Desert Botanical Garden Exploring || PHOENIX, AZ ft. Chihuly + TIPS

Here’s one of many things to do in Phoenix, Arizona! The Desert Botanical Garden has so much for people of all ages to see and learn on the trails with different cactus types, a butterfly exhibit, and Chihuly works.

We figured out quickly if we had a favorite cactus type, because all of them are pretty much here!

Tips:
– Go early in the morning if you are going during the hot season. We got there at 8am and by 10am it was HOT.
– Bring water, sunscreen, and a hat if necessary!
– Plan for time, we thought we would spend 1-1.5 hours at the garden but ended up being there for 3 hours because it’s bigger than we thought!
– Book your tickets online in advance, some time slots may sell out.
The butterfly exhibit only operates in the springtime.

Project PUTT! Indoor Mini Golf in Malden, MA || Gaming District

Hey there! Ricky and I stumbled upon this cool new mini golf place that just opened last week thanks to a rainy google search.

There are 12 techy mini golf challenges so it’s like glow golf *but better.* It’s located in the gaming distract in Malden so if you’re a fan of Boda Borg or Level 99, you’ll probably like this mini golf experience!

Level 99 Vlog: https://youtu.be/b2gDmgvTIfs 

Thanks for watching and stay tuned for more! xx Sami

Hello Kitty Monopoly 🎀 || Unboxing ASMR & Setup

Hey there! I got my hands on the Hello Kitty & Friends Monopoly x Sanrio 2022. Here is my unboxing video & game setup with a little bit of ASMR.

It was sold out on Sanrio by the time I saw it on Instagram (within a few hours of posting) so I found another site to get it from!

If you grew up with Hello Kitty & Friends it’s so good to see this version of Monopoly!

Thanks for watching! Don’t forget to smash the like button and stay tuned for more xx Sami

Washington D.C. Union Market, Smithsonian Zoo, Zaytinya, & MORE || Travel & Food VLOG

We spent a weekend in Washington D.C. trying different foods at Union Market and Zaytinya, along with exploring the Smithsonian National Zoo! It was a colder day so we also checked out Union Station to buy another layer.

Timestamps:

0:00 Union Market Food & Rooftop

1:22 Smithsonian National Zoo

4:30 Zaytinya Chef’s Tasting Menu

🌸Watch our cherry blossoms vlog during peak bloom:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jr33sPjb0P8

Thanks for watching and stay tuned for more!

Don’t forget to smash the like button 😉

xx Sami

Washington D.C. || Cherry Blossom Festival PEAK BLOOM🌸 + Dumbarton Oaks VLOG

Hey there! We chased the cherry blossoms during peak bloom @ Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. where they’re hosting the national cherry blossom festival. We also headed to Dumbarton Oaks Gardens in Georgetown to check out their cherry blossoms as well. It was so beautiful this year!

🌸Timestamps🌸

0:00 Tidal Basin

2:24 Georgetown, Dumbarton Oaks

4:22 Founding Farmers

Thanks for watching and stay tuned for my next D.C. vlog ft the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, Union Market, and Zaytinya!

We were running on little to no sleep so please excuse the little blunders 🙂

Past D.C. Video:

Amsterdam Weekend || TRAVEL VLOG ft. Canal Tour, Hortus Botanicus, Moco Museum, Vondelpark, & MORE

Hey there! Ngoc and I spent 2 days in Amsterdam and we did SO MUCH! From Moco Museum’s Banksy & Andy Warhol to a stroll in Vondelpark, and of course we had to do a canal tour! We also stopped by the Bloemenmarkt (flower market), the Hortus Botanicus, and I made sure to get a stroopwafel!

p.s. this was pre-panini in May 2019, I am 3 years late to editing lol.

Watch our London adventures here: https://youtu.be/RLOzSSkn0GY

| Day 1 | Omelegg, Henri Willig Dutch Cheese Shop, Moco Museum, Vondelpark, Vegan Junk Food Bar

| Day 2 | Hortus Botanicus (botanical garden), Canal Tour, Bloemenmarkt flower market, Melly’s Stroopwafel, Lunch @ Thai Place

Not in the vlog but notable things:

– Everything tends to be designed for taller people

– Their grocery markets are cute and I was on the hunt for stroopwafels

– I requested to use the restroom while we got takeout a Thai place and they got a key and brought me to an apartment’s restroom upstairs

– RyanAir is the European version of Spirit lol

Thanks for watching and don’t forget to smash the like button!

Waterville Valley Ski Resort Vlog❄️ GoPro Hero8 || White Mountains NH

Hey y’all, this time we went to Waterville Valley Resort for skiing and snowboarding in the White Mountains, NH. Of course I brought my GoPro Hero 8 out again!! Some of the trails in the video: Oblivion, Chandler’s Way, Bourbon Street, Valley Run, etc.

——Timestamps——

0:00 Rentals, Gearing Up

1:41 Skiing Green Peak

3:32 Break time

3:53 Snowboarding (Ricky’s POV)

5:00 Last run!

——Check out my other ski videos——

Loon Mountain NH Ski Trip: https://youtu.be/TyiBTF8bU8w 

How to Pack for a Ski Trip: https://youtu.be/viz-qnSpSIk

NYC vlog | Museum of Ice Cream, TAO Downtown, ICHIRAN Ramen, DUMBO, Time Out Market, & MORE!

We visited NYC for a weekend to celebrate Nina’s birthday ft. museum of ice cream, TAO downtown, ICHIRAN ramen in Times Square, DUMBO & Time Out Market Brooklyn. We also tried Bibble & Sip for cute mousse cakes! I hope this gives you ideas for things to do in NYC if you’re visiting soon!

——Timestamps——

0:13 museum of ice cream

1:59 TAO downtown

2:18 ICHIRAN ramen, bibble & sip

4:22 DUMBO Brooklyn, Time Out Market, Clinton St. Baking Co.

Thanks for watching and don’t forget to smash the like button xx Sami

Gamer Gift Basket Valentine’s Day DIY for Boyfriend or Girlfriend || Ft. Sock Cupcakes

Here’s a Valentine’s gift basket idea for your gamer boyfriend or girlfriend. It features items from Gamestop, Five Below, Dollar Tree, my Etsy shop, and your imagination🤩  I went with a gaming theme for this year.

Where I got products:

  • Nintendo Tin, Super Mario Tin, Giant KitKat: Five Below
  • Basket, Filler, Balloon, Lollipops, Cupcake Holder: Dollar Tree

WHAT TO WEAR Skiing & HOW TO PACK For a Ski Trip!❄️ || Dressing & Packing Guide

Hey there! I went on a skiing and snowboarding trip for 3 days (2 days of skiing). This video shows what to wear for skiing and how to pack for a trip.

This video was inspired by some of my friends who have never been skiing or snowboarding before and needed advice! My opinions/advice on ski gear and snow clothes are based on my experiences over the years.

If this helped you, please SMASH the like button and SUBSCRIBE for more! xx Sami

Since I bought these clothes and accessories over the years, I linked the exact products if possible and if not, I linked their current alternatives—I noted which ones if so.*

————— ACCESSORIES🎿 —————

Ski Goggles:

(I have the A2-white Frame Pink Lens(21%))

https://amzn.to/3r5rM1U

Neck Gaiters:

(I bring one for each day I’m skiing)

Gloves:

(I bring a pair for each day I’m skiing in case they get wet!)

  • Pink Columbia Gloves: I wear kids size L (Amazon/Dick’s/Columbia)

Kids: https://amzn.to/3o7ajnZ 

Womens: https://amzn.to/3IOOH7s

Mens: https://amzn.to/3IOP7L4 https://amzn.to/3IKbotv 

  • Black HEAD Gloves: I wear kids size L (no longer available @CostCo)

Kids: https://amzn.to/3KSCctK  https://amzn.to/343k2Vj 

Womens: https://amzn.to/3rYhi3E 

Mens: https://tinyurl.com/CostcoMensGlovesbyHead 

Helmet – I usually get one as part of my rental

Mini Backpack – I wore a mini backpack to carry some of my things and forgot to include it!

————— CLOTHES ————— 

Ski/Snow Jacket:

(I wear Columbia’s Women’s Nordic Point III Interchange Jacket in Size XS, not available anymore, here’s a similar Columbia jacket w/ Omni-Heat):

https://amzn.to/34iuubb

https://tinyurl.com/ColumbiaWomensJacket

Ski/Snow Pants:

Women’s: https://amzn.to/3G8CA3G (I wear XS Short)

Men’s: https://amzn.to/3AFVkpW, https://amzn.to/3KQ6Vrh 

Kids: https://amzn.to/33SIby5 

Ski Socks Wool Blend:

(I always wear Smartwool ski socks, video pair is from EMS years ago)

Women’s: https://amzn.to/3r5pjEG (my other pair in purple)

Men’s: https://amzn.to/3r825O8 

Base Layer Top:

(mine = TJMaxx)

these are amazon alternatives:

https://amzn.to/3AHIp6M

https://amzn.to/3G9scsm

https://amzn.to/34gbgTU

Base Leggings:

(Ankle length is best with thicker ski socks. I size up to Medium and fold the top band down for these)

Ankle: https://amzn.to/32IW8ho (Amazon/TJMaxx)

Regular: https://amzn.to/3r9PV7C (Amazon/TJMaxx)

Second Layer Top:

(mine = Old Navy years ago)

Old Navy’s cropped style this year:

https://tinyurl.com/oldnavyactivetop

Amazon alternative of mine: 

https://amzn.to/3o7hk84

Fleece Layer:

(mine = KYODAN Outdoor Sweater from TJMaxx)

Amazon alternatives:

https://amzn.to/3g2PcyG

https://amzn.to/3KUWwdW

————— PACKING GEAR📸 ————— 

Backpack: my company gave me this backpack when I started my career, this is the model if you are interested: https://amzn.to/3BH15TU 

Luggage: Away Carry-On in Coast https://www.awaytravel.com/ 

Optional:

Hand warmers: 5pairs https://amzn.to/32GjqV7 / 20pairs https://amzn.to/3HnNpA0

GoPro Harness I use while skiing: https://amzn.to/3IQsypD 

GoPro I use: https://amzn.to/3g2E6tz

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