Travel Tips / Introducing, Trampolinn

01/23/2015 — 6 Comments

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I’ve partnered up to share a new service called Trampolinn. Trampolinn is a new service similar to other home rental and couchsurfing sites, except it’s free. Yes, free. You can earn points by sharing your home, updating your profile, sharing Trampolinn with friends, or you can purchase additional points. You can then spend the points to rent other homes, couch surf, or rent a room in someone’s home. I think the concept is really intriguing and I can’t wait to try it out on one of our next trips. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite ski-inspired places to share today, all available via Trampolinn.

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Chamonix, France / Torgon?, Switzerland / Idaho Springs, Colorado

My favorite place so far is in the first photo. The alps look absolutely breath-taking. I’d love to stay there sometime!

Which place would you choose? Where would you go if you didn’t have to spend money?


This post is in partnership with Trampolinn. To learn more about Trampolinn and how you can stay places for free on your next vacation, please visit their website, www.trampolinn.com. All opinions, and text are my own. All images are copyright their respective owners, found on their individual Trampolinn listing. Thank you for supporting the brands that make life here at Team Wiking a little sweeter.

Mendocino County / Destination, Mendocino County

01/22/2015 — 6 Comments

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Remember last March when I posted about my wanderlust for Mendocino County? I’m so excited to officially share that we’re going next month! We had originally planned to go somewhere more tropical, but ultimately this worked out better for us. I still have not been there and am over the moon when I think about the coastline and redwoods. I’ve been scouting out things to see and do, and so far my list looks like this:

  • Glass Beach
  • Bowling Ball Beach
  • B. Bryan Preserve
  • Russian Gulch State Park
  • Libby’s (heard about good burritos!)
  • Farmhouse Mercantile
  • Downtown Boonville
  • Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
  • Stornetta National Monument
  • Van Damme State Park
  • Point Cabrillo Light House

We will probably also visit a few of the other beaches and more nature-based areas. Some of these places will depend on the weather, but we’ll see how everything works out. If you have any other recommendations, I’d love to hear what you have to say!

Have you ever been to Mendocino County, California? Do you have any recommendations for us?

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52 Weeks / Week 3, Through Their Eyes

01/21/2015 — 3 Comments

“Take three pictures.”

Søren didn’t hesitate.

“I want to see you camer, mama!”
“What do you want to take a picture of, Søren?”

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“Bubba.”

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“Weaf.”

Week 3/52 Through Their Eyes “Our spot.”

Aiden hesitated a bit, but I handed him the camera with the same instructions.

“Three pictures? Of anything?” 
“Yes, anything you’d like.”

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“I like this train.”

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“Can you hold this for me?”

Week 3/52 Through Their Eyes “What are these pictures for?”
“Just the blog.”, I replied.
“Oh, ok.”

And he went about playing and eating a snack. He was very clear and precise about what he wanted to photograph.

Part of me was curious, eager to know what they would choose to photograph. I love that Søren’s photos come from a place of love. He loves Aiden so much, as well as the outdoors and anything nature related. We’ve also had a rough week in the parent-child relationship department so it warmed my heart to know he wanted to photograph our spot. Aiden’s photos were very practical and thought out decisions, including all of his current favorites. The trains he plays with Søren almost daily, Make magazine is his favorite, and the strandbeest was a Christmas gift from Steve, something they built together.

Keep reading if you want to share photos from your third week in the linkup.

52 Weeks is a portrait of my child once a week, every week in 2015. To see the whole series, click here.

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