Vegetable Slaw & Egg Toast

Vegetable Slaw & Egg Toast

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing with you one of my favorite breakfast recipes. Super quick and simple, it’s filling and delicious! Check out the recipe below:

Ingredients:

  • Bread of choice (I usually use whole grain or whole wheat)
  • 2-3 eggs (depending on how much you want)
  • Slaw of choice (I usually use a broccoli or mixed slaw)
  • 1/4 of a yellow onion
  • 1/2 of a bell pepper

Step 1: Saute the onions, slaw mixture, and red pepper in a frying pan until the onions are translucent. Season to your preference. When done, set aside. While doing this, put bread in the toaster.

Step 2: Scramble eggs in a bowl and add the eggs to pan, and cook.

Step 3: Cut toast in half, spread slaw mixture over bread and then add eggs

And that’s it! Super simple and easy to make, nothing complicated.

I hope you guys liked this recipe, and let me know if you want to see more like this!

xo.

Travel Diaries: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach is easily one of the most popular vacation spots in the United States, and for good reason! Beautiful beaches, tons of activities for every age, it’s hard to get bored when you’re there. I’ve been to Myrtle Beach more than a dozen or so times, with it being my family’s go to vacation spot every summer, twice a summer, since I was 6. I have the most amazing memories there, and every time I go back as an adult I’m reminded of all the beautiful times I’ve had with my family.

Check out below for a list of my favorite places in Myrtle Beach to check out!

Broadway at the Beach– this place is awesome. It’s basically an outdoor mall, but so much better than a regular mall. There’s a bunch of stores, a lake, restaurants, a mini golf course, an aquarium, Margaritaville and a movie theater! This was one of my all time favorite places as a kid, and one of the biggest attractions in MB.

Market Commons– This is almost like a smaller version of Broadway at the Beach. It’s a cute, quiet little town with lots of shopping options. They also have a movie theater, as well tons of cool restaurants no matter what you’re in the mood for. It’s a nice alternative when you don’t want to large crowds of going to Broadway at the Beach, but still want a good variety.

Murrell’s Inlet– if you want seafood, and I mean really good seafood, you have to go to Murrell’s Inlet. It’s directly south of MB and not a far drive at all. They have so many restaurants to choose from, but if you decide to go definitely make a reservation because it can get pretty busy during peak seasons. I highly recommend Russel’s Seafood Grill, they have the best food and a cozy feel.

Damon’s Oceanfront Grill– When I was a kid this was my favorite restaurant to go to, mostly because it was right next to our hotel and it was nice to be able to walk over. But besides the proximity, the view is to die for (it’s right on the beach) and they have great food. They’re known for their ribs, and every time I go I can’t resist getting them.

Me circa 2005, on the Pier by our hotel. You can actually see Damon’s in the background on the right next to the three hotel towers!

I hope you guys liked this latest travel diary post! See you next time, as always, keep it klassy, xo.

Travel Makeup Tips

When it comes packing makeup for a trip, it can easily become an overwhelming where you end up over packing products that you won’t actually use. When it comes down to it, if you’re going on a beach vacation for example, you may not need three eyeshadow palettes and 4 different eyeliners, so check out my tips below to minimize and streamline your travel makeup!

Prioritize your favorites/essentials

No matter your destination, it’s important to prioritize the products you know you cannot live without. For me, I cannot go anywhere without packing eyebrow gel, because I feel like even on my most natural days, it really pulls my look together. For some of you, it may be mascara, or lipstick. Whatever it may be, figure out what your can’t live without products and focus on packing just those.

Avoid Breakable Products

If you’re traveling by car, you shouldn’t have to worry about products breaking, but if you’re traveling by plane or any type of transportation where someone else is handling your luggage, you may want to be more aware of the types of packaging your products come in. You may not want to pack a super soft, delicate eye shadow palette, only to have it shattered upon your arrival. Pack products that you know are durable and can stand up to rigorous travel.

Find Multi-use Products

If you’re limited on space, you probably don’t want to have to bring a product for every step in your makeup routine, but don’t want to skimp on them either. My tip for this would be to find products that you can use for multiple things. For example, bronzer and highlighter can be used as eyeshadow, cream blush can be used as lipstick, and dark eyeshadow can be used as eyeliner. Get creative! There are always tons of ways you can use products for multiple different things.

My go-to travel makeup for a beach vacation:

With summer approaching fast, here’s a list of my travel makeup essentials for a beach vacation!

  • A cream highlighter-this can be used on the face and on the body for an all over glow.
  • Mascara- nothing too crazy, just something natural.
  • Eyebrow gel- I cannot live without this, it makes any natural face look even better
  • Lightweight concealer- I don’t want anything heavy, but I may still want to cover up some unevenness, so I like to have some kind of concealer.
  • Lip balm/tinted lip balm- since I’ll probably be spending all day in the, I don’t want a super intense lip stick, so I tend to stick to a lip balm or tinted lip balm if I want a little bit of color

And that’s it! I hope these tips/recommendations can help any of you out there! Xo.

Beginner’s Guide To: Packing Light

Beginner’s Guide To: Packing Light

Hello everyone! Welcome back to another beginner’s guide, this week all about packing light. Whether you’re going away for a quick weekend trip, or can only pack in a carry on for a week away, these tips will help you save space and time!

☆ Packing Cubes

You may have seen or heard of these before, but they’re great for packing a lot into a small space. Some can get a bit pricey, but amazon has extremely affordable ones in lots of different colors, so there’s one for everyone!

☆ Prioritize

When you’re deciding what to pack, make sure you pack things you actually need and are going to use. If you’re really trying to conserve space, you need to realistic about what you need on the trip, and how many options you really need to have.

☆ Pack items that are versatile

If you pack items that can work for various situations or events, you’ll really get the most out of what you pack. You may want to pack something specific for a particular event, but otherwise try to pack basics that could work in a bunch of different weather situations, or different outings you may be going on.

☆ Travel Sized Products

When trying to save space, narrow down which products are your essentials and try to get them in a travel size, or transfer to a reusable travel sized bottle or container. It’ll save you tons of room and plus if you’re not checking a bag, your products need to be under 3 ounces anyway.

☆ Plan out outfits

It’s easy to just throw a bunch of clothes into your suit case and tell yourself that you’ll figure out your outfits when you get to your destination. Save yourself the stress of not knowing what to wear and plan out the outfits you’re going to need. If you don’t know exactly what your itinerary is, try to plan outfits that will work for a variety of outings you may be doing.

I hope these tips can help any of you guys who are trying to pack a little lighter for your next trip! Stay tuned for more travel posts coming this week! xo.

Product Review: Kindle

Happy Friday! Today I’m bringing you a review centered around reading preferences: do you prefer reading a physical book or reading on some sort of tablet? Typically, I prefer reading a physical book- I’ve always loved reading, pre-tablet days, and even now that there are so many options available to read books on a device. To me it’s just part of the experience of reading.

However, recently I’ve gotten tired of reading a book once, putting it on my shelf, and never touching it again. The past few months I’ve been trying to purge what I don’t use, and as much as I love books, I’ve realized that right now my space does not permit keeping 50+ books. While I plan to donate some of my current collection, downsizing to a tablet seemed to be the way to go to avoid this problem in the future, as well as cut down on the weight of carrying a physical book around.

I decided to get the plain, regular Kindle. There’s nothing special about it, and at under $100, it was a good fit for me. I didn’t need something super fancy or expensive, especially considering how I wasn’t sure I would even like it, so its simplicity works well for my lifestyle. I’ve broken down some of the pros and cons for you guys below, in case you’re considering getting one!

Pros:

☆ Size- It’s so small and portable. I love that I can fit as many books as I want on it, while it fits in comfortably in any of my bags. Truly does not compare to lugging around a physical book.

☆ Variety- I love that you don’t have to wait for a book to be delivered, or go out and buy one when you want to try something new. There’s so many books to choose from, and at the touch of your finger tips, it makes reading so easy.

☆ Great for traveling- this goes back to the size, but if you’re someone who spends a lot of time on public transportation, or traveling, a kindle would be a great option. I love always having a book on hand in case I get stuck somewhere, but it’s not realistic to carry a book with me every where I go. A kindle resolves this problem.

☆ Deals- Amazon has a lot of good deals on books, and some you can get even credits back on, which you can put towards buying other books. The prices are also generally cheaper per book, so you’re saving money in multiple ways!

Cons:

☆ Battery life- The charge is not the best, and I’ve researched ways to help increase the battery, but it still doesn’t work as well. It would be nice if the battery could last longer, but it’s not a huge deal breaker for me.

☆ Downloading- Downloading books can be a bit of a hassle sometimes. For some reason, if you want to download a book on your phone, the amazon app does not work, and you can’t make purchases through the actual kindle device. You have to go directly through a browser, and it took me a little while to fully figure it out. I do wish it was easier to use, but once you get the hang of it’s not too bad.

SO….in conclusion: I personally like having both as options. I read some books on my kindle, and if I know I’m going to be traveling, I’ll make sure to download some books on my kindle. If I’m just reading at home, I don’t mind the bulkiness of a physical book. It gives me the best of both worlds, so I encourage you guys to try it out and see for yourself!

xo.

Beginner’s Guide to: Apartment Hunting 101

Beginner’s Guide to: Apartment Hunting 101

Welcome back! Today I’m delving into the topic of apartment hunting. Within the past year I’ve had to apartment hunt twice, and I feel like there’s definitely stuff I wish I knew going into the process. It can definitely be an overwhelming process, so today I’m sharing all my tips and recommendations if any of you are about to embark on the apartment hunting journey!

Compromising is inevitable

When you’re looking for an apartment, the odds that you find one in the perfect location, under budget, with all the features you want, is unlikely. You will most likely have to compromise on something, so before you start looking you should try to come up with a list of things that are a non negotiable and……

Prioritize

Take that list of things you absolutely cannot live without, and prioritize the rest. Basically ask yourself: what is the most important feature your new place needs to have? A good way to figure this out is to look at your current living situation and think about all the things you do not like, or wish you could change. It’s a great place to start and then you can slowly build your list of features and qualities you need to have, and those you can live without.

Always visit the apartment if possible

Unless you physically cannot visit an apartment, I highly recommend you do so. It is key to helping determine if you like the apartment or not. Anyone can take pretty pictures and make a space look nice, but seeing it in person is often much different. On the other side of that, some apartments may not have great pictures available, so you’d definitely want to visit to get a good feel for the space and amenities you would have.

Take into account potential extra fees

Apartments are notorious for having numerous random fees that you may not initially take into account. That’s another reason why it’s so important to visit the apartment if you can, or at least speak to a leasing consultant on the phone. You may see one price online, and not be aware of fees for parking, trash removal, sewer, water or pets if you have them. These can easily add up and make your rent much higher than you anticipated.

Write down questions you have in advance before you visit the apartment

Before you tour an apartment, it’s always good to have a list of potential questions ready to go. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you’re touring and not remember something important that you wanted to ask. It’s happened to me before, and it’s one of the most annoying things. If you know you have a pet, make sure you ask about the pet policy. If you’re wondering about parking, make sure you ask how many spots are allotted for guests. These are just a few examples of some things that are always helpful to know, but you may not think to ask.

Take notes/pictures if you’re touring more than two places

If you’re looking at a bunch of different places, it can get confusing trying to keep track of all of them and which ones you liked, and which ones you didn’t. There’s probably going to be pros and cons of all of them, so I found keeping notes/pictures on each place I visited was extremely helpful when it came time to pick which one I wanted to apply to.

Make a checklist of all the necessary paperwork for an application

When you finally decide on an apartment that you love, I’d recommend making a checklist of all the paperwork you’ll need to provide for either your application or your lease. Some places do not take credit cards or cash for an application fee, so you may have to go to your bank to get a certified check, or use a personal check. Most places will also want proof of income so prepare to have two recent paystubs available to provide.

Be aware of the individual policies that apartments have (Pets, income standards, etc)

Again, a lot of places have different policies that can get confusing to keep track of. Some have income standards, (for example, your income may need to be 3 times the amount of rent), so that’s something important to consider. They may also have specific policies when it comes to pets,(a pet fee, extra rent every month for the rent, specific buildings where pets are allowed). The same goes for parking, utilities, cable ( some places have specific providers you have to use), etc. It’s always good to make sure you’re aware of everything you’re getting into before you sign that lease!

And that’s it! I hope these tips and recommendations can help any of you who are currently or will be hunting for a new apartment! Keep it klassy, xo.