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What to expect on a Viking ocean cruise

What To Expect On A Viking Ocean Cruise

Lots and lots of details about our recent experience sailing on a Viking Ocean Cruise! Alright guys, cozy up.  (Long post alert!)  Today I’m finally sharing all about our recent sail through the Baltic Sea with Viking Ocean Cruises! As I mentioned in my post about spending three days beforehand in Stockholm, this trip...

Ali and Barclay in Barcelona, Spain | Gimme Some Oven

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Happy Friday, everyone!  ♡ I hope that today finds you warm and well, wherever in the world life may find you.  It’s still a balmy 74 degrees today here in Barcelona, which makes this summer-loving heart of mine exceedingly happy.  We have our French doors flung wide open, and are planning to...

On Curves and Chronic Pain | My Scoliosis Story

On Curves and Chronic Pain

Yesterday, I sat down with yet another doctor to talk about the story of this curve. About how a titanium rod was screwed in to help straighten it when I was a freshman in high school. About how a decade later, I felt a frightening snap. About how after going...

How to have a Personal Seasonal Mini-Retreat | Free printable questionnaire available to download

How To Have A Seasonal Personal Mini-Retreat

A few years ago, I read the book Essentialism, which I loved for many reasons.  But perhaps mostly so because it introduced me to the idea of the “quarterly personal offsite.”  I know, the name sounds ultra-corporate, but the practice itself is actually really simple — taking time once every three months to...

Stockholm, Sweden

Three Days in Stockholm

All of our best travel tips for where to eat, stay and visit in Stockholm, Sweden. Hej hej!  I’ve finally sorted through a few million trip photos and am excited to tell you all about our trip to Stockholm, Sweden. As many of you saw on Instagram, Barclay and I flew north...

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Wow, it feels like an eternity since I’ve written about anything other than food and travel here. If we were grabbing a drink to catch up together, I feel like this is the moment when I give you a big hug and apologize for being so MIA lately.  ♡  Life has definitely...

Week in Greece (Santorini and Folegandros)

All of our best travel tips for where to eat, stay and visit in Santorini and Folegandros, Greece. For our very first year as European expats, Barclay and I decided to make the most of our time here and go big by planning one another epic bucket list trips to celebrate our...

One Year

One year. ♡  I feel like my heart is still learning how on earth to take in to this goodness that I now wake up to each day. That he’s here now. That he’s my best friend, my family, my home now. That he’s the one I get to host...

Weekend in Rome (and Naples!)

Highlights from our 5-day long weekend in Rome (including a day trip to Naples!), including our favorite places to eat, things to do, and where we stayed.  And of course, a hundred photos. :) Last month, my favorite guy in the world turned 40!  So to celebrate, I asked him to...

Our First Sant Jordi Day in Barcelona (VIDEO)

New Catalan tradition we’re TOTALLY adopting and celebrating for the rest of our lives: La Diada de Sant Jordi! 🌹📚❤️ We’ve been looking forward to this festival ever since we moved to Barcelona.  It’s known by foreigners around here as the “Catalan Valentine’s Day”.  But sure enough, as has been our experience...

How Learning Spanish Is (Really) Going

Of all the questions we’ve been asked since moving to Spain, there’s one we’ve come to really appreciate friends checking in on — “So how’s learning Spanish going?” Our short answer? Good! Also…hard.  And fun.  And humbling.  And encouraging.  And slow-going.  And never-ending.  And downright maddening, at times.  (<– Hello, having...

Our New Barcelona Apartment Tour (VIDEO!)

¡Bienvenidos a nuestra casa! Welcome to our new little apartment here in Barcelona! ♡ Spoiler alert: we love this space so much, you guys.  It’s no exaggeration to say that it’s literally everything that we had hoped to find in a flat here in the city…and so much more.  From the location...