Maryland Renaissance Festival

Maryland renaissance festival

One of our favorite fall activities since moving to Annapolis is attending the annual Maryland Renaissance Festival. Commonly called Renfest, this celebration of merriment runs every weekend from late August through late October. We make a point to go every year and it’s always well worth the trip. The great thing about the Maryland Renaissance […]

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Flying with a Toddler: Tips and Tricks

tips and tricks for flying with a toddler

A few weeks ago we embarked on our first flights with our daughter. We had a family wedding in Colorado, and I had limited time off so it ended up being an essential but quick trip. Driving was out of the question and flying quickly became our only viable option. Our daughter is a relatively […]

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Sunflowers in Southern Maryland

With the arrival of my little muse in November of 2020, I finally have the perfect excuse to fulfill all my photography dreams. I’m much more comfortable behind the camera than in front of it, and my husband doesn’t really “get” artsy photos, so my daughter is the perfect subject. One thing I’ve always wanted […]

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Two Days in Lancaster County

Last week we had a predicament. We had one free night at Marriott to use before the end of June and it was the last weekend of the month. It indeed was down to the wire. Sean and I spent last Thursday evening on the Marriott app looking for anything within a 2-2.5 hour radius […]

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Three Days in Philadelphia

three days in philadelphia

This year is the first time in my entire professional career that I had Memorial Day off. Until now – with the exception of 2020 and 2021 – I had always been flying off to a new city to kick off ACHA’s annual meeting. To celebrate, Sean and I wanted to get away for the […]

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Burnside Farms Tulip Fields

Burnside Farms Tulip Fields

Although the weather doesn’t always seem to agree, spring is here in the DMV. We’ve had several weeks of beautiful blue sky days with highs above 70, and then suddenly rain, cold, and near-freezing temperatures. Just before this latest cold snap, we took a trip down to Nokesville, Virginia to explore Burnside Farms tulip fields. […]

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DC Cherry Blossoms: Tips and Tricks

DC Cherry Blossom Tips and Tricks

One of my absolute favorite parts of DC spring is the annual cherry blossom bloom. It’s one of those quintessential experiences that you just can’t miss. This year, the National Park Service predicts peak bloom for the cherry blossoms will take place from March 22-25, 2022. Peak bloom is the best time within the two-week […]

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A to Z Travel Archive

I’m usually not one for trends, but a few of my favorite travel Instagrammers have been participating in an A to Z travel challenge these past few weeks, and since I’m not going anywhere anytime soon, I thought it would be fun to revisit some of my favorite trips. Come along with me on a […]

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Caucasian Carpets Gallery

In the two years we’ve been in Tbilisi we’ve probably walked past Caucasian and Oriental Carpets Gallery down by Sioni Cathedral in Old Tbilisi no less than a hundred times. The inviting storefront always caught my attention. A rotating cast of carpets draped over the fence and laid out on the street to tempt any […]

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Top 10 Georgian Souvenirs

One of the joys of living in a foreign country is the opportunity to immerse yourself in a new culture and collect little keepsakes from your time away from home. We are closing out our tour in Tbilisi, so I thought now was the perfect time to post my Top 10 Georgian Souvinier Guide. However, […]

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