Travel Series – To Do List

T Minus 2 days until we leave for Hawaii!

The Breathtaking Sunset View from the Hale Koa Hotel Pool

That means I have a lot to do before we leave for our trip. As an entrepreneur, preparing for a trip (business or pleasure) takes a lot of preparation. Not only do you have to think about the things you need to do that are pertaining to your trip, but you also have to think about the processes that are laid in place so that your business doesn’t fall apart while you’re gone. Granted, we’re only going to be gone for 4 days – and you know what they say, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”

Either way, I have a lot of prep to do before we leave!

Vacation related:

  • Look through updated packing list and start putting things aside
  • Take fur baby to the groomer
  • Do laundry
  • Clean up the house
  • Run the dishwasher
  • Wash sheets

Business related:

  • Create daily agendas for my team
  • Create opening, midday, and closing checklists for my team
  • Send out all online orders
  • Prepare timesheet for payroll
  • Write blog posts
  • Schedule social media content
  • Pay bills
  • Make sure kitchen is fully stocked for the weekend
  • Fill the managers in for what to expect this week

It’s a lot, I know. I’m getting overwhelmed just thinking about it. If you could only see my Todoist app now, it’s all of this in more detail. GAH! But it’s ok, all I can do is chip away at the list – 1 thing at a time.



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Carlsbad Family Vacation

This year, for a combined Mother’s Day/Father’s Day celebration the Ortegas went to Carlsbad for a relaxing weekend getaway!

When we all get together it’s always a great time. Lots of laughing, memories, and quality time spent. This year, we kept it low key and stayed at an Airbnb in the hills of Carlsbad just a few miles from the beach and Carlsbad Village.

Whenever we go on family vacations like this I love using Airbnb for our stay. It’s really great to house your family in 1 place, you usually have a kitchen so you can cook to save some cash, and it feels like a home away from home.

Before we made the trip down to Carlsbad on Friday night, we got word that our car came in! Charlie and I test drove the Subaru Forester a couple weeks back and special ordered the car so we can get the color and model we wanted. Low and behold, it came just in time to drive it for our family vacation!

Once traffic died down we made our way down to Carlsbad, had a bite to eat at  Mission Avenue Bar and Grill (great burgers!), and started our vacay. On day 2 we stopped by the outlets, ate lunch at Dini’s (great spot by the beach), and cooked a yummy dinner at home.

Where are some of your favorite places to take a family vacation? Would love to explore new places with our family soon!


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