cruisin (part 2)

hello beautiful people! here's the last batch of pictures from my cruise! 

^^ my sister, my cousin and i in one of the ship's many pools and one of my favorite pictures from our trip to st. john! ^^

the ship docked at st. thomas, but we didn't stay there long. we took a taxi, a ferry, and then another taxi to get to the beach in st. john and it was totally worth the trip. st. john is absolutely beautiful. the water is crystal clear and the beaches are small and isolated. it felt like we were on our own private island!

^^ some wild donkeys! they were just chillin right outside the beach in st. john. we were so tempted to touch them, but used our better judgement and decided against it. ^^

^^ we went snorkeling! it was my first time ever and it was soooo much fun. we saw lots of tropical fish and even a stingray! there were tons of schools of teeny-tiny fish everywhere and it was so fun swimming through them because they make way for you! it was awesome. ^^

^^ our last stop was at st. maarten. this was my second time on the island and it was even better than the first. we went to the beach on the french side of the island (it's divided into two sides: french and dutch) and it was great. they have lots of water-activities to do such as parasailing, jet-skis, water-trampolines, etc. ^^

^^ me and the fam. i love them. (also me reppin the gator nation!) ^^

^^ us before riding jet-skis! my sister drove most of the time (i was terrified the whole time she drove) but i drove a bit towards the end of our 30-minute session (driving is waaaay better than being a passenger). it was so much fun! i felt like a total badass (; ^^ 

^^ the "kids" of the group at the mexican restaurant on board the ship. i put kids in quotation marks because our ages ranged from 15 to 23 (except for my 11-year-old cousin, poor guy) sooo yeah. "kids." ^^

so that's pretty much my cruise in a nutshell! it was soo much fun (10/10 would cruise again). but now that i'm back in reality it's time for me to get my life organized and prepare to move into my dorm!! i'm so excited to begin this new chapter of my life and i can't wait to share it with all of you! stay tuned!

<3 alex


grilled asparagus and creamy lemon quinoa!

hello friends!! hope you're all faring well in this insufferable summer heat (and doing what i do by staying indoors and watching netflix aha just kidding...kinda) anyway today i wanted to share one of my new favorite summer recipes with you :~) something that's delicious, healthy, and super easy to make. i got the inspiration to make this meal from greenkitchenstories {recipe} so all credit definitely goes to the owner(s) of that blog!!

ingredients (serves 2)
  • 1/4 cup white OR whole-grain quinoa (i used whole-grain bc i'm tryna be a better person)
  • however many stalks of asparagus you want (i used 6 but it was a little much for me)
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red bell peppers (cut into bite size pieces and grill for a bit!)
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • a dash of coriander OR parsley (i used coriander!)

dressing ingredients
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
  • juice of 1 lemon wedge

how to prepare

i just cooked the quinoa in our rice cooker but if you don't own a rice cooker, just follow the instructions on your package! usually they'll just tell you cook it in a saucepan on the stove with water. do this first, and set the quinoa aside to cool!

next, make the dressing. whisk the olive oil, soy sauce, and lemon juice together first, and then add the cumin. you may either have the cumin already ground into a powder (like my family does...because us indians use cumin for all things) or as seeds. either way, make sure the end result is a ground powder!!

for grilling the asparagus, you can either use a charcoal grill or a simple griddle pan over high heat. rinse and dry the asparagus, drizzle the olive oil on top, and season with salt. grill and turn as needed (mine took 5 minutes to get fully cooked)

while that's happening, you can get a bowl and throw the quinoa, dressing, feta cheese, and bell peppers together and mix well. i didn't actually grill my bell peppers, but they still tasted good!! arrange your asparagus on a plate and top with the quinoa. add the coriander leaves, and you're all set!

<3 pratibha


life lately

hello friends! this summer is coming to an end so quickly...i can't believe i go back to school in almost three weeks!!! so excited but also a little bit sad that summertime is over...because i won't have as much time to do as many things as i'd like to...oh well. this past month has been jam-packed with traveling and roadtrips and family and friends, it's been really insane! but i've been loving every single minute of it, so i just wanted to share some pictures with you guys. the first trip we went on was to seven springs resort in pennsylvania, and it was so beautiful...tons of fog, forestry, and quality ~family time~

there was a lot of food involved...

the next weekend, we headed up north to door county in wisconsin for the 4th of july. it's a small town next to lake michigan with tons of cute restaurants, water-related activities, and precious shops. and surprisingly, it ended up being one of the best trips we have ever been on! from strawberry picking to sunsets on our hotel's private beach to drive-in theaters, i really can't imagine a better family vacation (and if maria and alex ever come visit wisconsin, i am definitely taking them to door country bc i know they would love the quaintness of it all)

and then the next weekend, i took a train to michigan by myself to visit some old and wonderful friends from the middle school years!! and also to see one direction...which was obviously great. and i just want to say how nice it is that i haven't lost touch with a lot of my friends from way back in 2007 because they're all such amazing people and i've missed them so much (from all the moving around and whatnot) so it was a week well spent in their company

alriiiiight, that's all for now! but since college is approaching again, i'm working on a couple diy projects and ~beginning of college~ posts, so stay tuned for those posts coming shortly...and have a great rest of the summer, you donuts...
 <3 pratibha


DIY paper star garland

hello beautiful people! so the other day my mom mentioned that she wanted to go to michael's and i totally jumped on the opportunity to buy some supplies for a project that i've been dying to do, a paper garland! the one i made was inspired by this post on ohcrafts.net but instead of hearts, i chose a star-shaped hole-puncher! 

so the only things you need for this project are a hole-puncher (choose any shape/size you want!), different color sheets of cardstock, and a needle & thread.

first, punch out as many stars (or whatever shape you chose) as you want. i didn't really count how many i used, i just kinda went with it.

then, simply "sew" the stars together! i'm sure you could do this any way you want but what i did was i pushed the needle through the colored side, out the white side, through the same white side, and out the colored side. 

continue doing this until your garland is as long as you want. it's that easy! plus you can totally make it your own by doing it in a pattern, in the colors of your favorite sports team, your school colors, or anything you want! it's totally up to you.

so there you have it! this was a super easy and fun project to do and i can't wait to do more DIY projects! i also can't wait to hang this up in my dorm! and speaking of dorms, as soon as i move in i'll do a little tour of mine for you guys! ahhh college!

<3 alex


cruisin (part 1)

hello everyone! so I came back from a cruise not too long ago and wanted to share my experience with you all! I cruised on Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas and it was amazing. The ship is huge and filled with so many things to do. Some include zip-lining, rock-climbing, surfing, mini golf, a casino, a karaoke bar, a basketball court, a billion pools and hot tubs, and so much more! 

        ^^ there was even a carousel on the ship! one floor had a "boardwalk" and it was decorated like a carnival and it was possibly the cutest thing i have ever seen. ^^

our first stop on the cruise was the bahamas! more specifically, nassau. the group I was with (including myself and my family) had all been to the Bahamas before so there was really not much worth doing....except a trip to sr. frogs!

sr. frogs is an ~island-y~ restaurant with many locations across the caribbean, mexico, and even a few in the united states! it was so much fun being there. there was music and dancing and plenty of shots to go around (; 

^^ the whole restaurant was covered in funny signs like the one above, but that one was my favorite (if you know me at all you're probably not surprised). ^^

so that's it for now! just wanted to put some pictures up to introduce my trip and buy me some time to edit and organize the pictures from st. thomas/st. john and st. maarten because those are the really good ones. i'm talking island paradise here, folks. so yeah, stay tuned for those! i hope you're all having amazing summers!
<3 alex 
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