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Would You Dare…to cross this Bridge?

In Travel on September 2, 2012 at 7:00 am

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Would you dare to join the millions before you and cross  Capilano Bridge? Can you imagine how beautiful the views must be from this bridge – Capilano Suspension bridge in Vancouver, Canada is 450 feet long and 230 feet high and it hovers over the Capilano River. I can only imagine what a great place this would make for photography (I need a new camera). Learn more about this bridge and tourist attraction here

Sand Keeper

In House & Yard, Life, Life @ Home, Travel, Urban Dweller on August 29, 2012 at 7:00 am

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So maybe you love the beach (okay I know I LOVE the beach to me there is something so amazing about being there) and yet your trying to recapture every vacation you go on. Well I came across this sand keep and I think this is one simple, cheap DIY anyone could do. All you need is a water bottle, vase and sand of course. Read more here

Top Spa Tips While Vacationing

In Travel on July 20, 2012 at 10:40 am

I love traveling going places, exploring, taking photos just having fun. Many hotels and resorts these days have spas and lets be honest some things just pair so well together (vacations + spas = awesome time!) But maybe your wondering which services to get and why. So here are some tips I have for you and these suggestions below I hope will guide you. If you’ve never gone to a spa on a vacation I highly recommend doing so – at least once after all you have nothing to lose.

  • Don’t get your hair cut (you probably have a regular stylist who cuts it back home that you have an established relationship with and you don’t want to risk going to some complete stranger considering no one you know will be able to give great references)
  • Skip getting your hair colored: If your planning a vacation and you know your gonna take a lot of pictures and want to look your best go to your hometown salon and get your hair colored /cut or both with your regular stylist. This isn’t just familiarity or comfort your stylist using certain brands and specific colors on your hair and there’s no guarantee the salon you visit on vacation will have that product on hand.
  • Massages:  this is one spa service I highly recommend you get while on vacation. First of all you can always choose your preference Swedish, deep tissue, etc. Second, some places doing them outside much different than at home where you go into a spa and they lie you down in a room so you may get to here the sound of the ocean or birds singing. Third, a massage can prove quite relaxing after a long day of activity (kayaking, surfing, hiking,etc.) Fourth, consider getting a couples massage two tables side by side you and your partner enjoying pure blissfulness.
  • Manicures: you can do these at home or at your local salon before going. There’s no reason to get a manicure done on vacation because it will tend to cost more at hotel / resorts and its not some amazing indulgent experience to remember. I do recommend always bringing with you the color of nail polish with you on vacation for any touch ups.
  • Pedicure / Reflexology: I highly recommend anyone who is really active on their vacation to do this its so relaxing. Plus if your a guy this may just be the right treatment for you no girly scents, or fluffy smelling lotions and when it comes time for painting the toe nails just skip that!

Tips to consider – when booking your reservations at the hotel / resort don’t be afraid to speak up and ask about the spa its services and have them email, fax or quote you a price for the service and its time. Also inquire about freebies many spas have private saunas or lounge pools only available to the spa goers. Now make sure to ask  while booking specific questions such as paying for the service when reserving the hotel rooms or paying upon arrival (and ask them about tipping in cash versus putting it on the bill – this will allow you to tip based on the experience generally 15-20% is acceptable for tipping.) Also this is the time to reserve things like champagne with your couples massage make sure to have that coordinated when making the reservation of the service.

For the best spa experience:

  • abide by the rules and be respectful of other guests no smoking or cell phones
  • arrive 15 minutes prior to the appointment
  • leave all jewelry or valuables back in the rooms safe
  • speak up when asked if there’s anything they can do for you many times you will be offered bottled water don’t feel funny asking for a cup of tea
  • dress comfortably and consider wearing sandals no sense in wearing sneakers and socks if your gonna take them off for the service
  • the reason most spa goers don’t have a great time is really because they don’t speak up and for some reason they think the spa personnel are mind readers

10 Budet Friendly Inclusive Vacations

In Travel on July 18, 2012 at 10:11 am

Today’s posting is short and sweet since I know everyone is really busy with summer activities. Here is the list for 10 Budget All Inclusive Resorts. These include room, meals drinks (sodas  and alcohol) and even certain activities!

Beaches For Year Round Fun

In Travel on July 3, 2012 at 10:00 am

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I love the beach no I REALLY LOVE THE BEACH! And so for those of you who think the beach is only a place for June, July and August I am here to debunk that myth and help you realize that its just about finding the right beach for the time of year. Read this article which discusses each month and which beach is best to visit and enjoy! As we continue through summer I hope this will give you some thought in case you weren’t able to travel this summer why not make your travel plans this winter to one of these amazing beaches?

Summer Road Trips

In Travel on June 20, 2012 at 7:00 am

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Since school has just finished this month and we have the whole summer ahead of us I wanted to discuss a few ways to make your road trips safer and better. For those of you who will be taking road trips make sure to print out my little checklist below:

 

  • Keep a first aid kit in your vehicle at all times
  • Keep printed directions with you at all times and make sure to keep a map as well
  • I recommend going to the bank and having your teller exchange a $20 bill for 2 $10 rolls  of quarters (I have gone through so much toll money driving on trips some tolls were $2.90 each)
  • Have a flashlight / flares in your vehicle in case you break down
  • Make sure you have a spare set of keys to your vehicle with you (2 sets with you all times, this is in case 1 gets lost or you have 2 drivers)
  • Jumper cables, GPS (if you use one make sure to bring along your TomTom or Garmin but still bring the map), and Radar detector (if you avoid 1 or 2 tickets this essentially pays for itself)
  • Make sure before doing any trip you have correct tire pressure, oil change, and a tuneup for long hauls (making sure items like A/C is working correctly and all belts and fluids are fine)
  • If you have AAA have you card with you in your wallet
  • Pack a cooler with snacks (try granola bars, sandwiches, fruit, and water bottles) this will help minimize stops
  • Keep a package of baby wipes with you for sticky fingers and such from snacks
  • Always try to eat and gas your vehicle at the same stops
  • Always bring your cell phone’ s car charger with you and make sure to charge it when driving (no point in having a cell phone if its dead and can’t call for help)
  • Keep all reservation details in a trip folder (hotel info, phone numbers, 2nd copy of directions, etc)
  • If you car has rear entertainment bring along a favorite video for the kids
  • Make sure to bring a blanket for those who chill easier no sense in people bickering about being hot/cold
  • Make sure to bring along items for long road trips to keep all riders entertained: iPod, deck cards, books on tape are great because they don’t affect people like reading does and motion sickness (try Barnes and Nobles)
  • Keep items at hand that you need to reach and keep the items well packed that are only for the destination

Well I really hope this helps so print this list and I hope you have a great vacation!

 

Go Away – All About Travel

In Life, Travel on May 19, 2012 at 8:07 am

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Travel can be so complicated even more so now with the internet. Which site do you use (Expedia, Hotels.com, Orbitz, Kayak, Priceline, etc) or maybe you book directly with the hotel or airline’s website. Rules and regulations are constantly changing and so here is some advice:  

Go Away – All About Travel.

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The Ultimate Beach Bag

In Life, Travel on May 16, 2012 at 8:28 am

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I don’t know about you but I LOVE the beach, its one of the greatest things about summer, however sometimes packing for the beach often leads to forgetting something or taking too much time right in the morning (I want to get there like 5 minutes ago). So, here’s what I like to do I keep a Lands End tote (for those of you new to Truffles I use these totes for everything) packed and ready with all the essentials. Now whenever I get up and want to go to the beach my bag is packed and ready to go, but you could use the totes for many other ventures not just the beach. Below is what I like to keep in my bag – the Extra Large Zip Top Tote:

  • Beach Towel (this one was obvious)
  • Chemical Free Sunscreen
  • Hand wipes / baby wipes (for removing sunscreen off the palms of my hands)
  • Re-usable water bottle
  • Sunglasses (I keep a cheap pair packed so that way I never forget them and if they get scratched or broken I’m not upset)
  • All natural lip balm to keep my lips hydrated
  • Hair ties in case its windy or I’m scuba diving
  • Hat to keep sun off my face
  • A wet / dry bag (I often put my swimsuit in here at the end of the day and change into my underwear/bra to wear under my clothes I wore to the beach)
  • Goggles or Mask for underwater swimming
  • I usually lock my purse in the trunk of my car and just keep a small zip bag inside my tote with some cash and my car keys

What 2 things do I not pack ahead of time?

My bathing suit because I wear this under my clothes to the beach and snacks which I make &  pack those that very morning.

What do you bring to the beach? Anything that’s not on my list?

Great Summer Stateside Travel

In Travel on May 15, 2012 at 10:00 am

Not all exotic locations require passports and costs lots of money, here are few beautiful places stateside to possibly enjoy this summer with your family. These places could be a road trip or a plane ride away depending on where you live.

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Havasu Falls – Grand Canyon, Arizona. The waterfalls and water here are just beautiful against the red rocks. It would definitely be a great adventure for the hiking enthusiast and provide ample photography moments for scrap booking. Just search Havasu Falls to find the best adventure for your family (where to stay, hike, and visit)

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Multnomah Falls – is located in Troutdale, Oregon approximately 30 minutes from Portland making it especially easy for those flying into the airport. The falls themselves are approximately 620 feet, these falls flow all year long which makes them quite spectacular to see. At the base of the falls is the Multnomah Falls’ Restaurant where you can have a meal and begin your hike, which is approximately 1 mile to the top, although adventure seekers can continue even further to hike the nearby gorge/river.

Do you have any travel plans this summer and if so would you mind sharing them with me, I hope to travel to the beach this summer, not sure where yet but I love the beach so I am sure I will be happy wherever I end up going. I will be sharing some photos for sure.

Nerd Wallet – compare the best credit cards

In Life, Travel on May 12, 2012 at 10:02 am

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I decided to write this post because I know the summer is right around the corner and figured people will start traveling more, so many people use credit cards to book their hotels, airline tickets, car rentals, etc. that it made sense to me that people don’t know which credit card is right for them with all the ads on TV claiming to have the best rewards.

 Nerd Wallet analyzes the rewards, costs, pros/cons to each credit card. It can be extremely helpful because they break down each card and you can even compare cards (hotel rewards, travel, etc.) Since, a lot of people travel during the summer I thought if you don’t have a credit card and are looking to get one this site will help steer you towards the right one for your lifestyle.