For Your Weekend

My summer vacation is officially over. Earlier today I went back to work for the day-long meeting that always occurs on the Friday before the semester begins. Because this was our last week of vacation, it was filled with last minute business like catching up with friends (so nice!), getting our son a snazzy new […]

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For Your Weekend

Happy weekend! What are you up to? It’s supposed to be blazing hot here, so I’m sharing my favorite summer smoothie in case you need something refreshing, too. This is no ordinary smoothie–the addition of turmeric adds an interesting flavor and anti-inflammatory benefits! (Weekend links below). Mango Pineapple Coconut Smoothie with Turmeric 1/2 cup frozen […]

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An Alabama Road Trip for Families

One of my intentions is to see more of the United States. I’ve discovered that this country has much more diversity in food, culture, and nature than I realized. Perhaps the region I’d most like to explore is the Deep South because I’ve never been there, and as I’ve just learned, Alabama deserves a spot […]

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For Your Weekend

Two weeks to go…that’s how much time is left in my summer break before the fall semester begins. And my calendar has something scribbled for every day until then! Yesterday I spent some time with Molly McIlwrath, a friend I’ve made online through our mutual interests in art, Italy (her home), and California (where she grew […]

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Explore Our Big Country

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of U.S. Cellular. The opinions and text are all mine. Did you know that 20% of Americans have never traveled outside their home state? For some Americans, vacation time is at a minimum—for those who have only two or three weeks of vacation a year, […]

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Build the Perfect Day Trip to Napa Valley

I love going to Napa Valley. It’s not just the wine; it’s also the mountains, architecture, gardens, and restaurants that draw me there. But for a day trip, Napa Valley is deceptively big. There are more than 400 wineries with tasting rooms, and the valley is not small–it’s about 30 miles long, and, especially in […]

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For Your Weekend

(I don’t often share family photos, but this one sums up our week pretty well–we were at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park, and our kids were being, well, kids.) It’s been a lovely week of slow family time in Washington. We (meaning mostly my dad, who’s amazing in the kitchen) made chocolate chip cookies, […]

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