Nov 252015
Maternity Dresses: 8 Secrets for Fashion and Comfort

Now in the third trimester of my second pregnancy, I’ve made enough maternity fashion mistakes to confidently give you the skinny (er, plumpie?) on how to buy dresses for comfort and cuteness as your bump grows. To illustrate each point, I’ve partnered with my favorite dress brand, Leota, which was started by my college friend Sarah, and was just named one of the 50 fastest growing women-led companies in America by Forbes Magazine!

I [...Read More!]

Nov 182015
What Would YOU Buy at This Great Turkish Arts Market?

During my travels in Turkey this year, I fell in love with the country’s rainbow-vibrant markets. Walk with me now as we explore the beautiful outdoor shopping street in Sirince, Turkey, which is just a few minutes from the famed ancient ruins of Ephesus, near the west coast of the country.

Sirince itself is a delightfully picturesque hillside town that brings to mind lush green villages in Italy. The town was first settled in the 15th century, [...Read More!]

Nov 082015
Cuddling Live Penguins in Dubai?! I Promise This is Real!

“Why aren’t you kissing the penguin?” asked the trainer. “Go on, put your lips on the penguin’s head!” I drew closer, puckering my lips, but hovering a centimeter from the downy feathers.

“Are you scared?” asked the trainer.

“I’m pregnant!” I replied. “I know pregnant women aren’t supposed to eat raw fish, and smooching a penguin seems a similar concept.”

“Oh, ok,” the man agreed. “No need to kiss, then. Just cuddle.”

I obliged, stroking the soft [...Read More!]

Nov 022015
Why I Traveled to Dubai, 5 Months Pregnant and Alone!

Just because you are married, have children, or are pregnant, it does not mean you must give up your passions… even if one of those passions is traveling alone!

In a wild incarnation of this anthem, I’ve just returned from a solo 9-day trip in the United Arab Emirates, and — ohh — did it ever satisfy a hunger! But how in the world did this trip come to be?

The story starts in 2014 when [...Read More!]

Oct 252015
Why Southbridge, MA is a Brilliant Weekend Getaway

A dreamy New England getaway with family is possible just an hour west of Boston! For my birthday weekend, I had the opportunity to explore the area around Southbridge, Massachusetts, and I officially declare it a hidden gem. Here are tips on where to stay, eat, and play in the area.

Where to stay: The Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center is the winner for convenience and comfort, and what a fascinating story it has! [...Read More!]

Oct 182015
The Secret About Old Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts

This week, our family finally made it to Old Sturbridge Village in central Massachusetts after years of saying we would go. What we encountered took me by surprise!

I admit — I had low expectations for the “largest living museum in New England” which recreates life in the early 1800s. OSV began in 1946, so I pictured hokey actors and boredom in all forms. How wrong I was!

The three hours we had scheduled [...Read More!]

Oct 102015
Giant Birds Landing on Your Hand to Eat Mice in Ireland

Did I get your attention with that title? Other contenders included “Falconry in County Mayo” and “My Favorite Activity During Ireland Travel,” but both lack the heart-thumping drama necessary. The simple truth is that one of the top things I’d recommend you do on a visit to Ireland is have a terrifying bird of prey land on your hand to eat dead mice. Yum!

The spot we chose for this madness was Ireland’s School [...Read More!]

Oct 042015
Fabulous Food in the Fresh Air of the Finger Lakes, NY

If you’re traveling through the Finger Lakes region of New York State, it’s only logical to use your fingers to shove delicious food into your mouth while gazing out at lakes, right?

During our family’s week in the Finger Lakes, I was secretly pregnant, and thus so ravenous that I took as many photos of the food we ate as the majestic canyons at Watkins Glen State Park. The good news about this [...Read More!]

Sep 272015
And Our Favorite Travel Destination of the Year Is...

As a travel blogger, it is joy to encounter a destination that I can recommend wholeheartedly. I call a place like this an “Easy Win Destination” because it’s not only easy to get to, but guarantees awesome sights, food, and happiness. This year I traveled near and far, but of all those places I saw, the award for #1 spot I’d suggest you go to is…

…Quebec City, Canada! There are googobs of reasons why our family [...Read More!]

Sep 192015
The First Haircut for Baby: It Really Had to Happen!

Ooh, was I ever in denial that our baby needed a haircut! I loved playing with Devi’s soft mullet curls, and thought his long bangs looked stylish and fashion-forward. “No way our little guy needs a haircut,” I scoffed. “I mean, he’s ONLY fourteen months old!”

(Note: Devi is now 22 months old, but I just found these photos and decided this story needed to be told. Just like that first haircut… better late than [...Read More!]