16 Hour Disney Day

16 hours, 12 rides, 4 churros and 1 cancelled fireworks show…I can now honestly say that I have spent an entire day at Disneyland!

And boy was it a long day! My sister and I had purchased a park ticket for our mom last Christmas that was quickly expiring so my little family of four finally decided on a Saturday in December when we could all go (which was not an easy feat let me tell you)

I was worried about crowds since we were going mid-December during Christmastime. I was expecting 2 hour wait lines and loads of tourists – and I was happily surprised!

disneyland christmas

We arrived at the gates at 8:16 am after we had checked into our hotel we booked for the night. We headed right for Space Mountain to get a FastPass before they were gone for the day.

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Hawaii VIDEO!

GUYS I’M SO EXCITED!

My Hawaii video is finally finished!! Only 3 months later…whoops haha

I went through what felt like hours of footage and after finding the perfect songs to mix the video with, IT’S HERE!

You can check out the whole 7:30 min video below – be sure to put it in HD before watching! Let me know your thoughts and comments too! I want to hear from you guys!

It truly was the best week of my life so I’m incredibly happy I now have a video to help me remember all the fun I had that week.

All filming by me – shot with a GoPro Hero4 Silver and a Canon Rebel T6i.

Music mix by me – you can check out my SoundCloud here!

xoxo,

Madz

End of Summer // Lake Havasu

It’s happening guys…summer is ending 😦

I can’t believe how fast this summer has flown by and how much fun I’ve had. It’s weird to think that I won’t have to go back to school this fall, but I’m looking forward to continuing my free time.

My parents were all set to go on our annual end-of-summer trip to Lake Havasu in Arizona. 85 degree waters, wakeboarding, tubing, rock jumping, bikinis…I’M SOLD. By some miracle I was able to get all my shifts covered at work so we packed up our boat and headed across the state for a couple days.

Taking in the sunset from the water.

Taking in the sunset from the water.

One of the best things about Havasu is really the amount of activities you can do on just one lake. The first day was spent just relaxing around our friend’s vacation house rental which comes complete with an infinity pool overlooking the valley, game room, movie room and overall perfection.

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Hawaiian Adventure // MAUI

This summer, I had the best week of my entire life. IN MAUI!! This was my very first time to the islands and to say I was excited would be a bit of an understatement. I spent two weeks packing and getting my gear together. The morning of our flight finally arrived and the nerves set in (flying in a suspended aircraft over miles of ocean is not my idea of a good time guys). 6 and a half hours later, we landed on Maui and I was immediately stunned by the palm trees that lined literally every single street. Even the airport was an open building, with the warm Hawaiian breeze flowing through baggage claim. Although it took awhile to grab our bags, pick up our rental car and get to the hotel, we were able to drive along the coast for our 45 min journey to the hotel.

I’m pretty sure I was in shock the whole first day we were there because everything around me was so beautiful. The water was the clearest shade of blue I’ve seen in my whole life and there were pineapples everywhere weeeeee! Our hotel, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, was gorgeous. I noticed that most buildings on the island had similar architecture and were very open with fresh air flowing from everywhere. Located right on the water, we were steps from the beach and even had an ocean view – does it get any better?! Fast forward 30 minutes from getting to our room and my sister and I practically ran downstairs to jump in the 80 degree water.

Day 1 in Maui jumping for joy. Source: Instagram @mmaaddzz

Day 1 in Maui jumping for joy. Source: Instagram @mmaaddzz

I’ve decided to break up our daily activities because we did SO MUCH in just one week. Follow along below 🙂

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Winter Break in Utah 2015

Happy 2015!

I wanted to do something awesome for my first post of 2015 🙂 Instead of my usual beach posts, I wanted to show you guys all of the great photos and videos from my family trip to Utah over Winter Break! The snow was absolutely incredible and the mountains were empty every day we rode. I also got to bring my new GoPro Hero 4 so I could shoot some footage throughout our trip! Here are just some of the photos from our trip:

Even though it dumped snow for 2 out of the 3 days we snowboarded in Utah, we did get one beautiful sunny day and it was worth the wait! I was a little worried to ride at first since it had been two years since I last went snowboarding. I didn’t want to be one of those people who fell getting off the lift – yikes! haha but I was lucky that most of my GoPro videos came out pretty darn good! I used the GoPro Studio software for the first time and after more than 12 whole hours of editing and uploading, the video came out AMAZING! My friend Christian created the sick mix you hear in the video, you can check out out his MixCloud profile HERE for Christian the Giant. Go check him out! And scope the final video below 🙂 PS. Don’t forget to put the video in HD before watching!

Thanks for watching and check back next week for some Winter Break beach adventures!

xoxo

Madz