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The wonder of travel

Be Inspired to Explore started as a way to live my own life. A reminder to open my eyes with a sense of wonder, taste the world with all my senses, and engage in what life has to offer. Thanks for tagging along!

Meet Ashley (that’s me!)

Hi! I’m a foodie and traveler who will drag you anywhere for a good bite to eat. A believer in bucket lists and good vibes. I don’t really know how to sit still so I run, cook, chase my two kiddos around, and constantly explore for the next experience.

What will you find on this blog?

A little of everything, but mostly . . .

Recipes inspired by the world around us including the places we’ve visited, people we’ve met, and the food we’ve tasted.

The inspiration for where to explore on your own. Places both near and far to get a taste of place.

Stories. Life is built on stories. The foods we eat, the places we tread, and the people we cross paths with all have stories to share. And I’m a sucker for a good story.

Food will be the thread – the breadcrumbs we follow on our journey. So, we hope you leave here inspired to explore and come back and share your finds with all of us!

  • Ok, I know I say this like once a week, but I found my new favorite place. I love bakeries! The smell, the display of goodies, the anticipation of the delight to come when I take that first bite. ⁣
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Mara’s in Denville was this week’s discovery. We stumbled across it as we sought out a local coffee shop to be our new go-to - hello Smart World Coffee @smartworldcoffee . With a display case full of mousse cakes, bars, pies and more we had a REALLY hard time choosing. They claim to have some of the best cheesecake in NJ so of course we had to check that out for ourselves. ⁣
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Two slices later and I would have to say we agree so far 🤤 ⁣
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#foodie #njblogger #tasteofplace #eeeeeats #nomnomnom #eatlocal #shoplocal #feedyoursoul #foodforfoodies #njfoodie #exploretheworld #foodlover #foodieadventures #eastcoastfoodie #foodandtravel #supportlocal #supportsmallbusiness #instayum #foodspotting #foodies #foodgawker #bakery #cheesecake #topcitybites #eater #foodblogger #foodiegram
  • I love visiting new places, but I've also found myself longing to go back to places I've been to before. Especially spots that surprised me. 
Gulf Shores, Alabama was definitely one of those places. The beach meets southern hospitality vibe, the people, the food, the view . . . I didn't even see it coming. ☀🍻🍽🏖 Glad we get to go back in about two months to explore some more. Check out all our favorite spots from our last visit in today's blog post - the eats, the sites, and more. You know the drill - link in bio 👆🏻 #gulfofmexico #gulfshores #beaches #alabama #beachy #beachtime #springbreak #visitflorida #pensacola #travelblogger #seetheworld #explore #exploretheworld #wanderlustwednesday #worldtraveler #beinspiredtoexplore #usatravel #seeamerica #sharealittlesunshine #wanderlusting #travelmore #traveldiary #coastalliving #lifewelltravelled #dametraveler #coastal #wanderer #wearetravelgirls
  • A little recipe research 😍 .
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I have a whole notebook full of ideas inspired by places we’ve visited, restaurants we’ve eaten at, fellow blogger recipes, and things I’ve made and feel could be better. Now I just need to find the time to test them and get them out there to you all! 
#foodie #foodblogger #reciperesearch #recipes #homecooking #inspiredeating #liveinspired #becreative #ideas💡 #foodforthought #feedyoursoul #blogger #njblogger #eastcoastfoodies #comingsoon
  • I ❤️ recreating meals I had while traveling. This roasted veggie salad reminds me of a meal I had in Mexico 😊 Added a little drizzle of tahini to add some extra flavor and put a bialys on the side - mixing my food destinations.
  • I love almonds! As a snack, baked into cookies, in chocolates, a top salads . . . ⁣
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Did you know that almonds are a member of the rose family? So maybe next year for Valentine's Day I can get a bouquet of almonds instead of roses. I mean, some people call them the queen of the rose family 🌹⁣
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#almonds #funfacts #foodiefunfacts #foodiefacts #nuts #foodforfoodies #foodforthought #foodlover #forgettheroses #yum #foodblogger #foodfacts #healthyeats #roses #nourish #healthyfoodie #foodisfuel #valentine
  • #TBT to an extra special trip to New Zealand - our honeymoon. This is one of the most beautiful countries I've ever been to and experiencing it as our first trip as a married couple made it even more so. ⁣
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Here's to 15 years and counting with my Valentine by my side . . . and hoping for another trip to this special place. ⁣
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#newzealand ⁣
#throwbackthursday #capturenz #kiwi_photos #purenewzealand #explorenz #discover_newzealand #seetheworld #globetrotter #dametraveler #girltraveler #worldtraveler #exploretheworld #beinspiredtoexplore #travelblogger #honeymoon #travelwriter #wanderlusting #ilovetravel #newzealandphotography #destinationnz #valentine #travellife #travelingram
  • After our little snow/ice storm yesterday, our favorite getaway in Mexico is looking like a great option. .
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Usually I’m all about wandering a city, but we have been to the Barcelo Maya Riviera several times and loved it each time. The staff is phenomenal and make you feel like you are going to a home away from home. Definitely need to get back there soon! .
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#wanderlustwednesday #wanderlust #mexico🇲🇽 #barcelorivieramaya #travelblogger #worldtraveler #beautifulviews #coastal #gulfofmexico #rivieramaya #allinclusiveresort #homeawayfromhome
  • Snowed in and can't get out to a coffee shop? These cute biscotti are the perfect snow day project and with a little extra decoration they are ready for Valentine's Day ⁣
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Check out the link in my bio for these super easy coffee time treats. Enjoy! ⁣
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#nationabiscottiday #biscotti ⁣
#cookies #dessert #sweettooth #valentinesday #ediblegifts #baking #baker #easyrecipe #foodphotography #eeeeeats #f52grams #huffposttaste #homebaker #foodforfoodies #foodblog #tastemade #lovetoeat #dessertoftheday #onthetable #thekitchn