Vintage Inspired Travel Wear & Accessories – 50% Off at Mod Cloth

Travel Accessories Scarves

I'm on the prowl for huge sales on travel wear. As of Friday Dec 20th, Mod Cloth has 100's of items 50% off. If you spend $100 you will get free EXPRESS shipping and will receive your package before Christmas; today is your last chance. They have a stylish and colorful selection of vintage inspired items; really good quality and made in the USA. This sale is a great time to dive in and check it out. I chose my favorite items Read More

Champagne Brunch Cruise in Marina Del Rey for a Great Discount

champagne cruise marina del rey

I had the chance to experience the Champagne Brunch Cruise hosted by Hornblower Cruises at the Marina Del Rey Harbor in California.  It was pretty great, and I found a great discount too, so I wanted to share! The Champagne Brunch is held aboard one of their luxury yachts every Sunday of the year. It offers a few hours escape from the traffic and chaos that is Los Angeles. You'll have a very well-prepared brunch buffet Read More

Kitchen Additions to Make Cooking & Baking More Fun

Cute Ceramic Owl Measuring cup Set

We are inspired by the foods and flavors experienced when we venture abroad, whether it's across an ocean or across the street. For me, it's all about continuing to learn to cook at home. Here are some great some great kitchen additions which contribute to the fun of it. When I saw these items at the World Market, I couldn't get enough. And what a great gift to encourage someone you love to keep trying new things in the Read More

Can a Song without Words Speak to You?

the forest in Autumn

This holiday I am reminded that I am not only thankful for every person in my life, and I am thankful for music which reminds me of all the experiences that have brought me to this day... so I wanted to share this story. It was my first trip to England and and I was traveling solo. I had the pleasure of staying with a good friend who had been living there about a year. She shared with me the difficulties of relocating and Read More

Coastal Oregon – The Road Less Traveled

Netarts Oregon Coast Road Trip Sunset Silhouette

West Coast Road Trip (continued)  We had reached the destination of our road trip (Portland, Oregon) and the journey home was imminent. Normally when heading home from anywhere I start thinking about all the things I need to get done back home... but not this time. Though we would be home in mere days I knew there were still exciting adventures ahead in coastal Oregon. The truth is, at every stop on this road trip I saw Read More

Multnomah Falls – A Natural Wonder

Lower Waterfall Multnomah Falls Bridge Portland Road Trip

West Coast Road Trip (continued) Just 35 minutes to the east from Portland, you don't want to miss Multnomah Falls. It's a breathtaking, dramatic waterfall on the Columbia River Gorge. It is the second tallest year-round waterfall in the United States, at a total height of 620 ft (or 189 meters). The source of the water is underground springs from Larch Mountain, augmented by melting snow and rainwater throughout the Read More

Homemade Limoncello is a Success!


I found out a few years ago that my family has a recipe for making Limoncello. I recently took the plunge and made my first batch. After 60 days in the making I'm very happy it was a success! My limoncello has gotten rave reviews from all who have tried it; it even won a taste test against fancy store-bought limoncello!  I am sharing the recipe here because it's a fun and yummy project.  Limoncello is an Italian lemon Read More

Portland’s Got The Hip Tracks

Portland_Oregon_Jackpot Records

West Coast Road Trip (continued) Wandering around downtown Portland I came across the most colorful music store I've ever seen: Jackpot Records. They are an independent music store with a wide variety of new and used CDs and Vinyl Records. Some locals say it's the best in the city.  While it is somewhat small, it definitely packs a punch. They have listening kiosks where I found several things I'd never heard before. Read More

Where to Stay when Visiting Portland

Camas Hotel Exterior

West Coast Road Trip (continued) This one I had not planned. We finally arrived in Portland after over a week of road tripping from Los Angeles, and I hadn't booked a hotel assuming there would be tons of options in downtown Portland. As it happens, weekends get booked up quick leaving you stuck with only high priced rooms. Searching for other options, I came across the Camas Hotel. The description said "Romantic Read More

The Unexpected Cognac, France

Cognac_France_cobblestone st 2

I left Bordeaux that morning and had a full day ahead of me with my teeny tiny SmartCar rental (the only automatic car they had, which by the way, was the most expensive thing on the entire trip). With no agenda in sight I hit the freeway and eventually saw a sign for the town of Cognac. I'm thinking, wait, Cognac? As in the drinking spirit Cognac? I parked at the flower-lined river and walked into the Tourism Office. How Read More