TWA Hotel with Kids (and Dogs)

As we were moving from the USA to Germany, everything was its own big step: list the house, sell the things inside, narrow down the bags. A very ominous one for me was getting everyone in the air. Traveling with an eight-year-old and two dogs internationally, I am so glad we decided to break up…

Baden Baden, Germany Hotels and Restaurants

The Fourth of July weekend was the perfect time for an expat escape. Just a ninety minute train from Freiburg, it was such a treat to cut out solo and spend a weekend checking out Baden Baden, Germany hotels, restaurants and spas. Shop the Look JavaScript is currently disabled in this browser. Reactivate it to…

How a Phone-Free Mother/Daughter Trip Changed My Life

December 2020 was quite a time, looking back on it. What happened to the year?  I hadn’t gone anywhere, from sheltering-in-place to losing my job and homeschooling, but yet it didn’t feel at all like life had slowed down.  Everything in life felt so slow – that is besides my mind, which was working in…

Summer Pool Day Essentials

If there’s one thing I know as a native Texan, it’s how to spend a day at the pool. Beginning my ways as a teen girl to meet friends and only continuing to refine itself through my years of Motherhood, I am a master of the art of packing a bag of summer pool day…

Gifts for Mom on Amazon

Although I always have the intention to find a gift at a small neighborhood shop or, in my even more confident moments to make something myself, life has its way of getting in the way of my best laid plans. I love these Gifts for Mom on Amazon that prove for me that a gift…

The Best Leather Travel Backpacks

Around 13 years ago, I was 2009 recession college graduate. As a side income project, I helped one of my Mom’s friends with an amazing design and fashion closet clean out sale. Going through her closet, we came by a beautifully worn brown leather backpack. With some great stories of its travels around the world,…

Easter Gifts on Etsy

After a beautiful but gray winter, it’s been a treat to begin to see cello wrapped chocolate molds and bright candy displays in the shop windows for the upcoming Easter season. As I plan our first Easter living in Germany, I’m getting easter basket gifts from Etsy.  I love how Etsy celebrates handmade gifts and…

The Best Mother’s Day Gifts on Etsy

Y’all, the day is almost here. It’s not close but it’s not far off either, and I vote that we begin talking about it. Parents, like all humans on Earth, have had it rough for the past year. Moms have lost their jobs at the highest numbers in our economy during the pandemic while they’ve…

Our Family Chore Chart Template and How to Encourage Family Chores

A few years ago, I was facing burn out and took a much-needed sabbatical, leaving full-time work for a more rewarding part-time job and, with that, more open time to consider my legacy and the type of work I felt called to do.  Quickly, the concept of open time became a fantasy. Like Cinderella being…

“Clean” Beauty for the Family: Drugstore Favorites and More

At the beginning of shelter in place orders last year, I naively thought I was entering a few weeks at home where I would emerge glowing, hydrated and fresh for a new dawn. Somehow, the open schedule and days of going nowhere quickly de-motivated me from making time for self-care. In true #2020 fashion, along…