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…

7 Reasons To Visit London With Kids

Anyone else feeling like dusting off the passport and hopping a plane to London?   All eyes have been on London the past few weeks, and what a royal wedding that was!  I’ve never felt more proud to be British.  I loved the blend of the British pomp and American glamour.  Some parts of the ceremony literally moved the world to tears, and it…

Cancer Recurrence: The 5 and 10 year waiting game!

The most scary word for anyone who has been through any sort of cancer is: recurrence. It’s funny, I didn’t use this word frequently before 2015.  Now it’s used in every single appointment, cancer conversation, and frequently in my private thoughts.   As time passes, my breast cancer experience moves a little further away from me, yet at times it…

Five Reasons to Visit Milford Sound, New Zealand

Milford Sound is one of our favorite places on the South Island of New Zealand.  In fact Rudyard Kipling once called Milford Sound the “eighth Wonder of the World.” During our travels around both islands of New Zealand, one of the highlights of our adventure was the drive from Queenstown to Milford Sound.  We saw rain, snow, sun and drizzle during our drive, and the…

Breast Cancer: Reduce Your Risk and Optimize Your Health

Can I introduce you to the incredible lady who saved my life?  I was very unexpectedly diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in 2015. Dr. Kristi Funk was my breast surgeon who performed my double mastectomy to save my life (no biggie!) Dr. Funk is now my friend, supermom to triplet boys, TV show host, breast cancer surgeon to the stars (although I like to…

Terranea Resort: Best Place for a 36 Hour Getaway in Los Angeles Without Kids

Spoiler alert… marriage is hard.  Very hard. It’s never a ‘good’ time to get away without the boys, and there’s always a reason ‘not’ to leave real life, but it’s also really really good for the soul.  We spent 36 hours together. Without kids. In a hotel.  Solo. No little humans in our room. Did I mention the without kids part…

6 Reasons Sayulita, Mexico Makes A Great Family Vacation

There’s something about Mexico. Maybe it’s the sun, surf and perfect weather (27 celsius most days), or maybe it’s the fact that after 2 – 3 hours on a plane, you can be eating carne asada tacos and sipping local tequila.  We decided to avoid the crowds and head to the sleepy surf town of Sayulita for Spring Break…

The Other Side Of Breast Cancer: 3 Years Later

Breast cancer permanently changed my life three years ago today. Each year I spend time thinking about my experience. In a weird way, I think I might even be happier now.  Read my thoughts about life on the ‘other side…