Sep 142016
The Best Reclining Umbrella Stroller for Travel and Home

“A light umbrella stroller with a reclining seat?!” I exclaimed to my husband, Colin, as I read the UPPAbaby G-LUXE description online. “I want it! This way we could stay out on the town during nap time instead of always having to go back mid-day. No more Nap Jail!”

“Isn’t our four year old hand-me-down stroller just fine?” Colin replied skeptically. “Sure, it’s about to fall apart and it doesn’t recline, but who needs one of [...Read More!]

Jul 252016
The Best Sandals for Travel and Life: A Love Song

I have been wanting to write this article for seventeen years. All this time across my life and world travels, a certain sandal has supported my footsies and made me deeply happy. Tragically, many people still haven’t heard of this brilliant brand, nor understand the joy it can bring. Here is a story from this week to illuminate the power of these shoes. Spoiler: it ends with my sandals getting stolen.

We were on a farm in Ohio with my [...Read More!]

May 272016
How I Lost Thousands of Dollars, Or: What Is Free?

It’s 1am, and the baby is finally asleep after perma-nursing all, day, and I KNOW I should “sleep when the baby sleeps,” but I have to get this out. It’s become clear this week that I have lost thousands of dollars in income that I did not need to lose. And I now see how to fix that.

When I started this blog in 2009, I did it because I LOVE to write [...Read More!]

Apr 042016
What Do New Mothers Do All Day (and Night)? One Word.

There is a one-word answer for me to the following questions: “What do new moms DO all day… and night? Why do people say new parents don’t sleep?” and “Why do new mothers disappear?” The one-word answer is something that many women with newborns do (70% in the U.S.) — and do for up to 35 hours a week — but that is seldom discussed or understood in terms of the time it [...Read More!]

Feb 072016
Pregnant AND Toddler: 17 Tips to Help Home and Travel

As I write this, I am 8.5 months pregnant and being punched from the inside by my fetus as our toddler runs down the hallway dragging a tin of olive oil he stole from the grocery bag, chased in hot pursuit by my husband.

I always knew I’d need to write this article because I always wondered: What is it like to be pregnant AND have a toddler, both at home and during travel? Your [...Read More!]

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 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!]

Aug 192015
Guess What? We're Pregnant With Our Second Child!

There’s so much I’ve wanted to say to you yet couldn’t, but now we can finally reveal that we are three months pregnant with our second child! First… yay! Colin and I are so excited to be “turning food into another human,” (as I like to say while downing pasta salad).

Second, this may give some context for why our 2,000-mile road trip with a toddler this summer was — despite being glorious — utterly exhausting. I [...Read More!]

Jul 132015
How to Pack Dresses for Travel and Great Photos: 9 Tips

Over the course of six years of travel blogging and 700 photo-filled articles, I’ve amassed tricks to help YOU pack dresses for fashionable travel and great pictures. To illustrate each point, I took a suitcase full of frocks from my favorite dress company, Leota, to the most awesome tourist attractions in Turkey.

1. Color Contrast. Keep in mind that some dress colors get lost against certain backgrounds, ruining your photos. On the fifth day of my Turkey trip, I knew [...Read More!]