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Weekend Reading: New York Edition

August 16, 2013
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After our Today Show segment this week, Lindsey and I spent a couple of days exploring New York. We did most of the major touristy stuff back in 2006, so we decided to take in some different sites this time around. Our first stop was the New York Public Library, which would have been on my […]

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Weekend Reading: Memorial Day Edition

May 24, 2013
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A man’s country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle. - George William Curtis Those of us in the U.S. will be observing Memorial Day this weekend. Here are some posts I’ve run across lately that are perfect reading […]

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Packing Simplified: Carry-On Luggage

September 10, 2012
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This past Thursday through Sunday I attended the Financial Blogger Conference in Denver and it allowed me to accomplish something I’ve never done before. I didn’t do any public speaking or win any awards and I didn’t climb to the top of Pike’s Peak. No, my big win was that I packed light enough to […]

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Weekend Eye Candy: House Stalking on Vacation

August 17, 2012
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I like to house stalk on vacation. As much as I enjoy the tourist attractions of wherever we visit, it’s the homes that attract me most. And since I usually have my camera in hand I’ve gotten pretty good at sneaking quick shots of some of the beautiful houses we see. Here are some of […]

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San Francisco Travel Tips and Ideas: Eating, Getting Around, and the Best Kept Tour Secret

July 23, 2012
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This is Part 3 – the final installment – of San Francisco travel tips and ideas, based on my family’s recent visit. The first two posts covered visiting Alcatraz and the best places to find views in San Francisco.   Every visitor to San Francisco needs to know two things: where to eating and how […]

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San Francisco Travel Tips and Ideas: Views of San Francisco

July 20, 2012
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On our last trip to San Francisco I was chatting up a photographer who was selling his photos on the street. He told me that it was great being a photographer in San Francisco, because the hills made for fabulous views. He’s so right. On our trips to other cities, we’ve often sought out a […]

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San Francisco Travel Tips and Ideas: Alcatraz

July 18, 2012
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My family just returned from a six day trip to San Francisco. While my husband and I had been twice before, this was the kids’ first trip, so we did all of the touristy stuff. Over the next few posts I’ll share with you some of our experiences in San Francisco, in case you’re planning […]

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Towels As Souvenirs

May 29, 2012
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25+ years ago, one of my husband’s older siblings brought his parents a pair of coffee cups back from a vacation. The rest of the family thought that seemed like a great idea and started doing the same. The mugs my husband and I brought back from our Hawaii honeymoon were shaped like dolphins. The […]

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A Grateful Nation

May 27, 2012

Last fall our family was privileged to get to travel to West Point Military Academy to see my brother-in-law retire from a 20 year military career. He retired safely, but many have not. Since tomorrow is Memorial Day in the U.S. – a day we remember those who gave their lives in service to our […]

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When Buying Used Isn’t Frugal: A Personal Finance Blogger Fail

October 5, 2011

Last week I attended the Financial Blogger Conference in Chicago (or Schaumburg to be more specific). After it was over, I gave myself the gift of an extra day and a half in the Windy City, because I love that place. On Sunday afternoon, I hit up IKEA and then took a Sunday drive down […]

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