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!


Valentines Day On a Budget

Valentines Day is such a beautiful and romantic day. Its a day to celebrate the love in your life. I absolutely love celebrating my husband and the many things he does for me every day of the year. Since we are in school, we agreed to no gifts this year. However, no gifts doesn’t mean you can’t show your significant other you love them. Below are my go to ideas for this Valentines Day!

1.) Love Notes. Probably my favorite thing you could do for a loved one is to write a note about why you love them. This isn’t just a simple, I love you note, its a deep meaningful note about why you love that person, why you need them and what they do to make you a better person. Valentines Day is the one day you should go all out, find your mushy gushy side and show your spouse all the reasons you love them. These notes will mean more than any gift ever could!

2.) My husband is a Mike and Ike fiend! He absolutely loves Mike and Ike’s and goes crazy when you give them to him. So these are a super cheap and easy way of showing him I love him on Valentines Day. Yes this is an easy option, but cliches became cliches for a reason. On your way home from work, grab a box of their favorite candy, wrap it in a bow and your done!

3.) Make coffee/breakfast before work. This Valentines Day falls on a Wednesday, get up early and have coffee and their favorite breakfast for them when they wake up. Arrange it on a serving tray and you have a simple but stunning beginning to Valentines Day. You wouldn’t believe how far this little act of love will go!

4.) Guys, take time to clean an area of your house, or finish a project that hasn’t been completed. These are nuisances that weigh on your significant other. Take an hour or two and finish them for her, she will be so appreciative and you will have gotten one of the best gifts possible while spending little to no money! Sometimes its doing something to relieve everyday stress that means the most.

5.) Plan your evening together. Take the initiative to have everything planned and ready to go. Don’t spend an hour saying what do you want to do over and over. If you aren’t sure what to do, plan what you want to do for dinner, have that nights movie or game ready to go, have the house cleaned up so their are no distractions and just go in happy and ready to make memories!


I’m not sure what your plans are this Valentines Day, but don’t do nothing just because you are on a tight budget, instead use it as an opportunity to be creative!

Tone It Up- First Impressions & New Challenge

When it comes to fitness, I have zero ideas! I mean my idea of a good fitness day is just getting to the gym at all! The last couple months I have been trying to get some motivation to get into shape and into the physique I’ve always wanted. Since I spend so much time on Instagram, I have been watching who people look for as fitness inspiration and from what I’ve seen Tone It Up is the place to be.

There are a couple reasons why at first glance, Tone It Up is who I would choose as a fitness regime.

1.) The comradery I see not only between the owners of Tone It Up and their followers is unbelievable. From the short amount of time I have been following them, there has been this overwhelming feeling that if I was to embrace Tone It Up and get involved in their community I would be accepted with open arms.

2.) I am absolutely in love with the positive attitude from the owners of Tone It Up. There has not been a single post that has not been positive and uplifting and there hasn’t been a single picture that doesn’t show smiling and encouraging faces! Talk about a way to build a fitness community, especially for people like me who are fearful of getting into fitness programs.

3.) They have moves that I can do. I don’t know how to do a lot of fitness moves, so when I try something new, it needs to be something I can learn pretty easily. I also see tons of posts and move that are easy to do if you don’t have a large gym to go to. Having the flexibility to do these moves at home or at my small apartment gym makes this an amazing option for me.

4.) Now there is a downside, they have a fitness app that is only available to apple users. While I understand that the majority of people use apple products, for those of us (me!) that have android phones, we can’t use their new app! Probably my biggest complaint is that I am not able to access their new information because the app isn’t available for me. Hopefully this will change in the coming months!

5.) They have FREE Workouts and Meal Plans for you to try, Which is why I am starting a one week challenge for myself. I will be following workouts from Tone It Up to see how things go and how I feel at the end of the day!

So excited to share this journey with you! If you would like to follow along with me you can get their workout HERE.


Do you have any workout suggestions? Have you tried Tone It Up before? Let me know in the comments!

Take An Elfie Sweatshirt

This is the cutest Christmas sweater! I found this sweater on Fancy Frills Boutique and was immediately impressed by their wide selection, quick shipping, and wonderful customer service!

I am absolutely in love with the style, it’s not too heavy which is perfect for Arizona winters! In the pictures below I am wearing the small, which fit perfectly. Another thing to note is that it doesn’t run short, when you sit down you don’t feel like the sweater is riding up, it stays in the same location which is a must have for me! Oh and if you sign up for their mailing list you will get 25% off your first purchase! 🙂

So excited to buy from this boutique again, if you’ve never heard of them or checked out their collection, I would highly recommend it!

5 Christmas Gifts for the Book Lover

Growing up I loved to read books, and today I still do. There’s something about reading that transports you to another world full of mystery, magic and adventure. Because of this I always love receiving books and book accessories during the holidays. They are items that can be used throughout the year and that never get pushed to the back of the closet. Plus almost all the items I found you can get on Amazon with two day shipping, which is useful as Christmas is only a week away!

1.) This book holder from Amazon is perfect for book lovers when they are traveling. Gives you the ability to read the book in a more comfortable and efficient way than if you were just holding the book in your hands. A very thoughtful gift for anyone on your list this year!

2.) Magnetic bookmarks are one of the best gifts you can put in your book lovers stocking this Christmas, these Harry Potter magnetic bookmarks are one of my favorites! Cute, easy to use, and will keep books clean and crisp as you go through the story. These make the best stocking stuffers too!

3.) The trouble with buying books for Christmas is that most people don’t know what book to buy, unless they are specifically told which book to buy, you are faced with hundreds of possible choices! A way to buy a book for Christmas and not stress over whether or not you’ve bought the right book, is to go with the Date a Book table at Barnes and Noble. Towards the front of Barnes and Noble is a table with a variety of books covered in brown wrapping paper. These books have a small description of what the book is about on the front, but that’s all, the book is a mystery until you gift it. This is a fun way to bring some adventure to your Christmas gifts this year!

4.) Once I start reading I am engulfed in a new world and it is incredibly hard to snap out of that world for every little interruption. To that end, this coffee mug is perfect for those moments in your book lovers life! This mug is customized to say, Kindly Go Away, I’m Reading, a fun way of saying I am in my reading bubble come back later!

5.) This might seem clique but I have not met a single book lover who didn’t enjoy getting a hot cup of joe when they sat down to read a good book. So for any book lover in your life, I promise a coffee shop gift card is the way to go, that along with a good book, and you will win Christmas this year!


Happy shopping everyone!




The Ultimate Christmas Movie Night

The ultimate Christmas movie night is easy and so attainable! If you have the patience and take the time to prepare, you will get an unbelievable and fun family night!

Lets start with the drinks for the night. The first step in the movie night preparation is getting the hot chocolate ready to go. I’ve mentioned my favorite hot chocolate recipe before, but it is seriously the easiest and best recipe I’ve tried! A tip though, don’t leave the hot chocolate unattended, you don’t want to let it burn while you are working on the rest of your drinks for the evening. Once you have the hot chocolate prepared and warming, it’s on to the accessories for the hot chocolate, peppermint candy spoons!

Peppermint candy spoons are amazing, seriously I cannot recommend these enough. They are perfect for movie night and an amazing stocking stuffer! The key to these is to make sure you let them cool completely, my first batch I didn’t let them sit long enough and they cracked coming out of the mold. If you follow the recipe to a tee, you will have amazing peppermint spoons, like my 2nd batch turned out! Then you take your homemade hot coco and stir with your peppermint spoons for an amazing Christmas movie drink!

Now onto the food for the evening! Let’s start with Rice Krispie treat balls, the only person I know who doesn’t like Rice Krispies is my husband, but I still think these are critical for the movie night process! And these Christmas theme Rice Krispie Balls are the perfect place to start and an easy treat for your family! Traditionally, you make sugar cookies and decorate them for Christmas movie night, but I’m going to change things up this year.

These pumpkin cookies are seriously unbelievable, and I’m not just saying that. My coworkers loved them last year when I made them and my picky husband did as well (that is a serious testament to these cookies)! Now, they do require you to make homemade icing, so I would actual work on these cookies before any of the other items in your list! I would also make sure to remember that these cookies don’t have a long shelf life, so if  you don’t eat them all give the leftovers to your neighbors, coworkers and friends!

Now that you have the food and drinks ready it’s time to start the decorations. My all time favorite way to watch movies is by making a blanket fort around the tv. Yes, I know I am 24 and I shouldn’t enjoy doing that anymore, but it makes the experience so much better! It usually works better if you use a large sheet for the outside and then line the outside of the sheet with Christmas lights. This gives the inside a nice glow, just make sure you are careful with the placement or it will pull down the sheet. Anchor the edges to the wall and tv stand/fireplace to keep the lights and sheet up. Once you have the outside anchored and ready to go, grab at least 4 blankets and 6 pillows and line the inside of the fort. Crawl in and test the inside, make sure you can see the tv and will be comfortable throughout the movie.

Once you’ve accomplished all these things, you are ready to start the movie night! Relax and enjoy every moment as these are the moments you will always cherish!


Merry Christmas y’all!

5 Christmas Season Must Haves

Like almost everyone else in the world, I love Christmas! Because of this I can drill down the top 5 things I believe are essential to have during the holiday season.

1.) Hot Coco. No matter where you are for the holidays, no matter what you are doing, a good cup of hot coco is a necessity for the holidays. Hot coco has that magical effect of making anyone warm from the inside out. In my humble opinion you should add some stocking shaped marshmallows to bring your hot coco to a new level! The marshmallows I love are from Williams-Sonoma! And when it comes to hot coco, one of my favorite recipes is from One Good Thing, its easy to make and can warm in your crock pot while you are wrapping presents for Christmas!

2.) Christmas Tree. I know many people who either don’t like Christmas trees or don’t put them up until the last minute. Personally, I think the tree is critical to the Christmas celebration! The tree my husband and I have was only $10 from Walmart so it’s definitely something that anyone in any economic bracket can afford. The perfect Christmas evening for me has always involved a brightly lit tree, some hot coco and a holiday movie.

3.) Giving. This is a hard one for my husband and I this year. We have had more financial setbacks this year than I want to admit, but giving of your time and money is so important during this time of year. Giving to someone in need is the best Christmas gift you could ever have. There are so many opportunities available, but the one my husband and I are doing is through our church, Central Christian Church. Any local church would have places to accept donations for the holidays!

4.) Fuzzy Socks. Seriously, if you don’t understand the obsession with fuzzy socks, head to your local Target, ask for the fuzzy sock shelf, and you will see what the big deal is! Fuzzy socks are the essence of the comfy outfit everyone aspires to achieve. These are a cheap but perfect accessory to your Christmas experience, plus they make the best stocking stuffers!

5.) A memory jar. I was gifted a memory jar last year. In essence it’s a jar where you have written things that have happened during the year. Then at the end of the year, you read them and reminisce on the experience, while you shouldn’t open them until new years, you should have the jar out for your family and friends to write a little something as well! It makes reading through them on New Years even more exciting!

One Bonus Item I have to tell you about! My newest favorite Christmas activity, The North Pole Experience! It is an absolute joy to watch kids and adults get immersed in Santa’s workshop! For more details on our first experience take a look at our blog we posted on the North Pole Experience!


What are your Christmas Must Have’s!? What do I need to add to next years list? And since I haven’t mentioned it yet, Merry Christmas y’all!



Living with a Fisherman/Hunter

Growing up my dad wasn’t an avid fisherman or hunter. He would go hunt occasionally, and we would go fishing in the pond behind our house, but it was never a lifestyle for him. So when I started dating my husband, I was immersed in a lifestyle that was centered around fishing and hunting. Let me tell you, it was a major change for me!

First off, fishing and hunting takes a lot of time! The first time he tells you he is going fishing, you think, “okay, he will be gone a couple hours or so”. Nope! I’m going fishing is code for, “I am leaving at 4:30 am to drive to the lake by sunrise and I will be gone until dusk.” And that is the exact same line you get during hunting season. Good part is, you get a free day all to yourself! However, when it becomes an every weekend thing, sometimes you go with him just to spend some time together!

The next thing you learn is that fishing and hunting are very expensive hobbies! I had no idea the amount of lures, rods, scopes, guns, ammunition, clothing and many more things that are needed to accomplish these hobbies. My nights now consist of watching my husband look up new fishing and hunting techniques, videos on new gear coming out and showing me the boats and land we will be acquiring in the future.

Although there are things about my husbands hobbies that are a huge lifestyle adjustment, one thing he always does is he is so considerate of my feelings. He always asks to make sure I don’t have plans for us before he goes out and he always invites me along if I want to go. Never once has he said I couldn’t go or that I had to stay home, he always encourages me to come along or do something I enjoy while he is gone. While fishing and hunting are expensive and time consuming, I could think of worse things my husband could do. Fishing and hunting ground him, help him to relax after a stressful week and really connect him with the Lord.

So my advice for spouses of an avid fisherman/hunter, count your blessings! You love a wonderful person with so many amazing qualities and interests!

Tips for Working Out on a Busy Schedule

My dad has always said that 80% of working out is just showing up. I cannot express how accurate this is! The biggest hurdle standing between me and working out is convincing myself to get to the gym. Once I make it to the gym, I am able to concentrate and start on my workout. This is obviously easier said than done, so I have a few tips that have helped me get off my butt and to the gym.

Tip #1: DON’T SIT DOWN!! As soon as you sit down from getting home from work or errands or dropping the kids off at school, do not sit down. The second you sit down your desire to get back up and head to the gym is almost gone! I have found that if I get home, say hello to my husband and kitties, change and head straight to the gym, I feel better about myself and my workouts are almost always harder and better.

Tip #2: Plan to workout. Personally, I head to the gym after I get home from work. This means that I have to have dinner already planned and set out before I leave for work so I don’t have to stress or take time out of my workout. This also means that I have already set aside the time to head to the gym, eliminating some of the excuses that come to mind at the end of the day!

Tip #3: Accountability Tell your spouse, parent or friend when you plan to workout. Yes, I agree, it gets annoying having someone keep you accountable to work out. But there is nothing better. Their love and care for your health is worth a little aggravation!

Tip #4: Find Your Why Why are you doing this? What is the deep, real honest truth behind why you want to work out? Do you want to get healthier, improve your stamina at work and home, run a marathon or get involved in local sports team? Whatever your reason, it needs to be a real constant reason that will motivate you. If it isn’t motivating you, its not your why. Your why should drive you to get off the couch and get to the gym. Once you’ve found your why, there’s nothing you can’t do!

Tip #5 Have Fun! If you are bored, you will quit right away. This is why I have quit so many times. I get bored and think that spending time at the gym is worthless. My little gym at my apartment used to bore me until I realized what a luxury it is to have a gym all to yourself. I blast music, movies and TV shows to keep myself excited and entertained as I work out. Making my workouts something I look forward to has made them productive and fun!

If you have any tips I should try please let me know!

The North Pole Experience

Welcome Christmas Season! So excited to share our first Christmas event of the year!

My sweet husband went with me to the North Pole Experience(NPX) in Flagstaff, Arizona. The NPX takes you to the North Pole where you are able to experience the magic of Santa’s Workshop. You start your experience at The Little America Hotel, where you check in, get souvenirs and can get a cup of hot coco. Once your trolley bus is ready, you board and set off for the North Pole!

Once you arrive at the North Pole, you start out in Santa’s Toy room! You are able to see a bunch of fun antique toys that Santa used to make and kids get to take part in the Toy Solider Dance! So cute and so much fun! After that you head into the workshop where you help the elves dress teddy bears. Something to note before you head in is that you are not able to keep the teddy bear you dress up at the workshop, your child gets a teddy bear when they meet Santa at the end of the NPX. After Santa’s toy making room, you head to the gift wrapping room. Here children get to help the elves put toy parts on the conveyor belt that goes to the workshop and they get to see all the fun different wrapping papers that the elves use!

Once you’ve dressed the teddy bears and gone to the wrapping room, you get to see Mrs. Claus’s Bakery! Here you get some hot coco, a sugar cookie and get to dance with the elves. Personally, this was my favorite room, it was very well decorated, everyone was served hot coco and cookies quickly and the elves in this room were the most animated of the bunch! After you finish your hot coco and cookies you head to Elf University. At Elf University you learn what it takes to be an elf in the North Pole. Kids and adults learn the elf song and sing it together. Once you have learned how to be Santa’s elf, you go to the mail room where you write a letter to Santa! I even got my husband to write a letter to Santa 🙂

Finally, once you’ve written your letter you get to see Santa’s sleigh and meet Santa. Each family gets their own time with Santa and you get a personal photo as well! At the end of your time you receive a link and a code that leads you to your pictures! These pictures are available as soon as you walk out of Santa’s room! And that’s the conclusion of the North Pole Experience. This is a must do event if you have children, and for those that don’t, if you love Santa this is still a fun and magical experience!