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Lori Helke

Solo Travel and 6 Tips For Dining As A Solo Traveler

Solo Travel and Dining Alone Whether you are a thousand miles away from home, or wanting to try out a new restaurant close to home, you should not be hesitant if you are dining solo. For some the thought of eating alone conjures up the stereotypical image of the lonely person at the corner table quickly eating an early dinner before pitying eyes fill the dining room. Today, with a whole segment of the population…

Spending A Day At The Milwaukee Art Museum

If you are looking for a perfect solo day trip, Milwaukee is a perfect destination. My favorite place in Milwaukee has to be the Milwaukee Art Museum.  Just the structure itself is a piece of art. I love to go during the week when it’s quiet and and I can get a close look at all the art. It is a meditative experience that I first learned of while visiting the Orsay in…

Let There Be Light! My Vintage Camper Gets Lit Up!

I am so excited!!! I could not wait to share this with everyone! Today is a milestone in our vintage camper/she shed renovation. I have lights!!! This may be a minor thing to everyone else, but to me, this is a HUGE thing. Rick spent today hanging and hooking up my lights while I went out choosing a fabric to make my curtains. I headed to my nearest Jo-Ann Fabrics. Two hours later…

A Perfect Midwest Getaway To Mall Of America

For a great getaway in the Midwest, make it Mall Of America! I was looking to spend some quality time with Megan before she returns to college from winter break so we decided to take a little mini vacation to Mall Of America near Minneapolis a couple weeks ago. The three of us had been to Mall Of America on New Years Eve a few years before. It wasn’t really a shopping trip…

Work On Beatrice’s Interior Begins! My Vintage Camper Redo

Work on my vintage camper AKA Beatrice is moving right along. We have been blessed with some fairly mild temperatures lately, so we have taken full advantage and continued work on Beatrice. So much so, that I predict if this pace continues, the interior will be finished by Spring and all that will be left is the exterior paint job and some last minute touches. I can’t tell you how excited I am…

4 Reasons Why You Should Try Solo Travel In Midlife

Are you dying to try solo travel? Midlife is a great time to realize your dream of solo travel. I think that when women hear the term “solo travel” they think of travel to far away places. While that can be the ultimate goal, it’s not necessarily the best way to start out for most women. If that is what you want to do (after all my first “solo&#8221…

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…

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