Ciao d’Italia - hello from Italy! The past few days have been crazy; I landed around 11 PM (EST) which is 5 AM in Italy on Wednesday and I feel like I haven’t stopped since! I flew into Naples and have been exploring the stunning Amalfi Coast ever since. Picking a hotel in a foreign country really can be difficult; especially if you haven’t been to it before, but I’m so lucky with the one we picked and you’ll see why in some of these pictures… Literally jaw dropping and breath taking! Any way, since I’ve done so much in the past two days here, I wanted to share some of the best tips for traveling around Amalfi in a short period of time. As you may have heard me mention before, we have a family home in Southern Italy that’s been in my family for hundreds (yes, hundreds…) of years. Pretty awesome to get to say, and it’s pretty awesome to have! It’s old but beautiful and in good condition - although I would LOVE to have the Property Brothers do a European spin-off and renovate the entire thing! ; ) Can you imagine?!
I’ve already almost filled up an entire 16 GB memory card of pictures on my camera in the matter of two days, that’s how beautiful this place is! There’s something about the Italian lifestyle that is just SO insanely relaxing and let me tell you - SO different than in the United States. The majority of the roads are steep, narrow and windy and no matter how much traffic there is, you can guarantee that there will be dozens of vespa’s beeping their way in between traffic! It’s sort of insane, but it’s awesome to see and experience such a different culture/atmosphere.
Even though there’s more to do along the Amalfi Coast than you could ever do at once, Sorrento is definitely one of the most beautiful spots in my opinion and I just can’t stop staring at the views! In fact, I’m sitting on an ocean-view terrace as I write… I mean!!! The other awesome part of the Amalfi and Italy in general is that you really can easily dedicate one day to each place and be perfect with it; there's so much to see but there are so many spots to visit too, so fitting a lot in is easier than you'd expect. Before I ramble any more, I’ll dive into my travel experience and tips for seeing as much of Sorrento as possible:
In just about 24 hours, I'm heading to Italy! I am so excited, I haven't been there in a few years and I cannot wait to see family and literally just travel. The last time I went, I think I was about 14 and I know that I'll experience things so much differently this time. I'm beyond excited, but definitely not that excited to pack... And yes, I still haven't packed, eek!! As organized as I like to think I am, I'm one of the biggest procrastinators ever and it never works in my favor, like ever. #realtalk - but on a positive note, I do have some tips on how to pack quickly, easily and without forgetting anything. International travel is a LOT different than domestic travel and so is packing. Between airport rules; weight of baggage, limitations, etc., it's difficult to know what to do and what to pack. I find it difficult to remember what I can bring in my carry-on specifically, and because of limitations I've come up with what I *hope* to be a helpful cheat sheet for packing for international travel:
TGIF! I'm so happy it's Friday, and I'm so happy with this Must Have box from Popusgar! I love these boxes; for $39.95 a month you get a filled-to-the-rim box of amazing goodies. This box is all about living the life in the water, and I'm all about that! Everything in this box is so fun, here's what's inside:
This is my first save vs. splurge post, and I really don't know why I didn't make one sooner! These are so fun - I love finding designer dupes and it never fails to amaze me how many dupes are available for super expensive items. Some things are definitely worth the splurge, because it's no secret that higher quality items (that, yes, cost more) will last longer. That being said, there's still tons of ways to save! Since we're in late summer now (how in the world did that happen?!?!) I wanted to round up some great summer finds, and share their "cheaper twins" as I like to call them! There's definitely things you should splurge on, and what's wrong with treating yourself every once in a while? ; ) Each trend usually has a ton of different priced options and I'm so excited about the dupes I found for some of my summer favorites:
No matter what time of year it is, breakfast can be a struggle. In the summer, I find myself either waking up too late for breakfast or getting out of the house early enough to beat beach traffic; and during the rest of the year getting up, ready and eating in time to get to school/work is nearly impossible! It's so bad that breakfast can be so easily overlooked, because it's clear on how important it is for a productive day. I think I've found the solution to my (and all of yours, too) breakfast problems - Jimmy Dean breakfast foods! Having a healthy breakfast is the best thing you can do to start your day, especially when you're busy!
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We're finally in the final stretch to counting down until the Rio Summer Olympics begin!!! Tonight is the Opening Ceremony and I am SO excited; I look forward to this every 4 years more than anything. If you've been hanging around here for a while, you likely know that my little sister is a competitive gymnast so we've always paid very close attention to gymnastics in the elite world. That's my favorite event to watch and cheer for, but I'm also looking forward to the rest of the events! Everything about the Olympics is so much fun and if it weren't for all of the craziness going on in the world, I would of tried SO hard to be in Rio for the games this year! I mean what's prettier than Rio de Janeiro?! This event is the one thing that brings the world together and I think that's a huge part of why it's so exciting to watch.
There's so many awesome ways you can root for your favorite teams and sports and so many different options when it comes to Olympic gear; Under Armour, Nike, and Ralph Lauren are the main three brands selling Olympic gear but there's other brands like Alex and Ani that are selling awesome must haves for the games. Here are my favorites: