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where to stay in Japan

Where to stay in Japan

Planning a trip to Japan? Here are some options for Hotels to stay if you're looking to check out Mt Fuji and the Tokyo area. Mars Garden Wood Gotemba If you're thinking to head out to catch some Mt Fuji sights I highly recommend this spot for your stay. Mars Garden Wood Gotemba has stunning  views of Mt. Fuji and three restaurants. Teppan-yaki Ginmeisui was my favorite and one of the top three dini[...]
What to do in Japan

What to do in Japan

My husband and I had a phenomenal 7 days in Japan and we still couldn't make it to some amazing areas. Japan is much bigger than I thought and just getting around the country takes more time than I had planned. For example getting from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 4 hours. I really wanted to visit Kyoto but traveling that distance was a no for me this time around. Kyoto has me smitten with it's mesmerizing anc[...]
Andaz Scottsdale

Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa

My husband and I traveled to Scottsdale over Thanksgiving and had a fun filled time with family. We stayed at the Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa and spent most of our time pool side. You can see why from the pictures right? The resort opened earlier this year and has made the highly coveted Conde Nast Traveller Hot List for 2017 and after staying there I completely understand why. From the attentive[...]
Travel Italy

Italia Mio Amore

Ever since the day I saw the movie " Under the Tuscan Sun" I have always dreamt of one day visiting this highly illustrious place. This summer that dream finally came true and then some. I spent a few weeks touring this breathtaking region with my husband Ryan as well as a few stops in Rome, Venice, and Florence. We had a wedding to attend in Florence and added on a lil' tour as well. I'm going to s[...]

Paris Je t’aime

My husband and I celebrated our two year anniversary with four days spent in the city of love. Four days is enough time to get a feel for Paris, but definitely not enough to see it all. There are just so many things to do in this beautiful city and we had just so little time. Paris Tip...Arrondissement what? To begin my Paris guide, it's best to start with the breakdown of the city itself. Pa[...]

Visit Catalina Island

The best time to visit Catalina Island is for sure in the spring. All the flowers are in bloom and the whole island is just covered in the most beautiful wild flowers. My husband and I visited Catalina Island In April for his birthday and we had such a fantastic time camping on a stunning ocean side spot. A great thing about going to Catalina is that the Catalina Express offers a free ride[...]
joshua tree

Joshua Tree Getaway

Hello Joshua Tree! Named after the Yucca brevifolia indigenous to the Mojave desert region. These trees have to be some of the most unique trees I've ever scene. This is my third time traveling to JT and I still can't get over them. This desert will amaze you with its peaceful and tranquil beauty. Just about a 3 hour drive from LA. Leaving on a Friday? Add about another hour or two to that time. Traffi[...]
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Mercedes Benz Cruising

I had wayyyyy to much fun over the holidays cruising in this Mercedes Benz GLC300 SUV. This car is so sexyyyyyy, the interior was just exquisite. Every time I travel to Utah I fall more and more in love with the place and Jeremy Ranch is all to blame this time around. Jeremy Ranch is a picturesque community with jaw dropping beauty at each turn.  It's about a 20 minute ride from Park City and ever[...]

Utah for the Holidays

Hellooooo 2017!! Hope you all had an amazing holiday season and fantastic new year so far! I spent the holidays over in Utah with my husband's family. Being a Canadian gal I am so used to having a white Christmas every year and Utah did not disappoint. When we arrived on Christmas eve it was raining with no snow on the ground at all. A little before midnight the snow started to fall and by morning it w[...]

Roadtrippin: Big Sur to Seattle

The slow ease of travel on the road passing through different cities and climates while viewing such beautiful ever-changing landscapes is my favorite part of road trips. My husband and I did this road trip at the end of summer and It was unforgettable. Going from the magnificence of big sur, the wine fields of Napa,  the majestic redwoods, the surrealness of Crater Lake, and to the breathtaking water[...]