8 Things to do in Los Angeles this Summer

Los Angeles is filled with famous beaches, surfers, and palm trees for the quintessential endless summer in Southern California… however, once the sun goes down, or your skin can’t take any more sun, there are lots of fun family things to do in Los Angeles this summer. We’ve been tourists in our own city this summer and have found lots…

Last Summer Before College With Son

It’s the last summer before college with my son. In fact, if you think about it, we only really have half a summer left since he needs to be on campus early for pre-season training. August 10th is hurtling towards me like an out-of-control freight train.  That’s the day we get on a plane to fly cross country…

Cairo: 7 Reasons To Visit Now

Cairo has been on our travel bucket list for years, but the timing was never right. The instability of the 2011 and 2013 revolutions felt too unpredictable and dangerous to take our young children. Egypt received ample negative publicity since 2011, but despite the turbulent past, we were excited to stop in Cairo on our 2018 trip to the Middle East and take in the…

Western Wall: The Heart of Jerusalem

At the heart of Jerusalem’s Old City is the Western Wall. This often called the Wailing Wall, but you will never hear a Jew use this name as it is considered highly offensive.  This name was coined by non-Jews who occupied Israel, mocking the pain of the Jews who wept at the Western Wall after the ancient Jewish Temple was destroyed by…

Senior Year: Where did High School go?

Senior year is almost over for my ‘practice kid’. My firstborn. The one who helped me figure out how to be a mom. As I wrap my head around the logistics of moving him into college across the country, there are so many things I want to do. So many things I want to say. So many things I want to share. And I’m…

10 Best Places to Travel in 2019

People ALWAYS ask us what is the best place to travel. And our answer is always the same. Travel is so subjective. Each trip is so different, and it’s hard to compare a city destination with an adventure destination with a wonder of the world. Here are 10 places that blew our mind. I’d strongly recommend you try to carve out the time…

Mother’s Day Gift: 9 Perfect Gifts for Mom

For me it isn’t about expensive presents, but more about thoughtfulness. Choosing the right Mother’s Day gift for the woman who raised you, or the other empowering mother figures in your life, is a way to show love and gratitude. Read more…

Breast Cancer Survivor: Four Years Later

Hey I’m still here! It’s been four years since my world was rocked and my life was forever changed… Read the thoughts of a breast cancer survivor…

Top Ten Travel Tips

I’ve been traveling over 45 years. 26 years with hot hubby, and almost 18 years as a family. We’ve visited six continents and over 50 countries. I feel pretty confident we’ve learned some core travel tips along the way…

Women with Breast Cancer Could Avoid Chemotherapy

A few years ago, if a women was diagnosed with breast cancer, it was an automatic chemotherapy and radiation sentence along with whatever surgical options were planned to remove the cancer. I fell into this category with my breast cancer diagnosis. I used these tests to make the agonizing decision whether or not chemotherapy would provide a large enough risk of recurrence to warrant the…