Month: August 2009

“My European Adventure, Part 1,” Hybrid Mom Blog, August 27, 2009

My European Adventure…Part 1 Thursday, August 27th, 2009 As my daughter Katie and I set out on our European adventure, it dawned on me that it had been 30 years since I had been there.  After high school my friend Carrie and I worked for 6 months, saved as much money as we could and traveled all over the place for 5 months.  We tried to go to a big city and a small town in as many countries as possible – what an experience.   At the time, at the ripe old age of seventeen, I thought, “I should do it now before I have a family and career and won’t be able to get away.”  Apparently that proved to be true.  How could it have been 30 years?  I am baffled…. As the days before our departure approached we really started to get excited.   We decided to take just carry-on luggage and travel light.  This has never been a problem for Katie – to my amazement she has always been the girl who throws a few items in a shoulder bag and goes.   We didn’t take blow dryers or anything cumbersome.   Mostly summer dresses and sandals, and of course the best traveler…a pashmina.  It can be so many things – a wrap, a blanket, a pillow, a scarf, you name it – incredibly handy to have.   Just to start things off, we...

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“Making Your House A Home with Collections,” Hybrid Mom Blog, August 20, 2009

Making Your House A Home With Collections By Mary Beth Evans August 20, 2009 I have always taken great pride in making my home warm and inviting; a place where friends and family can come and feel as comfortable and welcomed as if it were their own and I think I have been able to accomplish that.  I live in a neighborhood in southern California where TV and films are often shot in the houses.  The scouts who come through our home, who often are going from house to house, always comment on the fact that ours feels the most personal, homey and above all incredibly welcoming.  I have found that the way you decorate your house has a lot to do with the way you and others feel inside of it, so many years ago I began collecting an array of items to decorate my house and make it into a home.  The skill of assembling art collections doesn’t have to be for professionals only.  It started for me with something as simple as photos of my children.  I didn’t have the money for beautiful oil paintings and I didn’t want to hang framed posters any more.  So I looked around for nice frames.  Mostly I looked for carved wood frames or frames with shells or other natural embellishments, even if they were a tad pricier.  I like frames...

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“Taking Time Out For Yourself,” Hybrid Mom Online

Taking the Time Out For Yourself Written By: Mary Beth Evans I’m often asked how I like to unwind after a busy day or what I do to escape from the day to day hustle and bustle. I tend to push myself to the limit but anyone who knows me knows I am happiest when I am busy and productive. So sitting back and relaxing just doesn’t do it for me. I do think that it is important to take time away from the daily grind and do things you take pleasure in. There are many things I enjoy that keep me busy while helping me de-stress. Time with my kids Now that summer is here and the kids are around more I like to spend time doing things with them. My daughter just finished her first year of college and has worked so hard. Now that she is a young woman, I thought I would splurge and take her to a spa. It seems so grown up and just us gals, although I know her two brothers will be jealous! The other thing we plan to do this summer is take some cooking classes together. We have some in our town, but it would be so much fun to go away for a weekend somewhere and take the classes, hike and dine together. It is such sweet time...

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