Crunchy Taco Cups

New recipe on Kevin & Amanda Recipes today! :)

These fun Crunchy Taco Cups are made in a muffin tin with wonton wrappers!  Great for a taco party/bar. Everyone can add their own ingredients and toppings! Crunchy, delicious, and fun to eat!

Dying over these Crunchy Taco Cups!! They’re layers of crunchy taco shell, seasoned beef, spicy tomatoes, and gooey cheese made in a muffin tin. Crunchy on the outside, melty on the inside. Make these ASAP!! :)

These fun Crunchy Taco Cups are made in a muffin tin with wonton wrappers!  Great for a taco party/bar. Everyone can add their own ingredients and toppings! Crunchy, delicious, and fun to eat!

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Crunchy Taco Cups

Enjoy!! :)


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If you’ve got a vacation coming up, I have a super useful tutorial for you today to help you easily organize and manage your trip. Before I leave on a trip, I always create a custom travel map so I can keep track of my hotel, sights I want to see, photo ops, restaurants, and more all in one easily accessible spot. That way I can see where everything is, see what places are close to each other, and have directions and notes right at my fingertips. Today I’m going to show you how easy it is to make one. It’s super simple and you can probably create your own map in 15 minutes or less!

Google recently updated their maps to the new My Maps, so this tutorial will show you how to create a map with the new My Maps.

 

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a vacation coming up!

Let’s get started! :)

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

To start, go to https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/?pli=1 and click Create a new map.

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

In the top left-hand corner, click where it says Untitled to give your map a new name. I named this map New York City.

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

Now use the search bar at the top to start adding locations to your map. Just start typing the name and Google will pull it up. You don’t even have to know the exact address. I started with our hotel, the Omni Berkshire Place in NYC.

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

Hit Enter or click the magnifying glass and a list of your search results will appear on the left. Click the name in the list, or on the pin that appears on the map, and an info box will pop up. Then click Add to map.

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

Repeat this step for as many locations as you want to add to your map. Just search for a location…

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

Then click Add to map. This part goes super quickly!

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

If a search result has multiple locations, you can see all its locations on the map, along with the other places you’ve added to your map so far, so you can see which location is closest to places you’ll already be. Click the pin on the map of the location of your choice, then click Add to map.

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

Once you’ve added all the locations to your map, you can customize the icons to keep them even more organized and easily recognizable. Click on a location in the list on the left, then click the paint bucket icon.

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

You can change the color and shape of the icon, or you can click the More icons button.

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

This will pull up a ton of icons you can choose from!

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

Here’s an example of how my maps usually look. My hotel is always green, so it stands out and I always know how to get back home. I have broadway shows, photo ops, and shopping locations. Bakeries are always pink. Lunch is light blue, and dinner is dark blue. Now I can look at the map and automatically recognize what is around me and what I can do.

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

I also like to add notes and reminders about certain spots. To do this, click on a location in the list, then click on the edit pencil in the info box that pops up.

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

Write down any notes to help you remember what you wanted to do at a certain location.

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

You can also add a picture to help remind you! Click on the camera icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the more info box.

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

You can’t upload your own image, but you can add any image on the internet if you know the URL, or you can just do a Google image search for a specific image.

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

Love this feature, adding photos is so quick and easy!

 

Accessing the Map

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

So that’s it! You have a super organized, useful map with locations, notes, and photos. Now you need to be able to access it on the go.

If you have an Android, you can use the My Maps app from the Play Store.

If you have an iPhone, you can access the map from Safari. Just go to this link on your phone: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/?pli=1

Click Open a map. You may need to sign in to your Google account.

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

A list of all your created maps will come up. Click on the map you want. All your custom locations and icons will appear on the map. It will also show your current location so can see where you are in relation to places on the map.

You can click on the three-line menu bar in the top left-hand corner to pull up a list of your saved locations.

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

From here, you can click on a location to see the notes/photos you added. You may need to click more than once, then you’ll need to click the menu button again to make the list go away so you can see the map.

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

Here’s what it looks like.

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

From this screen you can scroll down to get the address, then press and hold to copy the address. You can paste this in your maps app for directions.

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

Accessing the map via Safari definitely works, and is the best free option. But as you can see above it is a little clunky. If you’re a frequent traveler and avid map-maker, you may want to look into the new My Maps app for iPhone for $4.99.

Now let me just say, in a world where we are spoiled with so many good free apps, even paying 99 cents for an app seems like a splurge to me. And while I wouldn’t blink twice at spending $4.99 on a cupcake I’ll enjoy for 30 seconds, paying $4.99 for an app seems way too high, even though I know I’ll use it over and over. I don’t know why my brain is wired that way. Anyway, I hardly ever pay for apps, especially ones that cost more than 99 cents.

However, after giving in and downloading it, this app does everything I want it to do exactly the way I want it to do it. I’m I’m not sure I can say that about any other app I use. In the end, this app was worth the high price for me.

I’ll give you a quick tour so you can see what it does. Either way you choose, you can still definitely access your map for free from Safari!

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

Open the app, sign in to your Google account, then click on the three lines in the top left-hand corner to pull up a list of all your maps. Click on the map you want.

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

Here you can see all your saved locations and custom icons, as well as your current location. Click on the menu button in the top right-hand corner to pull up a list of your saved locations,

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

You can see the custom notes you’ve added from this screen.

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

You can click on a location and it will zoom into that spot on the map. You can also click the info button….

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

And it will show you any photos you have added.

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

Or you can click the car icon, and it will give you directions.

SUPER helpful tutorial to create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps. A MUST have if you've got a trip coming up! Works with the NEW Google My Maps!

You can open the directions in any map app you want. From there, you can choose whether you want car, walking, or public transit directions.

If you open the map and all the locations when you have internet, the app will even cache the information so you can access it offline.

 

Example Map

So that’s it! Now you can stay organized and have directions and notes right at your fingertips.

Here is a link to my NYC map with all my favorite places. You can use this link to see how the maps look and work on your phone.

 

Getting Around

We love walking and taking public transportation when exploring a new city, but sometimes you just need a taxi. We’ve started using Uber to quickly call a car. Have you heard of Uber?? It’s your own personal, private driver for the same price of a taxi. When you open the Uber app, it will show you where drivers are near you, and tell you how long it will take for a car to get to you. Just click Set Pick Up Location and your private car is on it’s way. You can even watch it on the map as it gets closer to your location. It will send you an alert when your car gets close so you know when to go outside. No more waiting outside in the freezing cold or rain for a taxi! You add a credit card or Paypal account to your Uber account, and you never to worry about paying the driver. It’s all done through the app. You get in the car,  the driver takes you to your location, and you get out. No fumbling with paying, you can just get out and leave! You don’t even have to tip — it’s built into the price of the service (which is still competitive with a taxi!).   It’s seriously the fastest and best way to get where ever you need to go!

Use the code amandab84 to get your first Uber ride FREE!! (Up to $20)

Happy map-making and safe travels!! :) xoxo


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Cheesy Party Burgers

New recipe on Kevin & Amanda Recipes today! :)

These Cheesy Party Burgers are so fun! Great to serve to a crowd or just to make dinner fun. Perfect for parties because you can make them the night before and cook the next day. If you want to start the party, make these Cheesy Party Burgers!!

Get the party started with these Cheesy Party Burgers tonight! Great to serve a crowd or just make dinner fun. Find out why Kevin calls them “Diamond Burgers!”

Click the title below to get the recipe:

Cheesy Party Burgers

Enjoy!! :)


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