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Lori Helke

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…

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