Out West Road Trip + Itinerary

How do you condense 4,000 miles into one blog post? Not well, I assure you. But I’ll do my best, nonetheless. We spent 12 days road tripping through Colorado, South Dakota, and Wyoming during the middle of a pandemic. It wasn’t our original summer destination but when COVID hit we opted for plan B. In…

Read More

Traveling during the pandem

I’ve had so many people ask me about my thoughts on traveling during a pandemic. And before I give my thoughts, I want to make one disclaimer: This post about is not about if you should or shouldn’t travel. Each family and each destination has a level of risk that is specific to them. Only…

Read More

Pura Vida: Lessons Learned for Quarantine in Costa Rica

Our trip to Costa Rica seems like a lifetime ago. We spent two weeks exploring one of the most unique places on the planet; and returned home just 1 day before the world turned upside down. In the two months since we have returned home I’ve had to cancel trips to Kentucky, Florida, Washington DC,…

Read More

Singapore, Singapore

I’ll be honest, when my parents first told me my dad’s job was relocating him to Singapore, I was less than thrilled. Asia did nothing for me. I was a little bit bummed that the relocation wasn’t somewhere more exotic or sophisticated. Australia? Paris? I can think of 20 places I’d rather visit than Asia.…

Read More

3,202 Miles of Life Lived in the Sand

Every trip we take pushes me to grow in some way. Sometimes it’s a little, and then sometimes it’s a lot. Sometimes it’s in ways I expect, and then other times, I don’t see it coming.  Sometimes it’s in the views at the top of the mountains and sometimes it’s when I’m down in the…

Read More

Niagara Falls: U.S. vs. Canada

“20 years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do, than by the ones you did.  So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore.  Dream. Discover.” {Mark Twain} Last month Jimmy and I took the kids on a completely…

Read More

Our Favorite Spots in Southern California

I was born on the east coast (Florida girl here) so when my parents moved to the west coast I had some reservations.  California, seriously? It has nothing to offer but hippies and traffic.  And while they do have a healthy amount of both hippies and traffic Southern California has quickly become one of our family’s…

Read More

How To Visit Key West With Kids

I grew up in South Florida.  Hurricane season wasn’t any different than when the spring rains roll in, in Northeast Ohio.  Every once in a while a hurricane of substantial size would blow in and we’d ride it out in the bathroom at my grandparents’ house.  There are of course those exceptions.  I went through hurricane Andrew…

Read More

Don’t Skip The History: Mount Vernon Travel Guide

I did something crazy (I know, I know it is becoming a reoccurring theme).  I wanted to visit a high school friend of mine that lives in North Carolina.  Jimmy wasn’t able to take the time off work; so I decided to make the 8-hour drive by myself with the kids. Like I said, crazy,…

Read More

Cheap Weekend Getaway: Camping (and YES you can bring the babies).

Getting away as a family doesn’t have to be expensive.  Our last campsite cost $14.00 a night.  If you can meal plan and pick a spot close to home to save on gas, a camping weekend for a family of 5 could cost you less than $75.00, food included (see below).  If you don’t have…

Read More