Vacationing with our family

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We call a vacation successful when everyone from the youngest to the more mature admit they had a great time. When your family is still young decision making is much easier. Where to go, when to eat, what to do for fun, are all planned by mom and dad.

But as everyone gets older, not only what is fun becomes a personal issue for each member of the family, when to eat, what to eat, where to go, they are become moments of  let’s have a family meeting.

For now we call a vacation successful when we arrive and leave with no surprises, we make no trips to the urgent care, and moments of small meaningful conversations with our family easily happen without planning.

Walks on the beach, to collect shells has always been a fun activity. Through the years we have collected many from every trip to a beach. Every summer we bring them all together on a large platter. As we line them up next to each other we are always surprise the memories they hold for all of us. We talk about who and where we found them, remembering how excited we were finding a perfect one.

Remembering a very successful vacation. 👍🌼😊

 

 

 

 

 

Santa Fe Indian Market

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Santa Fe Plaza

Held on August 17&18 on the Plaza, it is one of the most interesting and family friendly places to visit.

The largest and the most prestigious Native American fine art show in the world, every year it attracts more than hundreds of artists-and more than 150,000 visitors. During the show artists display their hand made jewelry, sculptures, and paintings as tourists and locals enjoy the traditional Native American cuisine from the nearby market.

The most glamorous of all the events, the fine Art Gala & Auction gives visitors the chance to bid on some of the most unique pieces of the market. And during the market there is dance and music performances, even a Native American clothing Contest, where contestants model their finest traditional attire.

August is Santa Fe’s peak season and for good reason. Average high temperatures are in the mid-80s, with few afternoon showers and cooler nights.

We hope you get the chance to experience this beautiful city and enjoy its clear blue sky.

 

 

Cooking for our family while on vacation

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Cream filled doughnut

We are vacationing in a beach house and are planning on eating in at least a few breakfasts & a few dinners.

Sometimes getting everyone ready after a day on the beach is exhausting.

Staying in means eating with swim suits on and wet hair; everyone lounging around the porch.

Since we drove we brought a few things from home:

Organic olive oil

White rice

Organic pasta

Italian tuna

Frozen butter

Our favorite spices

Shopping list when we get there:

Eggs

Bagels

Slice bread

Tortilla bread

Ingredients for salad

Avocados

Mortadella

Ground beef

Cream cheese

Slice cheese

Mozzarella ball

So what is on the menu?

Breakfast:

Bagels & eggs

French toast

Scrambled eggs

Toast & butter

Dinner

Spaghetti

Caprese salad

Tuna salad

Burritos

Guacamole salad

Sandwiches

And for dessert, we vote on the local coffee shop, doughnut shop and the ice cream kiosk since there is no calorie- counting on our vacation.

Have a relaxing and delicious summer 🏖

Summer Snacks to satisfy the entire family

On the beach, by the pool, the car trip they all call for snack time.

with the warm temperatures how to keep everything fresh is a problem but to make tasty snacks to satisfy everyone is a bigger problem.

Here is a list of few snacks our family loves.

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Watermelon

Great way to stop your thirst & served with chunks of feta cheese replenishes the salt you need. Easy to transport cold or room temperature still good to eat.

Fruit & veggie bowl with cheese

grapes, pineapple, cantaloupe, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers mixed with chunks of favorite cheese. Mozzarella sticks or cheddar cubes work well together.

Hummus, yogurt  with veggies

hummus with water-rich veggies like baby carrots, celery sticks or sugar snap peas.

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Peanut butter & jelly

with bread or whole wheat crackers, easy to pack & store since you don’t need to worry too much about keeping them cool.

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Oranges, tangelos 

Oranges are hydrating and thirst quenching. they are high in vitamin C, which has been shown it limits the damage of ultraviolet radiation from the sun.

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Target cooler

Pack everything in a cooler back pack any spills will be contained.

Be safe & Healthy😎

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Break Destinations

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Phoenix, Arizona

Temperatures in high 70’s and even low 80’s during spring break time making it perfect to be outdoors in “The Valley of the Sun,” the perfect nickname for the Greater Phoenix area that also includes Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, and Chandler.

Great fun for the entire family.

Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina

Enjoy water sports, restaurants, nightlife, shopping, and local history by oceanfront or near the harbor.

Great fun for the entire family.

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Tulip trees in bloom

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Check out Hilton head visitor sit for Accommodations from hotels, inns, motels, and resorts to home rentals, perfect for families or groups. There is biking, golf, horseback riding.

Enjoy water sports that include fishing, boating, parasailing, kayaking, jet-skiing, and sailing. 

Great fun for the entire family.

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Destin, Florida

Our families favorite gateway is the emerald coast of Destin. Swimming, boating, fishing, snorkeling, and plenty of water sports like kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, parasailing, and more. There’s also a zip line, rock-climbing wall, and boat tours.

Tons of options for logging.

South Padre Island, Texas

Who would say no to an all day music? Beach parties, concerts during the month of March when it is spring weather. And of course water sports are also available.

Fun for the entire family.

Palm Springs, California

For early spring break travelers & that would be our family since spring break for us  is very early in march. Here days are warm & attractions are the Living Desert Zoo, Gardens,

a ride to the top of Mt. San Jacinto. Night life in down town Palm Springs is live music great restaurant & bars while enjoying walks in great spring weather. 

Park City, Utah

You can still enjoy the cold weather sport, skiing in part city mountain & Deer Valley.

Hiking, mountain biking, and strolling along Main Street are perfect end of season activities, too. Families can enjoy bowling, indoor ice skating, and Park City Mountain Kids Activities, with a kid-only zip line, rope course, and tubing. Nightlife activities in town include pubs and bars.

Portable travel objects, by Louis Vuitton

 

LV’s 21st Century designs are meant to recreate the collectible design items that are beautiful and functional in their design. Everyday items that have taken a turn to a whimsical, fanciful shape as a limited edition collection of small and large travel and accent pieces. The Objets Nomades collection is the creation of 13 talented designers and architects from around the world.

Oki Sato of Nendo, Andre Fu, India Mahdavi, Tokujin Yoshioka, Fernando & Humberto Campana, Patricia Urquiola, Marcel Wanders, Raw Edges design group, Barber & Osgerby, Damien Langlois-Meurinne , Gwenaël Nicolas,  Maarten Baas  and Atelier Oï an international architecture,  and set design group.

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LV, The Chaise Lounge by Marcel Wanders

From four independent modules bound by soft leather straps, the ‘Chaise Longue’ transforms into a cradle of comfort.

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LV, Maracatu hanging travel cabinet by the Campana Brothers

A hanging travel cabinet made from leather offcuts from Louis Vuitton’s workshops. Each one different and named after fruits of Brazil.

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LV, Swing chair by Patricia Urquiola

Made from nylon rope, accented by leather cushions.

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LV, the Concertina chair by Raw edges

A foldable chair named, Concertina. Opens like a Japanese fan, and a zip in the back and a clasp in the front keeps the blades locked.

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LV, Foldable lamp by Raw Edges

Using the same concertina folding mechanism to a lightshade, a lighter frame and translucent paper was made to create an illumined hanging flower like shape.