Build a Perfect Day Trip to San Francisco

What do you do when family come to visit? My sister-in-law and mother-in-law have been visiting from Brazil, and we’ve been alternating relaxing days by the pool at home with fun day trips. Even though they’ve both been to San Francisco, they wanted to see it again, and due to limited options for staying the […]

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For Your Weekend

I’m keeping this week’s list of links fairly short because my mother- and sister-in-law are visiting from Brazil, and we’re busy just hanging out as a family. It’s HOT here in Sacramento, so yesterday we escaped the 106 degree day by spending the day in San Francisco where, just 80 miles away, it was 30 […]

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Images from Four Days at Lake Tahoe

Can it be the end of June already? I don’t know about you, but I feel like this month has just flown by! We just got back from Lake Tahoe a few days ago and then welcomed family from Brazil today. Soon I’ll write a detailed post about Lake Tahoe (my new favorite summer destination!), but for […]

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For Your Weekend

As you may have seen on Instagram and Facebook, I just spent four fantastic days near Lake Tahoe. Although I’ve been there before, I really fell in love with it this time. The possibility to spend time in nature, sometimes with not another person in sight, is all around at Lake Tahoe. I reluctantly came home but […]

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For Your Weekend

I just got back from a four-day trip to Iowa with family. It was such a beautiful time–full of both healing and bonding. There wasn’t much to take photos of, but I happily spent my time chatting and listening with old friends and family. I was also away from my boys, giving them a chance for some […]

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Best Italy Instagram Accounts

It’s no secret that I’ve been fascinated by life in Italy since I first stayed in the Oltrarno area of Florence during my study abroad course 20 years ago. In recent years I’ve connected with a bunch of bloggers, photographers, and tour guides who live in Italy and have even become online friends with some […]

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For Your Weekend

I’m leaving early in the morning for Iowa. That’s where my family is originally from. My grandmother passed away a couple of months ago, and I’m going back with my mom to remember and honor my grandmother in the place where she lived most of her life and where her husband and son are buried. […]

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When in Italy: Art, Kids, & a Day Camp

“Little by little, one travels far.” –J.R.R. Tolkien Shannon Kenny is the editor of the Italy family travel site Italiakids. Shannon’s views are formed from 8 years of working with families traveling to Italy as Founding Director of the Arte al Sole summer art day camps for kids, located at Palazzo Belfiore in Florence, Italy, a […]

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Summer Travel Inspiration: Festivals 2015

Because it’s summer, the season of festivals, the theme for this month’s Art Smart Roundtable is festivals. But I have to admit that I’m not much of a festival goer. Never have been. I’ve always preferred to explore on my own, and the idea of being in a large groups of people doesn’t appeal to the introverted […]

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