Travel

Summer in Bend, Oregon — River, Brews and Lakes

  • October 26, 2018

“Can we please move to Bend?” I asked my husband after we spent five days in Oregon’s summer/winter playground of a city, this past summer. (Unfortunately there is no surfing except for river surfing! so the answer was ‘no’). Bend is spectacular.  Not only is it beautiful, but it has something for everyone — river activities, fishing, hiking, breweries, great food, and more, and that’s just in the summer.  This…

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Tips & Q&As Travel

Seven Week Road Trip Costs – Tips for Staying on a Budget

  • October 9, 2018
Oregon

So many people have asked us how we managed to travel for seven weeks this summer with our kids. We got questions like: “Are you teachers?”, “Are you independently wealthy?” (We laughed at that one!), “How are you doing this?” was another common question. So here it goes. This is how we did it! First off — We are not teachers, but we do work remotely as consultants in our…

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10 Tips and Musings from an American in Paris

  • September 24, 2018

Ah Paris, so beautiful, historical, and so filled with buttery pastry, savory cheeses, wine and rich foods.  Recently my husband and I were able to go to Paris for four days following a conference I had in London. It was my husband’s first time in Paris so we wanted to see all the main sights, but also wanted to try and get off the beaten path a bit. There are…

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Travel

Big Sur, California and Pfeiffer Burns Campground

  • August 29, 2018

Big Sur, California is what coastal roadtrip dreams are made of. The rugged and majestic stretch of coastline on California’s central coast begins after San Simeon, and continues up highway 1 to Carmel.  The long stretch of undeveloped land is strikingly different than the rest of California’s densely populated coast — this is one of the things that makes it so special. The clear blue water, wildflowers, cliffs, and bridges…

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Tips & Q&As

Camping Tips and Top Five Favorite Camping Gear Items

  • August 27, 2018

This week I’m talking about camping gear! My kids absolutely LOVE camping. This summer on our seven week road trip, we camped in four different places. Camping is great and economical way to travel. However, it can be uncomfortable and dirty if you don’t have the right gear. I’ve learned that the key to a good experience (at least for me) is making sure we have the right gear for…

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Tips & Q&As

13 Tips to Making a Road Trip A Success

  • August 21, 2018

Road trip tips!! You guys! We spent SEVEN weeks on the road this summer. I started planning this trip last spring/winter and built an itinerary from San Diego, up the coast with stops in Big Sur, Santa Cruz and Petaluma in California. Then up the Oregon coast to Brookings, and Yachats and then on to Portland (the furthest North we got). After Portland we went to Bend, Oregon and then…

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Travel

Santa Cruz, California – Updated! 30 Things to Do

  • August 17, 2018
santa cruz

Santa Cruz is one of my favorite places in the world. I’ve been going to a cabin in the Santa Cruz mountains since I was a few months old. I originally posted a blog post about some of my favorite places and things to do in Santa Cruz last year. But since we’re always trying out new things, this blog post includes 10 more favorites! Here are 30 of my…

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Travel

Review: Yakima SkyBox and Yakima Ridgeback Bike Hitch

  • July 10, 2018

If you are thinking about getting car roof storage, and/or a bike hitch this post is for you.  Its been a while since my last post — right now we’re in the middle of a seven week road/trip working vacation/ three home exchanges and camping. To make it all work we’re using our Yakima Products which are absolute lifesavers (Not an Ad) for storage and safely and easily bringing four…

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Activities

Summer Reading Recommendations – 2018

  • June 14, 2018

Summer is here so its time for my yearly summer reading recommendations! Last year I wrote up a list of book recommendations and it was one of my most popular posts of 2017 – to read that post – go here. I’ve compiled a new list of summer reading recommendations based on some great books I’ve read in the past few months (details below). So, kick your feet up on…

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Eat & Drink

15 Trader Joe’s Items I Can’t Live Without

  • May 22, 2018

Ever since I graduated from college and moved out on my own, Trader Joe’s has been there. Like an old friend, there are so many items I’ve been buying for as long as I can remember. However, one of the best things about Trader Joe’s is that they are always coming out with new items. I know some people are confused by Trader Joe’s. It is definitely different than your…

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