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These next few weeks are full of birthday fun in our house with all three of our birthday happening over a three week period. The most important birthday of all recently happened to kick off the birthday celebrations… Our Little Viking is 1! Happy First Birthday to our little Viking! You guys, I can’t believe I have a one year old little boy! Where did the time go?! Cue the mama tears as I look at all his newborn pictures! Since making his entrance into this world (quickly and right on time!) our little man has kept us on our toes and has us falling more in love with him each day. From the early days when he would open his eyes and look at us, to those first smiles and giggles, to crawling over and asking for a snuggle, this little boy just melts my heart every single day. Our attempt at a family birthday photoshoot in sunny Boston the other week. Family pictures aren’t getting any easier with our active one year old! Speaking of Boston, our little guy, he has had quite the busy first year of life traveling around. With multiple international trips marked in his […]

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For the past month my little Viking and I have been traveling all over the place. From a trip to Oregon, then back to Iceland, and then off again to Boston I feel like we have been jumping time zones constantly lately. Aside from being a total blast all of that travel as really thrown our sleep routine for a loop! At the start of this week we returned home from a trip to Boston, and with a month back in Iceland before our next trip I was ready to get us back on a normal sleeping routine. But then before I knew it it was 11pm and we were still all wide awake. When H told me the time I was so surprised, how did it get so late?? I mean it was still so light outside?! Then I realized what was going on… The Midnight Sun. Somehow each year the days go from slowly getting longer to all of a sudden being nice and bright at 2 am. Currently it is getting light again around 4am, something know for a fact as I have a very confused body clock with all the time zone jumping I have been […]

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Hey guys, remember me?! I used to be that blogger that would be able to write several blog posts a week and keep up to date with social media. Nowadays I am happy if I am able to write a blog post once a month and share a picture on Instagram once a week! Oh how times have changed. But, things are about to change yet again as this past weekend I just finished something that has consumed a large part of my free time these past two years. I have finished my MBA classes! Okay, technically I am not COMPLETELY done with my MBA. But, what I am done with is spending every other weekend at school as this past weekend was my last teaching weekend. Woo hoo, hello freedom on my weekends again! All that is left in my MBA is finishing off some final projects and enjoying a class trip to Boston next month. But guys, the end is here, I can’t believe my Viking and I did it. A throwback to our first day of the MBA. First day of school pictures are a must do tradition in my family so I made the Viking keep […]

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Just a quick walk along the busy streets of downtown Reykjavik this Easter weekend made one thing clear… The tourism season in Iceland has begun! Iceland and its natural beauty has been making quite the name for itself as one of the top destinations for travelers in recent years, and the large crowds that continue to grow every year show it. But one thing Iceland is also making a name for itself that is maybe not so positive; It is one expensive country to visit! I will admit, I am guilty of frequently verbalizing my shock over the prices of certain things in Iceland, but don’t let the high cost of Iceland stop you from a visit. As someone who is all about sticking to the budget (just means more money in the travel fund!) I am here to say it is more than possible to explore Iceland and the city of Reykjavik on a budget. To prove to you that it is in fact possible to visit Iceland on a budget are 10 amazing, and totally AFFORDABLE, activities to do in Reykjavik. Quick side note: This is a post I wrote back in my first year of blogging in […]

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If you have been reading my blog for awhile you will remember a few years ago (aka pre MBA and little Viking time) when H and I used to spend most weekends out and about exploring as many places that we could. Oh how I miss those random weekend adventures around Iceland! Sadly, our little adventures have been non-existent for the past two years or so, but now that school is getting closer to finishing (hello graduation I can see you!) and our little Viking is bigger and more curious by the day I think it is more than time we bring them back into our lives. When I first moved to Iceland I made an Icelandic bucket list of all the places I wanted to visit and things I wanted to do. This list (which I am happy to announce that I have now completed everything on that list!) ended up being a great way to keep pushing me to get out and explore my own backyard no matter how long I had been living here and got used to the aw factor of Iceland. So, here we are four years later, one extra explorer in tow, and I […]

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A couple months ago I celebrated my four year anniversary of living in Iceland. By celebrate I mean I totally forgot about it until a few weeks later. How different things are today compared to that first expativersary! I am not going to lie, if you had told me four years ago when I was in the midst of figuring life out in Iceland during one of the stormiest winters on record that I would still be living in Iceland four years later I would not have believed you. But wow am I so glad that I still am! When I look back on these past four years I have to admit, I remember a bumpy, bumpy road. And you know what, I wouldn’t of traded these four years of traveling that bumpy road for anything. Through all of those bumps I have grown into a person I am proud of and who feels confident in her own skin. I have made some amazing friendships, traveled to some gorgeous places, welcomed a baby in one of the most family friendly countries, and had opportunities come my way I never though possible. All those bumps, they have been worth it. To […]

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Here is a little fun Iceland tourism fact. Over the past 6 years the number of tourists visiting Iceland has more than tripled. In fact, it is estimated that Iceland will see its largest number of visitors this year, topping well over 2 million people! For a country of only 334,000 people this means that over 7 times the amount of the total population is expected to join the Iceland party this year alone! Iceland is clearly the place to be, but if you all have been reading my blog for very long you already knew I felt that way too:) So what does this booming number of visitors mean for those of you with a trip to Iceland on the calendar?? It can make finding accommodation VERY difficult. It is already getting difficult to find accommodation for this coming summer, which is still months away! So if you are planning your own trip to Iceland my number one tip I will say over and over again… BOOK YOUR ACCOMMODATION AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE! If you are anything like me choosing the best accommodation while your traveling can be a bit tricky. And when you have the time pressure added […]

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Happy 2018 Friends! Yet again the fireworks on New Years Eve in Iceland completely amazed (and slightly terrified me). This year we took in the firework madness in the center of it all, at the iconic Hallgrímskirkja, and it was even more chaotic than I remembered! No joke, this NYE there was record breaking air pollution from the fireworks in Reykajvik. It is by far the craziest firework display I have ever seen, and it isn’t even an official firework show, just individuals shooting off their own fireworks! H’s mom lives really close to the church so the entire evening while we had a family dinner you could hear the fireworks getting louder and louder, a preview for the chaos to come. We headed up to the church just a few minutes before midnight while we left our little guy to snooze away at grandma’s. When just a few minutes after midnight a firework fell over and shot into the crowd in front of us the Viking and I decided that was our cue to leave. And, much to our surprise, our little Viking, he snoozed away through the booms of the fireworks. Our NYE dinner party earlier that evening […]

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“We just have to make it to December.” This is what the Viking and I have been saying to each other all Fall long. And guess what…. We made it to December! So why was December such a milestone for us to make it to? Well, this Fall has been all kinds of crazy for H and I. First and most important, this Fall has been all about adjusting to life as a family of three. Sure our little Viking was 3 months old at the start of the Fall, but during his first 3 months of life we were spoiled with extra help. Between my family staying with us in Iceland, the Viking being on paternity leave, and a long trip to Oregon where we had endless helping hands around us, it wasn’t until the end of the summer where we started settling into life as a family of three. Also starting at the end of the summer, the chaos of our third semester of our MBA. Let’s just say it was an interesting ride juggling being new parents and our school work, but in all honesty it wasn’t as stressful as we had mentally prepared ourselves for, so […]

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If there is one thing to know about the seasons in Iceland it is this… they change incredibly fast! One morning you wake up thinking it is still fall, and by the afternoon it is snowing and winter has arrived. I am not making this up! Just last week there was still a hint of fall in the air, but over the weekend, well winter most definitely arrived. Now I am team summer all the way, but there is something so magical about that first fluffy snowfall that makes me feel excited for all the cozy winter days to come. So while I am in this state of loving winter (this will change once Christmas is over and I realize we still have months of winter to go) let’s talk about how wonderful Iceland is in the winter and why you should most definitely come for a visit during these cold dark months. I won’t lie, it will be cold, there will only be a few hours of daylight, and it is highly likely there will be snow and the occasional fierce windstorm. But just imagine all the stunning Icelandic waterfalls you have been dreaming of covered in sparkling snow. […]

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