My other life: Today I will be an owl or a Pegasus

Today is the first day of my daughter’s spring break. For me, that means leaving behind my day job full of writing, editing, meetings, meetings and more meetings. We won’t be heading to a white sandy beach. We won’t be skiing down the Rockies. No, I’ll be plunging full-force, full-time into somewhere far more exotic: my daughter’s imagination....more

Being a Hostess on Vacation: MH Goes to Arizona

Hello Everyone!!Well, I have to say that I have not written in a couple of days because I have been in am back from Carefree, Arizona, the Boulders! Thank you to wonderful friends for offering their home to us!  I could not even describe the magnificence that becomes this place.   The landscape is dotted with all different types of cacti as we are literally in the dessert....more

The Six Stages of a Child-Free Getaway

Over the weekend, my husband Brandon and I were able to escape travel without our two boys, Miles (4) and Spencer (2.5), and spent a few days in Asheville, NC while the boys had a great time at my parents’ home in Tennessee. Though we have sent the kids to Grandma and Grandpa’s house for various reasons before, this is the first time that we actually planned and went on a short trip alone, without our children or other friends....more

Have You Ever Traveled Outside Your Home Country?

Have you ever traveled outside your home country for business or vacation?  I just recently returned from a long-awaited dream vacation to Ireland and England.  It was paid for by a carefully budgeted tax return, and I bought my ticket months ago so I couldn't change my mind.  Most of the sites I visited while there included travelers from all over the world, including the U.S., Australia, France and Germany....more
I have never traveled outside of the U.S. due to lack of confidence and just generally being ...more

Back in the Blogosphere, missed all my buddies!

I know that everyone has been busy with summer vacations, attending BlogHer 12 (which I missed) and life in general so you might not have noticed that my posting has been none existent over the last couple of months. I know my Amiga Virginia over at HomeRearedChef posted on July 12, 2012 that she was taking a break which I just read today. The post was so very thoughtful and so like Virginia to think ahead....more
I'm sorry to have missed this post, Kay, but here I am today. I also notice you have not posted ...more

Rolling Ridge Ranch

If you are looking for an awesome place to take your kids-- or yourself-- and are within driving distance of Rolling Ridge Ranch in Millersburg, Ohio.  I highly recommend it.  They offer two types of tours-- one from your car and one on an open sided wagon.  Pay the extra for the wagon ride....more

Vacation 2012, Day 1 - Girliness, Girls, and Goodness

My vacation began with a trip to the hair salon for a cut and colour (first time I've had colour in several years) - what a great way to kick off my break! Nothing really compares to the feeling of a fresh new look done by a professional - and thanks to a recommendation from one of my new friends here in town, I have lucked into a fantastic stylist (who, incidentally, charges a fraction of what I remember paying in Victoria). Another win in Windsor! ...more

5... 4... 3... 2... 1... Vacation!

My work has been done, my voice mail message changed, my e-mail auto-responder set, and my laptop powered down and clicked shut. My home office is now closed for business until August 7th, and I am on a break! ...more
 @victorias_view Thank you so much! :)more

Naked Thoughts

Unless I’m in a medically induced coma, turning off my mind so I can relax is next to impossible. My mind is constantly on the go, the ultimate multi-tasker, running rampant as it hops from one thought to the next.   I’m envious of Hubby who seems to have no problem putting his mind to rest. Simply turn on the TV and viola! Instant relaxation....more