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Laguna Beach, CA

Planning vacations take a lot of work, they don’t tell you that growing up.

Remember back in the day when your parents had your vacations all laid out for you?

They had the hotels, cars, flights activities all sorted out, like magic it all came together & you always had the time of your life.

I assumed some sort of magic person would come tap me on the shoulder and say something like “Hey you’re due for a Vacation, here are your tickets, have fun.”

Lets all laugh together.

Since that doesn’t happen in the real world (besides those ads we all get from Travelocity and Hotwire.com) we must take the time to sit down & plan a vacations. Laguna Beach, CA was the first vacation I had planned for Shane & I.

Since I’ll avoid flying when I can, we drove. I love ROADTRIPS! Special thanks to Shane for driving, did I mention I love Roadtrips but don’t like to drive? I’m a great passenger; I’ll control the music, AC & occasionally fall asleep.

We landed a sweet deal in Henderson, NV on the way down (we’re all about those deals!)

First stop: Henderson, NV at The Hilton! It was gorgeous & it was right on the man-made lake, Lake Las Vegas. The night we stayed happened to be on a night where there was a small outdoor concert, we ate at a cute outdoor pizzeria & then had a summer night outdoor concert, it was my happy spot.

 (I’ll apologize right now for the blurry pics- it was dark & I was running around smitten ♥)

Our next little place to call home was a small beachfront hotel. It.Was.Tiny. But newlyweds gotta save right? We figured, hey we won’t be in our hotel much, we just need a place to crash while we’re here.

Anyone else obsessed with little hole-in-the-wall food joints? Same. Greek Greek GREEK!

If you’re ever wondering why Seagulls think that your entitled to feed them it’s because of me, I can’t say no to feeding them. It’s a problem I know.

Ice Cream for me, Salt Water Taffy for Shane

Oh & if you’re thinking to yourself “Gee Madi, what’s with the Ice Cream soup?”

It’s because I like it that way. Chocolate on Chocolate with Chocolate Fudge please.

SHOUTOUT to Ralphs & their amazing delicious sandwiches 

I wanted to show Shane everything I knew about Laguna. We use to go here almost every year with my family & I absolutely LOVE IT.

The cute little bakery my dad would go to every morning to get us chocolate croissants

My favorite Montage Beach (side note, our hotel was 3 miles away from this beach, & being right on Highway 1 we did not want to move our car from the hotel so, we walked hahaha sorry babe)

Ruby’s Diner, we hit it up on our trek back to our hotel, getting a Ruby’s Coke is a MUST/TRADITION while visiting


1,000 Steps Beach- exploring caves

Surfing. Ok so this one was Shane’s idea, he LOVES to surf but lets be honest, surfing in Cali vs. Hawaii is VERY DIFFERENT. Bless his heart, he surprised me with lessons from a local & off we went to go get pounded by waves. I’ll laugh about it now but it was pretty much a near death experience for both of us. I got sick from all the water that I swallowed & sand was embedded in my hair for a good week after. My favorite part was just sitting on the surfboard out past the waves looking down at all the fishies swimming in & out of the seaweed. On my last run I was able to stand up & ride in- that was pretty cool too but I was just glad I survived.

Note to self: Next time I surf make sure it’s in Hawaii.

On the way home- Henderson NV again, can’t go wrong this place so dreamy ♥

Two beds no problem

“Each adventure you plan, you will learn a little bit more each time, learning from your mistakes & develop new tricks to what works”- A Quote by Me

**A special shout out to family & friends who have worked hard putting trips together making every moment seem effortless as we all know the time, thought & energy goes in to everyone having a good time, a I have HUGE APPRECIATION FOR YOU**



San Diego- Part I

Going through all the photos on my computer I decided I needed to back track a little bit & share our First Anniversary Pictures! We had a blast traveling up & down the California coast. I wanted to dedicate this post to one of the days spent down in San Diego at the San Diego Zoo!

FYI Kids get in free all of October, which is a good side note to have whether or not you have kids 😉

Reasons why I’d go back to San Diego Zoo:

  1. The place is huge- you can get through everything is one day but you can’t really soak it all in, it would be a blast to try one of the “Special Experiences” next time
  2. Not only is the place huge but the animals are ACTIVE! They’re not all sleeping around & hiding, they’re out and about
  3. I’m all about the babies! I’d love to go back when more babies are born

My favorite were the Panda Bears (all of the bears) of course 🙂 we actually waited for over an hour for the Polar Bear but for some reason he wasn’t in the exhibit that day, so the Polar Bear Statue was the closest I got


If I hadn’t played Zoo Tycoon growing up I would called these creatures aliens but the striped guy is actually an Okapi & the longed-neck creatures are Gerenuks! (In Somali meaning “Long-Necked)

Otter Play date

Flamingos & their gorgeous colors

Always the classic Zebra and Giraffe, I’ll never get over their patterns

Pretty sure if I had a Koala napping on my lap all day work would be a breeze everyday


Look at that Toucan #hearteyes

So many different aviaries inside the Zoo! I was in Bird Heaven!

I’d choose spending a day with a Gorilla over an Orangutan ANY DAY.  But I didn’t think it was fair to just be snapping pics of the Gorillas while the Orangutans just watched. So anywho I faced my fear (yes I have an actual fear) walked right up to the glass where this gal was sitting, I held up my camera & she gave me THE BIGGEST smile ever. Not even a year year later, Janey, passed away due to heart complications- I was happy I would have this memory of her.

Shane’s favorite part of the Zoo were all the reptile exhibits, they have anything and everything

All the cats were cool, & all of my pics have the same wire fence in front…

Momma & Baby Hippo sleeping


One thing I am really going to focus on is my camera work, one reason why I hadn’t posted anything from the Zoo was because I honestly didn’t like any of the pictures I took. As soon as I started following The San Diego Zoo on Instagram I instantly wanted to burn all of the photos, go back and take new ones. I’ve always wanted to get behind the scenes of this zoo & be able to capture the types of photos that on on their IG, maybe one day I’ll be able to 😉

Thanks for reading!


There is something about spring where I feel rejuvenated, ready to start something big, huge and go at it with full force.

Health has been top notch so I really am feeling invincible.

This amazing weather is just making me want to spend every second that I can outside.

Spring has me constantly thinking about little babies, gardens & the Gosple.

At the end of February my sister had her first baby, Jackson Glenn Lafortune

And he is perfect in every way. I love holding little babies, and am I the only one who thinks they smell amazing?!

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I had the opportunity to take pictures of him, but really, how perfect is he?!

I got hooked into the FitBit craze, I just constantly want to run or walk now! (Pretty sure Shane is going nuts!)

So with all this nice weather, exercise has been constantly on my mind, I’ve been doing cardio regularly (doctors orders)

I love it though, I love running, biking, dancing, lifting…all of it to get my blood flowing.

I’m way sad because I’ve put two huge things on the back burner…Yoga & My Blog.

With work being as insane as it is, I feel like my days are: Work-out, get ready, work, eat & workout, sleep


So a minute that I get to squeeze in some writing is a huge success

Last week being Easter and this weekend being Conference I’ve been on Gospel overload

I really wish everything I’ve heard or any thought that came into my head was somehow saved perfectly

“Keep trying, keep trusting, keep believing, keep growing.

Heaven is cheering you on today, tomorrow and forever.” -Jeffery R. Holland

They all seemed to have a theme, Heavenly Father loves us and wants us on the right track, he will never leave you & will always be there to help you back up when you ask for it.

Families are forever, they are so important; always keep the Temple in your sight.


(I’ll try to compose another post about Conference later)

For now, please enjoy the days we have good weather, enjoy the beautiful natures, the sweet smell of flowers & remember that somebody loves you




10 really awesome reasons why a dog is right for you

Hello my lovely soon-to-be (if not already;)) dog lovers!

Lets face it, at one point or another we have all ran across that cute Instagram account or Pinterest Pin where right in front of you is the sweetest angelic puppy with big wide eyes just begging for your love.

The next minute you’re looking up “ways to convince your spouse/parent to get a puppy”

(been there done THAT!)

Most likely you will get “the talk” on the hard work, attention and exercise a dog needs. Which are all TRUE, hard work is required! That doesn’t matter because you’re too preoccupied looking up the nearest adoption center to get your hands on your new furry best friend.


maybe you’ve been looking for a pawed friend, but too scared to commit?

This post is for you too!!!

Lets switch to another angle for a second…

Mortified your spouse/child has been begging for that barking, slobbery, hyper allergic hair ball that drags dirt everywhere! What can you do to convince them that they are in fact a house-destructive maniac.

Your brain goes off the wall with reasons why absolutely NOT!

(click next to see if these are your fears!)


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