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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Life

How to Get Rid of Frown Lines without Botox

  • May 16, 2018

So, this post is kind of random.  But I am so blown away by something I have been doing for a year that I wanted to share my little beauty secret — Frownies. First off, I just turned 40 – so my days in the sun as a swimmer and water polo player are catching up with me. I also have a natural propensity to narrow my eyes when I…

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Activities

San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

  • May 1, 2018

This spring I had a conference in San Francisco and was able to squeeze in a short visit to the SF MOMA, a museum I’ve wanted to visit for years. About a year ago I resolved to try and visit more museums. Fortunately, because I travel for work, I’ve been able to chalk three of the United States’ best modern art museums off my list. See my previous posts on…

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Travel

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. Its been on my travel bucket list since then. Then fortuitously, last summer we connected with another home exchange family from Sayulita and agreed to a home swap. After a week in Sayulita I can definitely say it lives up the hype. It’s beautiful, safe,…

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Travel

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 HomeExchange.com. 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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Destinations

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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Eat & Drink

Cookbook Challenge: 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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Eat & Drink

Cookbook Challenge: 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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