Mazda CX-9: I can’t handle the big!

2015 Mazda CX-9

My first car ever (not the one I drove but the one my parents owned and let me drive freely) was a 1978 Jeep Cherokee Chief. If you’ve never seen this orange and black monster, there’s a video of a mint condition Jeep in all its glory. It was surprising to me how much I loved […]

The 13 Things Better Than Chocolate in Hershey, PA

sooperdooperLooper shirt

Better than chocolate might be a bit of a strong opener for what I’m about to share with you. I happen to like chocolate but I don’t love chocolate. It’s something many people (including my husband) can’t comprehend. But I do love chocolate with other things, like chocolate and peanut butter. True story: Mr. Reese was inspired by […]

Why Ride the Coaster When You Can Just Buy the T-Shirt?

They still sell the exact. same. t-shirt.

There are days in every family that shall live in infamy. In my own family, it always seems to the worst case of “fill-in-blank” we ever had. Like the first New Year’s Eve I spent with my husband. We both were recovering from a stomach ailment but because I had started first, I was in […]

That Time I Stayed in a Haunted Denver Hotel

Brown Palace Denver

Business or pleasure? It’s a question I’ve always been asked whether I was traveling to London to work with a client or headed to Orlando for the happiest place on earth. And my response is always the same. Both. If you have a chance to visit someplace new, GET OUT AND EXPLORE IT. It doesn’t […]

A Disney Girl Does Universal Orlando

Disney family at UNIVERSAL

If I’m going to Orlando, it’s probably going to be for one purpose: to visit Disney World. Well, that and maybe visit my dad who lives about an hour away from there. A lot of time we’re simply piggybacking on another trip and we turn it into a mini-vacation. It’s easy for us to do […]

Stream of Consciousness Sunday: Overcoming Post-Vacation Anxiety

SOC Sunday 2015

For probably the 4th year in a row, we were able to plan a weeklong escape to Florida right when winter seemed to have us in its clutches. I know I’ll be going back to it but I feel ready to face the inevitable end of winter. I cam practically hear the robins singing and see […]

A Disney Vacation Round-Up

Evan meets Peter Pan

Even bloggers need a vacation and by the time you read this, I’ll be most of the way through my weeklong Disney vacation. We usually go for a week every February for several reasons: The weather isn’t blazing hot. The crowds are low (relatively speaking). It’s low season (in terms of accommodations). We really, really […]

The Girl Who Loved Volvo

Fadra and Amelia in Volvo V60

Once upon a time, there was a girl who loved Volvo. She was always attracted to quirky cars and loved the boxy designs she saw barreling down the highways. And those headrests! How could she forget those distinctive headrests!! But the closest she ever got to a Volvo was her college boyfriend who bought his […]

Philadelphia: The City of Holiday Love

Philly menorah

When I booked a weekend getaway for the family, I mainly wanted a change of scenery, access to some fun holiday activities, and a short drive from home. I got all of that when I took advantage of a Kimpton special and planned two nights at the Hotel Monaco. While food was a big part […]

A Pre-Holiday Feast in Philadelphia

Hotel Monaco - Philly

My family has this ongoing problem. We love to travel and experience new things but we often lack the impetus to get and go. We have plenty of grand ideas that we always intend to follow through on and end up stuck behind the never-ending litany of household chores and complacency. The holidays are no exception.  We […]

Everything You Need to Know About Beaches Turks & Caicos

Barefoot by the Sea

If you read anything about my recent trip to Beaches Turks & Caicos, you’re probably in one of two camps. The first one is I didn’t go so can you please shut the hell up about it already camp. I get it. I did THREE posts on my trip last week where I showed you my best […]