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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Christmas Music Playlists: Indie, Rock, R&B and Chill. A different playlist for each mood.
Dec 2016
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Christmas Music Playlists: Indie, Rock, R&B and Chill

I love Christmas music, and I have been building my main playlist for years. It’s now nearly 375 songs or almost 22 hours. For 2017, I promise to get it over a day’s worth!

For 2016, I spent some time splitting out the styles, so now I have an “Upbeat Christmas” and a “Pretty Christmas” playlist.

I was joking on Twitter that I put a lot of artists in my Christmas playlists that I don’t normally listen to – but I draw the line at Jimmy Buffett. Besides him, who am I missing? Continue reading…

Denver band In The Whale headlines Larimer Lounge with One Flew West and CITRA in late 2016
Dec 2016
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Denver Bands: In The Whale, One Flew West and CITRA

I love the Denver music scene, right? I love it even more when every band on a show is local, and awesome. In particular, when long time friends In The Whale put on a show, since they are out on tour so much lately, it’s a priority to go see them no matter who they play with. But they had One Flew West and CITRA on the bill too – basically trifecta of awesome.

In The Whale are just two guys who somehow fill the room with great rock and roll. I still have no idea how they do it, but I think it has something to do with talent and grit. It’s been a thrill to watch them build a following all over the country at music festivals like Austin City Limits and Lollapalooza or supporting mega-acts like Jane’s Addiction and The Toadies. But when they come home, it’s still just two guys having fun playing music to a room full of friends.

In The Whale / One Flew West / CITRA Concert Photos


CITRA

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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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