Hello Rio

And that's a wrap! The EXPO World Tour at work brought me to 4 continents in a month and a half. WOOF! It was surreal, amazing, and exhausting. I feel incredibly blessed, but SO happy to be home for good now. I'd like to thank my husband for being a total rock star and holding down the fort at home with lil' miss each time I had to leave for several days especially seeing how when I got back I was jet lagged and catching up on sleep for a while.

Social media may make it look glamorous because isn't globe trotting fun?! But what you don't see are the tears streaming down my face on the way to the airport because I just left my little girl or the numerous flight delays, the super long (and stressful) days because helloooo I was there for work after all, or the bags under my eyes because I didn't get much sleep. That's the real side of the past few months. I'm blessed beyond words for these opportunities, and above all I LOVE what I do which is truly the greatest gift. If anyone wants a peak into what I was doing on all these trips I can send you the Instagram handle to check it out, as I was there covering the events for social media.

We kicked off the world tour here in Orlando, then headed to Singapore, Milan, and our last stop was in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As gorgeous as Rio is - unfortunately it was raining almost the entire time I was there. I barely caught a glimpse of all the amazing mountains that encase the city. And the site seeing I was able to do on our last day was done entirely in the rain.

After being delayed and heading home for the evening and trying again the next day, I finally arrived in beautiful Rio de Janeiro before the sunrise. I was thankful to be able to check in and crash at the hotel and take a shower before heading over to the venue that afternoon to collect content and then get ready for the gala that evening.

The only break in the clouds the whole time I was there was during the outdoor workout one morning. I'm glad they were able to host it outside on the terrace as planned, but man it made it hot and humid!

We took the cable car up to Sugarloaf Mountain even though it was raining and we wouldn't be able to see much. It was still a neat experience to go up there and walk around, and we did catch a few glimpses of the sites below when the clouds broke up a little.

*Ready to take the train up the mountain to one of the 7 wonders of the world*


Even though He was covered in clouds, and we couldn't take in the amazing views of the city and beaches below I was emotional as I walked up to the statue. Words can't describe how it felt to be in the presence of one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Pictures don't do it justice! In person, we were able to make out the detail of the statue including His face.

After racing back to the hotel to grab my luggage and check out, it was time to head to the airport. One last yummy meal in Brazil (with bubbles of course) before boarding the plane to home sweet home.

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  1. Such a fun adventure! So much packed into your sightseeing day. I used to travel a lot when my first was about serena’s age and boy was it hard so I totally hear you! Great that you are enjoying the job so much though.

  2. You, my dear, are a ROCK STAR too. How amazing and an opportunity of a lifetime. So blessed Mr. D held down the fort, makes it easier. Love your love of your job. xo

  3. You really are amazing doing all of this travel in such a short amount of time. While I know it's amazing to see these places and the special parts of each city, I'm sure leaving S is so hard :( Thank you for sharing all of your adventures and your honest as a mama <3

  4. Definitely an amazing experience for you I'm sure! I love to travel but there really is nothing like being home with your loved ones either!

  5. Girl, you have seriously been all over the place this year! I envy your travels, but at the same time, I know it can't be easy for you to leave your precious girl. I hope you get some much needed down time now!

  6. This looks like so much fun :) xx


  7. Such great pictures and looks like you're having so much fun! Thanks for sharing!
    Ellibelle's Corner

  8. I know these trips took quite a toll on you, but what an incredible opportunity to see and do so much!! Rio is on my destination list for sure! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  9. It's a totally different experience traveling for work and not with family for sure. And your travels were FAR!! I don't even think I'd be strong enough or brave enough to be away from my loved ones for that long. You are a true rockstar!! Thanks for sharing your experience with all of us too xo



  10. What a beautiful photos! Sounds like you had fun time.


  11. I can't imagine how hard it was to leave Miss S, but man this is some epic work travel! Sorry the weather didn't cooperate,, but you still made the most of it and got some great photos!

  12. You traveled to some amazing destinations for work but I know how hard it is to enjoy when you have a full workday as well! I'm glad you were able to get out and see some sights despite the rain!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

  13. This was so much fun, lots pf people, I like to attend events with lots of crowd.
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  14. The only thing you can't control is the weather, so glad you got out and did/saw anyway.

    What a tremendous period of travel for you! Awesome and exciting but I know it's hard to be away from home too.

  15. How awesome was RIO even though it was quick!! Travel can be such a blessing but tough at the same time. Glad you are home with your people for awhile!!

  16. What an amazing trip! Also, really fun photos dear!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  17. What a trip and these are beautiful snippets! It also sounds like it was amazing even with all the rain in Rio. Welcome back and those leopard shoes are too cute!

    Maureen | www.littlemisscasual.com

  18. it looks like so much fun - even with the rain! I agree with you, leaving the kids behind is hard. I've moved teams at work so I don't have to travel as much as I used to pre kids - it's easier for me that way, thankfully bosses are understanding!

    Hope that you had a wonderful weekend :) Thank you so much for joining the #weekdayWearLinkUp :) I just posted this week's linkup, I'd love you to join again!

    Away From Blue

  19. I have always wanted to go to Rio. It is on my bucket travel list. Looks like it was sooo much fun!