Up Up and Away at the Reno Hot Air Balloon Festival

During our visit to Reno I had the opportunity to do something I honestly never thought I would do. I went up, up and away in a hot air balloon at the Reno Hot Air Balloon Festival. I am going to be honest and just put it out there…I was just a tad bit scared. Ok that is just not a strong enough term I was totally and completely freaked before my hot air balloon ride.

This has been on my bucket list for longer than I want to admit because that would mean I would have to admit my age and that just doesn’t fit with the story now does it. I had a huge combination of excitement, fear and well a bit more fear as I thought about going up in the balloon. Sleep eluded me most of the night leading into the Reno Hot Air Balloon race. When arrived at the field early in the morning I was sleep deprived and nervous!

To help make sure I didn’t have to worry about a few personal needs ( I will let you use your imagination) I had stopped drinking any beverages or eating anything early the night before. It just seemed like the practical thing to do so I had one less thing to worry about. We met up with our friends from the Reno Tahoe Visitor Bureau who had arrange my flight and thankfully had some time to just enjoy the morning hot air balloon glow.

inflating hot air baloon in the dark

Watching the hot air balloons inflate before the sun comes up is just plain magical. The world is so quiet and you are surrounded by gorgeous hot air balloons…. 

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Groupon wants to help America find its next favorite meal

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Groupon. All opinions are 100% mine.

Groupon wants to help America find its next favorite meal and pay it forward while enjoying your meal.

Groupon is inviting everyone to share a photo of the most amazing best meal you have had at a restaurant for a chance to win $100 in Groupon Bucks to spend during the Taste of Groupon.

Are you wondering what the Taste of Groupon is……

The Taste of Groupon is a collection of restaurants that offer amazing meals. To help pay it forward Groupon is donating a meal to Feeding America for each meal purchased during the Taste of Groupon event.

Groupon is offering a coupon code (TASTE12) on 10/23 from 6AM to 6PM to get an extra 12% off your meal purchase. Head over here to Buy a meal

Make sure you Submit a photo to enter to win $100 in Groupon Bucks! Groupon will be picking a winner at random each day of the program. You can share a photo via Instagram, Twitter or on the campaign page.

John and I headed out to dinner in Spokane to see if we could get a great photo for the giveaway. We tried a new Brazillian Steakhouse we found on Groupon and it was great. Here are a few of the photos we grabbed during our dining experience.




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V8 VegOut Dares you to try something new!

First I have to say a huge thank you to V8 for sponsoring today’s conversation and daring me to try something new. I have to confess that I am not very daring at times when it comes to branching out and trying new veggies.

I tend to stick to my core veggies and wrinkle my nose and shrug when offered any new types of veggies. V8 is daring each of us to VegOut! and try something new. V8 is posting daily challenges and invite each of us to take the VegOut Challenge! For more than 80 years V8 has celebrated the goodness of vegetables and fruits and they want the world to know and join their mission.

Will you join me in the VegOut Challenge?


V8 is daring us to take this challenge and well I never could say no to a dare. So here it goes!

Here are a few of the challenges we can take……….. 

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