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Hospitality That Feels Like Summer

10:01 pm PDT, July 16, 2019

My husband is a professional baseball coach which means our family moves 2-3 times a year. While we enjoy the excitement of exploring new cities, it can be hard to constantly be the new people in town. Making friends is difficult when people are busy and you aren’t part of their everyday hustle and bustle.

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I Love This Place: Columbia, Tennessee

10:01 pm PDT, July 9, 2019

I’m writing this from the square in downtown Columbia, Tennessee on a park bench that says above it: “Welcome to our beautiful downtown. Sit down and enjoy yourself.” To me, those two sentences accurately capture the endearing, welcoming, connective nature of this town, one I’ve grown to increasingly love over the last three years we’ve lived nearby.

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7 Ways To Make Camping With Kids Easier (And More Fun)

6:00 am PDT, July 3, 2019

Some of my happiest memories as a kid involve a tent, bug spray, and a campfire. Now that I’m a parent, I understand how much work it actually takes to bring your family away from cozy beds, refrigerators, and showers to create all those special memories. It’s extra work for parents, but for me there’s no doubt it’s worth it.

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Why My Life Has a Soundtrack

11:00 pm PDT, June 25, 2019

I was raised on music. My parents met in the elevator on the way to band practice, so my very existence is inextricably linked to saxophones. My dad continues to play baritone sax to this day, and throughout my childhood I spent many midsummer nights at outdoor jazz concerts, the sound of cicadas drowned out by Satin Doll and Begin the Beguine.

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My Good List

7:18 am PDT, June 19, 2019

It's always difficult for me to return home after a vacation. I’m not the type of traveler who longs for her own bed and daily routine after a week or two. I’m the type of traveler who always dreads the end of a trip. I don't mind re-wearing the dirty laundry (too much), the lumpy mattresses, or the unfamiliar streets and food. I like my everyday life, but sometimes re-entry can be rough.

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Loving London

7:10 am PDT, June 17, 2019

There is something sacred, something different, about having life-changing conversations that matter in specific places. When we let a place talk to us and teach us what it knows, we become more of who we’re meant to be.

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