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

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

Not Without My Crockpot!

Follow my blog with Bloglovin    I don't know what it is about the great outdoors, but my family and I are ALWAYS hungry when we go camping.   ...more

Keeping up with the California Girl in me.

WHEN you take off on an adventure, visit new worlds,  study abroad, you never know life's unexpected destination.    ...more

A Girl in Nature

Follow my blog with Bloglovin   Hello, and welcome to my new little nook on the web. If you know me, you also know that I used to run a cake business/blog over on Blogger, and that I shut it down to spend more time with my family. Family is definitely the priority in my life, and I enjoy our time together! If you don't know me,  I am sarcastic, funny and just a tad OCD, so if you're at all like me, I'd be thrilled to have you follow me! ...more

Exploring Regensburg, Germany With Viking Cruises

 Did you know that Altstadt (Old Town) in Regensburg, Germany was the only to survive the bombings during World War II? In fact, much of it remains well-preserved and has withstood the elements over the centuries that it was designated as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006. It is so rich in history, it was one of the seats of the Holy Roman Empire...more