We’re Heading to Europe!

Venice, Italy

So, I’m scrambling to finish up some last minute errands because in just over three hours, I’m leaving on a very exciting trip. We’re off to Europe! Tomorrow afternoon, Kevin and I will arrive in Venice to begin a three-week adventure that will take us across Italy, the Netherlands, Malta (me), Prague and Berlin (Kevin).  It’s our first time visiting most of these places, […]

5 Things To Love About San Jose, California


Over the last few years, I’ve noticed something exciting happening in my hometown, San Jose, California. While my city has never had the coolness cred of our neighbor to the north (San Francisco), San Jose is having a bit of a moment. I’m in love with big cities. Seven years ago, after finishing a Master’s degree in loving big cities (i.e. urban planning), I left Los […]

EIT Elsewhere | Hide Away in Port Antonio, Jamaica

Frenchman's Cove Beach - Port Antonio, Jamaica

On our recent trip to Jamaica, we discovered a place that seemed a world away from the hordes of tourists at the cruise ship ports and sprawling beach resorts. The area is home to wild jungle waterfalls, sparkling spring-fed swimming holes, and the most beautiful beach I’ve ever seen. I shared the story on Jetset Extra. Check out the post: Hide Away in Port […]

35 Things: The Bare Minimum Weekend Packing Challenge

Bare Minimum Weekend Packing List

Why is it so difficult to pack light for a weekend away? This a question I’ve wrestled with for years. While I’ve gotten pretty good at packing light for extended trips, I can’t seem to go away for a night or two with fewer than two or three jam-packed bags! I know that it’s all about planning. For longer trips, I tend to plan out my […]

Paris Rooftops, Windows, and Doors

Paris Rooftops, Windows & Doors

When we visited Paris last year, I became obsessed with the rooftops. Each building seemed to have a unique mix of windows, cast iron railings, balconies, and chimneys–so many chimneys! I wasn’t sure what I loved most about these architectural details, but I took a ton of photos of them and planned to share them in a post. Then […]

A Little Taste of Petaluma

Enriquez Estate Wines, Petaluma

This post is not actually about the event, Taste of Petaluma 2014–that’s happening today–Saturday, August 23. You should go! A few weekends ago, a blogger friend invited me up to go wine tasting in her home-away-from-home, Petaluma, California. I’ve done a cheese, oyster and beer tour of this area of Southern Sonoma County before, but I’ve never […]