My skin does not like the winter. Not that I can blame it, of course. The cold, dry air outside, and the forced heater air inside is enough to make anyone feel a little blah.

One particularly rough winter about 6 years ago, I had had enough, and decided to go for a drastic change. I stopped using face wash. Instead, I tried a combination of oils to gently cleanse and remove makeup. Then I put a bit more oil on my face to moisturize.

And my skin had never looked or felt better.

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Mother Goose Hotel Utrecht, Netherlands

There are some hotels that are over the top luxurious and fancy, but definitely feel formal like a hotel. Then there are hotels that feel approachable and friendly, so cozy and comfortable that you want to move right in and never leave. That is how the Mother Goose Hotel is. Luxurious, but in a homey way. Beautiful, clean, unique and just the right amount of quirky.

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Utrecht Travel Guide - Plan a perfect weekend in Utrecht, The Netherlands

Most people visiting The Netherlands go straight to Amsterdam and never look back. I understand why, it is pretty amazing, and one of my favorite cities in the world. But just a half hour south of Amsterdam, right in the middle of The Netherlands, is the cutest little university town of Utrecht. With a medieval city center, beautiful canals and plenty of museums, shops and restaurants, a stop in Utrecht is definitely worth your time!

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2016Happy 2016 everyone!

I ended up taking an unintentional break during the holidays to work on some big projects, spend some quality time with my family, and think about what I want the next year to look like. And then decided to act like the Europeans, and let the holidays last until at least the 7th. Well, then it was Thursday, and what really gets accomplished on Thursdays and Fridays? So now it’s Monday and I’m ready to roll.

Over the last month or two, I have thought a lot about what I want for this little space, and in what direction I want to take it.

A few years ago, when I started this blog, it was just a place to post little snippets of family photo sessions I was shooting. But slowly it evolved, as all things do. I dabbled with travel photography while we lived in Honduras. Then started posting DIYs, which became so popular, that I thought I should post nothing but DIYs. Talked a lot about babies when my second was born. Moved to Europe and got back into travel photography, but much more in depth than before. And then…well…I wasn’t quite sure what should come next.

I have dabbled here and there and everywhere and never felt like I had a grasp on what I was doing. I was posting a little of this and a little of that, whenever inspiration struck.

I wanted to start 2016 with a clear vision for this space. What do I want this blog to be about? And what do I want you to get from it? I have always wanted this to be a place of inspiration. But for what exactly? I kept coming back to 2 main things.

Live Well.

I want this to be a place that inspires you to live well. To take care of your body and your soul. To connect with your family. To be creative. To be adventurous. To make things. To live simply and naturally. To read more books. To surround yourself with as much beauty as possible.

Travel Often.

I want this to be a place that inspires you to travel. As much and as often as you can. Near and far and everywhere in between. With plenty of tips on how to make it easier, more affordable, and more enjoyable. Especially if you have little ones!

So there it is.

Live Well & Travel Often.

So with that, expect to see a lot of changes around here in 2016. I am so excited about everything that is to come this year. I do hope you’ll stick around!

xo

(beautiful illustration via Rifle Paper Co.)

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Purbach am Neusiedlersee

Purbach am Neusiedlersee is a cute little town in the Austrian state of Burgenland known for its viticulture.

Every November, the town of Purbach opens its doors, and its wineries, for a weekend-long wine tasting festival. The festival starts on Saturday afternoon with an opening ceremony including the crowning of the wine queen and live music. For €25, you get a wine glass and a little necklace to hold the glass in, and can taste unlimited wines at each of the 16+ wineries. You also receive a €10 voucher to buy your favorite wines. Then you just spend the afternoon and evening walking around town, enjoying the beautiful fall colors, stopping in the charming wine cellars and hanging out with the locals. Just make sure not to cheers or say Prost when drinking the new wine until it has been blessed on St. Martin’s day, which is November 11th!

TRAVEL

If you are going for the wine, you will definitely want to take the train. From Vienna to Purbach takes just over an hour by train, and runs every hour on the hour.

EAT

Most of the cellars have little snacks out to nibble on. But if you are looking for something more substantial, try the goose while it is in season, or grab a fresh house made wurstle at one of the cellars. And don’t miss the freshly roasted nuts in the town square. Hot almonds covered in cinnamon and sugar are pretty much the best thing ever.

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