Leland Gal

What to do in Leland Michigan
Leland gal storefront in Fishtown

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

Modern Traditional Mudroom Makeover

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

What to do in Leland, Michigan

What to do in Leland Michigan

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

What to do in Washington D.C.

If you follow me over on Instagram, you probably gathered that we recently traveled to Washington D.C.  If you missed it, below is a photo diary of just a few of the places we visited…

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City Stays: Air BNB vs Hotels

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

What to Pack for a Long Weekend in the City

city suitcase long weekend travel
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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.)

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Island Travel Interviews- Philippines, Take 3

Philippine Island Travel Bohol Samal
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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

Father’s Day Travel Gifts

Father's Day Travel Gifts

I love our families. Sometimes, I think about all of the differences between our families, but then I remember all of the things, the important things (the value of family and our love of travel to name a couple), that our families have in common. The importance and priority both my husband’s and my family place on travel is the one of the ties that bind and we hope to pass this love along to our children as well.  As such, it is time to start thinking about the perfect Father’s Day gifts for the three traveling dads in my life. Here are some of the top contenders… (as an aside, none of the three fathers on my list of trekkers but I’ve included a couple of suggestions just in case yours are ;-)). Continue reading Father’s Day Travel Gifts

Inexpensive Flooring: How to Stencil Concrete Floors

Inexpensive Flooring How to Stencil Concrete Floors

Yes, this is still a travel blog. I just am grounded and started a basement laundry/mudroom project back in February that needs to be finished asap. I hemmed and hawed about the flooring, looking into a million and one different options for our ugly, uneven concrete floor. They were all not technically going to work or were too expensive for a room that, let’s face it, only I’m going to see. I looked into everything- wood, vinyl, laminate, large tile, small tile, stamped concrete, stained concrete, etc., etc. I was disappointed that the Portuguese tile I really wanted wasn’t going to work out. How fun would it have been to have a tiled floor inspired by travel! Dreams dashed… Continue reading Inexpensive Flooring: How to Stencil Concrete Floors

Where to Eat in Traverse City, Michigan

Traverse City Beach

I was recently asked where we were headed next. My answer…No where! And I was excited about it! This weather is what Michiganders endure 6 months of winter for! It is finally going to be beach weather and we have some of the best beaches and beach towns (I may be a bit biased.) Okay, so I’m not exactly going to stay put. Truthfully, I am going to take every opportunity to hit up the lakeshore and road trip it up north. We just had our very own family tradition of our “unofficial first weekend of summer” in Traverse City. Here is where we ate: Continue reading Where to Eat in Traverse City, Michigan