Anthropologie

I love Anthropologie. Do I need to say more? Well, okay. I will not pass up a chance to stop at an Anthropologie store. I love their clothes, accessories, and house & home items. Today, someone asked if I am getting excited about our upcoming trip. With a smile, I replied that I have to get past the “hurdle” of packing first. When I came home, a copy of Anthropologie’s current catalog was waiting for me. The Story of August. Welcome to the time between. Where summer’s bittersweet end meets a yearning for fall. …  Then turn to the…

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Travel Outfit

As if I needed another reminder, I’ve noticed that some of the trees are starting to turn to various shades of orange and yellow. Summer 2015 is coming to a close but before it does, we are planning one more family summer escape before the arrival of the back-to-school season. This time, we are flying to the West Coast and although it would not be my first visit, there is always something new to see and to be excited about. As I always do before a trip, I plan my wardrobe for each day. I’m constantly trying to think…

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Travel Notes: Asheville, NC (Part 2)

Day 4: Eat … Shop … Eat Early Girl Eatery gave me the farm-to-table southern breakfast experience that I was looking for. The place and presentation were down-to-earth and the food was delicious! I went for the Early Girl Benny which is grit cakes topped with tomato, spinach, poached eggs, tomato gravy and avocado with either toast or a homemade biscuit (I chose the latter). I found a new favorite hot sauce as well – Fire From The Mountain “Smoked Habanero”- a four out of five chili rating and it sure was fiery! I’m really not sure how it…

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Travel Notes: Asheville, NC (Part 1)

Asheville was such a lovely surprise. Up until an invitation to a friend’s wedding, I had not heard of Asheville. It turned out that this mountain city gem is haven to artists, cyclists, food lovers, and so much more. Day 1: Philadelphia to Asheville With the car loaded with bikes, we drove 600+ miles from Philadelphia to Asheville. The 10-hour long ride was a breeze despite my husband being on conference calls for most of the trip. I suspect that the scenic view of the mountains had a lot to do with it. After checking in and unloading our…

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Philly: Spruce Street Harbor

Source: Delaware River Waterfront I could not wait to visit Spruce Street Harbor when I first saw its beautiful canopy of lighs while driving on Delaware Avenue one night. Captivated at first sight, this waterfront paradise on Penn’s Landing has to be one of the most exciting things to happen to the city of Philadelphia. Open from May 22 to September 27 this year, there are so many things to see and do on the park including barges with seating and nets suspended over the water, floating gardens, hammocks galore, flea market, light and music shows. There are concession…

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On The Road

So many people I know are planning big trips this summer. Various sources report that 2015 is positioned to be a good year for the US with leisure travel soaring and reaching an all time high. The car continues to be king in the travel landscape with many travelers taking at least one road trip thanks to a stronger economy. Road trips are as American as apple pie so here’s to wanderlust, the car, the open road, and new adventures! Source: Conde Nast Traveler Source: websta.me

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Travel Notes: Oaxaca, Mexico

In Oaxaca, I found myself at a crossroads between past and present, where tribes that crossed and settled in the area for so many years continue to have a palpable presence contributing to the cultural and historical richness of this enchanting place. Oaxaca is believed to be home to 16 different ethnic tribes and has over 50% indigenous Mexican population. At the Benito Juarez market (where one can find handicrafts plus stalls selling fresh produce, piñatas, herbs and even clothing) – a juxtaposion – a Oaxacan woman deftly balancing bushels of garlic, a live chicken, and a colorful backpack.…

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Tips on Staying Fit While Traveling

Illustration/Art by Caitlyn McGauley We are planning our next roadtrip for summer 2015 and I am looking for inspiration and guidance on staying fit while on the road and found the following by Leo Babauta on what he did during his travel in Europe: The 7 Things I Do to Stay Fit While Traveling By Leo Babauta I keep the workout short and minimal. Every day, I alternate about 10 minutes of writing with my exercise for the day — either pushups or bodyweight squats. Just one bodyweight exercise, probably 4-6 sets (not including warmup sets) of as many…

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Travel Notes: Wildwood Crest, NJ

No doubt that summer is in full swing. This past weekend, we drove to the Jersey Shore for work and mostly fun. The weekend was sunny with little humidity making it an ideal time to be at the beach – or to be anywhere for that matter. On our first morning, after a restful night of sleep, I sat on the balcony with a cup of coffee taking in the peaceful and calming view and sound of the ocean and the bright blue sky. It was at that moment when I got to wondering why we don’t do the…

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