We Went to Europe and All We Got Were Selfies…

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If you follow me on social media, you would have seen that Steve and I just spent the last two weeks of September traveling through Europe.

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Our trip was an absolute dream. It was two glorious weeks of walking, talking, eating, and sightseeing. My desire for this trip was to blend in and hopefully appear as locals. Personally, I felt we didn't look very touristy. No fanny-packs, Hawaiian shirts or white knee-high socks. We used our phones for maps rather than clutching a folded paper map. The backpacks we carried weren't too large; perhaps people would think we're students. But this hope was quickly derailed every time Steve threw the Canon strap around his neck and I whipped out my phone to take videos; and this happen A LOT.

We saw everything we could think of and then some more that we just stumbled upon. We came home 16 days later with an unbelievable number of photos and hours of video. A tad overwhelming now, but in the moment, we wanted to capture all we could. As I began to sort through the photos, I started making a list of what we'd do with all of them. I fully plan on making a shadow box for each country, a photo album is likely, and then there is the Christmas card. 

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I knew before we left we'd use a photo from the trip for our Christmas card this year. We like to choose a single photo that shows one of our best moments from the past year. 2016 was a picture from our trip to Alaska and the year that before was a photo from our wedding.

I have a short list of qualifications for choosing the perfect Christmas card photo. To start, we both need to be in the photo (duh!). But beyond that, we need a memorable backdrop, good lighting, and be sunglass-free. This is where things start to get tricky.

We came home with several photos that met these requirements. I don't know how I am going to choose!  Luckily, choosing the perfect photo is going to be the hardest part of creating my Christmas cards, all thanks of Basic Invite.

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Right now, Basic Invite is offering 30% of their Christmas and Holiday cards by using promo code: holi30. Now, I just need to pick a photo! Let me know below which one if your favorite. 

 As always, thank you for reading,

XOXO Helen

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16 Days in a Carry-on: Confessions of an Over-Packer

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It all started a few months ago…

Steve and I had just booked out flights to Europe. Then he turned to me and said, "I want to do this trip in a carry-on". I laughed. "No way in hell", I responded. We had just booked a 16 day trip and he thought our luggage would fit in an overhead compartment? Our honeymoon, just eight day trip, required a checked bag, plus carry-ons. So how could a trip twice as long be condensed to a carry-on each? Also, I am a textbook over-packer.

Steve started to pull up articles and YouTube videos about packing for a multi-week trip in a carry-on. We spent a couple hours watching and reading. After some time, not only did I start to believe we could do this, but I also saw the benefits. Currently, the plan is to hit 3 countries, (maybe 4! stay tuned) and I liked the idea of not checking a bag. It would make things a lot easier, especially in a foreign country, to always have our luggage with us. Laundry wouldn’t be difficult to do either because we are visiting friends during the second leg of our trip. It all started to seem conceivable.

Today, we are flying out to our first stop, and I am pleased to report, we both have one suitcase and one backpack. How did I do it? Well for Steve it was easy, but for me, it took quite a bit of planning and some lessons learned along the way.

Here is how a classic over-packer condensed her suitcase and curbed her need to pack EVERYTHING!

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1. Get used to the idea early.

If Steve had approached me with this idea last week, rather than several months ago, it would have been a hard no. I would have been mentally packed and not prepared to take on the task. But over the months, I've had time to plan accordingly and do proper research.

2. Get real with your plans.

The reason our honeymoon required a checked bag, was because I over-packed. I had 9 pairs of shoes and at least 2 outfits for each day, including eight dresses. (I would like to note, I did, wear all eight.) Realistically, I did not need all of that. But the purpose of the trip was to relax and enjoy our vacation. I had the luxury of changing outfits midday and wearing high heels to dinner. This trip however, is a different story. We will be on the move from sunrise to way beyond sunset. For this trip, I need comfortable footwear and an outfit that would work all day.  Once I realized this, half of what I would have brought in a checked bag was cut.

3. Check the weather.

In the week leading up to the trip, I monitored the weather in each city we'd be visiting. I was using this to help plan the clothes I would bring. Paying attention to the weather allowed me to make smarter choices in the clothes I was bringing on the trip.

4. Remember you can always buy something there.

Assuming your traveling to a developed country, you'll be able to get anything you need in the hotel lobby or a local drugstore.

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5. Don't skimp on what's important to you

When carry-ons were first discussed, Steve told me I shouldn't bring my hairdryer because it's bulky. I said no, because I use a hairdryer everyday to style my bangs and I don’t like using hotel dryers.

6. Only pack for one week

Let's be honestly, you cannot pack 16 outfits in a carry-on suitcase. You can, however, back for about a week. So do just that and toss in a few detergent pods.

7. Do you wear it at home?

If you don't wear it at home, you won't wear it when you travel. Pick clothing items you know you are comfortable wearing out.

8. Don't go shopping!

I resolved to do this early. I knew if I bought something, I would feel obligated to bring it on the trip. I decided it would be best to save money leading up to the trip. We have a lot of actives planned, but I wouldn't mind doing a little shopping over there as well. I would much rather purchase something while I'm in Europe and bring it back to the states, than the other way around. 

9. If you're worried, do a practice pack.

A week before we left, I did a quick practice pack to make sure everything I was planning on taking would fit. It was worth it because it assured me that I didn’t have too much.

Below I have put together an abridge list of what I am packing for clothing and accessories.

• 8 tops

• 2 pairs of jeans

• 2 pairs of shorts

• 8-10 pairs of underwear

• 8-10 pairs of socks

• 2 pair of shoes

• 2 bras

• 2 jackets

• Leggings

• 1 sports bra

• 1 of each beauty item (ie: 1 eye shadow palette, 1 concealer, 1 blush, etc.)

• Minimal jewelry

• 1 Hair dryer

• 1 Curling wand

 All of this is currently packed in my carry-on suitcase with room to spare!

To keep up with our travels for the next two weeks, make sure you're following me on Instagram and check out the hashtag #KSpinningTravels to stay up-to-date! 

 As always, thank you for reading,

XOXO Helen

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Little Rock, AR KSxLR

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As you may have noticed on my Instagram, a few weeks ago Steve and I traveled to Little Rock, Arkansas for a quick trip to visit some college friends. We had a wonderful time and spent the majority of the trip outside.

The trip started with different travel plans. Steve was already in Dallas for a work trip, so he flew directly to Little Rock. He got in few hours before me. I left Kansas City after work and took on the six hour drive. By the time I got there, it was late so we spent the rest of the evening drinking beers and catching up.

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Day 1

We woke up and drove out to Petit Jean State Park. We hiked through forests and meadows and hoped over streams until we made it to a gorgeous waterfall. Every step brought a new beautiful view to see.

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Afterwards, we headed home, got cleaned up and ready for the rest of the day. We went into downtown Little Rock for some dinner and then to a baseball game. The Arkansas Travelers are a Minor League team with a huge following. The game was packed and afterwards there was a huge fireworks show! While we were at the game, we tried a local beer called Lost Forty; and then drank it for the rest of the weekend!

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Day 2

Another early start as we headed out to go zip lining. I haven't gone zip lining since my honeymoon; I forgotten how much fun it is! The view continued to be spectacular as we climbed higher and higher. It was so much fun, but there was so much more hiking than we expected.

Exhausted, we drove into Hot Springs to get a late lunch at Deluca's Pizzeria Napoletana. The food was delicious! We spent the rest of the afternoon strolling through Hot Springs. It was such a sweet little town.

We concluded our day with an evening at their home to watch the Mayweather v. McGregor fight. Now I am not one for boxing, however I did find the fight so interesting! I was cheering for Mayweather the whole time!

We woke up the next day, backed our bags and headed home. It was a fantastic trip. We left with some great memories and a lot of mosquito bites!

As always, thank you for reading,

XOXO Helen

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Charleston, SC: KSxSC

A tad late on this one, but I am (finally) sharing a recap of our trip to Charleston, South Carolina.

Day 1

We landed in Charleston in the late afternoon. Once we got to the hotel, we were able to freshen up and then head to a dinner. We went to the Tattooed Moose which I found on Diners, Dives, and Drive-ins. It was a hole-in-the-wall bar with unbelievable food. The roasted garlic + blue cheese fries are an absolute must!

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Day 2

Took an Uber to Folly Beach which ended up being the cutest town. Think if Stars Hallow was a beach town. We spent a couple hours soaking in the sun and walking into the water. Afterwards we headed to lunch at a place just off the ocean called Rita's Seaside Grill. We ended up meeting an old college friend there as well, who lives a tad more inland.

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Before we said out goodbyes, she took us to see this massive tree called The Angel Oak Tree, which is 400-500 years old!

We ended the day with dinner in the city and drinks at a gin bar; but not before I got my hands on a glass of rose!

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Day 3

We started our day with a walk through the city market. Hundreds of local vendors set up in this designated area everyday to sell their products.

Steven found what I dubbed "The Most Amazing Sandwich Shop in Charleston" for lunch. Brown Dog Deli had amazing food and décor.

After lunch, we continued to stroll through the city and finally found out why we were seeing pineapples everywhere!

A staple for any "Harm Trip" is to see something historical. So we took a boat trip out to Fort Sumter. While I usually smile along and indulge Steven with this part of our trips, I truly enjoyed this one!

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With some time to kill before dinner, we took a walk through Battery Park. We saw some of the most beautiful homes and the famous Rainbow Road.

As our evening started to wind down, we found a rooftop bar for a quick happy hour and follow it up at a brewery for dinner. 

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Alamo, TX: KS X TX

A couple of weeks ago, Steve and I took a weekend trip down to Alamo, TX to visit his grandparents. Steve's parents we're also in town for the weekend as well, so it was a lovely weekend filled with family and laughter.

Even though we we're only there for a quick trip, we spent the majority of the time being lazy, sitting outside and enjoying the wonderful heat. I couldn't believe I was able to wear a bikini and sit by a pool in the middle of February! And I drove a golf cart for the first time!

Texas became our 8th and final state in a span on 1 year! Our travel board has really grown!

As always, thank you for reading! XO-

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Boulder, Colorado: KS x CO

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Last month we took a quick road trip out to Boulder, Colorado.  It was an 8 hour drive, but it was completely worth it because we had a wonderful time! The first place we went to was  Pearl Street. It was a long street in the middle of Boulder filled with local shops and boutiques. We had a wonderful time flowing in and out of stores. We followed it up with dinner at a local brewery.

The next day we woke up early to hike the Flatirons. As we got to the top, the views were amazing! But we struggled in the beginning. The altitude definitely got to us very quickly. It was amazing to see locals so casually climb up and down this mountains while Steve and I were panting and chugging water!

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After the hike we took a wonderful, relaxing break. It was just nice to just be completely lazy!

But then that evening, after dinner we went the Gilmore Guys Live Show. I have made it no secret how much I love Gilmore Girls and have mentioned several times how much I love the Gilmore Guys podcasts. So I was thrilled to get to see one of their live shows!

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Not only that but I got to meet them too! I was definitely semi-starstuck to meet my favorite podcasters!

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It was a great trip and I am so happy we were able to make it out there. Colorado was the 5th new states we've visited this year!

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

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I Left My Heart in San Francisco: KSxSF

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If you follow me on Instgram, you already know that I was in San Francisco the last week of July. It was a sort of spontaneous trip. Steve has been traveling to San Francisco once a month for work for the last few months. Since July's trip fell in the middle of four other business trips, we decided that I would go to San Fran with him! I had never been to San Fran before, nor had I traveled with Steve on one of his business trips before; so this was overall a very unique experience. Since Steve had to go visit the client, I had the days to myself. It was a new experience for me to be in a new city by myself. It was kinda great because I got to do whatever I wanted, go where I wanted. I described it to friends as "the benefits of traveling alone, without having to travel alone".

I took advantage of this time to walk around and embrace the city. I tried my best to blend is as a normal San Franciscan, (although my Lyft driver called me out when I asked him to take me to the Golden Gate Bridge!)

-Day 1- I walked to Fisherman's Wharf. The area was so big and full of the cutest, little shops. And, of course, boats everywhere! SF_1

-Day 1- From Fisherman's Wharf was a huge pier. At the end it gave me this spectacular view of the city. SF_2

-Day 1- On the other side of the pier was Alcatraz. I wasn't interested in actually taking the tour, but it was nice to see. SF_3

-Day 2- I walked to Alamo Square. Unfortunately, the whole park was under construction, but I did get to see the beautiful houses surrounding it. SF_4

-Day 2- I went to the Golden Gate Bridge! When I first got there, it was so foggy! I decided to wait a bit to see if the fog cleared. It didn't but I kept seeing people begin their walk on the bridge. So I decided to go ahead and go through the fog. SF_5

-Day 2- Thankfully, I went because the further I walked the clearer it became! SF_6

-Day 2- I ended up walking the entire bridge there and back! A total of 3 miles! SF_8

-Day 3- I took the famous San Fran Trolley around the city! The wait was so long but the ride so much fun! SF_9

-Day 3- My final stop was the AT&T Park, home of the San Fran Giants. Note to Self: Always check the team's schedule before visiting a stadium. I got there right when a game finished. It was so crowded! SF_10

As always, thank you for reading, Helen

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Anchorage, Alaska: KSxAK Part 2

It is Part 2 of my Alaskan Recap! In case you missed it, check out Part 1!

- Day 5 - The day after our loooong hike, we decided to take it easy with a 6-hour boat ride along the coast of Alaska. This boat ride showed us a ton of wildlife! We started off with seeing whales everywhere! Alaska_25

- Day 5 - Aside from the whales, my favorite animals to see where the sea lions!Alaska_26

- Day 5 - But the best part of the boat ride was this glacier! It is the size of Rhode Island and we came within .25 miles of it!Alaska_17

- Day 5 - Not sure how they did it, but the boat crew was able get a piece of floating ice from the glacier and brought it on the deck!Alaska_23

- Day 5 - After the boat trip, we stopped by the locate Sea Life Museum before dinner. Alaska_18

- Day 5 - We were able to see the birds we saw during the boat ride, up close. Alaska_28

- Day 6 - We woke up early, dressed in many layers, and went rafting!Alaska_19

- Day 6 - I'm in the back. And if I look terrified, it’s because I was!Alaska_20

- Day 6 - Overall thoughts on rafting; it was a unique and fun experience. I'm glad I did it!Alaska_21

- Day 7 - We woke up, backed our bags, and headed to the airport for another long day of travel. We had such an amazing time and we were so sad to leave!

 As always, thank you for reading, Helen

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Anchorage, Alaska: KSxAK Part 1

It is Part 1 of my Alaskan Recap! Make sure to check back tomorrow for Part 2! We had a great time in Alaska! Including our travel, we were gone for 7 days. Since Alaska is such a visually beautiful state, instead of trying to explain everything, I'd rather show you all of the majestic scenery with captions.

How we ended up in Alaska: One of my best friends, Elena, from my childhood was relocated to Anchorage, AK for work about 18 months ago. Determined to visit her in the summer months, we planned a trip for 4th of July weekend, along with our other best friend, Alicia, Alicia's boyfriend, and Elena's sister.

- Day 1 - Flight to Alaska!Alaska_16

- Day 2 - It was just the two of us on this day, so decided to play tourist in Anchorage. We started with walking along the coast, then brunch. Alaska_1

- Day 2 - We spent the afternoon in the Anchorage Museum. It had a healthy mix of art (for myself) and history (for Steve).Alaska_2

- Day 2 - We saw on Trip Advisor that this painted wall was one of the top "Things To Do". So when we drove by it, we pulled over and made sure we got a picture with the Whaling Wall!Alaska_3

- Day 3 - The rest of our friends flew in that morning and we hopped right into the car. We started with a wildlife tour where we watched a bear feeding.Alaska_7

- Day 3 - We continued on to see a ton of other animals including bald eagles, foxes, and wolves.Alaska_8

- Day 3 - After the tour we did a quick hike up a glacier. The scenery was seriously unbelievable! Alaska_4

- Day 3 - So much fun (and weird) playing in the snow in July!Alaska_5

- Day 4 - We piled in the car and drove for 2 hours to Seward, AK.  When we got there, we began our 6 hour, 8 mile hike!Alaska_15

- Day 4 - Ed note: I'm eating pretzels in this shot hahaAlaska_10

- Day 4 - The scenery throughout the whole hike was amazing!!!Alaska_13

- Day 4 - Showing Iowa State pride at the very top! 4600ft Elevation!Alaska_11

Make sure to check back tomorrow for Part 2! You'll see pictures from a glacier the size of Rhode Island and rafting!

As always, thanks for reading, Helen

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What I Packed for Alaska

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We are in Alaska! Yesterday, we took our long flight from KC to Anchorage. The travel time, including the layover, was 8 hours. But I came prepared with things to do, like writing this post, so the time went quickly.

Prior to the trip, my friend we're visiting sent us a "must pack list." This list contained items that we would need specifically for our Alaskan adventures.  Because of this, we had a bit of an unusual packing list. Some key pieces are included below!

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  1. Leggings on leggings on leggings. We will be going on hikes, among other outdoor activities, and leggings are perfect for all of them.
  2. Hiking boots. As you may have read in last week's Friday Finds, I recently bought hiking boots for this trip.
  3. Rain Coat. This was actually a wonderful excuse to buy a rain coast, which I have been meaning to get for years. A necessity because we will be doing some ice hiking and boating.
  4. Hat. It may be summer, but it's still cold in Alaska.
  5. Swim suit. You may have read my statement above and thought, "If it's cold, why the swim suit?" One of the places we're going has a hot tub, so we gotta be prepared!

Then, of course, we had to pack the typical clothing items and usual travel accessories. The weather is expected to be mostly in the 50s and 60s. So I packed jeans, leather leggings, sweaters, tees, and booties. The cooler weather is definitely welcomed after the 100+ heat wave in Kansas City!

If you're interested in seeing photos from Alaska in real time, check out my Instagram page.

As always, thanks for reading, Helen

 

Not Your Typical Headboard

Today, I am inviting you into my guest bedroom/office/sewing room/storage room; aka the room every else goes into. It was the last room to get set up after the move, mostly because I deemed it all storage until last week. But my in-laws were coming into town, so I hunkered down in that room and organized. I managed to fit everything, much to my surprise! But once I was done, something still was missing. The walls were bare, the room lacked color, and the bed had no headboard. I wasn't planning on buying a headboard for this bed until we moved into a house. I stood by this thought, but that didn't mean I couldn't add something. I had this DIY project in mind for some time now, so I decided to give it a try! The best part, it would solved all my problems. It would cover one wall, add color, and give the bed a headboard. All for about $50 and a little time.

Below is a step by step guide and pictures of my process. Alternative HeadboardDIY_Headboard_5DIY_Headboard_6DIY_Headboard_7DIY_Headboard_8DIY_Headboard_3

You're done! Congratulations!

If you have any questions about the process, or need clarifications please leave a comment down below. And if you give this DIY a try, I'd love to see! Post a picture on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #KSDIY.

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My dog, Dakota, seems to approve!

As always, thank you for reading, Helen

International Shadow Boxes

If you have seen my posts from the last few weeks, you'll know that Steve and I recently ventured to Grand Forks, ND and Winnipeg, Canada. Neither of us had ever been to either location, so we came home with plenty of photos and little souvenirs. Steve and I already have a tradition to mark a trip to a new state, and we recently started a new one for international travels. It is an International Shadow Box. Shadow_Box_7

In these shadow boxes, you'll find the location, spelled out with photos from the trip, maps and brochures, ticket stubs, beer labels, money, shells, and menus. This is a wonderful and easy way to save little souvenirs and display them, along with photos from the trip!

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You're done! Congratulations!

If you have any questions about he process, or need clarifications please leave a comment down below. And if you give this DIY a try, I'd love to see! Post a picture on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #KSDIY.

As always, thank you for reading, Helen

 

 

Ohhhhh Canada…

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Truth time: don't know the rest of the words. If you saw my post about my recent trip to North Dakota, would will know that my husband and I and our two good friends, Rob and Kay, did a day trip to Winnipeg, Canada. We were already in Grand Forks, ND visiting Rob and Kay.  Grand Forks is only an hour south of the Canadian Boarder, and Winnipeg is another 90 minutes. Since none of us had been to Canada before, we decided to take advantage of the proximity and make a day trip up to the Great White North.

The moment we crossed the Canadian boarder, we had an eagle-eye out for a Tim Hortons. We pulled off  of the interstate the second we saw one. Needless to say, I was very happy I finally had doughnuts in my hand, while in Canada.

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As we entered into Winnipeg, we ran into a little problem; we couldn't use our GPS since our cellular service was out of range. Thankfully, we had done enough research on Winnipeg to know where we wanted to go and then followed road signs to get there. The first place we were headed to was an area call The Forks.

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The Forks was the area we stayed in for the longest time. Clearly a main tourist attraction in Winnipeg, it was filled with walkways to see the city from different angles, and adorable little shops we could weave in and out of in the main area. Also in The Forks were historical spots, which my husband and Rob LOVE to check out when in a new city. While this part of tourism doesn’t always interest me, it makes me happy to know how much my husband enjoys reading all of the signs.

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After our a couple hours of being a tourist, we decided it was time for some good old fashion Canadian beer. We found an adorable restaurant in the middle of the city and sat down for happy hour. One thing my husband and I always try to do in a new city to us is taste the local brew. So when the waitress asked, "What will we have?", our answer was simply, "Anything locally made in Canada". Not only was the beer she brought back great, but one of the labels had the Canadian flag on it. So we were very happy!

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In our Winnipeg research, we found one of the most popular things to do were Escape Rooms. I had never heard of these before, so I was very intrigued. The one we went to was called, Ultimate Lockdown. Basically, you and your friends, enter a room that is "locked" and you have one hour to use the hidden clues in the room to escape. I say "locked" because, we could leave at anytime and even call the front desk if we needed help with the clues. It was a lot of fun!

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We capped off the night with dinner at a local Winnipeg burger joint, called Nuburger. It had some of the most original burger combinations. We had a very delicious meal. Afterwards, we began the drive back to Grand Forks.

It was a quick day trip, but I am happy I can finally say I have been to Canada. We had a wonderful time and I am looking forward to the next time I get to visit Canada! Have you ever been to Canada, specifically Winnipeg? What was your favorite thing to do while visiting?

As always, thank you for reading, Helen

 

 

So we traveled to North Dakota

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You did not read that title wrong! My husband and I traveled to North Dakota this past April to visit some dear friends of ours. I have known Rob and Kay for as long as I have known my husband. Rob, who is currently in the Air Force, met my husband when they were in 8th grade. Despite both being military children and moving throughout their lives, they remained very good friends and ended up going to college together.

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Rob and Kay moved to North Dakota about a year and a half ago to the Air Force Base in Grand Forks. We had planned on visiting for them a since they moved, but between schedules and the VERY cold weather in ND, the plan kept getting pushed back. But when we received the news that Rob was to deploy at the beginning of June, we put a visit on the calendar immediately.

I am not going to sugar coat it; there wasn't much of a social scene in Grand Forks. But because we were with good friends, we were just happy hanging around their house watching movies and catching up. But we weren't locked up in their house the whole trip.

IMG_6995 Rob and Kay live in a house on base, so this was the first time I had ever stayed on an Air Force Base. We toured the base, including were Rob worked. We got to get up close with some of the planes he works with, which was not only amazing to see, but to hear. During the tour, Rob explained to us how the planes operate, where they have been, and some of the stories behind each plane.

One day, they also took us into town to see the city. We stopped in a little boutique which I immediately fell in love with. I walked away with a couple of gorgeous accessories, but I could have purchased the entire store! Near town is also the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks campus, which we also drove through. Unfortunately, the cold weather and off-and-on rain prevented us form walking for much of the trip.

IMG_7002 One of the most darling parts of Grand Forks was the airport. We quickly learned while waiting at the airport, the only way to get to Grand Forks from Kansas City, or any city, is through Minneapolis. When we arrived at the airport, we looked to the Arrivals and Departures screens, to see a grand total of 7 flights listed, all coming or going from Minneapolis! I had never seen anything like this before, so I found it to be so cute and hilarious!

Grand Forks is located about an hour south of the Canadian border. Believe it or not, all four of us had never been to Canada before. So we took a day trip up to Winnipeg, the closest Canadian city to Grand Forks. But more about that on a future post. :)

As always, thank you for reading!