• How To Make A Fall Wreath

    Thanks to my mom–who paints walls AND canvases, as well as creates window decor–I’ve always liked making beautiful things (and making things beautiful). Over the years, I’ve made gift baskets, floral arrangements, Christmas ornaments and Christmas wreaths. I once even made two velvety, gold-painted royal thrones and a standing rose bush for a school play, but that was a huge project that I’m fairly certain will only be revisited through photos and our memories! However, for various reasons, I haven’t done this during the past few years. But, I think that’s about to change. And, I kicked off my craft-making comeback this week by creating a colorful fall door wreath!…

  • Get Back To Dance This Fall With New Shoes

    Are you a theater or dance parent? If so, chances are, the fall session of your child’s fall theater or dance classes has already started or it will be kicking off soon. So, now’s the perfect time to replace your budding performer’s old dance shoes so they’ll be ready when their next recital, showcase or show takes place. My college-aged daughter recently bought a pair of jazz shoes from Dancewear Solutions and was impressed by the appearance of the shoe, as well as the fit and feel of the shoe when she was dancing in them. (Comfort and performance is of the utmost importance since she was recently hired to…

  • Five Yummy Greek Treats Every Foodie Should Try

    I am a foodie who is fascinated by savory and sweet foods alike. So, I make a point of visiting various bakeries and cafes when I’m traveling so that I can get a taste (no pun intended) of local fare. Fortunately, my hubby and girls are also always interested in doing the same thing. And, thanks to our trip to Greece, we’ve been able to add several more sweet treats to our list of family favorites. If you like exploring foods from different countries and cultures, I encourage you to try the below Greek treats–during a future trip to Greece or in your hometown–if you haven’t done so already. Your…

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    12 Delicious Greek Foods You Should Try

    Thanks to the talented home chefs I’ve known throughout my life–including my mom, grandmothers, aunts, and mother-in-law–I have developed an appreciation of food that allows me to enjoy familiar dishes, as well as be open to trying new ones. And, some of the dishes or foods that I’m most fond of right now are considered staples in Greek cuisine. If you are interested in finding out more about this type of Mediterranean cuisine–which I enjoyed during our family’s trip to Greece and continue to seek out in Chicago-area restaurants–be sure to add the below dishes or entrees to your list of Greek foods you should try. Greek restaurants usually offer…

  • Four Cultural Attractions To Visit in Fort Collins, Colorado

    Fort Collins, Colorado, has been called the “cultural capital of Northern Colorado” thanks to its vibrant performing- and fine arts scenes, and the presence of a variety of cultural institutions. And, during our recent trip to this town–a source of design inspiration for the iconic Main Street, U.S.A, areas at Disneyland-style theme parks–we had a chance to explore four interesting cultural attractions your family should visit if you ever travel to Fort Collins. If you are short on time, consider visiting the Museum of Art Fort Collins (MOA). MOA is located at 201 South College Avenue inside the city’s old post office building, a building that is home to several…