LIFE JOURNEYS

What Not to Say to Other People, Even if You Mean Well

We’ve all done it…unintentionally offended someone with our seemingly innocent question or comment. Over the years, I have discovered many things NOT to say. As a very curious and fairly awkward person, I have learned many of these lessons the hard way. It’s not that I’m a jerk; I just didn’t know any better. Wouldn’t […]

Are You Ready to Turn Your Hobby into a Business?

So you want to turn your hobby into a business. Maybe you’ve lost your job, you’re seeking a side hustle to supplement your income, or you want to dump your day job in favor of something more fulfilling. You might be ready to take the leap from doing your hobby for fun, to earning some […]

Songs about Colors – A Musical Rainbow of Inspiration

These eight songs about colors will inspire adults and kids alike. More than merely a collection of melodies that mention a particular color, this list includes songs that are meaningful and uplifting. I hope these colorful songs will bring you some joy, particularly when trying to make sense of chaotic times or when you need […]

Travel Mamas 11th Anniversary – My Blogging Journey & Most Popular Stories

Eleven years ago I didn’t know what a blog was. Today Travel Mamas is one of the world’s top travel blogs. To celebrate the 11th anniversary of this family travel blog, I’m counting down our 11 most popular stories of all-time and sharing my blogging journey! The traditional 11th anniversary gift is steel, the symbol […]

Why and How to Host a Vision Board Party

If you are asking, “What’s a vision board?” – obviously you are not nearly as obsessed with Oprah as I am. So, I’ll give you the scoop. A vision board is collage representing things you would like to attract to your life. Here’s how and why to throw a vision board party to get the magic started.

10 Reasons to Give the Gift of Learning a New Language with Rosetta Stone

A new language opens a world of possibilities. Learning a foreign language makes a wonderful gift to give for the holidays, a birthday, wedding or any special occasion. With Rosetta Stone, giving the gift of language is also easy with their customizable e-cards. Plus, I know from personal experience that their subscription-based online language learning […]

The Travel Mama’s Bucket List – Updated!

This bucket list is made up of unaccomplished dreams, awaiting fulfillment.

8 Best Business Books for Women

You’ve got great business ideas. And you have the skills to implement them. But do you know where to start and how to get your ideas heard? It’s time to put your business plans into action. Or maybe it’s time to learn how to turn your hobby into a business and be your own boss. […]

World Vision ~ Give Great Gifts & Make the World a Better Place

This holiday season, give beautiful handcrafted gifts from World Vision that your loved ones can unwrap and enjoy. At the same time, feel good knowing that your presents are helping to make the world a better place. How? Simply choose from World Vision’s Handcrafted Gifts Catalog, and a donation will be made to help alleviate poverty […]

Should Your Teen Do a Gap Year After High School?

Don’t you wish sometimes that you could have time off to clear your head and explore the world? Luckily for today’s teens, they can take a gap year after high school before entering college or pursuing a career. The popularity of gap years has spread across the Atlantic and is increasingly becoming an option for […]

Which Animal Are You? A Fun Look at the Human Spirit

Trainers use laid-back companion dogs and docile goats to mellow wild cheetahs and skittish racehorses. My theory is that some people have the untamed spirit of the former, and others have the even-keeled souls of the latter. Partnering with someone who possesses the qualities opposite yours can be mutually beneficial. Which animal are you? Wild Cheetahs and Laid-Back […]

Watch “He Named Me Malala” with Your Kids

“There is a moment when you have to choose whether to be silent or to stand up.” – Malala Yousafzai Great changes are made when people are willing to speak out about injustices, even at the risk of grave personal danger. Martin Luther King, Jr. had the charisma and vision to propel the Civil Rights Movement […]

5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Israel

Ripe with history and bursting with spiritual significance, Israel is the birthplace of two major world religions, Christianity and Judaism, and home to important religious sites for another, Islam. Before my recent visit, I had my own ideas about what this country would be like. While there, I was shocked to learn the following fascinating facts from my group’s […]