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30 Things to Do at Mall of America Besides Shop

You’ve heard of the Mall of America. It’s that giant shopping mall in Minnesota. This mall’s 520 retail stores can keep any shopper happy for days. But do you know how much there is to do at Mall of America besides shop? I have spent a ton of time at this mega entertainment complex over the years. […]

Which Disneyland Character Meal Is Best for Your Family?

Each of the five Disneyland character meals has its own feel, special touches, and star character. But how do you know which character meal is best for your family? Let me break it down for you…

15 Best San Diego Attractions for Kids

San Diego County overflows with fun for families. There is plenty for all ages to enjoy in this sunny Southern California town. As a mom who lived San Diego for 15 years and who returns regularly with her brood, here are my picks for the best San Diego attractions for kids. I’ve also included my favorite restaurants and […]

Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Around the World

Is there anything more comforting than a good grilled cheese sandwich? Definitely not, in my humble opinion. As a kid growing up in the U.S., nothing could beat the melty goodness of Kraft American cheese nestled between two pan fried slices of white bread slathered with butter. My love of a good grilled cheese made me wonder […]

Edmonton Girlfriend Getaway Tips for a Hip Trip in Alberta, Canada

Looking for the perfect trifecta of shopping, spa and splurge-worthy restaurants for your next girlfriend getaway? You’ll find all this and more in Edmonton ~ Canada’s most Northern provincial capital. I went to University in Edmonton, but since I graduated oh-so-many years ago, I haven’t made it back much. There’s a bit of rivalry between […]

Milwaukee Guys Weekend – A Destination for Manly Men

Guy getaways tend to follow the same broken record of trips – a bachelor party in Vegas, a golf trip somewhere, or a weekend of debauchery in Mexico. Put on repeat. Over and over again. Men, I’m here to tell you that there are better options than unsuccessfully trying to relive your youth in an […]

10 Ways to Keep it Weird in Portland with Kids

This city in Oregon prides itself on being offbeat with its slogan, “Keep Portland weird.” Public pianos implore passersby to play them. Dogs wear sunglasses. Doughnuts come topped with bubble gum. Intrigued? Check out these 10 ways to keep it weird in Portland with kids. 1. Eat weird Portland doughnuts. Kick off your Portland explorations with some […]

5 Reasons to Choose a Virginia Beach Romantic Getaway

Yearly vacations with just my husband and me (no kids!), keeps our relationship strong during the downs and ups of life as a married couple. Dreaming about where to go on our next couple’s retreat is part of the joy. This year we did a city escape. For next year, I’m craving a beach vacation. After […]

10 Ways to Find Romance in New Orleans

It’s easy to find romance in New Orleans. The jazz sets the tone…mellifluous and ever present. Toast your honey with one of the city’s famous or not-so-famous cocktails. Then dig into bowls of sensuous cuisine like shrimp n’ grits or or crawfish etouffe. The music is the muse of New Orleans, begging couples to swing onto the […]

10 Fantastique Things to Do in Montreal with Kids

As the largest French-speaking city in North America, Montreal stands out as a unique and historic metropolitan area. Its French-Canadian charm is mixed with many immigrant cultures that have made this city in Quebec a lively mix of people, food and attractions. This list of 10 fantastique things to do in Montreal with kids is sure to keep […]

Fun and Tasty Things to Do in Cologne, Germany

Cologne, Germany is known for its gothic cathedral and its unique Kölsch beer. It’s also the birthplace of the world’s first eau de cologne and home to some of the best shopping in the country. Bring a big appetite and good walking shoes when visiting this German city because there’s lots to eat and explore. 1. […]

15 Sweet Things to Do in Hershey, Pennsylvania with Kids

Would you like to visit the Sweetest Place on Earth? Sightseeing, thrill rides, live entertainment and endless chocolate treats await in a town that smells like cocoa. Check out these 15 things to do in Hershey, Pennsylvania with kids. 1) Schedule a day of fun at Hershey Park. The highlight of any trip to Hershey, Pennsylvania with kids is […]

Rudesheim am Rhein in Germany with Viking River Cruises – A Love Story

I learned unexpected lessons about love, agelessness and acceptance in Rudesheim am Rhein, Germany during my Viking River Cruise last spring. I must admit that I was hoping some of the “younger” cruisers (in their 50s or 60s) would join us for our dinner excursion. My 40-something husband, Phil, and I were among the youngest people aboard […]