Birthday Week


My how the year has flown by! I am typing this to you on my surprise weekend trip to the Bahamas, which my honey gifted me! My actual birthday is Thursday, Feburary 27th. Since last year we went to Hawaii, and this year I was planning on joining my annual Mardi Gras party with my birthday party, he wanted to sneak me out of the country for a quick paradise getaway! More on my trip later.

In celebration of my birthday, I wanted to do a giveaway! Stay tuned! One of my favorite aprons will be up for grabs.


New Travel Map

World Map

I’ve decided that I want to see the world. Before my mom passed, I was more concerned about making money and having a secure future. I never took vacations or went anywhere really. But after realizing that life is short, and there are many places to see and experience, I stopped hoarding money and decided to take more trips. Paying for experiences that you can carry for the rest of your life is more worthwhile that tangible items that you will eventually throw away.

So a new feature on my blog is the travel map! Here you can check out where I’ve been and where I want to go! I’ve also added some links to posts of places that I have been. Its a great way to keep track of things. Good job google. Good job.

…And i’m back

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After a week away, unplugged, with just my camera and my notebook, I am back! So many adventures and sights to share. Obviously I will break down the trip into multiple posts, so bear with me.

At this time, I’d like to give a shout out to my family, The Martins, Cece, Caroline, Uncle Phillipe, Auntie Mani and Mami Boo, also Vannvilay. And new friends Many, Djoodar, and Nabil. You guys made my trip AMAZING and its so weird to be around English speakers still.

Happy Monday!

First Beach, First BURN!

It’s that time again, traveling season. And with the warm weather, you know what that means, BEACH. Due to last minute changes, I went from planning to spend Cinco De Mayo at the Kentucky Derby, to spending all day (and forgetting to reapply sunblock) at the beach in South Carolina. Lobster red is not a good look for me.

My ride or die chick, Vitya, and I got back to the root of our nicknames and had our first road trip of the summer! Picked up our Jeep after work Friday and hit the open road. Traffic wasn’t as bad as we thought it would be and made it to Monterey Bay in 8 hours!

The forecast was kind of iffy, but thanks to Mom, the weather was PERFECT all day and we woke up to amazing sunshine and the beach waves crashing. An awesome sight to wake up to, not to mention free continental breakfast with our suite. YESSSSS. Breakfast by palm trees is definitely a win! How could you not have a good day with that kind of start?

We spent all day, reading, wading in the somewhat warm water, spotting jellyfish and fish, collecting seashells, exploring random pools of water, trying to figure out which bugs bit me and enjoying the breezy sunshine.

The rest of the day pretty much went like this…

(Hey Napoloen gimme your tots!)

Then ending the night with… a hotel fort!!!

The trip had to come to an end. So after another good, free breakfast (waffles, grits, bacon, eggs, potato wedges and juice!) we hit the open road again. And oh yeah. I got burned.

…yeah I am going to sit under an umbrella for the rest of summer. No skin cancer for me please. Where’s the SPF 110?

Thanks to the mini vacay, I am back to work, refreshed and excited for the rest of summer. Hope ya’ll had a great weekend!!!