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Which bag is mine?

The weather is starting to warm up, and summer is quickly approaching.  Most of us will go on a trip for summer vacation, and if you have been in an airport terminal, waiting for your bag, you know that sometimes it is hard to figure out which bag is yours.   Have you ever picked up a bag thinking it was yours and it’s not!!  Lol…I’be done that because most of the bags are black!!!  I have seen people put ribbon or tags to help identify their bags, or anything to help make it stand out.  My current luggage set consists of a set of suitcases with a silver background and brown polka dots on it.  Now when I travel, it is super easy to spot my bag as soon as it comes onto the carousel.  I have yet to see another bag like mine!

On a recent shopping trip to TJ Maxx I saw some cute and unique suitcases!  I would totally get these.  I actually had to tell myself that I didn’t need a new suitcase and put them back on the shelf.  Lol…


I think this white bag is sooo chic.  For some, these suitcases may be too “loud”, but that’s what make them standout right?


Both of these bags were $69.99…pretty good deal for a large hard shelled luggage!

Where are you going for your summer trips?

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Lower Antelope Canyon


Peter Lik, an Australian photographer, sold a picture of Antelope Canyon for a record breaking 6.5 million dollars…it was the most expensive photo ever sold…and it was a black and white!  Although Lik’s photograph was indeed a beautiful work of art, if you go to Antelope Canyon and take your own photos you can get pictures that are equally stunning and more memorable since you took them yourself!!

Antelope Canyon consists of and upper canyon and a lower canyon, both of which are beautiful, but have a few differences.  Both are created by many years of erosion and flash floods, and the continual onset of weather makes the canyons ever changing.  The upper canyon is above ground and is known for it’s brilliant sun beams and warmer temperatures.  The red rock formations here are wider at the base and narrows towards the top of the canyon.  The Lower Antelope Canyon is just the opposite, as it is below ground and is more like a funnel shape, narrow at the base and wider above.  The lower canyon is larger and longer and can still get beautiful sunbeams although the ideal time to photograph sunbeams is between 10-11 a.m.  (That time is the recommended time for sunbeams for both canyons.)

Here are a few tips for when you travel to Antelope Canyon yourself…

You will need to pay a guide to go through the Canyon, whether upper or lower.  BUT you do not have to book ahead with a tour company.  If you book with a commercial company online, it will cost you $45-50 per person.  You will meet at their business in Page, AZ and they will drive you to the canyons, pay your entrance, and drive you back into Page.  If you have a car, drive directly to the Canyon yourself, and you only have to pay about $25-28 to get in and have a Native American guide.  Wha-la…$25 dollars saved!!

Our guide was great, pointing out great photo-ops, info about the canyons, giving us Navajo history, and guiding us safely through the canyon.  We went through lower Antelope Canyon, but I am sure the upper canyon is beautiful as well…my photos may not be worth 6.5 million, but the memories we created are priceless!

What do you think?



Twin Peaks


Indian chief…can you see him?


Panoramic view of lower Antelope Canyon…we even got a sunbeam!




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Grand Canyon

imageIf you have never been to the Grand Canyon before, it is definitely worth visiting at least once in your life.  It is considered one of the seven natural wonders in the world and the colors and the vast depth of the canyon are spectacular!


It took us about 2 hours to drive to the Grand Canyon from Sedona, and once there, we took the shuttle to the various lookouts on the south rim.  My husband and brother-in-law had never been to the Grand Canyon before, and they were both awed and amazed by the natural beauty of it.  There are many activities to do there, you can stay in one of the lodges/hotels, you can go camping, you can go hiking, or you can just take the shuttle from lookout to lookout so you can enjoy the nature and views around the Grand Canyon.  If you are adventurous, you can hike or take a mule down to the bottom of the canyon.  We did not do this, but I have heard it is a challenging hike (especially uphill)!

imageLooking at pictures does not compare to the actual beauty of seeing the Grand Canyon in real life.  It is truly amazing, so go and visit!

Family weekend in Avila Beach

Now that my sister and I are all grown up, married, and working in our professions, my mom is having empty nest syndrome!!

We have been planning little vacations so that our family can relax and hangout every few months.  A couple weekends ago, we booked rooms at a timeshare in Avila Beach, near San Luis Obispo.  It was raining the whole week before, and the forecast was not looking too promising.  It rained all day Friday, but low and behold, the sun came out, and we spent Saturday canoeing, hiking, and chillaxing…here are some pics!

Avila Beach is a cute little town between SLO and Pismo.  It has a mellow vibe with spas, hot springs, and wine tasting bars along the main strip.  If you are looking for a deal, you may be able to find some wine tasting coupons from your hotel concierge.  We used one for a free tasting…and one stop was enough!  The tasting room we went to was Alapay, and they let us try 10+ different wines!  Did I mention that it was FREE?!  Nothing like wine tasting in Napa/St. Helena…where a tasting can cost more than $100 and requires reservations.  Talk about stuck up!  Come down south to San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles…sip and sea…

Avila Beach…

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Morro Bay…


We canoed from the Morro Bay Marina over to the sand dunes and took a hike over the dunes to the beach on the other side…the sand was so pretty!

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Saturday night we went to check out the nightlife in downtown SLO.  We hit up this new spot called Blast 825 Taproom.  Check out all the beers/wines on tap!  They give you a wristband linked to their system which you scan on the bottom right flame…and then, you pour!  They charge by the ounce so you can try whatever beer/wine they have on tap.  My fave was the Belching Beaver Peanut Butter Stout…mmmmmm  good!  Along with that they also do a pick-your-pizza, where you choose your toppings for a pizza that they bake in their 825 degree oven…what goes better with beer?  Check it out the next time you are in SLO!