The Jewel of Central Oregon – Crater Lake

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West Coast Road Trip (continued)   On my road trip from Los Angeles to Portland Oregon, Crater Lake wasn't exactly on the way but I heard it was not to be missed. Never were truer words stated. Knowing nothing about Crater Lake before I got there, I truly didn't know what to expect. Traveling up 2000 feet on snowy mountains in the middle of July is the last thing I expected. I was like a giddy 6 year old seeing the Read More

Oregon Cows are Happy Cows – West Coast Road Trip


West Coast Road Trip (continued) Continuing in this series of a west coast road trip, we headed north and crossed the California / Oregon border, two things were completely evident:  Oregon cows are very happy cows, and  the sky is definitely different in Oregon. No question about it.  Check out the view these cows have, not to mention all the open space. So spoiled! The white of the clouds and the blue of the sky Read More

West Coast Road Trip Begins: Napa Valley

Lavender Fields at the Robert Sinskey Winery on the Silverado Trail in Napa, California.

Lavender Fields at the Robert Sinskey Winery on the Silverado Trail in Napa, California. Recently we went on a road trip from Los Angeles to Portland, Oregon and I wanted to share some of the awesome and unexpected gems along the way. The agenda was to stick to the Highway 5 North until Portland, with a detour to Crater Lake, and come back down to LA along the Pacific Coast.  First Stop: Napa, California! For Read More

Cool ways to Display your FREE Photo Prints


Shutterfly is offering 101 Free Prints for the Labor Day weekend. Go online (click here) between Tuesday 8/3 and Wednesday 8/4 and print your fun summer shots using promo code FREEPRINTS. Thought you might enjoy some inspiration for displaying (and enjoying!) your free photos. Check out these interesting and creative ideas: Photos by Pinterest, Jenny Ebert, Maggy Mighty Girl, The Selby,, Apartment Read More

Pre-Prohibition Cocktails with a West Coast Twist


  I was recently drawn to a cocktail bar in San Diego, California called Polite Provisions, who call themselves 'Manufacturers of Local Tonics, Elixirs and Cures'. Alcohol certainly has a long history of therapeutic or medicinal function, to varying degrees. In the Middle Ages, drinking distilled spirits flavored with juniper berries was thought to protect people from the mysterious and deadly plagues and was widely Read More

The Breathtaking Scottish Highlands

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I went on a 3-day trip through the Scottish Highlands called Skye High Scotland with Haggis Tours and I will never forget it. Though I tend to avoid touristy activities, it seemed like the smartest way to see the Highlands which are some of the most beautifully majestic landscapes in the world. The tour company is geared toward active young people who want to make their cash stretch far as possible. Highlights Read More

Countryside for Londoners – Hampstead Heath

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I had the pleasure of visiting a friend in London who lives in an area called Hampstead Heath, and it was something I never expected. It's an ancient park covering 790 acres and is one of the highest points in London. It has playgrounds, running tracks, duck ponds, three public swimming ponds and impressive views of the city. Some say it is the countryside for Londoners, and it's just five miles from Trafalgar Square. They Read More

Orange Honey-Spiced Chicken


  I am relatively new to cooking. But I tried making this Honey-Spiced Chicken with Carrots and Grapes dish because the picture in my Betty Crocker recipe book looked great. It turned out so good that it gave me confidence to cook more. I've modified the recipe a bit, but every time I make it my house fills with the warm aromas of cinnamon and citrus. Give it a shot - if I can do it, anyone can. Seriously. Recipe card is Read More

Coney Island Boardwalk’s Last Stand


The last time I was in New York I headed to the famous Coney Island because I wanted to see it before it's gone; and I didn't realize that it was just a simple train ride away. Though there isn't much left of what was once the biggest amusement park in America and a hugely popular resort destination, seeing the remaining carnival rides and the boardwalk was like going back in time....     I Read More

A New Breed of California Shopping Mall


If you have any reason to be in Costa Mesa or passing through, I recommend a quick visit to this place. It's between Los Angeles and San Diego. What drew me in originally is an organic specialty coffee shop called Theorem by Portola Coffee Lab. I read that they give you an intimate experience at their six-seat "craft coffee lab" and use old bartending trends like adding barrel aged bitters to caffeinated drinks – pretty Read More