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Visiting the World's Largest Christmas Store


When you find out one of the most popular places to visit at your destination is Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, the largest Christmas store in the world, you go. This wasn't my first visit but it's been several years since I was there last and couldn't want to revisit. I used to live in Detroit, Michigan and remember how magical it was when I visited the first time. Because who doesn't love Christmas and Christmas decorations?
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Fly Away Friday 23




Welcome!
Welcome to the Fly Away Friday link-up! We’re so happy you’re joining us! Grab a cup of coffee, tea or wine (we’re not judging!) and enjoy!
About Fly Away Friday:
Fly Away Friday is a link-up community for travel related blog posts. Hosted by Chloe from Time Travel Blonde and Kana from Life in Wanderlust; we wanted to create and cultivate a supportive community of travelers. Every other Friday at 9:00AM PST, the Fly Away Friday link-up will open for everyone to share their posts all weekend long until Sunday at 11:59PM PST.
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Checking In: MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit, Michigan


Even though I knew of the MotorCity Casino and their colorful, grand building when I lived there, I had never visited. When I purchased the Detroit Red Wings' final game at the Joe Louis Arena, I knew I wanted to experience and stay at the MotorCity Casino Hotel.

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LA Locals Love: Melrose Trading Post


Sundays are for relaxing, eating a hearty brunch to soak up the drinks from the night before, and it's a day  for enjoying the Los Angeles sunny weather. As much as us LA locals love our warm weather, we don't get to enjoy it often enough due to sitting in our cars, in traffic 5 days a week. So, what's a way to take advantage of the almost always perfect weather in Southern California? Take a leisurely stroll to shop and people watch at the Melrose Trading Post!
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Featured Friends: Cherie from Nada to Prada


It's that time of month again to meet a new Travel Blogger! Say hello to my April Featured Friends, Cherie from Nada to Prada! Cherie emailed me about a month ago just to introduce herself and I loved that! I enjoy hearing from people that stumble across any of my social platforms; it truly makes my day.

Without further ado, let's get started on the interview with Cherie!
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Book Of The Month Review


This post is sponsored by Book Of The Month. However as always, opinions are my own.

Something you may not know about me is that I love reading books. Yes, I'm one of those people that are anti-ebooks and anti-audio books. When I travel, I always bring a book with me. That's probably when I get most of my reading done! Is that just me?!

I'm beyond excited to be partnering with Book Of The Month, a monthly subscription box that sends you new books!
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Touring the Grand Canyon with Pink Jeep Tours


One of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World and definitely one of my highest bucket-list items is the Grand Canyon. I'm sitting here at home still in disbelief that I got to see the magnificent Grand Canyon with my own eyes.

When we were planning my trip to Sedona, we knew the Grand Canyon was going to be too vast to go at it alone. Of course we could have figured it out on our own but in order to use our time wisely and efficiently, we knew a tour would be the best choice.
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LA Locals Love: Descanso Gardens


Los Angeles is a city infamous for its traffic, smog, and tourist traps. How do we Angelenos escape from the hectic everyday life, you ask? Just a short drive away from Downtown Los Angeles and Pasadena, you will find the peaceful outdoor oasis, Descanso Gardens. Located in the city of La Canada Flintridge, Descanso Gardens is nestled in a quiet neighborhood with wide, spacious streets. All year long Descanso Gardens host events, offer classes, have docent and self-guided walking tours throughout the gardens, while providing a place where the public can come and enjoy nature. This beautiful garden is a must-see for families, locals, and tourists!
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5 Food Stops to Make at Disneyland


Last month, I was lucky enough to spend a few days in Disneyland & California Adventure for my Bachelorette Party with my best friends. It's been a few years since I went to Disneyland so you can imagine how excited I was when all my friends agreed to coming with me! Yes, we wore matching shirts and Minnie ears, #noshame! You can see some photos of my Bachelorette on Instagram by clicking here.

One thing I love about my friends is that they love to eat, just like me! I definitely can't be friends with someone that doesn't appreciate food or want to snack all the time. We looked forward to eating Disney food just as much as the rides...or maybe more? Ha!

At Disneyland, they have the BEST food! So naturally, I had to share my 5 favorite food spots in Disneyland & California Adventure.
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Fly Away Friday #21


Welcome!
Welcome to the Fly Away Friday link-up! We’re so happy you’re joining us! Grab a cup of coffee, tea or wine (we’re not judging!) and enjoy! About Fly Away Friday:
Fly Away Friday is a link-up community for travel related blog posts. Hosted by Chloe from Time Travel Blonde and Kana from Life in Wanderlust; we wanted to create and cultivate a supportive community of travelers. Every other Friday at 9:00AM PST, the Fly Away Friday link-up will open for everyone to share their posts all weekend long until Sunday at 11:59PM PST.
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First Timer's Weekend Guide to Sedona, Arizona


Visiting Sedona and exploring the Grand Canyon has always been on my bucket-list. We've been talking about heading out there for a while now and finally got to it this past weekend. We departed Los Angeles early Saturday morning and left Tuesday morning for a nice, extended weekend in the desert.

After the one hour flight to Phoenix airport, we rented a car and headed up to Sedona. The drive to Sedona was approximately two hours but a pretty, cacti-filled one at that. We stopped at a tourist trap (they had good pie, though!) about an hour in and continued the trek. Right before arriving to Sedona, we stopped by the Montezuma Castle National Monument, oooh-ed and aaaah-ed at the amazing structure built without technology and finally checked in at the luxurious Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa.

Now, let me guide you through the hotel, restaurants, leisurely and adventurous activities you can do in an extended weekend in Sedona!
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LA Locals Love: 7 Instagrammable Coffee Shops in Los Angeles


Los Angeles is a city that is designed for Instagram worthy photos! Over the recent years, coffee shops and cafes have been amping up their design game and the results are breath taking for customers. What goes great with a strong cup of joe in the morning? Eye candy! Let me introduce you to 7  Instagrammable places in Los Angeles to grab a caffeinated beverage while snapping a photo to share with your friends. 
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Featured Friends: Allison from Becoming A Traveling Family


Not going to lie, I love having OG Fly Away Friday friends on my Featured Friends section! This month I'm introducing Allison, aka Becoming A Traveling Family from the wonderful city of Chicago. Her husband and her children travel around the world together as she documents it on her blog. I've been reading Allison's blog for over 6 months now ever since Fly Away Friday was created and have enjoyed each one of them. I know you will too!
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Tips On Surviving EDC & Other Music Festivals


Happy March! Spring is pretty much upon us and you know what that means? Music Festival season! Whether you’re going to EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival), Coachella, HardFest, Burning Man, Ultra Music Festival or whatever else, you can always use some friendly tips from an EDC Las Vegas goer! Attending last year’s EDC Las Vegas which was 3 days of partying from 8PM-6AM in 100+ degree heat taught me a few things!

So if it's your first time attending music festivals or can use a few friendly reminders before going back at it, keep reading! Just don't forget, the most important thing is to stay safe and enjoy yourself! 
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Meet the Beaches || A Guide to Santa Monica, California


Welcome to the second beach of the Meet the Beaches series! The first one was for Long Beach, you can click here to read that.

Today I'm giving you a quick insight into the famous Santa Monica Beach area! With summer right around the corner, a lot of people are looking for things to do in Santa Monica, best place to eat, spots to see and more! There's definitely so much to do in Santa Monica and I can't list all of them but below are a few of my favorite spots!
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Fly Away Friday #19



Welcome!
Welcome to the Fly Away Friday link-up! We’re so happy you’re joining us! Grab a cup of coffee, tea or wine (we’re not judging!) and enjoy!
About Fly Away Friday:
Fly Away Friday is a link-up community for travel related blog posts. Hosted by Chloe from Time Travel Blonde and Kana from Life in Wanderlust; we wanted to create and cultivate a supportive community of travelers. Every other Friday at 9:00AM PST, the Fly Away Friday link-up will open for everyone to share their posts all weekend long until Sunday at 11:59PM PST.
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LA Locals Love: Grand Central Market



If you're wondering where to grab a delicious meal and people watch simultaneously, you've gotta get yourself out to the Grand Central Market in DTLA! This vibrant urban food market represents the melting pot that is Los Angeles. Got a couple of hours and a big appetite? Want to meet up with friends and chat over a few drinks? Here are some fun and helpful things you should know about the Grand Central Market that's going to make your adventure a tasty and stress-free one!
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How To Detox After Vacation feat. Suja Juice


I don't know about you but when I vacation, I go hard. I eat as much as I can, drink more than I would normally and sleep as little as possible. It's all great and dandy until I get home feeling sad and disgusting. While I've already shared tips on How to Survive the Post-Vacation Blues, I thought I would share how I physically detox and get back on track.
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Featured Friends: Erin from Curiously Erin


If I could pick my favorite thing about having this blog, it's meeting new travelers and making friends. When Erin e-mailed me about Featured Friends, I was SO happy! I visited her blog and loved it. Sure, she's a new Travel Blogger but just by reading her posts and photos, you can tell she's going to be one of the best!

Erin's from Australia (hoping we can hang out when I'm there at the end of this year!), was a ski instructor, paramedic and a stewardess on a yacht! Whaaat? So cool right? Keep reading to get to know her!
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LA Locals Love: Museum of Broken Relationships


So, it's February which means we have to address that big pink and red, sugary sweet elephant in the room. Everywhere you go, you see heart shaped boxes filled with an assortment of chocolate, obnoxiously sappy love cards, and teddy bears as big as you. As if that isn't bad enough, you are probably being bombarded with questions from your friends, family, coworkers, and everyone else you happen to come into contact with about how you are going to celebrate *cue the dramatic sound effect: dun dun duuunnn* Valentine's Day. Fret not if you are single and a little bit more on the sour side rather than sweet this year. The Museum of Broken Relationships of Los Angeles has got your back for this Anti-Valentine's Day!
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10 Tips & Tricks for Business Travel


You're finally booked for that first business trip you've been longing for all these years. Whether it's for training or a client visit, it's always exciting to think about packing your carry-on and finally finding a reason to use all the sample size beauty products you've accumulated from Sephora.

Leisure travel is great, right? You boss signs off on your vacation request, you happily turn on your Out-Of-Office, tell your assistant to text you only in an emergency and boom, you're on glorious vacation. You get to focus on fun activities you'll do, where you'll take the perfect Instagram shot and what dollar amount threshold you have for giving up your seat for an overbooked flight.
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Exploring the Quiet Hot-Springs Town of Suwa, Japan


No, no one thinking of visiting Japan thinks, "I'm definitely hitting up Suwa".  I mean, I was born and raised in Tokyo, lived there until I was 18 and I didn't know where Suwa was until a couple of weeks before we went.

Suwa is a small town in the Nagano Prefecture in Japan. They're known for their hot springs, although not as well known as Hakone. Again, it's not a tourist destination but my family and I loved that about it. If you're looking for a spot that's less traveled to, a quiet place with good Japanese food, enjoy nature and relax in hot springs, it's the perfect place.
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Fly Away Friday #17 || A Travel Blog Link-Up



Welcome!
Welcome to the Fly Away Friday link-up! We’re so happy you’re joining us! Grab a cup of coffee, tea or wine (we’re not judging!) and enjoy!
About Fly Away Friday:
Fly Away Friday is a link-up community for travel related blog posts. Hosted by Chloe from Time Travel Blonde and Kana from Life in Wanderlust; we wanted to create and cultivate a supportive community of travelers. Every other Friday at 9:00AM PST, the Fly Away Friday link-up will open for everyone to share their posts all weekend long until Sunday at 11:59PM PST.

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South Coast Winery in Temecula & Celebrating 50 Years of Toyota's Corolla


It's funny, I've always been surrounded by Toyota vehicles. Growing up, my Dad's work car was a Toyota Camry, my Grandpa a Toyota Tacoma, my Uncle a Toyota Prius, my fiancé drives a Toyota Corolla, his sister also a Corolla, her husband a Toyota RAV4, his Mom a Toyota Avalon, his Dad a Toyota Lexus.

I mean, you get the gist.

So of course, when I was invited to celebrate Toyota Corolla's 50th Anniversary in Temecula, California, it almost felt like I was celebrating an inanimate friend's birthday since Toyota kept and continues to keep my family safe on the road.
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Bungee Girl App || Meet Your Next Travel BFF

This post is sponsored by Bungee Girl App. My opinions are as always, my own.

Even though I travel with my fiancé most of the time, he has a regular office job and has to take vacation time when traveling during the week. So do most of my friends. That results to sadly watching amazing deals go by where weekday travel is required.

I always thought making new friends would be a great way to have other people to travel with but where would I find one? Tinder? Uh, no. Bumble? Could be sketchy. Craigslist? No way.

Then I was introduced to the Bungee Girl App.
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LA Locals Love: Discover Smorgasburg Los Angeles


Are you looking for things to do in LA? Have you heard whispers of this amazing event called Smorgasburg in downtown Los Angeles? You've come to the right place!

Sunday Funday is a day I look forward to every week! I love sleeping in and indulging in life’s simple pleasures before starting fresh on Monday morning. A treat-yo-self type of day is the perfect end to a weekend.


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2017 Travel Plans & New Year's Resolution



Happy New Year, everyone! Wow, 2016 went by in seriously a flash! I can't believe it's already a new year. A lot happened in 2016 and sad to see it go; traveled a lot, saw my family more, met fantastic fellow travel bloggers, started a new business, got engaged to name a few!

So yes, 2016 was wonderful but I have a feeling 2017 is going to be even better! I already have tentative travel plans which I'll share below, a new business venture, a wedding to plan, a puppy in the works and some New Year's Resolutions I hope to accomplish!
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