Gamer Gift Basket Valentine’s Day DIY for Boyfriend or Girlfriend || Ft. Sock Cupcakes

Here’s a Valentine’s gift basket idea for your gamer boyfriend or girlfriend. It features items from Gamestop, Five Below, Dollar Tree, my Etsy shop, and your imagination🤩  I went with a gaming theme for this year.

Where I got products:

  • Nintendo Tin, Super Mario Tin, Giant KitKat: Five Below
  • Basket, Filler, Balloon, Lollipops, Cupcake Holder: Dollar Tree

WHAT TO WEAR Skiing & HOW TO PACK For a Ski Trip!❄️ || Dressing & Packing Guide

Hey there! I went on a skiing and snowboarding trip for 3 days (2 days of skiing). This video shows what to wear for skiing and how to pack for a trip.

This video was inspired by some of my friends who have never been skiing or snowboarding before and needed advice! My opinions/advice on ski gear and snow clothes are based on my experiences over the years.

If this helped you, please SMASH the like button and SUBSCRIBE for more! xx Sami

Since I bought these clothes and accessories over the years, I linked the exact products if possible and if not, I linked their current alternatives—I noted which ones if so.*

————— ACCESSORIES🎿 —————

Ski Goggles:

(I have the A2-white Frame Pink Lens(21%))

Neck Gaiters:

(I bring one for each day I’m skiing)


(I bring a pair for each day I’m skiing in case they get wet!)

  • Pink Columbia Gloves: I wear kids size L (Amazon/Dick’s/Columbia)




  • Black HEAD Gloves: I wear kids size L (no longer available @CostCo)




Helmet – I usually get one as part of my rental

Mini Backpack – I wore a mini backpack to carry some of my things and forgot to include it!

————— CLOTHES ————— 

Ski/Snow Jacket:

(I wear Columbia’s Women’s Nordic Point III Interchange Jacket in Size XS, not available anymore, here’s a similar Columbia jacket w/ Omni-Heat):

Ski/Snow Pants:

Women’s: (I wear XS Short)



Ski Socks Wool Blend:

(I always wear Smartwool ski socks, video pair is from EMS years ago)

Women’s: (my other pair in purple)


Base Layer Top:

(mine = TJMaxx)

these are amazon alternatives:

Base Leggings:

(Ankle length is best with thicker ski socks. I size up to Medium and fold the top band down for these)

Ankle: (Amazon/TJMaxx)

Regular: (Amazon/TJMaxx)

Second Layer Top:

(mine = Old Navy years ago)

Old Navy’s cropped style this year:

Amazon alternative of mine:

Fleece Layer:

(mine = KYODAN Outdoor Sweater from TJMaxx)

Amazon alternatives:

————— PACKING GEAR📸 ————— 

Backpack: my company gave me this backpack when I started my career, this is the model if you are interested: 

Luggage: Away Carry-On in Coast 


Hand warmers: 5pairs / 20pairs

GoPro Harness I use while skiing: 

GoPro I use:

*I am now an amazon affiliate and if you use my link at no extra cost to you, I might earn from qualifying purchases. Thanks for your support of my channel!

Loon Mountain NH Ski Trip Vlog❄️ || GoPro Hero8 & Sony RX100 vii (ft. a birthday between holidays)

Hey all, I decided to plan a ski trip to Loon Mountain in Lincoln, NH to celebrate my winter birthday! We went skiing/snowboarding and had a blast♡ I also brought my GoPro Hero 8 out for the first time!!

Black Mtn. Burger Co. and The Common Man were some recommended food places we tried! I’m grateful that as a group of 10 we were able to secure lodging, ski things, and dinner tables!

My next video might add to my travel packing series: how to pack for a ski trip! Along with advice on what kind of stuff to pack.

Shoutout to everyone who made the trip a good time and helped out with stuff: Ricky, Theresia, Gabe, Stacy, Austin, Eric, Alice, Ngoc, & Brian!

As always thanks for yeeting me around while I provide moral support from the passenger seat my love♡

Design Your Life Planner 2022 || Flip-Through & Giveaway (DYL Planner)

Hey guys! I’ve been using DYL (design your life) planners since 2019 thanks to discovering CNS Designs via their cute planner stickers ft. girls with black hair. This partnership with CNS Designs gave me the opportunity to do a giveaway for one of their planners!

You can also use the code SAM10 for 10% off planners until Feb 28, 2022 at 🙂

To enter the (US only) 2022 DYL planner in vegan leather giveaway, watch the video to find out how 😉 Can’t wait to hear from y’all!

(The planner in this video is the 2022 Design Your Life Planner in Vegan Leather.)

SNOWPORT Winter Village – Christmas Market || Boston, MA

Hey guys! I crossed off going to Snowport from my winter bucketlist. Snowport is in Seaport Boston (see what they did there lol). Come here for the holiday vibes and to support local makers!

The food options are pretty limited tbh (pizza, paninis, calzones) since they’re mainly pop-ups so I wouldn’t go here if you’re just looking for a memorable lunch/dinner while traveling in Boston. I would however recommend their dessert options I saw which included waffles with sweet toppings along with apple cider and hot cocoa booths. There’s also candy and other sweets booths to check out.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy holiday season!

xx Sami

Pod 51 Hotel room tour & review || NYC Hotel

hey! Here is a room tour at pod51 hotel in New York City.

We stayed in a Queen room for a weekend and put together our review of the place. The location is the best part! I’ve always wanted to stay in a pod or capsule hotel and this is as close as I can get before doing the international tiny pods.


– stay in Manhattan on a budget

– best for people who are out and about all day

– location in Manhattan is great, a lot of places are walkable from here

– very good service and easy check-in/check-out


– you can sometimes hear people in the hallways

– if you easily feel claustrophobic/are a bigger person you may not like this hotel (we booked this knowing and expecting a small space so we were ok with it)

heads up:

– the private Queen bathroom has a window has a window that anyone staying in the room can look into

Packing for 4 DAYS in a backpack || Pack With Me + TIPS

Hey! I recently did a 4 day trip with a backpack and here’s how I packed it. I challenged myself to pack everything I needed for the long weekend in my backpack because the airline I flew (JetBlue) changed their basic fare policy to not include carry-ons anymore.

A few years ago, I could never do this. I went to Minneapolis for 2 days, 1 night and could barely fit my stuff into my North Face Borealis Backpack at the time! (I did have to bring a bath towel + shower flip flops.)

00:00 Intro & Backpack Tour

00:39 What I’m Packing

02:29 Packing My Backpack


  • If you don’t need a lot of a liquid like skincare, put it in a clean contacts lens case that you don’t need!
  • Roll your clothes to be able to pack more. Play around with roll sizes and see what works best. Keep the most wrinkle-able items on the outside.


-1 Sweatshirt*

-1 Black sneakers*

-1 Sandals

-1 Dress

-1 Tank top*

-1 Hiking top/crop top

-3 T Shirts

-3 Workout or Lounging Shorts

-1 Jean Shorts

-1 Leggings*

-8 underwear + 2.5 bras

*items worn on the plane


  • Day 1: Airplane outfit (Sneakers, Sweatshirt, tank top, leggings—change to jean shorts)
  • Day 2: Hiking outfit (workout top, workout bottoms + maybe jean shorts)
  • Day 3: Dress
  • Day 4: Sweatshirt, T Shirt, leggings, sneakers

Luckily I have a backpack with a lot of compartments plus a bottle holder and zipper pocket on the sides which helps a lot!

I understand this was more doable because I was traveling to a warmer area but I might do a 3-day Fall in New York City backpack version where I also flew Jetblue.

My company gave me this backpack when I started my career but I believe this is the model if you are interested as well:

AUSTIN TEXAS || Enchanted Rock – Mount Bonnell – Ramen – MORE || Sony RX100 vii vlog

Hey guys! We road tripped from Dallas to middle of TX to hike Enchanted Rock and later caught the sunset at Mount Bonnell in Austin. Some food stops included Ramen Tatsu-ya, Churro Co Austin, and Buc-ee’s!

FYI to enter the Enchanted Rock Area you need to make a reservation here. We did not have one because my cousins have been a few times already and didn’t need to so it was new to us. Luckily they did a recount and we were able to buy tickets inside their welcome building and get in! 

Thanks for watching my video and subscribe for more! Don’t forget to thumbs it up too 🙂 xx Sami

Texas State Fair || 2021 Fair Food, Dog Stunts, Pig Races, & MORE

Hey guys, I finally had the chance to attend the State Fair of Texas and created my vlog!

I went with my sister and two cousins and we had so much food!

We tried Fletcher’s Original Corny Dogs, Dole Whips, Pina Coladas, Various Eggrolls, Fried Frito Pie Bites, and last but THE BEST, the Armadillo dessert – the BEST sweet for the State Fair 2021.

We also had the chance to watch some pig races that were pretty entertaining along with the stunt dog show!