• San Fran skyline
    Travel,  Travel Guide

    2 Days in San Francisco

          Over Labor Day weekend my husband, dog, and I took a road trip from L.A. to San Francisco.  We hadn’t been back since moving to California.  If you don’t know, it’s about a 6-7 hour drive. I’ve been several times but this was only my husband’s second time, so we wanted to make the most of it.  And we did.  We accomplished so much in the span of a 3 day weekend.  If you want to see previous posts, I will link them HERE and HERE.  I’m going to talk about all of the things we were able to do, in case you are planning a trip.…

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    Travel

    Camping in Sequoia National Forest

              This past weekend I went camping in Sequoia National Forest.  We (my husband and I) stayed at Quaking Aspen Campground.  We hadn’t been to that campground before but I highly recommend it. It was really nice for a national property campground.  Normally they are pretty minimal.  This one doesn’t have showers but it was still really nice.  We visited Sequoia National Park a few years ago and I had been wanting to go camping somewhere.  Since the National Forest allows dogs on trails we decided to go there.  Normally National Parks don’t allow dogs on trails but National Forests usually do.  I love the feel…

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    Travel,  Travel Guide

    Valley of Fire State Park

              Like I said in my last post, me and my husbands 2 year wedding anniversary was earlier this week.  To celebrate we went on a little road trip to Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada.  Neither one of us had ever been and it was high on my list of places in the U.S. to visit.  Let me explain why I wanted to check it out so badly. It looks beautiful and has amazing rock formations There are lots of short, easy hikes that aren’t boring.  Most of the trails are around one mile long so you can do all of them without it…

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    Los Angeles,  Travel

    Vasquez Rocks

              This was my second time visiting Vasquez Rocks.  It’s such a cool little park, just outside L.A.  If the rock formations look familiar, that’s probably because you have seen them in a movie or commercial.  This is a popular filming location for a ton of things.  I won’t list everything but here is a bit more about that.  There have been hundreds of things filmed here.             It’s a really beautiful area surrounded by mountains and canyons, with jagged rocks sticking out all over.  There aren’t necessarily trails that you have to follow.  You can go pretty much anywhere.  you…

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    Travel

    Why You Should Visit Saguaro National Park

              After spending a full day at Picacho State Park, we went to Saguaro National Park. Neither one of us (me or my husband) had been there before.  We have a goal of making it to every U.S. National Park, so of course we had to visit that one.  I think I have mentioned in a previous post that I have about half to see still.             Saguaro National Park is one of a kind.  It has an insane number of diverse plant types.  The one that seems to attract visitors the most is the Saguaro cactus.  They are the largest…

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    Travel

    Camping at Picacho Peak State Park, AZ

              This past weekend my husband, dog, and I went on a short camping trip to southern Arizona.  We had been wanting to take our dog camping for the first time and it’s been too cold in California.  We camped at Picacho Peak State Park.  We spent the first day exploring that park and the second day in Saguaro National Park.             Camping at Picacho Peak is really nice.  The campground itself was very clean and has fire pits, showers, and electric.  It’s nice because you can make reservations in advance.  I usually have to stay at a place that allows…

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    Saugatuck and Holland Michigan in the Fall

              Last week my husband, puppy, and I traveled to Northwest Indiana to visit our families (they both live there).  We were supposed to go in the summer but had to cancel.  We haven’t been back to Indiana in the fall since moving away and really wanted to see some colorful leaves so we decided to fly out on Halloween.  We were only there about 6 days and really didn’t do all that much aside from see family.  We did spend one day visiting Michigan though.  I love Michigan and am always happy to visit.  We went to Saugatuck and Holland.          …

  • Outfits,  Travel

    A Day in Santa Barbara

    DRESS: See You Monday  |  BAG: T.J. Maxx (similar cute ones)   |  SANDALS: Forever 21  |  NECKLACE: Made myself, supplies from Hobby Lobby  |  HEADBAND: H&M (similar)  |  SUNGLASSES: T.J. Maxx           My husband and I took a little day trip to Santa Barbara yesterday.  It’s only an hour and a half from Los Angeles and we haven’t really spent much time there.  When we came to California on vacation several years ago we visited a beach in Santa Barbara.  I’m pretty sure that’s all I had done there.  I’ve been wanting to go back just to see the city and explore the area.  I have to…

  • Outfits,  Travel

    Day Trip to Solvang

    TOP: Lulu’s  |   SKIRT: Lulu’s  |  SANDALS: Forever 21  |  BAG: Coach  |  SUNGLASSES: T.J. Maxx            I’ve been wanting to return to Solvang since we moved to California but we haven’t really gotten around to it until now.  Last time I was there was almost 5 years ago.  It was raining and cloudy, not the best day.  It’s a little over 2 hours from Los Angeles, good for a day trip.  I love European inspired towns.  This one is Danish and every single corner of this town fits that theme.  If that’s your thing (like it is mine) you should really check it out sometime.…

  • Travel,  Travel Guide

    Why You Should Have a Bucket List

                 I’ve had a bucket list since sometime in High School.  I have always liked the idea of keeping track of my life goals.  I am a huge list-maker.  I am definitely the type of person that loves to have diverse experiences too.  I feel like having a list just helps you to stay on track for accomplishing as much as you can in life.  It kind of ensures that you have fun and do what you love to do.  If you are bored or you have a birthday coming up it’s nice to have a list that you can look at to accomplish something…