A Visit to the China Institute in NYC


A little over a week ago I attended my first “meetup” through meetup.com.  Meetups are a great way to connect with other people who enjoy learning or doing something new.  My love of all things cultural leads me to a meetup at the China Institute on the Upper East Side in Manhattan. Although the China […]

10 Reasons Santa Cruz is So Dreamy

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This morning I woke up at my leisure and decided to start working off those extra pounds from the holiday indulging I took part in over the last week.  As I hit my iPod on shuffle, Katy Perry’s California Gurls started to play, so I decided to select the 60 minute Monterey Coastal Trail on […]

Norman Rockwell, America’s Illustrator


It is no secret that I love to travel, but there is one time a year that I long to be home.  Christmas time.  I usually save up enough vacation time to add onto company holidays to solidify two weeks off from my full-time sales career.  Upon telling one of my customers last week about […]

7 Reasons I am Smitten with Charleston


Have you ever visited a city that has left you feeling like a love-struck teenager?  Since visiting Charleston, South Carolina a couple of months ago, I find it hard to think of anything else and can often be caught daydreaming about moving to the Holy City and calling it home. One reason that it was […]

Hallmark Visitors Center


Earlier today while scrolling through pins on Pinterest and enjoying my morning coffee, I stumbled upon a pin that leads me to Travel & Leisure’s Best U.S. Cities for Affordable Getaways.  I wasn’t surprised to find that Kansas City, Missouri took top honors.  I know you might be thinking, “Really, you weren’t surprised?”  You might […]

Visiting Snoopy & the Peanuts Gang

Hanging with Snoopy and Woodstock

Watching the Brady Bunch and Bewitched on television, playing Barbies with my best friend Lyn, drawing and painting in Mrs. Felder’s art class, my sugar blanket (don’t ask) and my love for the cutest beagle named Snoopy are all great memories from my childhood.  It was my childhood nostalgia and stumbling across the Charles M. […]

Traveling back 400 Years on Roanoke Island

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Last week Samantha Brown, one of my favorite travel celebrities posted East Coach Beaches with Nearby History.  Since the beach is always on the top of my son’s travel list and history is on mine, I excitedly clicked the link in my Facebook news feed.  Her list included Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, Fort Sumter in […]

The Whodunnit Family Scavenger Hunt at the MET

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One of my favorite places in New York City is the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I still remember the first time I visited the museum and was overwhelmed by both the size (it is the largest museum in the United States) and by the Temple of Dendur.  Visiting the museum with my son has been […]

Really Big Things On The Side Of The Road

Smiling for my photo-op with the Giant Cootie!

One of the best things about taking a road-trip is abandoning the endless interstate and hopping on one of America’s two-lane highways.  Often when we traveled these back roads, we discovered some wacky over-sized sculptures.  Roadside attractions started popping up in the 1920s with the birth of the U.S. highway system.  Travelers needed places to […]

A NYC Christmas


I love New York City through all seasons, but the Christmas holiday is my favorite time to be out and about in the city.  To borrow a line from the Rockettes, it is “spectacular.”  I know Thanksgiving is next week and most of you are probably thinking “can we at least enjoy the turkey and […]