Exploring American History in Philadelphia - The Outside & In

As I mentioned in the post outlining our itinerary in Washington D.C., part of the vacation involved taking the train to Philadelphia. Since the boys had a) never been on a train before or b) ever been to Philadelphia, we decided to include it as part of our American History trip. Amtrak’s Northeast Regional train makes exploring the cities in the Northeast so easy. The train ride from D.C. to Philadelphia was just two hours and seamless! What a difference… Read more »

6 Days in Washington D.C. with Kids - The Outside & In

We recently got back from our family’s summer vacation: a week in Washington D.C. and Philadelphia. Our boys are 8 and 9 years old, so we are finally at the age where they can start appreciating a visit like this. If you have considered taking your school-age kids to visit D.C., I would definitely encourage you to make it happen. There is so much to do in Washington D.C. Although we spent 6 days in D.C. and 2 in Philadelphia,… Read more »

Master Bedroom Update - The Outside and In

A while back, I shared how I was getting back on the one-room-per-month home update wagon. January and February were all about letting go of stuff and playing the Minimalism Game. So starting in March, I was ready to tackle some home updates. The room I chose to focus on was our master bedroom. It actually went on into April too. But that’s okay, right? At least I stayed focused on one room instead of ADHD-ing all over the place as… Read more »

Over the past year and a half, my friend Amanda has been working on renovating their new (to them) family home. When they purchased the 1970’s home back in the Fall of 2015, Judd and Amanda fell in love with the layout of the home as well as the property that surrounded it. They knew they would want to update it to fit their family’s style and needs though. Slowly but surely, Amanda and Judd have been working on transforming the… Read more »

My "Go To" NYC Recommendations

New York City is one of my absolute favorite places in the whole world. I don’t care how many times I have been, within one year of my last visit, I am always itching to get back. There are always new things to discover and places to explore. You can’t ever “finish” seeing and experiencing New York in my opinion. When people say they don’t like New York or they’ve already “done” it, I know they haven’t fallen in love. In… Read more »