Oahu, Hawaii

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Last year during Mardi Gras, I was in Key West. This year, the day after Ash Wednesday, we hopped a plane to Honolulu and didn’t look back. Escaping the madness for a tropical locale is kind of the best thing ever and might be my new yearly ritual. I didn’t even realize how badly I needed to reset until I…

Blogs I Follow

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Catching up on the blogs I follow is somewhat of a morning ritual of mine, and at this point, I’ve got a good handful of sites that inspire me in different ways. I use Blogger to organize the blogs I follow, so that when I go on the site, I just have one central feed to look at that shows…

Seven Day Cruise

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Back in early April, I went on my first cruise with three girlfriends and wrote about my pros/cons of cruising here. Earlier this month, I went on a longer, 7-day cruise (Sunday-Sunday) with my boyfriend and his maternal side of the family. My experience was better than my first in a lot of ways, but part of me wonders if that’s because I knew…

Cruise to Cozumel

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Last weekend I went on a quick 4-night cruise to Cozumel on the Carnival Elation. This was my first cruise and while I was a bit apprehensive about sharing a small room with 3 other girls and feeling “stuck” on the boat, I was pleasantly surprised to find the room offered more than enough space and I never really felt…

Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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Once a year, my immediate family meets up somewhere tropical, typically timing it so we are escaping cold winter weather. This time around, we spent five days exploring the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica, near the capital city of Liberia. It was my first time visiting the country and it was breathtaking – the colorful landscape, wildlife, and sheer beauty of…

Key West

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This year’s Mardi Gras could not have been more of a complete 180 from last year, when I was home sick for over a week with a virus, cracked my tooth, and basically did nothing but binge-watch True Detective. Even though we missed out on the festivities again, this year it was for a much happier reason – our friends…

San Juan, Puerto Rico

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I’m nearly fresh off the plane after a 6-day stay in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Justin and I went with a group of friends and stayed in the Isla Verde area of the city; it was my first time visiting the territory and it was a refreshing trip. Since this follows my Jamaica trip from last spring and our Puerto…

Easter Weekend

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I had a relatively low-key and much needed holiday weekend spent cuddling with babies, toddlers, and various family pets in Shreveport and Dallas.  It’s been a few months since I traveled out of New Orleans and it felt really nice to clear my head and see friends I’ve known for over a decade.  Here are some pictures I took, along…