After lunch and, a visit with the “Emperor”, I guided my husband down a narrow alley in Chinatown for a special treat. “Uh, where are we going again?” “It’s just this way, c’mon you’ll love it!” “Ohhhh Kaayyy” Finally we ducked into a tiny, I mean teeny tiny, shop, and the owner greeted us like …

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It’s one of our favorite cities! I suspect we could go back every year and not do the same things twice. This time we revisited a few of our favorite places plus had a few new adventures. We treated our selves by hiring a car for the drive from the airport. You know the guys …

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San Francisco is about 10 to 15 degrees cooler than Eugene in the summer. It was weird packing jeans and sweaters and jackets, I had a few doubts along the way, but I put my faith in the forecast and did it. So, happy I did! The mornings were chilly, afternoons sunny but not too …

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Photo courtesy of The Enchanted Home It’s been years since I read a “beach read” on an actual beach! I’m suitably excited, so I set off on a search of this Summers offerings and this is what I’ve found. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead And then, I thought I’d …

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Hawaii anyone? It’s more like Hawaii everyone! Why the rush for the 50th star on our flag? It doesn’t hurt to have the #1 movie of the year, set in Hawaii and starring George Clooney. Well played, Hawaii Chamber of Commerce! Guess what? Us too! Yay! This means packing. My Achilles heel. Here’s the plan: …

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The saying goes that, it’s the journey not the destination. These days, if you need to reach your destination via air travel it’s hard to remember that. Like most, I’ve cultivated some habits that make the experience feel special and, dare I say it, fun. 1) I chose a festive colored bag to carry my …

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We are big Disneyland fans. Huge! We’ve been taking the kids since they were very little. This trip differed because they are no longer little. How to have a fun family vacation that includes a big dose of “cheesy” without all the eye rolling? We who have teens, run into this often. Fortunately my kids …

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