Summer Reads, Relaxation, and Rays

If anyone has discovered an ingenuous and revolutionary way to find time to read for pleasure during the school year, please do let me know ASAP because, as of now, I am convinced that it is pretty much impossible to find time thanks to class, homework, group projects, social life, etc. I mean, there’s only so many hours in a day, right? That’s why I like taking advantage of the summer months to make a dent in my seemingly never-ending list of books to read. I try to keep it interesting by alternating between fiction and non-fiction as well as classics and faster beach reads because, let’s be honest people, there’s no better way to spend your summer days than curling up poolside with a good book to catch some rays. Here’s a list of some of my favorites this summer: Continue reading “Summer Reads, Relaxation, and Rays”

Totin’ Around

Looking for the perfect bag that’s not only stylish and affordable but also versatile and big enough to carry your stuff without being too large? Look no further, friends, I’m here to save you from your tote troubles with a bag that will not only look good, but also do good: the Taaluma Tote.

Founded by two Virginia Tech students, Jack and Alley, Taaluma Totes are backpacks that #carryacountry. Here’s how it works:

1. Each tote is made from traditional fabric from whatever country you choose (Ghana, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Malia, Thailand, Vietnam).

2. 20% of the profits from each tote fund a microloan for a person in that tote’s country.

3. The totes are made in the USA by adults with disabilities alongside experienced seamstresses.

4. Once repaid, the loan is reinvested in that country’s traditional fabrics for the next tote!

“We really liked the idea of microloans because as one person pays it, you reinvest into that country,” explains Alley in an article on on sweetlemonmag.com. “It’s not a one-time donation. It continues. We think microloans are a really great way to give back to the country.”

My tote of choice? The Indonesia tote. It’s the perfect bag to take with me when hiking, traveling, or simply running errands around town. Check out Taaluma Totes on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to join the movement. Which country will you carry?

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Mount Major (Meredith, NH)

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Lately on Instagram: The Butcher’s Daughter

Happy Monday everyone! Hope your week is off to a great start. Here’s what I’ve been up to lately:

DISCLAIMER: Despite the fact that it looks like I eat all day every day, that’s not exactly true. But it does come pretty close. What can I say? There’s just too little time and too much to taste.

It seems like The Butcher’s Daughter is all over instagram these days, so I had to try it out myself to see what the hype is all about. Here’s a breakdown of my heavenly experience:

1. I get on the subway and, thanks to some miracle from the underground transportation gods, find a seat. A mysterious liquid drops on my shoulder (not the first time that has happened). No idea where it comes from.  Ahh the glory of the NYC subway system. #kidding

2. After one very hungry subway ride down to Little Italy and a short walk later, I make it to the quaint café and take a seat outside.

3. The waiter hands me my menu and… OH MY GOODNESS IS THAT MY VERY OWN MINT WATER? Well, that didn’t take very long. I’m in love.

4. I glance at the menu. Pretty sure I’ve died and gone to food heaven because I want EVERY salad, drink, and entree that they offer. If only I wasn’t a poor college student. Oh well, I settle for some avocado toast and a kale salad.

5. My meal comes and it looks like it’s from a magazine. No joke. Here are the deets:

-Local kale, sunfower seed tahini, avocado, green apples, sunflower seeds, and smoked sea salt salad

-Curry avocado toast with cilantro mustard seeds and lime

Eating slowly and savoring your food is seriously overrated. I scarfed down my meal in no time. Don’t worry, though, I resisted for a few seconds to take a picture.

Butcher's Daughter

Hottest trend this summer? Leftovers. Save everything you don’t eat after dinner to prevent wasting delicious foods that can be used later for different meals. Case in point: this past weekend, we grilled up tons of veggies (asparagus, eggplant, broccoli, peppers, onions, and mushrooms). I tossed in the leftovers with kale, avocado, cranberries, tomatoes, and lemon juice the next day for a hearty lunch.

grilled veggie salad

If I could go anywhere at this very moment, it would be back to Paris. But, since that’s not very realistic, I guess some delicious nutella, banana, and strawberry crepes will suffice.

crepes

Check out one taste at a time’s instagram for more!