• Welcome!

    Welcome friend! In Blonde Living you’ll find my favorite recipes, cheap travel guides, sustainable living tips and so much more! I’ll also be telling you my favorite local spots in the sunshine state. Florida has a lot more to offer than Mickey Mouse and orange juice (though I do love both), and I’ve lived here my whole life so let me show you around!

  • The Best Places to Eat in East Orlando

    East Orlando definitely doesn’t get as much love as the downtown or Disney areas. I love the opportunity to showcase the place that I called home for four years when I first moved out for college back in 2014. I lived in that part of town with my boyfriend (now fiance) and went to school at UCF and Valencia for a few years. Going out to eat is one of my favorite things to do with friends, it still is. I loved to explore the food scene when I wasn’t busy with school or work. Though as a college student I definitely wasn’t going to any fancy, expensive places. So…

  • Atlanta City Guide

    Atlanta, Georgia will always have a special place in my heart. It’s the first place that I ever took a trip without my parents. My best friend and I packed up her car and took our first of many road trips to ATL. It started an annual event, and we’ve been back multiple times since that first visit. I’ve finally put together an Atlanta city guide you can follow with my favorite places to eat and visit for your next trip! What to Do: Now that I’ve been a few times I feel like I can give some solid recommendations on what to do in Atlanta, GA. The city has…

  • My Top 5 Fave Cheap Cruelty Free Makeup Products

    Who says you can’t be ethical on a budget? In this blog I will list my top 5 fave cruelty free makeup products, all under $10! Yes you heard right, they are cruelty free and inexpensive and they really work. The best way to fight animal testing in the cosmetics industry is with your wallet. So buy from makeup and beauty companies that are cruelty free, and the other companies will be forced to change their ways. Switching your products can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to happen all at once. Just replace your products with cruelty free options as you run out of the ones you are currently…

  • How to Have a Disney Day Without Visiting the Parks

    A Fun-Filled, Park-Free Disney Day Itinerary Do you want a Disney day without the long lines and high ticket prices? Are you a Disney fanatic and want to see what else they have to offer? Or do you live nearby and want a little staycation? I love a good park day as much as the next person, but with COVID-19 still lurking I won’t be visiting the parks for a little while even after they open up again in July. I’ve got the perfect park free Disney day in mind to ease back into things. Step 1: Pack your bag Before you start your fun-filled day there are some things…

  • The Best Carry-On Packing List for International Flights

    I don’t know about you but I love seeing other people’s packing lists, they always give me so many great ideas for my next trip. Today I am sharing with you my carry-on packing list for international travel. This includes everything I would normally bring on a domestic flight- plus a few extra items that are either necessary or make the long trip a lot more comfortable! My International Carry-On Packing List:  This guide is a great jumping-off point for your carry-on. Depending on the bag you’re allowed you might be able to fit more items like a laptop or camera. Those items require their own packing lists so for…

  • Book Rec List

    Are you using your time at home to catch up on your reading list? If you’re searching for what book to dive into next, look no further than my book rec list! Reading is something I have always loved. During difficult times books can be a beautiful form of escapism. A way to make reality melt away as you step into a new world with adventures in fantastical places with incredible characters that you feel you know deeply. They can also be wonderful guides as you enter new stages of life. Self help books and autobiographies can give you perspective and inspiration to reach goals you never thought you could…

  • How to Eat Cheap While Traveling

    Being a Foodie on a Budget: One of my favorite parts about traveling is exploring the food scene. Whether that means trying out fun restaurants, breweries, or cafes I love it all! If you’ve taken a vacation before then you know that all of your food purchases really add up. Trips are expensive enough without paying for 3 meals a day. Lucky for you I’ve got the best tips to eat cheap while traveling on your next vacation! Inexpensive Food Options: 1. Go Grocery Shopping: Okay, I know this isn’t the magical trick you were hoping for but it really cuts costs and it isn’t as boring as it sounds.…

  • Sustainable Kitchen Makeover

    Going Green One Room at a Time: Being sustainable has never been more in and I am loving it. I have always been an environmentally conscious person, but now it is easier than ever to get your hands on products to make your life more green. There are new products being introduced to the market all the time and my favorite place to upgrade is the kitchen. This room produced the most waste (and guilt) in my household. Are you ahead of the game and looking for the next step in making your life as eco-friendly as possible? Or are you just getting started and want to dive straight in?…

  • 25 At Home Date Ideas

    Whether you are trying to save money, don’t feel like putting on pants, or are just trying to kill time in quarantine, I have some easy, entertaining, and most importantly cheap at home date ideas to keep you busy. My 25 favorite at home date ideas for a fun night in: Puzzles– Okay. This sounds boring, but the sense of accomplishment when you finish a puzzle is pretty great. We will put on a record and quietly work together for hours. Painting with a twist– All you need is paint, a canvas, and Bob Ross on Netflix. Or you can go rogue and paint each other! Movie night– But do…