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To Hotel or Nah?

January 10th, 2016 · Travel Tips, US Travel

I’m big on vacation rentals. Why stuff a family of four into an hotel room when you can luxuriate (I’m feeling a bit Wendy Williams) in a home or apartment?  Well, I answered that question with a recent stay at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.  IMG_4077

The hotel itself is massive – and iconic – covering 22 acres on Miami Beach. Once you get over the sheer massiveness, there is plenty to like. Excellent service, family friendly restaurants, a 40,000 square spa, a real gym, pristine beach and a boardwalk.

View from our room

There is something for everyone. The teen daughter’s only complaint – we didn’t plan our trip to accommodate the Weeknd’s New Year’s Eve concert at the hotel. Oh well, momma didn’t have the money for tickets anyway.

To save money we opted to travel to Miami the week before Christmas.  We also took advantage of a special that allowed us to have a fourth night free after purchasing three nights.

Palm tree as Christmas tree

We totally didn’t miss having the extra space of an apartment or a vacation home.  Cheers!


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Faith Without Works is Dead #Haiti #2016

June 21st, 2015 · International Travel, Random Things That Make Me Smile

The  attack on Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church this week has left me depressed, exhausted and angry.  But in the midst of trying to wrap my head around  this act of domestic racial terrorism, I have been inspired by the grace and strength of this congregation.

The black church has been the only American institution that holds a mirror up to the world and reveals to it a message of   black love, self-sufficiency, community, and stewardship.  Today I attended a ministry meeting for “Homes for Haiti.”  Next year, we will be packing up and spending a week in Haiti, working along with the community to build homes for families in need. Haiti-map

I’m excited about the journey ahead.  I’m thrilled to be able to use my faith as a means to heal and build.  Thank you Mother Emanuel for inspiring me.

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Thursday is the New Friday

May 6th, 2015 · Hamptons, Travel Tips, Vacation rentals

After years of trying to outsmart the traffic to the Hamptons, I have a confession; I’ve given up. I’m tired of the 11 pm Friday night drives to the East End. I’m tried of the scuffle for seats on the Long Island railroad.  My 50+ brain can’t seem to remember to make Jitney reservations.  I surrender – to Thursday.

We have endured a brutal winter this year on the East Coast. I say we all deserve a three day summer weekend.  We updated our cottage rental to allow for Thursday arrival and departure only. Even JetBlue has figured out that Thursday is for the fabulous and is now flying direct to Grenada … on you guessed it… Thursday. Yes, Thursday is the new Friday.  But, lets just keep this between friends.  We wouldn’t want to cause a traffic jam.

Thursdays Rule!

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