Fall Apple Harvest

Fall Apple Harvest

Pumpkins, apples, changing leaves, cool weather, salted caramel mochas, yes,...Fall is definitely here, at least in the Midwest. And you know how I love the Fall! This weekend was my family's annual trip to the apple orchard in Wisconsin. Thankfully our selected orchard had enough quality apples Continue reading

Bastille Day Celebrations in the US

Bastille Day Celebrations in the US

(photo source) July 4 may be over, but Bastille Day is just around the corner! Similar to America's Independence Day, Bastille Day - July 14 - celebrates France's national holiday, complete with fireworks, parties, and red, white, and blue decor. Although the most notable Bastille Day Continue reading

The Good Life: Lessons from the French

The Good Life: Lessons from the French

(photo source) If you're like most Americans, you probably work all year long hoping to save enough money to, one day, afford the "good life". The idea of the good life is relative....good to one person may mean spending all of his/her time traveling in luxury, while another may associate the Continue reading

Guinness and Chocolate

Guinness and Chocolate

Nothing says St. Patrick's Day like an Irish chocolate cake and a glass of Guinness Stout! Continue reading

Charles Dickens’ Life and Works in Pictures

Charles Dickens’ Life and Works in Pictures

(Photo source) Bonjour friends, The winter holidays may be over, but it needn't be Christmas time to appreciate Charles Dickens. The Victorian era author may have been famous for his characters of Scrooge and Marley in A Christmas Carol; but Dickens also contributed numerous other fictional Continue reading

Christmas Traditions from Around the World

Christmas Traditions from Around the World

(photo source) For the last three years, my family and I have ventured into the downtown area of Chicago to experience the wonder of Christmas in the Windy City. This year, we visited such Chicago holiday favorites as the Christkindlmarket, the window displays at Macy's on State, and the Continue reading

French Lessons in Politeness

French Lessons in Politeness

(photo source) Bonjour! This weekend, I spent several hours rushing around town, trying to finalize my holiday shopping. And during my frenzied rush, I saw people of all kinds being polite to one another, but also saw a few not-so-nice behaviors. This reminded me of a sentiment I heard at a Continue reading

Dreaming of a White Thanksgiving

Dreaming of a White Thanksgiving

(Photo source) Bonjour everyone!! I'm still tired from a wonderful Thanksgiving in Michigan - check back tomorrow for a trip around the world - Christmas cookie style! Continue reading

Farm to Table from Your Own Backyard

Farm to Table from Your Own Backyard

One of great things about living in a large European city like London or Paris is the plentiful access to stores and markets within walking distance. It's no wonder that Parisians buy groceries on a daily basis, instead of weekly or even monthly like many Americans. Although living in the Continue reading

Touring a Japanese Garden

Touring a Japanese Garden

Since I began working for a Japanese company a few months ago, I've become increasingly interested in the Japanese culture, including art, food, and gardens. Living near Chicago, we are fortunate to have access to incredibles Japanese gardens located at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Highland Park, Continue reading

Introducing…..His Royal Highness, Prince George of Cambridge

Introducing…..His Royal Highness, Prince George of Cambridge

  (photo source) On July 29, 1982, the world was glued to the television watching Lady Diana and Prince Charles marry in London. On July 22 - nearly 32 years later - loyal followers are again captivated by the British Royal Family as Kate and William welcome their first child. Continue reading

Modern Twists to a Royal Birth

Modern Twists to a Royal Birth

Even the British Royal family can't escape social media, especially when the attention is surrounding Will and Kate's new bundle of joy. Although the royals will most certainly keep many traditions related to the announcement of a new heir, more modern, and socially acceptable, traditions may Continue reading