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A Day In The City! Gotta Love San Francisco!

Had never been to San Francisco before and this city definitely didn’t disappoint! The weather was a bit chilly, but nothing a light jacket couldn’t solve. I was a bit disappointed because I couldn’t get tickets for the the Alcatraz tour ***SILENT CRY***, apparently you do have to book that tour way ahead of time as it is such a popular attraction, so I settled from seeing it from far away… for now! Even though I didn’t get to see Alcatraz, there was plenty to do for a full day packed of activities. Here is a recap of our visit for and things for you to do when visiting:

Golden Gate Bridge and City View

There are several stops where you can park to see the bridge, glance at the entire city and even take a look at the Alcatraz Island. Definitely great for pictures although keep in mind that San Francisco does tend to be pretty foggy due to the water in its surroundings, making the heat rise, so it is hard to get the perfectly clear image of the full bridge a lot of times.

Quick Iconic Stops

Other iconic places we visited to check off the list are:

The painted Ladies – some beautifully colored Victorian houses from the 19th Century. The park across the street provides a beautiful view of the houses as well as the city itself.

Lombard Street – This is a short drive or walk at the crookedest street in the world. It is also a very beautiful street as there are tons of beautiful colorful flowers everywhere!

The Palace of Fine Arts – This is an incredible architectural master piece at a park. It s so peaceful, breathtaking, and just perfection. There was nothing going on when I visited, but they do have various community events throughout the year.

Full House House – Now, if you don’t have visiting this place in your bucket list… you are a psycho! lol I do feel for the neighbors though.

Pier 39 – Fun and delicious food right by the ocean, nothing more perfect!

Unique Activity

The Ice Cream Museum recently found a permanent home in San Francisco and it is a really cool place to get some sweet treats, learn about the history of ice cream, have some family fun, take colorful fun pictures, and even swim in a sprinkle pool!

Food With a View

We enjoyed a delicious dinner at The Cheesecake Factory rooftop restaurant in downtown San Francisco while enjoying the view of the city. Rooftop dinner or partying is definitely a must!

I fell in love with this beautiful fun city for sure and can’t wait to go back. What’s your favorite city to visit?

Stay true – Chantal

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Frisco’s “The Star”

If any of y’all are in the DFW area or are ever visiting – I have the PERFECT spot for you! Be sure to head on up to Frisco and check out “The Star.”

It’s the new Cowboys practice facility/HQ.. but even more than that, it’s a hot spot for great brunches, happy hours, and photo ops (for all of you basic people like me).

You can take a stop at Tupelo Honey for some BOMB biscuits and honey, or have a late night out at Concrete Cowboy. There’s also a ton of shopping and events that go on there. Parking is super easy, too.. which is a huge plus in the Dallas area!

And don’t forget.. take some pictures on the green!

Have you ever been to The Star? What are your favorite DFW stops?

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Wine Country… Sounds Like Paradise to Me!

While visiting some friends in Cali, we took a road trip to Napa Valley, and let me tell you, if you are a wine lover… this place is a must! We went to this beautiful castle called Castello di Amorosa, we toured the place, enjoyed the scenery, tasted some delicious wine and chocolate, purchased some adorable souvenirs, and admired some very appealing bartenders (can I get some water please? getting thirsty over here, ha!). This place was so magical, I felt like we had a little piece of Italy here in the US with the medieval style castle and the picturesque vineyards. No joke, my ultimate dream would be to retire, move to a nice property in Italy with a small vineyard, and have a cute stone house with a terrace overlooking the entire thing… just chilling and living the life, ahhhhhhhhh 😊

Their wines are very good too and the owner is a 4th generation winemaker. You can definitely see and feel the passion and hard work that go into producing these delicious wines and keeping up with the place. Not only that, but looking at their website, it looks like they are also quite involved in charitable work within their local community, which is really cool to see. I was bummed to learn you can’t purchase their wines (specially the La Fantasia sweet wine, my fave!) at any store, but thankfully you can taste their deliciousness during your visit, join their wine club subscription or purchase them online at www.castellodiamorosa.com. This place also hosts themed events during the year including a Halloween party and a New Year’s Masquerade Ball, how cool is that?! I just can’t wait to go back to this place and hopefully attend one of their events. I encourage you to check this place out next time you are planning a visit to Napa, and if you are not yet planning to visit… it is time for you to start!

If you’ve made your way to the wine country already, I would love to hear your story! What place did you visit? What were the highlights of your trip?

Stay true – Chantal

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Griffith Observatory

If you’re ever in the LA area – the Griffith Observatory is a MUST. SEE!

You can go inside the observatory, but in my opinion, the best views are from the outside. You can hike around the area to see downtown LA, or hop onto the other side for a view of the Hollywood sign.

Be aware that the crowds are crazy! Parking is terrible, so I’d recommend taking an uber up to the top. They’ll take you the entire way there.. so don’t worry about driving your own car!

There are also some great photo ops right at the front near the Hollywood sign, or around the back overlooking the city. This day, the skies were super grey, but the views were still amazing – so I can only imagine how great they’d be on a sunny day!

Have you been to Griffith Observatory? Let us know!

XOXO, Kim

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Natural Beauty

Big outdoor fan? Make sure you add Lake Tahoe to your list of places to visit! I just visited for the first time and had the most amazing time. This place was not only fun, but the breathtaking views while approaching and on the sandy waterside made it that much better. Note the beautiful mountains still with some snow, they are even more beautiful in person! I’m not going to lie, the water is freaking cold and your body will go numb when you first get in, but there are tons of water activities to do (not necessarily swimming), the water is crystal clear, there’s a nice bar to get food and drinks while you sun bathe, and you can even go hike and explore this amazing place.

Travel Guide Tips

Must do water activity: Jet Skiing. The water activities here are on the pricier side since it is a popular attraction, but if you can, make sure to do it. There’s paddle boarding too, but after getting in that freezing water there was no way I would risk falling in.

At the mountain: Try the ski lift for an even better view !

Take a bite and more: Make sure you don’t eat too many snacks while at the lake and head over to the Shops at Heavenly Village for a nice dinner, more fun activities and even live music.

Been anywhere exciting lately? Share your experience with us!

Stay true – Chantal

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Super Long Layover in Las Vegas

I had a long layover in Las Vegas, 14 hours to be exact, so took advantage of the opportunity to walk around the strip and booked a room at one of the cool themed hotels in the area. The tricky part? I was there with my 12-year-old daughter, so nightclubs, casinos, and bars were out of the question. Here is a quick bullet point review of my short child friendly experience:

The City that Never Sleeps?

12:30am and the Bellagio fountain as well as the Eiffel Tower viewing deck closed… hmmmm I guess I had the misconception that Vegas would be the one place where places wouldn’t close that early, especially being main attractions for looking at the city lights. I guess these two things will wait for my next trip there…sad, was really looking forward to this ☹

Late Night Munchies

24/7 Taco Bell Cantina! Yaaaaasssssss. I am a Taco Bell lover as it is, now you combine that plus a spiked freeze and I am hooked!! My daughter and I are on the same page here, she even got a hat with the image of a hot sauce packet.

Taking a Stroll

Walking on the strip, looooooved the lights, people watching (very interesting sights), and the city environment. After living in the suburbs for so long, you learn to enjoy the city setting at least once in a while. There weren’t as many people as I thought, but I believe this is because it was a weeknight. Loved taking pictures here, just such a fun looking place.

Fabulous Accommodations

The highlight of my overnight stay and early morning? The Paris Hotel, Las Vegas. This hotel was beautiful, just walking around inside was entertaining enough. We met some cool people and hung out for a while by the casino and even got a room upgrade to the Imperial Suite for an even cozier stay. Breakfast was fantastic as I am a big crepe and coffee fanatic and they had some amazing options… Look at my breakfast and cry of jealousy!


This quick layover in Las Vegas wasn’t exactly what I had in mind, mostly due to timing issues, but would definitely love to go back with that as my primary destination to really enjoy what they have to offer. Many of the hotels offer a variety of shows including Cirque du Soleil, magic shows, comedy shows, and concerts as well as amazing casinos, high-end cuisine, and bars. Another cool thing? The Grand Canyon is not even too far from there, so there are tours departing from Las Vegas to go see it (bonus perk!). I do feel that this place can be enjoyed with the family if one spends more day time there or with adult friends for the fun night-life atmosphere. Care to share your favorite thing to do in Las Vegas? Would love to keep it in mind for my next visit!

Stay true – Chantal

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The Perfect Staycation

There’s NOTHING better to me than having a staycation. My birthday was on June 1st, and my husband knows me well enough by now to know what I really want… a night at a hotel!

I’ve been staying at hotels since I was a little kid. Mostly local to where we lived, and there’s nothing better. It’s like a little home away from home with a treat-yo-self kind of feel. Especially if there’s a plush robe and room service!

In case you’ve never had a staycation – here are my top things to look for:

  • Food options – Take a look at what’s in the area or if there’s a restaurant/bar at the hotel! Nobody wants to get hangry on “vacation”!
  • Amenities – Personally, I love an outdoor pool (plus if it’s heated). I also look for a bathtub (always wash it first), free parking, room service breakfast, a robe, and pet friendly since our pup loves hotels as much as I do.
  • Style – If you’re looking to splurge on a staycation, find a place that matches your style! I love a fresh, modern feel in a hotel.

My most recent staycation was at the Sandman Hotel in Plano, TX. It was great! We got upgraded to a suite since we had a dog with us and had to stay on the first floor.. I’m not complaining! The room service was top notch and the room was super nice.

Do you ever have staycations?

XOXO, Kim