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The Perfect Winter Shoe Wardrobe for Travelers


Thanks to Shoebuy for partnering with me on this sponsored post. All opinions are my own!  Living in So Cal, shoes are an afterthought – something to be worn when I leave home. There are ten pairs of flip flops in my downstairs closet, ranging from pool worthy to formal….

Simple Bulgarian Shopska Salad

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I just got back from the Greek islands where I got accustomed to eating Greek Salad every single day. It’s a lot like my favorite Israeli salad – I get addicted quickly. How does this lead to Bulgarian salad? Because I was showing signs of withdrawal I picked up some Bulgarian (ie REAL sheeps milk,…

Easy Slow Cooker Inside Out Stuffed Cabbage Soup from Trader Joes


Some days you need to come home to a warm and comforting dinner. But you don’t want to measure, fuss… think. That’s when this Stuffed Cabbage soup recipe is your BFF. All of the ingredients except for a bit of Italian seasoning that I added, came from Trader Joes.  The recipe uses the whole bag/can…

Grateful Heart Pumpkin Pinwheel Cookies


Of all my cookie recipes, my grandmother’s Pinwheel Cookies are my favorite. I’ve used the same basic recipe and adapted it to make my Dizzy Dreidel Pinwheel cookies, and now I’m adding in a new Thanksgiving Pinwheel Cookies twist. Grateful Heart Pinwheel Cookies. My grandmother was a very patient and kind woman. She didn’t have…

Winter Travel To Do: Take a Norweigan Cruise to See Northern Lights


Thanks to Hurtigruten Cruises for sponsoring today’s content There’s a conversation that comes up every single time you get a group of travel bloggers together. “So…have you seen the Northern Lights yet?” “Yeah,” I fake-casual shrug when asked. “I saw ‘em in Siberia.” I usually fail to mention that it was summer in Siberia when I…

If You Didn’t Play With This Stuff, You Didn’t Grow Up in the 70s & 80s


Thanks to Fat Brain Toys , one of my favorite online toy shops,  for inviting me to be a part of their Partners in Play program and sponsoring this content. This post originally appeared on the Fat Brain Toys site. All opinions are my own.  Long before I came up with the names for my future…

Would You Recognize a Time Traveler Disguised as a Modern Hipster Photographer?


The vintage bellows camera pointed at the Parthenon was somewhat hard to miss. It looked like a prop. A piece left behind by some period production, filming atop the Acropolis.  It looked so wrong and yet so weirdly right. Attached to the back of the accordion-like lens, was an (also vintage, but more recent) polaroid…

What This Amazing Dream About Ninja Parrots Taught Our Family

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A few weeks ago I published my son Leo’s Cyborg Gorilla Jungle Party Dream. Some of you wondered what I was feeding my kids before bed, and whether there were artificial colors and flavors involved. Today I’m sharing Fox’s dream about Ninja Parrots. You’ll have to watch the video to see what he learned. But…

Gem o Rama is the Filthiest, Weirdest, Awesomest So Cal Field Trip You Can’t Miss

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The empty grey highway unfurled before us. A dusty typewriter ribbon. Adventure, waiting to be written. It was midnight on a Friday and the two lane road was the only thing visible in the pitch black darkness. The kids were fast asleep in the back, my husband at the wheel. I fought the urge to nod…

I Had a Dream That I Went to ROAR Retreat in Costa Rica and I Thought I was in Oz

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The supersaturated green outside the airplane window strained my sight. It was almost painful to my drought-accustomed eyes. Months without rain had apparently weakened my vision. I’d grown accustomed to a parboiled palette of sage and sand. Kelly and hunter greens, vivid emerald and celadon floated by.  Slashes of chartreuse and swathes of mantis cut…