6 Things to Do After a Blogging Conference

If you’ve ever been to a blogging conference, you’re probably familiar with the term “conference hangover.”...more
Jill, thanks for the post! This was the first time I attended BlogHer and I'm curious about ...more

6 Non-Essentials to Pack That Will Make #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us More Awesome

We are just days away from #BlogHer15:Experts Among Us and I am starting to make my packing list. We've shared some posts on what people are packing and wearing and how to stay healthy at the conference. I know that you don't need to be told to bring your phone (remember your charger!) or your must-have electronics....more
Padded wine bags! Brilliant!more

You Can Travel Travel To Europe Without Spending Your Kids' College Funds

One thing you will always hear people complaining about is how expensive it is to travel in Europe. True, flights from the U.S. to Europe can be pricey, but once you are on the ground it is a whole different story. The Euro has been slipping for months now, and it is almost neck-and-neck with the U.S. dollar, which means you are no longer paying extra just to be in another country. Even Switzerland, where they don't even use the Euro, is running close to the dollar, although this notoriously expensive country is still pricey even when the dollar is up. ...more
All the points are useful and with the proper planning and research you can have a great trip on ...more

7 Things You Didn't Expect to Find in Madison County, Indiana

There’s a view that the middle of the U.S. is nothing but farm fields. Drive an hour or so northeast of the of the Indianapolis Airport, and you’ll find yourself in Madison County (not the one with the bridges). It has its share of agriculture, for sure, but there are also cultural and historical sites, and people passionate about things they make....more

8 Things to Not Camp Without!

As I've stated before, each year I try something new... Pinterest is definitely my weakness and I'm always scoping out new ideas, or trying to adapt an idea from there, to the amazing world of camping in the great outdoors. I have come up with a list of things you should absolutely not leave home for a camping trip without.   1. Wipes ...more

Camping: Out West Edition

I grew up camping with my family and enjoy being in the great outdoors, hiking, viewing wildlife, and stargazing. I have a National Parks of the West guide on my bookshelf that I peruse often for inspiration. Consider these destinations out west for your next camping adventure!             ...more

National Parks & Seashores of the East

There's something about summer that makes me want to plan a domestic trip where I spend most of the time in the great outdoors. Last time I wrote about National Parks I focused on camping trips to parks out West. But the Eastern part of the US also has amazing national parks and seashores that are completely worth exploring. ...more

What Not to Wear?

Packing clothes is the hardest part for me when we go camping. For men/boys, it's relatively easy because they think nothing of wearing the same pair of jeans for 5 days, they just switch it up by alternating between two different t-shirts, KWIM? But I like some variety and I try to plan for whatever Mother Nature throws at us....more

2 National Parks of the West to Visit

As our dedicated readers have realized by now, I am quite enamored with the National Parks of the US. In fact I have a goal to visit them all! If you missed it, there was an earlier post on National Parks and Seashores of the East as well as Camping Out West....more

A Story of Migrants

I originally posted this as "Night Train to Germany" over on my personal blog. Shortly after, a friend shared in the comments news about 71 people found suffocated in the back of a truck along a road linking Budapest to Vienna, men women and children. So I'm sharing that blog post here as well. The flood of migrants is no doubt a strain on resources and poses a massive question of what to do with all these people but we cannot ever forget that they are people. I'm was deeply sorry to hear the new of this discovered truck, and it made me think of those families I saw on the night train to Germany....more

5 reasons to enjoy camping

Last week, my family and I went camping (more to come on that experience). I'm sad to admit it's been a while since I've slept in the great outdoors and when I snuggled into my sleeping bag, I realized that I have missed the experience....more

What I've learned about Colombia

I had never really thought of visiting Colombia until one of my best friends (who’s Colombian) moved there about 5 years ago. She now lives in Canada so I never really got the chance to visit when she was there, but my interest in the country remained. I’d heard tons of things about Colombia throughout my life, some of which are true, but most importantly, some of which aren’t true anymore. Most l likely, when we think about Colombia, we all think drugs. It’s inevitable....more