Archive for March 2014

Top 6 tips to get prepared for your first-ever blogger conference

A few weeks ago, I attended my very first blogger conference. While I had wanted to attend other conferences in the past, I wasn’t able to do so for various reasons. I was dying to go to a conference to get smarter about the blogging business, learn how to perfect the “art” of being a blogger, and... Read more »

It’s a small music world after all: Similar songs take top spots on Spotify's country-specific "top lists"

I’ve become one of those people whose music, books and movies all reside on my smartphone and tablet. I can’t help it. I enjoy having all of my cultural, artistic and creative outlets with me at all times – at home or on the road. For music, I tend to “swipe” on over to the Spotify app... Read more »

Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - March 29 and 30

I love weekends like this when multicultural events abound in Chicago – both in the city and the suburbs. In just the span of a few days, you can experience Greek, French, Hawaiian, American Indian, and African cultures – to just name a few. And, the best part is that you can do that all... Read more »

Little Saigon: An afternoon exploring Chicago’s Vietnamese neighborhood with your family

Chicago’s Little Saigon neighborhood is ripe with Vietnamese restaurants, bakeries, stores and markets. It’s centered around the bustling intersection of Broadway and Argyle Streets – where you’re greeted by the “Asia on Argyle” sign that graces the exterior of the Argyle St. Red line “L” station. Within a three-block radius, you can enjoy a banh... Read more »

WITS ’14: Top 8 tips from the Women in Travel Summit

I must confess – I used to be a blogger conference virgin. But, not any more. Last weekend, I was inaugurated into the world of blogger conferences, and my blogging life will never be the same. I picked the perfect blogger conference to make my official debut – The Women in Travel Summit (WITS). The event, held... Read more »

Top 5 events for families in Chicago this weekend - 3/22 and 3/23

Hooray for spring! Right, Chicago? Now that warmer temperatures are on the way (finally!), it’s the perfect time to get out and enjoy our fair city with your family. As always, there is no shortage of family-friendly cultural and ethnic activities to enjoy in Chicago (the city and the suburbs) this weekend. Here is the... Read more »

I’m an urban traveler - in high heels

It’s confession time. I’m an urban traveler – in high heels. I’ve been to almost every major U.S. city. I’ve been to Italy, France, Spain, England, Germany, Mexico and Israel, and I’ve wandered each city’s sidewalks and each country’s roads in nothing less than 2” heels. I’ve walked on cobblestone streets, meandered down grand boulevards,... Read more »

WITS 14: Top 5 inspirational quotes from speakers at the 2014 Women in Travel Summit

This weekend, I joined hundreds of women from all over the world at the 2014 Women in Travel Summit (WITS) at the Palmer House in downtown Chicago. The first-ever travel blogging summit for women aimed to provide female traveler bloggers with the opportunity to gain expert advice and connect with the “global sisterhood of traveling... Read more »

Top 5 events for families in Chicago this weekend - 3/14, 3/15 and 3/16

This weekend is all about St. Patrick’s Day. While the actual holiday is on Monday, March 17, most of the family-friendly events take place this weekend – from the northwest side to the south side. So, grab your green, your family, and your stamina, and head out for a weekend of St. Patrick’s Day inspired... Read more »

Macaron Day is coming – Chicagoans can celebrate by sampling the best macarons

I love macarons – the small, colorful merinque sandwiches often filled with ganache, buttercream or jam. The French biscuits with one “o” have continued to gain in popularity, making a grand appearance at more and more bakeries across Chicago. As a huge macaron fan, I think it’s only fitting that macarons have their own day... Read more »