We have big plans for 2019; to live intentionally while spending time with the people who matter, and cooking more adventurously! I don’t know about you, but good friends and good food help keep me grounded, especially when going through big transitions.
With such big plans for the year, we have been thinking about how to set ourselves up for success in the new year. Read on to find out what some of our favorite things are for achieving our best year yet…
If there’s one question we get a lot, it’s how to shop for leather in Florence. We have been to Florence enough to know that it’s not always easy! Leather shops are a dime a dozen in this town, and if you aren’t careful, you can return home with a piece that will likely fall apart in no time. But good news — we’ve done the research so you don’t have to! We’re going to run through the top tips and tricks we’ve found for purchasing some leather to love while in Florence, Italy!
One morning at the last moment, we decided to go on an adventure to Lucca for the day, which is a short 1.5-hour train ride from Florence. Here’s how we learned to purchase the train tickets for such a short, and impromptu, trip!
Where to get the best taste of Italy without even needing to show your passport? The answer, without a doubt, is Eataly.
Eataly had been on my list of places to visit for a while. It is a huge marketplace devoted to Italian food and culture. It includes markets, restaurants, a bakery, retail, and even a cooking school. Basically all the things I love, and all devoted to Italy! There are just a few locations in the US, so when we were planning our mother-daughter trip to New York City it was a the top of the must-see list!
It’s official! We have convinced some of our family to travel to Italy with us next year, and we are psyched! Paul’s parents, as well as his brother and girlfriend, are joining us for a couple weeks in Italy this spring.
While we are really excited, we are also realistic about how difficult it can be to wrangle six adults into making decisions sometimes. We all have different schedules, interests, and communication preferences. But since we started the planning, we have figured out a few tips to make it a bit easier. Are you planning a trip with a bunch of people? Read on, as this may just save your sanity...
This was one of my Mom’s requests during our stay in New York City — to go to the top of the Empire State Building. So what did we do on the record-setting coldest day of the year? You guessed it; it was the top of the Empire State Building for us! Read on to get some tips on how to make the most of your visit to the Empire State Building!
As you might remember, I planned a mother-daughter weekend in New York to see "Hello, Dolly". The biggest concern of this trip was packing light, while staying warm in temperatures that were set to dip into the single digits! So here's what I put together to make the most of this quick getaway with Mom!
One day last summer, my Mom mentioned in passing that one of her favorites, Bette Midler, was starring in “Hello Dolly” on Broadway. I told her that was cool, and didn't think much of it...
No joke, the very next day, I happened to hear on the news that Bette Midler had just announced her final date on Broadway would be January 14th. I called my Mom immediately and told her we had a reason, and perhaps more importantly, a deadline, for our own mother-daughter trip: we were going to New York City to see Bette Midler live. My mom was on board, so before she could overthink it and come up with reasons not to go, I quickly bought tickets for “Hello Dolly”. We were set! Once we had our reason to go, the plans came together rather quickly, and believe it or not, the weekend of our mother-daughter trip is upon us!
While closing out 2017, we have enjoyed taking some time to reflect on the past and to set new goals for the future. Our little-blog-that-could has been growing steadily -- it's about a year and a half old, and while we continue to try new things and balance the blog with our daily lives, it's exciting to invision where this all might take us as we keep working on this labor of love.
This year brought some really exciting adventures our way. But you know what's even more exciting? Thinking about all that's to come in 2018!
Without further ado, here is a look back at our 2017
I came to a (probably crazy and completely sleep-deprived) realization at 3:58 AM: maybe I'm permanently stuck on the European timezone?!
Now, stay with me...I am a terrible sleeper. I fall asleep around 10:00 PM only to wake up thinking that it MUST be just minutes before my alarm goes off. I glance at the time only to realize that it's 11:30 PM. 😳
My day-to-day sleep tips may be helpful to others -- either while traveling or in general.