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!

Hollywood Studios VLOG || Rise of the Resistance, Toy Story Land, MMRR & more – Walt Disney World

Hey there! This my Walt Disney World Vlog series EP4 where we go to Hollywood Studios! We got the virtual queue for Rise of the Resistance, went to Toy Story Land, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, ate at Ronto Roasters and Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater, and more!

Check out the other Disney World vlogs and stay tuned for weekly uploads!

Stay tuned for more! xx Sami

EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival || Rides, The BOATHOUSE, Amorette’s Patisserie, MORE

Hey there! Here’s our Epcot day at Disney World for the International Food and Wine Festival PLUS Disney Springs The BOATHOUSE & Amorette’s Patisserie vlog.

We had a late start, rode the skyliner from Pop Century Resort, hopped on a few rides, and then ran around the world to eat different foods before Epcot Forever (fireworks) started! Ft. Harry & Kristi who we met up with in Orlando!

Booths we went to:

– Hawaii

– Italy

– Germany

– Japan

– Canada (not pictured: “Le Cellier” Filet Mignon)

– Swanky Saucy Swine (not pictured: Roasted Porchetta)

Favorite food: pulled pork slider (Hawaii) & mezzelune croccanti (Italy).

Favorite drink: Aulani Sunrise (Hawaii)

Thank you for watching and don’t forget to thumbs up for the alg! xx Sami

Check out my other Disney videos:

– Disney Springs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyxeGX2tVSE

– Magic Kingdom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMu1hfQcTEQ

– Hollywood Studios

– Animal Kingdom

BOSTON || a winter vlog on newbury st + little moments

hey everyone, here is a casual day spent in Boston in the wintertime. from Newbury Street shops to little moments to wrap up the long year we’ve had. it’s cold but we always find things to do in Boston! + bonus birthday clips. if you’re looking for things to do in Boston in the winter, Newbury St is always a good place to stop by!

things featured:

April 23 Florist & Cafe

Johnny Cupcakes

Tous les Jours

thank you again to everyone not in this video who spoiled me not only with gifts but their friendship, time, and thoughtfulness. if I put it all my appreciation into this video it would be hours long hehe♡

i took some time to grieve and reflect (of course it will still come and go) but I’m back to creating again for now 🙂

DAY OFF Adventure + Christmas Lights Drive Through || VLOGMAS EP 4

Hey everyone! This VLOGMAS ep features errands, supporting small businesses, and going to the Bright Nights at Forest Park for driving through Christmas lights.

Watch my other VLOGMAS videos:

Day 1 – Wrapping Presents & Tree Decor: https://youtu.be/-waLUa5L6ek

Day 2 – Storytime & Snack Tasting – Toy Memories: https://youtu.be/bJXPnOyM-ho 

Day 3 – DIY Hot Cocoa Balls: https://youtu.be/aDI6XE7Qfs8 

Mini xmas trees + DIY tree skirt video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xb3ALuv-myc  

This is my first time doing vlogmas so even with everything going on this year I’m trying my best to find fun and safe holiday things to do 🙂

xx Sam

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.

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

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!

MA Conference for Women 2019 || Experience & Tips

Hey guys! There were roughly 12,000 attendees at the MA Conference for Women last week and I had the wonderful opportunity to be one of these attendees on behalf of my company! (I am an associate software engineer for those who may not know.)

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At the Reebok “It’s a Woman’s World” Booth in the Exhibition Hall

I took the train into Boston and was at the convention center all day long with booths to see, sessions to attend, and people to meet. When we arrived, we received attendee “swag bags” filled with snacks, a water bottle, the event guidebook notebook, and other miscellaneous items.


Tips on how to make the most of the event:

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luckily I was warned of these, i’m now queen of the event
  • Arrive early: by 7am to head into the line or else you’ll have to spend time outside in the cold waiting to get through security and this way you’ll be one of the first to grab breakfast (free) and hit the booths down in the exhibition hall
  • Skip the coat check–bring a warm enough but lighter jacket to carry or else you’ll have to be in line twice and there’s sooooo many coats in the coat check
  • Use the womens restroom: I know, like isn’t that obvious? They actually convert a bunch of the mens restrooms into womens restrooms for the event, but the permanent womens restrooms have a lot more stalls. I accidentally waited in line for one of the converted restrooms for a long time only to find there were only 3 usable stalls and the other half was urinals!

 

Overview of Events and Sessions I Attended:

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Opening Keynote Session

IMG_6331Featuring Simon Sinek, Amanda Southworth, Yara Shahidi, and others; we were welcomed to a day of reminders that we can kick ass!!!

  • Sinek focused on the infinite game: explaining how learning from our competitor and using what we can study from them could help us become better ourselves and get stronger (and vice versa).
  • Southworth told her story of mental health and how coding not only helped herself but enabled her to help others too.
  • Shahidi is asked a question and answers with how she was taught at an early age about financial independence and how to be smart about money; saving it, spending it, and donating it.

Exhibition Hall (ft. sponsor booths, small business marketplace, and roundtable discussions)

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  • So. Many. Things. Being. Given. Away.
  • And so many photo opportunities!
  • Essentially, I came home with (on top of the swag bag stuff) a T Shirt, schrunchie, button pin, mirror, mints and lip balm, crystal nail file, travel brush and sewing kit in one, pens, magazine, candy, and more!

Unplugged: Reclaiming Balance in a Connected World (POE)

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(from left) Tiffany Schlain, Mary Laura Philpott, and Stephanie Humphrey

    • This was an interesting panel session on unplugging from the social media world, turning 24/7 into 24/6.
    • Tiffany Schlain (filmmaker, founder of The Webby Awards, author) talks about a “tech sabbath” of sorts that her family has done for almost 10 years now where they unplug from their devices for one 24-hour period a week and focus on the present.
    • Mary Laura Philpott (author of I Miss You When I Blink) catches attention from the Type-As of the room, those who love lists and getting things done once they’re started. It’s her journey of accepting that our time is our time and it’s okay to take it back to do what we want.
    • Stephanie Humphrey (technology and lifestyle content creator) discusses how she tries to unplug even with a career that consists of being on social media. Setting time for planning in one period and then scheduling posts is a must.

The Likability Trap: Women, Leadership and the Double-Bind

IMG_6332Alicia Menendez, asked us a question: do you want to be likable or do you want to be successful? Her answer is to ALWAYS. CHOOSE. SUCCESS. People will always either like you or not like you for various reasons and it should not hold you back from reaching your goals.

  • Yvonne Garcia, Minda Harts, and Erica Keswin joined Menendez in discussing their own experiences of having to choose between being liked or being successful in their workplace and the feedback they have sometimes received from it.

Keynote Luncheon: Malala Yousafzai, Tara Westover, Megan Rapinoe

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All of the women involved in the keynotes, panel sessions, and other discussions have all done something to be recognized as leaders, mentors, or just those to look up to. During the keynote luncheon, we also were lucky to hear from Malala Yousafzai, Tara Westover, Megan Rapinoe, and others.

  • Yousafzai spoke of her journey that most of us have heard about (if you need a refresher) and how her father continued to push for her education when extremists who took over their town banned girls from school and how it has developed her into the strong woman she is today. She continues to fight for 12 years of education for girls in countries who are less able to receive the opportunity.
  • Westover joked about how her job is to be a professional narcissist, telling her story about how she was raised in a family that did not believe that the government, education, and other things were genuinely real (instead seen as a conspiracy). She eventually went on to being enrolled and educated at the age of 17 and then went on to get her PhD.
  • Rapinoe was her authentic self with Kara Swisher; it was highly entertaining to listen to them discuss important topics like how Rapinoe was fighting for equal pay among professional soccer players (ex. how the womens soccer team is not compensated the same as the mens soccer team), the upcoming election, and various other topics.

While leaving the convention center, I realized that I was feeling so empowered, a feeling that I had not felt in a while. It makes me want to continue to chase after it all.

I’m hoping to get the chance to continue attending The MA Conference for Women and other events like this! The 2020 Grace Hopper Celebration for Women Technologists is also on my radar and I can’t wait to launch into this potential opportunity!