Our Yearly Mother-Daughter Chicago Weekend at Conrad Chicago

This weekend we celebrated our yearly Mother-Daughter winter tradition of spending a girl’s weekend in Chicago!  We hopped on the train after school on Friday and were in the city by 5pm.  Upon arrival at the Conrad Chicago Hotel, we were given our key to our 17th floor suite.  As I opened the door, my eyes almost popped out of my head.  Across the room were birthday balloons, flowers and treats. I was in shock!


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Christmas Day At Paradise Beach in Cozumel, Mexico

Hi All. It’s Brooke!

Over winter break, we took a Central American Cruise on Carnival Magic. Our first port  happened to be Cozumel on Christmas Day.  Choosing an excursion, we didn’t want to do something super crazy because we wanted to keep the entire family together and make it as stress free as possible, so we decided on spending the day at Paradise Beach.


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A Magical Mayan Day in Belize

One of our excursions during our Christmas Carnival Cruise 2017 was to the Central American country of Belize.  We narrowed down our excursion choices to cave tubing, scuba diving or hiking the Mayan ruins. Last year, we snorkeled in caves in Riviera Maya so cave tubing was voted off the list. While scuba diving at the Great Blue Hole sounded remarkable, being novices, we’ve really been planning on a full scuba instructional vacation, and furthermore, the phrase “heavily inhabited with sharks” left the Mayan ruins as a fine selection. Besides, we already had water based excursions planned for Honduras and Mexico.

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Pros and Cons of a Central American Carnival Christmas Cruise

For Christmas this year, we decided to trade in the cold and snow for the tropics and set sail on a Carnival Cruise. (Itinerary coming in future post)  Since we had a wide range of age groups traveling, we figured a cruise would meet everyone’s needs.  Don’t get me wrong, we had a spectacular time–laughs, wonderful memories , quality time together, etc. However, upon reflecting if we’d cruise again during the holidays, or anytime for that matter, this is still left undecided.

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A Mother-Daughter Weekend Adventure in San Francisco

Talk about an epic weekend! Hi everyone. It’s Brooke. I just got back from the most incredible weekend in San Francisco and want to share our adventures with you. I’m not saying we hit everything on our list because we didn’t come close, but we certainly tried to get as much in as possible.

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A Fantastic Fall Weekend in Door County, Wisconsin–The Perfect Family Getaway

This past weekend we headed up to Door County, Wisconsin for our very first time.  For years, I’ve heard colleagues and friends talk about how wonderful Door County is, and I honestly never had it on my radar until recently. Spending a good portion of this past summer in Michigan, it was only respectful to give Wisconsin a fair shake, so I began asking around, researching and crafting a weekend itinerary that turned out to be more than we could have ever hoped for!


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A “Beyond Expectations” Weekend Getaway in Indianapolis

This weekend, Brooke had a competition in Indianapolis.  Parents were given the option of attending, and asking me to go away for a weekend is the no brainer of all no brainers.   I had absolutely no expectations, but was happy to enjoy a weekend with my daughter and experiencing a new city.



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