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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…

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…

10 Best Things To Do In Oahu, Hawaii

We recently spent 7 days on Oahu, Hawaii  (Or do I say “in” Oahu? The whole island thing is complicated!)  Oahu is part of the Hawaiian island chain, and home to the capital, Honolulu. Consequently with that comes lots of traffic, congestion, parking difficulties, lots of people and lots of sky-rise apartments and hotels.  Regardless, we found many cool and amazing spots, and many…

9 Reasons Moms Love Summer Break

School’s (almost) out for summer!  (queue Alice Cooper!)  Hallelujah… we made it to summer break people!  We lived through another school year filled with endless projects, homework, test prep, morning madness, and don’t get me started on those lunches we lovingly packed every freaking day for our sweet angels.  Our teachers are tired after months of field trips, testing, projects…

Letter to My Teenage Son From Mom: Things I Need You To Know

An open letter to my teenage son, from Mom: As we wrap up another school year (7th and 11th grades), I can’t help but feel nostalgia, excitement, sadness and pride, all at the same time with my teenage boys.  I mean from the time I became pregnant (all those years ago), I’ve been preparing them to become self-sustaining humans.  I…