The Mason Jar: An Easy Travel Memory Keeper

Vacation Keepsake Jar

Years ago, when I was first got married, I loved scrapbooking. For one thing, I had time. I also found it really fun. I love to save precious memories no matter how trivial or silly. But then I had kids and life changed. I still saved little things, but [Read more]

Healthy Road Trip Snacks


Today "healthy eating" means different things to different people. Personally, I lean towards whole foods (aka paleo) as much as possible. Our kitchen is bursting with fresh fruits and veggies as is our cooler on road trips. Sometimes it is hard to find fresh [Read more]

Fab Food Finds in Phoenix

Thai Cashew Quinoa at Flower Child in Phoenix.

When summer rolls around and temperatures rise, you might find me saying (occasionally), "It's too hot to eat." But thermometers soaring to 110 degrees Fahrenheit during a June trip to Arizona didn't stop me (at all!) from eating my way through some amazing [Read more]

Road Trips with Dad

My husband and son on a road trip to Pittsburgh.

The countdown has begun to our family summer road trip. There is nothing my husband Jeff loves more than a family road trip. Years ago, he was the hurry-up-and-get-there kind of driver but that destination-focused thinking has subsided as our family has begun [Read more]

Tips for Travel Themed Home Decor

CVS Coasters for Travel Decor

While we love to travel, there is something pleasant about sleeping in your own bed. As someone one said, there's no place like home (insert clicking ruby red slippers). What's best though, in my opinion, is bringing our travels home with us. In recent years [Read more]

Paddington is Now on Blu-ray and DVD

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I'm not sure what is more exciting, the news that Paddington is now on Blu-ray and DVD or that we have a fun Paddington-themed giveaway. I'm a sucker for nostalgia and I have always loved this friendly bear. Now that I'm back in the "little people" era I have [Read more]

How to Turn Instagram Photos into Home Art

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You've likely heard about the stunt that artist and photographer Richard Prince pulled. He printed Instagram photos - belonging to others - and placed a $90,000 price tag on them. We won't get into the ethics of the story here, but what I can tell you is [Read more]

Travel Bags for the Girls in the Family

Tasca Purse by Embrazio

Packing for my family has been rather easy over recent years. Every trip we've packed all of our shoes and clothes in the huge, lightweight Antler Liquis suitcase and it's worked rather well. Naturally the older kids, now tweens, are insisting they have their [Read more]

Spur Alliance: Top 10 Guest Ranches in North America

Spur Alliance

One of the best surprises my family discovered during a summer vacation was how family-friendly a guest ranch experience can be. When we were living in Tucson, Arizona we certainly visited some local ranches for day rides or evening parties but it wasn’t until [Read more]

Ideas for the Active Female Traveler


A go-to travel packing checklist is something every traveling female should have. Of course, this list should have the basics like comfortable shoes, personal water bottle, and reliable backpack. The longer I travel the more I notice what can be improved and [Read more]