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Central California… A Welcomed Escape!

Central California… A Welcomed Escape!

I was born and raised in Central Illinois, surrounded by corn fields outside our “city” of Bloomington/Normal. Vacationing always seemed to take us east or south of Illinois, never west.  In 2017, we moved to Mesa, AZ and are having fun exploring the west coast now! In late April, my husband and I flew to […] Read more…

Disney 7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise

Disney 7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise

I recently went on a four generation girls cruise. My daughter, my mother, my granddaughter, and I sailed on a 7-Night Eastern Caribbean with a Star Wars Day At Sea Cruise on Disney Fantasy.  Itinerary Our itinerary for this sailing was a round trip from Port Canaveral, two days at sea, a stop at Philipsburg, […] Read more…

Castles of Ireland

Castles of Ireland

The dreams of staying in a castle recently became a reality during our trip to Ireland.  While touring through Ireland you will see many remnants of historical buildings such as castles, churches, towers and fortresses. Some of these buildings have been restored or remodeled to allow guests to visit. Our stay included two such castles; […] Read more…

Ireland - The Emerald Isle

Ireland – The Emerald Isle

The world is ready for you to explore and Ireland is waiting for you!   Ireland is a top destination for European travel. Our recent travels took us over a good portion of Ireland including Northern Ireland. It is highly recommended to use a tour guide to maximize your time, especially if you are wanting to […] Read more…

Europe Blog Part 3 - The Secret Hidden in Pisa, Italy

Europe Cruise Part 3 – The Secret Hidden in Pisa, Italy

Pisa Who’s ready to visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa and learn about the secret hidden right in Cathedral Square??? This stop was an absolute highlight of the trip for me. Have you heard of the Monuments Men? During World War II there was a group of men (architects, professorts, etc.) who were tasked with […] Read more…

Our Team LOVES Sandals and Beaches Resorts

Our Team LOVES Sandals and Beaches Resorts

Sandals and Beaches Resorts Include More Than Your Average All-Inclusive Resort I recently stayed at Sandals Negril with my husband Charlie and I am a big fan of not needing to carry around money or my wallet.  If you’re a fan of arriving at a resort and not needing anything but a swimsuit, sunscreen, and […] Read more…

Europe Cruise Part 2 - Amalfi and Pompeii

Europe Cruise Part 2 – Amalfi and Pompeii

Here we are back in Europe on our amazing Mediterranean cruise! Previously we visited Rome and the amazing Colosseum, Vatican City, and more! Today we are going to visit the Amalfi Coast as well as the mysterious Pompeii. I don’t know about you, but I have been fascinated by Pompeii since I was a child. […] Read more…

Europe Cruise Part 1 - Rome

Europe Cruise Part 1 – Rome

Do you dream of visiting historic Rome, Italy? But the idea of trying to get it all together with the tours and the flights and the hotel just doesn’t appeal to you? I have a great solution for you! A European cruise is a really great option to visit several amazing sites in a shorter […] Read more…

Traveling for Health and Wellness

My Experience Staying at a Health and Wellness Resort.  One of the biggest lessons I have learned the last two years with the Covid shut down, and then the after-effects of the shut down were the importance of health and wellness.  I turned 40 in August, and when I thought about what I wanted for […] Read more…

Must-See Spots in San Francisco

Top 10 Must-See Spots in San Francisco

San Francisco is one of America’s most exciting cities. Located in Northern California, San Francisco blends the laid-back California lifestyle with global influences and modern innovations. The city is home to many iconic landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. The city’s history dates back to the California Gold Rush and has continued […] Read more…

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