Weekend Trip to Fallingwater

Weekend Trip to Fallingwater

Last Christmas, I gave my parents the present of planning a trip for them to Mackinac Island in northern Michigan. They have always wanted to go, so I thought this would be the perfect gift. Because of timing and a few other factors, this vacation has not been possible quite yet. I didn’t want another holiday season to come and go without my promised gift for my mom and dad, so I searched for weekend getaways within 2-4 hours driving distance from Cleveland. When Fallingwater popped up in the Google results and I learned about the architecture, history and natural beauty this area is known for, I knew this would be great choice. Check out the below weekend trip to Fallingwater that I planned for my mom and dad. Weekend Trip to Fallingwater Friday: 🚗Road-Trip & Fancy Dinner 3:00 PM Depart CLE for Fallingwater (My mom loves herself some maps, so of course she had to stop at AAA for directions earlier in the week. I provided their favorite snacks and an offer to take my GPS.) 6:30 PM Arrive at Historic Summit Inn Hotel (While I wanted to treat my parents to an enjoyable trip, I’m not the wealthiest lady! The Summit Inn received good […]

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Fall Weekend Getaway to Cleveland

Fall Weekend Getaway to Cleveland

This article originally appeared on OhioExplored.com. Autumn is the perfect time to visit Cleveland. While summers are a blast in the Land, CLE really shows off in the fall with it’s color-changing leaves, slightly cooler temperatures and plethora of activities and events for all. Foodie? Outdoor Adventurer? Beer/Wine Connoisseur? Theater Lover? Sports Fanatic? If you answered yes to any of those questions, it’s time to book your fall weekend getaway to Cleveland. Fall Weekend Getaway to Cleveland Friday *Time to Paint the Town Red*  4:00 PM: Check-in at your lodging. Cleveland has recently had quite a few amazing hotels built in the downtown area. Kimpton Schofield Hotel: Location, location, location! Book here. Aloft Cleveland Downtown: Artsy flair and close to many popular attractions like the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & the East Bank of the Flats! Book here. Cleveland Hostel: Need a budget friendly option? Check out the Cleveland hostel which is outside of downtown but in a great neighborhood called Ohio City. Think lots of cool bars and plenty of locally owned restaurant options. For a full list, check out TripAdvisor’s reviews! 5:00 PM: Grab a glass of vino or craft beer (pumpkin-flavored preferably) from the Heinen’s Grocery Store 2nd floor rotunda balcony […]

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2 Days in Paros

2 Days in Paros

Whether you’re planning your vacation to Greece or just day-dreaming of sunny skies and blue waters, this post is for you! Today I’m sharing my itinerary from my 2 days in Paros, Greece. Be sure to checkout my 2 days in Athens and 2 days in Santorini blog posts too! 2 Days in Paros Day 1 4:30 PM After a four-hour ferry ride, we arrived in Paros. Feeling relaxed and fully on island time, we took a short taxi ride to our hotel. Our taxi driver was born and raised on Paros…and basically told us he never wanted to leave. I don’t blame him! We checked into our lovely hotel, Kalypso, freshened up a bit and walked a short distance into town. We stayed in the village of Náoussa, but Parikia is the capital and main harbor of the island. We had heard from many Greek people that Paros is a great spot where THEY GO for a holiday. (Nice choice, us.) Click here for more information about Paros. 6:30 PM We strolled through the streets of Náoussa for a bit before deciding on a tiny restaurant with a covered patio. It actually was drizzling a bit (yes, it rains in beautiful […]

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Everyone Smiles in the Same Language {Best At Home Teeth Whitening}

Everyone Smiles in the Same Language {Best At Home Teeth Whitening}

Disclosure: I received a Smile Brilliant kit in exchange for reviewing this product. All opinions are my own. When I was a senior in college at Miami University, I had an internship at a local elementary school with their English as as Second Language (ESL) department. I would take students whose first language was Spanish out of the classroom and assist them with their in-class assignments, tests, and homework. The ESL coordinator always made sure that her office was inviting and friendly. One theme that stood out to me and I remember fondly was “Everyone Smiles in the Same Language”. When I was approached by Smile Brilliant to test out their teeth whitening kit, I gladly accepted and remembered the importance of a smile. “Everyone Smiles in the Same Language.” Smile Brilliant is a cruelty free brand offering a customized teeth whitening system. They actually offer the same custom-fitted teeth whitening trays as your local cosmetic dentist (but at a cheaper rate)! Below are the 4 steps I took to get whiter teeth. 4 Steps to Whiter Teeth with Smile Brilliant 1. I received my Smile Brilliant kit in the mail and felt a bit overwhelmed looking at all of the different parts and pieces. Once […]

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2 Days in Santorini

2 Days in Santorini

After spending 2 days in Athens, I was itching to get to Santorini. Let me tell you folks, the Greek islands do NOT disappoint! We took a short 30 minute flight from Athens to Santorini in the wee early hours of the morning and my groggy eyes almost did not believe the sights they were seeing! I don’t tend to get excited very easily, but when I looked out my airplane window and saw aqua-blue crystal clear waters, my heart skipped a beat and I couldn’t wait to touch down. Take a look at how I spent my two days in Santorini. 2 Days in Santorini Day 1 7:00 AM Depart Athens for Santorini. We opted for the early flight, because we wanted maximum time on this island. While you can take a ferry from Athens To Santorini, it is a long journey (up to 8 hours), so I would recommend flying. There are many different islands that you can visit in Greece, but we chose to visit the Cyclades. Here’s a description of the different groups of islands (BTW I love Rick Steves!). Each island group has a different feeling and reputation. Perhaps one of my life goals should be […]

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2 Days in Athens

2 Days in Athens

I can’t believe two months have already passed since I’ve returned from my European adventure! If you missed it, I shared the base of my itinerary and highlighted the U.K. portion of the trip. Today I want to share about the first city I visited in Greece…Athens, of course! While planning this vacation, I heard many mixed reviews of this historic city but I believe it’s worth a visit. Take a look at what you should eat, see and do for two days in Athens, Greece! 2 Days in Athens, Greece Day 1 Athens International Airport (AIA) is located about 30 minutes away via bus from downtown Athens. We opted to take public transporation from the airport into the heart of the city which only cost about 5 Euro and took about 25 – 30 minutes. Beware: the buses are crowded and don’t have air conditioning! We thought the cost savings was worth it. After checking in at our AirBnB in the Plaka neighborhood, we decided to walk around and grab a bite to eat. I would definitely recommend staying in this area. While it was a bit touristy, the Plaka is in walking distance to all of the big historic sights. […]

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A Weekend Trip to NYC {+ JORD Watch Giveaway}

A Weekend Trip to NYC {+ JORD Watch Giveaway}

In the past year, my family has experienced great loss. While grief and the heaviness of losing loved ones has broken our hearts, it has also made us appreciate each other and the time we have together more. When my cousin Emily suggested a girls/cousins trip to NYC where she lives, I jumped at the opportunity! I had only been to the Big Apple once before and that was four years ago, so I was happy to return. Below is a bit of our glitzy and glamorous weekend trip to NYC! I hope this post inspires you to 1) plan a cousins trip, 2) visit NYC and 3) enter my JORD Watch Giveaway :). Enter my giveaway with JORD Wood Watches here! The details are at the bottom of this post. Weekend Trip to NYC Friday 3:10 PM This was the original time that our flight was supposed to take off. Welp, that didn’t happen! After a few (hour) delays and then almost missing our flight (thanks to loud restaurant music), we finally took off around 6:45 PM. While CLE is a great airport, my sister, Bekah, and I decided to fly out of Columbus (CMH) because it was cheaper. I would definitely fly CMH […]

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3 Days in England

3 Days in England

This past June, I had the trip of a lifetime and was able to spend almost 2 weeks in Europe with some of the greatest gals I know. We split our time between the U.K. and Greece (check out our full Europe itinerary here), and today I wanted to give you a peek into our time in Great Britain. If you’re headed over the pond anytime soon, I hope that you find this post helpful! Here’s what I experienced during my 3 days in England. 3 Days in England Day 1 Mary Kay and I arrived around 10 AM and were so happy to be reunited with our ex-pat friends, Rachel and Jared. They picked us up from Gatwick airport and we headed back to their town of Reading. After having some snacks and catching up, we headed out to explore their city of the past 2 years. Reading is located southwest of London on the river Thames and is about a 30 minute train ride away from the city. It has a really cute main street with lots of shops, restaurants and pubs. We stopped at Bill’s for a quick dinner and tried fried haloumi…aka the British version of mozzarella sticks. Reading felt […]

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Auntie Joys: A Day at Hale Farm

Auntie Joys: A Day at Hale Farm

Like I’ve told you before, being an auntie is my absolute favorite role in life. I’m always looking for fun and creative activities to do with my niece and nephews. When the Western Reserve Historical Society (WRHS – which includes Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel, Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum, Costume Collection, Hay-McKinney and Bingham-Hanna Mansions, Kidzbits Family Hands-on Center and the Research Library) asked to partner with my blog, I gladly accepted and knew that Simon (3 years old), Gus (20 months old) and Aurellia (16 months old) would enjoy a trip down to Hale Farm & Village. Hale Farm & Village is a historic property within the boundaries of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park where you can step back in time and view how people lived their everyday lives in the early 1800s. Below I shared a bit about our day at Hale Farm, as well as some exciting announcements & events from the Western Reserve Historical Society! Read all the way down to the bottom to enter a contest to win a membership to WRHS! Simon was our fearless leader and took charge of the grounds map. Stop number one was the first settlement. At each stop, there is a storyteller who shares […]

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