Traveling Mamas

Inspiring you to explore our world

  • The Bucket List, a movie starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, opens in theaters nationwide today. The premise of the movie got me to thinking about MY Bucket List.

    When I was in high school, I made a list of all the places I wanted to see and all the things I wanted to do. I wrote that I would NEVER have children (ha!), I would be a musician performing on stage (was halfway there), and I would be rich enough to see the world (yeah,right). X, X, and X on those items. However, being a travel expert may not make me wealthy in liquid assets, but it sure has brought me riches in other ways.

    I am very fortunate to be a TravelingMama, and to have taken hang-gliding lessons, jumped off of a building, traveled to a foreign land (alone!), and just made such wonderful friends all over the globe. And half the time my kiddos get to go along, too.

    Gosh, now I need to make a new Bucket List. What’s on yours? Oh, and if you get a chance to see the movie, let me know how it is.

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  • One of my favorite online stores,, is conducting its unique “Success Is in the Bag” handbag recycling program — which collects ‘gently owned’ handbags from across the country, donating them to women in sponsored upward mobility programs.

    So far, has donated more than 1,000 handbags. I think I’ll go through my closet and do a bit of spring cleaning to send a few bags their way and then order some new travel items with the merchandise-credit for donating. Woohoo! I already have some of their crazy-cool luggage tags hanging on my suitcase (Thanks, Freda!) Maybe I’ll get one of those weekender bags that all the celebrities carry.

    To donate handbags: Mail new or gently used handbags with your name and email address to: FredaLA.COM (Attn: La Posada) 9903 Santa Monica Blvd #349 Beverly Hills, CA 90212. You may donate as many bags as you like; however, you will be sent a maximum of three (3) $20 merchandise-credit Gift Donation Codes per household. Gift Donation Codes will be sent via email or regular mail. Gift codes have no cash value, may not be combined with other Gift Donation Codes, free shipping or other promotions. Bags collected through the program are donated to the female residents of shelters and transitional homes, including but not limited to New Economics for Women’s transitional homes for pregnant teenage mothers, such as La Posada in Los Angeles. FredaLA.COM can not cover the cost of shipping. Please allow 4-8 weeks for processing of your donation and receipt of your Gift Donation Codes. or (888) 987-5678.

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