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Samantha

Holiday Cards 2018: Choosing the Perfect Card

I love holiday traditions and one of our family traditions is sending annual holiday cards to our friends and family.  I also love receiving photo cards each year from friends and family, and seeing how their kids have grown, etc.   Last year I was so impressed with Mpix, I decided to order our cards from them again this year. I take tons of pictures all…

Penguin Place : Dunedin, New Zealand

Penguin Place is located in Dunedin, and is not easy to get to, but was one of the highlights of our trip to New Zealand.  Dunedin lies on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand, and is covered with beaches and wide open spaces. It’s a massive open space of land where the weather can change in a minute. The…

Breast Cancer is an analogy for the Malibu Triathlon

I competed in the 2016 Malibu Triathlon. I was asked to be part of a relay team by my fantastic reconstructive surgeon, who sponsored a team.  Each year her office has dedicated this event to the strong women their practice has been privileged to care for – all breast cancer survivors. These survivors inspire others with their courage, perseverance, and ability to remain positive as their…

Halong Bay Vietnam : 5 Interesting Facts

Halong Bay Vietnam is one of the more breathtaking places we have ever explored.  Halong Bay is about 150 kms from Hanoi, and is one of nature’s most amazing natural wonders.  There’s over 3,000 islands in the beautiful green/blue water, and over 1,000 have their own names. Many caves and grottos of all sizes and shapes are filled…

7 Things Never To Say To Someone With Breast Cancer

When you first receive that paralyzing breast cancer diagnosis, you are vulnerable, scared, and you literally and figuratively are brought to your knees.  As the news soaks in and you begin to share, it’s just a matter of time before the advice starts rolling in.  People make well-meaning comments that often come from a place of sadness, discomfort, and fear. There isn…

5 Things to see in Times Square, New York

Times Square is one of the most visited tourist attractions, and over 50 million people each year will arrive.  Times Square is definitely geared towards tourists, and most New Yorkers avoid this area like the plague.  With neon bright lights and hustle and bustle, it’s a feast for the senses and is pulsing with energy.  It can be fascinating and overwhelming. Most New…

9 Tips for Stress-Free Airline Travel With Kids

We travel on airlines often.  Hot Hubby is an American Airline Million Miler, and I’m pretty darn close myself.  In fact during Sebastian’s second year of life we lived in Dublin for a year, and he flew 100,000 miles in one year!  However, airline travel with kids requires massive preparation and is rife with potential hiccups and worries.  Here are…

5 tips for visiting Machu Picchu with children

Machu Picchu is one of the wonders of the world on every traveler’s bucket list.  We found Peru truly magical, and regardless of whether or not you are a spiritual person, you will absolutely feel the magical energy and spirituality when sitting at the top.  This quintessential city in the clouds was simply magnificent. We’ve all seen pictures on travel brochures…

Fifteen Lessons Team Sports Teach Kids

My boys have been on various sports teams for as long as I can remember.  Between soccer, basketball, baseball, football and surf teams… we’ve done most team sports (and logged thousands of miles and thousands of dollars too!)  Team sports aren’t all about physical benefits, and are a great way to explore and develop lifelong skills.  Here are fifteen reasons…

8 Reasons To Fall In Love With Santorini, Greece

Our travels have taken us many gorgeous places, but the Greek island of Santorini – with skies and oceans so blue it dazzles the eyes – was simply magical.  Santorini is probably the most instantly recognizable Greek island, with dramatic cliffs, jaw-dropping blue domed buildings and pristine whitewashed buildings. The fantastic food, stunning panoramic views, romantic sunsets and beautiful beaches, made it a truly…