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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…

Jerusalem: 7 inspiring Things To See

Jerusalem is perhaps (in my humble opinion) the holiest city in the world for Jews, Muslims and Christians.  It’s seeping with history and staggeringly beautiful. Our visit to Jerusalem was peaceful, with no aggression, concerns, and was quite different from the images often portrayed in the media. It’s extremely powerful and profound to see and feel the deep spirituality from people…

6 Problems With The College Application Process

We’re heading dangerously fast towards college with my high school senior. We are now in our year of ‘lasts’. We’ve been preparing for this momentous moment for almost 18 years, and navigating the college application process for 18 months. Who knows what the future has in store for him, but I do know one thing… the college application process is…

Christmas Eve in Bethlehem

I’m going to go out on a limb here, and say everyone knows Jesus was born in Bethlehem on December 25th.  Regardless of your beliefs, religion and culture, this sacred place is the essence of Christmas. Since we’d be in Israel in December, we knew we had to experience this ‘bucket-list’ moment and head to Manger Square for…

5 Reasons to Spend New Year’s Eve In Rejkjavik

Reykjavik is one of the top 10 places in the world to spend New Year’s Eve.  Although fireworks are almost expected on New Year’s Eve in capital cities, there’s a huge difference between fireworks in Iceland and other countries. It’s a display organized for the people, by the people, resulting in a massively disorganized event. Regulations on fireworks are…

Valparaiso Chile: Home to Amazing Street Art

Valparaiso Chile (or Valpo as the locals call it) is about a ninety minute drive from Santiago, and is the second largest city in Chile.  Valpo is a historical city nestled in the hills overlooking Chiles first major port.Street art is used here as a form of expression, both politically and socially, and wherever you turn in Valparaiso you see street art.  On the…

Girls Getaway: 5 Reasons To Gather Your Tribe

Girls Getaway! Just writing that makes me want to sing. Is there anything more decadent than to belly laugh, relax, and recharge with your tribe? I don’t know about you, but my girlfriends are crucial to my sanity.  Life is busy; especially as my teenager is on the brink of college. These days my weeks are filled with parenting obligations, college apps, work…

Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Gifts for the Traveler

Are you looking for the perfect gift for a travel-lover? Check out my Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers (and Travel-Lovers) for some ideas. I tried to find sustainable, ethical, and eco-friendly products, and I always LOVE to support female-owned companies. I look for gifts that are unique, stylish, useful, and easy to transport around the world.  I really hope this 2018…