travel

blacksburg girls weekend

A few weekends ago, my mom and I drove up to visit my sister in Blacksburg. Despite having three girls in the family for almost 23 years, we had never taken a trip with just the girls before this! What were we thinking?! The excitement leading up to the weekend and the absolutely wonderful time we…

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los angeles part II

Welcome to the second installment of my Los Angeles trip! If you missed the first, check it out here. On Sunday, our last day of the trip, we drove out to Santa Monica and up the Pacific Coast Highway 1 to Malibu, where we stopped and walked down the cliffs to the Pacific Ocean. I…

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los angeles part I

Last month I spent a long weekend in Los Angeles with three of my childhood friends. We all grew up at church together and have kept in touch as we have gone to different colleges and moved to different cities. Three of us live in cities and towns across North Carolina and our fourth friend…

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weekend in philadelphia

Wedding season is in full force, both in our lives and in this time of the year. We have attended three weddings in three states in the past six weeks, and have wedding festivities of some sort almost every weekend from now until the next wedding in mid-June. With Will’s medical school schedule being so…

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gift guide for the jetsetter

Moving from baking and cooking to one of my other favorite activities – traveling! This gift guide for the jetsetter is filled with ideas small and large for the frequent traveler or the on-the-go friends and family members in your life. Whether they are traveling across the globe or across town, there are items in…

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tennessee road trip

This past weekend Will and I went on a road trip to Nashville, Tennessee for a family wedding with his brother and his brother’s fiance. We stayed in the cute little town of Franklin, right outside Nashville, but made stops in Nashville and Knoxville on our way home. We didn’t get to see much, since…

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fall foliage trips

Two weeks ago I visited a childhood friends in the mountains. It was the beginning of October but the leaves on some of the trees were already starting to change. With the cooler weather that has come this week, I keep looking around and thinking the trees should be more colorful here than they are….

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brain tumor trip – nyc part iv

Welcome to the last installment of this year’s brain tumor trip.  We packed a lot into our three-day weekend in New York (see parts I, II and III). On our second day we first went to the World Trade Center and the 9/11 Memorial. While our trip was about a month ago, it seems fitting…

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brain tumor trip – nyc part II: central park

In case you missed the introduction to this brain tumor trip series, check out Friday’s post on our first part of NYC!  We spent a lot of time in Central Park during our trip, using it as an easy way to walk from place to place while being surrounded by green and city at the…

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brain tumor trip – nyc part 1

Over the weekend my family took a trip to New York City to celebrate health and family. When I was a freshman in high school my dad underwent surgery and a difficult recovery for a benign, but unknown, type of brain tumor. The following year, around the time of the surgery, we went on a…

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