A Visit To The Nutella Cafe In Chicago

Confession:  I LOVE Nutella! Ever since I had Nutella for the first time in my first crepe in Paris, I was hooked.  So when I heard there was going to be a whole Nutella Cafe opening in Chicago, I new I had to visit it. This past weekend was my chance!  Having a Saturday off of work, I decided to jump on a Travelzoo email offering stays at Chicago’s Allegro Hotel for $95 a night.  It’s not often I can get a whole weekend off and a nice deal on a hotel to boot. More about…

Which One Should I See? The Musee du Louvre Or The Musee d’ Orsay

By all means if time permits, see both the Louvre and Orsay Honestly, It’s almost a sin to go to Paris and not see the Mona Lisa in all her undersized glory. Which BTW, was the biggest shocker when I saw her for the first time. She is like the size of a piece of paper without the frame. In my humble opinion if you have limited time in Paris and need to choose one over the other, my money is on the Orsay. Here’s the reasons why. The Orsay is a much more manageable museum…

My She Shed/Vintage Camper Has A Name!!

I’ve thought long and hard about a name for mon petite chateau-AKA my she shed/vintage camper. Due to my love of all things French, I had to give it some kind of French name.  I did consider going with Mon Petite Chateau in the beginning, but decided she needed an actual name. Last week I Googled French names and their meaning.  A host of links came up and clicking on one, I scrolled down to find a name with a meaning that clicked. I went through this process once before.  Five years ago when we adopted…

5 Quotes Only Book Nerds Will Appreciate

This cute little book Quotes For Writers was gifted to me from a dear friend.  Inside it is full of quotes for writers broken off into different sections.  I absolutely adore quotes for every aspect of life, but this little gem of a book resonates with me since I love to write and read. Inside there is a section just of quotes about books.  I loved them all, but since I love quotes I decided to share my favorite 5 with my readers.  As a book nerd myself (and really what writer isn&#8217…

 Taking On Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail and What Inspired Me To Do It

Did you know that Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail is one of 11 National Scenic Trails in the US? I bet not.  Most people, even if you are from Wisconsin really do not know much about the Ice Age Trail segments that they pass along the highway when you are traveling this beautiful state.  If fact, I cannot count how many times I have passed the trail-head on highway A just east of Elkhart Lake without really knowing much about it. Or that I passed another segment on my way to Whitewater to drop Megan off…

My She Shed/Vintage Camper Redo Part 2

The real work begins We are a few weeks into my she shed/vintage camper renovation and it is going surprisingly well considering this is the first time we are tackling a project like this.  Rick has already spent countless hours not only physically working on her, but also researching and ordering parts, running to get supplies, and watching TONS of videos. He has put in the bulk of the work while I’ve been busy being a mail carrier six days a week.  I cannot be more thankful that he has agreed to take on this project. His…

My She Shed-Vintage Camper Redo

Last weekend my hubby surprised me by announcing that my she shed dreams are about to come true. He didn’t just blurt this out, he took me out to eat after a long day at work and said he had a surprise for me. Immediately my mind goes into overdrive.  What can this be?  Knowing my hubby, it can mean anything.  He has a knack for surprising me with things that I wish for and maybe had only mentioned once or twice.  I’m totally spoiled in that way.  What can I…

Best French Macarons In Wisconsin- Almond And Ivy Bakery In De Pere

Does Almond And Ivy Take The Prize? I could probably stop my search for the best French macarons in Wisconsin right here and now, I won’t of course, but seriously I found a winner! Almond And Ivy, a tiny bakery, located right in downtown De Pere, just south of Green Bay, has some of the best macarons I have had so far! Maybe it’s the fact that Karli Franzke, owner and master macaron baker, focuses only on these tasty French treats and cookies in her bakery. Maybe it’s because you can just taste the…

How To Survive The Roommate From Hell When Traveling

Are you going on a group tour solo and decided to room with another solo traveler? Faced with wanting to save some money while traveling I had gone against my better judgment and signed up to double up on a room for my first trip to Paris. I had just one other solo traveler to choose from. She was in her 80’s and Paris was the one place she had never been to. First I told my travel guide no way, but the closer I got to the trip I thought -what the heck, I’ll meet her and…

Is It Me Or Did Summer Just Fly By? Summer Recap

It’s Labor Day weekend. The last hurrah of summer. I know it sounds cliche, but did summer fly by in the blink of an eye? It sure seems that way. Is it true that the older you get the faster time passes? It feels that way! Now that Summer is on its last leg and dreams of everything pumpkin flavored is right around the corner, it’s time to take a look back at the last 3 months. Every year I ask myself if I accomplished all I wanted to during the summer months. If not, can…

A Mini Camping Vacation To Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Part 1 

Hello Indian Lake State Park in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula! In January when I made out my list of things I wanted to do in 2017, going on a camping trip was one of them. The way the summer was going and working 6 days a week, the idea of a camping trip before Megan went back to college seemed like a pipe dream! That is until there was an opening in the work schedule in late August. So I took advantage of that opportunity to take a breather, pack up the tent and other camping gear and head…

Why You Must Shop Corner Closet In Cedarburg, Wisconsin

Travel and shopping are like peanut butter and jelly to me…they just go together. There is a reason why I love Cedarburg so much-shopping! I make several trips to this cute town north of Milwaukee several times a year. My good friend Beverly lives in Cedarburg and since her and I both love to shop, many of those visits include a trip downtown to check out the many shops that line Cedarburg’s main street. Being a travel and midlife lifestyle blogger, I love to pass along fabulous little finds. Cedarburg offers a variety of specialty…

Finding French Macarons In Wisconsin- Rocket Baby Bakery Wauwatosa

The search for French Macarons in Wisconsin continues… As you know I have been in search of the best French macarons in Wisconsin. Honestly, so far every place I have sampled these sweet colorful meringue cookies has been the “best”. Perhaps it’s because I love them so much and when I find them on this side of the ocean happiness just pours out of me so they all taste good! My next stop was Rocket Baby Bakery in Wauwatosa near Milwaukee.  As you may remember from my first post about La Reve located in Tosa…

10 Things To Do In Door County Wisconsin

Door County offers something for everyone Each summer, Door County in Wisconsin is flooded with tourists from all over that come to enjoy the water, great food, even better shopping, and a host of other things.  It’s a great place to getaway with the family, but Door County welcomes couples as well as solo travelers.  There really something for everyone here. I recently took two separate one day road trips to Door County as part of my 7 Wisconsin Road Trips In 7 Days vacation. I have been to Door County a few times before since I basically…

Foodie Friday- Purple Door Ice Cream Milwaukee, Wisconsin

In case you can’t tell by now, I have a real sweet tooth!  I love sweet treats and one of them…ice cream! So when I recently spent a day in Milwaukee for my 7 Wisconsin road trips in 7 days, Purple Door Ice Cream was on my list of places I HAD to visit. It was a good thing I parked in a lot near the Hilton on Wisconsin Avenue and spent the day walking, cause after my Purple Door indulgence, I definitely needed to reverse the effects of the ice cream deliciousness I sampled. Beer…

Foodie Friday- Elsie Mae’s Bakery and Cannery In Kenosha Wisconsin

What’s a world without pie? Where can you go in Wisconsin to get the best pie? I found the answer. (at least in my opinion)  Elsie Mae’s Bakery and Cannery in Kenosha. I was recently lucky enough to get to visit this place and meet the owner Kelly, when I was in Kenosha, Wisconsin on my 7 Wisconsin road trips in 7 days tour. I found out about Elsie Mae’s pies when one of her cookie dough pies was included in a goodie bag when I took the Kenosha tour during the Women In…

Chasing Waterfalls In Marinette County, Wisconsin

Whoever said you can’t chase waterfalls has never been to Marinette County Wisconsin It has been my goal for quite some time to do the waterfalls tour in Marinette County.  When I got some time off work and decided to do 7 Wisconsin road trips in 7 days, the waterfalls tour was on my list. There are 14 waterfalls total on this self guided tour.  Maps are available at most gas stations in Marinette County,  I had been up at Pembine, Wisconsin the week before ATVing with my family, so I picked up the free map and Marinette…

Explore Mammoths, Fossils, And The Arts At The Kenosha Public Museum

The Kenosha Public Museum is an impressive FREE museum On a recent visit to Kenosha Wisconsin I spent some time exploring this natural science and fine and decorative arts museum.  The museum has on a display an impressive array of over 80,000 total items in it’s collection. The first floor features an incredible exhibit called the Wisconsin Story and tells the timeline of our ecosystem.  You can see fossils, coral reefs, and how the animals evolved.  Also you can see and read about the ice age and what happened when the glaciers melted.  Also on display on…

7 Wisconsin Road Trips In 7 Days

Vacationing at the spur of the moment I found myself with an unplanned 7 days off of work last week.  Believe me, I was doing a happy dance since I have not had much time to check things off my summer Wisconsin bucket list!  As a travel blogger-I was itching to get on the road and discover places in Wisconsin to review and write about. Having a full 7 days off, I wanted to have some family time and do my travel blogging things.  So the question was should we find somewhere to stay as a family for a…

Finding French Macarons In Wisconsin At Le Reve Patisserie And Cafe

Looking to satisfy my appetite for all things French, I began my quest to find the best French macarons in Wisconsin a couple of weeks ago with a stop in Wauwatosa at a couple of places- Le Reve Patisserie and Cafe and Rocket Baby Bakery. These small, colorful, and fancy cookies made from almond flour, powdered sugar, and egg whites, with a host of fillings are a must have on any visit to Paris.  Famous shops such as Laduree and Pierre Herme make whole window displays out of these cookies that are so pretty, you cannot help but wander inside…

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