There are several things I do when I go home to Pittsburgh in the summer: 1 – Take my shoes off and feel real grass under my feet again–actual soft, won’t-slice-open-your-toes, Northern grass. 2 – Sit in the cool basement and vegetate. (Because that’s another thing we don’t have in Florida–basements.) 3 – Consume ALL THE … Continue Reading

Hey all! So the family and I are preparing for a trip back up north to Pittsburgh, my hometown, and I can’t wait. A funny thing happens when you move as an adult, especially when all the Big Things in your life happened in your hometown–born; raised; all levels of school, including college; first job. No … Continue Reading

Do you have a 7-week-old? A teenager? A puppy? Heck, even a whining coworker qualifies. What I’m asking is, is there anyone in your life who’s zapping a little–or a lot–of your energy lately? If the answer is “yes,” (and I’m gonna bet it is), then you know what I think, my friend? You need a daycation. … Continue Reading

This weekend we did what any sane parents who need a little relaxation but who also know that packing up three kids and two adults for longer than a couple days is straight bonkers would do–a staycation. Can you tell we are fans of The Staycation? It’s kinda our thing. That’s what living in the most-frequented city in … Continue Reading

You know that feeling you get when you’ve done your seventeenth load of laundry in one day, the kids are smearing pudding all over your glass kitchen table and you haven’t showered in three days? One might call it… borderline insanity? Well, my friend, you may be in need of a staycation. Here in Central … Continue Reading

  Dog lovers–this one’s for you! When I recently toured The Alfond Inn in Winter Park, Florida, I was delighted to learn that you can bring your furry little best friend with you to stay at the hotel, and boy, do they have some awesome amenities for him. Check out the third and final installment … Continue Reading

On this part of my tour of The Alfond Inn in Winter Park, Florida, I got a delicious taste of the menu at their signature restaurant, Hamilton’s Kitchen. What you don’t get to see on video is me scarfing down every last bite of these dishes. Guys, it was THAT good. A huge and special thank … Continue Reading

Hey guys! A bit of a turn on the blog today. I recently got the chance to check out a gorgeous hotel property that’s tucked into beautiful Winter Park, Florida (just outside Orlando), and I wanted to share Part One of the story with you. If you’re an art aficionado or know someone who is, … Continue Reading

This past weekend I did something I haven’t done in over four years—traveled solo. No kids, no husband, just me (and Baby 3). It was strangely liberating and also… just kinda strange.   When I had down time, I’d spend about 10 minutes reading or web browsing, then just kinda stare, only mildly in shock … Continue Reading

Happy Thanksgiving Eve! Here’s  Part Two of my tour of the Four Seasons Resort Orlando, in which I reconnect with my inner child and absolutely kill a waterslide. Oh man. Why I waited a decade to enjoy this fantastic contraption since the last time, I don’t know. What I DO know, next time I’m near another waterslide–hairstyle and … Continue Reading