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Taking Off: Traveling with Tots Too

By Charlotte on December 2, 2014 12:42 PM | Read More

Remember how hectic holidaying with the kids was when they were very young? And now that your children have little ones of their own, you wait for that awkward moment each year when they ask you to take them off their hands so they can jet away for a week of relaxing.  

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Redneck Riviera Vacation

By Bob on July 9, 2012 2:28 AM | Read More

If you're one of the lucky ones whose 401K hasn't been reduced to a 201K, I've got a place you should check out for your next vacation: the Redneck Riviera. It's that bread-crust thin slice of Gulf Coast beach that curves from Mississippi to the Florida Panhandle.

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A Perfect Day at the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort & Spa

By Bob on April 19, 2012 6:25 AM | Read More

Charlotte and I recently visited the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa and had a wonderful time. I mean, c'mon, what's not to like?

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The Best Time to Go

By Bob on February 1, 2012 5:48 AM | Read More

I love "Rules of Thumb" - no, not the Punk Band - I'm talking about those little guidelines we all live by. Charlotte can tell you the best time to buy shoes (anytime) and I can tell you the best time to buy a TV (it's right now - the week before the Super Bowl). But, how do you know the BEST time to travel?

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A Perfect Day in Santa Fe

By Charlotte on January 26, 2011 8:00 AM | Read More

Readers of both Conte Naste Traveler and Travel & Leisure rate Sante Fe among the top five destinations in the U.S. And after a great getaway with our globetrotting friends, Jay and Becky Elder, as guides, Bob and I echo that emotion.

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Polly's Packing Pointers

By Charlotte on December 16, 2010 8:00 AM | Read More

Bob and I have traveled more this year. Since we're empty nesters with flexible schedules (there are perks to getting older!), we figure it's time to have some fun.

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Woodstock Museum

By Bob on September 16, 2010 6:48 AM | Read More

You know the old joke, "If you remember the 60's you probably weren't there". Well, dust off your love beads Boomers 'cause I've gotta deal for you.

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Affordable Private Tours

By Charlotte on August 1, 2010 1:05 PM | Read More

Bob and I are aching for an adventure. We've set our sights on Rome, Florence, Venice and maybe even the Italian countryside.

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Diabetes-Friendly Chicken Burrito Bowl

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By Laura Cipullo and Lisa Mikus, authors of Everyday Diabetes Meals
Image credit: Colin Erricson

Prepare your own Mexican quick fix with this Chipotle-inspired bowl. Carbs are moderated by filling the bowl with beans, extra veggies and chicken. No need for rice, since the beans count as carbs.


If you love tomatoes, increase the quantity to 1/2 cup, but note that the carbohydrates will also increase.

If preparing this recipe for one person, cut all of the ingredients in half. Or simply prepare the full recipe up to the end of step 2 and store leftover chicken and vegetable-bean mixture in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave on High for 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through, and continue with step 3.

Health Bite: The iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc in black beans help to keep bones strong and healthy.

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Windy City

It's been almost 18 years since Alison Krauss gave us a solo album, but the wait is over with Windy City. The release (her fifth solo studio album) features ten covers of classic songs (and some bonus tracks) she picked with producer Buddy Cannon.

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