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Kids Travel

Athens In 48 Hours

Last July, Emma Grace and I made the epic trip to Greece to celebrate her upcoming 18th birthday. To be honest, I was a little overwhelmed in deciding where to go in Greece, because there’s so many islands. The only for sure was that we were flying into Athens before jaunting off to our island destination. We landed very early in the morning and left very early in the morning 48 hours later. I’m sure we missed a lot in Athens, but from my perspective, we got to see and do plenty!

I booked us a room at the Titania hotel (booking.com had a terrific price). It was honestly the perfect spot for exploring. Nestled in the heart of Athens, the rooms were simple, but it was an easy walk to everywhere we wanted to go. We took advantage of the free breakfast every morning and also dined one evening at the Olive Garden (not to be confused with the US chain restaurant) on the hotel rooftop. With the Acropolis in the distance, it was unforgettable.

Since we only had 48 hours to explore Athens, I tried to plan well beforehand. My philosophy is always to make a packed full schedule. If we decide it’s too much, then we can always leave something out. I chose to buy a ruins combo ticket through Get Your Guide so we could just pop in and see as many ruins as we wanted. After a few hours sleep and a good breakfast, we set out on day one. Here was our itinerary…

Athens Day 1

Changing of the guards at the government building

Aristotle’s School

Panathenaic Stadium

Temple of Zeus

Monastiraki Market (highly recommend!)

Falafel at Falafellas

Followed by gelato (can’t remember the name but it was close to Falafellas)

Omonoia Square

And then it was time to go to the hotel and sleep!

Athens Day 2

Hadrian’s Library

Ancient Agora

Roman Agora

Areopagus Hill (otherwise known as Mars Hill where the Apostle Paul preached)

Acropolis

Dinner at Olive Garden

Athens proved to be such a fun and unforgettable experience. I’m so glad we chose to spend a full day there. Even though neither one of us are history buffs, we really enjoyed seeing the ruins and exploring the city. It was hot so if you go in the summer, be prepared!

We walked a lot, but for our hotel pickup and return, we used Welcome Pickups. I highly recommend them! Our driver was super helpful and even gave us tips on what to do in Athens. He also took us back to the airport. Also, tips to the drivers are not common which was nice to know beforehand.

After a city of ruins, we were ready to check out the islands!

Kids Thoughts Travel

Celebrating Age Milestones

My husband had a brilliant idea when our kids were little. He suggested taking each kid on a special trip when they turned 13 and then at 18. I’m all about celebrating birthdays (especially when it’s my own) and was totally on board to celebrate these milestones in such a special way. Being the savvy jet setters that we are, our kids started dreaming big when we told them of this grand idea. We quickly realized that we had to set a few boundaries for these trips.

For the 13th, we had to stay in country. We were living in South Africa at the time so Joshua and Jeremy hiked the southernmost tip of Africa to celebrate Joshua’s. For Emma Grace’s she opted for a trip to Durban to enjoy the beach, hotel life, and a little pampering. 

For their 18th, we told them they could pick anywhere. At 13, Emma Grace chose Greece and never deviated from that decision. For five years, we planned and saved air miles until last Summer, just a couple of months before her eighteenth birthday when we boarded a plane to one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.

I will share our adventures in future posts, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned from going on these trips, it’s this. The experience together is worth all the money you will spend to make this happen. It’s incredibly bonding and something your kids will remember forever. I have never once regretted spending money on a shared experience with someone. 

Celebrate life. Celebrate milestones. Celebrate people. You’ll be oh so glad you did.

Thoughts

The Dichotomy of Age

Recently I was buying wood stain at Walmart. If you’ve ever bought paint or stain or anything that has fumes and could be used to get high, then you know it triggers an age check at the checkout. Here’s how my age check went…

The Walmart clerk comes over to bypass the age restriction. As he’s typing a code into the system, I’m looking at the screen, and I can feel him staring at me. To break the awkwardness, I ask him,

“Do I look old enough?”

“To the question they are asking {referring to the pop up question of is the person over 21}, yes. How old are you?”

“45,” I say.

“But you have braces.”

Yes, yes, I do. He then proceeded to ask my expert opinion on whether or not he needed braces. That’s a story for another time.

The dichotomy of age.

In 2021, within the same month, I got braces and had my first colonoscopy. Maybe a little too old for one and a little too young for the other. Or was I? Sure, there’s something that happens sometime around your mid-40’s that no one tells you about. Your body starts working a little differently, food affects you differently, your eyes need a little extra help, your muscle strength starts to wane. These signs of age can easily make you attach the word “old” to your identity. I’m trying hard not to do that.

As I do my best to take care of my body that’s getting older each and every day (because we all are, right?), I’m purposing to live life to the fullest that I can, embracing new seasons with grace and positive anticipation. 

Moral of the story…it’s never too late to get braces, even and especially when you have a metal mouth like a thirteen year old.

Travel

Father’s Day In New York City

Before I dove into the Connecticut remodel, we spent a day in NYC. I absolutely love the city, and this day was no exception. It was Father’s Day, and the weather was amazing. We’ve been to the city on many occasion, so we tried to do a few new things we’d never done before. It was so fun!

Since my flight landed around lunch time, we decided to fuel up with a pie at John’s of Bleecker Street. OMG. So good.

Since we were already in Greenwich Village (one of my favorite parts of the city, by the way), we decided to walk to the Friends apartment. It’s not the actual apartment they shot scenes in. It’s just the apartment they show in the opening credits when they show an aerial view.

From there we walked to Chelsea Market and then strolled along The High Line admiring the city from above the hustle and bustle.

Since we were so close to NYC’s newest park, Little Island, that looks like it’s floating on the Hudson, we had to go check it out. It was windy, but the view was excellent.

It was time for another fuel up after all that walking, so we stopped in for a cappuccino and cannoli at Cafe Reggio. Apparently they are the first cafe in the US to serve the cappuccino.

We ended our beautiful NYC day by finding a bench in Washington Square Park. The park was alive with activity, so the people watching was on point.

Ah, I love the city. I would love to have an apartment in Manhattan. A girl can dream, right?

House Project

Connecticut House Kitchen Remodel

I absolutely love transforming spaces. To take something and make it better, well, it’s one of my favorite things. We bought our Connecticut house in 2004. It was in a scary state. On the verge of foreclosure, the owner abandoned it and left a slew of fun surprises from a fish tank with fish in it (they were frozen in there since we bought it in the winter), vinyls galore, a car that didn’t run, and many other things I won’t take the time to mention. We cleaned that place up and brought life back into its walls. I didn’t design the first floor apartment, but the colors were indicative of the early 2000’s…brown/tan and red. Times have a changed, so it was more than overdue for a little refresh.

Here’s the before featuring that lovely 2000’s style…

We had about 2 weeks to complete this project, so we had to really focus on what we wanted to get done. The living room and kitchen were our top priorities. And if you’ve ever done a remodel project, then you know everything always takes longer than expected. We had a plan that ended up turning into a bigger project than we anticipated (like when you paint walls and then the ugly old outlets stand out), but we worked hard and got it done. I love painting, but I got to add some new skills to my repertoire like tiling and changing out those ugly outlet plugs.

The updated kitchen and living room…

We worked right up until the day we left, so I only got about an hour to sit in the living room and soak up the beauty. I’m so happy with the finished product!

Supply list…

Wall color ~ Benjamin Moore in Moonshine

Cabinet color ~ Benjamin Moore in Essex Green

Trim color ~ Benjamin Moore in Vanilla Milkshake

Backsplash ~ Daltile Restore from Home Depot grouted with Delorean Gray

Light above kitchen sink ~ Amazon

Countertops ~ Butcher block from Lowe’s

Cabinet pulls ~ Amazon

Kitchen faucet ~ Amazon

Cabinets ~ All purchased in natural oak from Lowe’s

Artwork above couch ~ bought on Etsy, 24X36 poster prints printed at Walgreens, Ribba frames from IKEA