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Summerfest: Good Music, Good Friends

Rap, hip hop, country, rock….these are just some of the music genres played all around the world. These artists and bands have to play their music somewhere don’t they? I am a huge lover of music festivals. There are SO many here in the United States, and even other countries. Some of the most well-known music festivals are Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Ultra, Tomorrowland, and Summerfest.

However, I’m here to tell you about Summerfest! This is one of my favorite music festivals to attend, and can you guess when it takes place? SUMMMMMMMER. Held at the Henry Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee, WI, this festival brings in some of the best performers around. It lasts for a total of 11 days in June and July, and there are over 1,000 performances…. One. Thousand. Crazy, huh? They have 11 stages for artists to perform on, and it’s jam packed from noon to midnight with die hard fans. Since 1999 it’s been recognized as “The World’s Largest Music Festival,” by the Guinness World Records.

Ticket prices are very reasonable for Summerfest, compared to other music festivals. I mean, some festivals are sooo expensive, there’s just no way they’re gettin my money. This year, you can buy an 11-day power pass for only $90 which allows one admission per day to the festival grounds. Now that’s a good deal. You can also purchase a 3-day pass for $48, and general admission tickets are only $20 per day. For all other great ticket deals please check out their website: http://summerfest.com

The lineups each year are AWESOME! Here is the lineup for Summerfest 2017:

 

Cali Has My Heart

It has always been a dream of mine to visit The Golden State, and I got to live that dream for the first time last summer. One of my roommates is from Temecula, which is in the southern part of California (some call it wine country)… so duh, I had to go. I was there for a week, and she took me to SO many cool places I will never forget. We went to Laguna, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Where she lives in Temecula is only about a 1-1/2 hour drive to all of these beautiful places, which was very convenient! 

We spent most of our time hanging out in San Diego, because most of her friends live there, so I’m going to tell you my favorite hot spots there:

  • Ocean Beach. I love love love OB. They have so many cool bars, restaurants, farmers markets, just a short walk from the beach so I won’t name them all.. because it could take days, so I’ll tell you my favorite. It’s called OB Noodle House, and it’s a Vietnamese restaurant and bar. They serve Peanut Butter Jameson shots that are to DIE for (tastes just like a peanut butter milkshake shot with a kick), and of course their noodles are phenomenal.

  • Pacific Beach. The majority of people here are college students, tourists, or surfers. PB is one of San Diego’s more developed nightlife scenes, with bars everywhere (so that’s why students tend to live here). Mission Beach is also located near PB, which is a very popular beach to visit. While we were here, we just walked around to different shops, restaurants, laid out on the beach, and hit the pubs at night!

  • Sunset Cliffs. This is one of the biggest tourist spots in San Diego, but locals love it too! It’s big cliffs that you watch the sunset on at night, but you have to make sure you get there at the perfect time. When I went to this spot, I was absolutely taken away. It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. It’s also a hot spot for the local surfers around town, so it’s cool to get to watch them. You get the perfect pictures, and we even witnessed a couple getting engaged on these cliffs. This is a must see.

California definitely has my heart, and I’ve already booked my flight for this coming August for a 10 day trip. WOO! If you haven’t been, you definitely need to soon.

Sweatin’ In The Ville

If you’re not familiar with Louisville, KY, there are many different places to WERK. And by werk, I mean sweat. With Louisville having indoor and outdoor places to workout, I like to switch it up every once in a while. One day I may be at Cherokee Park doing sprints on the hills, or even doing intervals of different exercises. And another day, I’ll be at an indoor cycling facility. It all just depends on the day!

Here are my favorite places to sweat in The Ville:

CycleBar. Opening just 7 months ago, this is a fairly new indoor cycling place in Louisville. It is the world’s first and only premium indoor cycling franchise, and let me tell you, these CycleStars (the instructors) kick your booty! They provide the cycling shoes for free, along with water bottles and snacks. Each class is 50 minutes long, and it’s all about riding to the rhythm of the songs played. Oh and did I mention.. it’s usually dark in the cycling studio, and they have different colored lights flashing throughout the ride, cool right? You can burn up to thousands of calories per class…incredible! They also provide a 4 or 6 pound body bar on each bike to use in pre-planned arm sets during the ride. There’s nothing better than getting a good lift in while doing cardio too. They have many locations all over the United States, so check it out!

Bend and Zen Hot Yoga. This is a local yoga studio here in Louisville, KY, and it is very popular! Now, this isn’t any regular yoga, it is HOT yoga. If you’ve never heard of hot yoga, the room is heated, normally at a temperature of 95-105 degrees Fahrenheit making you sweat 10x more. Bend and Zen has the largest and most elegant studio in the region providing more space, peace, and comfort. One of my favorite things about this studio is that they have a 9 ft. water wall, which helps makes my experience more peaceful. You can burn up to 1000 calories during a hot yoga session. Freaking awesome. If you go on their website, you can see just how many different classes they offer. If you are new to yoga, they also have workshops you can sign up for!

Healthy Livin’

Ever since I was a little kid, my parents have always prepared healthy meals for our family. My brother and I have always been active and on sports teams, so naturally, my parents wanted us to stay in shape. Occasionally, we would eat out of course (and be not so healthy), but overall, we did a pretty good job of watching our weight.

Once I graduated from high school, I knew that living in a dorm room my freshmen year of college (with no kitchen), it would be hard to manage my weight. From making easy mac and pizza rolls, pretty much anything I could microwave, I definitely gained weight that year. After moving out of the dorm and into a house that had a full kitchen, it was much easier to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Cooking at home is one of my favorite things to do, so here is my go-to healthy meal to make at home (for lunch or dinner):

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

  • What you need: 1 head of lettuce, 2 chicken breasts, lemon pepper seasoning, a handful of grape tomatoes, a red pepper, a zucchini, fat free balsamic vinaigrette.
  • How I make it: I start out by seasoning the chicken breasts with lemon pepper. I then cut up the chicken, red pepper, zucchini, and grape tomatoes into small pieces so that they fit easily onto the lettuce wrap. Once the ingredients are cut up, I put 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil into a cooking pan, and put everything in the pan to cook. While everything is cooking, I wash the head of lettuce and break off medium size pieces to make 3 beds for the ingredients. After all the vegetables and chicken breasts are ready, I put them on top of the lettuce and pour 2 tablespoons of the fat free balsamic vinaigrette on each wrap to top them off.

ENJOY!

 

 

 

Beach Boozin’

If you’re like me, going to the beach is one of your favorite things to do. When I’m at the beach, whether it’s with my family or even friends, I always have some sort of tropical beverage by my side to keep me company. I mean, REAL happiness is sun, sand, and a drink in my hand. So here are my favorite drinks to make before hittin’ the beach!

Frozen Rum Runner:

  • 3/4 oz. Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
  • 1/4 oz. blackberry liqueur
  • 1/4 oz. crème de banana liqueur
  • 2 oz. orange juice
  • 1/2 oz. grenadine
  •  ice

Frozen Vodka Lemonade:

  • 1 (12 oz.) can frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 10 oz. Titos vodka
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • ice

Frozen Coconut Pineapple Margarita:

  • 1 (10 oz.) can pina colada frozen concentrate mixer, thawed
  • 10 oz. tequila
  • 5 oz. pineapple juice
  • juice from ½ lime
  • ice

Once you’re done mixing all of the ingredients, the last step is to BLEND, & bam those frozen drinks are ready to be poured! ENJOY

Now, I’m sure you’re wondering.. only 10 oz. of tequila? Only 3/4 Captain Morgan? Well well well, of course these drink recipes think they can really tell you how much liquor to pour into the blender, but hey.. that’s all up to you. YOU are the one drinking this (maybe your friends too). But if you want a nice little buzz while you’re laying (or dancing) on the beach, you go for that extra pour! From experience, you’ll want to do that.

The reason I mainly drink frozen drinks on the beach is because when the sun is that hot, other drinks don’t stay cold for as long as these do. I normally put my drink in a big jug, and it seems to work great for keeping it cold.

Now that you have these drink recommendations, I think that gives you an excuse to go to the beach…..so get on the road!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lets Taco Bout Louisville

First and foremost, I’m crazy about authentic mexican food. Burritos, enchiladas, tacos, nachos, and quesadillas, are just some of the delicious food items I crave on a daily basis. Almost all mexican restaurants bring out endless chips and salsa for you to enjoy while you’re waiting for your food to be made (for free), and it can’t get better than that. But I have to say, tacos are my go to, so let’s taco bout the best places in Louisville, KY to eat tacos!

1. El Molcajete. If you’re a broke college student like me, this is the place you need to go to. Right off of 4th St. near Churchill Downs, this hole in the wall restaurant has the best tacos in town and they’re only….wait for it…..TWO DOLLARS. You get to choose from steak, chicken, fish, shrimp, chorizo, pork, and BBQ meat. Every time I go here (which is a lot), I get at least two, maybe three, steak tacos and boy do they fill me up!

2. El Taco Luchador. Right off of Bardstown Rd. in the Highlands, this mexican eatery will put you in your happy place. Their street style tacos are a huge hit in Louisville. They have all kinds of meat you can choose from, including different seasoned chickens, steak, and pork and they even have vegetarian for all you veggie heads out there! The most popular taco to get here is the “baja fish,” which is a beer battered cod, with spicy aioli and pickled red cabbage. Is your mouth watering yet?

3. MexA Steak Tacos. Well, the name says it all. Can you guess what they’re known for? Hmm.. is it… steak tacos? Oh, you bet. Located in the beautiful area of St. Matthews off of Lexington Rd., this new taco joint has people going crazy. They mainly sell steak tacos (duh), but they also have other options to choose from such as fish, shrimp, pork, veggie, and even breakfast tacos! Yummy.

Fit is Fun

Since I was 6 years old, I have been involved in many sports. I played middle school basketball and volleyball, high school soccer, club soccer (and if you consider cheerleading a sport, competition and high school cheerleading)… and I still to this day will play in soccer scrimmages with friends. I have always had a passion for just being active, it’s fun.

 

From many training sessions and practices all throughout my life, it has kept me in pretty great shape. Coming into college and not joining any of the sports teams definitely put me down, but once I saw the huge fitness center on Louisville’s campus, that sure put a smile on my face.

I find myself at the gym at least 5 days a week. Being fit is not all about cardio and lifting, but those are things you should definitely do if you want to have some muscle tone. It’s mainly about what you eat. 75% diet, and 25% workout. Every time I go to the gym, I know exactly what I’m going to do before I even get there. Whether it’s back and biceps, triceps and chest, or legs, I have a workout plan for each day.

For cardio, I do boxing. I’ve been doing boxing for almost a year now. I go to a place called 9Round. It’s 30 minute kickboxing fitness, and it’s the hottest trend in fitness this year. There is ‘9 rounds’ of boxing, and each round is 3 minutes long. Doesn’t sound long huh? Oh you just wait.. it’s hard (but fun). It’s a full body workout and you can burn up to 500 calories within that 30 minutes. I sometimes do two-a-days because that’s how much I love it. If you’ve never tried boxing, you should definitely go try it out!