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Milano

17 May

Italy feels so long ago, but I still like to close my eyes and go back there. It was a wonderful trip – filled with friends, food and amazing cities. Although we spent the majority of our trip in Rome, we also visited Milan since Thomas, Sebastian’s twin, was studying there at the time. And we never pass up an opportunity to explore a new city, so we started and ended our vacation there.

Lucky for us, Thomas’s girlfriend Milena was also visiting – I love it when the four of us can get together. The first day we took things slow, starting at this great little restaurant called Bello e Buono that Thomas discovered on, you guessed it, Trip Advisor.

Bello E Buono #Milan #Italy | www.the-wild-child.com Gnocchi #Milan #Italy | www.the-wild-child.com

We came in at the end of a very busy lunch hour. The place was tiny so we waited patiently for a table. Everything felt quintessentially Italian – loud kitchen, homemade pasta and pizza, and traditional decor. We talked to the owner after our meal, such a nice guy, and he generously gifted us a bottle of homemade wine. Our day was off to a great start.

Eating Gnocchi #Milan #Italy | www.the-wild-child.com

Fresh Pasta #Milan #Italy | www.the-wild-child.com

Group Photo #Milan

After lunch we walked to the Milan Cathedral (Duomo) and its plaza filled with pigeons and tourists. I loved people watching there. We also checked out the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the world’s oldest malls. I wouldn’t call it a mall, though.

#Milan #Italy | www.the-wild-child.com

#Milan #Italy | www.the-wild-child.com

#Milan #Italy | www.the-wild-child.com

Then we headed to Sforza Castle – the inside was closed but it was cool walking around the interior courtyard. It would make for a cool movie set. We wrapped up our evening at a little café to catch up and swap stories about how we met.

After Rome, we came back to Milan. The last day of our trip we went back to the Duomo and met up with Thomas and Milena at an outdoor market. We decided to pick up some fresh ingredients and spend the evening making dinner together.  Before heading home we stopped at California Bakery, near Thomas’s school, for dessert and a cappuccino. Then it was off to cook!

Duomo Daytime #Milan #Italy | www.the-wild-child.com

Pigeon Chasing #Milan #Italy | www.the-wild-child.com

Market #Milan #Italy | www.the-wild-child.com

#Milan #Italy | www.the-wild-child.com

We had a blast making dinner together. Me and Milena were dancing around in between chopping veggies, and the boys were figuring out how to recreate the deep-fried artichokes we had in Rome. When everything was said and done, our dishes included homemade guacamole, tomatoes with buffalo mozzarella, fresh bread and fried eggplant.

Dinner #Milan #Italy | www.the-wild-child.com

With just a couple of days, we only scraped the surface of Milan. But it was more fun hanging out with good friends versus trying to be super tourists. As I always say, it’s just another reason to go back some day.

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Summer lovin’

15 Jul

It’s been one heck of a crazy summer so far. Between weekend outings, family parties and getting a new job, I feel like I haven’t had a moment to catch my breath. I’m not complaining though! I love summer and all the fun it brings.

Here are just a few of the things I’ve been up to this season:

Baseball games

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Making summer dishes

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Spending time together

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Watching fireworks

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Going to Rogers Market

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Enjoying campfires

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Launching lanterns

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Eating hotdogs

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Attending concerts

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Going to the fair

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I love this time of year, and I’m super excited for all the other things I still have planned. Cheers to summer!

Pittsburgh weekend

22 Apr

I headed back to the Steel City this past weekend to catch up with some of my old friends from Kent State. With everyone working and living in different areas, it’s not always easy to get together, and we all jumped at the chance for a college reunion. I love visiting Pittsburgh, and it was a perfect opportunity to catch up and further explore the city.

We started the day at Pamela’s Diner in Squirrel Hill for hotcakes and coffee. Once we were thoroughly stuffed, we headed to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History to walk off our food and learn about dinosaurs, minerals and ancient cultures. Afterward we headed to the Mount Washington incline for great views of the city and a stop at Grandview Bakery. I tried the caramel apple cupcake, and it did not disappoint. We finished the day with sushi at Little Tokyo and an evening filled with wine, stories and laughter.

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It was so great getting together and hanging out with the girls.

Thanks to Shantae, Rebecca and Sam for a fun weekend!

A little faith and some random thoughts

15 Oct

Two weeks have gone by since I arrived home from my vacation in Germany, and I’m starting to get back into the groove of things. I’m always in this weird funk when I return – my physical body is here, but my heart is somewhere else.

Last week felt especially difficult. It was a rough week at work, and I was seriously starting to doubt myself. Just when I was feeling really down, I came across this quote:

It’s so true that we often put ourselves down, or at least I do. It’s something I will try to change because I know I am worth a lot, and I should try to have more faith in my abilities.

Speaking of quotes that helped me get through the week, I am obsessed with the character Phil Dunphy from “Modern Family” and his Phil’sosophy on life. This one is my favorite:

And finally, this Saturday I attended a wedding for two of my close friends Kyle and Danielle. It was a beautiful ceremony for a beautiful couple. The reception was a blast, and I feel in a much better place this Monday.

{the lovely couple}

{Nick photobombing us – Lauren, Erika, me}

{in John’s words: we would absolutely survive the zombie apocalypse}

Cheers to the week ahead!

images via: 1, 2, 5 and my friends’ FB photos

Days go by

11 Sep

Well hello there, mid-September. You sure came out of nowhere! Is anyone as surprised as me how quickly these last few weeks have flown by? I didn’t even realize we were in a new month.

August came and went, but there were some fun-filled days before it ended. My sister made a few trips home before her big move west. That’s right folks, Grace is heading to Eugene, Oregon, and we’re very excited for her. I’m sure there will be some trips that way in my future, especially since both my siblings have relocated out West.

Anyway, during one of her visits home, we rounded up a group of friends and headed to karaoke night. Singing and drinking turned into taking shots and plenty of laughs – and some stellar performances! My little cousin Kelsey sure can belt out a tune.

On the last day of the month, I took my dog to work. I work at an advertising agency, and we’re dog-friendly. Needless to say, I think he had more fun than I did.

{happy puppy}

Finally, I spent most of Labor Day weekend relaxing and shopping, but I did make a trip to the Canfield Fair. French fries, lemonade shakes, special people, super-sized pumpkins and ponies – doesn’t get much better than that!

{I will call him Li’l Sebastian}

Now that September is in full swing, I’m busy wrapping up things at work and preparing for another trip across the pond. I love to travel, and I’m extra excited for this trip. It feels like ages since I’ve seen Sebastian.

10 days! xoxo

P.S. My post from 9/11 last year. I think the theme still holds true today. Never forget.

I get by with a little help from my friends

3 Aug

I had one of those aha moments yesterday at a happy hour with some coworkers. We were all sitting around a table outside at a little Mexican restaurant, sipping on margaritas and munching on chips. There was a lot of laughter, funny name-guessing games and storytelling.

When I got in my car to drive home, I realized how lucky I am to have people like this in my life. People like my best friends Erika and Lindsay, my siblings, my parents, Sebastian, my coworkers – everyone helps me get by each day.

It’s easy to let life get you down sometimes. From stresses at work to missing my boyfriend to figuring out future plans. But I have great friends. They bring laughter into my life when I can’t find it on my own.

Thanks to all you wonderful people.

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