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I think about money. A lot.

I think about how much money I’ll make in a day, a week, a month, and all year. I think about what I’ll spend it on, if I’ll have enough to pay for what I need and also what I want. I think about who and what I can give my money to, by way of gift or charity. I check my bank account, my credit card statements, my student loan balances, and crunch numbers on the fly. Some days it calms my anxiety, others it just becomes a very un-fun spiral.

I used to claim I wasn’t money motivated, that I chased career moves and opportunities that I loved regardless of what they paid because as long as my passion was piqued, I’d be happy. But you know, that’s simply not true. Yes, I want to do something I love, that fills me up and gives me purpose. But I also want (need) to make money, and I really enjoy having it. So this year I set a big goal for myself.

I will double my income in 2019.

I am sending that out to the universe. I’m big into manifesting these days… But I know this goal will take more than wishing and waiting and hoping. The mindset is one thing (and I’ve got that down) but the action, the HOW, of this goal is another.

Working with Jenna Kutcher for the last six months has been the most motivating, inspiring, and eye-opening experience in terms of my entrepreneurial and financial goals. I’ve always had a little side hustle, shooting and producing videos here and there, but until I saw from the inside-out what Jenna has built and continues to build, I wasn’t really sure how I could generate real wealth and not just earn a paycheck. I LOVE being an employee, truly. I LOVE working on Jenna’s team, building big things with The Goal Digger Podcast, and learning by osmosis from her and my teammates. But my biggest financial dream is more than an employee salary. For me, PASSIVE INCOME is the ultimate goal.

Something that has stuck with me since I first listened to episode 219 of The Goal Digger Podcast (I get to preview all the shows before they’re live… work perks!) was this quote from Jenna:

“I am most proud that I have built a life where time is my currency and money is not.”

To me, it means creating a life where I don’t have to trade an hour for a dollar. It means serving others so I can create my own financial freedom. It means creating my own independent wealth, even while I sleep, so when I crunch those numbers they lead to security and comfort, not an anxious spiral.

I wanted to blog about this here, among my coffee recipes and fashion wishlist and NYC recommendations, because the steps I’m taking to double my income are things any person can do. I am leaning into the skills I already have and that I use every day to create value for others and generate income for myself. Also, blogging about it creates a certain level of accountability, so here I am showing up and making it official.

Expanding My Voiceover Work

I co-hosted a morning radio show for almost three years and in New York City I’m a weekend and swing talent on a country radio station. Part of my role as a radio talent is producing radio commercials and voiceover work for the station’s clients. Since I’m not paid extra for voicing this spots, I decided to expand my voiceover work outside of the radio station and bring on my own clients. I signed up for VoiceBunny two years ago, an online service that matches voice talent to available voiceover projects, taking a cut of the total job price. After a slow start, I started to see 2-3 jobs coming in a month, making about $75-$100 per job after VoiceBunny took their share.

This little side hustle was and is awesome, and it’s helped me build a portfolio with a wide variety of voiceover samples. However, this year I aim to book new voiceover clients directly and retain all of the income instead of paying a third-party a percentage.

I created a simple voiceover talent rate card and built a Google Form to accept new requests. Then, I used LinkedIn to reach out to a voiceover client that booked me on VoiceBunny previously. After that contact, I got connected to their marketing and creative team and pitched my voiceover services. I knew the benefits of working direct paired with my more affordable rates would be a straightforward sell. When the company agreed that working directly was best for everyone involved, I drafted a contract with a template I purchased, and set the team up with my voiceover submission form.

In one week, I received three voiceover requests from this client totaling $750 of pure profit for the exact same quality of service and product that I would’ve only made $75-$100 on previously.

My goal is to bring on two more similar voiceover clients this year who will book 2-3 jobs per month at a minimum rate of $250. The average time it takes for me to produce one 15-30 second read is 15 minutes. So at the end of the month, I will earn $2250 for 2 hours and 15 minutes of work. That’s a rate of $1000/hour. I can dig it.

The best part of this voiceover work side hustle is ANYONE can do it. With a modest mic and software setup, a little vocal practice, and the right strategy, you can monetize your voice and make money in your spare time.

Affiliate Links

I can sense your major eye roll from here. Affiliate links are links you can use to earn commission on the products and services you share online. They’re proliferating the internet and it seems like everyone is after that “influencer” life. Who hasn’t felt a little pang of envy when your favorite bloggers and Instagrammers post a new outfit (one of seemingly hundreds in their closet) followed by an invitation to SWIPE UP and buy it for yourself. Whether you read their terms and disclaimers on their website or not, they’re making money on you, and sometimes you don’t even have to buy the actual product. You just need to click their link.

It seems like a really easy way to earn some cash. So what’s the catch, right? There isn’t a catch really… Anyone can apply to affiliate programs and make money from their own links. If you have an online presence, whether it be a blog, an Instagram profile, a Facebook group, or Pinterest profile, YOU can share affiliate links. You just need to apply to programs, create a strategy to share your links with your following (big or small), and you’re on your way to your first sale.

Right now, I’m an Amazon Associate, I’ve joined rewardStyle, and I’m a member of individual affiliate programs for products I love like Care/of, FabFitFun, and Postmates. While my earnings to date are under $100, I’ve never really had a targeted affiliate strategy. If you peek around my site, you’ll see on the homepage a section to shop my favorites, and those favorites are my affiliate links for things I actually use and love. I’ve incorporated affiliate links from rewardStyle in a few blog posts and shared links via DMs on Instagram with anyone interested.

While these few methods have helped me test the affiliate marketing waters, I’m ready to create a more targeted strategy to generate real income. I’m excited to share the strategy with you and how it will tie into my content on Instagram, this blog, and on Little Stories Podcast. I’ll also share how-to guides for you to generate affiliate income for yourself, because if you have a presence online, you can and SHOULD monetize it.

An Online Store

I’m working on tons of free content that I’m excited to share, but I have some ideas that will require more work and brainpower and time to create. If I’m creating value, I should get paid for it, right? By the end of the year, I will launch an online store where I can share more in-depth resources to help you create new income streams, launch your own podcast, write better content, design a Squarespace website, and more. An online store is a big goal that will take a lot of advance planning to launch correctly. I’ll be testing content on my blog and giving freebies to my email list to see what content does best, where I could improve, and what would actually sell in an online store.

Money talk is still considered taboo, but why?

It feels equal parts good and strange to be talking about my money goals so openly. Why is money such a taboo topic? We all want and need it, right? Money allows us to do, buy, support, and experience whatever we want. And if you had the skills, resources, and time to double your income, wouldn’t you want to do the same? Listen, the three main things I’m doing to double my income are things anyone can do. That’s why I’m talking about it. There’s no benefit in keeping these strategies a secret. I want you to create new income streams for yourself, and work towards a financially independent life right alongside me.

Also, I just really want to be able to buy my dogs nice things and I feel like that’s something we can all relate to. On that note, I’m excited to have you following along. Thank you friends!

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I just peeked at the five day forecast for the city and WOWZERS it’s finally happening. Mid-50s all week long with a few clouds but mostly sunshine. Hey Spring! We made it! All I want to do is prance around in cute dresses and sandals and mom jeans and flowy camis after a six-month stretch zipped up in a down jacket.

I’m trying to be more intentional with my shopping habit this year. Meaning, instead of ordering mix-and-match pieces, falling victim to those coupon codes in my email inbox and impulsively filling up my cart at each hint of a sale, I want to carefully curate my closet at the beginning of the season with pieces I know I’ll love through the spring and into summer. I also want to make sure the clothes I’m buying all fit together as a collection, with tops and bottoms easily switched up for a ton of different looks, plus a few statement pieces for nights out or a nice brunch.

A few trends I’m super excited about this spring are bright floral dresses, soft and comfy pants, and flat slide sandals. Also, all the bralettes. Here’s the start of my spring style edit with pieces. Cannot wait to store all my big bulky sweaters and refresh my closet for springtime!

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My picks: A flowy button front cami, a versatile striped body suit, a knit sweater tank, a tie front tank, some pops of yellow, plus a floral duster that will look super cute with a black tube top (tube tops are back and I am here for it!) and more!

Bottoms

This will be the season I find the perfect pair of mom jeans that aren’t too baggy but are a far trip from the painted on super skinny jeans I’ve been wearing. Also, each new spring season calls for a new pair of white jeans and I can’t forget my all time favorite leggings that I live in for work every day.

Dresses

Gimme all the girly sundresses. They’re so EASY and once the city starts to boil they’re the only option for the 100-degree temperatures on the subway platforms.

Shoes

I’ve somehow survived the last few years with the same pair of ankle strap flat sandals. This year I’m adding a sparkly slide, a neutral slide, an easy statement mule for nights out when I need a pedicure, and a pair of go-to black heels.

Other Things

I’m over the aggressive push-up bras and wire and molded cups. Definitely stocking up on Lively bralettes.

What kind of shopper are you? Do you build a wardrobe once a season or do you shop as you go?

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You should know I have always been a morning person. I was the kid up at 5:30 a.m. on the weekends in middle school because I was excited to get back to work on the project I’d started the night before. The “project” could’ve been an school assignment (I know, homework on the weekends, I was an animal) or it could’ve been the new house I was building for my family on The Sims. Either way, I’ve never had an issue launching out of bed.

When I hosted The Q Morning Show in Portland, Maine, I was up in the 4 a.m. hour every weekday to get to work by the 5:30 show start time. I’ll admit, I lost a little love for the waking up process when it was that early, but once I was up and sitting at my mic in the studio, I came to life. Plus, it was so great to know how much I could accomplish before 10 a.m. everyday.

Now working from home on The Goal Digger Podcast, my alarm doesn’t go off quite as early, but I’ve got a new morning routine that make hopping out of bed easy. I’m all about coconut oil coffee these days.

My best flow state hours are in the morning, sometimes as soon as I wake up. That’s when I make my to do list for the day, identify my big three tasks I need to complete before the day is over, and squeeze in a work out at Orangetheory Fitness. I used to have a big appetite in the morning but now I prefer not to eat first thing. Still, jumpstarting my metabolism and having something in my stomach before a workout is so important, and that’s why I love coconut oil coffee.

I’m not a food scientist and my only education in the magic of coconut oil is based on my own internet investigation, but after researching the benefits I learned that virgin coconut oil is the best source of MCTs, or medium-chain triglycerides. MCTs give your body and brain quick energy so they’re never stored as fat. Coconut oil may be high in calories but because of the way it’s metabolized, it reduces appetite and increases fat burn. I should note that coconut oil does have some downsides, and is still being studied for how it affects cholesterol levels, so if you’re concerned about your heart health or have existing issues, talk to a doctor and not a blogger.

A cup of coconut oil coffee gives me energy for a morning workout, powers me through my first few hours or work, and it just tastes good. Here’s how I make it.

How to Make Coconut Oil Coffee
  1. Brew 10 oz of coffee and pour into a shaker bottle.

  2. Stir in 1-2 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil.

  3. Shake and blend oil and coffee for 15-20 seconds until frothy layer forms.

  4. Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy!

You may want to keep a spoon close buy if you don’t drink your coffee quickly. The oil separates after a while but stirring it up works just fine.

What does your morning ritual look like? Share in the comments below!

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I am a big fan of latte art, especially when it’s an adorable little bear staring up at me from a silky layer of chocolate cream.

Sweet Moment NYC is an unexpected treat on Mott Street, nestled among Chinatown’s unique retailers and food markets. It lives up to it’s name in more ways than one… For one, it’s a sweet little moment of quiet and calm in the otherwise loud and crowded streets of this neighborhood. And two, everything in this shop is dripping in gooey sweet goodness. Seriously, if they could put chocolate drizzle on the chairs without causing major inconvenience to patrons, I bet they would.

If you’re after a super Instagram-able cup of coffee, pop into Sweet Moment for a creamart drink. Although it looks like a hot espresso beverage with the most elaborate display of latte art on top, it’s actually a COLD drink. I think the cold cream is what makes the separation of colors possible, but don’t quote me on that. The only customization available for this cute little cuppa is the base — milk tea or cold brew coffee. No soy, almond, or other milk alternatives. You’re getting the full fat, full dairy experience here… But this drink is more about the experience, and the photographic evidence, than the actual cup of coffee.

Don’t get me wrong… It’s GOOD. Like, super good. But it’s also super sweet. I went with the Choco option and it tastes like a creamy iced mocha x100. With all the sugar plus the caffeine potency of the cold brew base I was pretty jittery for the rest of the afternoon. Worth it.

For the full experience, my friend and I tried the Nutella banana waffle and a few macarons (again with the cute bear face). So good, so sweet, and as you can see, so worth a photo.

Sweet Moment is a fun little stop if you find yourself in lower Manhattan with a sweet tooth. Be sure to have plenty of room on your camera roll to snap all the photos for your Instagram feed.

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Raise your hand if you fell victim to whatever plague is circling New York City right now! Yup, me too. And now Chris is down for the count and I’m doing everything I can to avoid round two. Whether you’re already sick or bracing for impact, you can take a few steps to ensure your body has what it needs to fight it off.

Hydration is not a joke

So many of your body’s issues could be solved if you just drank enough water. Water dissolves the vitamins and minerals you consume, making it easier for your body to put them to use. Water helps you eliminate waste and flush your body of toxins. It regulates your body temperature, it improves the function of your kidneys, and ultimately boosts your immunity. And I have good news for you, that seltzer water you keep stocked in the fridge as if you’re preparing for the end-of-days? It’s just as hydrating as plain ol’ tap water, but it could make it more difficult to consume the full recommended amount with all those bubbles filling you up.

Sweat for 30 minutes

Sick above the neck? You can still workout, just keep it easy. The commonly held belief that you can sweat out your symptoms has some truth to it, but crushing those miles at your usual intensity may do more harm. Aim for 15-20 minutes of moderate cardio (bring some tissues for the mucus that will likely loosen up while you jog) and another 10-15 minutes of light weights and stretching.

Boost your immune system with supplements

What’s your daily vitamin and supplement routine looking like these days? It’s not just trendy to work some key supplements into your diet, it’s actually truly beneficial to your health and wellness. Along with a daily vitamin to fill those nutrition gaps, consider incorporating supplements like ginger and turmeric during cold and flu season (or all year long to stay on track). I add fresh ginger to smoothies, chew on ginger candies when I’m feeling nauseous, and sip a lemon ginger tea to calm my stomach. Turmeric itself is new to me, but it’s actually a member of the ginger family with strong anti-inflammatory effects. The Ginger People sent me a sampler of all their new ginger and turmeric products to try. My top faves include the Wild Turmeric shots (a super zesty shot of turmeric to boost my immune system), and the Turmeric Latte Mix with tons of antiviral properties.

Wash your hands (and wear gloves on the subway)

That iPhone in your hands right now is carrying 10 times more germs that your toilet seat. Can you imagine what the handrails on the subway must be carrying for pathogens? It seems simple, but wash your hands post-subway ride and if you think of it, snag a few pairs of those cheap knit gloves from a street vendor and keep them in every pocket of every jacket you own so you never have to touch anything on the 7 train with your bare hands.

Try a humidifier at night

Dry air increases the risk of infection and enables the spread of viruses. In order to lower this risk, you need to maintain a relative humidity of 40-60%… Easier said than done in the winter. I love running a humidifier all winter long to help with the dry, static-filled air in my apartment. Make sure you keep the humidifier clean though, because mildew-filled water reservoirs can mix in a whole new issue when you’re trying to fight off any illness.

Here’s hoping your body has what it needs to ward off the illness lurking on the subway. If not, settle in and use it as an excuse to catch up on the Netflix special you been neglecting to watch. Just make sure you’re hydrating, sweating, supplementing, washing, and humidifying between episodes.

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There is nothing like live theater. Does anybody else cry a little bit, even during the happiest moments in the show, because the power of performance just totally knocks you on your overly-emotional butt? Just me? Fine.

Living in the beating heart of it all in NYC is an absolute dream. One quick stop on an express train drops me in the center of Times Square and Broadway, but even better, I’m walking distance to some of the best in OFF BROADWAY shows so I get that magical live theater feeling without having to dodge Elmo and Spiderman asking for money.

Did you know that some of the hottest shows New York City has to offer are only steps away from Broadway? You’ll find them at The Public Theater, New World Stages, Theatre Row, 59E59 Theaters, Ars Nova, Classic Stage Company, Atlantic Theater Company, New York Theatre Workshop, the Irish Repertory Theatre, Second Stage Theatre, MCC Theater, and many more Off-Broadway houses scattered around Manhattan.

If you live here, time to shake off that stereotype that Broadway is for tourists and make a date with yourself (or an actual date) to take in the sites and sounds of an off-broadway show. If you’re a tourist, trust me, there’s more to New York City than what is illuminated by the billboards in Times Square.

1. Many of Broadway’s Best Shows Started Off-Broadway

Almost everyone has heard of the popular Pulitzer Prize-winning “Hamilton.” However, many don’t know that this theatrical magic began playing at sold-out houses at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers before it hit the big stage. Other Broadway shows such as “Rent,” “A Chorus Line,” “Next to Normal,” “Fun Home,” and more got their start in smaller theaters. 

2. Some Cult-Favorite Shows Never Transferred 

While some amazing musicals and plays made the leap from Off-Broadway to on, others didn’t. Shows like “Heathers,” “The Wild Party,” “See What I Wanna See,” “Dogfight,” and more later turned into fan favorites after their Off-Broadway run. 

3. Superstars Have Cut Their Teeth Off Broadway 

Some theatergoers who frequent Off-Broadway may have seen the debuts of several select superstars. Did you know that Meryl Streep made her Off-Broadway debut in 1976, playing Katharine in Shakespeare’s “Henry V” at the Delacorte? Bruce Willis was in the original 1983 production of Sam Shepard’s “Fool for Love.” Off-Broadway paved the way for these stars and many more. 

4. You Get to Be Part of the Action

Off-Broadway is the perfect place to find immersive theater. Shows like “Queen of the Night” and “Sleep No More” are more conducive to a non-traditional Broadway house. The action happens all around you and sometimes will even include you!

5. You’ll Support the Arts

Some programs such as Roundabout Underground gives emerging playwrights the opportunity to debut their productions in an intimate setting. Programs like these have paved the way for products like “The Humans,” “If I Forget,” and “Significant Other.” Many other Off-Broadway programs support, take a chance on, and debut new work.

6. Beat the Hustle and Bustle of Times Square

Most Broadway shows are in the heart of the city, which includes tourists and lots of traffic. If you want to escape the craziness of New York City’s busy epicenter, venture to an Off-Broadway house. Many are downtown in the village, and some are on the outskirts of Times Square at Theatre Row. These areas are a huge change of pace from the hectic streets of Midtown. 

7. Get Intimate With the Actors

Broadway theaters seat 500 or more theatergoers, while Off-Broadway theaters are more intimate houses with capacities ranging from 100-499 people. Get closer to your favorite stars and avoid the large stage-door crowds in these smaller theater houses.

8. Observe the Obscure

Broadway is packed full of shows that cater to large audiences and have greater commercial appeal, while Off-Broadway is a great play for risk-taking theater. You can find a play or musical for any taste, including more obscure choices such as “Blue Man Group,” “Gazillion Bubble Show,” “Stomp,” and more. 

9. Eat and/or Drink While Watching

Some Off-Broadway shows take place in unconventional settings where drinks and even food are served. Your premium ticket to “Sweeney Todd” at the Barrow Street Theatre comes complete with a pie. There are many other shows offering theatergoers snacks or drinks as part of the play itself. 

There are many reasons to take a chance and see an Off-Broadway show. Typically, there is more variety and new shows are frequently introduced in smaller theaters across NYC. It’s easy to find tickets to Off-Broadways shows and Broadway shows in a matter of minutes.

Thank you to Emily Johnson of TodayTix for helping write this post. This post is not sponsored.

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When I’m not at Orangetheory I’m working out at the gym in my building. My favorite mini resistance bands are linked below!

I’m not really a big resolution girl. I don’t lock myself into a rigid line item goal because not reaching it, or even achieving some variation on the goal but not THE goal makes me feel like a failure. Instead, I like to focus on how I want to FEEL this year and make decisions that keep me feeling that way. In 2019 (and beyond) I want to feel happy, full of love, and proud of my work. This year I plan to say YES to things that keep me on that path and NO to the things that look like a detour. So far? I’m full of love, happy more than I’m sad, and so damn proud of what I do.

One big decision I made as the clock struck midnight on 2019 was to stop chasing my next big thing and be present in my life every day. Instead of searching for our next apartment, I’m going to style and organize the one we have. Instead of adding bigger, more involved projects to my freelance roster in my spare time, I’m going to dial in on my own passion projects (like this blog, hello!) And where I used to fill myself with negative self-talk about my body or face or hair, I’m going to focus on selfcare and love.

To keep me on track with a few of these intentions for the new year, I picked up a few new tools and products that I’m absolutely loving (and some I’m eyeing for the next Amazon Prime order). From planners to skincare products to kitchen organizing bins and more, these little goodies are helping me organize, prioritize, and take care of myself and my space in 2019. Take a peek!

My Favorite Planner Day Designer for Blue Sky Planner

$29.99. Where my paper and pencil girls at? I have to make a to-do list with my own hands on an actual piece of paper every morning or I simply will not have a focused and productive day. I love the Day Designer because 1. It has a by-the-hour schedule AND a check list section for each day, 2. There’s a separate spot for the day’s Top 3 priorities, 3. The inspirational quotes on each page are a touch of personality that other planner don’t have.

Trying This Skincare Recommendation Herbivore Botanicals Phoenix Facial Oil

$32. One of my favorite bloggers Sweet Tea with Madi is like the personal hype girl for Herbivore Phoenix oil so I finally caved and ordered it. Still waiting for my previous vial of gold elixir to arrive in the mail, but if Madi’s endorsement is true I’m gonna go to bed looking like a greasy potato chip and wake up looking like a glowy moisturized goddess.

Key to Kitchen Organization mDesign Plastic Storage Bins

$12.99. I have exactly four upper cabinets in my NYC apartment and TWO of them are filled with all the dry food and snacks we have. There was stuff piled in there with no particular system (like the Honey Bunches of Oats box was next to the beef jerky which was next to a can of black beans?) That is, until I got these clear storage bins! Now everyone has a little home and I can easily see all my snacks at once. Very important.

Hydration is Not a Joke S’well Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle

$35.99. I rotate three insulated stainless steel water bottles throughout the week. I don’t drink water out of glass or cups. In fact, I poured myself a drink in an actual glass without a straw (save the baby turtles) a few weeks ago and when I tried to take a sip I completely missed my mouth. I forgot how to drink from a cup? I guess? Who cares these S’well bottles are life and keep my water cold forever and ever. Plus, I’m way better at monitoring my intake and drinking MORE when it’s out of a cute bottle.

Favorite At-Home Workout Tool Peach Bands Resistance Bands

$17.99. You guys. 2019 is the year of the booty. Snatch up these resistance bands and Pinterest yourself a workout and watch that booty lift and tone and feel really great. Since I work from home and I’m sitting down for 8+ hours, I like to put the light resistance band on my ankles or just below my knees and mindlessly pulse my quads to keep my muscles active. It’s a more discreet version of bringing a balance ball to work and sitting at your desk like it’s a damn bouncy house.

A Vacuum That Will Actually Fit in Your Apartment Bissell Featherweight Stick Bagless Vacuum

$24.99. When you only have 600 square feet to keep after you don’t need a big bad dirt-sucker to do the job. This little guy is a blogger favorite and I’m seriously impressed it’s still in stock. It’s tiny enough to slip into that awkward space next to your refrigerator but it’ll still pick up the assortment of crumbs leftover from your late night Insomnia Cookie order.

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The story behind the Old Cornish Estate is one of love, tragedy, and a lavish mansion reduced to stone and rubble. An easy hike near New York City leads you to these impressive ruins of an old diamond dealer's estate.

Just an hour drive away from Manhattan (on an optimistic day of limited traffic) or a slightly longer journey via Metro-North, you'll find the quaint and sleepy town of Cold Spring, New York. The town gives me all the same vibes as the villages in my home state of Maine -- local shops peddling antiques, maple and oak trees changing colors in the fall, and historic homes boasting all of their original character. For it's close proximity to the bustle of New York City, it's truly a departure from all of the concrete and craziness.

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If you're searching for more adventure than exploring the local wares in the adorable downtown area, venture out to the hiking trails of Cold Spring to explore the impressive ruins of the Old Cornish Estate, also known as Northgate.

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According to the New York Times, the mansion in the woods was built for a diamond dealer named Sigmund Stern in the early 1900s. It was a lavish property complete with a garage, swimming pool, and bountiful gardens. However, the estate is more commonly associated with it's final residents, Edward and Selina Cornish.

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Atlas Obscura shared that the Cornish family enjoyed parties and entertaining their friends at the mansion. They were in love until the day they both died -- just two weeks separated their deaths in 1938. Before his death, Edward Cornish hoped to donate the property to the State of New York for protection against commercial development but his request was rejected.

The property remained in the family and was loosely maintained through the 50s until a fire reduced the once lavish home to a total loss. All that remains of the Cornish Estate after the fire is the stonework and the many fireplaces that once warmed the home. 

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After a 4-mile hike into the woods to fine the Old Cornish Estate, it's a special experience to imagine the wealthy family playing dress up and serving friends inside their impressive home. 

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It's an eerie feeling to stand among the stacked stone of the great room walls and trace the intricate tile work around the still-standing hearths. 

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If you need to get out of the city for a day of scenery that doesn't include high-rises and food carts and pedestrian walk signals, make Cold Spring and the Old Cornish Estate a priority on your adventure to do list.

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Listen, the Amazon Prime Day sale is super overwhelming, especially if you don't know exactly what you want to buy, but you really want to buy something for fear of missing out on a good deal. Amazon Prime Day (and the N-Sale, and Black Friday, and every other retail "holiday") sucks a lot of people in with a promise of deep discounts, but what's really worth throwing your credit card at? If you're down for an impulse buy but don't know where to start, I've picked my favorite Amazon Prime Day Deals for you. I either own these things or plan to buy them for myself during the sale. 

If you're not already an Amazon Prime member, you can start your 30-day free trial and take advantage of the Amazon Prime Day sale!

Start Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial Now go full Tom Haverford and Donna Meagle -- Treat yo' self!Tuft & Needle Premium Pillow with Adaptive Foam

I'm obsessed with this pillow. When Tuft & Needle first released these special foam pillows, I paid over $100 for mine. It was worth every dollar -- No more neck pain, it's always cool to the touch, and it never goes flat! 

Brooklyn Beans K-Cups

I actually have a Prime button for these K-Cups so I never run out. I love the bold roast variety pack, especially the Corner Donut Shop blend. 

PureSteam Portable Fabric Steamer

I broke up with ironing in 2018 and I'm all about steaming now. This steamer is compact enough to toss in your bag for travel, too. 

ZYLISS Classic Rotary Cheese Grater

Ditch that pre-grated parmesan cheese and keep this grater stocked with some fresh parmigiano reggiano for pasta night. 

StoreMore Adjustable Cookware Rack

Cabinet storage is impossible in a 4-foot by 6-foot New York City kitchen. I'm ordering this rack for all of our cast iron cookware and the pans that ended up on top of the cabinets instead of inside them.

eBags Packing Cubes

Packing a carry-on for an extreme Type A individual like myself is way more pleasant when you can section your clothing into packing cubes. These free up space in your suitcase, too, by compressing clothing and accessories.

Orthopedic Dog Bed Lounge Sofa

I think my dogs might have more comfortable seating and sleeping items than we do. I've seen this bed reviewed by a few bloggers with dogs and I'm so excited to see it as part of the Prime Day Sale! Ordering one for the pups today. 

Waterproof Dog Blanket

As much as I would like Eloise and Lou to stay off the living room furniture, I can only do so much when I'm not home. This little blanket makes sure their accidents (or on-purposes) don't do any permanent damage.

Smart Plug Wi-Fi Enabled Mini Smart Switch

Listen, judgment free zone. I want these smart plugs so I don't have to get out of bed to turn off the living room lights. They connect to an app on your smartphone so you can power on and off anything plugged into the smart outlets.

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Caffé Reggio in Greenwich Village is high on my list of nontraditional, non-touristy things to do on a Saturday morning in New York City. The coffee shop has nearly a century of history on MacDougal Street, including the credit for bringing the original cappuccino to the United States. 

When the server placed the mug in front of me I clapped like a toddler who just learned a new trick. I can confidently say that my almond cappuccino from Caffé Reggio was the best I've ever had. I haven't had an espresso drink with real dairy milk in years, but the original cappuccino was a worthy treat to break my non-dairy promise. The foam was smooth and sweet, while the almond syrup added gentle flavor. Plus, the nutmeg sprinkled on top gave off an aroma that always reminds me of homemade donuts. 

When the woman at the table across from us got up to leave, she stopped by our table to say she was so glad someone else had the same reaction to the cappuccino as she did. 

Caffé Reggio is a full-sensory experience. I took in the dark setting while sipping my espresso drink. The natural light peaking through the windows keep the place quiet and warm. The tables are mostly mismatched vintage, unlike the new trendy coffee shops erupting on every corner. I sat on a gorgeous wooden bench that I later learned far predated the cafe's opening. Antique and vintage are the theme here.

It seems that every surface of the Caffé Reggio walls are covered with Renaissance-style art, but they're not just in the style of the Renaissance, they're authentic. 

A dramatic 16th century painting from the school of Caravaggio and an antique bench which once belonged to the Medici family bearing the Florentine crest of the illustrious Medici family are among the works that impart a feeling of grace and warmth to Caffe Reggio.

- Caffé Reggio

The original espresso machine made in 1902 claims a prominent spot in the cafe and it's as much a work of art as the tapestries surrounding it. This press clipping from a 1945 issue of The Herald Tribune shows the machine with Caffé Reggio's original owner, Dominic Parisi, before "barista" was a widely used term.

Beyond it's fame for the original cappuccino, Caffé Reggio has also earned plenty of on-screen time in film and television. A Findery user notes that it appears in The Godfather II, In Good Company, The Pallbearer, and Shaft, among other films. According to my Instagram sleuthing, we'll also see Caffe Reggio in the upcoming season of HBO's The Deuce. It's a favorite spot for writers, artists, and celebrities, too.

It's also worth mentioning that the cafe is across the street from Louis May Alcott’s former townhouse, so if the coffee doesn’t inspire you, the neighbors might. 

I'm still daydreaming of a Greenwich Village apartment within walking distance of the best cappuccino I've ever sipped, but until then, I'll just make it a regular stop when I find myself wandering MacDougal. 

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