Planning A Vacation Wardrobe & 5 Quick Packing Tips

Heading out of town and not sure where to start on your packing? Here’s my go to packing tips!


If you followed my travel guide of “6 apps you need to plan your next trip” then you most likely have your trip all planned out. Or, at the very least, you know what apps to use. The last part of planning a trip after we have all the activities and food planned is of course planning the wardrobe.

Now that I know what my days are going to look like I know if I will need a change of clothes each day, if we will be outside/inside, walking a lot, or doing something slow that allows for those cute shoes that aren’t that comfortable! Then I head to my fav websites and start shopping (I do usually wear things in my closet, but my shopping for vacation is usually my main shopping. I find the cutest stuff for vacation and then wear that all season long!) I mostly shop at websites that have free returns, then I order extra clothes so I can try them all on along with the things I already own that can also go for the trip. I try to keep everything in a color scheme so that my shoes, jewelry and handbags can all work and I have less to pack.

Now that I have all of my outfits picked out I start to line them up in my closet according to days that I will wear them, according to outings and events we will see. Sounds excessive, but I promise you this will help ease your mind on vacation and give you more time to be doing what you want to be doing on your vacation, ENJOYING it!

Once I have all of my clothes in order by day, I start to find out what my husband will be wearing. By now I’ve nagged him a few hundred times to do some shopping online. He usually finds some new things to go alond with stuff he already has. He will usually just pull out everything he likes and I will start putting his outfits by day in with mine. So day 1 has my outfit, then his, same with day 2... and so on. This all makes sense once I start packing it, becauseee I pack by days. This puts the last oufits we will wear at the bottom of the suitcase stacked up. This makes it easier for long trips when we go to multiple locations and I am not going to unpack everything. I just unpack what I need and leave the rest nice and tidy.


Other Tips Are:

Pack your makeup and toiletries as you get ready for bed the night before and the morning of so you wont forget anything because you are packing as you use it.

Pack your socks and underwear inside of your shoes and purses. This helps keep them filled so they wont get crushes and is a great space saver!

Save all of your beauty samples for travel. I am forever getting sample sizes of makeup and facewashes from Sephora and other beauty places, so I always save them to take with me on travel. Especially tiny perfumes, I always pick that on my Sephora free gift, I never want to take a full perfume if that spills, anything you touch is a goner (they have oils in perfumes that will ruin your clothes)!

Always pack toiletries, underwear and two changes of clothes in your carry on. I try to keep one change of clothes casual like a gym outfit and one that’s regular clothes. Nothing like the time our bags were literally stuck on the plane that wouldn’t take off to Paris from NYC and we spent 2 nights and a full day in the airport not sure if we would ever make it to Europe. No extra undies or contact case but luckily I had a workout outfit in the right suitcase.

Have everything printed out or if you like less clutter have it all saved in your emails on your phone under FLAGGED.. this makes it so much easier to find confirmation numbers and tickets

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I hope these tips and tricks help you when packing for your next trip! Let me know how it goes, and if you have any tricks that can help me too!

Xo, Amanda Warren

5 Must Have Resort Styles For Your Next Trip

Packing for a Summer vacation can sometimes be overwhelming! Through the years I have found five staple styles I always use when heading to a beautiful resort. Follow along and I’ll share why I think you must these for your next resort trip!

1. Multi-Use Pieces

These are going to be your easy to transition pieces. As you can see in the photo below I have a graphic tank and a printed tee. Although they look great together I can use the top with jeans for one look and the skirt with a solid top for another look. So now I have different outfits for my trip without much effort OR much packing!


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2. Swim Look

My outfit may be a little more “Extra” than your norm, but I always like to pack a coverup and a hat. Your cover up can be many things, such as a knitted sweater, a loose dress, maybe your husbands button down shirt. Whatever is easy for you to get from your hotel room to the pool. I also love a big brimmed hat to help cover the sun from my face. It makes a great pool side accessory!


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3. Loose Dress(es)

Now that you’ve been in the sun all day getting a little crispy, you will need a loose dress that doesn’t have too much structure… just incase you forgot to reapply that sunscreen! I also love to bring these for the end of our trips, because at that point I’ve probably eaten five times my normal calorie intake on the daily!


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4. Dinner/Statement Piece

When going to a tropical resort vacation I don’t pack many fancy outfits. However, I love to bring a cute summer look for a nice dinner out or maybe a luau. Usually I grab some bright colors or a bold print because when else are you going to wear these super cute summer looks?


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5. Layers

Never forget your layers. I always like to bring a soft light weight sweater. You never know when a chill may come after dinner, a sunset walk on the beach, or those cold airports. I try and stick to a neutral color so I can just pack one for the whole trip. Odds are you wont wear it much, and after getting sun all day your body will tend to be a little warmer. However, incase needed you can never be too prepared!


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I hope these 5 resort styles helped you pack for your next summer trip!! Let me know what I should post more content about for your next trip. I love helping with all your travel needs.

Aloha, Amanda Warren

The 6 Apps You Need To Plan Your Next Trip

I take vacation planning VERY seriously. Mostly because when I arrive at my destination I want to make sure I am enjoying every minute. Who wants to deal with scrambling trying to get those last minute tickets, finding a place to eat or worrying you may miss out on something! I usually plan one day at a time with a full itinerary with times and exactly how long it will take to get to each location. I also incorporate restaurant reservations and a backup list of places we can go incase something doesn’t work out. Now I know this is a little excessive, but I’ve got that type A personality and am always planning life out. So lets make it a little simpler and I’ll give you the 6 apps I am always using and what I am using them for. This will help you more than you can imagine!


1st - Hotel App

If you travel often its important to have a hotel chain you like, even if you venture out from time to time. Staying more frequently with one hotel company will help you gain points for free stays, get room upgrades and occasionally extra benefits like dinner, drinks, and welcome amenities. I currently am a IHG user, primarily because I have been obsessed with Kimpton Hotels ever since me and the hubby stayed at one in Washington D.C. over 6 years ago. They went above and beyond for us and each hotel is so uniquely designed. There are many hotels to choose from, so I would pick the one you’ve had the best experience with and try and stick with it. You will benefit from this the most. Using your hotels app will help you find all the local hotels along with the amenities you want, pricing, location and much more!

2 - Pinterest

This is probably a no brainer! Let me tell you how I use it though, to give you an added boost! I search the location I am going( lets say Chicago for the time being). I will search traveling to Chicago and scroll through the hundreds of blog posts that are telling me all the great places to see, eat, and stay. I will start compiling a list of the places they each say are their favorites. As I go through each post you will start to see doubles, this is when I add stars on my little list next to each place that comes up. One star for each time I see it. Now you start to see trends of the most popular places and what are the must sees while you visit!

3 - Yelp

Next, I head over to Yelp. Here I will go from the top places to eat and see what lines up with A the places that all my Pinterest peeps are saying to go and B the locations near where I am sightseeing. I may read a review or two but I wont waste too much time on it. Someone will always have a bad experience, no matter the place, and if there are too many bad ones they will be near the end of Yelps list of hundreds of restaurants and I probably wont get that far anyway.

4 - Trip Advisor

Now I check Trip Advisor to cross reference my hotel choices, sightseeing places, and restaurants one more time. They will also have some articles you can read from local magazines, news papers and big travel companies.

5 - Instagram

Now that you have a huge list of restaurants and sightseeing activities along with hotel choices likely picked out, hit the Gram running (Pun totally intended). This is when I go through and really search the vibe of the place like looking at photos of the food along with upcoming events that may be coming up while I’m in town. I of course see if it will be a dressy location or if were okay to go to dinner dressed in the same clothes we just toured the whole town with. Also as a blogger I use this to see if I can find some great photo ops ;)!


6 - Maps

The last apps I use in my planning are MapQuest or Google Maps. I use these apps to look at the locations of where the restaurants, museums, event centers and everything else I am going to see is actually located. This helps me plan the restaurants I want to go to according to when we are in the area. One thing you never have enough of on vacation is time, so its always best to plan things geographically together, especially if its a really big city. You don’t want to see a museum uptown, head to lunch downtown, and then the next thing your seeing is back uptown. Planning one day all in the same location and the next day in the other helps save time so you can do more of what you love, seeing the beautiful places you are traveling.

I hope this list of tips of how I plan my travels helps you. My husband and I love to travel so much, and honestly planning before we go is one of my favorite parts. I love food, probably too much, so I always want to make sure we are having the most amazing dishes when we travel. I also try to see as much as we possibly can because who knows if we will ever go back. Let me know if you use these Apps the next time you plan a trip. As always I love to hear from you and get your feedback and ideas.

Much Love and Happy Travels,


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Where To Stay & Eat When Visiting Disneyland

I grew up going to Disneyland every single year as a child, and once we started getting annual passes we would go several times a year! We have stayed at many hotels around the Park, including all of the Disney hotels. When the end of the night comes, after a long day at Disneyland, only a few things matter. Walking distance, cleanliness, and a good bed to rest your head on.

We have stayed at the Howard Johnson several times now and absolutely love it every time! They’ve recently remodeled all of their rooms and the beds are so comfortable. They are so comfortable that my Mom specifically told me to make sure I mention it on my blog! The hotel is such a quick walk from the parks and totally kid friendly! They have their own small water park and even an arcade! The kids will love it almost as much as they loved being at the Park.


Now that you have a great place to stay let me give you the best places to eat! All of the restaurants that need reservations can be made on the Disney app.

Lamplight Lounge

The perfect place to grab food and a drink, as well as watch the World Of Color. We made reservations for the latest time possible and then waited for the show to start. Be sure to order the lobster nachos. They are the best, my favorite thing to eat in all of Disneyland! You wont be sorry! You will need reservations for this restaurant. If you don’t have one then a quick way to get in is to be outside when they open, it will get you right in. You may however be seated at the bar.


Carnation Cafe

My favorite place to eat! Every single thing on the menu is so yummy! From breakfast to dinner, everything you can order is delicious. My personal favorites are the apple-granola pancakes for breakfast and fried pickles for appetizers later in the day! You will need reservations for the restaurant, and in fact during busy season they wont even seat anyone without a reservation.


Flo’s Cafe

My favorite place for a quick service breakfast! Always a quick place to grab something that’s delicious. Great options for kids as well. My personal favorites are the brioche french toast and the chicken tamale breakfast.


Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante

Another quick service that we love to eat for lunch and dinner, especially if you are craving Mexican food. My mom loves their enchiladas! Everything is really good and it is always a fast line to go through.


Favorite Sweet Tooth Snacks

Chocolate dipped Sugar Cookies - They have these in many locations. Two of them we go to often are on Main Street USA in Disneyland and Buena Vista Street in California Adventures.

Ice Cream - Gibson Ice Cream on Main Street USA

Churro Toffee - A new treat and oh so good to eat! Toffee with white chocolate and cinnamon sugar is sure to be one of your favorites as well!

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Throughout the year Disney always many different events that will introduce new snacks and delicious food to eat! Always be on the lookout for new delicious things to eat, these are just my favorites staples every time I go to Disneyland! What are your favorites? Let me know below! I always love to try new treats!

For Discounts when staying at the HoJo Anahiem follow this link HERE.

Using code “LNLR” will give you 15% off your stay and 20% off with code LNAP if you are an passholder

Xo, Amanda


5 must do's in Waco, TX

1 - Stay at an Airbnb

I am totally a hotel girl 100% To me, there is nothing like having someone else make your bed every morning and having someone a phone call away if you run out of toilet paper. However, this trip to Waco I totally wanted to see and experience the country lifestyle of the town, plus I didn’t love any of the hotels when searching online! After searching for a while I found the cutest guest house to rent! We arrived in the middle of the night after a concert in Austin and got straight into bed! Come morning we were up with the chickens and cows and roosters (literally!) This guest house represents Waco inside and out. Farm House style, and on an actual farm, with land as far as the eyes can see and perfect way to escape from city life! Our house owner lives next door and showed us all around the property.. peep the photos below to even see Scotty milking a cow!

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2 - Eat at Magnolia Table

The wait was totally worth it… Although we only waited about 30 minutes. We barely had time to finish (and take pictures of) our coffees while sitting in the cutest little courtyard area outside of the restaurant. I have heard of the lines being much longer than 30 minutes especially in busy seasons. Its definitely a smart idea to get there as early as possible because they do stop taking reservations at a certain time, but they always have the quick service if you don’t want to sit down and eat.


3 - See the Silo’s

Such an adorable place with so many neat hangout spots throughout the property. You could spend all day finding new corners to relax, eat, or play in. I loved every corner of this place, but my favorite was probably their garden with all the gorgeous blooms. I could spend all day there just wishing I had a green thumb like Joanna!


4 - Eat AGAIN

Even if its just to take a cupcake home with you, you MUST eat or simply snack again at the Silo’s. The place is full of adorable and yummy food trucks! They have so many great things to snack on and share you cant go wrong! Tip- if you don’t want to wait in ANOTHER line to go into the bakery head to the food trucks with cupcakes and grab one of their signature cupcakes, you wont be sorry!


5 - Explore The Town

Shortly after getting in the car and driving around as you leave the Silos you quickly see all this cute little quaint town has to offer. There are so many cute antique stores and coffee shops around town. You guys will love the trendy farm house inspiration all throughout the town. Homestead Heritage is a great place to visit in North Waco, full of handmade items. Be sure to drive by Baylor collage and the adorable bridge! And if you have time they have a Dr. Pepper museum and a Texas Ranger Hall of fame museum.


A weekend guide to Dallas, TX - Where to stay, Where to eat, and What to do!

Dallas, Texas was the last stop of our Texas tour. We road tripped after landing and started in Houston then made our way to Austin, Waco and finally Dallas. We loved them all!! Every town has its own unique vibes. The food was great everywhere but was especially good in Dallas!!


Where To Stay:

First thing when we did when arriving in Dallas was check in and drop our bags off at the cutest little hotel called Texican Court, actually located just miles outside of Dallas in Irving, TX. This was the perfect location for us! Our activities were in Dallas and its suburbs of Fort Worth and Arlington so this location was nice and central! It was also SOOO cute!! A modern 70’s vibes and I loved every single bit of it!! They also had a super cute Restaurant and Cantina and outdoor firepits for s’mores at night!

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Where To Eat:

Tacos Mariachi - You know it, all about the tacos! Delish! They are known for their shrimp & octopus tacos, so we tried both along with 2 meats. All great! Scotty loved the meat ones and I loved the shrimp.

Pecan Lodge - Waited in line for an hour and a half for this bbq and I wasn’t even mad about it! Totally worth every single minute! Come Hungry!

Smoky Rose - We ate here because it was A. adorable and B. right by the Dallas Arboretum. The appetizers were good but we were a little disappointed with our food. I had the Salmon BLT and Scotty had the Brisket (which we ate everywhere, so we may have just been on BBQ overload by this point!)

The Rustic - Known for their margarita with a popsicle in it! Super cute and Super strong! Food was great and live music, a fun night time vibe or a weekend hang!

Tribal All Day Café - A cute little coffee shop in a fun part of town that is getting a ton of new places built!

Other Places we didn’t have time to try but were highly recommended:

Nick & Sam’s

Velvet Taco

Marianos ( in Arlington & the first frozen marg!)

Deep Ellum Brewing Company

What To Do:

Dallas Arboretum - Such a gorgeous place to walk around and enjoy the beautiful flowers in every corner! Would be a great place to pick up food or pack a lunch and have a picnic on the grass overlooking the water and gorgeous flowers.

North Park Center - IF you are a shopping junky this is totally your place! It has all the shops you will be looking for in one place!

Trinity Groves - The perfect place to take pictures of the Dallas skyline

Dallas Cowboy Stadium Tour (or game if you visit that time of year!) - Such an incredible stadium to tour! Whether you are a fan or football or not you will want to see this place!

Texas Rangers Game - We travel all over the Country to visit each baseball stadium. So this stadium is number 19 on our quest for 30. We always get the most popular food at each park, which you can see if a 3 foot hot dog called the “boomstick”

Visit Fort Worth Stockyards - Such a cool experience, and the perfect place to pickup some cowboy boots or a new hat! We got to watch the cattle drive and if you are in town on Fri and Sat nights they have a rodeo year round.

Dallas Was such a great place to visit with SO much to see! We luckily narrowed it down to a weekend but be sure to let me know and everyone else who reads this if I missed anything! Xo, Amanda

Houston, TX - Where to Eat, Stay and Play

If you’re new around here you may not know me and my hubby Scott. We have a bucket list dream to see all of the 30 baseball stadiums. After this trip we added numbers 18 and 19 to the list! This is a fun way for us to see different areas of the country that we may have otherwise never have. We arrived in Houston after landing in Dallas , rented a car, and 3 1/2 hours later, we finally arrived at our beautiful hotel.

Where to Stay:


We stayed at the most beautiful location, Hotel Alessandra. The Hotel is actually owned by The Valencia Group which has quite a few properties around Texas. We have stayed at 2 others and loved them both equally as much! Three things we always love at hotels: 1. A gym for the hubby (Super important stuff here! lol) 2. Esthetic! I love a gorgeous location, something different then most hotels. This gives me pure joy! 3. Service! Customer service is always so important to me and a hotel that goes above and beyond also gives me joy!

This Hotel was nothing short of that! A perfect hotel for the hubs, amazing customer service for me, and talk about beautiful! Every little detail was so stunning. They even had fresh flowers throughout the hotel. I would have been just fine enjoying this place the entire trip.. but we did come for other reasons as well.

What To Do:

Nasa Space Center - A forty minute drive from downtown Houston. Totally worth the drive for your space lovers to experience. You will want to do the tour that shows you inside of the center for sure!

Astro’s Baseball Game - After all this is the whole reason we were visiting Houston! This stadium was super cute and not too far from our hotel. Every time we visit a new stadium we try to eat the food they are known for. This stadium is known for their chicken and waffles. Its a waffle cone stuffed with chicken and mashed potatoes.

Brenham to visit Blue Bell Ice Cream - We stopped in Brenham on our way to Austin, but this is such a great trip from Houston as well. Loved visiting in April to see all of the beautiful blooms all over, peep photos below! Also so great to visit the Blue Bell Ice Cream, every scoop is $1 so come prepared!

Other must do’s are:

  • Wild West for line dancing (we were suppose to do this on night one but showed up too late)

  • Museum of Natural Science

  • Houston Zoo

  • Children’s Museum of Houston

  • Cockrell Butterfly Center

  • Toyota Center to see a basketball game

Where To Eat:

Sweet Paris - So many locations throughout Houston. We ate at the Drexel Dr. location. This is the best place to grab food. So cute, so delicious and the area surrounding it was the best to hangout and drive around.

Original Ninfa’s - Delicious Mexican food located in Houston, not too far from downtown. Make sure to get the tacos and queso dip. You wont be sorry.

What-a-burger - So… this is my second time in Texas having What-a-burger and I just cant get behind it. I am just an In-n-out burger girl at heart. With that said I still think you should try it if ever in Texas or a location where they have it!

Other places to try:

  • El Tempo

  • 8th Wonder Brewery

  • Boomtown Coffee Main St. Café & Bistro

Thanks for tagging along on our Houston journey! For more behind the scenes on all of our travel adventures be sure to subscribe. Xo, Amanda Warren

The Most Delicious 3 Days In Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy checks in at the number one place we have ever visited. A major deciding factor on this opinion was based on all the delicious food we enjoyed. We traveled to Florence from Venice by train. The train was the easiest way to travel around Italy.

Where to Stay

Once we arrived in Florence we took a cab to our hotel at the Helvetia & Bristol hotel. This hotel was in a great location and came highly recommended through Costco Travel. We booked parts of our trip to Europe through them and were so pleasantly surprised on how well everything went. They went above and beyond for everything and all of our rooms were upgraded. Score!

What To Do

The First day we arrived in Florence we had a Vespa tour of Tuscany, with wine tasting and lunch all included. It rained a little that day but rain or shine we were ready to have this experience. What an out of this world experience we did have! The views were straight out of a movie or dream! This was so much fun, totally worth the helmet hair and ugly poncho’s. We used Viator to book the tour, click here for more information.

The next two days we toured all that Florence had to offer.

The Duomo

We also went through Viator for this tour, here. If you want to go to the top of the Bell Tower it is important to book this before ever arriving on your trip.

Shop for Leather

So much leather goods, bags, coats, luggage, you name it they have it. Never settle for the first price always haggle!

Uffizi Gallery

If visiting the first Sunday of the month like we did, go earlier in the day and grab a ticket. This will show what time to come back and begin your tour. This is the only day of the month that the gallery is free. It was busy everywhere in the city that day, but it didn't feel too bad in the museum once we go in. If going any other day of the month get your tickets online to preplan ahead.

Ponte Vecchio Bridge

Walk the bridge of gold, each store along the bridge sells gold and jewelry only. We walked this bridge on our way to Piazzale Michelangelo, where you can watch the sunset.


Take a Train to Pisa or do a tour of the Leaning tour of Pisa from Viator, click here for more info.

Accademia Gallery, another museum that you could book a dual tour with Uffizi Gallery click here for more info

Now.. The reason I truly fell in love with Florence..

Where to Eat

Trattoria ZaZa : You will want to make reservations ahead of time here, the lines can get really long, but are totally worth it. The Food was so amazing here! We had a pasta dish with truffles that came recommended by our waiter and the Florentine steak. Pictured below.

Trattoria Sostaza :

If you are going to eat anywhere in Florence, EAT HERE! Believe me when I tell you this will be the best Chicken of your life. Yes Chicken. I can still taste the delicious and amazing flavor. Out of this world! Often frequented by celebs and locals alike, there was a huge line as the small restaurant doors opened for business the afternoon we arrived. So be sure to make a reservation!

Osteria dell’Enteca :

The most divine selection of wine and food. Again you want a reservation for this delicious place and it may be a bit out of the way depending on where you spend your time, but will totally be worth it!

All’ Antico Vinaio :

On our way out of town we stopped to pickup sandwiches for our train ride to Rome. We were able to pickup our sandwiches very quickly. However we walked by here on the weekend and the line was down the street.

Thanks for following along our delicious journey! I hope you enjoy your time in Florence as much as we did. Xo

Three Days In The Rainy City!

For Seattle being such a rainy city, we never felt a drop…and we were just fine with that! This trip to Seattle actually took place back in 2017 before I had a blog and was sharing my favorite travel spots with you all! This trip was AGAIN a trip for my husband’s birthday and to see another baseball stadium. We headed to Seattle from Fresno, CA on a direct flight through Alaska Air. Quick and Easy!!


As soon as we landed we hit the ground running! By 9am we had already dropped off our bags and were seated at the cutest restaurant overlooking the water above Pikes Place Market. Lowell’s had food just as good as the view. You wont want to miss this breakfast! Once we fueled up we were ready to explore. We shopped throughout Pikes Place where we watched the famous throwing of the fish, smelled all the fresh Peonies and checked out all the yummy looking food!


After exploring we hopped in an Uber and headed to the Seattle Mariners game! We grabbed some beers, garlic fries and sat in some excellent seats behind home plate! When teams aren't quite as good, or don't have the biggest fan base, or because its a mid week game you can often get seats like these for a steal! You know what that means…more money for shopping later!

Once the game was over we opted to walk with the rest of the crowd back towards our hotel and get our room situated. We stayed at the Kimpton Palladian Hotel. With its moody modern feel and being walking distance from Pikes Place, this was a perfect feel for us!

Now that we were all checked in we headed down to the Seattle waterfront and rode their famous ferris wheel before having a beautiful dinner over looking the water at Elliott’s Oyster House. They had the most amazing salmon we had ever had!

Taking a gorgeous walk along the water back to our hotel we spotted the first ever Starbucks! Although the last thing either of us needed was coffee we couldn’t pass up the fact that there was no line!! (This is unheard of! The lines are usually so long to get a coffee here. So I highly suggest going right before they close!)



Waking up on Day 2 was my hubby’s actual birthday. He wanted to start it off no other way than with a great workout. Yeah, he’s one of those people.. (insert eye roll emoji) lol! Peep the photo of the hotel gym.. we also scout out where we will be staying according to if they have a gym. Yes, you can insert another eye roll if you like!

Now that we got the workout out of the way.. we headed out to…you guessed it…eat. Lets face it, we only workout so we can eat more! At the top of the Space Needle they have a restaurant called SkyCity, we headed here for brunch on the rotating top! Such a cool experience, with great food! Even a smoking dessert for the birthday boy! Our meal came with a voucher for visiting the next level on the Space Needle.

Next we walked a couple steps over to the Chihuly Garden and Glass. Talk about out of this world and such a unique experience you can only see in Seattle. Peep the photos below for how amazing it all was.

Now that our bellies were full and our minds full of art we called an uber and headed 30 min north of the city to the winery Chateau Ste. Michelle. Their Riesling was one of the first wines I ever started drinking. I have them to thank for my delicious habit. They have the most beautiful venue with free tours going all day and a large tasting room. They also do huge concerts throughout the year. We were one day late on our trip for seeing John Ledged. Be sure to check them out it was totally work the cost of the uber!


After a long day of fun we headed back to the hotel for a quick 20 min nap.. (its tiring drinking all that wine!) and a change of clothes before dinner. We ate at the Metropolitan Grill. One of my all time favorite restaurants we have been to. The food was amazing and the staff was the very sweetest! It’s no wonder its a favorite spot for Russell Wilson! My mouth is literally watering as I am typing this. If you don't go anywhere I suggest on this blog.. Go here!



Woke up a little later today after sleeping in, ordering room service, and packing up for check out. We ran, literally, to catch the ferry to Bainbridge Island. I felt like I was on an episode of Greys Anatomy.. looking everywhere for McDreamy with no luck. Bainbridge is a cute little town, something out of a Hallmark movie with all the charm and quiet town vibes. We walked and admired the beauty all the way to the local diner, featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives! If it's on triple D’s we go! Two orders of burgers, fries and milkshakes later we were headed back on the windy ferry.

Once back on ground in Seattle we hopped in another Uber and went to Theo Chocolate Factory for a tour and delicious tasting! (Although we don't see much of these chocolate bars in Cali we did JUST see them in Yosemite last week!) Not far from the chocolate factory is the Fremont Troll which is a local tourist spot for photos that is nestled in between homes and under a bridge.

Back to Pike Place Market for a little shopping and some more FOOD! I am a terrible influence on vacation, but Beecher’s mac and cheese had to be sampled and it was oh so worth it!!

After a little exploring we picked up our bags from the hotel and headed to the cutest train station. Heading to Portland next, the train ride was super easy and convenient. We use Amtrak often on our trips over driving whenever we can get a straight shot. This gives us time to read, sleep, eat some more, and not have to deal with driving and traffic.

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Thanks for following along our 3 day trip to Seattle, Washington! We had so much fun visiting this beautiful city and hope to go back again one day! If you have any other recommendations please let me know! OR if you visit any of the places we mention please let me know how you liked it! I always love to hear everyone’s travel plans! Until next time.. XO, Amanda

The Perfect Surprise Trip To Denver

I’ve noticed a trend of you guys loving my social photos and stories over on Insta a little more than others. That makes me so happy because I just love planning travel trips for me and the hubs! So I decided to incorporate some travel guides from our most favorite trips! I do hope you will enjoy! First up.. Denver, Colorado! We went for a “Surprise” trip for the hubs birthday last June. Although I didn't tell him where we were going just that it took a plane to get there, he somehow guessed it! We go on trips every year to see new baseball stadiums, so I think he knew that was one we hadn't been to. Nevertheless, we had a wonderful time!

Where We Stayed:

Kimpton Hotel Born

I have been obsessed with Kimpton hotels for a few years now, so of course I had to find one on this trip as well! This hotel was just as amazing as all the others and was about 10 steps from Union Station. They have a nightly wine hour, that sometimes has beer and appetizers! Delish! This hotel also had a Tesla for the hotel car and could take you to wherever you needed to go around the city. Score!


What To Eat:

Sam’s #3 Breakfast - Such great breakfast, and super packed so be ready to wait! With 3 locations in Denver you will be sure to find one to eat at. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner and have over 100 items on the menu, so everyone will love it! It was featured on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives, so that's basically why we went there.

Linger - Such a trendy and cute place with a menu that makes you feel like you just got on Disney’s Soaring Around the World. It lists food by places around the world. We loved everything we ate and enjoyed the views just as much! Save room because the little man ice cream is located just below and tastes just as delish!

Little Man Ice Cream - YUM! I love ice cream more than the average person so we of course ate here more than once on our trip and both times were just as delicious! The cutest little spot is located just outside of Linger and has so many different flavors! Again be ready to wait in line, its longer at night but totally worth the wait!

Denver Biscuit & Co - My mouth is watering as I type. It was that good! Everything biscuits and they even have stacks of games to play as you wait for a table or your food. Super cute, fun and delicious!

Bacon Social House - Although this location was nowhere near our hotel or anywhere we were going, we just had to! Plus it was a trip for the hubs birthday and he says “Anything is good with bacon on it” all the time so it was a perfect place to have our last breakfast in Denver! You must get the Bacon Flight, its so good! Everything, even the non bacon items, were amazing!

It looks like we mostly ate at breakfast places but other places I found to eat at but never got a chance to try were:

  • Lucile’s Creole Café (Beignets)

  • Spinelli’s Market (Deli)

  • Sugar Bakeshop and Coffee House (Homemade Poptarts)

  • Comida (Mexican)

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What To Do:

Coor’s Brewery Tour - This is about 35 min from the hotel in Denver we stayed at and is in Golden, Colorado. When arriving you want to go to the parking lot, the line for the tour starts there. You can’t take any purses or bags into the building, so if you got there by an Uber like we did you can put your purse in a locked box across the street in a liquor store. Kind of sketchy but everything was fine when I picked it back up! (thank goodness!) The tour doesn't take long and they give you samples along the way, if you like beer. The hubs drank for us both!

Rocky Mountains Tour - Such a great experience. The tour we went on was Discover Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver, link here, it was full day with lots to see and full of knowledge from our driver about the area. Lunch is included along with a stop on the way home at the Stanley hotel. This is where the Shining and Dumb and Dumber scenes were filmed. The tour picks you up right out fron of the Union Station in Denver, which is perfect if you are staying at the Kimpton Born, it will take you about 2 min to walk across to the front of the station.

Walk Denver - Take a walk down 16th street where they have many shops, places to eat and the cutest pianos that are all decorated differently and you can enjoy playing on. Another great place to walk around is Larimer Square, such a cute spot to explore with many boutique shops and delicious places to eat.

Union Station - This was by far my favorite part of Denver. The CUTEST place to hangout and have a drink. People are walking in and out at all times, playing games and have a drink. There are some cute places to look at, including BLOOM a super cute flower stand that I couldn't help but take a picture by!

Mile High Stadium - Even if you aren't in town for a game its fun to do a tour. I even enjoyed getting to see all the behind the stadium tour of how everything is ran. Of course I’m sure the hubs enjoyed it more than I did, he is the only football fan at our house after all.

Coors Field - Now the real reason we went all the way to the mile high city! To see our 16th stadium of the 30 Major League stadiums. Always a great time seeing a game, grabbing a beer, and eating whatever the most popular food is at the stadium. This stadium was known for the rocky mountain oysters. (they taste like chicken)

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Thanks for following along our fun trip to Denver! One last tip I have for you is to ride the train from the airport to Union station. Super easy, fast and you save some extra money for all that beer you’ll be drinking!

If you’ve been to Denver and have a favorite spot I didn't list, I would love to hear about it for my next trip! It really was a great place to visit! Enjoy your travels Xo

10 Must Have Travel Beauty Finds

It's no secret that I LOVE to travel, but I also love my skin and hair to look as great as it does in the comfort of my home. Sometimes that's hard to do when you’re constantly on the go. There are so many other factors, like different water quality, humidity, etc. that come into play when seeing all the beautiful world has to offer us! Along my wonderful journey I have found products that work great for me and keep my skin and hair in the best shape! Checkout my 10 fav beauty products that fill my toiletry bag to save so much time when packing and getting ready in small hotel bathrooms!

First thing to start packing when heading on a trip is the luggage and toiletry bags. I got this bag last year on Amazon. Great find to be able to separate your items by (makeup, cleaning, and hair) Also has a hanger that is perfect for the limited counter space you have in hotel bathrooms! Hang it up and its out of the way for your whole stay!

1. I always have to pack a great face wash! My skin is normally oily and acne prone, but on vacation I feel like everyone’s can be! This face wash will help remove impurities and oils, which can be in overdrive when on vacation! Not to mention extra pollutants that can be in the air if you are traveling to a big city!

2. Another great skincare item I like to take with me is Dr. Jart+ water fuse hydro sleep mask. Although your skin can get oily from the constant movement and all day fun you are having, sometimes it can be dry. That will depend on where you are heading, but I always pack this just incase! This mask is super easy, you wear while you are sleeping so it wont take away from any of your traveling fun!

3. This next item is probably already in your everyday essentials and probably goes without saying. However I must add! I use these makeup removed towelettes everyday. They help to pre-remove my makeup before washing. I don't recommend using just these or just a facewash when taking off your makeup. I use these, and two face washes to help remove makeup! Makeup brands make that stuff to last, and that LAST thing you want to be doing is sleeping with makeup you thought you removed

4. Speaking of sleep.. I cannot do without my sleep gummies! These babies come in handy when getting on a long plane ride and trying to adjust to time change!

5. What good are sleep gummies without a sleep mask! Slip Eye mask is my favorite! Helps keep all your skin products on your face instead of absorbing into the fabric. Also helps to reduce friction and static on your hair! Silk pillows are also the best for your hair!

6. Now that your skin is prepped and sleep is covered let us talk hair! My favorite shampoo and conditioner duo to take on vacation is Nourish by Biolage. My hair always seems to be more dry when I leave home so I try to over compensate and beat the problem with my haircare routine on the road! This R.A.W. duo always works amazing for my trips!

7. Cant pack a bag without toothpaste! And my favorite is Marvis!

8. Last things I pack in my bag are my go to quick beauty products! Last thing I want to be on vacation is high maintenance… (okay ANY MORE high maintenance then I normally am! lol) So I use a tinted moisturizer over a foundation. For one I want extra sunscreen coverage without that heavy coverage that may sweat off depending on what the day might bring! Laura Mercier has the absolute best tinted moisturizer!! BEST!

9. After I have applied my tinted moisturizer and let it sink into my skin I use this MAC contour kit. Super easy to pack and all in one container. I can use this to fill in my brows, as eyeshadow, contour, and blush! Although at home I have many different items I use, on vacation you want to bring as little as possible and something you can use for everything

10. Lastly.. I add on my favorite Sugar Rose by fresh to help keep my lips hydrated while on the go. It has the best tint to it! I will sometimes apply this at night as well if my lips are more chapped then usual

I hope this rundown of my must pack beauty essentials will help on your next travel adventure! Feel free to click on each photo to better help you shop!