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“It is one of the most hauntingly beautiful places in the world, the history is fascinating, the men are handsome and the whiskey is delicious. But don’t eat the macaroni pies. “ – J. K. Rowling

When you really want to get away, international travel is a real treat. Experiencing other cultures and far-away lands is always bucket list stuff. We love the United Kingdom and these are some of our favorite places to visit.

My list of haunted hotels

My list of haunted hotels

Have you ever stayed in a haunted hotel? You’d know if you had. There’s definitely a certain vibe you get when you enter – the energy just feels different. I recently stayed in my fifth haunted hotel and while I didn’t know until after I had checked out, (when someone...

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Harry Potter Studio Tour

Harry Potter Studio Tour

The Cupcake and I have been listening to Harry Potter audio books read by Jim Dale lately. His mastery of impressions and artful presentation has completely changed our outlook on driving absolutely anywhere. Instead of dreading the 40 minutes to dance class, it’s now...

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Touring Downton Abbey

Touring Downton Abbey

The premier of season 6 of Downton Abbey aired in the US last night. I won’t give away any spoilers, but it certainly moved the stories along in the sweetest and most fulfilling way. If only Masterpiece: Downton Abbey Season 6" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">my...

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Sheffield Oasis: Whitley Hall Hotel

Sheffield Oasis: Whitley Hall Hotel

If I ever tell you that I’m going off the grid and I have a passport hidden behind my back, there’s a pretty good chance that I may be on my way to the Whitley Hall Hotel in Sheffield, England. I know, you think… not the beach? Not the mountains? No. I want to go back...

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The big tease that was Emma Bridgewater

From across the pond, I’ve coveted and IG-stalked these unique and personalizible housewares from Emma Bridgewater. There’s something quirky, whimsical, and inherently British that made me fall in love with this chunky pottery. But they’re darn expensive to order from...

Inveraray Castle

It’s sort of an unwritten rule that when you visit Britain, you have to visit at least one castle. Right? A real, live, majestic stone castle that when you walk through its doors, it magically transports you to another age in time. If you can manage to block out the...

One day on Islay

The non-scotch drinker’s guide to visiting Islay Scotland I’ll wager a guess I’m not the first non-scotch drinking tourist to visit Islay, Scotland, accompanying their whisky-loving better half. I’ll also go out on a limb and say we probably covered more peat-covered...

Bruichladdich Love

Most people travel to Scotland's Islay to visit the distilleries. We actually stay IN the distillery rather than a hotel. I know, weird. But thanks to a long friendship between my dad and Jim McEwan, the master distiller of Bruichladdich, we actually got to stay in...
Getting there: From Dallas to Scotland

Getting there: From Dallas to Scotland

(Written on the first official day of our UK trip, this post sets the stage of our overseas adventure.) The best things in life are worth waiting for. 24 hours of traveling and we are rewarded with a beautiful Scottish morning. Setting Off - The Adventure Begins As I...

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20 Things Americans Need to Know When Traveling to Britain

20 Things Americans Need to Know When Traveling to Britain

If you've been following my Instagram feed, you've likely caught on that we just returned from an awesome 10 days in the UK. Our trip started by flying into Heathrow, taking a train to Glasgow, driving, taking a ferry and more driving into Islay (where we actually...

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How to get a child’s passport in Dallas

How to get a child’s passport in Dallas

Being a mom of an only and no family in town, we whole-heartedly embrace the motto, “Have kid, will travel,” which now means taking the shorty with us on vacation overseas. FUN! You think. LET’S DO IT! You think. And then reality sets in… Wait, she needs a passport....

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Or should I say, “Aloha,” or “Bonjour” or “Howdy?” Let’s pack our bags and set out for another adventure. Here’s a few of my favorite places on earth.

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