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Trees, Tapas and Trolls: Discovering DuPage County

When we determined we'd be headed to Illinois for Drew's powerlifting seminar, you can bet your bottom dollar I was beaming with excitement. I really love the Chicago area, especially in the winter. Most people reading this that have been to Illinois in the winter are probably shaking their heads in disbelief. But it's pretty simple, I am used to that bitter wet cold having lived in Texas and Tennessee. And it's worth exploring in that kind of weather when you're in such a culturally rich area.

What would be most exciting about this trip was that we were going to be spending it in DuPage County, a lively and beautiful suburb of Chicago. If you know me, you know I prefer places like this. The hustle and bustle of a downtown metropolitan area doesn't do much for me, but big gorgeous trees and historic neighborhoods you can drive through slowly are my jam. So I reached out to their CVB and got the ball rolling on some recommendations for our trip. We spent the nig…

Meet Hill Country's Firefly: the Wahwahtaysee Resort

I decided the best way to spend part of January was to take my furbaby Courage on a Tour de Tejas ending in Hill Country -- namely, Kingsbury, TX at the Wahwahtaysee Resort. For the sake of transparency I must disclose that the Wahwahtaysee Resort did host me and Courage for our two-night stay in Kingsbury in exchange for my honest review of their new resort. Which we absolutely loved! Take 10% off when you book using code "CurrentlyColorado10."

Our arrival to the Wahwahtaysee Resort was in the dark, making it a little difficult to find but if you know me - you know I love a challenge. I drove up and down the same road probably four times before finally calling for directions. I have the worst night vision, so I don't blame them. It was super dark driving in, but I could still see the outline of pecan trees reaching over our heads. I couldn't wait to see that in the morning. But first, the clouds were parting and I could see some stars peeking through. My goal was to …

I Had Never Pooped in a Tent Until Now

TLDR; for anyone in a hurry, here's the preface. I decided the best way to spend part of January was to take my furbaby Courage on a Tour de Tejas ending in Hill Country -- namely, Kingsbury, TX at the Wahwahtaysee Resort. For the sake of transparency I must disclose that the Wahwahtaysee Resort did host me and Courage for our two-night stay in Kingsbury in exchange for my honest review of their new resort.

This article is about my trip as a whole, you can read my feature article on Wahwahtaysee Resort later this week.



Moving along to the fun stuff, this is hopefully going to be the cutest story you've ever gotten to scroll through because it features my fluff ball, Courage the Cowardly Corgi. Plus, a few gorgeous cameos from my dear friend Erika Klein of Deeper than Diet. We hit the road Thursday morning with Amarillo on our minds and a tinge of anxiety for the 6-ish hour drive ahead of us. We were trying to make it town before sunset so we could catch Cadillac Ranch during T…

A Steady Drip in Event Sales: How to Campaign Like a Pro

When planning an event, depending on your main role in the game, it's easy to be overly optimistic.  The event you're planning is, of course, the best thing you've ever come up with. You and your team have worked incredibly hard to pull everything together and you expect that hard work to naturally bring in some interest, at least from friends and family, right?

You're wrong. I hate to break it to you -- it sucks, I know.
But for some reason in this day and age, even Mom & Pop won't show up to your event unless you've bribed them. So how do people throw successful events these days? It's just a bit more complicated than you think, but once you've figured it out, it becomes a lot easier to apply to future events. In this article I'm going to breakdown drip campaign tactics and how to apply them to your every day events. Yes, you can apply Fortune 500 event tactics to your networking mixer or your pop-up shop. In fact, I encourage you to do so.

Th…

Goonies Never Say Die

As promised, I'm here to tell you a little bit more about Astoria. 


If you read through my original article detailing all the stops of our PNW 2.0 trip this past August, then you probably read my little mention of Astoria and Holiday Inn Express - Astoria. For transparencies sake, I will mention that the first night of our stay was arranged and comped by Travel Astoria-Warrenton. I normally tuck this notice somewhere in at the bottom, but I'm mentioning it now because I want those reading to know that while we were hooked up by Travel Astoria, the hotel and the CVB went way above and beyond our expectations. I was not asked to write a blog about them or the hotel, but our experience was just so outstanding I knew the moment I left I had to. 
So now that we're past all the formalities, I'm going to jump right in. We were headed to Astoria from our short overnight in Port Angeles and I can't tell you how excited I was. Now, Astoria at the time meant nothing to me. Al…

The Recipe to a Great Road-Trip

When young girls dream of their future, we never expect the journey to be so long and winding... But here we are some 20 odd years later hustling every day and figuring out our happiness. To say that 2018 was a good year would be hard, to say it was a bad year would also be wrong. We'll just say -- it's been a year. So, it's no surprise that when adventure calls my name I quickly grab my pack and run for it. You see, adventure is like your favorite spice and a road trip is like that crockpot recipe your grandmother gave you that you're not sure you can execute properly, but it'll be delicious either way.

TLDR; Here's a quick overview of the stops we made!  1. Rolled out from Denver and drove all night to get to Walla Walla, WA
2. Wined down in wine country with Bontzu Cellars and Three Rivers Winery
3. Made it to Seattle where we visited Pikes before camping in Deception Pass
4. Left Deception Pass for some Olympic National Park and Port Angeles action
5. Head…

How to Find the Cheapest Flights This Fall

If you haven't already begun setting aside some cash for your next adventure, you have just under three weeks to get it together! It's August, the best month of the year to buy international flights. Dreaming of Dubai? Fawning of France? These elusive deals are going to be coming in hot, here's how to find them.

Mark your calendars, August is here.Historically speaking, August 21-22 is the average timeframe for when international flights will drop in prices. While these deals definitely pop-up year round, August seems to be a magnet for price mistakes and traditional sales. It's like the perfect storm of market activity to help you save. I set a reminder for that mid-month week, but the opportunities for sales will occur throughout the month. If you don't have any money saved already, now is the time to gather a few hunnies up.  NEVER pay more than $500 for an international flight again! Unless you're flying somewhere particularly far out like Tokyo, New Zeala…

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How to Find the Cheapest Flights This Fall

If you haven't already begun setting aside some cash for your next adventure, you have just under three weeks to get it together! It's August, the best month of the year to buy international flights. Dreaming of Dubai? Fawning of France? These elusive deals are going to be coming in hot, here's how to find them.

Mark your calendars, August is here.Historically speaking, August 21-22 is the average timeframe for when international flights will drop in prices. While these deals definitely pop-up year round, August seems to be a magnet for price mistakes and traditional sales. It's like the perfect storm of market activity to help you save. I set a reminder for that mid-month week, but the opportunities for sales will occur throughout the month. If you don't have any money saved already, now is the time to gather a few hunnies up.  NEVER pay more than $500 for an international flight again! Unless you're flying somewhere particularly far out like Tokyo, New Zeala…

O', OREGON

Oregon was the first state I visited when I began this lifestyle of adventure travel a few years ago. I was there for only 18 hours and saw very little, but the hike we did was my first hike since childhood and ignited a passion in me that would shape the rest of my life. Hiking to Pittock Mansion in the early morning glow while snacking on Voodoo Donuts was a highlight of my early 20s and a feeling I still chase today.


Knowing we were headed for Oregon on this trip, it was hard not to be excited. It's host to some of our nation's most incredible features from waterfalls and hot springs to forests lush with life. If you haven't figured it out yet, I really love Oregon. Our destination on this 2nd/3rd day would be Toketee Campground and all the magic that it contains. I was stoked to finally break out the tent and even more excited to break into our stash of Mountain House meals. Drew and I knew, even back when we were still headed to Canada, that the easiest way to cut do…

Meet Hill Country's Firefly: the Wahwahtaysee Resort

I decided the best way to spend part of January was to take my furbaby Courage on a Tour de Tejas ending in Hill Country -- namely, Kingsbury, TX at the Wahwahtaysee Resort. For the sake of transparency I must disclose that the Wahwahtaysee Resort did host me and Courage for our two-night stay in Kingsbury in exchange for my honest review of their new resort. Which we absolutely loved! Take 10% off when you book using code "CurrentlyColorado10."

Our arrival to the Wahwahtaysee Resort was in the dark, making it a little difficult to find but if you know me - you know I love a challenge. I drove up and down the same road probably four times before finally calling for directions. I have the worst night vision, so I don't blame them. It was super dark driving in, but I could still see the outline of pecan trees reaching over our heads. I couldn't wait to see that in the morning. But first, the clouds were parting and I could see some stars peeking through. My goal was to …