Tag: vacation

Tips for planning a group camping trip

Summers in Michigan are most often fun, beautiful, busy months that seem to fly by. For me, summers mean biking, hiking, picnics, geocaching, exploring new and old places, camping, travel, barbecues and so much more. I’m excited for an upcoming camping weekend with several female friends. We’ll be heading to beautiful northern Michigan for a

5 tips to save money while having fun

The holidays are over, the new year is here, and winter is on the way out (wishful thinking as I sit with my fireplace warming me. Sigh). If you read my new year’s blog, you know that I decided not to set big goals this year, but instead focus on ensuring joy, love and laughter

Walking the streets of San Francisco

After spending a few days enjoying Calistoga and Napa Valley, we loaded luggage into the car rental and headed west toward Sonoma for our drive back to San Francisco. It was misting a little but still mild temps. We took the ‘scenic’ route back, enjoying conversations and laughs. As we neared the city, we stopped

Travel planning tips

2 Traveling has always been a favorite activity. When I was younger, I loved our family getaways (and still do!) and now as an adult, ‘travel’ is a definite budget line item goal so I can afford to plan my own trips and choose new destinations. I love exploring new locations, learning new cultures (even

Exploring food and drink spots in Austin, Texas

When I traveled to Austin last weekend for the 20th anniversary of the LIVESTRONG Challenge, I was fortunate to travel with some great friends. In between our LIVESTRONG events, we had time to explore Austin. 2 We decided to stay near South Congress so we could walk as much as possible around Austin. A great

Family camping trip near Lake Huron

I enjoy camping, especially in Michigan where we have some of the best parks and campgrounds. You really don’t have to drive far to find a campground. Most campgrounds have plenty of options for pitching tents, parking a trailer/camper, or even renting rustic cabins to sleep in if you prefer to be off the ground.

Girls’ getaway to Michigan’s west side

My mom, sisters and I have talked a lot about taking an adult girls only trip, yet no plans have ever been made. So I decided to make the plans. I wanted to take my mom away and invited my two sisters to join us. Unfortunately, my older sister couldn’t get the time away from

Finding free (or cheap), fun activities

I’ve been focused on saving money the past few weeks. I recently started paying attention to all the random or little things that we spend money on – Starbucks, Dr. Pepper at 7-11, new nail polish, dinner and drinks at a restaurant – and realize how quickly those add up . So I’m focused on

More from the Kentucky Oaks and Derby

  There are still so many stories and memories to share from the trip to last week’s Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby. It was like a sensory overload at times for me – so many people and things to see, so many horses to watch, so much to soak in so I wouldn’t miss anything

Highlights of our Kentucky Derby adventure

Wow. A simple word to describe our recent experience at the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby. A dream come true for me to attend these races where I watched history being made. 2 In addition to amazing, sunny weather in Louisville, our days went off without a hitch. We met many people, saw beautiful horses,