use when looking for restaurants or activities in your area. They usually have lots of pictures and reviews to help you decide. Although, Yelp is not used as much overseas as Trip Advisor is. I only prefer Yelp over Trip Advisor because the Yelp app is wonderful and easy to use on the go. 

Similar to Yelp, but more predominant overseas. Trip Advisor will help you find top rated activities and food options in your area. I would suggest looking at this before you go, because their app isn't as easy to use as Yelp. 

Pancake, Bacon, & Egg Breakfast Sandwich

serves 1

What You Need
Pancakes
1 banana, ripe and mashed
1 egg
2 TSP coconut flour
1/2 TSP vanilla
Dash of cinnamon
1/4 TSP baking powder

Everything Else
Coconut oil
1 egg
1 strip bacon
Maple syrup

Directions
Pancakes
1. Cook bacon as desired and set aside. 
2. In a medium sized bowl, mix together the mashed banana, egg, coconut flour, vanilla, cinnamon, and baking powder. 
3. Heat coconut oil in a pan over medium heat and grease 2 circular molds (I used mason jar lids). If you don't have any, that's ok! They just won't be a perfect circle.
4. Place molds on pan and fill halfway with pancake batter. Cook for 4-5 minutes, or until bubbles start to form on top and then flip over (be careful they will be hot). Remove the mold and continue to cook for 3-4 minutes. Continue with remaining batter and set aside pancakes once cooked to keep warm.
5. Re-grease one of the molds you used for the pancakes and place on the same pan over medium heat. Crack an egg into the mold and let cook for 5-7 minutes or until the whites are cooked through and then remove from mold. 
6. Assemble eggs and bacon top of a pancake and then top with remaining pancake. Drizzle with maple syrup and enjoy!

Time To Enjoy The Weekend!

Yippie...we made it through another work week! Give yourself a pat on the back (& lots of wine of course). It was another busy week for me, but it was good! This weekend my sister is coming home and I am very excited to spend some time with her. We plan on trying Varuni Napoli and going to the Summer Shade Festival in Grant Park. What are y'all getting into this weekend? Something fun I hope! See you Monday!

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Links From This Week

Watermelon mimosas are perfect for any occasion and these look delicious!


Get a good laugh with the best memes from Rio and compiled SNL videos

These hilarious comics are on point. 

Dinner Dish Recommendation: Chili Glazed Salmon w/ Sriracha Cream Sauce

A Little Lace-Up Action





Actual Top: Lace-Up Woven Top

Best Brunch Spots in Atlanta


Happy Tuesday friends! I hope your week is off to a great start! If you follow me on Snapchat or Instagram, you know that brunch is one of my favorite things to do on the weekends. There's just something about trying out new places and new dishes that I absolutely love. I am by no means even close to crossing every restaurant off my list, but I wanted to share with you my top picks so far. 

Location: Inman Park
Favorite Dishes: I Dream of Wennie 
Red Neck Cheese Dip
Banana Nut Fosters Sweet Potato Pancakes
3 Egg Omelets
Pros: My #1 brunch spot in Atlanta
Adorable vintage decor
Amazing food
Good drinks
Great starters 
Cons: Can have a long wait (but what good place doesn't)

Location: Roswell Road/Buckhead
Favorite Dishes: Chicken Biscuit
Buttermilk Pancakes
Pimento Omelet
Pros: A close second to Folk Art
Have different specials each weekend
Adorable decor in older style house
Amazing food
Have outdoor seating
Cons: Can have a really long wait (but it's worth it!)
No alcohol
Small brunch menu (have a full breakfast menu though)

Location: Virginia Highlands
Favorite Dishes: Sausage Egg & Pimento Cheese Biscuit 
Fried Chicken Biscuit
Pros: Have different specials each day
Great for grab-and-go
Currently on Scoutmob for 50% off
Amazing biscuits
Has a little outdoor seating
Cons: Can have a long wait on weekends (free tasters are offered while you wait!)
Limited seating
No alcohol  

photo via Yelp
Location: Buckhead
Favorite Dishes: Breakfast Burrito
Shrimp & Grits
Chicken Burger
Pros: Basically tied for 3rd with Callie's
Amazing food
Lots of options
Good for take out
Cons: Can have a wait on weekends
No alcohol
Not much seating or parking (but they are moving to a new location in Midtown)

Location: Howell Mill/West Side
Favorite Dishes: Pulled Pork Benedict
Peachtree Plate
Pimento Cheese & Bacon Omelet
Westside Pileup 
Pros: Huge menu
Batdorf and Bronson coffee (If you haven't had it, you're missing out!)
Great drinks
Have outdoor seating
Cons: Can have a long wait 

Location: Multiple locations (I go to the Brookhaven one)
Favorite Dishes: Southern Style Biscuit Benedict 
Oven Fried Green Tomatoes
Not Your Mama's Pimento Cheese
The Fried Egg Sandwich
Pros:  Has some outdoor seating
Lots of options
Amazing pimento cheese
Cons: Can have a little wait
No alcohol

Still Want To Visit: Tupelo Honey Cafe, The General Muir, Sun In My Belly, Rising Son, Bread & Butterfly, Ria's Bluebird

Shrimp & White Bean Salad

serves 3-4

What You Need
Dressing
4 TSP sherry vinegar
4 TSP olive oil
1 TBS fresh thyme, chopped
2 TSP garlic, minced
1 TSP fresh rosemary, chopped
1/2 TSP black pepper

Salad
4-6 cups spring salad mix
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1/2-1 can (15.5 oz) great northern beans, rinsed & drained (depending on your love of beans)

Shrimp
1 TBS honey 
1 TSP water
1 LB shrimp, peeled & deveined 
Olive oil
Sea salt, to taste

Directions
Dressing
1. Combine all ingredients into a small bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.

Salad
1. In a large bowl, add the salad mix, tomatoes, and great northern beans. Add dressing and toss until fully coated.

Shrimp
1. In a medium bowl, combine the honey and water. Add shrimp and toss to coat. 
2. Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat and when warm, add shrimp. Cook until no longer pink, about 4 minutes. Serve on top of salad and enjoy! 

{via My Recipes}

Weekend Vibes!

Happy Friday friends! What a good week it has been. I got to hangout with some friends I hadn't seen in a while, got 2nd in trivia (& $10 in Genki cash), and the work week wasn't too stressful. I am excited to have a relaxing weekend ahead so I can finally get some things crossed off my to do list. Do y'all have anything fun planned for the weekend ahead? 

xxxx

Links From This Week
With Summer slowly coming to an end, get some Fall inspo with these 7 outfits

Always wanted that bathing suit that cost a little too much? Now's the time to get it during Revolve's swim sale.

Dinner Dish Recommendations: Wicked Chicken + Coleslaw (Don't skip the coleslaw, it makes the meal!)

Speaking of sales, Barney's Warehouse has extra off their Back to Cool sale

Hints of Silver






City Guide: Amsterdam


On to my favorite city and the last city of our trip, Amsterdam. Oh how I love this city. It is filled with the most beautiful canals and great food. We took the train from Paris and the ride wasn't too bad, about three and a half hours. We arrived in the afternoon and headed to get settled in. Our Airbnb was right by Vondelpark and was decorated wonderfully! 


Once we got settled in, we headed for lunch at Foodhallen. It was amazing! It is a food hall filled with all different kinds of foods from, sushi, BBQ, gelato, cupcakes, fish, burgers, smoothies, and much more. 

The bar

I got a crumbled chip and bacon hot dog, Anna got a fried fish sandwich, and Sandy got a BBQ sandwich. They were all pretty good, but the BBQ sandwich was by far the best! If you are in the area, it is definitely worth stopping by and grabbing a quick bite. They also have a huge bar if you are looking to drink. After lunch, we headed to a canal tour with Those Dam Boat Guys. Other than the on and off rainy weather, it was a blast! There were only about 10 people on the boat and it was very laid back. We got to bring whatever we wanted, food and drink wise, on board. 


We stopped and got some wine before hand and enjoyed it during the tour. We were in a small boat, so we got to go up a lot of the canals that bigger tour boats wouldn't be able to. While in Amsterdam, you should definitely do a canal tour with these guys! However, I wouldn't recommend this tour with kids because smoking is allowed on board...unless your kids cool with that. After our canal tour, we picked up some groceries and then went back to the Airbnb to relax for a little. For dinner, we went to Edel. It was super close to our house and right on one of the canals. It was too cold to eat outside, although we did try for about 10 minutes and then went inside. The decor was really cool and the place had a lounge kind of feel. We got some wine to start and then had asparagus risotto and seabass. It was good but not the best meal ever. I would say this place is better for just a drink then a sit down meal.

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The next morning, we headed to the Moco Museum near Vondalpark. Moco is Amsterdam's modern contemporary museum, showing work from Andy Warhol and Banksy. We pre-ordered tickets online incase there was a line, but it wasn't crowded at all. You definitely could get your tickets there and be fine! 




It was a really cool museum and was a nice break from all the older art we had seen. It isn't a huge museum and only took us about an hour to go through. If you have time, it is worth a visit! After the museum, we headed to the Albert Cuyp Market. It is Amsterdam's biggest farmers market and we wanted to walk through and try out some traditional food. It was huge! They has so many different vendors and lots of food options. We ended up getting some Poffertjes, which are basically mini pancakes covered in butter and powdered sugar. They were delicious! 



After the market, we headed to get some lunch back near Moco. When I came to Amsterdam last year, I had the best burgers and hot dogs from a little food stand right near the I Amsterdam sign, so we went there. The stand is called Foodcrib and their burgers and hot dogs are some of the best i've ever had. I got the Fatboy burger and Anna got the Chubby dog. We split them both and it was the most amazing thing ever! Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures to drool over. After lunch, we headed to Brouwerij 't IJ to try some authentic Amsterdam beer. 



This brewery is in the only remaining windmill in the city, how cool! We each ordered a flight, which came with 5 of their beers. They have a bunch of outdoor space, so we sat out there until it got too cold and then moved inside. The beer was really good and the atmosphere was fun! Definitely worth a visit!

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The next day, we headed back towards the Moco Museum to grab some breakfast before going to the Van Gogh Museum. When I was in Amsterdam last year, I got the best Nutella waffles from Kiosk Rembrandt Van Gogh right near Foodcrib, so naturally I had to go back. The waffles did not disappoint, they were just as amazing as I remembered! I mean seriously, what's better than Nutella melting over a warm waffle?? Not much. 


Since it was early, it was also prime time to take pictures of the I Amsterdam sign before the crowds of people flooded the area. 


After breakfast, we headed over to the Van Gogh Museum. Luckily, we pre-ordered tickets so we got to skip the long line. I have always been a fan of Van Gogh, so it was cool to learn more about him and see some of his work. They are very strict about taking pictures, so unfortunately I didn't get any. The museum was awesome, however I was disappointed that they didn't have Starry Night. That is my favorite painting of his and I didn't even get to see it. Other than that, I thought the museum was very well put together! Next, we wandered around Jordaan and did some shopping at De Negen Straatjes. There were a bunch of shops that we hopped in, but nothing too amazing. I wouldn't say this is a must visit. 



After shopping, we headed to a cheese tasting at Reypenaer. It was a really good deal, we got to taste unlimited amounts of cheese and each was paired with wine all for 15 euros. We also learned a lot about Gouda and how it is made. 



I would call myself a die hard cheese lover, but this was just too much. I came to the conclusion that I don't like aged gouda at all. It was just too strong in flavor for my liking. I definitely prefer the younger cheeses that are soft and mild in flavor. I would only recommend this for big gouda lovers, because that's all you get to try. After, we needed to walk off some of that cheese so we headed to Begijnhof, which is one of the oldest inner courtyards in Amsterdam. It also use to be home to Beguinages until 1971. 


It was really beautiful and quiet for being inside the city. After, we headed home to eat dinner and relax. That night, Anna and I went to the Red Light District. We went around 9:30 PM, when it was still bright out so it wasn't as sketchy as it could of been. We walked through the entire district so Anna could see what it was all about. After, we headed for some ice cream from Ice Bakery, a store owned by Nutella. It is filled with so many different things incorporating Nutella and other yummy sweets. It was my kind of heaven! Their ice cream was delicious and it is definitely worth a trip!  

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For our last day in Amsterdam, we had booked tickets to the Anne Frank house. I would highly recommend booking your tickets ahead of time so you don't have to wait in a 3 hour line. Tip: they usually go on sale 3 months in advance. I had been before, but I wanted my Mom and sister to experience how great of a museum it is. It is probably my favorite museum that I have been to so far and is absolutely a must while in Amsterdam! The rest of the day we just walked around enjoying the city before we had to leave. We even stopped at a bakery and bought some chocolate covered stroopwafels because we hadn't got to try them yet. 


They were amazing and a must try while in Amsterdam! We even bought some at the airport to bring back because they were so good. Another Dutch staple that we hadn't tried yet were pancakes, so for dinner we went to Mook Pancakes. Boy were they delicious! We ordered three different kinds and got to taste them all. We got the chocolate sensation (chocolate covered), nutty by nature (dates, nuts, and honey), and the blue magic (blueberry). My favorite was the nutty by nature. They also have creative alcoholic beverages. Anna and I both got their mango mimosa, which was so good and refreshing. This place is definitely worth going to! 

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Amsterdam will always hold a place in my heart and I am so happy I could take my mom and sister there to experience it. I can't wait to go back one day and continue to explore one of my favorite cities and I hope you have the chance as well! 

Creamy Almond Butter & Nutella Chia Pudding

serves 3-4

What You Need
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup chia seeds
6 large dates, pitted
2/3 cup cashews, unsalted 
1 TSP cinnamon
2 TSP vanilla
Sea salt, to taste
3-4 TBS almond butter

Toppings
Bananas
Homemade Nutella
Coconut shavings

Directions
1. Add cashews to a bowl and fill with water. Let sit for at least 2 hours or overnight.
2. Add the water and chia seeds together. Let sit for at least 2 hours or overnight. 
3. After everything has soaked. In a blender, add the dates, cashews, cinnamon, vanilla, salt, almond butter, and the chia gel. Puree until smooth and fully combined. 
4. Before serving, swirl 1-2 TBS of Nutella into the pudding and then top with desired toppings. Enjoy!

{adapted from Cookie and Kate}

Cheers To A Sunny Weekend!

Happy weekend friends! I hope you all had a fabulous week. I had a manufacture in town, so we were pretty busy. It was all go go go, but it was a good time! This weekend I plan on enjoying the sunny weather with craft beers and friends. Did I mention my sister was coming home as well? I'm super excited to hear all about her first week at UGA! Have a great weekend and I will see you Monday!

xxxx

Links From This Week

Check out these simple iPhone camera hacks that anyone can master.

Nike has an extra 20% off their clearance. I just snagged myself a new pair of running shoes!

Speaking of a sale, Madewell also has an extra 30% off their sale. 

Dinner Dish Recommendation: Walnut Encrusted Scallops 

I am so excited about the newest Girl Scout cookie additions! 

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