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

First Peek: Travels with my Holga Camera

Port of Soller Mallorca Spain

  In the last couple years my Holga Camera and I traveled 7 countries and 8 US states together having shot about a dozen rolls of film. I have not seen any of those photos until now. Stupid crazy, I know. Just scanned the first negative and wanted to share it. It's the Port of Soller, Mallorca Spain. Stay tuned for more! Read More

Shutterfly 50% off Photo Books and Free Shipping on $30

sale on photo books shutterfly

I am a big fan of Shutterfly Photo Books; I have made almost a dozen from various travels around around the world and it is a great way to share your experiences with friends and family and also to remind yourself of your adventures and fun photos. Use this coupon code to save 50% on Hard Cover Photo Books from Shutterfly, valid until next Tuesday, June 25th. They are also offering Free Shipping on orders over $30 with code Read More

Santa Ynez Valley


The Santa Ynez Valley is a collection of six distinctive communities encircled by the Santa Ynez and San Rafael mountains. It is a fantastic destination if you’re looking for a mellow-paced trip to California wine country. It is just 35 miles from the Santa Barbara Coast, 125 miles up the coast from Los Angeles and 300 miles south of San Francisco. I suggest it as a destination no matter where you are from, no matter the time Read More