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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....

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...

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...

I am knee-deep in an extended project for Travel + Leisure magazine, spotlighting all that is fabulous in my hometown of Chicago. The best part? I get to explore the nooks and crannies of my city to cull the best experiences for locals and tourists...

MY DINNER PARTY BASED ON SPRING FASHION TRENDS It all started with a show stopping 11 course meal at Grant Achatz’s gastro palace NEXT in Chicago last month. The intense flavors and crazy modern pairings were the stuff of food porn fantasies. The innovation of the meal left...

FIVE FOODS THAT CAN WHITTLE YOUR WAIST It’s Oscars time. Celebs know that looking trim on the red carpet is non-negotiable. They have the luxury of having personal chefs and trainers on staff. But, looking svelte does not require professional services. Yes, you need to exercise...

Women fantasize about leaping back into their pre-pregnancy jeans right after giving birth. I mean, celebrities do it, so why cant the average woman? Seeing A-Listers supersonically whittle their waists puts enormous pressure on new moms. Truth:  stars have an army of help: nannies, personal...

HOW TO MAXIMIZE FUN FACTOR & MINIMIZE MISHAPS I had so much fun shooting a segment with Mark and Christina for Hallmark Channel's Home & Family last week. The topic? How to focus on family fun and minimize mishaps by preparing for every conceivable (in-transit) situation. WATCH VIDEO HERE! BEAUTY Flying...

Mine Better Be Extra Luxe This Year A homemade card is sweet. But, Mothers Day is all about proving your love. We have disfigured our bodies and exhausted our souls for the sake of our husband and children. In my opinion, it's all about payback. Now it's...