The Bags You Need (Under $20!)

(A brief aside- this post is not sponsored. Both of these bags were purchased for me as a gift. They are too good not to share!)

If there is one thing I don’t need, it is another personalized bag. As a teacher, I think I have approximately 4,000 monogrammed tote bags. Slight exaggeration, and I’m not complaining. I carry a giant tote bag every school day, and I love all things monogrammed. I would monogram my cat if she would sit still long enough to have it done.

When Ben gave me TWO new personalized bags on the night of our rehearsal dinnerI was excited. When I finally had a chance to use them a few weeks after our wedding, I was thrilled. These two bags are way budget-friendly.

I used the first bag as my carryon for our honeymoon. I ended up carrying it all over Italy and Greece. I love how it zips closed and holds a ton of stuff. The color makes it versatile as it goes with everything. It is durable and looks cute with most casual, daytime outfits. You can access the Etsy Shop here.

The second bag is life-changing. (No joke) I have never had a ‘teacher tote’ that actually carries everything I need to take home at night. This bag fits my laptop, several binders, my plan book, and all the other odds and ends I lug home. The gold straps are durable, and I would imagine the bag is machine washable. I was shocked to see that it was listed UNDER $20 on Etsy. You can order it here.

Pasta Making Class in Italy

Our honeymoon was filled with so many incredible memories, but our morning spent with Chef Issa at her kitchen in Padua was one of our favorite moments.

We knew that we wanted to take a pasta-making class, so we started to search on TripAdvisor. There were so many options, but we were blown away with what we read about Chef Issa and “Mama Issa’s Cooking School”. Homegirl has several HUNDRED perfect reviews on TripAdvisor.

Our class was held on a Sunday morning, and we took the train from Venice to Padua. (Fun fact, Padua was also the home of St. Anthony. There are many things to do in town if you feel like hanging around.) The train took about 45-minutes, but it was very easy to navigate thanks to Chef Issa’s clear directions.

We were so pleased to be the only two students in class that morning. We made the most delicious egg pasta with fresh tomato sauce. Chef Issa had the best classic tunes playing as we kneaded, rolling, cooked, drank, and learned from her. I think the pictures truly tell the story…