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This post on my experience in Paris has taken me forever to write. I’ve revised and written it 1,000 times but no matter how hard I try I just can’t seem to do it justice. For three euphoric days Michael and I ran around the City of Lights and, like most first time visitors, tried to see as many attractions that we could. If you’ve not had a chance to visit yet, let me forewarn you… Paris will steal your heart. Crepes, baguettes, French champagne, glorious architecture and the flashing lights of the Eiffel tower – everything about Paris is bliss. Day 1:…

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Travel is my passion. In my mind there is nothing better than hopping on a plane or a train and embarking on an adventure. Hotel life is the life for me. I love everything about it! As a working mom though, I don’t get to travel as much as I would like. My husband knows this and while he might not share my enthusiasm for hotel life, he also loves to see the world. This year marked 20 years of marriage for the two of us. TWENTY YEARS, PEOPLE. That is 7,300 days and 175,200 hours. I think we can all…

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New York reinvigorates my soul. Everything about it. The excitement. The fashion. The VIBE. For me, there is nothing better. I could sit for hours watching the world go by, New York style. This weekend I was in NYC as part of a club leadership conference put on by District Two of the American Advertising Federation. I’m currently serving as Vice President of our local AAF club in the greater Frederick region. Sounds great, right? It was, of course. Except for when you consider the fact that we (Myself and fellow board members Laura & Adrienne) had to get up…

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In the past two years I’ve had quite a few opportunities to travel to places like Texas, D.C., New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Arizona. These destinations have been an equal mixture of business-family-running events. Because the purpose of each visit varies so much I find myself rating each experience according to a different set of expectations. (I’m nothing if not inconsistent.)  If I’m in town for a family getaway or sports tournament – the hotel needs to casual enough to please two teenage boys. If I am staying over for a running event – all I care about…

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I’ve had to opportunity to travel across the country quite a bit in the past two years and I can name at least 10 different hotels and resorts that I’ve been a guest of. Now, I don’t know about you, but I love travel breaks. It helps me escape some of the monotony of the every day. So when I was offered the opportunity to participate in the Ritz Carlton’s Stay, Play & Write campaign, I jumped at the chance. Especially considering it would be my very first experience with a Ritz Carlton. As luck would have it, that specific…

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This past weekend, my family and I embarked on our final  weekend together before the boys were to begin another school year. In the interest of  R E L A X A T I O N, we let ourselves get talked into a group camping trip with some friends. Did I mention “relaxation?” Notsomuch. Relaxing, it was not. But it was an experience.  The weekend started off how any good camping trip should — with a torrential downpour. It lasted for HOURS. I’m not kidding when I say that we put the tent up, tarped the bejesus out of it,…

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Sometimes a girl has to enjoy a night off. All I’m sayin’… In that spirit, my friends and I hopped a limo (because we do that on a regular basis, of course) and headed over to the the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. for the Best of Washington Party by Washingtonian Magazine. The sold-out event (over 2,000 guests strong) features more than 60 of Washingtonian’s 100  Best Restaurants with chefs serving up delish offerings all evening. One of the major sponsors? Patron. Patron bars everywhere. Patron pop-sickles, even. So, pretty much heaven. I don’t know if I can single out my favorite meals…

Arizona Biltmore

I don’t get the opportunity to travel much. Between my job responsibilities and that of the kids, it has simply not been an opportunity afforded to me. For the past five days, however, I’ve been parked in Arizona at the beautiful Arizona Biltmore for the American Advertising Federation’s ADMERICA Conference. What an experience it has been! I’ll write more about the conference in subsequent posts, I’m certain. As I sit by the fountain drinking my morning coffee on this final day, I realize two things – the fact that I am physically exhausted but mentally inspired and the reality that reentry…

One of the mostsplendidthings about living in the DC Metro area is the vast amount of family entertainmentopportunities. We have museums, monuments, parks… you name it, we’ve got it. I can’t think of a better place to raise a family. Especially around the holidays. So you are probably wondering why in the world I am posting pictures and talking about the holidays in the middle of July. (No, it is not because I am trying to stress you out early this year.) Because yesterday the Gaylord National Hotel announced the theme of this year’s ICE! /Christmas on the Potomac celebration…

One of the reasons I love my hometown so much is the hidden treasures it contains. I’ve been meaning to share some of my favorite discoveries for some time now. Bear with me, I am in no way, shape, or form a photographer. But I do have an iPhone and I am not afraid to use it. On the North End of Market Street in Frederick, MD you will find this stunning mosaic created by Jack Pabis, and Anthony and Evan Owens. It is spectacular. Obviously. If you take a closer look, you will see that the “man on a…