Four Books to Read This Spring

Four Books to Read This Spring

It may feel for some of you out there, but it’s still a little chilly here! Spring is my favorite season and I love being able to finally enjoy the sunshine and just sitting outside. One of my favorite things to do is grab some good books and read outside in the sun! There are so many good books coming out this spring and these four I’m telling you today are the ones I’m most excited for! So head on over to your favorite book store, or amazon, and get to reading 🙂

I’ll Be Your Blue Sky by Marissa de los Santos

Four Books to Read This Spring

This is a New York Times bestselling author’s newest novel! De los Santos revisits the characters from her past novels Love Walked In and Belonged to Me. In her story two women have an unlikely meeting, one young and one old. The two take turns telling the story about a broken engagement, life-changes gifts, and the mystery of the heart.

Amazon $13-$27

Laura and Emma by Kate Greathead

Four Books to Read This Spring

Greathead’s debut novel about a single mother raising her daughter in the high society of New York City and all that it entails.

Amazon $13-$17

The Parking Lot Attendant by Nafkote Tamirat

Four Books to Read This Spring

In a story about being an immigrant in America today, Tamirat’s novel begins on an unnamed island where a young woman and her father are the newest members of a commune. Even though the commune was built on the idea of utopian principles, they soon find out that this is not the case.

Amazon $14-$26

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

Four Books to Read This Spring

A novel about womanhood, ambition, power, and so much more including the flame that we all know that is inside of us that is just waiting to be seen!

Amazon $15-$28

What books are you excited to read this spring?


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How I’m Getting Rid of Bad Eating Habits Before Summer

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How I'm Getting Rid of Bad Eating Habits Before Summer

Summer getting closer and I’m not sure if my clothes are getting any looser (maybe the opposite)! I’m currently living in Finland where the main food group is CARBS. Bread, pasta, and more bread. Oh and potatoes. Since I am an au pair I live with a host family I don’t get to choose my food all the time. When I first arrived I didn’t want to be disrespectful by denying their food. Now, 7 months in, I want my healthy food back!

Since I will be returning to the States in two short months I decided that now is the time to start shedding the bad eating habits I have picked up these past months and get back on a healthy track! Here is how I did it!

Shred 10

I met a friend through an online travel group and she was posting about a 10 day program to help get you shred your bad eating habits and replace them with healthier ones. Last month was my first one and I am hooked now! You get meal plans, shopping lists, a food and exercise dairy, a private group to talk to others doing the shred, and a coach who you have access to 24/7! Seriously so much! If you are looking for something to do to help you get on track I would recommend doing this! If you have any questions on when the next Shred 10 is happening, email me at

Drinking More Water

This is like a no brainer, but sometimes so hard! I also found that waking up and drinking a glass of lemon water or just water right away is a great way to boost your metabolism! I’ve seen a lot of apps to remind you to drink water, but I haven’t found one I love yet. If you have one let me know!

Don’t Eat After 8pm

In Finland they have this thing called a “night snack” where they eat before going to bed. I started doing this (because I was hungry since all I ate was carbs all day) and got into a bad habit! To break this I drank a glass of water when I felt hungry and it help!

Protein Powder

Protein powder has been a lifesaver for me! It keeps me full and I love love love having a smoothie in the morning! My favorite it this protein powder with spinach and a banana. I sometimes add other fruits depending on what is available. They also have chocolate and even individual packets of protein powder for when you are on the go! This has been a lifesaver for when I am traveling!

Get Your Vitamins!

I recently found out that most people have a vitamin D deficiency and they don’t know it! This can make you tired and also feel depressed. So if you don’t currently take vitamin D, go and get you some! I got mine from Amazon.

I also reallyyyy love these capsules. As I’ve mentioned before I’m an au pair and I cook for a family with 3 young boys. Sometimes they can be really picky (what kid isn’t) and new things don’t always go over well. So most of the time pasta is a go-to food for them. I also don’t buy the groceries so it isn’t very reasonable for me to ask for a whole separate grocery list for myself. This has caused me to eat a lot less fruits and veggies than before. But these capsules are amazing because they are real fruits, vegetables, and berries! It feels good knowing I will still get some of the nutrients I need!


How are you getting rid of bad eating habits?


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Healthy Recipes for Spring

Easy Healthy Recipes for Spring


Every time spring rolls around we start to come out of hibernation and shedding our thick layers. A lot of times, unless we have sticking to our healthy meals, we realize the extra pounds we have gained during winter. Or maybe you just want to have a fresh start on eating healthier foods. Whatever that may be, spring always feels like a fresh start and makes me want to get outside, be active, and eat fresh healthy food!

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be difficult either! I love simple recipes that don’t take forever or use a million ingredients. No one has time for that! So today I’m sharing some of my favorite healthy recipes, that are also easy, to try out this spring!

Strawberry Cucumber Spinach Salad from Yay! For Food


Look at this! This salad basically screams spring! I am a huge fan of salads and could eat them everyday especially during spring and summer. This salad has all my favorite things like cucumbers, strawberries, and feta cheese. It’s topped with an apple cider vinaigrette. Perfect and easy spring meal. Check out this recipe HERE!

Cherry Tomato, Leek, and Spinach Quiche by The Food Charlatan

Lately I have really been loving quiches! I used to think quiche was such a hard thing to make, but after finally making one, they are so easy! And delicious 😉 This recipe has cheery tomatoes, spinach, and used almond milk instead of milk or cream. Check out this healthy recipe HERE!

Sheet Pan Lemon Chicken and Asparagus by Home. Made. Interest

This recipe only has 7 steps and one of them is to enjoy! So quick and easy, which I love. This year I have been experimenting with citrus in foods more and have really loved using lemon in recipes. It goes great with pasta and also chicken like in this recipe. Check this healthy recipe out HERE!

Now let’s get to cooking! What’s your favorite spring recipe?



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Skiing in Finland

Skiing in Finland

Finland has over 100 ski resorts and no mountains! You might wonder how you  can go skiing without any mountains? Well Finland does have many hills that are covered in snow! Winter can begin in November in some places, so you can enjoy skiing for a large part of the year. Whether you are a new or experienced skier, you will enjoy your time skiing in Finland! Here are 4 ski resorts to check out while in Finland.


Skiing in Finland

One of Finland’s most popular and best rated ski resorts! There are 45 slopes and many different activities. You can even stay in a glass igloo here!



Skiing in Finland

Another favorite by visitors! There are 17 slopes and 10 lifts perfect for any skill level.



Skiing in Finland

This is the ski resort that I went to with my host family this past weekend. Since this was my first time I don’t have anything to compare it to, but I felt like as a new skier I did not feel intimidated at all!



Skiing in Finland

The “Authentic Lappish Holiday Resort” has 14 slopes and 8 lifts. Also voted :Ski Resort of the Year 2017 Finland” You can even have a chance to see the Northern Lights during your stay!

Skiing in Finland

Whether you are an advance skier or just a beginner, a ski trip in Finland is one that you will remember!

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5 Travel Bloggers I Love to Follow on Instagram

5 Bloggers I Love to Follow on Instagram

I love following travel bloggers on Instagram. Well not all of them, but most! I personally like to follow the ones who are real about how they travel and how they do things. Not the ones with the over-glamorized life. Not that this is bad in any way, just not my favorites! Today I’m sharing 5 of my favorite travel bloggers on Instagram!

Helene Sula @heleneinbetween 

5 Travel Bloggers I Love to Follow on Instagram

I think this picture serves as enough reason to follow her to be honest. But really her Instagram posts are always so fun and honest!

Phoebe @kaptain.kenny

5 Travel Bloggers I Love to Follow on Instagram

I love love love her honesty in posts. Not understanding the Instagram algorithm (but really who does) and much more!

Victoria Funke @thestylishtrotter

5 Travel Bloggers I Love to Follow on Instagram

Not only are her pictures amazing, but she also does a fun travel trivia in her insta stories! I always look forward to finding out what the answers are.

Janelle @txtravelgirl 

5 Travel Bloggers I Love to Follow on Instagram

She’s a teacher like me! And of course she is a favorite in my book if she loves tacos!

Me! @boarding4chynna

5 Travel Bloggers I Love to Follow on Instagram

I’m pretty wary of calling myself a “travel blogger” but I figure hey why not. I started blogging in August and I am still learning all this stuff! But I will say it has been a lot of fun.

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10 Cities You Should Visit This Spring

10 Cities You Should Visit This Spring

With spring just around the corner, I’m sure if you are like me you are ready for some vacations! I love spring, it is by far my favorite season. Everything feels fresh and new, people are happier, and all the beautiful colors start coming out again. Traveling in the spring can also be so cool since some things only happen during this time. Today I’m sharing 10 cities you should visit this spring!

Tokyo, Japan

Spring time in Tokyo is filled with Cherry Blossoms. The best time to see the cherry blossoms in Tokyo are between March 25th to April 1. This is for 2018 season, make sure to check the dates each year because they may change. Picture found here.

Lisse, Netherlands

It is a dream of mine to visit the tulip fields at Keukenhof! The town of Lisse is also close to Amsterdam so you can do both.


Berck-sur-Mer, France

Visit this coastal town for their international kite festival! Picture found here. 


Antelope Valley, California

Spring is the perfect time to visit Antelope Valley because the fields of poppies are in full bloom! Picture found here.

Park City, Utah

You can go skiing here even in the spring! Picture found here.

Washington D.C.

If you can’t make it to Tokyo to see the cherry blossoms, Washington D.C. is also a great place to see them! Picture found here.

Paris, France

I’m someone who agrees with Audrey Hepburn, Paris is always a good idea. You can even see some cherry blossoms here too! Picture found here.

Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

This little town in New Zealand looks like a dream! Perfect for any outdoor activities you enjoy. Picture found here. 


Copenhagen, Denmark

10 Cities You Should Visit This Spring

Copenhagen is another city I think is perfect any time of the year!

Bogota, Columbia

Becoming more well known because of food, Bogota is definitely a city to check out if you enjoy food and culture! Picture found here. 

Anyone else ready to buy their plane ticket? Where are you traveling this spring?


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5 Spring Break Destinations For Every Traveler

5 Spring Break Destinations for Every Traveler


Who is ready for spring?? Because I sure am! For those of you in the US in high school, college, a teacher, or just needing a break; luckily spring break is just around the corner! Spring break is always one of my favorite breaks, behind summer of course, because the weather is getting nicer and it means that summer is just around the corner. Today I’m sharing 5 spring break destinations for every traveler. Whether you are looking for a party scene, culture, or a family friendly atmosphere there is a place for you!

You’re Looking For….

A Party Destination

Looking for a fun spring break with a good party scene? Here are some destinations that will have great day and night parties.

  • South Padre Island, Texas
  • Panama City Beach, Florida
  • Cancun, Mexico
  • Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
  • Fort Laderdale, Florida
  • Las Vegas, Nevada

I have personally been to three of these places and have had fun every year, so I don’t think you can go wrong with any of them!

5 Spring Break Destinations for Every Traveler


Need time to unwind this spring break? Here are some relaxing destination:

  • St. Kitts & Nevis
  • Key West, Florida
  • Aruba
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico

These beachy destinations will be a perfect getaway to sit at the beach or pool (bar) and get the relaxation you need!

An International Trip

My junior year of college I went with a group of three of my sorority sisters to Ireland for spring break. We rented a car and did a road trip. It was also during St. Patrick’s Day, so it was a fun experience! If you want to read more about it, you can HERE. Along with Ireland, here are some other places that would be perfect for spring break!

  • Barcelona/Madrid, Spain
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • London, England

5 Spring Break Destinations for Every Traveler

A Short Trip

Don’t have a lot of time or money for a long trip? Here are some places to that you can still go to and get a short break!

  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Austin, Texas
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Portland, Oregon
  • New York City, New York

5 Spring Break Destinations for Every Traveler

Family Friendly

Looking for a family friendly destination? Here are some places to check out!

  • Bahamas
  • Amelia Island, Florida
  • San Diego, California
  • Washington D.C.
  • Sedona, Arizona
  • Take a Disney Cruise

5 Spring Break Destinations for Every Traveler


What’s your favorite spring break destination?


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How to Score Cheap Plane Tickets

How to Score Cheap Plane Tickets

Until trying to help a friend find a plane ticket to London, it never occurred to me that some people may not know how to find cheap plane tickets! I really thought what I knew everyone else did or they had other ways to find a good price. After going through everything she needed to know, I realized that others out there may not know some of these things too. Today I’m sharing how I find cheap plane tickets!

Sites I Use

I like to use Skyscanner or Google Flights to search. You can search multiple locations at once and see where is the cheapest place to fly to. So if you are not sure where to go or wanted to see where the cheapest place to fly into Europe would be, these are great. For example I did a search on Skyscanner from my hometown, Indianapolis, to anywhere in May. Here is what the search comes up like.

How to Score Cheap Plane Tickets

How to Score Cheap Plane Tickets

Now here I scrolled down and saw France for about 394 euros roundtrip. I clicked and it then shows the cities for those prices. If you click the green button a calendar will come up with dates that also show prices.


Browsing Private

Some sights use cookies and remember what you search for. This means the next time you look for that ticket, the price will suddenly rise and make you think that you need to buy now to get a good price. Chances are if you search for the ticket on private mode, the price will be lower again.

Travel During “Off Season”

This may not be an option sometimes depending on when you have a break or can get off of work, but if you can travel during the off season. Tickets will be lower and less crowds!


There is an app that I like. It’s called Hopper and it will track prices of a trip for you and alert you when a good time to buy is. This can be a lifesaver if you are not sure if the price will go up or down.


While I admit I am not a “pro” at finding these deals, but I will say I have been able to find pretty good deals on the flights I do buy. Once I get to the “pro” level and get flights for almost free, I will share my tips with you 😉

How do you find cheap flights?



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How to Fight the Winter Blues

How to Fight the Winter Blues

February is the coldest month and I don’t know about you, but it’s a difficult one. You know spring is near, but yet THERE IS STILL SNOW. I think this year it is even harder because you never really know if Finland is going to be warm (if ever). So while the days are still cold I have found some ways to stay warm and have a sunny state of mind during these long dark days. If you feel the winter blues hitting you, here are some things to try:

Take Vitamin D

Before I moved to Finland I bought a lot of vitamin D. I heard it was darker for longer and it would help my body deal with this. When I started looking into vitamin D more, I realized that most people should be taking vitamin D. Unless you are spending endless amounts of time outside you might have a vitamin D deficiency and not even know it. Start taking some vitamin D and see what it does for you!


You may have never heard of this before, but hygge is a Danish way of life. It is the feeling of togetherness and also coziness. If you want to read more about it and how you can add Danish hygge into your life, you can read my post HERE.

Get Outside

Trust me, I understand that this sounds horrible. Why would I want to go outside when the air hurts my face? While this may be true, going outside and getting fresh air is good for you. If you can go for a walk or maybe hike through a park. Put your phone away and enjoy nature.

Get Some Exercise

Another one where you may be saying “no way,” but working out has been proven to improve your state of mind and relieve stress. Maybe try a yoga class or if you are not a fan of working out try the indoor bike. I find it does better on my joints and easy on days when I’m just not feeling it.

Call a Friend

Or even a family member. Catch up with your family or friends and share some laughs to brighten your day.

Play Happy Music

I know when I’m feeling down, turning on some happy music makes me feel better.


Sunny days will be here before we know it and then we will be complaining about it being too hot 😉 So let’s enjoy this cozy weather for just a little bit longer

What is your favorite thing to do to beat the winter blues?


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4 Ways to Add Danish Hygge into Your Life

4 Ways to Add Danish Hygge into Your Life

After reading the title of this post you may be thinking, “what is hygge?” Well “hygge” (pronounced “hooga”) is a Danish way of life. It is more of a feeling or sensation than an act. It is creating a warm atmosphere and just really enjoying life. Who doesn’t want to have that feeling?

Danes are known as some of the happiest people on the planet and their practice of “hygge” plays a part in that! We are finally in February and if you are anything like me, you start to get into a “winter rut.” The snow isn’t appealing anymore, you’re tired of coats, and feeling cold. Well what better way to kick those feelings aside by adding Danish hygge into our life! Here are four ways to add Danish hygge into your life:

Soft Lighting

Turn off the bright lights and opt for candles or maybe string lights instead. These helps create a warm and cozy feeling. And it also helps you feel relaxed.

Warm Drinks

Get your favorite warm drink and cozy up in your favorite lounge wear. This combined with your soft lighting will help you relax even more!

Be Present

Turn off the phones are any electronic. Be present with yourself or with your company. The Danish hygge values being present and building your relationships with others. This really helps if you are not glued to your phone the whole time. If you are spending time with friends, you will feel more connected to them than if you were on your phone.

Positive Mindset

If you are with friends, no drama or gossiping. Keep your conversations positive and uplifting. If you are alone, practice being grateful.


4 Ways to Add Danish Hygge into Your Life


Even though hygge is more popular in the winter, you can do these things all year round! Here is a list of activities that promote hygge that you can do anytime.

  • Spa night
  • Game night
  • Potluck dinner
  • Go hiking
  • Go to a sauna
  • Read a book
  • Enjoy a fire
  • Garden
  • Go to a cafe

What is your favorite way to get cozy?


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