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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…

Petra: Five Reasons to Visit Now

Petra has been on our bucket list for years, but the timing never seemed quite right. There’s NO doubt in our minds why Petra is considered one of the seven wonders of the modern world after our recent visit!  We loved Petra! The pictures do not do it justice. Gorgeous. Impressive. I could go on and on. The site is much bigger than…

Top 5 Things to do in Munich Germany

I recently took my high school senior on a mother/son trip to Munich Germany.  He’s heading to college soon (sniff sniff…I’m not crying you’re crying), and since he first tasted champagne in Paris with me years ago, I thought it was only fitting to buy him his first beer in Munich.  (The drinking age in Europe…

8 Products for a Healthy New Year

I don’t know about you, but I see January 1st as a clean slate to start a healthy new year. Making New Year resolutions is easy… but keeping them and being consistent… well that’s a whole other thing.  Life is busier than ever, we have more distractions and stress than ever, and it’s hard to stay…