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Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island

I have no stats to prove this claim, but I swear this was the longest winter ever in Chicago.  We hadn't been planning to go away for spring break but we all really started crashing...  We needed air that didn't hurt to breathe and sun that warmed sand.  We were all...

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Field Museum

  This winter has lasted about 1000 years and the reign of the White Witch really needs to come to an end.  Not to mention that we have a very limited discretionary budget right now, we are in desperate need of some family time that does not involve reruns of...

Galveston Texas

  You may wonder how The V Fam ended up in Texas over winter break.  It was really quite simple.  I was trying to escape winter and the snow so I pulled up google flights and looked for the cheapest place we could fly (obviously on Spirit.  AKA the Greyhound bus...

Diwali

  Diwali / Dipalwali didn't even exist in my little world until I was 35.  I have abnormally high blood pressure and my doc directly told me that I needed yoga.  I consequently met my beloved Guru Deepti and she invited me to my first Diwali party.  I showed up...

Birks

  College in the 90s + Full Participation in Lilith Fair + Gen X = Owning a Pair of Birks I didn't over-think or cherish them as I should; My Birks were simply my shoes. They were still in their prime of life, no more than a mere 7 years old, when I had a few...

Open House Chicago

  It is no secret that free/cheap is my jam.  This coming weekend (October 13-14, 2018) is one of my all-time favorite free things to do in Chicago.  I like it so much that I would even recommend that people from out of town plan their visit for this!  Chicago...

Houseplants

   Today is a topic very near and dear to my heart.  Houseplants.   Don't stop reading!!!  I know.  Houseplants are either boring or depressing, or PTSD inducing (--as everything rushes back upon recollection of the tragic tale involving the orchid from Great...

Take Care

I take care of things...  I help with homework and organize carpools and schedule the plumber but not at the same time as the ortho or PT or allergy shots or practice.  I do piles and piles of laundry.  I research the best vitamins and find live music for...

Mama Bear

  When I was a kid, I didn't really dream of growing up to be a Mama Bear.  Being a mom seemed complicated and stressful and it would definitely take away energy from my dreams and passions and goals (I was way more right than I realized)... but as life would...

Sandy Oregon

We spent last week on Mount Hood, just outside Sandy Oregon (if you are from Chicago and frustrated with the constant slaughtering of Illinois, I looked it up... it is officially pronounced "aura-gun").  I need to state right here in the intro something very very...

Northerly Island

It is officially time to inform people of my second favorite music venue (hard to ever beat Red Rocks).  Northerly Island is in Chicago and had a bit of a dicey start.  Way back in 1910, the city planner intended for it to be for public enjoyment, but there wasn't...

LA Day 2 & 3

Day 2 & 3 were pretty packed (as if Day 1 wasn't?!)  There is SO MUCH TO SEE IN LA!!  Downtown LA isn't really worth staying in because parking is expensive and it isn't a great hub for everything else you'll want to do, but it is a REALLY cool city.  My husband...

LA Day 1

    I love LA.  It isn't really the place I'd want to live full time but visiting is the best.  I've been to Los Angeles a few times now but this was the first time with the kids.  We flew in late on a Thursday, took a short free shuttle to the the rental...

Hopped on a Plane to LAX

 I love Chicago and seasons and the snow and cute boots, but I just try my hardest to escape it a few times a winter.  This year, we scheduled two.  A trip to Orlando with extended family that ended up being 29 degrees (not a winter escape and story later) and...

Myrtle Beach

 I keep over-thinking these posts and then I freeze because I want them to be perfect with artistic pictures and a precise layout and every detail but then they never get done at all and I have a million drafts just sitting here.  SOOO... Turning over a new leaf here...

Atlanta Piedmont Park

 I really am not sure how we've ended up in Atlanta so many times, but we do.  And frankly, I like it more every single time (especially when we aren't driving)!  This time we took the MARTA to Midtown (both the red and gold lines work). Midtown is absolutely adorable...

Packing Bags

Our first couple of family vacations were admittedly a learning experience of epic proportions and involved an exhausting game of tetris at each stop.  We brought stuff we didn't need, forgot things we had at home, and there was even one delightful time when a bag of...

Pick a Place and Plan the Trip

 On a recent trip, we were listening to a guy playing acoustic guitar at a tiny bar.  It was chilly, we had done a bunch of hiking, were sipping whiskey, and between sets, we struck up  conversation with the people next to us (let me start by saying that I know it...

Meals

 Rumor has it that some people forget to eat meals.  Those are probably the same people who work-out as "me time" and look forward to their yearly cleanse.  I personally know people like that (don't worry, I won't put your names... you know who you are).  I admire...

Lodging & Accommodations

 My sister and I look similar but we are literally night and day on so many things.  For example, that girl LOVES a true vacation.  It pretty much isn't worth it to her unless she is staying somewhere nicer than her house.  AND I TOTALLY GET THAT!  Everyone has a...

Atlanta

 The first time in Atlanta was totally legit.  My husband had a conference and I tagged along as his baggage / eye-candy.   I wandered all over for 3 days and had a great time (if I’m totally honest, the great time might be predicated on being temporarily kid-free)...

Obvioulsy Orlando

I’m not a fan of revisiting places.  There are so many new adventures on the horizon that we rarely have a desire to repeat… except, obviously, Orlando.  I’ve been at least half a dozen times in my life and would go back tomorrow if we could pull it off!  The first...

Plan Ahead for Travel

 In my day job, I organize details, plan procedures, and I LOVE it!  But I know not everyone is a planner, some people don't even like spreadsheets (GASP!)  Not to be too mellow-dramatic, but planning ahead can make or break even the smallest trip.  Depending on who...

Hello World!

  My vision for this blog is to encourage people to travel and entertain and connect with people and live to the fullest, without scrambling around and eventually collapsing in an exhausted, stressed, and disheveled heap... and that it doesn't take tons of money...