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A Guide to Last Minute Gift Giving

If you’re where I am this year, then you’ve only got gifts for half the folks on your list, and are currently in a cold sweat dreading a trip to the local mall. Never fear, here are some gift ideas that avoid the mall. Though you still may get into a fight over a parking… Continue reading A Guide to Last Minute Gift Giving

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Food, midwest, Shopping, Style, Travel, Uncategorized, Vacation, wine, wine and drink

A Day in LeClaire, Iowa

Our last day in Iowa was spent in the town of LeClaire, right on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi. What brought us there was the husband’s desire to check out Antique Archeology from History Channel’s “American Pickers.” We found so much more. We did indeed head to Antique Archeology, joining the many visitors at… Continue reading A Day in LeClaire, Iowa

Decorating, Home Improvement, Money savers, Shopping, Style, Uncategorized

Opalhouse Finds

Target's gone and done it again: given me yet another reason to go and drop a few of my hard-earned dollars at their retail sites. Opalhouse, Target's new home decor line launched on April 8, and I'm loving it. This new brand is one that to me is reminiscent of Anthropologie and Pier 1, but… Continue reading Opalhouse Finds

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Christmas Traditions

It's been a chilly 81 degrees here in So Cal, and though the mornings have been on the crisp side, the afternoon temperatures have made it easy to forget that we are indeed in the month of December. At least I seem to have forgotten, as it is now 10 days until Christmas, and while… Continue reading Christmas Traditions

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The Huntington Library: a Photographer’s Dream

One of my favorite day hangouts is the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens, located in San Marino, California. It's a bit over a mile from where I live, and relatively quiet most weekdays. It's perfect for a morning walk or to entertain the kids on days off school. It is also a great place for… Continue reading The Huntington Library: a Photographer’s Dream