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A few weeks ago, Jesse and I ventured outside our little Orlando bubble over to our west coast neighbor - Tampa. I've only been a handful of times, mostly for concerts that don't stop in Orlando, but nonetheless I haven't been much. Since we've done just about all there is to do around here, we decided to mix it up for a little post-Valentine's Day date and made our way over to Tampa.





Our first stop was Oxford Exchange. This place has been on our list for a while, but like I mentioned, we don't venture outside of Orlando often. This made the hour drive worth it! Oxford Exchange is a really unique mix of things - part coffee shop, part book store, part brunch spot, event space, gift shop - and it is just as wonderful as everyone hyped it up to be. 




We started with brunch and sat outside on the enclosed patio area. The roof is a giant skylight that lets in all the sunshine, and in the center, there's a beautiful fountain with seating attached. Talk about an Instagrammer's dream. I ordered a mimosa and egg sandwich, and it was one of the best brunches I've ever had. Not sure if it was the sun or the mimosa speaking, but I so enjoyed it.




After our visit to Oxford Exchange, we headed over to Hyde Park Village, an outdoor shopping center with the cutest stores, restaurants and picture spots. Oh, and Sprinkles. There's one of those, too. If there's a Cupcake ATM nearby, I will find it.




I loved the awesome murals around every corner. The place had so much character and all of my favorite spots. Before deciding on our next move, we stopped by Buddy Brew Coffee, and tbh, I wanted to move in. It was so aesthetically pleasing, and the cold brew was so yummy.




Caffeinated and ready for our next stop, we made our way to the Florida Aquarium. I'm a huge fan of aquariums actually, so much so, that when I was a kid I begged my parents to take me anytime we went somewhere that had one nearby. I hadn't been to the Florida Aquarium since my third grade field trip, so it was fun to visit again and feel a little nostalgia. I love that it overlooks the bay, too!


Overall, we had such a fun time in Tampa for the day. It's always fun exploring new places and finding the local spots. Where should we go next?

What to do on a Day Trip to Tampa



A few weeks ago, Jesse and I ventured outside our little Orlando bubble over to our west coast neighbor - Tampa. I've only been a handful of times, mostly for concerts that don't stop in Orlando, but nonetheless I haven't been much. Since we've done just about all there is to do around here, we decided to mix it up for a little post-Valentine's Day date and made our way over to Tampa.





Our first stop was Oxford Exchange. This place has been on our list for a while, but like I mentioned, we don't venture outside of Orlando often. This made the hour drive worth it! Oxford Exchange is a really unique mix of things - part coffee shop, part book store, part brunch spot, event space, gift shop - and it is just as wonderful as everyone hyped it up to be. 




We started with brunch and sat outside on the enclosed patio area. The roof is a giant skylight that lets in all the sunshine, and in the center, there's a beautiful fountain with seating attached. Talk about an Instagrammer's dream. I ordered a mimosa and egg sandwich, and it was one of the best brunches I've ever had. Not sure if it was the sun or the mimosa speaking, but I so enjoyed it.




After our visit to Oxford Exchange, we headed over to Hyde Park Village, an outdoor shopping center with the cutest stores, restaurants and picture spots. Oh, and Sprinkles. There's one of those, too. If there's a Cupcake ATM nearby, I will find it.




I loved the awesome murals around every corner. The place had so much character and all of my favorite spots. Before deciding on our next move, we stopped by Buddy Brew Coffee, and tbh, I wanted to move in. It was so aesthetically pleasing, and the cold brew was so yummy.




Caffeinated and ready for our next stop, we made our way to the Florida Aquarium. I'm a huge fan of aquariums actually, so much so, that when I was a kid I begged my parents to take me anytime we went somewhere that had one nearby. I hadn't been to the Florida Aquarium since my third grade field trip, so it was fun to visit again and feel a little nostalgia. I love that it overlooks the bay, too!


Overall, we had such a fun time in Tampa for the day. It's always fun exploring new places and finding the local spots. Where should we go next?
I was recently invited to experience their new Himalayan Salt Therapy at the Waldorf Astoria Spa. I received a complementary Himalayan Salt Stone Massage, 30 minute session in the Salt Therapy Room, and breakfast. While this post is sponsored, opinions shared on my experience are my own.


My focus this year has been on self-care. Between work, creating content and my social calendar, there's not much "me time" in there to relax and destress. 2019 is already off to a crazy start, so when Waldorf Astoria Orlando invited me to come experience their newest addition to the spa, Himalayan Salt Therapy, I simply couldn't refuse.

Himalayan Salt Therapy, or halotherapy, boasts a rather unique experience at the spa. So unique, Waldorf Astoria Orlando is actually the first full-service spa to have its own Himalayan Salt Room on-site.

The combination of the Himalayan Salt Room with the Himalayan Salt Stone massage offers a relaxing, cleansing experience. Plus, the treatments can help with symptoms from both respiratory conditions and skin conditions.

As someone with chronic sinus issues, I felt so rejuvenated after my 60-minute Himalayan Salt Stone massage and 30-minute session in the Himalayan Salt Room. The salt cleanses to help clear out  mucus, get rid of bacteria and soothe lungs. After just 30 minutes in the salt room, I was breathing clearly for the rest of the day. My skin also felt so nice and smooth, since the stones in the massage act as an exfoliator.

Not to mention, the room was so aesthetically pleasing. It was like my Instagram feed materialized itself in the form of a room, honestly. Who knew Himalayan Salt could be so pretty??

I can't recommend the Himalayan Salt Therapy treatments at the Spa at Waldorf Astoria Orlando enough. Thank you to Waldorf Astoria Orlando for hosting me!

For more information and to book your reservation, visit this page.

Himalayan Salt Therapy at Waldorf Astoria Spa

I was recently invited to experience their new Himalayan Salt Therapy at the Waldorf Astoria Spa. I received a complementary Himalayan Salt Stone Massage, 30 minute session in the Salt Therapy Room, and breakfast. While this post is sponsored, opinions shared on my experience are my own.


My focus this year has been on self-care. Between work, creating content and my social calendar, there's not much "me time" in there to relax and destress. 2019 is already off to a crazy start, so when Waldorf Astoria Orlando invited me to come experience their newest addition to the spa, Himalayan Salt Therapy, I simply couldn't refuse.

Himalayan Salt Therapy, or halotherapy, boasts a rather unique experience at the spa. So unique, Waldorf Astoria Orlando is actually the first full-service spa to have its own Himalayan Salt Room on-site.

The combination of the Himalayan Salt Room with the Himalayan Salt Stone massage offers a relaxing, cleansing experience. Plus, the treatments can help with symptoms from both respiratory conditions and skin conditions.

As someone with chronic sinus issues, I felt so rejuvenated after my 60-minute Himalayan Salt Stone massage and 30-minute session in the Himalayan Salt Room. The salt cleanses to help clear out  mucus, get rid of bacteria and soothe lungs. After just 30 minutes in the salt room, I was breathing clearly for the rest of the day. My skin also felt so nice and smooth, since the stones in the massage act as an exfoliator.

Not to mention, the room was so aesthetically pleasing. It was like my Instagram feed materialized itself in the form of a room, honestly. Who knew Himalayan Salt could be so pretty??

I can't recommend the Himalayan Salt Therapy treatments at the Spa at Waldorf Astoria Orlando enough. Thank you to Waldorf Astoria Orlando for hosting me!

For more information and to book your reservation, visit this page.
Universal Orlando Resort recently invited me to enjoy a special date at the parks for Valentine's Day. They kindly provided us with tickets and dinner during our visit. Thoughts and opinions shared on our experience below are my own.


Flowers, chocolate frogs, Voodoo Doughnuts... sounds like the perfect Valentine's Day date to me! Jesse and I visited Universal Orlando Resort for a fun Valentine's Day date that was anything but ordinary. 


We had the best time hitting all our favorite attractions at the parks and snacking on sweets. At Universal Studios Florida, we strolled around and sipped our coffee before having a friendly competition on Men In Black Alien Attack (and I totally won, just for the record). 


We then went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley. There, we rode Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts, which is my favorite ride at Universal Orlando Resort. I have to ride it at least once every trip! Afterwards, we stopped by Sugarplum's Sweetshop to get Jesse's favorite candy.


We then headed over to Islands of Adventure for even more fun. Jesse rode Doctor Doom's Fearfall as a single rider, his favorite ride, but one I have to sit out (love Jesse, hate heights lol). We made a quick trip to Hogsmeade for a castle selfie and shopping at Honeydukes before dinner at CityWalk.


Our reservations were at VIVO Italian Kitchen, and since we've only been there once before for drinks and appetizers, we were really excited to sit down for a romantic and relaxing dinner. We recapped our day over bread and olive oil, calamari, and margherita pizza. Sooo delicious!

There's plenty more to do at CityWalk once the sun goes down and the parks close... unfortunately, the weather put a little damper on those plans, so we ended the night early, but will surely be back for another date night soon.

We had such an amazing time at Universal Orlando Resort celebrating Valentine's Day a little early. Thanks again to Universal Orlando Resort for hosting us!

Valentine's Day Date at Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Resort recently invited me to enjoy a special date at the parks for Valentine's Day. They kindly provided us with tickets and dinner during our visit. Thoughts and opinions shared on our experience below are my own.


Flowers, chocolate frogs, Voodoo Doughnuts... sounds like the perfect Valentine's Day date to me! Jesse and I visited Universal Orlando Resort for a fun Valentine's Day date that was anything but ordinary. 


We had the best time hitting all our favorite attractions at the parks and snacking on sweets. At Universal Studios Florida, we strolled around and sipped our coffee before having a friendly competition on Men In Black Alien Attack (and I totally won, just for the record). 


We then went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley. There, we rode Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts, which is my favorite ride at Universal Orlando Resort. I have to ride it at least once every trip! Afterwards, we stopped by Sugarplum's Sweetshop to get Jesse's favorite candy.


We then headed over to Islands of Adventure for even more fun. Jesse rode Doctor Doom's Fearfall as a single rider, his favorite ride, but one I have to sit out (love Jesse, hate heights lol). We made a quick trip to Hogsmeade for a castle selfie and shopping at Honeydukes before dinner at CityWalk.


Our reservations were at VIVO Italian Kitchen, and since we've only been there once before for drinks and appetizers, we were really excited to sit down for a romantic and relaxing dinner. We recapped our day over bread and olive oil, calamari, and margherita pizza. Sooo delicious!

There's plenty more to do at CityWalk once the sun goes down and the parks close... unfortunately, the weather put a little damper on those plans, so we ended the night early, but will surely be back for another date night soon.

We had such an amazing time at Universal Orlando Resort celebrating Valentine's Day a little early. Thanks again to Universal Orlando Resort for hosting us!

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