Tuesday, September 2, 2014

North Shore Dreams

Today sucked.  My computer died in the middle of working on a project for work for the 7th time in 2 months.  Then I was on the phone with HP and trying to get a printer to work for a tenant and it wouldn’t.  Then another printer wouldn’t work. Then a scanner wouldn’t work. 
Tonight tried to do some videos for my channel and spent about 4 hours filming and editing to face 2 corrupted files  and a complete mess!

Needless to say it was just one of those days….

On days like today I try to go to a happy place.  And for me it is always the same.  The happiest I have ever been was on the North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii.  I literally think about it every day I’m not there, and one of the dreams of my life is to have a little place to go to on the North Shore whenever I want.  Even if it is 200 square feet and had a shared bathroom I wouldn’t care because I’d be where I love.
When I was asked to write this blog I thought what would be the perfect day on the North Shore and this timeline immediately came to mind. 

My Dream Day on the North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii.

First thing I would do is wake up early and head towards Sunset Beach.  At SB they have a lovely bakery and restaurant called Ted’s Bakery.  Ted’s is famous for their cream pies (they were selected by Food and Wine Magazine as one of the US best pumpkin pies and that’s not even their specialty)

 Donuts and pastries are delicious.

Get a hearty breakfast with local specialty spam and eggs. Will stick with you all day in the sun and beach

Pack a cooler with some sandwiches and get some pie for lunch!

With a good breakfast you are ready to go to Waimea Bay which has great surf most of the year and a long shoreline.  Parking is limited, so you may have to sit in your car and wait till someone leaves, but don’t worry it is worth it. 

I mean does it get better than that? Not for me.

Although signs warn against it, many jump off the large rock into the bay.

You can surf, enjoy the waves, swim, or get some sun.  Last time I was there I even saw some dolphins

Here I am with the surf boards after a day in the water

 Once you are ready to leave the beach you can go over to the Waimea Bay Falls and take the leisurely trail to swim with waterfalls.   I am not a hiker but this trail is super easy and beautiful.  Plus, swimming in the falls is super fun.

After all that you will be exhausted, so head over to the shrimp trucks like Giovanni’s.

Full of delish food, beautiful waves and scenery, you will be ready to crash and then start all over again.

Do you guys have a dream place you wish you could go to when the days get stressful? Let us know where and why it is special?  What would be your ideal day?

Until Next Time,
Rachel + The Warmer Team


If you like her writing Rachel has two blogs http://smilingldsgirl.com and reviewing all 54 Disney classics at  https://54disneyreviews.wordpress.com/

Warmer Weekend #23: Labor Day Weekend pt. 1

It's funny how I just wrote about Mio, because that was my destination for the holiday weekend. I took so many photos, that I've broken them down into two parts. I'll share one today and one later in the week. First up: fishing and grilling out!

We got some nice keepers the first time out fishing. To top the whole thing off, we had a delicious dinner with fantastic company! Lots of laughter, chicken and roasted potatoes. We were afraid the rain would drive us inside, and there was a tornado warning for close to a half an hour - but at the perfect time the weather cleared up and we were able to grill over the open fire outside. It doesn't get much better than that, if you ask me. 

What do you guys grill out on Labor Day, or do you cook inside? Show us by using the hashtag #warmerweekend on twitter, facebook or instagram!

Until Next Time, 
Margeaux + The Warmer Team 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Vacation Spot Round Up: Michigan

If you did a quick picture run through before you read the article (yes, I do it, too) then you noticed that I'm partial to places that are close to some kind of water. Lakes, rivers, ponds, puddles... I don't mind that much, I just think being on or by water is relaxing. 

I travel around Michigan quite a bit, but these are some of my favorite vacay destinations. I also think they aren't really well known - so I would like to share them with you all. You should also note that "Vacation" to me could be anything from going to Europe for six months or staying at my grand parents house for two days, so take that as you will and read on! 

 #1 - Gaylord, MI
This is probably the most well known of the four, but I still feel like people take it for granted. Yes, you've probably driven by it on your way to "bigger and better" travel destinations in Michigan. At some point you should give it a try, though. Camp sites and cabin rentals are reasonable, the hiking trails are numerous and canoeing on the river is SO MUCH FUN! Pardon my enthusiasm. I just can't get over how much I love canoeing. 
 #2 - Jugville, MI
This is not a joke, so please stop snickering. Jugville holds a gem known as The Shack (I've written briefly about it before) and it is incredible. Wood cabin apartments (it's like camping, except you get a bathroom in your cabin!), ice cream Sundays every night and a little lake. Sure, you might not want to stay for 7 days straight - but for a weekend or extended weekend get-a-way you're going to be hard up finding a better place to stay. 
 #3 - Lexington, MI
Lexington is a small town with an adorable downtown atmosphere. It's also right on the lake, so you can walk to beach or pier. The camp grounds are numerous as are the trails. The sunsets and sunrises are equally gorgeous when you're on a body of water as awesome as Lake Huron. A personal favorite camp ground is Lexington Park. Not too far from town and feels homey? Check.
#5 - Mio, Mi
Ah, Mio. I have saved my personal favorite for last. I'll shoot straight with you, I haven't camped here because we have a cabin, but I'm sure there are great camping spots. I love the hiking trails and rivers (yay canoeing!) as well as the Amish stores. Small town life can't be beat if you just want some time away from the business of the city.

Until Next Time,
Margeaux +The Warmer Team


Friday, August 1, 2014

The Shack

Just a few snapshot from The Shack. We got the weekend started early and it was oh so good. Now, hurry up and be over, Friday! We have a million other adventures we need to get to!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Warmer Weekend #22 - Camping trip!

This past weekend was full of sunsets, sunrises, coffee, hammocks and Lake Huron. Margeaux went camping with a couple friends up in Lexington and enjoyed the time away! Check out some of the pictures she snapped!

Morning priorities. More coffee, please?

Enjoying our cozy Heat Holder socks.
Livin' the hammock life.

Gorgeous day on Lake Huron. 
Just a little hiking and scouting for poison ivy.
 All in all a fantastic trip full of nature and adventures. Have any of your ever slept in a hammock on a camping trip? All of the people at the campground thought they looked ridiculous hanging in the trees, but we loved them!