Guide to San Francisco

This post is overdue, but better late than never! My mom, sisters, and best friend Felicia and I had the most amazing girls’ trip in San Francisco! I put together a little guide of the things we did! There is SOOO much to do in the Bay Area, but here are a few of my favorites!

 

Lands End TrailThere are some really scenic trails with views of the bay and Golden Gate Bridge! It is the perfect sunset trail! 

 

 

Billy Goat Hill and SWING This is a quick drive, and then a 3 minute walk from the street will get you to Billy Goat Hill! However, the swing hit or miss – I would say it is there 70% of the time. But it is definitely worth going even if it is just for the amazing 360 panoramic view of the city by the bay!

 

 

Kirby Cove Rope Swing- I’m a sucker for swings, but unfortunately this one is also a hit or miss and we missed, but it was still worth the views and amazing hike!

To get to the swing, drive to Battery Spencer. Parking is not close. You will either have to park at the lot  above or below Battery Spencer. Once you get to Battery Spencer, there are signs on a trail for Battery Spencer and another larger trail that is more of a road. Take the larger trail, which goes down to Kirby Cove Campground! Enjoy amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge and bay! Once at the bottom, just keep following the trail to the ocean and you will find the swing! Its about a 1.1 mile hike down once you start on the large trail! 

If you are only going for the swing and don’t want to be disappointed, I would check Yelp and Instagram before going to see if people have posted there recently! 

This is our friends little girl Lilly at Kirby Cove Swing, isn’t she adorable?!

 

 

Palace of Fine Arts–  This is a beautiful place to picnic and check out and it has a neat story!

 

 

Golden Gate Bridge Duh, you have to check out the city’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge! I think the best views are on the bridge and from Battery Spencer Outlook! 

 

 

The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps-  These color steps are a masterpiece of their own, but they are also encircled around beautiful gardens with striking views of the pacific ocean! 

 

 

The Painted Ladies– Can you say Full House!!! My all time favorite TV show when I was a little girl, and one of my Childhood dreams came true this day! 

 

 

Lombard Street This is a must when visiting the city! Although it is pretty scary! 

 

 

Seward Slides Yes I have a swing and slide obsession! These are the funnest slides tucked away in the cutest little neighborhood in the hills is SF! The drive is stunning and the slides are free and sure to bring out the kid in you!  

 

There you go! Use this guide the next time you visit San Francisco and you are bound to have a blast!!

Here are some photos from our girls trip! Enjoy! XO

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Belize Guide

UnBelizeable!!!!! Belize was our last trip for the summer and I thought after being in South East Asia for a month that it would be a bit of a let down. Boy was I wrong, it was AMAZING! And the waters, I think, were even clearer and more blue than those in SEA.

Chicago Booth has trips every year for first year students called Random Walks. We chose to go on a couples Random Walk. Our whole trip was planned by World Strides and was beautifully put together! We loved it so much. Here are a few must do’s while in Belize:

Snorkeling Excursion Mexico Rocks Marine Reserve-  They took us off the north of Ambergris Caye to a marine reserve, which was incredible. There was so much to see: coral, millions of fish, lobster, sea turtles, sting rays, sharks and my favorite crystal clear blue waters!

Catamaran Tour: This was a full day trip and we had stops at Hol Chan, Shark Ray Alley and then stopped at Caye Caulker to explore the island and enjoy lunch. This was a GREAT tour! We snorkeled and saw a sea turtle, and explored a beautiful canyon coral reef and swam with SHARKS!!!

Secret Beach: This is a must see its a great relaxing spot and very pretty!

El Diabio Bar and Aqua Park: We spontaneously stopped here at the end of of Catamaran tour and it was like we were all 8 again! Such a fun Water park in the ocean a must see!!!!

Zip Lining at Jaguar Paw Park: It was fun zip lining!

Tour the Mayan Ruins: Bring water, it is really cool learning about the Mayans but it is HOT outside! I got dehydrated, so water is a must have!

ATM Cave Tour: This could possibly be the one of the coolest things I did all summer! We hiked for about 40 min through the FOREST to a secret cave entrance, how cool is that?!?! The cave is actually an underground river, so we swam into the cave with our guide into this amazing underworld realm- I felt like I was in an Indiana Jones movie! We trekked through the cave with only head lamps, being in water 50% of the time and on land for 50% of the time. The main water passage is full of amazing geological formations like sparkling stalactites and flow stones! The whole experience was really incredible, and our guide Alexi did a great job at teaching about the Mayans! I HIGHLY recommend this tour!

Overall we highly recommend going to Belize, as it is a great mix of relaxation and adventure!!!

 

 

 

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A Look Into Our New Home
HOME UPDATE: Bradley and I have been in Chicago for 3 weeks now, and we absolutely LOVE it here!
We were lucky to have my mom and sister Savannah fly out when we moved in to help us unpack. My mom is an interior designer and is pretty amazing at her job. She and I have slightly different styles, but she helped me create my vision. We went to work and I could not be happier with how everything turned out!
I picked out / found most of what you see, but being slightly hesitant to fully trust my decorating skills, I got approval or disapproval from my lovely mama, Ginger! I really feel like I learned a ton about design from her helping, and it was so fun working together!!!
Now that we are all settled in, we would love to have friends and family come visit!!!
PS: If you would like to know where we got anything, you can comment below — I’m happy to share.

Stores I love: 

Wayfair, Overstock, Target, Consignment stores (they have GREAT finds if you take the time to look hard), Amazon, Crate and Barrel, Anthropologie, Z Gallerie, Ikea and Homegoods!

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Lake Bled Solvania

We absolutely loved our time in Lake Bled, which is a real gem in Slovenia. We drove through the Austrian Alps and through really long tunnel to cross the border to Slovenia, and couldn’t see much at night because it was so dark. But we woke up early as the sun rose and had the most amazing view of the lake from our room!

When you go there, make sure to ride on a paddle boat to the church on the island and also bring your hiking shoes to climb up to where the best views are!

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Our Top 21 things to do, see and eat in San Diego!

Favorite Acai Bowl: Rum Jungle – PB bowl with peanut butter on top- get in a half pineapple for the insta photo haha!

Favorite Workouts : Spark Cycle and Pilates Plus La Jolla, running Torrey Pines. You are not just getting a great workout, you are getting an incredible experience and are a part of an amazing community with people and instructors who you will fall in love with! (Try Jenna, Shannon, and Maya’s classes at Spark and they will change your life)

Favorite Beaches Windansea Beach and Cuvier Park beach area

Favorite Ice CreamBaked Bear – If you have never been addicted to anything in your life before, you are about to be! This place is AMAZING and growing exponentially fast! For all you peeps in Utah i’m pretty sure they have opened up a few!

Favorite Secret Spot – The hidden trail (Coast Walk Trail) in La Jolla Cove along the cliffs! If you pay attention to your surroundings well enough, you might find these secret swings 🙂 

Favorite Pizza Regents pizza Seriously, the best pizza I have had besides in Italy. They have deep dish and thin crust, but I recommend the margherita style thin crust and don’t forget their RANCH – it’s the best!! 

Favorite Takeout Restaurant- Thai Village in Pacific Beach-  my mouth is watering just looking at it.. yummm

Favorite Bonfire LocationWindansea Beach  (you have to bring your own pit, but having the freedom to go where ever for a bonfire is the best)

 

Favorite Park- Balboa Park and Belmont Park because Brad took me here on one of our first dates. 

 

Favorite Tacos- The Taco Stand in La Jolla and Oscars Tacos in PB.

Favorite Fireworks Viewpoint: at Seaworld and watching  from the Mission Bay Park over the bay

Favorite Sandwich: Rubicon Deli, Board and Brew. Truly Amazing!!!!!! 

Favorite Tourist Attractions: Cabrillo National Monument, Balboa Park, Coronado Island

Favorite Bakery: The Cravory Cookies

Favorite Quiet Spot: The Village / Downtown La Jolla

Favorite Sunset Location: Always Windnsea Beach

 

Favorite Hiking Spots: Torrey Pines State Park, and Potato Chip Rock 

Favorite Breakfast: The Mission, The Cottage in La Jolla, Sugar and Scribe in La Jolla

Favorite Brunch: Caroline’s-amazing food overlooking the beach, The Cottage in La Jolla, , Sugar and Scribe,  Flower Child

Favorite View of the City: Coronado Island

Favorite Burger: Rocky’s and In-N-Out duh!!!

 

Well there you have it, our favorite things to do, eat and see in San Diego!!!! Next time you are are in San Diego hit up this list and you will leave happy! 🙂

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