A Whole Lotta Thank Yous

Hey ya’ll!! I’m baaaaaccckkk! Dana and I got in last night at 10:45 pm from our anniversary vaca adventure. We were in three countries within a week and a half! Before I share any more details, I want to give a huge thanks to my guest posters for taking the time to write for Beautifully Nutty. In case you missed them:

Katie: How to Survive a Hard Run
Rebecca: Simple Meal Planning Tips
Jackie: Spicy Chicken Dip
Hailey: Decide to Be Happy, and Be

Dana and I had a seriously incredible and climate diverse vacation. It felt great to be together and to celebrate our two-year anniversary. Thank you for all of the anniversary wishes as well!

I am wiping my sleepy eyes this morning as I am slightly jet-lag going from west coast time back to central time zone. I know it’s only a difference of two hours but I’m sensitive to my sleep. You all know that by now. But waah wahh, I’m tired because I was on vacation. No one is going to throw a pity party for me that’s for sure!

I’m still working on gathering photos from my phone, Dana’s phone, and the camera, so the recaps are going to have to wait a bit but I thought I could at least share with you where I went.

We started the trip by spending a few days in Ucluelet and Tofino, BC on Vancouver Island, then we drove to Victoria, BC, crossed back on the ferry over to Vancouver, then Seattle, then down to California where we hopped on a three-day cruise to Ensenada, Mexico.

Canada, United States, and Mexico. Not bad, huh?

We spent a lot of time in the car needless to say but we got to enjoy some incredible views along the way.

vancouver island


Not to mention some seriously windy roads through the mountains.

I just about lost it on our 2.5 hour car ride out to Ucluelet. It didn’t help I had come off of a day of travel with very little sleep, eaten a less than stellar veggie burger, and the icing on the cake of course is that I get motion sickness fairly easily. Again, waah waaah.

(I tried to capture the zig-zag roads)



That’s about the extent at which I’m going to get into vaca today. I’m thinking I will spread it out a bit. I think it will take a few posts. Look forward to them!! 😉

It’s always hard to come back after vacation, but at the same time I get very excited to get home and see Moose, and my family and friends again.

I want to give a huge thank you to everyone who took care of our Mooser baby while we were away. I can’t wait to see his huge puppy face!


Dana (my travel agent and husband) did such an amazing job planning this trip for us. If you’re ever needing to book any type of trip, let me know and I can get you his contact information! Thank you, Dana for all of your time spent planning this awesome getaway for us!


So guess what came to my door step the day before I left for vacation?

My Cosmedix prize! Remember back in September when I went out to New York for the Bethenny Frankel show and premiere party? I mentioned I had won a basket of $500 worth of Cosmedix swag. I anxiously awaited this basket of goodies and it’s finally here!

cosmedix cosmedix


I can’t wait to try it all out! Thank you Cosmedix!


I didn’t do a whole lot of food prep for our trip, but one thing I did make was a batch of Katie’s nummy bars! These served as our breakfast for the first few days and were SO good! I looked forward to eating them every morning and will absolutely be making another batch in the near future. I may even try almond butter instead. We will see! Thanks for the tasty recipe, Katie! xoxo

katie's bars


I am feeling very out of the loop with what is going on in our world, in the blog world, and with my family and friends. Did I miss anything big? How is everyone doing? I’ve missed you all!


This Post Has 13 Comments

  1. Jackie

    Welcome back!!! Sounds like an amazing vacation!
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  2. I am so glad you are back and had a great time!!! Can’t wait to hear all the details. Glad the chia seed bars were good breakfast fuel – I think they would be fabulous with almond butter. 🙂 And I bet Moose was SO happy to see you!! I just love his puppy face.
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  3. Heather Murphy

    It sounds like you guys had a great trip and I can’t wait to hear all about it, and see pictures! I know it always takes awhile to organize my life after a vacation!
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  4. Welcome back, lady! I still can’t believe that I missed you! We were basically in the same place at the same time… bah! And I couldn’t agree more about the insanity of that “highway” to Ucluelet and Tofino — it was gorgeous, but the curves were just too much. Definitely worth it in the end though.

    PS – Moose. WANT! <3
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    1. Melanie

      Yes, the curves were worth it–I agree! I literally had to ask my hubby to pull over at one point because I didn’t think I was going to able to keep my cool. I was fine though, just a little green in the face!

  5. Welcome home!! <3 And I'm sure we talked about this but I thought you were only going to Canada – not Mexico as well! You lucky girl 🙂 I can't wait to hear all about it!
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    1. Melanie

      Ha ha, I thought I told you but maybe not!! Yes, we made our rounds on vaca that’s for sure.

  6. Lisa

    Welcome back!!! 🙂 Your trip sounds awesome! 🙂

  7. It sounds like you guys had a blast! And wow, you covered a lot of ground. I’m jealous you got to go to BC – I’ve never been, but I’m dying to go! I hear they have some amazing hiking trails there.
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    1. Melanie

      How far away are you from BC? It is BEAUTIFUL! You would love it!

  8. Caroline

    Hooray you’re back!! Can’t wait to hear everything and more 🙂 xoxo
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