Edinburgh & Castle Driving the Coast of Scotland

May 1, 2014
Visit Alnwick Castle, aka Hogwarts, featured in the Harry Potter movies on a castle drive down the coast of Scotland + More Tips for Traveling to Scotland from

We spent our final evening in Scotland in Edinburgh. I completely fell in love with the gorgeous architecture here, and wished we’d had more time to explore this beautiful, historic, mysterious city! We only had about an hour to explore, so we spent most of our time wandering up and down the Royal Mile. We […]

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Fa’side Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland

April 29, 2014
Stay in your own private Castle in Edinburgh, Scotland — Fa'side Castle. Tips for Traveling to Scotland.

On our 5th day in Scotland, we had breakfast at our hotel in Oban, then headed for Edinburgh. Kevin told me we were staying in a castle, but I had no idea what to expect! This was our view as we were pulling up the drive. Welcome to Fa’side Castle! We stayed in The Tower […]

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Islands of Scotland: Mull, Iona, and the Cave of Melodies

April 27, 2014
Exploring the Islands of Mull, Iona & Staffa + Tips for Traveling to Scotland. What to Do, See, & Eat.

Scotland Day 4 — Mull, Iona, & Staffa Tour from Oban On our fourth day in Scotland, we woke up early at our hotel in Oban for our Early Bird Three Isles Excursion to Mull, Iona, and Staffa with Staffa Tours. This was another one of the things I was most looking forward to doing […]

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Fairy Pools of Scotland

April 24, 2014
Fairy Pools of Scotland. Tips for Traveling to Scotland! What to Do, See, & Eat.

Scotland Day 3 — Skye to Oban One of the things I was most looking forward to seeing on the Isle of Skye were the famed Fairy Pools of Scotland. So after breakfast on our first morning in Skye, we made our way to the mystical, spooky trail that would lead us to the Fairy […]

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Made it to Scotland!

April 23, 2014
Sunrise at Beach Cottage B&B, Inverness, Scotland. Tips for Traveling to Scotland -- What to Do, See, & Eat.

Scotland Day 1 & 2 — Inverness to Skye Good morning from Scotland! We’ve just returned home from our 15 day trip through Scotland, London, and Paris, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it! Over the next few weeks I’ll be recapping and sharing everything with you here: where we went, where […]

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NYC Girls Weekend with Picky Palate!

March 17, 2014

Last weekend I was so excited to sneak away for a fun few days in NYC with one of my favorite friends, Jenny from Picky Palate. I always love it when we travel together, and we had been talking about going back to NYC for ages. I was so excited when the date finally came! […]

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What I Got For Christmas…

March 4, 2014

I am terrrrrrrible at guessing what Kevin will give me for Christmas. It’s always a surprise! I always beg and beg for hints, and he just laughs and teases me with vague clues because he knows I’ll never guess. I just wanna know so bad!! :) This year I needed a suitcase, but even when […]

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What’s New

February 27, 2014

1. For Valentine’s Day Kevin made me Red Velvet Cookie Dough Pies. They were so, so, so good, I am still dreaming about them. We found the most adorable heart-shaped pie press at Target, and he used it to cut out the dough and make the pies. He combined two Picky Palate recipes: Hot Little […]

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S’mores and Spa Day at the Montage Deer Valley

February 12, 2014
Montage Deer Valley

One of the most recognizable new landmarks of Deer Valley is the Montage Hotel and Spa. It is massive, right on the slopes, and visible from several chairlifts and summits. It is so huge, you can see it from almost everywhere! I always ski past it and wonder what it’s like. It is seriously like […]

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The Stein Eriksen Lodge at Deer Valley

February 7, 2014

*New feature on Kevin & Amanda! Use the left and right arrow keys to scroll between photos. The majestic Stein Eriksen Lodge was our home for five days last week while we were in Deer Valley, Utah. The Stein Lodge is Deer Valley’s premier on-mountain luxury hotel, and it is also the ONLY Forbes five-star […]

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Winter Wonderland at Deer Valley, Utah

February 5, 2014

When I was growing up, my parents — my dad especially — LOVED to ski. We didn’t get to go every year, but they planned and saved up, and the trips we did get to take were extremely special and meaningful. My dad taught me to ski at a fairly early age, and I always […]

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Create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps

January 15, 2014

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, what I want to see, photo ops, restaurants, and […]

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Weekend Getaway in Kohler, Wisconsin

November 21, 2013

Ali, Heidi, Sandy, Sommer, Dara, Amy, Me A few weeks ago I spent four days in the gorgeous little town of Kohler, Wisconsin with some sweet girlfriends. It was my first time to visit Kohler, and I had no idea what to expect, but I fell so much in love with this cozy little village […]

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Better Blog Retreat

October 17, 2013

Earlier this month I got to spend the most amazing four days tucked away in a cabin in the mountains of Park City, Utah with some of my favorite blogging girlfriends. I love going to blogging conferences, but my favorite part about them is after the conference — when we’re back in the room, in […]

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Hellmann’s 100th Birthday Party in NYC

October 10, 2013

What a whirlwind NYC was! The day finally came for the Hellmann’s 100th Birthday party, and I could not believe what all they had in store for us. It was incredible. Talk about celebrities everywhere! I was such a dork! ;) We started the day at a taping of The Chew on ABC. I sat […]

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Girls Day in NYC

October 8, 2013
Chocolate Chunk Cookie from Sugar and Plumm in NYC

After Kevin headed back home, I still had a few more days to myself in NYC before the Hellmann’s 100th Birthday Party. My sweet blogging buds Shelly and Shaina joined me, and at the last minute we found out our other friend Jessica was going to be in NYC too! :) We met up for […]

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The Tuscany NYC

October 4, 2013

When Kevin and I were in New York, we stayed at The Tuscany NYC. I really wanted to surprise Kevin and stay here, because I knew the number one thing on his to do list was go to the top of the Empire State Building. The Tuscany offers rooms with a stunning view of the […]

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The Empire State Building at Night

October 3, 2013

Kevin’s number one thing on his list to do in NYC was go to the top of the Empire State Building. I kept telling him about Top of the Rock too, but I think what really convinced him is when our friends Stephanie and Tadd over at The Plain Chicken told him about it when […]

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The Treat House, NYC

October 1, 2013

My friend Shelly told me about this fun new dessert shop in NYC called the Treat House. They specialize in Rice Krispy Treats and offer over a dozen varieties of gourmet mini Rice Krispy treats! Kevin loves Rice Krispy treats, so I knew we had to check this place out. We stopped by first thing one […]

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Two Quick Days in NYC

September 30, 2013

Last weekend Kevin and I spent a few quick days in NYC together. We had so much fun this trip! Whenever we travel together, I usually pick where we eat, and he picks what we do. It works out great! :) He always does his research and finds the neatest things for us to do. […]

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