5 Things to Do Before (Temporarily) Moving Abroad

Moving overseas, even temporarily, while exciting, can be daunting! Follow this list to ensure you take care of the logistics before leaving the States!

This list assumes you already have flights, a job overseas (if necessary) and housing.

  1. Call your bank and debit/credit card companies: Before leaving the country, make sure you inform your bank and debit/credit card companies that you’ll be in another country, otherwise they might put a hold on your account for suspicious activity. When you call, just tell them you’d like to add a “travel notice” to your account. Make sure you ask what their international transaction fees are. If you need a debit card without international fees, Visa is accepted most places; I recommend Charles Schwab!
  2. Get international health insurance: If you or your loved one won’t be employed with health insurance overseas, make sure you purchase your own plan so that you’re prepared if the worst happens. I’ve used IMG in the past, but World Nomads and Travel Guard are other options. Some travel insurance includes health insurance, so you can look into that before making another purchase.
  3. Call your cell phone provider: Unless you have an international cell phone plan, you’ll want to call your provider to learn what your international options are, or to put a hold on your account if you’ll be gone for a long period of time. You can purchase a plan in the country you’re traveling to, but unless your current phone is unlocked, you’ll also need to purchase a phone. My husband and I switched to T-Mobile and have been very happy with their international plan (not to mention we don’t even need to contact them before we leave the country)!
  4. Get a flu shot: If you’re leaving in the fall like I usually do, I recommend you get a flu shot. (Flu shots are usually available as early as mid-August at CVS.) Traveling puts a toll on your body and exposes you to a lot of germs. Jet lag is horrible enough; you won’t want to wake up with the flu as well!
  5. Go shopping: I always pack certain things from home that are either difficult to find overseas or simply make our temporary housing feel more like home. You can visit this article to find what I pack for the kitchen.

Aside from this logistical list, I also recommend you load up on quality time with your family and friends while you’re still with them!

I hope this article helps your move overseas go smoothly, and I wish you safe travels!

Did I forget something? Comment below!

I’ve Always Been an Entrepreneur at Heart

I never wanted to work a regular 9-5 job (I mean, who does though?!).

Ever since I was a kid I’ve wanted to be an entrepreneur; I’d run countless lemonade stands, carnivals for the kids in the neighborhood, brainstorm and plan out ideas for the future, I even ran a baking business for a year straight out of high school. 

I’ve been a baker, blogger, graphic designer, digital marketer, virtual assistant, and more, honestly.

No matter what I do, I always end up coming back to this calling, to be an entrepreneur, despite being introverted and inexperienced.

But I honestly LOVE it. It creates a fire that can’t be put out, a drive that makes me want to stay up all night (hello, fellow night owls), and a passion that makes me want to do nothing but work.

This time, I want to take you with me on my journey! Whether you want to improve your nutrition, workout more frequently, take your fitness to the next level, or earn an income helping others on their health and fitness journey, I want you to join me!

I’d love to hear about your fitness goals; send me a quick message (or comment below) and I’ll get back to you right away! It’s a marathon, not a sprint, and we need buddies along the way to reach our goals! 

I want to thank my friends, family, and followers for being so supportive of me and all the endeavors I pursue. You’re the real MVP! 

5 Best Travel Apps for Europe

The following five apps are bound to make traveling easier, even if you don’t have cell phone service when you get there!

  1. Google Translate (free): Unless you’re fluent in the language of the country you’re visiting, you’ll want to download Google Translate. This app allows you to translate between two different languages using text, pictures, handwriting, voice, or even a conversation! I love that not only can you take a picture to be translated, but you can also translate a picture from the camera roll on your phone! However, my absolute favorite thing about this app is that you can download an “offline translation” if you either don’t have an international cell phone plan, or if you simply want faster results! Google Translate is my go-to app everytime I go grocery shopping!
  2. Google Maps (free): I’m noticing that Google Maps is more “internationally friendly” than Apple Maps. For example, when I search for the name of an island in the Mediterranean using Apple Maps, it shows me results for places near me in the United States. On the other hand, Google Maps pulls up the Mediterranean island I’m trying to find. Even if we ignore this fact, Google Maps is still a must when traveling because you can download offline maps! Offline maps are ideal if you don’t have cell phone service or want to be able to pull up GPS quickly.
  3. Netflix (membership required): Even though many long-flight airplanes have personal televisions, I’ve found that some do not, and most smaller airplanes do not. Since I personally can’t sleep much on airplanes and get motion sickness, my flights would be miserable without Netflix! Make sure you download enough shows and movies for your flight before you get on the airplane (I like to do it while I’m still home with fast wifi).
  4. Spotify (membership required): I always download music playlists on my phone using Spotify when I travel. I listen to music to drown out the (loud) airplane, and while I (try to) sleep.
  5. Mobile Passport (free): When it’s time to return to the States, the Mobile Passport app will let you skip the lines at customs (at most major airports), which you know can be a huge time saver if you’ve ever traveled out of the country before! When you land, simply upload your passport and answer the customs questions on your phone, then proceed to the appropriate counter. (You can fill it out before your flight, but it’s only valid for a few hours after completion.) The first time I used this app, there was only one person ahead of me, who was being helped when I arrived. Needless to say that was the quickest I had ever gone through customs!

I hope these international travel apps make your time abroad more enjoyable, and I wish you a wonderful and safe trip! 

What apps do you use when you travel? Which are your favorite? Comment below!

My Easy, Go-to Strawberry Banana Fruit Smoothie

If you haven’t noticed yet, I’m obsessed with fruit smoothies! I love fruit & you can throw practically anything into them (including hidden nutrients), so they’re a win-win!

This is my favorite fruit smoothie recipe because it’s so versatile!

Strawberry Banana Fruit Smoothie

Serves 1-2 people

1 banana (I like it best when they’re just starting to get brown speckles but really any ripeness works)

Couple handfuls fresh or frozen strawberries (if you use frozen and a hand blender like I need to while overseas, I recommend running them under warm water for a minute before adding them to the bowl- it’ll be a lot easier to blend!)

Superfood powder: one scoop (strawberry or vanilla flavor) (contact me to place your order!)

Liquid: I add just enough to blend it easily and achieve the consistency I want.

For a creamier texture, use plain/unsweetened almond milk or nonfat milk. 

For a refreshing/citrus smoothie, use orange or pineapple juice.

To use up what’s in the fridge, use the juice that’s been in there too long (that’s what I did this morning)!

Optional: (but trust me, you won’t taste them!)

~1.5 handfuls of fresh spinach (you can use frozen but I’d use less since it’s more dense and- in my opinion- more potent when it isn’t fresh)



Hemp hearts

Fruit smoothie recipe

Mix everything in your blender until smooth, and enjoy. I recommend eating it right away, but if you want to prepare it in advance, store it in a shaker bottle in the fridge (I wouldn’t for longer than 1 day) so you can shake it up again before drinking.

Don’t be afraid to experiment and throw in any other fruit that needs to be eaten (oranges, apples, etc.)!

ALSO you can throw the majority of these ingredients in a ziploc bag and freeze it to have smoothie packets ready anytime!

The End of a Decade

What have you accomplished since 2010? What did you put on the back burner for “later” over the past 9, almost 10 years? How many times did you set a New Year’s Resolution and not stick to it?

They say it takes two months to form a habit that becomes automatic. You have exactly two months remaining in the decade- just enough time to form a new habit. What will it be?

I’m co-hosting a bootcamp NOW focused on forming habits for the new year. (We aren’t using our future New Year’s Resolution as an excuse not to workout NOW!) We’re going to show up everyday for the last 60 days and see just how big of an impact 60 days can have on our health, fitness and lives. Are you in? Send me a message!

This is the end of a decade.

Make it count.

If not now, when?

What you’ll get:

– Access to thousands of workout routines for the whole year (accessed anywhere online or in the app!)

– 1-on-1 coaching with yours truly

– A workout program for your specific needs

– A month’s supply of pre and post workout or superfood powder

– An accountability team of strong women

– Meal plans

– Workout materials

Comment below if you want to take advantage of the rest of this decade! 

Happy Halloween ’19!

In our 9+ years together, my hubby and I have only celebrated three Halloweens together due to being long distance or living overseas.

Our first was while we were still in high school; the second was during our college years (who can guess what our costume was!? Comment below!), and the last time was while we were overseas in a country that didn’t celebrate it.

That last time, we had our own Halloween party with just the two of us: we watched Beetlejuice (because I don’t like scary movies) and ate the only Halloween candy I could find- a “pizza” of gummy candies shaped like spiders, bugs and other gross things.

Every year I see all the cute photos of couples going to the pumpkin patch, and wish we could too, but obviously we can’t while we’re long distance or overseas. 
However, this gives me something to look forward to in our future together.

Eventually we will be done traveling and we will be together all the time. 
We all need to enjoy what we have now, whether that be spending time with family, exploring a new location, or working on yourself.

Do you think you know what our costume was? Comment below!

How to Prevent Motion Sickness on Flights

If you get motion sickness you know how miserable it can make you feel; these are the tips I use every time I fly to combat motion sickness on planes!

  • Sit over the wing: If you have the option, select a seat near the wing of the airplane, rather than sitting in the front or back of the airplane.
  • Consume ginger: Ginger ale and/or ginger candies are a great way to calm an upset stomach. Purchase ginger candies before your trip, and either purchase ginger ale in the airport (after security) or request it during your flight.
  • Avoid fatty foods: Before and during your flight, avoid eating fatty foods that can upset your stomach. This can be difficult when you’re limited to airport food; I find bagels and cream cheese are a nice alternative.
  • Eat pretzels: Pretzels are a nice, bland food that can help soothe your stomach. I recommend purchasing a bag before your trip, but if you forget, you can purchase them in your airport terminal.
  • Wear a pressure point bracelet: These bracelets put pressure on the inside of your wrists, in a spot that’s meant to help reduce motion sickness. I wear mine every time I fly! You can purchase them at a pharmacy such as CVS.
  • Turn on your vent: Having cool air blowing on you can help cool you down, especially if your motion sickness makes you feel hot.
  • Wear ear plugs/headphones: Sometimes it seems that solely the loud noise of the airplane makes me feel unwell; therefore, I always listen to music to drown out the airplane’s noise.
  • Sit next to a window: If possible, or if you don’t mind asking to switch with someone, sitting next to a window can help relieve motion sickness by allowing you to look at the horizon during daylight hours.
  • Look forward: I’ve found that looking as far forward in the airplane cabin as I can really helps calm my motion sickness. When I start to feel uneasy, I take a break from my movie or looking down at my table and instead look forward!
  • Use aromatherapy: Putting some essential oils behind your ears before your flight can help relieve motion sickness.

I hope these tips will make your flight more enjoyable (or bearable)!

What do you use to manage your motion sickness on flights?

Travel-Friendly Kitchen Hacks

This is a compilation of kitchen hacks I’ve found over the years. I’ll be honest, I haven’t tried all of them, but they’re just too handy to forget about! 

  • Need a rolling pin? Use a wine bottle with the label removed.
  • Stained container (from pasta sauce, etc.)? Combine sugar, dish soap, ice cubes, and water in the container. Put the lid on and lightly shake to combine.
    • Avoid these stains in the future by spraying containers with cooking oil before adding food!
  • Frozen meat? Place the meat in a ziploc bag, on top of an upside down pot. Place another pot on top filled with hot water. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Tough, dried food on plates? Boil water and vinegar, then pour over the food stuck on the plates.
  • Cake stuck in pan? Place the pan in a larger glass dish, and fill the glass dish with hot water.
  • Smelly hands (from garlic, etc.)? Rub hands on steel (such as your water faucet).
  • Clogged drain? Pour water, vinegar and baking soda into a disposable water bottle. Quickly put the nozzle of the water bottle down the drain and squish the bottle, pressing it “into” the drain.
  • Egg shell in the bowl? Run your finger under water first, then use that one finger to drag the shell out of the bowl. 
  • Got ants? Soak orange peels in vinegar for 2 weeks in a sealed mason jar. Pour the vinegar into a spray bottle and get those ants!
  • Old bananas? Peel and freeze in ziploc bags. Save for a smoothie!
  • Too many fresh herbs? Place in an ice cube tray and fill each cube with olive oil. Freeze until needed!
  • Need a meal on hand? Freeze a whole lasagne in a disposable pan! I recommend moving it to the fridge 24 hours before cooking it to give it time to thaw.

I hope these hacks come in handy when the moment arises!

What are your favorite kitchen hacks? Share them with us below!

5 Ways to Improve Your Health if you’re Always Sick

I’ve been skinny all my life. Many would think it’s a blessing, and I guess in some ways it is. I can eat whatever I want and it doesn’t show; I don’t need to workout to fit into society’s “perfect” body type. Basically, I can treat my body horribly and no one would know because on the outside I look the way society says women should look.⁠

However, I’ve been there, and maybe I looked fine on the outside, but it definitely negatively impacted my health. I’ve been knocked down so many times, even if I was working out at the time.⁠

It was so frustrating because most of the times I ran into health-related complications, I lost all of the progress I had made on my fitness journey. This happened year, after year, after year until I started doing these 5 things:⁠

  1. Sleeping more: Most people need 7-9 hours of sleep every night, but most people aren’t getting that! Personally, I can’t function without a minimum of 8 hours of sleep every night. #HatersGonnaHate⁠
  2. Eating less junk food: Honestly, I didn’t even cut it out completely. I simply cut BACK on how frequently and how much junk food I was eating
  3. Increasing healthy foods in my diet: Add spinach to smoothies, walnuts to salads or on top of pancakes, and eat more vegetables!⁠ (The last one has been a struggle because I hate veggies… More on that later.)
  4. Reducing stress: Whether it’s the people in your life or your job, stress isn’t worth the, well, stress! Remove those people from your life, find a different job, or work fewer hours.⁠
  5. Drinking more water: It’s recommended that you drink half of your body weight in ounces of water everyday; if you weigh 120, half of that is 60, so you should aim to drink at least 60 ounces of water throughout the day. Yes, you’ll be running to the bathroom more frequently, but you want to flush your body of those impurities!

    I’ve literally been SO shocked at how much healthier I’ve been just by implementing these 5 steps, and most of them were simply a result of giving myself a little time every day, rather than constantly being on the go!⁠

    Try it out and let me know how it goes!

What to Pack for a Kitchen Overseas

When I move overseas for nine months, I only take a large suitcase, a large carry-on and a personal item. Even with a minimum amount of space, there are certain kitchen items you can’t live without that you’ll want to take with you from home. This is my list of kitchen must-haves overseas:

  • Small blender: I take a hand blender that I use for smoothies, soups, and more. If you only plan on using it for smoothies, you can consider a single-serve blender.
  • Hand towels: I have a set of two nice hand towels that I take every year to make the apartment feel more like home. It’s the little things!
  • Seasonings: If you have favorite seasonings, especially if they’re unique, I recommend packing a bottle of each! For example, I pack Lawry’s seasoned salt, cumin, and red pepper flakes. Upon arrival I purchase more generic herbal seasonings that I’m more flexible about.
  • Recipes: You’ll want to make sure you have an array of your favorite recipes with you overseas, especially if you’re a picky eater like me. Try to pick recipes that call for standard items, and items that you’ll use in multiple recipes. This helps ensure you’ll use them up before you move again!
  • Vitamins: The language barrier can make it difficult to know exactly what you’re buying, so I’d recommend packing any vitamins you take regularly.
  • Reusable water bottle: Not only do I use a reusable water bottle while traveling, I also use it upon arrival for sightseeing, working out, and any time I’m out of the house for several hours.
  • Straw cup: In the apartment, I make sure I’m hydrated by keeping a cup with a straw near me at all times. This makes it even easier and quicker to drink water than a bottle with a screw-on top! Don’t forget to fill the cup with a piece of rolled-up clothing when you pack!

Whether you’re going overseas for a year or 3 years, I hope this list helps you remember your kitchen essentials for your move overseas!

What kitchen items do you pack everywhere you go?