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6 Reasons to Visit Sequoia National Park

Summer travel looks very different this year since we are still on Covid-19 stay-at-home orders. However, National Parks across the US are in the process of reopening, and are a GREAT drivable option as people look to get away to open spaces after spending months at home. We visited Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park recently and were immediately soothed…

6 Items to Get You Through Covid Quarantine

Covid-19 has turned the world upside down, and is impacting every single person. It’s been completely bizarre these past few months managing our Covid-19 quarantine. I’m on week 12…16…59…. of quarantine… who the heck knows at this point! Each week seems to blend into the next. I’m desperately trying to find…

Lourdes, France: Why You Should Visit

Lourdes is nestled in the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains in Southwest France. Lourdes is incredibly spiritual, peaceful and tranquil. Lourdes is known for the Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes, or the Domain, where pilgrims gather from all over the world. Sites within the Domain include the Basilica of Saint Pius X, the Grotto of Apparitions or the Grotto of Massabielle known for its healing…

I’m a Planner…with Nothing to Plan

I’m a Planner. Planning is my super power. It’s what I do best. I’m the one in our family who already planned, shopped, and wrapped gifts for holidays and events, long before it’s on anyone else’s radar. I schedule our social events, appointments, vacations, kids events, and also plan our downtime. I work with the…

Five Year Breast Cancer Survivor – What that means

I’m here!!!! Recurrence is THE worst fear for those who’ve battled breast cancer, and five years is an important milestone.  I was completely caught off guard when I heard those dreaded words, ‘you have stage 2 breast cancer.’ When you’re given a cancer diagnosis, the immediate goal is to remove the cancer, and complete treatments to reduce…

Open Post to Blue Shield of California HealthCare

I’m quite sure I’m not the Blue Shield of California ‘member of the month.’ Since I was diagnosed with breast cancer at a young age, the surgeries, medications, tests and doctor visits since then must have reached millions of dollars. In the US we’re extremely lucky to have access to some of the best health care in…

What to do with 48 hours in Bilbao Spain

Have you been to Bilbao, Spain?  If not, you should add to your travel list. It’s fantastic, and while there’s so much to see, you can absolutely see the highlights in a couple of days. Bilbao is a neat and compact city, tucked neatly into surrounding hills on either side of the river. Getting around is easy and the ‘must…

Love Actually Live: Los Angeles

If you’re looking for a night filled with charm, holiday spirit and nostalgia this holiday season… RUN to see Love Actually Live at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.  ‘Love Actually’ is a seasonal cult classic, and may be my favorite holiday movie of all time. The film is a celebration of love with all of the messiness…

Son’s First Christmas Home From College

It’s been four months since we dropped our son at college, and I get to see him in two days! It’s my son’s first Christmas home from college. I read a poignant article by Mia Freedman, who wrote : “Being the mother of a son is like someone breaking up with you really slowly.” Our job, as a mom, is to…

San Sebastian Spain: Top 8 Things To Do

As we drove along the Pyrenees, through Southern France and Northern Spain, we were excited to stay in San Sebastian, Spain.  The number one reason most people visit San Sebastián, in Spain’s Basque region, is to sample the fantastic cuisine. We’d heard and read so much about it, and were dying to see the incredible art, architecture, and of course…