Iceland 

Six days, one rental car, 5 loud family members and a whole island to explore.


Day 1: We landed in Reykjavik about 4am and waited “patiently” for our rental car so our journey could begin. It was 5:47 local time and 5 hangry Americans waited for our breakfast. We ate at the local Viking Mesuem on the water. You can enjoy a typical Icelandic breakfast under a Viking boat!

Up next: a day exploring and mindless wandering downtown Reykjavik. Please go to Cafe Balou and order the vegan carrot cake with a coffee. The atmosphere will remind you of your crazy aunt’s house, but since it’s a coffee shop it’s cute. 

Day 1 Continue: The Golden Cirlce. Beware of the sheep that wander aimlessly into the road. God’s beauty is incredible. Also, don’t drink anything Birch.  

Day 2: To start the day off, hotdogs of course followed by Boli beer and puffin. To end the day, pub crawling downtown Reykjavik. We literally we went coo coo for Coco Puffs. The Labowski bar serves up over 15 types of White Russians. Get the Cocaucasian. 





Day 3: Gullfoss. Road tripping to our next Air BnB in Selfoss. Along the way, we stopped in Gullfoss to see the geysír and waterfall. 


Day 4: The Blue Lagoon. A must do. Drink and be merry in the hot natural spring. Tip, do the comfort package which includes a drink of your choice and an extra seaweed mask.


Day 5: Glacier beach and many more waterfalls. Prepare yourselves, it’s a 4 hour drive to Glacier beach but totally worth it!! While we all slept from the second waterfall, mom counted 72 waterfalls. 




Day 6: The end of a spectacular family vacation.  We ended with a northern lights show only God the Creator can create (so many greens, pinks and purples dancing in the night sky) , fish n chips at Islandic and shopping. 

Mom and dad, you literally give us the world. Thank you for experiences we can never recreate. Y’all work so hard throughout the year to give to us so selflessly. Love you the the moon and back!! 

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Alaska, pure bliss.

Alaska: A serene getaway filled with breath taking views, marine life everywhere, endless kayaking, yummy halibut and salmon, blissful times with Lord the Creator, and creation all around singing His praises. Glory to him!

Thankful for my wonderful parents that love me so well and share with me such fun adventures.

First stop: Always Stumptown Coffee in Portland while waiting for your last flight.

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Orca Island, the best little remote getaway. No cell service, no internet, no work. This little island is filled with so many little creatures, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, fishing, hiking and relaxing. This yurt loving “galamping” experience is well worth the two hour long scenic drive from Anchorage and the 45 minute boat ride on the vast ocean blue surrounded by mountains.

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Grace & blessings,

Meghan.

Spontaneity.

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noun
  1. 1. the condition of being spontaneous; spontaneous behavior or action.

Happy Spring Break 2017.

Dallas/Austin, TX

I just want to start out by saying, don’t take your week long spring break for granted. Being an “adult” requires you to work while all your friends are posting cute Instas and having the time of their lives.

For the first time in 5 years, I was homesick. I missed my mom, dad, family, best friend, and roommates. Putting into perspective what the next year could look like and the small things I would be missing, I raced home .

I am so thankful for my 3 day weekend that was adventurous and full of sweet life time memories. I am beyond thankful for seeing my momma and dad, best friends and the coolest nobody (soon to be somebody) band, Colony House.

3 days came and went in a blink of an eye but there was never a dull moment. Lack of sleep never felt better. $6 toast, spilling my drink on Caleb, day trip to Austin, yoga in Deep Ellum, and movie night with the folks. Priceless.

 

{You folks, make life fun. Loving you all is easy. So much gratitude. Blissful. }

Can’t wait for the next road trip and where it will take me. In this season, I am embracing the short weekends and taking possession.

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Check out the songs below for a little taste of SXSW and more:

  • ‘Cannot Do This Alone’ & ‘Silhouette’ by Colony House
  • ‘Suicide Saturday’ by Hippo Campus
  • ‘Amerika’ by Young the Giant

Or Follow Love aLatte on Spotify.

 

 

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_Hey San Fran_

Hello San Fransisco! You are b-e-a-uuutiful!

Now, I have been blessed immensely and have traveled to many places in and outside of the United States. But, San Fransisco is at the very top of my list. It has earned the number one spot in my heart for cities within United States. The food, the culture and things to do make it an ideal girls weekend getaway location.

  1. Golden Gate Bridge: It is as beautiful and magnificat in 12998693_10204380145382584_1498437718920310171_nperson as it is in pictures. I recommend Baker’s Beach to get the best view of the bridge and the shore line. Now word of caution, it can be a nudest beach (We got lucky and didn’t see any unwanted sites.) 13043567_10204406730647199_2164792626650614138_n
  2. Ghirardelli Square: You may not have known this but, on that little delicious chocolate square it says “San Fransisco.” I have always demolished the chocolate before I could get a close look at the cute masterpiece and did not know this little piece of heaven was made in San Fran. So of course you need to make it here. And they give away FREE yes I said FREE chocolate! Right below the chocolatier is the Ghirardelli Pub. After you have had your sweets you can now dig into the best macaroni and cheese you will ever eat. The TRUFFLE macaroni and cheese is a must have along with the view of the bay. IMG_8013

3: Chinatown: Now I am not big into small, cheap plastic gifts but if you are then this place is for you! Of course, everybody needs to at least walk around Chinatown and see all of the bright lights. What made this place worth it all was the little hole in a wall, family owned, cash only, bakery. I recommend the lotus mooncake. The owner recommended this coconut bread pastry and she was right. Warm, sweet, soft bread with a coconut filling, filled me with joy. Lastly you have to get a fortune cookie seeing this is where they were invited! Chinatown shuts down about 9pm, but some shops remain open until about 10:30.13015589_10204406734967307_4754164450747200617_n

4. Fisherman’s Wharf: Take a stroll down Fisherman’s Wharf about 5pm and grab a bite to eat at the Blue Mermaid Chowder House & Bar. I was about the only one who did not get Clam Chowder but the Crab Cakes did not disappoint. A little bit pricy but the sauce on the cakes make it worth it in every bite. This place is a little bit further down the street but is next to a small cove perfect for watching the sunset behind the Golden Sate Bridge after dinner. IMG_8284

 

 

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5. Alcatraz Island: This is a must do and must cross it off your bucket list. The island is filled with plants and amazing views along with goosebump history. The tour is self guided and comes with a free audio tour. I recommend having a meeting spot and a ferry time just incase your group gets spilt up. My favorite part was the skyline view. I sat on the same bench for about 30 minutes soaking up the sun while people watching. We planned to be on the island for two and a half hours which was plenty of time. Lastly, grab a quick snack at Baker’s House. This 4×4 bakery is loaded with pastries and homemade pop tarts. You have to get the pink puff pasty with the purple filling. The cashier suggested it as her favorite and now i am suggesting it as mine.13000336_10204384152682764_6106022980045108782_n

IMG_8062All of these sites are do-able in two days time. We first went to Baker’s Beach for about and hour and then headed to Ghirardelli Square for a late lunch and dessert. From there we made our way up Russian Hill (the largest hill btw) then to Lombard Street to catch a cab to the Painted Ladies and then to Chinatown. The following morning we got on the second ferry out to Alcatraz Island. Later that night we celebrated with dinner in Fisherman’s Wharf and a Giants game. There is so much to see, do and taste and these are just my top recommendations.

Peace & so much love San Fran.

Grace & Blessings,

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Colorado, The Centennial State.

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Colorado, The Centennial State. Home of the Denver Broncos. The weekend getaway destination for so many. A “Foodie’s” paradise. And, of course, don’t forget the beautifully crafted Rocky Mountains.

While in Colorado, be sure to check out these artist:

  • Vanilla Pines by Tow’rs
  • Birds and Stars by Elephant Revival (Based out of Denver.)
  • Honestly by Scotty Lewis

IMG_5235First stop: Denver. Typical. Once in from your late night flight, Voodoo Doughnuts is the perfect place to satisfy your munchies craving. Just beware, your visit could last 45 minutes (and thats just standing in line). It’s well worth the experience, wait and calories.IMG_5240

Second stop: Fort Collins. A hip, up and coming college town home of the CSU Rams. The drive into this beautiful town is one for the books. Rocky Mountains all along your side.

For the best burger, you HAVE to go to Stuft, a burger bar. Your imagination can finally run wild, and create your very own creation. Want a glazed donut bun? Sure, you got it! Want some Nutella with that bun? You wouldn’t dare. The inner fat kid in me finally made its way out. IMG_5112

This burger features a glazed doughnut bun, medium rare (only way to go) beef patty, grilled peppers, purple onions and spinach, then topped with cream cheese. The perfect sweet and savory combo. 285534

Next up, a night out on the old town square. The square is lit up with twinkling lights from end to end. Perfect scenery for a first date or a girls night out. Grab some drinks in a local brewery or even a hip speakeasy- I recommend Social (pictured above). The steps down work as a time travel machine, and once though the doors, welcome to the roaring 20’s. During the cold season, you’re lucky enough to get complimentary wassail while waiting in line, but it just doesn’t compare to the lavender lemon sour.

Don’t sleep in too late or you will miss The Waffle Lab! Located downtown Ft. Collins The Waffle Lab has it all. Sweet and savory Belgian waffles. The “European” is as classic as it gets. A sweet Belgian waffle loaded with strawberries, bananas, (not enough) Nutella and toped with fresh whipped cream.
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To finish off this getaway, take a hike up to the beautiful Horsetooth lake. If you aren’t up for a hike because you are stuffed from Stuft, a drive through the winding roads is just as good. Take minute without any phones and distractions and soak up God’s creation. 12189297_10203563762653526_5979856394773918013_o

Grace & Blessings,

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