Iceland has been on travel list since I started seeing the photos of its magnificent landscapes, horses, Reykjavik and the Blue Lagoon. One of my best friends, and huge fan of traveling, brought up their plan to potentially book a trip. I was intrigued and started to do my own research. I found that it could be done on a fairly inexpensive budget, especially if you travel during their late Fall/early Winter. Now, most people may not associate traveling to Iceland in November as idealistic, but we couldn’t have asked for better weather, and experience in this European country in the middle of the Atlantic.
Winter reading is my favorite. There’s something about being barricaded indoors that sets the perfect mood for grabbing a new book and cozying up in a warm spot. I compiled a list of books I have read recently that moved me to think, smile and (I’ll admit) tear up. If you’re looking for a new book to cozy up to on a cold night, I would recommend any of the following five.
It’s finally feeling like fall, and I love all of the seasonal and festive foods that make their emergence on the Trader Joe’s shelves. After a couple of weeks of taste tasting some new fall favorites, I compiled a list of some of the items we seem to have on repeat. The worst thing about these delicious items, is that they are typically seasonal. So, I may need to stock up on the ones with a bit longer of a shelf life, so I can transition them to colder winter nights.
Whenever I return from a trip, whether its a weekend getaway or an overseas endeavor, I am instantly planning my next one. Without fail. I have the travel bug, and the only cure is the hair of the dog. I believe we are all born with the desire to travel, that can only be activated by getting outside our comfort zones and seeing new parts of the world. In this installment of advice to my younger self, it would be to travel more.
I have been enjoying being home on Sundays lately, where I can go on a long run in the morning, lounge around and lazily walk through Trader Joe’s in the afternoon. Since I haven’t been in a rush grabbing only the “regulars,” to get in and out quickly, I have been able to venture out and try a few new things. Here are a few items I have bought recently that I have thoroughly enjoyed.
Positano is a gorgeous city perched on the ocean facing the mountains of the Amalfi Coast. It was one of the most romantic and beautiful cities we visited on our trip, with stairs that will take you anywhere your heart desires. It was incredible to come into this city from Naples, down all of the winding roads to view the sparkling ocean and the many colorful dwellings perched on the cliff sides. After a long day of traveling, setting my eyes on Positano’s and all of its charm is a moment that I will never forget.
Oh, Capri! What a beautiful island on the Amalfi Coast. I will admit that my experience in Capri was a tad bit jaded. Capri was the last leg of our trip, and the previous 8 days in Italy had been well into 90 degrees farhenheit—daily. Needless to say, we never checked the weather. The day we were scheduled to take the ferry from Positano to Capri, it appeared overcast. Once we had all of our bags neatly packed and had taken them down the flights of stairs to check out, we saw that it was in fact raining. Cue the start of an adventurous morning of traveling.
Even though the food from our vacation was absolutely incredible, I was indulging every. single. day. I was very excited to step foot into Trader Joe’s again and get back into my routine after our vacation. There were some of my typical TJ’s favorites that I missed dearly, and there were some foods I never saw the entire time I was there—peanut butter, broccoli, oatmeal, kale, and Fuji apples—to name a few. I was excited to pick up some healthy, and minor indulgences while I was doing my weekly shopping, since we couldn’t quite go cold turkey on our daily wine and dessert ritual.