Category Archives: General Travel

Happy Mother’s Day Weekend

Wishing all the mamas out there a very special Mother’s Day!

And an additional “shout out” to everyone who is helping to raise my kiddos. It truly takes a village, and I certainly couldn’t do it without mine!

As a mom, I feel like I’m almost always the one behind the camera. But I LOVE this picture my husband captured of me and the kids watching an Anna Maria Island sunset!
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Kentucky Derby Day

Happy Kentucky Derby Day!

In honor of the Kentucky Derby, I wanted to post a throwback to my daughter’s first time on a horse. During a trip to Galena, Illinois we attended a rodeo and they were offering rides for the kids. Such fun memories from that evening! We love trying new experiences when we travel!

Enjoy watching the Derby today!

Which horse are you betting on?

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What Is A Travel Ring? And Do You Need One?

In the last two months I’ve spent more time than ever in jewelry stores. Trust me when I say, it’s not my favorite place to hang out. Because I’m not really a jewelry loving girl, I can think of a million other ways I’d rather spend my money! Nevertheless, my time in the jewelry stores was necessary because of my engagement/wedding ring setting. Long story short, I reset my ring.

Prior to commissioning the job, my husband and I spent time with several jewelers in the area. Besides shopping the price, we also evaluated the quality of work and personality of jeweler. The experience was tedious, but necessary. At one point the topic of work came up and I mentioned writing about travel. The Russian jeweler immediately reacted and said:

“Oh, that’s fantastic. Do you have a travel rig?”

Thinking the question was both odd and insightful (but chalking it up to the slight language barrier), I replied “No, just a car. But we’re hoping to get an RV in the next year or two.”

Crickets. The silence stretched for what felt like forever. Finally the awkwardness of the situation forced me to say “wait, what did you ask?”

Gesturing to the display cases he repeated “A rig. Do you have a travel RING?”

Oh. Feeling ridiculous for my initial response I attempted to play it off. As I stumbled over a new answer, I realized I still didn’t have a clue what he was talking about. He finally explained that very often people purchase a ring specifically for travel. The idea is to eliminate the risk involved with a “real” ring.

Skeptical, I tried to imagine the practicality of this purchase. Theoretically most people should have insurance on their ring. In fact, was the likelihood of having your ring stolen or  lost when traveling actually higher than everyday? However, I suppose certain travel might be more risky with a real ring. Since I neither participate in extreme activities or travel in extremely unsafe areas I dismissed the concept.

I walked out of that jewelry store feeling like I’d sidestepped a sales job. Clearly that man had been attempting to sell me an impractical and unnecessary piece of jewelry.

Several weeks later I went in to pick up my newly set ring and the gentleman revisited our conversation. He asked “have you thought any more about getting a travel ring?” I brushed him off with a laugh saying “I’ll let you know when I do.”

Later that day as I sat in carline waiting on my son I decided to google “travel ring” just to see if it were even a thing. And I was floored. Apparently it is! Who knew?

It’s pretty hard to tell which is a travel ring and which ones are real!

I sat there reading article after article about the concept. Though I haven’t yet purchased one myself, I’m slightly more sold on the idea than when it was originally introduced to me. In case the concept is as foreign to you as it was to me, here are a couple of articles:

Fake Engagement Rings To Wear When You Travel

Why We Leave Our Rings At Home When Traveling

So what do you think? Practical or unnecessary? Do you have one or would you consider getting one? 

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