Italian Dressing

Before I get in to all the clothes I packed to spend a month in Italy, can we just appreciate the cleverness of the title for this post and the fact that I crack up laughing every time I read it or think about it? Alright, now that that's out of the way, I wanted … Continue reading Italian Dressing


The Ruins and the Villain

In the same weekend, I toured the ruins of Pompeii and hiked to the summit of Mt. Vesuvius. I got to experience firsthand the destruction the volcano caused and then faced it head on, peering into its gaping crater. Pompeii was one of the activities I was most looking forward to on this trip. Something … Continue reading The Ruins and the Villain

From One Milestone to the Next

One day I was walking across the O’Connell Center stage in my cap and gown, and the next day I was on a flight to Italy. I graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and a minor in Florida teaching May 6, and left for a month-long study abroad … Continue reading From One Milestone to the Next

Where in the World Am I Going Next?

As someone who is addicted to her planner, I like to have my major travels planned out at least a year in advance. You could say I'm not exactly a spontaneous person. These are the next adventures I'm going on around the world. November 2018 - New York City My graduation present from Jared is … Continue reading Where in the World Am I Going Next?

One Second Every Day 2017

I recorded one second of every day in 2017 that resulted in a video montage of my everyday life over the course of a year. To add a little surprise element, I didn't even tell anyone what I was doing. My family just thought I was super in to documenting videos for the year. When … Continue reading One Second Every Day 2017

Pros and Cons of Going to Disney Solo

A few months ago Jared and I planned to go to Disney the last weekend our Silver annual passes were active before summer. Last minute, Jared had to work, but I still really wanted to take advantage of the passes before they were blocked out for three months so I did something I've wanted to … Continue reading Pros and Cons of Going to Disney Solo

Disney Character Interactions Ranked

Disney character interactions are fun no matter how old you are. There's just something so magical about seeing your favorite characters come to life. Over the past year or so I have met quite a few characters. I recently went to Disney and spent all day in Magic Kingdom having characters sign a white pair … Continue reading Disney Character Interactions Ranked

A Tale of Two Tail Ranch

For Christmas, Mom and Dad got Jared and me a gift certificate for the Two Tail Ranch Extreme Elephant Encounter. It was one of the most incredible experiences Jared and I have ever done together. Two Tail Ranch is an elephant facility in Williston, Florida (about 20 minutes outside of Gainesville) where you can take … Continue reading A Tale of Two Tail Ranch

8 Tips to Conquer Disney in the Rain

In Florida, especially in the summer, you can almost guarantee it will rain every day. Our hurricane season is from June to November, but rain any time of the year won't faze a Floridian. If you're planning a trip to Walt Disney World and the forecast calls for rain, here are some tips for taking on … Continue reading 8 Tips to Conquer Disney in the Rain

Dining Destinations: Spirit of Aloha

Jared and I took date night to a new level by going to the Spirit of Aloha dinner show at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort. For my birthday, Grandma gave me money for Jared and me to enjoy either the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue or Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show, both of which are at Disney resorts. After … Continue reading Dining Destinations: Spirit of Aloha

We Are Family

On our trip, our group of 8: Grandpa, Grandma, Uncle Stash, Aunt Lorraine, Uncle Ray, Katie, Mom, and myself, are called the “Ciemniecki Clan.” We also found out that in Polish, Ciemniecki is pronounced Chim-nyet-ski. One of the biggest mysteries to all of the other people on our tour is how we are all related. … Continue reading We Are Family