• Pink pineapples

    Barcelona rooftop bar

    Y’all know I’m a sucker for a colorful print, and when that print involves pineapples and is on a dress with super cute self-tie spaghetti straps and a twirly midi skirt? I couldn’t resist. I usually try to keep my shoulders covered in Bahrain, but my trip to Spain earlier this summer gave me a perfect reason to wear […]

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  • How to make a unicorn cake – without fondant

    How to make a unicorn cake with no fondant

    You may have seen pictures of beautiful unicorn cakes floating around the Internet — the ones with lovely closed eyes and long lashes and swirly golden horns. I wanted to bake myself one for my birthday, but I didn’t want to have to use any fondant (or non-edible items), so I had to come up with […]

  • The best way to visit the Burj Khalifa

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    There are a few things you absolutely MUST do if you visit Dubai, and going up in the world’s tallest building is one of them. (Yes, even if, like me, you’re terrified of heights) The Burj Khalifa stands more than 2,700 feet — 160 stories — tall and has the highest outdoor observation deck in the world. You may […]

  • Tree of Life and the Bahrain Fort

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    Bahrain’s location has made it a center for trade for centuries, and the Bahrain Fort — a UNESCO World Heritage site — is a Portugeuse-built structure on the site of the capital of an ancient civilization. It was built between the 15th and early 17th century, and is a must-visit if you’re in Bahrain. It […]

  • Visiting Disney World for July 4th

    Visiting DIsney World for Fourth of July

    We love Disney, and they have the best fireworks ever. So when we found out we were moving overseas last summer, we knew we had to spend  July 4th in the most magical place on Earth before leaving the U.S. It was a fantastic trip, and I would definitely do it again if we have […]

  • Sopapilla cheesecake bars

    Easy sopapilla cheesecake bars with cinnamon sugar and honey

    A few years ago, I was visiting Phoenix for work and had the chance to see my mom’s BFF. She reads the blog (hi, Beth!) and gave me a bunch of different recipes to try. One that immediately caught my eye was something called “sopapilla cheesecake,” and I meant to make it as soon as […]

  • Shopping and camels

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    I wasn’t sure what to expect when we moved to an island so tiny it only takes 30 minutes to drive from one side to the other… particularly since a significant portion of the land is desert and/or oil refineries. But it turns out that there are tons of good restaurants and lots of interesting […]