Fall Foliage in New England || VLOG & GUIDE

Hey guys! I got to explore the Kancamagus Highway (112) in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, one of America’s most scenic byways to view fall foliage around peak times.

Here’s the video:

There are many stops along the 56 mile stretch you can take and I went to a few that sounded/looked good as we drove by.

We were stuck in 3 hours of traffic just going back down the mountains so I made a quick guide in hopes of helping people who come across this avoid the same fate while in these beautiful mountains.

My Mini Guide:

– If you think you’re going early enough go even earlier! Make sure you have a FULL TANK of gas once you’re in the area and pack a meal/snacks just in case you get stuck too.

– Grab the map if you see it! We had no service the entire highway so it literally saved us. Ricky got it from someone in a visitor center rest stop on the way before Loon Mountain.

– If I could redo it I’d start by driving down to the far end toward Rocky Gorge then turn around to make the stops on the way back to Loon Mtn so if you do hit traffic it’s not as bad as later (and you can scope out what stops you’d like to do) *Also, don’t leave at 3PM, that’s how we got stuck just going back down for 3 hours!

– Avoid Pemigewasset Overlook, it’s beautiful but unless you get a roadside spot, the parking lot becomes a 1 lane in/out jam if it’s busy/getting full.

Lookout Farm || Fall Vibes + VLOG

Hey guys! If you’re looking for a good social distancing idea, I recommend Lookout Farm!

Rating: 10/10 on the social distancing scale

I didn’t feel uncomfortable at all because it was so spacious between all the tables (they had a lot in two different big sections). You order from your phone and they bring your food/drinks to you–I went on a Saturday and the wait wasn’t too long. The walking path also had plenty of room/rows so people didn’t really run into each other, it gave the illusion that there wasn’t a lot of people. If you’re looking for somewhere to take your family/friends/etc out that is social-distanceable, I recommend this farm.

Please excuse some of the clicking sounds when we’re on the walking path, it’s my camera strap hitting the camera bc I forgot to mention how it needs to be held still oops

Thanks for watching, feel free to stick around by following along for more adventures! xx

Chicago Travel Vlog || THINGS TO DO

We were basically children in Chicago but it’s fine, that’s how you stay young!

Last year, I flew to Chicago with Theresia, Gabe, and Austin from the moment we left work until very late at night before coming back to work Monday. We did so much in the few days we spent there!

Our airbnb stay was awesome, we went with 3 bedrooms because Ricky was in our original plans to come but something came up. If you’re interested in the newly renovated airbnb close to so many things within Chicago, here it is. *I just became an airbnb associate so we both get some credit towards my future travels if you do book a stay!

Food we ate/things we did:

-TSAOCCA

-Yolk

-Top of the Willis Tower

-Boat Tour Chicago

-Navy Pier (did not feature)

-RAMEN-SAN

-The Bean

-Wndr Museum

-Dim Sum

-Elite Tea

-Museum of Science and Industry Chicago

-Lou Malnati’s Deep Dish Pizza

-Imperial Lamian Soup Dumplings & Hand Pulled Noodles

Stay tuned for more of mine/our adventures!! xx Sam

WFH Desk Setup Video || Tour & Advice

Hey guys! I’m still working from home indefinitely due to the pandemic and wanted to show you around my space and give you some advice for your own WFH space.

This is also a good setup for students who may have to continue virtual zoom school because it’s pretty similar to what I had in college.

Hopefully you learn something or get inspired to change up your working space!

DIY Bathroom Makeover (Contact Paper) || How To

Hey guys! Due to being home more often because of social distancing, I had the urge to redecorate and I tackled the bathroom first.

I updated the look of my bathroom vanity by using 2 types of contact paper and peel and stick backsplash tiles.

Hopefully this video inspires you to do it too! (Btw I totally did it the harder way because 1. it’s surrounding the sink & 2. I wanted to try to minimize the amount of seams, it’ll be much faster and easier if you just have a plain counter surfaces)

References:

4 Year Marble Contact Paper Experience & Removal

How to contact paper cabinets via  @Tia Zamara 

I’m planning to keep the contact paper DIYs long-term or until I commit to a style to maybe permanently repaint/replace the countertop but for now, this is amazing enough.

Products used:

  • D-c-fix Marble Grey Contact Paper, 26″ x 78″
  • Hatoku Gray Wood Contact Paper
  • BEAUSTILLE peel and stick backsplash tiles
  • Tempaper Bronze Gray Marrakesh Wallpaper (added the week before this)

*The video & this blog post are not sponsored by products used and all opinions are my own. Thanks!

Contact Paper Counter – 4 YEAR Update!

Hey guys! Here is my 4-year update and removal of the marbled contact paper applied onto my bathroom countertop.

I can’t believe I kept it on for so long and it’s time to remove it… so I can redecorate! Right after filming the removal, I went ahead and tackled applying more marbled contact paper from the same brand I used and this is what it looks like currently:

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This time, I added some peel and stick backsplash tiles. I originally bought a pack of 10 12″x12″ sheets to use as my shower surround backsplash but all of the little squares would be too much next to the wallpaper–so I had plenty to play around with and figured out different ideas for them.

Stay tuned for an upcoming video of what redo-ing the marbled contact paper + adding backsplash tile will be like! Also, I’m potentially putting grey wood grain contact paper onto the cabinets…

London Hidden Gems || Travel Vlog

Hey guys! Right after graduating from University and receiving my degree in computer science, I traveled to London to visit a friend! Ngoc was studying abroad at the time which lined up perfectly for a chance to explore places together.

It was my first time flying alone out of the country and I’m grateful for the polite strangers who helped me navigate along the way!

Here are some pictures from the trip:

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Of course we had to go to the Tower Bridge! We also took a day trip to the White Cliffs of Dover which was such a beautiful site and world away from inner London which was only a 2 hour train ride + 1 hour hike away (one way.)

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A lot of the pictures are also included in my vlog, London was very instagrammable! Ngoc brought me to some “hidden gems” like God’s Own Junkyard, which was basically this place that collected neon signs & props from movie sets, strip clubs, and places that would have these.

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We were literally running around for 8 days straight–can you believe it?! As the grand finale for our adventures, we went to Sketch London for breakfast on the day of my departure. I’d been dreaming of going to Sketch for a few years.

londonberry (20)The rooms are just so aesthetically pleasing to the eye and don’t even get me started on the cool INDIVIDUAL POD RESTROOMS. I knew of it before my first trip to London with my university’s entrepreneurial student organization but it’s very hard to convince college students to drop ~$40 for breakfast or ~$75 for high tea just for the experience combined with our limited time to explore!

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Check out the video for a better look at the experiences!

Ice Castles & Loon Mountain, NH Trip!

Hey guys! Your girl had a much needed weekend getaway in the mountains; we went to the Ice Castles and snow tubing at Loon Mountain (New Hampshire).

IMG_7786.jpgWe stayed at an airbnb in Twin Mountain, NH; please use my referral so I can save on future trips if you haven’t made an account yet and are planning to anyways (not sponsored btw, you just get $55 and I get $30 off or something).

Things You Should Pack

All kinds of warm winter gear; especially the following:

  • HAND WARMERS
  • Warm boots/shoes (I brought my LL Bean duck boots that I added winter-fur soles to but that lowkey became cold too, luckily I also packed a pair of Uggs and my toes stayed toasty in those!)
  • Snow pants, maybe not needed for Ice Castles but definitely for snow tubing
  • Moisture-wicking underlayers

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On the way to the ice castles!

Check out my vlog above to come along with us on our adventures there + some food places we went to and other random things.

Thanks for watching/reading, I hope you have an /ice/ day!