DEEP CREEK, MARYLAND TRIP RECAP + TRAVEL GUIDE

Ever since I was a little kid, my family would all rent out a cabin for a week in the summer and it was always so much fun. Honestly, it is one of my favorite childhood memories. After things got expensive we all stopped going but recently we have been renting out a cabin for the weekend in one of the winter months. Last weekend, I went with my boyfriend and a few of my family members and it was so relaxing and nice spending time together.

Everyone headed down earlier in the day but since I worked until five, my boyfriend and I headed down in the evening. It was only like an hour and a half away, but the fog and rain were so bad, it was a nightmare driving down haha. We got there around seven, changed, and then went to dinner at the Dutch’s at Silver Tree with my parents. This place is a MUST if you are ever in the area. Their food is so dang good! My dad and boyfriend ordered their buffet, my mom ordered their crab cakes and I ordered their stuffed mushrooms.

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After dinner, we headed back to the cabin to shower and put on some comfy clothes. I then checked out our cabin which was HUGE! It basically had four levels one being like a loft which had two bedrooms, that is where my boyfriend and I slept as well as my cousin and his family. The middle floor had the kitchen, dining area, living room, and two bedrooms. The lower level had two bedrooms and a game room, and then the basement had a small room and the pool/hot tub area.

In the morning, my boyfriend and I went to Trader’s Coffee House to grab a coffee and some breakfast. I was never there before but I ordered a latte with oat milk and my boyfriend ordered their salted caramel frappe which we both loved. For food, I ordered their belgian waffle and he ordered one of their breakfasts wraps. My waffle was the best waffle that I had ever had so I definitely recommend stopping here!

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After eating, we hung out and then got ready to go on the mountain coaster at The Wisp. It ended up really snowing so I was absolutely frozen but it was still really fun!

All-Seasons Spritzer(11)When we got back, my mom, boyfriend and I went to Uno Pizzeria & Grill for a late lunch. I highly recommend ordering one of their flat breads because they are so good! My boyfriend ordered their steak and cheese spring rolls which were really good to.

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After eating, we headed back to the cabin and took a short nap. My boyfriend and I woke up and I had him do my makeup. It was absolutely hilarious. You can watch the video and see his final masterpiece on my deep creek Instagram highlight. Later that night we all just played card games together and then went to bed. It was a fairly short trip, but spending time with my family is always my favorite.

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Cabin - Exceeding Expectations 331 Pinnacle Drive Swanton, Maryland Dutch's at Silver Tree 567 Glendale Road Oakland, Maryland Trader's Coffee House 21311 Garrett Hwy Oakland, Maryland Uno Pizzeria & Grill 19814 Garr
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HELLO FRESH REVIEW + MEAL DELIVERY SERVICE

I have been wanting to try out Hello Fresh for a while now so after a coworker sent me a coupon for a free box, I jumped on it. This is not a sponsored post or as this is my honest thoughts. I ordered three meals for two people. I ended up making them for my boyfriend, my dad, and myself. There was enough food for all of us even though it serves only two people. I made the Sesame glazed sweet potato tacos, Parmesan-crusted chicken with creamy lemon tomato spaghetti, and the Italian noodle soup with chicken sausage and parmesan toasts.

What is Hello Fresh?

Hello Fresh is a meal-kit company that is based in Germany and is the largest meal-kit provider in the United States. You can skip a week or cancel at anytime with no hassle. They start at $7.49 per meal and all of their produce and meats are super fresh.

What is all included in your box?

Each box comes with a recipe card that has nutritional facts and easy to follow directions. Their ingredients are sourced right from the farm and sauces/spices come prepackaged. Each meal is packed in a brown paper bag and taped shut making it easy to fit in your refrigerator.

Using Hello Fresh With A Food Allergy?

Hello Fresh does not offer any plan to help with certain food allergies but their classic plan can be customized to be beef-free, pork-free, seafood-free, veggie, family friendly, or calorie smart. Their nutrition team reviews every ingredient for 8 allergens including: wheat, milk, soy, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, fish, and shellfish.

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LUMA MT. LEBO + PITTSBURGH RESTAURANT REVIEW

Last week, my boyfriend and I wanted to go to a new restaurant to celebrate my graduation. I always enjoy going to a new place in town but the one he had in mind didn’t have any reservations so we decided to go to Luma in Mt.Lebanon. I was kind of shocked how small the inside was but sometimes that is nice for a more intimate dinner. Since it is a little on the fancy side, right away our waiter came over with water in which they walked around and filled up once we got low. To start off they gave us freshly baked bread with oil. This bread was unlike any bread that I have ever tasted. It was SO dang good! We also both ordered a glass of riesling which paired well it. They had a decently sized menu but we happened to go during restaurant week so they had a special menu where you can get an appetizer, entree, and dessert for less than $40. My boyfriend ended up going with that option and I went with their crab cakes with wild rice and sauteed broccoli. For his appetizer he ordered zucchini roulade filled with prosciutto, .basil & fresh mozzarella with a tomato cream sauce. For his entree, he ordered braised short rib over romano mashed potatoes topped with a cabernet demi-glace. Lastly, for dessert he picked the warmed chocolate chip brownie topped with dark chocolate sauce, vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.

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I heard from multiple people that they are known for their crab cakes and I can attest to that because they were amazing! So if you end up stopping here, definitely try their bread and crap cakes!

Luma Mt. Lebo

186 Castle Shannon Blvd.

Pittsburgh, PA 15228

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MY COLLEGE GRADUATION + LIFE UPDATE

I FINALLY did it y’all! Last week, I finished out my last semester of college. It honestly still hasn’t hit me that I will never ever have to do homework again. Woo! I have spent the last six years trying to get to where I am at and it feels oh so good to now be here. As I talked about before, I had so many health issues which has set me back a lot. But I never gave up and continued hauling ass and got it done. I seriously could not have done it without the constant support from my family. My parents honestly made this all possible. I had to finish out my degree by taking the hardest class of my life, Business Capstone. I also had to take management seminar . Since I didn’t want to wait until spring to graduate, I opted into doing a winter semester. It sucked, I am not going to lie but looking back it was all SO worth it. I actually had to do school work on Christmas Eve and Christmas since it was only a one month class. I basically had multiple weeks worth of work crammed into one week for not only one class but two. Because of that, I had to pull super late nights and work during the holidays, but the hard work all payed off! Since graduating, I am officially working full time as a program coordinator at a local marketing firm. It’s weird because I have wanted this for so long but now that it is all happening so fast, it still hasn’t hit me. To some this is just a small accomplishment but to me it’s by far the biggest accomplishment that I have ever had. Basically within one week, I have my BSBA and a new full time salary job. So my life is rapidly changing and new chapters are beginning to open. Thank you all for following along. Here’s to officially adulting and seeing what the future holds!

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FARMACY GREEN CLEAN MAKEUP REMOVING CLEANSING BALM REVIEW

Over the past couple of months, I have been using this Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm and I absolutely love it! It even won the Allure Best of Beauty Award in 2017! I have always used the Neutrogena makeup removing wipes but I didn’t like how much waste it would leave behind. A major part of my nighttime routine is doing my skincare routine . Prior to washing my face, I rub a penny size of this balm in my hands and rub it all over my face, washing with warm water. When I have mascara and or eyeliner on, I lightly rub my eyes making sure all of my eye makeup comes off. It is crazy how good this is even with my makeup being water proof. I even have very sensitive skin and have yet to have an issue with allergic reactions or breakouts. I love that it not only works well but it is vegan, cruelty free, gluten free, and comes in recyclable packaging. It has a cream consistency which makes it gentle on your skin whether you have normal, dry, combination, or an oily skin type. Some ingredients include sunflower oil, ginger root oil, turmeric extract, moringa extract, and papaya enzymes.

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If you’re ever looking to change up your makeup remover, I highly suggest this. I am about a month into incorporating it into my routine and I am not even halfway done with the container so it should definitely last you awhile. I recommend buying the travel size which is 1.7 oz and only $22 prior to purchasing the bigger size to make sure that it is something you like!

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MODERN + BOHO BEDROOM MAKEOVER

Can y’all believe we are already one week into the new year? I sometimes feel like the days go by in a blink of an eye. So crazy. Last week, I basically slept at my boyfriends every night because my dad spent his days off of work redoing my entire bedroom. I was a little nervous on how it would turnout but y’all, I am OBSESSED. So for about the past two years, I have had these ugly blue/gray walls that always seemed to make my room dim and not calming whatsoever to be in. Since I plan on moving out within the next year, we both agreed that it was time to patch all of my holes and all of my paint mishaps. I tend to change my mind a lot so I had a bunch of tiny pin/nail holes from all of my wall decor that I move around. And yes, I painted my room that ugly blue/gray all by myself. So in other words, it did not turn out good. Thank the lord for giving me a father who not only kicks butt in the office but also as a personal handyman haha! Enjoy!

Ikea Shelving Unit // Target Marble Top Round Table // At Home Rattan Basket  // Urban Outfitters Tufted Geo Sham Set // Urban Outfitters Tufted Geo Duvet Cover // Urban Outfitters Tufted Geo Bolster Pillow // Wayfair Gabriel Platform Bed // Antropologie Pari Rattan Chair  // Target Artificial Cactus  // Amazon Bamboo Woven Basket // Nordstrom Barefoot Dreams Throw  // Urban Outfitters Faux Fur Rug // Walmart Bamboo Shoe Rack  // Wayfair Three Tier Cart // Walmart Metal Hamper  // Wayfair Floor Mirror // Urban Outfitters Isidora Tufted Rug // Amazon Face Sculpture // Urban Outfitters Penelope Vase // Hobby Lobby Wood Vase // West Elm Mid Century Desk  // AllModern Neil Upholstered Chair // Target Himalayan Lamp

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