Things To Do In Florida: The Miami Area

Miami is a city of diverse people, culture, and architecture – my recent visit proved this! I explored tons of new places and spent a lot of time enjoying the Florida sun. Walls filled with art, good coffee, and awesome food was just a small part of my experience. This a post dedicated to finding the best of Miami and everything in between. Read below to find your next adventure!

Everglades Tour

The Everglades tour was the very first thing we did in Miami. Our tickets were less than $30 and included the guided tour, tickets to see an alligator show, and a free walk through on the grounds to see the alligators up close and personal. I will say the Florida heat did put a damper on this activity so make sure you lather up with sunscreen and where clothing that will keep you cool!

The Miami Zoo

The zoo was also something we wanted to take advantage of while in the Miami area. It was well-kept, clean, and filled with a great variety of animals. The $34 package for adults got us all day monorail rides, the ticket inside the zoo, and another ticket for a free animal feeding! It was an amazing deal!

Wynwood

The Wynwood area was probably my favorite part of the entire trip. The streets were filled with art in styles I’ve never seen before and the pieces looked like they came straight out of a museum. Definitely impressed!

Coconut Grove Area

Coconut Grove was where our hotel was located. We were walking distance from small boutiques, coffee shops, bars, and breakfast joints. It was less than a 5 minute walk to get to anything! I’d recommend staying in this area if you’d rather travel on foot than by Uber or Lyft.

The Mayfair Hotel

We stayed at the Mayfair and I just wanted to quickly touch on a few important points. The first, is that the building features beautiful wood detailing throughout and is rich in history. The second, is that despite the beauty, everything is very expensive. The parking was over $30 a day and the hotel restaurant wasn’t cheap either. In addition, I loved having the rooftop pool but didn’t like the fact drinks at the bar were nearly $20 a piece. That’s pricey compared to many other hotels/resorts I’ve stayed at. Would I stay here again? Maybe for a night or two but definitely not another week!

Good Eats

  • Monty’s on South Beach – right by the water, large selections of sea food and sushi, has a large pool and bar area overlooking the marina.

  • Morelia Gourmet Paletas – Coconut Grove area, gourmet ice cream pops, customer chooses toppings and dips, personalized experience.

  • The Stoned Crab – towards the Florida keys area, fresh seafood and experience is worth the drive, features live nurse sharks in their docking area.

  • Green Street Cafe – Coconut Grove area, extensive breakfast menu with unique takes on traditional french toast and pancakes, would highly recommend the coconut encrusted french toast and iced matcha latte.

  • Lokaz Burgers and Beer – Coconut Grove area, long list of craft and domestic beers, good food but the service took longer than expected, veggie tacos are a must.
  • Bianco Gelato – naturally flavored and organic, would recommend the coffee and hazelnut flavors.

  • Miam – near Wynwood, features light breakfast and delicious coffee or tea, would highly recommend the avocado toast and iced matcha.

  • Lulu – another Coconut Grove spot, the fish tacos and jalapeño mashed potatoes were tasty, try the grilled pineapple mojito you won’t regret it.

Quick Highlight

One day out of our trip, we chose to take a drive down to the Florida keys. If you get the chance…go! The people were much friendlier and the beaches were unbelievably beautiful! Snorkeling and chair or umbrella rental available everywhere if needed. Shopping and downtown area is lively!

Overall, if you’re looking for a budget vacation with the same feel as something tropical, Miami just may be your winner. With so much to do, see, and experience…it seems like there’s something here for everyone!

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Should You Change Your Blog’s Name?

I hope you can all tell by now that I’ve definitely made some changes to my blog. I’ve cleaned up what I’ve could, refreshed the look, and have shifted my content. Perhaps, only for my own personal preference. However, I try to make this site as relatable and transparent as possible which is why I wanted to come on a talk about why I’ve made the changes I have and more importantly why I renamed the blog “TheNatalieLynn.com“.

“Change is good”

So recently, I’ve been feeling very uninspired and when I feel that way I try to counter act it by trying a bunch of new things all at once. I didn’t like the content I was putting out and I hated how lazy I became. If the stuff I put out wasn’t 100% to my liking, I wouldn’t ever post it. Which is how it should be right? But what if everything I wanted to publish needed to be perfect? It just wasn’t possible and my blog kind of fell off for a bit.

I came to the conclusion just last week, that my blog name “ChiGoalDigger.com” had nothing to do with who I was today. It gave the feeling that:

1. I live in downtown Chicago (which shocker, I do not)

2. That I’m reaching towards something and being hella successful.

Ehhh. I guess the second one is true. I mean I do really care about positivity, success, motivation and all that stuff. But I am only human and I wanted to share more than just the ups with my audience. I want to share my lows, the highs, and everything in between. I really want this site to be a platform for what I stand for. Ultimately, the name just didn’t fit and quite frankly just sounded so unfamiliar to me.

If you’re in the same boat. If you feel like what you’re creating isn’t puzzle piecing together just right…try something else! Being relevant is one thing but finding something you’re willing to pour your heart into is another.

Day In The Life + Giveaway

With work, the pups, my blog, and this crazy Chicagoland weather I hardly find the time to get outside and explore. This past Sunday, my mom, sister, and I took a few hours to spend some time in a small town near us. I thought I’d snap a few pics and tell you all a little about what we did! See below for more..

target blush slip on shoes

Before leaving, I decided to slip on my favorite pair of shoes I purchased recently. I grabbed these at Target for under $25! They were such a steal. I couldn’t resist the suede material, blush color, and the fact they’re very comfortable + so easy to slip on. I paired these with some jeans and an oversized crew neck!

target blush slip on shoes affordable light weight

Once we got into town, we wandered over to one of my favorite coffee spots, Hansa. I was so excited they had their seasonal flavor out, which of course, was pumpkin spice. I ordered an iced chai tea latte with a few pumps of pumpkin. And if you know me, you understand my slight addition to chai tea lattes lately. I’m overly obsessed!

I wasn’t able to snap a pick of my own drink but I did get this shot of my mom and sisters. I’m pretty sure they both stuck with a simple hazelnut latte. Probably equally as good as my chai I’d assume. Take a moment to appreciate this latte art!

hazelnut hot fall lattes

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After coffee I wanted to check out some of the small boutiques. I didn’t find anything I was willing to splurge on but it was cool seeing a few items I’ll be putting on my Christmas list! Speaking about the holidays, am I the only one amazed at the stores bringing out their decor earlier than expected?! Bath and Body Works already has their winter scents out! That’s just so crazy to me! Time is flying by!

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shopping boutique downtown lifestyle

This day gifted us with the perfect Fall weather. The three of us were bundled in light sweaters and scarves but were warm enough that we could still walk outside. It was easily one of the best days of the week as far as functionality went.

With outfits and accessories on the brain, I thought I’d point out one of my go-to necklaces. I’ve been eyeballing jewelry that’s simple, elegant, whimsical, and light weight. This piece from Tiny Lumber is exactly that. The geometric design is modern and dainty + being made out of wood makes it feel like you’ve got nothing on. Don’t you hate the feeling of heaviness with some other pieces?!

I had my sister wear it with her outfit and it matched great! Tiny Lumber has so many other designs to choose from that are just as beautiful as this one so make sure to check their site out here!

Keep reading for a giveaway

tiny lumber necklace jewelry geometric

tiny lumber necklace jewelry geometric

I’m teaming up with Tiny Lumber to give one of these geometric necklaces to a lucky follower of the blog! There’s only a few rules: the winner must be a follower of ChiGoalDigger.com, you have to be following tiny_lumber on Instagram, and (so I can contact you once the contest is over) be sure to comment below your favorite city to visit with your Instagram handle! Winner will be chosen November 9th! Good luck!

tiny lumber necklace jewelry geometric

sisters downtown shopping with coffee

After being out all afternoon long, I ran home to my dogs for a little Sunday football. While I was shopping, I scooped them these frosted football pup treats! They couldn’t have been more excited and I was definitely ready to just relax. The cookies kept them occupied for quite sometime and calmed their nerves from being alone for so long! Is anyone else a devoted dog mom like I am?!

sunday football cookie treat shitzu dog

What have you all been up to lately? Is there anything during this Fall season you’d like me to try? Leave a comment below letting me know!

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