Life's Sweet Journey

Thursday, January 10, 2019

5 Reasons to Visit Idaho || #TravelTuesday Travel Blogger Link Up

Happy #TravelTuesday Thursday fellow adventurers!! 
I may be a day behind, but with the rate that I am accomplishing things so far in 2019 I am taking that as a win- anyone else feel like they haven't quite caught up yet?! 
Can't wait to see all your travel posts! 

I am kicking off the year by sharing one of my favorite spots of 2018! After spending 7 months on the road, and traipsing through over 20 different states, you might be surprised to find that my favorite one was Idaho... yes, Idaho! I was just a shocked! We planned to drive through, spending a night on the way out west and again on the way back east. Plans changed quickly and here's why...


5 Reasons to Visit Idaho


5 Reasons to Fall in Love with Idaho

Thursday, January 3, 2019

January Currently || HELLO 2019

Goodbye 2018, 
Hello 2019! 

We're only 3 days into the new year, but I'm linking up with Anne to share what January is looking like around here currently! 

Source: Find this cute print on Etsy
{Choosing} To be more positive! To be honest, the transition back to being settled in Florida hasn't been the easiest. We were ready to come back- to be closer to family, excited to start a new adventure- but didn't truly take the time we needed to decompress after being gone for so long. I don't handle transition well and we really didn't leave ourselves much of a buffer to ease back in to things. We just kind of jumped head first and it left me feeling moody and unfocused, which in turn made me a little cynical- which is typically not like me at all! I was all kinds of Eeyore gloom and felt a little like a failure; but we are starting to get into the swing of things, or maybe I just finally got myself into the right mindset, but either way I am trying to find my way back to my more optimistic self. So here's to positivity, even with the hard moments that may come, in 2019!! 

{Tidying} Everything! I am not the most tidy of people, but I really want to get reorganized so I am trying to work through the Simplified declutter your life challenge. I saw it on my friend Jenna's Instagram stories and have been trying to keep up with her when she shares the daily declutter prompt. Day 1 was take a trash bag around your house and throw away any trash. Day two was tidy your fridge. So far I still have to do both of those things, so we see how well I am already doing at rocking 2019!! 

{Resolving} Again, to be more organized!! I suck at using a planner, but with so much up in the air and all over the place the last year I have been trying to be better about using one. When I can actually remember to use it it truly does help me keep me mind less scattered. I used the Posh planner last year (about every other week) and while I loved it, I am looking for something that will be even better at keeping things sectioned this year. Anyone know of any good planners to try? I need monthly tabs and a lot of space for each day of the week! 

{Exploring} All the hidden corners in New Smyrna Beach! We are trying to branch out of our usual go-to spots and it has led us to some great places. Babe also gifted us Disney passes this year and I am beyond excited to explore even more of the most magical place on Earth! So much has been added since we were last there and I can't wait to get started. 

{Refreshing} My Goodreads list! Up until now I have only been using Goodreads to keep track of the books I want to read, but I want to actually set a reading goal and meet it. I met last year's gold ten fold, with all the reading I did on the road, but I never went back and recorded the books I read. As it sits now Goodreads thinks I am an epic failure. I plan to be more on top of it this year, until then I will just keep building my "want to read" list!! Help me out; what are some of your favorite reads? My most favorite recent reads were The Great Alone and Where the Crawdads Sing; if you haven't read them yet, do yourself a favor! 


And that's it for me so far this year! 
What does life look like for you currently? 

Friday, December 14, 2018

Friday Favorites GIVEAWAY

Happy FRIYAY!! 
Here are some of my Friday faves for this week; what are you loving right now?! 

Friday Favorites GIVEAWAY

{One} 
We moved back into Delilah the Dream Machine this week and I am loving being back in our cozy little home on wheels! Since being back in Florida we have gone back and forth between the camper and mom’s condo at the beach. We loved being right by the ocean, but constantly packing up all our stuff every other month was making us feel a bit unsettled. We have signed a four month commitment at a little park in Oak Hill, right along the intercoastal waterway. It is a little outside of NSB, so it will be a bit of an inconvenient drive, but all the parks here are currently full with snowbirds. The added perk of being on the water makes up for it though. We are excited to be able to finally breakout our standup paddle boards again!  

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Favorite Ways to Travel in December || #TravelTuesday Link Up

Happy #TravelTuesday!! 
This month I am putting a holiday spin on things and sharing some of my favorite ways to travel during the holiday season! 
Be sure to link up your travels and adventures below! 

My Favorite Ways to Travel During December 


{Mountain Moments} This time last year we were bundled up and checking off one of my holiday bucket list items... seeing the Biltmore at Christmas!! It was all kinds of magical! We had even had a few snow flurries to make it even more of a winter wonderland! I had been to Biltmore Estate a few times before, but was always itching to see it decorated for the holidays. While the tickets are a little more expensive, it is so worth it! 



{Escape the Cold} While I think the mountains add the perfect holiday element to December, our favorite way to travel during the holidays is by boat! Two years ago we kicked off December in the middle of the ocean with a cruise on the Allure of the Seas. You would think that being from Florida we wouldn't mind a little bit of a chill in the air, but we love heading somewhere even more tropical. There is no better way to do that than with a cruise, especially during the holidays. We have cruised twice the week following Christmas and celebrated New Year's Eve on the high seas. We have also cruised during Thanksgiving. It's fun and festive, while still being warm enough to hang out in nothing but a bathing suit all day! 

What do you prefer to do for the holidays? 
Escape the cold or search out the best snow?! 

Where have you been lately?! 
Link up for this month's Travel Tuesday Link Up! 
Let's explore together!! 
#TravelTuesday Travel Blogger Link Up
~On the 2nd Tuesday of every month I will be sharing a new travel post and would love to see where you have been exploring!
~Any linked posts will be pinned under Travel Tuesday on my Pinterest account. 
~Please leave a little love on the post directly before yours and then anywhere else you like! That way we can all grow this community together :) 
~Not many other rules, as I am not a huge fan of those sorts of things! Just add any travel related link and I encourage you to peek around and see where everyone else has been. 
~Feel free to grab the image from the sidebar and add it to your post so others know where to link up.
~I will also be featuring my favorite post from the month before and sharing across social media. This month I'm traveling vicariously through Intentional Travelers and their trip to Jerico, Colombia. The hiking looks amazing and I love how they immersed themselves in the local culture! 
Travel Blogger Link Up


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Gift Guide for the Wine Lover Under $25

Happy #WineDownWednesday! 
What better way to celebrate the love of all things vino than with a wine lover's gift guide?! 
Got any wine lovers on your Christmas list?
Here are a few things they might enjoy stuffed in their stocking this year! 

A Wine Lover's Gift Guide

{1} Reusable BPA Free Ice Cubes- Who else loves their wine chilled?! Red, White, doesn't matter; I'm a Florida girl and I prefer my wine cold, so I always have a stock of reusable ice cubes on hand.  

{2} SWIG Wine Tumbler- It's like a sippy cup for adults! We tried so hard to keep our wine glasses safe while we were on the road, but sadly, glass just didn't stand up to road life. These stainless steel wine glasses are not only safe from falls, but also keep your wine at the temperature you enjoy. 

{3} Insulated Wine Tote- Every good wino needs an insulated wine tote with all the essentials; to-go glasses, corkscrew, napkins. You can either tuck two bottles of wine inside or safe one half for a little bit to nibble! 

{4} Wine Glass Holder (for the shower)- True story: I eat breakfast in the shower; no, not the tub, the shower! It's actually pretty easy- you simply sit on the floor of the shower, while the water cascades down around you. You tuck your breakfast behind the shower curtain, so that water does not reach your food and then every so often you stick your head behind there to take a bit. However, wine should be more optimally reachable, especially if you don't have time to sit. I actually don't have one of these amazing inventions yet and am hopeful that one finds its way into my stocking this year! It will also make bath time more enjoyable too; it's a pain in the butt to constantly feel like I will spill my wine any time I have to reach over the edge of the tub. 

{5} Wine Stoppers- One of the easiest gifts for a stocking stuffer! I really love these floral, silicon wine stoppers, because they lay flat which allows the bottle of wine to fit more easily in the shelf in our fridge door. Our other wine stoppers make the bottle too tall. 

{6} Wine Markers- Hosting any fun holiday get togethers? Book club coming up?! Not only super sensible, but also a super fun way to add personal flair to wine glasses for a party!

{7} Portable Wine Bags- These are my fave! I use them all the time! Movies? Wine bag in my purse! Leaving for a cruise? Wine bag discreetly hidden in my tatas by wearing a romper with a hanging ruffle (pictured here, the romper- for example; not the tatas)! Most cruise lines allow one bottle of wine per person, but it never hurts to have an extra one... do you know how much drinks cost onboard?! Seriously, portable wine bags come in super handy! 

{8} 3-in-1 Wine Chiller- It not only chills your wine, but also aerates your wine while you pour! A little wine magician! 


Who on your gift list is a wine lover?! 
Mine includes my mama and sister! 
Any other wine gift ideas that I should consider?!