• Health

    5 Ways to Cope with a Long Commute

    In February Dan and I moved in together and I was so excited for our new adventure together, what I wasn’t excited for was the new 45 minute minimum commute to and from work. That’s just about 2 hours I’m spending in a car daily. I don’t mind driving but the same route and the hectic Miami traffic became monotonous. I quickly found that those long periods driving were life-sucking and I would get home ready for a nap.  Over time I found some ways to make the commute more bearable. Here are a few ways I’ve been able to cope with the long commute. 1. Podcasts Pick a niche,…

  • Cooking

    Fast and Cheap Parmesan Truffle Fries

    When I first tried truffle fries almost 8 years ago I was in love! They had such a rich flavor and aroma that I would order them everywhere. Like most fads though I grew tired of them and their hefty price tag. Recently though I tasted a white truffle oil at the farmer’s market and felt inspired so I purchased the bottle and got to cooking (no really, I made these that same day). These came out great and affordable! A bottle of truffle oil will set you back $15-20, I know what you’re thinking “Jackie, that’s a lot of money for a specialty oil” but hear me out, this…

  • Cooking

    Kitchen Sink Breakfast Pizza

    I remember the first time I tried breakfast pizza, I was a teenager at my aunt’s house on Christmas morning and it was a tradition to make breakfast pizza for a quick casual meal while opening presents. Her version had sausage gravy and bacon, this version is lightened up for an everyday meal that won’t use up all your recommended daily allowance of calories. The best part about this pizza is you probably already have all the toppings in your fridge! I make this for Dan and I on the weekends so I can use up leftovers from the weeks meal plan and make space for the next weeks groceries.…

  • Travel

    5 Memories You Should Be Making When Visiting Barcelona

    1. Have Your Breath Taken Away by the Architecture   Gaudi’s work is definitely one of the most recognized aspects of Barcelona but it’s with good reason. When we planned our trip to Barcelona I knew Sagrada Familia and Park Guell were places I had to visit, I mean they are the #1 search results for things to do in the city! I never anticipated how impactful they would be though. So much thought went into the elements of each building, from the iron work on the doors to the tiny mosaic pieces so high only birds can see them. I’d go on but this really need to be seen…

  • Cooking

    5 Kitchen Tools For Guaranteed Easy And Delicious Meals

    In the past I’ve been guilty of purchasing every neat kitchen gadget I come across at TJ Maxx but a lot of these gadgets are one trick ponies and take up way too much real estate in your kitchen. When I moved in with Dan I was faced with downsizing my collection of tools and found myself going back to these basics over and over again. If you are just beginning to cook or if you’re a well seasoned chef these are the items you need in your wheelhouse to make cooking as simple and delicious as possible.   Good Sharp Chef’s Knife    If your knife can’t cut cleanly…

  • Dating

    Farmer’s Market Adventure Date

    I don’t know about you but I love exploring local farmers markets, it reminds me of my time visiting Spain. So much fresh produce and delicious food to try. Most places offer samples and it’s a great way to support small businesses and entrepreneurs. Dan and I have been going on dates to the Farmer’s Markets since early on in our relationship. I love scouting out fresh produce to include in our weekly meal plans and Dan loves finding fresh juices (preferably orange). This weekend Dan and I visited the Yellow Green Farmers Market in Hollywood. For starters this place is huge! Nothing like the small markets that are set…