Adventures in Nest Swapping

One of the many advantages to having an “empty” nest is the freedom to swap your nest with other adventurous types. We decided that before we sold our house, we would try using it as bait for a cheap month in New York City.

Being in the habit of Googling at the drop of a hat, we took the online approach to finding suitable exchanges. We looked at several different sites, and chose a well known one for its ease of use and abundant choices from all over the globe. For a small annual fee, one can peruse homes, set up destinations to visit and… CONTINUE READING >>

One of the many advantages to having an “empty” nest is the freedom to swap your nest with other adventurous types. We decided that before we sold our house, we would try using it as bait for a cheap month in New York City.

Being in the habit of Googling at the drop of a hat, we took the online approach to finding suitable exchanges. We looked at several different sites, and chose a well known one for its ease of use and abundant choices from all over the globe. For a small annual fee, one can peruse homes, set up destinations to visit and… CONTINUE READING >>

THE Talk

“I’m eighteen now, I can do what I want.”

The dreaded time when the spawn are technically adults but still in high school. At that age, it would seem that “adult” means the freedom to head out and start being stupid at top speed.

The standard “Not in my house” or “As long as you live under my roof, you’ll abide by my rules” replies didn’t seem to sink in with our young ‘uns. In fact, I could almost see the heels digging in to the floor.

One day while driving our oldest, The Piglet, to school, I got fed up and burst out with what became known in our family as “THE Talk.” No, not THAT “the talk”, this one:… CONTINUE READING >>

“I’m eighteen now, I can do what I want.”

The dreaded time when the spawn are technically adults but still in high school. At that age, it would seem that “adult” means the freedom to head out and start being stupid at top speed.

The standard “Not in my house” or “As long as you live under my roof, you’ll abide by my rules” replies didn’t seem to sink in with our young ‘uns. In fact, I could almost see the heels digging in to the floor.

One day while driving our oldest, The Piglet, to school, I got fed up and burst out with what became known in our family as “THE Talk.” No, not THAT “the talk”, this one:… CONTINUE READING >>

Simple Ways to Make Healthier Meals at Home

There’s nothing like a home-cooked meal. But it’s not uncommon for a home-cooked meal to have butter, salt, and other not-so-healthy ingredients. You still want to enjoy great taste, so consider these ways to make your home-cooked meals much healthier… CONTINUE READING >> 

There’s nothing like a home-cooked meal. But it’s not uncommon for a home-cooked meal to have butter, salt, and other not-so-healthy ingredients. You still want to enjoy great taste, so consider these ways to make your home-cooked meals much healthier… CONTINUE READING >> 

How To Eat Your Stress Away By Cooking

If life is getting overwhelming, cooking can help you cope with stress. From nutrition to providing a sense of accomplishment, cooking is therapeutic, and perhaps, it will be a regular part of your routine so you can get the most out of its benefits…
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If life is getting overwhelming, cooking can help you cope with stress. From nutrition to providing a sense of accomplishment, cooking is therapeutic, and perhaps, it will be a regular part of your routine so you can get the most out of its benefits…
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It’s Cherry Blossom Time in Japan!

We hit Japan right at the peak of the cherry blossoms blooming. Known as sakura, the blooming trees have deep roots in Japanese culture…
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We hit Japan right at the peak of the cherry blossoms blooming. Known as sakura, the blooming trees have deep roots in Japanese culture…
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12 Must-See Festivals in the US

We LOVE a festival! Tag the word “fest” on the end of it and we’re there! Here are 12 of the wildest, wackiest, over-the-top or just plain fabulous celebrations that we’ve seen! We don’t know how many will be back after the pandemic, we certainly hope all of them, but any are worth a visit…CONTINUE READING >> 

We LOVE a festival! Tag the word “fest” on the end of it and we’re there! Here are 12 of the wildest, wackiest, over-the-top or just plain fabulous celebrations that we’ve seen! We don’t know how many will be back after the pandemic, we certainly hope all of them, but any are worth a visit…CONTINUE READING >>