a long winter + Valentine’s Day cookies

January 22, 2014 |  Category:   life the biz



Seems like once January hits we’re just buying time till Spring comes, particularly this Winter, the coldest we’ve had in years. It’s downright frigid outside, this Polar Vortex thing we’re having. A few upcoming family birthdays brighten up the next few weeks, but we have to look a little further into the year for the next big thing to break up the days from the repetition of school and work since we’re not going on a February break vacation like we did the past 2 years. Hard to believe that it was already a year ago that we went to Disney – did that really happen? Didn’t realize how much that little bit of winter travel makes the season bearable.


I want to travel more. So much. It’s ironic how we’ve crafted our lives to be as flexible as possible in a day-to-day context, but the business ends up really grounding us here. Now that we’ve put Hawaii on our schedule for next year (one of the reasons why we’re staying put for awhile – gotta save the dollars!), I think about where we should go next. Iceland, I think. I want to see something new, a landscape I’ve never seen before. Might be a few years away, but the girls will be older which might be good for a trip like that. But really, there are so many places to go and dream about. Where are you dreaming of?


P.S. Our Little Box of Valentine Cookies are back in the shop. Those Meyer Lemon Rosemary Cookies are like little bites of summer.

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  • sylvï January 22, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    lemon + rosemary is one of those matches made in heaven, i make my own table salt with them but haven’t ventured into sweet things yet.

    i dream of different landscapes, too. i want to experience a desert, a proper mountain and the pacific ocean, for example. my biggest dream, though, is a different frame of mind where i am brave enough to be an explorer and just head on out into the world.

  • Misha January 22, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    mmm, those cookies sound lovely.

    i have the urge to travel too. i’d like to lose myself in some place unknown (to me). i’d like to feel caught up with myself. if i could be somewhere, i’d choose a place in patagonia or the canadian rockies. it’s certainly the time to dream of different landscapes. stay warm..

  • Nancy January 22, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Definitely, definitely go to Iceland! The last time I went, I did a glacier hike and it was incredible. The guide did say kids should be 8 or older if they do it. Otherwise, Iceland is so family-friendly and it’s very easy to get around by car. You can rent an apartment, stay for a week and cover a lot of ground. The Blue Lagoon is awesome–the girls will love it.

    • Jenna January 24, 2014 at 11:18 am

      Yes, I’m thinking the year after next. The girls will be 12 and 9. Seems perfect.

  • Colleen K January 23, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Growing up in Hawaii I couldn’t wait to leave for college and to get off the rock in the middle of the ocean. But now that my husband and I have a small child, we love going to visit my parents in Honolulu. We let them take our daughter to the beach while we circle around the island trying all of the shave ice places. (I think we ate shave ice 9 times on our last 7 day visit…Hah.)

    Since Hawaii equates to family time rather than a vacation locale for us, we are saving our money for a trip to Bhutan – which will hopefully happen in the next few years. I’d also love to visit Patagonia. That being said, with the reality of daycare/pre-school costs I think “few years” might be more like 5 or 7, if we’re lucky.

    • Jenna January 23, 2014 at 1:40 pm

      I totally know what you mean colleen. We didn’t travel much when the girls were younger and we had preschool and PT nanny costs. We only recently started traveling a bit more once the youngest entered kindergarten and it freed up a bit of our budget. Our yearly Seattle trips, which started 5 years ago are also family trips so aside from airfare, it doesn’t cost us very much to go there. We do love it there, but since we are there every year we make sure we do some traveling within the trip. We have family ties to hawaii, so it will be really nice to go back.

  • Jolene January 23, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    I always itch to travel this time of year! It’s been a while now but we are going to Iceland in March – I am so excited! We are going with a 3 an 4 year old. No huge hike for us but hopefully everything else:)

    • Jenna January 24, 2014 at 11:19 am

      Have fun! You’ll have to let me know how your trip turns out. I have friends who went a few years ago with their toddler and it looked like they had a great time.

  • Lauren S January 24, 2014 at 12:36 am

    Went to Iceland last fall – fantastic!!! Icelandair has great deals on its website for various all inclusive trips. Flight from NYC would be 4 hours nonstop.

    In the summer, many Icelanders travel around the island in campers (lots of geysirs in which to swim) and there is no darkness. Any other time of year for the Aurora.

    Kids: The public pools are great for families – very cheap, all the water is from the geysirs (so you can swim outside in the cold), and the big one downtown R has an awesome slide!

    Food: about 20% more expensive if you count that tip is like Europe in that you round up (locals pay almost nothing for energy/heat, so this isn’t so big a deal if you live there).

    • Jenna January 24, 2014 at 11:19 am

      Thanks for the tips Lauren!

  • lulu January 24, 2014 at 11:02 am

    I never ever at any time think of Iceland when i dream of travels and seeing the world. Then my friend married and moved to Iceland. Suddenly i see Iceland everywhere, Icelandic cod, Groupon had a trip to Iceland special just last week, a documentary that talked about the geography of Iceland etc, and now you mention Iceland. Weird. Its like when you are pregnant suddenly you feel everybody is pregnant too. In case you are interested, the special i saw on Groupon was , i think, $999 round trip ticket with hotel and sightseeing tours for 4 days.

    • Jenna January 24, 2014 at 11:20 am

      Thanks for that groupon tip Lulu. But I think we won’t be able to go for a few years yet.

  • Heba Eir January 25, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Hi! Thought I´d leave a comment for the first time just because I’m Icelandic. You should definitely visit in the summertime. Light 24/7 and some truly amazing things to see. :)

    I really enjoy your blog.

    Bestu kveðjur.

  • Elyssa January 26, 2014 at 8:26 am

    First of all, I love your blog. Secondly, a few years ago my family decided that we wanted to travel more on our limited budget. We started doing home exchanges to save money. We live in PS, Brooklyn and get offers for exchanges on a daily basis, with the highest volume from Paris. We have done 4 exchanges and the most recent one was with a family in Reyjavik in August of last year. Iceland is amazing, though it was unseasonably cold and rainy when we visited. We made the best of it and being in The Blue Lagoon and the local geothermal pools helped.