24 Hours in Paris! Plan your perfect layover trip.
Apr 2017
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24 Hours in Paris: Plan The Perfect Day!

When I attended the Web Summit in Lisbon last year, I was having trouble getting a straightforward flight. So, I decided to take advantage of the proximity to other countries in Europe plus the fact that I had never been to France, and route myself through Paris for a one day layover. I only had 24 hours there though, so I was going to make the most of it!

Trust me, I know this list is A LOT TO DO! I did not tour inside many of these famous attractions. You could spend hours, or even days, at any of them and make this quite a longer trip. Since I was by myself, I was in complete control of my travels – which made it easier to speed up or slow down as needed. What I packed into a day could easily be spread out, especially with kids. A long weekend, for sure. *I* was out for maximum exposure within walking distance within the short time I had!

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AT&T increases network coverage at Arapahoe Basin ski resort in Colorado
Mar 2017
18

Calling Down the Mountain with AT&T and Arapahoe Basin

Note: This post is sponsored by AT&T but all words and photos are mine.

AT&T Coverage at Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort in Colorado

Colorado. Mountains. Winter. Snow. Fun. They just go together. One of my favorite places for all these together is “The Legend”, Arapahoe Basin. For 20+ years I’ve been riding in Colorado, and A-Basin has always been the place I enjoy most. I’m certain a lot of it is personal preference, but I like how it’s not the posh and polished apres ski focused village. It’s where you go when you want to find out what you can really ride, and enjoy friends looking to find the same. I’ve sat on the lifts with random ski dogs (literally, furry fun-loving dogs), and relaxed at the base, aka “The Beach,” grilling hotdogs with new pals I just met. Continue reading…

Outlook Lodge: Mountain Resort Hotel Near Colorado Springs
Jan 2017
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Outlook Lodge: Mountain Resort Near Colorado Springs

Right before Christmas, we were invited down to Outlook Lodge, a quaint getaway near Colorado Springs. The building itself has been there since 1889 but was completely renovated with modern upgrades that still reflect its original character.

Think rich wood, luxurious fabrics and pine trees all around as you settle in with some wine.

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Martinhal Chiado Family Hotel - Lisbon, Portugal
Dec 2016
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Lovely Family Suites in Lisbon: Martinhal Chiado

I was recently in Lisbon, Portugal, for Web Summit and had planned to stay near the conference the whole time. It was a wonderful surprise when Martinhal Chiado Family Suites reached out and asked if I would like to stay with them for part of my time in their town. They had just opened a new hotel in the fantastic Chiado neighborhood. Lucky for me, the night I stayed there, Web Summit was holding a “Night Summit” nearby – Night Summit being a code word for “party”.

So I got to explore a hotel that I definitely plan to return to with my family, tucked in an area of town I would have been exploring that night anyway. Perfect!

Martinhal Chiado – Family Hotel in Lisbon

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Visit Wee Casa in Lyons, Colorado for a Tiny Homes vacation!
Dec 2016
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Tiny Home Vacation in Colorado: Wee Casa

You have seen the shows about tiny houses, right? Have you ever stayed in one? Have you ever thought about a tiny home vacation?

A tiny home is typically under 500 square feet and they have become popular because of their small impact on the environment and our wallets.

We have a fairly small house ourselves, by American standards at least, and we love it. Less to take care of and more cozy.

That’s how we felt when we visited Wee Casa in Lyons, Colorado, recently. They are a friendly, low-stress tiny home hotel right near the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, with nearly 20 rental spaces parked in a community setting. Lyons is also home to the world famous bluegrass music festival, RockyGrass – which we have attended several times. (Next time we know where to stay.)

Your Tiny Home Vacation in Lyons, Colorado

Unit 10 was our (tiny) home for the weekend, which is 165 square feet on the main level and 70 square feet in the loft. Yes, tiny! But not as “small” as that seems.

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