Weekly Flight Deals: Eat, Pray, Love Experience

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I’m dedicating this week’s travel deal on the movie that sparked my wanderlust: Eat, Pray, Love. Since watching that movie, I have dreamed of escaping to paradise to do some soul searching. I put together a little deal for anyone who wishes to have the same experience as the author of Eat, Pray, Love herself! The hotel is fully operational and budget friendly. Take a look!

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Roundtrip One-stop flight from New York City to Bali (Denpasar)

Monday May 2, 2015 to Sunday May 15, 2015: $899.00

Airline: EVA Air

Book with: Expedia

**These are seriously long flight durations, but it shouldn’t matter because you’ll be relaxing in paradise for two weeks**

Thirteen nights at the Liyer House

Monday May 2, 2015 to Sunday May 15, 2015: $425 (includes all charges and fees)

Eat, Pray, Love Liyer House – Bed & Breakfasts for Rent

Bed & Breakfast in ubud, Indonesia. Ketut Liyer from the bestseller “Eat, Pray, Love” welcomes you to his Hotel. Just 5min. drive from Ubud this place will fascinate you with its unique atmosphere and energy. Sit back and revel in the lush greenery of our gardens. Enjoy, Calm an… View all listings in ubud

This trip is more expensive than what I normally share, but this is pretty cheap for a two week retreat in the jungle. The price of the lodging also includes breakfast, free wifi, and a shuttle service. They also have a spa on premises and are located close to many different attractions.

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Protein Banana Pancakes!

I am super excited to tell you about……… BANANA PANCAKES! Say WHAT???? I can’t even begin to express how happy I am about these.

I recently started doing Pilates through a website, this girl is seriously awesome! Her name is Cassie Ho. Anyhow, she is all about clean eating and eating what is right for your body. She had this recipe of Banana Pancakes that I just tried today and it was awesome, so I wanted to talk about them to you today. Her recipe is as follows:

1 banana, 2 eggs, olive oil or coconut oil

Blend the eggs and banana together (I used a blender!)

Cook on olive oil-ed/ coconut oil-ed pan!

TA-DA Banana Pancakes!

But what I did that was a little different was I added some protein powder to my banana pancake mix as well. About a scoop of protein powder. Now its full of vitamins and protein and it is also very filling. Instead of syrup, I spread some sugar free strawberry jam over them! Unfortunately I ate the pancakes way to fast and didn’t even think to take a picture of them for you to see!  But seriously, its delicious, and filling. And you can make them and have extra for the next morning!

Guys, you don’t even know how excited I am about these pancakes right now.

You can check her video out for yourself here

The Banana Pancakes Recipe Video!

Weekly Flight Deals: Go Tropical!

Hello! It’s time for some weekly flight deals! I just want to add a friendly reminder to always read the fine print when booking tickets with discount websites. Many places do not allow for refunds and have high costs for any changes. Also they don’t normally include the cost of baggage. BUT this is why the ticket is so cheap! So please remember that if you book any of the tickets suggested by me. Thank you 🙂

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This week… How about some tropical destinations?

Round Trip Non-stop Flight from New York City to Santiago, Dominican Republic

Monday October 5, 2015 to Thursday October 15, 2015: $263.60

Airline: jetBlue

Book with: vayama.com

**BONUS** Check out this amazing lodging for $26 a night in Sosua, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic thanks to airbnb.com!

Lovely Holiday Room/Bath in Villa in Sosua

Villa in Sosua, Dominican Republic. We live in an about 600sqm (~6380sft) 5 bedroom villa with 2 apartments/guesthouses on our 1acre property. Here we offer a lovely holiday room with private bath that accommodates up to 2 guests for short- and long-term rent. This room for rent … View all listings in Sosua


Round Trip Non-stop Flight from New York City to San Juan, Puerto Rico

Wednesday August 26, 2015 to Sunday September 6th, 2015: $303.60

Airline: jetBlue

Book with: expedia.com 

**BONUS** Check out this amazing lodging for $25 a night at a hostel in San Juan, Puerto Rico thanks to airbnb.com!

Posada San Francisco/ hostel-Dorm in San Juan

Dorm in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Welcome to Posada San Francisco We are an extension of Posada San Francisco Located in the 5th floor; but the 4th floor is hostel type accommodations meaning dorms and the rent is by beds in Shared rooms. There are 1 male dorm 1 female… View all listings in San Juan


 

Round Trip Non-stop Flight from New York City to Miami, Florida

Wednesday October 21, 2015 to Wednesday October 28, 2015: $138

Airline: Frontier Airlines

Book with: expedia.com

**BONUS** Check out this amazing lodging for $36 a night in Miami, Florida thanks to airbnb.com!

private studio near the beach in Deerfield Beach

Apartment in Deerfield Beach, United States. Private access newly remodeled studio in attractive ‘Cove’ location. Attached to a house. Fully equipped kitchenette. Pool. Washer&dryer. Walking distance to Hillsboro beach, bars, restaurants, shopping. Queen bed + sleeper sofa. Driveway parking…. View all listings in Deerfield Beach

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Weekly Flight Deals

Hey this is Jess! I know I haven’t posted in a WHILE because I have been so busy. But this blog is really important to me and Steph so are going to try and post as often as we can! Thank you for sticking around.

So I want to start this new thing there I list a few flight deals each week. I wish I could be taking advantage of these amazing prices right now, however due to being in school, working, and doing my internship I have no extra time or money. Since I find so many good deals that I can’t use, I want to share them with the readers!

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My flight search process: I always start with SkyScanner.com. This website has so many customizable options to help you find the lowest fares. You pick your departure airport (ex: NYC) and then pick Everywhere as your destination. And instead of picking specific travel dates, you can select Whole Month or Cheapest Month. Once I find a deal, I will compare the price with the airline’s website price and I adjust the dates a bit to see if I can get the cheapest price possible.

Note: I’ll be sharing flight deals that are generally from the east coast since that is where I live. If you would like to get flight deals from other parts of the US, feel free to ask!

The Three Magic Rules of Cheap Travel:

Be flexible with your dates

Travel during the off season

Compare, compare compare!

For my first Weekly Flight Deals, I’ll be sharing flights to what I call the Big Three: London, Paris, and Rome. When I ask people their dream destinations, these three places are generally high on the list… I know they are high on mine!

Round Trip Non-stop Flight from New York City to London

Tuesday January 19, 2016 – Friday January 29, 2016: $447.30

Airline: Norwegian Airlines

Book with: Norwegian Airlines


Round Trip Non-stop Flight from New York City to Paris

Sunday September 6, 2015 – Wednesday September 16, 2015: $597.36

Airline: XL Airways France

Book with: Vayama.com

*You could book with the airline directly, however it will turn out to be about $50 more*


Round Trip One-stop Flight from New York City to Rome

Tuesday January 19th, 2016 – Wednesday January 27, 2016: $517

Airline: Norwegian Airlines

Book with: Norwegian Airlines

All prices include taxes and fees! Now, I understand that not everyone wants to travel in the chilly winter months. If you would like to travel in warmer months, you can switch up the airport that you fly in to and then take a local European airline to you desired destination. Bus and train also work well too! I will post more about those types of trips in the future. 

See you next week!

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Exploring Wissahickon Valley Park

Good evening!

It has been quite a while since I last posted, but I have been super busy with work, class/homework, and my internship. I barely have a free moment! I finally scheduled an afternoon for myself to walk along some easy trials close to where I work.

Wissahickon Valley Park is part of the Fairmount Park system in Philadelphia, PA. It runs along the the Wissahickon Creek which stretches from Chestnut Hill to Manayunk. I have driven past this park many times while working over in Philly and have always desired to explore it. This park is so large that I barely made it halfway through the trails after 4 hours! I probably walked about 6 miles total along the easy trails. There are also moderate trails along the valley that I plan to check out in the future. Please visit the Friends of the Wissahickon website for more information and plan your trip today!

I shot my trip photos with my iPhone 5 and my Lieqi clip on lenses! I ordered them for around $10 on Amazon.

This kit included 3 different types of lenses: Fish Eye, Wide Angle, and Macro. They are AWESOME and I love to play around with them. It is so much fun to get photos from a different perspective. Check out my gallery below. And as always, please comment and subscribe!

Clean Eating Broccoli and Cheddar Soup (Panera Bread Copy Cat)

Good evening!

I’m here to share with you my delicious recipe for Broccoli Cheddar soup that tastes exactly like the one from Panera Bread! Its SUPER EASY and only takes about 30 – 45 minutes. Also, the ingredient amounts can be adjusted to whatever amount you want to make.

Ingredients

2 – 3 bunches of organic broccoli

3 large organic carrots

1 large onion

5 – 6 cloves of garlic

1 cup organic half and half (or almond milk)

8oz block of cheddar cheese

3 – 6 tablespoons organic salted butter

3 – 6 tablespoons organic wheat flour (or any substitute)

Spices: onion powder, garlic powder, kosher sea salt, black pepper

First, chop up your veggies. I am picky, so I leave the onion and garlic cloves whole, and then I fish them out at the end. If you prefer, you can dice them up. Dump it all in to a large pot. Fill the pot with enough water to cover the veggies (about 2 -3 cups). Sometimes I find myself adding extra water throughout because some of it evaporates. Let the veggies boil for about 15 or 20 minutes until they are as tender as you prefer.

Once the veggies are nice and tender, start up your roux in a separate pot (about medium sized). Now, the amount of butter and  flour you add is up to you depending on how thick you want your soup to be. I like mine to be thick so I use 6 tablespoons of butter and 6 tablespoons of flour. Which ever amount you choose, just make sure the butter and flour are equal parts. Melt the butter on medium heat and when it is completely melted, whisk in the flour slowly.

Next pour the roux into the large pot of veggies and stir. You can keep the burner on medium heat. If its too high the soup will start to burn on the bottom.

Let this slowly bubble as you cut up the cheese in to small cubes (or you can use a cheese grater, but thats too much work for me). Before I add the cheese, I make sure to take out the onion and garlic cloves. Now add the cheese cubes and stir often to allow them to melt fully. If you want, you can add other types of cheese for variety. The final step is to add the spices. You can choose how much you add, just be sure you are doing taste tests.

Finally you’re done. Enjoy! Save the rest in a large bowl or tupperware container and keep in the fridge. It generally lasts up to one week!

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Hair Fun!

Hello all!

It sure has been a while since I posted! But as some of you may know, I am recently trying to build a portfolio for updos for special occasions and such! Yesterday, I went to Jess’s house and was able to practice on her hair!! So thank you Jess for letting me practice!!! But I wanted to post pictures of what I practiced thus far! 🙂

This is my first Updo! More of a curly fancy ponytail!

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This is my second Updo, more of a curly messy bun!

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She made the perfect model to practice on since she has SOOOO MUCH HAIR:-)

So since it is practice, I’d be happy to hear what you think, and I am open to suggestions and ideas and constructive criticism. (Just nothing mean please!)  Thanks everyone and I hope every one is doing well on this Saturday! 🙂