Washington DC Travel Recap

Since I knew I had to travel to Washington DC for work, I figured I would make the most of it! Tony joined me at the end of my trip so we could explore what we had time for on our short weekend trip! (Cut even shorter by Tony’s flight delay of three hours…thanks American Airlines)

Here are the notable things we ate, drank, and saw while in DC, along with a collection of Ferraris…pictures!

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Pixel 3a Review

Right as I was working on a blog about how it’s very shocking I haven’t upgraded from my OG Pixel XL, I got a notification that more leaks had come out about the newest Pixel and it looked…awesome! And so right in time for me to upgrade my phone, here I am, reviewing the Pixel 3a!

TL;DR: For $400, this phone is easy to justify with decent storage and a fantastic camera. Use code B-MSAEVELGQDV3ASO3Q0RFWT8 for $50 off your purchase of a Pixel 3a.

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A Definitive Top 10 Ranking of Twin Cities Breweries

I don’t care what anyone else says…this is it. The official, Lauren Kortbein approved ranking of Twin Cities breweries. In the time I’ve lived here, I’ve visited a majority of them, and these are the worthy ones (in order!):

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Why I Deleted Facebook

On December 31st, 2018, I finally made the decision to delete my Facebook account, and all related pages. I’m not talking about deactivating it so I could log back in again, I mean completely and totally trashing it. I say finally because it took me a long time to come to this conclusion. I had debated the decision for, honestly, years, before I finally decided I had enough.

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Baltimore to Minneapolis: 1 Volkswagen Later

Well, I officially have another Volkswagen added to the collection! On January 26th, Tony and I flew to Baltimore to pick up a 2004 Volkswagen R32. We planned on driving it home, but didn’t plan on the issues we ran into on the way back…

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100 Day Challenge: Documenting the Good Things

Recently, while talking to my mom on the phone, she told me about a 100 day challenge she was participating in with a group of friends. She told me they all made a challenge to themselves to do something new every day for 100 days straight. They created a shared Google Doc to track their daily progress and keep each other motivated.

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My 15 Year Vegetarian Journey

Here’s a fun fact about me: I’ve been a vegetarian for over 15 years! I get asked a lot of questions about it, including why I became a vegetarian at 11 years old, what I eat at family meals, and tips for aspiring vegetarians, so I made a video answering all these questions! Check it out below, and let me know your thoughts in the comments below, or find me on Twitter!