Life in the Sky

View from 30,000 feet  View from the Top

I’m not really one to write about flight attendant life…one of the reasons being, it seems hard to explain. I received my bachelors in Managerial & Organizational Communication with a minor in Public Relations. I am smart and skilled. And people ask why did you become a flight attendant? Like I just settled for something or downgraded…truly this is a job like no other and can be compared to no other.

I grew up in a very exploration-minded home. My parents wanting us kids to see new cities and worlds. I treasured road trips with my mom and three brothers from Montana to California each year. I distinctly remember having to barter for a wallet on Canal Street in New York at age 12. My father took trips around the world, to places like Tajikistan or Zimbabwe and always returning with stories and goodies from across the globe. I knew what the feeling of seeing new places and meeting new people gave me. When I studied abroad in Prague, that’s when traveling really became a passion for me. I wanted to see how people lived…everywhere. I wanted to witness where they called home, even just for a short time. I wanted to discover each city for its uniqueness. And I realized, well yes, there is such a job where I can travel, meet people, and walk through a new city each week.

Having the privilege to travel is priceless. Being able to get on a plane to see my family whenever I can, is beyond a blessing. Feeling like I have the world at my fingertips is liberating! My bucket list seems possible, my dreams become reality. I’m in Florida on the beach one day and in Vancouver in the canopy of trees the next. One of my friends, who is also a flight attendant, will literally come to Chicago for the day to have lunch with me and go to a Chicago Cubs game. Then she will hop on the plane to work a flight to Germany.

This job does come with certain responsibilities and struggles too. The pressure of people’s safety being one and the thought of one day having to face a life-threatening situation being another. But being away from Jacob is my top struggle. We love to travel together and that is seriously the best. Jacob is understanding and gracious and knows that I enjoy what I do, but sometimes, being home with him is the only place I want to be.  The job can also be very exhausting. Work hours become days and days become nights and you have to remember what city you landed in the night before. All that considered, when Jacob and I step off the plane in a foreign city there is a rush of excitement and adventure that matches no other feeling for me.

Lastly, this job has shown me how much people need God’s love. People need a smiling face and a warm gesture. People need to feel welcome and wanted. People want to know they matter. I could do that with many jobs. But this one seems to fit me. With this job, 160+ people are stuck with me at 30,000 feet, you bet I’m going to make them feel safe and welcome. And hopefully, I’ll get a chance to talk to some and maybe make a new friend or be that person that makes someone’s day a little brighter. This journey of life can be an epic adventure. I plan to use my gifts to the best of my ability, meet awesome people, and never stop exploring.

Happy Adventures (& thanks for reading!),


Ginger Chai Toddy – Last Farewell to Winter

Winter is almost over!!! Chicago brightened up with one day of 60’s then went back down to the 30’s, my hope is still alive though! With this change of season, we found it best to say goodbye to winter with a ginger chai toddy. Not only because we will soon be changing to summer-y iced cocktails and fruit infused beverages, but because it also sends a nice warmth down your body to clear up any lingering cold left from winter.

Ginger Chai Toddy Recipe | Scones in the Sky

Ginger Chai Toddy | Scones in the Sky
Our simple recipe & what you’ll need:

  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 bags of Ginger Tea (real ginger if preferred)
  • 4 bags of Chai Tea
  • Rum (for the extra warmth :))

Steep bags of tea in about 4 cups of hot water for 5-8 minutes. {You can either boil water in the kettle and put into carafe like shown, or steep in pot on the stove after water has come to a boil.} Cut the lemon into slices and put into pot or carafe while tea is steeping (leaving a few slices for garnish). Add fresh ginger and cloves if desired. After, pour into desired glass and add 1-2oz of Rum. Stir and garnish with lemon.

Now you have a yummy drink to warm up the tummy & to get through the last days of winter.

Ginger Chai Toddy Recipe | Scones in the Sky




Joshua Tree National Park – Camping and Climbing

Jake has been dreaming about Joshua Tree National Park, and the feeling of the sun on his back as he climbs past the “Dr. Seuss trees” up to the top of a boulder formation.

We had such an amazing camping trip there a few years back. I was looking through the pictures and remembering how incredible it was.

It is relatively easy to get to. If you aren’t local, you can fly into Palm Springs, LAX, Santa Ana (Orange County) or  San Diego.  Then get there by renting a car.  You can also rent camping gear at Joshua Tree Outfitters — anything from tents & sleeping bags to a Coleman camping stove!

When we went, we stayed at the Jumbo Rocks Campsite, it’s the biggest with 124 sites. They have a fee of $10 per site. It was also the closest to the Skull Rock Trail. For reservation information and more about the park you can click HERE.

There are some really cool Airbnbs there too!!

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This is probably one of my husband’s favorite places. For him, Joshua Tree is all about rocks, he loves to climb and be outside. The weather is rarely bad, unless it’s the dead of summer, then you might have some serious heat issues. It’s a great place for every level of hiking and climbing. Also, perfect for groups!

Happy Adventures,



Sweat Anywhere — Exercise at home or on the go!


You don’t have to be at your home gym to get a workout in. Being a flight attendant makes it hard to get in a workout each day, but I don’t let that be an excuse. There are so many tools out there to keep you accountable.

Here are a few workouts, tips, apps, and other things I use to help keep me going:


Nike Training Club. NTC is the best of the best when it comes getting the most out of minimal space and limited time. You get to choose from a large variety of workouts, right at your finger tips. They usually range from 10-45 minutes. It allows you to have full control of what your workout will look like. And you will sweat no doubt about it!

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myfitnesspal Traveling can mean eating a whole lot of junk. Myfitnesspal helps to keep me in check with what I consume. It might also mean that I have to workout a little harder than I thought because I splurged a little too much that day. It’s a calorie counter but so much cooler.

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Map My Run I love running through a city, especially one I haven’t been to yet. It’s a great way to explore while burning some calories. Map My Run app is perfect for getting a look at your run’s stats. It tracks your run, coaches you along the way if you want. You can of course choose your music, and share with friends on where you’re going!

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I also like to have encouragement at every turn. So, here are some people I like to follow on social media to give me that extra encouragement on the days I’m feeling sluggish.


@fitwithcass Cass Wendell is a killer athlete and health & fitness trainer. She also has a blog >>

@nikewomen Nike Women–cute outfits but also some fit inspiration!

@katehiipakka Kate is a Nike Master Trainer and she is badass. Plain and simple.

@nikkimetzger Nikki is the owner of BODI gym and was my first instructor at a Nike Training Club class. She is not only super fit but the most motivating person I have every encountered!

Also–as part of my blogger feed I love blivewear‘s posts (here smoothie recipe’s are a-mazing!).

There is always time for a workout, big or small. Sometimes, I get home and can’t imagine braving the cold again to head to the gym…but don’t be fooled you still have a chance. I will find myself watching the Bachelor (I know, I know!), and during the many commercials breaks I’ll go through the circuit of 10 push ups, 20 crunches, 30 squats and plank for a minute and REPEAT until the show starts again. You do that for all commercials breaks over that hour or two, totally counts as a workout–and you will be anticipating that rose ceremony even more!

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This is my version of an Nike Training Club ad ;). It’s me in Cozumel, stretching after a nice “Slim Effect” NTC workout (under Get Lean, Intermediate).

Happy Workouts & Adventures,


Peaches N’ Oats Muffins

Back to baking! I have not done a lot of baking since we moved to our new place in Lakeview. Which makes me sad, because I love muffins, scones and breads! I started on my vacation time on Monday, so I was able to break that spell with these Peaches N’ Oats Muffins! I found them super yummy. The peaches were extra ripe, which made the muffins moist and flavorful. They are also very easy! I hope you get the chance to make them!

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What you need:

1 Cup All-purpose Flour

1 Cup Rolled Oats

1/2 Cup Brown Sugar (packed)

2 Teaspoons Baking Powder

1/2 Cup (one stick) Butter-melted or very soft

1 Cup Sour Cream

1 Egg

1/4 Cup Whipping cream or milk (optional for extra moisture)

1 Cup of Peaches (cut into cubes)

~Makes 12 muffins


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Take muffin tray and line with paper liners or spray with coconut oil or type of cooking oil to coat.
  • Combine Flour, Oats, Brown Sugar & Baking Powder in large bowl.
  • In separate bowl, combine Butter, Egg, Sour Cream and optional milk/whipping cream.
  • Next combine the two bowls of ingredients, with adding the Peaches last gently with a spatula.
  • Fill muffins tray so the batter almost reaches the top.
  • For extra sweetness, add a large sprinkle of cinnamon sugar to the top of each muffin before baking.  (just combing 1/4 cup sugar + 1tbs cinnamon).
  • Cook for 16 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Peaches N' Oats Muffins | Scones in the Sky Blog


The recipe revised from Damn Delicious.

Enjoy and Happy Adventures,



Cozumel Travel Guide

I promised a travel guide a little earlier than today, but here it is!!

Traveling to Cozumel

{Ways to get there}

Fly Directly into Cozumel (CZM) Airport

  • Perfectly tiny and easy to get in & out. There were no lines, no big waits and no unexpected hazards when it came to the CZM Airport. The employees are very accommodating.
  • From the airport to your hotel get a ticket for the Taxi Collectivo. It is $10 per person for a ticket to a collective van where you tell them your hotel and hand them your ticket. They take you and the others, as a group, to the chosen hotel or hotels. Usually this is much cheaper than taking your own cab.  There will be a window you go up to for your ticket once you exit from baggage claim.
  • When leaving from CZM, you will have to pay a departure/tourism tax when checking in at the counter. It’s about $20-$30. You pay that at the counter before going through security. They ask this be done by credit card.

Fly into Cancun (CUN) Airport, Take Bus or Taxi to Playa Del Carmen then Ferry over to Cozumel

  • If you want to take an extended trip, with maybe staying a night or two in Cancun and then continue your trip by staying on the Island of Cozumel, this would be a good option.
  • The bus to Playa Del Carmen from Cancun airport costs $10 per person and takes about an hour.
  • The Ferry is roughly $13 (163 Mexican Pesos) one way or $26 (326 Mexican Pesos) round trip and takes about 45 minutes.

Fly into Cancun (CUN), Take local flight to Cozumel (CZM)

  • They have flights leaving every hour. On MAYAir you can find a one-way ticket for $63 (US Dollars).


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{Transportation Once You Are There}

The main way to travel around Cozumel & San Miguel (only city of Cozumel) is by taxi. Usually, paying in Pesos gets you a cheaper rate.

You can rent scooters, bikes, and jeeps/cars as well.

The insurance for car rentals seemed very sketchy. We had booked a car with Hertz, but then once talking to AAA and purchasing insurance it became more and more complicated and expensive.

{Mexican Pesos or US Dollars}

We discovered that the US Dollar is widely taken. If you are taking a taxi or purchasing souvenirs you will probably get a better deal if you offer Pesos. The restaurant menus displayed pesos, but once you received your bill they had the conversion and what they would take in US Dollars. I would suggest getting some of your cash in Pesos before entering into Cozumel.

They have ATMs available but usually with the fees and your bank fees for the conversion can add up. We did it all at my Chase bank before entering into Mexico.


Snorkeling – We went with Chac-Choc Tours. We received a deal through our resort, which allowed us to go for $25 per person which was a great deal.  It was incredible! The boat came right to the Occidental Grand dock and picked us up. It was about 2 hours long, we went to three reefs (Ceilo-sand bar with all Star Fish!!-, Colombia, Palancar). We saw everything from sting rays to sea turtles to bright and colorful fish & coral. I sadly don’t have many pictures of what we saw or what the reef looked like. And some advice–go to the bathroom beforehand, you can see the bathroom is at the end of the boat…only #1 allowed, yikes. 😉

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Zermatt Bakery – You know I’ll find a bakery wherever I go…This lovely place is on the corner of 4th and 5th Avenue. Just one street back from the main road. It had a nice local vibe, with great inexpensive prices. All the pastries and breads were under a dollar! Payment displayed and made in Pesos.

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Catamaran/Sailing – The water is so gorgeous in Cozumel. The average temperature of the water is 80 degrees.  I had my first ride on a catamaran and if I could bottle up that feeling I WOULD! This was actually included with our resort, we just had to tip the gentleman who taught us the ropes. If I lived on the ocean, this would be my next big purchase! I wish…Cozumel Catamaran | Scones in the Sky Cozumel Catamaran | Scones in the Sky Blog

Stroll Around San Miguel – The town of San Miguel is really the main hub of Cozumel. It is definitely small, but it’s so bright and cheery. Maybe try to visit the town when the cruise ships are not in town. There are days when there can be up to 6 cruise ships at the port. But be warned that the shops will close early during the off-days of the cruise ships.

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Lobster/Margaritas/Ceviche- You have to have some ceviche and a margarita looking over the bay. We tried these two restaurants. On the left, is El Coctelito and they had great ceviche (far north side of town past the Cinco Del Sol shopping area on the main street of Av. General Rafael E Melgar), on the right, Palmeras overlooking the cruise ship docks. Great location and service, food was decent (also on Av. General Rafael E Melgar).

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Hope this helps if you ever find your way to Cozumel! I’m always open to questions too, don’t be afraid to comment below!

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Happy Adventures,


Cozumel, MX – Our Sunshine Escape

I heart Cozumel. Wishing I was there writing this post and not in the cuddly 9 degree weather of Chicago. These pictures do give me some comfort. I had the awesome opportunity to go on a 5-night All-Inclusive trip with my crazy cool mom. (A couple of these pictures are taken by her :)) Ok, so your next month (or two or three) is going to consist of this: searching for flight deals and a Groupon that will take you to this gorgeous island.

Groupon has some great deals going on right now…you should totally take a peek. The Mexico, Caribbean & Latin America section is now on my “Favorites” tab on my Safari.

We were scheduled to be at the All-Inclusive Allegro Cozumel from our Groupon, but since they had a slight over-booking they upgraded us to the ‘5 Star’ –when they told us 5-star, I believe they meant to say it is of a higher quality, not that it was officially given that rating– sister resort the All-Inclusive Occidental Grand Cozumel. We were happy to make the switch! The Occidental Grand was secluded, had very lush scenery and a great beach.

Today, I am just going to share with you some pictures of the amazing water and sunsets, tomorrow I will give a better description of ways to travel around town, a few places you should stop and eat, and mini travel guide to Cozumel!

But first, I have to get you pulled in with these crazy turquoise waters and stunning horizons.

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The mornings are tranquil and perfect in every way.

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It did rain on the last day we were there for about an hour or two in the afternoon. This beautiful rainbow was the result!!!

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With more to COME TOMORROW!!

Happy Adventures,