Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Weekly Travel Pic

I love how it seems all the port cities in Europe have beautifully colored buildings on the water. Copenhagen, Denmark is one of these cities (so is Bergen, Norway but that's for a future feature).

I really enjoyed my trip trip to Copenhagen. Such a fun and beautiful city on the water!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Things Not to Worry About While Traveling

When traveling, don't sweat the little things, have fun!

1 - Getting Robbed/Pick-Pocketed: Just stay alert and be aware of your surroundings and you'll be fine. We would always do a quick pocket check once we were out of the crowd to make sure we had everything. My grandfather was fortunate enough to be able to travel the world and he told me the only place he ever got pick-pocketed was New York City...where he lived. 

2 - What Other People Think: I am definitely a victim of this, I want to make sure I don't draw attention to myself and have TOURIST plastered on my forehead.

3 - Spending Too Much Money: You're on vacation! And you may never return to this place so have fun! If you see something you like, buy it! Don't regret not getting something because you didn't want to go over budget. 

4 - Jetlag: I can't really relate to this one, I don't seem to have a problem with it right now...maybe I will when I am older. I'm also a pretty small person, 5'4", so sleeping on a plane is manageable for 6'1" husband not so much.

5 - Breaking Laws You Don't Know About: I wouldn't worry about it but it is a biggy if you want to do something crazy. I know that I wanted to bring pepper spray with me on a trip once but it was not allowed in that country.

6 - What You're Going to Wear: For me this is right along side #2, I want to make sure I blend in and don't look 100% American. but try as I might, I'm sure I still do :)

7 - Getting Sick: Just be prepared. Have a small first aid kit and some medicine that you and your body are used to. I got sick on the day day of travel once and the medicine that I got in Germany did nothing for me. Fortunately I was able to bum some Tylenol cold off someone on my flight and was able to breath again!

8 - Not Being Able to Communicate With the Locals: I haven't had any big issues with this. Yes, there have been a few language barriers during my travels but pointing helps and it seems someone that speaks a little English is always close by :)

9 - Sticking to the Itinerary: Not sticking to the itinerary is blasphemy! I joke...sort of. I'm a planner at heart so we always have a jam-packed plan when we travel. But I do leave windows open for "free time" or in the moment we'll decide what we'll do for the evening.

10 - Getting Lost: Although I don't want to get lost and it would make me stress out a bit sometimes it can be fun. And it will most likely happen when you're walking around a foreign city and you don't know how to pronounce the street names. 

{the cross streets I lived on in Norway}

Friday, August 22, 2014

Vote For Me: Define Your Aloha

It would mean the world to me if you all could vote for me everyday until September 16th (or at least just today) for the Define Your Aloha photo contest from SPG Hawaii. Please click the link, click me!, and vote for the photo you see below.

{My Aloha, My Peace at Mauna Kea Beach, Hawaii Island}

What does Aloha mean to you? Thank you for voting and have a wonderful weekend!!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Weekly Travel Pic

Today I wanted to share a picture that has been on the blog before but I wanted to highlight it again. This is from my time in Norway. This was taken while I was on a walk in the town I was staying in, H√łnefoss. The river was so still on the serface and it picked up the colors of the sky perfectly.


Monday, August 18, 2014


I have been SO excited to share this project with y'all! It just took me a while to get it all done.

So I saw this post on YoungHouseLove and I knew I had to do the same thing! Unfortunately I read the post too late and all the large calendars were sold out! Boo! So I settled for the flip calendar that is supposed to sit on your desk. Once it was in I measured the page and my very talented dad made the frames for me (since they were an odd size). Then I painted them black and hung them in our guest room.

{In Process}
{all done!}
I love these little pictures, its such a fun way to bring traveling into the home.

How do you bring your love for travel into your home?

Friday, August 15, 2014

When Vacations Attack

Imagine you are on a safari, a once in a life time adventure. As you are driving a long you see an elephant, "Oh  honey, look at the elephant coming our way..." one might say. Well what happens when that elephant has an itch he can't scratch?!?! Pictures below...

{Hmmm, whats that smell?, Source: Armand Grobler}

{Thats the spot right there!, Source: Armand Grobler}

{ohhh yeah!!!!, Source: Armand Grobler}

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Weekly Travel Pic

Today's picture is actually about 20 pictures all tied together to make a gif. This is the beautiful Mauna Kea beach on Hawaii Island. I love this beach! Its crystal clear blue water, the lava rocks and the green of the trees...oh, whats not to love?! Hawaii, you'll always have my heart!

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