Sometimes, I wander off in deep thought, and jot down scribbly notes. One day, from those thoughts & notes came a random list of things I love. In an effort to share more about myself, I thought I would share some of the things from that list. These happen to be travel related, but show a lot about my personality. What do you love?
Are you flying for the first time? Are you terrified? Unsure what to expect or what to do? I remember those feelings very well! So, I put together some tidbits of info to help other prepare for their first flight. These are things that would have been helpful for me to know ahead of time, so I definitely want to share the knowledge.
Most of these are basic airline etiquette, some are bits about luggage, and some will help you have a more enjoyable flight. Take a look to help you better prepare for your first flight.
Choose & Know Your Seat Ahead
When you purchase your ticket, your seat on the aircraft may or may not be assigned. Make sure you choose your seat ahead of time, or, if you prefer, wait until check in and one will be assigned for you.
Once you do know your sign assignment, take a look at the seating chart online so you'll know exactly where to head once you board the plane.
Baggage Rules & Don't Over Pack
Know your airlines' baggage rules ahead of time. Each airline sets their own rules, so don't assume they are the same as when Aunt Sally told you about her flight last summer. If you're taking a carry-on make sure that it is the appropriate size for airline standards. Typically, this is the smallest rolling suitcase in a set of luggage.
One of the biggest challenges that I have overcome since becoming a frequent flyer is over packing. Over time I've realized that I don't need near as much as I pack, and have honed in on what I actually need and how to pack less. There is nothing worse than hauling hoards of luggage across the airport, so it is quite the relief to pack light. If you're checked bag is too heavy, you'll be charged an additional fee.
Gone are the days of dressing to the nines for a flight. People don't take flying quite as seriously as they once did. However, I've found, when I dress well (sans sweats and flip flops) that I not only feel better, but am taken more seriously. I dress well, while keeping comfort in mind. I prefer long dresses or leggings or loose fitting pants/capri pants with a nice shirt. I try to wear easy to take on and off shoes for going through security.
Before departure, you can check-in online with most airlines. You can access your boarding pass via an app. When you arrive at the airport, if you are checking luggage or simply want a paper boarding pass (a great souvenir), you'll check in at the counter or curbside check-in. From there, make your way to security.
Going Through Airport Security
Going through airport security can seem intimidating the first time, but remember millions of people take the same trek every single day. Read the signs, follow directions, and read up ahead of time on the TSA's website. Main objective when packing your bag is to put liquids (shampoos and such) in your checked bag, or follow the 3-1-1 rule if carrying on. Be sure to remove your 3-1-1 bag and electronics from your bag when going through security. Place your laptop in a separate bin. Don't forget to remove your shoes, belt, and jewelry and place those in a bin before heading through. If you're stopped for a sweep, remain calm, follow directions, and you'll have no problems.
When taking a bag on the flight, keep the items that you want during flight in your personal item that you'll please under the seat in front of you, at your feet essentially. If you put it in your carry-on, that will go in the over-head bin. You won't want to get up and down to get what you need, instead have it all right there where you need it, easily accessible. Whether it be a book, your tablet or laptop, or your headphones, you'll have them close by.
Turbulence & the Seat Belt Sign
Take off and landing if far more smooth sailing than I had envisioned, but turbulence was something I wasn't sure how to react to. I've come to realize that, though it doesn't happen quite as often, turbulence on a flight is like a car running over a little bump in the road. In other words, it is completely normal. If you experience it on your flight, keep your seat belt on, remain calm, and focus on a book or the in-flight entertainment.
You also may notice the seat belt sign. Though it does not stay on 24/7, keep in mind that it is recommended to keep on as long as you are in your seat.
Sometimes we just need to get up to stretch our legs or head to the restroom. If so, don't terry long in the aisle, and try to keep it at minimum, especially if you are in the window or middle seat. You don't want to be the annoying flight-mate who can't keep still.
Don't Booze Up
This one is a biggie. I know you may want something to take the edge off for your first flight since you don't know what to expect, but don't over do it on booze. Better yet, steer clear of it all together. You'll feel physically better without it.
Relax & Enjoy the Ride
Most importantly, relax and enjoy the ride! Flying is truly magical! Take that window seat, sit back, and enjoy the view.
Las Vegas is another super fun city to explore with girlfriends. Whether its a bachelorette party or just a girls weekend away, Vegas has such more to offer. Here's a quick little guide to planning your girlfriends getaway to Sin City.
What to do.
Ethel M Chocolate Factory Tour is a new-to-me experience in Vegas. It is the luxury, if you will, line of Mars Chocolate (M&Ms). You can tour their factory, take a stroll around their garden, and a enjoy fine chocolate & wine tasting. What screams girls getaway better than that?!
There are great little suburbs right outside of Vegas. Explore Boulder City to shop for antiques, enjoy great restaurants, or drive on out to the Hoover Dam.
I can't leave off the most obvious spot to see in Vegas. Hit the Strip for a fun day around the world of Vegas, and head out again for a night on the town. See the Eiffel Tower, Bellagio Fountain Show, and so much more.
What to eat.
Brunch at Hexx Kitchen + Bar is a fab way to start a late morning in Vegas. Their chilaquiles and mimosas are delish!
If you're with a big group, the family style restaurant Buca Cafe Italiano is a great carb overload option. You can't go wrong here with a pizza or pasta dish.
What to see.
A Cirque du Soliel Show is must with in Sin City. Catch a risque number like Zumanity or a more light-hearted productions like The Beatles Love.
The Bellagio Conservatory is hands down one of my favorite spots in Las Vegas. It is strategically decorated differently each season with intricate floral installations, beautiful themes, and incredible colors. Add it to your list of musts for amazing photo ops!
Grab a cupcake from Sprinkles and a cocktail at the bar on your way up to see Vegas from above on the High Roller.
What to buy.
Believe it or not, shopping is a big deal in Vegas. After you hit it big at the casino head over to the Bellagio, Cesars Palace, or the Venetian, and splurge on a luxury brand purse or pair of shoes.
Check out the worlds largest chocolate fountain, and pick up a bakery or chocolate treat at Bellagio Patisserie.
If you're on a budget and looking for a last minute outfit, comb the racks at Ross Dress for Less near the MGM. Purses, shoes, outfits, even luggage can be found here for a steal.
What to wear.
Workout pants and tanks are great for days out exploring the Strip or hiking the nature around the city. Or keep it comfortable and cute with a romper or breezy outfit to keep cool during the day. For hitting the Strip for a night on the town, amp it up with a dress & heels.
No matter what, you're sure to have a great time in Vegas!
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Hey friends! I hope you are having a wonderful week. I am adjusting to time as a "work at home mom" albeit still pinching myself! I have so many wonderful things planned for our family, included me marking off tons on the to do list, home cooked dinners, and outings in park when the weather cools down.
In a couple of weeks, a few family members are coming to town, and we are going to show them around all the fun spots in Waco. So what better time for me to share my Girlfriends Getaway Guide to Waco. Though it is not all inclusive, I have pulled together a list of my favorite food, shopping, and must see spots in Waco to help you plan your own time here.
What to do.
I may not have always seen this as the case, but there are so many things to do in Waco. We have museums, endless nature, historical spots, and so much more.
Start the day early, and spend the morning at Magnolia at the Silos. The trick is to arrive early before the major crowds set in. Closer to noon, you'll have a hard time walking inside the shop!
Looking for adventure or a spot to send the husbands while you shop? Head down to Pura Vida Paddle under Buzzard Billy's Restaurant to paddle board the Brazos River. Head up to the restaurant's new bar when your done to cool off with a drink.
If you're up for more exploring the great outdoors, hike the trails at Cameron Park. There are miles and miles of walking and bike trails in the park. You'll go through woods, tunnels, across wooden bridges, walk along cliffs or atop them, and enjoy views of the Brazos & Bosque (pronounced Boss-Kee) Rivers.
After a long day of exploring, head downtown, and catch a flick at the Waco Hippodrome. The once live theatre has been restored to feature popular new releases, occasional concerts, and restaurants.
Sometimes, we have to take the kids along wherever we go. If so, escape the heat of the summer, and take the kids to Hawaiian Falls water park or escape the cool of the winter and head to the Mayborn Museum at Baylor University.
What to eat.
There are so many yummy restaurants in Waco. I've shared many of my favorites on a post dedicated just to Waco Restaurants. But here are a few of my favorites for your getaway to Waco.
I recently dined at Magnolia Table for the first time. I was a big fan of the cozy, modern design, and a huge fan of the Bacon and Eggs and their fluffy pancakes! The Bacon and Eggs are an delicacy on the appetizer list, and are a delicious pairing of candied bacon and deviled eggs. A must have on the menu!
One of my very favorite restaurants in town is Heitmiller's Steakhouse, a family owned restaurant that has been around for as long as I can remember. Their fresh from the oven rolls & cinnamon butter are such a treat, and their rib-eye steak cannot be beat!
Just next door to Spice Village (more on that in a minute) and just a block or two from Magnolia Silos is Ninfa's Mexican Restaurant. The Crawfish Enchiladas at Ninfa's are to die for! Not to mention, they serve Big Red, and, here in Texas, Big Red with any Tex-Mex meal is essential!
Baris is authentic Italian food with Mamma Baris still running the place. One of my favorite meals in town is the Chicken Cardinal at Baris Italian Restaurant. The Cardinal is topped with their pink sauce, and is to die for!
After all of that, if you're still up for dessert head over to the Baylor area for homemade ice cream in a homemade cinnamon sugar cone at Heritage Creamery. This cozy little spot right next door to the now famous Common Grounds is perfect for a treat. Create your own cone or ice cream cookie sandwich, and enjoy a sweet spot in the corner to chat.
What to see.
Along with things to do and places to eat, there are a few great spots that are available to everyone to admire and enjoy.
Famous in town is the Waco Suspension Bridge which opened in 1870. A designer in the building of the Brooklyn Bridge had a part in the building of this also famous bridge. The area was also apart of the historic Chisholm Trail.
Lover's Leap in Cameron Park is also a great spot to take in the vast area around Waco. It is a stunning bluff alongside the Brazos River, and is the perfect place to sit back, relax, and enjoy nature.
The ALICO Building downtown was once one of the tallest buildings west of the Mississippi River. Now, it is an iconic place to see in Waco. Home to offices for over 100 years now, it is a building that stands tall making it known you've arrived in Waco.
Lake Waco is a beautiful area to see in Waco, much of the city built right on it. Find a spot to sit at one of the lakeside parks or walk across the dam at the Lake Waco Dam Trail. I'd advise to take the trail in the cooler months, as there's no shade, but it is a beautiful walk!
The Doris Miller Memorial on the Brazos River is coming along, and set to be fully finished on this year's Pearl Harbor Day. Currently in construction, the memorial, including a statue of Doris Miller already standing, will be along the banks of the Brazos River off of Elm Street in Waco. Dorie Miller, a Wacoan, became famous during World War II, taking down several Japanese planes the day they struck Pearl Harbor. It's on honor to the city to hold his memorial!
What to buy.
Waco is home to so many wonderful shops and several malls. From boutiques to antiques to department stores, we have a little bit of everything. Here are a few of my favorites.
This one is a little off from typical items I'd say to buy, but you can't leave Waco without having a Dr. Pepper from the city the created it! Pop over to the Dr. Pepper Museum, learn some DP history, and enjoy one from the soda shop.
A favorite spot since childhood, the Craft Gallery is the perfect place to take home a locally made craft. From woodwork to outdoor decor to outfits, plus market and boutique items, it is a great spot to shop for an eclectic find.
One of our favorite places to hit on Saturday morning is the local Waco Downtown Farmer's Market. Florals, honey, local meats and produce are staples, but you can also enjoy a sweet treat or handmade craft find.
Now in the more mainstream Central Texas Marketplace, Courtney's Boutique is a great spot to find a cute outfit for a night out. Boutique clothing, jewelry, and shoes can be found here. You'll also fall in love with their beautiful doors!
One of my very favorite place to shop in Waco is Spice Village. Spice is home to many, many shops in one, and boasts a bit of everything here. I'll bet even the husbands will find some interesting find here. From boutique clothing for mom & the kids, to unique home decor, to antiques, Spice Village has it all. I also love their iconic stairs and that they decorate the upstairs landing for every season!
There is so much to see and do in Waco, and it is hard to see it all in just one visit. Hopefully, this will help you plan a girlfriends getaway to Waco!