I have to admit that Charlevoix has my heart. I don’t know if it is the cozy town, the amazing green water, or the chance to touch base with one of the first friend couples we met when we moved to Grand Rapids 11 years ago. It is amazing how quickly life goes and this chance to refresh is always welcomed. Where there was once a little blonde-haired toddler, there is now an almost teenager watching my preschooler and our other grade-school kids. We don’t see each other often even though we live quite close and that’s fine. It’s how life works sometimes. But it just makes this weekend all the more special for us. Continue reading What to Do in Charlevoix, Michigan
Hi there! It’s been awhile since we last spoke about island travel. While the weather is still stunning in Michigan, I know that I will appreciate planning six months out, especially when we will likely again win the “grayest city in the world” contest. I don’t know much about Indian Ocean Islands, so I’m happy that Tickets for Two JC and Bel Around the World will be providing their insights into some of the islands. Continue reading Indian Ocean Islands
I am so excited about this collaboration post! I have once again been fortunate enough to team with Kate Bolt from Living Lark – this time to share her latest summer drinks. We both recently took road trips with our families out east, so these East Coast Cocktails seemed like a fitting match. Continue reading East Coast Cocktails
On a recent trip to Leland, Michigan, I was able to join in the festivities as Maggie Revel Mielczarek celebrated 5 years of Leland Gal in Fishtown. Maggie and I met years ago (i.e., before kids) at Bunco. (If you love to talk but don’t love learning card game rules, this is the activity for you :-). Continue reading Leland Gal
Are you ever inspired by the design in the places you visit? Even if it is just a hotel bathroom? I am. It is so much fun to see different design elements put together to create luxurious accommodations. Speaking of luxurious, our laundry room is the opposite. We live in a 1920’s home. Apparently in the 1920’s, laundry rooms were in the dungeon basements and mudrooms were non existent… Continue reading Modern Traditional Mudroom Makeover
I recently visited Leland, Michigan. I hadn’t been in years but was excited to visit and join in Leland Gal’s 5 year anniversary. And, honestly, it’s Northern Michigan… you really can’t go wrong up there. The water is a shade all its own and is as clear as can be. There is a very relaxed beach town vibe complimented by good old Midwestern friendliness. Continue reading What to do in Leland, Michigan
True, True, True… This is a bit like comparing apples to oranges, but being new to Airbnb, I couldn’t help but analyze.
There are two major cities in which I have visited both Airbnbs and hotels, so I am not at all claiming to be an expert. Nonetheless, here are some differences that I noted as well as when and why I would stay in each. Continue reading City Stays: Air BNB vs Hotels
Summer for us involves many days on the lakeshore and up north. I can almost pack that weekender bag with my eyes closed (and the hubs never really ever fully even unpacks his suitcase anyway). However, weekend city packing is a bit more challenging. (Fortunately, there are usually stores for everything I forget within a 2-block radius. I promise that I don’t forget on purpose ;-).
When in cities, we are often on foot for the majority of the time, which can be hot. But then we end up in over air-conditioned museums or restaurants, and I despise being cold, especially in the summertime. Herein comes the layers. Layers also work if you are staying with extended family and aren’t certain how everyone likes their house temperatures (yes, I am actually 85 years old… Alexa! Alejandra! Any SNL fans out there?) or if you are on a road with someone who likes to wear long sleeves in the heat of summer but then blast the air (hypothetically speaking, of course).
We are headed out on a 4-day family long weekend in the city this month and here is what is in my bag for all of our time out sightseeing and trying new restaurants (or at least something very similar if I couldn’t find it online… Better yet, at the time of this publishing, many of the items were on sale.)
With over 7,000 islands making up its archipelago, it’s easy to see why we are headed back to the Philippines for the third time. (If you missed the first four islands, you can check them out here and here.) This week, we are headed to Samal with Ruben and Rachel of Gamin Traveler as well as to Bohol Island with Meira from Oimeira. Here are their answers to my Travel Interview series questions… Continue reading Island Travel Interviews- Philippines, Take 3