honeymoon highlights.

(all photos are personal pics)

Just some of my favorite nature pics from our honeymoon. We spent 2 weeks in Kauai, Maui and on the Big Island. It was a fabulous time but we’re happy to be back home 🙂


Aloha from Maui!  The hubby and I are having a wonderful time on our honeymoon.  It’s not hard to imagine why when we get to see gorgeous sunsets like the one we had tonight (pictured above) from the privacy of our balcony every evening 🙂

road trip: day 2

We’re in Tucumcari, New Mexico…so close to AZ yet so far away! We plan on getting up extra early tomorrow and as long as I can keep up the same pace with driving, we should arrive at our new home tomorrow evening. I can’t wait!

road trip: day 1

Howdy from Emporia, Kansas! We drove 9.5 hours today on our way to Arizona (check out the map above to see the path we’ve traveled so far). Random fact that I learned today: At one time it was against the law to serve ice cream on cherry pie in Kansas. Ciao!

hide your kids: krampus is coming!





(personal photo from a Krampus mask stand at Karlsplatz)

Christmas time is often referred to as “the most wonderful time of the year.”  However, in Austria (and other parts of Europe), the holiday season would not be complete without a creepy and scary tradition known as Krampustag.  Krampus is a mythical figure that resembles the devil or some other demon that accompanies St. Nicholas to punish ill-behaved children.  Just take a look at some of the pics above and you”ll realize that Krampus does not mess around.  Scary, right?!  Many villages and small towns still celebrate this dark custom with adults dressing as demons and traveling through streets with torches, whips and chains.  My fiancé’s mom says she still has nightmares about this holiday tradition and it’s easy to understand why!  You can read more about the holiday here and here.

Want to celebrate Krampus day in a less scary way this year?

(send postcards  to family and friends)

(bring cake pops by Karin D. to your next holiday party)

he asked…i said yes!

(image by jetsetbarbie)

I’m back from vacation with exciting news- The Austrian and I are engaged!  He popped the question during a surprise trip to Las Vegas in what has to be the most unique propsal story ever…Full post about it coming soon! Right now it’s back to work (while daydreaming about the wedding) 😉

on vacation.

I’m sorry for being m.i.a. but I was in NYC for 3 fabulous days and I’m currently in Illinois visiting my family.  Until I have time to properly update, please enjoy a couple of pics from our tour of the Statue of Liberty 🙂

(all images by jetsetbarbie)

Turkey- June 2011

I spent an amazing week in Turkey with the bf and his family.  We stayed at the Robinson Club Pamfilya, an all inclusive resort that was absolutely wonderful.  I’d highly recommend it for anyone traveling as a family with kids.

vegas baby.

I’m off to Vegas in the morning- cant wait!  Have a great weekend everyone! I’m sure I’ll have lots to share upon my return 🙂

bella roma

(image by jetsetbarbie)

The Colosseum at night…breathtaking, isnt it?  More pics to come…