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!

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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.

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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

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!

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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 ;)!

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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,

Amanda


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

Click HERE for link to our favorite Airbnb spot in Waco, TX.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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