Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Currently Reading: Brides of Brighton Series by Ashtyn Newbold

Last month, I did a lot of reading and it was glorious. I had a bit of a reading funk there for a while there but I'm happy to say that I am back at it and loving every second! I set a goal at the beginning of this year through Goodreads to read 24 books this year (2 per month seemed doable) and I've already reached my goal so that's fun!

My last 'Currently Reading' post featured a novel by the same author as today, Ashtyn Newbold. I've legitimately enjoyed every one of her books and this last group was a series so that made it even more fun because I got to keep hearing about characters I loved from previous books in the series and to see how their lives were panning out. I loved each novel in the Brides of Brighton series but I think my favorite was the 3rd book. It had a How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days feel but in the Regency era and it was just an overall enjoyable read.

*I received these books free from the author and this did not affect my opinion in any way.*



If you need some good old romance novels to get you through the fall, I highly recommend trying the Bridge of Brighton series by Ashtyn Newbold. Picture this:

It's a cool fall day, slightly overcast. You put on your comfy clothes, curl up with a blanket and some hot chocolate, the fall candle is burning in the corner, and you have a couple of hours to simply read. Create that scene for yourself and read one of these books. They're quick reads that'll leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. Here are the titles in the order of the series:

A Convenient Engagement
Marrying Miss Milton
Romancing Lord Ramsbury
Miss Weston's Wager
An Unexpected Bride

Do you have any book recommendations for me? I'd love to add them to my to-read list! Happy Reading!

xoxo, Chelan

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Spring Break 2019 in Las Vegas with the McMurrays

We were THRILLED to learn that my family was planning on visiting our favorite place, Tahiti Village in Las Vegas, again this year for Spring Break and we were so excited that we got to be there with them! And we were even more excited that my brother, Craig, his wife, Bailey, and their darling son, Max, were able to come this year. Parker and I have been able to go on spring break with my family every year that we've been married except for 2018 (that was hard) and that was the only year that Craig and Bai had been able to go so far so to be all together this year was super special. Unfortunately, my mom's parents who always, always, always accompany us on the spring break trips weren't able to join us but I have the highest hopes that EVERYONE will be together for spring break 2020!

The timing of it all ended up working out so well because Parker's family was all getting together in Utah for the baby blessing of our sweet nephew Kit the Sunday before my family went to Vegas so we got to spend time with the Hollingsworths for a few days which is always a treat! And it was so fun to meet baby Kit!! He is adorable and we love him so much!

Parker's family left on Tuesday, the same day my family arrived in Utah so we stayed with my aunt and uncle in their beautiful home for a couple days before we took off to Vegas. While in Utah, we got the chance to go to the Ben Rector concert which was SO FUN! His album Magic is exactly that, pure MAGIC, and he was amazing live! We also went to the hot springs in Spanish Fork Canyon so that was super fun, too!

It wouldn't be right to not get Sodalicious every time we were out and about while in Utah. 
My mom with Parker and me at the Ben Rector concert!

Then off to Vegas we went where we met up with Craig, Bailey, and Max at Tahiti Village. There were some other Cardstonites staying there that week as well, including Camrie's boyfriend who we all adore so it was fun to hang out with them that week. A week spent in the sun, the pool, eating delicious food, shopping at the outlets, visiting our favorite places on The Strip (I'm looking at you, Bellagio), with the people you love is truly the best.

And of course, this wouldn't be a proper #hollingsworthtravels blog post without a VIDEO! My favorite part and this one was, yet again, so fun to put together! It makes me smile from ear to ear every time I watch. Max is my favorite part lol. Scroll to the bottom to watch the video!

He was the sweetest little buddy for me throughout this trip! My favorite thing was that he would gesture to me with his little hand and say over and over, "Come on, Nanny!" to get me to go with him into the pool. Being an aunt is THE BEST!
My first time at Top Golf! It was so fun!
Hubba hubba!!
Goodbyes are the WORST!!!!!
I LOVE THIS CREW!



Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo, Chelan

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Hawaii

When Parker got the chance to interview for a residency position in Hawaii last year and it happened to be over Thanksgiving break, we knew we had to jump at the chance to go. Neither of us had been and it was at the top of our bucket list of places to visit. Being the beach-and-sunshine-loving girl that I am, I wasn't about to let him go to Hawaii without me so we made an entire week trip out of it and it was AMAZING!

Pro traveling tip: If you live within driving distance from an airport in Canada, US Thanksgiving is a great time to travel because you likely have time off and can fly out of Canada for way less $$ since it's not a holiday there. We've flown both to Hawaii and Cancun out of Toronto over American Thanksgiving and it's saved us significant moolah.

We stayed in an Airbnb in Honolulu that was about a 10-minute walk to Waikiki Beach and rented a car through Turo. Having a car on the island was so helpful but finding parking was probably our biggest stressor the entire trip. Other than that, everything else was super smooth and so much fun!

In my element!

Monday, October 14, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving 2019

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! If you have no idea why I am celebrating Thanksgiving today, then you must be American... Today is Thanksgiving Day in Canada and since I am a born and raised Canadian girl, I get to celebrate both Canadian and American Thanksgiving. Who wouldn't want two Thanksgiving holidays a year?!

Unfortunately, Parker and I are both working today and his shift starts just before mine ends so aside from about 20 minutes this morning, we won't see each other today. I wish we were able to have the day off and if we did, I would have attempted a small scale Thanksgiving dinner for us. But being apart today just makes me a bit more grateful for the time we have together.

One of the things I get asked a lot around this time of year by Americans is what is Canadian Thanksgiving all about? Well, let me share with you what good old Wikipedia has to say on the subject: