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A Tour of the Carnival Valor Cruise Ship + Balcony Stateroom

November 7, 2016

Carnival Valor Cruise Ship
I don’t know how the weathers been where you’re from but it’s been unseasonably warm here in Chicago (hey, no complaints here). Well, let me rephrase that. It hasn’t really been unseasonably warm, we’ve actually been experiencing pretty normal fall weather (high 60’s, low 70s), it’s just weather you’d expect in early fall (September/October) as apposed to late fall. Speaking of weather, Chicago gets a bad rep sometimes for always being “cold” or “windy” (fyi, we’re called the Windy City because of our politicians NOT because of our weather) but Chicago actually has beautiful weather most of the time. In fact, places like NYC and other east coast cities, on average, are way colder/have worst weather (remember that Snowmageddon that hit last year? Well Chicago was spared of that. Honestly we didn’t get that much snow at all last winter!). It just kind of bothers me when I hear people say “I hear Chicago is a beautiful city but I couldn’t handle that weather.” I just want laugh because our weather isn’t bad at all. Speaking of good weather, I just got back from my cruise to the Bahamas and wow, was it amazing! I couldn’t have asked for a better first cruise experience and I honestly think that the Carnival Valor had a lot to do with making my first cruise go as smoothly as it did! Continue reading

Disneyland Haul: Halloween 2016

October 27, 2016

Disneyland Haul
Happy Thursday! It’s a new month, which means it’s time for a new Disney Haul! I just got back from Disneyland yesterday and boy was it AMAZING! Although I visited Disney World back in May and August and Disneyland Paris back in April, it had been nearly EIGHT months since my last trip to Disneyland (the last time I visited was in February for Valentine’s Day!). What I love so much about the Disney Parks is that while they’re very similar, they are also so different from each other. Disney World is slightly different than Disneyland and Disneyland Paris and so on. There’s just something about Disneyland in particular that just makes my heart happy. I think because Disneyland is so small it feels a little more intimate than some of the other Disney Parks (with that being said, I don’t have a “favorite” park, I love ALL of the Disney Parks hence why I visit them so often!). Disneyland is just such a magical place and I can’t wait to visit it again in TWO WEEKS (you gotta love back to back Disney trips) when all the Christmas decorations are on display. Like I say in all my Disney Haul posts, a quick disclosure: since I am a Disney Premier Passport holder (aka someone who has an annual pass to both Disneyland AND Disney World), I get a pretty good discount on merchandise (20% off at Disneyland and 10% off at Disney World.) . Here’s my 2016 Halloween Disneyland Haul: Continue reading

Five Reasons Why Nebraska Should Be On Your Travel Bucket List

October 24, 2016

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If you’ve been following this blog for awhile than you already know how much I LOVE traveling (speaking of traveling, I can’t wait to visit the Bahamas this weekend!). Traveling is such a huge part of my life and I’m so very grateful that I’m able to get out and see so much of this beautiful world of ours. Ever since my impromptu trip to St. Louis a few months ago, I’ve been itching to visit more of my fellow neighboring midwestern states. It’s crazy that I’ve lived in Chicago practically my whole life and I’ve only visited seven of the twelve midwestern states. My new travel goal is to visit the five remaining midwestern states before summer 2017 and number one on the itinerary is Visit NebraskaNebraska Events just seems like such an amazing and unique place to visit! Here are five reasons why Nebraska is on my travel bucket list (and why it should be on yours too!). Continue reading

Plaza Inn Review | Disneyland Resort

October 14, 2016

Plaza Inn Restaurant Review
Happy Friday (raise your hand if you’re excited that it’s finally the weekend!). Today I’m back with another Disney Restaurant Review (I have so much fun with these posts)! Since I’m heading to Disneyland next week (I’m so excited), I thought “what better time to share another Disney Restaurant Review?” I know I’ve said this many times on the blog before but one of my favorite things about visiting the Disney Parks is the FOOD! While most people probably associate Disney with other amusement parks and think it’s all about the rides, us Disney Parks lovers know the truth. Disney is SO much more than just rides. What makes a visit to the Disney Parks so magical is the Disney atmosphere itself and that atmosphere consists of the rides, parades, shows, fireworks, shopping and of course, the FOOD Continue reading

A Visit To The National Aquarium and National Harbor | Maryland

September 28, 2016

National Harbor
I know I say this a lot on the blog but man do I LOVE traveling! Regardless if I’m taking a 48 hour trip to St. Louis or spending two weeks in Paris, traveling is my absolute favorite hobby. Speaking of St. Louis and Paris, I can’t wait to spend Thanksgiving in St. Louis and Christmas in Paris this year! Someone asked me recently if there’s a such thing as “traveling to much” and “if traveling so often starts to loss its appeal” and honestly all I could say was “no!” I explained to them that it’s similar to my current monthly Disney trips situation. Growing up I used to visit Disney only once a year and I would literally count down the months until August (which is when we would visit). All the counting down and built up anticipation is what made those trips even more magical. Now I visit the Disney Parks basically every month (which is kind of insane since I live in Chicago/no where near Disney World or Disneyland) and yet that anticipation and excitement is still there! It’s the same with traveling. I could literally take a trip every week (I practically live at the airport now as it is) and it would never loss it’s appeal to me. There’s just so much to see and discover in this beautiful world of ours and I want to explore it all! Speaking of traveling, while I was in DC last weekend, I took a little day trip to the National Aquarium and National Harbor (not in the same day but since they’re both located in Maryland, I thought I would just combine the two trips into one post!).  Continue reading