Memorial Day and Simple Summer Pleasures

Happy Memorial Day weekend! I know the first official day of summer isn’t until sometime in June, but isn’t Memorial Day weekend really the unofficial start to summer? This year I’m celebrating the kick off to summer by revisiting what was special about the last one. Really it was all about the simple pleasures. And […]

Doorways of San Francisco

I love visiting beautiful cities and – to me – there’s no city more beautiful that San Francisco. The hills, the bay, the bridge…it’s stunning. Our family visited San Francisco two years ago this summer. It was the first time for the kids, and I was so excited to share one of my favorite places […]

Saint Louis University’s Cupples House

Last weekend Tom and I took Grant on a college visit to Saint Louis University. A very pleasant surprise was the visit the school planned for the parents to the Samuel Cupples House, which sits in the middle of campus. I’d walked by the house a number of times before on previous visits, but had […]

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Savannah in Pictures

My most vivid memory of our trip to Savannah, GA a few years back was a different kind of trip. More of a fall, really. I was making my way from River Street – where I had been shopping – back to our hotel. I was alone (Tom was golfing) and the stretch of street […]

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Christmas in Rome

Yesterday I shared with you some of the sites we saw while visiting Germany at Christmastime. As if that wasn’t special enough, we decided to take a side trip to Rome over the actual Christmas holiday. What a festive time to be there! This is a picture of the group (minus my sister) taken at […]

Christmas in Germany

I had intended to share some pictures with you today of the Christmas my family spent in Rome, and I will do that tomorrow. But when my husband handed me this column by Cindy Hoedel in The Kansas City Star to read today, I decided to switch it up a bit and share my pictures of Germany […]

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Chicago by iPhone

Yesterday I told you about our recent quick trip to Chicago, including an adorable little shop we found. Today I want to share with you a few more shots of the Windy City. The iPhone picture quality isn’t great (I didn’t bring my camera with me) but I couldn’t resist snapping them anyway. We basically […]

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P.O.S.H. Chicago

Last week Tom and I went to Chicago with another couple to take in the basketball games at the Champions Classic. The Jayhawks were winners, so we ended on a high note, but the whole three days there were memorable – full of eating, drinking, laughing, and celebrating (two of the four of us celebrated […]

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A Walk Through DC: Doorways of Georgetown

Last week I shared with you some pictures of the charming houses and streets in Naperville, IL, from my trip two Octobers ago. But I hope you’re up for a little more fall charm, this time courtesy of Washington DC. Over the long Columbus Day weekend, my husband and I went with our son, Grant, on […]

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Naperville, Pretty Houses and Resale Shop Plates

From October, 2011: Last week I attended the Financial Blogger Conference in Chicago (or Schaumburg to be more specific). After it was over, I gave myself the gift of an extra day and a half in the Windy City, because I love that place. On Sunday afternoon, I hit up IKEA and then took a […]

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