Feb 232014
 
New York Travels: My First Night Away From Baby

I was shaking with emotion as I boarded the train for New York. My bag cut into my shoulder, laden with the supplies I suddenly must lug as a new mother traveling without her baby for the first time.

I took my seat as the train slid out of Boston, and breathed as sigh of relief as the familiar feeling returned: My heart soaring up out of my body with the ecstasy [...Read More!]

Feb 162014
 
The Miracle of the Icicle from Antarctica-Boston

The hot new trend among my travel blogger friends is journeying to Antarctica. Given that I have a new baby, that trip is not gonna happen over here for a while… But never fear! The Polar Vortex is alive and well here in Boston, and with it comes Antarctica-style dramatic ice.

Today I walked around a quiet suburb of Boston, shivering in the biting cold and gazing at all the frostiness. In [...Read More!]

Feb 092014
 
The Original Exploration We ALL Took, Illustrated

One reason we travel is the thrill of seeing something we never thought imaginable. An elephant on a highway in India! A child balancing a hulking computer on his head in Ghana! Eating a giant fried spider in China! But chasing and seeing these foreign sights is so exhilarating, sometimes we forget the original exploration we all undertook: our own bodies.

As you see from the photo above, my sweet two month old [...Read More!]

Jan 302014
 
Wow! I Never Thought I'd See THAT On The Road...

As I re-learn to drive with a new baby in the car here in Boston, I thank my lucky stars I am not re-learning to drive in India, which has some of the most hectic roadways I have ever seen.

Check out these shocking (well, for my sheltered American eyes) vehicular sights from our teacher tour of India last year…

Wowza. Doesn’t India bring “diversity in action” to a whole new level? So, which of these modes of [...Read More!]

Jan 222014
 
Cute and Funny Baby Activities During Maternity Leave

What a silly aardvark I was to think that I’d be bored during my Maternity Leave! Activities abound, and here are crazy-cute photos of some of my favorite antics…

So which is your favorite? Do any remind you of your family or your youth?

Ahh, I do love our little baby! I hope these photos have made you smile, and that you haven’t broken your computer by trying to nuzzle the [...Read More!]

Jan 092014
 
My Face Is on a Restaurant Advertisement in Africa?!

WHOA! Without my knowledge, I have become the face of a restaurant advertisement in West Africa?!

Late last night I received a shocking message from my friend Alicia, who had been traveling in Africa. “Lillie!” the message read, “Flying down the street in the car on my way to Bojo Beach in Ghana, we passed this sign. I screamed out loud, ‘I KNOW THAT GIRL!’ Are you aware that you are the face [...Read More!]

Jan 012014
 
Which Types of Posts Go Viral? 10 Examples of the Year.

Using the magic of Google Analytics, a website owner like myself can, at any time, peep at a live map of who is on which pages of her blog.

For example, right now I can see that there is a visitor to my site from Australia, and two people are reading my new baby photos article.

Seeing these stats swirl and shift is more exciting for blogging geeks like me than watching a live [...Read More!]

Dec 242013
 
11 Best Travel Adventures of the Year, Plus Baby Pics!

Oooh Mama, it’s been quite the year!

Here’s a ranking of the best travel adventures of the past 365 days, with links to photos and details of each if you click the blue words.

Accompanying this end-of-year roundup are photos of our awesome new baby, because, well, I cannot resist.

11. New Hampshire. We saw some of the best sunsets of our life above the New Hampshire mountains in July! That state has become [...Read More!]

Dec 152013
 
Are These the Most Beautiful Doorways in the World?

Last year at this time, my husband Colin, my brother David, and I were gearing up to take a teacher tour of India. Believe it or not, I still have hundreds of photos from that trip which remain to be put into articles… so here’s the next batch! These images are of the most beautiful doorways I’ve ever seen, spotted at the City Palace in Jaipur, India.

Lap up the colorful details [...Read More!]

Dec 082013
 
Why Do New Parents Disappear? See This Graphic...

When humans travel to certain places, certain things inevitably happen. Folks who voyage to West Africa often return with a vibrant African print cloth shirt or dress. Travelers to Vietnam rarely leave without scarfing down Pho soup. And new parents who enter Newborn Baby world nearly always… disappear.

I witnessed this New-Parent-Vanishing numerous times over in the last decade, always from the outside. Coworkers who were models of excellent communication went utterly [...Read More!]