Every winter my girlfriends and I go on a trip up north to my BFF’s house in Grand Marais, Michigan [yep, wayyyy up there] and enjoy the winter wonderland. Each year, is always more eventful than the last. No matter what happens its loads of laughs, stories, and best of all time spent away from social media [no cell service], boys [not invited], and all the distractions we have in our lives now that we are kind of adults.

I’ve been into cookies & I made these cookies for our trip, and also airbrushed some personalized sweaters with everyones personality & names. For a recipe on cookies that hold their shape, click here. Super fun.


If you wanted to see the bridge, today wasn’t the best day to do it.

If you wanted to cross the bridge, today wasn’t the best day to do it either.


The bridge was closed due to weather during our Grand Marais Weekend. It kinda made history because its only been closed 19 times in its entire existence and there we were trying to cross it during the week it closed 3 other times. Really wild.


How excited we were to be crossing the bridge and uniting with the other half of our friends on the trip. I designed GRLS WKND shirts, and each letter is something iconic about our adventures in the Upper Peninsula. I thought I was so clever.


Sorry I made you take so many photos. I’m also sorry for the loss of a loved one, and that you couldn’t attend. They say if you’ve been friends for 10 years, you’ll be friends for life. These girls are great. I think I’ll keep em. I just hope they’ll keep me.


Travel is important. Its good for the soul. Its also good for the soul when you can reunite with some people that you love the most. Kisses.



Vacation is all I ever wanted

VACAYYYYY! I am excited for so many reasons…. the first one being that I am traveling south for [hopefully] warmer weather. If you’re reading this on Thursday, March 8th.. I’m hopefully basking in the sun with a fruity [adult] beverage or raspberry lemonade in hand. Every year my parents, husband & I share a wonderful week of vacation at our condo in Florida. It’s right on the beach & basically magical. This week is sacred. This week is the only 9 day spread that I get to spend with my husband 100% guaranteed he won’t have to go into work. YESSSSSSSS. He’s already talking about going to this bar across the street he loves. It’s really nice for the 4 of us to spend time together because the rest of the year these occasions are few & far between.

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Typically our week consists of the Detroit Tiger’s spring training [we are native Michiganders], Fishing off the Pier, Golfing, Visiting Ron Jon Surf Shop, and RELAXATION. We want to hit up Universal [cause I’ve been to Harry Potter world 2 times once in LA & once in Orlando & my mom NEEDS to go] & any other fun stuff we can find. We did a casino cruise a few years back and we did not get off the boat richer so we’ll probs skip on that.

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I’m hoping not to disappoint & still have posts ready Tuesday/Thursday at 5:00PM Eastern Standard Time while I’m gone.

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Here’s a #ThrowbackThursday photo for your enjoyment. I hope my kids are this cute. I also hope that my children will wear gold edged robes & ruffled swimsuits. Cause that for sure makes the outfit. Snazzy dresser even back then. [thanks mom] Kisses.




I think travel is super important. I think its a million times more valuable in life then things. Seeing the world is my ultimate dream, but I suppose I’ll start here. In the good ole’ USA. I’ve never been to Vegas & boy was I in for a treat.

It all started as soon as we got on the plane. There I was, in my leopard coat, leather backpack, really sleek black jeans and converse, looking cool as ever. AND MY HUSBAND AND I WEREN’T SEATED TOGETHER. Idk what it is about planes now where they separate everyone traveling together, and buying their tickets together. I was in row 39. THE LAST ROW POSSIBLE. & I was all, tight. I have a window. NOPE. Because my seat was the last possible seat on the plane I was the only window seat sans window. So I plugged in my headphones, got my book out, and read. I read the whole thing. I love this series. If you’re interested, I’ll put a link for them on Amazon.

You’ll love it more if you read them in order. My husband in row 9 sent me a drink. THANK YOU JON. I married a good one girls. Find yourself a good one.

All this is not why you came here. Sorry. I get really off topic when I’m anxious. Anyone else have anxiety?


Welcome to the Adult Playground where you’ll be up for 4 days straight & try to see as much as possible. I’ll insert some photos that summarize my first day. (We spent Friday-Tuesday there)

  1. Me & My wonderful hubby. 2. The strip. SO MANY LIGHTS. 3. Me outside The Mentalist. (WHICH WAS NUTS. Idk how he knew that stuff!!) – Also, that sky is a CEILING. yep. Currently inside of a mall type venue. 4. I just thought this was funny. Take it as you wish.

Unfortunately none of the people taking photos for me were photographers. BUT. The Bellagio was awesome. There was the world’s largest chocolate fountain, the gardens (the peacock is all made from flowers) & the lobby itself was pretty rad. Idk where I was bossing out with my winnings, but I needed to include this. So you can get me. The real me. lol.

ITS BRITNEY BITCH! That was the one thing I really wanted to do while we were there. LOVED IT. I really enjoyed it. If you’re a Britney fan, and ever find yourself in Vegas between now and Dec. 31st when her residency ends, you should totally see her.

That night we also saw Mat Franco a magician who was the winner of America’s Got Talent… last year? Don’t quote me. BUT HE WAS AWESOME. No pictures allowed, cause… magic. But also a show I really [needed] to attend while I visited. Outside the Mat Franco Theater I met Maleficent and the Evil Queen (Grimhilde).

In case you haven’t already noticed, I tried to maximize my glitter output while in Vegas, because my Michigan town doesn’t really do that. Most people here wear hoodies & tennis shoes. WHICH IS UNACCEPTABLE. Okay? I wore these beautiful Vera Wang Lavender flats until I couldn’t stand it anymore cause my fitbit said we walked an average of 23,000 steps a day. Which is kind of a lot when you’re wearing flats.



The Venetian was kind of amazing. THERE IS A RIVER IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS PLACE. & you can hire a little man to row you through it in a cute little boat that props has a special name, but I don’t know what it is. OH. BTW. All these places I’m naming are casinos & hotels, & show venues, & like buffet locations, & like, anything you’d wanna do, ever places.


Here we are! At the iconic Vegas sign. It was pretty emotional because we were in Vegas VERY shortly after the mass shooting at Mandalay Bay. There were beautiful tributes, memorials, flowers, & loved ones leaving items for lives lost. So fucking tragic. Idk what is wrong with the world. I kind of love this picture tho because it shows that I’m a real human behind this computer. Which people often forget. I’m so truly sorry if you have a loved one that was lost in this sickly tragic event.

On a happier note, Mandalay Bay has an AMAZING Aquarium & if you stick around long enough in wonderland – you’ll see how crazy I am for animals. 1. Lion Fish. 2. Me in a sea tunnel and the fish swim all around. 3. THE biggest shark I’ve ever seen in an aquarium. What I loved about this aquarium specifically was that they had the LARGEST aquatic animals I have EVER seen in captivity. It was INSANE. The sea turtle was at least 3 ft. wide, and the shark had to be 8-9 ft AT LEAST. I loved it. I probably could have stood there all day.

The last day of our trip we went to the Hoover Dam. I kinda hated it. If I’m really honest. It just wasn’t that exciting. BUT my husband loved it. (He’s an engineer.) I mean, it is an amazing engineering project and its massive. But, not that exciting. We walked over the bridge & then we walked over the top of it. That’s lake mead in the bottom right and the white line is calcium from when the dam almost flooded a million years ago. [I would be a terrible tour guide – dates are not my thing]


Its hard to sum up a trip to Las Vegas in just a few short paragraphs, but we stayed up all night, ate at a Bellagio Buffet, saw a Comedian, won a ton of money & paid for our whole trip which was really cool & best of all – made some great memories. Till next time.


Cave Dweller – 2nd Tour

I won’t bore you, since you read about the entirety of this trip yesterday, but I had so many cool pictures, (at least I think so) I wanted to share some more. The pictures don’t do it justice – & its really something you should see for yourself.. If you’re into the great outdoors & exploring.

crystal1I actually think I liked this tour better because you really got into the cave, where you had to duck under stalactites and stalagmites.

Stalactites – formations from the ceiling.

Stalagmites – formations from the ground.

Column – when they form together.

Didn’t think you were going to get a science lesson today? Well, with my blog.. you’ll never know. I was wondering the whole time why they called it the crystal palace, because up until this point, all I ever saw were regular old formations.

BUT THESE WERE GLITTERY. & as you well know. I love glitter.


Here’s a close up —-> crystal3










Its not really that glittery in the picture, but just use your imagination a little. It was incredible. This portion of the cave also had a waterfall, but not your typical waterfall. Essentially a hole in the ceiling, and water rapidly falling straight down into another hole to go somewhere down in the 3rd level.

I thought the cave would be wetter actually. There were some slippery spots (pro tip – wear tennis shoes) if you ever decide to take on this exploration. & buy yourself a great camera. As wonderful as the iPhone 6 is, I know I could do better. (but you get the idea, right?)


Sometimes the stalactites would grow in rows, which I thought was amazing – but in an easy explanation, its water dripping from cracks in the cave, BUT ISN’T IT SO MUCH COOLER THEN THAT? In this image you can see the cement path that was throughout the cave. Congrats if you’re still reading & excited, because I saved the best for last.

The mirror lakes. The guide asked us to guess how far we were looking down, & its seriously and optical illusion, because I thought I was looking into a deep crevasse of the cave, & this whole time I was wondering how there wasn’t a fence for crazy tourists that get too close. WELL. because I was actually looking into WATER. & a reflection. I felt like an idiot. The water is anywhere from (go ahead and throw in a guess) 3-6 INCHES. I think I laughed out loud. So, if the tourists do get too close, they’ll just get wet. BUT SERIOUSLY.


Looking in the picture, you’re like – yeah duh. its a minor. But when you’re actually THERE. Its DIFFERENT. You can’t tell me this image below doesn’t look like he’s standing on the edge of a deep cavern. Right? Anyway. In person, it was totally wild.


Thanks for going on this trip with me. Love hard, travel often. Where have you traveled recently? Any plans to travel? Let me know!



Just Call me a Cave Dweller

This weekend my husband & I spontaneously decided to travel to Indiana. Mind you, this trip is 6 long hours of corn fields & ZERO farm animals from our humble abode. (7.5 if you decide to go through Indianapolis in rush hour – I don’t advise it.) Our long lost friend was relocated to this wonderful place, called Bedford, IN for her job. So, we packed some essentials (what do you really pack anyway?) we jump in the car, & get a move on. We didn’t really know what we’d find there – but it was quite the adventure.

Our first night we explored the town, had a wonderful dinner at Uplander’s brewery & found a nice bar called The Tap for some drinks & dessert. (a WONDERFUL dessert.) I’m no Instagram junkie, so these pics are as good as it gets for iPhone in the night images. I thought this little town of Bloomington, IN was really cute. That’s also where Indiana University happens to be. (and a large population of homeless which was quite surprising given the clientele of the area.)

The next morning we started our journey to the Morengo Caves. I wasn’t really sure quite what we were getting ourselves into, but I like adventure – and the natural world is really interesting, so we went.


dipstone4This part of the tour was about a mile & an hour long. I’m wondering all sorts of things – how dark is it going to be? Is this guide with one flashlight about to take us through? Will it be cold. YES. it will. Caves take on the average temperature of their geographic location. Since the average temp is 52 in southern Indiana – the cave is 52 degrees all year round. (pro tip – wear a jacket) & as soon as we step inside – I’m wondering, will there be bats? What is a natural cave really like – as far as my knowledge of caves go, is only in books. Well, here we go, about to step into my very first cave.











Caves are made up of tons of formations — Did you know that every inch of a stalactite it takes 100 years to form? THATS INCREDIBLE. These caves are so old! Discovered in 1883 by two little kids exploring around, they went down a sinkhole and found this. Can you imagine? Exploring this little cave with one little candle? It’s miles big, and has several levels. Our guide is going to crawl for 6 hours on her hands & knees to explore the 3rd level. Count me out of that one. Can you say claustrophobic? Yikes. Pass. Hard pass.

It almost looks like the second image (above) is upside down… its a whole different world down there. Hundreds of feet below the surface.

You’re probably sick of pictures of caves. So I’ll spare you and post the rest of the images from our second tour tomorrow. Travel often. It’s good for the soul. Kisses.