Myrtle Beachin’ – A Summer Road Trip Adventure

Now that the cold weather has officially hit us in the Great White North, I’ve decided to upload some images from my summer road trip to Myrtle Beach to reminisce on the heat!

This was the first time I’d road tripped farther south than Cape Cod and I loved seeing the scenery along the journey, especially the beautiful mountains of West Virginia. Granted, it was a long drive there – but definitely worth it!

I’m sharing just a few of my favourite captures of the trip. Unfortunately we arrived just in time for a week of thunderstorms, however that just made it even more enjoyable whenever the sun made an appearance.

The best part about working from home this summer was the ability to drop everything and join my boyfriend’s family for a week-long vacation in the south. A normal office job definitely would have prevented me from being able to do that.

Although this meant I had to work during the daytime hours, I didn’t mind too much. I even managed to get wifi on the beach from our condo and was able to bring my laptop out with me. I ended up only attempting this a couple of times because I probably would have wrecked it had I tested my luck too much.

Much to my disappointment, I briefly saw one lizard on the trip. I tried to look for them wherever we walked in North Myrtle Beach.

Another one of my office views for the week! Working poolside was great because it didn’t pose the same danger to my laptop as sand did on the beach.

All in all, it was a great trip!

Playlist: Pool Side Summer Chillout

Pool Side Summer Chillout Playlist

Looking for a summer playlist to relax in the sun to? I’ve compiled my most recent faves into another summer playlist. This one features upbeat tropical house/chill pop, my go-to genres lately! I love the easygoing melodies coupled with tropical sounds, definitely makes me want to be on the beach (even more so than usual).

Check it out here: 

Hope you enjoy!

Track list:

1. Coastline – Steve Kroeger – (Ft. Skye Holland)
2. Who Are We (Rami Remix) – Plàsi
3. Always Dreaming – Let’s Chill
4. Malibu (Lost Frequencies Remix) – Miley Cyrus
5. Where I Wanna Be (James Carter & Levi Remix) – A R I Z O N A
6. Skyline – Möwe
7. Take On Me (Kygo Remix) – A Ha
8. Jubel – Klingande
9. Manawa – Kamandi
10. UAE – Jay Alvarrez
11. Summer On You – Sam Feldt X Lucas & Steve Feat. Wulf
12. Dawn – Clasio & Marin & Vertic
13. Running Out (Samuraii Remix) – Matoma
14. Begin Again (Thero Remix) – Noosa
15. Divine Sorrow Ft. Avicii – Wyclef Jean
16. Floating – Imagined Herbal Flows
17. Girls – Slow Magic
18. Divinity (Filous Remix) – Porter Robinson
19. Spaceship – Comet Blue
20. Safari – Sir Felix
21. Aphasia – Mr. FijiWiji
22. Hiding (Ft. The Nicholas) – Kav Verhouzer
23. We Are The Dream (Saturn Remix) – Sound Remedy
24. No Sleeping Now – Goldchain
25. Heaven – Alex Adair
26. Tears In Your Eyes – Nora En Pure

3 healthy snack trends for life on the go

Most food trends come and go, but these three healthy snacks have been around for a while now. I tried Pinterest’s most popular healthy snack recipes:

1. Salt and Vinegar Kale Chips

Kale chips are the leaders of popular snack trends. There are so many recipes that offer all different kinds of flavours but I went with salt and vinegar, a classic!

I found this great recipe on Gimme Some Oven.

What you need:

  • 1 bunch of your favourite type of kale
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt

First, preheat your oven to 350° F. Next, wash your kale and remove the ribs. After that, chop it into chip-sized pieces. Then in a bowl, massage olive oil and vinegar onto the kale. Lay the pieces out on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 10 minutes or until crispy. *Make sure you keep an eye on them because they burn fast!

These are great for an easy snack but don’t store very easily. I recommend eating them within the same day of making them or storing them somewhere they won’t retain moisture. I made the mistake of bringing them to work two days later and wound up with wilted kale instead of crispy chips! All-in-all, very delicious and a healthy alternative to regular chips.

2. Garlic Roasted Chickpeas

One thing I don’t like about kale chips is that they don’t leave you feeling very full. Chickpeas are a great source of fiber and protein so they’re a more substantial snack in terms of hunger. There are also various recipes and flavour creations for roasted chickpeas, but I’m a huge garlic fan so my choice was obvious.

This recipe is modified from TGIF.

What you need:

  • 1-2 can(s) of chickpeas (depending on how many you want)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon of salt

First, wash and strain your chickpeas and remove any loose skins. Preheat your oven to 400° F. Lay the chickpeas out on a towel and let dry for 20-30 minutes. Once mostly dry, place on a cookie sheet and bake for 45-60 minutes, or until crunchy. Next, remove from oven and mix with other ingredients in a bowl.  Transfer them to your storage container and enjoy!

These are definitely my favourite snack trend. They’re tasty and are great to take with you anywhere. You might want to make sure you have some gum on-hand for when you’re done though, very garlicky!

3. Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Energy Bites

Last but not least, these easy no-bake bites are perfect to tide you over in between meals. They take very little time to make, which I love.

I’ve modified this recipe from Chef Savvy.

What you  need:

  • 1 cup of oats
  • ⅔ cup of peanut butter (crunchy or smooth, both work)
  • ½ cup of milk chocolate chips
  • ½ cup of ground flax seeds
  • 2 tablespoons of honey

Ready for the easiest instructions yet? Combine all ingredients in a bowl and roll into small balls. Refrigerate until ready to eat. Voila!

If you’re rolling the bites with your hands, I recommend putting some kind of cooking oil on your hands first. It can get pretty sticky!

These bites are super convenient and the ease of preparation definitely helps for life on the go.

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