Labor Day is Not the End of Summer

Labor Day Weekend is celebrated in the United States and Canada (spelled Labour Day there!) on the first Monday of September. It typically symbolizes the end of summer for most of us. My calendar, however, says the last day of summer is actually September 22nd. Many schools are back in session before Labor Day Weekend, and September can be a warm month with summer-like weather.  So why does Labor Day weekend seem to mark the end of summer?...more

Traveling companions are better than apps

We recently took a 10-hour drive to New Jersey for a family reunion. (Not in one day. That's craziness.) This trip went significantly better than the last really long car trip we took because of several things:...more
Fun in Fairfax VA I love the idea of goody bags and travel bingo. He's still little, but he ...more

Revisiting memories of my hometown of Tagaoloan

Photo by Urcel C, Mulvey and Nelly Montayre I was added to this group Facebook group called ” Lumad Tagoloan” (Tagoloan natives) where I saw people that I knew in the past who lived in my hometown of Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental in northern Mindanao, Philippines....more

How to Wander Seattle's Pike Place Market

There’s nothing wrong with seeing the highlights of a place, the well-known “must-see” spots. But it’s always great when you can go beyond that, get off the beaten path, take the side streets, maybe even find some unique souvenirs....more

Fiction, Facts and Photos - Traveling Germany

Adventures in Germany - Fiction and Fact.  Words for Wednesday Word ChallengeWords for Wednesday is a word prompt challenge I have been participating in for the past few months. Up until this week, all of the fiction I have created using these prompts has been published on this blog. ...more

Climbing Mount Fuji - AKA Most Creative Way to Torture Yourself.

For those who know me well they’ll tell you that I’m an amazingly over prepared person; boy scouts got nothin’ on me – if I can’t MacGyver myself out of some situation or reach into any of my Mary Poppins-esque bags and materialize just what I need at that moment then chances are I didn’t really need it anyway. It was with this lifelong sense of absolute faith in my own abilities that I departed for Mount Fuji. I was ready to take on the mountain. ...more
Ha! I just got off the mountain last week. We had great weather, so I did make it to the summit. ...more

Family Friendly Vacation #AllureoftheSeas

I have always loved to travel.  Becoming a parent puts a spin on vacation but I was determined not to stop traveling and not to leave my kids at home while I discover new things.  As I prepare for another cruise with my babies I wanted to post about my son's first cruise when he was 15 months old.  This upcoming cruise will be his 3rd cruise and he is almost three years old.  My daughter will only be 8 months old when we sail.  As a person who cruised 14 times without kids and now a frequent cruiser with kids, I have a unique perspective on how to enjoy this type of...more

Midweek Staycation

Staycations are awesome! I'd love to visit the Smokeys someday. The photos are always so beautiful!more