When Traveling and Fashion Collide: An Interview With Zane of Bay Area Headwraps

The stars were rightly aligned when I was lucky enough to meet the local artisan Zane from Bay Area Headwraps.  I was on a walk with my daughter in our Oakland neighborhood and on the way to the post office across from the local Saturday Farmer’s Market.  I constantly saw her table set up but had never ventured to that side of the street.  I had admired the bright colors and fun fabrics from afar and was so excited that the person behind the brand was the sweet and personable, Zane.  I absolutely love supporting artists and artisans that I know and love, so when Evie and I were lucky to attend one of her private events I got to dive into more details about her background and her work.  She had some interesting travel and culture experiences, and you can see her passions of fashion and life permeating in […]

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Happy birthday to Mama and Coralie!

Today is a special day and definitely requires it’s own post.  I was planning to write one especially for my hard-working and ever-loving mother, but it was made even more special early this morning. Today my sister, Jan (who had just celebrated her baby shower), had her first baby.  My new niece, Coralie Ava, and mommy are doing well and resting.  I can’t wait to meet her.  

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Traveling with Kids Packing List

This blog is now almost three months old and writing on it has made me a little more conscious about my writing skills (or lack thereof).  I struggle sometimes to find my voice and share my thoughts openly.  Fortunately, I have found a group that has given me some opportunity to share with new audiences and has been really supportive of my writing.  I have published once again with TourRadar‘s online travel magazine, Days to Come. This article focuses more on some things that I have found helpful when traveling with my little Evie.  There’s so many products out there for travel with children, that I tried not to focus on products as much.  I wanted to pass along some helpful insight into what to bring with and why.  Things that maybe people don’t consider when planning a road trip or long vacation. My article can be found here: What […]

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Why the End of the School Year Means a Trip to Great America

So living in and around Chicago, you become very familiar with the Six Flags’ Great America park, in Gurnee, Illinois.  If you grew up in Illinois, you probably had a graduation trip, family outing, or just spending a summer day with your friends riding the water rides for relief from the heat.  About 45 minutes outside the city, you have associated summertime activities with the park.  If you grew up with Six Flags’ Great America, you may have memories of you and your crew going in matching outfits (in the early 90’s it was possibly some airbrushed tees) or even innocently holding hands in couples outfits for young, puppy-love relationships to announce your couple status pre-Facebook days.  Even the Chicago artist, Common, has a line in his song Reminding Me (of Sef), “Go to Great America, me and my lady rock the same outfit”. Now with a little girl who just finished her last […]

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The Realities of Working From Home with a Child

Summer is upon me once again and I have been both looking forward and dreading this time with my four year old, Evie.  When I decided to take on freelance work and work-from-home options, it was when she was an infant, so juggling the two jobs made sense to me.  I would feed the baby, then work on something as she slept.  When things got really busy, I would switch off with my husband when he got home from work and have him watch her as I get more done after regular work hours.  Now that she’s a little older, I may have gotten spoiled by having her in school. School keeps her busy, they are always engaging her in new activities and different types of play, that she is never really bored.  I am not about to layout multiple activities for her.  Last summer, I put her in a […]

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Getting Some Photo Love From MatadorU

So flattered that I photo I took was shared with some travel journalists at MatadorU and I just wanted to share. “This photo was taken on the steps up to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, in Chiang Mai. As I walked up the stairs to explore the mountaintop temple, I saw the Hill Tribe people scattered among the tourists, in traditional costumes. Groups of girls were playing on the steps as little girls do, and one caught my eye. Something about her reminded me of my own daughter; she had a similar hairstyle with a little button nose and almond-shaped eyes. As I got closer to her, I could see there was a confidence about her that also was similar to my daughter. I tried to explain with my unclear hand gestures how she was like my daughter, and she just laughed at me. I continued to ask her if […]

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Spending Mother’s Day Weekend on a Private Olive Farm

It is now my fourth year as a mother.  My little girl is the absolute best thing that has ever happened to me but doesn’t go without keeping me on my toes and stressed out on a regular basis.  How can something so joyous be so frightening at the same time?  Mothers have a hard job, and four years in I can see that the “easy” years have probably passed.  With Evie getting more inquisitive and starting to understand so much in life, it’s obvious that my job is getting harder and totally molding a little mind… that’s super crazy in itself.  Add to it the daily slave labor of packing lunches, chauffering to school, changing her for ballet class, and planning activities to keep her entertained.  Then, out of the blue, she looks at me and tells me she loves me, and it’s all worth it. Some mothers take the day […]

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Happy Belated Birthday and Baby Shower to My Sister Jan

So I am a week late in wishing my younger sister Jan a happy birthday.  I was having some dibilitating computer issues and I am so happy to be getting back to getting back to things.. ever feel like you are just always playing catch up? My sister Jan is two years younger than me and is middle child of my set of siblings.  We don’t always see eye to eye on things, and that’s more because we have all been blessed with our parent’s stubborn-ness.  In my opinion, she is a lot smarter and more independent than she will let on.  She is a hard worker and is pretty responsible, but also maybe a little too responsible as she feels the need to always take care of everyone.  A trait I know well as I see it in my mom a lot. She’s going to make an amazing mother […]

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Pad Thai For Two (Part 4) When Timing Is Right For People to Come Into Your Life

Sorry for the delay on this last part of my Pad Thai for Two adventures.  I’ve been having lots of computer issues, which hopefully are resolved, but have also been having a difficult time thinking about how to write this last post about my trip to Thailand.  I didn’t have the best time here and I think I’m still actively trying to forget moments that bummed me out there.  Writing a blog post about it had me reflecting back and trying to make sense of that time; what made it negative and what positives I can take from it all. Just a heads up: I do NOT want to really dive into those negatives here, at least not in this post. The last five days of the trip was purposely planned to have more of a relaxing vibe.  My friend Rachelle and I wanted to have some time to reflect […]

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Inspired by Lanna Culture and Design in Thailand

In the my last post of Chiang Mai, I briefly mentioned how I was loving the style of our hotel, the Shewe Wana.  I started noticing more examples of this colonial Chinese design all over the city and was completely captured by the details and history of it all.  To understand it, I needed to understand the history and the location. Chiang Mai is one of the oldest cities of Thailand, and was actually part of the Lanna Kingdom back in the late 1200s.  The Lanna Kingdom had influences from all over because of the historic Silk Road trade route.  A blend of Indian and Chinese cultures really infused the Kingdom that was already rich in its own natural wealth.  Northern Thailand has an abundance of nature to enjoy with a picturesque atmosphere of rivers, forests, mountains, animals, and more. I started noticing all the use of old and reclaimed woods, […]

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