Many MINIs Motoring To The Mighty Mack

A sense of belonging - one of mankind's most-basic and innate desires as people go through life. Being a part of something and having connections with other people gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling that you can't find anywhere else. Some people find it within their role at work, others seek it out within a church or political setting. It can be found in dozens of obvious places, but one place you might unexpectedly find your group is in the motoring world. Enthusiast groups exist across the whole spectrum of the automotive world - no matter what brand you drive, you'll probably find a group of like-minded driving fans to bond with. 

That said, however, no motoring group in the world is quite like the fandom that is MINI Cooper drivers. Hi, my name is Jami, and I am a proud MINI Cooper owner and Extraordinary Miniac. 🙋🏼‍♀️

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Pittsburgh Entered The Core Of My Heart...

A few weeks back, as we do, Ethan and I came home from work on a Friday afternoon and got the itch to get lost. We made a goal to visit all the neighboring cities around us within about a 4-5 hour driving radius and as of now, we only have two left - Buffalo and Columbus.

On this particular Friday, we decided to pack our bags and head out east to Pennsylvania. The plan? See as much of Pittsburgh as our feet and eyes could handle over 2.5 days.

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Current Obsessions Of Summer 2019
  1. Currently Listening To On Audible

These audiobooks got me through some of the most boring moments of my summer. A friend at work turned me on to Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and what a fascinating emotional rollercoaster it was to listen to. I don’t care who you are, you’ll find something to love about this book and hearing it read by Cathleen McCarron makes it that much more captivating. I couldn’t recommend it more. For my second choice, I went with an obvious favorite. Queer Eye: Love Yourself. Love Your Life. is perfect for everyone and anyone wanting some life advice, or who can’t get enough of the Fab Five - which is just about everyone. It’s funny, informative, and read by the Fab Five. Need I say more?

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Tips For Getting More Sleep, From One Insomniac To Another 💤

"I'm so tired." Raise your hand if you say this either to yourself or to someone around you at least one day a week. 🙋🏼‍♀️🙋🏼‍♀️🙋🏼‍♀️🙋🏼‍♀️🙋🏼‍♀️

To some people, sleep comes easily. Ethan, for example, is out like a light almost as soon as his golden locks touch the pillow. He and sleep are the best of friends and can catch up anytime, anywhere.

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"Cincinnati is a Beautiful City; Cheerful, Thriving, and Animated."

One of mine and Ethan’s favorite things in this world to do is to travel to exciting and beautiful places near and far. We have made it our unofficial mission to cross as many places off of our to-visit lists as possible before our time ends - one of the many reasons we are such a great match.

We have visited nearly every major (and minor) city in our surrounding states, but one place I’d never been that I was just itching to see was Cincinnati, Ohio. My mom’s originally from Southern Ohio and she’s always raved about her time living in and around CinCin, so I just knew I had to see it for myself. Of course, Ethan obliged.

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HelloFresh Delivers - In More Ways Than One!

Sometimes moms come up with some great ideas, and this was one of them.

A few months back my loving and resourceful mother suggested to me and Ethan that we look into food delivery services so that we could be more fiscally responsible - rather than eating out almost every night. Also because it’s healthier for you and, as we’d soon discover, more fun and convenient than trying to shop for groceries and cooking our own food from scratch.

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The Importance of Writing For Yourself

Totally and completely mentally blocked, that’s how I feel right now.

Hello again, friends. You might have noticed I’ve been away for a while. Sorry about that - but I really appreciate you sticking it out with me. Which I’m assuming you have if you’re reading this now. I promise I won’t be MIA forever and I’m not at a loss for words, but rather just feeling lost on how to say them. I did, excitingly, post a new update all about my visit to Jacksonville, Florida recently, which is worth a view and can be found here.

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Postcards From Jacksonville

*Sigh* I owe you lovely readers an apology for being MIA for so long. It’s been a combination of many things - primarily a lack of time, motivation, and creative energy. But, with that said, I’m carving out more time in my schedule now to sit down and write for me, and for you, too! So, here’s to new beginnings and starting fresh! Thanks for your support and patience - hopefully this will be the last apology I make for a while. If I have it my way, I’m back for good, and I usually get my way. 😉

Let’s throw it back to a few weeks ago and catch up on some of the things you’ve missed, shall we?

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An SOS To All Morning People

I think there is this misconception that people who showcase a large portion of their life on the internet (i.e. Bloggers, "Instagram Girls", YouTubers, Beauty Gurus, and the like) have it all figured out. Their content often includes advice and clever how-tos that make it seem like they glide through life with ease. But while much of this might be true, I believe it's important to showcase the moments where Bloggers, like myself, and others, need a little help, too.

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We're Plant Parents! ☘️🌿🍃🎍🌵🌳🌱

Ethan and I are both the all-or-nothing type. So, just over a week ago when I said that I thought our living space could use a plant or two, we both took that as an excuse to start a full-on garden. No, seriously. 🙃 We are now the proud Plant Parents to 15 new plant friends. I love each and every one of them for their beauty, and the clean air and peace that they bring to our space. Plus, now I feel very needed. Owning plants is a very fun and rewarding hobby and community that I’m so glad to now be apart of.

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Scotland IV Recap, Part 3 - Eastern Scotland

Here we are again, friends. Time for Part 3 of mine and Ethan's adventures to my favorite place on earth. And in this post, I'll go into detail about my favorite place within my favorite place, if that makes any sense. 🙃

The middle and the end of our trip were spent on the East Coast of the country. I've always been partial to the Eastern half of Scotland for so many reasons - the accents are nicer to listen to, the cities are more ideal to visit, and the weather tends to be better, just to name a few. Not to mention that Edinburgh is my heart and soul. I can't even begin to explain how much I love that city and have since the very moment my feet stepped on its soil back in 2015.

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Scotland IV Recap, Part 2 - The Highlands & Islands

Hi again, friends, fancy seeing you here!

As promised, it’s time for Part 2 of my Scotland recap! It’s a good one, who’s excited?

When I left off in Part 1, Ethan and I were on our way back to Edinburgh. As I said before, I’m saving the wonders of Edinburgh and the the East for post 3 because I have a desire to save the best (and longest) for last. You can thank me later. 😘

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Scotland IV Recap, Part 1 - Western Scotland

It's the moment that so many of you have been waiting for, folks! It's time for post 1 of 3 about mine and Ethan's Scottish adventure! I'm so excited to share all these amazing stories with you and take you along on our beautiful journey with us. It really was a remarkable trip - the absolute best of my entire life - and I'm looking forward to reliving it again while I write this. I can't wait for our next adventure - any guesses where we might end up? Leave them in the comments below!

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Thanks Maple Holistics For My Silk18 Conditioner - From Me and My Hair

One of the COOLEST perks of doing this is the occasional opportunity to work with some really cool companies and brands to showcase their awesome products.

I've done product reviews before on my blog, so many of you know the drill. I try and be as authentic and genuine as possible when shouting out to a company. I want you all to know my honest thoughts so you can make the best judgements for yourself about what to try and buy.

Having that little disclaimer out of the way, let's jump right into the product for today, shall we?

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I'm Back - No Thanks To Delta and KLM

I'm back!!

And by back I mean both in the country and back at it with blogging! Exciting, eh? Have you missed me?

Let me begin by saying I'm sorry for my lack of content over the last few weeks. I went on vacation and promised myself that I would be 100% present with Ethan and in Scotland while I was away. Then, when I returned state-side, Ethan I both caught a post-travel cold that knocked us both out for over a week. Ugh. But now that I've recovered, I can happily report that I have a whole list of exciting things coming your way, so buckle up.

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What's In My Carry-On

Not to brag, but I've been around an airplane cabin a few times. Flying is great - it's an exciting, but taxing experience from take-off to touch-down, on both your mind and body. And after the few dozen flights I've taken in my life, I've gotten a pretty solid survival kit nailed down.

I always find little tips and tricks helpful. And one hot-topic in the travel world is carry-on essentials, so I thought I'd share mine.

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Where I'm At

Holy shiz, how is it nearly March?

I’ve seen a lot of other bloggers that I follow - and for the record, I follow a quite a few - do cheeky little blog posts just updating their readers about their life and what’s to come. I’ve done a few heavier, reflective life updates in the past, but never have I just sat down and written as if I were speaking to a friend about what’s up. So, here I am. 💁🏼‍♀️

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