Fri(yay) Lovin’ #19

*Puts on glasses, brushes off dust from laptop, cracks fingers, and begins to type*

Hi friends! How have you been?

As 90 percent of my blog posts, I’ll begin this one acknowledging my prolonged absence. In the time since you last heard from me, I became an aunt once again, was promoted at work, have been figuring out ways to become more involved in the Central Florida community, have spent evenings devouring books, courtesy of the Orange Country Library System, and have eaten way too many blueberries (more than I care to admit, anyway).


The past few months have been a whirlwind, but life is good. Can’t complain. But enough catching up, and let’s dive in to this week’s Fri(yay) Lovin’ where I share some of the things that are making my heart glow this week. As always, I’d love to hear from you, and the things you’re loving this week!

Royally Obsessed Podcast: For the British monarch aficionado, I introduce you to Royally Obsessed, a royal-family-focused podcast that explores “the highs and lows in Buckingham palace, and everything you need to know for high tea.” Hosts Kaitlin Menza and Lisa Ryan take listeners on a wild ride, featuring segments such as the royal cocktail of the week, royal history, and the latest in royal news and gossip (tons of hot goss on Meghan and Harry, my two best friends in the world). I will say, that this podcast is different from the ones I usually listen to, and it is not as well-researched and executed as others, but it truly feels like I’m listening to friends speculating on the lives of a powerful family, with the limited information that is made available to all.


Lilac Girls and The Alice Network: I’ve loosely been following Reese’s Book Club on Instagram, and checking out the books she features once they’re available at the library, and these two books have been my favorite so far. Both books were inspired by real events and real people. The first book, intertwines the lives of three women during the Second World War: Caroline Ferriday, a New York socialite working at the French consulate, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager taken to Ravensbrück concentration camp, and Herta Oberhauser, an ambitious German doctor. Caroline and Herta were real people (their stories have been editorialized a bit), and Kasia was inspired by a Ravensbrück survivor. The Alice Network, is a historical fiction novel, about a young woman recruited into the real-life Alice Network in France during the First World War. The main character, Eve Gardiner, works alongside Alice Dubois, a pseudonym for Louise de Bettignies (Louise was an actual secret agent who spied on the Germans during WWI!), the leader of the Alice Network. I loved both of these books because of the strong female heroine leads, and was moved by the choices they made in order to carry their missions along.


Earthwise Reusable Mesh Produce Bags: Somewhere between the number of global warming videos on my newsfeed leading up to Earth Day, and the article of the sperm whale that swallowed 64 pounds of garbage, I became incredibly aware that I was not doing enough to lead a sustainable lifestyle. In the past few weeks, we’ve begun recycling (we recycled once in a while, but it wasn’t a priority), we use reusable bags at the grocery store, and have made small changes, including purchasing reusable produce bags. We visit the Winter Garden Farmers Market almost every Saturday, and I’ve noticed the number of plastic bags that we bring home, carrying tomatoes, potatoes, garlic, fruits, onions, asparagus, and more. I decided to purchase the Earthwise brand on Amazon and haven’t regretted the choice. The bags are light enough that they do not add extra weight on the scale, and it comes with nine bags of varying sizes. We still have a ways to go in changing our ways at home, but this is a good start!


Hope you all have a great weekend! I’m excited to hit up Cocoa Beach Uncorked on Saturday and possibly Barre In The Park on Sunday (I’m still on the fence about that, as I’ve attended barre classes in the past and wasn’t a huge fan). 

Long live HRH Prince Louis of Cambridge!




Fri(yay) Lovin’ #1

Another week has come and gone! Hope it was as fruitful for you as it has been for me.

So I’ve noticed a lot of bloggers doing a weekly round-up of things they love — like books, health and travel tips — and calling it “Loving Lately Friday” or “Things I’m loving…” so I’m going to jump on the bandwagon because I love too many things and I don’t have enough time to dedicate a post to each!

I found sweet swim caps for my nieces at Warby Parker on Wynwood.

Revista Moi
: I’m only able to get my hands on this magazine when I’m in Mexico so this week I took the plunge and subscribed digitally. I love it because instead of the typical “how to lose weight in five days,” “27 sex tips that will turn your life upside down,” and “get this entire wardrobe because you look like a frumpy old grandmother in that sweater” articles, Moi focuses on health, humor, love and sex in a more personal and human way. Let’s just say that I don’t feel like I need to hit up the gym every time I pick up the magazine. Plus, it’s in Spanish (sorry, non-Hispanic friends…)! Like I said, the print edition is only available in Mexico but you can download the app on your iPad or iPhone and enjoy the issue for just $1.99.

Podcasts: These bad boys got me through my return flight from Brazil and on my drive to Miami this week. The first podcast I’m hooked on is Modern Love (which has nothing to do with that awkward-as-hell column, Savage Love as I initially thought). Through essays, Modern Love explores the ups and downs of the different ways in which people deal with love and loss. Each episode has a celebrity narrator which in the past have included Jason Alexander, America Ferrera and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. The second podcast I’m currently lovin’ is Nerdette, which allows the listener to geek out with the hosts over books, music and current events. It is also a kind of feminist/female empowerment podcast and before you roll your eyes and go, “another feminist… Just what we need…” check out this quote from Maisie Williams:


daaaaang, son!


Lizzie Velasquez
: I had the honor and the privilege to hear her speak at the Hispanicize conference in Miami.

Born with a rare congenital disease that impedes her from gaining weight, Lizzie Velasquez turned her situation into an opportunity to help others. You would think that after stumbling upon a video of herself online and reading the negative comments on it, she would have quickly turned into an agoraphobic looney (which is what would have happened to me). Instead, it empowered her to make a change and speak out against bullying and overcoming. She’s authored three books, appeared on a documentary and shows no signs of stopping any time soon! Check out her TEDxAustinWomen talk here.


I was able to meet and chat with her for a bit after the conference! #imwithlizzie


Well brochachos this was fun but I’m outie! Any podcast recommendations for my drive back?