Flashback Friday: Manzanita Village

October 21, 2016

Manzanita Village is a magical place where I did some incredible transformation work with my mentor Michele Benzamin-Miki. In addition to my personal work, I’ve attended a couple of fabulous retreats. Each visit to Manzanita Village has been a profound experience. Because I’m a city girl, the spacious land provides room for me to breathe and think clearly. At night, it’s so dark the stars shine so bright. It almost feels like you can reach out and touch them. Only a two and half hour…

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Repost: Top 5 Haunted Hotels in the U.S.

October 18, 2016
Haunted Hotels

In honor of Halloween, I thought it would be fun to list my top 5 favorite haunted hotels in the U.S. If wanting to getaway this Halloween weekend, check out one of these haunted hotels. Nothing quite says paranormal than staying overnight in a haunted establishment.   1. Jerome Grand Hotel – Jerome, AZ                 Having visited the town of Jerome (see my post Top 10 Things to Do in Sedona, AZ), this place has a haunting vibe and officially…

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Lost in Mexico

September 21, 2016
Lost in Mexico

Today’s post features one of my dearest friends, Jacqui Tavis. She loves to travel as much as I do; but Jacqui took it a step further by saving up several years to travel throughout Central America. Jacqui, her adventurous partner Jorge, and her beloved dog PJ, left the daily grind to travel for an entire year. I admire their audaciousness of traveling by trailer and hope to fully embrace their spirit one day. Please make sure to visit her blog and follow along during…

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Flashback Friday: Puerto Rico

September 16, 2016
Castillo San Felipe Del Morro in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is one of my favorite places in the Caribbean. Because the people are warm and welcoming, it contributes to a very relaxed environment. My last visit was in April 2015, traveling to the towns of Aguadilla; Cabo Rojo; Corozal; Old San Juan; and Isla Verde. Read all about it in previous posts of Puerto Rico. Today’s flashback photo is of a visit to Castillo San Felipe del Morro in Old San Juan. Since this was one of my favorite spots for taking amazing pics, I…

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Roadside Attractions: World’s Tallest Thermometer

September 9, 2016
World's Tallest Thermometer

Roadside attractions will be a new category added to the blog. I love my little road trips and you never know what you’ll discover along the way. The idea came to me when I stumbled upon a giant James Dean cut out along Hwy. 46. Click here for details. Today’s Flashback Friday showcases the World’s Tallest Thermometer located in Baker, CA. I stopped to take a pic of this interesting roadside attraction en route to Las Vegas last month. It’s not my first…

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Idyllwild – The Hidden Gem

September 7, 2016
Town of Idyllwild

Idyllwild, CA is the perfect quick getaway when looking for a little peace and quiet. Labor Day weekend I headed for the mountains to relax and unwind. I’ve always heard of the charming town of Idyllwild, but never ventured up to the San Jacinto mountains; or at least that side of the mountain. Located approximately 2 hours South of Los Angeles headed towards Palm Springs off the 10 freeway, Idyllwild is a windy road up the mountain of an elevation of almost 5,500 feet.…

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Flashback Friday: James Dean Last Stop

September 2, 2016
James Dean Last Stop

James Dean Last Stop on Hwy. 46 (intersecting at Hwy. 33)  was a bit of a surprise on my wine weekend getaway. Although this flashback is not so far back, it was a pretty cool discovery. On our drive to Paso Robles, my friend Danielle and I noticed in the midst of nowhere a giant cut out of James Dean at a Texaco gas station. We didn’t give it too much thought except to say, “That’s odd.” Upon our return…

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Wine Weekend Getaway in Paso Robles

August 31, 2016

What an amazing wine weekend getaway! As mentioned in previous posts, living in the heart of Hollywood can be exhausting. I love opportunities to get out of the city to unwind; nothing like getting away with good friends for a wine weekend. Paso Robles is approximately a three hour drive North of Los Angeles and three hours South of San Jose where my other friend Candice lives. It was the perfect place to meet and explore all the wonderful wineries Paso Robles has to offer.…

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Tips on How to Pack a Carry-on Suitcase

August 26, 2016
Carry-on packing tips

Carry-on luggage can be a challenge when packing a lot of things. In lieu of today’s Flashback Friday, I had to post this great video I found on Travel & Leisure – How To Pack Over 100 Items Into A Carry-on. It is completely amazing how this former Bond Girl packs all of her items into this little suitcase. Definitely a project for me to take on in the future. Wish this video was available last year when packing for my Singapore/Bali…

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Flashback Friday: Bahamas Cruise

August 12, 2016
Bahamas Cruise

A Bahamas Cruise was just what the doctor ordered for my 40th Birthday! Today’s Flashback Friday takes me back (way back) to good times on Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas. I decided for my 40th I wanted to take a cruise with whomever wanted to come along. I went with my family and six of my friends (eleven of us total). The best part of cruising was having the freedom to do what you enjoy most. We had no set…

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