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Tips for Cruising Pregnant

beth cruise pregnant

Speaking from personal experience, cruising is one of the best vacations for an expectant mother. That is assuming the pregnancy is non-eventful and mom is feeling well. I found myself cruising pregnant at 14 weeks when my family boarded the Carnival Magic for [Read more]

King Cake Delivery Brings Mardi Gras to You

King Cake 500

Last week I was anticipating the arrival of a King Cake delivered by UPS from Delicious DonutsĀ in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The excitement was too much to handle. When the cake I arrived, I was ecstatic. It was topped with purple, green, and gold Mardi Gras [Read more]

Best Free Travel Apps for 2014

Skyscanner travel app

With so many travel apps available on the market, consumers may feel justifiably overwhelmed. Which travel apps are most popular? Which are most reliable? And which of them are travelers most likely to actually use? The best free travel apps for 2014 are all [Read more]

The Vacation Gals Top Travel Destinations for 2014

Near Poipu Kauai (Jennifer Miner)

The Vacation Gals top travel destinations for 2014 is our first such list, but presumably not our last. After all, a short list of five recommended travel destinations leaves a lot of great places off the list. Nevertheless, five is a manageable number; [Read more]

Map Your Travels: Wall Art for your Home

Map Your Travels

Travel destinations have been piquing my children's interest lately. Questions like, "How far is..." or "Where is..." or "How long would it take to get to..." I suppose it's no surprise considering they are learning and memorizing geography at school. That's [Read more]

ABS by Allen Schwartz: Dresses for Travel

Beth in ABS dress

Ahhhh, formal night. It's one of the details I love most about cruising. If you've never cruised before, let me explain. Depending upon the cruise line, there are normally two dress codes for dinner: casual wear and formal wear. Casual is basically "look [Read more]

Fun Hostess Gifts from the Traveler

Pocket Garden Pack

Where are you going this holiday season? If by chance you're staying with friends or family on your trip, it's always a nice idea to bring a little gift to show your gratitude for your host's generosity. The question is...what is a good hostess gift? For one, [Read more]

How to Childproof Your Home for Company

baby gate

I recently wrote a post with tips on how to make your out of town guests feel welcomed. I mentioned that if crawling babies or toddlers are descending upon your home this holiday season you should make an effort to childproof the environment for the little [Read more]

Going Back in Time in Grand Lake, Colorado

Antique sewing machine, and the bell that Mrs. Kauffman, a teacher, used to call kids to class in a one-room schoolhouse.

A history buff, I could spend hours looking at period clothing, artifacts and memorabilia from just about any era. But as a relative newcomer to the West (I moved to Colorado from New Hampshire nearly 20 years ago), I'm particularly enthralled with stories of [Read more]

Cruise Ship Health and Safety Tips

cruise ship dining

My family and I are sailing on the Carnival Breeze this spring. When I've mentioned our pending cruise vacation to local friends, I've gotten some raised eyebrows in return, in light of the much-publicized Carnival Triumph debacle that occurred in February, [Read more]