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THE END OF OUR ROPE

by Carmel January 14, 2015

I’m 34 years old and my husband and I are living with my mom. This is definitely not where I thought I’d be at this age. Don’t get me wrong – I am so incredibly appreciative of my mom for letting us stay with her and making it as comfortable and fun as she possibly […]

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5 THINGS I LEARNED FROM RUNNING (ALMOST) EVERY DAY

by Carmel January 8, 2015

Last month I told you about a challenge I was taking part of for the month of December called the Marcothon. The challenge was simple – run 25 minutes or 3 miles, whichever came first, every day in December. I ended up falling short due to two illnesses – one whiskey-related, the other sinus-related. I […]

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MERRY CHRISTMAS! THIS IS YOUR CHRISTMAS CARD

by Carmel December 24, 2014

Christmas in Cambodia was planned and anticipated for so long, it feels like it couldn’t possibly be a year ago that we were enjoying an unusual Christmas abroad with some of my extended family. The contrast between SE Asian climate and Christmas traditions But here we are – nearly 5 months back from our journeys […]

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BODY BEFORE BABY

by Carmel December 17, 2014

There are a million articles about body after baby. How to get back to your old size. You can’t avoid the many (many) articles and pictures of celebrities who are getting rid of their unwanted baby weight mere weeks after giving birth. What about before? I read an article about how important health, weight and […]

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EVERY DAY IS A JOURNEY

by Carmel December 11, 2014

It took 295 days to get here. The last day. The day we flew back to the United States. It wasn’t our final destination on our round-the-world travels, but there was some finality to it being our last international stop. From that day forward, we’d be staying with friends and family – no more booking […]

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THERE’S A FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING

by Carmel December 9, 2014

It took until our final stop on our world travels to finally try couchsurfing. And it really wasn’t even couchsurfing – we were paying Gustavo. We found his room for rent on Airbnb. Perusing hotels and rentals online, we kept feeling overwhelmed with the prices we were seeing in Lisbon and the less-than-stellar reviews they […]

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REVISITING AN OLD PREJUDICE

by Carmel November 25, 2014

I’ve never liked Madrid very much. As much as I love big cities and art museums, Madrid has just never done it for me. It felt like fake Spain. There are nods to Spanish life and culture, but overall, it seemed like the closest thing to an American city Spain has to offer and I […]

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THREE WEEKS LATER, WE FINALLY SEE THE CITY

by Carmel November 19, 2014

Up until the Féria of Corpus Christi, we had a pretty steady routine of coffee, groceries, writing, exercise (me), lunch, reading (me), nap (Shawn), and merienda while watching Veronica Mars. It wasn’t a glamorous life, but it was a good one. It finally took this festival and a visit from my aunt and cousin to […]

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AMERICA – YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG

by Carmel November 6, 2014

My cousin’s friend Aida, a Spanish friend of hers we met in Australia, messaged me her phone number to meet up once she got settled in Granada. She had just moved back from Australia and we jumped at the opportunity to hang out again with this amazingly spirited and interesting gal again. She called me […]

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THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR

by Carmel October 30, 2014

I know Christmas gets all the attention and hype. It’s “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” according to some, but for the Montgomery family, we’re all about autumn. We were engaged in autumn, we were married in autumn, we had our first kiss in autumn. It’s just the best. Changing colors, leaves on the […]

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