Beautiful Sayulita, Mexico

  • April 19, 2018

Several years ago a co-worker told me about Sayulita, Mexico and he raved about the beaches, the downtown, and how great it was for families. Ever since then I’ve wanted to go. Then, last summer we connected with another home exchange family and agreed to a swap. They stayed at our house in Encinitas for a week and we agreed to exchanging over our kids’ spring break in April 2018.…

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Is a Home Exchange Right for You? Find Out in This Q&A

  • April 11, 2018
Home exchange

If you have ever wondered about doing a home exchange this post is for you! We have officially made it to the year point as Home Exchangers. In 2017 I signed us up for My husband was not really on board, but I slowly got him excited about the idea (mostly the money saving part). So far we have done two home exchanges: one in Sayulita, Mexico and one…

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Costa Rica – Dominical, Manuel Antonio, Playa Guiones

  • March 14, 2018

Its taken me a lot longer than anticipated to write up this post about our two weeks in Costa Rica. But, its finally here! My plan for this post is to share the highlights of our trip — what worked, what didn’t, and our favorite spots. Before you go to Costa Rica, I recommend that you read this post I wrote about what to know about Costa Rica before you…

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Cookbook Challenge Week 5: Best Ever Swedish Pancakes

  • March 5, 2018
swedish pancakes

So this week’s recipe for Swedish Pancakes is from a cookbook that my mom actually compiled called “Cabin Cooking”. Its not available online and was made as a fundraiser. The good news is that I’m sharing this recipe with you. Its seriously the most amazing version of Swedish Pancakes that I’ve ever had and my kids are crazy about them. Also, they are quick and easy to make and you…

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Cookbook Challenge Week 4: Ranchero Beef Stew

  • February 20, 2018
Ranchero Beef Stew

Ranchero Beef Stew is the recipe of the week this week! I can’t believe its already week four of my “52 Week Cookbook Challenge.” If you have been following along, you’ll know I started this challenge to force myself to actually cook out of my extensive cookbook collection instead of just look at them. For the full list of recipes with links click here. Given that we have finally gotten…

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Five Tips for Spending a Day at the USS Midway!

  • February 19, 2018
USS Midway

The Midway is a top destination for visitors to San Diego and for good reason!  We recently took our kids to visit the historic ship and they absolutely loved it. Even if you’re not into jets or aircraft carriers, exploring this giant ship is fascinating. From the food preparation to feed a “city on a ship” to the cramped living quarters, to the belly of the ship where thousands of…

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Cookbook Challenge: Week 3 – “Ottolenghi” – Turkey and sweetcorn meatballs with roasted pepper sauce

  • February 9, 2018
Turkey Meatballs

Sorry (not sorry) that my blog is becoming more of a cooking/ food blog than a travel blog. But we have been stationary the last month and a half. Its been a nice break from airplanes and hotels. But in the meantime, I’ve been cooking a lot of great food, which is my other passion besides trekking around the world. But this week I get to share with you an…

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Dry January — Lessons Learned During a Month Without Wine

  • February 3, 2018
Dry January

My month without wine — Dry January   Have you ever wanted to quit drinking alcohol for an extended period of time to get a healthier perspective on your relationship with alcohol? I have and this year I did “Dry January.” Here are some of the highlights and lessons I learned from going alcohol free for a month in January. First, let me share what drove me to take a…

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Cookbook Challenge: Week 2 — “The Best of Gourmet” – Lentils and Sausage

  • February 1, 2018
Lentils with Sausage and red wine vinagrette

Cookbook Challenge: Week 2 — “The Best of Gourmet” – Lentils and Sausage   For this week’s challenge (part of the 52 week cookbook challenge you can read about here) I’m doing recipe featuring sausage, lentils and a red wine vinaigrette from an old but fun cookbook from Gourmet called: The Best of Gourmet: Sixty-five Years, Sixty-five Favorite Recipes. Unfortunately I can’t link the cookbook it for you, it appears to…

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Six Tips for Encouraging Your Kids to Eat More Adventurously

  • January 30, 2018

This post is all about tips for making your child a more adventurous eater. My kids are like most kids. If you give them a choice, dinner is most definitely, “dad’s hamburgers” (which are delicious) and fries. They love their sweets and salty snacks (we call my 8 yr. old son the “Chip monster”) and they don’t always eat their vegetables without some prodding. However, on the whole my kids…

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