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The water by my house in Florida Keys (pre Hurricane Irma) – normally cleaned this up once a week filling up a whole trash bin worth of plastic Plastic Free July is quickly approaching… For those of you who don’t know what that is, it is a movement started in Australia that challenges individuals to do one of the following: Not use the top four consumed plastic items (bags, bottles, straws, and coffee cup tops) Avoid single-use plastic packaging Go completely plastic-free for the month of July Even if you don’t 100% succeed, the purpose of the challenge is to…

Mackinac Island has always been one of my favorite places to go in Michigan. I visited last week and am going to be heading there again in July. If you’ve been following my blog you might remember I blogged about our trip to the island last year and after my most recent visit, I decided I want to share with you my favorite eats, stores, drinks and more! Read on to see the best places on the island including photo opps and pro tips for all you basic blondes like me! Shops Little Luxuries: This store just celebrated their ten year…

This dress – All Those Godets Slip – $98 from Free People – was perfect for exploring Barcelona in spring! It had a little more fabric than I would have wanted but that made it all the more fun to twirl around in for cute pictures. I started off the day wearing it with a short sleeve white t-shirt from Target – $8 underneath because we went to La Sagrada Familia and can’t show your shoulders. This cropped denim jacket (linked is on sale for $37.50) was perfect for the evening when it was a tad chilly. The best part of…

Day 1: We arrived in Barcelona Wednesday afternoon and went to our hotel in Gothic District to check in. Once we settled we explored the area including the Barcelona Cathedral and multiple gelato shops as we wandered toward La Barceloneta, a neighborhood area of Barcelona stretching out towards the sea with a harbor for yachts on one side and a beach on the other. Here we had Paella for dinner, a Spanish rice dish filled with seafood essentially. Afterward, we went back to the hotel and enjoyed our rooftop views of the city before going to bed. I honestly don’t…

Day 1: My mom, sister and I left Paris Saturday morning on a train to Luxembourg and my dad picked us up at the train station. We decided to rent a car in Luxembourg because we were there for four days and wanted to make the most of it. Once we got to the city, there turned out to be a huge event going on – the ING Night Marathon that about 15,000 people participate in. Since the marathon doesn’t start until 7pm, there were festivities going on all day beforehand. We grabbed lunch then walked out of town and around…