Wicklow Mountains and Cork – Ireland Day 2

Day 1 | More on the full trip Morning Walk Eric and I woke up early so that we could walk to the car rental office and grab breakfast on the way. Most places don’t open until 8:30 am or later. At least that’s what kept showing while searching Yelp. So we just decided to go out and we’d find a place while walking around Dublin. Breakfast We took the tram (Luas) from Fatima station to Jervis station. And we only ended up walking a couple of blocks when we found Mochaland Cafe. They had a sign outside advertising a …

Chinese Lantern Festival (Pictures)

Each year the Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary, NC hosts the Chinese Lantern Festival. It’s something that my mom has wanted to attend for the last couple of years. This year we all happened to be in the the same location when the festival was going on. The main entrance is a large silk LED-lit feature that looks like Chinese Palace or Gong. The colors were absolutely gorgeous and pictures do not do it justice! My plan was to film it all with my GoPro, which I did, and then post a video. I now know that I have a …

Christmas 2016 – Raleigh, NJ and Asheville

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! As always, we were quite busy traveling to spend the holidays with our family. Christmas #1 This year we spent the weekend before Christmas with my family. We drove up to the Raleigh area the weekend before Christmas, so that we could enjoy the weekend with everyone. Saturday was busy making a big dinner with my mom and sister. It took most of the day to cook everything, but was totally worth it. After the delicious meal we sat down to exchange Christmas presents. Watching my niece and nephew open presents is …

2016 Review & Goals For 2017

It’s hard to believe that it’s already 2017 and that 2016 is now just a memory. Last year was a very busy, amazing, wonderful and exciting year for me, both personally and professionally. While we can all agree there was a lot of crappy things that happened in 2016 – I’m going to think back on all of the positives that happened in my life. A quick review of all the good bits and my goals for 2017: Adventures Maryland: Eric’s family is from the Maryland/D.C. area and last year we decided to go up for Easter weekend. We spent …

10 Tips For Renting A Car in Ireland

Before we left for our trip I did some research about driving and renting a car in Ireland. I found it rather comforting to know what I was getting myself into before leaving on the trip. I’ve included a few of the things I discovered before our trip and several things that I found out from experience. Tip #1: Insurance & Card Cards One feature of my travel credit card is that they take responsibility for rental car insurance. Once we got to Ireland we found out that it is one of the very few countries that is excluded from …

A Day In Dublin

Back in July Eric and I went to Ireland and the U.K., something we had been planning for a couple of years. Honestly, it was a trip that I had wanted to go on my entire life. We started off by driving 14 hours to his parents house in New Jersey. It was several hundreds of dollars cheaper for us to fly out of JFK than it would have if we had flown out of Charlotte, plus it’s always nice to see his parents. 🙂 The next morning I discovered that my hiking boots had gotten left behind. So Eric’s …

Ireland & the U.K. 2016

Another thing off of my list of 30 things to do before I turn 30. Over the next few weeks I’m going to go through my entire trip through Ireland & the U.K., as well as give lots of great travel tips along the way. We started off our trip by driving up to New Jersey and getting a flight out of JFK the next day. After that we spent three days in Ireland, four in Scotland, one in Wales and finally four in England. It was a magically trip and I’m hoping to go back to Scotland in the …

Second Anniversary

Last week my husband and I celebrated our second anniversary. Each year I design a book filled with all the things we did over the previous year and I like to take a photo of us for the start of the next book. Here’s this years photo. I handlettered the chalkboard with a guide that my sister created (you can check it out here). Since our anniversary was on a Wednesday we decided to go to dinner that night and have a date day on Saturday. Archery A couple of years ago, before moving to North Carolina, we took an …

Four Days in NYC

My sister, Heather, and I spent a few days in NYC earlier this year. We had a meeting to show at Surtex next year and decided to make a few days of it so she could enjoy her first trip to New York. Thankfully, my husbands parents live in NJ and we were able to stay with them. Day 1 Brooklyn Flea The one thing that I’ve really wanted to do on a trip to NYC is to go to Brooklyn. Heather is the first person that has wanted to go too (yay!). We started off the day getting the …

Surtex and The National Stationery Show 2016

This past May both my sister and I attended NSS and Surtex. It was such an awesome experience and one I would recommend to anyone that is considering showing at either of the shows in the future. A few months prior to the shows I contacted one of the sales reps to see if we could get passes for the shows since we were considering showing next year. He was more than happy to give us a pass for the day. This was a HUGE help because neither of us could afford to pay $500 on top of the other …