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Women who travel: Italy or bust…

Last month I started writing for a travel blog contributing on a monthly basis about places I’ve been and want to share. She’s On The Go is a travel blog written by your best girlfriends that you didn’t know you had. They’re there to talk about everything you need to know about travel – where to go, what to see, what to wear, and even who to take with you on your next adventure. I’ll be contributing to their site from the perspective of a woman vs. traveling as a family. I have plenty of those stories to share here, but every once in a while you can see things differently when you travel alone… which I rarely if ever do.

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Recently an opportunity came up to travel to Italy with a girlfriend of mine. At first, I thought there was NO WAY I could leave my family for “fun” and go to another country. Who’d do that? What mom would leave her family for a week? Because that would obviously mean that I did not love them, right? Plus, I could come up with a hundred other reasons not to go. After talking about it with my husband, I have faith he is more than capable of handling things at home on his own. I also have the feeling my girls will be super spoiled by the time I get back.

So… where am I going and what am I doing?

Well, my amazing friend Emelia from Half Crazy Mama will be running a marathon in Venice, Italy. I jokingly told her I’d carry her running shoes and the next thing you know I was booking a flight. I will be holding a sign at the finish line that says, “You did it, now let’s get gelato!”

I’m not going to lie, I hate leaving my family behind but I might be using this trip as a scouting opportunity for our next European vacation. Italy has always been a favorite of ours and I’m excited to return again with my friend to support her during her race.

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Summer is gone, how did we get here?

You know when you wake up and try to remember the day and think, how did we get here? The summer months just flew by and now we are scrambling around in disbelief. School begins in just a couple days and like every year, it snuck up on us.

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Traveling to Europe: How to pack for a long vacation

We are just under thirty days away from our big trip to Europe. I’ve talked about how 2017 was going to be an adventure, and we’re actually following through with it. Europe, here we come. My mom will be taking care of our dog, house guest coming to visit (even though we won’t be here) and a new alarm that I’m sure will go off several times because my mother can’t remember the code. All that being said, people keep asking me how we are going to pack for a long vacation when traveling to Europe this summer.

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Influential Disneyland Mom Bloggers

Walt and Mickey at Disneyland

I’ve been writing about Disneyland for a long time. I think Emma was just 15 months old when we when to Disneyland for the first time. Over the years we’ve managed to spend a lot of time at Disneyland, a couple trips to Walt Disney World, and Aulani seems to be our home away from home. This summer, we’ll add Disneyland Paris to our Disney dream list. Writing about Disney has been a passion of mine; something that I’ve loved doing over the years and will keep doing as long as we keep going. continued

Who was… book series for young readers by WHOHQ

In getting ready for our summer vacation, we want to incorporate a few landmarks that would hopefully be memorable to our children. Traveling at such a young age, it’s hard to know what they’ll remember in the years to come. One of our stops this summer is Amsterdam. I’ve always wanted to visit the Anne Frank house, but not sure how to explain the Holocaust and why we need to honor this young girl. I immediately started a search for children’s books about Anne Frank. Not only did I find the perfect book about Anne Frank, but I stumbled upon WHOHQ and opened an entire library of goodness for young readers. continued

Walking in Memphis

Being in California, we rarely travel East. My sister has lived in Arlington, Virginia and after five years we’re just now going to visit. For some reason, traveling East just seems difficult, especially with two small children. When we were invited to Nashville, Tennessee, I thought this would be a great time to go. Nashville has been on my life list for some time and I was really excited. I also couldn’t believe we’d be so close to Memphis. Just an uneventful three and a half hour drive and we were rolling in. continued

Traveling with kids: 7 things to pack for the airplane

We have two really big trips coming up. One trip from the west coast to the east, the other is a 10+ hour flight to Europe. Even though traveling with our two girls is getting easier and easier we still want to make the most out of those long trips.

We recently took a trip to Nashville, which was about a four-hour flight for us. It’s easy to hand the kids an iPad and let them watch movies the entire time… if you have that type of kid. We don’t, so it’s up to us to come up with creative ways to keep the kids entertained and engaged when traveling. If you start when they’re young, traveling becomes a non-issue and everyone can have a great time. continued

2016: Where do we go from here?

Happy New Year! Yep, it’s January 18th and I’ve been silent for a very long time around here. Mainly because I haven’t been sure about what I want to do with this space. For many of us, 2016 was a year full of high’s and low’s. From the election, health issues, changing ventures, and moving again… I just don’t know where to begin. So I won’t. I would prefer to sweep it all under the rug and focus on what’s to come. Goodbye 2016… at times, you were not the best. Which brings me to 2017… continued

Welcome to Disneyland

Recently, my family and I had the privilege of accompanying friends on their first visit to Disneyland. Although their visit was short, I know we all had an amazing time. If you’re contemplating a trip to Disneyland, this year is a great time to go. Disneyland is thriving with new features, and with several recent renovations, it’s better than ever. The entire resort has lots to offer everyone from ages 1 to 101. continued

Visiting Scottsdale Arizona: Food, Fun and Family

I’ve never been to Scottsdale. This year, we decided to head out to the Arizona desert to watch our World Series Champions, the San Francisco Giants, for a Spring Training game. This was the perfect time for us to experience Scottsdale, see our favorite team play ball, and visit family. What a great weekend!

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