About Vanessa

Hi Everyone!!
My name is Vanessa 
I am a writer, foodie, violinist, fitness enthusiast & ESL teacher,
twenty-something blogger and animal lover! :)

I have three cats: Puffy, Tigger and Abby, and one bird: Tuck. I often volunteer at my local animal shelter. I love to travel all over the world! So far I have visited 11 states as well as Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico. Internationally I have visited Antigua, Aruba, the Bahamas, Canada, Japan, England and the Philippines. I hope to someday visit all seven continents. I have never experienced so much happiness as I have traveling, besides being with animals and loved ones :-). Besides writing, blogging and traveling I enjoy running, swimming, weight-lifting, yoga, taebo, pilates, photography, reading, going to the beach, and baking/cooking. I also enjoy playing the violin and guitar. I have played the violin for over ten years and the guitar for almost five.

"People need to open up to what is really going on, to reality. If we continue to shelter ourselves from the truth, change is never going to happen." -Vanessa P.

Her hobbies include traveling, writing, cooking, hiking and attending film festivals across.
My Top 8:
Writing: I try to write at least four times per week. I write poetry, screenplays, novels, children's books and plays for the small stage. I also write articles on food, health and wellness and lifestyle topics.

Cooking/Baking: I always enjoy creating and preparing meals for my family and friends. I enjoy baking almost any type of cookie and anything with lemon flavor or zest. I enjoy cooking pasta dishes, fish, and vegetarian appetizers. I intend to start making my own tomato, vodka and Alfredo sauces soon as well as my own signature raviolis!

Working Out: I work out on average two hours a day for five days a week. I like to do a mix of core strength training, workouts that improve flexibility with a majority of my workouts focused on endurance and cardio.

Animals: I love all animals.

Photography: My favorite photographers are Mario Testino and Annie Leibovitz. They both take such stunning photos that accentuate natural inner and outer beauty.

Traveling: I wish to travel all over the globe someday.

Fashion: My favorite designers are Ralph Lauren, Sam Edelman, Carolina Herrera, Alice + Olivia, and Stella McCartney. My favorite brands are TFNC London, Aspire Style, Milau, American Eagle, Jeffrey Campbell and Sam Edelman. I love to shop at boutiques and shops that sell unique, hard-to-find clothing items. I would describe my style as feminine, chic, nautical, classic and urban. It really all depends on the season and where I am (the city vs. the beach).

Reading: Some of my favorite books include The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. My favorite books that I read recently are Dewey by Vicki Myron and A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen. The next book I will be reading is Marie Antoinette's biography by Antonia Fraser.

Random Fun Facts About Me:
1. I believe animals are better than people
2. I love unique handmade home products and fashion items
3. My interior design style is "french cottage modern"
4. My fashion style is fun, classic & unique
5. I have an addiction to butter mints
6. I love finding new recipes
7. S'mores is one of the greatest food inventions
8. Ice cream sandwiches are pretty amazing too :)
9. I know American Sign Language
10. I am fascinated by ghost stories
11. I love cookie dough ice cream sundaes with tons of butterscotch
12. Spicy tuna roll and avocado= the perfect sushi
13. I'd rather drink still water than soda or club soda, unless it's Orangina or the club soda is mixed with cranberry juice with lime
14. I NEVER drink, smoke or do drugs
15. I would love to visit Vermont again
16. I love living near beautiful farms AND the ocean
17. I'm cooking at home more and more everyday and am very happy!
18. I would like to open up my own business
19. My dream is to write for National Geographic
20. AND for the fur industry to disappear for good
21. Spongebob is hilarious and so darn cute!
22. I wish Kenan and Kel would do a reunion episode
23. I miss camping as a child...with s'mores of course :-)
24. I loved my wedding so much (and especially designing and planning it) that I cannot wait to through totally unique and awesome kid's parties and host parties and events at my home
25. I am very proud of my diverse heritage
26. Alice in Wonderland is genius
27. Husker Do is my favorite board game
28. Strawberries, pound cake and whip cream, my cat Puffy and I love that treat!

Silly kitty friend :)

Things you’ve already done: bold
Things you want to do: italicize
Things you haven’t done and don’t want to – leave in plain font
1. Started your own blog.
2. Slept under the stars.
3. Played in a band
4. Visit Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visit Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea.
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch.
15. Visit Antarctica
16. Had food poisoning.
17. Walk to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables.
19. See the Mona Lisa in France
20. Sleep on an overnight train.
21. Had a pillow fight.
The purpose of my blog is to express my opinions on certain subjects, share recipes and products I am confident of, share my travel experiences, promote books I enjoy reading and my books and stories, and to promote animal rights, women and education rights, and gay rights.


Restaurants, personal diet and healthy eating, recipes, gourmet foods, animals, books, personal fashion, travel and my steps in life along the way!