• 12 of the most romantic places in the world

    Santorini sunset

    Are y’all doing anything for Valentine’s Day? We are going on a trip to an extremely romantic and amazing location, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it! But, planning the trip got me thinking about the most romantic places I’ve ever visited, and in honor of the most heart-filled holiday, I wanted […]

  • Military family guide to Disney World

    magic kingdom railroad

    Many years ago — long before Magic Bands, rose gold mouse ears, and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train — Toby and I went to Disney World. It was the first time he had ever been to a Disney park, and the first time I had been since my high school graduation. We were going to […]

  • Dubai for New Year’s

    new years family photo

    Everything about Dubai — from buildings to brunches — is super luxe and over-the-top, so it’s not suprising that their New Year’s Eve celebration is one of the most opulent (and popular) in the world. But we learned last year that you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars or stand outside for 18 hours to […]

  • Tree of Life and the Bahrain Fort

    Bahrain’s location has made it a center for trade for centuries, and the Bahrain Fort — a UNESCO World Heritage site — is a Portugeuse-built structure on the site of the capital of an ancient civilization. It was built between the 15th and early 17th century, and is a must-visit if you’re in Bahrain. It […]

  • Visiting Disney World for July 4th

    Visiting DIsney World for Fourth of July

    We love Disney, and they have the best fireworks ever. So when we found out we were moving overseas last summer, we knew we had to spend  July 4th in the most magical place on Earth before leaving the U.S. It was a fantastic trip, and I would definitely do it again if we have […]

  • Lake Charlevoix

    lake charlevoix

    I’ve never been much of a lake person. Maybe it’s the murky water, or the fact that my idea of a “lake” growing up was a man-made MTV Spring Break destination, but I’ve never been super pumped about going to a lake. This wasn’t helped by the fact that shortly after my family moved to […]

  • Getting gifty

    personalized gifts

    As an unrepentant shopaholic, I love shopping for everything. Even a trip to the grocery store is fun. Still, I think the best is shopping for gifts for others. I’ll admit that buying things for other people can be a little stressful if you don’t know them that well (and I have been the recipient […]

  • Surfing in SoCal

    newport pier

    Long-time readers may remember that I am somewhat obsessed with the idea of learning to surf. I’ve taken lessons a few times, and while I’ve been able to stand up on the board every time, I don’t think I’ll be joining the pro tour anytime soon. Still, practice makes perfect, so when my parents planned a […]

  • The Kentucky Derby

    jenandtobyderby

    I am so sorry for my extended absence. In the last two months, we moved out of our townhouse in Virginia, I dyed my hair pink and then reddish brown, we went to Michigan, Kentucky, and Disney World, and we moved to the Middle East. I will write more about all of those adventures, obviously, but first, […]

  • Aaren’s Spartan Races (and a giveaway!)

    Unfortunately the universe has been conspiring against me for the past few years, so I haven’t been able to do a Spartan Race yet, but one of my BFFs, Aaren, has now run two (because she’s a bad ass!). I asked her to write about her experience to give you an idea of what to […]