Penney Lane….the road to fit travel, healthy flavors, and family fun.
You can email her at [email protected] for partnership inquiries, questions, or post ideas.
Hi! I am a country girl who married her soul mate all the way from Ireland in 2005 (Thank you Match!). We are now raising two beautiful children welcomed in 2010 and 2011 just outside of Houston, Texas in our dream home that we built in 2015. I am a former accountant with a degree in International Business Management. We made the decision for me to leave the corporate world when Ethan was born in 2010.
Over the years since, I’ve went from spreadsheets to Scout Mom and At Home Travel Writer and Home Cook. I love the beautiful turn this life has taken. I started Penney Lane in 2011 to share my passions for travel and cooking. Over the last year the recipes have gotten a lot lighter and some of the travel posts include being more active. Our family has made a commitment to both financial and physical fitness. I have lost 45 pounds and counting and we have paid off 4 credit cards, 1 student loan, a set of phones, and a van this year while continuing to travel. Penney Lane has become where I share our road to fit travel, healthy flavors, financial wellness and family fun.
Meet the Other Folks At Penney Lane:
Ian (here at our vow renewal in Cancun), affectionately known as the Irishman is originally from Northern Ireland went to university in Edinburgh, Scotland and has been working in the US as an engineer since 2001. Calm and steady and the perfect balance to my more free spirited personality I couldn’t have picked a better person to do life with and be a dad to my kids. The golf course and the beach are his happy places.
Ethan born in 2010, the one who made me a mommy is mythird grader who loves video games, being a Scout (and doesn’t seem to mind old Mom as his leader) and science. He has the biggest heart and the most infectious smile and laugh. Ethan has ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder but that doesn’t stop him from being an incredible kid who is a joy to be around. He is in the gifted program at school and I know he’s going to do great things.
And last but certainly not least, Caitlin my sweet little redhead born in 2011 and first grader. (How did that happen??). You wouldn’t know it now but Caitlin used to be quite shy but in the last year or so this little butterfly has come out of her cocoon. She is my little adventurer and outdoors girl. You can find her swinging or jumping on the trampoline. She is a clever girl who loves to read and craft and a lover of all things Disney as shown by us recreating Ariel in the Little Mermaid Rooms on one of our frequent trips to Walt Disney World.
Why We Travel
I discovered my own love of travel in the back of a Jeep Wagoneer as a kid riding across Texas to visit Big Bend National Park with my grandparents. We began introducing our children to travel when my son was 3 years old. We’ve been across the US, to Disney, to Jamaica, Ireland and more the last 4 years. I believe kids learn best by experiencing. I want to fill them up with memories of beautiful and interesting places, cultures, experiences with people different from themselves and trying new things as much as I can in the 940 weekends and 18 summers I have with them before I let them fly. We’ve recently added Tin Gypsy to our family. She’s a travel trailer and we can’t wait to see even more places as we travel with her.
Let’s Get Cooking
Along with travel, my other passion is cooking. I completed a culinary certification (in action at cooking school below) that was a culmination of a love that started when I was helping my mama cook while standing on a chair as a kid not tall enough to reach the stove. My recipes are delicious but simple. My goal with sharing recipes is to show busy homecooks like me that delicious doesn’t have to be hard. In the last year or so, the recipes have become lighter as we’ve made the change to a healthy lifestyle and I lost the 45 pounds and my husband has lost 20.The dishes are no less flavorful. The old recipes are still here too, because I’m learning life is about balance.
I thank you for stopping by. I hope it will be the first of many visits as you discover places to visit with your family, a delicious recipe they will love, or a fun activity to do together. I am an email away to answer questions or make a request if there’s a topic you’d like to see me cover.
You can reach me anytime at [email protected] My mission with Penney Lane is for it to be a platform where a trusted friend shares stories for a laugh or to make others feel less alone in their journey and useful information to an audience she cares about. At times, the useful information can be a destination or activity for families or a quality brand. If you’d like to discuss a partnership please send me an email. Previous partnerships include Branson CVB, Beaches, Resorts, Costco, and Johnsonville Sausage.