Ireland Diaries: A Trip to Howth

Ireland is beautiful. That is the only way this story can begin. I waited my whole life to go there and it did not, even in the slightest, disappoint. I think it exceeded my expectations, which is why it gets a whole series of posts because it deserves it. 

For today’s post we are going to start at the beginning, because it is a very good place to start.

When we got to Ireland we were staying in Dublin and my college roommate just so happened to be studying abroad there so it was the perfect way to meet up. So for two days she became my tour guide of the city. 

She had been sending me pictures of a pretty lighthouse at Howth which meant we had to go see it for ourselves and off to the train station we went. It is about a 30 minute ride from Dublin to Howth and easy to figure out because the train from Connolly goes there as the last stop.  Continue reading

Planes, Trains, & Automobiles, The Sequel


Planes, Trains, and Automobiles the sequel. A movie about a girl, her grandparents, and a global pandemic shutting down international transportation just at the end of the girls first trip abroad.

Here is the plot twist. It isn’t a movie. It is real life. I am that girl. Those are my grandparents, and that was my trip. 

To get the full experience we must travel back to last summer where a bright young girl with big lifelong dreams to visit her cousins in Ireland for the first time yet again asks her mother to take her. Only to hear the same answer she has heard her whole life, the bridge is not yet built. As that bridge is never going to be built I resorted to plan Y but this time with a twist. I asked if I could convince my grandpa to go with me if I could go.  Mom, as usual, agreed knowing that my attempts were usually feeble. But not this time. Oh no. I had a new ace up my sleeve this time. This time my grandpa had recently gotten hip surgery… So the next day off I set, over the river and through the woods to the grandparents house I went.

“So Grandpa…” I said.

“Want to take your new hip on a trip?”

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Bop to the Top

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In this crazy time we are in, what the world needs is a little more fun and laughter. Even if it has to be through a screen while we all social distance. So obviously the next in the brother-sister dance duos series had to be something fun which leads us too…

Sharpay and Ryan Evans “Bop to the Top!”  from High School Musical

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I have always loved the High School Musical series ever since it came out and once my brother was old enough to pay attention, I made him watch it too. Whatever I did he had to do too, even if he didn’t want to. That is just the way it works.

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Let’s Chat February Favorites

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The end of February has come, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t more to talk about. The beginning of March brings midterms so I’m spending time getting studying done and chilling around my dorm and dreaming of California because it is MUCH too cold to be outdoors.

(I’m looking at you groundhog and your lies of early spring)


For the end of February, I thought I would talk about my February Favorites that I think everyone should know about.

*Disclaimer: Nothing on this post is sponsored I really do just love all of it*

Winter Converse

Winter Chuck Taylor All Star Velvet Brown/White/Black

People who know me know I am a Converse girl. My go-to shoes are a pair of my high top Converse. I even wore Converse to my junior prom. The problem once I got to Ohio was that canvas shoes are not ideal for the winter conditions, and just when I thought all hope was lost I found the best thing. High tops that can survive the weather. They are made of leather, not canvas, and inspired by hiking boots. They’ve got fleece lining to keep your feeties toasty and a sole with extra traction. I know I sound like an ad but these shoes are just perfect if you want to wear sneakers in the winter I totally recommend them.

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Songbirds by Ben Thornewill

I found this song accidentally a few weeks ago from the ‘recommended for you’ list on Spotify. I have been playing it nonstop since. The piano part is absolutely beautiful and I am so mad that there is no sheet music for me to learn it.  Do yourself a favor and listen to it.

Starbucks Order- Iced Peach Green Tea Lemonade

I am much more of a tea person than a coffee person. You can flavor tea and have it taste like that flavor where coffee no matter what you do it will always have that lingering coffee taste. My go-to drink lately has been the Iced Peach Green Tea Lemonade. You can order it without the added lemonade but I add it because when I drink it I can almost pretend that it is summer instead of 20 degrees outside. 

Que water bottle 


This is my new favorite thing. I have a problem with drinking enough water and this bottle makes it almost fun to drink water. It is perfect to take wherever you go because it squishes down when you are done with it. It comes in different sizes and colors and totally worth it as a travel bottle. 

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Blue Light Glasses from Livho 

I jumped on the blue light glasses bandwagon and I am here to stay. I spend a lot of time on my laptop doing homework and studying and I was starting to get headaches from it. Some of my favorite people I follow on Instagram have the cutest glasses from this brand and knew I wanted some too. I linked the frames I bought below. They have them in all different colors, I got the light pink and they are SO cute.


Take a look at the glasses on amazon   

Uggs Earmuff Headphones

Last but not least, the Uggs Earmuff Headphones. In the dead of winter with 20 mph winds and a 10-degree wind chill, these are a lifesaver. My ears stay warm AND I can listen to music as I walk to class. It is seriously one of my favorite things. I can not recommend them enough.

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What have you been loving this February?


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