Chocolate – Healthy – Low Calorie : The Greatest Combination That Ever Was

I have a sweet tooth.  I blame genetics, so it’s obviously not my fault when I accidentally eat an entire tin of brownies.  This is my DNA.

Because of this genetic mutation I am burdened with, I am always looking for ways to eat dessert without my bum showing that I eat quite so much dessert.  Chocolatecoveredkatie.com, the healthy dessert blog, has been the greatest discovery I’ve ever made in this mission (well, this blog and a treadmill, but that makes for a far less interesting blog).

I’ve tried so many of her recipes – some are overly complicated (attempting to find xylitol at a grocery store), some are a bit odd (the bean dip brownie debacle), but most are downright delicious.  I recommend checking out this awesome blog, but I’ll let you in on my absolute favorite of Katie’s recipes: The Healthy Chocolate Chip Blondies.

photo courtesy of chocolatecoveredkatie.com

photo courtesy of chocolatecoveredkatie.com

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New Year, New Resolutions and This Time I’m Keeping Them!

I’ve never been great at keeping resolutions, but this year I’m really motivated.  2013 was a year of pretty epic change for me.  I settled into adulthood with my first (and second) grown-up job, I moved countries (and continents), rented an apartment in New York City (the most difficult thing in the world) and somehow found time to start a travel blog.

I’ve thought a lot about what I want out of 2014, and besides never moving in this city again, here’s what I’ve come up with:

1. Travel More: I figure this one is pretty obvious, but also I want to be more creative with my experiences.  Living in Europe made me spoiled.  Every two hour (cheappp) flight was a new country, a new language and a totally new experience.  But moving back to the US, I’m not as excited to travel.  I need to change my attitude, since I’ve still got approximately 20 states left I’ve never even been to! It may not be a new country or a new language, but every state is different and worth a visit.  So, my resolution is really to make every place I go to an adventure. Because even if it’s just down the road, you’ve got to travel to get there!

2. Be More Selfish: I know this sounds weird, but I’ve actually always been kind of bad at this.  I worry too much about what others might want or need, even in situations where making one choice isn’t really going to be very good for me. But I make that choice anyway.  So, whether it’s choosing to take that trip I can’t really afford for a long weekend because it’s going to make me happy or just making my friends go to my restaurant of choice, I’m going to be more selfish (sometimes) in 2014!

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Gwyneth’s Guide to Brooklyn Eats

I don’t care what Vanity Fair wants to say about Gwyneth Paltrow, I love her, and I love her City Guides.  I got her city guide app for my iPhone while living in London, and her recommendations never steered me wrong.  Soon after she released her London city guide, she released one for New York and LA.  Check them out here!

Searching for new places to try outside of the 50 feet surrounding my apartment building is so overwhelming.  There’s just too many options, and it’s pretty easy to go wrong (and pay too much while doing so). Since I trust Gwyneth from her London recommendations, I know this Brooklyn list is a good place for me to start in a new borough.  Apparently Brooklyn is the new Manhattan right? ….Well, like ten years ago…what can I say, I’m behind!

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To Pack or Not to Pack

I find that one of the most stressful things about traveling is figuring out how to get everything you want to pack into a suitcase that fits within the inane baggage guidelines that most airlines abide by these days.  I’ve bought suitcases touting lightweight frames, bag scales for “expert” pre-airport planning and always carry a massive expandable carry-on bag for emergency situations.

However, no matter how hard I try, I always end up being that girl in the airport that’s frantically repacking her suitcases after the check-in person has informed me that all my bags are over the 50 pound weight limit. Why don’t they have a special room for all the poor travelers like me? Nobody wants to see my socks and hair products all over the floor of the airport.

Or worse, the terrible feeling only experienced in the boarding line for Ryanair when they finally noticed that the bag I’d been slipping passed them on so many flights doesn’t fit in the horrible suitcase measuring device.  So, I’m prohibited from boarding their glorified flying Greyhound bus until I’ve forked over the equivalent of a mortgage for them to check the darn thing. Yep, I’ve been there.

My packing at work - There's a suitcase under there...

My packing at work – There’s a suitcase under there…

To say the very least, I could learn a thing or two from this GaranceDore.fr post on how to pack like a pro for an entire month of traveling across 9 cities.

If I learn to pack better, can someone fly me to all these cities? Deal…?

Hello World

Thanks for stopping by! I’m Lindsay and this blog will hopefully help to inspire you on places to travel, how to plan your travel and even what to wear while you’re traveling. It’s not a lifestyle blog per se, but traveling has really changed my life. So, if it inspires life changes for you too, then so be it.

…Or, at the very least, it can be a nice break during those sluggish afternoons in the office – beats staring at the cubicle wall, right?

Hope you enjoy!

Attempting to find my way around the South of France.

Attempting to find my way around the South of France.