Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Review: Food with Friends: The Art of Simple Gatherings by Leela Cyd

Special thanks to Blogging for Books for sponsoring this post. 

Simple gatherings with friends make the world go round. I truly believe this. When friends come together over food cooked with love, life is just good. Right? From impromptu picnics to a last minute dinner on an unexpected weeknight, it's always great to get together with friends for good food and good conversation.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Kayaks, Canoes, Cruises, Surreys & Water Taxis: 5 Unique Ways to Experience the Chicago River

This article originally appeared at ChooseChicago.com/blog where I am a contributing writer. 

The Chicago River flows across the city, crossing the downtown Loop. Famous for having its flow reveresed in the late 1800's, our 156 mile long river links the Great Lakes and the Mississippi. While you can always stroll along the beautiful Riverwalk, why not hop into a kayak, paddle a canoe, take a cruise, pedal a bicycle or even zip around in a water taxi? Here are five unique ways to experience the Chicago River.

Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own by Kate Bolick

Special thanks to Building with Books for sponsoring this post. 

Here's a book that both `examines what was once a dirty word and elevates it to a lifestyle choice that's filled with small and big pleasures and above all, zero regrets. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

#SummerCravings with Stonyfield and prAna

What do you crave this summer? A beautiful, sustainably-made dress that can be worn on all occasions? An organic whole milk Greek yogurt that can be dressed up with jam for a sweet treat, or used for dips and recipes when you want something a little more savory?

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

5 NEW Things to See & Do on Navy Pier This Summer

This post originally appeared at ChooseChicago.com/blog, where I am a contributor.

Chicago's Navy Pier celebrates its 100th birthday this summer, and new attractions and activities make it more fun than ever! Summer just isn't summer without a few trips to Chicago's top tourist attraction. Here are five new things to see and do this summer on Navy Pier — from the debut of the Centennial Wheel to icy cool treats like Original Rainbow Cone.

Summer Read Suggestion: This Too Shall Pass by Milena Busquets

I have always dedicated lazy summer afternoons to reading. This summer, I am committing to reading at least three chapters a day. I hope to catch up on the reading I've set aside for sweeping the porch, emptying the dishwasher and garden weed-pulling. I'm going to make reading a delightful summer "chore".