Realizing the Comforts of My Color: Thoughts on White Privilege

She came from nowhere, it seemed, and slipped away in the same smooth and silent way. We were at the donut shop's counter, being treated to coffee by one of the people we were visiting.  His wallet was out, and suddenly she was there, at his side, all creased chocolate skin and curls spiraling with gray and—this is what has stayed with me—dark and haunted eyes. Image Credit: Christine H. via Flickr...more
Jeana theempressandthefool You might go back and read my comment again to see that I am a ...more

10 Things You Need to Learn About Cleveland Before the 2016 Republican National Convention

Forget everything you've heard or read since the GOP announced Cleveland, Ohio as the host city for its 2016 Republican National Convention. As an Atlantic seaboard snob who has now lived longer in Cleveland than anywhere else (26-plus years), and couldn't be happier about it, here's where you need to start your online education about Cleveland - and then share it. ...more

Travel Tips: 6 Helpful Ideas for Infant Air Travel

Vacation planning for couples or singletons usually means shopping for new attire, packing all essentials, planning trips or outings, and checking off items on their must-do lists at the holiday destination. Travel time during flight journeys or train/bus rides is leisurely spent by watching movies, listening to music, or reading books. ...more
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The inherent stress of vacations

Most of us know that we need to take a vacation from work. Vacations are important to our health and well-being. But they are also stressful, especially for parents. There's the planning, the activities, the worry about the fun that you will or will not have, and the exhaustion from traveling. ...more

7 things I learned riding the London Underground

We all know “the tube”, the underground network of trains that connects the people of London.  Being the country mouse that I am, I don’t get to the city often.  I am not a pro at zipping through the train stations.  I can’t tell you if the District Line connects to the Jubilee Line or where you get off to go to Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace or pretty much anywhere....more

2 Attractions For Family Trip in Tenerife!

These two attractions are the most popular ones in the whole Spain! Especially for family travels.Tenerife is the largest island in an archipelago of the 7 Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. It is also the most populated island in Spain....more

Just a typical day in NYC...

The pleasantly annoying sound my iPhone makes when the clock strikes 6:00 AM… I don’t even raise my head, I just reach under my pillow and press one of the side buttons to snooze it (which is creatively set 45 minutes before I REALLY have to get up) – not sure if it’s a positive or negative thing that the phone is under the pillow, provides easier access to check the weather as soon as I awake.Who am I kidding?? Yes! I check Instagram and Facebook early in the morning sometime....more

What You Must Know If You Are Traveling Cross-Country By Train

My husband and I recently traveled to San Jose, California by train to attend the BlogHer14 convention. I’ll write more about the convention soon, but before that, I wanted to give you a few tips about traveling by long-distance train in the United States....more

The Island of Capri

Jungle Living In Thailand (What I Learned When I Gave Up Running Water)

In the summer of 2005, I packed my bags and boarded a 747 bound for Bangkok. At the tender age of 20, I signed up to spend a summer in Thailand, teaching English among the Kui people of Northeast Thailand.What I learned went far beyond the teeming streets of Bangkok and touristy beaches of Phuket — it was a lesson truly realized only when I abandoned my perception of comfort and fully embraced my new home. In a nutshell, it was soul-shaping.Here are a few of the lessons I learned from my time living in Thailand’s Sisakaet Province....more

The Life of A Farmer

My little man is overjoyed with tractors, planes and trains. He has a deep love for such machinery that I can't fulfill within him. As we came to visit my parents this past week, I knew my dad, Coopers papa could fulfill his tiny little dream...and boy was he ecstatic.Papa took him for rides in his BIG ford pickup......more

Our Chicago vacation using CityPASS

This past week, our family went to Chicago and used the CityPASS, which is a ticket booklet with discounts from five area attractions. City Pass claims to save you 50%, and you are also allowed to skip the main line and get a VIP entry. CityPASS is also available in other cities, such as New York City, Boston and Atlanta. Here is a run-down of each attraction that we visited in Chicago. Also read below for restaurant reviews.1. Shedd Aquarium...more

Road Trip - Stuck in the Kitchen, Out in the Country

As promised, it got better for my daughter, mainly because she pretty much stayed inside all week.The first morning in my beautiful country paradise found me stressed out over technology. Internet service and cell phones can be tricky and I forgot about those limitations. My cell phone service was spotty and I could only get enough bars to receive texts and make calls if I stood on one leg on the last board of the deck, clucked like a chicken and swayed back and forth. That got old....more