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Get A Good Night’s Sleep With Layla Mattress

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So, how did you sleep last night? Do you feel rested? There is nothing like a good night’s sleep to make or break your day. And if you have a bad back, you will totally know that having a good mattress makes a huge difference in how you feel the next day.


In my search for a new mattress, I learned about the Layla Mattress while surfing the web.… Read more

Exploring the Sapphire Blue Waters and History of Loreto, Mexico

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There is a small town in the Baja peninsula known as Loreto that will remind you of the beauty of nature and the luxury of a slower pace of life. Having just spent time at the Villa del Palmar Beach Resort and Spa at the Islands of Loreto, I was introduced to the peace that is found in this city. (To learn more about Villa del Palmar, please see their special offer here with code “CHEFW17”)

Just a short flight from Los Angeles brings you to a town that sits on the sapphire blue waters of the Sea of Cortez.… Read more

UncommonGoods: An Artisan Showcase

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So, how many bridal shower, birthday party, wedding and anniversary party invitations do you have hanging on your fridge? Have you found THE gift to give for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day? If you are tired of walking the malls and surfing the web, then you should check out Inspiring Kitchen’s new shopping discovery: UncommonGoods.

Just like its name sounds, this unique online store has a wide assortment of items that range from jewelry to home goods to kitchen and bar to artwork to kids options and beyond. These creative and original designs are not typically found in your traditional mall stores.… Read more

Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2017: 10 Creative Ideas

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2017

If you are lucky enough to have a woman in your life to call Mom or a lady who has cared for you in the way only a Mother can, then you know her special day is fast approaching. Are you ready? In reality, we should be celebrating Mom every day for all she does for us, right?! But officially, her day is Sunday, May 14.

Finding the perfect gift that describes your relationship with your Mom can be overwhelming. To help inspire you to choose the perfect gift just for her, Inspiring Kitchen has curated a special collection for you to browse.… Read more

The Magic Of Cavalia Odysseo

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When you live in a big city, you tend to feel like you have seen everything. And I can tell you from a theater perspective, I have now, after seeing a fabulous show called Cavalia Odysseo. This incredibly unique show comes from Montreal, Quebec, Canada and is simply breathtaking.

If you have seen Cirque du Soleil, you will sense some similarities. The key difference between the shows are the horses and their story. “…an ode to horse and man, that marries the equestrian arts, awe inspiring acrobatics and high tech theatrical effects.” Held in Soldier Field’s South parking lot, the very first thing you notice as you approach the stadium is a massive white tent.… Read more

Chile Lime Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Mango and Jicama

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In our home, eating Mexican food is a regular thing. We have cravings for it, really. Having just gone on a vacation to the Villa Del Palmar in Loreto, Mexico, in the Baja peninsula where eating dishes with traditional ingredients from breakfast through dinner was highly anticipated, I was already trying to figure out how to replicate the recipes at home. They were that good! So when dinner time comes along on say, a Tuesday night, I will be prepared with a quick and easy meal to make. Chile Lime Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Mango and Jicama

By far one of my most memorable meals was lunch where we had grilled shrimp tacos.… Read more

Even More Favorite Finds from 2017 International Home and Housewares Show

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After spending four days walking the International Home and Housewares Show at Chicago’s McCormick Place, over 2,200 exhibitors from around the world and 400 NEW companies, sharing all my favorite finds was going to take two posts. So, in part two of my summary, you will learn about the following:

  • Millennials are making an impact on trends.
  • Eco-friendly products are gaining momentum.
  • Colors are most welcome, wanted and defined in the housewares world.
  • Housewares Industry professionals are extremely generous.
  • McCormick Place and its three massive halls are huge. 16,000 steps a day. Next year, wear better shoes!
  • Too much to share in one post.
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International Home and Housewares Show 2017 Favorite Finds

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If I told you that the International Home and Housewares Show sold out almost three months before opening day, would you be surprised? How about if you knew that there were over 2200 exhibitors from around the world (and 400 NEW companies) in attendance? The Show’s home for four days is in Chicago at McCormick Place. With over 62,000 attendees from 125 countries walking the show, there are a number of for-sure things that you will leave with:

  • The creativity in housewares is endless!
  • Technology is strongly entrenched in our kitchens making “SmartHomes” available to everyone.
  • Millennials are making an impact on trends.
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Quick and Easy Fresh Corn, Red Pepper and Black Bean Mini Tacos

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It’s a Tuesday night and you have no idea what to make for yourself or your family for dinner. You find yourself just staring in to the fridge hoping that a meal will jump out at you. But what is sometimes easy to overlook are the handful of ingredients that are fresh and/or in a can that will make a flavorful and in this case, colorful, dish that everyone will enjoy.Quick and Easy Fresh Corn, Red Pepper and Black Bean Mini Tacos

Today, I am sharing my Fresh Corn, Red Pepper and Black Bean Mini Tacos. I am really big on adding and subtracting ingredients based on what is in season, what I am in the mood for or my guests are requesting or even what I have available in the fridge!… Read more

Spy Themed SafeHouse Restaurant Opens in Chicago

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If you ever wanted to be in a spy movie or just simply love anything 007, then you are going to love the newly launched SafeHouse Chicago. Originating in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1966, this fascinating space is anything but a typical dining experience. Milwaukee’s location has even gained Landmark status.

As a Wisconsin girl, the SafeHouse was always the place to bring friends who came in to town. To this day, I still have their original Spy’s Demise cocktail glass. Oh, the memories…

There is much that goes on inside the restaurant that you need to experience firsthand. Mystery is a very good thing.… Read more