Travel Recap: Miami, FL

Holiday vacation is the best way to end a year and start a new one. I went home for 2 1/2 weeks and it was GLORIOUS. It was amazing to see family, friends, and be back in the city I was born and raised. My heart was so filled to see that everyone is in a really good place. Although it is always hard to say goodbye, I truly left feeling so satisfied and blessed. I am beyond fortunate to have the support group I have. So many times we take advantage of the things around us – I told myself this trip that I would make every little second count. I think I did alright – from late night conversations with the parentals to sleepless nights with friends smashing grilled cheese, listening to records and sipping on coffee (or wine).

Life is a beautiful gift. Spend it with the people you love, the ones that inspire you, the ones that make you better, the ones that stretch you and make you see things different.

Cheers to new adventures in 2017.

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Travel Recap: Ecuador

I turned 30 a few weeks ago and decided that I would take a great vacation to celebrate life and well the big 3-0.

 

I spent the past 8 days with this group…

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The average age is ~66 years old. They ate grubs, zip lined through the Amazon, tubed down the Napo River, some completed a challenging 2 mile hike through the Amazon Rainforest, and others even did a 2 hour physical course filled with obstacles. They danced, wined and dined, and were ALWAYS ready for an ice cream break. They never complained, instead they encouraged us youngins to love life, to keep traveling, exploring, and being open to new experiences, people, and places. They are incredible and hysterical humans, with a zest for living life to the fullest. I wish I could keep them all but most of them are already packing their bags for their next adventure.

Here are photos from this wonderful trip. Ecuador was magic.

DAY 1: TRAVEL + QUITO

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DAY 2: OTAVALO

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DAY 3 – PAPALLACTA

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Processed with VSCO with q6 presetDAY 4 & 5 – PUNTA AHUANO (AMAZON)

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DAY 6: BAÑOS

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DAY 7: QUITO

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Weekend Recap: Hocking Hills, OH

14 of us spent time in a cabin in beautiful Hocking Hills. It was a blast to be surrounded by wonderful people. We really are so blessed to be able to take a break from our hectic everyday lives to enjoy a weekend with food, friends, and adventure. We’re hoping this will be an annual thing. Here are photos from our little weekend getaway!DSC_0009 editIMG_0074.JPGDSC_0021DSC_0027DSC_0052

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(Long) Weekend Recap

Long weekends are so refreshing! I hope you all enjoyed your Memorial Day weekend – I know I did. I decided a little getaway was in order so I headed to Cincinnati to visit a dear friend and explore the city. I didn’t have much of an agenda … Which is very unlike me. My plan was simple, spend time with my friend, spend time exploring & getting inspired by the things around me. Here are a few snaps from my trip to Cinci.

Spots I visited:

  • Cafe Emporium
  • Eden Park
  • Mirror Lake @ Eden Park
  • Krohn’s Conservatory
  • The Purple People Bridge
  • Hyde Park
  • Graeter’s Ice Cream
  • Macaron Bar
  • Shopping: Rockwood & Kenwood Towne
  • Over the Rhine
  • Vine Street
  • Holtman’s Donuts

 

Things to do this Long Weekend

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Memorial Day is here (practically) which means hello, long weekend! Here are a few ideas on what to do with your time off.

  • go for a hike
  • road trip to the nearest fun city
  • go on a picnic with friends
  • fly a kite
  • start & finish a DIY project
  • host a bonfire + s’mores night
  • work on your garden
  • a potluck dinner party
  • host a game night
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  • host a spa day
  • go to the park
  • volunteer
  • go camping
  • go fishing
  • read a book in a hammock
  • bike ride
  • go to the museum
  • host a scavenger hunt
  • go to the pool / beach

 

Travel Recap: Miami, FL

I had a few friends from Ohio meet me in Miami for vacation. I’m beyond lucky to have a beautiful support group in multiple cities. It was wonderful to show them my city and have them meet some of my family and dear friends. We made the most of our time there – dancing, eating, beachin’, talking and hanging. Here are a few photos from our trip.

Food

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The Beach

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My Friends

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The Family

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Travel Recap: Disney World

My friend and I decided to escape for the weekend to the most magical place on earth: Disney World!

Our first day was spent in Epcot and Magic Kingdom. Although a little chilly and rainy it ended up being a wonderful day. Real talk, our feet were on fire by the time we got back to the hotel.

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Day two was spent at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. It was an absolutely stunning day – we had perfect weather and surprisingly lines weren’t terribly long. Everything at these two parks was great BUT our minds were blown when we experienced The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It was UNFREAKINGREAL. I kind of never ever wanted to leave. Also, Butterbeer is really sweet.

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