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”

Packing Light… With Kids!

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!

Travel with Kids

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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!”

Yosemite’s Light

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”

Light in the Valley of the Sun

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”


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”

Snow and Hygge

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”

Lighting the Tree

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”