at the Romeo Santos Concert in Punta Cana
our 16 favorite Instagram pictures from summer

The Best Of: Our 16 Favorite Instagram Pictures from Summer

The life of an expat teacher returning to school can be pretty exciting. We meet the influx of new community members and melt into the embraces of the familiar friends we left in June. Bright eyed and bushy tailed, everyone is well rested and curious about each others’ summer break and thanks to Drinking the Whole Bottle’s growing Instagram gallery, many people followed along with us on ours. “I loved following all of your family’s adventures this summer,” a few have...

Redefining Failure Pinterest

Coffee Talks: Redefining Failure Starts with Me

In the last couple of days, the same message has been popping up across my screen. It has come in different words and different medias and from different people but the message is the same. Choose failure. What? Choose to fail? What kind of bull… But wait. Hear me out. What if we gave failure a big hug – welcomed it right in – and used it to help us rise instead of letting it weigh us down? What if we looked at...

Multi-Generation Family Vacation

SnapShots: A Multi-Generation Family Vacation

We often plan for family vacations but what about a multi-generation family vacation – a family vacation with not just your nuclear family but also your parents or in-laws? No. I’m not drunk or crazy talking. I’m serious. I know, I know. Planning a multi-generation family vacation could be tricky for many reasons: blending personalities, combining interests, limiting your thoughts of karate chops to the throat to once a day, and finding a place to go that works for kids, parents, and grandparents....

roots and vines

Made of Root and Vine

When a tree is planted, its roots grab on to the soil beneath and it begins carving its new home. Each day it digs in further; slowly and securely spreading its roots deeper. With each inch it becomes further invested in that space. The tree soaks up its surroundings. It makes its home and settles in the ground below. Here, it is nourished. It finds comfort here and grows here, and will grow here for generations to come… if you let it. I was a tree –...

Drinking the Whole Bottle Giveaway

The First Ever Drinking the Whole Bottle Giveaway!

GIVEAWAY FUN! We have a lot to celebrate on Drinking the Whole Bottle, so pop open a bubbly, bitches. This week DTWB reached OVER 1200 LIKES on Facebook, not to mention over 750 followers on  Instagram, and over 600 followers on Bloglovin’, so we’re hosting a Drinking the Whole Bottle GIVEAWAY to share our love with the readers, supporters, and communities that make that possible. ...

celebrating our anniversary bike riding in new york city

One Key For a Happy Marriage: Nothing Gets Old

On every visit home to New Jersey, Husband and I try to get into NYC at least a couple of times. Sometimes we take the train in, sometimes we drive in. Sometimes we take the kids, sometimes we go alone. We’ve explored and been to the city in so many ways we could write a Dr. Seuss book: I like New York on foot. I like New York by train. I like New York in sun, or snow, or rain. I...

Spring Street Cocktail Cruise

Truth be told, I planned our whole 3 generation family vacation around visiting Charleston. Scheduling my parents’ time share at Myrtle Beach this year instead of Orlando was to get me closer to the historic city that I’ve wanted to check out for over a decade. We were expecting lots of charm and grandiose southern homes. We were expecting a big history lesson as Charleston’s history is long and diverse, being the biggest player in the South from the colonial era to...