An Offbeat Thanksgiving Dinner at Medieval Times


Since moving away from our families in California, we’ve cherished the generosity and love from our new friendships here in Chicagoland. These wonderful people have become like family to us, inviting us to holiday meals with their relatives and sharing their traditions so we never feel alone. This Thanksgiving, we had the option to join…

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Pineapple – Marble Cutting Board


One way I know pineapples will always be in style in some capacity is the popularity of luau parties. Not everyone can go on a Hawaiian vacation, but anyone can have a little luau in their backyard, decorated with colorful pineapple plates and tchotchkes like these. My favorite is this marble and wood pineapple cutting…

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Braving the Portland Peculiarium Horror Museum


Three hours to kill until our reservation. What to do, what to do? I know! We’ll show you around The Freakybuttrue Peculiarium and Museum, Portland’s exclusive weird science and oddities sideshow, established in 1972. Steps away from the Northwest District’s bustling downtown strip of popular eateries and tourist shops, the props and art in this…

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Grilled Octopus and Calamari at Coda di Volpe


My coworkers will be the first to tell you that Brandon and I haven’t quite got the hang of Chicago-style pizza yet. I find deep dish too cheesy and pub-cut too messy. And why, may I ask, add the toppings on the pizza before the cheese?? It just doesn’t make sense to me. Forgive me,…

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Lions Club – Urban Autism Solutions Garden


On the West Side of Chicago, hidden among the tall apartment and office buildings of the Tri-Taylor medical district, lies a small patch of dirt with rows and rows of vegetables. This special plot of soil is the Growing Solutions Farm by Urban Autism Solutions. Lush with greenery and safely fenced in, the garden plays…

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Pineapple – Irish Crystal Vase


Sweet people are always giving me pineapple things for my collection, like this incredible crystal vase by Godinger Dublin from my friend Denise. The thick, heavy-duty glass is foolproof for someone like me, and the elegant shape compliments any bouquet I put in it.

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Cotton Candy Prosecco at Queen Mary Tea Room


After spending a week in Salem, Oregon with family, I boarded a plane in Portland, headed for Chicagoland. But I intentionally booked a seven-hour layover in Seattle on the way home to experience Queen Mary Team Room in the Ravenna neighborhood, north of downtown. Was it worth it? Absolutely. Opened in 1988 by proud owner…

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Pineapple – Summer Crossbody Bag


Some of my purses have pineapples on them, large and small. But this purse is right on the nose, pineapple shaped and perfectly sized for a Saturday out and about. Click here to see it on Amazon.

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Levi Strauss pt 1 – The History of American Jeans


When I married my husband, I didn’t realize how much his Jewish heritage would play a role in our life together. Brandon’s mom is Ashkenazi Jewish on her mother’s side, a fact the family learned late in their history. This discovery transformed the way the family thought about themselves, their traditions, and their relationship with…

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