Travel

Saguaro National Park: One Day Itinerary

Just outside the city of Tucson, Arizona a small National Park preserves some of the coolest cacti you will ever see. Saguaro National Park was established in 1994 and is divided into two sections – east and west. The saguaro cactus that you see there is native to the Sonoran Desert, do not grow anywhere else in the world and can get up to 75 feet tall! I spent an entire day exploring the park […]

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Travel

Hotel McCoy: Tucson’s First Art Hotel

This post is in collaboration with Hotel McCoy, but all thoughts and opinions about my stay are my own. Nestled among five mountain ranges and the Sonoran Desert, Tucson, Arizona is a city brimming with amazing food, art and culture. Most people probably don’t venture so far south in the Grand Canyon State, but if you haven’t experienced this hidden gem of a city, you need to put it on your travel list immediately. I […]

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Books

Book Review: An Emotion of Great Delight by Tahereh Mafi

It’s 2003 and the United States has declared war on Iraq following the September 11th attacks two years earlier on the World Trade Center in New York City. Shadi, who is already navigating strained friendships, family tragedies and existing as a Muslim in a post-9/11 society, now has to deal with raids at her Mosque, racism at her school and worries about becoming the victim of a hate crime. Even though she’s American, people don’t […]

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Murals

The Great Jiffy Lube Mural Hunt!

This post is in collaboration with Jiffy Lube of Indiana. CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. Did you know that eighteen Jiffy Lube locations in central Indiana are also home to beautiful public art? Since 2016, the company has been featuring Indiana artists and their work on the sides of their buildings through a partnership with the Arts Council of Indianapolis. More are planned and the project is expanding to other locations around the state. I’ve teamed […]

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Travel

Traveling Solo at Universal Orlando

On our last day in Orlando, I decided to skip going to Disney with the rest of the family and bought a ticket to Universal Studios so I could go back to Hogwarts again. I first visited this park three years ago with my mom – we just had one day there and spent most of the time in the Harry Potter part of the park, but I loved Wizarding World and couldn’t wait to […]

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Travel

Why You Only Need a Half Day in Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is also their most quiet and relaxing park. If you need a down day during your vacation – this is the park to chill at. We saved it for last (well, my last day – I went to Universal our last day and my travel companions went back to Magic Kingdom) and it was so quiet that we rode everything in an hour! Which is why, unless the lines at Pandora are […]

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