May 2018: St. Cloud, MN

February 2018: New Mexico

People often describe traversing through the mountains and valleys of New Mexico as other-worldly. Even those who aren’t on a mission to find extra terrestrial activity get that sense that there is something else going on amidst the gorgeous scenery. Our trip to New Mexico gave us that feeling and so many more. From the […]

January 2018: Mankato

Let’s be clear: North Mankato and Mankato are in different counties.

December 2017: Baja Sur

Baja Sur typically receives visitors from the West Coast. I found cheap airfare out of Chicago, though, and finally got to check this one off the list. And what a check mark it is. We made San Jose our home base, the beautiful less-touristy counterpart to Cabo San Lucas. Between incredible food and drinks at […]

November 2017: Carlsbad, CA

I am a sucker for surprises. Having the opportunity to trick my 8 year old into thinking we were going to the doctor one morning, when really we were going to the airport and then Legoland was one of the highlights of the year. Legoland is perfect for parents who want to vacation at a […]

October 2017: Scotland

Edinburgh has more restaurants and bars per capita than any city in the U.K., and ranks second for coffee shops. Scotland has 13 Michelin-starred restaurants (4 in Edinburgh alone) which is exceptionally high for its size. Aside from the obvious things: gorgeous sweeping landscapes; warm, welcoming locals; incredible history of whisky distilling; and beautiful castles, […]

August 2017: Mt. Rainier

When the boys are away, the girl will play.

August 2017: North Shore

Last weekend, I minded my own business.

June 2017: Canada

Turquoise water, snow capped peaks, pine forests, and quite literally getting lost in it all.

May 2017: Sweden

I had been lusting over Scandinavia for years, never finding quite the right opportunity to go there among so many other cheaper destinations in Europe. I am so glad we found cheap airfare through piecing together flights with a layover in Boston. Sweden is familiar. I felt so at home there, eating fresh cardamom buns […]