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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…

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…