Doing nothing on a day off

I have a day off soon. I am not going on any trips or spending time with friends or traveling somewhere fun. I am not doing anything but sitting still, ignoring all chores, and enjoying the idea that no one needs me. And I am crazy excited about it. ...more

Golden, Colorado

The Mr. and I got to travel to Golden, Colorado this past weekend to watch one of our closest friends get married....more

How to Plan the Perfect Staycation (And Why You Need One)

Since Dave and I are both close to our families and have family in several places throughout Wisconsin and Michigan, we spend a lot of time traveling. Obviously we love visiting family and friends, but it can be exhausting. We either take a half-day on Friday or leave right after work to drive anything from 1.5 to 5 hours. We spend one full day, then turn around on Sunday and make the drive all over again. Often times, we end up over-scheduling ourselves. We’ll have two months in a row sometimes where we’re driving somewhere else every weekend....more

It's an expensive world after all

On our recent family vacation, we went to Idlewild Amusement Park.The park contains a soak zone, children's section and a storybook forest that hasn't changed since it opened in 1956. It is a park that I went to when I was little, and I was happy to take my son there so he could enjoy it as well. ...more
I have taken my son to Disney several times and I think it was well worth it. It depends on ...more

La Mansión San Antonio and Las Canarias

A five Star Hotel across the board, or should I say across the River walk? With all the necessities in one place just like a mother and every working woman on a mission would hope for, in order to enjoy: business travel, a girls get away, a leisurely weekend trip or even a family vacation. Relaxation and peace of mind was definitely an expectation that was addressed and exceeded, at Omni Hotels and Resorts, La Mansion | San Antonio....more

My Kids Are at Grandma's For Four Weeks and I'm So Happy!

My two older children have safely made their way to the East Coast for four weeks. I miss them, but honestly, we're also feeling like: Don't judge me. I love my Big Guys (as I call them). I would do (mostly) anything for them, would give my life for them, yada, yada, yada. But I'm so happy that they're gone for four weeks, I can hardly contain myself. ...more
Mindful Memory Keeping Yes! It's totally okay to be happy about the break. Those two emotions -- ...more

Packing Checklist for the Beach

I know many of you are going on beach vacations this summer so I thought I'd share the list that I used when packing. We haven't been to the beach since having kids, and let me tell you, the list has least....more

Travel Series: Day 2: Day at Sea


Road tripping and questioning our sanity

What childhood is complete without a family road trip memory or two? I remember several from my own childhood and remember them fondly. When we told the kids we would be driving to California from BC, our plans were met with many complaints. It will take too long, it will be too hot, etc.  ...more

"But, Mom.... Please!” How to Avoid Temper Tantrums on Vacation

 Few things can derail a peaceful vacation faster than a tantrum. One minute the family is serenely strolling the banks of the Seine; the next all the Parisians are glaring as your face turns redder than the screaming child’s and vacation becomes decidedly less relaxing. ...more