- Get a puppy
- Research buying a home / buy first house
- Out of the country
- Cruise more
- Pay off student loan
- Pay off car
- Hit specific savings goal
- See Grand Canyon
- Visit Las Vegas
- Buy a better camera
- Keep pursing career goals
- Visit family more
- Kiddos (?)
- Take a trip with friends
- Visit an amusement park we’ve never been to
- Focus on bodies well
- Go on a road trip
- Create Combine YouTube Channel (?)
- Go on more weekend road trips to cities near us
- Explore outdoors more
- Host a LEGIT dinner party (or 10 teehee)
- Become more politically aware
- Write a letter to myself to open in 10 years
- Embrace and maintain a healthy lifestyle
- Visit the West coast
- Pay for another couple's (strangers) meal
- Do more for our community
- Plan 30th Birthday Trip or Party
I've been wanting to share some of my favorite products, but I couldn't only share my own! I enlisted two of my faves to help me (thanks again, Nanc & Jimmy)!
A few products in my latest video that we love include Lancome's Vitamin C Concentrate, Origins overnight moisture mask, Kiehl's facewash and moisturizer, Isle of Paradise (Dark) Tanning Drops, imPress Nails and a cult favorite, Thayers Toner.
Click on the photo to shop all the products that were mentioned!
If you know me, you know I don’t really enjoy coffee. So I decided to help you out for the days when you’re not really feeling your usual coffee order...
I’ve decided to continue my series called, “Let Me Order for You”! Consider it my restaurant suggestions to you if you were to ever spend 24-hours in a city. And today we’re talking about the city of Knoxville! I moved to Knoxville approximately 3 years ago & I am beyond thankful for the college-town/small city vibe! With that being said, there are still a lot of places I have yet to eat at, however -- I’m going to point out some city favorites! If I missed any, feel free to comment or tell me which ones I’ve missed.
**Disclaimer… I realize that it is unrealistic for anyone to eat this much food, but I wanted to get my all my two-cents in** Anyways! Let’s begin!
MORNING TEA/COFFEE: Remedy Coffee or KBrew or Honey Bee or Vienna. I truly cannot decide -- the more the merrier!
BREAKFAST & BRUNCH: The Plaid Apron. Maple Street Biscuit Company. OR Ruby Sunshine. These places are so yummy and each have distinct flavor and style to their restaurants! Ruby Sunshine recently opened in Market Square, (which is prime real estate for any shop or restaurant in Knoxville) and it doesn’t show any sign of slowing down! This place puts a creol twist on your average breakfast food! I highly recommend getting a side of “Pig Candy Bacon” -- you’re welcome.
LUNCH: Stock and Barrel. Definitely one of the most highly-suggested places to eat in knoxville. S&B are known for their gourmet burgers. Definitely be willing to wait up to 45 minutes for a table, or go during off time, but definitely make it a priority to go! Or hit up Myrtle’s Chicken + Beer. There are actually two locations for this restaurant, one is a drive through and the other is downtown. GO TO THE DOWNTOWN LOCATION (please do not go to the drive-thru location)!! Obviously order chicken there, but also be sure to try their plethora of unique dipping sauces.
AFTERNOON PICK-ME-UP: Sweet P’s has great BBQ, but the Banana pudding is life-changing.
DINNER: Connor’s Steak & Seafood is DELICIOUS and bit on the pricier side, but it’s so good! And if you’re not feeling that, I suggest Chesapeake's Seafood House out of this world seafood, Nama for fresh sushi, or Cafe 4 for southern-style comfort food with an eclectic twist.
DESSERT: CRUZE FARM DAIRY. THAT IS ALL. THANK YOU.
LATE NIGHT SNACK: Makers Donuts is returning to Knoxville sometime in 2020 (we were on a break), and everyone is PUMPED. They not only have gourmet donuts, but they’re usually open very late so you can get your late night sweet fix!
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about some of my fave Knoxville spots (so far)! If you ever have a friend traveling to Knoxville and they’re asking for food recommendations, use this as a friendly, little guide!
I usually post twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays (I’ll get back into the swing of things next week), but this year has started off super busy and has been super self reflective. I found this personal, self-assessment on Brighton Keller’s website and thought it might be beneficial to assess myself, privately. I think self reflection is needed and is so important to properly get the most out of the next year. Again, this self assessment is from Brighton Keller, but I’ve trimmed it down and added my own questions, and added a “Spiritual” section as well. On this assessment you’ll see different questions attached to specific categories. If you’re looking for a tool that will help you self-reflect and plan for the future, I highly recommend this list of questions! Let’s get started...
PERSONAL – SUCCESSES
Hopefully this has helped you reflect on this past year & plan for 2020 in a new way!
I'm just going to say it...you don't nee alcohol to have the best time ever on New Year's Eve. In 2017 a study was done that concluded that 40% of deadly crashes involve drunk drivers, and more pedestrians are killed on NYE and NYD than any other day of the year. I'm not trying to scare, but trying to encourage you to be smart & safe during your plans for the New Year. Here are 3 NYE alternatives that ensure you still have a great time with your friends.
I've complied some ~cUtE~ dresses that you might want to snag for this winter wedding season! Click the picture or description for links to the products! (sorry if all the dresses look the same! teehee :] ) ~eNjOy~
- Floral long sleeve minidress // $50
- Elbow sleeve midi rust colored // $59
- Long sleeve button maxi // $98
Being a Florida native has always been one of my pride and joys, but I really didn’t know that about myself until I moved 2 states away. Tampa, specifically was my hometown for 22 years, so needless to say… I’ve seen this city go through it’s foodie highs and lows -- remember when we had 17 fro-yo places? Yeah, me too, still weird to me. ANYWAYS, I’ve decided to start a cute little series called “Let Me Order for You”! Consider it my restaurant suggestions to you if you were to ever spend 24-hours in a city. And today we’re talking about the city of Tampa! **Disclaimer… I realize that it is unrealistic for anyone to eat this much food, but I wanted to get my all my two-cents in** Anyways! Let’s begin!
MORNING TEA/COFFEE: The Lab or Foundation or King State or Buddy Brew. I truly cannot decide, and that is okay with me. Options are our friend.
BREAKFAST: Oxford Exchange. This place is overpriced for sure, but it’s an EXPERIENCE. Everything is so perfectly crafted and the instagram-worthy content you’ll get around every corner is worth it to most. This place is boujee and grand, and I genuinely think you need to eat here, or just walk into the building.
BRUNCH (or what the Hobbits call “second breakfast”): Daily Eats. I literally have never had a bad meal here. If you like tater tots, get the tater hater as an app to share. For my entree, I usually get the buffalo chicken rice bowl and it’s very yummy, but again, I’ve never had anything that I wish I never ordered. *also weird side-note: they have unique milkshakes, so that could be fun.* Or you can go to Datz -- american food done unique, but oh, so right.
LUNCH: Capital Taco. Try a bunch of different tacos & make sure you get the chips and queso, I’m getting physically distraught right now knowing I won’t be able to have them anytime soon. Or hit up Armature Works. This place isn’t actually a place… well it is, but it’s basically a redone train station that now has a bunch of restaurants inside of it and a large open room for seating! This place is super aesthetic, intentional and has a lot of options.
AFTERNOON PICK-ME-UP: Blind Tiger Cafe (Ybor location) for coffee & then hop over to Hyppo (Ybor location) right down the street for gourmet popsicles and very friendly service.
DINNER: Berns Steakhouse is quite literally world-renowned, so order whatever you want. Also it’s fancy and very expensive… just letting you know. And if you’re not feeling that, I suggest Roux for a well done french-cajun-southern meal, Ulele for visually appealing, fusion food, or Columbia Restaurant to get authentic Spanish and Cuban dishes, this place is a Tampa tradition.
DESSERT: Literally after you get a steak at Berns, go upstairs to the Berns Dessert Room -- the Bananas Foster is life-changing. And if you don’t want to go to the same place, try Wright’s Gourmet House. I promise you will not be disappointed.
LATE NIGHT SNACK: Jeremiah’s. Some people will say Bahama Bucks is better, but those people are wrong. Cookie butter is my favorite flavor.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about some of my fave Tampa spots! If I missed some of your favorite places, let me know in the comments below! & if you ever have a friend traveling to Tampa and asking for food recommendations, use this as a friendly, little guide!
I do not get my hair done, like the most I ever get done is a 3-4 inch chop every year, so I am definitely no expert to talk about this! BUT I knew that haircare and going to the salon are things everyone has to do and a topic most people can relate to. SO, I asked my friend Mel, who is a hairstylist, if she could give me at least 3 tips for people to know, and BOY -- she gave me more than that! She dished out tea that you wish you would have known sooner and she literally wrote this whole entire blog & for that, I am thankful!