My Christmas Vacation in Cabo

Every year my family tries to do a trip together. With crazy work schedules and tow siblings in college and even the youngest in elementary school, making time for these sort of trips is really, really hard!  So typically we do a family Christmas Vacation. We’re not quite the Griswald family, but we could be close. (If you don’t understand the reference I insist you watch Christmas Vacation ASAP!)

This last year we did our trip to Cabo, Mexico. Nothing like getting away from the cold winter weather in the USA, and spending your day on the beach with a margarita on hand.

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Playa Santa Maria      

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The sister


My family stayed at a time share from WorldMark called Coral Baja in San Jose del Cabo. You can see more information on this resort here 

The resort was right on the beach and had a pool that we pretty much spent all of our time at. We of course did go out to explore a bit of Cabo during our stay.

One of my favorite things about going to Cabo was all of the tacos. I love fish tacos to be exact. I can’t tell you how many times I ordered them while there. You can get them at pretty much any restaurant in Cabo. Two of the restaurants that my family went to were El Squid Roe and Flora Farms.

El Squid Roe is in Cabo San Lucas. This is where more of the nightlife is. This restaurant is both a place to eat and then later in the night turns into a full out club. The staff here does a really great job trying to keep customers entertained with synchronized dances and giving everyone balloon hats.

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My family with our crazy hats (sorry for the poor lighting)

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Dad and Brother

Probably my favorite place that we ate at was Flora Farm. This is a bit of a drive away from where we were staying, but it was such a beautiful place with delicious food presented to you in what looked like art. Well worth the drive and a complete opposite experience from El Squid Roe. This place gave off a more elegant vibe and had great service with the staff making sure that you were well taken care of. You can see their menu and all that they offer here.

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Brothers Birthday Celebratory dinner

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Lots of candles, lots of glare :/


My family loves to go snorkeling when we are near the ocean. We always bring snorkel gear with us when snorkeling is available in the areas we travel too. I love being able to explore the ocean and see all the beauty that it has to offer. Even though i’m terrified of sharks.

We went snorkeling at Playa Santa Maria. It’s a fairly excluded beach. The sand is a bit rocky and hard to walk on barefoot, so if you ever visit, make sure you bring proper footware! I can’t stress that enough. It was great location to swim with the fishes and see the beauty of the sea.

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The youngest sibling

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One of my favorite things that I did on this trip was Parasailing. That’s right I went parasailing on the ocean! Such a fun and wonderful experience that I was able to share with my sister. If any of you ever think about going, just do it! It’s a lot slower of a lift up then you would expect and it’s an almost peaceful experience being in the sky and seeing the beach and the water below you.

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Cabo with the family was a blast and  I wish I had much more to share with you all! Unfortunately Meraki was not even a thought at the time of this trip.

Share with me your experiences if you have been to Cabo! What were your favorite spots??

Chao Beautifuls!

My life with a full time job and a case of wanderlust

I have a full time job and I love it. I’m an Event Services Manager and I work on so many different events that there’s always something different going on. I get to work on concerts, sporting events, conventions, Sundance Film Festival and more. Needless to say, my job keeps me VERY busy. And I happen to have started this project, Meraki Planning.

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You could say I’m a bit ambitious. Maybe overly so, but I have a lot of dreams and goals that I’m determined to reach. Among all of this though, I have an extreme case of wanderlust. I daydream about visiting new places all the time. I hope to one day be able to fully combine the two, but until then I do what I can to travel.

I’m lucky enough that I get a full three weeks of vacation time with my company. Not many people in the USA get as much time. Some are lucky to get two weeks. Now the difficult part of using my time off is timing it right. My schedule is so busy that I have to often wait for a slower month to take my vacations. But I do it. I feel that more Americans NEED to take advantage of their vacation times. They need that time to step away from work and relax a bit. I fully believe it is essential to our health.

I am the type of person that almost constantly needs change. I typically take it out in my hair. One thing I love about working in the event industry is that although things can be similar, each event is different. I also don’t like to stay in one spot for too long. I can get very restless, hence the daydreaming of new adventures.

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So how do I make my full time job and travel work?

I plan.

I save money.

I check kayak explore and Skyscanner regularly for deals.

I keep track of my work schedule and what months are the least busy.

I’m flexible on location.

I realize that I don’t always need to go far for a new adventure.


All of these factors help me to make travel work for me while I continue to work full time at a job I genuinely enjoy and do not want to give up. Is it hard? hell yes. But it is so worth it. A BIG part of making travel work with a full time job is prioritizing. This goes along with saving mostly. But if you want to make travel work, you need to prioritize what is important to you. Is it buying a coffee everyday, saving for a new gaming system, going to the bars every weekend, or going on new adventures and experiencing new cultures. If you make something a priority you can reach it.

My next trip will be coming up soon. I’m going to Reykjavik, Iceland for my first ever solo adventure! I will be sure to keep you lovelies posted on my travels.

How do you manage to travel with a job? Or did you quit your job to travel the world? Share your stories below :)

Chao Beautifuls!

My top list of things to do in Las Vegas

Las Vegas, otherwise known as Sin City, has an abundance of activities and places to see. It is a city that caters to almost all  ages and groups of people. Whether  you are into the nightlife, like to gamble, love to shop, check out live shows, or are a thrill seeker.

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Having grown up only six hours away from Las Vegas, I have traveled to there many times. As a kid, it was for soccer tournaments, now its for a quick and easy getaway on the weekends. Through my times visiting this crazy city, I have experienced a lot of Vegas. Below I have compiled my personal list of things you must see and do in Las Vegas.

1. Coca Cola and M&M World

While technically two different places, these two shops are right next door to each other. If you have kids with you, this is the perfect stop. If not, it’s still worth checking out. Mix together a bag of different colored M&M’s. Or try around the world drinks from Coca Cola World.

2. New York New York Roller Coaster

This is one for the thrill seekers. And it is also a favorite of mine and my siblings. Every time we go to Vegas we make sure to ride on the roller coaster that wraps around the outside of New York New York hotel.

3. Stratosphere

Yet another stop for thrill seekers or for those interested in a view. At the top of the stratosphere you can see the Las Vegas Strip. The Tower itself is about 1,150 feet high. Some of the activities you can do here are: Sky Jump (bungee jump), the big shot, insanity, and x-scream. You can get more information on these rides here .

4. See a show

Las Vegas has a wide range of shows that you can check out during your time there. You can see magicians like David Copperfield, Concerts such as Celine Dion, Cirque de Soleil, and much more. You can check out the full list of shows here.

5. Bellagio Fountains

The fountains are a great sight when you are walking on the Vegas strip. The fountains are coordinated to change with music and offer a spectacular and free show to view. During the day the fountains go off about every half hour. At night they’re scheduled for every 15 minutes. I personally prefer seeing the fountain show at night, but it is worth seeing in the daytime as well.

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6. Dessert from Serendipity

 Serendipity is one of my personal favorites when coming to Vegas. It’s a restaurant that is located outside of Caesar’s Palace. I, however, do not go there for their meals. Their dessert is where it’s at. Try out one of their many Ice Cream Sundaes or Famous Frozen hot chocolate. You can see their menu here.

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7. Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay

The Shark Reef is an Aquarium inside the Mandalay Bay Hotel. Here you can observe a ton of fish and predators of the sea. Tickets are currently listed at about $20 for adults and $14 for children under 12.

8. Caesar’s Palace Forum Shops

If shopping is your thing, you’re going to want to check out the Forum Shops. Here you will find all of the high-end stores such as Gucci, Burberry, and Coach. They also have a pretty rad Nike store and an H&M.

9. Paris Hotel – Eiffel Tower

The Paris tower, much like the Stratosphere, offers an awesome view of the Las Vegas Strip. You can purchase a tour ticket that allows you to ride up to the observatory deck on the tower. It is a mini replica of the real tower in France.

10. Clubbing

While clubbing is not for everyone, if you go to vegas and are over 21, it is a must try experience. Clubs in Vegas draw in big name DJ’s. I was able to see Calvin Harris at Club Omnia when my sister and I went last. Most clubs have dress codes here, so be prepared to dress to impress. While Omnia is the only club I have been to, some other highly talked about Vegas clubs are Tao, XS, Hakkasan, and Marquee.

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Welcome to Meraki

I created Meraki as a virtual planning website to help others plan their dream events and trips. The goal of my services is to help eliminate the amount of time you spend on researching and relieve you from the stresses that come with planning. I will help you to make your event or trip a huge success.

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I can help you plan any kind of event; my background includes setting up weddings, conferences, and seminars at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort to working on logistics for the Gold Cup Soccer Tournament in 2013 and the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 with Cartan Global.

I will occasionally update the blog section of my site with tips on time management, event planning, and travel advice. Stay up to date and follow along :]