Burns Night: Burns Down the Night!

It's July! You know what that means; it's time to start planning your next Burns Night celebration!! Or, at least, this is how I'm justifying posting about our annual January party in the dead middle of summer. Truly, though, I've already begun planning 2019. Woosh! I cannot believe that this was our Fourth Annual Burns … Continue reading Burns Night: Burns Down the Night!

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Burns Night: Toasts to the Lassies and Laddies!

The toasts to the lassies and laddies can be an hilarious - often endearing, enlightening, and raucous - part of any traditional Burns Night. It's an element we skipped the first year, as it seemed a lot to put on ourselves or request of guests who, at the time, hadn't the slightest inkling of what … Continue reading Burns Night: Toasts to the Lassies and Laddies!

The Publishing House Bed & Breakfast

Sometimes...you just need a break. My dedicated, darling husband has had a crazy couple of months; he started an exciting, yet demanding, new job while simultaneously taking care of me after major surgery. He's worked 10- to 12-hour days for two weeks straight - that's including weekends, my friends. Woosh and ugh: it's been a lot. … Continue reading The Publishing House Bed & Breakfast

Be a Jetsetter!

Have you been on Jetsetter? It's like Pinterest for luxury travel - only with insider deals, unique experiences, and thoughtful insights on each partner property. Yeah. It is totally my new jam. To launch their new Wanderlist feature, Jetsetter hosted a contest where users created inspirational dream vacation lists. The fun part was that they … Continue reading Be a Jetsetter!

California Adventure: Sonoma County!

Part two of our California adventure – you can read part one HERE – took us into Sonoma County: wine country! This has been on my bucket list for years, and it absolutely lived up to all of my hopes and dreams. Side note: I'm sad that I'm old enough now to start checking things off … Continue reading California Adventure: Sonoma County!

California Adventure: San Francisco!

And now for something completely different.... I've decided that it's time to start documenting our vacations because: I love finding blog posts with personal travel tips and suggestions. I like to be helpful. I'll be honest with you: we tend to do it up right. My darling husband Bryan surprised me with a birthday trip to … Continue reading California Adventure: San Francisco!

St. Patrick’s Day: a Bit o’ the Irish

If you know anything about Chicago, you know it goes full tilt 'Irish' pride for St. Patrick's Day: green beer, shamrock face painting, leftover green Mardi Gras beads, TWO parades, dying the river neon green (side note: for several years I thought that it was a local joke that the Chicago River was dyed green for … Continue reading St. Patrick’s Day: a Bit o’ the Irish

Galentine’s Day!

Last year I had a Galentine's Day tea for some of my special ladies. Somehow I've lost all the photos I took on our camera, so I hope that you will bear with me as this handful of iPhone photos will have to suffice! Once again I recycled the paper lanterns from our wedding, using only the … Continue reading Galentine’s Day!