Guest post by Eric Adamczyk Taking a day trip from Fresno, California may seem like an odd guide to write. But hear me out! Fresno has a population of over a half million people and that number just keeps increasing. There are many homes for sale in Fresno and many new faces moving in. So, whether you’ve lived in Fresno your whole life or just bought a home here, it’s time to get out and explore! This list is featuring… Read more »

Guest post by Emma Grant California, one of the most beautiful states in America with its stunning beaches; desert oasis, gigantic national parks, and it is one of the biggest economies in the world. That and countless other factors are the reason many people decide to call this place home and why even more visit year round. You have the glitz of Hollywood, the beaches of San Diego and a melting pot of cultures, it really is an incredible place… Read more »

Fishermans' Wharf

Our first official move in our quest for travel was to Foster City, California, near San Francisco. It’s a beautiful area, with many great parks, restaurants and a lovely running trail along the bay. We also spent our weekends exploring as much of San Francisco as we could. It’s a requirement to get a picture by the Golden Gate Bridge when you’re in San Francisco. Alcatraz   Alcatraz was one our favorite experiences in San Francisco. The audio tour of… Read more »

8 Things Solo Traveling Taught Me

Guest Post by Rachel O’Conner There’s traveling—and then there’s traveling alone. Every person, and especially every woman, should experience a solo journey at least once in their life. There are freedoms, challenges, and surprises that simply don’t occur when you’re with friends and family. You don’t have familiar people to lean on, so you have to puzzle-solve yourself. If you’re really up for the challenge, try a solo trip abroad, perhaps in a country where you’re not familiar with the… Read more »

Displate Metal Posters

Remember when my husband and I bought a house…and then went to live in Russia? Goodness, that feels like a lifetime ago. (If you missed all that commotion, click here.) We’ve been living in Russia since August…but we’ve still had a house in the United States that we intend to permanently move into at some point. For anyone new here, we have been moving here, there and everywhere for the last 6 years. We had given up nearly everything we… Read more »

4 Great Reasons to Spend the Day at the Oregon Zoo

Guest Post by Sarah Saker Portland, Oregon is an unassuming city, much like the majority of cities across the United States. It doesn’t have the renown that places such as New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, or Chicago have. But that is alright. This gives places like Portland a quaintness that the metropolises of America cannot achieve. And there are some great things to see in Portland, including a city underground and an extinct volcano! But it is the Oregon… Read more »

What It’s Like to Ride a Hot Air Balloon in Cappadocia, Turkey with Butterfly Balloons

*Thank you to Butterfly Balloons for partnering with me for this post. As always, all opinion are my own, and I am never compensated for a positive review. Cappadocia, Turkey is famous for many things…However, its hot air balloon rides are perhaps its most distinguishing feature. Roughly 100 balloons take to the skies every morning (weather permitting). It’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen…and it happens every morning at sunrise! (This area has the perfect weather for… Read more »

A Classy Fourth of July Outfit Idea

Dress c/o* | Heels (Similar) | Bag (Similar) | Belt (Similar) | Pin (Similar) | Earrings (Similar) I was never much of a gingham fan until this dress made its way into my closet. And I’m so glad it did! It’s perfect for summer…and a blue and white gingham dress with red accessories is the perfect Fourth of July outfit, in my opinion. This dress made an appearance on the blog a few months ago as a beach look (click… Read more »

Iguazu Falls

“Poor Niagara.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt Eleanor Roosevelt famously said that upon seeing Iguazu Falls. And it’s hard to not have that reaction when you see them in person! Iguazu Falls are made up of a system of 275 waterfalls, with the exact number depending on the season. It spans an area 2.7 kilometers wide, and it’s almost twice as tall and nearly three times wider than Niagara Falls. We had visited Iguazu Falls on our exit tour of Argentina, and… Read more »

How to take your comfortable bedroom on the road

Guest Post by Sarah Cummings As someone who loves to travel, I’ve had to give up a lot of luxuries. I haven’t worn heels in a year. I haven’t applied make-up in just as long (gasp!) And all those homely comforts that used to help me sleep at night – like my cosy duvet, my oh-so-soft throw pillow and my calming tinted bedside lamp – are tucked away in storage, awaiting the day I’ll eventually return. Giving up these things… Read more »

Henry's baptism

I’m excited to start this week off with a Links à la Mode feature! It’s been awhile since I’ve had a post featured, so, here’s a little refresher on what that means. Independent Fashion Bloggers puts together a list of the best blog posts each week and publishes them on their website. Then, the bloggers who had their posts selected also publish these posts on their website. So, it’s a good way to get your post in front of a… Read more »

godaddy stock beach image

Guest post by Carl Turner It’s never too early to start planning for your next vacation, especially if it’s during the holiday season. The holidays are always one of the busiest travel times of the year, and, rather than spend another year enduring stressful family situations, more and more people are using their days off as an opportunity to get some much-needed rest and relaxation. But where to go? When to go? When to book a flight to Fiji or… Read more »

Review Australia

Ok, let me start off by saying I’m not here to start a war or tell you not to shop at ModCloth. However, after the news broke that ModCloth was bought out by Jet.com and Walmart, I’ve been getting this question pretty frequently, “What other online stores are out there like ModCloth?” So, I figured putting together a list of some websites that are similar to ModCloth might be useful! Though I still like ModCloth, I’ve personally started looking at… Read more »

22 Things That Surprised Me About Japan (as an American)

I know I’ve said this a million times, but Japan is an absolutely amazing country. If you ever have the opportunity to visit, DO NOT hesitate. Living in Tokyo has been one of the best experiences of my life, and I would move back in a heartbeat and stay there forever. It is my absolute favorite place I have been to, hands down. (And my husband seconds this!) I know there are many preconceived notions about what Japan is like,… Read more »

I don’t normally do these kinds of posts, but I thought this would be a fun one to take part in…especially because of my upcoming blog anniversary! It’s always great to reflect at this time of the year. The lovely Lee of “Lee Thrifts” tagged me in the “Get to know me – 4 things” tag. (Thank you, Lee!) And I loved reading through her answers! (Click here to see Lee’s answers.) So, here are my answers! Enjoy! Four Places… Read more »

snoopy museum tokyo

Are there any Peanuts fans out there? I’m a big fan! Who doesn’t love Snoopy? Haha. And apparently, there are a lot of Peanuts fans in Tokyo as well. I had absolutely no idea there was a Snoopy Museum just minutes from where I am staying. I took a different route home from the gym and just happened to stumble on this museum! I had to go in! The wall pictured above is just as you enter the museum. It’s… Read more »

muir woods

…that is the question! With all the traveling my husband and I do, we are always looking for ways to maximize our experience and minimize stress when traveling. Navigating your way through a new country or even your own country can be fun, but sometimes it’s nice to sit back, relax, and let someone else do the navigating. One of the ways we do this is by booking tours. (Usually through Viator.) Having someone guide you through a city or… Read more »

A Stylish Love Story

Joanna of “A Stylish Love Story” is this month’s Featured Fashionista! A Stylish Love Story is a gorgeous blog that showcases Joanna’s incredible fashion tips and stunning outfit photos. I love following Joanna’s blog to see which beautiful ensemble she will create next. Joanna is also a very talented writer, and has a gift for connecting with her readers in her blog posts. Oh, and did I mention, A Stylish Love Story is easily one of the most professional looking… Read more »

Whale Watching Cape Cod

Whale watching in Cape Cod is easily one of the most incredible experiences of my entire life. The moment we made it to the whales’ feeding ground it was nonstop action. From the baby whales doing full breach after full breach, to the adults “waving” their fins and slapping their tails, there was hardly a moment where the whales were not visible. And sorry it took me so long to get this post together! But for the entire 2 hours… Read more »

Meet Brittney! She’s April’s Featured Fashionista and the creative mind behind “Brittslook.” You may already recognize her from her viral video where she shares a fun beauty hack of curling her hair with a straightener and tinfoil. (It has nearly 26 million views on Facebook!) Her page, Brittslook, shows a wide range of hair and makeup styles that are unique and easy to try. Many of these posts are accompanied by her fabulous video tutorials. Brittney started making videos as a fun… Read more »

I don’t usually get too personal on my blog. I try to keep the content light and fun. However, for this post I’m going to take the time to explain my life a little better. I think a good starting point will be my wedding. That’s what the above pictures are of. As you can see, we didn’t have the big fairy tale wedding with the white dress. We were married in a courthouse, and I went shopping the night… Read more »

OKC MOA

After Foster City, our next move was to Oklahoma City. We arrived here just a week after the devastating tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma (a very short drive from Oklahoma City). It was heartbreaking to see the damage this tornado left behind. This was what sparked my interest in becoming a Red Cross volunteer. The volunteers were doing such a great job helping the displaced Moore residents. (However, I was not able to start volunteering until I returned to Wisconsin… Read more »