One of my goals in life is to visit all of the famous national parks in the United States. The summer before last was Yosemite, and this summer it was all about the Grand Canyon. I’ve heard that this natural wonder of the world is one that you must see with your own eyes, and that pictures don’t do it justice–I found this to be 100% true.
Reunited at the Grand Canyon
We always try to meet up with my sisters and family at least once a year. This time, we made a plan to meet at the Grand Canyon. We stayed on the amazing KOA Williams campgrounds in a luxury cabin (I’ve got the deets on this spot coming soon).
So you most likely saw part one to this road trip, where we started our journey in West Texas and continued on to Albuquerque, New Mexico. On this part of the trip, we picked up in New Mexico, and hiked up a volcano and ice cave. We finally made it over to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, which is where my husband and I restated our vows at sunset for our four-year anniversary. The next day, we went rafting inside of the Canyon, off the Colorado River. With the kids, we got to experience a fun safari style car ride at Bearizona with bears and wolves. And finally, on the way back to Texas, we stopped for a quick swim in the Blue Hole in Santa Rosa, New Mexico (click here for the Snapchat videos to these experiences).
Be sure to watch today’s Snapchat diaries so you can get a glimpse of our amazing experience. And… I’ll never leave you hangin’ without style tips. See my pictures below for a little vaca style! You can scroll my ‘Shop the Post’ widget for direct links!
Road Trip Diaries Part 2
Leaving Albuquerque, New MexicoRe-reading our vows for our 4th year AnniversarySouth Rim Grand CanyonBoarder of Arizona and New MexicoBlue Hole Santa Rosa, New Mexico
At the start of July, the family and I took a road trip through the southwest. I was actually dreading the thought of traveling with a jam-packed car–in addition to a potty training toddler. But it all turned out to be pretty amazing. I felt way less stressed in the privacy of our own car, as opposed to a public and cramped airplane. Plus, our bonding time was priceless. Our final destination was the South Rim of the Grand Canyon–we were scheduled to meet up with my sisters and their families from my hometown of Sacramento. However, leading up to that, we had plenty of time to explore and enjoy both West Texas and Albuquerque, New Mexico. My husband has an Aunt and Uncle with a breath-taking ranch in West, Texas. Our girls got the opportunity to sample that ranch life for a bit–it was pretty amazing. Albuquerque just seemed to be a nice central point in between West Texas and the Grand Canyon–so we stayed the night, and even got to enjoy a local outdoor jazz concert.
Snapchat Moments Part 1
There’s no way that I can capture every moment with pictures, but I can give you about 3 minutes worth of Snapchat moments to give you a glimpse into our amazing experience. Of course I can’t leave you hanging without letting you in on my style secrets! Below you will find my favorite pictures, as well as the links to these outfits!
Hope you enjoy!
Road Trip Diaries Part 1
West TexasSanta Rosa, New MexicoAlbuquerque, New Mexico
Because my husband and I are teachers, and we get the summers off, we try to plan at least one big annual vacation. During our first year of marriage, we explored Nuevo Nayarit in Mexico, the year after that we took on Northern California cramming in Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, and San Francisco. Last year was Disney World and the whole Orlando experience, but this year we wanted more out of our trip. We thought it would be pretty cool to take a family road trip exploring the Southwest–West Texas, New Mexico, and ultimately the Grand Canyon.
The planning part of the trip was easy! We simply discovered all of our hotels using Tavelocity–which is always pretty simple. The difficult part was planning out what to wear, all while packing pretty lightly (and trust me, this was a challenge for me).
Today, I’m going to give you a glimpse into my packing list–sort of first access to my outfits and accessories before I even blog about them. Take a look at my Lookbook below for a little sneak preview of what you will be seeing on the blog throughout the next couple of weeks. You will definitely see that I specifically chose pieces that can fit into a Southwest kind of lifestyle, as well as an everyday summer lifestyle.
Wish us luck throughout our journey–especially the fact that we are traveling with a 2-year-old in the middle of intense potty training (YIKES!) However, I’m so looking forward to quality time with my family, beautiful scenery, and inspiring all of you, my followers!
This summer I’m all about adventure! Being teachers and all, my husband and I both have the same summer vacation, and this year we planned on doing something a little different. Rather than flying out to a destination, we thought it would be exciting to a take a road trip and meet up with my sisters and their families at the Grand Canyon in Arizona; sort of a mini family reunion.
Now, keep in mind we do have a two-year old, meaning we need to take our time. With that I thought, how cool would it be to make a mini stop in New Mexico? The hubs doesn’t know about my little plan just yet, but he will shortly!
Festive Summer Stripes
With this festive pit stop we make, the girls and I are surly going to need to look the part, and I would say our striped and festive dresses will be perfect! You can find my dress from ASOS, see similar here, here, here, and here, complete with wrap up heels by Steve Madden or gladiator sandals from Target, and an authentic Mexican leather bag, which can be found via Etsy. As for the girls, their dresses can be found at Target, Tay’s here, similar sandals here, and Sisi’s here, and gladiators here). Whether or not you go on an adventure this summer, just make sure you keep it festive with these must haves!
See my video blog and pictures below to see our festive styled dresses! Don’t forget to scroll all the way to the bottom to shop our looks! And, just FYI… ASOS literally just sold out of this dress as soon as it was delivered to my front door on Saturday; they do have other colors–which are linked on my Shop the Post below. Other than that, I found some amazing similar looks that you would enjoy, and I’ll keep you posted about restock alerts.
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My husband and I were talking about how insane our schedules were and how we so deserved a quick getaway. You see, between teaching, coaching, our ten-year old’s dance schedule, his evening coaching gig, my blog, and our demanding toddler–life is a bit jam-packed… just a little bit.
Miracles Do Happen
Well, recently a miracle occurred; we discovered that he is free of basketball
tournaments this coming weekend, and on top of that, we have a three-day weekend. This is seriously a miraculous event. What does this mean? Road trip! We decided to take the fam on a quick road trip the state capital of Texas–Austin.
Austin Here We Come!
So with this, I’ve decided to hook you guys up with a style rich packing guide–just in case you ever travel to Austin, or any other country lovin’ destination.
The Mexican blanket: I actually bought this amazing blanket from a flea market in Mexico when my husband and I got married, however, they’re so easy to find. Here is a great one from Target! These are essential for picnics, and oh yeah, staging photos like this. Ha!
Picnic Basket: In Austin we plan on site seeing a bit. I plan on packing sandwiches and snacks, and this picnic basket from Macy’s is perfect because it comes stocked with reusable plates, cups, napkins, forks, spoons, and knives.
Sunnies: I was never really a sunglasses person up until I recently discovered affordable yet trendy online sunglasses retailer, Eye Feel Shady. Sunglasses can really be that final touch an outfit needs. So glad I found them! Here I featured my favorite floral sunnies, perfect for the Spring and ATX!
Spring Hat: The hat is a must… Here I feature a white and black fedora from Shopbop gifted by my good friend, The Rene Berry. I actually don’t own a cowboy straw hat… I know! How can I be a Texan without a cowboy hat? But I plan on begging the hubs for one when we get to Austin. Stay tuned! Haha!