A Chicken Roll That Won't Let You Forget

“Isn’t it to die for?” My friend gushed breathlessly between bites of Kati Roll....more


Though I don’t talk about it much, I am plus-sized or as the Disney community likes to say “Pooh-sized”. I also love going to Disney. I have lost 24 pounds since the beginning of the year and I am training to do my first Walt Disney World Princess 10K in 2017. Fact is, I have a lot more weight to lose and because of my medical conditions, it takes forever to lose weight....more

Why Travel Is Important For Raising Happy, Balanced Kids

Every once in awhile we all need a chance to recharge our batteries. The summer is the perfect time for a change of pace. Yes, Happy Science Mom has been a bit quiet this month so far as I traveled abroad to London for a fabulous, well-deserved family vacation....more

Your Obsession With Travel Sure Feels Classist To Me

No one dares to mention that travel is essentially a consumable good under capitalism and, as such, simply isn’t available to many of us. It happened again today. Someone on Facebook shared a photo from a recent trip to Asia and announced, “I don’t even know how life would be worth living without travel!” And then I found myself clicking over to an article telling us all to urge our children to travel as much as possible, for the perspective and experiences travel can afford!...more

Out of the House – At Last

If everything goes according to plan (which we all know it never does), this post will be publishing itself while I am at or on my way to a scenic location, Brandywine Falls in Cuyahoga National Park.I was attracted to this particular location when I read on the Internet that, in addition to access via a 1.75-mile hiking trail, the falls could also be reached using a wooden boardwalk from a nearby parking lot....more

An Arizona Ghost Town

My husband and I were vacationing in Arizona when we encountered a ghost town.It wasn't the ordinary sort of ghost town, neither the kind with re-created western storefronts and actors playing at gunfights and saloons that serve sarsaparilla nor the kind that are abandoned towns of the 1930s or 50s that sport  completely empty streets, dilapidated houses, decrepit main streets, and sand-filled parks and parking lots.This was something else again....more

Staying with Extended Family at Canyon Motel Has Ups and Downs

It's not easy to find a place to stay for four different families with people ranging in age from toddler to...let's not call them "seniors,"...let's just say "senior discount qualified." And a dog. And you'll be in a smallish college town the weekend of graduation where even overpriced hotel rooms are selling out fast. And you want to be close together...but not too close. And did I mention you needed it to be affordable? Because, let's be honest, we're all on a budget here. ...more

Trans-Canada Road Trip - New Brunswick

TRANS-CANADA ROAD TRIP – NEW BRUNSWICKNew Brunswick is often considered to be a drive though provence for a lot of people heading out to Nova Scotia or PEI. We spent 8 nights crossing the lower coast and then up the boarder with America. We found New brunswick to be a truly amazing place!...more