The Healing Power of Butterflies (yes, I said Butterflies)

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Do you ever feel like nature has a way of speaking to you? Not necessarily Pocahontas style but do you ever notice subtle things? For me, it is the butterflies. I don't know about you, but there has been A LOT of changes happening in our household throughout 2018. We started the year off with the extreme high of knowing we were finally pregnant (it only took a year) to the lowest low of a miscarriage. Simultaneously my dog of over ten years passed away suddenly. When I say simultaneously, I mean Read more [...]

Checking In: Eden Roc Miami Beach Hotel

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A few weeks ago I made my last trip of 2017 by trading one beach community for another. I packed my bags and jet-set from the cliff-lined coast of Southern California for the white sandy beach Eden Roc Miami Beach Hotel. This trip was particularly fantastic because I was with my best friend of God knows how many years. Traveling with friends is amazing, but I digress. The hotel itself is located on Miami Beach which is about a 20-minute ride to the airport. Cabs will cost you a flat fee of Read more [...]

Top 5 Airbnb Experiences in 2018

Experiences. If you've followed my travels for any amount of time, it is no secret that I am a lover of two things; Airbnb & travel experiences. I once met a woman who told me her favorite part of travel was never leaving her hotel. Sure, sometimes this can be a much-needed break but I find going out and living, experiencing life when you travel is the good stuff. While traditional hotels are a nice break, there's nothing I enjoy more when I travel then living like a local. Earlier this month Read more [...]

Best Places to Travel in January

best places to travel in January
Travel in January. Yes, January. Now January is not typically a month where anyone jumps for joy at the idea of traveling but let's face the facts here; the holidays are exhausting. Our New Year resolution of losing weight hasn't had a chance to come to fruition just yet, the temperatures are colder than we would like, and we tend to be in a state of grumpiness. So here's one easy New Year's resolution: book a trip somewhere uplifting. It can change your life or just change your mood; the choice Read more [...]

6 Ways To Make The Most Of This Thanksgiving

6 ways to make the most of this thanksgiving
What began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and the preceding year, Thanksgiving has taken a bit of a new direction over the years. Thanksgiving has become commercialized, like most holidays inevitably end up becoming, we all eat far too much (guilty as charged right here), and at some point, football gets added into the equation. Is there anything wrong with this? Not at all! For some families, they put their spin on Thanksgiving entirely. There isn't a Thanksgiving Read more [...]

11 American Christmas Markets

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With just 40 days until Christmas (can you even believe that?) I thought it was time to open your eyes to some of America's best Christmas markets. Oh, you thought Christmas markets only existed in Europe?  I was right there with you, but some amazing things are happening across America to help you get into the holiday spirit. If you've never had the opportunity to experience a Christmas market, it should be on your holiday to-do list. They're much more personal than going to a shopping mall (you're Read more [...]

8 Ways Travel Makes Your Life Richer

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"You should travel more," "you need to take a trip," "you need to get away," and my personal favorite "you deserve to travel." Regardless of it's because you're burnt out at work, you need a little "me" time or feel stressed, travel seems always to be the solution to everyone's problems. If this is the case, then why don't we do more of it? There are lots of different reasons for this based off of your situation, but I am here to tell you that you need to forget those and JUST GO! Now I know, Read more [...]

Going Home Again

How to go home again
So, did you miss me? I know, I went missing there for a bit. But it is not without good reason; promise. You see I just wrapped up a move back "home." Not any move but an 8,000+ mile move to home. Over the past few weeks, I've been thinking a lot about this word home and how its meaning has changed. It's more of a relative term now than anything else. It has me in a constant state of wonder as to whether or not anyone else ever feels this way. This morning I sat outside on our deck, wrapped up Read more [...]

The Low Down on Florence | Two Day Travel Guide

Views from Palazzo Vecchio
Florence. Firenze. Or as I like to call it, 'my happy place.' Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany with just under 400,000 occupants. I challenge you to visit this city and not fall head over heels in love with it. I hold special places in my heart for the various travels I have been on, most notably Amman, Jordan but there is something about Florence. It has a small dose of the hustle you feel when you're in Rome but the laid back, tranquility one would expect from Tuscany. The Read more [...]

My Day in Siena | What to see when you only have a few hours

The walls of Siena Italy
"Cor Magis Tibi Sena Pandit." Siena opens her heart out to you much wider than this door! This inscription, located on the front of Porta Camollia; the Northernmost section of The Sienese Gates, is the epitome of what you will feel as you meander down the streets of the city. Now I'll be honest with you; I didn't want to make this trip. I say this not because I had anything against going, but I didn't have any burning desire to leave Florence just yet; even for a day. If you find yourself feeling Read more [...]