Shannon Airport and Edinburgh – Ireland and Scotland Day 4

So if you read the last post you’ll know that we were basically out of gas from the night before. We were rushing off to the airport to catch a flight to Edinburgh, Scotland. Patrick, the AirBnB host, offered to drive behind us just in case we did run out of gas on the way. He wasn’t awake yet and we decided to just take a chance and go for it. We found a gas station on google maps. Our fingers were crossed that we’d actually make it there as it was over 15km away. Cows Not even half a …

Blarney Castle and Cliffs of Moher – Ireland Day 3

I’m finally back at the Ireland and U.K. trip posts! Hopefully, I’ll have them all posted within the next month. The AirBnB (read more about it here) included breakfast. Our host had a spread of yogurt, toast, fruit, etc. There was a German couple staying in the other room of the AirBnB. We were able to enjoy a great conversation over breakfast with them.They’ve been to Ireland several times and seemed to really enjoy it. We were off to Blarney Castle and Cliffs of Moher. They were on their way to Ring of Kerry and that area. He, I don’t …

New York Trip & My First Trade Show

It’s been almost a month since Blueprint…how is that even possible?! Since then I’ve been working on going through my portfolio and uploading new designs on to places like Zazzle and Society 6. The trip was great and my sister & I learn a lot about exhibiting at trade shows. Next week I’m posting a video and blog on preparing for your first art licensing trade show. New York Here We Come The drive up to NJ was pretty uneventful. I didn’t have to drive so I was able to sit in the backseat and snuggle with Willow. Isn’t she …

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 …