Snorkeling in Hawaii: Caring for the underwater world

Snorkeling in Hawaii: Caring for the underwater world

11 Comments | 8 September 2013

USA travel

While Gav and I were planning our Hawaiian honeymoon, we knew snorkeling was a must-do activity. And I did go snorkeling! Gav’s a natural in the water but hadn’t been snorkeling in years. I’m not the strongest swimmer, but I loved my first (and at the time only) snorkeling experience at the Great Barrier Reef […]

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Orange and blue wedding colors: Our perfect combination

Orange and blue wedding colors: Our perfect combination

12 Comments | 1 September 2013

Life in Virginia

When I was in kindergarten, my favorite color was orange. Don’t ask me why, but when I surveyed any available box of crayons, the orange one always seemed to call my name. While others picked blue or red as their favorite, I was the one kid who claimed orange. I don’t remember how long the […]

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Guest Post – Urban Unwinding: 3 U.S. Cities Where You Can Chill Out

1 Comment | 29 August 2013

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Cities are known for their excitement, the hustle and bustle — their “buzz.” The noise and crowds that characterize cities is natural — cities are where we congregate, after all. Urban areas have entertainment, diversity and unique architectural beauty. However, despite these amenities, cities can be exhausting as well. Navigating traffic, streets and crowds can […]

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Charlottesville spring wedding at the University of Virginia

Charlottesville spring wedding at the University of Virginia

4 Comments | 24 August 2013

Life in Virginia

I’ve lived in Charlottesville, Virginia since 1996, with the exception of the two years I was in graduate school and the one year I spent in Australia. I love Charlottesville. The city has been consistently recognized as a delicious, smart, beautiful, and all-around great place to live. Charlottesville is also home to the University of […]

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May the 4th be with you! Small ways to incorporate Star Wars into a May 4 wedding

May the 4th be with you! Small ways to incorporate Star Wars into a May 4 wedding

15 Comments | 8 August 2013

Life in Virginia

We owe Star Wars a big thank you for helping us meet. Years before Gav and I ever met, I met his best friend Kev online because we both had an interest in Star Wars. While I still enjoy Star Wars, I REALLY loved Star Wars at the time. I’d seen the movies, read many […]

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Guest Post: Top 7 Smart Luxury Hotels in Amsterdam

Leave a Comment | 2 August 2013

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A trend in European travel this year is an increase in the number of hotels classified as “smart luxury.” These nicknames indicate the hotels likely cost less than high-end designer hotels which were more popular in past decades. The last ten years have seen a surge in smart luxury hotels throughout Europe — hotels designed […]

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Helicopter tour of the Big Island of Hawaii: Volcanoes and waterfalls

Helicopter tour of the Big Island of Hawaii: Volcanoes and waterfalls

7 Comments | 28 July 2013

USA travel

Before we started planning our Hawaiian honeymoon, I already knew the #1 thing I wanted to experience — a helicopter tour over the Big Island. When I was five, my parents went to Hawaii on a company trip, and they returned raving about their helicopter flight over Kilauea. The volcano has been continuously erupting since […]

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Atlantis Submarine Adventures: Big Island Kona tour

Atlantis Submarine Adventures: Big Island Kona tour

8 Comments | 21 July 2013

USA travel

I wanted an underwater adventure during our 2-week Hawaiian honeymoon. We looked into snorkeling with dolphins or manta rays, scuba diving, and submarine tours, and understandably, we wanted to do it all! Since I had suggested so many of our activities for Maui, I asked Gav to select the water excursion we would enjoy on […]

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Vanilla Luncheon Experience with the Hawaiian Vanilla Company

Vanilla Luncheon Experience with the Hawaiian Vanilla Company

2 Comments | 8 July 2013

USA travel

After spending a week in Maui, Gav and I flew to Hawaii’s Big Island to enjoy the second week of our honeymoon. We spent the first two days exploring the beautiful, green east coast before venturing to the contrasting lava lined landscape of the west coast. En route from Hilo to Kona, we stopped for […]

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Alohahola! Maui’s best Mexican meal

Alohahola! Maui’s best Mexican meal

4 Comments | 1 July 2013

USA travel

Whenever I talk to fellow travel blogging Americans about food, one thing becomes apparent — we love looking for good Mexican food wherever in the world we may be. As a gal who pursues food experiences when I travel above most any other, I appreciate how the company of those who join me and the […]

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