{family} #LAbound

by Shalice Noel


DSC_0414Stopped in VAIL, CO for lunch – obviously freezing.IMG_6310 IMG_6313 IMG_6316


You start playing with your son’s toys after too many hours in the car….


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While I’d like to say that all 2500+ miles went smoothly from Chicago to Los Angeles, nobody would believe me. However if smooth is measured by candid hilarity, countless pictures, untold memories and a whole lotta thinking time, then, yes, it was smooth and you can actually believe me. We packed our grey SUV to the max (read ZERO LEG ROOM), so the rest stops were part necessity and part celebration. I’ve never made the drive to CA before, so seeing the sun set in Monument Valley and the San Juan River with floating chunks of ice were something to behold. I also didn’t think I’d see the day when we would have been within feet of hitting a cow in a free range pasture in south Utah, but yup, saw that too. And my five year-old’s reaction? “Ugh, cows these days.” Definitely blame the cows.

Below is my top 5 travel tips before leaving on that 2500 mile trip:

1. All those snacks are worth the lack of leg room; some areas had zero stops for 70 miles.

2. Buy drawing pads from Cracker Barrel. The kids loved them!

3. Pack your all black #OOTD, read leather jacket and busted knee jeans. An all-black outfit is easy to mix with different accessories and covers all milk and mustard stains. My trusty uniform was this:  JEANS / MOCK TURTLENECK / LEATHER JACKET with BROOKS SNEAKS

4. Non-fiction DVD’s for the kids, Kids get schooled and I don’t feel guilty.

5. Save room for exploring. I regretted getting upset that we were going the long way at times, totally forgetting that the JOURNEY IS THE DESTINATION.


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Aurora January 5, 2016 - 8:29 am


Lovely and inspiring as always.

Korynn January 5, 2016 - 2:40 pm

Beautiful pics and love the family adventure. I made the drive from Chicago to Cali with my little girl during mid-winter and it was definitely an adventure. Good idea stopping in Vail 🙂

Shalice Noel January 5, 2016 - 7:02 pm

Thanks Korynn- an adventure we won’t forget 🙂

Georgia January 5, 2016 - 5:54 pm

Lol…cows these days. ?

Shalice Noel January 5, 2016 - 7:03 pm

Jorjah – right? It was a late night comic relief for sure 🙂

Kelly January 5, 2016 - 9:17 pm

Wow, my husband, our cat and I made the move from CT to FLA last Nov and I never thought it would end! You made the 2500 miles look fabulous and shows me that it can be done even with 4 little ones in tow. You never know where we may be off to next! Enjoy California, that’s on my list of places I want to live one day!

Shalice Noel January 6, 2016 - 12:53 am

Kelly – we felt the same. And I like that sentiment – nothing is forever 🙂 Adventure awaits!

dani January 5, 2016 - 9:30 pm

Love your adventure! we might do the move to the West coast too.. where in LA did you move to?

M&MFASHIONBITES January 6, 2016 - 5:04 pm

Cute photos 🙂
Maria V.

Leyla January 6, 2016 - 6:41 pm

Such a great blog post and pictures, too! Loved watching your adventures through Snapchat. I wholeheartedly agree with #5. Always explore. Always take the long way. It’s worth it!

Luke January 7, 2016 - 5:38 am

It’s a pleasure to read your blog :)Thank you.

Ellie January 12, 2016 - 2:19 am


Thanks for sharing us such a great post! The photos are amazing!

Arlene January 15, 2016 - 6:39 am


Loving the photos. Beautiful picture dear. Great post!


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