The Ultimate Guide to Planning Your Perfect Kid-Friendly Road Trip

As summer draws near, many families are beginning to plan a vacation. Between low gas prices and warm weather, now may be the perfect time to hop in the car for a long family road trip. While long stints in the car leave many kids asking “are we there yet?” take a look at these tips to have them instead asking about the next road trip. Make the Journey Part of the Fun Car travel doesn’t have … [Read more...]

Hawaii Collection – Oh my, Hawaii!

I've been blessed to have been to Hawaii four times in the last couple of years (and I am due for another trip).  There is nothing quite like this island paradise. It breath-taking, relaxing, fun, tasty.  You can be adventurous as you want, explore the local cultures and foods, or do absolutely nothing and just enjoy the tropical breezes. I know the East Coast has the Caribbean and I've … [Read more...]

J’adore #69 – Travel Gear Edition 3

I'm thrilled to bring you a new edition of J'adore, my series on my favorite internet finds. This one is focused on travel gear and travel related products.  Who would have thought when I published my first J'adore in 2010 that I'd ever get to #69! It's a testimony to the ingenuity of people and the entrepreneurial spirit that continually creates products we must have! Travel Gear that Protects … [Read more...]

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Think you’re unlucky when it comes to love? Guess what? Maybe, you should start looking for guys who thrive on adventures and new experiences. While these fellows may not be as dashing as Disney’s version of Prince Charming, a guy who travels will make you feel grateful for every moment and breath of this beautiful journey that we call life. Passionate, hopeless romantic and deeply in love with … [Read more...]

Top 5 Things to Eat in Richmond

Disclosure: This post was created in collaboration with Hotel Planner. As always, all experiences and opinions are my own. Richmond is steeped in American history. Patrick Henry shouted his famous declaration, "Give me liberty or give me death!" during a speech he made at the Second Virginia Convention while trying to persuade the convention to send troops in support of the Revolutionary War. … [Read more...]

How to Get Back into a Healthy Routine after Vacation

Vacation is our absolute favorite time of the year because it is the one time where we can just forget about all our worries and problems and simply let go and focus on ourselves. However, if you are trying to start living a healthy lifestyle, you’ll sometimes find that it’s a bit difficult to get back on track with it after a long, wonderful vacation. I’m here to make sure that doesn’t happen … [Read more...]

Orlando Travel Tips – 7 Places for Nature Lovers

Disclosure: This post was created in collaboration with InterContinental Hotels Group. As always, all experiences and opinions are my own. When researching for travel tips to Orlando, the vast majority of information you'll find relates to the bazillion theme parks in the area. Most people visiting Orlando are there to do just that, but what if you need a break from mice and wizards? I … [Read more...]

Find Your Great Place in South Dakota – Custer State Park

So you are probably wondering how to find your great place and what that has to do with Custer State Park in South Dakota? What does that mean and why am I writing about it? Truth is, your great place, and in this case, my great place is a spiritual rather than physical location.  It's a state of mind, a moment when you find something that was totally unanticipated and the connection you … [Read more...]

5 Awesome Things to Photograph in Osaka

Disclosure: This post was created in collaboration with InterContinental Hotels Group. As always, all experiences and opinions are my own. I've often written that Paris has my heart. But I bet you didn't know that Japan has my soul. My husband often jokes that I was Asian in another life, and my love of Japanese culture and food certainly serves as a testament to that. Throughout my … [Read more...]

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