Travel and comfortable shoes

There’s something about an upcoming vacation that just makes me giddy. Constantly checking the weather forecasts, trying to determine what to pack and figuring...

These are a few of my favorite things . . .

Some people get excited when their favorite fashion magazine or catalog arrives. Me, I thrive on travel catalogs. I just love opening my mailbox...

Alsace, merci beaucoup!

Planning this one has been a moving target. While I’m nearly always my own “travel agent” there are so many ways to bring a...

Where oh where to go next?

“But didn’t you  just take vacation?” I hear that frequently, but personally I just think people have short memories! It’s time to think about...

How do you say . . .

Phrasebook French at it’s finest. I picked up a pocket phrasebook for the upcoming trip to France. While I studied French in high school...

Sadly the RV trip is cancelled

Unfortunately, the Grand California RV Adventure, also known as touring Sequoia and Yosemite has been cancelled. Some lucky camper is going to snag a...

Fall vacation is in the works!

Looks like it is Austria in the fall. Just booked airfare yesterday to fly into Salzburg and return from Vienna. Why so early? Well,...

J’adore Paris!

This summer I’m trying something new. A vacation. I never vacation in the summer. Crowds, heat, high prices. Nope, not for me.  However, this...

Munich Madness

I can now officially claim to be going on vacation “next week.”  The countdown to Europe and unplugging from all things work is speeding...

Beyond Paris: Paris to Loire Valley

We’ve been having too much fun visiting adorable villages and UNESCO heritage sites not to mention eating good food and drinking great wine to...

Paris Day 5: Flea Markets

One of the great things to do on a Saturday in Paris is explore one of the vast flea markets and Les Puces de Saint-Ouen is...

Paris day 4 – central paris highlights

Today is all about central Paris. Visiting some of the sights that make this city so famous. While I’ve explored many of these places...

Packing bundle in action

Thought I’d share my most recent experience using that packing bundle technique I shared a few posts ago. Plus of course there’s my new...

New packing technique

I thought I had packing light and my technique down pat. Then I came across this video (pack for weeks in a carry on bag) from Packinglight.com. I’ll...

Full day in Copenhagen

We arrived in Copenhagen yesterday late afternoon and spent a few hours walking around the city, enjoying a dinner of open faced sandwiches before...

And anyway we Getaway

Norwegian Cruise Lines mega ship GetWay is making her maiden voyage through the Baltics and we’re on it! She just arrived after sailing 16...

Packing for a short business trip

I’m off to Chicago. Since this is a short one lasting only two nights it’s a very light packing trip and I can get...

Warnemunde, Germany

NCL Getaway dwarfs the fishing village of Warnemunde as nearly four thousand passengers descend upon this sleepy seaside town. We’re exploring on our own...

A different kind of fast & furious

With less than two weeks until Paris (9 days to be exact) I’m entering the fast and furious travel shopping mode. Not exactly sure...

Makeup on the road

One thing I’ve been asked about is what make-up I take when I travel.  I pretty much narrow down between my “nice to haves”...

So, what did I pack for Germany?

In case you’re curious about how I pack for all this travel, let me share with you my Germany packing list. As you can...

Baggallini Town Tote Review

The Baggallini Town Tote was a recent purchase made to use instead of a large Eagle Creek tote bag. I was looking for a...

What to wear in Europe

Whenever I watch travel shows I spend most of the time trying to see what everyone is wearing. Show the shoes, show the outfits!...

Warnemunde to Rostock

After enjoying our morning in Warnemunde we took the short 20 minute train down to Rostock and subsequent tram to The city center. The...

Day at sea

After staying up late to enjoy the departure from Warnemunde it was nice to sleep in and have a lazy morning. Unfortunately we missed...

Second day in St. Petersburg

Our second day in St. Petersburg was spent in the city visiting landmark sights including the Hermitage, Church on Spilled Blood, Sts. Peter and...

Russia! Experiencing St. Petersburg

It feels surreal to be in Russia yet the actual experience is just like any other major European city with the exception of signage....

Helsinki

After two exhausting days in St. Petersburg we spent a relatively short day in Helsinki and must admit it’s my least favorite stop so...

In Beautiful Stockholm

One busy day in port led to another and this time we’re enjoying the beautiful city of Stockholm. Sadly, due to our ship size...

Vacation challenges

My mom once told me that a vacation should challenge you. Step outside your comfort zone. Learn. Grow. Do something different. Sometimes it’s new...

Take a moment

All too often we get caught up in our own lives and the travel chaos we create. But the greatest thing about travel are...

Paris arrival day

I’ve been enjoying Paris for the past several days yet sadly have not been blogging about it. I didn’t think I’d do much this...

Vacation all I ever wanted

Time again for vacation! While most of my trips are relatively short  this is another big one. Two full weeks. Off to Copenhagen and...

Back to Paris!

Over the past several days Facebook is reminding me of where I’ve been the last several years. Apparently I love going out of the...

King Stanley to Wotten-under-Edge

Let’s rename this section to Hell’s Steep Climbs and Descents. The first leg is described as 6 1/2 miles of “streneous in sections” between...

Wotten-under-Edge to Old Sodsbury

The morning greated us with blue skies and a clear forecast. Such a relief from yesterday’s rain. We can expect some muddy trails but...

Old Sodsbury to Pennsylvania/Cold Ashton

It’s a solo walk for me today. Linda’s badly bruised toe took a beating over the last two days and it needs a break...

Pennsylvania/Cold Ashton to Bath

It’s the last leg of our journey as we push on toward Bath. We’ll walk a little over 11 miles over a variety of...

Painswick to King Stanley

First day of our walk. Bath here we come! Today we’re tackling Painswick to King Stanley covering 9 1/2 miles down the Cotswold Way....

Next trip is set!

The winner of the fall international travel destination is . . . . Brussels!  Chocolate, beer and french fries dipped in mayonnaise. Yep ....

Guten Tag!

Me thinks Germany is in my future. Beer, sausage, castles . . . speeding down the Autobahn. Well, the Autobahn won’t likely happen as...

Driving and more driving

For someone who doesn’t really like to drive on vacation, looks like 2012 will be the year of driving vacations! There’s definitely a trip...

SOCIAL MEDIA TIPS FROM BRITMUMS LIVE

You may just have noticed that bloggers in the UK were a little excited this weekend just gone. Twitter was bursting with tweets sharing moments and...

Why You Should Try To Blog Daily

There are times when you may lose focus or feel like you are not writing the blog you thought you would write. Many bloggers...

Finding That Blogging Balance

Social media sucks you in for hours, stats bog you down and you find yourself working until the early hours finishing off the perfect...

10 Tips For Finding Your Focus

There are times in your time as a blogger when you will feel like everything is getting on top of you. It is important...

THE #LIVELOVEBLOG INSTAGRAM CHALLENGE

Instagram is one of the lesser known ways of building a blog following. It is easy to understand why FB and Twitter bring in...

SOCIAL MEDIA HEADERS: A SIZE GUIDE

One of those things is creating a fabulous blog header to show everyone what you are about! If you have read last week’s post...

6 REASONS TO EMBRACE YOUR PASSION DAILY

Why do you blog? That is an important question that you must know the answer to to be a successful blogger. That does not...

A YEAR AS A BLOGGER

Katy reflects on her first year as a blogger. One year ago I bought a domain and wrote my very first post.  If I...

These the Best Plugins for wordpress

Sometimes searching for the right one can take a while so here’s a list of WordPress plugins that we think make life just that...

HOW TO MAKE MONEY BLOGGING

When you start to take blogging a little more seriously, you might start looking into how you can make money from your blog.  I...

CREATING A KILLER MEDIA KIT

The word Media Kit is banded around quite a bit by bloggers and PR alike. You may have even been asked for one or...

How to Organise Your Blogging

As much fun blogging can be, doing it properly takes effort, commitment and most importantly, time.  If you a blogger who juggles family life with...

DECIDING A BLOG NAME

This is potentially one of the really tricky bits of starting a blog, coming up with a name that perfectly represents all that you...

YOUR FIRST BLOGGER CONFERENCE

Blogger conferences are becoming more and more popular as bloggers realise that they are a great opportunity to meet and chat to other bloggers,...