Minnneapolis, Minnesota, USA
December 06
I am a stay-at-home mom who also happens to be an avid writer and traveler. I studied French and International Relations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, lived in France, and have wandered to over 30 countries. I reside in Minneapolis, MN with my husband and two young children. I currently write three blogs:, and and am a frequent contributor to


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NOVEMBER 4, 2012 3:00PM

The Sunday Post: Wonderful

“Only count the sunny days” – Anonymous

Maybe it is due to the weather. The graying skies and the barren trees are making me feel a bit gloomy. I hate gray. I detest a day without the sun shining. Although I live in a cold climate, I find the warmer, grayer… Read full post »

I won’t forget the morning I saw the news. I reluctantly picked up the paper and my heart sank. There on the front page was her picture.  A pair of deep dark eyes stared back at me. The innocent yet determined eyes of a child well beyond her years. Her name… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 2, 2012 4:06PM

Pure Geometry

When I saw this week’s photo challenge “Geometry”, my mind instantly went to one place: Guatemala. The reoccurring earthquakes that destroyed Antigua over and over again left this lovely city with some of the most fascinating mixture of geometrical shapes on earth. I could have spen… Read full post »

One of the oldest traditions in the region of Savoie is making cheese. Three alpine cheeses are made in this region of the French Alps: Abondance, Beaufort, and Comte. These cheeses evolved over time due to the unique, isolated community of alpine herders who collectively used their dairy supplies d… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 1, 2012 5:39PM

A Spooky Night of Halloween Fun

Last night the kids and I had the quite the time Trick or Treating through our spooky neighborhood. The weather was unseasonably warm and there was a full moon which added to the mass of kids enjoying one of the funniest, strangest holidays of the year.

I’ve always loved Halloween and… Read full post »

OCTOBER 31, 2012 9:16AM

The Blog of the Year Award 2012

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.†– Mother Teresa

I’m not one for awards.  My entire blog is a labor of love for me. Something I spend countless hours on, penniless, yet receive more joy and happiness from doing than any paying jobRead full post »

OCTOBER 30, 2012 12:23PM

A new way to give back: Giving Tuesday

As an avid world traveler, advocate and global volunteer I’ve often found myself having a difficult time coming to terms with the inequities and injustice in the world. Often times, when I return from a trip abroad I find myself feeling a deep sadness and guilt about how much the “haves�… Read full post »

OCTOBER 29, 2012 11:59AM

Time to return to civilization

This post is a continuation of my series on hiking the Tour de Vanoise in France. This post follows the post “Our Last Night in the Alps at Refuge Peclet-Polset”. To read it, click here. 

As I always like to say “All good things come to an end”. Today would be… Read full post »

The state of Minnesota has always been known for its political activism and each election season you become accustomed to the massive influx of lawn signs that spring up all over the State, especially in urban areas.

Coming from Chicago, I was surprised to see so many people strongly stating… Read full post »

OCTOBER 27, 2012 3:08PM


As it draws nearer and nearer to our odd festival of Halloween, it is time to focus a little on things in this world that are “spooky”. I tend to steer away from all things scary and my children are still spooked relatively easy so we aren’t going to many haunted… Read full post »

OCTOBER 26, 2012 3:41PM


Perhaps one of the reasons why I love to travel so much is that everything is new and foreign. When I saw this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge, I realized that most of what I write about could fit under this theme. As long as you travel and experience the world with… Read full post »

OCTOBER 25, 2012 7:58PM

A Picnic Lunch in Paradise

Author’s note: This post is a continuation on my travel series hiking the Tour de la Vanoise. Somehow or another I had started this post and forgot to finish it! How dare it! This post should have occurred the afternoon before we arrived at our last refuge, Refuge Peclet-Polset, and shouldRead full post »

OCTOBER 24, 2012 10:28PM

My favorite street in Chicago: Armitage

One of the most quintessential streets in the entire city of Chicago is Armitage Avenue. Located in the historic heart of trendy, urban Lincoln Park, Armitage is most known for its gorgeous tree-lined streets and classic, colorful Victorian row houses.  Upscale boutiques and restaurants pepper the a… Read full post »

World Polio Day October 24

OCTOBER 23, 2012 12:15PM

A visit down memory road

Last weekend my family and I went to visit friends and family in Chicago. It was our first trip back as a family in a couple of years and it was great to be back in such a special place. We stayed with some friends who live in Lincoln Park only… Read full post »

We reached our last refuge for the trip, the Refuge Peclet-Polset around mid-afternoon. It was another stellar day awash in brilliant sunlight and perfect temperatures. We had heard from our guide Mark that this refuge was relatively new and “modern” as the old one had burned down. By the… Read full post »

This post is part of my Social Good Sunday series. It is a guest post from Chloe, the Founder & President of C.R.E.E.R in France & Cote d’Ivoire.   C.R.E.E.R – Centre de Reinsertion et Education pour les Enfants de la Rue, or in English, a centre of reinsertion and education forRead full post »

OCTOBER 19, 2012 2:46PM

Fall Silhouettes

Fall is in the air and fading fast around my lovely lake. I captured these silhouettes and added a little fun filtering to create these Fall photos below.

This post is in honor if the Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette. To see more entries click here.




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This Friday’s Feature is from one of my dearest blogging friends, lovely  who writes the fantastic blog “Reinventing the Event Horizon“. Kathy has become a wonderful blogging friend and I adore her creative posts. She is also in the process of writing a memoir. 

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After reaching the highest point of our trek at Col de Chaviere and a stunning view of Mount Blanc nestled in the clouds, it was time to head down. Unfortunately it was a long, steep descent through a path of rocky glacier moraine. But at least there were plenty of beautiful… Read full post »

OCTOBER 16, 2012 9:54AM

World Food Programme in Bolivia

Photo credit: World Food Programme

The World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.

“Born in 1961, WFP pursues a vision of the world in which every man, woman and child has access at all times to the food needed for an active and health

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When you have worn out your shoes, the strength of the shoe leather has passed into the fiber of your body.  I measure your health by the number of shoes and hats and clothes you have worn out.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

After a strenuous morning of hiking, we finally made it… Read full post »

OCTOBER 14, 2012 9:21PM

The Power of We

Founded in 2007, Blog Action Day brings together bloggers from different countries, interests and languages to blog about one important global topic on the same day. Past topics have included water, climate change, poverty and food with thousands of blogs, big and small, taking part. This yeaRead full post »

OCTOBER 14, 2012 2:59PM

On Display

This week’s Travel Theme by Where’s My Backpack is “On Display”. I had taken these fun pictures a few weeks ago when I visited Minneapolis’ colorful Global Market in Midtown to listen to Chris Guillebeau present his New York Times Bestseller “$100 Startup”.

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This post is part of my Social Good Sunday series. It is a guest post from Alicia Rice who is living in Thailand working on a documentary film about the people living in the slum communities of Khon Kaen. This is a post about her work. 

A man from a slum

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