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Tips for Visiting Magnolia Market at the Silos in Waco, TX

Have you been curious to visit Magnolia Market at the Silos in Waco, TX? By now you’ve probably heard that Fixer Upper is no longer going to film new seasons, and that announcement got me thinking about the super fun and relaxing Girl’s Weekend that my sisters and I took last fall to The Silos. …

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Toronto City Guide: The Best Things to Do and Eat in a Weekend

Today I’m sharing a Toronto city guide for people who (let’s say this gently) are not in their 20s anymore. When Shane and I travel nowadays, we try to experience a city like the locals do. You know, like eating at neighborhood restaurants with great food and drinks, exploring streets where people live and shop, …

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3 Creative Travel Activities for Kids Ages 4-7

School’s out and it’s time to travel! The kids and I took a three-week road trip with several stops along the way. Packing for road trips can get tricky — especially choosing which toys and travel activities to take along for the kids. As a creative person, I think it’s important to bring some creativity-building, …

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Chocolate tasting tour of Chicago

Anyone who works in the Fulton Market area on a windy day can attest that Chicago’s long standing candy and chocolate history is still thriving. For his sister’s recent Chicago weekend visit Joseph Dombroski planned a sweet creative activity: a self-guided tasting tour of top downtown Chicago chocolate emporiums. Supplies: Free chocolate scorecard template (rate …

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Friday Inspiration: Fulton Seafood and Meat Markets

Who says there’s no good fresh seafood in Chicago? Stepping inside L Isaacson & Stein Fish Market to buy ingredients for Shane’s Fourth of July birthday BBQ was a revelation. I’ve heard about this place for years. I love seafood. My first Chicago job many moons ago was at Fulton and Jefferson. So I’m a …

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Friday Inspiration: Dolly Parton at the Chicago Theater

Some musical inspiration for you this Friday. Alex, Heather and I watched Dolly Parton perform at the Chicago Theater last night …10 rows from the front! We went to celebrate Heather’s birthday but I felt like I was the one who got the present. Dolly’s warm, everyday lyrics and voice, not to mention her sunny …

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Friday Inspiration: Brooklyn

I’ve spent the week exploring New York City and Brooklyn. The crafty clothing, accessories and home stores here in Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill are inspiring …and many of them are online. One of my favorites is Cog & Pearl, a collective of various Brooklyn crafters and designers. Check out the …

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Friday Inspiration: Garfield Park Conservatory

When it’s February in Chicago and 17 degrees, warm humidity seems 120 long days away. Little did I know it’s plentiful and free right now …and only a short 10 minute drive from my house. Today my friend Liz took me to Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago, IL. Constructed in 1905, this indoor world is …

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