Autumn at Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna

{photo via Instagram}

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! I hope you are all having a wonderful day, enjoying some nice, quiet family time. Are any of you going to brave the stores tomorrow? I really love the Black Friday / Cyber Monday sales, but you couldn’t pay me to actually go to any physical stores. Besides, it really seems like you can get just as good of a discount (or better) online. And most of the sales have already started.

So get cozy on the couch (if you need some help with that, read this) with your laptop or iPad, and do your holiday shopping in peace. I have rounded up some of the best deals I have found at some of my favorite stores, down below.

But first, here are a few of my favorite things lately…

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Everything you need for a cozy night at home with the family

When it is cold and dark outside, we love nothing more than to have a cozy night (or day!) at home. We all put on our “comfy cozies” as my kids call them, gather our blankets, and head to the couch to cuddle. We read books, play games and watch movies.

Now that it is nearly dark at 4pm, our cozy nights start pretty early. Which gives us even more time to hang out together.

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The Benefits of Last Minute Travel - you might just want to give it a try!

Almost every trip we take is booked at the very last minute. I usually have a rough idea of where I want to go and when. But as far as actually booking anything, it is rarely, if ever, done more than about 2 weeks ahead of time. Especially if it is a weekend trip, those are usually planned a day or two before we leave. (more…)

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Nótia Rooms B&B in Noto, Italy - The best place to stay in Sicily!

We planned our trip to Sicily super last minute. Which I don’t mind at all, but it means that I couldn’t spend as much time as I like on choosing the perfect place to stay.

I felt rushed, and settled on an apartment in Noto that looked really nice, but I wasn’t completely sold. I didn’t have time to keep looking, as I also had to book flights, a rental car, and 2 other places to stay. So I booked it and hoped for the best.

But then a few days later, once I had everything planned, I received a message from the owner of the apartment that they were having some issues with the water, and she would have to cancel our reservation.

Since everything else for the trip was finalized, I had a bit of time to explore places to stay in Noto.

And I ended up finding the cutest bed & breakfast in all of Sicily!

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Dreaming of a Week in Bali with Kids - how I would spend an ideal week in Bali with my kids

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As the weather turns colder in Vienna, my mind starts to wander to warm sunny beaches and tropical vacations. We are still a few months away from our annual trip to Maui. So in the meantime, I am dreaming of how I would spend a week in Bali with kids.

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