FIVE YEAR BLOG-IVERSARY

It’s wild to think that a journal blog started as a dalliance on an airplane to NYC in August of 2011 grew into something lush and insatiable. “The Blog” was in kind my first baby, something I’ve nurtured, sustained, and zealously protected. From Orange County CA, across to New York City, down to Virginia, across the…

Chicago Farmers Market at Federal Plaza.

This morning my fetching young son woke up cheery eyed and bushy-tailed, after a quick nappy change he scurried away and plopped his jolly behind into the stroller. At 6:30 am there aren’t many places you want to venture off to in downtown Chicago, but if it’s the right day of the week there is…

Gordon Ramsay STEAK at Paris LV

This month we had the immense pleasure of traveling back to Las Vegas for my best friend Brittany and Johns wedding. On our quick trip we made a checked off a dream from our bucket list by dining at Gordon Ramsay Steak at the Paris hotel. As avid viewers of Kitchen Nightmares and Hells Kitchen it…

Spring in Chicago, family-friendly, fun and free.

Spring is quite becoming on you Lady Chicago. Gone are the days of a desultory trot through the chilly streets; the sun is shining, the birds are chirping and Chicago is humming a song of ebullience.  Yes, Chicago is truly the cynosure of midwestern America and we had the pleasure of enjoying its felicity on many leisurely occasions…

Michigan Right to Farm Act, beneficial or threatening?

  Recently we’ve seen a lot of criticism on social media about the updated Right to Farm Act from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). Our first thoughts on the subject were not positive after hearing secondhand information from what I often refer to as ‘Generation OH,’ Organic Hipster, a peoples in…

San Clemente Weekend Adventures

“Elsa, you kind of set of an eternal winter” Oh boy, Disney must have shelled out some major bank for this Frozen inspired spring the midwest has been hosting. We were not accustomed to polar winters when we moved to Chicago this past December but we definitely got a taste of Chitown’s infamous glacial winds.…