11 Songs I Can’t Stop Listening To (This Week)

1) Stay With Me- Sam Smith (Rainer & Grimm Remix)

2) From Nowhere- Dan Croll

3) Keep You- Wild Belle

4) I Can’t Keep Up- Tourist, Will Heard

5) Klapp Klapp- Little Dragon

6) Habits- Tove Lo (The Chainsmokers Remix)

7) Maps- Maroon 5 (Sorry, I’m a sucker for M5…)

8) Boom Clap- Charli XCX

9) Big Poppa is Sleepless/B.I.G. Flume- Jaymee Franchina & Jeremy Smith remix

10) After Light-Rustie (ft. Aluna George)

11) White Lie- Jhameel

Missing the two Soundcloud songs (Stay With Me, and Sleepless remix) in the embedded playlist ^^

 

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Tips For Finding Cheap Airfare

Image Have you ever gone to look at airline ticket prices one day, and then check them again the next day and they’re either $300 cheaper/more expensive? I know I have! What gives? I was curious enough to do some research and discovered that the airline industry has a crazy pricing system that changes fares daily using algorithms and data I’ll never understand (nor want to).

I am in the midst of planning a cross-country trip, and am trying to find the cheapest way to get there. Although a road trip would be fun, I’m not sure my faithful Toyota Highlander from 2001 would make it there with me. So, flying it is…

Just last night (Sunday), I had checked ticket prices for a roundtrip fare from Boston to San Francisco, and the cheapest flight was over $700! Now, today, the prices have come down to the low $600 range. I checked out a few articles online for tips and tricks on finding the cheapest flights possible and here is what I found:

  • According to this Wall Street Journal article, “Expedia, Travelocity and Orbitz, the three big online ticket-sellers, all say their busiest day for bookings is Tuesday and the slowest day is Saturday. Expedia says Saturdays have about half the volume of Tuesdays.”  So Tuesday is your best bet for finding the lowest fare.
  • Kayak has a tool called Explore that lets you set your desired fare. That way, you can plan your trip around what you’re hoping to spend and not change your entire itinerary because a round trip ticket is upwards of $800!
  • FareCompare.com suggests booking departing flights on Wednesday. According to the website, mid week is the least expensive way to fly.  “The day with the most seats is likely to have better supply, and thus … more empty seats that require discounting to fill the plane—meaning they’ll have to release more seats at their cheapest price point.”
  • Check Twitter and Facebook for travel deals. I follow JetBlue’s twitter handle @JetBlueCheeps that regularly announces sales- last year I was able to book a flight to California for under $300, which is basically like seeing a unicorn, these days.
  • Download SkySkanner– a mobile app that lets you check and compare cheap flights at your convenience.
  • Lastly, check out this Business Insider article which offers creative ways to find the cheapest flights possible! Don’t forget to check on Kayak, Expedia, or Travelocity.

Update: I practiced what I preached and checked out the flight prices on Tuesday around noon- down to $370! I am now the proud owner of a round trip ticket to San Francisco! Can’t wait to land in the Bay area next Tuesday 🙂

If you have any other travel tips for saving the big bucks on fares, please send them my way! -L

My Favorite Green Smoothie Recipe

Happy Sunday, everyone! I know I have seriously been neglecting my blog lately- fully blaming it on my job search. I have been really active with interviews these past few weeks and have started considering places outside of Boston- fingers crossed for San Francisco!

It’s always been a dream of mine to move to the West Coast, namely the SF area, so when I had the opportunity to interview with a few companies there I was extremely excited! One of the reasons why I love SF so much is it’s laid-back and health-oriented residents. I love being outside and eating healthy (most of the time), and I really felt at home when I visited the Bay area last May.

Now, the reason for this “healthy” blog post: my favorite Green Smoothie recipe! I started to change the way I ate last November, and replaced one meal a day with this green smoothie recipe. The results were amazing! I lost 15 pounds (see ya later senior year party weight) and had so much more energy.

I can really tell the difference when I cut back on the carbs and drink one of these a day. My 2 mile struggle of a run became a 4 mile run that left me feeling awesome! Check out this delicious (and super simple) green smoothie from SimpleGreenSmoothies.com.

*Disclaimer: I know that it can be a little weird to see leafy greens blended up, but once you get past the fact that it is not going to be as sugary as a loaded fruit and yogurt smoothie, it is really surprisingly good!

Let me know what you think, and if you have any good smoothie recipes, please share.

-L

Image(Image via: SimpleGreenSmoothies.com)

I adapted the SimpleGreenSmoothies recipe so it serves one:

Ingredients:
  • 1 Cup Spinach or Kale
  • 1/2 Cup Orange Juice
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup Strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 Cup Blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 Banana
Directions:
  • Blend Spinach (or Kale) with water & OJ until smooth
  • Add in rest of ingredients (Be sure to add ice if you’ve used all fresh fruit- 4 or 5 cubes will do)
  • Enjoy!!