Free is always great, right? Especially when it comes to FREE things to do in LONDON! In my London travels, I’ve always appreciated the free things there are to do in a city where my dollar doesn’t go as far as I’d like. If you’re looking to have a fun time AND save a buck, then please enjoy these suggestions!
1. Visit a museum. London has some of the best museums. My favorite is The British Museum. It was even fun for my kids! It houses the Rosetta Stone and real live mummies as well as so much more! If you’re looking for educational, the Science Museum and Natural History Museum are also great. If you’re looking for art, try the V&A.
2. Go geocaching. The last time we were in London, we tried this geocaching thing that I’d heard so much about. We were newbies at it doing it in a city that we didn’t know super well. It’s such a great way to explore! For those of you who don’t know what geocaching is, it’s basically like a huge online hide-and-go-seek scavenger hunt. People hide little caches, literally, all over the world and you find them … >> find out more...
Office wear is a tricky thing sometimes for the ladies. For dudes it’s pretty straight forward: if you are a dude and you work in an office you’re either wearing a suit or business attire of some sort. Nice shoes are involved, black socks (hopefully, not white and athletic), button up shirts with a tie and maybe a cardigan or a jacket. For the ladies? Well. Office wear is all over the place, totally dependent on where you work, and how many mean girls there are in your office.
I’m only sort of joking.
Suffice it to say, there are a lot of options for office wear, none of them including a see through top and a black polka dotted Madonna bra. Or flip flops and a greasy top knot.
One *appropriate* option this Fall, and a gorgeous one at that, is a dressed up version of harem pants with heels and a classy blouse on top. If you use the right accessories you’ll look dressed up to hit the morning meeting even though you’re essentially wearing fancy pajamas. EVERYONE wins. Even your cranky boss.
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My laundry room has been kind of a train wreck since we bought our home, 11 years ago. It feels like it was an add-on to the house, without a whole lot of thought going into the actual function of said laundry room, and we’ve pretty much hated it the entire time we’ve lived here.
We’ve talked about tearing out walls and moving the whole thing to the garage, but in the end it just sits next to the family room, the object of our loathing and the butt of all the jokes at the dinner table.
I do, in fact, realize this is a first world problem, don’t get me wrong. I understand there are far bigger issues in the world than whether or not I’m able to fit a laundry basket next to the washer and dryer I’m lucky to have, in my home. I get it. But let’s for a minute focus on my own selfishness in wanting a functional laundry room.
A perfect example of the weird non-function of my laundry room is the weird sink shoved in-between the washer and a modesty wall shielding an afterthought of a toilet. The sink, maybe 8 inches across … >> find out more...
If you are looking for tips for visiting London, you’ve come to the right place. You might call me a pro on traveling to London. (This is the part where I blow on my fingers and dust them off on my shirt.) Well, maybe not a pro, but I’ve definitely done a fair share of travel through this fascinating city. I’ve learned a few things along the way, so, in the spirit of helpfulness, I want to pass along a few tips for foreigners visiting London.
1. Bring an umbrella. Hum a little Mary Poppins during your packing madness, and pack an umbrella in your suitcase. I’ve been to London during different seasons, and it’s always rained at least a couple of days during my stay. Trust me. You will use it.
2. Avoid the Heathrow Express Train. As soon as you come out of customs, people are there trying to sell you a ticket into London. For the newbie traveler, you might think that’s the only way to get to the city. It’s not. The Heathrow Express Train is the fastest way, but it also costs about three times more. Go via London’s Underground rail system. It … >> find out more...
Do you have a very favorite smell? Like, you go into a bookstore and breathe in a huge, yoga type breath, and you’re transported by the smell of new books and coffee to a happy place? I have a few of those smells in my life. Apple scented candles transport me instantly to back-to-school time; something about apples being ripe and being canned in my mother’s kitchen when I was a child, right around the time I started school every Fall. Bookstores, coffee, libraries, they all evoke strong memories of happy times in my life.
But the best smell of all for me, of all time, is the ocean.
When I was little my family made a pilgrimage, almost annually, across the deserts of Utah, Nevada and California (and a couple times up the coast to Oregon, Washington and Canada) to reach the Pacific Ocean. My mother’s family is all from the San Francisco area, and there’s a love for the ocean in our family DNA that runs long and deep.
The first memory I have of the ocean is from the time my family spent two weeks in Monterey for Christmas vacation when I was 7. I remember … >> find out more...
Iced coffee is one of the most joyous drinks of summer, isn’t it? Icy cold caffeinated beverages help keep the hot summer temperatures at bay while soothing you with their tasty glory. Tasty, tasty glory.
Have you ever made your own iced coffee though? It’s the easiest thing in the whole amazing world. And I have a yummy recipe for you and you, and you in the corner. No need to spend upwards of $8 a cup at your local coffee shop when you can make it for around .50 cents a glass.
Below is the lowdown, (and the recipe!) for your very own tasty cold beverage. The main bummer about iced coffee is that the melting ice in the cup waters down the delicious flavor of the coffee, but don’t worry, I’ve got a way around that.
MAKE YOUR OWN ICED COFFEE RECIPE
Step 1: Brew some coffee
Step 2: Cool coffee in refrigerator
Step 3: Add a dash of vanilla + stir
Step 4: Add ice cold creamer ice cubes
Step 5: Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar
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I’ve talked a bit about the very difficult year we’ve had at the Czarnecki household, and the profound effect it has had on our family. Our baby girl (she’s nearly 15) has been ill since last winter, and since then we’ve gone through every possible test, procedure, blood work, doctor and hospital available. In fact, recently Sofie and I made promises to each other in light of all we’ve been through together this year.
This sweet (and extra spicy) girl of mine has had to face some serious challenges, and overnight it seems, has grown in the face of darkness and heartbreak.
I wouldn’t wish that kind of education on anyone, anywhere. Ever. But it’s one of the first major life challenge for this girl of mine, who has never failed at anything in her life. Sofie has, quite literally, never failed at anything. Until this year, when she couldn’t make herself better no matter how hard she tried.
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It’s easy to forget to enjoy little moments of bliss and joy, with our lives so hectic and pressured. Inspired by recent travels, I compiled a collection of photos called Looking Out My Back Door. It does make me want to hum a little Creedence Clearwater Revival, yes, but it also makes me marvel at how quickly the scenery can change. As in life, if we’re not careful, it can pass us by in the blink of an eye. As you browse through this collection, remember the wise words of Ferris Bueller, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around for a while, you could miss it.” With that, I’d like to share what I see looking out my back door and encourage you to enjoy little moments, whether out your back door or far from home.
While in Texas, this was my scenery most of the time. Oh, how wonderful it was to open the blinds and see the peaceful serenity of a lake and horses! It was my daily reminder to pause and breathe.
My husband and I snuck off kid free to downtown Dallas for a night. Since we live in the bush … >> find out more...