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Travel List for 2015

Ever since vacationing at Catalina Island and visiting my best friend in Nebraska, I’ve been on a “travel kick.” I want to go everywhere. I keep making all these lists and plans that I’m slowly driving myself crazy. I’ve finally narrowed it down to three places. One of them is for sure and the other two are maybes. I couldn’t decided which one I want to go to more so I added both.

#1: Lake Powell, AZ – This made the list again because my sister said she wants to go. I think she’s still bummed we went to Catalina but it was fun. They have a great website for planning the trip. The only down side was I couldn’t find much about food and if anything, I always go for the food. We’re planning on taking a boat tour along with kayaking and all kinds of water stuff. If we go, we will most likely drive there. We’re not really looking forward to the drive. It’s approximately 8 hours from where we are and well…we could be in San Francisco in 8 hours. I am excited about going because it means I can check Arizona off my visit 50 states list.
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#2: Morro Bay, CA – This was originally no where on the list. However, my sister went on a trip with friends and made it sound so amazing now I want to go! She was telling me about the beach sand. I know it’s strange but we typically judge a beach by the sand and cleanliness. She said the beach up there surpasses Laguna Beach which made me really curious. Laguna is my #1 down here so I knew I had to put it on the list. She kept saying soft beach sand and I was convinced. I’ve never stopped here on the way to San Fran but I heard it’s really nice. We’ll either go to Lake Powell or come here. Is it sad to say I pick here instead? 🙂 It’s closer and we’ll be going to the beach! I’m hoping we can rent a house within walking distance of the beach.
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#3: Hershey, PA – My best friend and I are travel junkies. Since she moved to Nebraska, I’ve been scheming up ways for us to get together. I went to visit her in Nebraska last September and she came to California in December. However, she might be PCSing to Japan with her hubby at the end of this year. I was planning on visiting her again in Nebraska in the spring but since she might be going to Japan, I thought I’d visit her there instead. So now we’re going to Hershey, PA. Mainly for the chocolate. I’ve been dying to see Chocolate World and Hershey Park. I know, I know, I’m a 5 year old at heart. I’m not going to lie, I love me a good Kit Kat bar. Actually…come to think of it, I’ve never had a bad Kit Kat bar. Anyway, they also have a chocolate spa. We’re completely sold and definitely going after summer. Strangely enough, I heard of Hershey, PA while watching the HBO series Band of Brothers because of Major Winters. I might have to bring an extra suitcase just to fit all my goodies.
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And for the honorable mentions that almost made the list..
#1: New Orleans, LA – I love NOLA’s atmosphere. I love oysters…and cajun food. I was drooling when I looked at the food scene. I wasn’t sold on the super expensive hotels. If I were to go I’d at least stay for a week and it costs about a grand just for the hotel stay. Not within my budget.
#2: Washington, DC – This has been on my travel list for a long time. I want to go see all the monuments and soak in the atmosphere of Capitol Hill. However, like NOLA it’s just way too expensive for my budget right now. It would take me at least two weeks minimum to see everything I want to see.
#3: Charleston, SC – My sister likes places that are considered “quaint” and she’s into the bed and breakfast thing. I’m not much for that because I think my taste is a little too luxurious sometimes but I humor her. She wants a bed and breakfast AND a rodeo. Do they have rodeos in Charleston? If so where are they? Help a girl out because she said it’s my job to research so I need to add it to the list. I just want the shrimp and grits.

The list for 2016? You had better believe NOLA will be on there. And in addition to NOLA, Hawaii will be on there and possibly the Cayman Islands and/or Washington, DC. I have two must haves for vacay: one is the beach, two is the food. Everything else is secondary. I’m so excited! Oh and who got hired? This girl! 🙂 I’m truly blessed with all the opportunities that I have been given. Nothing but good vibes today!

**All pictures courtesy of Yahoo! Images.

Fail Sweetly,
Justina

What kind of traveler are you?

My friend and I were discussing travel plans for 2015. We both seem to have big plans in place and got to talking about the different kind of travelers there are. So my question to you is, what kind of traveler are you?

The Jet-Setter – You’re confident and poise. You take charge when needed but tend to go with the flow. You absorbed the beauty, culture, and cuisine each place has to offer.
The Shit-Talker – You hate where you’re going but you agree to go anyway (WHY?!). You constantly talk about how much you hate wherever it is you are. You nag and nag and want to go home the second you know you’re going.
The Antsy-Pantsy – You’re anxious and worried. You don’t like change and the unknown. You can’t stand not knowing what is going to happen when and it constantly bugs you. Will there be a typhoon? Hurricane? Tornado? No, thanks!

We only came up with three because those are the three that I feel best describes me. I’m great at absorbing different cultures and cuisines as well as soaking up the beauty. However, there are certain places I always tell myself I will never go (Nebraska) but end up going. It’s really not that bad! I wasn’t in town for tornado season but it was alright. I did get a lot of anxiety on the flight there because the plane was super small and there were lots of people. I was so anxious that during my visit to Nebraska, I went to get my bags after I landed in Colorado. Then a nice gentleman told me that my bags wouldn’t be there because I’m going to Nebraska. Thanks, nice guy! Has that happened to you? haha I’m genuinely curious. What kind of traveler are you?

Fail Sweetly,
Justina

Flip Flops for Miss Montana

I’ve been slacking in terms of blogging just because I’ve been consumed with my fellowship program, work, and life in general. I don’t know…life doesn’t seem to blog worthy nowadays but I received the strangest request from one of my readers who lives in Montana. She asked me to do a post on my favorite brands of flip flops. I live in Southern California but I am by no means a flip flop expert. I do have high archs on my feet so I hate wearing heels of any kind. I’m mostly a flip flop girl at heart. If I can get away with wearing them, you can bet I’ll wear em.

If you’re looking to invest in a good pair of flip flops, how much are you willing to pay? It really all depends and I’ll go from the lowest cost to the highest. I have a pair of flip flops from Payless and I got them for like $10 max. They’ve lasted me about seven years now and are one of my favorite pairs. I would say my go to flip flop shop is Havaianas. Depending on which design you like or which one you customize, it could get pricy. The price range for a pair is around $25-35. It’s well worth it in the end. I bought a pair back in college and wore them to class everyday. I LOVE them because they’re great for walking. I’m a little sad because the design I got isn’t available anymore and recently the straps broke apart from the actual flip flop. I wore them the most out of the three pairs I’m talking about. Havaianas is like the god of flip flops. No joke, I love their website. I stalk it all the time looking for good deals! I love the design on this pair (http://us.havaianas.com/women-sandals/brasil-torcida-ii.html). I’m really into colorful designs for my flip flops. The pair I bought was white and had huge pink flowers with green leaves. Colors that pop are my go to. The highest priced flip flop I would recommend is Tory Burch. The flip flops are awesome! They’re super comfortable and that’s a rare find because of my high archs. Now Tory Burch doesn’t come cheap so I would say the price range is from $40-50. I got a pair of black and white ones for $40 because they were on sale. I LOVE flip flop sales. Designers like Michael Kors, Rebecca Minkoff, and Tory Burch have great selections when they’re on sale. Usually it runs around $20 a pair when they’re on sale but they’re good quality.

Anyway, I hope that helped you out Miss Montana. If anything scope the shops. You can always find a good pair where you least expect it. I would have never guessed Payless had durable flip flops. Toodles!

Fail Sweetly,
Justina

Are we there yet?

Yesterday was really humid in the valley so the big sis and I made plans to go to the beach. We’re California girls so beach bums by default. We decided on Santa Monica since it was the closest to us. Our goal for the day was to walk by the water from Santa Monica Pier to the Venice Fishing Pier. It’s approximately 3 miles there and 3 miles back so we walked 6 miles total. We’re still hurting btw. It hurts when I stand, when I sit, when I bend down to get something. I haven’t been in such hurt for so long. Initially we didn’t think we’d make it to the fishing pier so we just walked and talked. About half way there the big sis wanted to stop and sunbathe but I insisted we walk all the way down there. That way we can say we did it. And boy, we did it..and it hurts. I don’t recommend walking such a long distance if you’re out of shape like we are! 🙂 I did manage to take some awesome photos. I love pictures of the beach. Sunset pictures are my all time favorite. The beach had crosses set up for Memorial Day which was humbling to see.
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Of course I had to write the blog name on the sand.
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The crosses to honor fallen service members. It’s located by the Lot 1 parking lot and on the right side of the pier.
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The amusement park on the pier. I tried to take this picture multiple times but the lighting just sucked.
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The left side of the pier/ferris wheel 🙂
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I think she was trying to tell me something.
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The awesome waves. There’s really nothing like walking near the water.
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This picture was taken all the way at the end of the pier. We walked down the stairs and voila!
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More waves of SM.
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I have a funky smile on my face because you can’t tell that the water just hit my feet. If you’re not familiar with Pacific water, it’s icy cold. Especially at 8am in the morning.
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The Venice Fishing Pier..
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These rocks were in between Venice and Santa Monica. I love this shot because of the water.
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More water! 🙂
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That’s me in front of the rocks. I was afraid the water was splash on me from the other side.
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We’re almost there! 🙂

Santa Monica had a lot of people compared to Venice although I’m pretty sure it’s because SMP is very touristy. Venice is mostly for art junkies and locals. We finished the day with lunch at Bubba Gump! I got a free cup with my strawberry sparkler drink. It taste like a Shirley Temple and it lights up on the bottom. After lunch we went to The Funnel Cake Factory!
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It was so freakin delicious! 🙂 I LOVE funnel cakes. And they’re one of the few places that take credit cards too! Overall it was an awesome day. Now I get to say I walked 6 miles while carrying a backpack and a DSLR with my sister. We had to egg each other to the finish line but we did it. We kept asking each other are we there yet? lol I wrote up my beach bucket list this summer. Hopefully I’ll be able to complete it. I’m already getting a head start! 🙂 I hope everyone has an awesome weekend. Don’t party too hard tomorrow!

Fail Sweetly,
Justina

LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art)

The LACMA has been on my bucket list for awhile. I’ve always been meaning to go every time I’m in LA but never had the chance. Yesterday I had the trip with the big sis. It was super busy for a Sunday and there were tons of art to see. I think one of the most famous pieces there is the urban lights which is close to the sidewalk on Wilshire Blvd.
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I love the lights. It was hard to get a good angle because EVERYONE was snapping pictures.
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I thought this piece was awesome. I wanted to take a cool picture but there were tons of kids running through. Basically it’s like yellow string and you can play in it.
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This is the fountain by the Bing Theatre.
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I thought this piece was pretty rad. It almost doesn’t look like art.
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Another one of the fountain!
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Different angle for this piece. This picture was taken on the bottom floor.
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Good ole California palm trees. I love Wilshire Blvd! You can see them for miles.
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More lights. This was taken earlier in the day.
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This was taken in the afternoon after we had lunch at Ray’s.
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It’s a lot prettier at night but it’ll do 🙂
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One of the many reasons why I love California. I just need a sunset to go with this picture!
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Palm trees along Wilshire Blvd.
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A ton of food trucks across the street from the museum.
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Up close and personal!

Hope you liked all my pictures! 🙂 We also made a trip to Little Tokyo in LA so more pics soon.

Fail Sweetly,
Justina

the donut man!! (Glendora, CA)

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The Donut Man is legendary in Glendora, CA. They were on several Food Network shows. They’re known for their strawberry and peach filled donuts. They’re rockin delicious. I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to make a visit to this gem. I used to go to school right by it so it’s been over 3 years since I’ve had a donut from Donut Man. It’s way too out of my area for me to be making trips. I ended up ordering 3 tiger tails, one chocolate covered bavarian cream, one filled with lemon, and one filled with apples. I haven’t tried the one filled with apples but the bavarian cream, lemon, and tiger tails are awesome. The strawberry filled ones and the tiger tails are my two favorites. Sadly, I guess it’s not strawberry season so no strawberry donuts for me 😦
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I love the chocolate covered bavarian cream one. It’s usually one of my favorite donuts no matter where I get it. This one is extra awesome because it’s not too sweet.
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The tiger tails are freakin delicious!!! It’s pretty much a twist of donut and chocolate but it doesn’t have a strong chocolate taste. I like it because it’s not so sweet and it’s literally about the length of a ruler. Awesomeness! I brought them to my cousins house and we chowed down. I also brought her some Christmas ornaments and we decorated her Christmas tree again because it looked real funny when my aunt did it.
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Our little tree this year 🙂 hehe Happy Holidays!

Fail Sweetly,
Justina