Florence / Firenze Travel Guide

Ho lasciato il mio cuore a Firenze.  Firenze,  or Florence in English, will forever have my heart and continue to inspire my desire to learn Italian. I have had many dreams about moving to Florence.  This city is so beautiful, laid back and filled with culture.  These dreams are so vivid I see myself walking…

San Antonio Travel Guide

Today I’m launching my first travel guide!  I’ve done recaps of trips before but I thought a guide would be more useful for reference.  I wanted to start with San Antonio since I have traveled there quite often for work and have some stellar recommendations for you.  Let’s dive in! How to get there: San…

Wine Tour of Mount Hood Oregon

When you think of American wines I’m sure the first place that comes to mind is California.  While California does have a large amount of land dedicated to growing wine producing grapes, they aren’t the only Pacific state that does so.  Washington and Oregon also come to play…and they play for KEEPS! While we were…

Keep Portland Weird

A little while back I was sent to Seattle for work and decided to extend my weekend and make a quick trip over to Portland.  I’ve heard its an awesome city with a lot of charm and, hey, it was a $75 flight away so why not!? I used my miles to get Joe to…

My First Hike Ever!!!

Two weeks ago I found myself once again in the Emerald City—Seattle.  I didn’t plan on spending too much time in the city since I’ve visited before but rather explore outside the city into the great outdoors. Luck for me I’m blog-friends with Brittany (check her out here) who just so happens to be an…

How Soon is Too Soon?

Hey guys!  Its your friendly Vacation Planner here to give you some insight on when to plan any vacation! The short answer…WHENEVER YOU DANG WELL WANT TO!!!  However, that’s not really helpful so let me break this down for you. Cruises- while some cruise lines offer promotions and discount offers, the price will gradually rise…

Give New Orleans a Try

Recently I had the chance to visit New Orleans for a business trip.  It just so happened to be the week before Mardi Gras but duty calls and I had work to do.  I flew in on a holiday (President’s day) and got to explore the city. I’ve never had a desire to visit New…

Houston Rodeo 10k Recap

About a week and a half ago I ran the Houston Rodeo 10k to try and get a sub hour 10k time.  As most of you know who have been following along my running journey, these past few weeks have been filled with injury and pain and frustration.  Still, I paid my registration fee and wanted…

Workout Recap 2/28-3/6

This week is the last week of running before I take my MUCH NEEDED extended break!  That’s right, Im taking a month off from running and Im not sad about it at all.  Instead Im going to work on my core strength and built those muscles and get nice and lean for my October and…

Workout Recap 2/21-2/27

Spent a few days in NOLA this week and did a lot of walking.  Living in Houston makes me think all major cities are all spread out and you need a car to get anywhere.  In New Orleans I never walked more than a 1/2 mile to get to places.  I mean I walked a…

Workout Recap 2/14-20

My love/hate relationship with the treadmill is back for the next 2 weeks because of back to back travels.  This week Im in Corpus Christi and next week Im in New Orleans.  10k race day is in 3 Saturdays gotta get this body ready. Tuesday:  Crash and burn number…who knows how many times this has…

Workout Recap 2/7-13

The frustration with running continues.  Im pretty sure I have a calf strain that has progressed to being painful just to walk.  As you can imagine this really got in the way with running.  I emailed my coach to let him know whats going and asked to adjust workouts accordingly.  UGH for injuries. Tuesday:  Tempo…