Travel Tips

Hello!  How is everyone doing?  Did you have a nice Easter?  I know I did, it was a wonderful day to spend time with my family so I hope you did too.

So today is a repost from last summer.  We are getting closer to summer which means the perfect time for vacation!  So here were some awesome tips and tricks that I found very useful that could help make your traveling much easier.  So enjoy!

Carry-On

I haven’t been on too many flights but I can say that it is hard to pack a carry on bag.  Arzo Travels lays out an awesome list of everything that you should pack in your carry on bag for your next flight.

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Who doesn’t like snacks?  Especially for a long trip you definitely need to have something to eat on the road.  Live Laugh Rowe gives her list of snacks that she likes to pack for a road trip.

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We all love our pets and we love them so much so that sometimes we want to take them with us on our adventure.  The Every Girl complies a list of things to pack and look at when wanting your furry friend to go on an adventure too!

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If you are traveling somewhere by car and not by plane, it can be hard to figure out how to pack your car.  Stuffed Suitcase shows us how she packs her car for long road trips, which is very helpful!

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If you are going on a trip soon, you may need to pack a lot of small items for your adventure.  Polka Dot Chair gives us some ideas on things to pack to make traveling just a little bit easier.

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Sometimes when you are taking a road trip, you are taking the whole family with you!  Lexie Loo, Lily, Liam, Dylan Too gives us some great ideas of things to bring when traveling with kids.

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Did you know that there is a “proper” way to pack a suitcase?  Business Insidergives us this awesome diagram on how to properly pack for your next trip.

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With everyone using technology for everything nowadays, wouldn’t it be nice if you could have a plethora of apps that were reliable for travel?  Carry On or Bust compiles a list of apps that they use when traveling that make your life much easier.

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This is a HUGE thing!  Obviously you want to be safe while traveling and it would be terrible if things got stolen from you.  Wise Bread gives a good list of things to take into consideration when you are traveling.

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Finally, it’s not really travel tips and tricks, but my trip to Washington from a couple summers ago.  I had so much fun and even give you a small itinerary for my week long trip.  Click here to check it out!

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Hello Seattle!

Hello everyone!  Welcome to another blog that I am excited to bring you.  And I have an announcement to make!

I am going to Seattle Washington for 1 week!  Hooray!!!!!

I am so excited to be going for a week with my roommate since she has never been there!  So, I have planned an exciting vacation for us.  And I am going to share some of the things that we are planning on doing.

1. The City Pass

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This is an awesome thing were you pay $79 and you get 2 trips up the Space Needle, a harbor cruise, visiting a glass museum, visiting the aquarium, and visiting the zoo.  It is not a bad price and we get to see so many things.

Space Needle

2. Pikes Market

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Obviously we have to visit Pikes Market.  We will probably not buy any fish for them to throw, but we will still check it out.  And, of course we will visit the first Starbucks because we are right there.

3. Underground Tour

Underground Tour

When my family went to Seattle years ago, we took this awesome tour of the underground tunnels.  So because Amber loves history and I love the underground tour, we are going to add that to our things to do.

4. Whidbey Island

Whidbey Island

Whidbey Island is a little island not far off of the coast that only takes a ferry to get across.  It has beautiful scenery and there is a cute lavender farm that you can get lavender ice cream from.  There are cute little shops and it is an adorable island.  It is the perfect place to go for a day and relax.

5. Seattle Mariners Game

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Both of us are baseball fans and would love to go to a MLB game.  Neither of us have been to one, so why not go when we are there?  This is something that we would love to do, but if we don’t make it then it’s not that big of a deal.

Now of course, I will be taking lots of pictures and will write a blog post when we return.  We aren’t leaving for a few weeks, so sorry to disappoint.  But, nonetheless, we will have an awesome time while we are gone.  I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day and a wonderful Mother’s Day.

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What We Did On Our Summer Vacation-Part 2

I’m back today with Part 2 of our summer vacation! If you want to read Part 1, click here. We spent our first day at California Adventure, so day 2 was all about Disneyland!

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We arrived soon after the park opened. Our first stop was the Kennel. What!? Why? And Disneyland has a dog kennel? Yep! The only reason we made it our first stop, was for the mural painted on the wall of the play yard. On this trip, we decided to Disney Bound. Another new concept? It was for me too! You dress in Disney character inspired clothing, not costume, just same colors, styles or accessories that go with it. Lauren will be covering more about this next time. Anyways, Lady from Lady and the Tramp, is one of my favorites, so I wanted a picture with her and the kennel was the only place I knew of to get one. The castmembers were very nice (of course) and let me go in. By the way, it’s a great facility too, if you ever need to leave your pet there.

Lady and the Tramp Disneyland

Now that I accomplished that, we could actually go in the park! Once again, we split up for a bit so my husband and I could get lockers and the girls could get Fastpasses for Space Mountain.

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Then we met up at Star Tours. The line moved very quickly and this little guy kept us company while we waited.

Star Tours Disneyland

After the ride we went on Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, where I once again failed! Then it was time for our Fastpasses to Space Mountain. Love these rides!

We headed out of Tomorrowland and over to Frontierland/Adventureland/New Orleans Square. They all kind of merge together. We grabbed more Fastpasses to Indiana Jones Adventure and walked over to Splash Mountain. The line wasn’t too long, so we waited.

We met a few critters along the way…

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and waited…

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and finally the ride!!

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What a riot! Haley knew exactly how she wanted each of us to be for the picture and it turned out great! The only problem? We got absolutely soaked! I have never gotten that wet on Splash Mountain before!  After we came down the hill, the water completely flooded the inside of the log. Wow! We were dripping!  Lauren wasn’t too happy about it either!

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At least the weather was fairly warm, so we were able to dry out.

We rode Haunted Mansion (while wet) and got to see the new ghost-The Hatbox Ghost. The Hatbox Ghost was in the ride when Disneyland first opened in 1969. The idea behind The Hatbox Ghost was for his head to vanish from atop his shoulders and reappear alternately inside his hatbox, in time with an adjacent bride figure’s beating heart. Unfortunately, he never worked quite right and was removed. This year, he was revamped and placed back into the ride (sorry for the blur)!

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We met some pirates

Pirates at Disneyland

and then grabbed some lunch and then were able to meet up with my niece and her family. Her little girls are 2 1/2 and 7 months. So much fun! We went out to Pirates Island and the 2 1/2 year old had so much fun exploring all the caves. Haley enjoyed some Pirate Treasure!

Beware Pirate Island Disneyland

Pirate Island Disneyland

Of course, The Pirates of the Caribbean ride is a must! Haley was Disney Bound as Jack Sparrow!

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The little girls enjoyed the Tiki Room and we enjoyed watching them! So fun to see these things through little ones eyes!

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We took a break from rides to go in search of Mickey and Minnie. The 2 1/2 year old is in love with Minnie Mouse! Thankfully they were meeting and greeting up on Main Street.

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As the day was coming to a close, we enjoyed the water show Fantasmic…

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and the fireworks…

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Sleeping Beauty Castle at night…

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and the 60th Anniversary Paint the Night Parade! This was such an amazing parade, I couldn’t decide which pictures to post. These are just a few!

Mack the Truck Paint the Night

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Rose Paint the Night

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We ended our night in Fantasyland hoping to ride Peter Pan, but the line was still long! So we took these crazy pictures (it was almost midnight) and called it a wonderful, memory filled vacation!

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Mr. Toads Wild Ride Disneyland

Thanks for following along on this v e r y long post! I would love to hear about your Disney memories too!

Olaf Paint the Night

Sunshine and Blessings