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YOU MUST WATCH: YOUNGER

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

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It seems every time I have a conversation with anyone- I will eventually hear about another new show I MUST WATCH.  It’s overwhelming really.  I personally don’t have enough free time in a week to watch all these amazing shows.  We may be the only couple who has not seen one episode Game of Thrones.

But, I have new guilty pleasure.  Younger.  “40-year-old Liza (Sutton Foster) passes herself off as 26 to land a job. Now she has to make sure no one discovers her secret.”  I am mid-way through season 1 and I’m totally hooked.  With 4 seasons, I’ve got plenty of Hulu binge watching ahead of me!

I’m afraid to ask, but what show(s) are you loving?

 

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READ & LISTEN: ROOKIE

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

ROOKIE POD CAST | WHERE IS JUNE?

My obsession for podcasts are not a secret!  I recently found Rookie and have enjoyed listening to the wide variety of creatives and artists in interviews.  However, I’m not their target audience.  It’s really for all of our amazing teens!

Rookie is the podcast created by the online magazine Rookie.  Self described as “an independently run online magazine and book series founded in 2011 by Editor-in-Chief Tavi Gevinson. We publish writing, photography, and other forms of artwork by and for teenagers (and their cohorts of any age!). Our contributors and readers are from all over the world.”

The online magazine seems to have a little something for every type of teen.  I love how the categories include comics, beauty, books and friendship.  Such an amazing platform and community for teens.  As a reader or a contributor- I bet it’s empowering to know a teen voice has power.  I find it refreshing that the issues and topics tackled in the podcast are complex.  It’s not condescending and it is apparent the producers believe teens to be intelligent and thoughtful human beings.  The podcasts are not cleaned up-meaning there is swearing and a lot of honesty!

After listening and a quick scan of the online site, Rookie tends to be geared toward females-but many of the topics would be interesting for our young men too.

Share this with a teen in your life or anyone trying to successful raise a teen {without losing her mind!}.

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STAY HERE: A GORGEOUS NASHVILLE HOME

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

The Wendell Home | Where is June?

While there are no specifics finalized, we have purchased airline tickets to Nashville ….so this trip is finally happening.  As I began my search for lodging I stumbled upon The Wendell Home.  This Airbnb home is a minimalist’s dream come true.  I seriously cannot stop looking at the pictures.  {I’ve included a few here, but you must look at all of them in the listing!}.  The home gets a 5-star review, which isn’t surprising!  A couple of my travel mates are not sold on staying in a house instead of a hotel {including my husband}.  I love the idea of staying in a neighborhood and exploring shops and restaurants off the main tourist strip! All the other stuff is just a Lyft ride away.  I may just book it and surprise them.  I mean, how could we go wrong with this house?

Wendell Home | Living

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Hoping to catch some live music at The Bluebird Cafe and see the Grand Ole Opry.  Any other Nashville suggestions?

photos via The Wendell Home on Airbnb

 

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FEED MY SENSES: DANCE CHURCH

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

DANCE CHURCH | WHERE IS JUNE?

What feeds you?  We consistently give: as wives, as caregivers, as employees, as bosses, as daughters, as sisters, as friends.  But what feeds you – so that you can continue to give?  The adage of “carving out time for yourself”, is a tired track being played on repeat.  But dammit, it’s so true! I’m hoping by sharing some of the ways I feed my senses, it might spark something for you.  Maybe it’s revisiting an old passion or trying something you have never done before.

What feeds me?  Dance Church.  It is my everything.  What the heck is Dance Church?  It is a dance party, just like at the best clubs, but in athleisure instead of your hottest get-up.  Bare feet instead of stilettos.  Coffee after instead of shots before.  Workout instead of hung over.  Oh my gosh, it’s a my dream come true.  Founded by Kate Wallich, Dance Church happens every Sunday morning and Tuesday night.  It is a 90 minute dance workout, however it’s not choreographed.  Kate leads the class and cues movements, but so general in nature that you can move however you please.  There is every type of person represented and that is what makes it so awesome!  The room at Velocity Dance is dimly lit and packed, so you have to like being in close proximity to others while sweating.  The playlists are out of this world {Think RiRi, Bey, Drake, Bieber,}.  I walk out of there on a high every time.  In my 20’s, there was nothing better than dancing into the wee hours of the morning. Dance Church gives me everything I loved: music, movement, and infectious energy.

Would you give Dance Church a try??  Read the personal account of a first timer.

PS:  The mirrors are covered, there is no front, and no one is watching you!  And church has nothing to do with it.

 

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WANDERLUST | NASHVILLE

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

wanderlust nashville | Where is June?

Not all who wander are lost.  I have recently come to love that phrase.  Though I was never that girl who threw a change of clothes in a backpack and just took off-I have come to crave travel and discovering a new place.  My husband usually shakes his head at me.  Lucky for me, the boys are slowing getting the travel bug as well and three against one is beneficial for my cause.

Aaron, Big W, and I have been watching Sonic Highways.  A documentary created by the band Foo Fighters that W got for Christmas.  He loves music and this documentary follows the band as they visit eight cities in the United States as they record the album Sonic Highways.  In each city they explore the the music scene, which is totally fascinating.  This weekend we watched the episode featuring Nashville.  All three of us agreed, we should GO!  We have added it to the short list of places to visit.

Topping our list of places to visit is The Bluebird Cafe.  A small cafe that has live music every night.  They play in the round and features original music by songwriters.  In the episode, natives shared that playing the Bluebird was rite of passage in Nashville.  What else could we do and see?  Of course there is the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry, but like any city there are hidden gems.

Have you been to Nashville?  I’d love to hear all of your “insider” information!

Nashville photo by @4corners via TripAdvisor

 

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TRAVEL ARGENTINA- IGUAZU FALLS

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

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On our recent trip to Argentina, we took a mid-week excursion from Buenos Aires.  We jumped on a local airline and visited the town of Puerto Iguazu and the astonishing Iguazu Falls.  These amazing falls occur at the borders of Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil.  We did not apply for a Brazilian visa, so we stayed on the Argentinian side of the falls.

The flight, although only 90 minutes, was the most turbulent flight I have ever experienced.  It was no joke! We arrived in the early afternoon to a torrential, sub-tropical downpour.  After checking into our hotel and planning our trip to the falls the following day, we waited out the rain and then ventured into town.  Puerto Iguazu was very different from the hustle of Buenos Aires.  Small businesses lined the streets and it definitely had a small town feel.  The people were incredibly kind and children played on the side walks. We had an extremely fun day and all of us count the time we spent there as one of the highlights of the trip. A completely different side of Argentina and certainly worth experiencing.

Puerto Iguazu, Argentina | Where is June?

Our trip was really short – basically 24 hours -and we didn’t have much time at Iguazu Falls.  In hindsight, our departing flight should have been much later in the day so that we could have really had time to see the entire park.  We made the most of the time we had there and went for the “extreme” experience.  Boarding a 4 x 4 for a trek through the jungle, we bounced for a few miles down to the river.  We stuffed all of our belongings into dry bags, which coincidentally were soaking wet on the inside, and braced ourselves.  A boat ride took us upriver and through some really fun rapids. Then we caught a glimpse of the enormous falls in the distance.  No picture can do these falls justice.

Iguazu Falls, Argentina | Where is June?

The view of the falls from the water was breathtaking, but the view of the falls INSIDE the falls was exhilarating.  Imagine someone turning on a fire hose and shooting it straight at you.  While I would have loved to open my eyes and see the what it looked like-it was virtually impossible.  There was lots of screaming and tons of laughing.  It was really quite something. We should have brought our GoPro.  The footage would be really fun to have.  After departing the boat, we had time to walk the trails.  The views from land were also fantastic, albeit a little dryer.  Would I recommend allowing someone to drive you into these falls?  YES!  Would I recommend a swim suit, poncho and a set of dry clothes for after? YES!  However, the after shots of us soaking wet make me giggle.

Iguazu Falls, Argentina | Where is June?

The surrounding park was filled with trails, monkeys and more vantage points of the falls.  A train takes you to the top with a lookout and viewing deck.  We didn’t have time to get up there, but the pictures we saw highlight exactly how much water is coming over the top.  A TON!  Iguazu Falls are truly a natural wonder of the world.  If you find yourself in Argentina {or Brazil} I highly recommend it!

 

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TRAVEL ARGENTINA- BUENOS AIRES

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

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We spent a week in Buenos Aires last month and we couldn’t have asked for a better trip.  Why Argentina you ask? Aaron and I had once talked about going to Buenos Aires and then we had kids.  Needless to say, it has been on the list for quite awhile.  I luckily found three other couples excited and willing to travel to South America with us.  Oh and to end the trip -we planned to see Pearl Jam play live in concert. {This made the men very happy!}

First off, it is quite a journey to get to Buenos Aires.  From Dallas Fort-Worth, it is a 10 1/2 hour flight {11 hours on the way home}.  Luckily ours was an overnight flight.  So with a little bit of sleep, we hit the ground running once we arrived!

Click through for the highlights and photos from our trip…… (more…)

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DILEMMA: CHECK OR CARRY ON?

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

check or carry on luggage | Where is June?

We leave for Buenos Aires in just four days.  {Pinch me!}  One of my dear friends, who we are traveling with, has issued a challenge.  Carry on luggage only.  My husband has wholeheartedly accepted the challenge for me after lugging my enormous suitcase around Italy for two weeks.  I will admit that I packed too much on our trip to Europe.  We were gone for fifteen days and I had no idea what to take with me.  Now I have a better idea of what I like to wear in a large, international city.  It also helps that it is spring time in South America, so I won’t need big bulky clothing.  Don’t get me wrong, this is not going to be easy to do.  I am beginning to formulate a plan.  I think dresses will be my saving grace. However, what do I do about shoes?  Or outerwear?  Or beauty products?  The beauty products alone are nightmare.  Damn 3 oz. rule!  {I strongly believe that rule is discriminatory toward women.}

So I have to ask:

Do you carry on or check your luggage?  If you carry on, what are your tricks?! 

 

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{ITALIA} CALABRIA AND FAMILY

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

San Giovanni in Fiore | Where is June?

{San Giovanni, Calabria}

This is Part 2 in a series of posts about my trip to Italy in 2014.  {Read Part 1/Roma here}

Calabria: Days 6 and 7

Leaving Rome, we headed south, 5 hours by train, to the region of Calabria.  Both of my grandfathers immigrated to the United States from Calabria.  Unbelievably, their towns happen to be only 30 km apart.  Prior to leaving on our trip I was able to connect with family and plan time in each town.  My cousin Elena, spoke English and was an immense help!  While in Rome my rusty Italian served us well.  In southern Italy it was a totally different story.  Very few residents spoke English and all of them spoke in a regional dialect, so it was almost impossible for me to communicate.  Aaron can tell an extremely funny story about my conversation with a cab driver in Cosenza.  I mistakenly asked for a 50 km cab ride instead of a ride to the train station.  Funny now, extremely stressful in the moment.

Click through to read more about our time in Southern Italy:

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{ITALIA} ROMAN HOLIDAY

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

roma trevi fountain

{Fontana di Trevi}

One year ago today I was arriving in Rome!  In May 2014, my husband and I took a two week trip to Italy.  My grandmother left me a small bit of money.  I wanted to use it for something that would make her happy.  Neither of us had been to Europe so this trip was extraordinary for us!  It has obviously been months and months since our trip, but I wanted to be really thoughtful when writing about this experience.  It was life-changing in some ways, stressful at times, and truly unforgettable.  I will post every week for the next several weeks, since our trip consisted of 3 distinct parts-all with their own amazing sights and memories.

Roma:  The Eternal City {Day 1-5}

Rome is an amazingly busy city!  Scooters zip by, cars navigate streets the width of a jogging path, and people fill the streets day and night.  We loved the energy and felt comfortable as soon as we arrived.  Aaron and I quickly learned how we DID NOT want to travel.  Our first two days in Rome were jam packed and crazed with historical sites and museums. And miles and miles of walking.  By the end of the night two, after we left the Vatican, we finally broke down and took our first cab.  As I leaned back in the seat to rest my head I muttered out loud, “If we do that again tomorrow, I will hate Italy and I will hate you.”  A lesson quickly learned:  You don’t need to see it all.

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Click through to read more about our trip and all of my tips for Rome…. (more…)

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