Chicago River and Lake Michigan Tour

Clipper ship on Lake Michigan

The Chicago skyline, in my opinion, is the prettiest in the US.  Whether you've been to Chicago or not, seeing the city from Lake Michigan is the one thing you should definitely do.  Wendella is one of the only companies that do a combined tour of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. Don't get jipped and take a cruise that only takes you on the river! Wendella's tour lasts 90 minutes and I found it to be informative, Read More

Desert Hot Springs Retreat – Summer Special

Hacienda Inn Hot Springs hotel pool

This summer special at the Hacienda Hot Springs Inn in California might be exactly what you need. It is a "Boutique Mineral Spa Hotel" just 2 hours north of Los Angeles and 20 minutes from Palm Springs. Their deal right now is $225 for accommodations for two with sauna and mineral water, a 60 minute spa treatment, organic breakfast, a bottle of champagne or wine, art museum passes and extended checkout. Pretty good Read More

A Vintage Fashion Wonderland in Edinburgh, Scotland


  I found myself in Edinburgh, Scotland with a few days to kill. I had no plans, I only knew I didn’t want to spend my days in the souvenir shops. As I strolled down a winding road I’m thinking, ‘this is more like it’, there is almost nobody around and I see these quirky, artsy store fronts, the kind that make you wonder what exactly they are selling. I didn't realize then that I was headed to the Grassmarket area, a Read More

Free Address Labels from Shutterfly

Shutterfly free address labels

This weekend Shutterfly is offering a free set of Address Labels! They give you hundreds of design and layout options and it's a lovely personal touch. It's pretty fast to do even if you only have a few minutes. Why not? Go to and use Promo Code: SUMMERLABEL. Expires end of day Sunday, 14 July. Read More

The Road Less Traveled: The Berghoff in Chicago


Here is a great suggestion if you're going to Chicago and like me, you prefer the road less traveled with a little bit of history. The Berghoff is the oldest restaurant in Chicago and the oldest continuously operating business in the city, having survived the Chicago Fire of 1871. It's right near the center of the Chicago Loop. Widgets They were originally famous for their homemade Beer and later Root Beer, Read More

Fifty Shades of Blue

fifty shades of blue in rock mineral form

The Gems and Minerals Hall at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum is incredibly awe-inspiring and the colors alone are impressive. I wanted to share my photos as a reminder how vibrant nature can be. How to Get Discounts at the Museum The best time to go is on the first Tuesday of the month when all admissions are free (except in July and August). Otherwise the admission is $12 for an adult, $5 for kids 12 and under and Read More

Today Only – Virgin America Big Sale

on board a Virgin America flight

Today only, Virgin America has a sale on nonstop one-way airfares nationwide (these fares apply to both directions of a roundtrip). Must travel from Sept 10th to 18 December 2013. Samples fares range $46-$156. If you've flown with Virgin before, you know it's the most swanky and comfortable airline to fly. Click here to check latest  fares from Virgin America. Read More

Fresh Fruit Salad & Balsamic Dressing


I make a tasty dressing for fruit salad that you might like; the recipe is a simple combination of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice and honey. If want to get crazy and use flavored olive oil or balsamic, it can become even better – I’ve used Blood Orange Olive Oil or sometimes Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar. I like it best over a fruit salad of watermelon, strawberries and nectarines. So refreshing, especially in Read More