Euro trip 2018

photo of eiffel tower
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Hey!  I took some video footage when it was on my mind this trip to log our trip instead of writing.  I can’t say I prefer this method yet because I come up with some great ideas and words after the moment in reflection.  I do however love the idea of a video log and I just think it will take some practice!  Challenge accepted!  In the meantime check out this raw footage from this Euro trip we had!

Some other things I reflected upon are the food and my favs.  The food honestly was not the best because of the lack of seasoning lol I swore to take some Lawrys next time.  There was lots of bread and carbs are not my friend!  I did indulge 🙂 but as far as my favs, the diversity in Paris was everything, along with the croissants.  There was an unlimited amount of things to do in Barcelona and we definitely were overwhelmed.  London was slightly chilly in July, but the views were amazing.  The French language is amazing and I would actually like to try to learn it!

Thank you for reading!

Finding the perfect swimsuit

I live for a great swimsuit selfie!  For me it showcases the hard work you invest into yourself, all while enjoying not working hard!

20180304_165447 copy This time in Miami I decided to opt out of the beach and chill by the pool since it was an impromptu last minute trip.  I got a lot of girl talk in with my cousin Ayanna and we laughed a lot about personal issues because hey if you can’t laugh at yourself then what’s the point?  Communicating is important because it is a relief of stress, even if only temporary, and it helps relationships.

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This swimsuit is from Icon Boutique.  It is their “Overboard bikini-wine” and it was only $22!  (I also live for affordable swimwear) If you shop for frequent swimwear then you know $22 is an awesome price!  It arrived fast and I couldn’t wait to wear it!  I have a couple more from that company I will wear next vacay and upload this post.

For me finding the perfect swimsuit is according to my mood.  Each vacation has a different mood since they are different times of the year in different lifestyle changes.  Some seasons call for bright colors while others call for dark.  For me when I need a pick me up I urge brighter colors and red is one of my favorites! Well, maybe yellow.  They are tied lol.  Then when I need a quick suit that covers bulges well, black is the move always.  I have at least 100 black swimsuits of all styles!  Purple is my favorite tho, yet hard to find.  Either way, find your to go suits that you can just grab-n-go, then get your extra cute ones like these for those flawless photo shoot!

 

Glamping! (Glamorous camping)

May 2017 Bear Lake Utah/Idaho

Dare to be different; dare to be YOU-nique!  The idea of “Glamping” was lame to family and not as enticing as a trip out of the country with friends, but it’s something that I wanted to experience while I was living out west.

 

 

 

It was like…The Oregon Trail (game I played in elementary school) but our version with Wi-Fi and Blue tooth speakers.  We slept outside by a campfire and roasted marshmallows like they do on TV lol, but most importantly we bonded.  Something completely out of the norm made us a lifetime of memories and I would love to do it again!

 

Hawai’i

Honolulu, Oahu
Feb 2017 journal

This vacation was in conjunction with Kennyons and my birthday. It was very planned and thought out (the price makes you put thought into it).

Traveling to Honolulu with my family was a dream come true for me.  I was in the Navy for 8 years, Kennyon 20 years, and we got to travel frequently, but alone and apart leaving our families behind.  Joining the Navy I found my love for new culture, new ideas, and new memories that last a lifetime and humbled me as well.  Taking pictures is my way of ensuring these memories do not get lost in my everyday lifestyle.

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Air b-n-b will give you the opportunity to live life a native of that city by renting a place that is in an apartment building, condo, or even someones house!  You have to grocery shop which enables you to meet locals and forces you to find stores and your way around!  It is also intimate since no one is there to clean and you get to enjoy your own mess!  The owners always leave a to-do list of things/experiences in the area along with restaurants and known nuances of the neighborhood.  Then theres the hotel experience which is always a delight while vacationing, its just that sometimes hotels can become somewhat of a tourist trap….a twilight zone experience is what I call it.  Touristy drinks, the hotels idea of what native food is, live bands (while you are relaxing) and maids knocking on your door at 7am!  There is obviously good and bad about both of them which is why I like to enjoy them both while on a long vacation.

We drank mai-tai’s and honestly I have had enough pineapple for the rest of my life!  We learned that it takes 5 years to grow a pineapple at the Dole Plantation which was not a fun tour lol but we did it.  We took a boat ride and watched for whales and snorkeled then sailed away into the sunset.  We learned some new vocabulary like Mahalo (Thank you) and Aloha (Hello, Goodbye).  We toured native parts and learned more about Hawaii’s foundation and toured Pearl Harbor.

Initially we lodged in an air b-n-b and it was amazing!  Picking an air b-n-b blog coming soon!  Then we lodged at the Hilton Waikiki and it was pretty touristy.  We got away from the tourist traps by hanging out with some military friends that happen to live there.

Moment of reflection:  We work hard, not for the American Dream, but to enjoy life on OUR terms.  Traveling is mines and I own that opportunity as long as I work hard.  I vow to enjoy life as hard as I work.  I vow to enhance my cultural experiences and teach my son what hard work rewards you with along with a cultural enlightening.

Thank you and I hope you enjoyed the memories I shared.

 

P.S…..Some items that made my trip easier.

Dreadlock hair jewelry. Works well with braids as well as dreads and a lot cheaper here than purchasing at a hair store considering the amount you receive.
Sumind 100 Pieces Dreadlocks Metal Hair Cuffs Hair Braiding Beads Filigree Hair Accessory, Assorted Colors

My handy-dandy backpack!  Great for airport shenanigans and a tour bus guided day trip on your vacay!

Sunglasses and Cover-Ups!

SojoS Classic Aviator Mirrored Flat Lens Sunglasses Metal Frame with Spring Hinges SJ1030 With Gold Frame/Pink Mirrored Lens

SojoS Cat Eye Mirrored Flat Lenses Street Fashion Metal Frame Women Sunglasses SJ1001 With Gold Frame/Pink Mirrored Lens