LIFE JOURNEYS

7 Tips to Make Your Tween Daughter Less Sassy & More Sweet

I felt like I had lost my sweet daughter. She had become much sassier and more argumentative. She didn’t laugh as much or want to play with her little brother. Now? Things are getting better. So much better, in fact, that I have been reflecting on what helped get her back to her kindhearted self. Based on […]

Life Coming Full Circle at the White House Travel Blogger Summit

The White House Travel Blogger Summit brought me full circle this year. The first time I visited Washington DC, I flew there in an airplane with about 100 or so other noisy, excited eighth-graders…without our parents! We visited numerous museums, memorials and the Library of Congress. The one disappointment was not getting to visit the White House. The freedom, excitement […]

Wild Movie Prize Pack Giveaway

Wild is one of those movies that stays with you for days and weeks after the credits have rolled, begging you to be present and appreciate what you have in your life today, because it might not be there tomorrow. It’s a story about travel and finding yourself during the journey. It’s about adventure, family, love, […]

Hot and Cold in Arizona – Adjusting to Life in the Desert

“I am moving away from Arizona the minute I graduate and I am never, ever moving back,” I said, all red-faced and out of breath from my scorching three-mile bike ride from Arizona State University. My former college roommate recently reminded me that I told her this almost daily during my senior year of college. But here I […]

Study Abroad Because…My Thoughts After the White House Travel Blogger Summit

Study abroad because it kills prejudice, encourages peace and expands opportunities. That was the essence of the messages shared by such leaders as Chief of Staff Denis McDonough at the White House Summit on Global Citizenship and Study Abroad. I was lucky enough to be invited to this event in Washington D.C. as one of […]

Back to San Diego

I am headed back to San Diego for a few days. I don’t think I’m ready to go. I want to stay in our new town, set down roots, build up friendships, discover new places to eat and play. I am not ready to face our dream home, now inhabited by another family. But my 9-year-old daughter, Karissa, wants […]

Confessions of a Family Travel Blogger

The life of a family travel blogger may seem super exciting, and in many ways it is. I get to travel A LOT. You might think I have got this travel thing 100% down…that my children are always well-behaved, seasoned travelers and that I sail through airports with a smile. Sometimes things don’t go according to plan, my friends, […]

My Family Is Moving to Arizona!

My family is moving to Arizona in a few days. We had planned to go for months. And then we couldn’t go. Now, suddenly we are packing our bags. I’ve been suffering from migraine headaches and what I assume are near panic attacks due to all of the stress of preparing for the move and my […]

Create a Reverse Bucket List – An Exercise in Gratitude and Pride

You might have bucket list filled with wishes you hope to one day fulfill. But what about a reverse bucket list? Writing down your achieved goals gives a sense of gratitude and pride. A reverse bucket list provides an opportunity to reflect on what you’ve already accomplished instead of always longing for something else.  Why make […]

Do you have decision fatigue?

I have decision fatigue. Do you have it too? This is the age of personalized-everything…from half-caf soy lattes with two pumps of white chocolate and whip, to craft-your-own sandwich shops, online build-your-own car options, and shoe websites sort-able by size, color, fabric, heel-size and more. Between making life’s big decisions and all of this customization, do we just […]

Student Volunteer Travel – An Opportunity for Giving & Growth

Rather than partying hardy, many high school students are making the world a better place during their school breaks. Student volunteer travel provides young people with the opportunity to journey abroad with other youth and give hands-on help to those in need. The experience can be life-changing for teens, who learn about life in developing […]

Give Kids the Gift of Travel at Christmas and All Year

As expats in Europe, trying to live by the mantra of “collect moments not things” isn’t always easy. You can imagine all of the fun and unique keepsakes that we stumble upon during our various European excursions. The biggest challenge is keeping our three young children on board with this mentality. For every birthday and […]

Behind the Scenes of My Satellite Media Tour in New York City

Last week I headed to New York for a wild and crazy media tour of television and radio appearances aplenty. I would love to tell you that I was super chillaxed about all of this, taking it all in stride and thrilled to do a bazillion interviews one after the other. But that would be […]