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Lori Helke

Ice Formations Along Lake Michigan In Milwaukee (photos)

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Traveling to Milwaukee on Friday to the Milwaukee Art Museum lead Megan and I to a (somewhat) surprising discovery. Instead of taking the interstate to downtown, I decided to take the scenic route instead.  We got off at Brown Deer and followed highway 32 along the lake shore. It is actually a beautiful drive and I wanted to take Megan on that route to see the beautiful houses that line…

5 Great Places For Lunch In The Green Bay Area

Feature photo: Shrimp and Zucchini Noodle Bowl-a’Bravo If you find yourself in Green Bay at lunch, you are in luck! Green Bay, Wisconsin is so much more than just the Packers. And while the Packers may have made Green Bay a famous spot in Wisconsin to visit for Football fans, it is very well know for it’s food, culture, and the fabulous Broadway downtown district also. I’ll be…

5 Things I Did In 2017 That Made My Year Fabulous (AKA My Year In Review)

Wow! Can you believe it? We are saying goodbye to another year. It’s true, the older you get, the more time flies. It been a rollercoaster of a ride this year. If someone would have told me just a year ago that I would have done all the things I did this past year I would not have believed it. About the only downside (or upside financially) for my blogging and travel opportunities…

Quotes To Inspire You In 2018

Nothing like an inspirational quote to ring in the New Year! Quotes, we all love a good inspirational quote don’t we? I have 2 of them that just rang true with me today.  As 2017 comes to a close, it’s time to reflect back on the past year (which I will recap in a year end post). After that reflection comes looking toward the New Year as a time to set…

Book Review: Between England & Iowa A Year In The Life Of An Emigrating Wife by Kylie Neuhaus

For the traveler in all of us, I’m sure at times we’ve all thought about what it would be like to move permanently to a foreign country. Myself, I’ve often dreamed about what it would be like to actually live in Paris. But what happens when you meet someone from a foreign country on a tropical vacation, keep in touch, fall in love, get married, and move to that…

40 Years Of Saturday Night Live- SNL: The Experience Chicago

On a recent trip to Chicago, I paid a little visit to SNL: The Experience. I came upon the SNL: The Experience purely by accident.  I was walking along North State Street when I spotted the huge banner on a building advertising SNL: The Experience inside. Then I remembered hearing about the opening at the Museum Of Broadcast Communications (360 N. State Street) at the corner of Kinzie and North State Street some weeks before…

Update On Beatrice AKA My Vintage Camper/She Shed

Mild temps helped to get some more work done on Beatrice With the Deer Hunting season over and mild temps up until this week, we were able to make more progress on the Beatrice renovation project. A big hurdle we had was the new window in the front leaking after we installed it. The first issue we had, being inexperienced, we discovered that the window we bought was a vertical window.  The main problem with…

A Night At Turner Hall Ballroom With Da “Manitowoc Minute” Guy Charlie Berens

Have you seen da Manitowoc Minute? We Wisconsinites love poking fun at ourselves and we love poking fun at our neighbors to the south even more (Especially when it comes to the classic Packer-Bear football rivalry). There was plenty of that fun to go around Thursday night at Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee when we had tickets for a sold out show to see da “Manitowoc Minute” guy Charlie Berens. It was…

Taking In Paris Posters At The Driehaus Museum in Chicago

Loving Paris and France in general Lead me to check out the Driehaus Museum in downtown Chicago in the River North area last weekend.  I came across the L’Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters exhibition by doing a Google search on French things to do in Chicago.  What a gem this turned out to be! It turned out to be the highlight of my weekend. As most of you know, I am always…

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…

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…

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…

 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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