September 2016

Flying the Friendly Skies with United

Just this week, my husband and daughter flew on United Airlines from Los Angeles to Chicago. United is our carrier of choice, mostly because my husband flies United for his work travels, but also because of their consistently good service and the airport’s proximity to our home. After a long weekend at a convention, they were lucky enough to be bumped up to business class (one of my husband’s perks of being such a frequent traveler). My 12 year old was thrilled to be ending her trip with an upgraded seat and her first experience in…

Can You Use a Cell Phone for Survival?

You’re alone. Lost. Scared. You need to be rescued. And it’s just you and your cell phone. Pretty much the only thing every person in this county has on them at one specific time is their cell phone. Once only used as an emergency tool, our cell phones have turned into another appendage – essential for daily living and something we constantly depend on. As a result, I’ve done some research and have found that there are things you can do with your cell phone to help you survive if you are lost in…

My Favorite Travel Photos from 2016

As many of you know, I am not a full-time traveler. I’m not even a part-time traveler. Rather, I’m a full-time mom, homemaker, and family organizer. I’m not constantly traveling all over the world, like some travel bloggers out there. For me, some years bring more travel, others less, just depending on my circumstances. My life is at home, with my family. But I do love to get away! After my travels, I want to help others by sharing my experiences and offering ways to improve yours, by imparting tips, information…

Visiting Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Back in 2009, I was able to finally cross something big off my bucket list – to see an active volcano. I traveled to the Big Island of Hawaii and I saw Kilauea, an active volcano at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is about a 45 minute or 30 mile journey from Hilo, Hawaii. Located on the Big Island, the park encompasses a large portion of the southeastern part of the island.  As soon as we got close to the national park, I was amazed at how wet and dense the vegetation was so close to an…