Posts Tagged ‘Travel’
August 14, 2014
Good morning from Anaheim, CA! Man, do I miss the sight of those babies.
Palm trees, I love you!
The last time I was in California, I was about thirteen years old for a summer dance intensive at The Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles. Want me to date myself even more? I remember visiting a brand new, trendy, and extremely affordable women’s clothing store that only existed here and in New York. You might have heard of it before… Forever 21?
Ha! I totally remember being amazed by this store and buying all of my back-to-school clothes there before I came home. I also recall introducing a new pant style called “capris” to my friends and raving about this cool style concept and store to anyone who would listen. It was a great place to catch onto what was up and coming in the world of fashion I suppose!
Although we aren’t in Los Angeles or either of the San’s I am dying to visit, I am still very happy to be here in Anaheim. I took a leap out of my comfort zone and came out for my first IDEA World Fitness Convention and BlogFest that kicks off in just an hour or so.
I have four days with a jam packed schedule and will be sure to share all of the details on the workouts and sessions when I return!
But first, I glad to spend a day enjoying sunny California. And it’s just as beautiful and humidity-free as I remember. (Can we move here already?)
After a runaround in flight reservations, I made it to my hotel just after 12:30 p.m. yesterday. That is 3:30 p.m. E.S.T., which means I landed with a raging appetite after a breakfast at sunrise.
I grabbed the best thing at my hotel that I could find in a chef salad and side of kettle cooked salt ‘n vinegar chips.
I would be lying if I said that I ate all of the salad and didn’t eat all of the chips. The Pomegranate Blue Honestade was good too!
I was tired from the early wake up call, but chose to pass on a nap and joined Gina, Julie and Katy to check-in to the conference and spend the afternoon aimlessly roaming around the hotel while running into both old and new blogging buddies.
We had plans to check out the sights around Anaheim, but didn’t get too far at all. At one point, we sat right down in the middle of one of the hotel lobby floors and chatted for at least an hour before deciding it might be more socially acceptable to take the party into one of our rooms.
Our big outing for the night turned into a mile walk to Target and back to stock up in some last minute snacks to refuel with in-between workouts and lectures for the rest of the week.
We were also in search of a cool local spot for dinner, bad sadly were unsuccessful in finding something story-worthy. Staying right in the heart of Disneyland, it was franchise restaurants on all horizons.
They’re great and all, but when I travel I really prefer to check out something that also offers a bit of the city’s culture. Something less of a chain and more like a local hot spot.
Needless to say, we are still on the hunt for a fun and unique restaurant to visit later on this weekend. Any and all suggestions in the Anaheim area are welcome!
After dinner, we walked back over to the hotel and caught the tail end of the Disney fireworks. That brought me right back to Scott and I’s old condo right on Turkey Lake in Orlando. Every night, like clock work, we saw the fireworks from both Universal and Disney at 9 p.m from our balcony. New Years Eve finale’s were always the best!
Well friends, it’s time to get a move on. If you would like to see what we are up to, you can follow the official conference social media hashtags of #ideaworld and #sweatpink.
Considering we have about two seconds of down time later, I have a feeling that the next time you’ll hear from me will be in the morning for Friday Favorites. Don’t forget to stop back in and link yours up as well!
Have a great Thursday!
July 28, 2014
Hello! Here’s hoping you had a great weekend. Ours was spent on the beach with friends in Galveston, Texas and was every bit of wonderful and relaxing as I was hoping.
Scott and I spent last week in Houston and left for a weekend getaway Thursday afternoon with a group of friends. I mentioned before that Scott and I haven’t had a non-work related vacation together since our honeymoon, so spending a couple of days at a beach house without plans sounded pretty marvelous.
We arrived in Galveston late in the afternoon and walked along the main strip of Seawalk Beach while we waited for the rest of our group to arrive.
It was hotter than I was used to, but I refrained from complaining. Believe it or not, I miss being uncomfortably hot in the summer. It’s currently a high of 70 back in Michigan, and to me that doesn’t quite scream July.
Embracing the hot summer day, a small group of us enjoyed a welcome refreshment and met the rest of our group at our beach house rental about an hour later.
I always love renting houses for vacations. If you have a decent amount of people in your group, it is worth the price and always helps me feel more like a local and less like a tourist.
Our friends Robert and Amy made plans for us to stay at this beach front property for a steal! There was a homey feel and besides the questionable art pieces that were borderline creepy, the rest of the decorations were charming and just what we needed.
We had a group of fifteen or so (the number kept changing as the days went on), and I was impressed at the amount of people it held comfortably.
Scott and I, along with another married couple, took the villa apartments in the back that had a beachy feel with pastel decorations and tile floors.
My favorite part about staying in the “nook” was going through the outside courtyard every morning on my way to wake up with coffee.
For the first time in a long time, our days spent in this house felt like a true vacation. No alarms were set, no plans were made, and every day was very much a go with the flow type of schedule.
In a swimsuit or sweats, I enjoyed every bit of being outside next to the ocean and loved spending my mornings sipping coffee in the hammock on the balcony. (Making a mental note to buy a hammock… immediately.)
We planned to have a family dinner in on our last night together, so we headed over to The Strand for dinner at Nonno Tony’s to kick things off. Everything from the appetizers to desserts were delicious!
Oysters, barbecue oysters, chardonnay (SO good I had to snap a picture of the bottle) and rigatone with turkey meatballs.
We ended up spending a lot of time inside or just outside of the house more than I expected. With our group of friends, there was always something entertaining going on, like ping pong tournaments…
…or competitions in throwing Nerf ball spirals across traffic. Remember Nerf footballs? Those were the best.
Thanks to the planners of the group (which this time did not include Scott and I), we made breakfast at home every morning and ate lunch out while hanging around the beach.
Saturday we walked several blocks to find a local’s suggestion for Cajun fare at Benno’s.
Scott ordered the crawfish étouffée while I went with my go-to seafood entree pick of crab cakes.
Before we arrived to Galveston, we heard that the beaches in the area aren’t the prettiest we will ever visit. The water wasn’t the clearest, but the views still proved to be as relaxing and appealing as you can expect a beach to be.
I received a question asking if this area seemed dog friendly, and to answer it I saw plenty of them (leashed) throughout the weekend! As long as your dog is friendly and good around people, I would say go for it.
You might have to be careful for the crazies out there… but…
Pups on a leash should be just fine out there.
We spent the days moseying on the beach and finally got the idea to explore our area by renting bikes on Saturday afternoon.
(Making another mental note to invest in a beach cruiser.)
We passed Pleasure Pier and kept going to see what else was fun to do in the area. Scott, Barry (Scott’s best friend from Chicago) and I stopped into a neat place called Float where there was a pool in the middle of a bar.
Once again, the water wasn’t the clearest, but the views were great and it sure made for some interesting people watching!
I just love these two.
Spending any length of time with both of them together is always a treat and has my sides hurting from laughter within minutes.
After splitting a snack and enjoying a couple of frozen drinks, we made our way back to the beach where our group was set up. As soon as we parked our bikes, we were called over for a group picture and were all taken by surprise by what happened next.
Right after we took this photo, and on his 40th birthday, Robert asked Amy for her hand in marriage!
Nobody had any idea this was going to happen and we were all so excited to congratulate them both in person. (They’re all in!)
We are so happy for you guys!
After several hugs, we wrapped up our time at the beach and revisited our bike ride to check out Stewart Beach just down the way. It was a very popular spot filled with activity and cool restaurants with live music.
On our turnaround, Scott spotted an overlook and suggested we turn.
I’m so glad we did.
Upon our arrival back to the house, we had a cookout and spent the rest of the night celebrating a special birthday and engagement.
There was plenty of entertainment with our crowd, and we even surprised the birthday boy with a live performance from a Miriachi Band!
Andddd a cake in the face.
I swear, we’re adults. Sometimes.
The band members weren’t quite sure how to deal with everybody trying to join in, but they eventually learned to loved us. It was all so much fun!
We finished up the night with a couple of rounds of Cards Against Humanity, which always turns into a fantastic time. We played with at least twelve people, which had me in tears when the fill in the blank answers came around. The hilarity doesn’t stop!
The best way to wrap up my thoughts about the weekend is simply… awesome.
It was the perfect blend of relaxing and shenanigans I always hope for vacations to include.
As I sit back at home looking over the photos, I am realizing this trip went by too fast, just like most of the good ones seem to do.
We hope to make some kind of summer group trip an annual thing, and in the mean time try to sneak in visits with some of Scott’s closest friends he has known for now over a decade as much as possible.
Thanks for the perfect getaway week and weekend, Texas!
Before I go, there is a giveaway winner to announce! Thank you to all who entered the Fabletics giveaway over the past week. I loved reading your picks and it turned out to be the most successful giveaway on HWG to date!
Entry #422: Jenny E!
You won by liking Housewife Glamour on Facebook.
You have been emailed and must respond within 48 hours to claim your prize!
(Also, linking all of this madness up with Katie.)
Have a great Monday!