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
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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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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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