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In The Middle… of Renovations

We are in the heart of renovating the inside of our travel trailer. We are covering the wallpapered walls, repainting all the wood, changing out the flooring. At this point we are just praying not to go broke at the end of all this!

This has been an insane amount of work. With my husband on 3rd year rotations and me transitioning into a new job at work, things have been hectic to say the least. But I think the thing you have to focus on when you are crazy busy is that this season is only temporary. That yes, we have had almost no downtime for the last month, but that’s not a bad thing! It just means we are in pursuit of our goals with fire!

The heart of renovations is like the heart of a major life change. It’s messy and stressful to make life changes. It takes striping away the old, ragged floors and replacing them with new pristine floors. It means getting rid of the bad habits you’ve created and pursuing new goals. It means not giving up when you’ve stripped everything down and can’t see how things will ever look better. Renovations on this trailer have tested our patience, our finances, our endurance and our willpower. Its exhausting. Its every afternoon, every weekend, its every spare moment dedicated to renovations. Watching your husband pass out in utter exhaustion from the endless schedule.

This is one of those situations that no one really preps you for. The unknowns, we had no idea that this would be something we would take on. There was no way to prep for this part of our life, there was no way to prep for this season of life. The only option we have is to take every obstacle head on and know that we can get through it together. Having that knowledge that whatever may come our way, we will get through together.

For those who are in medical school, or facing any life changing obstacle, know this. That while the days are long, while the obstacles are huge, while the financial burden continues to grow; God has a plan. There is a plan for you and these trials are simply guiding you along to the place and person you were meant to be. So take them on with a strong and confident heart knowing you can overcome this. Know that you are stronger than the problem you are facing.

These renovations are temporary and the end result will be better than you ever imagined!

Where Are The Aldridge’s?

Have you ever thought about how much control you have over your future?

Well, when you are in medical school you leave a lot of your fate up to chance. You hope for the best externships programs, you hope that you are matched to the program of your choice. You hope for the best, but you don’t have near the say you wish you did.

We did our externship applications this month, which means we have a completely crazy third and fourth year ahead of us. We placed our lives and futures in a lottery pool and hoped that we would get blessed with the programs we wanted. If you’ve never been through this process, let me explain how it works.

We have about 8 months to fill with externship programs, not including the 5 month home hospital that we have on top of this. You fill out a sheet that basically allows you to apply for 4 externships a month and hope that you receive some offers. The problem that arises is, you get a lot of offers in the same month, which means you have to prioritize one really good program over another and hope you make the right decision.

So, we have spent the last couple weeks praying and hoping that we get some good programs that will give us an insight into their residency and what education they can provide my husband. All of our offers have come and we have filled all of our months for the year! I am so excited to share with you where we will be and am very hopeful that I will get to share every experience with you! If you have suggestions of what to do in any of these areas, please let me know!

2019
April – Seattle, WA (PST)
May – Louisville, KY (EST)
June– Jacksonville, FL (EST)
July – Jacksonville, FL (EST)
August– Pittsburgh, PA (EST)
September – Washington, DC (EST)
October-Fort Lauderdale, FL
November – Orlando, FL (EST)
December – Boynton Beach, FL (EST)
2020
January– (Interview Month)
February-Jacksonville, FL (EST)
March-Jacksonville, FL (EST)
April-Jacksonville, FL (EST)

Wow Wow Lemonade!!

Can we just talk about the fact that I am now in love with Wow Wow Lemonade?!

Wow Wow Lemonade has a variety of menu items including lemonades, acai bowls and avocado toasts. Today, I tried their lavender blackberry lemonade and their original acai bowl with a macaroon. Both were absolutely impeccable!! Since they source locally they have intense flavors and additionally are supporting the communities they are in.

  1. I definitely need to head to Hawaii after trying their lemonade and acai bowls! Their locations are in Oahu,  Maui, Japan, Washington, California and Arizona. If you visit any Wow Wow location  be sure to let me know!! 😄

Enjoying my Lavender Blackberry Lemonade

Inside of Wow Wow Lemonade

Original Acai Bowl

Transition from Apartment to Trailer Life – Part One

Finding a trailer that we like, that is within our budget is incredibly challenging! We need something that is reliable and doesn’t need work beyond cosmetic tweaks. This is a serious undertaking, I have no idea what to look for or what are necessary requirements. So I am Pinteresting like crazy trying to figure out what to look for, what design I like, what updates I can make, and man there is so much information! But beyond just finding the trailer there is the undertaking of changing our lifestyle.

There are two main areas that I foresee some hard changes in: downsizing and cooking. Lately when I walk around my one-bedroom apartment, I am thinking about all the things that I will need to go through. All the things that will need to be shipped back to Indiana, all the things that might need to be thrown away before we move into the trailer. It’s just crazy to think through and right now these are the questions I am trying to answer!

  • What renovations are necessary in the kitchen? Are you able to cook normally like you would in an apartment? Do you just eat out more often?
    • Currently, I am thinking that the only changes I will make are cosmetic changes and potentially a stone pizza block to even out the heat in the oven. But with the amount of space in the fridges I’m seeing, I think I would have to make at least 2 grocery trips a week. Alternatively, we could eat out more often to eliminate trying to cook within such a small space. I’m not sure what the best option would be seeing as we will be moving around a lot, and I will be working out of the trailer. Are there any guides to cooking in an RV that y’all would recommend?

 

  • Is it best to go as minimalist as possible or to bring as much as I can stuff in the trailer? Is there a happy middle ground somewhere?
    • At the moment, I am thinking about going more toward the minimalist side. For the sheer fact that the more I bring the more cluttered the trailer will become. So to eliminate the stress of trying to find places for all of our stuff, I would just bring the essentials. The real question will be, what items are ‘essentials’ and what items are ‘wants’, you don’t really think about it when you have room to store everything. But over the next two months, we will have to sort through our essentials and be okay with storing the rest at my parents. Does anyone have a must have list for RV life?

 

But honestly, I am so excited for the future. I am so excited for this opportunity, because how often do they come? How often do you get the opportunity to try out new areas? How many times do you get to live on the road with your spouse and at the same time be growing in your careers? It’s extremely rare to have this opportunity and for that I am incredibly grateful. So for all the struggles and questions that I have, I am so beyond thankful to be on this journey with my husband.

If you have any advice on trailer living, I would appreciate it! We are new to the game and would love to avoid making costly mistakes!

 

Choosing the RV Life

We have some really exciting news to share with you all! We are ditching the apartment life and heading for the road!

Considering how big this news is, lets start from the beginning! As most of you know my husband, Evan, is in medical school. Because he is a medical student, he has 4th year externships. These externships are interviews with various hospitals around the country to learn as well as discover which hospital you want to do your residency at. The crazy part about externships is that you are required to pay for all the travel costs. Let me break that down. For 14 months you are expected to travel to various hospitals, sometimes only at a hospital for a month at a time, and foot all the costs along with your standard tuition fees. This is an insane amount of money to expect students to shell out. Most solutions are to just take out some more loans, and to leave your family while you travel around.

For my husband and I, this was not going to work. 14 months apart and trying to cover the costs of two rents, two utilities, two everything was just unfathomable. We went through various options, me moving to our base hospital (5 of the 14 months are at this hospital). This would allow me to see my husband at least a little more, but that just didn’t seem like a viable option either. This led us to a third, crazy option. Let’s live in an trailer!

Yes, I am completely sure we were out of our mind when we first suggested the idea. But as we really sat down and thought about our options, it honestly made the most logistical sense. This way, we could be together and the plus side is that we get to travel to some beautiful places. However doing this meant that we would have do fork up a lot of upfront cost, a new truck and the cost of the trailer. There is a big positive, the travel trailer could be resold at the end of our journey, allowing us to recoup a huge chunk of the costs we have sunk in at the beginning. At the end of the day, we will really be saving an extraordinary amount of money as opposed to our other options.

Considering that Evan and I have never owned a travel trailer, we don’t have a lot of knowledge of how to renovate, what we need to organize, or what little things we aren’t aware of but will need. So I have been slowly researching, asking questions and of course pinteresting! 😉 We are going to be needing all the advice we can get, so if you have any, please let us know!

As we go through this crazy transition from apartment life, to living in an RV around the country, I will be posting updates on where we are, the ups and downs. If you want to follow along, please like our blog and Instagram!

 

Malibu Wine Safari

Wine, safari rides, and good friends. There is nothing better!

I discovered Malibu Wine Safari’s through Amanda Stanton from the Bachelor, and couldn’t resist getting out there to try it out myself! My husband and my friend from college, Victoria, were kind enough to join me on this safari adventure!

Malibu Wines is a gorgeous winery 40 minutes North of Los Angeles. You can choose to relax and enjoy wine at their garden location, or you can choose to go on one of their 5 Safari trips! These Safaris include varying wine tastings, a trip around the venue enjoying the views, meeting the exotic animals, and if you choose the right tour you get to meet Stanley the Giraffe!

Stanley the Giraffe is the vineyards celebrity, he has been on multiple commercials and was featured in Hangover III! He has since retired from the movie life, but is such a fun part of your tour of the vineyards! I highly recommend a Safari that includes a meet and greet with Stanley.

We chose to do the Giraffe Tour which started with a Safari ride around parts of the vineyard overlooking the exotic animals they house. You then go on to feed the alpacas, donkeys and zebras some cut up carrots and lettuce before getting your first flight on wine. The first flight of wine had my favorite wine of the safari, their rose wine (I definitely bought a bottle before I left). You then head off to see more of the vineyards as well as get a glimpse of the Bachelor Mansion! After your glimpse of the Bachelor Mansion you get to see Stanley, which was my husbands favorite part! Stanley is fed almost every 20 minutes with heads of lettuce making him one of the friendliest giraffe’s I’ve ever met. After your time with Stanley you head off to your second flight of wine coupled with cheese and crackers at the vineyards adorable cottage.

This Safari is worth every penny and is a must do event if you are in the LA/Malibu area! If you head to the Malibu Wines, be sure to let us know!

 

xoxo- Kayla

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Prices as of 8.24.2018 Please check the Malibu Wine Website for Updated Prices.

The Safari Trucks You Ride In!

Enjoying Our First Flight Of Wine

Views Of The Vineyard

Loving These Views Of The Vineyard

Feeding the Zebras

Love Feeding The Zebras

Views Of The Vineyard

Views Of The Vineyard

Safari’s Are Best With Friends

When Stanley Photobombs You!

Wine and Crackers

Finishing Up Our Second Flight Of Wine

For One Week-Live The Dream!

There are endless ways that travel helps you, from your emotional state to your physical well-being.Travel keeps you young and enlightened. Unfortunately, most of us don’t utilize these precious days off. “According to a 2016 Bankrate study, more than 50% of U.S. workers give up at least some of their paid vacation days each year. Worse yet, in a 2014 survey, 42% of Americans claimed they don’t take vacation time at all.” –Forbes

If you work a 9-5 job, you most likely get a standard two week vacation plan. My biggest recommendation to you is not to squander your time off. At the bare minimum take one week off to get out of your area, to see somewhere you’ve never seen before. Take a week that you would just sit at home, watch TV and work on random chores. Instead, replace this time off with a memory you will never forget. You only get 52 weeks every year, that’s all the time you have. Don’t waste your year away sitting in an office cubicle. Embrace the beauty and fun around you at least one week of the year.

For one week, have the trip you’ve always envisioned; see Paris, Italy, The Space Needle, or the Great Wall. Yes you have responsibilities, yes you have bills to pay and things to do, but all those things are temporary. Your trips as a family are lifelong memories that you will always cherish. You will never regret missing a week of work to do something that gives you true joy.

Travel gives you a chance to detox from the everyday struggles in your life, to try out new cultures, and see the endless beauties of the world. Travel keeps you healthy, it keeps you young, it keeps your heart full of adventure and excitement.

Something my dad said the other day is that, “Adventures and changes are what give you the great stories, never getting out of your comfort zone gives you the most boring stories.” Adventures are simply trying something new that’s outside your comfort zone. You are only given this one life, why wouldn’t you want to get out and see what’s out there?

There is this fear that trips will be too stressful, that you won’t have the funds, or that you can’t make the time. My rebuttal to you would be, are you going to let that stop you? Arrange your life to accomplish your dreams, don’t allow your life to dictate your dreams. You can do and accomplish anything you want, the trick is having the confidence to believe in them!

Confidence is key to having the trips you’ve always dreamed about, don’t second guess yourself!

 

 

Travel In Arizona – Quick Tips

Traveling to Arizona is worth every penny! The landscape is gorgeous and there are endless things to see and do! Arizona holds a true place in my heart and hosts some of the most beautiful views I’ve ever seen. Planning your trip to Arizona requires prior thought and planning to have confidence you are going to have your dream vacation.

First and foremost be aware of the time of year and the climate of the places you are planning to visit. Between May and September, you need to bring 30+ sunscreen (trust me the sun is strong here), hats, shorts and tank tops. You want to stay as cool as possible during this time frame, even as you head north as Sedona can be anywhere between 95 and 105 degrees. You should also be aware that while it is common knowledge that Arizona is a ‘dry heat’ it is extremely hot! I mean stick your head in a burning oven and you have an idea of what Arizona in the summer is like! Don’t be silly during this time of year, be sure to bring twice the amount of water you are used to. There are a lot of people who underestimate how much water you need in order to hike or do any other outdoor activities here. Whether you are hiking or just out chilling at the pool, water is the key ingredient to a successful Arizona visit!

Between September and March you need to be aware that while Phoenix may be beautiful, anything North will be seasonal. Expect snow and cold temperatures! You will need to bring layers during these months to accommodate the Phoenix and Southern Arizona weather as well as the Northern Arizona cold climate. You will need coats, scarves and boots for anywhere North of Phoenix. But I will say, visiting Sedona and Flagstaff during the winter is gorgeous! And the Grand Canyon blanketed in snow is just STUNNING! Freezing, but stunning!

Finally, make sure to plan your time wisely, Arizona is much larger than you think!! Getting from Phoenix to the outh Rim of the Grand Canyon is a 4-hour one-way trip, so you have to prepare yourself with enough time to get from one location to the next. Depending on what type of trip you are taking in Arizona, you will normally have to drive anywhere between 2-5 hours from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. Below is a list documenting the distance from the airport to major Arizona destinations.

North of Phoenix                                                       South of Phoenix

Sedona- 2 hours                                                          Tucson – 1 hour 40 minutes

Flagstaff- 2 hours 30 minutes                                     Tombstone- 2 hours 50 minutes

South Rim Grand Canyon-4 hours

Antelope Canyon- 4 hours 50 minutes

Horseshoe Bend- 4 hours 30 minutes

Our upcoming Arizona Travel Guide will be a huge help to anyone planning a trip to Arizona. It will have travel ideas, travel plans, and the best places to visit while you are here. Our travel guide will be an incredible asset to you for all your upcoming Arizona adventures! Comment below if you want a sneak peak!

xoxo

Kayla

 

Best Airbnb For Your Hawaii Vacation!

My first trip to Nashville, Tennessee was for my friends bachelorette party. We ended up spending the weekend in an Airbnb home right outside the city. The home was well maintained, clean and was a great price. I loved that we had the privacy and comfort of a home even while we were on vacation. Ever since this trip, I have been dying to try out another Airbnb home!

That being said, today we are going to be looking for the best Airbnb homes available in Oahu, Hawaii. Mainly because if you are going to go to Hawaii, you should have the most magical experience possible. Let’s dive in!

Bay View Bungalow. Oh. My. Word. The perfect out of the city vacation home!

Talk about the most stunning view I have ever seen. If it was possible to convince my entire family to move to this home, I would in a heartbeat! The home is modest, clean and simple, but the views from your living room are UNBELIEVABLE! I can already envision sitting on the porch with a cup of coffee, enjoying the cool morning ocean breeze and enjoying the sound of the waves crashing on the beach shore. The reviews on this bungalow all rave the owners, the coziness of the home and the amazing views. And if this wasn’t enough to convince you to stay in this bungalow, let’s just talk about how it’s only $80/night! $80/night in Hawaii is an unbelievable deal, especially with this view! Jump on this deal and reserve your space for your next Hawaii trip!


 

Pearl City Guest Suite. Modern city vibes.

My favorite thing about this guest suite, is the modern edge is has. Not everyone wants to sit in the backwoods of Hawaii on vacation and that is completely understandable! For those that love the city life and want to experience this side of Hawaii, this suite is perfect for you! Newly constructed with modern appliances and a clean sheek look, this place is perfect for an adventurous trip! At only $70/night the prices are extremely affordable, and you are located only a few minutes from public transport to get you to your vacation excursions! And to top it all off this Airbnb suite hosts a five star rating.


Private Ohana Unit in Historical Haleiwa Town -Couples Retreat

This guesthouse is in a quiet and serene area of Oahu. There is a private access to the guesthouse, and the family has offered their assistance and provided various beach amenities to make your experience enjoyable! The beach and Haleiwa are within walking distance from you. Inside this guesthouse is a cozy bedroom and living room, with a small kitchen and a beautiful backyard to sit and relax in. What I love about this Airbnb is that between the owners offers to assist and help you and their consistent 5 star rating; there would never be a moment you couldn’t find what you were looking for in Oahu. At $99 dollars a night this would definitely be on my go to list when I visit Oahu!

 

I don’t know about you but if I am going to pay to go to Oahu, I want a nice place to stay and relax that’s within my budget. These places are perfect for anyone heading to Oahu and I encourage you to check out these locations on your next vacation!

Passion For Travel

I have always had a deep passion for travel.

There are few things in life that truly make you feel alive, and for me that is getting out and experiencing other cultures, historic structures and stunning views. But what if your passion seems unattainable? What if there is no feasible way to pursue the things you love in life?

When this happens, it causes me to sit down and think about why I have this passion, and what I can do with that passion.

If your like me and have a passion for traveling, but you can’t travel to all the places you’ve dreamed of going right now, take steps to still fulfill that travel ache within you. Your passions in life are there for a reason, and even if they do not seem feasible in the short term, there is a reason for them.

One thing I try to do is offer to go on business trips as often as possible. These trips aren’t always to places on my bucket list, but they give me the chance to get out of my everyday environment, explore new cities and see what they have to offer! We have a fun trip planned to New Mexico this summer for work; it’s not a place I had on my bucket list to see, but it is an opportunity to experience an entirely new state!

Another thing I like to do is start planning for future trips! I have a blast spending time researching the perfect places to stay, the best local cuisine in the area, and the exciting excursions to take while you are there. I’ve been working on a post about Oahu and I’ve spent hours finding the cutest little beach homes to rent. Most of these houses are away from large hotel chains and secluded in an area where you could enjoy the serenity of Hawaii. I absolutely loved envisioning what it would be like to stay there; feeling the ocean tickle your toes, smell the refreshing ocean breeze, and look out at the expansive ocean all around you.

It may not be sitting in the perfect vacation spot, but taking time to plan these trips and envision what could be is a great way to help satisfy your travel bug(at least for a while)!

Lastly, I love to explore the state I am in. There are so many unique areas in every state. So get in your car and drive to a place you’ve never been before. This year my husband and I are hoping to visit Tombstone and Horseshoe Bend. Both areas have their own unique charm, host stunning views, and are within a 2-4 hour drive of our home. Being able to take time to experience the areas all around us is such a blessing and something everyone should utilize.

Don’t let lack of accessibility to your bucket list stop you from exploring new places and enjoying your passion for travel!