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

My (Vibrant) Valentine

I'm not a huge fan of traditional Valentine's pink and red; it's just a little cutesy for me, I guess. When putting together the space and tablescape for our Valentine's dinner, I was inspired by a sort of moody/vibrant contrast: dark backgrounds with pops of color. I absolutely do not claim to be any kind … Continue reading My (Vibrant) Valentine

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!

Burns Night for the Wee Bairns!

My friend Kristine has an adorable, precocious daughter named Morgan. She always keeps us laughing and is such a joy!  As I was putting together our regularly scheduled Burns supper, I kept seeing these cute ideas for including children and thought that it would be so much fun to plan a separate, decidedly less adult, Burns … Continue reading Burns Night for the Wee Bairns!