Watson Lake | Prescott, AZ

We find ourselves in Arizona wrapping up some last-minute business stuff this week in prep for our #RVhoneymoon! Mark and I have 2 investment properties in Arizona that we rent out as vacation rentals and we are looking at buying a third! To say the least, the rentals are successful and our renters love vacationing in our homes! We’ve had some nightmares.. the neighbor ran her car into our sun room, some renters threw all the outdoor furniture into the pool, a broken AC in the middle of an Arizona Summer.. but the highs greatly outweigh the lows.

car.. sunroom.. not great

car.. sun room.. not great

It is sometimes stressful managing a property remotely especially with a 3 hour time difference but I love hearing how much our renters enjoyed their time in our house and how they appreciate the small attention to detail that we put into the houses! Anyway, we flew out early Thursday and went straight to the house we are potentially buying. It is in the middle of the desert, literally where the black top ends.

because *right here* seemed like the natural breaking point for this road.

because *right here* seemed like the natural breaking point for this road.

It is a gorgeous setting and I could look at the mountains all day so I was in heaven. We meet with a few contracts to guestimate some costs to make sure the numbers will work with this investment. It all looks a go so we will mark this trip a success! Naturally no one wanted to meet with us on Sunday so we had the day to relax. It was a hot 108 in Scottsdale and Mark somehow managed to get himself a nice little sunburn  in the 27 seconds he spent surveying the backyard yesterday, so laying by the pool was out of the question. sigh. We packed (water bottles and sour patch kids, watermelon) and hit the road to Prescott, AZ- a 2 hour drive north. It was approx 15 degrees cooler here and it was on a ton of google searches for “day trips from Phoenix” so it seemed as good an idea as any.

Mark and I get super lucky 99% of the time when we just randomly decide to go somewhere. This time was no different as it just so happened that Prescott, AZ was celebrating its 150th anniversary and the city was filled with street festivals. Our favorite. We spent the day walking through the street fairs, indulging in “whiskey row” & relaxing at Watson Lake. Perfection my dears.

Sunset lookout point where we stopped when I had to pee about 15 minutes into the drive

Sunset Point where we stopped when I had to pee about 15 minutes into the drive.

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Part of Whiskey Row!

sorry my headband is beyond ridiculous but my hair needed washed about 4 days ago and I was desperate to cover it up. sippin' some whiskey before noon because we can.

Sorry my headband is beyond ridiculous but my hair needed washed about 4 days ago and I was desperate to cover it up. Sippin’ some whiskey before noon because we can!

when in Rome, right?!

When in Rome, right?!

Watson Lake!

Watson Lake!

but seriously, gorgeous.

But seriously, gorgeous.

sorry not sorry. #purebarrelife

sorry not sorry. #purebarrelife

That is all for now! If you get the chance to visit Arizona. DO NOT HESITATE. From downtown Phoenix and its skyscrapers to the middle of nowhere with desert dirt roads, we could not love this state more!

xoxo,
Rachel

Saw This, Loved This

Just a quick little post on this Sunny & Hot day (in Arizona anyway) Saturday evening! I saw this today and loved it! I don’t need a cure right now for anything as I’m happy & healthy as can be, but you never know when you might need a quick pick me up! If you are feeling down today, I hope this helps!

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xoxo,
Rachel

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

The other day we were nominated by Kelsey & Molly over at thecoffeeandcurls.com for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! We are so apprecaitve of this award as we just started our blog. We love hearing from our readers and everyone likes an award right?!!! : ) Make sure you stop by and visit Kelsey and Molly here!

Rules:

  1. Thank and link the amazing person who nominated you.
  2. List the rules and display the award.
  3. Share seven facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate a list of bloggers that inspire you and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
  5. Optional: Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

7 facts about Us:

  1. Mark proposed to me on May 11, 2013 and we were married on May 10, 2014.
  2. We bought a 2004 Damon Daybreak to travel the USA in style for our RV honeymoon.
  3. I LOVE the sun, Mark would rather sit in the shade.
  4. I am most excited to see Mt. Rushmore on the RV Honeymoon.
  5. Mark is most excited to eat as much New England lobster as possible during the RV Honeymoon.
  6. I will not be doing any driving on the RV. at. all.
  7. I love blogging on here so much that I’ve also started to blog on cocktailsandconfetti.com

Here are some other blogs that we love:

Adventurous Andrea

Tory of My Life

RV Escape

Mapping Megan

The Ohio Transplant

Design The Life You Want

 

xoxo,
Rachel

Miami Wrap Up

The trip extension came and went quickly and by the last night, I was ready for my own bed! We we had this sudden stroke of genius to make the most of our missed flight connection by staying in Miami, FL a few extra nights (in case you missed it, read about it here), we didn’t know it was Memorial Day Weekend. The craziness that is South Beach was increased by about 6,000%. The entire population of Miami’s airport at 10 pm on a Wednesday night was more than the entire population on TCI. I’m just guessing, but I’m pretty sure I’m right. I’d like to think that Mark and I can enjoy the laid back, no rush Caribbean scene just as well as South Beach’s 24/7 party with cabbies honking just to honk… but we were in bed by about 10 pm every night. So maybe not so much.

But we had a blast in Miami! Here is are some shots of what we did while we were here:

We took a boat ride around Miami Bay! We saw some dolphins, all the different skylines from the different cities that make up “Miami”, Stiltsville and some of the mega-homes along the way! If you’re looking for something different to do, check out Ocean Force Adventures for the boat tours! We took a 2 hour tour found here: Biscayne Bay Adventure Sightseeing!

Boat Ride in Miami Bay!

Boat Ride in Miami Bay!

We ate at Joe’s Stone Crab. DELICIOUS seafood and I got to wear a bib which meant I could eat as much as I wanted and didn’t have to “suck anything in” while doing so! I thought it was going to be a little hole in the wall restaurant, but it is not. It is huge and old-school upscale!  Want to eat here: Joe’s Stone Crab. 

Joe's Stone Crab

Joe’s Stone Crab

We went to a Miami Heat Game, sorry Cleveland.  I even bought a Miami Heat shirt, sorry again Cleveland. 

Miami Heat Game at American Airlines Arena

Miami Heat Game at American Airlines Arena

We rounded out our trip with the most amazing brunch at The Peacock Garden and Cafe. Such a cute restaurant full of charm! How cute is their herb garden in an old bath tub! I so want to make one for keepsies. 

The Peacock Garden & Cafe

The Peacock Garden & Cafe

And that’s a wrap for now. See you again soon Miami!

xoxo,
Rachel

RV Honeymoon Planning Meeting

Hi Everyone!

It is getting close! Just a few more weeks (fingers crossed) before our RV remodel is complete and we are on the road! We spent the last few nights planning out some “routes.” I’ll use routes very loosely here because we’re just noting places we want to see/stop and with the intent to drive through that area. My husband found this great tool on Pinterest which seems like it will help us a lot. Now I am a Pinterest Fanatic. Here is my Pinterest, make sure to check out my boards and follow me! It is probably my #4 most used app on my phone but I didn’t connect the dots on Pinterest’s new “map boards” and how awesome it would be for this trip. Shame on me. The map boards link and places we pin to a giant map and you can pull up the map and see quickly where each place is. You can zoom out and get a broad sense of what things are close to each other or you can zoom in to see exactly what road whatever place you want to see is on. It is actually perfect for what we want to do.

Here is the board I am talking about. See how cool?

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planning meeting with our trusty Pinterest and some books!

We’ve also been reading a ton of books to get ready for this trip! The three pictured are:

USA’S Best Trips: 99 Themed Itineraries across America. Get it here.
This book is cool because as the title implies, the road trips are themed. Examples? “60 lighthouses in 60 hours” (New England) “Gunfighters & Gold Miners” (South West) “Historic Battles of the Civil War” (South) and “Here’s the Beef” (Great Plains). Cool right?

1,000 Places to See Before You Die. Get it here.
Once you get ove the fact that you will die one day (morbid) this book is great! It includes 1,000 physical landmarks to see throughout the world before you die. You’ll have to skip over the countries.. hemispheres that don’t apply to you. But once you get to the correct area, the destinations are pretty incredible and must sees. 

500 Things to do Before You Kick the Bucket. Get it here.
Again with the morbid titles. This books has about 495 great suggestions ranging from places to visit to activities to try. There are some weird “things to do” in this book… “compose a song” or “learn to play the bagpipes”  or “go to clown college” but whatever floats your boat right?!

We are always looking for suggestions on places we need to stop on our RV Honeymoon! You can comment on any of our posts or send an email to rvhoneymoon1@gmail.com with your suggestions!

xoxo,
Rachel

An Unexpected Extension to our Trip

Miami Skyline

Downtown Miami Skyline

So as you might have read yesterday our plane had “mechanical problems” and was late leaving Miami to come get us from Turks and Caicos. Unfortunately we didn’t find out about this delay until after checking into the airport which meant we were stuck waiting it out. We had about a 2 hr delay which was just enough for us to miss our connecting flight back into Cleveland. Sigh, kinda. As much as I was looking forward to coming home and sleeping in my own bed (AMIRIGHT?) I wasn’t really ready to end spending constant quality time with my hubby. As we were waiting in line to get re-ticketed, Mark must have been reading my mind because he asked if I wanted to stay in Miami a few extra nights. Um, yes please! An agent calls us over and hands us our new tickets: departure time 6am or something the next morning (Thursday). Mark asks the lady if we could possibly get a different flight home.. say for Sunday.

She looks confused as I’m sure most people who miss their connecting flights are trying to get the next possible flight and we are over here trying to delay it by a few days. I don’t know if we took her by enough surprise or what but she quickly says “Sure, how about 8 am on Sunday.” We figure we might as well push our luck here and ask if we can have a later flight. Again she says “Sure, how about 8 pm on Sunday.” We happily nod our heads and take our new tickets and grab a cab. We make some hotel reservations in the cab and we’re on our way to a suddenly, unexpected extension to our trip and the weather the next few days is nothing but sun, sun, SUN! Stay tuned for more Miami, FL fun!

xoxo,
Rachel

p.s. we did not know it was memorial day weekend and what we were about to face in South Beach on a holiday weekend….

This is what two people look like after delayed flights, missed connections and trip extensions. A nice mix of dirty-ness and excitement.

This is what two people look like after delayed flights, missed connections and trip extensions. A wonderfully awful mix of dirty-ness and excitement.

 

Turks & Caicos Wrap Up

So we were scheduled to depart at 4:20 pm to be on our way home. Unfortunately our plane hasn’t even left Miami yet (current time 4:21). ugh. This has not been the easiest of travel for this vacation (our flight was cancelled on the way here and delayed 24 hrs) but I’m not complaining because I got to spend a week in paradise with my HUSBAND! Plus it just makes me that much more excited for our RV Honeymoon because.. guess what.. NO FLIGHT DELAYS!

As I’m sitting in a remote corner of this airport, sipping a bloody marry (why not?) & struggling to connect to wifi I’m thinking back over the past week and reliving all the memories. We are 10 days happily married, yes I’m going to be that person.. at least for now & just had the best week!

Here are some more pics from this week:

 

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My hubby strolling on the beach

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The sunsets were to die for.

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Life-size mural of the Turks & Caicos Island.

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I’m so happy my husband/best friend will let me be goofy in public (and sometimes he plays along too :o)

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You know you’ve had a good vaca when THIS is your tan line

I’m a Pure Barre fan and spent one beach walk “Lift, Tone, Burning it across the white sandy beaches. Missed my post about Pure Barre? Check it out here!

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How cute is this wifey sweatshirt? It is soooo comfy too! Check out teambrideapparel.com for other super cute Bride & Bride To Be clothing!

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showing off my “wifey” shirt – how cute?!

 

And that’s a wrap everyone! It is now 5:07 and we’re told our plane is on the way. I’m secretly hoping that we get stuck in Miami tonight because I don’t want this week to end. Fingers crossed?

 

xoxo,

Rachel

Mark’s Birthday In Paradise

Mark celebrated his 31st birthday while down in Turks and Caicos. He started the morning off with a lovely surprise massage arrange by the world’s best wife (me). We lounged around all day as per usual and then I had arranged for a private beach dinner at one of the other resorts on the island. We had done a beach dinner the last time we were here for my birthday so we decided it would be a little “tradition” if you will. Celebrate birthday in Turks and Caicos = beach dinner. I couldn’t remember where we did the dinner at the time before and we all know Mark’s memory is worthless for things like this so I turned to my trusted Google. Search… “dinner on beach + turks and caicos + tiki torches” because that is literally all I could remember. I called the first place on Google and asked the same basic questions and it sounded like the same place so I booked it! Turns out it wasn’t the same place, but it was delicious and even better than the place we went to last time! Score!

Here are some pictures from the night!

 

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The dinner set up – fancy eh?

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my hubs – sorry the lighting is weird but I loved my dress

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our names were even printed on our menus!

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love cute birthday desserts

 

And then the wine hit us. Hard. I cannot bring myself to upload the pictures in their entirety but the collage sums up the rest of the night quite nicely. Wine & selfies by the hotel pool. We put ourselves to bed soon after. Hope you had a wonderful birthday my love!

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xoxo,
Rachel

Pre-Honeymoon

I feel guilty every time I type that, but I still do. I’m the worst.

So we are all set to go on our RV Honeymoon Road Trip across the country, except we remodeled the RV and it wasn’t going to be done before the wedding. We had also always planned to wait a week or two to get our house all cleaned up from the wedding, give me some time to legally change my name (yay!) and to wrap up a few business things but something seemed wrong about having this whole wedding weekend just to return to work come Monday. Even having a huge road trip planned just in front of us, it just didn’t feel relaxing/loving enough. So we booked a “prehoneymoon” (sorry) to the only destination we knew we couldn’t get to in our RV. Turks and Caicos. We came down here about 1.5 years ago for my birthday and absolutely fell in love with the island (more specifically, Providenciales).

The water is an incredible shade of turquoise, the food is excellent, the locals (belongers) are friendly and the mantra of the island is calm and relaxing. Just what we needed.

We spent the first few days lounging around our room, reading (I read 4 books by our 3rd day here) and just relaxing. By the way, we are staying at the West Bay Club which is a great place if anyone is in the market.

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Our room & view at The West Bay Club 

We then decided to spend a day driving around the Island. Probably one of our favorite things to do while traveling is to explore. It doesn’t have to be anything dramatic or Christopher Columbus-esq but we love to just drive around and see what else is outside of the traditional tourist things, which love too. We ventured around the island with a goal of seeing Chalk Sound.

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Chalk Sound

We stopped first at Da Conch Shack. We ate a delicious lunch of fresh fish. How fresh? Well one of the employees was literally fishing/getting Conch out of the ocean directly in front of us. Mark even helped take the conch out of the shell. So yeah, pretty fresh.

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Mark helping remove the Conch from the shell

We kept driving around with our map. Map is a very vague term here. The roads aren’t named, less the “highways” and some roads don’t even make it onto the map. Directions go something like this. “Take a left at the second big tree and then a right at the church.”

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the map you get when you rent a car

Here are some more pictures of our exploring the island!

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Enjoying our lunch at Da Conch Shack

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We spotted a starfish on the beach

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We ran into another couple exploring who kindly took our pic! 

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The water is nothing short of incredible.

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Mark busting me for taking a shameless selfie in Chalk Sound

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Some places, the water doesn’t even look blue because it is so clear all you can see is the sand on the bottom!

and finally, we found a bajillion dollar house. Don’t believe me? It is for sale, check it out here. 

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xoxo,
Rachel

We’re MARRIED!!!

Well, we are officially married!!! It was the perfect day! Although we had to go with plan b for our ceremony because of some heavy rain the days prior to May 10th, everything else went off without a hitch!  And most importantly, I’m married to my best friend!!! I’ll post probably 100 more times about our wedding day but here are some sneak peeks from our photographer! She does GREAT work! You can check out her Website Here or her Facebook Here!

 

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At some point she told me she has already taken 1000 pictures, I don’t think we had even started the ceremony yet…

 

xoxo,
Rachel Jenney