Philadelphia Layover


I was fortunate enough to have not one, but two long Philadelphia layovers this month. There was so much to see and do, so much history to take in that I feel I only got a sliver of it done.

Nonetheless, this is a beautiful city and here’s what I was able to accomplish:

View from my hotel room. Isn’t it stunning?!

First up was the liberty bell. I’ve been to Philly before so I didn’t feel the need to go inside to get a look at the liberty bell but I still wanted to take a glance. It’s located in the independence national historic park. If you’re looking at the liberty bell from the front, behind it is a clear view of independence all.

Then when you’re feeling hungry, you need to go to Reading terminal market to fill all of your cravings.

Old city coffee, Beiler’s, By George, and Iovine juice are my favorites thus far.

There’s so much to see and do that I’m hoping I’ll get another long layover so I can continue my adventuring of this wonderful city.

Layover | Denver, CO


Today was day 1 on reserve and I got a two day trip with a 22 hour layover in Denver, CO. Though leaving my family is never easy, I was looking forward to the long layover and a room to myself where I can get some nice, long uninterrupted sleep.

This layover happens to be on Labor Day weekend and “a taste of Colorado” food festival was within walking distance of my hotel. The festival is free admission but if you want food/alcohol you need to purchase tickets. 15 tickets for $10 was a pretty good deal I think! For those who aren’t sure what to eat, you can taste test all the different food for just 2-4 tickets. My favorite was the garlic knots!

There were all kinds of activities such as bands, vendors, and kids games. I really enjoyed myself and it was nice to hangout with fellow crew members.

Let’s hope the rest of this reserve month I get fun trips like this. Fingers crossed!

Do-It-Yourself Menu Cards

ALL THINGS WEDDINGS, Do-It-Yourself Wedding Projects

The wedding menu I created completely on my own! I searched Pinterest for free downloads but just couldn’t mind anything I truly liked. This was a combination of ideas which turned into my own creation. And if I may toot my own horn, but I think they turned out pretty decent. 

Our venue was Chaminade Resort and Spa in Santa Cruz, California. I absolutely loved the venue the second I saw it and knew this was where I wanted to get married. Unfortunately the catering cost per person was way over my budget. Luckily, the wedding planner worked with my now husband and I to create a delicious meal while also staying within our budget. 

Venue: Chaminade Resort and Spa

Photography: Danyelle Dee Photography