Holiday Gift Guide

Christmas room in shabby chic style. Decorated tree near window.

It’s that time of the year again. In addition to making our lists and checking them twice, shopping for friends and loved ones is in full swing. However, after buying for “framily” year after year, it gets more and more difficult to stay creative as far as the gift picking department is concerned.

As well, gift giving is going to be a little harder for me this year since I am overseas, but since most sites offer the option to have the item delivered directly to the recipients home, it makes the process a little smoother. Below I’ve rounded up the best gifts for your loved ones, co-workers, friends, or anyone else! And some things I have been eyeing myself 😉

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“Fall”ing for Italy


I never thought I’d see the day but it’s finally starting to cool down in Rome, signs of fall slowly moving in. The heat was so intense and humid the past couple of months that the change in temperature has certainly come at the right time. Speaking of change, as Jared and I were walking home from the supermarket the other day, I was thinking of the change we have endured in the little time we’ve been here already. Since leaving the States, I’ve had to learn to live without things that others may consider necessary; an active cell phone plan, a car, air conditioning, clothes dryer, hot water (we were without it for a week), but it’s all the price of living here.

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How My Life Has Changed Since Moving Abroad

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If anyone would have told me a year ago that I would be living in Italy, I would have never believed them. Fast forward to today, and now 3 weeks have gone by since Jared and I have arrived to Rome, yet it still hasn’t hit me that I am living in Italy and I certainly can’t believe we have been here for a whole 3 weeks already. Where does the time go??

It was a little over a year ago that Jared and I came to visit Europe for the first time, can you guess that we instantly fell in love with it here? From the language, to the food, the culture, architecture, it’s no wonder its the 5th most visited country in the world-Italy has everything you want and more.

We are currently living in Rome, the capital and largest city of Italy with the largest population. We got really lucky with our first apartment here. It’s in a perfect location close to the Vatican Museum so we can pretty much walk anywhere from here without any problems. Normally our day to day here consists of a morning workout, getting some work done on the computer, and then venturing out later in the evening. We try to avoid going out between the hours of 12-4 because of the intense heat, so we tend to wait for it to cool down some before leaving the house. It works out as most businesses are often closed at this time anyway, which can last from 90 minutes to two hours. This is called riposo in Italy.

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