Travel Diary: Boone, NC

Hey y’all! Hope everyone’s summer has been a blast so far. Today I have another travel diary. Last week my family and I rented a house near Boone, NC and I wanted to share with you guys some of the cool pictures I got! We went shopping down King Street, Zip lining at Sky Valley Zip Lines ( I would really recommend it, definitely worth the money!), and went hiking.

Todd Mercantile:

This cute little store was in the town of Todd. The town was really cute, but very tiny.

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The Sour Dough Bread is SO Good!

 

Elk Knob State Park:

We did the summit hike with is about 3.8 miles roundtrip. Going up it is all up hill, but the views at the top are totally worth it. The path itself is also nicely maintained.

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The Blowing Rock:

Located in the town of blowing rock, The Blowing Rock is a lookout point with fantastic views, and you don’t have to hike 4 miles to see it!

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I had so much fun on this vacation and cannot wait until my next adventure! I know that in March of 2018 I have a cruise planned, but hopefully I will get travel to a new place before then and make another travel diary for you all!

-EM MARIE

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NYC Travel Diary

Hey y’all! Sorry I haven’t posted for a while, I just wasn’t feeling inspired. I have decided that I want to put more effort into each post I put up so from now on I will be posting once a week, on Saturday. You might get a few bonus posts here and there, but make sure you come back every Saturday for a new post. Since that is all out of the way, lets get into what this blog post is all about: New York City! ( I went in March, so this is a little late but hey; better late than never right?)

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For spring break I went to New York City with my aunt and cousins. It was so much fun and am so thankful that I got to go! This was my second time visiting the City and I absolutely love it, I can’t wait to go back. We left on a Wednesday and came back on a Saturday. While we were there it even snowed! That was really exciting for me since I live on the coast of North Carolina; it hardly ever snows here! We stayed at the Gallivant Times Square. I would give this a 4/5 stars. The location was great because it was located a few blocks from times square and the room itself was pretty big. My only complaints is that the lighting sucked, there were no outlets in the bathroom (that made doing your hair a little tricky), and one night we came back and our bathroom smelled like pot (I guess it came down from the vent?). All in all though, you typically don’t spend that much time in the room when you go to New York so it was manageable.

The Rockefeller Center:

We went to the top at night and it was so cool and peaceful up there! The view is great and you can even see the Empire State Building.

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9/11 Memorial:

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Times Square:

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Food:

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Brooklyn Bridge:

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Wicked:

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Let me know in the comments down below where your favorite places to go in NYC are! I would love some recommendations for the next time I go.

-EM MARIE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best of 2016: Beauty, Life, and Everything in Between

Hey y’all! I am so excited for 2017! I love change and feel like the new year is the perfect to start. You have a clean slate. One thing that I do at the start of every year is look back and reflect on what happened the previous year in my life. Since I started this blog I figured this year I would share it with you all.

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January 2016: I was working at as an assistant at a hair salon. This was a very fun and cool experience because I have thought about going to cosmetology school myself.img_2274

March 2016: I went to Southport, NC for spring break!fullsizerender-2img_2424-2IMG_2442

April 2016: Turned 17 and went to IKEA for the very first time.

June 2016: FINALLY finished my junior year of high school. This was by far my least favorite year.

July 2016: Went to a summer camp in TN with my church and went on a Road Trip! I love to travel so of course I had a blast. img_2516IMG_2544

August 2016: I started my senior year of High School

November 2016:Learned how to sew and had an awesome Thanksgiving with my family.

December 2016: Hung out with my friends a lot and had an amazing Christmas. IMG_3233 2.JPG

Beauty

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Movies & TV

The Duff ( one of my favorite movies now )

Gilmore Girls

White Collar

Chicago PD

The Bachelor Franchise

Criminal Minds

 

2016 was pretty great, but I have a feeling that 2017 will be even better. There are a lot of changes coming this year and I am so excited!

What were some of the highlights from your 2016?

Make sure to follow this blog so you never miss a post! I plan to be more consistent in 2017!

-EM MARIE

A Day In Philly: Final Road Trip Stop!

Ah so we have came to our final stop on the road trip before heading  home. This was my first road trip ever and it has left me craving more in my future. I would love to go out to the west coast since I’ve never been before.

I have to say Philly is probably my favorite city I’ve been to compared to Boston and NYC. Granted we went on a Sunday, but it was so quiet and not too many people out and about. During our day in Philly we went to eat philly cheesesteaks (obviously), had ice-cream,  and visited the Eastern State Penitentiary.

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Ok we didn’t actually eat cheesesteaks in Philly, we went to this place kind of in the middle of nowhere, but it was recommend to us by some friends who live here. We went to a place called the Pepper Mill on 813 N Cheester Rd, West Cheester, PA. It was a little outdated, but I thought it was cute and it kind of felt like we were locals since we ate at a place that wasn’t targeted for the tourists. The food was AWESOME! I got a regular cheesesteak with fried onions and then we got a basket of fries for all three of us to split.IMG_2628

This place is definitely worth checking out.

We also went and got ice cream at this place called Philly Flavors and it was pretty good! I got oreo ice cream in between 2 chocolate chip cookies and is was sooo good.

The Prison:

Fun fact about me, going to a prison has always been on my bucket list. I know thats weird and kind of creepy, but crime has always interested me. ( I am a big Bones, Law & Order SVU, Criminal Minds, & Chicago PD type of gal). The Eastern State Penitentiary is a was created in the 1800s. It is $14 to tour it and you get an audio tour to listen to with many different stories about the prison and from prisoners themselves. I highly recommend going next type any of y’all are in the Philly area.

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Well that was what we did in our day in Philly! Leave me a comment down below if you have any recombinations for me next time I go to Philly. I hope this post help some of you who are planning a road trip of your own! Make sure to follow my blog for more.

-EM MARIE

Top things to do in Newport Rhode Island

Hey y’all! Today’s post is going to be about the 2nd state from our road trip: Rhode Island; Newport to be specific. I  though Newport was a quaint little town that I really liked. In this post I am going to be sharing with you all about what we did in our day and a half in Newport!

Newport Mansions: Newport was a popular summer vacationing spot in the late 1800s early 1900s so there are quite a few mansions ( about 10 ) that you can tour. We choose to tour 5; the Breakers, Marble House, Rose Cliff, Chateau-sur-Mer, and the Elms. The only one I would not recommend seeing is Chateau-sur-Mer. It was very dark and hot, plus most of the house was blocked off. We saw all 5 mansions in 1 day, but I would recommend if you had time, breaking it up because by the time  we got to the last house we were so tired and couldn’t really enjoy how beautiful it was.

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Cliff Walk: The Cliff Walk is a 3.5 mile long walk along the sea and mansions of Newport. We just walked about a mile of it then turned around and walked back because it was really hot. The scenery among the walk is gorgeous. A portion of the walk you even have to walk atop rocks. This was walk was nice and I would love to come back when it is chilly and less crowded to tackle the whole 3.5 miles.

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Dinner: For dinner we decided to go to this place called Brick Alley Pub & Restaurant after we overheard a lady working at one of the gift shops in the mansions recommend it to another customer. We had to wait about 20 minutes for a table to open up, but it was worth the wait! I ordered a steak with garlic sauce and fries and it was positively delicious. My mom and her friend both ordered the lobster roll, one of the most popular menu items, and they loved there food as well!

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We spent about a day and a half in Newport. One day we toured the mansions and went out for a nice dinner and the next walking the cliff walk before heading back on the road again. We had a great time in Newport and I would love to go back in during the fall time. Make sure to follow this blog to hear more about what we did on our next and final stop: Philly!

-EM MARIE

Best things to do in Boston

Hey ya’ll! I am so excited to start my road trip series. The first place we visited was Boston Massachusetts . Since we live in North Carolina it took us about 14 hours to get to Boston, but we made frequent bathroom stops along the way and had a little bit of car trouble. Luckily it was nice and sunny for our day in Boston. Here are the things we did in Boston that I would highly recommend:

The Freedom Trail: This trail leads you all throughout Boston stopping along the way to show you historic sites. You can have a guided tour or, like we did, you can go to the Welcome Center at the Boston Common ( which is the first stop on the trail ) and buy a map for about $7 and do a self-guided tour. I would suggest the latter option because you can go at your own pace and stop along the way to see other interesting things along the way.

 

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Old North Church
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Paul Revere’s House
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Old City Hall

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Park Street Church
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Quincy Market Place: Although this building is a little crowded, I would definitely suggest checking this place out for lunch. This building is basically a bunch of food venders. There is so much variety in what you can get to eat; pizza, bagels, sandwiches, seafood, Japanese, ice-cream, and so much more; so chances are you will something you like! I would recommend the pizza bagels and panini’s.

Brattle Bookshop: Ok, let me just say this place is awesome! In store they have 3 stories filled with book. Outside they have bargain books all priced at $5,3, or 1. I found these really cool LIFE magazines from the 50s and 60s for only THREE DOLLARS! If you are a book lover I would definitely check this place out.

 

This is pretty much all we did in Boston, but we had so much fun and walked a ton as well ( make sure you are prepared ). Down below I am going to add some random pictures I took while exploring Boston! I hope you enjoyed and don’t forget to follow my blog as more posts will be coming about my road trip!

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-EM MARIE

Road Trip!

Hey everyone! Sorry I didn’t post for a while, but now I am back and ready to start posting everyday. So about a week ago I went on a 5 day road trip with my mom and her best friend. We all had a blast! I took lots of pictures and can’t wait to share all that we did with you all. Since we did so much in a 5 day time span, I am going to break the road trip down by state. Today’s post is just going to be some of the pictures I took, but don’t worry I will be going into greater detail in further posts, so stay tuned!

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I hope I sparked your interest with these photos! Make sure to follow this blog to see more about my trip! Tomorrow you will see all about my time in Massachusetts. Talk to ya later!

-EM MARIE