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 Shutterfly.com 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. Amazon.com 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

Chicago’s Priceless View from the Top

Coastal Downtown Chicago

One of the best ways to see Chicago is from 1,000 feet high at the John Hancock Observatory (aka Chicago 360), and yes, it's better than the view from the Sears Tower. There are interactive kiosks and historical murals throughout so you can learn exactly you’re looking at if you want to know. I personally just have fun checking out the 360 degree views and taking pictures. Did you know that Chicago has a beach? Like, a real Read More

The Road Less Traveled: Chicago’s Palmer Hotel


'The Road Less Traveled' is a series from me with recommendations of things to see and do that are lesser known or off the beaten path. If you’ve been to Chicago, you know that the city is filled with exceptional museums, restaurants and sights.  One of my favorites is the historic Palmer Hotel.   The hotel was built in 1925 and at that time was famous for being the largest hotel in the world. In 2009 it was renovated Read More