Category Archives: Vacation

Throwback Thursday: Fan Boat Rides in the Florida Everglades Are Epic!

On a fan boat. With my husband. In the Florida Everglades. 2009. Read more here about one of my Top Ten things to do.

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Maui: Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm

As an avid gardener and long-time Essex County, NJ Master Gardener I thought I knew pretty much everything there is to know about lavender. After all, I grow lovely large plants here in New Jersey and I know how to prep/use lavender in bouquets … Continue reading

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Packing Light: Tips from a Woman Who Learned to Let Go

My family and I recently returned from our first Las Vegas vacation. We had a blast…and experienced a lot of things for the very first time. We loved our vehicle from the cost-efficient, friendly and easy-to-arrange RelayRides, which has easy airport rentals. We stayed in … Continue reading

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Richard Walker Pancake House, My Breakfast Dream Come True

My husband Mike travels a fair amount for business. And now that our kids are grown and can hold down the home fort and three cats (and shovel what seems like endless inches of snow) with both hands tied behind … Continue reading

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The Poshest Toilet Ever

My husband Mike and I stayed at the best Hyatt timeshare ever: Hyatt at Siesta Key on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Everything there is near-perfect: The beach is made of the softest, whitest sand; the pool is surrounded by lush tropical trees … Continue reading

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TSA Precheck at Liberty International Airport, Terminal B: Out-of-Control TSA Agent

The last three times I’ve flown I’ve had “TSA Pre-check” above my name on my airline ticket, which in my world makes me a rock star. In layman’s terms it means that when I reach the airport’s Transportation Safety Administration … Continue reading

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Puerto Rico: When a Wild Dog and a Bat Visit

My sister Cindy and her husband Bid are vacationing with my husband Mike and me  in sunny Dorado, Puerto Rico. We are staying at one of our fave Hyatt timeshares, the Hacienda Del Mar. So far, we’ve survived two hit and … Continue reading

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Puerto Rico: Land of Door Confusion for 2 Jersey Guys

My husband Mike, typically an ultra precise, always-right kind of guy, is experiencing what I can only term “door confusion”; no matter how many times he faces the same pair of numbered condo doors that share a common main entrance, he … Continue reading

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Puerto Rico: Hit and Run Drivers

Hungry for some authentic BBQ when we arrived in Puerto Rico, we headed straight for Bebo’s BBQ, a mere mile or so from the airport. We rolled our shiny blue rental car into an open parking space in the parking … Continue reading

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More Adventures…Monterey Movie Tours

I’m a fan of what most people now consider “old” movies. Growing up, when I was supposed to be cooking dinner for our family of six, you could usually find me in front of the TV watching “The 4:30 Movie” … Continue reading

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