I am definitely the kind of person who enjoys making a list of resolutions for the New Year. I usually create way to many that I don't end up sticking to, but I like to have something to look at, at the end of the year to compare to how I spent that year. Today I'm gonna share with you just a few of my resolutions!
1. Write on my blog at least once a month
I've made a resolution about my blog every year since I've started. Last year it was to be more consistent. Well, I didn't realize what my full-time job would look like and I ended going on hiatus for 3 months. Probably not the prim example of consistency. This year I've given myself, a bit more of an attainable goal. To write on my blog at least once a month. And hopefully it will be more. But for now, the goal is once a month. Something exciting and new every month for you guys to look forward to!
2. Bring my lunch to work at least 3 days a week
Since going vegan it's made it harder to find lunch solutions at most restaurants (let's just say I've eaten so much Chipotle), so one of my goals for 2018 is to bring my lunch more often. Reasons for doing this 1) It's better for me (less sodium, less soy, and more locally sourced ingredients)
2) Saving money!! 3) Forces me to get into a routine of grocery shopping and meal prep
3. Go on my first solo trip
I recently joined a group on facebook full of women who love to travel. Some of them travel full time, some of them find time for adventure even with full time jobs. It's been so inspiring to read about all of these stories from all over the world. So I've set out to travel alone for the first time. I'm hoping to make it out to Seattle this summer. But who knows? If you have suggestions on awesome places in the states to have your first solo trip, put them in the comments!
4. Read 10 Books
Since getting my full-time job, I haven't been able to make time to sit down and read. So this year, I set a goal for myself to read 10 book. Which is about one a month. I'm going to be reading everything from Fiction, to Biographies and everything in between. Let me know if that's something you guys would want to see on my Instagram stories?
5. Try a New Recipe every week
Especially since going Vegan, there are lots of new and interesting ingredients that I have been meaning to get to know better. So in an effort to do that I want to try new recipes on a weekly basis. Especially since my sister made me a collection of vegan recipes for me to try. Interested in going Vegan? Hit me up in the Contact Bar!
Did you make any New Years Resolutions? Let me know in the comments below!
I don't know about you, but I'm a super visual learner/creative. So naturally, I am obsessed with Pinterest. But watching movies and TV is one of my favorite pass-times. So, today, I'm going to be sharing 5 of my favorite Wanderlust Inspired Movies.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty follows a worker (Ben Stiller) at Time Magazine while they were still in print and using and developing film for their magazine. Walter lives a very careful and calculated lifestyle so it only makes sense that he gets sent on an incredible journey to recover the final cover photo of the last in print Time magazine. Watching Walter break out of his shell and travel to places he never thought he would be, makes me, if not everyone, immediately want to hop of the next plane to anywhere and live out their life. Throwing extreme caution to the wind, and living life as the adventure that it should be.
Wild is a movie following a woman (Reese Witherspoon) on her personal journey backpacking the Pacific Coast Trail. The movie shows her journey with not only the physical hardships of the trek but also the mental hardships. Most people train and prepare for months or years before hiking the entire trail. So similarly to The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, she chooses to throw all caution to the wind and use travel to help heal the wounds of her personal tragedies. After watching it, I had this weird hankering to get lost in the wild and never return to everyday life.
Though the Hundred-Foot Journey is probably not thought of as a travel movie, but for me it hits both of my favorite things, Food and Travel. It's about an Indian family that ends up moving to France to start over. They bring their Indian cuisine to their new country, across the street from a highly established French restaurant. Throughout feuds between the two restaurants, the owner of the French restaurant begins to teach a highly teachable son of the owner of the Indian restaurant. Overall it gives me the feels of giving anything a chance, whether it's traveling to a new place or falling into an unknown opportunity.
If you've ever watch Sex and the City, it's basically all about girl power. In Sex and the City 2, it's basically the end of the road for these women's story. So they take one last amazing trip, to Abu Dhabi. Honestly, the reason this gives me Wanderlust is because I've never really thought of visiting the Middle East until I watched that movie. Plus it should make any girl gang want to travel together.
Into the Wild is about a guy, who goes off the grid to travel full-time. He goes from place to place and job to job living on the edge. It really gives in to that desire we've all had to drop our whole lives to travel. I've thought about it on and off since I've graduated high school. Honestly, I don't think I could do it, but I hope to take a month of six to travel sometime in my life.
What'd you think of my list? Did I miss a movie you thought should have made it? Leave it in the comments!
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My friends over at Reviews.com conducted an experiment on what the best chef knife of 2017 was. How awesome is it that a group of people wanted to play around with chef knives all day.
The group at Review, begins by saying how the best chef knives cannot be defined by a single set of features. There are so many things that go into the makings of a great knife. And it's honestly different for everyone. Instead of naming the ultimate best knife, they actually broke it down into three different categories. Best Overall, Best Starter Knife, and Best for Experienced Chefs. During testing, they chopped herbs, vegetables, and proteins. This helped determine which were sharpest. They also took into account the comfort of the knife handle.
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Going into San Fransisco, I had done almost zero research. I honestly thought I was going to San Diego until about 3 weeks before my trip. The only thing I knew what where my Airbnb was. Nevertheless, myself, my mom, and sister headed out into the unknown!
Here I am, back at with the blog. I know in my most recent post, I said I would be back in June or July, but unfortunately that wasn't an option when the time came. I am not promising a blog that posts every week. From now on I will be posting when inspired. Because, I write my best content when I am genuinely inspired. And I really only want to give you guys the best. My next post coming your way will be a Wanderlust post about my recent trip to San Fransisco. I would love to also hear what kind of content you guys would like me to write about. So, if you have any suggestions, please leave a comment or send me an email!
-Hello to all of my lovelies-
Hello to all of the amazing people who read my blog. I am very aware that I have been super inactive on the blog recently and I am SO sorry. One of my news years resolutions was to be more consistent with my blog. One thing I didn't take into account when I publicly told you all this, was how busy my full-time job would be. I had no idea that I would be working 9-4 to come home feeling exhausted and having little to no motivation to do much of anything. I feel awful for not saying anything sooner. But honestly I really thought that the next week would be slower and it would give me time to post. For now, I am taking a break from the blog. I am hoping to come back sometime during the summer with a completely revamped blog. Better layouts, new hosting, amazing content. So be on the lookout in June or July. Until then, I will be fully pursuing real estate, baking hundreds of cupcakes for high school graduations that are coming up, and focusing on spending time with friends and family. SO, until then, continue to take on your kitchens with courage and fearlessness. Enjoy every moment you have cooking, baking, and traveling.
My name's Abby. I am a Iowa Culinary Institute graduate, current owner of a small online bakery, and a transaction coordinator to a couple pretty cool realtors. All in all, life is busy, but the kitchen never changes, so join me as we Take on the Kitchen!