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PRESENTS! -Day 1 of 100happydays

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Ah, presents and the joys of gift giving! Although I am clear that there is so much more to the Spirit of Christmas than buying or making gifts to give to our loved ones, presents are a very big part of the holiday season. When else do we dedicate so much of our time and effort solely to focusing on seeking out clothing, tools, toys, and gadgets purely for the purpose of bringing happiness to others? For various reasons, I personally...

Sitting Pretty On A New York Chair

My Brooklynite bestie from high school would be the first to point out that New York City is not exactly my most favorite city in the world—sorry New York. But I will have to admit that I do love this chair with its throw pillow featuring the New York skyline. It would be awesome in a room featuring a similarly styled San Francisco chair along side a Paris sofa. I am confident that both of those exist somewhere. Which brings...

Eataly Chicago: The Epcot Center of Italian Foodie Markets

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I adore Italian food and could spend an entire day watching those cooking shows featuring chefs of Italian cuisine whipping up their Molto Magic. When I heard that celebrity chefs Lidia Bastianich and Mario Batali recently teamed up to bring their signature Eataly market to Chicago, I had to check it out. Eataly Chicago is 63,000 square feet of artisanal cheeses, meats, pastas, sweets, olive oils, wines, cookbooks, utensils and more. Located on Ohio Street in downtown Chicago, the concept...

The Travel And Adventure Show: Not a Bad Way to Spend a Day

I recently had the opportunity to check out the Travel and Adventure Show and I have to admit it was better than I expected. Although, if pressed about it, I couldn’t really say what is was that I did expect. Maybe I just didn’t expect it to be such big production. The convention center was filled with airline, cruise ship, vacation and tourism vendors of every variety and they were all at the ready to book the trip of your...

The Truth About Being Robbed Blind: It Sucks

So, unless you are outside of the U.S., I am sure that you have heard of the Target Data Breach by now. In case you haven’t, between  November 24th  and December 15th as many as 70 million Target store shoppers had their credit, debit and personal information stolen by a ring of thieves using software uploaded to the merchant’s server.  If you are like me, have shopped at Target or one of its affiliates and haven’t changed your credit or debit cards, you...

Taking Travel Inventory with Scratch Maps

It’s the end of another year, time to take inventory of the great travel destinations that you can now mark off your bucket list before making new plans for next year. Maps by ScratchMap are perfect for doing just that. Part wall art and part travel lottery ticket, these maps are covered in a foil surface that you can scratch away with a coin. These cool maps make it easy to celebrate all the places that you have been while...