A couple of months ago, I was selected to receive a RAN Bonus Box from Rakuten Affiliate Network, the company we use for our affiliate links. The box was so fun to get and I received so many amazing products and discovered a lot of great new brands. When they announced their travel-themed RAN Bonus Box, I couldn’t wait to get it. Stacie and I travel a lot and we both have some pretty big trips planned for this year. I was so excited to see what Rakuten and their partners had in store for us and I was looking forward to developing relationships with more brands. I was not disappointed when I opened my RAN Travel Box. It was packed with goodies from some amazing brands and everything was perfect for the travel theme.
G and I just got back from a few days in Hawaii and we had so much fun! Typically our trips consist of a few days in a big city and we spend our entire time running around to see the sights. By the time our trip is over, we are completely exhausted. This was quite a bit different though. We crammed a lot of things into our trip but it was a lot more relaxing than usual. It was a great change of pace and what’s better in December as the weather starts to really cool down than a Hawaiian vacation?
A few weeks ago, G and I had a couple days off together so we decided to take a trip. We weren’t really sure where we wanted to go but we thought it would be fun to visit a city we had never been to before. We decided on Seattle. We were able to fly in on a Thursday morning and left Friday evening. I was surprised with how much we were able to do with only 48 hours in Seattle! Our days were jam-packed but not totally exhausting and we were able to do everything we wanted.
To finish up my trip in San Francisco I had to have some seafood! We Yelp-ed restaurants by our hotel and found The New England Lobster Market & Eatery. It had great reviews and was close to our hotel so we decided to check it out.
The restaurant was packed when we got there – the line was out the door! The restaurant was really cute. There was picnic table style seating out front as well as additional seating indoors. When you enter the restaurant, the market portion is on the left side – where you can buy live lobster of varying sizes to take home and prepare yourself. The kitchen and order area was all the way to the back. They have a cute chalk board menu with all the options. The menu consists of lobster plates, crab plates, lobster rolls, crab sandwiches, and some appetizers.
Taking a trip to San Francisco had been on my bucket list for awhile and it just so happened work sent me to San Francisco for a training event right before I moved to Nashville. A couple of my close work friends were also going on this trip so we were able to make a fun trip out of it. Nat and I even flew up a day early so that we could go into the city to explore. I finally got to see the Golden Gate Bridge!! I had been to San Francisco once before but it was for a Giants game so we didn’t have much time in the city.
Nat and I Yelp-ed a pancake restaurant pretty close to the airport to start the day before taking the BART into the city. The Bart is pretty convenient for getting into the city from the suburbs but it doesn’t seem that great for getting around the actual city – we did a LOT of walking to see everything. We took the BART to the end of the line and then walked along the city to Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 to see the sea lions. I loved watching the sea lions – it’s fun to watch how easily they can jump out of the water onto the dock. I probably could have and stayed and watched them much longer but I could feel the sun starting to burn (I managed to forget my sunscreen and I burn super easily).
In light of me now living in Nashville and it being Thursday, I thought I would do a Throwback Thursday post to when Molly and I went to Jeni’s Ice Cream on our sister trip to Nashville earlier this year! Jeni’s had been on my list for awhile but I always ran out of time on my previous trips. We almost didn’t have time on this trip either but decided to make a quick stop at the 12 South location on the way to the airport. I was definitely glad we stopped- Jeni’s lived up to all the hype!
The line was out the door when we arrived but it actually moved pretty fast and there was plenty of seating inside. While we waited we took goofy pictures and scoped out all the favors. They have this really cute chalkboard menu listing all the flavors and toppings.