Exploring Historic Old Town Alexandria

In the middle of March, I went to the D.C. area to visit my closest college friends. Usually around that time of the year, the cherry blossoms are in full bloom for spring. So when I booked my flight, I had thought that I would be escaping the Minnesotan winter to witness these beautiful pink flowers. However, much to my friends (and my own) chagrin, I had brought over the viking weather and cold to D.C (sorry not sorry guys). Because the temperatures dropped so low, the blossoms were supposed to freeze and fall off the trees! Luckily for me, there were a few…

The Ultimate Guide to Reno

Hello everyone! This is the ultimate guide to Reno, Nevada. Here, I will list a few of my favorite activities that you can do or places where you can eat or drink. However, before I move on, I should dispel a few common misconceptions about Reno. First, it is not in a desert, meaning that it is no where near Las Vegas. If anything, it is the closest town to Lake Tahoe. Also, Reno is not home of cops with short shorts as portrayed in the hysterical Reno 911. Although, it would be pretty cool to see one in action, running…

Snowshoeing in Tahoe

Before we landed in the Reno/Tahoe area, it had snowed over 4 feet and quite possibly more! All of this snow meant that we could enjoy all the winter activities that beautiful Nevada had to offer. What many people don’t know about Reno is that it is not in a desert. It is the closet town to the breathtaking Lake Tahoe. This quaint “biggest little city in the world” has 4 seasons and offers nature hikes and winter sports. Also, it is worthy to note that it is nothing like the hilarious Reno 911. However, it would have been the…

Winter Outfit: Layers and More Layers

  Hello everyone! Sorry that it has been a while, but I have been picking up extra shifts and been on vacation.  At the end of January, we were in Reno, NV to visit Steven’s family and celebrate the Lunar New Year with them. While we were in Reno, Steven gave me a tour of his alma mater to show me his old stomping grounds.  It’s so weird going back to a campus after you graduated. It’s just a sad reminder that I have to adult now. But don’t get me wrong. Adulting has its perks too! I get to eat whatever…

The Ultimate Oahu Food Guide

  This is the ultimate Oahu food guide. This list will have EVERYTHING we tried and loved (in no particular order), and now I want to share it with all of you. Below is the list broken it down into the following categories: savory foods, sweets, and places to hang out. I hope you find this useful for your future trip to the best place on earth! Be prepared to get hungry. Great Places to Hang Out Duke’s Waikiki Must try: mai tai Why is it so good: this place supposedly has the best mai tai’s (I think there are other…

Oahu Itinerary – Part 3

  Happy first Friday the 13th of 2017 everyone! This is my third and final post covering my Oahu itinerary. Sorry for the delay! Work has recently been keeping me busy with so many new projects and assignments. I could make it my New Year’s resolution to be better about this, but life is just too unpredictable, especially if you have a child like Bentley. Bentley is really what keeps me going, because who’s gonna pay for all his dog toys and treats? You can find the previous two posts at these links: Part 1 and Part 2. Day 7:…

Oahu Itinerary – Part 2

  Hi everyone! This is the second installment of my Oahu itinerary. If you haven’t seen my first part, you can find it here! Day 3: Manoa Falls hike and snacking in Honolulu/Ala Moana On the agenda: Manoa Falls hike bright and early Driving around Honolulu to catch a glimpse of the Iolani Palace and stopping for various snacks Visit the Ala Moana Mall Dinner at Shirokiya Japan Village Walk (located at ground level of Ala Moana Mall) We reached the Manoa Falls hike just after it opened, so that we could beat the crowd. Again, this morning was drizzly, but…

Oahu Itinerary – Part 1

  This has been a long time coming, but I have finally compiled the ultimate detailed Oahu itinerary! In these Hawaii posts, I will go over the generalities of the trip, such as what I did exactly in that given day. I will have future posts about the food, my favorite beaches, and my favorite activities in more detail. So keep your eyes peeled for those! There is never a bad time to go to Hawaii! The temperatures are always perfect for a beach day. In the end, we picked September, because kids were back in school (less crowded), prices were…

My Winter Picks for the Inevitable Snow Storm

Location: Minnesota I hope this month is going well for you all who are getting some snow! Winter is upon us and temperatures are dropping into the negatives across the northern states. Thankfully, I’ve been here for a year now, so I have a pretty good idea of what to expect in a Minnesotan winter. It gets wicked cold here – so cold that they have to cancel school for the little kids! At first that didn’t make sense to me, but then I realized that it would be cruel to make a child wait for the bus in -30…

Holiday Red in New England

Location: Massachusetts Featured: Armani Jeans dress Can you guy believe it? Christmas is in 9 days! Since I could not take work off for the holidays, I decided to go home back to see my family in early December. I’m always excited to go back to Massachusetts. I LOVE LOVE LOVE my home state. It has a very charming New England vibe and yet rough around the edges due to the spirited, no-nonsense locals. During the summers, beautiful beaches along the coast will be within your reach, and in the fall, cheery, golden or red autumn trees will greet you…