Sorry I have been MIA the last few days!! I've been meaning to post a ton of blog posts but since I got my puppy a few days ago, my life has been extremely a little crazy.

Miniature Poodle Puppy

She is soo precious and fun to be around. She LOVES cuddling and she'll fall asleep at my feet whether I'm at my desk or cooking, it's too stinking cute. She's also super good with other dogs and people, which has been a blessing!

Although she is the cutest little thing, having a puppy is a T O N of work! I definitely knew that going into this, but it's not just about taking them out every hour or two. The hard part is teaching them to tell you when they need to go to the bathroom (sometimes it's sooner than every 2 hours!), teaching them to not chew everything in site, and teaching them to be independent so you can leave without them freaking out! If you have any tips on puppy rearing I'm all ears! I read all the puppy books and blogs before getting her, but I'm realizing that book advice isn't as practical as the advice I've gotten from fellow puppy parents!

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8 Game-Changing Tips for Moving

8 Game-Changing Tips for Moving

It's that time of year when new residents are moving across the country, fellows are moving to their new hospitals, and undergraduate students are avoiding the thought of going back to school in a a few more weeks! I recently finished a big move and thought I would share some of things I learned along the way so it might help others! Whether you're moving back to school or moving to your first home, I hope these tips can help :)

1. Use boxes - "Well, duh" you're thinking, but this is actually a great strategy. Boxes are easy to stack on top of each other in the back of a car, pick-up truck, or U-Haul. It will make it way easier on yourself to pack things in boxes that are sealed with packing tape, instead of open boxes or crates, where things can shift or slide out.

2. Pack Smart - In between plates use coffee filters and wrap dish towels around mugs. Use t-shirts, towels, or pillowcases for picture frames, glass, and mirrors. In the truck, use softer items to cushion more fragile items. We moved a nice wood table and used my sleeping bag and some soft weekender bags to make sure it didn't hit the side of the truck while driving.

3. Label EVERYTHING - This seems obvious, but labeling where you want the box as well as what is inside the box is extremely helpful! I had boxes and boxes of kitchen supplies but when we just wanted bowls and silverware for breakfast the next day, it was extremely helpful to only have to open one box! Also, marking "FRAGILE" on fragile boxes will remind you, and anyone helping you, to be extra careful with those boxes to ensure nothing breaks!

4. Get help! - Moving is never fun, so if your budget allows it, have movers help you. This is a great resource -- they will give you quotes based on the amount of time/people you need. Even if you don't book the movers through the website (you can call each moving companies directly), you will have an idea about the price ranges in your area. You can also look at yelp.com for your city to find smaller businesses, as well as college student movers. I used a small business from Yelp that didn't have a website or anything, I just called and got an estimate. At first it seemed a little shady, but  since they had good reviews, I went for it. The movers were extremely professional and affordable, even more so than a big company I ended up using to unload my boxes! Don't feel like you need to go with a big name. If you can't use movers, enlist your friends, roommates, significant others, or family! Remember to treat them to a delicious meal/massages afterwards because anyone who helps you move is a saint! A lot of colleges also have move-in teams to help you once you arrive on campus, so check your school's website for that! If you can't get human help, a rolling chair could do the trick (*insert laugh-crying emoji*)

8 Game-Changing Tips for Moving

5. Keep a weekender bag with you - Many people told me to pack an overnight bag with my toiletries, but my genius sister reminded me to pack a bag with toilet paper (GAME CHANGER), soap, towels, PJ's, clothes for the next day, undergarments, toiletries, sheets, and an extra set or 2 of clothes. Once we unloaded everything, returned the U-Haul, bought groceries, ate dinner, and got back to the house, I was not ready to go on a scavenger hunt for all these items. It made the move SO much easier and way less stressful.

6. Make an itinerary - I am overly pretty organized so when it came to the big move, I planned everything. I had a big Word doc with info regarding U-Haul/mover/etc, what times I was meeting the movers, the exact address, their phone numbers, and my reservation number. I also planned out when the U-Haul tank would run out of gas and used GasBuddy.com to find cheap gas stations right near the highway around those mileages. It was super handy because we drove separate cars, so we already had a planned destinations to meet throughout the trip.

8 Game-Changing Tips for Moving

7. Have snacks ready to go - Ain't nobody got time for hanger (hungry + anger, it's a real thing) when you're trying to move!! We each packed trail mix, 3 granola bars, an apple, water, sandwiches, and carrots to keep us fueled throughout the day.

8. Leave early - Try to think about traffic and plan your departure and arrival in order to avoid rush hour traffic. The drive will always take longer than you think because of unexpected traffic, bathroom breaks, gas, and eating, so make sure you leave yourself plenty of time!

Do you have any extra tips to add? If so, comment below!

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Finding Dory + Summer Savings Tips

Oh my goodness Finding Dory was so stinking good! If you're on the fence about going I definitely recommend it! Whether you're going with your favorite little ones, your friends, or for date night, Finding Dory is 100% appropriate for all the above! It's based off the original movie Finding Nemo (aka a C-L-A-S-S-I-C!) but this part of the story is based off Dory's past and how she ended up finding Marlin (and Nemo of course!) in the first place. This movie was seriously all the feels!

Finding Dory + Summer Savings Tips

Speaking of movies, three really awesome summer saving tips when going to the movies:
1. $5 movies on Tuesday nights - Most movie theaters (including Regal, AMC, Cinemark) have $5 movies on Tuesday nights! Check your local theater because this is definitely a steal.
2. Matinees!! - Guys I love matinees. I'm not sure if it's a weird summer tradition for me, but going to the movies when it's still light outside just makes me feel like a little kid! The theater is usually empty and the tickets are 30-40% cheaper than night time showings!
3. Bring a water bottle and eat before - Bringing your own water bottle is a great idea because you can refill it and you don't have to worry about crazy expensive sodas! Plus the price of popcorn at the theater? No thanks! I try to eat a snack right before I go so I'm not hungry and craving all the popcorn and candy!

Have you already seen Finding Dory?! Did you love it!?

Summer Outfit Watermelon Blouse

I love this watermelon blouse! It's so fun and summery! I paired it with some white lace shorts to complete the classic summer look. It's the perfect outfit to wear to a cook out with family, or you can swap the shorts for some white jeans and wedges for a girls night out! Outfit details below!!

Summer Outfit Everly Watermelon Blouse

Summer Outfit Everly Watermelon Blouse

Everly Watermelon Blouse
White Lace Shorts (old, similar here, here for $10!!, here, here, and splurge here)
Gem Sandals (currently 50% off!!)
Kate Spade Bow Cross Body (similar options here, here, here, here, and here)
Bracelet 1, 2, 3, 4 (How fun is this one?!)
Gold Glitter Earrings
Free People Sunglasses

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Amazing Pump-Up Playlist

I just discovered this new playlist on Spotify and it is AMAZE!! Every time it's playing I want to jump up and start dancing. Basically it's a great way to get in a good mood while you're working or while you're getting ready for the day. It's the perfect mix between older pop/hip hop songs and fun new songs. Hope you guys like it!

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Pineapple and Quinoa Summer Salad

This week I wanted something light and healthy after a weekend of eating fries and fried fish sandwiches. A good diet is all about balance right?! I found this amazing recipe but since I didn't have time to whip up some chicken, I changed a few things to make it even quicker! It's super delicious and I will definitely be making it many more times this summer!

Pineapple and Quinoa Summer Salad

Pineapple and Quinoa Summer Salad

Pineapple and Quinoa Summer Salad
Prep and cook time: 15 mins
Servings: 5

1/2 cup of uncooked quinoa
1 cup of water
1 Knorr chicken cube*
1 pineapple
2 cups of grape tomatoes
4 cups of spring mix
2 cans of sweet corn kernels
1/2 red onion
1 mozzarella ball
4 lemons
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp garlic powder
1 dash of paprika
1 dash of Trader Joe's 21 spice salute

*You can also substitute the Knorr chicken cube and the cup of water for 1 cup of chicken broth

1. Add 1/2 cup of quinoa, cup of water, Knorr chicken cube* and cook on high heat until boiling. Once boiling, cook on medium heat until all the water is absorbed, about 10 minutes.
2. While the quinoa is cooking, cut the pineapple, and dice the red onion and mozzarella.
3. In a bowl, combine the grape tomatoes, spring mix, corn, red onion, and mozzarella.
4. In a small container mix together the olive oil, juice of the lemon, garlic powder, paprika, and 21 spice salute and then add to the salad bowl.
5. Serve with quinoa and pineapple on the side.

Protip: If you want to save the salad for another night, make the dressing and refrigerate it but don't add it until right before eating (whether the same night or a few nights later)!

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Bloom Where You Are Planted

This has to be one of my favorite quotes. It really strikes a cord with me because sometimes you're placed in a really bad situation and it seems impossible for things to get better. However, if you only let in the positive and do everything in your power to bloom in that situation, you will do amazing things. This could range from changing career paths, to moving to a completely new place far from family and friends, to the loss of a loved one. Sometimes life doesn't go as planned and maybe that new city is a lot lonelier than you thought, or your new job isn't what you initially hoped for. In those tough times, you have to dig deep within yourself and try to find the positives. Journal if helps to keep track of the positive things, even something as small as seeing a child playing, sitting in the warm sun, or a delicious homemade sandwich for lunch. Keep pushing and growing because after a while things will fall into place: you will find good friends and activities you love in your new city, you will get the swing of things at work and find fulfillment in what you do, and over the course of months your broken heart will be filled with beautiful memories of your loved one and things will slowly start to get back to a new normal. Whatever you're going through, you CAN do this! Do everything you can to bloom where you're planted.

Sending you all the inspiration and good vibes,

 PS Check out more inspiration here!

Travel Guide: Dallas, Texas

Travel Guide Dallas Texas

Where to Eat:


Travel Guide Dallas Texas Food Truck Sandwich

Velvet Taco - Hands down THE BEST taco's I've had in my entire life. If you only eat at one place in all of Dallas, it has to be Velvet Taco. #nomz

Food trucks at Klyde Warren Park - They have food trucks every day from 11am-3pm! There are tons of different options. Above is the delicious sandwich I got from one of the deli trucks!

Mi Cocina - Up-scale Tex-Mex food that is extra tasty with the perfect ambiance for a night out.

HG Supply Company - Go sit at the top!! HG Supply Company has a beautiful balcony and delicious food!

Dessert & Coffee Shops:

Travel Guide Dallas Texas Steel City Pops

Travel Guide Dallas Texas Emporium Pies

Travel Guide Dallas Texas Sprinkles Cupcake ATM

Steel City Pops - Extra delicious popsicles! They have tons of different fruity and creamy flavors.

Emporium Pies - This place is AMAZING. Their pies are sooo good. There's always a line way out the door, so you know it's good! We got the Smooth Operator and Cherry Bomb but I'm sure every pie is a winner!

Sprinkles/Cupcake ATM - This place is so fun because if you go to Sprinkles after hours, you can get a cupcake from their ATM machine! What a cute and delicious idea!

Paciugo Gelato - Extra tasty gelato! How can you say "no" to fancy ice cream?

Where to Drink: 

Travel Guide Dallas Texas The Truck Yard

Truck Yard - A really fun, outdoor beer garden with truck inspired deco, live music on the weekends, and food trucks nightly. Check out their calendar here!

Community Brewery - Super relaxed brewery where you can go on a tour of the brewery or just hang out with live music.

Where to Shop:
North Park Mall - The high-end mall with tons of amazing stores like Free People, Nespresso, Nordstroms, and Pinto Ranch Fine Western Wear (all I'm saying is they have Lucchese Boots...!!).

Highland Park Village - If you want to feel extra fancy, check out the Highland Park Village with stores like Chanel, Hermes, and Jimmy Choo.

Bishop Arts Distract - Cute boutiques, more on this below!

What to do:

Travel Guide Dallas Texas Klyde Warren Park

Klyde Warren Park - The park is such a fun place to go. It has fountains for kids to play in, tons of food trucks for a nice picnic with friends, and is pet-friendly. There's also a fancy little restaurant, music, and fitness classes.

The Sixth Floor J. F. Kennedy Memorial Museum - Really great museum about the history of the former president in the same location, Dealey Plaza, where the president was assassinated.

Bishops Arts District - Shop, eat, walk around. What more could you want? (Kidding...mostly.) But there are tons of shops and restaurants!


Renting a car - Dallas is pretty spread out so you'll likely need a car to get around.

Uber - If you're staying downtown, you can get by without a car but may want to catch an Uber to go to restaurants or activities that aren't in downtown Dallas.

Do you have any suggestions for things to do in Dallas?

Thanks for reading!

Father's Day Gift Guide

With Father's Day just around the corner (June 19th), I thought I would put together a gift guide. When it comes to shopping for your dads, I've learned that the best gifts are practical and/or from the heart. Getting him something that he can use everyday or that will make his day a little easier are extremely appreciated. Here are a few of my picks for useful and great Father's Day gifts! For some of the pricier options, you could split the price with siblings!
Scarves and Sweets Father's Day Gift Guide

Dollar Shave Club | Burberry Watch | L.L.Bean Toiletry Bag | Heart-felt Card | Tumi Wallet
 Massage | Fitbit | Godiva Chocolates

Dollar Shave Club - Monthly shipments of nice (free) razors = every dad's dream.

Burberry Watch - Watches are the best present because you use them every day but whenever he looks at his watch he'll think of you! I got a little carried away with the watches, they all looked so cool! This one is a pretty pricey, but this Skagen watch and this Ted Baker watch are similar options!

L.L.Bean Toiletry Bag - Great for the dad who travels a lot for work or for fun! This one is just as nice and half the price!

Heart-felt Card - I am not above a sweet card written from the heart. Every dad loves to hear how much he is appreciated and the impact he's had on your life.

Tumi Wallet - Dad's always carry their wallets in their pocket so they get worn pretty easily. Updating your dad's wallet with this beautiful Tumi one would be a luxurious but very useful gift!

Massage - Massages are a great gift for a dad of any age. Being a parent is stressful (even with grown children!) so help you dad take care of himself by giving him a gift card for a massage. He would never get one on his own, but will immensely appreciate it! You can use Yelp for great local massage studios.

Fitbit - A Fitbit is a fun present your dad can use to track his steps, check his heart rate during workouts, and track progress over time. Definitely a good one for the active dad or a dad who is trying to be more active!

Godiva Chocolates - You just can't go wrong with chocolate! Godiva is having a buy one get one 50% off on their Father's Day boxes through 6/19!

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Applying to Medical School

Tips for applying to medical school

This is a post I've been thinking about writing for a while, because it's a question I get frequently from friends, friends-of-friends, and coworkers. I completely forgot how nerve-raking it was to apply to medical school, until recently when someone asked about my specific MCAT study schedule. All the info in this post is based off my personal experiences from my own application and my friends applying around the same time. I hope I can pass along the knowledge I've gained and help someone else along their path to medicine!

College Coursework
1. Complete the prerequisites. Every school is somewhat different so check with the schools you are interested in, but the major ones are general chem 1, general chem 2, organic chem 1, organic chem 2, biology 101, anatomy, physics 1, physics 2, English, and sometimes calculus.
2. Major in something you LIKE! If you hate biology, don't major in it! It's not necessary to be a biology/chemistry major to get into medical school.
3. Challenge yourself. I think it helps your application to have difficult coursework like higher level chemistry and biology courses (beyond the prerequisites). Medical school is extremely difficult and being able to do well in difficult undergrad classes will show that you will likely do well in the difficult med school curriculum.

I can't speak towards studying for the new sections of the MCAT but my main tips are to do practice questions and take full-length practice tests. The main way to study is to just do a zillion practice questions. I wouldn't bother watching or reading review material, instead dive right into the practice questions. Do 10 questions at a time and then check those and make sure you understand the concepts. Each one I missed, I would write down in a notebook the concept and why I missed the question. If I was still confused, I'd quickly review the concept or watch a video online. I also tried to do a full practice test every Saturday. It's definitely doable to study while you are working full time or taking classes, you just need to make it a priority to do X number of practice questions per day (100-200 is plenty because you need time to make sure you understand the ones you're missing!) and at least 5-10 full-length practice tests before the big day. I would only recommend a prep course for those who are a few years out of college because it is a good review, but if you have seen the material recently, then doing practice questions is a better use of your time. As far as resources, these were my favorite:
1. All 5 Examkracker 1001 Books (1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5) - Practice questions, practice questions, practice questions.
2. Audio Osmosis - I listened to this every day on my way to and from work and it was super helpful. I'm definitely an auditory learner and I loved the way they had silly ways to remember facts.
3. Full-Length Practice Tests via AAMC and Gold Standard (scroll down) - I would do 10 of these before your real exam day because the average of these will probably be around your real score. What is more important than taking the tests, is giving yourself a few hours to review the test and make sure you really understand the ones you missed.

Where Should I apply?
This is a very personal choice because each school is looking for a particular type of candidate. Some schools focus more on research and want students with lots of research experience. Some schools focus on service and want students with hundreds of hours of volunteer experience. The focus and mission of the school will dictate the type of students accepted. To have the best experience in your 4 years in medical school, try to find schools where your goals and experiences match the school's mission (ie: you don't want to be stuck at a research-based med school with a required research year if you hate research!). You should apply very broadly and no school is out of reach but keep in mind your own strengths. If you are interested in getting an MD/PhD and are heavily focused on research, and that's where most of your previous experiences are, you are not as likely to be a top choice for a service-oriented school, even with excellent GPA/MCAT scores.   

Writing the applications
In general, for your primary application I would write a personal statement about WHY you want to go into medicine and then different activities you've done and how they've prepared you to be a good physician. I wouldn't get too fancy and try to write a very attention-catching personal statement like you're encouraged to do for undergraduate college admissions. Keep it simple and sincere! As far as secondary applications, I would write very specific ones for each school. Every school has extremely different missions and tailoring your essays will show the schools you care about their program.

Do you have any questions about applying to medical school? Any advice to add? Comment below!

Hope this helps!

Easy Potluck Crowd Pleasers

Easy Potluck Crowd Pleasers
Easy Potluck Crowd Pleasers

Whether you're going to a potluck or your friend is hosting a get-together, it's always nice to bring a dish! I would first ask the hostess if there is anything she needs in particular and if so, definitely bring that! Otherwise, here are a few ideas!

1. Ice Cream Pie - This recipe is so simple and is a huge crowd pleaser because it tastes amazing! I just added toppings (chocolate syrup, chopped peanuts, and cinnamon) to make it extra fancy!

2. Watermelon Wedges - Now that summer is in full gear I'm all about the cut up watermelon on a warm night! If cutting a giant watermelon seems daunting, check out this step-by-step tutorial!

3. Bruschetta - This is the perfect summer finger food. It's light, healthy, and super delicious! This home-made bread is so tasty and would go great with this 15 minute bruschetta recipe (to make it even faster, you can swap out the fresh basil and fresh garlic for dried basil and garlic powder from the spice aisle!).

4. Fancy cheese and crackers - Pick up some artisan cheeses (like Brie, goat cheese, or Manchego) and a few different types of crackers. If you're feeling extra fancy, add some olives or a few berries. It's super easy yet extra delicious! Check out this guide on how to assemble the perfect cheese platter!

5. Mac and cheese - Although not the healthiest of the bunch, mac and cheese is a sure-fire way to become everyone's favorite. I recently went to a get together where one of the hostesses made this recipe. It was beyond delicious! She filled transparent plastic cups half way full and popped in a plastic spoon to complete the look.

6. Drinks - If you're celebrating something, grab a bottle of Prosecco or Champagne. If there will be kids, bring a family-friendly drink like homemade lemonade or tea. Sometimes drinks get overlooked, so check with your host/hostess!

Do you have any potluck suggestions?! Comment below!

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Avocado Toast

Avocado Toast with Siracha, tomato, and red pepper flakes

Avocado Toast with Siracha, tomato, and red pepper flakes

I love avocados but I don't love eating them alone. I had an extra 1/2 avocado from making this delicious recipe, and decided to use it to make some avocado toast. I ended up adding more things to the toast then pictured, so be sure to check out the recipe below!!

Avocado Toast
Prep and cook time: 5 mins
Servings: 1

1 piece of your favorite bread (I used whole grain!)
1/2 avocado
1 tsp of red pepper flakes
1 tsp of Sriracha
1 tomato

1. Toast the bread until desired crunchiness.
2. Remove 1/2 avocado from peel and spread it on the toast.
3. Add Sriracha, red pepper flakes, and cut up tomato.
4. Enjoy!

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How to Organize Your Shoes

Confession: I have a slight shoe obsession. Since I have SO MANY SHOES I needed to find a system to organize them without driving me nuts. Some people like to put their shoes in a mud room but I like having my shoes in my closet so I can coordinate my outfits. After searching for tons of different shoe organization units I finally found the perfect, budget friendly shoe organizers! Behold!

How to Organize Your Shoes

1. These organizers from Target are game-changers, and are only $10 each!! You can buy multiple units to stack along the walls, or even stack on top of each other.

2. Put seasonally-inappropriate shoes away. If it's summer, put your winter boots away so they aren't taking up precious real estate!

3. Stack your shoes if they can be stacked! This is especially useful for flats and sandals!

4. For heels, put them on the top row with one shoe facing in and the other shoes facing the opposite way (see the top row of shoes above). It will greatly increase the space of the row.

5. Donate unworn shoes that are still in good shape. If you haven't worn them in over a year, be honest with yourself, it's time to let them go. If they're falling apart, it may also be time to say good-bye and throw them away.

Do you have any other shoe organizing tips? I'd love to hear them!

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Summer Wish List

I'm already in the summer state of mind and my wish list is definitely getting longer and longer. I'm trying to hold off until some of these pieces are on sale but I wanted to share some of the pieces I'm wishing for!

scarves and sweets summer wish list

Victoria's Secret Getaway Halter - Victoria's Secret makes high quality and supportive bathing suits that are super cute. Use SAVE40SWIM at checkout for 40% off swim wear!

Do Not Disturb Hat - This hat is so stylish and fun! Whether you splurge on the Eugenia Kim version, or save on the more budge-friendly B.P. hat, make sure you protect your face from UV rays with style!

Free People Kensington Sun Glasses - These sunnies are so cute and I love the wide frames, so you have more sun protection!

Lakitia Glitter Sandals -These sandals are so cute and brighten any outfit. At $20, they're comfortable and a total steal!

J. Crew Factory Scalloped Shorts - J. Crew makes THE best shorts that are just the right length and just the right cut. How cute are the scallops?!

Mott 50 Stripe Tunic Dress - I love Mott 50 because they make sun protective clothing that are stylish. This cute dress is UPF 50 and is great for throwing on to go to the pool, beach, or around town without getting sunburned!

Straw Tote - This straw tote is the perfect pool or beach bag! It's extremely spacious for all your pool and beach-side necessities, and it's only $35!

Cheetah Print Bandeau - This bikini is so fun and it's under $20! It would be perfect with the matching bottoms or with a fun different colored bottoms, like these in "coral island".

Is there anything you have your eye on this summer? Comment below!

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