Coastal Christmas Blog Hop

In my not so humble opinion, New Zealand’s adopted Christmas tree, the Pohutukawa, is the most beautiful tree in the world. It’s certainly my favourite, and every time I see one covered in gorgeous crimson bristles I know Christmas is only weeks away. This photo was taken by my husband on a beach in the

12 Days of Down Under Christmas

    It’s no secret that I’m a bit of a Christmas fiend. This can partly be blamed on the fact that I was born on December 24th, and partly blamed on my love of sparkly things. I’m a bit of a magpie that way – oooh, shiny! As I’m typing up this blog post

Home For Christmas Release Day

Ready for eggnog and snowflakes and a roaring yuletide fire? Wait a minute – that doesn’t sound like a Kiwi summer Christmas, does it? It should be sunshine and cricket on the beach with lashings of whipped cream on a freshly made pavlova. Carly Gatlin (from Christmas With You Book #4) doesn’t want sand, sun,

New Orleans Day 1 & 2

A gorgeous day in The Big Easy today, but so, SO humid! I think we started sweating the moment we stepped out of our hotel. We are staying right on Canal St, so we headed past dozens of colorful souvenir stores (all selling the same T-shirts, Mardi Gras masks, bead necklaces, etc) to Jackson Square.

Day 5-6 ~ San Antonio

Today we drove to San Antonio, with a detour into Austin. It was also a red letter day as we had our first lunch at our favorite restaurant, Cracker Barrel. We love the food, the endless coffee, the friendly staff and the gift store – OMG I could spend hours in the gift store alone!

Day 2-3 ~ Dallas, TX

Uneventful flight to Dallas-Fort Worth and then the usual drama we seem to have with hiring a car and hidden fine print that wasn’t on the rental’s website. Nevertheless, we finally got away from the airport, with grand plans to take the teens to our favorite restaurant—Cracker Barrel. By this time it was dark and