I Tried Starbucks' Crystal Ball Frappuccino, So You Don't Have To

If you haven't seen Starbuck's new Drink debut, The Crystal Ball Frappuccino, you will. Available for the next 4 days (March 22 - 26), this peach infused Frappuccino is designed to tell your future. I'm sure psychics everywhere are flipping their lids about it. I know I am.

Vacation and Education Rhyme For A Reason And This Is It

You know in college when you would cram for midterms and remember what you needed to remember to pass the test but forgot it the minute the test was over? That's not learning. That's surviving. When you’re learning something new, your brain goes into a unique state, making it much easier to keep information and memories fresh. This is great for helping you to soak up the information you're receiving and it also has some very big benefits elsewhere in your education. Giving you the chance to better capture memories of the whole event, learning can be a great tool to use when you’re trying to keep a vacation fresh in your mind. But, what exactly can you do while you’re away which will count as learning?

What Style Countertop You Should Get Based On Your Personality

Image: Houzz

It's almost springtime ladies and gentlemen, so that means the Spring cleaning bug is going to start biting some of us. That front hall closet needs to be cleaned out, the patio furniture will have to be washed off, and that countertop that has managed to pass by three spring seasons without getting repaired will need some attention. The list goes on so I think prioritizing is what needs to happen here.

Your Frequently Asked Blogging Questions Have Been Heard And Answered!

I frequently get DMs and emails asking questions about my blog, and it makes me feel so good about Daily Cup of JoJo when I see people interacting with my website. I love chatting and will always respond to you. I always see bloggers do FAQ's and I would still think to myself, I'll never have to post one, but here I am thinking it might be something y'all will enjoy reading! Thanks to you I feel my Frequently Asked Blogger Questions (FABQ) is semi-necessary now, so, without further ado...

Cómo Disfrutar En España!

I hope this title caught your attention because it was in Spanish and most of you know I don't speak a LICK of Español. I totally had to google the title. Beyond that though, Spain is a beautiful country, and if you ever get the chance to visit grab it with both hands. Before you travel through, it can help to know a little about the areas and cultures you are going to experience before you get there. With that in mind check out my easy guide below on how to enjoy Spain, or as the Spanish would say Cómo disfrutar en España! I had to google that again but I'm really trying here, friends.

Check Your Suitcase, Not Your Bank Account

Thinking you want to go on a vacation is one thing, but actually having the money to do so is another. Trips just seem to be so damn expensive nowadays; with good reason.  If you’re a millennial with a passport and an iPhone your probably the reason why flight prices keep going up (guilty). There is absolutely nothing wrong with that though. I think if you can explore the world now, do it. Don’t wait for retirement, because you never know if retirement will wait for you. 

It's Still Winter But Summer Isn't Waiting: Plan Your Summer Body Now

Well, it finally snowed in Vegas so I’m glad winter decided to show up. Better late than never I suppose.

Have you fallen short of their fitness goals.I know I have. Summer seems like an age away, but has a habit of creeping up on all of us. If you harbor thoughts of looking amazing this summer in your swimsuit, now’s the time to start planning, especially because I just saw a sign that said the beach club opens on March 2nd. Ignore the fact that we had to clear the car snow and ice from our windshields this morning and dust off your sneakers friends. It’s beach body prep time, because apparently, we have a week according to industry standards. Yikes.

5 Reasons to Try New Food While Traveling

As if you needed a reason to try new foods. You know that saying “You either live to eat or eat to live.” I’m going to let you guess which category I fall into.  One of the great joys of traveling is the opportunity to try new things, and if you are not sampling the local cuisine of the country that you are visiting, you are missing out on a huge part of their culture. You’re also really disappointing any foodie out there. Even if you are a picky eater you need to at least sample dishes that you’re unfamiliar with. You cant go on eating chicken and French fries your whole life. I mean you can, but you shouldn’t.  If you needed any more convincing, I have a small but might list of reasons why you need to culture your taste buds.

I Stopped Sleeping With Electronics In My Room And This Is What Happened

I never realized how many electronics I have in my room until I decided to take them all out. I removed my laptop and chargers, all of my phone cords, and iPad tag alongs. Then I started to remove everything that had a plug and realized that was a little excessive. I excluded various electronics but kept my alarm clock, and my lamp securely plugged into my wall. I have two things using outlet electricity in my room and none of the things using WiFi. They have all been moved into a closet or reside in my living room.

Packing 101: Essential Tips For Travelers

From packing your bags to dealing with security officers at airport checkpoints, your luggage can be the source of a lot of stress. We’ve all come across the same luggage struggles. We cant fit our fourth pair of shoes or our live eels in our carry-on and we become so overwhelmed with all of the nonsense it takes to travel. NO MORE. Groundbreaking advice has just made it's way across your screen. 

Galentine's Day GIVEAWAY

Hello Guys and Gals and Happy Galentines Day!

I'm so glad you could make it to my little corner of the Internet today. Today is a special day for all gal-pals everywhere because according to Parks & Rec's, Lelslie Knope "It's only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It's like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas."

Fifty Shades of Galentines Day

Calling all girl gangs of the modern day. 2018 is our year and it starts with us being boss babes and ends with us still being boss babes. This is the year where we go out when we want to and stay in when we have to. Galentine's day is the best opportunity to stay in and enjoy your time with your truest of gal pals. 

Planning Your Way To A Risk-Free Adventure

Your twenties is a time that’s synonymous with adventure, excitement, and discovery. So it is no surprise when we take a few months or even a year between high school and college or between studies and work to travel the world and get some tangible life experiences under our belts before we park ourselves behind a desk.

To every magnificent experience, there is always a risky side. There is some inherent danger in traveling outside of your usual support network whether that’s at home or overseas.

Dental Hygiene Tricks From The Girl Who Graduated in Cavities

Coming from the girl who aspired to be a singing dentist as a child, I was dealt a really crappy hand in the game of teeth. I'm playing the cards I'm dealt and let me tell you if I could fold on my teeth, I would. I would've never even sat down at the table.

The Only Thing I'm Rooting For in Superbowl LII...

Rumor has it there is a big football game at Justin Timberlake’s concert today. I’m not sure why they feel it’s necessary to add in such a dramatic event to JT's set yet here we are. Patriots are at it again with their tom field foolery and the Eagles, well they're kind of like the 'C's get Degrees' group of the bunch. All I know, is Green Bay did not make into the Superbowl so I'm substantially less invested in the playing portion, and mainly focused on the performing portion.

Just Your Average 20-Year-Old Trying To Figure It Out

Hello Friends.
I hope you're ready for a brain dump because that's all I've got for you lately. I was writing in my journal the other day trying to organize my week, figure out where my head is at, figure out where your heads are at, and doodle all at the same time. It wasn't working so I thought I'd just share where I'm at in life.

Try It, Make It, Love It: Vegetarian Cheesy Taco Pasta

Vegetarian friends do I have a treat for you. Literally. Well, literally if you make it yourself. I'm not handing out freebies... yet. ;)

Navigating New York On A Budget

The other day I saw a kick ass travel package on Travelocity that would get me to New York (and back) WITH a two-night stay at a Hilton in Central park  for like $350. I'm embarrassed to admit I didn't take the deal, but I'm going to go to Disneyland with my mom instead. Anyways, the Big Apple is a dream destination to visit for a lot of tourists, including me, just not when Disneyland is in the works. 

New York the most expensive city in the US, but there is so much that you can see and do there that are cheap and cheerful it kind of makes up for it. There is free sightseeing, museums and affordable accommodations are out there with a little searching. 

Affording a trip to New York in the first place can cost some cash, especially flying there. Getting a little help with a personal loan no credit check can help make your New York vacation a little more of a reality, as the getting there is usually the biggest expense. So, how can you be thrifty with a trip to the most expensive city in the country? Here's what I've found out. 

Traveling in New York

Those iconic yellow taxis are not the cheapest way to travel  and not all that impressive. You could get around New York way easier on foot or with subway passes. The Staten Island Ferry is free, which gives you extra cash in your pocket for food and other knickknacks you absolutely need. Get yourself a New York map and walk the blocks. You've seen the traffic in movies, four wheels is not a mode of transportation  You can see so much more off the beaten track on foot, than by taxi which will cost you your first born. 

Sleeping In New York

Accommodation is a big expense in any city, and New York is no exception. Being a tourist doesn’t mean you have to rock up at The Plaza! Although, I can be tempted with a good time. Properties on Airbnb can slash your budget dramatically, as can looking at any of the many hostels that New York has to offer you.

Walking In New York

New York has a grid system, making it very easy to navigate where you need to go. If you are on a stroll to see the sights, get yourself to Central Park. It’s got a reservoir, boating lake, sports field and even a zoo in the heart of it. You can get from one side of the city to another simply by going for a stroll in the park. Not bad when you consider the costs of a taxi. I'm not going to live this taxi stuff down. Them cabbers are expensive. 

History in New York

Museums, art galleries, open air theaters; you name it, the city has it. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Natural History are very popular with tourists and the Upper East-siders (xoxo) for obvious reasons. The architecture that the city has to offer and even the site of Ground Zero draw in the people to learn about the biggest historical events that have impacted the city.

Learning a lot during your trip is an inevitability. Travel smart and be a tourist with a difference.

A Morning Person's Guide To Starting Your Day Off Right

Not everyone is a morning person - and for those who aren’t, it can be extremely frustrating when those morning people say ‘you just get up’. I am one of those people that says ‘you just get up.” A lot of morning people just don’t get it, and, unfortunately, it’s the non-morning people that need to change if they want to have a nicer start to the day. So, how do you do it? You can’t. Honestly, it is your internal clock that allows you or doesn’t allow you to be a morning person. If you don’t like mornings, then you’re never going to. You might become accustomed to getting up early, sleeping properly at night, and getting up without hitting snooze fifty times, but that doesn’t mean that you’re going to like mornings. All you can do is make sure that you start your day right. 

The Night Before

It’s so, so, so important to pay attention to what you’re eating and drinking the night before to ensure that you get a good night’s sleep. Your body naturally drops in temperature by a few degrees so that you can sleep comfortably, but if you’re still digesting food, your temperature is naturally raised. Try and not eat anything in the three hours leading up to bedtime to make sure that you rest properly. The same can be said of caffeine and alcohol before bed. Anyone who has ever been on a night out knows how badly you sleep when you have just been drinking. It makes you dehydrated, causing your body to try and wake you up so that you can drink water. Chug some Gatorade before bed and pop an Advil for a quick fix. Drinks before bed should not contain sugar sugared, caffeine, or alcohol. So, ideally, a glass of water.


People who don’t eat breakfast, are not my people. How can you turn down sunny side up?! It really is the most important meal of the day. And there really isn’t any substitute for the energy you can get from a decent breakfast. Unfortunately, a lot of people eat breakfast on the go, choosing breakfast bars or even replacing the meal with a coffee. There is also the common misconception for people trying to lose weight that less it best - that having little or nothing to eat first thing in the morning is a good idea. WRONG! Your metabolism kicks in when you have your morning meal - the sooner you have it, the more your body is going to work through it.

Your breakfast should be a decent sized meal; it is literally you ‘breaking your fast’ and it is setting you up for the first half of your day. You need to refill the energy lost through the hours of not eating, and add more to see you through the morning. So your breakfast needs to be full of all the right things. Overnight oats, with a side of grapefruit or homemade granola and coconut yogurt, with a cup of fresh berries, are easy peazy options for a first-time breakfast eater. I can’t believe it’s 2018 and people are still confused on this concept! Scrambled egg and smoked salmon on toast, with a smoothie to go, is a decent option for the bougie breakfast eater. I think the first meal of the day is something to look forward. Hell, its been at least 8 hours since my last meal… I’m hungry.

Most people will need their caffeine fix through coffee, tea, or caffeinated water - but you also need to add in something none caffeinated. A glass of water or fresh juice is a perfect accompaniment. If you are making a smoothie, substitute the fruit juice for water, green tea, or coconut water. Your body has been parched for like 8 hours now. Treat it with some cool refreshing cucumber water. YUM.

I am a firm believer in morning meditation. It is really hard to sit down and dedicate 10 minutes in the morning to just breathing. I get it. I said the same thing before I started meditating. I even have a little zen zone in my room now because I am such a strong believer in the practice. Apps like Calm and Headspace are really good for beginners. They start you off with 3-5 minute meditations. In the scope of 24 hours, dedicating four minutes to you doesn’t seem like a whole lot of effort. Try it for a week, and let me know how well your day goes after.

Get Going

While getting dressed, pop on a playlist or the radio. It’s up to you whether your music choice is calm or upbeat, but choose something very different to what you would listen to when you’re trying to relax. Use a ready-made wake up playlist, create one of your own, or use one of mine, but get moving with some great tunes. This is crucial to the morning routine because it’s basically the best part, besides breakfast, and water, and meditation. Why aren’t you a morning person again?

Tell me about your morning ritual.

How To Afford Your Big Travel Plans With A Small Paycheck

So you want to travel? OF COURSE YOU DO! It’s a new year, with new goals and my personal favorite, a new set of vacation days just waiting to be used. The prospect of traveling the world, with your friends or on our own as an intrepid solo traveller, is incredibly exciting, but affording it sometimes isn’t so much.


In addition to courage, the most important resource you’re going to need in your pursuit of a phenomenal travel adventure is having some money behind you.  Some people are lucky enough to have parents who are happy to fund their gap year - but theres a hint of satisfaction having to work your guts off then when you sit back on that long-haul flight as the plane takes off and you embark on your very own adventure; it feels more magical because you earned it.  You put your own blood, sweat and tears into making this happen - and that sense of pride will be worth all the hard work.

The first thing you’ll need to do is to start saving for your trip. There’s a couple ways you can go about this.

You can start saving the money you currently spend (e.g. if you get an allowance from your parents, or a consistent paycheck, you can spend less on day-to-day living and syphon some of that cash into a savings account). Cha-Ching!

Another approach is to increase your income; which would appear to be a much more enriching strategy.  Whether you do odd jobs such as mow lawns, get a small part-time job, or even take up an e-bates account… this will propel you into a position of feeling more personal power and independence.

You can also look into the best cash back credit cards that you can put certain expenses such as flights on - and earn rewards in the form of cash back, air miles and so on. This may not seem like the most sensible idea in the long-term but is certainly the easiest and path of least resistance.

You can always try to do all three if you’re feeling super ambitious.


If you’re looking to travel internationally, then flights can take a large chunk of money from your travel fund. Spending $1,000 on a plane ride seems a little absurd if you ask me. However, if you can be flexible with your flight dates then searching for cheap flights via comparison engines such as skyscanner or momondo that compare hundreds of flights by almost every airline in the world to present you with the cheapest deals for the dates and destinations you are looking for can save you a heap of cash. That was a long sentence but I just got so excited and had so many thoughts.

Being flexible with your departure and arrival airports can be a huge contender in price points as well. For example if you were flying into London (England) - it might be worth searching for flights to the whole of the UK, as, let’s say there is a flight to Manchester (just two hours from London by train) which is $200 cheaper - it would make financial sense to book that flight and travel to London on a cheap train ticket. Sight seeing and money saving! The more flexible you can be in terms of time and location, the cheaper the flights you will be able to find.


Yet, ANOTHER huge expense when traveling is accommodation; hotels, AirBnB, hell, even countries known for being cheap such as Thailand, a basic room can be around $10 a day - which adds up to $300 per month.  But what if you could stay somewhere for FREE. There are sites such as workaway that essentially allow you to volunteer for four hours a day, and in return you get free accommodation and food.  This is not just a cheap way to travel, it’s a great way to be part of a community and meet other people while making a difference. Think of the good it will do for your cheap soul.

Real talk, all you want to do is save up some money and then keep your costs as low as possible - particularly in terms of the big expenses of flights and accommodation. Granted, this is easier said than done but you’ll have more disposable income to spend on bangles and baguettes or whatever fits your fancy. OR just say YOLO and put it on the credit card. Eventually you'll pick up the tab, right?