Birthdays and Princess Castles: Neuschwanstein

I’ve wanted to visit the Neuschwanstein Castle since I first moved to Germany. It reminded me of all the princess castles we watched in movies growing up. It looked so perfect in photographs and I wanted so badly for it to be that beautiful in person. Unfortunately, King Ludwig II died before it was completely finished. The castle was opened to the community and millions of people visit this incredible piece of history every year. Aunt Karin and our cousin Jenny helped us plan a trip to Neuschwanstein the weekend of my birthday to celebrate our marriage.

We were up late the night before at the local Octoberfest celebration. We woke up later than planned and started our road trip. To be honest, Dan started driving and I napped gracefully in the passenger seat. He was so sweet to snap this picture of me…


We finally made it to Aunt Karin’s house. She made a delicious homemade breakfast and fresh coffee —> we definitely needed that! As we got back into the car to continue our road trip, Aunt Karin talked us into taking the scenic route. We agreed immediately. The fall weather was warm and sunny. The gorgeous German countryside was well worth the extra hour to get there.


When we arrived we scoped out the castles and did some shopping. We stopped for pizza, beers and of course cappuccino! I loved the atmosphere of this chill little restaurant named “Relax” in Fussen, Germany.

We were exhausted from a long day of travel so when we finally made it to our hotel on the border of Austria and Germany we slept so hard. The next morning we woke up to a delicious European breakfast including freshly baked bread, rolls, meats, cheeses and fruit. We had such a great experience at this hotel!

We went back to the Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castle. Dan and Aunt Karin were waiting in line to get tickets. I was picking up cappuccinos and hot, freshly baked pretzels. What an amazing breakfast! We didn’t end up getting tickets to tour the castle. I remembered reading blogs saying we should buy tickets ahead of time but I forgot to! oops! We didn’t want to delay heading back home (It’s football season! The Eagles were playing at 7pm Germany time and Dan wouldn’t miss a game).

We took a carriage ride up to the castle and toured the exterior and the courtyard. The views from where the castle sits nestled into the mountains were breathtaking. It was everything I could have ever hoped it would be.

Thanks for spending my birthday with me Aunt Karin!








It was already dark when we arrived to the hotel but we woke up to these views!!


Watching the sun rise




Hot pretzels and cappuccino for breakfast #2 🙂


The view from the castle





Thanks to these gorgeous animals, we didn’t have to walk.dsc_0421


Until next time my friends… I’ll be sipping cappuccino and dreaming of where life will take us next.



Diffuse this>>> My Journey to Better Sleep

Holy. Moly. It looks like all I do is travel and work. Well, let me tell you it definitely feels that way to me too. Most of the “grown up” things I should be doing get put off (ahem laundry) especially after I come home from a long weekend of travel. I am notorious for being the work. work. work. travel. travel. travel. work. work. work type. I rarely give myself down time to relax, let alone sleep.

If you’ve ever flipped back and forth from day shift to night shift, you know how hard it is to get some sleep (no matter how stinkin tired you may be). Let’s just say I was desperate for some quality ZZZZZZZZZZZZ’s. I was up for hours….days it seems. I was talking with Shannon, a friend of mine who has four beautiful babies (triplet toddlers+ baby Stella) that she magically manages to get to sleep (most nights). I asked her what she uses to help with sleep. She said she diffuses oils… duh. At this point, I was willing to try anything that wasn’t medication. So I took the leap. I ordered the dang diffuser and the oils I didn’t know anything about.


What I didn’t know, is that it would be the <BEST-DECISION-EVER>. After a long night shift, I picked up our mail including my first package from Young Living. I started by diffusing lavender and cedarwood after a long night shift. Let me tell you… I have NEVER slept so hard. I thought I died. I woke up feeling like a completely different person. 7+ hours of sleep during the day was unheard of for me (not to mention it was a hot summer day in Germany with no air conditioning!). Now I diffuse that same combination that I’ve nicknamed the “sleep cocktail” every night. That’s what made me a believer. So if you’re exhausted and need some sleep or have littles that just WON’T close their eyes, don’t panic… just message me and I’ll lead you to the best sleep of your life. If you don’t want to wait just order your own right here–>  Sweet Dreams! I’ll even send you a free Cedarwood because I want YOU to sleep as well as I do!

I’d love to have an extremely large cup of cappuccino and chat with you about it (in person or facetime)…because the only thing I love more than sleep + travel is coffee and espresso!

Sweet Dreams my friends,



ps. I’ve also mixed up a DIY Lavender and Cedarwood linen spray… So EASY! The gorgeous cherry blossom trees above are from my trip to Washington DC. I so WISH I had this sleep cocktail then… when my Jet Lag was OH so Real!