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Wordless Wednesday – 1st day of Spring 2016 – Bridgehampton

March 23rd, 2016 · Hamptons, Random Things That Make Me Smile

Bridgehampton Snow March 20, 2016


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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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