September 2015

Approved and Unapproved Generics – Which are on your list?

I committed a cardinal sin.  I bought a generic razor.  The funny thing is, I know better. I was just sick of spending so much money on razors that I just figured I’d buy a bunch of cheap disposable razors instead of three name brand blades.  The numerous cuts on my legs will tell you that was a big mistake. Most of us savvy shoppers have rules on which products are acceptable as generics and which aren’t.  We all learn from our generic mistakes! So, I’ve compiled a list of items from friends and…

My Favorite Sights in the Canadian Rockies, Part 1

  Traveling to the Canadian Rockies was a three day journey by minivan, with a 6 and 9 year old in tow, and plenty of DVDs. We traveled to Banff in June of 2010 and loved every part of our trip. Listed below are my favorite places we visited in and around Banff and Jasper, Canada.  Note, most of these photos included in this post are ours. Obviously, you can find more spectacular photos at other sites online, but this is how the rockies looked to us. Note the destination and its description are above the photos.   Johnston Canyon…

How Hotels Can Improve

Hotels, like most businesses, evolve and improve with each passing year.  New technology, designing trends, and customer desires lead the improvements. However, here is my list, noting how hotels can be even better: Wi-fi – Over the years, wi-fi has become a basic utility.  Just like heating/cooling, lighting, and water, today’s traveler needs the internet.  Wi-fi should be included in the room’s price and it should be dependable.  Too many hotels have super slow connections or ones that disconnect after a period of inactivity, requiring multiple log-ins a day. That&#8217…

An Ode to Summer

The end of summer means different things to all of us.  To me, it’s bittersweet. Thoughts… Gone are the days of warm weather and no coats.  Now walking outside requires thought and preparation. My kids no longer have the days to stay in bed and lounge around.  Homework fills my kitchen table. I will no longer walk around in shorts and bare feet.  I will constantly be cold and covered up. The community swimming pool has been emptied.  Our swim bags have been pushed to the back of the closets. Evening summer walks are over.  The sun…