Round-Up: Articles Worth Reading

I often come across interesting articles online that I'll share via social media. Sometimes Facebook. Sometimes Twitter. It depends on the article. Sometimes, though, I don't get around to sharing articles and they pile up in my Internet browser. So, I'm taking the lead from one of my favorite blogs and posting a round-up of articles I think are worth reading (or just fun reads). 9 Reasons to Go to DC Right Now from AFAR magazine. I've got to say that #1 is draw for me. Transportation App Bridj has Bus-Sized Ambitions for DC from WAMU. So, this one I heard, rather than read, but I was intrigued by the concept enough to look it up online. My Slower-Paced Blog by Micha Boyett. I discovered Micha during an Art of Simple podcast and quickly bookmarked this article to share later. As a newly published author, this paragraph from her post really resonated with me: The truth was that writing a book was exhausting. I wept for the time I spent away from my kids. I wept for how out … [Read more...]

Jauntaroo The Best Job Around the World

I applied to be Jauntaroo's Chief World Explorer, which means traveling the world in 2014 and getting paid to write about it. Sign. Me. Up. Its a dream job, for sure, but its also a contest; the top 50 videos, determined by number of likes, will advance to the next phase of the competition. Voting is simple. Just click like on my video once every 24 hours from every device that you own with internet access. No registration is required. My goal is 1000 likes. I'm at 80 this morning. Please LIKE my video and share it with your friends. Thank you so very much! What's your dream job? Let me know in the comments below. … [Read more...]

Zooma Annapolis The PR That Wasn’t

When I crossed the finish line of the Zooma Annapolis 10K, the time clock screamed 1:14. I didn't know what my chip time was yet but I was hopeful that I squeaked out a PR by mere seconds. I completed my first 10K in 1:13. You can imagine my glee when I checked Facebook and saw that my time was 1:11. I had shaved two whole minutes off my time for a PR! I was floating on the humid air. Then, a few days later, I got The Email. We, the runners, were misdirected along the course, which resulted in the course being a quarter mile short of a 10K. Bye-bye PR. I was disappointed -- who wouldn't be? -- but I wasn't upset. It actually made sense. It was a hot day. I stopped several times to take photos and at least once to walk the hilly bridge that was the turn around point. I wondered why I didn't see mile marker three and why there were only two water stops along the course on such a hot and humid day. No PR just made more sense. I still ran a great race and look … [Read more...]

A “Mad Men” Guide to Visiting Scottsdale, Arizona

I'm guest posting over at Mom It Forward again, this time about traveling to Scottsdale, Arizona. I went there for a conference and found inspiration, mainly in the decor of the Hotel Valley Ho. It was very Mad Men. Click over to Mom It Forward to check out my tips on how to vacation in Scottsdale, Arizona like a 1960s celebrity. … [Read more...]

Disney Parks Chat With Melissa Joan Hart Tonight

Where do you dream of vacationing? A sandy beach? A hip and happening city? A mountain retreat? I've been dreaming of Disney. Seriously. I really want to run the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon. Early registration ends today, though, and I don't see it the budget cards for me this year. I also really want to take my son. Not just because he'd love to meet Mickey and the gang but because I hear Disney is a fabulous destination for kids with food allergies. But this dream vacation will have to wait. In the meantime, I'm going to check out the live Disney Parks web chat with Melissa Joan Hart tonight at 9 p.m. EST. The former star of Sabrina, The Teenaged Witch and current co-star of Melissa & Joey on the ABC Family network will  be chatting with Disney Mom Panelists Amanda Ficili and Jill Cooper live on the Disney Parks blog, sharing her experiences vacationing at Disney with little ones, and answering questions from moms, dads and fans. Did I mention … [Read more...]