Caravan Sonnet: October 2018

10/19/18

Hatcher Pass Video

Happy Friday! I am SO excited to share that my YouTube channel has gone live y'all! I am excited to share with y'all videos from travels, the shop, and Twenty History Lane

One of my first travel videos is of our time in Hatcher Pass// Alaska! This one just makes me smile... I mean who doesn't love Ray Charles music? *smiles* You can find the video HERE and the new channel by clicking HERE! Thanks for checking it out, commenting, and following along y'all! *smiles*

Happy Friday! I hope y'all have a wonderful day!

PS- If you are curious about the specific details of the road trip that we took throughout Alaska or if you are planning a similar road trip (or just want to see and dream about visiting the beauty!) I hope the information below is helpful. You can read all of the posts from the trip by clicking on the links below:

Chugach Mountains (Alaska 1-South Drive): // Along the Matanuska River on Alaska 1- South//

Cooper Landing (Kenai Peninsula): // Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge Nature Trail//



The Funky US Cities and States That Need To Be On Your List

If you’re going to go to all of the effort of travelling to America, you might as well go to some of the funkiest states there are. We will admit, every part of America has something unique to offer, no matter how unique or normal is may be. But, there are some states that just go the extra mile with the funk factor, and some of them aren’t on people’s hit lists usually! Which surprises us, because a trip to America for some is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and one that should be made as funky as possible for sure. So, if you know you’re planning a trip to the US pretty soon, go ahead and have a look at these funky states, and see if you could see yourself spending a bit of time in them. Hint, you really should do!
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New Orleans
New Orleans is a great place to go. It’s home to some of the best jazz bars in the world, and if you’re looking for somewhere with the best atmosphere in the world, then New Orleans is the place for you. It still has a sense of that old age jazz era to it, but with big splashes of the modern world. You can get a hotel near the French Quarter in New Orleans for a really good price, which puts you right in the heart of all that funk you might be looking for. The nightlife in the French Quarter is amazing, so much sure you go out after dark as well! Bourbon street is also really famous, so make sure you take a stroll down there! If you want to see something unique, you should head to Jackson Square to see some of the best art and artists the world has to offer!


Florida
You’ll probably associate Florida with the world famous theme parks, and the world famous city, Miami. Which you absolutely should do. We think that one of the reasons why Florida is a funky state to visit is because they seem to do everything so extra. The theme parks, the nightlife in Miami, and the food that you’ll be able to eat will blow your mind. Disney is obviously a big hit, and no matter how old you are we would definitely recommend you taking a visit. In Miami, the beaches and the bars are what it is all about, and we guarantee you’ll have one of the best nights of your life if you head out there!


Texas
Texas is all about BBQ, animal events, and hospitality. You might be against this, but horse shows and bull shows are big in Texas, and if you aren’t against it we would definitely recommend you taking a look at one of these. BBQ food is their forte as well, so make sure that you head to one of the locally owned restaurants for a culinary treat, rather than going to one of the chain restaurants. The locals always know how to do it best, and you’ll often find the price is a lot better!

This may be a contributed post but all of the thoughts match the tone of my blog

10/17/18

Homer Spit // Homer, Alaska

Today on the blog I am excited to share with y'all pictures from Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. I am so excited to share about Homer with y'all as I really enjoyed my time in this area. This was definitely an area that I would like to come back and spend more time in in the future. 

Our time in Homer Spit turned out to be absolutely gorgeous with the weather too. After a more cloudy beginning at Bishop's Beach, Homer Spit was gorgeous blue skies and sun. It was crazy because it was less than 10 miles difference between the two areas, but a fun gift for us the day that added to the charm of the area. *smiles*
I know some of you may be curious (like I was before this trip) about what exactly Homer Spit is. So basically it is an area of land (about 4 and 1/2 miles) that juts out into the Kachemak Bay that hosts restaurants, shopping, art galleries, food trucks, beach areas, swings (attached under the collection of shops/restaurants/galleries), music, and tour boats in some areas. 

You can drive out onto Homer Spit (something that several of you have asked me) and there is lots of parking areas along the way for you to park and walk to the different boardwalk areas. If you are unable to walk long distances and need to for physical reasons you can move your car as you explore the different sections. 
When you are out on Homer Spit it is truly just gorgeous in a completely different way than other areas of Alaska that we had been to before. You have the waters of the bay that are on both sides of the spit, so you almost feel like you are on an island and then the Kenai Mountains are before you in the background (and surrounding you). It was stunning and unique in a really neat way.
There are so many different things that you could do in this area that include fishing and boating, or simply walking around Homer Spit. Because of our time frame we spent the day exploring on land, but it would be so fun to be out on the water in this area!  We had the perfect weather for exploring, taking pictures, walking around, wandering on the docks, eating yummy food, spending time in several art galleries, and seeing the different and unique shops that are in this area. It was simply lovely.
The vibe in this area was definitely a delightful eclectic mixture of incredible energy. I keep trying to think of how to really explain it as it was so neat but words are failing...basically it was a mixture of a wharf area type vibe with artisans and foodies and fishermen... and it was just so cool. Y'all will definitely want to check out Homer Spit when you go visit Homer! 
Thank you so much for stopping by and reading this post today! If you are curious about the specific details of the road trip that we took throughout Alaska or if you are planning a similar road trip (or just want to see and dream about visiting the beauty!) I hope the information below is helpful. You can read all of the posts from the trip by clicking on the links below:

Chugach Mountains (Alaska 1-South Drive): // Along the Matanuska River on Alaska 1- South//

Cooper Landing (Kenai Peninsula): // Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge Nature Trail//



10/16/18

Cinderella Junk Journal Video

I am SO excited to share that my YouTube channel has gone live y'all! I am excited to share with y'all videos from travels, the shop, and Twenty History Lane

One of my first videos is of this precious Cinderella Junk Journal that I created for the shop! You can find the video HERE and the new channel by clicking HERE! Thanks for checking it out and following along y'all! *smiles*

10/15/18

6 Ways to Live Your Best Possible Life

Everyone wants to become the best version of themselves and live their life to the full. But bad habits, the wrong mindset, or toxic relationships can prevent a person from doing just that. Thankfully, there are many ways to completely turn your life around and become the person you have always wanted to be, with relative ease. If you want to make the most of every day, find out how to live your best possible life with the top 6 ways below.

1. Identify Your Bad Habits
The first thing you must do is review your current lifestyle to identify any bad habits that could be negatively impacting your life. The bad behaviors could be as small as spending too much time in front of the TV, or as significant as living with a challenging drug or alcohol addiction. Once you have identified the bad behavior, you must look for the solution to the problem, such as entering a drug rehab program.

2. Develop a Routine for Success
The most successful people in life stick to a strict routine, which helps them to manage their day and reduce their stress levels – and you should do the same! For example, you should
experience 8 hours of sleep each night, meditate for a minimum of ten minutes per day, eat three healthy meals, exercise, and write down ten or more new ideas.

3. Simply Be Yourself
It is impossible to live your best life if you’re always trying to be someone else. If you want to feel happier in your own skin, you should un-apologetically be yourself in every situation. If you are a little weird or quirky, own it, because that’s who you are. If people try to change you, then they probably aren’t the best fit for your life.

4. Make Time for Laughter
It is important to fill every day with fun and laughter so that you can live your life to the full. That is why you must make the time to connect with your friends to laugh together. You can also give yourself a reason to smile by watching funny videos, reading jokes, or watching a comedy movie or TV series. It will make life much more enjoyable.

5. Nurture Your Relationships
Surrounding yourself with loving relationships will add happiness and security in your life. Always make time to see your parents, siblings, grandparents, and friends, and aim to strengthen your connection throughout the years. It could also make you feel good to give a genuine compliment, express your gratitude with a gift, or to simply tell a person how much you love them.

6. Slow Down Your Busy Life
Attempting to do everything will lead to a mountain of stress and tension on your shoulders. Whenever life feels too tough to handle, try to slow things down. Doing so will help you to effectively review a situation and develop a better reaction, which can help to lower your rising stress levels. So, cut a task off your to-do list, go on vacation, or treat yourself to a day off.

This may be a contributed post but all of the thoughts I agree with and match the tone of my blog.

Homer Lighthouse // Homer, Alaska

Happy Monday friends! I hope that you had a wonderful weekend! Ours was busy as we officially moved out of the cabin (for the most part) for the winter and spring and now are in the process of unpacking everything. 

Today on the blog I am excited to share with y'all pictures from this sweet lighthouse in Homer (at the beginning edge of Homer Spit). So... all I could find online was that it is referred to as, "Homer Lighthouse".

 Honestly...it may have a proper name (and if you know it- please feel free to share with me!), but similar to my post on our lake adventure near Chickaloon... this was a bit of a mystery. I guess I will need to go back and visit again. *hahaha* But seriously as we were driving to Homer Spit from Bishop's Beach I saw this adorable lighthouse and it needed to be explored. *smiles*
The views from this location were stunning. We sat for a few minutes and just marveled at the incredible beauty that was before us. Isn't it amazing?
As I was trying to find out more information about this place, all I could find was that tons of people recommend stopping to see it because of the views. I would definitely agree. Absolutely incredible!
The lighthouse was not a "working" lighthouse, (there is a real working lighthouse on the Homer Spit) but worth the stop for the surrounding views.
Thank you so much for stopping by and reading this post today! If you are curious about the specific details of the road trip that we took throughout Alaska or if you are planning a similar road trip (or just want to see and dream about visiting the beauty!) I hope the information below is helpful. You can read all of the posts from the trip by clicking on the links below:

Chugach Mountains (Alaska 1-South Drive): // Along the Matanuska River on Alaska 1- South//

Cooper Landing (Kenai Peninsula): // Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge Nature Trail//