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Pierre Hermé is the emperor of eclairs, the prince of pound cakes, the macaron maestro and now the chief of a new chocolate bar pop-up in Paris that will only be open until Easter (April 5). Pierre Hermé is the emperor of eclairs, the prince of pound cakes,...

I really miss spending time alone with my girlfriends. But, between work and family commitments, there is scant time for that leisurely hang out of yore. I had fantasized about an actual girls getaway with my best friend from college. It was challenging to organize....

Is it OK to Spy On Your Kids?     Spying on your kids. It’s a divisive issue. But, like it or not, monitoring your kids is all a part of parenting. I was asked by CNN’s Kelly Wallace how I felt about the issue. Here is what...

What to See, Do & Eat in Chicago Over the Holidays The food. The sports. The art. The theater. There is a lot to love about the city of Chicago. And I have the good fortune to report on all things fabulous in the third coast...

ATK Rails on These Disastrous Duds on Good Day Chicago There is a lot to love about the holidays. One big exception? The plethora of atrocious Christmas themed garb. Of course there are the parties where people ironically sport these bedazzled getups and snort with laughter...

Then Recover with Delicious Tarts and Pommes Frites My story from FoodAndWine.com It’s the thrill of the hunt. For decades, treasure seekers have scoured the allées of Paris’s famed flea market Marché aux Puces for vintage trinkets and eclectic furniture. To inveterate hunters and gatherers, the aha! moment of plucking bric-a-brac vintage...

My Story from TravelAndLeisure.com I have schlepped my kids everywhere: Provence, London, Northern Italy, Southern Spain, Budapest, Iceland, and, most recently, Marrakech. Sure I love expanding their horizons. But, the pressure to accommodate their decidedly non pint-sized needs can become tiresome. I guiltily longed for the...

My story from HuffingtonPost.com I took a five-year hiatus from working out. Not because I wanted to. But because I got sucked into the vortex of motherhood. Between diapers, meal preparation, organizing kid activities and keeping up with my own career, my needs fell to the...

Home rentals are an attractive option for a traveling family. That is, when the property matches the images on the internet. Having had a recent bait and switch in Provence where a dilapidated farm house had been substituted for the “villa” I had rented, the...

GABBING GOLDEN GLOBES ON CNN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT It was such fun to dish about the fashion and highlights of the 71st Golden Globes 2014 with AJ Hammer, Megan Alexander and Nischelle Turner. Here's the video: CNN Showbiz Tonight - Amy Tara Koch - Golden Globes - Pt...