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….

24 hours in Abu Dhabi: Pt. 1

This is a rant. I’m just gonna put that out there first. The TripAdvisor review will come later. I’m hot and stinky and really really tired, so this is what you get right now. We begin our journey landing in Abu Dhabi Airport at 2:30AM. We left Narita Airport at 9PM, so I really don’t know what time my body thought it was by the time we landed. I didn’t sleep well, but the boy remarked that he “slept like a baby”. So I was already irked. We landed 2 hours ahead of schedule, therefore we had to wait for the…

How to travel the world with your child and not lose your mind or end up with them in CPS when you get home.

In other words: How do I make travel with my kid look so easy and effortless? The long and short of it is: I only put the good photos online. Nobody wants to see the ones of us arguing or me crying in a corner because I am trying really hard not to book a flight back home because he’s being incredibly ungrateful and I’m frustrated and tired from booking so many countries in a small span of time. *ahem* Traveling with your kid can be amazingly rewarding and fun. You get to spend all of your time with your…

Here and there: The cure.

    I feel most at peace when I am in or near water. So my son’s affinity for swimming only makes sense. We both are on our way to an upswing with this adjustment. After being here for 9 months now, we are learning how to navigate not only the city but our emotions better. Learning how to understand when we are just tired or stressed and take some time for ourselves. But we are both longing for the water again. It has the power to cleanse us. I read a quote by Isak Dinesen that said “The cure for…

Saving Money with Groupon Coupons

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine. I love saving money when I travel. I’ve used Groupon for everything from saving money on my trips to Target or a mani-pedi, to learning how to trapeze and going skydiving. It has really helped me save money on my adventures both near and far. Actually, my first trip with the boy overseas was, in fact, a Groupon deal. We went to China for 10 days. We visited Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Suzhou and stayed at some very amazing hotels. We visited the Great Wall, Imperial Palace, the Beijing Zoo, and ate to our…

Update on life in Japan.

I recently wrote an essay for mater mea, the online publication that has featured me to talk about my move to Tokyo. They reached out and asked for a follow up on our life here in Tokyo. It took me a long time to write this, because I was so occupied with adjusting and dealing with things, that I wasn’t able to reflect on all that has happened. That was part of it. The other part was it has taken me this long to actually sit and be still long enough to reflect. I’ve been moving so much and in…