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Day 1 – Auf Wiedersehen Amerika!

Dear Diary,


Alright ya’ll, today’s the day, I’m finally leaving for my big move to Germany! My apartment is boxed up, bags are packed, and goodbyes said – no turning back now. I have started this new section on my blog called Dear Diary in which I will be sharing the more intimate and personal details of my expat life with you. I realize that not everyone reading about my adventures will care about my personal journey throughout all this; however, I wanted to have a place that my friends and family could “keep tabs” on me and join along in my adventure.


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12 Holiday Hostessing Tips (To Keep You Sane)

When throwing a party, it doesn’t always have to be huge and elaborate with outrageous decorations and decadent food, but there are plenty of ways to make your simple parties a hit! Here are some hostessing tips on how to host the perfect holiday party. I didn’t touch on every part of planning a party but here are 12 tips that you wouldn’t want to forget!

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A Castle on A Hill: Heidelberg Castle


One of the most beautiful places I visited in Germany was Heidelberg Castle. I would have to say this is one of my all time favorite castle ruins (and I’ve been to a ton).  Did you know that there are over 20,000 castles in Germany alone? (Yes, I said twenty thousand.) I know crazy! You can pretty much find a castle in every town you go into. 


Heidelberg Castle is a short 45 minute drive from where I will be living in Germany. It is absolutely massive and breathtakingly beautiful. To be able to enter the courtyard and various …

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How To Find Cheap Flight Deals (Domestic & Abroad) Using Google Flights

My #1 tool in getting the best priced flight deal is surprisingly quite simple – Google Flights. Google Flights is a flight search engine where you can use a variety of filters to find the perfect flight for you. You can see what days flights are cheapest and even set alerts to be told when flights you’re tracking fluctuate in price. I’ve saved up to $600 on an airfare ticket by using this hack, being patient, and paying attention to the flight alerts I received!

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An Afternoon in Austria: Ehrenberg Castle and Highline 179

So amidst all the holiday content I wanted to share some pictures from a day trip Rene and I took in September. We travelled down to Southern Germany near the beautiful castle Neuschwanstein for a little impromptu night away and, while there, realized that we were only 6 minutes away from Austria. This was crazy because we had been there two years earlier and had no idea we were SO close! We decided to wander into Austria for an afternoon of fun so we hopped in the car and started driving.

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3 Trendy Thanksgiving Outfits That Definitely Leave Room for Turkey

Can you believe it?? Just a few weeks away from Thanksgiving – the most delicious holiday of the year. (mmmm I can taste it now… pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes…. okay sorry not sorry guys, i’m drooling.)

I love getting dressed up for a nice meal with my family every year but one thing I have to always remind my self when getting dressed – LEAVE ROOM FOR TURKEY!

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