Wednesday, March 25, 2015

When Vacations Attack

Have any of you seen this video of an American Bison slamming into a parked SUV in Yellowstone National Park?! Its pretty crazy!

{American Bison Slams Into Parked SUV in Yellowstone National Park (ABC News), Source}

All I can say that if this was a rental car, I hope they got the insurance! 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Maternity Monday

While perusing my baby registries I noticed that Buy Buy Baby has some pre-made registry lists. And one of them is all about traveling with baby :)

You can see the full list here: Top Consultant's Picks: Traveling with Baby

Here are some of the items I will buy when the time comes:

First Time on a Plane children's book 
All photos are taken off Buy Buy Baby's website. None are my own.

Friday, March 20, 2015

The Ultimate Road Trip(s)

There has been an article going around the web with the best was to hit all the best landmarks in the US. Randy Olson developed an algorithm that would determine the fastest route that would stop at a national historic site, park, monument, or natural landmark in all of the lower 48 states. A few of the landmarks are: The Alamo, The Grand Canyon, The Statue of Liberty and The White House.

To read more about how he came up with all these stops click here

{USA, Source}
Pretty cool! He then did the same thing for South America and Europe!

{Europe, Source}

{South America, Source}
Who is planning their next road trip?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Extreme Travelers

My last three posts have all been about baby, so now let’s go back to travel.

This couple has driven their 1999 Dodge Intrepid through every single county in the lower 48 states. There are 3,108 counties if you didn't already know that (I didn't). They have also made their way up to Alaska and plan to ship the car to Hawaii to complete the U.S’s full 3,142 counties.

{Jon and Jenn RiehlSource}
Their current plans are to finish visiting Alaska and then make the trip to Hawaii (which I know they will love) but I’m not sure how they will ship the car from island to island but where there is a will there is a way right?!

To date they have put 540,000 miles on the ol’ Dodge that was bought used back in 2002. I am a little impressed with the Dodge but not surprised. I have had two vehicles in my life and both have been Dodges. My first was a Dodge Ram 1500 and it was a great truck that was passed onto my brother. It served us both very well through high school and college. And now I have my little Dodge Caliber that only recently needed a big fix with its fuel injection. But its running great now and I hope to get a good 5 more years out of it.

{the green depicts when they visited the county seat, Source}
Have you ever wanted to take an epic road trip? What is the longest road trip you have taken? Mine was back in 2013 when my friend and I drove to Destin, FL from Houston, TX.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Maternity Monday

Welcome to the World travel themed baby shower can leave you with SO many options for food. Here is what I chose:

Cupcakes - America
Macarons - France
Taco Cups - Mexico
Spaghetti - Italy
Mini Hamburgers - America
Soft Pretzels - Germany 
Crab Rangoon - Asia
Fruit Cups - World Wide (and the healthy option) 

Fruity Sorbet Punch
Pink Lemonade

And my 'Thank You' for coming gift was a box full of European chocolates and cookies!

The cupcakes, macarons and crab rangoon were all bought locally and the rest we made from various recipes found online via pinterest.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Pinspiration: Baby Shower Edition

Crafting for a baby shower can take some time. My theme was Welcome to the World so there were a lot of maps involved. Here are the crafts we did for mine.

1 – Mod Podge Kleenex boxes for the flowers. Except we didn’t use mod podge, my mom found that using Elmer’s Clear Glue (not gel) in the same way as mod podge (painting it on) worked just as well and it was much cheaper.

2 – We did the same thing for the letters B-A-B-Y that decorated the table

3 – The ‘Welcome’ wreath - I had seen some of these on Pinterest but they were using wrapping paper so we used a map. I think it turned out great! It took my friend all day to make. If you plan on making one of these give yourself plenty of time. I plan to spray it with spray varnish so it will keep longer. Here is the tutorial she used.

4 – Food labels and gift tags - I made these with my Silhouette. This machine is pretty cool. You just design what you want on the Silhouette software and then cut it or draw it. All the pictures and cutouts I purchased from the Silhouette design store.

5 – Banners - probably the easiest out of all the crafts. We just cut out some triangles and used some twine to string them together.

6 – We also spray painted some items, that’s pretty self-explanatory.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Week 29

The baby shower went splendidly but man did it wear me out! I pretty much relaxed and watched Netfilx all day. I'll be blogging about the shower in the coming posts and probably not so much about travel. Today I want to share with you how things are going at Week 29:

Total weight gain: about 30 pounds
Stretch marks? None yet - I have been using Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Oil by Mama Mio (still on first bottle) and Basq Advanced Stretch Mark Butter (on my second tub). I apply the oil after my showers and the butter in the morning and when I feel I need more moisturizer. And it goes ALL OVER the belly, rib cage and love handles! 
Sleep: Gonna be honest here - I already feel like I will never get another good nights sleep again. If I'm not waking up to pee I'm waking up because my hips hurt. 
Miss Anything? You always want what you can't have - I miss wine, champagne and hot dogs
Movement: She is my little wiggle worm in there! Sometimes her movements make me nauseous
Food cravings/aversions: I'm still not real fond of any sort of meat. I can do chicken but not a lot
Anything making you queasy or sick? I started to wake up and feel nauseous again but I haven't thrown up since January 20th so that's good :)
Labor Signs: Not that I know of. They keep saying, "Oh, you'll know!" But will I? How do I know its not just gas? 
Symptoms: I now have a pregnancy rash - yay! Its on my elbows and knees and can be pretty itchy! And acid reflux. 
Belly Button in or out? Its still in!
Wedding rings on or off? They have been off since December, my fingers swell pretty easily. They swell on a really hot day or when I work out so I knew they wouldn't be on for long. 
Mood: Its okay, I just slowly move around work and the house.
Looking forward to: Having this little munchkin out here with us!

{Week 29!}

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