Minnneapolis, Minnesota, USA
December 06
I am a stay-at-home mom who also happens to be an avid writer and traveler. I studied French and International Relations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, lived in France, and have wandered to over 30 countries. I reside in Minneapolis, MN with my husband and two young children. I currently write three blogs:, and and am a frequent contributor to


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SEPTEMBER 5, 2012 11:54AM

Can I call myself a writer?

Finally….I got something published! My post on Child Survival and Reaching a Child’s Fifth Birthday was posted today on Huffington Post. Does that mean I am officially a writer?

I have always dreamed of being a writer. Ever since I was a little girl, I kept a leather-bound diary unRead full post »

Author’s note: This is a continuation on my series of trekking La Vanoise National Park in the high Alps of France. To see all posts in this series, click here.

Sunset over Col de Vanoise.

If you have never been on a mountain hiking trip before, you probably haven’t been properly intr… Read full post »

It’s your turn to be at the top of the mountain!

Hello fellow travel blogger and friends!

I wanted to contact you to let you know about a new feature I’m going to start on my blog called “Feature Fridaysâ€.  I came up with this idea today during my daily run/… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 2, 2012 9:45AM

Reflections on the end of summer

Without deep reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people.
-Albert Einstein

The sailboats of Lake Harriet on a fine Spring Day.

For me, Labor Day marks the end of summer. Although the children have already been in school for a week, growing up we… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 1, 2012 11:17AM

The curves in a traveled road

I have been down many curves in the road of my travels. I have also followed many curvy roads in my life. The path of life is never simple nor is it straight. It is the curves in the road that make life interesting and complete.

Heading southeast along the curvy

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AUGUST 31, 2012 12:08PM

The free spirit of me

“The mountains are calling and I must go.†-John Muir

“Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.†-
Robert Frost

“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human

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Author’s note: This is a continuation on my series of trekking La Vanoise National Park in the high Alps of France. To see all posts in this series, click here.

“There is pleasure in the pathless woods; There is rapture on the lonely shore; There is society, where none intrudes, by the

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Big brother Max next to his sister Sophia, a new kindergartener today.

Today was an emotional day. One that every American mother envisions in her head on the day her child is born: My daughter’s first day of kindergarten.

Like most middle-class American mothers, I spent the last five ye/… Read full post »

AUGUST 28, 2012 8:00PM

Morning hike to Vanoise National Park

Author’s note: This is a continuation on my series of trekking La Vanoise National Park in the high Alps of France. To see all posts in this series, click here.

Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with

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Author’s note: This post is a continuation of my series on trekking La Tour de la Vanoise in the French Alps. For previous post, click here. 

Lovely, quaint Pralognan-la-Vanoise, a mountain town located in the heart of Savoie in the French Alps.

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AUGUST 25, 2012 9:44AM

From a distance

In the distance

the mountains beckon.

I take each step closer



feeling free…

and at one.

In the distance…

is hope….

the future….

a brighter day, spilling with life.

This post is in response to Jakesprinter’s Sunday Post: Distance.Read full post »

AUGUST 24, 2012 4:32PM

Travel theme: Silhouette

Ailsa over at Where’s My Backpack has done it again with a fascinating travel theme: Silhouette. I couldn’t think of a better, more fitting photo than the one below that I took early morning while setting off on our first hike in La Tour de la Vanoise in the French Alps.

I… Read full post »

AUGUST 24, 2012 11:49AM

Sumptuous Savoie: The heart of Vanoise

Our week-long trek through the peaks and valleys of the French Alps took place in the beautiful eastern Rhône-Alpes region of France known as Savoie (pronounced “saw-vwa”). 

Logo of Savoie (Wikipedia).

Savoie, along with neighboring Haute-Savoie, has a long, fascinating history… Read full post »

AUGUST 23, 2012 11:47AM

The reality of “back to it” hits

I’ve only been home a few days now and am already swamped. Coming off an after trip high is hard. Not only do you have jet-lag and an inflated sense of reality to deal with, you have the initial joy of being home and seeing family followed up by the normal after… Read full post »

AUGUST 22, 2012 12:05PM

Help me complete my reading list….

Reading is knowledge…..knowledge is power….to understand and explore the world.

Hello Readers!

Unfortunately I’ve been doing too much playing around with my blog and accidentally deleted my “Worth a Read” page along with all the comments! I am trying to recompose… Read full post »

AUGUST 21, 2012 10:30PM

An unexpected afternoon in Old Genève

“She was already thinking of herself
as a kind of expatriate…not
smothered by what she believed to
be America’s puritanical and
materialistic culture, which she
had little patience for.
She saw herself more a European
soul, in tune with the thinkers and
artists she felt expressed her
tragic, ro

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AUGUST 20, 2012 11:07AM

August Blog Update

“All our dreams can come true – if we have the courage to pursue them.†– Walt Disney

The path taken…

It’s Monday morning and I’m back to it. I got home from France late Saturday night and proceeded to sleep 13 hours trying to desperately catch up on an enormo… Read full post »

AUGUST 19, 2012 9:03AM

The Alps in Black and White

Sunday morning and I’m back in Minnesota after eight wonderful days in the magnificent French Alps around La Tour de la Vanoise. All I can say is that it is quite a spectacular place. I’ve got over 800 photos to prove. The raw, untouched beauty of the French Alps cleansed my soul… Read full post »

AUGUST 17, 2012 4:06PM

Fighter Planes in Old Geneve

After a transatlantic flight to Europe, we wound up in Geneva with a four hour layover until proceeding to France. We were starving and found an outdoor cafe in Old Geneve, where we sat outside munching on pizza and watching the world go by. Incredibly jet lag and out of sorts,… Read full post »

AUGUST 17, 2012 9:48AM

I did it!

Bonjour mes Amis! Finally after six days of hiking the sensational Tour de la Vanoise, with sore back, massive golf ball sized blister and over 800 pictures I’m back in civilization.

It was absolutely stunning and a true test of endurance. I can hardly wait to share my photos and… Read full post »

AUGUST 10, 2012 7:11PM

Bon Voyage!

Today was a hard day. I didn’t feel great and had another big trip ahead of me, my third time traveling in less than three weeks.

I felt the toll on my body and mind as well as my children. My son Max cried and cried, filling my heart with… Read full post »

AUGUST 10, 2012 4:04PM

Wrong sign

This post is a combination of two photo challenges that just so happened to work brilliantly together at the same time. The Weekly Photo Challenge: Wrong and Ailsa of Where’s my backpacks‘ travel theme signs.

I was feeling like my blog needed a little bit of humor instead of dwelling on… Read full post »

AUGUST 9, 2012 1:23PM

Midtown Mania

During my three day trip to New York City for the BlogHer ’12 conference we stayed at the Hilton New York (the largest hotel in NYC) in vibrant, fast-faced Midtown.  As a travel blogger, I found it irresistibly hard to be trapped inside the jam-packed hotel in sessions all day long… Read full post »

As I prepare to leave home once again and fly off far away, I start to get that little feeling of sadness. For as much as I love to travel, there is no place like home.

Besides my wonderful family, one of my most favorite things about home is my lovely… Read full post »

Ailsa of Where’s my backpack hosted yet another mind racing travel theme this week called “leading lines”. I thought long and hard about this topic and couldn’t think of anything to post. Yet this morning laying in bed I got a voila moment. Yes, the leading lines of the infamoRead full post »