Family

Istanbul: Top 10 Things to See

Istanbul is the only city in the world built on two continents. Bosphorus strait separates the European part from the Asian part of Istanbul. Istanbul is seeping with history, culture, and generous hospitality. In recent years tourism has declined because some feel it’s dangerous to travel to Turkey, and since you may be wondering, I never once felt unsafe in Istanbul. Here are some…

Indian Wedding: 10 Reasons This Should be on Your Bucket List

There are weddings and then there are Indian weddings. It’s been on my bucket list for years to attend an Indian wedding. In India. When we received an invitation to celebrate the marriage of two beautiful Indian friends in Delhi, we jumped at the chance. An Indian wedding reflects the cultures of the bride and groom, and very special rituals. We attended a…

2019 Holiday Gift Guide: Unique gifts to give

Some people are easier to shop for than others. If you’re having a hard time finding just the right gift to express your sentiments, this unique gift guide can help solve your shopping dilemma. I’ve compiled my 2019 Holiday Gift Guide sharing items I would love to receive and items I personally use. Disclosure: Many of the companies listed below in the…

Jordan: Five Reasons You Should Visit

Jordan is a country that’s perceived to be ‘unsafe’ and ‘unstable’. I’m guessing people avoid Jordan due to its location in the Middle East (it does border Syria, Iraq, Israel and Saudi Arabia after-all.) But if you step out of your comfort zone and take time to explore this peaceful country, you’d discover endless…

College Drop Off: 18 Important Lessons

8 Things to do in Los Angeles this Summer

Los Angeles is filled with famous beaches, surfers, and palm trees for the quintessential endless summer in Southern California… however, once the sun goes down, or your skin can’t take any more sun, there are lots of fun family things to do in Los Angeles this summer. We’ve been tourists in our own city this summer and have found lots…

Last Summer Before College With Son

It’s the last summer before college with my son. In fact, if you think about it, we only really have half a summer left since he needs to be on campus early for pre-season training. August 10th is hurtling towards me like an out-of-control freight train.  That’s the day we get on a plane to fly cross country…

Cairo: 7 Reasons To Visit Now

Cairo has been on our travel bucket list for years, but the timing was never right. The instability of the 2011 and 2013 revolutions felt too unpredictable and dangerous to take our young children. Egypt received ample negative publicity since 2011, but despite the turbulent past, we were excited to stop in Cairo on our 2018 trip to the Middle East and take in the…

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…