#CTLTravels To: Chicago

Chicago travel guide

Chi-Town, The Windy City, City in a Garden, whatever you call Chicago, I call it the best city to visit over the holidays. While I had anticipated lots of wind and cooler weather, I did not realize that this city takes Thanksgiving and Christmas so seriously! Whether it was a conscious effort on the city's part, or just blind luck, I found that I left Chicago in the proper Christmas spirit thanks to the traditional decorations on every building, the Thanksgiving Day parade and the general glee on Chicagoans. 

Cyber Monday Shopping


That was a busy Black Friday and Shop Small Saturday but hold onto your hats because now we have Cyber Monday!

Black Friday 2017

black friday

All sales below are live now! Save yourself the rush and shop online from the comfort of your home (and jammies!)

Hostess Gift Guide


What better way to thank someone who has invited you into their home then with a special hostess gift! I follow the rule of thumb that you should never show up at someone's home empty handed and I try to pick a practical item that the host/hostess will enjoy.

His & Her's Gift Guide


Gifts her her, gifts for him, gifts for them! Everything you see here would be well received by anyone on your list. Mom deserves those cute as can be mittens and dad will love tinkering with the Google Home Mini. Your impossible to buy for sister sure will appreciate the new hair straightener and that couple who you just adore will get a great deal of use out of the Williams Sonoma chef's pack!

Treat Yourself Gift Guide


All this week I will be bringing you Christmas gift guides to help make your holiday shopping a little easier but first, let's treat ourselves! This season we will be running from work, to the mall, to party after party, prepping large meals at home, the list goes on forever!

Christmas Pajamas Gift Guide


I think you might be surprised to learn that we probably have the same Christmas Eve tradition. Each year my parents bought us kids (there were four of us!) new Christmas pajamas that we were allowed to open on Christmas Eve. I carried that tradition on when we had our own kids and I remember telling someone at work this story, thinking I was the only one. Well, a few people overheard the conversation an they chimed in that they did that too...and they also thought they were the only family that did this!

Navy Stripe Powder Room

Navy Stripe Powder Room

Earlier this year I had decided that the main floor of our house needed to be redecorated. We made a plan and committed to three main areas, our kitchen, living/dining room and main entry hallway. Each presented challenges, like the arduous task of removing popcorn ceilings (more on that in a future post), and like many projects, it seemed to drag on and on. 

The Best of This Weekend's L.L. Bean Sale

l.l.bean sale

Have I got big, Big, BIG news for you! This weekend only, everything on L.L.Bean is 25% off! That includes sale items, new items and, wait for it...Bean Boots! OMG, this never happens! Add in free shipping and well, let's just say there will be some shopping this weekend!

Brewing The Perfect Cup Of Tea

typhoo tea

After last night's snowfall and this morning's below freezing temperature, I thought today would be the perfect time to talk about brewing the perfect cup of tea. Yes, there is a true art to making a soul stasfiying cuppa that will leave a smile on your face.

This Life: Episode 1

celebrating this life

It's the start of a new month, a very busy month that leads into an even busier month, which is why I took a much needed few days off from blogging last week so I could prepare myself for everything that is coming up. In doing this I thought of a new column where I could keep you all up date on everything going on in This Life!