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Nature is My Medicine

This Labor Day weekend, I gave myself permission to be free: there was no diet or set schedule, just an agreed upon destination (kind of). I spent my days canoeing at sunset, lounging on docks, visiting quaint shops and eateries, and exploring whatever sights I happened to come upon.  It was wonderful!

My friend Sparkley Moonshine, also a carefree spirit when it comes to travel and relaxation, was my travel buddy.  Our trip started in Bayfield, WI: a docking point to the Apostle …

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When in The Chi, one must…

When in Chicago (The Chi), one must eat deep dish pizza and club hop…

Among many other things, and we did much more, but I plan to save the fun stuff for the Spanglish Girl Diaries…

Although Chicago is labeled the Second City, there is nothing 2nd place about it: in the summer months, there is so much to do and see. My fav prima/partner in crime visited from Las Vegas for a girls’ weekend. We stayed at the Warick Allerton …

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The Ortiz’s Go To Yellowstone.

Deep in the wilds of Wyoming bear country, my family gathers around the warmth and shelter of our campfire. A canopy of stars peek through the haze of smoke emanating from dozens of fires around us.  At the height of my Tio’s story, about a human size owl he once saw, a high pitched howl sounds from the woods behind us, startling everyone to their feet. “It’s La Llorona,” someone whispers.  “No, it’s a coyote,” someone else chimes in. “I think it’s a wolf,” I …

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Spanglish Mom Goes To Guadalajara: Her tips on where to stay, what to see, and how to stay safe.

 

It’s that time of the year! With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to start planning trips to visit friends and family.

A few years ago, my husband and I decided to make a yearly effort to visit Guadalajara, Mexico. This decision came about because we wanted our children to experience life outside of the American bubble, and we wanted our kids to appreciate their Mexican culture.

Due to our busy schedules, the trip can be …

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