Saturday, August 19, 2017

Top 10 Trips in 30 Years

For as long as I can remember travel has played a huge role in my life. I recently turned 30 and decided I want to take a trip down memory lane about all my travel, and my top 10 favorite trips/moments. 

Photo by Dariusz Sankowski on Unsplash
My father, a photographer always had the camera out on our trips and I have 100% followed in his footsteps always carrying my camera with me to capture those special moments. As for travel journals those started in college, during New England road-trips. 

10- San Francisco

Two trips in a 14 month period. One full of solo exploring. One spent with the family for a wedding and marathon. I am not sure what moment it was when I fell in love with the Bay area, but I was stopped in my tracks right before this photo and thought, you are lucky to be experiencing this. Don't take it for granted. 

9- Chicago

Chicago, was my first ever work trip. I was meeting up with two other colleagues and none of us had ever been. We worked hard and played just as hard. Deep dish pizza, shopping on Magnificent Mile, and taking photos at the Bean. I took a solo walk the night before we were leaving and I couldn't believe at that moment this was my life. At 22 life looked so different then today; however I wouldn't change it because I have grown so much. 

8- Syracuse

After what became an 8 hour road trip to visit my friend at Syracuse, the only thing I wanted was food. Somehow we landed up on a Carousel. How does one go to Cuse and land up at a carousel. That's the point. No plans make for an adventure. 

7- Disney World 

One of my girlfriends from early childhood joined me at the beginning of my work trip to Orlando. We decided to visit Universal Studios, especially for Harry Potter World. We walked aimlessly for hours, laughing, drinking butter beer, and just having fun! Make sure you are both on the same page when traveling with friends. 

6- Boston

Four freshman at Johnson & Wales University, in Providence, RI hit the streets of Boston for the night. The view from our hotel room made the weekend! We ate, explored, and got into some non serious trouble. Jumping on beds, streaking through the hotel hallway, and running through Boston Commons are just some of the wonderful memories from the weekend. *I DID NOT streak*

5- Martha's Vineyard

My family spent many summers on Martha's Vineyard. From Oak Bluffs to Menemsha there are so many memories. I miss my mom everyday but I am so happy to have this photo as the memories flood back. She was my best friend, my role model and I hope to one day be half as strong as the woman she was. Bill & Hillary Clinton were our neighbors at this house. 

4- South Florida

I have lived in Boca Raton & Coral Springs. I have visited Miami, West Palm Beach, Stuart, and the Florida Keys. South Florida is home base for our extended family. We have cruised from Fort Lauderdale with 20+ family members. When you can live where you vacation you are very lucky or some would say blessed. I am a pool girl over the beach everyday. What about you? 

3- Las Vegas

From work trips to bachelorette parties I had visited Las Vegas 7 times in 2 years. I don't gamble, so for me it was all about the hotels, shopping and dining. I stayed in everything from Circus Circus to the Cosmopolitan. Sin City can suck you in, only if you let it. You can have fun without losing money and drinking the night away. Watch a show, have a nice dinner, explore the hotels and all the different exteriors they offer. Favorite hotel is the Wynn and favorite dinner was Julian Serrano inside Aria! 

2- Israel 

When 40 strangers meet at Newark International Airport for an 11 day trip to Israel you never know what will happen. Two strangers will meet and marry. 5 of us will go one to become great friends. We will attend weddings, see each other when visiting the states we all live in. This trip was all about Israel, but really it's also about the friendships made. I have a 32 page travel journal, a broken camera, a black & blue bruise, and so many other memories! 

1- Barcelona

For my 30th birthday, the main reason for this post, I was given a 10 day European trip to Spain by my aunt. She is more like a mother figure since the passing of my mom. She has always accompanied our family our trips when we were younger. Her love for travel has rubbed off on me. This was a trip of a lifetime. Seeing the town through locals, through her eyes, it was special. 

I look forward to many more trips in the next 60 years. I look forward to the photos, the memories, and the people I meet along the way. Travel and learn like a local! 

So what would you say has been your favorite trip ever? Can you name just one? 


Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends!

This week was a mix of work, spending time on the farm, creating an editorial calendar for this little corner of the internet and spending time with family. I, like many, am disgusted with what is going on here in the United States but will not stop spreading love and light. As an individual I can do my part in making a difference everyday by spreading love. I hope you will as well.

This weekend I will be attending a wedding in Pennsylvania! Unfortunately I will only be going to the wedding, no time to explore. Wedding on a vineyard equals plenty of wine!


It's no secret that I love ice cream. I use to want to drive the local ice cream truck and eat all the ice cream. I loved the Klondike Bar. What about you? 

Working out "isn't" for me, I have said over and over again. Yet I incorporated two of these routines to my day and I already am noticing a difference. Do you have a favorite exercise? 

You are given vacation time. You should always take it. See how forced vacation is really good for employees! When or where is your next vacation?

My summer drink of choice! What has been your summer drink?

Check out Amanda's newly updated website and hire her as your next adventure coach! Who is one one of your favorite bloggers? 

As always be sure to share in the comments what you are loving this week or what is making you smile? 


Monday, August 14, 2017

Farm animals and some outdoor photography

I've made so many to-do lists over the past few weeks. Checking off the items one by one ( OK so I added items already completed just to check them off, sue me). As the day went on I found myself lacking inspiration. The creative drive just wasn't there and I was feeling like I needed to change my scenery. I got in my car with absolutely no plan and just drove. I found myself driving to a local park, Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel, NJ. The farm sits on Holmdel Park, a 566 acre site. The park offers hiking trails, tennis courts, two playgrounds and so much more all year round!


Once I parked my car I put in my headphones, blasted some Backstreet Boys and just started to walk. My camera, a Canon Rebel xTi came out and I am so glad I brought it. There is something about being outdoors that inspires me, motivates me, and excites me while breathing in the fresh air! Too often we sit behind our computer, hours on end letting the days pass us by.

Here are some of my favorite shots from today. Professional photographer I am not, but behind the lens I can show off my own creativity. I get the shots I want. The ones that excite me, and maybe you, but if they don't that's OK because they are for me!

The colors, the animals, and being outdoors was exactly what my soul needed today to recharge.

What do you do to recharge? 


Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday Favorites #43

Happy Friday, friends!

Really, August I am not ready for you. You are flying by and that means the last few weeks of summer and beach days. I haven't even spent that much time down, my beloved Jersey Shore. This week has been a mix of feelings. Big things in the pipeline and plenty of uncertainty down the road.

I am working this weekend and I have my cousin's birthday party! Any fun plans on your calendar this weekend?

As always be sure the share in the comments what you are loving this week or what is making you smile?

I tried a new shampoo last weekend and was surprised how healthy my hair felt after. You can see the product here. Looking for samples?

Dinner with one of my closest friends turned into Dating 101 for me, since she is married. This article was about questions on the first date are perfect!

You need to listen to some of the 50 podcasts listed. I can't tell you the last time I logged into Pandora now that I am constantly listening to podcasts!

Let me tell you, NEW JERSEY isn't Boring! Check them out on Instagram or Twitter!

Are you an adventurous traveler? These are exciting!

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored, yet has some links of my favorite things. With that said there are a few affiliate links as it takes time and money to maintain a blog. Thank you for your support. 


Saturday, August 5, 2017

California Dreamin

I'll never forget one of my first solo trips. I was leaving a work convention in Las Vegas and heading to San Francisco for a few days. I would be staying with family in Oakland, however would be on my own during the day. I spent time studying the Bart, which is there metro. I used google to find areas that I would be interested in visiting. I was sure I wanted to hit some of the major sites as well.

Post that trip I returned just a few more times and each time drew me in more and more that I even contemplated moving there a few years back. It's not off the table completely, so who knows, there still could be a chance one day!

Here are just some of my favorite photos from different trips out to California! 

China Town
Every major city from New York, to Chicago and San Francisco have a China Town. Each one is home to different restaurants, shops, and people. I try to visit each when I am visiting a new city.

Golden Gate Bridge
You can't visit San Francisco and not check out the Golden Gate Bridge. Every time I have visited I would take a shot from a different place or angle. I love this photo with the fog in the background as it is true San Francisco.

The Ferry Building on The Embarcadero at Market Street
My cousin was married on the rooftop of Hotel Vitale a few years back. The shot above was from right before the ceremony started. It was a hot afternoon but the surrounding views and the love from the couple made for a special afternoon and evening of partying!

How can I yacht like you?
 While visiting for my cousins wedding we spent one afternoon on Sausalito. A small city in Marin County, across the Golden Gate Strait from San Francisco lies this very cute town. Filled with charm and character you surely don't want to miss it!
Trolley, anyone?
 Well that is one way to see a city. Another is walking close to 13 miles in a day! Which would you prefer?
Can I move in?
Lombard Street, the iconic steep street with 8 hairpin turns is one of my top sites for San Francisco and not for the street but for the gorgeous houses and flowers! I mean can the photo get any more colorful? The whole city if you ask me is colorful, filled with amazingly creative people! It's a city I can only hope to one day maybe call home for a while. 

I will continue to California Dream.....What about you? Where is one place you have been and would love to live?