My Top 8 Things To Do in Newport Beach, CA

My Top 8 Things To Do in Newport Beach, CA

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit Newport Beach, CA for my full-time job. Between long days spent at the event hotel and pure exhaustion from being around people 24/7, I didn’t get to do as much sightseeing as I would’ve liked to. Keeping in mind my limited free time, here are my recommendations for the top 8 things to do in Newport Beach, CA. Top 8 Things To Do in Newport Beach Newport Beach is located in Orange County, between Los Angeles and San Diego. The best airport to fly into is John Wayne Airport (SNA) but if prices are $100-$150 less at the bigger airports, I would recommend LAX as it’s closer. Traffic is pretty terrible during rush hour so expect delays and high ride-sharing fees! 1. Spend a few hours exploring Balboa Island. Think charming, quaint and very expensive. Walk around and look at the beautiful cottages (aka very nice homes)! You can leisurely stroll around the whole island in about an hour. Grab a chocolate-dipped frozen banana or Balboa Bar (aka ice cream sandwich dipped in chocolate with toppings of your choosing) at Sugar & Spice. Ride the Ferris Wheel at the Fun […]

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A Guide to Lakewood, Ohio

A Guide to Lakewood, Ohio

A part of my #ClevelandBucketList is to visit every suburb in the Cleveland area. Highlighted below is Lakewood, OH, which has been my home for the past six years. Read on to discover where to eat & drink, attractions to see and places to visit in this charming west-side suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. Screenshot from Google Maps Description I have lived in Lakewood for the last six years and have thoroughly enjoyed residing in this diverse and heavily populated suburb that mainly borders Cleveland, Rocky River and Lake Erie. Be sure to notice the number of bars, hair salons and churches you will undoubtedly pass while exploring this west-side CLE suburb. Find more details about Lakewood, OH at www.onelakewood.com. Where to Eat & Drink There are SO many places to choose from in Lakewood. Below is just a sampling of what’s available in this foodie town that favors small-businesses and family-owned restaurants: Proper Pig Smokehouse: Casual, delicious BBQ. The pulled pork is my always my first choice. Deagan’s Kitchen & Bar: Family friendly, yet leans toward a tad fancier than what you’re probably thinking. I love their creative drink menu and interesting food pairings. Cleveland Vegan: I still have never […]

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Full Review of Ocean Riviera Paradise – Cancun, Mexico All-Inclusive Resort

Full Review of Ocean Riviera Paradise – Cancun, Mexico All-Inclusive Resort

Earlier this month, I took a girls trip aka my own created spring break to Cancun, Mexico to experience my first ever all-inclusive resort. As I sit here peeling my burnt skin, I can’t help but dream of being back on a sandy beach with a cocktail in my hand and my girlfriends by my side. Ahhh, the good life. If you’re in the business of booking an upcoming trip down south, I encourage you to read my full review of the Ocean Riviera Paradise. Pin this to save for later! Full Review of Ocean Riviera Paradise – Cancun, Mexico All-Inclusive Resort Resort Overview: The Ocean Riviera Paradise is a massive, modern resort located on Riviera Maya. See Google Map screen shot below. It has multiple housing sections including El Beso Adults Only (this is where we stayed), a Family Section called Daisy (hello kiddos) and Eden, the Privilege/Exclusive Section (if ya got it, flaunt it). There are four large swimming pools, one for each section plus the most beautiful pool located just feet away from the beach. The resort features 10+ restaurants, numerous bars, a 24 hour gym, coffee house, spa, a few small shops, piano bar & lounge, […]

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How to Prep for a Spring Getaway

How to Prep for a Spring Getaway

As you may have heard via my social media, I am headed to Cancun/Riviera Maya to relax and unwind with three of my girlfriends for a spring getaway. I’ll be sharing more about this in later posts, including a full resort review and what you need to know before you book your own all-inclusive Mexico trip. To say I’m excited is an understatement! In order to look and feel my best, I wanted to share a few ideas on how to prep for a spring getaway. If you’re planning an upcoming vacation, read on to be inspired and prepared for your own trip. Pin this to save for later! Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Discover Pinecrest. All opinions are 100% my own. #DiscoverPinecrest How to Prep for a Spring Getaway Idea #1: Detox. Yep, winter has gotten the best of me. While I’ve done a few hot yoga classes, I’ve definitely spent more time binging Downton Abbey. Thinking of getting into a bathing suit is scary at this point, so a bit of detoxing is in order. I’ve increased my intake of fruits and veggies through smoothies for breakfast, big salads for lunch and trying not to eat out […]

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Girls Weekend Getaway to Cincinnati

Girls Weekend Getaway to Cincinnati

Is there anything better than a girls trip? I’ve been #blessed to stay good friends with my Miami University college housemates and the five of us have gotten together numerous times since we graduated in 2011. Typically our reunions take place in Cleveland, Cincinnati or Chicago since those are the three big cities that are closest to all five of us. A few weekends ago, four out of the five of us met up in the Queen City (aka Cincinnati) so I wanted to share some of the best places to eat and what to do if you plan your own girls weekend getaway to Cincinnati! Pin this to save for later Girls Weekend Getaway to Cincinnati Getting There Luckily, all of us were able to drive to Cincinnati but if you need to fly, the airport to look into would be CVG. From Cleveland, it’s about a three and a half hour drive. L-R: Me, Abbey, Brooke & Melanie Where to Stay in Cincinnati One of my friends, Brooke, recently bought a darling home in Cincy so we were able to stay with her. If you need accommodations for your girls weekend getaway, I would recommend looking at Airbnb […]

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Fan Girl Friday: Heather Rader, Ohio Girl Travels

Fan Girl Friday: Heather Rader, Ohio Girl Travels

Welcome to week four of Fan Girl Friday! This series is devoted to introducing you to some of the best bloggers I know. If you missed week 1, week 2 or week 3, please be sure to go back and read those posts. Today I’m putting the spotlight on a fellow Ohioan who has a huge dose of wanderlust…Heather from Ohio Girl Travels (OhioGirlTravels.com)! Pin this to save for later! Question 1: Why did you start your blog? “I’ve always had a passion for writing and have kept journals throughout my travels. In 2014, I decided to start my blog as a creative outlet and to encourage others to travel and experience new things.” Question 2: Why should people follow along with your blogging adventures? “I’m just an ordinary (and very lucky) girl who travels to extraordinary places. On my blog, I share my first-hand experiences, highlight local places, provide travel tips and share photographs to inspire others to travel.” Question 3: What’s your biggest blog-related accomplishment to date? “It’s a dream come true that I can travel and share my passion for travel. The fact that I’ve been blogging for almost 5 years is probably my biggest accomplishment, I’m fortunate that people still want to read what I have to say!” Question 4: What is […]

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Five Fun Ways to Cherish Your Travel Photos & Memories

Five Fun Ways to Cherish Your Travel Photos & Memories

How do you cherish your travel photos and memorabilia? I’m oh so very guilty when it comes to this. I enjoy taking hundreds of pictures on trips or saving every ticket stub and promising myself I’ll scrapbook those…but I never do. Vacation ends, work begins, and then this task gets pushed to the very bottom of my to do list (never to return). I’ve done a bit of research and discovered five fun ways to cherish your travels photos and memories. I hope to enact a few of these this year. Join me, won’t you? Pin this to save for later! Five Fun Ways to Cherish Your Travel Photos & Memories Create a bullet journal (or for those less artsy, just a normal writing journal) throughout your trip. Time on an airplane, bus or car? Jot down your thoughts on your favorite parts of the trip so far. What was the best food you ate or the most delicious drink you tasted? Did you have a song that you kept listening to over & over again? What museums did you visit? How did XYZ place make you feel? Who were you with? Years down the road, you’ll love looking back […]

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Fan Girl Friday: Jenna Johnson, The Scrounge

Fan Girl Friday: Jenna Johnson, The Scrounge

We made it guys…TGIF! I’m happy to continue my #FanGirlFriday series today and introduce you to one of my very best friends. If you missed week 1 or week 2 of this series, be sure to go back and read those posts! Today I’m putting the spotlight on my college housemate, my favorite Chicagoan, one of my very best friends….Jenna Johnson (Blog: The Scrounge)!   Pin this to save for later! Fan Girl Friday: Jenna, The Scrounge Question 1: Why did you start your blog? “I originally started the Scrounge as a place to write down the recipes I was making so I didn’t forget them. About 4 years ago I was laid off from my job in advertising. It ended up be a blessing in disguise because I was very unhappy there. During my time off, I started to explore cooking. Before that point, I had never really been into cooking. I was a dancer all of my life even through college and during my college dance career I really started to take control of my diet and grew a strong interest in nutrition. I even explored minoring in nutrition, and I still wish I had, however, I was intimidated by […]

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Letter Board Message Ideas for Pre- & Post- Vacation

Letter Board Message Ideas for Pre- & Post- Vacation

Do you own a letter board? If you don’t know what I’m taking about, type the words “letter board” into Pinterest and you’ll know exactly what I mean. While I don’t own one of these creative outlets, I hope to buy one soon! I love seeing the funny quotes people post on their Instagram or snap on their Facebook, so today I thought I’d share a few of my favorites. If you own a letter board, these would be perfect letter board messages ideas for pre- or post-vacation. Pin this to save for later Letter Board Message Ideas for Pre- & Post- Vacation Pre-vacation My to do list pre-vacation usually consists of the following: get ahead at work, lose 10 pounds, buy cute vacation outfits, tan a few times, etc. All of the below letter board messages resonated with me. How about you? My brain has too many tabs open. Abs are great…but have you tried tacos? Photo credit & source here. I want buns of steel, but I also want buns of cinnamon. If only my teeth were as white as my legs. This whole ‘having a job thing’ is really getting in the way of me living my […]

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