Soccer season is over!

Out of the three, I am the mom…of THREE boys!! They are wonderful, beautiful, active, LOUD…! All three boys are avid soccer players, which means I spend most evenings and weekends driving to and from soccer fields or coordinating rides as many of their encounters overlap. While I sometimes rock the ‘mom of the year’ crown, I cannot be in more than one place at once! So as I love watching and photographing them…and then hearing repeated replays from their little perspectives, I am grateful for a little break. This is the first week that nobody has to be anywhere after school! I am enjoying the routine chaos of wrestling matches in the living room and so forth. I plan to catch up on a little knitting and some friends that I have missed this past fall. While I realize this is not nearly as interesting as my friends’ recent trips, it is my life. So I’m sharing. Please share yours!

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London’s Calling…

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So, I am a bit obsessed with London, England. Theres not one thing I don’t like about the wonderful city. I love the people, the architecture, the cars and especially the pub’s. I recently made an itinerary for a short trip to London for one of my good friends.

Typically when traveling to London, England one will fly during the night and end up getting to the airport in the morning. Therefore, do not plan anything on your first day. As much as you hate to have wasted a day in London, it is definitely needed. The first day I recommend your group navigates the way to your hotel, apartment(airbnb.com) or hostel and takes a nap!

Day 1:
Get into London from LHR in the morning, get to place you are staying and Relax. Change clothes and head out for the evening to dinner.
-Take a spin on the London Eye at Night (recommended) **Make sure you make reservations ahead of time!

The next day get up at a reasonable time so you can explore. Here are some ideas on my favorite things to do:

Day 2:
British Museum-44 Great Russell St, WC1B 3DG
-Town: Bloomsbury
-Opening hours: Daily 10am-5.30pm; Fri 10am-8.30pm (selected galleries only, ring for details)
-Transport: Tube: Holborn/Russell Sq
-Price: Free
Portobello Road Market-Notting HIll
-09:00 – 19:00 Friday and saturday.
-Portobello Road, London Greater London W10 5TA
-Portobello Road is 3 kilometers west of TUBE-Marble Arch and easy to reach by road or underground from anywhere in London.

Day 3: Bath
-Located in the South West of England, Bath is easy to get to – only 90 minutes from London Paddington by train

-Bath Abbey

-Jane Austen Centre

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-No.1 Royal Crescent-Open 10.30am – 5.00pm Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays, 12.00 – 5.00pm on Mondays.

Day 4:
Starting off in Trafalgar Square again, this time we will head north to Leicester Square and London’s West End district.
Keep going past the square until you get to Gerrard Street and Chinatown, then head east down Shaftesbury Avenue. This will bring you out to Piccadilly Circus – a favorite photo spot for tourists.
A stroll down Piccadilly will take you past Fortnum & Mason and the Royal Academy of Arts. Head down the famous Burlington Arcade until you come out the other side.
We will now head back the way we came to Regent Street. As you head north you can spend a little money in Hamleys, Liberty and Carnaby Street.
When you get to Hanover Street turn west, and walk past Mayfair’s residential mansions. Mayfair is one of richest districts in London – home to the US Embassy at Grosvenor Square.
If you carry on heading west you will eventually reach Hyde Park, at which point we will turn north along Park Lane to Marble Arch and the world-famous Speaker’s Corner.
Turn east down Oxford Street, and north when your reach Baker Street. You are now heading into Marylebone.
Baker Street is famous for the Sherlock Holmes Museum at No. 221b, Open every day of the year (except Christmas Day) from 9.30am – 6pm 
Admission:  Adult £8 Child £5 (under 16yrs)
Madame Tussauds. Opening times: 9.30 AM to 5.30 PM (Mon–Fri), 9 AM to 6 PM
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Ideas of other things to do:

Buckingham Palace-Buckingham Palace Rd, SW1A 1AA
-Town: Buckingham
-Opening hours: 2013 dates: Jul 27-Aug 31 daily 9.30-7pm (last adm 4:45pm); Sep 1-29 daily 9.30am-6pm (last adm 3.45pm)
-Transport: Tube: Victoria
-Price: £19, £17.50 concs, £10.85 under-17s, under-fives free, £50 family ticket (incl audio tour)
London Ghost Bus Tour:
The London Ghost Bus Tour is a theatrical sightseeing tour, showing you the darker side of London while providing a piece of comedy horror theatre onboard a classic 1960s Routemaster bus. A guided bus tour of London combined with a spooky and funny experience you’ll never forget. From the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey over to St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London, see the city’s sites of murder, torture and execution, and learn about the ghosts of London and the grisly skeletons in the capital’s cupboards. We board at Northumberland Avenue, just off Trafalgar Square. Our bus stop is outside the Grand Hotel, just opposite the Sherlock Holmes pub. Tours depart at 19:30 and 21:00, with extra tours at 18:00 on certain days.
http://www.theghostbustours.com/tour_info.html -Tours run daily at 19:30 and 21:00 Departing from outside the Grand Hotel, 8 Northumberland Avenue off Trafalgar Square.
-Prices: £20.00 for adult. £14.00 student. family ticket £55.0
Trafalgar Square
Home to Nelson’s Column and two huge galleries – the National Portrait Gallery  Opening times: Gallery: 10 AM to 6 PM (Sat–Thu), 10 AM to 9 PM (Fri); Tours: 11.30 AM, 2.30 PM (daily) and 7 PM (Fri) . Cost: Free. , and National Gallery  Opening times: Gallery: 10 AM to 6 PM (Sat–Thu), 10 AM to 9 PM (Fri); Tours: 11.30 AM, 2.30 PM (daily) and 7 PM (Fri) . Cost: Free. . – from http://www.londondrum.com/planner/four-days.php

Westminster Abbey
London’s most prestigious religious building – the setting for coronations, state funerals, and the burial place of some of our greatest kings and queens. Opening times: 9.30 AM to 4.30 PM (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri), 9.30 PM to 7 PM (Wed), 9.30 AM to 4.30 PM (Sat); Last admission 1 hour before closing time. Cost: Adults £16.00; Children £6.00 (11–16); Infants free (under-16); Family ticket £32.00.  – from http://www.londondrum.com/planner/four-days.php

What you will see: The theatres and galleries on Southbank, Southwark, Tower Bridge, Tower of London
Starting off in Trafalgar Square again, this time we will head across the river to Southbank.
Before you cross the Thames take a quick left down Victoria Embankment. This will take you past the oldest monument in London – Cleopatra’s Needle.
The Southbank Centre is home to the National Theatre and Royal Festival Hall are the two most important, but others include the Hayward Gallery and Queen Elizabeth Hall.
A little further down the river is the London Aquarium and world-famous London Eye.
This is the largest observation wheel in the world and takes about 30 minutes to revolve. It is well worth the wait if the queues aren’t too heavy. Opening times: 10 AM to 8.30 PM (Jan–Mar), 10 AM to 9 PM (Apr–Jun), 10 AM to 9.30 PM (Jul–Aug), 10 AM to 8.30 PM (Sep–Dec). Cost: Adults £18.60; Children £9.54 (4–15); Infants free (under-4); Family ticket £56.28. 
A walk east along the Thames will take you to Williams Shakespeare’s celebrated Globe Theatre and Tate Modern art gallery.
We thoroughly recommend a look around the Tate, as the views from the roof are worth admission alone. Opening times: Gallery: 10 AM to 6 PM (Sun–Thu), 10 AM to 10 PM (Fri, Sat); Last admission 45 minutes before closing time; Tours: 11 AM, noon, 2 PM, 3 PM (daily). Cost: Free. 
Keep going and you will reach Southwark Cathedral and the London Dungeon. If you have some kids with you then its well worth a visit.  
Walking past HMS Belfast and City Hall, you can cross the river on one of London’s best-loved landmarks – Tower Bridge. Opening times: 9.30 AM to 6 PM (daily, Oct–Mar), 10 AM to 6.30 PM (daily, Apr–Sep); Last admission 1 hour before closing time. Cost: Adults £8.00; Children £3.40 (5–15); Infants free (under-5); Family ticket £18.00. 
The tour ends at the Tower of London. This was originally built by William the Conqueror in the 11th-century and is now one of London’s two World Heritage Sites. Opening times: 9 AM to 5.30 PM (Tue–Sat, Mar–Oct), 10 AM to 5.30 PM (Sun, Mon, Mar–Oct), 9 AM to 4.30 PM (Tue–Sat, Nov–Feb), 10 AM to 4.30 PM (Sun, Mon, Nov–Feb); Last admission 30 minutes before closing time. Cost: Adults £19.80; Children £10.45 (5–16); Infants free (under-5); Family ticket £55.00. 
– from http://www.londondrum.com/planner/four-days.php

I would love to know if anyone has any ideas I can add!!! 🙂
Cheers!

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One Bag Travel

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I recently took a month adventure to Europe with my boyfriend and we decided to try the one bag travel method. Let me tell you, it was great. We decided to buy the eBag brand called “the motherload”.
This bag is amazing. I packed enough for over a month, and had lots of room for souvenirs. Also I recommend eBag packing cubes in a variety of sizes. I used small, large and a packing folder.
As for my “personal” carry on, I used the Patagonia half mass messenger bag. It was a great way to have both my hands free at all times. Messenger bag on first, eBag on second!
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October 9, 2013 · 7:59 pm

Capture the Colour 2013

For the Love of Wanderlust

Travel supermarket is doing their ‘Capture the Colour’ Contest.  They’re asking bloggers to select photos that represent the colors red, yellow, green, blue and white.  There are huge prizes to win- the grand prize being 3,000£ for a travel fund!  There are specific rules, so be sure to check them out.

Here are my selections:

RED:

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YELLOW:

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Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy

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GREEN:

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Olympic National Park, Washington

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BLUE:

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Havasu Falls, Havasu Canyon, Arizona

WHITE:

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Window in Siena, Italy

Liz at Be Love Live

Meghan at Another Walk in the Park

LiFi at Little Fingers Life

Ben at Flights Camera Satisfaction

Sarah at A Lifetime’s Exploration

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Wanderlust

Sometimes All the time I really miss London. It’s a problem, I dream about London so often I’m pretty sure I once lived a past life there. Walking along the Thames, you feel as if you are walking inside a history book. Almost as if you stepped inside a Jane Austen Novel. Here’s some of my photos from London, England so I can reminisce in my sorrow of not being there currently. Till we meet again Heathrow Airport…

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Phone Booth in Southbank.
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Big Ben, the bell.
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Notting Hill minus Julia Roberts.
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London Bridge is falling down.
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Harry Potter studio Tour. Best thing of my life. Will be posting all about this soon!
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Harry Potter, Studio Tour Great Hall.
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London Eye on the Thames.
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London Eye.
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Old Tube Tunnel-now a Graffiti spot in downtown London.
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Wimbledon.

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October 9, 2013 · 3:23 am

Local Village

We are three friends who have decided to start a business together. A card business, you know, snail mail. We’re trying to bring communities together with our beautiful cards! More will come about the fun times of starting a buisness. Long hours, paper cuts and PMS. Image

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