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Month: July 2016

Trip Planning: Iceland

Trip Planning: Iceland

In 5-ish weeks, I’ll be boarding a night plane bound for Reykjavik, Iceland.  I’ll arrive in the early morning, as most direct flights do, and stay for six days before moving on to Copenhagen.  I am so beyond excited for this trip that every time I talk about it, my voice takes on a high-pitched squeaking quality.  I have never been to this enchanting island country, but, with everything I’ve read and seen of it, I think my only problem…

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Worldly Recipes: Risotto

Worldly Recipes: Risotto

I love making risotto.  It’s as simple as that.  The act of making this recipe has a soothing familiarity to it that is very relaxing, plus Mike and I both almost always have seconds so it’s a popular dish in this apartment.  Risotto can be made for any taste, with any number of ingredients.  I typically make this dish in the fall and winter, but this past rainy weekend had Mike and I craving something hearty.  It has a wonderful…

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Camping Essentials

Camping Essentials

Next weekend, Mike and I will be trundling down to Utica, IL with a carful of camping equipment for a night under the stars (sort of).  We’re camping near Matthiessen State Park, where we will be exploring during the day.  I have not been camping in a very long time, but lucky for me, I’m dating a former boy scout.  With Mike’s wilderness knowledge, my camping expert sister’s advice and all of our borrowed supplies, I think we will be…

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Finding Unique Souvenirs

Finding Unique Souvenirs

Souvenirs are abundant, with gift shops around every corner in most destinations, it’s not hard to locate something to remind you of your vacation.  What is difficult is finding something that isn’t kitschy or cliché, something that won’t sit on your shelf unused and unloved, collecting dust.  After all, how many mini spoons, snow globes and I <3 Wherever shirts do you really need?  Now a days the souvenir trends are shifting away from things that loudly proclaim where they’re…

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10 Tips for Hiking The Smoky Mountains National Park

10 Tips for Hiking The Smoky Mountains National Park

Last month, I traveled with my family and Mike to the Smoky Mountains National Park in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  While we happily hiked through the wilderness, to waterfalls and up mountains, we ran into some interesting situations.  Some of them we were prepared for, like the bugs and heat, and some were unpleasant surprises, like the hoards of people on each trail.  This particular National Park is huge; it has multiple entrances and crosses state lines.  There are plenty of hikes to enjoy,…

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26 in 26 – Halfway Point

26 in 26 – Halfway Point

A while back, I wrote this post about my 26 in 26 goals for life between my 26th and 27th birthdays.  Now that we are just passed the halfway point, I thought I’d share the list in its entirety and check in with how I’ve progressed through it so far.  The 26 tasks are either things that I have always wanted to do but haven’t made the time for yet, or things I’ve gotten started but want to improve upon….

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Up North: A Photo Blog

Up North: A Photo Blog

Of all the places I have traveled, my favorite place of all can be found Up North.  A tiny town on a beautiful lake, hours on the boat spent with family, home cooked meals, what more could a girl ask for?  I’ve written about Maiden Lake before, but this time I will let the photos do (most of) the talking. Picture this: A gravel driveway leads to a picturesque cabin perched on a hill overlooking a beautiful lake.  The front…

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Top Five Friday #14

Top Five Friday #14

Top Five Ways to Explore Your City With all of the great destinations in the world, it may be easy to forget the one right outside your door.  While it may or may not be a tourist hot spot or a large city, your hometown is sure to have its merits.  I grew up in the teeny, tiny Midwest town of Johnsburg, IL (any Tom Waites fans out there??).  Despite the lack of things to do there , I remember…

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