Hiking Tip

I just did the old flip the boots over to inspect the tread and on the train heading to one of my absolute favorite locations in all the world (powerful I know, but ever so true) my favorite hiking boots were bare.  Shoot.  I vowed, for safety, to purchase new boots the moment I returned and donate my old pair, but here is a hiking tip for ya.  My favorite boots for the female foot are made by the company LOWA.


These boots slide on, fit perfectly and never have to be broken in.  No, I am not sponsored, nor do I receive any type of perks for stating the fact that I love their boots, simply recommending a great shoe for anyone that might be interested.

Happy trails!



Tuesday Round – Up

Summer, welcome, I have missed your long days and the nostalgia that you bring each and every year.  I have missed my best friend, the summers we spent as children swimming until our hair was green, our bodies were exhausted from the heat and the tennis playing.  The moments of river swimming, camping, exploring, getting into good old fashioned trouble only the way you can with your best friend.


Reading Wonder by R. J. Palacio and hoping that the lessons seep into my kiddos.  So many powerful lessons to be learned.

We are watching (whenever we are home) the Netflix series The Horn, which is a captivating insight into the lives and experiences of the Air Zermatt rescue helicopter pilots, doctors, climbers, paramedics, and support crew.  This line of work is inspiring and admirable and as a mountain lover, I am in complete awe of the work this group of people does each and everyday.  P.S.  Did I ever tell you I have a secret desire to fly helicopters…perhaps in another life.

Listening to this fabulous and perfect summer tune by Roo Panes, “Open Road.”  Makes us smile each and every time.

This article brought to us by NPR on raising children who want to read.  Yes, to this and perhaps it starts with reading out loud to our children.  Short on time, try the breakfast table.

And finally, this quote…  “A good life is when you assume nothing, do more, need less, smile often, dream big, laugh a lot, and realize how blessed you are.” – Unknown




Tuesday Round – Up


This week we bring you our regular round – up from the net.  Enjoy and make the most of your summer!

This song, which is fantastic and a gorgeous cover.  “Ain’t No Body” is the first song on the “Best Acoustic Covers.”  Have a listen and try not to be amazed.

This important conversation sparked by one of my favorites, Anna Sale on the Death, Sex and Money Podcast on what it means to be a man now.  As stated in the podcast, “There’s a very unclear set of expectations as far as how a man should behave.”  As a mother, it is my job to education our son the fact that it is not only OK to express himself emotionally, but also the power of empathy.  Above all, let’s teach children and people alike that kindness is the expectation regardless of your gender.  Let’s not move away from the basics and over complicate this K.I.N.D.N.E.S.S.

This important article published by NPR entitled, “When The White House Can’t Be Believed.

Looking forward to visiting this little slice of heaven soon AKA Obersteinberg.

The “7 – Minute Workout” that left many unable to perform according to a recent article in The New York Times.  Have you tried this, can you complete the workout?

Have a wonderful day.





Travel Tip – The Scarf


This is such a basic travel tip, but one that is so very helpful and often overlooked.  When traveling, always carry a scarf.  Yes, you heard that right.  A scarf, regardless of the weather is a versatile object that comes in handy over and over again.  If you don’t believe me, look at the list below indicating ways in which you can use your handy – dandy scarf.

As a blanket

As a window shade in a hot car

To provide privacy while nursing

As a towel

As a picnic blanket

As a skirt (because accidents happens)

To put down on hot car seats

To clean up spills

To scrunch together and use as a pillow

To wrap around shoulders during cold nights

To wrap around shoulders for sun protection

To protect the head and face during the heat of summer

Get it wet and instantly cool off

The scarf (make it a long one) – never leave home without it!

Travel Tip

Summer usually means travel and there is nothing worse than returning home after a long journey and discovering an empty fridge.  Yikes!  And if you reside in Switzerland and return on a Sunday when all the stores are closed except those located at the train station, you are really in for a shock and a total drag.

We had a rule, which we have now broken on multiple occasions. The latest installment of rule breaking happened on our eighth or ninth trip to Mallorca. Shoot, we were only supposed to go once, but there is something about that island that pulls us back. Perhaps it steams from the early days of our marriage when we stumbled upon dreamy pictures of that island that left us pining for a romantic anniversary destination. Or it could quite possibly be that we reside in a landlocked country that doesn’t have an ocean of its own. Maybe it is the fact that we can fly there in less than two hours. Or the sight of our children splashing in the ocean, running down the shores of the salty sea like puppies freed at last, we sigh in their delight. Or the warm embrace we receive each time we visit our dear friends that call the island home. Those hugs, those familiar faces and the meals we share gathered around a table that warm and welcoming all inspire us to return.

Avoid the problem by having a few items that will last and taste delicious upon your return home.  Think simple meals (pasta with red sauce or pesto, eggs, cheese and bread, frozen fruit for shakes, or freeze a meal in advance and pop it into the oven) with food that has a longer shelf life.