• Can I Eat This Word?

    Do you know what triclosan is?  What about diethanolamine?  Propylene glycol?  Don’t feel bad if you’ve never heard, of nor can pronounce, these words.  They are chemicals that are most commonly found in toiletries such as toothpaste, hand soap, and shampoo.  Most of us are not familiar with these foreign ...
  • CITY LIVING, SIMPLIFIED

    Sometimes people think urban living is a big, complicated mess.  There’s the pollution, the parking, the crime . . . it’s true, a large city can be a beast to contend with, but a beast can be tamed—or even ignored.   Since I’ve lived in a major, metropolitan city, I ...
  • Jennifer Schmidt

    Jennifer has a passion for beautiful objects, community gardening, minimalism, outdoor cocktail parties, capsule wardrobes, and her husband’s coffee.  She regularly takes mini, exploration vacations in the city of Chicago where she lives, seeking out unique nooks in the many distinct Chicago neighborhoods.  She loves people and different cultures and ...
  • DATE NIGHT SOS: 3 UNIQUE AND CHEAP IDEAS

    Just as a machine needs regular maintenance—a bit of oil and tightening of some screws—to continue running smoothly, a marriage also needs continued upkeep in order to keep the relationship strong and healthy.   That means, even if you’re married, it’s important to have a “date night” on a regular basis. ...