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It is Time for a New Journey

On May 3, a new journey will begin. I have enlisted a partner to start research on a new road most traveled.  My longtime pal Sarah will be joining me to research the healthy eats along I-5 from Sacramento to Seattle and then I-90 west to Toledo, Ohio.  She is flying out from Pennsylvania and…

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April 5, 2012
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Keeping up with the Speed of Life

I hope you will excuse my absence over the last weeks. Personal life and activities with my boys’ school have monopolized my time. Since returning from Norway, I am finding the speed of life is breathtaking. Each day is full of driving to school and activities and my efforts to eat right and excersize have…

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March 20, 2012
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Finding Fresh Organic Snacks While on the Road

Finding healthy, organic snacks during a trip can prove to be challenging. Most of us that worry about this sort of thing try to pack what we need, but sometimes either you did not pack enough or you just want to get something new. I have many times resorted to the $5 pack of fruit…

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March 13, 2012
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Expanding our Culinary Repertoire

When I am traveling, whether it is on the road in the US or in another country, there is an interesting pattern that I have noticed in my food choices. If I am feeling adventurous and am having a good day, I will go for the unusual when choosing what I will eat, but if…

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March 3, 2012
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Saying Goodbye and Hello

It is always difficult to leave a place that you have called home for an amount of time. You may have had times during your stay where you were thinking all I want to do is get home to my ‘stuff’ and familiar territory but when push comes to shove, there is an attachment to…

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February 20, 2012
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For the Love of a European Breakfast

One of my greatest joys of traveling in Europe is the continental style breakfast.  Fresh made bread, cheeses, meats, cereals, pastries and excellent coffee – who could ask for more?? As a refresher, for those who are new to NtJ, my family and I have lived for the last 7 months in Svalbard, Norway.  Five…

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February 8, 2012
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Challenge 2: Reviews and Ratings

It is Challenge time!  There has been a little bit of trouble getting the message out this time around. I have been trying to put it on Twitter and FB, but have realized, the round about way, that this is the best forum to announce our news. I know, I am a bit slow, but…

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January 30, 2012
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Time – the Long and the Short of It

As we are coming to the end of our seven month stay here in Svalbard, Norway, I am realizing that the time went so fast, yet during our stay there were times when the days were crawling along. This is an interesting phenomenon that happens with time for me and I imagine many of you…

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lutefisk
January 24, 2012
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Lutefisk for All!

I have to say that I never imagined I would find myself at an event that celebrates the passion of lutefisk. On Saturday evening, I did just that. I attended the annual World International Female Arctic Lutefisklag, WIFAL, dinner. What an experience!  I knew that dinner would consist of lutefisk and that there would be…

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arctic view
January 20, 2012
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‘I didn’t know you were that far north…’

As you may remember, my family and I have been living in Svalbard, Norway for 6 months now. Our tenure here is 7 months and so that leaves us only 1 month left in this part of the arctic. Yes, Svalbard is located within the arctic circle at about 78 degrees North. I am realizing…

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