Month of Meal Prep

Month of Meal Prep

For the month of January, I challenged myself to stop eating out. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a while to not only improve my diet but also save money. It’s so easy to get into the habit of constantly grabbing meals on the go and I found that I waste so much money on food. This was caused by laziness; I would get home late and end up having food delivered. Which was an expensive, unhealthy, and unsatisfactory option.

Overall, this challenge was difficult. I allowed myself to have aย  coffee a day (a necessity to get through my work schedule) but didn’t buy any other food besides my weekly Trader Joe’s grocery trip. In the beginning, I was overwhelmed because I had to pack multiple meals at once but as soon as I figured how much food I needed, it became less daunting. Each week, I would plan out my meals before heading to the grocery store and each night I would plan my breakfast and lunch. For dinner, I would make bigger portions so that I could ration them out throughout the week.

The month of meal prep helped me save money, eat healthier, and plan better. I’ll always be a lover of trying new foods and restaurants but I hope to continue the good habits that came from this month.

I challenge you to try this, you’ll be surprised at the creativity that comes out of planing ahead and your wallet will thank you. I firmly believe it’s so worth it.

xx, mm

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How to Celebrate Your Girlfriends; A Guide to Galentine’s Day


Galentine’s Day

The day before Valentine’s Day is the day to celebrate your girlfriends. Leslie Knope from the television show Parks and Recreation called this day “Galentine’s Day.” My college roommate and I have celebrated Galentine’s Day for the past three years and it’s one of my favorite traditions. It’s typically a brunch but you can celebrate however you would like: have a movie and wine night, take a cooking class, or go out for dessert.

If you’re in the New York area, here are some fun Galentine’s Date ideas:

Tea and Macaroons at Ladurรฉe

Hot chocolate and cookies at City Bakery

Brunch at Bar Primi

Donuts from Dough

Dessert and wine at Ayza Wine & Chocolate Bar

How are you spending Galentine’s Day?

xx, mm

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10 Holiday Things to do in NYC

10 Holiday Things to do in NYC

10 Holiday things to do in NYC

10 Holiday Things to do in New York City

Here is my list of holiday activities to do while in New York City! It’s no secret NYC goes all out for the holidays and I’m lucky enough to experience all the magic!

See New York City Ballet’s Nutcracker

When I was younger my parents took me to a dress rehearsal of Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker and from then on I was hooked. As a dancer, I would spend the beginning of every holiday season performing the ballet with my studio so everything about the Nutcracker reminds me of Christmas and the holiday season. While I’ve seen other productions, it’s been a dream of mine to see the New York City ballet perform toย Tchaikovsky’s famous score. They are one of my favorite ballet companies and it’s been on my bucket list to see them perform the Nutcracker.

Walk around the tree in Rockefeller Center

You must see the Rockefeller tree; it’s pure size and beauty is unlike anything you’ll find anywhere else. While in college, I went to the tree lighting and it was an experience. My advice? Go after the tree lighting to avoid the crowds and definitely see it at night.

Ice Skate at Bryant Park

Skate for as long as you want and for free at Bryant Park. Unlike skating at Rockefeller, where you have to pay and only get 5 minutes on the ice, you only have to pay to rent skates at Bryant. While there, enjoy delicious spiked cider inside Public Fare, explore the Christmas village, and gaze at the beautifully lit tree.

Visit Macy’s at Herald Square

See the famous, sparkly “Believe”. Wander through the decked out halls and finally drop off your Christmas list to Santa. The whole store is immaculately decorated and you’ll find something to look at around every corner.

Sip Hot Chocolate at City Bakery

City Bakery has the BEST hot chocolate. Their giant homemade marshmallows are paired with hot chocolate that is incredibly rich and creamy and it will make your mouth water.

Dine at Rolph’s

Rolph’s German Restaurant has insane holiday decorations that are sure to get you in the spirit. Stop in for dinner and enjoy traditional German food and a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Stroll through Union Square Christmas Market

Enjoy some tasty treats and pick up handmade holiday gifts for friends and family.

Attend the Radio City Rockettes

Everyone must see the Rockettes at least once. Not only does the Christmas Spectacular take you through a world of holiday fun, the Rockettes dance with such precision and grace that you become mesmerized.

View Saks 5th Ave Window Displays

Every year, Saks out does itself with their holiday window displays and this year is no exception. Inspired by Snow White and accompanied with a light show at night, the windows are stunning and well worth stopping by.

Enjoy Frozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity 3

Drink a late night frozen hot chocolate and take in the atmosphere of Serendipity 3. Not only do they do a great job at decorating for the holidays but their goblet-sized frozen hot chocolate is legendary. Make sure you make a reservation though, they are slammed during the holiday season.

What are your favorite holiday activities?

xx, mm

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The foodie adventures: Eggs at the Egg Shop

Eggs at the Egg Shop

Some of my favorite foods fall under the category “breakfast” and I always take brunch seriously so when I stumbled upon Egg Shop on Instagram, I immediately added it to my ongoing brunch spot list (brunch list). They have a couple of locations throughout the city but I went to the one in Williamsburg.

Egg Shop specialized in, you guessed it: eggs.

The vibe was simple and fresh and there were traces of eggs throughout the decor and almost everything on the menu had eggs incorporated into the dish. Our table split french toast with a chocolate ganache, blueberries and slices of green apple. It was heavenly but extremely decedent. For my own meal I chose the option to create my own breakfast sandwich with sunny side eggs, bacon, cheddar cheese and a spicy aioli. It was delicious.

While the food was good, I will say the service at this location was subpar. Being a former waitress, I value getting the customer’s order correct and our server clearly did not since we had to send our order back.

But overall, the food was good, the atmosphere was fun and the company was even better and I’d recommend that any breakfast lover try it out.

Have you ever been to Egg Shop?

xx, mm




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