What Were Your Favorite Childhood TV Shows?


What shows were you super into watching as a kid? I’ve always found this question to be a fun conversation starter (“They just don’t make TV like they used to!” “I know, riiiight!?”) so I thought I’d bring it to the blog. I was truly obsessed with Saved by the Bell and loved watching the back-to-back episodes that came on right as I got home from school. I can still remember watching an episode during some down-time on a school trip when I was ten. One of our chaperones scoffed, “You all know that’s not what high-school is like, right?” *record scratch* In the words of Samuel “Screech” Powers, “EX-SQUEEZE ME!”

I also loved the cartoon version of Beetlejuice on Saturday mornings, reruns of Little House on the Prairie, and T.G.I.F. in all its various iterations. (Boy Meets World! Sabrina the Teenage Witch!)

Ok, now it’s your turn! Spill the beans below…

P.S. Have you seen this hilarious Saved by the Bell reunion orchestrated by Jimmy Fallon?

mid-week round-up


What are you up to this week, folks? The weather has cooled in Miami a bit (the locals call Fall/Winter “The Winds” because it’s basically the same as the rest of the year just a bit breezier, lol.). On Saturday, in true Autumnal spirit, we saw a creepy movie at the theater and then hit up Bath and Body Works for a candle haul. I’m obsessed with their Fall scents. (Leaves is my favorite.) Hope you’re making time for your favorite Fall-tivities, too! Now, here are a few links I’ve gathered and would love to share…

“Black Jeopardy” is SNL’s best political sketch this year.

10 horror movies for your Halloween viewing pleasure.

How women created book clubs.

They took in one refugee family. But families don’t have borders.

19 tiny things you can do to make the world a (slightly) better place.

There is no such thing as “free” vaccines.

The afterlife of a ballerina.

No, Donald Trump, abortions do not happen at 9 months pregnant.

This book looks wacky and laugh-out-loud fun.

Why the art of speaking should be taught alongside math and literacy.

Secret guaranteed eight-dollar flight upgrade trick.

Let everyone know  you’re with her! 

Review: Flawless VoxBox


Every once in a while the mail-box gods shine upon me and I find myself tearing into a new treat from Influenster. When we returned from Louisiana the Flawless VoxBox was on our doorstep. Look at all the goodies!

Dr. Teal’s Eucalyptus Epsom Salt Soak – Soaking in epsom salt is a wonderful way to revitalize sore and achy muscles after a long day or a strenuous workout. This bag has the added benefit of essential oils! Eucalyptus and Spearmint oils are fantastic stress relievers and are very cleansing and uplifting. While I’m not much of a bath girl, I can usually make an exception for a good salt soak.




Simple Skincare Cleansing Facial Wipes – Sometimes you just can’t be bothered to do a full skincare routine before falling into bed. That’s why I love keeping facial wipes on hand so I can at least take off my makeup (and any invisible dirt and grime). I’ve tried a few that felt way to abrasive to use on any sort of regular basis. I love the Say Yes To Cucumbers brand and the cheap-o Target packs are pretty on point. These stack up nicely with their super soft touch and ability to remove even waterproof mascara. They’re marketed with sensitive skin in mind and they worked on mine!

Bonus: Simple also sent along a sample of their micellar cleansing water. Beauty YouTubers are always preaching the gospel of micellar and I’ve never given it a go! Shall I become a convert?




SinfulColors Nail Polish – I received the shade Karats of Kargo which is part of Kylie Jenner’s Denim & Bling collection. The collection features shimmering mattes and holographic glitters that I think are just perfect for the holiday season. Karats of Kargo is a shimmery gold with a bit of a prism effect going on. It would look really beautiful with over-sized tan sweater and jeans or to finish off a Christmas party look.


Harvest Snaps – This totally addictive snack is a great alternative for chips and crackers when you’re craving a bit of a crunch. They’re made with whole green peas and are a great source of plant protein and fiber. What a fun food to throw in your lunch box (or sneak into a movie theater – shhhh!). I’ve bought this snack before but I was still happy to receive some crunchy goodness in my VoxBox.




Yogi Tea – The Yogi Tea collection includes 60 varieties of herbal, green, and black teas rich in delicious flavors and healthful purpose. I received the Soothing Rose Hibiscus Skin Detox, which supports a healthy glow, and the Honey Lavender Stress Relief, which helps to calm and ease tension. My darling wedding photographer actually gifted me a box of the honey lavender at my bridal luncheon (Isn’t she the sweetest?) and it totally works! Huge fan of the Yogi brand.




COVERGIRL So Lashy! by blastPRO Mascara – I feel so spoiled when Influenster includes a full-size beauty product in their box! This COVERGIRL mascara has a super unique applicator brush that helps to lengthen and curl any lash type. I’ve gotta say, at first glance the brush looked like a torture device (why is there a spiky ball at the end???), but I was well and truly impressed. The shape and ball tip allow you to lift and separate each and every lash! I would recommend this product to anyone looking to skip the lash curler step. *Raises hand.*




Hello Breathspray – Always something handy to keep in your handbag when you’re zipping around town (especially if you’re into midday Starbucks trips). This little bottle has no artificial sweeteners, alcohol, or dyes which is pretty cool. And it’s pretty tasty too! Not to mention, the packaging is adorable.




Overall this was a very fun box and I truly enjoyed all the contents! If you love trying new products and posting reviews, check out Influenster. It’s totally FREE to sign up! And who knows…the mail-box gods may choose to shine down on YOU next!

NOTE: I received all of these products complimentary for testing purposes. All opinions are my own.

Our Favorite Music Festival



Last Saturday and Sunday, Chet and I grabbed our Tom Bihn‘s and a couple of camp chairs and headed out into the sunshine for a healthy dose of Cajun music (and food). Festivals Acadiens is a music, food, and craft festival held each year at Girard Park in Lafayette, and celebrates the rich culture of south Louisiana. It is our favorite festival by far.

There are several stages scattered throughout the park, each featuring a different stomp-your-feet-along-with-the-music Cajun band, and even a jam tent for those musicians flying solo who still want to get in on the fun. Bonus? Admission to the festival is completely free. And better yet? Even the food and (flowing) booze aren’t too high-priced. And can we talk about the food! I mean, HELLO! Crawfish etouffee stuffed potatoes, boudin sliders, beignets, spicy sausage po-boys…the list goes on and on.

As we drooled over our latest food selection and musicians crooned en francais in the background, Chet confessed, “I want to come to this festival every single year for the rest of our lives. We can be one those old couples who wears bucket hats with collectors pins from each year pinned on the side!” Me too, Mr. Breaux. Me too.

While our collectors pin count now only stands at 2…I’m sure it’ll be time to invest in a bucket hat soon enough!


Above: The afore-mentioned Tom Bihn backpacks. (Perfect for any adventure.)


Above: The afore-mentioned crawfish potato. (Which I manage to have for my birthday even when we aren’t in Louisiana.)

Below: The afore-mentioned foot-stomping, Cajun music. (We LOVE Lost Bayou Ramblers and included a few of their tunes on our wedding reception play-list!)




P.S. Check out our 2014 Festivals Acadiens experience HERE.

Photos From the Edge of the World — Pointe-aux-Chenes, LA


Part of our trip to Louisiana included a 2.5 hour drive to the boot tip of the state. Chet is working on a project (involving coastal erosion and drones and all sorts of fascinating things!) that required some footage to be gathered from the area. It seriously felt like we were on the edge of world. If you check out this marina on Google maps you can see our route through Pointe-aux-Chenes down to the water. Basically a road with a little strip of land, and water on both sides. On your own two feet (or buzzing down the road in a car) you would never guess how very little land there is in this area. The drone footage Chet shot seriously put this area into perspective. The fact that folks manage to live and work and play on these tiny, slowly eroding peninsulas boggles my mind.

The landscape is breathtaking. And I took about a million pictures.

Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area: Grand Bayou Wetland

















Pointe-aux-Chenes Marina









mid-week round-up


Back from Louisiana and back for another mid-week round-up. What has everyone been up to? While our trip to Lafayette was book-ended with sadness (we found out Chet’s grandfather passed away while we were en route and attended his funeral on Monday); visiting with family, eating amazing Cajun food, and sitting in the sun for a couple afternoons at a music festival were just what we needed. Now we’re strapping in for a quick week with plenty to do. But before productivity takes over, here are a dozen links to enjoy…

Add this Apple Cider Sangria to your autumnal drink rotation.

A DIY centerpiece for maximum Halloween ambiance.

The racist and sexist history of keeping birth control side effects secret.

Breaking down an effective Sunday meal prep.

A fast-food journey from Hamburger University to celebrity-filled Hollywood parties.

Remembering when Melrose Place became a conceptual art project.

This book looks fascinating.

Arguing is easy; persuasion is hard.

How to walk around the world without leaving New York.

Actually, many inner cities are doing great.

A fascinating experiment in gender mainstreaming.

The opposite of a muse.

mid-week round-up



Happy MY birthday to all of YOU! I have a ton to do today to get ready for our trip to Louisiana (!!!), but I thought I’d pop on to do a quick mid-week round-up. Posting will probably be sporadic or non-existent for the next few days as we have a lot to cram into our short trip. Never fear! I’ll be back soon with pictures and lots of great, new content.

I love you guys! Thanks for hanging out in my corner of the internet. I’m incredibly grateful for your support. (And if you’re new here, welcome!) I’m a year older, a year wiser, and so excited to embark on my next journey ’round the sun. xoxo

Nicholas Kristof live tweets the second presidential debate.

What can you learn about someone from seeing their bedroom?

Inside the New York Public Library’s last, secret apartments.

Kate Middleton’s expressive face is the main reason I love her.

The mystery of 1,000 missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada.

These earrings would make a pretty and feminine addition to a Fall wardrobe.

Hating Kim Kardashian is the most boring thing you can do.

Arranged marriages in the 1800’s.

The ballerinas who burned to death.

The most influential reality show in TV history. (I’ve been saying it for years!)

Public speaking hacks for scientists!

Germany reunified 26 years ago, but some divisions are still strong.

Recipe: Chocolate Zucchini Muffins


I’ve been craving decadent dark chocolate desserts as of late. So, the other day, with an hour to spare in the late afternoon, and a rogue zucchini needing to be used in the name of pre-hurricane food clear-out, I baked up a batch of these chocolate zucchini muffins. The zucchini helps the muffins achieve cake-like moistness, while the oats justify eating these bad boys as a breakfast food. Delish!

This recipe is a great one to have in your wheelhouse. I love that it utilizes pantry staples I pretty much always have on hand. Then, you can customize based on what else is lying around/your tastes. Just switch out the cup of grated zucchini for any other moist addition (Think: over-ripe bananas, applesauce, canned pumpkin, mashed sweet potato, grated yellow squash, etc). Switch out dark chocolate morsels for any other mix-ins (Think: chopped walnuts or pecans, raisins, dried cranberries, white chocolate chips, etc). And switch out cinnamon for any other spice!

Pro-tip: Homemade muffins make a lovely gift. Just package in a box, tie it up with some twine or ribbon, and add a tag. Affordable and adorable!!


What you’ll need:

1 cup grated zucchini

3/4 cup flour

3/4 cup oats

1/4 cup cocoa powder

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 Tbsp cinnamon

1 tsp baking soda

2 eggs

1/2 cup plain yogurt

1/4 cup dark chocolate morsels

And how it all comes together:

– Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

– Grate one cup of zucchini.

– Line muffin tin (recipe makes 12 muffins) with muffin cups.

– Measure your dry ingredients into a bowl and stir to combine.

– Mix your yogurt, zucchini, and eggs into a separate bowl.  Then, add dry ingredients to wet and mix until batter consistency is achieved. Add dark chocolate morsels and stir once or twice.

– Fill each muffin cup about 3/4 of the way full with batter.

– Bake for 20 minutes.

– Allow your muffins to cool for about 20 minutes and then ENJOY!

mid-week round-up


Happy Wednesday! What are y’all up to? We ran a bunch of errands yesterday in preparation for Hurricane Matthew, and today I’m brainstorming ways to entertain myself in the event we lose power. (Reading by candlelight? Knitting by flashlight?) Hopefully it doesn’t come to that but always good to be prepared! If you’re in the projected path, I hope you’re staying safe. Now, here are some links I found interesting, in case you’re in the mood…

Shirley Jackson wrote 17 books while raising 4 children — and she couldn’t have had a successful career without them.

Just one more reason to drink lots of wine before Christmas.

Novelists weigh in on cultural appropriation.

Imagine if Donald Trump were a woman.

A traditional cake for new mothers.

A beginner’s guide to meditation.

Jailed when her boyfriend killed her son, she is free at last.

Can clothes really open up a whole new world?

Young rural women in India chase big-city dreams.

The real reason 5 decades of women’s progress has stalled.

A fun Friday night once meant going to the velodrome to watch cyclists collide.

Irish people watch the presidential debate.

A Helpful Tip: 5-4-3-2-1 Packing

Chet and I are headed to Louisiana in a little over a week and I couldn’t be more excited to get out of Miami for a few days. (Maybe we’ll encounter some actual Fall weather!) It’s no wonder I have packing on the brain! With our trip on the horizon, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to share one of my favorite packing tips with you. The 5-4-3-2-1 Packing Formula is my favorite strategy for carry-on travel. It keeps luggage weight and stress levels low, low, LOW!
Just follow this simple equation … 5 + 4 + 3 + 2 + 1 = ALL PACKED and ready for FUN!
5-4-3-2-1 PackingAbove, I considered our upcoming trip and followed the formula to map out an idea of the wardrobe I’ll bring. Our trip is one week long and includes; visiting family, an outdoor music festival, and a day-trip to New Orleans. Those 19 pieces will have me dressed and ready for ALL those activities and MORE!
Choose what will suit your suitcase according to your destination. (I like to swap out my outer layers for bathing suits if I’m going somewhere warm and beachy.) Remember to select items that can easily mix and match. The more outfit combinations the better!
Let’s get packing!
Are you going on any trips this Fall? Are you a one carry-on suitcase packer? Have any packing strategies you swear by? Let me know!