My Camping Adventure

Jun 19, 2017
My sister-in-law Meghan convinced me to go camping with her and my three month old niece. I have no idea how she convinced me to do this. I just must like her a lot. So on Friday night we set out on my very first camping adventure.


We rented a rustic cabin (no running water or bathroom facilities) in Waterloo State Park near Chelsea, Michigan. Meghan and I were excited to hear that the two cabins that sandwiches ours were under going renovations so we had the whole area to ourselves!


We ate, sipped, took walks, read, napped, peed in the woods, and each got a collection of bug bites.






We even foraged for our own fire food, chopped it, and built a fire.



Well, that part was mostly Meghan, but I do know how to grill mean hot dog from my days at Camp Akanac with my cousins growing up.



HAPPY MONDAY EVERYONE!

FriYAY 6.16.17

Jun 16, 2017
This week was my first full week back to work since getting back to the States. Can I get a YAY that it's almost over?!


This weekend I plan to have my first camping experience. Yes, in my almost 33-years on this earth I have never gone camping. My sister-in-law convinced me to go on a camping adventure with her. On the bright side, we have a cabin. On the not so bring side, it doesn't have running water, a bathroom, or electricity. And we're taking my 3-month-old niece.


I always look forward to the summer because I always think it's going to be slower and relaxing. It never is. There are tons of birthdays in my family and we always have little things planned for the weekend. Winter is relaxing here. It's so damn cold no one wants to do anything. Summer is so short here. You really have to live it up!


Hey hubs...


Hoping to get some travel recaps up next week now that I am settled back in to home and work. Can't wait to share with ya'll!

Me snow tubing in the Swiss Alps at the top of the Klein Matterhorn.


HAPPY FRIDAY!



Five on Friday 6.9.17

Jun 9, 2017

//1// Nick and I have always talked about how amazing it would be to live in Europe. This last trip has really cemented in my mind that I'm ready to make a change and ready to start seriously looking in to moving and living an expat life. Does anyone know any good resources or an expat that you could hook me up with? We don't know know where to start!



//2// Hair inspo. 

I really, really want my hair to look like this. I'm going to see a new stylist tomorrow morning. I just haven't found one who is great with color yet. My old girl turned my roots orange right before vacation (as you will see in pics to come). Time for change!


//3// I believe I am having a midlife crisis. In fact, I think I've been having one for the last several years. I turn 33 this summer, and although that's not "old", it's not 23. My age is going to start to restrict me from doing certain things pretty soon. I read an article on Psychology Today 'What  Female Midlife Crisis Looks Like'  and this article of the six stages of a midlife crisis, and I gotta be honest, a lot of it rang true.



//4// Another pic from the trip.


Nick and me with our friends Mark and Danica at Isola Bella in Stresa, Italy.


//5// How gorgeous was Pippa Middleton on her wedding day? She totally outdid Kate.






HAPPY FRIDAY!



What's Up Wednesday?! Back from Europe

Jun 7, 2017
Happy Hump Day! I hope everyone has had a great few weeks. We're finally back from Europe and today is my first day back to work.


Readjustment for two weeks away can be super hard. I'm looking forward to recapping my trip soon, but for now, enjoy these photos!

Monte Carlo, Monaco
Nice, France
Zurich, Switzerland
Vaduz, Liechtenstein
St. Mortiz, Switzerland
Lake Como, Italy

Lugano, Switzerland
Stresa, Italy 
Zermatt, Switzerland
Montreux, Swizterland / Lake Geneva
Bern, Switzerland
Interlaken, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland


Helpful Tips for Overseas Flights

May 17, 2017
In just over a week I'll be headed on my European adventure! I love traveling, but long haul flights can  be hard. Over the years and through my adventures there are many tips and tricks that I've found helpful for long, overseas flights.



WHAT TO PACK
  • Water Bottle
  • Eye Mask
  • Music Player (or your smart phone loaded with tunes)
  • Socks
  • Magazines/Books
  • Noise Canceling Headphones
  • Mini Toiletries
  • Boarding Pass and Passport 


BEFORE YOUR FLIGHT

Avoid greasy food. Avoid unfamiliar or greasy foods before flying to avoid travel sickness. There's nothing like feeling awful in a confined space.

Pick your seat before the flight. Having the seat that you want can really make or break a long flight. Aisle seats give you room to stretch your legs and easy access to get up whereas a window seat can offer beautiful views and gives you a place to rest your pillow.

Dress for comfort. Loose fitting clothing and a good pair of shoes will offer the most comfort when sitting for hours at a time. Bring socks in case of cold cabin air.


Buy snacks. In flight snacks and drinks can be very pricey. Items from outside the airport should be left sealed and unopened until you clear security.

Get on local time. Set your watch and any other time pieces to the local time of your destination. This way you can start adjusting on your way. This trick helps with jet lag and when scheduling meals and sleeping at appropriate times.

DURING YOUR FLIGHT

Stick to water. Alcoholic and carbonated beverages can be dehydrating and disrupt your sleep patterns. Alcohol can leave you feeling worse when the buzz wears off.

Entertain yourself. All overseas and long haul flights offer free, in flight entertainment. However, you may not enjoy the movies the airline has to offer.  Take a novel, magazine, music, or puzzle book just in case.


Freshen up. Brush your teeth and cleanse your face after the in flight meal and before settling in the for the night. Do same when you wake up. Being fresh will make you feel better and keeping your before bed and morning routine will help with jet lag.

Get some rest. It can be quite a challenge to sleep in economy, but getting in a snooze is a must! Put on your headphones to drown out sounds, slip on your eye mask, and use your neck pillow to maximize your amount of rest.



ENJOY THE ADVENTURE!



Monday Madness + NKTOB

May 15, 2017
Ya'll... Saturday night was one of best nights of my life. It was EPIC and 25 years in the making.


My friend Ines and I went to see the Total Package Tour ft. Boyz II Men, Paula Abdul, and headlined by NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK!

My love affair with NKOTB started when I was 7 years old - 25 years ago! Their Hangin' Tough album came out in 1988, but I remember getting in to them much later around 1992. I remember having a New Kids folder, eraser, and ruler in the second grade. On top of that I had trading cards, slippers, and off course the album on cassette. 


Joey McIntyre was my very first crush! Let's just say when his Stay the Same album came out in the early 2000s I was all over that.


I wanted to go to a concert soooooooooo bad when I was younger, but of course my parents felt I was a little too young to see older teenage boys gyrating and crooning (I mean, Joey was 18 by this time), so since then seeing them play live has been on my bucket list. 


I was so giddy with excitement, and had a great time signing and dancing! They provided a really high energy show with all the classic dance moves, crotch grabs, and plenty of ab showing. They did songs from their newer albums and also classics such as I'll Be Loving You, Please Don't Go Girl, Step by Step, Tonight, Hangin' Tough, and the Right Stuff.


And yes, they did get better with age... Here's some photos for your viewing pleasure.







It was like living a dream! Happy Monday!





 
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