Healthy Banana Oat Pancakes

This delicious breakfast can be dressed up or dressed down to make it healthier or less healthy, depending on what you’re looking for, so I have shown bonus ingredients that I sometimes add when I want to cheat a little 😉 Ingredients: 2 ripe bananas 1 egg 1 cup oats 1 tsp Vanilla Extract Bonus: Chocolate… Continue reading Healthy Banana Oat Pancakes


Thessaloniki, Greece

My boyfriend, Tyler, came to visit me when I was living in Italy. His birthday fell during the first weekend when we were together, and I decided to give him the birthday gift of a trip to Greece! My budget didn't allow us to go to Athens, but we went to the next biggest city… Continue reading Thessaloniki, Greece



“Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean." --Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet I heard Verona was one of the most underrated cities in Italy, and knew that since it was only an hour trainride away,… Continue reading Verona


My 15 Tips for a Successful Long-Distance Relationship

People have always told me that long distance relationships are hard–don’t do them. However, I found someone who I didn’t want to let go of even though I would be 4000 miles away, so lo and behold I would have to navigate the dreaded LDR (Long-Distance Relationship). I’m going to say something right now that… Continue reading My 15 Tips for a Successful Long-Distance Relationship


A New Kind of New Years Resolution: “The Year of Elegance”

My mother, when she published her first book, decided to rethink the idea of the "resolution" and instead created a "New Year's Theme." Her theme for 2011 was "Put Yourself Out There." She created a command that would dictate how she lived her year. As someone who feels uncomfortable promoting her own work, she wanted… Continue reading A New Kind of New Years Resolution: “The Year of Elegance”


Grandmotherly Advice

While playing hours upon hours of card games with Gramma, it occurred to me once again that she had aged quite gracefully. Wishing to bottle some of that grace up for myself, I asked her for tidbits of all kinds of advice. Over a game of Canasta, she told me about Beauty, Love, Family, Kindness,… Continue reading Grandmotherly Advice


12 Italian Eating Habits

    1. No salad dressing. Ever. Your lettuce is plain, or has oil/lemon juice. That's all you get. Forget your ranch, caesar, bleu cheese... they don't even know what honey mustard is. 2. Coffee all the time, but it's not portable. You can't just walk around with your mocha frappuccino or tall coffee. You… Continue reading 12 Italian Eating Habits


10 Things I Learned From Studying In Italy For A Semester

1. Loneliness Studying abroad is an adventure, but it's one that you take on relatively alone. Hello new culture but goodbye family, goodbye friends. You have to start fresh, and if you have only a basic understanding of the language, it will take time to acquire even basic social skills. I had to learn how to tackle… Continue reading 10 Things I Learned From Studying In Italy For A Semester