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    Valentine’s Gifts for Travelers

    Maybe it’s a Hallmark holiday created to boost sappy card and lingerie sales, but who cares? Why not have an excuse each year to show your love? Whether to your long time partner, occasional…

    February 8, 2016
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    Things I Love

    Things I Love: The Trip Planning Edition

    I can’t believe it’s already February! So far this year I’ve been to Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Galena (such a cute place!), but am craving something more exotic. So this week has been all about…

    February 5, 2016
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    Carry On

    In My Carry On: Galena

    Two weeks ago, I went on the most unexpectedly wonderful weekend getaway to Galena, Illinois. Why was it unexpected? Because I (and I know I’m not alone in this) previously felt there wasn’t much…

    February 4, 2016
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    Carry On

    My Beach Essentials

    The end of January in Chicago has me aching for somewhere tropical. I’ve been doing some trip planning today and will be heading somewhere warm soon. Hooray! In the meantime I’m researching gorgeous beach houses…

    January 25, 2016
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    Things I Love

    Things I Love: The Political Edition

    Welcome to Things I Love, a roundup of some of my favorite things from throughout the week, including a special travel deal just for readers! This week I’ve been working in Chicago and lining up trips…

    January 17, 2016
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    9 Essential Food Books

    I love reading about food almost as much as I love eating it. From delving behind the scenes in chef memoirs to learning the history of ingredients, reading stories of recipes to learning how to…

    January 13, 2016