Hoku Hawaii Tour: Call to Duty Tour
Five times we have been to Hawaii our home away from home and still had not visited Pear Harbor. Every time we visited, we didn't have time or the tickets sold out so we always kept saying when we come back the next time we are going. Well fast forward to this trip to Hawaii, we partnered with our faves Roberts Hawaii Tours last time when we did the Circle Island tour and the same year I was fortunate to come back again for work and did the Magic Of Polynesia. This time we partnered with their newest luxury line HOKU HAWAII. This Luxury vehicle line is smaller than the regular tours so its more intimate and very comfortable.
We had the best tour guide named Charlie. He was so informative and super accommodating. He also made us laugh lots! He also brought us some Hawaiian donuts and some water for the trip! We also got each a tote bag for the beach with the HOKU logo on it! The navigators and staff are profoundly knowledgeable of Hawaii’s ancient culture, rich history, and mythology.
The word “hoku” means star in the Hawaiian language.n It was by the stars that the ancient Polynesian navigators sailed to the islands of Hawaii. Hoku Hawaii Tours are the best navigators to the beauty of Hawaii.
Pearl Harbor USS Arizona
Starting with pick-up in Waikiki, the stellar Pearl Harbor Memorial Tours will introduce you to the patriotic grounds where an infamous attack entered Hawaii into World War II. Their tour guides will keep you engaged with humor, history, and facts about Pearl Harbor as well as answering all your questions.
The USS Arizona Memorial build above the ship. There you can enter and look down to see the ship now a coral reef for the inhabitants of the sea. Here is where the USS Arizona resting place resides with over 1,000 men who perished that day. The Memorial was build in 1962 and has millions of visitors yearly. If you visit, there is also a room with the names of the perished. We also saw in the water spots with oil, the tour comes with a narrated head set and numbers throughout the memorial. They said that every year there is a bit of oil that seeps from the ship. When the ship went down, it was fully fuelled. So to this day it still seeps the oil from the ship. They don't remove remove the oil because the ship is a sacred resting place and they do not want to disturb the graves. They have said that the oil is the tears if the fallen.
Battleship Missouri Memorial
USS Missouri (BB-63) ("Mighty Mo" or "Big Mo") is a US Battleship and was the third ship of the U.S. Navy to be named after the US State of Missouri. Missouri was the last battleship commissioned by the United States and is best remembered as the site of the surrender of the empire of Japan which ended WW2.
We had never been on a battleship before. It was huge. The rooms below kept going and going. The doors to the rooms so small and the sleeping quarters and offices were so tight. I was getting claustrophobic in the ship. The door had seals and we saw were the crew slept ate, the dentist on board, and the big important meeting rooms.
Lunch inside the Pacific Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor
The tour also comes with a little Honolulu city tour, a palace and royal grounds and the National Memorial cemetery of the Pacific.
We arrived around 230pm back to our hotel and ready to continue the day! Not like other tours where you get back at 7pm we had still the rest of the day to lounge by the beach!
This tour is a must do! 10/10
for more information and tickets go here: Pearl Harbor Call to Duty
We recently got invited to experience a new Lu'au in town called Ka Moana.
Located on Oahu's only east-side lū'au, this awesome lū'au takes you on a voyage through Polynesia for an unforgettable evening of traditional music, dance, and cuisine.
Located at iconic Sea Life Park Hawaii, They feature an award-winning production and show right in the Park! They also give you tickets back to sea Life Park!
You also get a chance to experience first hand some of the most beloved traditions of the islands through interactive cultural activities including lei making, hula lessons, coconut-headband weaving, ukulele lessons and more!
At one point they not only show you the traditional PIG that is cooked for the Lu'au but they also have a guy climb up a palm tree and grab a coconut from the tree and open it up right there! Its pretty amazing. The food ( buffet) was ridiculously delicious and the atmosphere outside looking on to an amazing backdrop also was top notch!
We were given the SPLASH PACKAGE. There are 3 packages to choose from located below
Buffet selections include poi lomi shooters, taro rolls, seasonal fruit salad, fresh island greens, local sweet potatoes, teriyaki chicken, mahi mahi with papaya mango salsa, and delicious kalua pork.For dessert they offer coconut and guava chantilly cakes and fresh macadamia nut cookies.
The activities and performance were amazing! They showcased traditional dancing from the different islands such as New Zealand, Fiji, Polynesia etc!
Thank you to Ka Moana for the invite and to experience this awesome new Lu'au! For more information check them out here! Ka Moana
Wedding Week In Hawaii
We got the honour of attending Wedding Week Hawaii and joining in the tasting at 3 amazing restaurants located in the International Market Place.
The Wedding Week Hawaii is a way to showcase local vendors, food and shops located throughout the International Market Place and the island to bring more weddings to Hawaii!
Who wouldn't want to get married in Hawaii? I know for myself writing here in this cute shop IN HAWAII that if I had to do it all over again I'd get married here. We did have our honeymoon here and it made us fall in love with the people and the island. The way of life in Hawaii along with the amazing local shops has you swooning, especially since this island is now known as the "romance market" for weddings.
How Wedding Week Started
Drawing inspiration from the highly successful Fashion Week here in Hawaii, founder, Julie Aragaki (of Hawaii Bride and Groom magazine/HBG Style located in photo below), believed a similar concept could apply equally well to the wedding industry. Why not pool the resources and efforts of those in the industry to build excitement around weddings amongst engaged couples? With Julie’s long standing relationships and contacts within the industry, she enlisted the help of other, like-minded business owners in the industry to put together what will be Hawai‘i’s first ever Wedding Week!
International Market Place Wedding Showcase Tasting
We were invited by the International Market Place to join in on the tasting here in Hawaii for wedding week. The Restaurants showcased their amazing food samples along with information about their spaces that can hold smaller wedding parties. Listed are the 3 restaurants located on the top floor of the IMP and some of the photos we took! We also had a chance to to visit the expo with some local vendors and shops in the IMP.
Rose Martini @Yauatcha
Malaysian Rice Noodles
Beautiful Florals and design set up to host your wedding!
Eating House 1849
How the International Market Place is playing a role in Weddings
The IMP is playing a big role in the wedding industry. They are taking the opportunity to partner with vendors and retailers in the market place. With 8 Dining options and places throughout the market place to take beautiful photos, the IMP is stepping in to provide reception and wedding packages located inside the market place! This will be your one stop shop for weddings! The oldest trees found inside with history dating way back. The banyon tree inside is 160 years old and there is a consumer demand to share the property with the romance industry. Plain and simple, weddings effect and help the economy and the tourism industry. Its doesn't take much to convince anyone to get married here... you are in paradise.
Thank you to WWH2018 and the International Market Place for a lovely night! For more information and how you can either get involved or want package pricing and deals send me a message or go to http://www.weddingweekhawaii.com
New York Trip Planning!
Start spreading the news, you're leaving today you're gunna make a part it, New York, New York!
If you had seen the recent post about " What to Pack for the Big Apple" you know that the next blog will be non other than what to do in NYC!!! New York: the city that never sleeps, the city that creates dreams in to reality, the city like no other!
I have put together some awesome tips for you to help with your trip planning!
Firstly, if you are planning on packing in as much as you can then I recommend buying the NYC City pass which you get here. New visitors can get super overwhelmed when planning their site seeing adventures.
How it works:
Getting a New York CityPASS is simple. No matter how, where or when you buy, you’ll see the same huge savings and get the same price.When you buy online, choose between receiving a voucher that you can print or having their customer care team lovingly pack and ship booklets to you or you can go to any partner area that has the city pass logo and get a printed card!
You can choose how many days you want use the pass. We picked the 3 day pass since we were only there for 5.
You will save on ticket prices and lineups so its really a win win.
Here is the list of places we recommend!
1. The Empire State Building: (10/10)
Located in the Centre of Midtown Manhattan the 86th and 102th floor of the empire state building offer 360 degree views that are breathtaking of all of NYC. We went later at night and the lineups were not as long! The view was so beautiful at night as the whole of NYC was lit up.
2. American Museum of Natural History: (10/10)
Feel the drama of the undersea world in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, featuring models of more than 750 sea creatures, including the 94-foot-long, 21,000-pound model of a blue whale suspended from the ceiling.
Spend time exploring the museum’s famed series of fossil halls, including the dinosaur halls that feature the largest collection of dinosaur fossils in the world, including imposing mounts of Tyrannosaurus rex and Apatosaurus, as well as the 122-foot-long cast of a Titanosaur, a species so new it has not yet been formally named by the paleontologists who discovered it.
Learn about the evolutionary story of the human family and travel the world in the Human Origins and Cultural Halls, with halls examining the cultures of Asia, Africa, North and South America and the Pacific.
I absolutely loved this museum and was one of my top faves off all our attractions. I love human evolution and obsessed with space and dinos so this was a dream come true!
3. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: (5/10)
New York’s most visited museum and attraction, The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from every corner of the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. I gave this one a 5/10 not because its not amazing and historical ( I mean seeing Andy Warhol's work was killer) its just that I don't get all the art out there. There was a dude who was starring at a chair for like 20 min...
4. Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise (10/10)
This cruise is wicked. Take in the world’s premier skyline with up-close and magnificent views of the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, One World Trade and 101 NYC sights — all from the newest fleet of boats on the water. Learn the legends and lore behind this great city from professional tour guides. While onboard, enjoy a fully stocked café. You can even take a "selfie" with Lady Libz!
5. The Ride: (10/10)
THE RIDE is an one-of-a-kind interactive entertainment experience where the streets of New York City are the stage, and you’ve got front row seats! Let our award-winning comedic hosts welcome you aboard our moving theater which navigates a 75 minute route through Midtown Manhattan and Times Square. Our hilarious hosts are trained in improvisation so that each performance is fresh depending on what’s happening on the street that day.
Sit back and enjoy THE RIDE’s incredible street performances against the backdrop of some of New York City’s most iconic landmarks including Times Square, Columbus Circle, the Chrysler Building, Grand Central Terminal and Bryant Park. You’ll explore the city in a completely new way through our floor-to-ceiling glass windows and stadium style seating!
6. Central Park: (10/10)
With its endless trails, hidden nooks, museums and nearby night spots, Central Park is that rare tourist destination that is one iconic place you NEED to visit with you are in NYC. The best part about this park is that you are made to get lost in it! True story! Central park was built with no right angles. This is because the hustle and bustle of NYC city life is crazy and when you step inside central Park it was a way for the Newyorkers to take a rest and get lost in nature! Grab a coffee and sit down and watch all the people walk by or rent some bikes in the park! We hung out and walked around, listened to music and did a little shoot with our Logiix gear!
Logiix featured: BLUE PISTON TUNEFRĒQS CLASSIC SMART CONNECT MINI
PISTON CONNECT 1.5M STEEL JOLT CABLE
7. 9/11 Memorial Museum: ( rated 5/10)
Pay your respects to the victims of the 9/11 attacks at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. Take a moment of quiet at the twin reflecting pools, where the names of every person who died in the attacks are inscribed. Examine the history and impact of the events and learn stories of loss and recovery.This particular museum is very beautiful but also intense. This is a warning. I went in to see huge screens of them playing the news segments along with the last voicemails of people who were on the planes BLARING in the museum. I was pretty disturbed when I left and felt that they could of mapped a better way to pay respects to the people who were lost during this devastating day.
8. Times Square: (10/10)
Located in Midtown Manhattan at the intersection of Broadway and Seventh Avenue, Times Square has often been referred to as The Crossroads of the World. Full of bright lights and billboards, it also serves as the hub of the Theater District. There are so many things to do in Times Square! We visited several times on our trip - my favourite was walking around, listening to some music and taking pictures! I loved the city vibes!
Logiix featured: BLUE PISTON SPEAKERPISTON CONNECT 1.5M STEEL JOLT CABLEPISTON POWER PRO 6000
9. Theatre District:
A trip to New York isn’t complete until you’ve taken in a Broadway Show. This famed theatrical experience is like no other, and the quality is unmatched anywhere else in the world. Experience the great talent that encompasses the Theater District of New York just once, and you’ll be hooked for life.
We saw 3 Broadway plays! Now I know what you must be thinking 3!? But we have a secret! We never pre-planned for the plays. We went to Times Square and went to the TCKTS booth! There you can buy half off tickets day of showing! These were the plays we saw!
1. Book of Mormon (9/10)
2. A Bronx Tale ( 10/10)
3. School of Rock (8/10)
10. Ripley's Believe it or Not? (10/10)
Mr. Ripley was an explorer extraordinaire who traveled the world, collecting artifacts and stories from the remarkable people and places he encountered.The Ripley collection includes some of the actual objects that he collected, things that drove his curiosity into the unknown. Whenever I am travelling I always make it a point to hit up Ripley's because there are so many artifacts that had been collected that you cannot find anywhere else! Here are a few pieces I absolutely loved!
Actual Vampire Killing Kit!
Fossilized DINO eggs!
Well there you have it folks! It is possible to explore NYC in 5 days! I am so glad we were able to squeeze all the attractions we wanted to do. Although it rained for part of our trip we were used to the "BC weather" like conditions and planned out our trip based on the weather! We absolutely loved the 99 cent pizza joints and walking around and exploring like a New Yorker!
Until next time NYC!
NYC: Packing for your trip!
If you are planning on visiting the Big Apple I have put together some awesome things to pack for a fun filled trip!
I absolutely love NYC. I visited New York last year in May and vowed to myself that I would one day return and that's exactly what I did!
New York is like Vancouver... except on steroids. If you think traffic is bad here in Van city then you will be blown away by the craziness in NYC. It amazing though, I love every minute I'm there. NYC is what they call a walking city. Although there is a sea of yellow you will get the best experience walking on the streets.
What to pack for NYC:
1. Comfy Runners: If you plan on staying central ( i.e.. Times Square, Manhattan etc) you will still be 20-40 min walking distances to places. Yes, you can use the Subway which Is also a map of craziness. Having comfy sneakers is a must as you will be walking all over this gorgeous city.
2. Poncho: since its springtime and much like our weather, NYC's climate changes rapidly. It was blazing hot for 2 days then the next day my phone got a " flash flood" warning... if you want to pack an umbrella be my guest but you will, and I mean WILL get caught in the rush of people and get stuck. Try finding a fashionable poncho!
3. Side sling bag: Its important to bring a sling bag as you will need your arms for walking. Seriously though, if you bring a big bag it will just be a nuisance, maybe you will hit people with it or in crowds, might get something stolen.
4. Water bottle: Its important to have a water bottle on you and fill up in local Starbucks as buying water on the streets gets very expensive.
5. Cash: In a plastic world you still should carry some dolla bills on you. Now im not talking $500.00. You should have the right amount for tipping your shuttle drivers or if you go see attractions but also if you want to stop in those authentic NYC pizza shops! They only take cash.
6. Map/pre planner: No Joke this was a life saver. Add on the "Roam like Home" to your phone plan before you leave. Or load your maps on your iPad! Then bring your phone with you. Google maps will not only tell you walking distances it will also update you with traffic, what subway to take and when the next one is arriving. ( Also got myself a cover from Logiix to protect my iPad)
7. Tech Everything: I brought all my favourite tech items with me to NYC listed here:
1. Logiix Smart Connect mini that made my headphones wireless!
2. Logiix Piston Connect Steel Jolt cable! This cable is sleek, virtually unbreakable and extremely convenient; providing you with extra length and mobility. The perfect sidekick to looking fashionable in NYC and durable!
3. Blue Piston Speaker. This portable bluetooth speaker has a brushed aluminum military grade shell and built-in low frequency resonance system for a clearer sound. Perfect to jam in the hotel room or outside!
4. My Stance for my apple watch. Featuring a foldable design and strong aluminum build, this simple stand adds another level of convenience for your regular, or your traveling nights
5. BLUE PISTON TUNEFRĒQS CLASSIC are anti-scratch in ear headphones designed for a better fit and comfort. The high performance drivers are located towards the edge to more efficiently direct sound towards the ear. The tuneFRĒQS Classic have a built-in microphone with one-button controls for music and handsfree functions. Anti-slip silicone ear bud tips included for additional comfort.
8. Clothing: Bring an assortment of clothing. pants and light jackets or thicker sweaters. The weather can be very unpredictable in NYC. Having layers helps that way you can strip down if the day gets warmer and layer back on if it gets colder. Also remember to bring something fancy. Remember that NYC is famous for their Broadway plays and fine dining so bring something pretty to wear for one of your nights.
9. Bring a smaller carry on bag. Something you can pack in your bag but then use for when you come home. NYC has a huge shopping district, home of Jimmy Fallon and ( I Love NYC) shirts, pens and pretty much everything. You will want to come home with gifts galore for yourself and friends and the last thing you want is to not have room in your luggage!
10. Good camera: Yes your Smartphone may take great pictures but as a photographer I recommend bringing a nicer camera as NYC has amazing scenic shots that you will want to capture in a higher quality.
NEW YORK IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA! SO GET PACKING!
"You can't buy happiness but you can go to Hawaii and thats pretty much the same thing"
They say "bloom where you are planted" the only issue is, I'm pretty sure I was planted in Hawaii...
Hawaii has always been our favourite place to relax and unwind. I have now been there 3 times counting and I don't plan on stopping. We had just come back from a lengthy 2 week road trip to LA and while that trip was amazing, we felt like we needed a vacation from our vacation. Hawaii was the destination I chose to surprise Andrew with and I teamed up with Expedia and Roberts Hawaii Tours to give you the best budget friendly trip all while still enjoying the best of Hawaii.
Place to Stay in Hawaii
If you are looking for a budget friendly place to stay then we totally recommend the Ambassador Waikiki Hotel. Expedia recommended this Hotel for us based on our key features we wanted. We were looking for of course budget friendly. Being a 15 minute walk from the strip of Waikiki allowed us to not only get in our walking shoes for a gorgeous walk but was cheaper than staying closer to the beach. The Ambassador may not have the "ocean view" you might be looking for but for us, we were looking for a place to sleep. I mean when you are in Hawaii, you will want to go and dive right in to the ocean. This was a view from our hotel!
The Ambassador also has these recyclable water bottles they give you so you can fill up on nice filtered water ( this saved us money from buying tons of bottles and its safer for the environment)
The best part of the hotel is the full kitchen in every room. Not everyone has money to spend on lavish food three times a day ( although you could eat at McDonalds ) I recommend eating their spam breakfasts. Its a staple food and a must!
Then of course you have the free 2 hour rental of bikes! This is great if you wanted to zoom around the area! Even better if you wanted to rent them the whole day ( they are an extra $5 per hour after the free 2 hours)
Food to eat in Hawaii
We recommend using your kitchenette for your breakfasts! Go down to the ABC store ( these stores are everywhere like a Starbucks on every corner) They will for sure have everything you need to prepare breakfast in your hotel!
We ate at Cheeseburger in Paradise which is located right by the beach! They have the Kobb salad which is delicious and the best coconut shrimp! Also try their pina coladas you won't be disappointed!
Another favourite is Roys Waikiki. This place is a little pricy but the food is so delicious!! Their staples are their fish wraps along with their ribs! Yum!
Shave ice! A must have in Hawaii. We loved the little cabana of shaved ice located on the Waikiki main strip called "Island Vintage Shave Ice". They have so many flavours! Our favourite is the half mango and half coconut topped with mango balls and dried coconut with ice-cream underneath!
Places to visit in Hawaii
Since we were only in Hawaii for a short trip and on budget we wanted to get the most out of our stay. We teamed up with Roberts Hawaii tours and we got the "Grand Circle Island Tour". This tour is the best bang for your buck! A charter bus picks you up and brings you all around the Island. During this captivating, wraparound adventure, you will be swept off to the island’s most awe-inspiring landmarks and destinations, including the world-famous Hanauma Bay, China Mans Hat, the spouting “Blow Hole,” Pali Lookout and the sacred Kualoa Ranch nestled against the stunning Koolau Mountains. You finish off your day at the famous Dole plantation where you enjoy the best Dole Icecream and see all the different pineapples! We recommend getting the deluxe tour as they serve you a buffet like no other!
We also recommend checking out Aloha Kai Apparel as they gave us some awesome Hawaii swag like these cool snap back hats and some awesome t's! Aloha Kai means "love of the ocean" in Hawaiian and their message is to spread the aloha. They also give back to Children's Hospital which is amazing! We kept getting compliments on our swag that we wore for our Circle Tour and since we were matching everyone was asking us if we were on our honeymoon!!!
Other places we recommend would be the Honolulu Zoo, The Honolulu Aquarium, and Turtle Bay. We still have yet to see the Pearl Harbour Memorial and we learned our lesson the hard way since we didn't buy tickets in advanced and they were already sold out!
We also recommend buying some awesome beach towels! You can use them for the beach and then bring them home as they make great souvenirs! You can also get some blown up floaty beds for $5 at the ABC stores and lay in the ocean and ride the waves!
Things to do to relax in Hawaii
Hawaii is a place that you go to when you need to unwind and relax. We loved being able to stick our feet in the sand and re-set ourselves. Letting your stresses out on vacation is a great way to not only relax but to clear your mind. One way you can relax is by meditating by the ocean and listening to the waves. You can even go for a nice run!It is important to remember that even while on vacation keeping a healthy lifestyle will help release endorphins in your body that will make you feel refreshed and happy!
We had a park across the hotel that had an awesome place to go running! We packed along our wireless headphones from Logiix so that we could listen to our favourite music with our new iPhone 7's. The Blue Piston tuneFRĒQS Classic Bluetooth are anti-scratch in-ear headphones designed for a better fit and comfort. The high performance drivers are located towards the edge to more efficiently direct sound towards the ear. The tuneFRĒQS Classic Bluetooth have a built-in microphone and controls for music and hands-free. Anti-slip silicone ear bud tips included for additional comfort.
We then brought our sports flexband also from Logiix. With several features, including a water resistant and washable lycra blend, built-in light reflective graphics, convenient card & key holder, and more, this all-in-one armband will prove more than worthy of all your athletic activities!
We also packed some awesome fitness gear by Love Fitness Apparel which is a family owned business based right out of Hawaii. Every piece of clothing is uniquely silk-screened right in Hawaii with water based eco-friendly paints. We loved being able to go for a run with our gear that represented where we were staying!
Hawaii will always have my heart. My body and mind are always re-set when we visit and I come back with a newer and better perspective on my life. We are so thankful to these awesome companies and brands that made our trip that much more amazing!
Check out our video re-cap of our trip!!!!
For most of us buying an airplane ticket to our next destination is nothing short of magical. Every time I purchase a ticket I am instantly filled with excitement as I embark on yet another awesome adventure. However, for my husband and I this time around we decided to embark on a different journey ... because as they say its not the destination, its the journey! We decided to take a road trip up to sunny Los Angeles and hit the Oregon coast along the way.
We were super excited to hit the road and pass the cutest towns ( some looking haunted AF...)
We stopped in places like Canon beach, Newport, saw a wicked light house and even a sketchy town called Eureka ( which I don't recommend on stopping in... so creepy) We saw some red woods, drove over the Golden Gate Bridge through San Francisco. We walked from Santa Monica Pier to Venice Beach, stayed in Disney for 3 days, visited Harry Potter Land and Universal and even spent a night in San Pedro! I was so glad I packed properly and I am sharing my 10 Road Trip Essentials right here!!!
10 Road Trip Essentials
1. Sunglasses - Bring a good pair of sunglasses. Maybe one casual one for driving that's comfy because as you hit those sunny destinations you will need this for driving safely.
2. Comfy Clothes - sweaters, sweatpants, runners etc- you will be sitting for long periods of time so its emparative you have some comfy clothes on for the ride.
3. Juice - No! I don't mean like drinking juice! I mean back up batteries and chargers - this was so important to have especially if you are sleeping in those rest stops. You can't keep your car running all night so back up batteries are so impprtant to have. lucky for me I had 2 amazing units to pack - Logiix Beacon that has not only a strong battery but a cool lantern at the bottom! Plus I brought my 12,000 mha Piston Power back up charger ( this also was life saving at the parks we went to) I also bring along my World Traveller USB Charger from Logiix as not only does it have the adapters but 2 usb charger ports to charge my devices at the same time!
4. Good Music - driving can be that much more fun with some awesome tracks - for me I jammed to 90's pop and of course Disney to get me pumped for Disneyland ( Husband on the other hand listened to techno and rap)
5. Snacks/Water - We were so impressed with ourselves as we used up all our PC mastercard points for basically free food for our trip! Snacks and hydration is so important on a road trip. You need fuel in the car and fuel in your body to drive such long distances!
6. Sunscreen - No one wants half their body to burn... even if you are in a car putting on the sunscreen will shelter your "driving arm" and the rest of you so you don't burn!
7. Camera/Video Camera - You need to capture all these amazing moments so make sure you are fully loaded with your proper gear so you can document your trip with clear and beautiful photos and videos!
8. First aid kit - Yes we packed a huge kit that included emergency food , bandaids, fire starter, gauze, a reflector heat thermal blanket and much more! You never know and its better to be over prepared...
9. Blanket - Again if you stop off at those resting stops or just to have for comfort you will want to bring a blanket along. For me it's cozy and feels like you are bringing a bit of home wherever you go!
10. GPS/Maps to know where you are going - probably the most crucial of the items. We luckily had a GPS built in to the car but you never know! Reading maps is not my thing so I'm glad we mapped out our trip pretty well before on our iPhones!
Well, there you have it folks! My top 10 road trip essentials!!! Thanks for checking this out and before you go.......
Check out our Video recap of our LA Road trip!
"If you can dream it, you can do it. We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them" - Walt Disney
Disneyland: My Happy Place
We set out on a road trip (road trip packing guide coming soon...) on a adventure for my 30th year! Yes, Ive decided that I would celebrate my whole year birthday...
Turning 30 for me is a bit scary... I don't feel 30... in fact this is just a number... Now I could babble on about where I saw myself in my 30's but instead this blog is rather one where I will talking about never losing the magic.
What do I mean by "Magic"?
Well, I mean that little magic that allowed us as children to believe in fairytales, and to believe that dreams can come true.
For Walt Disney that is exactly what happened. He had dreams just like us and followed his amazing passions thus creating this beautiful place that I now call my Happy Place! Its a place where I can feel like a kid... Every time I set foot in DL... I am filled with so much joy and wonder.
15 Things you may have not known about Disneyland
1. Disneyland was originally built in a year
2. All of Tomorrow Lands plants are edible
3. Disneyland had only 18 attractions on opening day
4. The purple and orange tea cups on the Mad Tea Party are the fastest
5. The gold paint on the "Its a Small World" ride is made up of 22 karats
6. At the top of the Maddahorn ride sits a huge basketball court no joke! Apprently the employees use it on their breaks! crazy!
7. There is an apartment built above Disneys fire station - sign me up you have found a tenant!
8. The Pirates of the caribeean ride was supposed to be a "walk through" attraction... I'm glad they decided to make it a ride! I mean walking through like a museum really? The best part is the drop in the middle that gets me every time!!!!
9. Real human skeletons were used when Pirates first opened.. Anyone else feel that that was opening a can of worms!!! I wonder why they decided to use fake ones later on.... ahhh
10. Club 33 is the only place in Disneyland you can order alcohol... you know where to find me... getting crunk with mickey...
11. Walt Disney loved his park so much and seeing all the reactions that he would walk around the park and stand in line with people! what a guy!
12. Ticket prices on opening day were $3.50... now, more like $350.00!!!
13. There have only ever been three unscheduled days the park had to close. The days were the national day of mourning after John F. Kennedy was killed, after the Northridge earthquake in 1994, and on 9/11.
14. All the props in the Indiana Jones ride are from the actual Movie!
15.Ever notice that Disneyland doesn't sell gum? that's why the cobble stone looks pristine!
These were my favourite ones I learnt! Pretty cool!!!
Tips for your park days!
Here are some tips if you are planning out your adventures in the Parks!
1. Get the fast passes! - Basically you can go to certain stations in the Park and grab the fast pass cards. This ensures that you will get on faster later on in the day with allotted time slots!
2. Single riders lineup! - If you go with younger children this may not apply however if you are in a group and don't care to be on the same ride this is genius! We basically skipped a 45 min wait time and rode the Cars ride twice in that time!
3. Don't do the Magic Morning! - Years ago they would have this amazing opening celebration and Mickey and Mini would come out and dance with the Princesses! Now they just give you an extra hour and reality there are so many people its not worth the extra hour! Sleep in and save your energy.
4. Go to Ariel's Grotto! ( In California Adventure)- If you have a little you can plan a morning breakfast at Ariel's house! Then all the Disney Princesses show up! You get food and photos! Life made!
5. Tune Town is the bomb!- This is the place to be if you wanted to get a photo with Mickey, Mini and the rest of the crew! They hang out in their houses around 11-2pm in Tune Town! You get a walk through of the houses and photos!
6. Bring snacks and backup batteries! -If you plan on being there all day some snacks should be packed its hella expensive there! Also bring backup batteries to make sure you have enough juice for the day!
7. Map out your day! - Thus saves time going from one side of the park to another. get the map online and map the whole thing!!!
8. Dole Whip floats!-Check out the Dole Whip floats by the Tiki Room! You get Pineapple ice-cream floats in Pineapple juice!
9. NO SELFIE STICKS!- the ban this now! so make sure you don't bring them in or else you have to surrender them to the front!
10. Check the Sneak Peak theatre! - We got a sneak peak at Beauty and the Beast in 4D! and it was fabulous!
What an amazing trip it was to Disney! I hope that you will get a chance to visit!
Special thanks to Logiix for the backup battery charger & Ardene for the awesome Mickey outfits! I kept getting compliments on my backpack!
If you are planning a trip to Seattle and are like me who loves those "mini" vaycays then you are in the right place!
Seattle is beautiful and mirrors my two favorite cities, New York and Vancouver.
If you are looking for a quick getaway for the weekend then I have the best places to visit all while staying on budget!
The first place you should visit while being super budget friendly is the Worlds first Starbucks café! I am a huge coffee lover and to see the birth of Starbucks is nothing short of magical! ( okay, I am a bit dramatic but I do love my Starbucks) Opened in Pike Place Market back in 1971 this little café still has the original Starbucks logo with the boobies! AWESOME
That brings me to my next stop, Pike Place Market which is an open public market with several floors of shops galore! The Market opened August 17, 1907, and is one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers' markets in the United States. You can buy some gum at the candy store there and head down passed the fisher mongers and watch them sing and throw fish around. Then you can pass the golden pig and follow the steps down to Ghost Alley and you will see the iconic wall of gum! There you can chew your gum and place it with the millions of pieces stuck to the wall. People have written their names along with drawings! It is most definitely a site to see.
The next stop would be the underground tours! The Seattle Underground is a network of underground passageways and basements in downtown Seattle that was ground level at the city's origin in the mid-19th century. Due to flooding and the great Seattle fire, the streets were raised and a new Seattle was built. The Underground is renowned for paranormal spirits thought to be the neighborhood’s notoriously murdered, unrequited souls. We recommend doing the "Paranormal Experience".Search for paranormal activity using the same sophisticated investigative equipment employed by trained professional paranormal investigators. Tickets can be purchased here.
Ride the monorail from Pike Place Market ( approx. $2.50) per person to the amazing Space Needle. The monorail, which cost $3.5 million to build, opened on March 24, 1962 for the fair held at the current site of Seattle Center. Eight million people rode the monorail during the half year the fair was open.
The final stop is the Space Needle observatory. Built for the 1962 world fair, this building stands as the tallest structure west of the Mississippi river. This is the best spot to view the whole city and Is rather breathtaking. You can find tickets here.
Finally, if you are looking for a budget friendly but still amazing place to stay we recommend Springhill suites by the Marriott hotel. Located conveniently at the entrance to I-5 S and one block to I-5 N, Marriott SpringHill Suites puts you in the middle of everything. Only 5 blocks to the downtown retail district and only a short shuttle ride to the Space Needle and Convention Center. This 4 star hotel also has complimentary buffet breakfast, snack bar, pool and high speed internet.
If you are looking to get around we recommend LYFT or UBER. There is no point trying to take a taxi as they will take forever. If you sign up with UBER you get a $15 credit and you get more points as you recommend people! We loved taking the UBER to all our fave places!
Well there you have it folks! Seattle in a weekend... because really who has time to sleep... <3
Every time I go to Vegas ( counting my 9th time) it always seems to be a bit of a difference experience.
The first time I went to Vegas I had no idea what I was doing. I was 22 I believe, a spontaneous trip was booked and I bought the first expedia booking to.. Circus Circus.. NEVER AGAIN. Well, I have to admit CC was fun! My boyfriend ( now husband) was terrified of any rollercoasters or rides really.. and I was able to push him to ride the kid roller coasters! I ended the trip with drunken tattoos on my wrists... and a shirt that said " what happens in vegas stays on facebook"... enough said.
The second time I went to Vegas was with a few friends and I got terribly sick off of mimosas because we decided that the $25 buffet was too expensive and decided to fill up on alcohol and then later puked and didn't enjoy our Parisian dinner. My hand got accidentally slammed in a van door by my husband... again enough said lol.
The third time I went to Vegas I actually almost died. my drink was spiked and I ended up passing out in the bathroom of the marquee night club and my life legit passed before my eyes... it was stupid scary ....
The fourth trip was with my 2 best friends and we stayed far away from clubs. We used our friends points and ended up having a pretty amazing trip!
My fifth time was with the same friend and again we had a great time! We met up with these men from I forgot where? They were good looking but by the end of the night I was dragging my friend away cuz the one ended up being a creep! Surpise surpise! We ate chicken strips on a huuuge bed outside the next day and lived like queens!
The sixth time I went for my husbands birthday! My brother in law came this time and we went with out other two close friends! THIS TRIP WE DID VEGAS SOOO WELL. We booked a pool party which was crazy out of this world amazing! Our friends got engaged and we were drunk for the whole trip and did a pub crawl!!! Also I didn't die so that was a bonus!
The 7th time I went with my cousins and that was a blast! We had a photo-shoot that ended up being published in a euro magazine! We danced, drank, laughed, drank again and had a great time!
The 8th time was with my travel and business buddy! We did a whole bunch of photo-shoots and for the first time we travelled outside the strip! We visited red rock and even attempted to get to the Grand Canyon although that trip was cut short as the entrance we needed to get to was closed. We were devastated but promised that one day we would return!
The 9th trip was most recently and again so very different than my other trips but just as equally amazing! We went to visit some friends/clients in Vegas since they had moved there! We took some photos of their babes and stayed with them in their home! It was funny at one point our friends laughed as they could see my reaction... for the first time from the airport I wasn't driving to " the strip". That I was experiencing how the normal Navadians live! We stayed at their beautiful home and even participated in the regular life of Christmas concerts! We did do one day on the strip and basically got drunk off of alcoholic ice teas! What was ahhmazing was the District shopping area where we ate at rachels Kitchen. The food was top notch!
Container Park was also ahhhmazing and is your one stop shop with over 38 shops and restaurants ANDDD everything is made of repurposed shipping containers!
My next trip to Vegas will be my 10th time! Cant wait to hit the double digits <3
Vegas, until next time.