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Our favorite things to do in Oahu

When I started planning our trip to Hawaii, there were two things on my “must-do” list: an ATV tour at Kualoa Ranch and a luau. I also have a life goal to visit every Disney theme park and resort, so a stop at Aulani was a priority. From our home base on the North Shore,

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Exploring North Shore, Oahu

When we started planning 50 in 5, Brandon and I knew we wanted to bookend the bigger, more expensive trips (Alaska and Hawaii) in the first and last years. We visited Hawaii over Brandon’s 30th birthday in February 2018—a dream vacation that I sometimes still can’t believe actually happened. I’m going to write about the

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Know your worth

Five years ago I was working a corporate social media job. Initially hired as a social media writer, I quickly gained additional responsibilities and oversight for the team. This put me in direct communication with upper-level management. Some of the company leaders had a reputation for being… brash. On the Tuesday after Labor Day, I

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Snowy weekend in Staunton, VA

We love adventure and exploring new places, but there’s something to be said about a quiet, lazy weekend. In early December, Brandon suggested we get away for a few nights. No agenda—just a chance to relax away from home. He didn’t have a specific location in mind, so I turned to Airbnb and scrolled through

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The best Airbnb in Nebraska

When I plan our travel, I usually search for accommodations in one of two places—through the Marriott collection of properties (we are Marriott Rewards members) or Airbnb. We love Airbnb because it allows us to stay in more unique and personal homes or apartments, often for the same price as a hotel. While researching our trip

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Exploring a Wyoming bison ranch

When I purchased our tickets to see NEEDTOBREATHE at Red Rocks, I realized we could easily visit a couple of other states while flying in and out of Denver. The Wyoming border is only an hour and a half north of Denver, so I started looking for points of interest near the capital city of

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5 lessons I learned in my twenties

Earlier this month I turned 30. Society tells me that this is a very big deal. Many people grieve the end of their twenties, like turning 30 will force them to be old, boring adults. I’ve basically been an old, boring adult for at least 8 years already, so I’m fine with that. I haven’t

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A note of gratitude

I don’t have much in common with horror/supernatural fiction author Stephen King, but on one point, we agree: “The scariest moment is always just before you start.” One month ago today I was fixing last minute issues, updating social media, and preparing to share The Dogwood State with the world (or at least with my

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