November 3, 2015

Some of my favorite bloggers are getting together this month for a link-up with Kelly, Emma, and Rebecca, along with their guest host, Frankie. This month, it’s all about their favorite things. I’m excited to check out their posts and to share with you a few of my absolute favorite things, too!

Hiking. It’s my favorite hobby. Hiking has enabled me to see things that I never would have been able to see otherwise. It’s been a way for me to stay in shape, become stronger, get outside, and to experience the world in a completely new way.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing-1


Coffee. I am definitely addicted to caffeine, but I also love the way coffee tastes. I love getting together with friends and family and just sitting down to enjoy a cup of coffee together. It’s so simple, such a beautiful way to spend time with someone. I love making myself a cup of coffee and then sitting down to write or read a book. To me, coffee is synonymous with beautiful, simple experiences.

Making food. Sometimes cooking is tiring and frustrating, but I love being able to cook for Nick or have people over to share a meal with them. I love being able to give someone something to eat that I made. Sometimes Nick and I will be eating dinner that I made and I will just say something like, “Wow, this is great!” I know, I am so humble.

When Nick cooks. Because his food is way better. And really, is there  anything better than someone else cooking for you?!

Having new experiences. This year has been filled with so many – from big things like caving to little things like trying new recipes. I have learned to embrace new things and to step outside of my comfort zone. It’s not always easy, but I love being able to push myself a little bit further than I thought I could.

Glowworm Caves Te Anau (13 of 45)

Traveling. This year we went to New Zealand and it was one of the most eye-opening experiences of my life.

Mount Cook New Zealand-21

Anything that involves spending time with this guy!

the two year honeymoon-8

A hot bath. I don’t do this at all in Hawaii, but when it’s cold outside I love nothing more than warming up with a hot bath and a book.

The beach. Swimming in the ocean, looking for sea glass, reading, laying in the sun, taking a nap under a tree, walking along the shore, bringing food and having a picnic – I love everything about the beach. I’ve been lucky enough to live near a beach for my entire life (so far!).


Me time. Sometimes I just want to watch my crappy shows, dance around my apartment to my embarrassing music, and eat ice cream all by myself. It’s good for the soul.

Absolute quiet. Sometimes it’s hard for me to turn my brain off, but when I can sit down in my apartment with absolute quiet, I feel so at peace!

Homecomings. There is just something so special about being reunited with Nick after months apart, months without even being able to talk to each other. It’s not always as magical as it appears or as I think it will be, but it is always great to have him home.

the two year honeymoon (1 of 1)

Writing letters. I love sending cards and letters to my friends and family. Living so far from most of them, it’s a great way for me to feel like I am keeping in touch.

Ice cream. 

French fries. My ultimate weakness!

Eating ice cream and french fries at the same time. Like a milkshake with my burger and fries. Sometimes I don’t even need the burger. Am I alone on this one?

Reading. Anything and everything. Lately I’ve been super into nonfiction, but my usual favorites are dystopian, memoirs, fantasy, young adult, and memoirs.

A good glass of wine. Some of my favorite vacations have revolved around finding good wine.

Anniversary Trip to Napa {Part 2} The Two Year Honeymoon (2 of 35)

Hawaii. I have loved living here more than I ever could have imagined. There is something so special, so different about Hawaii, that is hard to put into words.

Crouching Lion Oahu (26 of 30)


My family! They are just the best. I love being to just be myself with people who totally get me.

What are some of your favorite things?

26 responses to “A few of my favorite things.”

  1. MissLilly says:

    Loved your post! Love the same things pretty much namely the smell and flavour of coffee which I crave for since I’m 3 years old (for real). Beach, I grew up with beach around me so love walking along the sand and enjoying the sun. My other half cooks better than me and I love every time I return back home and hug him

    • Carolann says:

      Hi Lilly! The best walks are those that take place in the sun and on the sand. There really is nothing better than a meal cooked by your better half! Thanks for coming on by <3

  2. Isabel says:

    Umm, you and I are basically the same person. I love everything you said here, except Hawaii because I haven’t been there yet. But yeah, I pretty much can guarantee you that I will love it.

    • Carolann says:

      Hey Isabel! From reading your blog over the past few months, I can come to the same conclusion that we are basally the same person! Now you just need to get over to Hawaii and I need to get to Slovenia!

  3. Cynthia says:

    Really nice list! The photo of you and your husband in the snow is so lovely! 🙂
    I am with you on living near a beach… I never knew how lucky I was until I moved to a land-locked country three years ago! Now I realize how precious the beach and the ocean are and long to smell those salty-air sea smells.

    • Carolann says:

      Aw thanks so much, Cynthia! That smell is my favorite! Since my husband is in the military I don’t have much control over where we live anymore. But luckily he is in the Navy and most Navy bases are near water! So hopefully we will always still be by the sea. It’s my favorite place to be.

  4. Tiffany says:

    I also love French fries and a mikshake! Salty and sweet is so good together!

  5. That picture of you guys is incredible! And I love how you described coffee..that’s why I like it so much, too!

  6. Sophie A says:

    Those photos of you and your husband are just adorable! Love the list, and your Hawaiian life looks amazing – looking forward to scrolling through the rest of your blog and reading all about it 🙂

  7. You had me at your description of the coffee ritual – I love it so much too!

  8. Emma says:

    What an incredible year – and the adventures seem to have only just begun!

    • Carolann says:

      Emma, one of my favorite sayings is, “the best is yet to be.” I put it at the end of each of our yearly scrapbooks!

  9. Ice cream, french fries and wine sounds like heaven x

  10. Barb says:

    Wonderful list! Making food for the loved ones and writing letters are my absolute favourite things 🙂

    • Carolann says:

      Thanks, Barb! So many people forget about letter writing these days, but it is so intimate, so loving. Plus, I love pretty paper! It’s one of my favorite ways to let someone know I am thinking of them.

  11. I’ve just discovered your blog today and can’t wait to get stuck into some old posts! This is a great list with such lovely photos – Hawaiian life looks so lovely 🙂

    • Carolann says:

      Hi Charley! Thank you SO much! You are so sweet! I can’t wait to pop on over to your blog now! I absolutely love living in Hawaii – I can’t believe I only have one month left here. I hope to be back one day.

  12. Those photos of you two are so cute! I love ice cream and spending time with loved ones and especially the two of those combined

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