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Fitbit Accessory by Toni Burch

Digital pedometers are all the rage and for good reason. You can track your daily progress, motivate friends and update your steps via your phone. When I first started wearing a Fitbit One in early 2013, thanks to the intel of my life coach at the time, Kate Larson, no one I knew owned one. Thus, I competed with myself to reach 10,000 steps a day and it was eye opening. The real "wow" was when I traveled. Seeing my activity jump from my work at home days (3,000 steps) to working out or playing tennis (12,000) to sticking with taking the stairs on a Princess Cruise and working out (20,000) curbed my awareness of my daily activity levels whether I'm on the road or home. You can read about my "ah-ha" moment on Shape. Today, I have many Fitbit friends (including my husband) who challenge each [Read more]

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Tips for Road Trip Comfort

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Semester at Sea: Bilbao, Spain, with Kids

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Family selfie across from the main square in Lisbon.

Semester at Sea: Exploring Lisbon, Portugal, with Kids

I couldn't get off the MV Explorer soon enough when we were able to disembark in Lisbon, Portugal, after being shipbound for five days. Not that the MV Explorer is a bad place to hang our hats--not at all. I was just so [Read more]


Tieks for Travel

Slip on, slip off. That's one of my favorite travel tips for choosing travel shoes because who has time for lacing shoes when going through airport security or jumping out of the car at a rest stop during a road trip. As [Read more]

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Dazed and Fermented in Wachau Valley

Wachau Valley, formed by the Danube River, includes famous Old World and family-run wineries. The area is a UNESCO cultural World Heritage site due to its farming, vineyards, and architecture, all of which started in [Read more]

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Recommitting to Wellness at Mountain Trek in British Columbia

A woman after my own heart, Elena Sonnino recently decided to make health and wellness a priority in her life. To jump-start healthy habits, she spent a week at Mountain Trek luxury fitness retreat and health spa in [Read more]


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