• You Could Use A Vacation

    Chances are, anyone who reads this post could use a vacation. Whether you’re dealing with cold temperatures where you live, struggling to balance work assignments, going through a difficult parenting phase, or being stressed out by something else, some time away from your regular routine would probably benefit you greatly. However, getting away isn’t always easy. In fact, you may even assume you’ll need to have a lot of time and money set aside to even consider taking a vacation. Well, I’m posting this today to encourage you to dispel that way of thinking and instead join me in celebrating National Plan for Vacation Day. National Plan for Vacation Day…

  • Happy National Florida Day!

    Did you know that today is National Florida Day? If you’ve visited Florida before–or live there–you’ve seen firsthand at least a bit of what makes it a special place. Thanks to the presence of notable entertainment and tourism options, the tropical climate, and diverse ethnic groups who call the state home, it has a unique and fascinating culture. I‘ve been to Florida twice, but I only had a chance to see the Orlando metro area both times. I went for the first time back in the late 90s when my husband went there for a conference and I accompanied him. We went to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot and MGM Studios…

  • The Windy City Could Be Your Kind of Vacation Town

    Chicago has more than 40 fascinating museums, multiple interactive children’s museums, vibrant ethnic communities, and countless other noteworthy places to explore, so finding something to do when you’re in town is easy. Does someone in your family like learning about the solar system or have an interest in finding out more about ancient and current cultures from around the world? Or, are you raising a future artist? Either way, the Windy City is an ideal backdrop for a family vacation. Read on to learn about some of the places our family has enjoyed visiting over the years. Adler Planetarium (https://www.adlerplanetarium.org)–The Adler Planetarium is known for its interactive exhibits for adults and…

  • A Grand Experience Awaits Your Family in Grand Rapids, Michigan

    My girls and I always get excited when we learn that my husband is going to Grand Rapids to speak or teach at a conference. Why? Because he always lets us tag along with him! We’ve been so many times that I have basically memorized where some of my favorite restaurants (e.g., Chili’s, Panera) and stores (e.g., Target, Wal-Mart) are and even have options if our sightseeing or shopping excursions put us closer to one location than another. I also know where some of our favorite tourist spots are located. One of our favorite places to visit is the Grand Rapids Art Museum (http://www.artmuseumgr.org), the world’s first LEED Gold Certified…

  • It’s Time for You to (Re) Discover Los Angeles

    I’ve been fascinated by the Los Angeles, California, since I was little. There was something magical about the California palm trees, mountains and beaches that were shown in movies and TV shows and I longed for the day I could finally see them in person. It didn’t happen as a child, but I finally got a chance to see the City of Angels in person after being married for several years and becoming a mom. I’ve now been back a few times and am still amazed at how much I still haven’t seen. I always feel like I’m discovering something new about this city. Have you ever been? If you…