Posts tagged "Vacation"

What I am reading: Eleven Hours

What I am reading: Eleven Hours
We are in South Carolina for our annual family beach vacation and I am reading the powerful Eleven Hours by Pamela Erens.  The acclaimed novel follows the daunting hours of labor, delivery and two soon-to-be mothers while slowly unveiling their interesting and complicated backgrounds. Erens accurately captures the emotions and events during the incredible journey of pregnancy... Read more »

Books to read on vacation

Books to read on vacation
My sister and I returned late last night from a relaxing and luxurious girls weekend on the beach.  One of the highlights was to be able to get away, reflect and read without being interrupted. First, I read No Ordinary Life by Suzanne Redfearn pretty quickly.  The story centers around a single mom struggling to... Read more »

Surviving a rainy day with no electronics

Surviving a rainy day with no electronics
A few times a year, my family needs an electronic cleanse.  My 9-year-old and I had an interesting conversation about how one can become addicted to the iPad and we discussed how we both could relate to the urge to check my phone, computer, iPad or even watch TV. We escaped to a lovely and compact... Read more »
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Am I paying for a facial to be told my skin is horrible?

Am I paying for a facial to be told my skin is horrible?
My mom, sister and I escaped for a luxurious spa weekend at Kohler Spa to celebrate my sister turning forty and fabulous.  We splurged for the occasion and chose to go to the nicest spa in driving distance from Chicago. My sister and I both booked 80-minute facials (My sis got chose the Micro-Current Lifting Facial... Read more »

Two Vacations and a Wedding

Two Vacations and a Wedding
Our luck had it that our annual family vacation and an old friend’s destination wedding happened back to back this June.  The stars aligned and just when we all needed it most, we were able to leave reality and first head to the beach in South Carolina. The kids have been coming here since they... Read more »

Be Safe in the Water

Be Safe in the Water
I’m writing from the hot beach in South Carolina and am very thankful for our swim lessons as it has tremendously improved my ability to enjoy the ocean now that my kids finally know how to swim. But, I still worry, especially in the ocean. I think it is important this time of year to... Read more »
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Escaping the Cold in Florida

The kids and I are spending the long weekend in Marco Island with my parents.  I will be home and back to regular posting soon, but in the meantime wanted to share a few photos with you. We will be returning to the frigid temps soon. You might also enjoy an interview with my mom,  my... Read more »

While I'm Away - Links to Keep Busy

While I'm Away - Links to Keep Busy
Today at 3:00 p.m. Winter Break officially begins!  Although the kids love school, they (and me) are thrilled for a two week break.   Tomorrow we head to warm Mexico with my family and I’ve decided to leave my computer at home. (I went a few days this week without a phone and it was surprisingly... Read more »

Our last morning on the beach

Here are a few photos of our last morning on the beach. We snuck out in our pajamas before it got too hot or crowded.  There was a beautiful glow as we got our feet wet, did some yoga and even found a large crab. As always it has been lovely to get away, but... Read more »
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Do vacations improve communication in marriage?

Do vacations improve communication in marriage?
I’m still recovering from jet lag from, in my eyes, the perfect vacation – six days in Paris with my husband.  We slept late, leisurely enjoyed decadent meals, walked, explored and talked. We have not had the opportunity to talk this much in years. On the long plane ride home, we discussed why our communication... Read more »