Travel has been a passion of mine for decades.  Now, as a mother of two little ones, I’m attempting to prove that parents do not have to give up our traveling ways once we have children. Here you will find accounts of my personal travel experiences – with and without my children – as I balance it all: a non-travel related career, a family, and a travel lifestyle.

Katholische Kirche St. Michael | Vienna, Austria

Giving Vienna a second chance

Vienna is a city I’d always wanted to visit and that wish finally came true for me last year. My family and I spent five days in Vienna, doing our best to live like locals, and had an enjoyable time. Still, I left the imperial city feeling less than 100 percent in love with it. […]

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Thomas Cook #ExploreTheElements | Earth

#ExploreTheElements: A photoblogging challenge

The Thomas Cook travel company has challenged travel bloggers and photographers to use four original photos to represent each of the four natural elements: air, water, earth, and fire. I was nominated to participate in the challenge by my dear and wildly talented friend, Amber DeGrace, of Fine Craft Living. Not one to let my […]

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Grand Rapids Downtown Market

Visit to Grand Rapids Downtown Market

One thing I’m always sure to do when traveling is visit food markets. It’s a delicious way to get a taste of the regional flavor and to mingle with the locals. Some of the best meals I’ve had while traveling were either at food markets, or I bought ingredients at the market and prepared the meals myself. Meals […]

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Tips for safe driving in winter weather

Tips for safe driving in winter weather

As a lifelong Chicagoan, I’ve learned what to expect when it comes to winter weather. Snow, ice, cold, slush, and sleet are typical occurrences – not necessarily in that order, but possibly all in the same day. I like to think that since I am a tough Chicagoan, I can handle anything that’s thrown my […]

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