5 random travel tips from a flight attendant

5 random travel tips from a flight attendant

Hey all! I haven’t been great with my blog lately, but I have a few posts coming to you shortly.

Here are a few simple but helpful tricks to know when flying.

1. For those of you who have had ear pain while flying know just how horrible it can be. I found these at a little kiosk in the airport, and they saved me! First off I love the name, second they actually worked for me. These EARPLANES were a little pricey in the airport, but if you buy them online they are pretty cheap. They help with ear discomfort, reduce harsh noise and help your ears adjust to pressurization. I use them especially when I’m sick!!!

2. Use the tissue in the bathroom, not the toilet paper. Let’s just say some people miss entirely and sprinkle a bit on the toilet paper haha

3. Always always say hello to your flight attendant. Also if you bring us treats you will be treated like a VIP. WE are more likely to help you out and give you extra stuff 🙂

4. Bring your own water bottle and use hydration pills such as – 1Above or SOS Hydration

5. Wipe your tray table and seat down. People are gross, and there are so many germs everywhere. Bring Lysol wipes and hand sanitizer. I have seen people try and change their babies diaper on the tray table – EW! You would be surprised by the things I see everyday!!

I know these are small things but they sure do help me everyday 🙂 Hope they help you out the next time you travel.

Xoxo,

Michaela Desiree Knight

24 hours in Chicago!

24 hours in Chicago!

Hello all!

I wanted to share a bit about our quick 24 hour trip.  Michael and I decided to join our friends in Chicago and take advantage of my travel benefits.  We knew that we wouldn’t be able to see everything, but man did we do a lot! Our friends Brittany and Joram are super travelers, they seriously know how to make an awesome itinerary.

My husband and I flew into O’hare airport, where we took the blue line train to downtown. After we dropped off our stuff we decided to go to shake shack (basically a more expensive In-N-Out) . It was so yummy… especially since we hadn’t eaten in HOURS. After Shake Shack we all ventured over to THE BEAN! The bean has been on my bucket list for years, so I was thrilled to finally see it. I have never enjoyed people watching so much in my life ha. We even saw a couple taking wedding pictures …. while holding a picture of a cat?

 

THE BEAN

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Next we decided to go up to SEARS/WILLIS TOWER SKYDECK!

You can purchase your tickets online   HERE   or at the door. $24 for adults and $16 for youth.

It is definitely a bucket list must see! I can’t lie… it was weirdly thrilling and terrifying all at the same time. We were super lucky and waited only about 30 minutes. When my husband had previously visited a few years back, it took over an hour to finally get up to the skydeck. They have about 4-5 different lines – some are more monitored than others, so I would suggest going to a line that is not monitored and you can take your time/take more pictures.  We tried to think of poses before we got in the skydeck. Some people were so creative, it was so fun to watch everyone! This was one of my favorite things I have done this year.

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LOU MALNATI’S

FOOD TIME! This is the real reason I wanted to visit. If you know me … who know I literally live to eat delicious food.  We decided on Lou Malnatis Pizzereia for dinner, one of Chicago’s famous deep dish restaurants! My husband had previously been to Giordano’s and said he thought it was better than Lou’s. I thought it was good, but I didn’t feel like it was the best pizza I ever had. Now I can say I tried it right?

We waited about 1 hour to get a table, but we were able to put the order in for our pizza, so that when we sat down it would be ready. I had about 2 pieces and was completely stuffed.

You can check out the menu Here

Next time we would like to visit Pequods Pizza and Giordanos. Let me know if you have had either of these and which was your favorite!?

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GARRETS POPCORN

We also had Garret’s popcorn, which as you can see was so delicious that I didn’t even have time to think about taking a picture of it ha. They had so many flavors and sizes to choose from. It’s a great idea for a gift!!! Best thing is you can order online Here !

We had the Pecan Carmel mix – I love that they let us try different flavors

 

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PORTILLO’S

Apparently this is a Chicago style food ( something you have to try to say you have been to Chicago).  We ordered two hot dogs, Michael got the classic (which is pictured below) and I got the chili cheese dog! I would recommend getting two each, as we were both hungry when we left.

Portillos has unique hot dogs  which come with mustard,relish, onions, tomatoes, pickles, and peppers. I am pretty picky, so I only had a bite with everything on it. We had more than one person recommend this place.

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YOLK

Last but not least …. my favorite place we ate at YOLK!

We had a huge and delicious breakfast! We split part of the meal with our friends and then Michael and I split the cinnamon roll French toast. It was very rich but we devoured it in minutes. TOTALLY RECOMMEND!!!

 

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LINCOLN PARK ZOO 

Our last activity before leaving Chicago was visiting the Lincoln Park Zoo. The best part about it … it was FREE ….Completely free!!! They ask for donations but you can walk right in. We were expecting a dinky zoo with only a few exhibits, but it was a full on real zoo with so many amazing animals. You could see the city scape throughout the zoo, I couldn’t believe what a great location it was in.

 

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I could not believe how much we were able to see and do in just 24 hours. We had the best time and can’t wait for our next adventure. I can’t wait to go back and see more of Chicago. Until next time….

Stay tuned for some upcoming layovers and vacations!

 

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Love you all,

Michaela Desiree Knight

 

My layover in Charleston, SC

My layover in Charleston, SC

Sorry I have been MIA. Work has been a bit crazy, and I have been having way to much fun traveling. I will really try to post more about my layovers and fun things I do!!!

Have you ever been somewhere that just felt magical? Well, I found my new dream town…. I want … no I NEED to live in Charleston. The people are so kind, friendly, proud to live there. I even had one girl tell me she declined a really great job somewhere else, because she loves Charleston so much, and doesn’t ever want to leave.

First off…. I adore the cute southern houses and shopping district. I swear every store I went into I wanted to buy something. I am not always the biggest shopper, but oh my gosh I was in heaven. Each store had its own unique but southern style.

Another favorite thing of mine was all of the horse carriages around town. It made me feel as if I went back in time. This town is my fairytale.

Last but not least, THE FOOD! I am a huge foodie, and eating in new places all the time has to be one of the best parts of my job. My coworker and I found this cute restaurant that had wood fire pizza. I promise you that the pizza was gone in less than five minutes haha. It was intriguing, because we sat up at the bar and watched them make our pizza.

Then for dessert we went over to CUPCAKE. It’s a little colorful and fun cupcake shop that has so many different flavors. I got a peach cupcake with cream cheese frosting! It was also the prettiest cupcake I have ever seen, but I ate it too fast to take a picture haha.

Although, I only had a short layover, this place is #1 on my list to go back to. I am think this will be a great mother/daughter trip.

Follow me on my next adventures to

CHICAGO, DENVER, and FLORIDA 🙂

Top and jeans: ZARA

S U N D A N C E, UTAH

S U N D A N C E, UTAH

Photographer : @islandboyphotos

My life is an ongoing adventure. I am never in one place for very long and I’m always finding new magical places. I’ve lived in Utah on and off but we have been there a year solid now and I had never been on the ski lift.

If you haven’t been to Sundance … you are missing out. Sundance is such an amazing and breathtaking place. Sometimes I forget how lucky I am to be living so close to it. One crazy thing about me though is that I have never been skiing!! I live in freaking Utah and I have never been hahah. That’s my goal this winter, to learn to Skii.

What goals do you have for winter?!

My goals are

1. Get in the best shape I can…for a beach vacation in February

2. Learn to Ski

3. Keep up with the gallon water challenge

4. Read a book each month

5. Train for another half marathon

Although my life is partially glamorous …. I miss my husband so much and it’s extremely hard to be gone from him. This job has helped me to appreciate all the little things in life. I get so excited just to eat a meal with him and watch tv. When I was home…it was just a normal thing to do and now I look forward to it. Appreciate the things you would miss, if you didn’t see the people you love as much.

Xoxo

Michaela Desiree Knight

Let’s fly away ❤️

Do you ever feel like you are just settling in life? Do you ever feel like you work all day just to pay the bills and never really have time for yourself or to do things you enjoy?!

These are things I started to ask myself ….. my husband and I had just moved back to Utah from California and I felt a bit stuck.  In California we both worked long hours and we were always exhausted and never really had much time as a couple or time to enjoy ourselves.  When we moved to Utah I looked at a few dental offices (I was a Dental Assistant) but the pay wasn’t great and the certifications were different.  I was struggling to either settle with a dental office or to find something that brought me joy and maybe a bit more money ;).  Don’t get me wrong … I loved being a Dental Assistant!! I especially loved it because I worked with children and it was super rewarding to see a little one timid and terrified to come to the dentist only to leave with a big smile. I’m so glad I had that opportunity:)

It was time for BIGGER and BETTER things! I was on a hike with my friend Amy and we were talking about some of my options and one that came to mind was being a Flight Attendant.  I felt that my timing may have been a bit off – I was already married, I would be gone all the time and I just didn’t think it was going to work out. Amy encouraged me to at least give it a try and reassured me that it’s never too late. I finally got up the courage to explore the idea a bit more and I decided to talk with my friend Terri who is a Flight Attendant and that gave me the final push to apply.  We talked a bit about the lifestyle, hours, reserve life, and the best part – the BENEFITS!!!

I was so excited after talking to her I decided to apply.  The application/interview process was LONG …. and a bit PAINFUL! Ok it wasn’t that bad, I made it out alive – but it did take about 3 months from the first interview until the time I received an offer.  If you’re wondering what the process is like, I had to do federal background checks, fingerprinting, video interviews, in person interviews, drug testing, and a ton of paperwork.  Then came training (Dun dun dun).

TRAINING ….

Training was 4 weeks long and required that we pass 10 or 11 written tests and that we complete about 11 drills, including one where you work a real flight and someone is there grading you (an IOE).  We also had something called and EME where you have a few scenarios thrown at you while on a simulator plane and you have to adjust and react with your crew. I won’t lie – training was pretty hard core – there were sleepless nights, maybe a few slight anxiety attacks, and even some tears.  But I am proud to say that I made it through and that I EARNED MY WINGS!

After earning my wings I was assigned to Boston as my base and I have loved being able to explore not only the East coast but also the entire continental US and Caribbean.

In Boston I live in a Crashpad with other flight attendants and it’s a bit rough.. We only have 1 bathroom to share amongst 10-15 of us!!! I have a bunk bed in one of the rooms and I share the same room with 4 or 5 other Flight Attendants. When you first start out like I am, you’re assigned to be on Reserve … which means that I’m on call either at the airport or at my apartment for about 18 days a month. Once I gain some seniority I’ll receive a line which is where I’ll be able to have a bit more control over my schedule and my comings and goings.

From day 1 I fell in love with my job.  I have never been happier at work – I literally travel for a living and I’ve gotten to see some pretty cool places (stay tuned for some fun posts and updates with travel tips and the best things to do in some of the cities I’ve been able to visitJ).  Before this job I hadn’t been able to travel much but this job has literally expanded my horizon!!! I have been to so many amazing places.

I have had quite a few friends and family members ask me about my job and what it’s like and I know this was a quick taste of what it’s like but I’d love to tell you more if you’re interested.

Be sure to follow me! I’m excited to start blogging more about my travels and adventures and I’m hoping you can pick up some fun travel tips and some fun ideas of things to do in the different cities I visit!!!!

Costa Rica Living 

Costa Rica Living 

Sunglasses// Francescas         Zip Jacket- CO // Boutique Amore     Shirt- CO//  Brulla Girl LLC    Jeans//  Forever 21     Pumps – CO // Miss it Girl

Hello Lovies,

It has been a crazy week and I have had no time to write my blog posts about our vacay!!! We official moved into our new apartment and we are SO happy. I will post pics as soon as everything is set up : )

Costa Rica 

   I love going on vacation because it’s an excuse to get some cute attire… right?!  This outfit was one of my favorites during our trip. I felt so fancy in my Miss It Girl heels and Boutique Amore  zip jacket! I don’t wear all black very often so I loved having the gold zipper to add some detail.

 I have been wanting to visit Costa Rica for a few years now, especially since my cousin has lived there for about 10 years. My husband had a few days off for thanksgiving so we decided to pack up and head to paradise. Our trip was 10 days long and we were able to see so many incredible places.

 If you decided to visit and want to explore the country ( go sight seeing) I would recommend at least a week for your stay. If you want to just lay on the beach or visit a resort a few days would be perfect.  My favorite part about Costa Rica was the fruit ….. so fresh and sweet. I’ll share a little bit about those in my next posts with some smoothie ideas.

This hotel we stayed at was called  Villas Lirio and it was divine. You literally feel like you are in the Jungle and away from civilization. We were able to hear all sorts of animals and birds as we walked around and explored. Sadly we only stayed there for one night… but it was a resonable price and an awesome environment. The best part of this hotel was the location! It is so close to the beach and great places to eat.

In my next blog post about Costa Rica, I will talk about the beach/national park we visited in Jaco and where we went to eat. Make sure to keep and eye out for it!!! Cant wait to share details and itenary from our trip.

Love,

Michaela Desiree Knight

Fall Contrast…

Fall Contrast…

Hello Lovies, Hoping your week was as joyful as mine 🙂 Just wanted to clue you in on some awesome fall deals that I found and give you an update on our next vacation. SO I bought these velvet burgundy jeans at Costco this week and I am IN LOVE. They were only $20 and unbelievably soft!!! I want a pair in every color. Also my booties are only $32 — they are my favorite pair of shoes right now and go with everything.

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Fall is coming to an end and I am so sad! I can’t believe snow will be arriving soon….             I loved being able to walk around yesterday and look at all the beautiful trees changing colors and actually enjoy what Fall feels like. Growing up in Florida, the only season you have is summer and semi-summer. I found this neat wall in Provo and HAD to stop and snap some pics.

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Sweater // Old but similar  Here and  Here !!    Long sleeve V-neck // Gray V-neck

Sunnies //Cat Eye Sunnies

Pants//  (I got mine at Costco in-store and if you’re a member you can also shop for them Here) Non-member Here

Shoes// Laser Cut Booties

Lately I have been preparing and researching for my upcoming trip to Cost Rica and could not be more excited. I can’t wait to try all the yummy places to eat, beaches to lay on, and fun adventures to explore. The only thing I am a little worried about is that it is rainy season — well it technically ends mid November, so we are crossing our fingers it will be over by the time we arrive. We will be flying into San Jose, and staying with my second cousin. I am tempted to take a surfing lesson while I am there!! I don’t have the best balance but I think it would be so fun. I am so happy that right as it turns cold here we will be headed to the beach. If any of you have recommendations LET ME KNOW:) ?

Thanks for reading and I’m serious about those jeans … they are amazing!!!

Michaela Desiree Knight