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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Four Lessons Learned in My First Year of Blogging {+ a Giveaway with The Print Annex}

Four Lessons Learned in My First Year of Blogging {+ a Giveaway with The Print Annex}

A little over a year ago, I started By Travel & Error with a goal of having a space to write about lessons learned, experiences shared and stories created while wandering around our messy, yet beautiful world. It’s been a lot of fun documenting my trips, creating various lifestyle series, working with brands, discovering the world of blogging and forming friendships with other bloggers! Below are four lessons that I’ve learned in my first year of blogging that I wanted to share with you. If you are currently a blogger or perhaps you are aspiring to be one, this post is for you! Four Lessons Learned in My First Year of Blogging 1. Remember the reason why you started your blog. People read and follow your blog because they want to hear from you. Remember to stay true to your voice and opinions. You do you! 2. Chase the light! Photography is so important, especially in the world of social media. While you can obviously edit your photos, it’s better to shoot pictures in good lighting. Early morning or during sunset are both 👌🏼 times to do this. 3. Don’t get bogged down with comparing yourself to others or writing in a way that will […]

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Island Getaway: Put-In-Bay Day Trip Itinerary

Island Getaway: Put-In-Bay Day Trip Itinerary

As many of you know, I recently returned from visiting Greece. The islands entranced me with their white-washed buildings, bright blue domes and magenta bougainvillea. While I thoroughly enjoyed my European adventure, it’s always good to come home to Cleveland. This past weekend, I decided to take a quick island getaway…CLE style. I want to share my Put-In-Bay day trip itinerary with you so that you can do the same sometime this summer! Put-In-Bay Day Trip Itinerary 9:15 AM Leave Lakewood, OH & drive to Port Clinton, OH. It takes a little over an hour to get from point A to point B. There is parking right outside the Jet Express ferry. We paid $12 for almost a full day. 11:00 AM Depart Port Clinton via the Jet Express & head to Put-In-Bay. Be sure to check out the ferry schedule and plan your day accordingly! Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, your bathing suit and an extra set of clothes. There are relatively nice public restrooms in downtown Put-In-Bay where you can shower & change if necessary. 11:30 AM Arrive at South Bass & commence island time, drinks & feels! Rent bikes (or golf carts) at Island Bike Rental which is located right […]

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