Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Paris Part I

After London, we headed to Paris, the city of lights!

Paris was somewhere I dreamed about going for years, and I was so excited to finally see the Eiffel Tower!  Of course, Paris is a lot more than the tower, but you can't help but get a shiver of excitement thinking about an iconic piece of architecture for a city.

In fact, let's just start with pictures from the tower!!

Paris was almost like a theme park in just the fact that most of the buildings are the same height and color.  It really makes for a beautiful, uniform looking city!  Gorgeous to look at from up high!

We also got some amazing views from the Arc de Triomphe as well!

The whole city is just amazingly pretty.  So gorgeous!

We took a boat ride down the River Seine our first night there, taking in the light show from the Eiffel Tower and the rest of the beautifully lit buildings along the riverbanks.  Paris truly is the 'City of Lights'!

So much beauty!  I love it! 

There are more posts coming about the museums we visited and the Montemarte neighborhood!

There are more posts coming about the museums we visited and the Montmartre neighborhood!

Click here to see more travel posts, or here to read about the food we ate in Europe!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


I love eating.  And I love snacking.

Because my snack of choice is always chips, I thought it might be a good idea to try one of the subscription snack boxes on the market.  Graze, Nibblr, and NatureBox are some of the more popular choices on the market. I chose to try Graze because it was the original and because the snack options sounded better to me.  Graze is easy to customize with low calorie and dietary restrictions. 
The box is perfectly sized, designed to fit in a standard mailbox.  We had no problem receiving ours in our condo's mailbox. 
Each snack box is about the size of an iPod, but thicker.  They're individually packaged, so they're perfect for throwing in your lunch bag, purse, care, etc. 
The box has adorable pictures when you open the lid!  Under each snack is a picture of grass too!  I'm easily woo'd so I loved that!
You can rate each snack online a "trash" ""like" "love" and "try."  I really liked that I could mark which snacks I really wanted to try.  You can't pick which snacks you receive each time, which is fine by me because I would easily spend hours agonizing over what I should choose!

The snacks we got in our first shipment were:

Fruity Mango Chutney
fruity mango chutney with black pepper dippers
Tim brought those one to work and rated it a "Like"

Classic's Reinvented: Key Lime Pie
lime flavored raisins, vanilla cookie drops, mini meringues and green raisins 
I rated this one a "Love!"

Sour Cream and Onion Cashews
roasted cashew nuts with sour cream and onion seasoning 
I really don't like raw cashews normally, but I actually ate these!  The flavor was really yummy.  "Like"

Classic's Reinvented: White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake
raspberry infused cranberries, white chocolate buttons and hazelnuts 
Yum!   "Love" for sure!
You can have the box shipped once a month, every other week, weekly.  When I first signed up I chose monthly, but I've already changed it to every other week.  

Each box costs $6.99, which I think it perfectly reasonable for four unique snacks (that are healthier than a bag of chips!).   

If you want to try Graze and get your 1st and 5th boxes free, you can use my referral code
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Monday, January 19, 2015


Four years ago, Tim and I went on our first European adventure together!  I had been to Europe before; read about my first trip to London here!  I also recapped everything we ate on our trip in 2011, but I never got to share the rest of the trip! 

Our London experience was pretty similar to my first excursion; we were just there for a day before taking off to Paris and Rome!  One day we will get back and do London right!
Oh how I love Big Ben!
Visiting Buckingham Palace!

Beautiful city!

Fish and chips!
Double decker busses!

We got to see the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London!  Very very cool!

Seeing Wicked for the first time!  I love the theater in London; every time I've been, I've gotten great seats for so cheap!  And of course, the musicals are amazing!

My friends and I bought this picture when we were in London, from the same vendor.   We all have them hanging up still!  I was sooooo excited when I walked by it again with Tim!
Gorgeous clouds flying over Iceland on the way in!

London just has the cutest vibe.  Obsessed!  We didn't get to spend much time here, and I can't wait to go back one day!

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