A Weekend Getaway in Savannah, GA

This past weekend, I traveled to Savannah to visit my best friend, Marta, for her birthday! It’s been WAY too long since I saw her last (I think my bday last year) so I HAD to go see her and celebrate with her!

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I’ve mentioned this before, but Marta has been my best friend since 8th grade. She’s smart, beautiful, funny, sassy, and truly one of the best people I know. She now lives in Savannah and works for Hancock Askew And Company CPA. Even though we don’t get to see each other as often as we’d like, our friendship will last a lifetime. I honestly don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have her in my life.

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5 of the Best Donut Shops in Atlanta

DONUT worry, be happy! Because today is National Donuts Day!

If you’re like me, then you have such a sweet tooth and absolutely NO self-control when it comes to donuts. How can anyone resist these things!? 

The Atlanta area has SO many local donut shops that offer some of the best donuts I’ve ever had. So in honor of this glorious day; I’ve listed 5 of the best donut shops in or near Atlanta.

Sarah Donuts 

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Sarah Donuts is a local mom & pop shop that offers traditional cake donuts. If you’re looking for the best bang for your buck THIS is your place. We purchased a dozen assorted donuts for less than $10, you just can’t beat that price.

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Come early because these babies go fast. We got to the shop around 10:30 on a Saturday morning and they were already running out of some of their flavors. The most noteworthy for me is the Blueberry and Original Glazed. They’re moist on the inside and have the perfect amount of glaze on top; simple flavors that don’t disappoint. Continue reading “5 of the Best Donut Shops in Atlanta”

The Ultimate Guide to Travel in Israel

Shalom Y’all!

It’s been nearly two months since I was in one of the most beautiful locations in the world, Israel. It has everything you would want in a trip abroad: rich history,  incredible landscape, delicious food, diverse culture, and perfect temperatures. It’s a travel bloggers DREAM! I’m already planning on going back some day.

One of the reasons I had such a wonderful time was because of our tour leader, Jimmy. We LOVED Jimmy. He is from Jerusalem and has been leading tours for Educational Opportunities for decades, and he is SO good at his job. Each location we went to he had history, stories, and insights to the locations that just made each site memorable and impactful.

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Be a Traveler, Not a Tourist

“Please be a traveler, not a tourist. Try new things, meet new people, and look beyond what’s right in front of you. Those are the keys to understanding this amazing world we live in.” -Andrew Zimmern

For me, traveling has completely opened my eyes and let me experience what life is like beyond my own backyard. I think traveling is an important tool to living harmoniously. It pushes your comfort zones, enhance your tastes, and makes you more accepting of those that are different than you.

One of the main reasons traveling abroad is so important is because you get to experience life outside the box, outside your comfort zone and outside the small bubble you live in at home. Don’t get me wrong, I love exploring Atlanta and all that Georgia has to offer, but traveling to a far away place just feeds the soul in a way that is unmatched.

Traveling to a foreign country also expands your palate. You will experience a cornucopia of flavors and colors, some you can only find in the country you’re visiting. The more I travel and taste various authentic dishes, the more I want to experiment in my own cooking. Those spices and flavors I would never think to use become more apparent in my cooking.

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Two years ago I went on my very first international mission trip. A group of about 20 members from my home church traveled to Ecuador to serve with the missionaries from our church, the Nichols. I was SO excited not only because I would be traveling and serving God in the process but I was also going to experience my first mission trip with my dad by my side.

While in Ecuador, I had my life truly change. I saw poverty like never before but I also saw God’s love like never before.

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One of the main projects we worked on while there was a VBS (vacation Bible school) for the children on the United Methodist Church in Santo Domingo. I became close with a few of the girls there and every single day when the kids were eating their snacks they also colored coloring pages we brought that pertained to the Bible story we taught that day. And without fail, every single day these sweet little girls gave me their pages as a gift just because they wanted US to have something from them.

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Bonnaroo- The Happiest Place on Earth

Happy Hi-Five Friday to all my fellow Roovians! I dont know about ya’ll but I sure am missing the farm right about now.

This was my first time at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN. and it was magical, hot and surprisingly had really good food! Whoever said Disney was the happiest place on Earth clearly has never been to Bonnaroo.

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The Experience

The whole Bonnaroo experience is hard to sum into words. It’s more of a feeling than anything else. A feeling of acceptance, a feeling of community. I talked to total strangers and made an effort to get outside my comfort zone and be more friendly and open to everyone. And that’s just the beginning of what your experience on The Farm.

But I feel the best way to really understand what it’s like at Bonnaroo is to see a part of it for yourself. Enjoy.

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Washington D.C.

Last week my parents, sister Jordan, and grandparents, along with my boyfriend Bradley (Lord bless his heart) went to our Nation’s capitol, WASHINGTON D.C.! To say it was amazing is an understatement.

My sister planned everything out for us and she did such a fantastic job. The first night we arrived and we immediately hopped on the Metro and headed to Union Station for a night tour of all the monuments. It was breathtaking. All these historic figures, lit up like Christmas, truly beautiful.

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The next day was Smithsonian day. We toured the Natural History Museum, the National Museum of American History, and the Air and Space Museum. There were so many neat things to see and do in these museums, like the Hope Diamond, a GIANT squid that was found in the deep deep ocean, and some of the most incredible photos from the 21st Nature’s Best Photography Awards.

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