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What’s In My Bag? | Lake Tahoe, California 2015

Happy Thursday! Today I get on my first flight of 2015. It feels like forever since I’ve been on a plane. My first flight of the year takes me just up north to San Francisco. While I’ll see some family, I’m really spending my weekend in Lake Tahoe (CA side) with some close friends – our annual snowboard trip! So here’s a look into the items I’ll be bringing with me to help my skin fend for itself. Face Yuli Halcyon Cleanser Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex Odacité Night Time Antioxidant Repair Serum CV Skinlabs Calming Moisture May Lindstrom Skin The Blue Cocoon Hair Rahua Classic Shampoo Rahua Classic Conditioner Kae Argatherapie Hair Repairing Serum Body Weleda Regenerating Body Oil Pomegranate Due to the short trip, I usually don’t bring a soap or body wash and just use one provided by the hotel. Did I ever mention how terrible I am at putting on lotion too? At least I’m packing a body oil that will help my legs and arms stay somewhat moisturized in the …

A Day with the Indigenous: Healesville Sanctuary

Planning activities to do in Melbourne can grow into quite an ambitious list. While there is plenty to do within the city limits there is a substantial amount to do outside of the city. If you’re a huge animal lover like myself then seeing native fauna is definitely on the To Do List. Melbourne Zoo is your typical city zoo with a mix of animals from all over the world but if you really want to see some rare creatures then the Healesville Sanctuary is where you want to be. The sanctuary first opened in 1934 under Sir Colin MacKenzie Sanctuary for Australian Flora and Fauna. In the 1940’s it’s popularity grew and by the end of the 1970’s the sanctuary was under the management of the Zoological Parks and Garden Board of Victoria. Today it proudly boasts as one of the best zoos/sanctuaries in Australia. We arrived just in time to catch an early showing of Spirits of the Sky, a presentation of their larger predatory birds. Visitors sit in an outdoor amphitheater while …

What’s In My Bag? | Yosemite National Park, California 2014

Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.  – Ansel Adams, photographer While I’ve been a little neglectful of this blog its naught for good reason. The Mister just returned from Afghanistan and we took a trip to a little (ha!) place in the mountains of California. As outgoing as I am, this was actually my first real camping trip… and now I want to go camping every month! We truly roughed it with a campsite just a mile away from the South Yosemite entrance. It came equipped with, well, nothing save for a small camp grill at the site and community vault toilets. So what was I to bring to a vacation where I couldn’t shower every night? The bare minimum. Face Konjac Sponge Co. Bamboo Charcoal Sponge Yoshimomo Botanique Marine Mineral Facial Toner Consonant The Perfect Sunscreen SPF 30 Body Honestly pHresh Deodorant in Sugar Mint Suntegrity Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 NatraCare Intimate Wipes These products and …

Road Trippin | Cairns to Cape Tribulation

After Sydney, we flew up to Cairns to experience that part of the country for a few days. During our planning stage, we decided that we would stay 2 nights in Port Douglas. The best way to get around the area is by car and so our first road trip abroad was in the books. I was nervously excited about driving in Australia. This was going to be my first time driving on the left side with a right sided vehicle! The morning after we arrived in Cairns we were picked up by the rental car company to sign some paperwork. I said to the employee, “Any tips for my first time driving in Australia?” His eyes widen and he replies, “Uhm…stay on the right side.” Great advice, man. Before we take off, I check to make sure the mirrors, seats, etc. are all to my liking. We snap this momentous occasion and drive north. We actually had to make our scheduled Jungle Surfing Adventure just after lunch before finally settling into Port Douglas in the …

Road Trippin | Great Ocean Road, Australia

My laid back attitude has a big influence in the way I travel abroad. I always have a general idea of where I’m going with a loose “must see, must do” list because I love doing things on a whim. That’s what happened when my friends and I decided to drive the Great Ocean Road to see the 12 Apostles. It was suggested by our new Melbourne friends to see the natural wonder. I had heard of the 12 Apostles before but had no idea it was a relatively close drive from Melbourne. So on our second day in the city we booked a car for the very next day. We started early to give ourselves enough time to get there and back within the day. Luckily, there was a coffee shop just a few steps away from the car rental and we fueled our bodies for the long day ahead. We quickly learned that Gloria Jean’s Coffee shops are almost as frequent as Starbucks shops are in America. It was decided that I would drive …

What’s In My Bag? | Balearic Islands, Spain 2014

When my anticipated trip to Brazil for the FIFA World Cup regrettably fell through I wasn’t going to waste my 10 requested days off by moping at home. So my friend and I decided to go elsewhere. But where to? We could have gone anywhere but after an excited discussion we decided to visit the Mediterranean, specifically to the islands off of Spain. To accommodate my tight flight schedule I will traveling with my backpack as carry-on which challenges me to pack toiletries no larger than 3.4 ounces. Luckily many of my products are small sized! FACE Earth Tu Face Face Wash Konjac Sponge Co. Sponge (np) Aesop B Triple C Gel (samples) Tata Harper Moisturizer (samples) Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex Sodashi Eye and Lip Cleanser BODY Lina Hanson Body Serum Suntegrity Body Sunscreen Wild Women Bar Soap (np) Honestly pHresh Deodorant HAIR Jasön Smoothing Sea Kelp Shampoo Jasön Long + Strong Jojoba Conditioner Kaé Repairing Hair Serum MAKEUP Suntegrity 5-in-1 Tinted Face Sunscreen RMS Beauty Volumizing Mascara The Organic Pharmacy Finishing Powder Tarte …

Hiking Adventures | Chimney Rock, North Carolina

About 6 years ago, I had just moved to North Carolina with wide eyes and an open mind. I knew I didn’t want to waste the next 4 years in my new home by staying local. I wanted to really get out and explore the lush lands. I got the chance to do just that when I made my first set of friends who were fellow West Coasters from the Bay Area. A few weeks into befriending them, they invited us to join them on their weekend trip to the Appalachians.  A 5 hours drive across the state ended us in Lake Lure, home of Chimney Rock National Park and filming set to the movie Dirty Dancing! We arrived to a quaint town practically closed for the evening save for some restaurants. We checked into our cozy log cabin, unpacked, and headed back into town for a quick dinner. The next morning we woke up bright and early to start our hike. Prepared to hike for a few hours, that ended up not being the …

Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours | Cape Tribulation, Australia

Doesn’t Jungle Surfing sound so much more fun than zip lining? When I saw this listed under things to do in Cairns I immediately told my friends that we were doing this. No excuses. For an activity under $100 they didn’t hesitate. However, it wasn’t exactly located in Cairns but a scenic 2.5 hours drive north to the Daintree National Park. So we rented a car (my first left side driving!) and bunked a couple nights in Port Douglas. The drive through the rain forest was quite windy but had picturesque scenery. Since October is their Spring season, the mild sunny weather was the perfect day to be active. The drive was pretty much a straight shot along the coast with signs directing us to the meeting place of the canopy tours. We arrived to a quaint souvenir store with the bus waiting just out front. But before we could even step into the bus we had to sign our lives away in the form of a waiver. A 10 minutes drive through more rain …