2019 Travel Bucket List

Hello lovely,

Can you believe my European trip was already TWO YEARS AGO?! I can’t believe how much time has passed, but I’m glad it wasn’t the only adventure I’ve had so far. As you know, one of my favourite things to do is travel. Every year I try to decide early on, where I want to go that year. One of my newest friends, Lynn told me she has a carry on that's always packed and ready to go. I love that! I don't have kids or any major bills of my own right now, so my biggest priority has just been travelling. I value travelling more than anything because the world doesn't exist in a vacuum. There’s so much to learn and I'd rather learn about it first hand than through a book or the TV. I can only travel during school breaks, which means higher rates, unfortunately, so I have to be smart about it. When I pick a destination, there are a few things I look out for:

  • Picturesque beauty: I love places with beautiful buildings and landscapes. I live somewhere beautiful so it’s a must that my destination is also beautiful. I take a lot of photos while on vacation and tend to garner a lot of inspiration from my surroundings.

  • Rich history: I'm a story teller, so I’m a sucker for a country/city with a lot of history. Historical landmarks genuinely get me excited. Even if I cant understand a single word the cab driver says, I just love to soak it all in.

  • Affordable: I cannot vacation somewhere, where it takes practically a life’s savings (I do work in education) just to get there, leaving no money to actually do anything. That's berserk! I want an exotic place with a lot of fun things to do that won’t break the bank.

So where do I want to go this year? First up:

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Bimini, Bahamas

Like I said, I live in a gorgeous country. Did you know that we are made up of over 700 islands and cays? We have a saying here that goes, “Before you see the world, check out your own back yard first”. And they’re right. I never want to be in a position where a foreigner can tell me more about my own country than I knew. I'm thinking of going next month for my best friend’s birthday. There's three of us in February so bring on the birthday celebrations!

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Montreal, Canada

I have a best friend who lives in Montreal and I have been trying to visit her for about two years now, but there's just never a good time. Well this year, I'm not making any more excuses. She comes for a visit next month after my birthday, but at some point this year, I will travel to visit her. I’ve heard how beautiful the city is and how many festivals they have, so I can’t wait to see it for myself!

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Eleuthera, The Bahamas

We were supposed to go to Eleuthera over the Christmas break because one of my cousins has a house down there, but another cousins plans took over. So we rescheduled for Mother’s Day. So far, this definitely is happening! I’ve been to Harbour Island before and my grandmother is originally from Eleuthera so I’m really excited about this trip!

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Havana, Cuba

Need I say more? There's no way I’m doing Cuba by myself so this year, I’m going to need my friends to really step it up! How can you not want to go to Cuba? This history, the cars, the architecture, the food! I’m not expecting anything glamorous . I just want to soak it all in!

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Greece

Everyone is recommending Santorini Greece as a spot for young adults. I’m not picky. I don’t care which part of Greece it is, it can be Mykonos, whatever! Just take my passport and put me in coach (you didn’t really think I could afford first class did you?) This would be the most expensive trip out of all the destinations on the list, so I don’t mind going by myself. However, a Mediterranean cruise sounds like the perfect way to explore the Greek islands! Even though it may not happen this year, I’m genuinely saving up for this trip!

What’s on your travel bucket list this year? Is there anywhere you’re saving up to go? Share your dream destination in the comment section below. If you don’t know where to begin with planning a trip financially, then check out this post on how I saved up for my Europe trip.

My 2018 Holiday Bucket List

Hello Lovely,

It’s the first week of December and exactly 22 days until Christmas — a fact that both excites and terrifies me. Every year, it feels like the holiday season flies by at a quicker pace, and despite the fun and joy there’s also a little sadness at the things that I wanted to do that just didn’t happen. I’ve been spending some time this weekend thinking about which holiday traditions mean the most to me.

Enter: the holiday bucket list. It’s the perfect time to put pen to paper and choose a handful of things that will bring more joy to your life and fill you with holiday spirit. Things that you vow to make happen, no matter how busy life gets.

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Here’s what’s on my Holiday Bucket List so far:

  1. Buy a Christmas tree

  2. Decorate the tree

  3. Set the table

  4. Make Christmas wreaths

  5. Baking Christmas cookies

  6. Draw names for Secret Santa with our team at the office.

  7. Watch holiday movies with loved ones

  8. Sing Christmas Carols with my boyfriend

  9. Decorate the Christmas tree with mum - ever since I was little, my mum and I had the responsibility of picking out the family Christmas tree and decorating it together. It’s actually my favourite Christmas tradition. We put on Christmas music and spend hours placing the ornaments just right.

  10. Make a new signature Christmas cake - Two years ago I made my signature Milk and Cookies cake. Now I have two options. Make it again, or try something new. What do you think?

What’s on your list? Leave a comment – I’d love more ideas! And scroll on for a few great reads from around the web this week…

5 Things I Need To Do Before Summer Ends

Hello Lovely,

Can you believe summer is almost over? I went back to work on Monday and next Monday, school officially starts for us. I am SUPER excited about this. I know a lot of people love summer, but I'm just not one of them. Sure, I love the beach, vacations and festivals, but one thing I don't love is the heat. Summers get hotter and hotter every year. And in The Bahamas we have summer 98% of the year. Some people envy that, but weather that almost never changes can get depressing after awhile; leaving me longing for sweater weather and steaming mugs of cocoa. If you've been living it up this summer, that's awesome. But if you're like me and mostly stayed in to avoid the heat, then you may feel like you missed out. So here's 5 things I want to do before summer officially ends.

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1. Go To The Beach

Can you believe that I didn't go to the beach even once this summer? How crazy is that? I live on an island and visited 4 other islands this summer and still never went to the beach! I'm ashamed!

2. Go To The Movies

I am not in any way a movie person! I have a pretty short attention span but if I go to the movie theatre and it's a blockbuster movie, I'm all in. The movies I have my eyes on are The BlackkKlansman, which is already out and The Hate U Give and Operation Finale. If I'm going to watch a movie I like Marvel comics, Star Wars, psychological or racially drive/historical movies. I finally got to go to see The BlackkKlansman this weekend but I won't go on about how horrible that movie was.

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3. Grab Ice Cream with a Friend

I love Froyo but the last time I had it was November of last year because the next day I was terribly sick. I was afraid to go near it again because that nightmare was not worth repeating, but I think I've learned my lesson and I'm ready to have a small amount of it (as long as it's dairy free). I also got some this past weekend after the movie. I stuck to Red Velvet, which a teaspoon of graham crackers and granola, you know, to make it healthy.

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4. Try a new lemonade recipe

I think the last lemonade I made was Martha's Spiced Lemonade and that was two years ago! So I can't wait to try my hand at a new lemonade recipe like this Sparkling Mint Peach Lemonade, Mango Ginger Lemonade, or these Coconut Peach Lemonade Slushies

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5. Go to a Summer festival

I have not been to a single party this summer season. Between travelling and my anxiety from changing jobs, I just haven't been on the social scene much this summer and I know, that's terrible. I've been to small gatherings at friend's homes for drinks but I haven't actually been to a PARTY and that definitely needs to change before summer ends.

What's on your summer bucket list? Did you complete everything or are you missing a few things like I am? Let's chat about it in the comment section below!

Weekend Recap: Self-Care + Fall Bucket List

Hello Lovely,

It’s October! Can you believe we’re already in October? So you know what that means. It’s officially appropriate to start preparing for Christmas! You guys know how much I LOOOOOOOOVE Christmas, and even though it doesn’t snow in The Bahamas, in my mind, I always imagine a white Christmas, with hot chocolate, marshmallows and a fireplace with twinkling lights and a 7 foot Christmas tree wider than Santa Claus himself! But before we get to Christmas, let’s get through Fall.

So far Fall is off to a rough start for me with another late salary payment and travel plans to arrange. My internship has me wanting to just runaway and hide and life in general is just through more challenges than I anticipated at this point in the year. I’m always being told to engage in self-care to avoid burnout so this weekend that is exactly what I did.

It started off with a dinner at my friend’s house. His wife is out of town so he’s a little lonely with just the kids. So a bunch of us got together, cooked and drank about 6 bottles of wine in four hours. (Who says church people can’t drink?) We had so much fun catching up with each other and laughed until we cried. I was especially proud of the turkey meatballs with a lemon garlic yoghurt sauce I made for the evening. Along with my friends’ wings and salsa, we had a nice little menu set up. It was just what I needed to forget about my problems.

On Saturday I woke up excited (and slightly hungover) to go on a Photo Walk. I picked up my friend Rayne who agreed to tag along with me and we headed downtown to the meeting spot. But my excitement did not last long we couldn’t find a parking spot. We circled around and around, parked twice, and were told to move twice before I gave up and left the area completely. I was really upset that we weren’t going to get to do the Photo Walk all because we couldn’t find parking so Rayne suggested that we get something to eat from The Tea Room. She’s been trying to get me to go here with her for months, so I obliged. When we got there I was really blown away by the décor.

It’s a tiny shop but it’s filled with class. There’s three tables you can sit at and shelves from ceiling to floor, filled with various teas. I had been looking for loose teas for months so that I could make my own tea bags (now that I see the price I’m not sure if it’s worth it) but I was still intrigued by the variety of tea and the recipe books.

I had never been to a tea room before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’m also not much of a tea drinker, (I think I’ve shared once or twice about my coffee addiction) so the proprietor suggested a black tea for me. We were seated and served our own tea pots and the tea cups came with strainers. It was so adorable I couldn’t help but be impressed.

Rayne ordered the lasagne and I got the turkey and cheese sandwich. It was amazing how something so simple could look and taste so gourmet! I definitely felt inspired to switch up the quality of my ingredients the next time I go grocery shopping. They were super courteous and everything about the experience was just wonderful!

Afterwards, I had a photo shoot that I can’t wait to share with you tomorrow. The lighting was almost perfect and the location was breath-taking, but you’ll have to wait to see who I shot and where.

I ended my weekend by finally washing and deep conditioning my hair. I used my avocado deep conditioning treatment and styled my hair in twists because I just do not have the time to fix my hair every day. I also purchased my tickets to go to the VIVA conference at the end of this month, which means I’ll get to see my boyfriend again! At this point we’ve been seeing each other every 2 months since May and sometimes even that feels too far apart. Things are just different once we’re physically together, there’s so much more we can do and it’s just better when we do new things together. So I’m, looking forward to that.

Here are some other things I’m looking forward to this Fall:

 

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