Category: Travel

What to do in Seattle

What to do in Seattle
My husband treated me to a wonderful birthday weekend in Seattle.  It took 40 years to make it to this gray, yet comfortable northwest city and am happy to share the, mostly touristy, fun things we did. For our short visit I was pleasantly surprised by the vibe, food, beauty and transportation of Seattle. The Space... Read more »

How to survive jet lag

How to survive jet lag
Traveling is wonderful, but jet lag can be difficult and frustrating.  It has been awhile since I’ve suffered the effects of jet lag and the first time my children have experienced it. Hawaii is five hours behind Chicago and I didn’t realize how much it would change our sleep schedule.  The first morning I woke... Read more »

New Orleans: What to eat and where to go

New Orleans: What to eat and where to go
My college boyfriend is now my forty-year-old husband and I surprised him with a getaway to celebrate. The sunny and walkable city of New Orleans was the perfect place to do it. The weather is relatively warm, the flights (from Chicago) were less than $200, music is everywhere and the southern food is tasty. I’m sharing my hours... Read more »
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A day in Milwaukee

A day in Milwaukee
We decided to explore our neighboring state, Wisconsin, this Labor Day weekend and were surprised by the fun we had in Milwaukee.  Milwaukee borders our beautiful Lake Michigan and boasts award-winning, restaurants, museums, theaters, bike trails and golf courses. We visited the impressive Discovery World, which includes a science and technology center, in addition to... Read more »

Mickey's Camp: Self Care and Helping Others

Mickey's Camp: Self Care and Helping Others
Self care and helping others are current important intentions of mine. Despite the moving boxes, I left them, the kids and the chaos for two unique days with my mother-in-law at Mickey’s Camp where I had the opportunity to focus on both intentions. Mickey’s Camp is a one-of-a-kind adult camp, giving busy adults the opportunity to... Read more »

Road trip from Chicago to the Grand Canyon

Road trip from Chicago to the Grand Canyon
My husband and I camped at the Grand Canyon before we were married.  It was an eye-opening road trip for many reasons and I believe my ten and seven-year-old are at an age they can appreciate the beauty and greatness of nature and the family experience. Or so I thought. Since we sat down and... Read more »
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Airbnb dream vacations

Airbnb dream vacations
Winter means wanderlust for me. I never want to stay put in negative degree Chicago and enjoy browsing airbnb to admire the beautiful spaces to rent. The above dreamy tree house is in Petaluma, California. Or would you rather live in a shoe? This New Zealand boot includes a fire place and bed for two.... Read more »

Yoga videos to practice anywhere

Yoga videos to practice anywhere
This time of year tends to mess with our schedules.  Holiday parties, sugary treats and travels sometimes make it a challenge to stick to your yoga practice.  Ironically, this is the time of year many of us need yoga the most. Here are a few of my favorite short videos that you can do in... 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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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 »