“We grow great by dreams. Some of us let these great dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through bad days until they bring them to the sunshine and light, which comes always to those who sincerely hope that their dreams will come true.”
– W. Wilson
Why did I start my list?
When I was in college I had an English professor that was the stereotypical hippy, turtleneck wearing, book loving, ‘Let’s have class outside’ kind of professor. I absolutely LOVED him! (Ok…it helped that he was also really cute!) He had a philosophy that everyone should have a Bucket List. However, he called it a Life List because it should be about your life, not your death. He suggested always having 100 items on your list at all time. When you accomplish one, you need to replace it with another. If you know me, you know I live for lists so this was right up my alley. Years later, I still keep a list.
I’m always looking for fun ways to keep my girls active. Last year my 9-year-old participated in an amazing program called Girls On the Run, a countrywide program that begins with girls in 3rd grade. It was one of the most fun activities my daughter has been a part of. It takes Girl Power to a whole new level!
If you are in Boston and looking for something that all ages will enjoy, the Boston Museum of Science is a safe bet. It is one of our favorite places and there is so much to do that we never do the entire thing in one day. Our typical visit includes exploring the different wings of the museum, seeing a few shows, and having lunch in the cafeteria. There are so many different things to do that no two visits are ever the same. Here are a few of our favorite things to do:
Sao Miguel, Azores is one of the most beautiful, friendliest islands we’ve ever been to. It is located 950 miles from mainland Portugal but it is a completely different world. The island has a gorgeous coastline, stunning flowers, and perhaps the best seafood I’ve ever tasted. It is the largest island of the Azores but can be viewed in a day or two.
One of the coolest meals we’ve ever experienced was in Sao Miguel. The island has lots of hot springs so they have created an interesting way to cook your meals. They take a pot and fill it with delicious, local ingredients, cover it, and place it directly in the ground. There the food slowly cooks by volcanic steam and after 5-6 hours you get a perfectly cooked meal created by Mother Nature. It is like an underground crock pot!
This morning I jumped from an airplane, landed on the top of a snowcapped mountain, and skied down a black diamond trail. Well…ok…not exactly. I actually just went up the Magic Carpet and came back down a few times but I can tell you it was just as scary! I am 40 years old (Ugh…that can’t be right) and I am just learning how to ski.
If anyone deserves to be the leader of this country, it should be the creator of American Girl Dolls because that person is an absolute genius! If you have young girls I’m sure you know all about these dolls because they are a cult for young girls in the US. I am not quite sure what makes this doll so special but they seem to have a magical power over the female gender that convinces you a doll needs a multitude of outfits and accessories. And if you think the company is just about the dolls, you haven’t hit the tip of the iceberg.
I love going to museums and have always wanted my kids to be just as excited about them as me. Their first museum was visited in a stroller, and when they were finally able to walk it was time to explore the Museum of Natural History in NYC. Some of my friends think it’s pointless to bring their kids because they don’t get anything out of it. Seriously? How can you possibly stand next to the statue of David and not get anything out of it?
Now don’t get me wrong, my kids and I don’t stand at a painting and discuss the contrasting and muted tones or the use of negative space. It usually sounds more like, “Hahaha…look Mom…BOOBS!”
My girls (B age 7 & M age 9) have been to museums in NYC, Boston, Portugal, London, and Greece and have never once told me they were bored. They treat a museum like a place to use their imagination and they come up with some pretty cool ideas. I asked the girls to share in their own words some tips on how they entertain themselves at museums. Take it away ladies…
How much TIME blogging would take! It is honestly NEVER ENDING! Just when you think you are done with a piece you start to second guess yourself and change pictures, center comments, change the title, and wonder if you should scrap the whole piece. This does not even count the times you wake up at 3 a.m. and spend an hour or two developing a new piece in your head.
: Before blogging I only used Instagram to share pictures with family and friends. To be honest, I never used a hashtag in my life! I never knew how instrumental it would be in promoting my blog. It is also a great source of inspiration. My Travel Bucket List is overflowing from ideas from pictures posted by other travel bloggers. (more…)
This was an amazing travel year for our family. I have the best little travelers! Here are our top 10 travel memories for 2015… Enjoy!
I’ve got to say that as a new blogger, this last week has been the most intimidating yet. It seems that at this time of year many bloggers choose to show you their best work of the year…and all I can say is WOW! I’ve loved reading about the top 10 destinations people traveled to (Many that I cannot even pronounce) or the best adventures people have taken (The pictures alone have left me speechless)! There are so many amazing bloggers out there and I’ve been soaking it all in to learn from the best. This isn’t something you can have as a major in college so your education comes from those around you that have been doing it for years.
One common post I’ve been reading is that this is the time of year to reassess your goals for your blog. It is time to look at what is working and what needs to change. One way many people are doing that is through Blog New Year’s Resolutions. So here we go…my top 10 for 2016.