Excited to share some big news with you…plus give you the “behind the scenes” stories from our recent trip to Italy.

First, the big news…

I am thrilled to announce that we’ve booked our celebrity keynote speaker for the Child Care Success Summit 2014 in Las Vegas!Leeza Gibbons at the Child Care Success Summit

It’s LEEZA GIBBONSEmmy Award-winning star of Dancing with the Stars, Entertainment Tonight, and her own talk show. At the Summit this fall, Leeza will be inspiring us with tales of family, career, motherhood, and personal re-invention.

We also have several industry-leading child care experts speaking at the Summit, including Dennis Vicars, Gigi Schweikert, and Danny Morris. It’s going to be incredible! (To learn more about Danny, Dennis and Gigi, click here).



And second, I promised you a few photos of Devin’s and my romantic trip to Italy last week, so here they are.

Here’s a photo of the villa where we stayed. It’s called Podere Cunina and it’s located about 8 miles north of Montalcino, in the heart of Tuscany. We stayed here nearly the entire 8 days, and did little “day trips” from here. We also spent one day just relaxing by the pool.


Montalcino is a lovely and very old hill town, one of many we visited during our trip. (We also visited Montepulciano, Sienna, Volterra, Pisa, and the Chianti region). Here I am in Montalcino with the amazing Tuscan hillside in the background.


We visited many wineries, including the very first winery that started producing Brunello di Montalcino wine back in 1865 (Biondi Santi). Here’s Devin giving a hug to a wine barrel! 😉


The villa farmhouse where we stayed is owned by a local family. Their son provides cooking classes in their home, followed by a 4-course dinner that we helped make, including tiramisu! Yum! Dinner with this wonderful family was truly the highlight of our trip. Here’s son Marcello with Devin, preparing a stuffed pork dish.


Here I am with author and winemaker Ferenc Mate. His book “A Vineyard in Tuscany” is excellent, and after reading it, we just had to visit his winery and get to know him. I was thrilled to meet him, and we were even able to offer him some marketing advice. My next career – wine marketing consultant? 😉 Of course, we bought a case of his wine and had it shipped home.


Finally, the last night of our trip was spent in Pisa, where we flew in and out of. Here’s the touristy part of the trip – I’m holding up the leaning tower of Pisa. Cheesy but required. 😉 I’m the little figure in pink at the bottom of the picture.


Now we are back home but I will always remember and treasure this special trip, my very first trip to Italy. I hope there will be many more in our future. If you have any favorite memories in Italy or elsewhere in Europe that you’d like to share with me, just post in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks for reading this, and I hope you have a great rest of your week! XO

P.S. We’re starting to get booked up for the Success Summit conference, so it’s time to register if you want to guarantee a seat at this always sold-out event.
I hope to see you there. 😉