The history. The people. The ruins. The culture. The FOOD! There is so much to see and do (and eat!) in the Eternal City of Rome. Here’s how we made it a light experience for our family.
Exploring the Roman Forum.
I love visiting other countries. I love meeting the people and hearing their language and seeing how they live. I love the different landscapes and architecture. I love learning about the history of a region. Because exploring is one of the ways I “play,” travel is lots of fun for me! Continue reading “Rome”
It’s one thing for me to throw my own stuff in a suitcase and head out the door on an adventure. It’s a totally different thing when I’ve got the kids in tow! But a little planning can make traveling with little people just as light!
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It’s no secret that I love to travel. There is something magical about seeing all the varieties of people and places that exist on this planet we inhabit. That’s why I’m not about to sit at home waiting for my little ones to be “old enough” to travel. Kids are portable! And there are things you can do to make traveling with kids a little lighter. Continue reading “Packing Light… With Kids!”
The way the sun peeks over the granite cliffs and casts its light over the Yosemite Valley is nothing short of majestic. Time spent in this magnificent national park is soul-lightening!
The breathtaking El Capitan.
I was lucky enough to grow up about 2 hours from Yosemite National Park. Day trips into the park to see it’s natural beauty happened often. Continue reading “Yosemite’s Light”
A few things we did that helped make our boys’ first trip to Disneyland a light one for all of us!
We did it. We finally took the 5 year olds to the “Happiest Place on Earth” and at the end of the day, we managed to stay pretty… happy! Continue reading “Disney Done Light”
A long weekend to the lake was just what I needed!
I saw a mug this weekend that said, “Sunshine and Lake Water” on it. I very nearly bought it. I’ll take a cuppa that any day. Continue reading “Sunshine and Lake Water”
A first-time trip to the Phoenix area introduced me to the light to be found in the desert.
If you’ve been left wondering what happened to me and which room I was going to de-clutter next… my apologies. I’ve been off on a mid-spring adventure to the Valley of the Sun. Continue reading “Light in the Valley of the Sun”
Twice a year I “retreat” from the busy-ness of my life and clear some space and time just for me.
I’ve just returned from two of my favorite days of the year. Once in the spring and once in the autumn, I go away overnight on a personal retreat. Continue reading “A Personal Retreat”
Today at the beach I was struck by a truth: The ocean is not meant to be perfectly calm. It is meant to have waves. That sounds a lot like my life.
I spent some time this afternoon just watching the waves at Seabright Beach in Santa Cruz, CA. Ok, I also spent more time watching a pair of 4 year olds and making sure they didn’t terrorize the seagulls or get washed out to sea. But still. I got to watch the waves today. Continue reading “Waves”
We just got back from our mid-winter trip to the snow! Yes, as Californians, we have to actually go somewhere to find the powdery white stuff. And while I’m a born and raised Cali girl, my husband is a born and raised snow boy, and at least once a year, I need to take him to go play in a white winter wonderland. Continue reading “Snow and Hygge”
How fun is it to combine two traditions into one? For the past 17 years my travel souvenirs have made an annual appearance on our Christmas tree.
When it’s officially time to decorate for Christmas (not until after Thanksgiving, thank you very much), I can’t wait to put up the Christmas tree! We have an artificial tree. Yes, that means we have to store it in our garage, but I’d rather do that than cut down a live tree every year. Our tree is an old friend by now. But what makes it even more magical, are the ornaments. Continue reading “Lighting the Tree”