10 TV Shows You NEED To Watch

First off, hello! I went on an extremely long blog hiatus because I was absolutely swamped with college applications and after spending hours writing about myself, I just couldn’t find the motivation or inspiration to write. As motivation to finish, I promised myself that I could only post on my blog if I finished my college apps.

Yeah that totally didn’t work.

I pretty much just procrastinated extra hard and although I did finish all my applications, I kinda neglected y’all. BUT I’M BACK! And definitely better than ever.

One reason that I may have taken literally forever to finish my applications is because I’d totally split screen my laptop and have Netflix or CW or some other website playing a TV show as background noise or whatever. Which was cool. Except for the fact that I’d write a sentence and then to reward myself for the hard work, I’d totally watch 6 episodes of Friends. I’m awesome I know.

I love movies and I love films. They’re inspiring. They’re hilarious. They’re sad. They’re just cinematic masterpieces. But TV shows hold a special little place in my heart. There’s something about binging a show and seeing the Netflix “Next episode will start in 10…9…8…7…6…5…4…3….2…1” that brings me joy and happiness. You get to see characters develop over seasons and years and there are hours of content to make you laugh, cry, feel all warm and fuzzy, scream at the screen, and more.

Anyways, here are the 10 TV Shows that made my 2017


 

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In the beginning, I simply refused to watch Friends. I was like nah that show is for old people there is no way that I’m going to be caught watching that like I can’t even relate to them NAH. But after hearing from so many people that it’s golden, I decided that MAYBE I’d check it out because all my other shows were on hiatus. Then in my government class, we watched an episode of Friends because we had nothing to do in class and

I.

WAS.

HOOKED.

It took me under two months to finish all 10 seasons.

I watched it nonstop.

My phone wallpaper is a picture of Chandler and Joey riding in on the dog statue (iykyk).

I now follow ten fan pages on Instagram. No shame.

The story centers around a group of friends living in New York in nearby apartments with varying jobs. Some are related by blood or high school friendships but Chandler, Monica, Joey, Phoebe, Ross, and Rachel are always there for each other through thick and thin. Ten seasons equate to ten years of their lives and it’s just addicting. The show finished airing in 2004 but everything they go through is still somewhat relevant today.

I finished the show yesterday and did I cry? You bet your sweet butt I did.

I also lowkey want to rewatch the whole show from the beginning again.

I also highkey want to move to New York and have a group of friends like that.

Who’s with me?

Friends made me laugh and cry and everything in between. At times I was screaming because a certain “couple” were doing some stupid things and other times I was audibly saying “AWWWWWWWW,” but honestly, the show is absolutely indescribably perfect.

Watch it.


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When I was younger, The Office first aired on television and I would sneak out of my bedroom when I was supposed to be asleep to watch it. That’s how dedicated I was.

When I watched it for the first time a year or two ago (I honestly can’t remember because I’ve seen it so many times now), it made me laugh nonstop and it still does just as much today.

The story is filmed documentary style and is centered around the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company employees. It’s filled with office pranks, love stories, basketball rivalries, business troubles, and more. When you stop and think about it, it’s a wonder how they make any profit with such a dysfunctional group of misfits but it just all works under their best boss, Michael Scott.

The Office is just one of those iconic things that you’ll watch anytime it’s on tv or reference in daily conversation because it’s just that great. It’s perfect for a wide range of ages from teens to those who actually work in offices very similar to Dunder Mifflin, and despite its end in 2013, people from all over can relate and enjoy its slapstick comedy.

A must-watch for sure.


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GLEE was first introduced to me when I was nine by my aunt who was babysitting me and my siblings at the time. It mayyyyy or may not have been age appropriate for me at the time, but when I watched it for myself years later in preparation for my first year in high school, I fell in love.

The group of misfits struggling to survive the dangerous waters of high school bullies and keep their precious glee club afloat from those who would seek to destroy it, aka champion cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester, completely took my heart. Their covers of popular songs are legendary and it was amazing to see each of the diverse characters develop and find themselves over time with the help of their teacher Will Schuester.

The show ended as my freshman year ended and GLEE helped me realize that I could in fact conquer high school while being myself.

It also made me realize that I totally needed to be a part of my school’s theater program asap.

Although it started to drag a bit towards the end, GLEE will always have a special place in my heart and if you love music and perfectly choreographed impromptu awesomeness or High School Musical-esque storylines, GLEE is the perfect show for you.


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Parks and Recreation is just like The Office, but less…dark. The political satire that is Parks and Recreation is also another mockumentary just like The Office, but instead circles around the life of a very upbeat and hardworking Leslie Knope who is just trying to make her little town of Pawnee the best it can be.

Parks and Recreation is just simply hilarious. With actors such as Aziz Ansari, Amy Poehler, and Chris Pratt making you cry with laughter to falling in love with Nick Offerman’s harsh meat-loving Ron Swanson or Aubrey Plaza’s dark April Ludgate, the cast of Parks and Recreation will take you on a wild ride of humor as you root for Ann Perkins to finally get her pit filled!


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Game of Thrones is simply a cinematic masterpiece. It’s a television show but it also seems like a never ending movie based off of the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin. In the beginning of the show, I was worried about having to remember the plethora of characters and myriad of places, but as the story progresses, it’s easy to remember who is who.

Plus everyone knows that characters are constantly dying (if you didn’t I’m sorry but now you know) so the list of characters gets shorter and shorter.

Game of Thrones is a constant roller coaster of emotions and you just can’t help from rooting for the House of Stark to prevail and wonder who will be sitting on the Iron Throne next to rule the Seven Kingdoms. With extensive backstories and alliances being made and broken, Game of Thrones keeps you on the edge of your seat.

The show itself is extremely well made with amazing costumes and sets as well as an incredible story line. If you have the time, I suggest that you invest in this show. I destroyed my sleep schedule this past summer watching it, but it was well worth it. The show has brought me to full on sobbing at some points, but trust me, it’s worth it.

The last season comes out in 2019, so you have a whole year to catch up! Do it.

Plus Kit Harington is adorable.

If you haven’t seen it, You know nothing Jon Snow.


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Sherlock is a modern adaptation of the well known detective stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It is without a doubt one of my favorite television shows of all time because of how well it’s made and its dynamic storyline. Every time I watch an episode, I’m always amazed by Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman’s incredible acting skills that never fail to blow me away.

With fantastic villains such as Adam Scott’s Jim Moriarty or the annoying Phillip Anderson as well as the adorable Molly Cooper or the incessant nagging of Sherlock’s older brother Mycroft Holmes,  Sherlock is full of rich and developing characters that give the show amazing laughs as well as bring you to tears.

I have completely fallen in love with this “consulting detective” and his flat mate John Watson and it makes me sad that Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are so busy doing other movies and shows that they cannot continue this amazing show. Sherlock is another rollercoaster masterpiece that is well worth the watch.

INVEST IMMEDIATELY.


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Rick and Morty is a nonstop comedy following the interdimensional adventures of cynical Rick Sanchez and his timid grandson Morty Smith. The show is straight up hilarious, but it’s definitely not for all ages.

Originally a short parody of Back to the Future, Rick and Morty combines ultimate randomness with an interesting storyline as you accompany the pair on their wild adventures through the different dimensions and domestic life. Not only struggling with his grandfather’s shenanigans, Morty also struggles with his parents and his typical high school crush while proving that life isn’t easy for a 14 year old. Even his older sister Summer accompanies the two on their adventures, but it’s everyone who joins in on roasting their father, Jerry Smith.

Rick and Morty is just a good time.


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Jane the Virgin centers around the life of religious Jane Villanueva who finds herself accidentally artificially inseminated after promising her grandmother to save herself for marriage. To make it even better, the biological father is then a married man, cancer survivor, former playboy, owner of the hotel where she works, as well as her former teenage crush.

Sounds like a good time? You bet it is.

As the story goes on, Jane finds herself involved in a love triangle or two or three and she must decide to follow her passions or stay safe in her current job all with a baby on the way.

I originally found this show on Netflix because I was bored and needed something to watch and my friend needed someone to talk about it with, but now I’m absolutely hooked and I watch each episode as it comes out each week.  #teamRafaelalways

Besides just being a romance and drama, Jane the Virgin is also hilarious and just a great show that tugs on your heart strings and keeps you rooting for Jane to succeed through all her struggles.


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I began watching Riverdale on a whim simply because KJ Apa appeared when I rolled my mouse over the Riverdale rectangle on Netflix. It’s that simple.

Using the characters from the Archie Comics, Riverdale focuses on the lives of the “core four” or KJ Apa’s Archie Andrews, Lili Reinhart’s Betty Cooper, Camila Mendes’ Veronica Lodge, and Cole Sprouse’s Jughead Jones. Each of them has their own struggles to deal with but it takes all four of them to help solve the issues going on in their little town of Riverdale.

With Riverdale, you never know what is going to happen next with its constant plot twists. Chilling backstories and past history come up as Betty rebelliously works as an almost modern Nancy Drew to solve the mysteries going on in Riverdale.

Plus who doesn’t love seeing KJ Apa playing the guitar or hearing Josie and the Pussycats sing new songs? Riverdale pretty much has everything from music to love triangles.

What has started out as a whim has evolved me into a dedicated fan as I’m dying 6 out of the 7 days of the week to see what happens next.

I pretty much can’t go to my Instagram explore page without seeing Riverdale season two fan theories.

It’s great.

Watch it so we can debate over who we think did it.


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13 Reasons Why has gotten a lot of complaints throughout the year for how graphic it was or how it seemed to glorify suicide, but I included it in my list because it was a show I watched in 2017, the message was great, and 10 shows just sounds cooler than 9.

The mystery drama centers around quiet teen Clay Jensen who receives a collection of thirteen tapes that explain the thirteen reasons or circumstances why his friend Hannah Baker ended her life. It’s full of mature content and addresses subject matter prevalent to today’s society and culture.

It has been renewed for a season two and although I’m not quite sure what it’ll be about, I’m interested in what comes next. The show itself makes you think about how your actions and words have an effect on the people around you. You never know what their day has been like or what their life is like so you don’t know how your small comment or what situation may affect that person.

13 Reasons Why had me on the edge of my seat during each episode and I was very interested in what came next. So much so that sometimes waiting for the 10 second countdown on Netflix just wasn’t fast enough.

 


And that’s it! 10 tv shows that I think everyone should watch because they’re just iconic and entertaining and wonderful and they’ve taught me a thing or two. A majority of them I watched in 2017, but not all of them (trust me I’m not THAT lame) so if you have time in between absolutely killing 2018 and need something to relax to, I say check a few of these out. 🙂

 

Kasual kook xx

 

Easy Oats 4 Different Ways

Fall is finally here! It’s time to pull out your cute sweaters and scarves and drown in everything pumpkin spice flavored.

As someone who lives where it NEVER gets cold, I enjoy the slight breeze we get for fall. And with this slight breeze, my weak self needs something to warm me up in the morning to get me started on my day. One of my more recent favorite breakfasts is oats because it’s good for you as it contains fiber and lowers cholesterol. But besides that, I love oats because they’re simple and I can add different toppings to change it up.

So here are my favorite four ways to eat oats in the morning!

1.Blueberries and Honey

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If I’m having a sweet tooth that morning, I’ll pair my oats with some fresh blueberries and a little drizzle of honey. It’s that simple! Yum!


2. Oats on the Go!

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I love oats but some mornings I wake up really REALLY early and my stomach isn’t quite awake yet but I know I’ll be hungry later! Luckily, I have a couple washed gelato containers that I can reuse to keep my oats in! I paired these oats with some almond butter and fresh blacberries and strawberries. The nuttiness of the almond butter with the sweetness of the strawberries is perfect! Plus it just melts right into the oats! Delicious!

3. Peanut Butter Oats and Strawberries

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One of my favorite snacks is strawberries and peanut butter (don’t knock it til you try it!) so I LOVE to incorporate it into my oats. While my oats are cooling a bit so I can actually eat them without burning my mouth, I like to fold in a bit of peanut butter to make my oats just that much creamier. Then I top it with some fresh strawberries and tada! I’m getting hungry right now just thinking about it!


4. Oats in a Jar!

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As someone who LOVES nut butters, I shed a small tear whenever I finish a jar. And if those tiny remnants of whatever nut butter you’re eating are left in the jar but you can’t QUITE reach them, this type of oats is just for you!

I also have an addiction to apples and peanut butter as you can see here so these oatmeal toppings were PERFECT for me! While the oats are still warm, spoon them into jar of nut butter. They will melt the nut butter stuck to the sides of your jar and make your oats creamier! Cut up a green or red apple and toss the pieces on top into whatever aesthetic design suits your fancy. Plus you can just screw on the top and take these oats on the go too if needed! Sooooo gooooood!


And that’s it! Four easy ways to add flavor to your oats! As you can see, I’m finally getting into a healthier lifestyle (you can read about it here) and oats are a big part of my breakfasts!

I know they’re not too much into the aesthetic so feel free to arrange the fruit into anyway that you see fit and tag me in your pictures on Instagram! (@Kasualkook)

Enjoy!! 🙂

Kasual kook xx

Changing to a Healthier Lifestyle

First off: I don’t claim to be a health nutritionist or the healthiest person on earth. This is all based off of my opinions, ideas, and experiences. So don’t come for me. 🙂

Let’s begin.

So like everyone else, I had the new year’s resolution every year to be healthy. Did I follow through with that? Maybe. Maybe not. But I didn’t take it too seriously. I lived by the motto “I’m here for a good time not a long time” and I just ate whatever I wanted. The “good time” tasted great but it wasn’t exactly the best for me.

This year, I made the same resolution and I didn’t take it seriously at all. Last year towards the end of the year, I went a whole month without sugar and even though that happened to be around the time where my school gave out free ice cream and bake sales were abundant, I felt great. But it sucked. Like free ice cream? Sign me up! Oh wait, I can’t.

I learned about how much sugar was in all the things I was eating daily and I had to find substitutes for gummies, cookies, and chips when packing my lunches because I also tried cut down on my sodium intake. I mostly survived on apples which I used to never be a fan of before and I lived by the phrase, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” And it was crazy difficult.

And then when my month was over, I went back to my sugar habits and ate two cupcakes immediately because yolo my friend made them for me.

But I was more health conscious and I haven’t packed chips for lunch since. And I still eat some apple almost daily.

Months ago, I was thinking of doing the same thing again. A month wasn’t too hard and honestly, it made me feel great. I didn’t have energy spikes and I could fall asleep easier at night and I just felt stronger. But I wasn’t that committed to it and I almost didn’t do it until I had quite a large cup of hot chocolate from my favorite local coffeeshop (I’ve never had coffee) and completely fell asleep afterwards into a fat nap. When I woke up, I felt horrible. I was so tired and I didn’t want to do anything. And to top it all off, I had a huge headache. I did not feel great.

So I decided that I’d try to be healthier and I stopped eating sugar.

And TRUST ME when I tell you that it’s difficult. Fall is beginning and my mom WON’T STOP BAKING PUMPKIN THINGS THAT I CAN’T EAT UGH. I don’t know what I’m going to do for Halloween.

On the surface I looked healthy. For breakfast I either cooked some eggs or made some oatmeal with fruit and some type of nut butter. For lunch I packed sandwiches on whole wheat bread with apple slices and either little tomatoes or mini cucumbers. For dinner, I just ate whatever my family was cooking or if we had leftovers, I made the attempt to eat the somewhat healthier option. Everything was going well. I even found an app that would track all my calories, weight, water intake, and exercise. I felt like I was finally on top of my eating and my life and I enjoyed putting in what I had eaten everyday. I enjoyed getting that little green perfect sign when I had eaten the perfect number of calories.

But when you looked deeper, that wasn’t healthy. Sure I had an app to track all these things but I was obsessed. The whole process became destructive and I realized that I needed to focus less on how much I was eating and more on what I was eating.

So I stopped using the app. And I started using another app instead, Instagram.

And yes I know, scrolling through Instagram doesn’t sound smart when so many people have commented on how much it has affected their mental state and self confidence when seeing models posting photos in bikinis.

But instead this time I turned to a girl named Allie who tracks her health and fitness under the username @abv_fitlife. Not only were all of her photos so aesthetically pleasing that I was salivating over every picture, but she didn’t count calories and she looked great! Plus she was so cute and happy and her daily Instagram stories with tips of the day were awesome and made my day. Plus her avocado leggings were to die for! It was more about eating healthy meals that make you feel happy and full while being a bit conscious of the calorie and sugar intake to make sure what you’re eating is clean and good for you. Her #WaffleWednesdays and #ToastTuesdays never fail to disappoint and although I haven’t tried the vegan protein powder that she uses or the Square Organics bars that I’m DYING to try, I can definitely say that I am being healthier and I’m so so much happier.

And yes, I’m two months strong with no sugar.

So what did I learn?

Well I definitely learned that I can’t rely on an app to control my life. The app doesn’t know me as well as I know myself and I although I was eating “healthy,” I wasn’t being healthy in my lifestyle choices. I also learned to check the packaging always!! Whether you’re counting calories or not, make sure you know what you’re eating! One of my favorite snacks used to be crasins or dried cranberries but when I checked the packaging, the main ingredient was sugar!! I was eating that much sugar when I could easily pick up a piece of fruit! Clean eating is the way to go! I’ve also learned to LISTEN TO YOUR BODY! Being thinner doesn’t mean healthier! If you’re feeling a rest day, take the rest day to let your body heal. If you’re hungry and need a snack, eat that apple. If you’re really craving something, eat it. Everything in moderation. And finally, be comfortable and at home in your own body. I started this whole health thing because it made me feel healthy and strong and more confident in myself and that’s ALWAYS a good thing, 🙂

And I’m not saying that you need to cut all sugar out of your life and go completely vegan in a day, but maybe try and take the initiative to check out the labels of what you’re eating or try and make it yourself if that’s the lifestyle change you’re looking into making. Little steps can make big changes!

Social media is an amazing tool that you can use to your advantage to connect with other people all over the world! I’ve been able to connect with Allie and even ask her any questions I may have! It’s an amazing resource that you should utilize! Just scrolling through your feed can inspire you daily to keep it up and stay strong! Follow @abv_fitlife for some daily inspo! I even made my own health food account too so check it out at @kasual_eats! I’m always down for some questions!

And now I live by the fact that “I’m here for a good time and a long time.”

The ultimate cheesy way to end this post, I know. Be you, be happy 🙂

Kasual kook xx

PS. I know I haven’t written in forever but besides having this going on in my life, I’ve been swamped with college essays and applications. What a GREAT time!! Wish me luck!

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How to: Survive a Hurricane

School finally started back for me a few weeks ago and I’ve been busier than ever! But after having last Monday off for Labor Day, I was ready to hit the grind again on Tuesday. Uuuuuntil the end of the day Tuesday, when I heard that school was going to be canceled Thursday and Friday due to hurricane Irma (Irmahgerd that’s crazy!) and I rejoiced for the new four day weekend.

And after preparing for the hurricane the last few days, I’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks to help you survive any hurricanes you may encounter.

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With over 120 mph winds going on outside, you’re going to want protection for your windows. Although it’s crazy tempting to want to see trees, leaves, cars, and practically everything flying around outside, you want to make sure that you’re safe. So whether you have way cool accordion shutters that can just close shut or you have manual shutters like I do, put them up and stay safe from those flying tree branches.

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I’m completely serious here. Don’t get whomped out there. *finger guns*


2. Food Up

Stock up on food! Not only should you stock up on food for your fridge, you should also make sure you have enough non perishables in case the power goes out. My family made some healthy banana bread because it can sit out without refrigeration and it’s quick and filling too! Check out the recipe I blogged about awhile back here.

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If you have a grill, make sure you have food to grill in case you have no power and stock up on propane to keep it going! Pro tip: buy a lot of tortillas so you can grill them to make quesadillas! The possibilities are endless. You want to make sure you look like this during the hurricane…

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Instead of like this.

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3. WATER. WATER. WATER.

You need water to survive. It’s a simple fact. Make sure that each person in your household has a gallon per day. You also need water for cooking and cleaning and bathing so it’s pretty darn important! Especially if your air conditioning goes out or you eat too many salty snacks, you’ll be extra thirsty so get some extra water. Get more than less. Fill up your bathtub with water if necessary. Fill up all your reusable water bottles too.

Make sure that you get your water as soon as you start hearing about the hurricane and don’t wait last minute because everyone is going to need water! Wouldn’t you rather be at home putting up shutters instead of standing in line at Publix or your nearest supermarket waiting for water that they just might not have? Stay hydrated my friends.

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4. Gas Up

When you need gas, you can just go to the nearest gas station right? WRONG. To evacuate, you need to be able to drive which is only possible if you have gas. So naturally, everyone goes to make sure their gas tanks are filled.

But gas stations don’t have an unlimited amount of gas in them so if you’d rather spend your days leading up to the hurricane not foraging around town for gas or waiting in line for hours, get your gas ASAP and don’t waste it! Bring some extra jugs if you have any and stock up.


5. Get Some Books

With no power, you won’t be able to have wifi and without wifi…well it could be chaos. Grab some good books to keep you occupied and a flashlight and candles if needed!

Considering my “nightstand” next to my bed is made up of the Harry Potter books stacked, I’ll be reading those to occupy my time during the storm if the power goes out. Or maybe I’ll do some Latin translations…but that’s if I’m really desperate.

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6. Check Your Batteries and Charge Up

Everybody’s mom has a stash of batteries somewhere in their home that you’re normally not allowed to use…or maybe that’s just me, but check them to make sure they work! We thought we had a bunch of batteries but when we went to go get some, many of them had leaked in the package and were no good. So check to make sure you have batteries! They can be used for your flashlights, radio, or even fairy lights for when the power goes out.

Charge up all your external batteries and your phones, laptops, tablets, or basically any pieces of technology you have because you won’t be able to when your power goes out!


7. Finish your Netflix Show Before the Power Goes Out

That’s it. That’s all I have to say. Can Rachel Berry wait? Can Michael Scott wait? Can Leslie Knope wait? CAN JON SNOW WAIT?

The answer is no.


8. College Applications!

Bored during the hurricane? You can be like me and finish your college applications. Or start them. Just make sure you save your work in case the power goes out suddenly. These are desperate times people.


9. Take Your Dang Pets!!!

If you have a pet or multiple pets, TAKE THEM WITH YOU!!! If you’re evacuating, don’t leave them behind! It breaks my heart to see them left behind to fend for themselves. Make sure you have enough food and water for them too! If you leave your pets behind alone, I will not hesitate to kick you in the face. And yes, I can kick that high.

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10. STAY SAFE!!!

Stay safe and don’t do something stupid. Make good choices. Help those around you. Follow these tips! I’ve got your back. Good luck. 🙂

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Kasual kook xx

Local vs Chain

It’s finally summer break for me and I couldn’t be happier. It’s actually been a few days of summer but I can safely say that in those few days I have slept more than I have during weeks in the school year, fallen in love with Lorde’s new music, successfully wanted to become Diana from Wonder Woman, cried over characters in movies and TV shows (don’t wanna spoil anything), ridden through enormous puddles in my flooded street and driveway on my bike, and been bitten by more mosquitos than I’d like to count.

BUT.

I have some advice for you. As someone who regularly enjoys eating food and traveling, I’m here to drop some knowledge on you.

EAT AT LOCAL RESTAURANTS INSTEAD OF RESTAURANT CHAINS!

This goes for when you’re traveling or just going out to eat in your own city or town. And you might be thinking, but I love my guac from Chipotle or I love my Big Macs! Well I’m here to tell you that you’re, as Donald Trump would say, wrong. And here’s why…


  1. The Aesthetic Pleasure

As people say, you first taste with your eyes. No matter how appetizing I told you a soup that looked like vomit was, I’m preeeetty sure you still wouldn’t want to eat it. When you eat at local places, they’re usually smaller restaurants with adorable set ups and a cozy feel. The food itself just looks plain old BEAUTIFUL. You will never see me posting pictures of food from a chain restaurant because it just doesn’t look as nice as the food from cute little local restaurants.  Check out these photos I took from a cute little restaurant. If you want that cute Instagram Tumblr feel, go local for some cute set ups and artsy chill vibes. 20170603_124652Attach78164_20170603_131859Attach78165_20170603_131908Attach78168_20170603_131921Attach78167_20170603_131915


2. The Food Quality

In chains, they all get their supplies and ingredients from one location which means that the ingredients probably have to be frozen in order to be transported to each location. With local restaurants, most of the ingredients are grown fresh nearby so you’re not only supporting local farmers, you’re also getting the freshest food to put into your body and it tastes oh so good. For example, if you’re going to eat at your local restaurant, they could have grown the greens used in that salad or gotten them from local farmers or if you go get ice cream from a local ice cream shop, they probably make their own ice cream from their own dairy farms. Even fresh grown coffee beans will make some bomb diggity coffee. This way, you’re getting the freshest and healthiest foods to put into your body. This doesn’t necessarily mean more expensive either! Some of these places might even be cheaper than your local chain restaurant! Each place you travel to has their own special foods that they are known for based on the things they grow there, so you can guarantee that local restaurants will be using that ingredient to make delicious dishes you’ve never tried before.

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3. When you’re traveling, you want to try and immerse yourself in the culture of the people who live there. I’m not saying straight up convert into the religion of that country, but try the different foods the place has to offer. Don’t stick to your McDonald’s when you can always branch out and try new things! Eating locally is also the best way to find out where cool attractions are and where the local people like to hang out instead of just going to the standard crowded tourist areas. Try the local dishes and try the fresh ingredients they have to offer you!

 


Whether you’re eating around your hometown or traveling to a new place this summer, pick the local restaurants over the restaurant chains! Trust me, both your Instagram feed and your tastebuds will be thanking me. Hit up those local cozy spots with good food and support your local farmers! Even the smallest ice cream parlor that plays the Grease Soundtrack on repeat with the creeeeepiest memorabilia ever can have the best ice cream you’ve ever had (true story).  Making this small change can make your vacation even better than you would have expected! 🙂

Kasual kook xx

Vero Memorial Day Adventure

Okay I know that I call everything an adventure but Memorial Day was a ROLLERCOASTER let me tell you.  You’re definitely not ready.

The journey begins with the semi-chaotic one-hour-late wake up before quickly packing for the adventure. With apples, grapes, water, and mini oreos packed and swimsuits on, my dad, mom, sister, and I hit the road to make the long trek to Vero Beach. Immediately my dad turned on the AM radio which was the signal for my sister and I to put in the earbuds. I turned on the recently discovered Dear Evan Hansen Soundtrack and I was set.
Around 41 minutes into the trip, we decided we needed to get some gas so why not stop in Jupiter for some snacks and coffee too. After making our way to a pretty sketchy gas station and getting some VERY expensive gas into our car, we set off to find the widely acclaimed donut shop. The thing about Jupiter is that everything in Jupiter is named “Jupiter (blank)”. From Jupiter Animal Hospital, Jupiter Barbershop, Jupiter Tattoo, EVERYTHING began with the word Jupiter. (If you live in Jupiter and disagree I’m sorry but TRUST ME when I tell you that I’m right and from what I saw, this is true.) This called for reading everything out loud in weird voices because why not. It got a little out of hand.
My sister: Where are we?
Mom: Jupiter!
Me: What are you talking about mom? We’re on Earth?
I’m hilarious, I know.
My sister even caught on with Jupiter puns saying things like “Jupiter lose yourself” in the words of Eminem’s song “Lose Yourself”. GENIUS
But it seemed the trek to find the perfect donut shop was harder than previously thought. Jupiter Donuts are the best donuts around and perfect for our stop on the way to Vero but they were closed for memorial day. Tragic, I know. So we decided to go to the next best coffee place, Oceana Coffee. My dad was on a crazed hunt for coffee and baked goods. One could even compare him and his neon sky blue sunglasses to Guy Fieri on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives (don’t worry he doesn’t have the bleached hair). All rules of the road were lost and rolling through stop signs in empty parking lots was the new thing. When we finally reached Oceana Coffee, we all got up and out of the car. An elderly woman was giving me the stink eye from her open car window but I ignored it until we came to a halt at the door. They were closed. CLOSED? Yup, the sign on the door said that it was closed for Memorial Day. Never had I seen a more mortified look on my father’s face. We ran back to the car to drive to find another coffee shop because my dad NEEDED his coffee. We quickly made our way to another Oceana Coffee and at last they were open. When you walked in you could immediately smell the coffee. With pictures and diagrams of how to make coffee all over the world to a map of the world with different currency pinned to it’s original location, the small shop was simply an aesthetic. They had blueberry, carrot cake, chocolate chip, and cranberry muffins as well as almond, chocolate, and regular croissants and homemade protein balls and sandwiches. With iced coffees and muffins in hand, our family made our way out of the quaint coffee shop and into our car to enjoy our purchases. My sister got a Blueberry Muffin and I chose the Carrot Cake Muffin. I like to consider myself a Blueberry Muffin Connoisseur but today I chose to be adventurous (yes I know I’m SO adventurous) and go for the carrot cake.

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With the Fleetwood Mac Pandora Station on, we cruised along to Orchid Island. My uncle needed a part for his hose at his house so we stopped at Home Depot as he turned the car off and ran in to get the part. And this is where I leave you, my last will and testament in this hot car with sweat dripping down my face with the windows closed in 100 degree heat. Tell my family I love them….

I’m just kidding but I was actually suffering. Watching my sister teach my mom how to play sticks is actual torture. It even got to the point where we were singing “it’s gettin hot in here so take off all your clothes” screaming in pure hysteria.

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We finally finally FINALLY found the part we needed and hit the road again to make it to my uncle’s beach house. Once we were there, we chilled for a little bit and then squeezed everything into one car and headed to the beach.

The beach was sweltering hot. Like unbelievably hot. Like the surface of the sun hot. Like flesh melting off your bones hot. Okay maybe not that hot but it was pretty damn hot. We wasted no time rubbing on some sunscreen and running to the ocean water. It was cold ocean water. Like melted ice caps cold. Like an oasis cold. Like it felt so good as if it was the last drop of cold water left on earth during the apocalypse cold. It was pretty darn refreshing if you ask me. The mixture of the hot air and burning sand with the cool breeze and icy water made the perfect combination.

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After swimming around in the water for an hour or so, we got back out and reapplied sunscreen to avoid becoming Larry the Lobster. Something we always do every time we go to the beach is dig a huge hole kinda like a hot tub. If you dig deep enough on the beach, you can hit water, so my siblings and I always dig huge holes and build up walls in order to create our own tiny private beach or pool. Yes it is as epic as it sounds. With the sun beating down on our backs, my sister and I sang the Original Hamilton Broadway Soundtrack as we dug and dug and dug and dug and dug. We tried our best and alternated building the wall and digging the hole. We dug past the soft sand and got to the layer that was straight up shells which pretty much cut up our hands but we finally hit water and expanded our “hot tub”. But before we could enjoy what we had worked so hard to dig, it was time to go back to the beach house and wash up for dinner. We were covered in sand head to toe to we jumped into the freezing ocean to wash off, hopped into the car, washed our feet off in my uncle’s outdoor shower, and we all ran to the nearest shower to get rid of the feeling of being sticky and all the sand in places where sand should not be.

At this point we were ravenous. So we head to the nearest and most popular restaurant. We chose to sit outside, partly because it was crazy crowded inside and we also wanted to enjoy the view of the bridge and the fishermen. Around 5 minutes after we were seated, we immediately regretted our decision. Where was the breeze? Where was the cool water? WHY WAS THIS A FREAKING SAUNA? WHY IS THERE SWEAT BEADING UP ON MY SKIN WHEN ALL I WANT TO EAT ARE MY CONCH FRITTERS? Clearly, the struggle was real.

Although I’m pretty sure Satan was chilling with us in the heat, the food was amazing. The conch fritters we ordered were delicious and I was so hungry I even ate some of the lettuce the conch fritters came on. Everyone pretty much got fish tacos but I ordered the Fried Green Tomato BLT with sweet potato fries and my sister ordered The Ultimate Grilled Cheese. Trust me, if you want cholesterol, you will eat this 7 cheese triple decker sandwich with bacon and tomatoes. Mine was delicious; I don’t think my sister could finish hers.

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After the meal we stopped back at the house for a pit stop, made sure we didn’t forget anything, and hit the road again. Here’s where the REAL adventure begins.

My family car closely followed my uncle’s family car along the scenic route. We watched the sunset as we drove windows down with loud music playing. I was exhausted so I eventually fell asleep. When I woke up around 45 minutes later, something wasn’t right. First of all, my family was playing Elvis Presley. Like at full volume Elvis Presley. Like no thank you I hate Elvis Presley. Secondly, my family was in front of my uncle’s car and we were leading them where to go. Thirdly, there was an accident so we had to drive around into an airport and out the other side to avoid the accident. The roads were rough and the car just didn’t feel right. Sure enough, we turned down the Elvis Presley and we heard the sound of a flat tire. So we pulled over in the dark to check it out. Sure enough, there it was. The front left tire was flat so we had to move everything from the trunk into the car to get the spare tire. My dad started changing the back left tire until we told him he was about to change the wrong tire so he moved on to the front tire. The lugs refused to come off so our insurance guy came to fix the tire. Before he could get his hands on it, my uncle pulled up out of nowhere and pulled out the lug wrench. He jumped up and down on it and loosened them up right in front of the insurance guy. He just came out to do his job and my uncle straight up showed him up. We were back in the car and on the road in a jiffy. We had to drive slowly in order to avoid damaging the spare tire but that didn’t stop us from listening to loud music and watching old music videos. By the time we arrived home, the spare was flat too.

It was at this point I realized I had a paper due so I ended up staying up really late to write it even though I was exhausted and then I hit the hay. As soon as my head hit the pillow, I was out.

I ended the day with a semi decent tan….more like sunburn but I swear, it’s not THAT bad. The day was exciting from start to finish and there was no shortage of new experiences and struggles but I wouldn’t trade it for anything else….except maybe an open donut shop or something. 🙂

Kasual kook xx

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Relaxin’ on a Saturday

Ahhh Saturdays. To me, Saturdays are probably the best day of the week. Some might say nahhhh Friday is the best day of the week but to those people I say false. incorrect. alternative facts. Because on Fridays you still have to wake up early for school or for work or whatever you’re doing during the week and then you try to stay up late Friday night but then you’re still tired because you woke up early that morning. It’s a struggle. Buuuut if you hit ’em with that Saturday, Saturday gives you the ability to sleep in as well as stay up late so it’s the best of both worlds honestly. Truly.

Saturdays are like the day for yourself. It’s a day where you can sleep in and get all the sleep that you missed during the week from staying up and getting 4 or 5 hours sleep every night. You can get them all back on Saturday and you can spend the whole day chilling and doing what you need to because procrastination is key. It allows you to do whatever you want because you have Sunday to do all the things that are due Monday. Procrastination. It gets the best of us.

And everyone knows Sundays are famous for breakfast or brunches or whatever but Sunday brunches only exist because you stayed up late Saturday night. But what about Saturday breakfast? They’re just as important as Sunday breakfast, let’s be honest. So yeah wake up as late as you want from partying Friday night or going to bed early and make yourself a good breakfast. If you need to be productive, then get a productive start of your day with a good breakfast with some brain food and you’re good. Put on some music started vibing. Whatever you have to do to start off your productive Saturday you should do.

Today, I woke up whenever I wanted to for the first time in a while because usually wake up early on Saturdays to do things. And I was like hey let’s have a productive day today, let’s make breakfast. Let’s just say I was feeling it. It was sunny outside, wasn’t too hot, wasn’t too cold so I opened up my blinds, saw that it was a beautiful day outside, turned up my music and popped out the eggs and bacon. Honestly, you just need to wake yourself up because obviously you’re going to be tired from the past week, but if you want to have a productive day or you want to have a relaxed chilled day, crank up your music, breakout that wooden spoon, and use it as a microphone to sing some karaoke while your eggs are frying in the pan. Come up with some impromptu dance as your bagel is in the toaster. Play the music that gets you happy at full volume as long as your neighbors don’t get too upset (and it’s actually good music). Start off your day with a positive note. Haha get it positive note as in music but also like a pun. Alright you got it.

And you know what, instead of just sitting inside and enjoying your breakfast with your music, why not take it outside if it’s a beautiful day. Take the extra time to wipe down your patio furniture and sit outside and enjoy the cool breeze on a hot spring / summer day. Take your music outside with you and enjoy nature. It’s been shown that going outside in sunlight increases productivity, so why not kill two birds with one stone and eat your breakfast as well as get in those productivity rays. Just get a wet paper towel to clean down your surface and just wipe down the table (or just have a clean table in the first place but I don’t have a clean table in the first place. When I tried to clean my table in one swipe, my paper towel was completely black but it’s fine.) If you want to make it even more relaxing, don’t even bring your music outside unless it’s some really good killer playlist of beach waves. Just listen to the wind rustle through the trees in your backyard or your front yard if you’re sitting on the porch or watch the crystal blue water ripple in your pool. Do whatever you need to do to enjoy life and be in the moment.

So yeah maybe you might overcook your eggs because you’re too carried away singing to your favorite song or you burn your bagel a tiny bit because you’re too busy dancing around but it’s fine because at least you’re happy and having a good time. Saturday mornings are the perfect time to take time to yourself and just reflect on how your week was. If you want to wake up to the smell of coffee, get out of bed and go make that coffee yourself and enjoy it for yourself. Get some good sun rays in and start off your day on a positive note. 🙂

Kasual kook xx

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