Madame Chic - A Triple Book Review

Jennifer L. Scott is the author of the three books staring Madame Chic below: Lessons From Madame Chic — 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris At Home with Madame Chic: Becoming a Connoisseur of Daily Life Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic All three of these books are cute and quick reads – and have a lot to offer. In fact, I read Lessons from Madame Chic on the Plane to Europe! And then again this past… Read more »

Screen shot of 7 day New England Trip Adventure

Today’s blog prompt is to plan a seven day vacation where I can do anything I want – and have unlimited money to go with it 😀 Sounds fun, right? The other piece of this challenge is that it has to be reasonable (i.e. I should account for travel time and such!). Basically, at the end of it, I should be able to say hey, if I raise X amount of money I could actually go on this seven day… Read more »

Bourbon Tasting

Kentucky is the number one seller and producer of bourbon in the world. Hence, in my move to Kentucky, I had to learn more. If you’ve never been to a Bourbon distillery, you simply cannot fathom the process and set standard of ingredients that go into bourbon. I’m serious. I used to look at a bottle of Evan Williams and think, oh, that’s just another form of liquor…cool (thick sarcasm)! But really, bourbon has a really neat history and after… Read more »

Me at Lake Michigan

Growing up is an odd thing… as a child, you long for it – to be an adult, to be free and able to do what you want. And you want it even when all of the adults around you say you shouldn’t… Come to think of it, this is probably WHY we want to grow old. Silly rebellious – and stubborn – creatures we are. My other half and I decided to make a trip up to Holland, MI… Read more »


Traveling is incredibly important to my life. Prior to my month-long excursion to Europe last December, I was leery of traveling – especially traveling abroad. Of course, I have traveled throughout my home state of Michigan and to a few other locations…but never anything like this. My other half and I visited London, Paris, Belgium, Berlin, Venice and Rome. Because of flight restrictions, we each only took one carry-on size suitcase and a small backpack – for an entire month!… Read more »

Beachside Village Resort Image

A few weeks ago, in my post Transitioning, I mentioned my recent trip to Florida. My other half and I visited Fort Lauderdale and Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. Lauderdale-By-The-Sea is a community just north of Fort Lauderdale. During our stay at a resort in Fort Lauderdale (as we were trying to catch our breath from college graduation), we didn’t do too much exploring. It certainly wasn’t like the constant go, go, go attitude we had on our Europe adventures. In fact, I can… Read more »

Me at Fort Lauderdale Florida Image

This past week, my other half and I traveled to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We were in search of a place where we could simply relax and recooperate from our college years and where we could mentally prepare for our coming careers and plans. We wanted a stress free, warm week at the beach. For me, this meant lounging at the pool while enjoying a good book, beach-side naps and a good run every day. I certainly got what I was… Read more »

Venice Ashlee Image

Arriving in Venice was a beautiful thing. After seeing the Swiss Alps from the sky and a very bumpy landing we reached the bus station where we purchased our bus ticket to get to the main island of Venice where we would be staying. Making it to the train station of the island showed us our first bit of beauty this island offers. As I write this, I know that the word “beautiful” does not do even the smallest part… Read more »

Berlin Wall and Ashlee Image

As those of you who follow my blog may already know – Berlin had some scary moments. Mainly upon arrival. My other half and I arrived late at night in Berlin and had to travel by the train for approximately 45 minutes to the train station local to our AirBnb. The distance between the train station and our AirBnb was only about a ten minute walk – but after dark, not knowing the language…well, it was slightly disturbing. The first… Read more »

Belgium Map Image

After spending almost 12 days as a traveling duo, my other half and I finally arrived in his home country – Belgium! Upon arrival we hopped straight onto a train headed for Rhode-Saint-Genèse. This is home to his Uncle, Aunt and some of his cousins (his Grandmother was also there for the holidays). As it was Christmas time, we were both thrilled to see family and catch our breath after the whirlwind in London and Paris. The first night we enjoyed dinner… Read more »

When I first heard about the terrorist attacks in Paris, my other half and I were on a train, in the mountains, somewhere between Venice and Rome. We were both shocked. Prior to flying to Europe, of course, it crossed my mind…what happens if something really bad happens abroad. What happens if there’s a terrorist attack? Or if there is some sort of world wide attack? And even on a smaller level – I was terrified of losing my passport… Read more »

Paris Ashlee Image

Moving on to Paris, we took a high-speed train under the English Channel and were to Paris before we could catch a few winks. Just a note on high-speed trains…they don’t feel high speed! It was raining in Paris upon our arrival and I remember being semi-lost, wet and wishing that there was a little less dirt, grim and doggy do-do on the ground so I could roll my suitcase to our AirBnB. Of course, what fun would it be… Read more »