Skincare SOS

When it comes to skincare, I’ve always been pretty basic – wash, moisturize, sunscreen, repeat.  I’ve stuck with the same brands and products for as long as they have worked for me, and I’ve never been one to buy into fads or overly-pricey items with lofty claims.  Just plain and simple has seemed to be […]

Parisian Tomato Salad

The truth of the matter is, I had a pretty glamorized idea about how this was all going to go down.  I mean, in my head, this recipe is really pretty simple and straightforward.  So I really didn’t think that I would need that many cracks at testing this before sharing it with you guys.  […]

Travel Savvy Gift Guide

With all of the traveling that we’ve done recently, we have really had some good opportunities to test out a bunch of different travel products (and there are a lot out there!).  At this point, we feel like we have weeded through the good and the bad, and figured out what products help to streamline […]

the Windy City

As I have mentioned before, a lot of the traveling that Ryan and I have done has been very scheduled.  And what I mean by scheduled, is that I have very meticulously planned out our itinerary (sometimes practically to the minute).  While knowing what we have planned for the day, and knowing that everything is […]

Hygge Gift Guide

For me, hygge (hoo-ga) is that cozy feeling that you get when it’s snowing outside, you hear the faint crackle of a fire, the lights are turned down just a little bit, and you’re surrounded by friends and family.  Oh…and you’re probably wearing your jammies.  (And enjoying a nice bottle of red wine.) It’s a […]

The Great Language Mix-Up

When I was in middle school, I took a two-week long “Intro to French” course as a way to ‘try out‘ a foreign language before committing to one to study in high school.  Well, apparently two weeks was all that I was interested in, because as I have mentioned before, I chose to study the […]

Post-European Blues

The more that we travel to Europe, the more that it has become noticeable.  That feeling we get when we return home and realize how much we miss just about everything from wherever we just came from (well, aside from our bed and very large bathtub).  It seems like we barely settle back into our […]

A Bit of Parisian Advice

On one of our last days in Paris, we made the long walk back to our favorite little cheese shop, Fromagerie Quatrehomme, to pick up some goodies for the next few days.  As we walked home towards our apartment, we conveniently passed by Le Bon Marché (both a department store and culinary wonderland), and so […]

In Monet’s Garden

When I was a little girl, someone gifted me something that left quite an impression on me; the book Linnea in Monet’s Garden, and a Linnea doll.  I remember spending countless hours playing with Linnea and both having my Mom read the book to me, and when I was old enough, reading it myself.  I […]

Holiday Host Gift Guide

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the season for parties, gatherings and gifting is just about to be in full swing.  And I don’t know about you guys, but I am definitely the kind of person who likes to be prepared.  Nothing feels less fun for me or more like the opposite of holiday cheer […]