Spring Travel /// Five Days in LA

Spring Travel /// Five Days in LA

If you read my recent blog post about all the emotions I’ve felt lately while trying to get pregnant, then you probably recognize that some time away in a new place is what my husband and I needed to recharge our spirits.

We just returned home from visiting my brother and sister-in-law in California, where we spent a week soaking up some much-needed sunshine — it literally snowed in North Carolina the day I flew out here … in March … insert side-eye emoji — and being super touristy.

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A Day At The Anaheim Packing House

A Day At The Anaheim Packing House

Happy Wednesday, friends! I have officially been in California for one week, and I’m going to be honest with you … I’m getting a little homesick. I wonder if my dogs miss me as much as I miss them?

Anywho. This past week has been amazing and filled with yummy food and wonderful sights.

We still have two days left before we’re back home, but I wanted to go ahead and share one of my favorite places I visited during this adventure: The Anaheim Packing House.

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What’s In My Suitcase /// West Coast Essentials

West Coast Essentials

Greetings from California, friends!

I’m at a work conference in Anaheim this week, and next week the hubby is joining me out here and we’re heading to Los Angeles for vacation.

I’m still trying to adjust to the time change but want to share the handful of things I absolutely had to pack for 10 days on the left coast.

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My Advice to You: Take the Trip

My Advice to You: Take the Trip

As my husband and I prepare to travel to California for our big vacation of the year, I can’t help but feel anxious about the cost of the trip at this exact time in our life.

I truly can’t help it. I am naturally a worrier, and traveling across the country while we are also in the process of buying our first home has my “worry-wart” instincts working overtime. This is despite the fact that we have been budgeting for this trip since late last year.

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Favorite Moments From Our Walt Disney World Honeymoon

Favorite Moments From Our Walt Disney World Honeymoon

We just got back from Walt Disney World, where we spent seven days celebrating our honeymoon in the most magical way possible.

Spending Christmas at Disney and being in Magic Kingdom on Christmas Day has always been a top bucket list item for me (and Justin by default), and I am so happy we did it now before we start growing our family. No, I am not pregnant, but this trip was definitely the one big thing we wanted to do before we have children.

Despite the crowds and me coming down with a cold, we had so much fun.

Now that we’re home and settled back in to our normal routine, I am ready to share our favorite memories from the trip.

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What’s in My Suitcase /// Packing for Our Christmas Honeymoon at Disney World

What’s in My Suitcase /// Packing for Our Christmas Honeymoon at Disney World

Does anyone else pack for vacation two weeks before they leave and spend six months after you get home trying to unpack?

I am 100-percent guilty of this. I just get so excited before a trip that I can’t wait to put my suitcase together.

If you’re reading this, it’s because we are heading to Walt Disney World for our Christmas honeymoon.

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10 Reasons to Postpone your Honeymoon

10 Reasons to Postpone your Honeymoon

As my husband and I approach the two-month mark of wedded bliss, I become more and more thankful that we decided to delay our honeymoon.

September WeddingWe tied the knot in September this year and will vacation at Walt Disney World over Christmas — making it a full three months after our wedding to take our honeymoon (or Disneymoon as I like to call it).

When we first began tossing around ideas for honeymoon destinations (you can read about our initial planning here), we were about 10 months out from our big day. So, we had quite a bit of time to plan a trip if we wanted to leave the Sunday or Monday after the wedding — which is what we thought we would do.

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Planning Our Walt Disney World Honeymoon with Tips & Secrets

Planning Our Walt Disney World Honeymoon with Tips & Secrets

Truth be told, I did not want a Disney World honeymoon.

Because we visit the house of mouse every other year (on average) I wrinkled my nose and shook my head from side to side whenever someone asked if we were planning to do Disney for our honeymoon.

“We want to do something different, something we have never done together before,” I would say to anyone willing to believe me.

For several months I researched cruises, Sandals destinations, and numerous other tropical getaways. I pitched idea after idea to my fella, but I never truly felt excited about any of the options I presented.

Finally, one day, we reached a decision. We were going to go as far south as we could in the United States. We were going to Key West.

We picked out our hotel, started a list of restaurants to grub at and bars to stumble out of, and we even saved ideas for fun excursions.

Then, we totaled it all up and our jaws hit the floor.

“We could take three Disney vacations for the cost of this one,”
were my exact words to Justin.

And that was that — that is the story of how we decided on Disney World for our honeymoon.

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Mountain weekends

Mountain weekends

As someone who often feels out of place in this big ol’ city of Charlotte, I talk a lot about my mountain roots. Let’s be honest, I miss Asheville and would probably move back there at the drop of a hat if the right opportunity came along.

Until then, though, I’ll be down here in the Queen City daydreaming of the rolling hills of Carolina and escaping on weekend getaways to my hometown when I am able.

This past weekend happened to be one of those special times. As I mentioned last year, Highland Brewing’s Cold Mountain Saturday has become somewhat of a tradition for Justin, myself, and two of our very best friends. If you follow me, you know that I am a North Carolina beer chaser. Therefore, when the holy grail of craft brews is released every winter, there is no way I am going to miss that celebration. Continue reading “Mountain weekends”