trip to chicago

When I took Brooke to San Francisco last summer to drop her off for her ballet summer intensive, we went a day early to spend some tourist time together. It was really nice for us to have that time together doing mother-daughter bonding before parting for three weeks, and we decided to do it again this year in Chicago. Here are some of the highlights of our weekend.   Hotel We stayed at the Palmer House Hilton, and it is… Read more »

summer reading list

One of my favorite parts of summer is having extra time to read. I have a hard time getting long periods of downtime to read during the fall and spring semesters, so I tend to devour books during my winter and summer breaks. This weekend I made my summer reading list and thought I would share it with you in case you are looking for some summer reading suggestions. (Amazon affiliate links are included in this post.)   Cut in… Read more »

  One year ago, I unveiled this blog to the world. Bored of writing about finance all the time, I wanted to try something else that I hoped would fuel my creative spirit. I’ve shared books I’ve read, home projects and crafts I’ve tried, and life stories. I’ve taken my readers along on my travels and my own personal life journey. I hope you’ve enjoyed this year of blogging and are looking forward to continuing our journey together over the… Read more »

On May 31, 2017, we celebrate World MS Awareness Day. In case you didn’t know, MS stands for Multiple Sclerosis, a disease of the central nervous system. MS is a progressive disease for which there are treatments but no cure. As a matter of fact, researchers still don’t have a good understanding of what MS is and what causes it. Everyone’s story is different. MS Awareness Day is meant to spread worldwide awareness of the disease, and since this year’s… Read more »

new midlife crisis

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that I’ve been working through a bit of a personal crisis. I, however, prefer to call it my journey of personal discovery. Most of the time when I mention this feeling of restlessness and discontent to someone older, I am told that I am just having a mid-life crisis. How can that be? Women can start their mid-life crisis at 35, or so the Internet says. Unfortunately, I think… Read more »

talk to teens about terrorism

Last night a bomber attacked a crowd of teens and parents of young girls leaving an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. The news came as a particular shock to us because my daughter and I had attended Ariana’s concert in New Orleans just a few weeks ago. My daughter is a huge Ariana Grande fan. So, this is probably the first time that a terrorist attack has touched her in a personal way.   As parents of teens, we’ve… Read more »