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climbing kilimanjaro overweight

220 pounds. That’s how much I weighed the morning I set out to climb Africa’s tallest peak.  I was by far the heaviest woman in our group and, I’d soon discover, the heaviest woman on the trail.  I knew I wasn’t exactly in the best shape of my life but what I lacked in strength […]

travel gifts for kids

The holiday shopping season is fast approaching and that usually means perusing websites and stores to find the perfect gifts for your little munchkins.  Something educational but fun, unique but not hard-to-find and PLEASE let it not be too expensive! As a family who loves to see the world I’m always on the lookout for […]


Man, it’s been a busy summer!  Sunny days full of amusement parks, zoos and family visits have kept our schedule full.  Now fall is here, Stink is getting into a routine at preschool and our next vacation is coming up soon.  Where are we headed, you ask? COLORADO!  One of the few states I haven’t […]


It’s been exactly 3 months since we landed in London for an epic family vacation so I thought it would be a lovely idea to mark the occasion by hosting a giveaway!  Throughout our trip I collected a mish mash of souvenirs in order to have a giveaway that truly reflects all of England and […]

kilimanjaro playlist

I was a little torn between bringing my iPod on Mount Kilimanjaro with me or leaving it at home.  Some people firmly believe in unplugging from technology on vacation, especially if that vacation includes communing with nature on the tallest mountain in Africa.  But I also knew how challenging this climb would be for me […]