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!

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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.

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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

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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

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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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Just a Blog Post

 

Hey everyone! I really don’t have much of a blog post today, but I thought I would share a little bit from the bridal shower, a little bit more from Hawaii, and a deal from Redbubble.

Last week Lauren told you about Redbubble, an online shop where you can find all sorts of items from your favorite tv shows or gamers. Great gift ideas too! Just click on the Redbubble logo below to be taken to the site.

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The bridal shower for Lauren’s friend was so nice. We managed to fit everyone in my little house and had a good time together. We played a few games, ate delicious food (prepared by someone else!) and just enjoyed time spent together. I’m so glad we could do this for the bride and her family.

I haven’t shared pictures from Hawaii for awhile now, and since summer is almost over, I thought I would get a few more pictures on here and make everyone wish they were at the beach! We spent a couple of hours out on a catamaran and got very wet and windblown, but also were able to see a couple of whales spouting! It was so nice to be out on the ocean and have time to relax.

See the spouts?!

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I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Sunshine and Blessings

The Great State Of Hawaii-Part 3

Happy Monday everyone! Wait! Is there such a thing?! Why do Mondays always seem to be a hard day? It’s so difficult to get back into the routine of school again, especially this close to the end. My preschoolers are definitely feeling it too! At least we can go outside and let them run off some energy. We have 3 weeks left and then we get a much needed break. Yay!!

Since I was thinking about vacation, I decided to show a few (!) more of my Hawaii pictures. I realized I hadn’t done any for awhile. I’m in the midst of some projects, but nothing is complete yet, so this will help fill the gap. Plus it’s nice to dream again!! Here is Part 1 and Part 2 if you missed them.

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One of our free mornings, we decided to check out the aquarium. I decided I saw more of a variety of fish here than I did when we snorkeled, and this was much easier! I don’t remember all the names of the fish, but it’s so relaxing just to look at them and imagine the water and waves.

We probably all know these fish from Finding Nemo-Clown Fish! Did you know that Finding Dory is coming out next month? Can’t wait!

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This little blue guy looked so pretty in front of the coral.

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Yes, those are bright orange teeth on this fellow! I don’t think I would want to meet him underwater!

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A beautiful purple sea urchin.

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Jellyfish are just so cool to watch as they float in the water. Obviously, this is an Upside Down Jellyfish.

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I love starfish and use them all over my house to decorate. I loved how these were all in a row.

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More jellyfish!

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One more! Isn’t this amazing!?

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Well, hello grumpy!

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I love to watch the seahorses too. The way they use their tail to hang onto the plants is so cool!

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Love these guys!

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They are all so pretty!

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Well, I’m not so sure about these two!

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This guy just stayed in one spot, upright, in the water. He would spin in slow circles around and around.

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Naptime!

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After the aquarium we met up with Haley and a couple of her friends for lunch at the famous Duke’s restaurant. This was named for the Duke Kahanamoku, who is famous for making the sport of surfing so popular. We had some really good food and it was fun to meet up with the kids and find out about what they had been doing too.

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We even managed to get a family photo.

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Do you have any vacation plans for this summer? I would love to hear where you are going!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunshine and Blessings

The Great State of Hawaii-Part 2

Good morning! I hope you all had a good weekend! I mentioned on Saturday that I haven’t been feeling very inspired, so today is another Hawaii post. But I promise I am working on a couple of other projects to share with you next week!

Our family visited Hawaii in February and we had the opportunity to see so much of Oahu. If you would like to read Part 1, click here. It was so beautiful and the weather was divine. Our last morning we hiked Diamond Head. It was rainy and windy in the early morning, but as you can see, it was nice once we started out.

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Diamond Head was once a volcano. It erupted and left the crater behind, which you can see very clearly on this hike. In 1908, the trail was built as part of the Oahu coastal defense system. This huge pulley system was used to help haul some of the equipment and building materials up to the top.

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The trail is 0.8 miles from the trailhead to the summit, going up 560 feet from the crater floor. It is steep and pretty strenuous.

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What a view! We made it to the very top! This is looking straight down below one of the bunkers which was built into the side of the mountain.

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The lighthouse was built in 1917. Aren’t the grounds around it beautiful?

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Looking back at Waikiki, you can see for miles. You can see why this was the perfect spot for the defense system. See the marina? Our hotel was right across the street from there.

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The walk down was much easier. 🙂  We just finished walking through a lighted tunnel which is 225 long and includes some very steep stairs.

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Can you see the trail and the little ants, I mean, people?

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Ahh! The reward for a hike well done! Hawaiian shaved ice! This one had coconut, pineapple and strawberry flavors. Yum!

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This was so worth the effort! There were a few times I wondered if I could make it, but then I would look around and see all these others who were doing it and knew I could too. It was a great way to spend part of our last day in Oahu! Hope you enjoyed the hike!

Sunshine and Blessings