The Thousand Islands isn’t just a salad dressing after all. It’s a real, and really lovely, place well worth a visit. For our tenth wedding anniversary, my husband and I went to a cute little bed and breakfast in Gananoque, Ontario, Canada which hosts part of the 37 km stretch of the Thousand Islands Parkway. Along the American-Canadian border is a stretch of over 1800 islands in the St. Lawrence River as it emerges from Lake Ontario. 1800 islands!
We enjoyed a 2 1/2 hour boat ride along the Thousand Islands. It was easy to spot which side was the American side and which side was the Canadian side because of the flags being flown!
I loved seeing Boldt Castle, home to George C. Boldt who was general manager of the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City. Looking at that castle, I think he did well for himself!
The boat tour was great for learning a little history. Did you know that Thousand Island salad dressing was named after this part of the world?
I think the most fun we had on our little getaway was biking the Thousand Island Parkway. While my husband and I both enjoy biking, we … >> find out more...
Happiness seems to be a buzzword recently, and by recently I mean always. What makes a person happy? What is true happiness, as opposed to temporary fun and how does one get from the day-to-day happiness of our lives to something more longstanding and ultimately more fulfilling?
Is this something you think about? I think about it all the time. In fact, you could pretty much make the argument that any bucket list, or Life List in my case, is the ultimate pursuit of happiness. The need to be more, make more, have something better at the end of life.
I think when I take a deep look inside, my pursuit of happiness is all wrapped up in whether or not, when it’s said and done, I’ve done something worthwhile on this earth, if I’ve made any difference to anyone, anywhere.
Do you know what I’m talking about?
A guy named Chris Guillebeau turned this whole idea on its head with his new book, ‘The Happiness of Pursuit’ (follow Chris on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram). We’ve all heard the term: The Pursuit of Happiness, yes? Guillebeau takes a different approach, wondering instead about the happiness in the … >> find out more...
The laundry room project we’ve been working on for the last month is finished, and it actually turned out really well, with not too many materials. I’m really pleased with how it all looks now that it’s put back together.
We’re still working on the tile in the next room as we’re trying to figure out what to do with the pseudo bathroom + toilet. Should it stay or should it go?
The actual laundry room part is gorgeous though. I love the look of the subway tile with the wood grain tiles, just like we did in our master bathroom. It’s such a crisp, clean look. The paint color we chose is, yet again, aqua in an effort to transport us from the middle of Utah to somewhere in The Caribbean.
It sort of works.
I love the color we chose. It’s cool and calm and a pretty contrast to the warmth of the wood tiles, and it works with the royal blue washer and dryer.
We didn’t need a lot of supplies for this project. Our main objective was to update and clean up the look of the laundry room, and to help tie it together with … >> find out more...
Free is always great, right? Especially when it comes to FREE things to do in LONDON! In my London travels, I’ve always appreciated the free things there are to do in a city where my dollar doesn’t go as far as I’d like. If you’re looking to have a fun time AND save a buck, then please enjoy these suggestions!
1. Visit a museum. London has some of the best museums. My favorite is The British Museum. It was even fun for my kids! It houses the Rosetta Stone and real live mummies as well as so much more! If you’re looking for educational, the Science Museum and Natural History Museum are also great. If you’re looking for art, try the V&A.
2. Go geocaching. The last time we were in London, we tried this geocaching thing that I’d heard so much about. We were newbies at it doing it in a city that we didn’t know super well. It’s such a great way to explore! For those of you who don’t know what geocaching is, it’s basically like a huge online hide-and-go-seek scavenger hunt. People hide little caches, literally, all over the world and you find them … >> find out more...
Office wear is a tricky thing sometimes for the ladies. For dudes it’s pretty straight forward: if you are a dude and you work in an office you’re either wearing a suit or business attire of some sort. Nice shoes are involved, black socks (hopefully, not white and athletic), button up shirts with a tie and maybe a cardigan or a jacket. For the ladies? Well. Office wear is all over the place, totally dependent on where you work, and how many mean girls there are in your office.
I’m only sort of joking.
Suffice it to say, there are a lot of options for office wear, none of them including a see through top and a black polka dotted Madonna bra. Or flip flops and a greasy top knot.
One *appropriate* option this Fall, and a gorgeous one at that, is a dressed up version of harem pants with heels and a classy blouse on top. If you use the right accessories you’ll look dressed up to hit the morning meeting even though you’re essentially wearing fancy pajamas. EVERYONE wins. Even your cranky boss.
‘How does one wear sassy office wear’, you ask? Easy peasy. Throw something like this … >> find out more...
My laundry room has been kind of a train wreck since we bought our home, 11 years ago. It feels like it was an add-on to the house, without a whole lot of thought going into the actual function of said laundry room, and we’ve pretty much hated it the entire time we’ve lived here.
We’ve talked about tearing out walls and moving the whole thing to the garage, but in the end it just sits next to the family room, the object of our loathing and the butt of all the jokes at the dinner table.
I do, in fact, realize this is a first world problem, don’t get me wrong. I understand there are far bigger issues in the world than whether or not I’m able to fit a laundry basket next to the washer and dryer I’m lucky to have, in my home. I get it. But let’s for a minute focus on my own selfishness in wanting a functional laundry room.
A perfect example of the weird non-function of my laundry room is the weird sink shoved in-between the washer and a modesty wall shielding an afterthought of a toilet. The sink, maybe 8 inches across … >> find out more...
If you are looking for tips for visiting London, you’ve come to the right place. You might call me a pro on traveling to London. (This is the part where I blow on my fingers and dust them off on my shirt.) Well, maybe not a pro, but I’ve definitely done a fair share of travel through this fascinating city. I’ve learned a few things along the way, so, in the spirit of helpfulness, I want to pass along a few tips for foreigners visiting London.
1. Bring an umbrella. Hum a little Mary Poppins during your packing madness, and pack an umbrella in your suitcase. I’ve been to London during different seasons, and it’s always rained at least a couple of days during my stay. Trust me. You will use it.
2. Avoid the Heathrow Express Train. As soon as you come out of customs, people are there trying to sell you a ticket into London. For the newbie traveler, you might think that’s the only way to get to the city. It’s not. The Heathrow Express Train is the fastest way, but it also costs about three times more. Go via London’s Underground rail system. It … >> find out more...
Do you have a very favorite smell? Like, you go into a bookstore and breathe in a huge, yoga type breath, and you’re transported by the smell of new books and coffee to a happy place? I have a few of those smells in my life. Apple scented candles transport me instantly to back-to-school time; something about apples being ripe and being canned in my mother’s kitchen when I was a child, right around the time I started school every Fall. Bookstores, coffee, libraries, they all evoke strong memories of happy times in my life.
But the best smell of all for me, of all time, is the ocean.
When I was little my family made a pilgrimage, almost annually, across the deserts of Utah, Nevada and California (and a couple times up the coast to Oregon, Washington and Canada) to reach the Pacific Ocean. My mother’s family is all from the San Francisco area, and there’s a love for the ocean in our family DNA that runs long and deep.
The first memory I have of the ocean is from the time my family spent two weeks in Monterey for Christmas vacation when I was 7. I remember … >> find out more...