One of my favorite things to do is to integrate quality time with friends and family. This past weekend, my boyfriend’s sister was able to visit and stay over at our apartment in the city. We had a day planned full of Halloween activities. On Friday

With little fanfare, my husband and I celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary Friday night. Just dinner at a local steakhouse since our regular anniversary plans were hindered by our daughter’s softball schedule this year. We normally go on a trip as our gift to each other.

This past weekend I took my eight-year-old nephew on his first flight. My sister (his other auntie) accompanied us, and we chose San Francisco. The crew on board the flight out of Burbank (BUR) was amazing once they found out it was his first flight,

One of the sure signs that fall has fully arrived here in Southern Oregon is the winding down of the performance schedule at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. The outdoor performances, in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre, wrapped up just this week, while the remaining

Over the past weekend my family and I went to one of our favorite spots in the area, Tonelli’s Pizza Pub. This is not one of our favorites for the pizza nor because of the famous cheesesteaks but because of a special item on the

Pulling off the main street into the Aloft Denver Downtown entrance, I immediately felt tucked away from the city. The industrial-chic interior design is playful and casual — as I am beginning to find is the general vibe in Denver — with brightly colored designs

This past weekend I went on one of the coolest tours I’ve ever been part of. For my birthday in late September, my fiancée surprised me with tickets for Phantoms of the River, a haunted river cruise on the Delaware River in Philadelphia. The nighttime cruise

The Chicago public art scene has a major new addition. The Merchandise Mart's Art on theMart project is the world's largest permanent digital art projection. The City of Chicago and theMart will work together to manage this program, as per a 30-year agreement. The rotating

The end of September signifies a close to the summer as shelves in stores are stocked with pumpkins, scarecrows and other fall — and even Christmas — home décor items. My final weekend in this transitional month was spent at the shore in Asbury Park,

Last Sunday, I completed the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, my 25th marathon. Despite the rainy weather and my worst finish time ever, I had a blast. My day started by meeting my niece Sam's husband, Kyle Kolb, running in his first marathon. Sam and my

This past summer was a harrowing one for those of us living in the West due to the widespread, destructive wildfires that burned throughout the region for the majority of the season. It came on the heels of last year's conflagrations (which burned well into

Last week I had the pleasure of touring The Lexington Hotel, Autograph Collection’s redesigned specialty suites with the designers from Fringe, the renowned interior design firm behind the renovation. It was a treat to hear more about the new designs from the masterminds behind the aesthetic. The

Over the weekend, my husband, our friend and I went hiking at the Delaware Water Gap. The park spans across the Pennsylvania–New Jersey state line. We hiked Mount Tammany, on the New Jersey side. Part of the Kittatinny Mountain range, the peak reaches more than

In the seven years I have lived in the United States, I have yet to meet someone who dislikes the fall. Year after year, this seems to be the season everyone looks forward to the most, and I am convinced this is mainly because of

The theme of this blog post is Support Local. No matter where your travels take you, it is important to support local businesses. November is just around the corner, and Small Business Saturday will be here before you know it. Take some time to support

It was officially Manufacturing Day — an annual celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of makers and innovators. Nationwide, manufacturers open their doors and host events to help students, educators and parents learn about careers in manufacturing. MFG Day occurs on the