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,…

Tips for Moving with Kids from a Children’s Therapist

This weekend is three months since we moved to Freiburg, Germany as an American family. The number one question I’m asked is how our little one is handling the change. To which I’m always tempted to respond with, “What change do you mean?” The truth is, our second grader hasn’t had much of a normal…

What to Pack: A Winter Trip to Europe

It’s hard to believe that last November I said goodbye to my American closet. I rolled a single suitcase per person out of our house as we handed over the key and, since then, have tried to buy as little as possible. We’re still moving around a little as we settle in as Americans living…

Family Travel Gift Ideas

Last month, we sold our Dallas ranch house and ventured off to live as Americans in Freiburg, Germany, taking the long way with two dogs and the majority of our lives’ belongings in six suitcases. It all seems more like a dream to me as, before this big adventure, air travel was hardly our thing….

Q&A: Moving to Freiburg, Germany

What a chapter of life! A few weeks ago, we shared on Instagram that we were selling our family home (the same one that inspired the beginning of this blog!) and moving to Freiburg, Germany. We’ve had so many questions about our move, and it’s been unfolding more and more ever since we put the…

Creative Family Activities for The Artist’s Way Parents

“Parenting is a great adventure. Awakening your child’s sense of curiosity and wonder helps you awaken your own. Reawakening your own sense of curiosity and wonder helps awaken your child’s.” Julia Cameron Almost five years ago now, I was in need of some redirecting out of busyness and (my hope was) onto a more fulfilling,…

Gatlinburg with Kids: Dollywood, Hiking Trail Guides and More!

There’s so many places I can’t wait to see in the world, yet the top of my travel bucket list these days are the spots I went to when I was my daughter’s current age. My ancestry is from the Tennessee Valley, and I love how Tennessee tourism has created amazing ways for families to…

Pick-Your-Own Farms to Visit Near Dallas

Summer reminds me of my Kentucky upbringing, when we played outside from sun up to chasing lightning bugs after sun down, where I walked the big hill behind my grandmother’s house to her garden where her vegetables grew until they were ready for canning. It’s that spirit that makes me eager each year to use…

The Best Ethnic Grocery Stores in Dallas

My family tree’s roots go deep through Irish and Welsh bloodlines, and the dinner tables of my childhood often reflected it with delicious nightly meals of meat, potatoes, bread and butter. It’s soul food to me, and so good that I have rarely branched out into other flavors in food and, with that, ethnic grocery…

Five Favorite Vintage Roadside Motels – Southwest U.S.A.

I’ve heard it’s not for everybody, but I am a bit of a road trip nut. I believe in the idea of the journey as the destination. I feel freedom in the simplicity of a full tank of gas and the open road. I suppose the variables of road travel are just as intense as…