California Dreaming


To start off the New Year Kyle and I took a trip to California. This was my first time traveling to SoCal. Everyone told me I was going to fall in love. (they were right) After 3 long flights, we finally landed in California. I was stoked.


  • Go grocery shopping and buy supplies such as; PB&J’s, crackers, and granola bars. Visit a Trader Joe’s nearby, and set up a picnic and enjoy the view.
  • Rent a car or RV (we wished we would have rented an RV) that way you can drive, sleep, eat, and whatever else all in the same place.
  • Create a budget before you go to stay mindful of your spending and desires.

San Francisco:

Our first two nights we stayed in San Francisco, and I fell in love. We saw the golden gate bridge and the bay bridge. We climbed down (and UP) several stairs to get a better view of the bay area. The view was worth it after being winded from all of the steps. We sat up on top of the viewing platform and had a small picnic.

Our Airbnb view: If you look closely you can see the horses enjoying the sunrise. I didn’t want to leave this place. Do you blame me?

My favorite part: I loved having a picnic with a beautiful view of the SanFran Bay area.


The Pacific Highway:

For two days we drove down the Pacific Highway and it was beautiful. We could have arrived in San Diego in less than a day instead we stopped along the way to admire the view. This was my favorite part of the trip the view was unbelievable.

My favorite part: Watching the sunset

We watched the sunset together; it’s the little things ya know?

San Diego

Finally, we arrived in San Diego. We visited during a rare rainy weekend in southern California, it was still amazing. We visited the Gas Lamp district, San Diego Zoo, toured the U.S.S Midway and checked out the various shopping areas.

My favorite part: Our Airbnb was amazing. The video can be found on my Instagram profile in my travel highlights. I was too excited to worry about photos (sorry).

We had a wonderful time in California. Watching sunsets, laughing, and enjoying memorable moments. I think California might be my favorite trip so far. Overall, having the time to do everything made the visit more enjoyable.

Where should we travel to next? I would love to hear your suggestions.

As always, with love XO,


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How To Travel With Only A Carry On

Traveling as a girl can be tough. We need so many more ‘things’ than a guy needs for a trip. When packing you may feel as though you must pack everything. Do not do this. Not only will you be able to hop off the plane and begin your vacation, instead of waiting for the baggage claim. You will also have a little peace of mind: before, during and after the trip.  I am going to give you a few tips to help lessen your baggage when you travel. Boys thank me later.

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The more prepared you are for the packing the better it will be when it comes time to fit it all into your carry on. Creating a list will help you figure out what you will be wearing during your trip. Planning will prevent anything major from being left behind as well.


I try to strategically plan to wear only 2-3 pairs of shoes off and on throughout the trip. One of those pairs will already be on my feet during travel.


This invention has saved me so much room. You can purchase them anywhere that sells luggage, travel items. Simply roll your clothes into the cube and zip it up and you suddenly have a lot more room than you did before. Here is a link from Amazon. They are super cost-efficient!



Chances are while traveling you will not have time to de-wrinkle your clothes. Be sure to pack clothes that can fold and remain folded during the travel so that your look is always crisp and fresh.


enough said. One time a friend didn’t bring enough and it was a horror story…


I love you dry shampoo. If your trip is just a weekend journey you can get away with skipping a few shampoo washes by using dry shampoo. I always shower the night before the trip and it lasts me the entire weekend I am gone. Be sure to bring body wash to wash the rest of your body though.


You’re on vacation you should be focused on the memory and not all of your makeup. I love makeup don’t get me wrong, but the less you pack the less you have to worry about and the more time you’ll have to explore.


This will help with your packing. I always bring a large purse to carry my phone charger, smaller purse, an extra pair of sandals (just in case) and whatever I might not be able to fit inside my carry on.

  • MIX & MATCH- 

The more flexible you are with your outfit choices the less you will have to fit inside the carry-on. ALSO, the less laundry you have to do when you return home. Try bringing pieces you can mix and match with during the trip. This trick is guaranteed to save you a lot of room.

Wishing you safe travels!
      With love, M

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