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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...

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...

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...

NOVICA: Gift shopping that gives back

Novica is a shopping site created in association with National Geographic that is dedicated to offering hard to find goods by artists and artisans from around the globe. Not only can you find jewelry, home decor, artwork and accessories from places like Bali, Brazil, Thailand and West Africa, but Novica also includes a blurb about the artist who created each item, giving you a better insight on the life of the person you are supporting with your purchases. For you savvy shoppers, the website...

I love Brits, yeah yeah yeah!

I know I’ve said this before, but, it warrants saying again, I love the Brits! What’s not to love about the British? Britain is the little island from which the big idea of America was conceived. It‘s the place where something as enormous as the Atlantic Ocean could be nonchalantly referred to as “the pond”. It’s the land of all things, “cheeky” “blimely” and “crikey”! It’s the magic of Harry Potter, the romance of Jane Austen and all the delightful...

Art for the traveling He(art)

What does your travel-guide/phrase-book look like after a long trip? Are the pages dog-eared with write-ups of local attractions and hotels circled or highlighted with red and yellow pen? Do you have the phone numbers of tour guides, locals in-the-know or taxicab companies scribbled in the margins??? You do, if you are anything like me. And, on top of that, your travel maps are riddled with pin holes and tears from the stress of being folded and refolded every which...