Going to Paris has always been a dream of mine. I always pictured it as magical as I had seen it in movies and TV shows so my I fantasized about how special it would be to actually travel there for the first time. Honestly, so many people had told me how magical Paris was that I thought that it couldn't possibly live up to all the hype that had building over all these years. But you know what? It exceeded every hyped expectation I ever had. Plus, I got to experience it with my sister, Ariana, which made it even more special. Over the past two years, Ariana and I have been making it a point to travel together and we have been really making good on that promise. I have to say, Paris is probably the most epic Sister Trip we have taken yet so I wanted to write a blog post to not only commemorate our trip but also, a lot of you asked for me to break down our special Paris Sister Trip.
CoolSculpting. Have you heard of it? I hadn't heard of it until a friend mentioned it to me last year and in all honesty, it seemed to good to be true. CoolSculpting literally freezes the stubborn fat on your body in sections on your body and is the only FDA approved non-invasive fat-reductive treatment. Think about those "trouble areas" that everyone has. A lot of women complain about underarm fat, excess fat around their lower abdomen that just won't budge, or even excess fat around the thighs. For me, my stubborn trouble areas were my lower pooch on my stomach and my side flank area (think in the love handle area but a little lower than that). As an avid exerciser, it really bothered me that there was NOTHING I could do to tone those spots and/or make them disappear with diet. I really thought I would have to live with them forever because I did not want to go under the knife to get rid of them.
San Diego has become one of me and Jonny's favorite places to visit. Fun fact: Jonny actually went to college at UCSD so visiting this gorgeous city is always nostalgic for him and I've loved seeing it change over the years with my visits. Last year, Jonny and I went to San Diego for our one year wedding anniversary and we had the best time finding all the best places to visit while we were there. With this trip (just for fun!), we visited a few of the same places but found a few new spots that I wanted to share with you. Let's start talking about our 2018 San Diego highlights!
When I used to think about exercise, I only thought about how to make myself look skinnier. Maybe if I ran more miles or lifted heavier weights or tried more sprints I would achieve the body I so desperately wanted. Now, after reading that, does it sound like I thought of exercise as being fun? Yeah, no, I didn't so. As a lifetime avid exerciser (my parents are very active and I played every sport under the sun, including soccer for 13 years of my life), being in shape was a very important part of my life. When I went to college, I had to motivate myself to exercise on my own. There were no parents or coaches to get me sweating so I developed my own exercise routines to help keep me in shape. Notice how I am not using the word "strong" and have only focused on the words "in shape" because, in all honesty, that's all I wanted. I wanted to be fit.
I've stayed at quiet a few hotels in my lifetime but there are a few that really rise to the top of my favorites list. Hotel 71 has most definitely made it to my "favorites" for quiet a few reasons. Hotel 71 is nestled in the best location within the walls of Old Quebec. Only a 15 minute ride from the airport, Hotel 71 feels very central to everything that is happening in Old Quebec. Since Hotel 71 is located near the bottom of Old Quebec, you have an incredible view of the river, which also harbors a cruise ship port and a beautiful river walkway that gives you the most stunning view of Old Quebec at sunset.