Thanksgiving: At Home and Abroad

Thanksgiving Decor

It’s that time of year– let the holiday family, fun, cooking, and traveling begin! I always look forward to the holidays for several reasons, one of which is time spent with family. Another is time spent with friends. Every holiday break, my college girlfriends and I meet for brunch to catch up. It is particularly special as it is one of the few times of the year that we are able to see a friend who grew up in Michigan and is currently living in England with her husband and children. She also spent three years in Norway. She and her family typically come home at Christmastime and in the summer for a few weeks. Meet Katie. I’m embarrassed that this is my first time asking these questions but am excited that she agreed to let me share her insights with you… Continue reading Thanksgiving: At Home and Abroad

Friday Finds on Mackinaw Road, Take 8: A Family Who Travels Together…

Finish this sentence… “A family who travels together…. “ Continue reading Friday Finds on Mackinaw Road, Take 8: A Family Who Travels Together…

Island Travel Interviews, USA- Take 1

This week, we are privileged to hear from Anna of  travelgig. She will be filling us in on her home, Whidbey Island. Whidbey Island is located 30 miles from Seattle and is the largest island in Island County, Washington (4th largest in the contiguous USA). With approximately 55,000 residents, the island is about 55 miles long and anywhere from 1.5 to 12 miles wide. Thanks to Anna for more insider info! Continue reading Island Travel Interviews, USA- Take 1

Friday Finds on Mackinaw Road, Take 7: Planes, Bread, and a Reno Revelation

“Food matters because it’s one of the things that forces us to live in this world– this tactile, physical, messy and beautiful world– no matter how hard we try to escape into our minds and our ideals. Food is a reminder of our humanity, our fragility, our createdness.” Shauna Niequest, Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes. 

Planes, Bread, and a Reno Revelation

Perhaps the same could be said of Travel. Continue reading Friday Finds on Mackinaw Road, Take 7: Planes, Bread, and a Reno Revelation

What to do in New Orleans

New Orleans is known for Mardi Gras and Bourbon Street, but there is so much more to this charming southern city. From historic hotels, to trendy restaurants, and hole-in-the-wall bookstores, this city has much more to offer than red punch drinks and all-night parties. This was our second trip to New Orleans. We stayed in the downtown area, although we couldn’t help but revisit some of our favorites in the French Quarter. Continue reading What to do in New Orleans

Chasing Fall

While summer sun and lake time has my heart, there is something about fall that is simply magical. From the stillness to the brightly colored leaves to the sweater weather, fall takes a very close second (and only that due to the fact that I know what follows fall). Michigan autumns are simply the best- apple picking, pumpkin patches, rich colored trees… the list goes on and on…

Chasing Fall
Michigan in the Fall

We are always incredibly hesitant to miss out on Michigan falls. However, after looking at some of the Instagrams below, I may be more inclined to do so… Just look at this beautiful autumn foliage worldwide.

New York, USA: Kaaterskill Falls, Catskills Mountains

Colorado, USA

Quebec City, Canada

What's your favourite season? Summer is mine for sure, but fall is my second favourite! I love the fall colours. 🍁🍂🍃

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Kotor, Montenegro

Switzerland

Sigulda, Latvia

Gouda, South Holland

Brussels, Belgium

Ontario, Canada

Kyoto, Japan

Eikan-do Zen Temple | Kyoto, Japan⠀ ⠀ Many people head to Japan during the Cherry Blossom season as Spring arrives but I find the Autumn a much more beautiful time to visit. The viewing of Autumn leaves is called ‘momijigari’ in Japanese and the pop of colour that flows across the country from mid-September to early December is wonderful to see and a photographer’s delight. ⠀ ⠀ At most tourist offices you will see wall charts tracking the spread of the Autumn leaves as they make their way from the Hokkaido region in the north to Kyushu in the south. They also show the strength of its colour, making it easy to choose the best locations and days to visit. ⠀ ⠀ These Autumn colours in the Hojo Pond at the Eikan-do Zen Temple in Kyoto were captured in mid-November.⠀ ⠀ #Kyoto #Japan

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Iceland

Paris, France

Como, Italy

I love the feeling of autumn 🍂 #havesomecolor

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Gavarnie, (French Pyrenees)

New Zealand

I have been waiting to leave ever since I figured out there were roads willing to take me anywhere I wanted to go. It was a great day..Day full of the colors. Autumn is beautiful season. Do you like it or you prefer for example summer, spring or winter time? . . #Autumn leaf #color is a phenomenon that affects the normally green leaves of many deciduous #trees and shrubs by which they take on, during a few weeks in the autumn season, various shades of red, yellow, purple, black, orange, pink, magenta, blue and brown.The phenomenon is commonly called autumn colours, autumn foliage  and fall colors. #travelphoto #travel #traveller #travelling #instatravel #instatraveling #exploringtheglobe #traveltheworld #girlsborntotravel #travelphoto # #womenwhoexplore #worldtravelpics #travelworld #purenz #neverstopexploring #newzealand #travelawesome #warsawgirl #solotravel #ladiesgoneglobal #thetravelwomen #aroundtheworld #girlaroundtheworld #purenewzealand #southislandnz#worldpackers #travellingtheworld #polishgirl

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Wachau Valley, Austria

Baden-Baden, Germany

Artists Bluff- New Hampshire, USA

Many thanks to the Travel Instagrammers who contributed their photos and experiences to this post. I’m 100% inspired to explore the world during autumn…next year 🙂 Until then…

Chasing Fall Around the World
Michigan Autumn on the Beach

What about you? Did any of these photos stir some wanderlust? Where will you explore next fall? If you found this helpful and would like to save it, here is a pin:

Places to visit in Autumn

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Friday Finds on Mackinaw Road, Take 6: A Travel App, Slippers, Soup, and a Car Game

Hi there! I hope that you all had a great week and are ready for a nice weekend. We will be doing some more renovations, taking care of a pesky woodpecker situation (that’s right, there is currently a woodpecker drilling and making a nest in the side of the cabin), and getting ready to leave for another trip next month (if you have any restaurant suggestions for New Orleans, I’d love them!). I’m super excited about all of my “finds” this week and hope that you find them helpful as well.

Travel App, Slippers, Soup, and Games

The first is TripIt. TripIt is an app that allows you to store all information for a trip in one place. All you do is download the app, sign in, etc. Then, when you receive confirmation emails about your trip, you just forward it to TripIt (there is a specific email address) and it adds your info to the trip timeline. So, instead of searching through your emails when at the airport and hotel for the confirmation numbers, you simply open the app and all of your information is in one place. Great for planners and non planners alike!

Lake Michigan in January

The second “find” is from my neighbor and will most definitely be going on my Christmas list and then in my suitcase for all winter travel. These slippers are ingenious. Aside from just looking like very cozy slippers, they also have detachable soles. For those of us with detached garages/permanent outside trash bins, this seems like a perfect combination. And when traveling for long flights… can you imagine? 

Travel App, Slippers, Soup, and Games

The third is soup. Yes, you read that correctly. It’s about that time of year when you come home and freeze on the walk from the terminal to your car. And when I’m freezing, I crave soup. Jamie Oliver’s Cauliflower Cheese Soup from this cookbook hits the spot every time. Simple and luxurious at the same time- it’s how I like my food and how I like my travel 😉

Travel App, Slippers, Soup, and Games

The final “find” is a good one and piggy backs off of this post. It’s another kid-friendly road trip game that a friend shared with me. I love it because it allows for differentiation when you have children of multiple age/developmental levels. First, you can start with a little variation of I Spy with someone describing an animal and the others guessing which animal that person is thinking about. This can then turn into a game of naming as many animals as you can for each letter (the older kids can write them down and the younger kids can name the animals); for those who like a little competition, it is fun to see which letter has the most animals at the end of the game. 

And there you have it! Just some more Friday Finds on Mackinaw Road. 

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The Lazy Mom’s Guide to non-Pinterest Travel

Lazy Mom's Guide to non-Pinterest Travel
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While I love a good scroll through Pinterest, I have to admit that often times a big red FAIL could be plastered across my final projects (except this one). And, even when I do feel I’ve successfully copied a Pinterest suggestion, often times, my kids could care less (they are probably used to my FAILS;-). Just a quick example… for our Road Trip to Washington D.C. this past summer, I printed colored scavenger hunts and road games, bought all of our kids’ favorite snacks, made 100 trips to the $1 section at Target, created art packs complete with new crayons, put all of the activities into neatly organized boxes, etc. etc. And you know what the 4-year old did? He talked to us for the 10 1/2 hours, falling asleep only when we were crossing from Maryland into D.C. The clipboards were a hit for a hot minute as was the sheet with all of the fast food restaurant signs that they were supposed to find (I think there were clouds with Happy Meal heaven thoughts in their heads). But, other than that, the boxes quickly became drawing boards and the backseat floor an endless array of spilled crayons and granola bar wrappers. Continue reading The Lazy Mom’s Guide to non-Pinterest Travel

What to do in Monterey, California

Our recent trip to California led to much time in the car, admiring the stunning central coast, and a lot of humming of California songs…

What to do in Monterey, California
Street Art in Monterey

Reminiscent of a much earlier time, Monterey boasts beautiful homes, gorgeous views, and a significant history. Back in the early 1900’s, Monterey was less of a tourist stop and more of a fishing and canning town. In fact, at one time, it was considered to be the sardine capital of the world. Just walk up Cannery Row and you will see street art reminiscent of a time past. But it isn’t just the street art, Cannery Row itself seems to be of an earlier era, sprinkled with plaques and quotes from John Steinbeck’s well-known Cannery Row. It is certainly a place that a history and/or literary buff could lose herself. Continue reading What to do in Monterey, California

Friday Finds on Mackinaw Road, Take 5: Timeshares, WhatsApp, and a Reno

Happy Friday!

This week was again surprisingly busy with coordinating kids’ activities, trips to apples orchards, vet appointments, celebrating birthdays, catching flights, making schedules, and ruminating on renovation (nope, I’m not talking about Reno today) decisions. Where to begin…

Timeshares, WhatsApp, and a Renovation

Since this is supposed to be a travel blog, let’s begin with a couple of oldie-but-goodie suggestions. Continue reading Friday Finds on Mackinaw Road, Take 5: Timeshares, WhatsApp, and a Reno