3 Ways to Feel at Home While on Vacation

Sponsored Post Since moving abroad, summer vacation is often spent in the States. While some leave the U.S. to travel the world during the break, the boy and I return home to visit family and friends. In past summers, we have spend out time traveling to California, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Georgia. During that time, we found ways to feel like we weren’t spending all of our time in hotels and eating crappy food, but rather we were living our home life in another part of the country. The following are three ways we have found it easy to feel…

We’ve been in Addis for 2 weeks now…

The boy and I have been in Addis Ababa for a little over 2 weeks and here are some of the reflections I’ve gathered so far: 1. I absolutely LOVE my place of work. (The jury is still on out on my actual position, as the chiren aren’t here yet. And I haven’t yet assessed the level of crazy with the coworkers either) But the passion admin has and the action they take to ensure we are well taken care of, are taking care of ourselves, and are working collaboratively with one another for the good of these kids is…

2016

It’s now 2017 and let’s be honest – 2016 was ass. I honestly spent most of it in a state of depression. It started off with me in Thailand, decompressing from the move and the challenges we were having with his school to him transferring to another school and ended with me ultimately questioning this decision to move to Japan every single day. The reality of possibly making a mistake in moving to Japan, not handling the stress of my job and living in Japan well. Balancing being strong and defending Chris against his schools. It was exhausting and all…

Last-minute holiday guide for the traveler in your life.

I’m a procrastinator. In all aspects of my life, which is why this post is coming late AF. You all know this about me. Love me anyway. Just 2 more days until Christmas and if you’re like me, you’re still trying to figure out what to get the traveler in your life. The person who has a shirt that reads “I have more passport stamps than you“. The person who is forever gallivanting across the globe with the Instagram page that makes you want to #bookdatish. We all have that person in our lives. Maybe you are that person. So it’s…

Our week in Italy and how we did it for under $2000!

As you know, I’m constantly trying to save money when I travel. From flight glitches to Groupon, I’m always in search of a way to make my money stretch. I’m constantly telling people that traveling with kids is not expensive and doesn’t have to be limited to the continental United States when you’re on a budget. That’s why I HAVE to share how we went on a family vacation to Rome and Milan for $1950.69. You heard me. Less than $2000 for two people. Flights, food, EVERYTHING! Here’s how I did it: Transportation One day I was minding my own business and I get…

Don’t sleep on Groupon.

**Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.**     Have you ever booked a random flight deal on an impulse and then found yourself wondering what do you do in that random town? No? Me neither. But if you have, I’m here to tell you that you have options to figure out how to entertain yourself in Randomtown, U.S.A. and not want to throw yourself out the basement window for all the boredom. So, let’s just say you find an amazing deal to…Las Vegas…(I know, like you would ever really need to know why to do in…

Sleep and the art of getting your kid to stop talking to you.

Once upon a time, there was a child whom we adoringly refer to as “the boy”. He was a quiet fellow who would stare at you and silently judge you while eating his saltines and “nanners”. Because…well that’s what you do when you’re two: develop hyper-focused eating habits and judge everyone you meet. Anyway, this kid was perfect. He played by himself and was able to use his imagination to play boxing or wrestling for hours with his stuffed toys. He allowed his mother to get work done or cook or clean when she was ever inclined to do so….