2017 Travel Round Up

2017 was an interesting year of travel for House Ballisty. We started the year by saying this would NOT be a year of travel. Instead, we were going to focus our time and money on home improvements like new landscaping, new exterior paint, etc. but what happened? We got all the house stuff done but… we…

Travel Internationally Like a Pro – Part 1

Show of hands: who likes to travel to an international destination? Me me me! 🙋 But sometimes, travelling is hard work. I know that sounds like a first-world problem, but it totally is. You have all this planning and excitement built up to get to your amazing destination; but before you get there, you gotta survive…

Camping in Mendocino

We went on a camping trip in July and it was pretty perfect. It was far enough away that we felt disconnected from Sacramento and there was no cell service for most of the trip… which was amazing. This has been a very busy work season so I relished the chance to literally disconnect and…

Nikon FE test

I acquired this gorgeous 1970s Nikon FE a few years back from a family member but never had the chance to use it. Anyway I dug it out recently, along with my treasure trove of other film cameras, and I’m working on a project that is film exclusive. I’m really excited to get back into real…

Currently, March edition

I’m falling back in love with film photography so you may see a delay in new photo posts. More to come soon! In the meantime, here’s what I’ve been up to. READING // Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington. I had the pleasure…

Christmas in Hong Kong

Christmas in Hong Kong It’s always fun to see how other countries celebrate the same holidays as you do, and especially the decor they use! It was a real treat visiting Hong Kong in December because everywhere you turned, there was Christmas trees or lights or other fun goodies! Here are a few photos I…

An Adventure in Hong Kong, a Trip Report

Okay. Hong Kong was a crazy trip. I’m just going throw it out there right now. You’re going to read this and think: ‘they are completely insane.’ And maybe we are. But I recently read a quote by Genevieve Gorder via Grace Bonney’s In the Company of Women and it just really has been my life statement lately: Travel…

Currently, November edition

I saw “Currently” on someone’s website and thought it’s a great idea. I probably won’t be as diligent in doing it weekly, so check back for a new update. READING // Book 6 of Harry Potter (Half-Blood Prince). I just finished Book 5 (Order of the Phoenix) and MAN was it timely and necessary to be in the…

Trip Planning with Instagram

Here are my top 3 tips on how to use Instagram to plan your trip! I follow these tips myself; for our upcoming trip to Hong Kong, we booked flights on an insanely amazing fare and knew we could figure out the rest later. I knew nothing “touristy” about the city other than the history of the…

Herringbone Las Vegas

Las Vegas is known for its showgirls, plethora of gaming options, intense sporting events and monolithic hotel resorts. But it’s also known for the incredible food scene… and that’s one of the main reasons we keep going back. There are too many good places to hit up in one trip; and every other month I…

Travel is Life!

The website has been a little quiet lately because we’ve been travelling like madmen. We made a little personal challenge to outdo last year’s travel and so far, we’re way on the mark ✔ Here’s a quick recap of the last month: Austin, Texas : business trip & managed to sneak in some fun time Milan,…

Golden 1 Center Instameet

I had the amazing privilege to tour the new Golden 1 Center last Sunday along with some of Sacramento’s finest Instagrammers and photographers. It’s always a good time to see my pals but it was even more special when you can share this once-in-a-lifetime experience together. It truly is once-in-a-lifetime because this arena — which will…