Cruising: a perfect multi-gen family vacation

We had a blast with our extended family cruising the Mexican Riviera over Christmas 2017 on the Norwegian Star. If you're looking for a trip the whole family will adore - from kiddos to grandparents - consider a cruise. Modern cruise lines truly offer something for every age and interest! The route We flew to Los Angeles a few days before Christmas, spent a night at my folks' house and then set out with them the next morning for the LA cruise terminal to board the Norwegian Star. We … [Read more...]

On first marriages

It's no secret that both Eric and I had first marriages before we found each other. But Zoe doesn't know that yet, and I'm not sure when she'll think to ask. I know that when she does, I'll have to explain it to her - so I thought I'd practice here. Sometimes, when people get married and they are young and not quite fully grown up yet, they can make a bad choice and marry the wrong person. Or maybe the young people are fine together at first but then as they grow up a bit, they grow apart and … [Read more...]

Romantic gift ideas for him

I can't be the only one who struggles with what to get for my sweetheart when Christmas, Valentine's Day, our anniversary, his birthday and other gift-giving times roll around. I find that guys are just a lot harder to buy for than us women. I have so many interests, so many little obsessions - heck I even have an Amazon wish list and a Pinterest "I want" board. I couldn't be easier to buy for. But my beloved? Not so much. So I have to really rack my brain and get creative. Since Valentine's … [Read more...]

Date day: my best invention ever

Yesterday, for the first time in almost two years, my husband and I spent an entire day alone together. That’s crazy, right? How could we have gone that long without a day to ourselves? But we’re so in love with our daughter that we never really even considered it before. Anytime we had a day off from work, we wanted to spend it with her.  And we love our time together as a family – it’s the best! (Funny side note: before we had Zoe, I used to hear parents talk about going a year or … [Read more...]