Brunch at Mon Ami Gabi

Between the epic pool parties, clubs and casinos of Las Vegas there are also a number of good food spots. Located at the base of the Eiffel tower (the mini Vegas one,)  Mon Ami Gabi transports you to a classic French bistro.  We had Mother’s Day brunch there, enjoying the delicious food and pretending that we […]

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Field of flowers – Carlsbad, California

Spring is finally here and what better way to celebrate than to spend a day walking through the flower fields at Carlsbad Ranch in Carlsbad, California.  Last weekend was the perfect time to visit, the sun was shining when we arrived and the flowers were showing off their vibrant colors. To help put Carlsbad on […]

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6 Reasons to visit Whistler, Canada

This trip to Canada has officially confirmed that Whistler is on the top of my list for ski destinations. Not only did I get to celebrate my birthday there but we also had four days of perfect skiing.  Every day I couldn’t help but smile and enjoy the picturesque scenery around me. Hopefully I will […]

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Checking in: Airbnb and Grand Hotel Central – Barcelona, Spain

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. I paid for both stays at the airbnb and Grand Hotel Central. As always all opinions are my own. With so many options for accommodations, it can be hard to choose. In the past I’ve stayed at hostels, hotels, Airbnb/VRBO or with family and friends.  For our stay in […]

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Spontaneous trip to the desert

Packing our bags last Saturday morning, my mom and I took a spontaneous trip to Coachella Valley, California. The area is mostly known for Coachella, the music festival that is held there every year in May or the various golf and tennis tournaments that bring in spectators from around the world. Many people who live […]

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12 Things to do in Barcelona

Four nights, three and a half days of sightseeing in Barcelona and lots of walking were part of our European itinerary over the holidays. This was my third time to Barcelona, a city I could see myself living in, if only I knew how to speak Catalan or Spanish. As I planned our trip I […]

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Gaudi’s Casa Batlló and the Sagrada Família

Barcelona is known as the city of Antoni Gaudi, the Catalan architect who brought nature and life into his buildings. He is my favorite architect and one that I have come to admire greatly each time I see his work. While planning our trip to Barcelona I made sure that a few of Gaudi’s works […]

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San Francisco Photo Diary

Disclaimer: I always disclose all of my partnerships. XoMandySue reached out to me with a steep discount on their clothing in exchange for sharing the clothes on my Instagram. While a blogpost was not a requirement for the partnership, I fell in love with their clothing and wanted to support a female entrepreneur and local […]

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8 things I miss about Chicago

Two months ago I packed up all of my belongings into my Honda civic and drove over two thousand miles from Chicago to California. I still can’t believe everything I own was able to fit into my car and that I made the two and a half day journey across the country by myself. To […]

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LACMA after hours

The perks of living in Orange County is that I am conveniently located an hour south of Los Angeles and an hour north of San Diego. Of course some of these times can change based on traffic but I feel like I can enjoy both cities without having to go too far. A few weeks […]

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