Valentine’s Day: Paris with My Sweet

February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine’s Day! I have to say, VDay is one of my favorites. I think it is just a sweet, happy day to break up a cold, dark month (and let’s be real, who doesn’t love chocolate and conversation hearts). You don’t have to be in love to celebrate Valentine’s Day and last year, I wrote a post just about that! However, today I do want to share some photos that Dani and I took in Paris last month. Not much to say other than I love this sweet boy and I am so excited that we have these photos to remember this incredible trip!

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As part of Valentine’s Day, I also want to share with you some of my favorite “Valentine’s Day” posts from some of my favorite bloggers:

  1. Cute Valentine’s Day Ideas to Make the Holiday Your Own from Sara Laughed. I love this post because Sara gives some great insight on how to celebrate Valentine’s Day no matter if you hate or love the holiday.
  2. Romantic Homemade Gifts from The Golden Age Blog. You don’t have to have a lot of money to give meaningful gifts and in fact, homemade gifts often mean more than something bought at the store. Aurelia, the writer at The Golden Age, even shared a handmade painting she made for her boyfriend and it is incredible. I definitely recommend checking it out!
  3. 6 Sweet Valentine’s Day Desserts from The College Prepster. Talk about YUM! This guest post on The College Prepster shares some super tasty and festive desserts–my mouth is watering just looking at them!

I hope today is filled with smiles and treats!

A Time of Transition: Ways to Settle Into a New City

February 1, 2017

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CORT for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

When I think of last summer, one word comes to mind: transition. I moved to a completely new city and state and started my first tech internship. Needless to say, I was not only nervous about my new job but also about housing, transportation, meeting new people and how I would get furniture (I mean let’s be real, a blow up mattress can only last so long). Surprisingly, most things went off without a hitch and I ended up having a fairly successful summer. However, I definitely learned a lot along the way and I want to share with you my favorite ways to help settle into a new city during a internship to help ease some of your stress and worry!

 Take Care of Housing and Furniture in Advance

Honestly, the last thing you want to be worrying on day one of a new job is whether or not you have a bed to sleep on! CORT Furniture Rental is an incredible company that will deliver your furniture to your new apartment and set it up for you. It is there when you need it and it takes a lot of the hassle out of a big move. An added bonus for those of us on student budgets is that it is super affordable and nice quality furniture. It is so convenient to not have to stress about furniture when you are trying to make a good impression at your new internship!

Transitioning into a new city can be difficult, this article will give you tips on how to transition for a new job or internship with CORT furniture.

Pick out cute photos to hang in your new apartment to make it feel even more personal!

Get Your Bearings of the New City

Try to allow yourself a few days before your internship starts to become familiar with your new home! It is a good idea to take out a map too so you can have a good idea of where you are for future reference. 

 

Transitioning into a new city can be difficult, this article will give you tips on how to transition for a new job or internship with CORT furniture.

Exploring my new home last summer!

Plan Your Route

While you are getting your bearings of the new city you are calling home, test out the route to your internship! If you already know how to get there, you will have a much more relaxed morning on day one of your internship.

 Go to City Events

Don’t forget that you are in a brand new place with lots of brand new people to meet! Take advantage of this and go to different events being held in your new city. For example, last summer I went to the Arts Festival. It was a great (and free!) chance to learn more about the culture of my new home and also meet some new people—you never know if there is a potential best friend right around the corner!

 

Transitioning into a new city can be difficult, this article will give you tips on how to transition for a new job or internship with CORT furniture.

Remember to sit back and enjoy the little moments in your new city–it will pass by quickly!

 

I hope these tips gave you some good ideas on how to settle into a new city without too much stress and worry! Definitely check out CORT if you are looking for a fast, convenient and affordable way to rent furniture for your new pad! Let me know in the comments below if you are planning a big move anytime soon—I would love to hear from you!

Check out this video of Genevieve, a student who moved from New Zealand to Los Angeles and loved her experience with CORT!

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Top 10 “Eats” in Amsterdam

January 25, 2017
Top 10 Eats in Amsterdam: great for anyone traveling to Amsterdam in need of suggestions! From Endless May

I just finished up an incredible semester abroad and I wanted to share with you all my favorite “eats” in Amsterdam. There is something here for every budget and palate, from cafes to bars to sit down restaurants!

1. Coffee & Coconuts

This is my favorite cafe in all of Amsterdam mostly because of the fun, laid back atmosphere and variety of seating options. The food isn’t my favorite but they have amazing cakes (try the coconut lime bread!). This was one of my favorite places to study throughout the semester. They even have bean bags!

Coffee & Coconuts in Amsterdam. Amsterdam Top 10 from Endless May.

2. Door 74 Bar

This “hidden” speakeasy bar is great for a nicer occasion as it is pretty pricey. We went to celebrate my friend’s 21st birthday and it was perfect! They have some really funky and fun cocktails that you definitely should check out. This was my first time visiting a “speakeasy” bar and it was quite cool.

3. Mook Pancakes

Apart from being incredibly “Instagrammable” (see below), these pancakes are incredible and the atmosphere of Mook is hip and bright. They also have fresh squeezed juices! This is the perfect place for a pancake lover.

Slightly obsessed with @mookpancakes 😍

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4. Sumo Sushi

I am usually not a huge fan of “all you can eat” restaurants but this place is an exception. If you love all you can eat sushi (and other small dishes), you will love Sumo! If you want to save a little bit of money, go during lunch for a cheaper all you can eat price.

5. The Butcher

I had the best burger of my life at The Butcher. Make sure to get the fries as well! There are a few different locations throughout Amsterdam and this place is great for a quick dinner or lunch.

6. Van Stapele Cookies

If you visit one place in Amsterdam, let this be it! This cookie store sells only one type of cookie (don’t worry, it is absolutely incredible) and there is usually a line out of the door! They are best warm but taste pretty dang amazing hours later too.

Best cookies in Amsterdam | Amsterdam Top 10 from Endless May

7. Pepper Mango

This gelato store is incredible and affordable! My favorite flavors (shown below) are blood orange, lemoncello and watermelon. This makes a perfect stop during a warm day in Amsterdam!

Blood orange, lemoncello & watermelon. I could eat this every day 😍

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8. Casa Nostra

If you are an Italian fan, definitely check out Casa Nostra. All of their pasta is homemade. This is the perfect little romantic restaurant located in De Pijp, one of my favorite neighborhoods in Amsterdam.

9. Campo di Fiori

Located near the city center, Campo di Fiori is the perfect Italian spot to celebrate a birthday or special occasion. It is larger than Casa Nostra (#8) meaning it is better for larger groups. It is also really close to the Door 74 Bar (#2) if you want to make a night of it!

10. Restaurant La Luna

If you are in the mood for a nice Argentine steak dinner, this is the place to go! It has a nice, cozy atmosphere and the staff is absolutely wonderful!

 

I hope you are able to try out some of my suggestions if you ever visit Amsterdam! Let me know in the comments below if you have ever visited Amsterdam or plan to in the future!