Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday: Can you hear the joy?

There are no words necessary to describe this photo other than to tell you it was taken in Sydney, Australia on a warm December afternoon and we were lucky enough to capture it. If you look closely, each person looks like an actor who was hired for a photo shoot.  The faces are priceless. My […]

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Instagram: Another #midlife #adventure

Instagram is for midlife adults, empty nesters and baby boomers… it’s not just for our kids. Are you on Instagram? If not, #youaremissingout. I joined Instagram last year and I absolutely love it. Don’t tell my Facebook friends but I think I enjoy it a great deal more! You can pinpoint exactly what you are […]

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Wordless Wednesday: Magnificent photos of Lake Tahoe by Tam

These photos were taken by Tam, a returning Guest Adventurer, who writes a fantastic travel blog called Travels with Tam. She defines the word adventurer. My “adventures” aren’t even in her league and that is the beautiful thing about having other contributors. We get to read and enjoy many types of experiences! Once I saw her photos of Lake Tahoe, […]

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Summer Fun in Dana Point

When I created Adventures of Empty Nesters, I intentionally defined the word adventure as “anything that you wanted to write about”. Each adventure or story could be as extraordinary as a great white shark adventure, as memorable as paddling a kayak for the first time after 27 years, as delicious as a foodie field trip in NYC or as sentimental […]

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Free financial advice from an Empty Nester Dad

While talking with longtime friends over dinner last week, Deets, husband and father of two daughters who have left the nest, gave some thought to what “adventures” he wanted to share with all of you. Part of enjoying the life of an Empty Nester is figuring out just how to pay for the second half of our […]

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Don’t worry about your children leaving for college, they’ll be fine!

As an alumni and parent of an undergraduate at UCLA, I was thrilled to be featured in the UCLA Parents and Family Program’s Bruinlink, the newsletter for the parents of new Bruins. Your student’s next chapter in life has officially begun, so what does that mean for you? The transition from high school to college doesn’t only take a […]

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

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 both requirements. “From atop a high ridge on the shore of Batiquitos Lagoon, […]

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When is the best time to visit Napa Valley?

 The answer is: Any time of year is the best time of year to visit Napa Valley. We love to visit Napa Valley during all seasons. We can enjoy the hot, blistering heat of August or the perfect 75 degree days we experienced in early June. So don’t ask me to choose when is the best time to […]

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Chocolatour: A Quest for the World’s Best Chocolate

This is a special post devoted to my interview with Doreen Pendgracs, author and travel writer, and her quest for the world’s best chocolate! I want her job! I absolutely love chocolate and was so excited to spend time with her and learn more! This post is part of a “Virtual Book Tour” and you can […]

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My birthday surprise: The dinner of my dreams at The French Laundry

I love surprises! I love to receive them, to observe them and to create them. Recently, I was the recipient of the most extravagant and very unexpected surprise. A surprise of gargantuan proportions! My husband invited me to the dinner of my dreams at The French Laundry!   It truly was the fantasy meal and ultimate dining experience of my […]

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