Category Archives: travel

The Start of Autumn Brings Happiness

I have to admit that summer was a bit of a kick in the butt with the killer humidity. I can’t complain too much as I definitely prefer the heat of summer over the cold of winter. But now that summer has just about faded away and autumn has arrived, I am finding this to be my absolute fave season. The mornings are cooler, perfect for an early morning run by myself, or a late morning run with mini-me.

Now that the kids aren’t melting from the heat when we hit the playground, we are finding ourselves out and about more than we were in summer. Rather than needing to escape inside to air conditioning, we are reveling in the perfect mix of sunshine and cool breezes.

Adventure Collection Travel Trips for Singles

When I finished University, I felt I wasn’t quite ready to actually be the teacher I trained to be. I couldn’t help but think that I needed to actually live a little before I became the kind of teacher I thought I should be. So, I decided to head off to New Zealand for a year and experience life. As a young single person who had only traveled with friends to resorts or within the US and Canada on roadtrips, I tossed up traveling with strangers in a group or by myself.

My parents of course wanted me to travel with others, preferably on a big bus, not straying far from the main city centers or main roads. Maybe not even getting off the bus :) I of course had other ideas. I think to truly discover a country, you need to leave the big cities and go where the locals go and sometimes this is hard to find on your own. The guide books won’t tell you where to find the local gems, that is when a service like Adventure Collection would really be helpful.

The Unfortunate Case of Unexpected Weaning

In the past when I have been going through something that I felt no one understood, I have found solace  from this community in the advice and comments that you leave. It has taken me a long time to write this post, because a part of me was ashamed and sad. But, I watched my friend Vanessa go through a similar situation very recently and then read the post she wrote,  When Losing Your Breast Milk Means Losing Your Identity and it broke my heart. So if you do nothing else, please visit her site and show her some support. It would mean the world to me.

Isla at the end of August, just shy of 10 months

I mentioned in my BlogHer wrap up post that I was very sick leading up to the conference at the beginning of August, throughout it, and am now only coming right in the past week or so. I can’t remember the last time I was that sick – cold chills, bad cough, horrible sinus headaches and a blocked ear for the better part of 3 weeks. After BlogHer I went to the doctors, he couldn’t find anything – just a bad cold with bad sinus blockage, lots of fluids was the only remedy. Til this day, I still can’t believe that’s all it was, but at least I am over it. 

The Niche Mommy Conference – Where Quality Trumped Quantity

The Niche Mommy Conference is the newest boutique blog conference on the block and I was lucky enough to have won my way to New Orleans to attend this past weekend. I’d been eyeing the conference website since the dates were first announced by the founder Nadia (@JusticeJonesie) at the beginning of 2012.

The setting couldn’t have been better – both the conference venue, The Roosevelt Hotel, as well as New Orleans made for perfect places to base this inspiring conference. Though I used to travel alone in my youth, I figure it must be at least 5 years since I last traveled completely alone – kid free and husband free too. So though it was a breath of fresh air to be on my own, the cocktail reception and registration on Thursday night was a perfect way to get to know bloggers I’d met online, in person or others that I was meeting for the first time. They all later became my allies to ramble through Bourbon Street and the French Quarter. The ONLY downside to such a great conference is not wanting to sneak away to soak up the culture. I wish I would have had more time to explore further afield.

Heading out for Nichetinis at local bar Bourbon Heat on Saturday night

The list of speakers had me pretty excited. I felt as if I was attending a rock party for blogger geeks! As Nadia released the names of speakers and sessions over time, I could see that though this was a boutique style conference, the learning would be phenomenal.

Wordless Wednesday: Mississippi River and Me

I have so many picture from New Orleans and the Niche Mommy Conference, but this one is me crossing another item off my list!

Indulging in the Sins of New Orleans

New Orleans food is as delicious as the less criminal forms of sin.

– Mark Twain

Ok, so I am just loving New Orleans. What a crazy , friendly and vibrant place! Though I have only been able to go into the French Quarter and will be venturing out to get a view of the Mississippi so that I can cross another thing off my list, I still wish I could see soooo much more. There are not enough hours in the day and the primary reason I am here (to attend the conference) is great and taking up most of my time, so I am grateful what I am getting to experience.

Though I’ve ventured down Bourbon Street both for an early morning walk to breath in the beer stained sidewalks as well as at night, the kind of fleshly sins going on on Bourbon Street are not up my cup of tea. BUT, the food, the glorious food! I’ve had everything from fried green tomatoes, gumbo and ‘dirty’ rice at The Roosevelt Hotel, crawfish bisque at Bon Ton Cafe, sweet doughy beignets both at the hotel and the ever popular and iconic Cafe du Monde and so many more delicacies.

So if food is your sinful pleasure, especially of the seafood variety, you will L-O-V-E New Orleans.

What’s your guilty pleasure when you travel?

New Orleans Bon Ton Cafe signature Rum Ramsey Cocktail