15 Christmas Foods Around the World

Celebrating the holidays with special foods has been a tradition for centuries. Sugar cookies, honey hams and green beans are just a few of those classic dishes that seem to appear year after year on tables during Christmas dinner. Growing up in a Polish/Welsh family, we had many of the typical Continue reading

20 Holiday Markets to Visit Across America

Visit these European-style holiday markets for unique gifts for friends and family. Source: 20 Holiday Markets to Visit Across America Continue reading

God Save the Queen: Elizabeth II Becomes Longest Reigning Monarch

God Save the Queen: Elizabeth II Becomes Longest Reigning Monarch

LONDON (AP) — Fun facts about Queen Elizabeth II as she becomes Britain's longest reigning monarch. Source: Yahoo Continue reading

Holiday with Hats and Horses

Holiday with Hats and Horses

I am not a gambler, but there is something about a horse racing track that makes me smile. Whether it's the hint of mint julep in the air or that 2015 saw our first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, this July 4th weekend, I was reminded how fun and exciting horse racing can be. Top 5 Reasons to Continue reading

Lunar Lights

Lunar Lights

Happy Lunar New Year everyone! I am so grateful to work for a company that is so diverse that it celebrates amazing, non-traditional holidays, complete with festive Asian food, singing, and cultural dancers. Want to learn more about the holiday? See the Lunar New Year by the numbers. Continue reading

A Little App of Paris Surprises

A Little App of Paris Surprises

(Photo Source) A few months ago, I came across an awesome Website for Francophiles like me. My Little Paris delights readers with what's new and hot in Parisian shopping, dining, and culture. The quick, magazine-like updates give you access to cool new bistros, hip brunch spots, local boutique Continue reading

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