Happiness in the Empty Nest (The nest is full this weekend!)

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Happiness in the Empty Nest

Just for Labor Day weekend, our nest will be full! Oh happy day, our kids are coming home for the weekend and I am over the moon. How lucky are we that our busy, adult children want to come home to visit, hang out and attend an event with us.

Partly because there was a free airline ticket, partly because there will be free delicious food and free handcrafted cocktails and partly because they really do love us and want to come home!

Can I get a woo hoo? So often Craig and I attend a really fun event which usually involves very special food and drink and we say to each other, “I really wish Alex and Nick were here to experience this with us.”

The Taste

We said this a couple of times when we attended The Taste, a culinary extravaganza on the backlot (which is super cool) at Paramount Studios. Craig and I have attended this Los Angeles Times event twice in the past four years and missed last year.

We thoroughly loved the experience so much and the kids were able to arrange their schedules to come down to LA and join us this year. Yay!

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Portland’s Powell’s Books- The Largest & Best Bookstore Ever!

So happy to find the largest & best bookstore ever… Ever since I read Harriet the Spy in the fourth grade I have been a reader. In some years way more than others, but I almost always have had a book or two on the nightstand. In the last few years since becoming an Empty …

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The Spectacular Presidential Suite ~Hyatt Regency Maui

Presidential Suite at the Hyatt Regency Maui
The colorful living room with lots of comfortable seating!

 

We seem to be on a roll for upgrades… Thank you to Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa for the extra special attention during our anniversary vacation in Maui. The enchanting island of Maui is our personal favorite of the Hawaiian Islands and staying at a luxury resort is part of the overall experience, however, staying in the Presidential Suite for the night is taking luxury to a new stratosphere!

Golden sunset
A golden sunset from our balcony.

 

Hyatt Regency Swimming Pools
Our view of the spectacular swimming pools.

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A Postcard Perfect Vacation in Kennebunkport Maine

Where do I begin when there are so many wonderful things to share from my enchanting vacation in Kennebunkport, Maine. The quintessential, early American coastal town with a beautiful chambray blue sky, dotted with cottony clouds, where fresh lobster was on every menu. The Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel Chamber of Commerce hosted my delightful trip to this charming …

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Adventure Update: A trip to Seattle and Kennebunkport, Maine!

We are off on another trip to Seattle for our daughter’s 27th birthday. I just wanted to check in to say hi! If you are reading this, you obviously care about our Empty Nester adventures! Thank you so much for reading and for caring about what is happening with us. The Empty Nest Downsize (“rightsize”) project …

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San Francisco: A wine dinner with Jordan Vineyard & Winery at Campton Place

A wine dinner in San Francisco? Yes please! Lately I have been having a blast interacting with great people on Instagram. I adore photography and truly enjoy seeing what Instagrammers (photographers) are capturing. I had a wonderfully engaging conversation via Instagram with the Campton Place Hotel in San Francisco all about our spectacular trip to the …

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Park Hyatt Aviara: The perfect resort for families & Empty Nesters

Are you looking for a great resort to spend the Fourth of July? Imagine the perfect resort that is casual, yet elegant that offers entertainment for families with kids and can also please the discerning Empty Nester. Although this request is a rather tall order, the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad, California does an amazing job fulfilling …

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Food for the Soul in Raleigh, NC

Mixing business with adventure is so gratifying, not to mention, super fun! In addition to writing Adventures of Empty Nesters, I represent a health company called Touchstone Essentials. I was traveling to Raleigh, North Carolina for our Second Annual Conference and ironically, my husband had business in Raleigh as well! This almost never happens, so we had a 2 for 1 special business …

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Sights of Seattle – Pumpkins and Beer (really)

It seemed appropriate to write about Seattle today,since the whole world watched them win the Super Bowl. SPOILER ALERT: THIS POST IS NOT ABOUT FOOTBALL 🙂 SO… if you are still interested in reading about Seattle, this is an empty nester story: Our daughter went to college at the University of Washington in Seattle and …

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