November 29, 2017

Winter Travel must haves ~ what I purchased

winter must haves

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It's no secret at this point that in a couple weeks I'll be heading off to Romania (and Germany). I may have never seen snow, but I certainly have experienced winter. On my last trip to Europe in January 2012 or so, the temps got down to about -5 (celsius). Pretty cold, at least to me. While that was a while ago, I do remember I was less than prepared for the cold (and the wind!!!) so for this trip, I'm determined to be as prepared as possible.

A couple weeks back I hopped online and binge shopped for all my winter travel essentials (since I basically have none). On my list were jackets, boots, gloves, scarves, pjs and clothes. Now while its a three week trip, I was conscious of two main things - I didn't want to spend too much since I won't need them again for quite some time (we do plan to visit Europe again in the winter but I clearly don't live in four season country) and they needed to be able to comfortably fit in my suitcase. I think I succeeded in getting everything I needed, at a reasonably cost, and it all fits!

These are my winter travel must haves:

November 27, 2017

Never have I ever

Photo cred: Pixaby

So the photo above has nothing to do with the post, but I saw it and loved it and since this is a photo-less post, I decided it was time to use it.

Anyway, I saw a Youtuber do a vlog entitled 'never have i ever' and loved the idea of turning into a blog (though Im sure its been done). Since nothing I did this weekend was post worthy, I thought today would be perfect for this post (well I mostly did wedding stuff this  so perhaps I should say its not yet post worthy ;) ).
November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you in the U.S!!

Even though we don't celebrate it here in the Caribbean, I've always loved the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday. Even on the days when the world seems like a giant mess of chaos (personal world and world at large), I still try to remember that it could be worse.

November 21, 2017

Recipe ~ Romanian Mici


This recipe was a labour of love. Literally. 

Im a Caribbean girl with a Romanian fiancé. To say thats uncommon would be an understatement (though we have met other like couples purely by chance). Anyway, navigating an intercultural relationship has its unique blessings, one of them being getting an opportunity for both of us to try new (to us) foods. Since we met, Danny has been waxing poetic about this Romian dish called Mici (pronounced meech) and I have been determined to try it. I mean, I may not be able to speak much Romanian language, but food is a universal language. 

Full disclosure - I have no frame of reference for taste as I won't actually taste authentic mici until I visit Romania (less than a month now!!). That said, according to the Romanian I knocked this recipe out the park.

Poftă Bună!!!! (Translation - Enjoy / Bon Apetit).
November 15, 2017

#WeddingWednesday ~ How I asked my Bridesmaids

Ways to ask my bridesmaids

So I never actually thought I'd be the blogger who posts multiple posts about her wedding. And in many ways, I'm not. I already mentioned that I'm not the biggest fan of wedding planning, so I won't be posting these every week. That said, when there is something that I'm excited about I'll post it because I do want to remember the little things as time goes on. And so here I am. 

I was ridiculously excited to ask my best girls to stand with me on my big day and for some reason, felt really emotional about it. Really emotional - at least for me.

Now, this post should really be entitled how I asked my bridesmaids on a budget. Danny and I have some big expenses in the next - a trip to Romania this winter, another trip to Romania around May  next year (a month after our wedding) for his cousin's wedding, possibly a trip to Australia next year, maybe a house purchase ... and of course the wedding, which will be held at a hotel. You get the point... we are on a budget. But I did my best, working within our allotted funds for this, to give my girls a sweet gift in asking them to basically wait on my hand and foot for a day. #ikid

November 13, 2017

Eating (and drinking) on a budget while traveling

Thanks for all the love on my last post! I don't stay 'down' for long and was in good spirits soon after I wrote it. Thankfully. I did however have tons of work last week and decided to take the week off to focus on that. Also, I officially asked my bridesmaids to stand with me on my big day in April and Im sharing how I asked them on Wednesday - stay tuned. Anyway on to today's post.

If you've spoken to me for more than a minute then you know I love to travel. As much as I love to travel though, I will be the first to admit that travelling can get pretty expensive since things add up quickly. My budget brain tries its best to find ways to got costs and I've found that cutting costs on food and drinks can majorly affect the travel budget - in a good way. Coming off of the last two trips I took (Guyana and Barbados), and with my trip to Romania and Germany coming up in a just over a month (we leave on the 16th December) I decided it was time to share some of my tips and tricks for eating and drinking for less.

Most of these are no brainers, but I've found that employing at least some of these really helps.

November 02, 2017

Coffee Chats ~ Vol. 4

I'll be honest, I wouldn't be a very good coffee date this week.

Generally speaking, I hate to be a debbie downer. Nothing annoys me more than a chronic complainer. So,  when I am down, I tend to just stay away from people, deal with my ish and emerge my jovial self. But, today, I feel to let it all out. And besides, who could turn down a coffee date? Not I.