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A Letter To Aspiring Athletes

A Letter To Aspiring Athletes

A LETTER TO ASPIRING ATHLETES — Dear Athletes, At 12 years old I knew exactly what I wanted for my life. I was glued to the TV watching Kerri Walsh and Misty May win Gold for Team USA at the 2004 Athens Olympics. I wanted […]

Under Armour: Unlike Any

Under Armour: Unlike Any

Q&A WITH KELSEY ROBINSON Volleyball standout Kelsey Robinson is one of the fiercest competitors on the U.S. Women’s National team. Her hard work, dedication, and training led her to compete on the world’s largest stage. What’s her training routine? What are her goals? What fuels […]

Connecting Communities

Connecting Communities

I am excited to partner with these two fabulous organizations that are directly working to advance public health through healthy food.  Over the course of the next year I will be focused on sharing healthy recipes here on NOM and PLAY and their websites. Below […]

Warm Weather Vacation Packing List

Warm Weather Vacation Packing List

If you’re like me, you probably put off packing until the last minute. Or you arrive at your destination and you’ve left something behind. Every single time. To make it easier and less forgetful, I wrote down my go-to packing list to get your trip […]

9 Unique Day Trips from Venice, Italy

9 Unique Day Trips from Venice, Italy

While playing for Imoco Volleyball, my closest airport and major train station was Venice. And while I think Venice is an amazing place, you really only need a couple days to explore. So, I quickly became an expert in navigating the trains, planes and automobiles […]

24 Hours Series: Beijing

24 Hours Series: Beijing

China is overflowing with culture, delicious dishes and centuries-old buildings. You could easily lose a week here exploring, but if you only have 24 hours in Beijing, be sure to take in the best of Beijing! [*Note: I didn’t include the Great Wall of China […]

5 Tips for Cheap Airfare

5 Tips for Cheap Airfare

Flying isn’t cheap, and it’s what prohibits a lot of us from traveling to new destinations (that and a restriction on paid-time-off *sigh). While prices to fly from the United States to other continents will never be as cheap as we wish they were, there […]

Top 10 Things to do in Rio de Janiero

Top 10 Things to do in Rio de Janiero

Rio de Janiero was a life-changing experience, and not just because of the Olympics. The vibrant city has so much to offer and everyone should visit if they have the chance. While the media certainly discussed at length their concern for the city, I could […]

24 Hours Series: Barcelona

24 Hours Series: Barcelona

What’s a girl to do when she needs an adventure and all her friends can’t keep up? Toss the anxiety aside and plan a solo trip to Barcelona. Spain has been on my top list of countries to visit. From the culture to the landscape […]

Lincoln Park Zoo Lights: A Chicago Winter Must Do

Lincoln Park Zoo Lights: A Chicago Winter Must Do

Sweet home Chicago. So sweet…until it hits November (lets be honest, October). I love Chicago; I don’t the Chicago winter. I was born and raised there, but I can honestly say, there are perks to living on the West Coast. Especially in the winter. As […]