Starting the new school year

Fall is coming up and we all know what that means, school. Even though it’s coming up in a couple of weeks it’s still on our minds and we just can’t wrap our minds around it. Here are some things to try to get the school year started.

Tips & Tricks:

  • If you are new to the campus / school, take a tour to get familiar where the buildings are. This will help save time.
  • Print your schedule ahead of time to not worry about any servers shutting down.
  • Buy a parking passes. Not only is it more convenient, it’s cheaper.
  • Buy your textbooks before hand. Some website that are great for comparing different prices are http://www.bigwords.com/, http://b-ok.org/http://www.slugbooks.com/
  • Be prepared the first day. You never know what to expect. Have some notebooks/loose leaf paper and a writing utensil.

Over all be open to meeting new people and new experiences!

Tips for Traveling with Wow Air- Iceland Vacation

My first trip with WowAir was to Iceland. My husband and I were able to book a direct flight from San Francisco to Keflavík, Iceland for almost a third of the cost of other airlines. As a precaution, you will need to pay for everything from reserving a seat to paying a carry-on bag fee. We were a little nervous and had our doubt at first, but with such affordable prices we decided to go for it! And I am glad we did, our overall experience was very positive. Here are my top tips for traveling with Wow Air.

1. Reserve seats. I highly recommend paying the few dollars extra to reserve your seat on the plane. Especially on a long haul flight like ours, we did not want to risk sitting apart from each other.

2. Baggage. This is an obvious one, but can easily be overlooked. Be sure to review the website to ensure your carry-on and personal bag are within the size limit. The fight staff personally check each luggage piece when you check-in and tag whether it will be stored under the seat or in the overhead compartment. Be sure to measure your bags at home and if you have a chance, use the luggage-size-check-unit at the gate. This way you can avoid paying any fees or having to upgrade. We seen quite a few travelers forced to check-in their carry-ons because the bag did not pass the check.

3. Food. Wow Air does not provide any complimentary snacks, even on the 8+hour flight like ours. You can purchase food on the plane but as you can imagine, it can really add up. My advise would be to bring a few snacks of your own. We brought pre-cut fruit, berries, a few Kind bars and of course, a bag of chips.

4. Drinks. As with food, there are no complimentary drink. That’s right, no complimentary water. My tip is to bring an empty water bottle that you can then fill up after you pass TSA. Most airports have water bottle filling stations or you can stop by the food court and ask to have your bottle filled.

5. Entertainment. There are no TV’s on the plane. You will have the option to purchase an iPad as with most airlines. We ended up bringing a laptop with a few movies ready to go. We ended up watching only one but it was good to have.

6. Comfort. I also recommend bringing a small blanket with you as the plane can get chilly. We did not bring one on our flight and ended up pulling out our down jackets to keep us warm.

 

three wrinkled apples: One Amazing Apple Dutch Baby

So I had three apples. Three wrinkled, old apples that were past their prime freshness. They were left behind time and time again, no one wanted to eat those three apples.

I peeled them, sliced them, put them in a pan with some butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Well! Now they looked delicious!

     

Then I added some batter to the pan (flour, sugar, salt, eggs, half-and-half, vanilla extract) and into the oven all of it went! A couple minutes later, more like 18, out came out an amazing, delicious apple Dutch baby!

You can sprinkle some powdered sugar on top but it was so pretty I really did not think it was necessary. Those three apples and some extra calories were gone in no time!

I followed this recipe http://www.olgasflavorfactory.com/breakfast/apple-dutch-baby-german-apple-pancake/ 

Date Ideas On a Budget

As someone who is young and in love, I like to spend my time with my boyfriend. Now, let’s not forgot the key part of that sentence, young. While dating, you are eager to see one another, but at what cost? I believe, like most people do, that money doesn’t buy happiness. Money can bring ease but not memories and experiences! Some memories and experiences of mine that are great date ideas are outdoor adventures, or something as simply as a stay home movie night. I’d like to share a couple of these ideas with you:

-Have dates at parks, swings are a must for me. A nice walk around the park is also a great way to get to know each other. Rather than buying something to snack on during your date, make something from scratch at home. From there, you can enjoy each other’s company and get to know each other better. P.s the more food you bring, the longer the date; if it’s not going great… hurry up and eat!

-Hiking is not only a great way to get active, but closer to your date. You may find out some things you have never known before. To top off a hike, you can always watch the stars. Watch them sparkle and see the moonlight hit your date’s face. But this is a date that I would recommend if you have been on a couple of previous dates… just in case.

-Also you can just watch the stars without the exercise, maybe even dance under the stars.

– Don’t have a place of your own? Crash your friends or in my case your sister’s house and have a mellow movie or game night.

– Use your gift card (if you have any). Go out to eat or just a coffee date.

Tips to Beat the Clock: How to get Ready in a Hurry

We all know the hassle of getting out of bed each morning. We make sure to set an alarm so we do not oversleep, but we all know that the snooze button is there for a reason. Although we don’t like to admit it, we use it more often than we should. We keep pressing the snooze button and by the time we actually wake up, are running late for work or school.

Outfit
To help me get ready, I make sure to have a couple of staple pieces in my wardrobe. It should be simple, classy and definitely should not need ironing! It should be something that’ll look good no matter what. I usually go with classic black jeans, a simple white tee, and a pair of flats. Just add a blazer and some accessories to dress up the outfit. This is when i would add my pop of color and be able to make my outfit unique.

Makeup
Narrow down your makeup routine. When I’m in a hurry, I know that the best option is to stick to the basics. Go with a natural look and spice it up with a bold lip. Don’t need to draw that wing when you got to fly out the door.

Hair
For hair, just put it in a bun… no one will ever know. If you have some extra time, I like to put a braid in my hair. It’s a quick way to elevate your hairstyle and look put together.

Breakfast
You can read the earlier post on Quick & Easy Make Ahead Healthy Breakfast Ideas.

Quick & Easy Make Ahead Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Now that independence Day is behind us and there are less sugary, unhealthy temptations around; I am looking forward to getting back to my daily routine. Today, I would like to share a few quick, easy breakfast ideas. These meals take very little time to prepare and are easy to take with you to school or work with no issues.


1.Smoothie- I prep all the ingredients( except for the almond milk and seeds) in Ziploc bag that I store in the freezer. I let the bag thaw on the counter while I get ready (15 minutes),  then I blend everything together and enjoy on my way to work.

My current favorite spinach smoothie recipe:
About two handfuls of Spinach
1 cup of pineapple
1 banana
A few tablespoons of lemon juice
2 tablespoon Chia seeds
1-2 cups Almond milk

2.Oatmeal-  I soak the oats overnight with almond milk.I like to top with fruits(fresh and dried), seeds, nuts, and spices.  This is a quick breakfast with very little prep work and very filling.


3.Chia seed pudding- I like to use almond milk to make mine. I mix the seeds and milk after dinner and let sit in the refrigerator overnight and it’s ready for me to enjoy in the morning. This is another simple, yet delicious and filling breakfast. You can also top with fruit, seeds, and nuts. 


4.Fruit and hardboiled egg- On the days I do not prepare the night before, I find that a piece of fruit and one or two hardboiled eggs does that trick—wakes me up keeps me from reaching for that donut.

Jello Bites aka Broken Glass Jello

These jello bites are an elegant way to serve jello. They are delicious and a showstopper your guests will have to try. You can combine any flavors for different color variations. Pink and purple for a little girl, blue and green for boys, or even the colors of your favorite team to show your support. Today, I used red and blue to celebrate Independence Day! The combinations are only limited by your imagination or the colors available at your grocery store!

Here are the simple ingredients:
4 (3 oz) boxes of Jello
2 envelopes unflavored gelatine
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
Boiling water


Instructions:
1. Dissolve each 3 oz. Jello packet with 1 cup of hot water.
2. Pour into containers and chill.
3. Once solid, cut up the Jello into squares and mix the colors in a glass 9 x 13 casserole dish.
4. In a separate bowl, sprinkle 2 packets of gelatine over 1/2 cup of cold water and let it bloom. Add 1 ½ cups of boiling water.
5. Add the condensed milk to the gelatine mixture. Stir until combined.
6. Pour the room temperature* condensed milk mixture into the casserole dish.
7. Chill until the Jello sets or overnight. Cut into squares and serve.

*Make sure your milk mixture is room temperature or else your colors will bleed a little, like mine. Unless, of course, that’s the look you are going for!