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Several years ago I went to Greece with the family for UK Traveller, doing a story on the Peloponnese. (I happen to love the Peloponnese–so many people think Greece means island hopping, but while I love many of the islands, I don’t love planning flights, ferries, and the time it takes to get there and back. […]

rental couch

Our friend Becky always makes a trip to the hardware store before settling into a summer rental. Inevitably the couches are going to be a little dreary, ugly, or at best, a weird color that you don’t want to live with for a week or two. Enter the canvas drop cloth, which can easily cover […]

twenty by jenny

As a child, I spent summer vacations visiting my father in Florida, far from my mom and friends in New York City. Out of my regular school year routine, I mostly hung out with my dad and his extended family, went to the beach, and made near-daily trips to the library or one of the […]

Chicago Splash Park

The next time you’re in Chicago, take the kids to Crown Fountain in Millenium Park. It’s our absolute favorite water spot in the city, and it’s totally free. The fountain has a large splash area and is right downtown. It’s bordered by Michigan Avenue and the city’s skyscrapers – you can even see the building […]

A Music Fest Fit for Kiddos

Allow me to utter what’s likely been said a thousand times already today – I am so over this winter. Okay? Okay. But while we are all commiserating in the freezing slush together, let’s start planning summer – which, to me, means music fests! The sun is peeking through the gray skies more regularly, I’ve […]


Once it hits days that are consistently above 80 degrees, I put away any heavy leather purse, and only want to carry something lightweight–usually that means in cotton. So when I saw our friend Jennifer’s navy and white polka-dotted bag from Baggu, I fell in love with it. It’s great because it isn’t a tote–it […]

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