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Month: April 2016

Wanderlust Wednesday: Kauai, Hawaii

Wanderlust Wednesday: Kauai, Hawaii

When I was ten years old, my family took a week-long trip to Maui.  This trip stands out as one of my all-time favorites for a multitude of reasons.  As a small-town Midwesterner, everything was so exotic and new to me on this gorgeous, vibrant island.  The things that stick in my memory most are staying in a vacation rental on the ocean and hunting for geckos on the path to the beach, jumping off the top of a waterfall…

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Grand Rapids, MI – Day 2

Grand Rapids, MI – Day 2

Our second day in Grand Rapids started a little later than planned; we hit the breweries a little harder than expected the night before.  As soon as we could drag ourselves out of bed, we packed up and checked out.  Our first stop of the day was Cherie Inn for breakfast.  This adorable European Style restaurant is located right near Brewery Vivant in the East Hills Neighborhood.  There was a bit of a wait for a table which we spent…

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Grand Rapids, MI – Day 1

Grand Rapids, MI – Day 1

I don’t know if it’s because of the first reappearance of warm weather or all of the brewery visits, but I absolutely loved our time in Grand Rapids, MI.  While it was a pretty short trip, we certainly made the most of our time there.  We left early Saturday morning after stopping for coffee, and arrived in Grand Rapids around noon (because of the hour time difference).  We started at the Frederik Meijer Sculpture Garden, where it seemed everyone else…

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Top Five Friday #11

Top Five Friday #11

5 More Travel Inspiring Books I’ve touched on this subject once before, but books and travel are two things that I happen to be very passionate about.  I like to read about travel and read while I travel.  I read for travel inspiration and sometimes for travel validation (as in, YES! That’s it! That’s why all my money goes towards plane tickets and hotels!).  Whether the books are fiction or non-fiction, informative or not so informative, I’m happy if it…

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Trip Planning: Grand Rapids

Trip Planning: Grand Rapids

This weekend, Mike and I will be making the three hour journey from Chicago, IL to Grand Rapids, MI for a little weekend getaway.  It’s been a few weeks in the making with a couple of missteps but we are finally going!  This budget trip is a much needed vacation, as you can tell, these past few weeks have been interesting to say the least.  It will be a wonderful distraction to be able to explore a new city for a couple…

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Movie Night In

Movie Night In

We can’t all travel all the time, unfortunately.  However, luckily for us, movies provide an escape substitute in a pinch.  Sometimes it’s nice to sit back, cuddle up on the couch and watch someone else’s travels (and maybe let them inspire your own adventures).  If you couldn’t guess, my favorite kinds of movies are always adventure movies with a touch of romantic comedy thrown in for good measure.  For our movie night in, we always require boozy beverages and popcorn,…

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Day Trip: Lake Geneva

Day Trip: Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva, WI is the perfect place for a day trip or weekend escape.  Whether you’re coming from Chicago (one and half hour drive), Milwaukee (less than an hour drive) or anywhere in between, this little city will charm you. I took the train the train from Chicago to Fox Lake (the end of the line for the Milwaukee District North Line Train) where my parents picked me up.  My family and I have been visiting Lake Geneva since I…

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