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Society is opening and people are resuming long overdue vacations. This is great news! I recently posted some tips on making your travels successful, but let’s focus on dos and don’ts of traveling with friends.


1. Boundaries: When traveling with others, set guidelines, boundaries, and expectations before leaving town. If you know you and your husband want one night to yourselves, express this up front. If a quiet breakfast in bed is necessary to start your day, see if this fits with the group’s schedule. 

The world is opening, and it is time to celebrate! One of the first things people are doing as they exercise their recaptured freedom is heading out of town to new destinations. I thought a few refresher tips on travel might be good for all of us.

Walking into the room, my husband pauses in front of the TV. Turning to me with a spoiler alert about my favorite Hallmark movie he says, “Hey Lisa…they get married.” And you know what? He’s right! The girl found her prince charming, and the couple has a happy ending, every time.

How many mornings have we left home in a state of utter chaos? Breakfast was late, children were crying, and we hurriedly throw on clothes from the night before only to realize how wrinkled we look. This mad dash makes for an unpleasant parting from our family and it is usually caused by a disorganized approach to our routine. So much of the bedlam we experience at the beginning of the day can be avoided if we are willing to implement a few tasks the night before.

The mamor (mother-in-law) and damor (daughter-in-law) relationship is meant to be beautiful and strong. In parts 1 and 2 of our series we learned why women in these roles might have certain feelings in their new family dynamics. Once we learned the “why” we then explored practical steps we can take to strengthen these special bonds. As we bring our series to a close, I want to impart some words of wisdom we all need to hear, and be reminded of, to ensure we create a healthy, life-long bond between the mamor/damor.

In part one of our series on the mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationship we learned why the women who find themselves in these roles often experience emotions ranging from pure joy to hurt and sadness. Once we discovered the answers, our understanding of this special relationship came into focus. We had an “aha” moment which makes our path forward easier to navigate.

Do you remember the movie Monster-in-Law? It starred Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda in a romantic comedy centered around the tumultuous relationship between a bride and her future mother-in-law. If you have not seen it, you should. It will keep you laughing but, sadly, may hit closer to home than you would like to admit.

As Texas plunged into single digits with multiple days of a windchill below freezing, millions found themselves stranded with no power or water. Living along the Gulf Coast we have weathered hurricanes and endured power outages for much longer periods, but somehow this seemed different. Maybe for those of us close to the shoreline it was the unusual sight of snow we experienced as opposed to the natural disasters we usually face that arrive with rain, wind, and sweltering heat.

Our son and daughter (in law) were finally able to take a long-overdue honeymoon to St. Lucia in December. Cecelia interned one summer for a travel agent so naturally called the company to book their trip. What an incredible experience they had, and I was reminded WHY using a travel agent is worth the expense. Fees range depending on the service, but most charge between $300-350 to plan a vacation somewhere in the Caribbean Islands. 

Q: I will be a new mom soon, and I have been preparing for life “after” a newborn. There is a lot of information on raising babies, and how dads can support mom, but I cannot find much on how moms can support dads. A lot of my mental preparation has been around my marriage. Specific questions: How do I preserve my marriage? How do we embrace the changes? How do I maintain my husband as a priority when we have a tiny human demanding everything? How can I help my husband bond with our new child?

Want to set your children up for success? Then look no further than the habits of successful people you know, whether that be in the corporate world, media, or within your own circle of friends. Experts agree that there are certain common traits all successful people possess. This is great news because it means we can emulate those leaders that have come before us. 

Many of us grew up learning multitasking was a hallmark of a productive person. While sounding good in theory, this practice has proven to be incorrect. Studies now reveal that multitasking is nothing more than switching back and forth between tasks and it lowers our productivity. Below are 5 points that deal with the facts behind project hopping and the lack of performance that occurs when we allow seemingly innocuous interruptions to occur in daily life.

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Key Lime Mousse with Mango Salad and Cream Taste Test

Happy Foodie Friday! These recipes come courtesy of Penny and Eleazar Martinez.

Each of our Taste Test Reviews comes with the original recipe and the tester's notes/changes listed with the ingredient list in blue. We hope you enjoy!

This dessert may be my favorite I have ever made. The key lime throws a tart punch into the dish that pairs beautifully with the sweetness of the mango. The lime zest added a tasty pop to each bite and when I make this recipe again I will add even more zest. Though I love sweet things, after tasting the mousse base, I forwent adding honey to the mangos in the third step as it would have made the dish too sweet for my liking. If you are serving these at a party I would recommend adding a little bit of honey drizzled over the top with a sprig of fresh mint for the presentation. Overall this dessert was refreshing and tangy while still feeling decadent. All in all, a fantastic dish!

Key Lime Mousse with Mango Salad and Cre
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Makes 2 servings

Cook Time: 2 hours and 45 minutes (must chill mousse for 2 hours)

Cost: $10

Ingredients for the mousse:

*1 15 ounce can sweetened condensed milk

*1/2 cup keylime juice

*1 teaspoon gelatine (1/2 an envelope)

*1 cup heavy whipping cream

*2 tablespoons sugar

Ingredients for the graham crumbs:

*1 cup crushed vanilla wafers (or graham crackers)

*1/4 cup melted butter

Ingredients for the mango salad:

*1 mango

*1/4 teaspoon key lime zest

*1 teaspoon honey

Ingredients for the whipped cream:

*1/2 quart heavy whipping cream

*2 tablespoons corn syrup

Preparation for the mouse:

*Soak gelatin in 1/8 cup cool water for 5 minutes.

*Heat sweetened condensed milk and sugar on stove top until it reaches a gentle simmer.

*Add gelatin to heated milk and whisk until combined.

*Add key lime juice to milk/gelatin mix.

*Whisk heavy whipping cream into the other ingredients.

*Place entire mixture into a metal bowl and place in refrigerator to chill for 2 hours.

Preparation for the graham crumbs

*Put graham crumbs in a bowl.

*Melt butter and pour into graham crumbs.

*Toss butter and graham crumbs until it looks like wet sand.

*Set aside to use as garnish.

Preparation for the mango:

*Chop mango into 1/4 inch pieces or smaller and toss with honey and lime zest.

*Set aside.

Preparation for the whipped cream:

*Whip heavy whipping cream and corn syrup to soft peaks.

Assembling the dessert:

*Fill glasses a third of the way up with key lime mousse. Any glass that’s 4-5 ounces will work.

*Place a spoonful of whipped cream on mousse.

*Add a spoonful of mango salad.

*Sprinkle graham crumbs on top of whipped cream.

Recipe and Taste Tester - Alina Gersib

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