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…)

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

This post is sponsored by Traveloka. 

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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Mangiabove Guest House, Marina di Ragusa, Sicily

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Happy Halloween!

We spent the last 10 days in Sicily and had the most amazing time. We are heading home tonight, luckily our Halloween celebration isn’t for another few days. So I have time to put the final touches on the girls’ Halloween costumes. One of the costumes (a black cat) has been used 3 times in the last 4 years, so at least that saves me some work! You can see some of our prior Halloween costumes here, here and here.

Speaking of Halloween, how to do you handle the insane amount of candy and treats that your kids come home with?

For the last few years, the Switch Witch has visited our house, and it has worked out so well! The kids get to choose a certain number of pieces of candy to keep (whatever you feel comfortable with). Then they leave their bag of candy hanging on their bedroom door when they go to sleep. During the night, the Switch Witch takes the candy, and leaves something in its place. I love that magical Switch Witch!

As sad as I am to leave Sicily, I am looking forward to returning home to Vienna to catch the last of the gorgeous fall colors. And eat some pumpkin goodies. Austrians love kurbis (pumpkin) so we have plenty of options when it comes to pumpkin dishes. If you want some inspiration to cook up some pumpkin deliciousness, try pumpkin risotto or pumpkin pancakes.

Here are a few more of my favorite things lately…

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Advice for doing the Whole30 while living or traveling abroadI’ve never really needed to worry about my weight, and have always eaten whatever I want. Which was usually an extremely large bowl of pasta at least once a day. I justified this habit by telling myself that I don’t eat sweets or junk food, so it was completely fine.

But then I wasn’t feeling so great. The all-pasta diet that worked for me when I was 20 wasn’t making me feel so hot anymore. (more…)

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