Friday Finds: Azigo, Best of 2012 Lists & Holiday Deals

December 14, 2012 at 5:44 am

At the risk of “putting myself out of the finding business”, I share with you a new website that I saw on PureWow this week. We all love our daily deals and retailer discount emails, but sometimes seeing so much “20% off!” and “Cheap flights to Mexico!” in the in-box can be overwhelming. I have had some friends basically give up reading “deal” e-mails entirely…

Stories, Not Stuff!

December 13, 2012 at 5:35 am

My friend, Kelly posted this awesome reminder and link to a site I had not heard of before (except when she was traveling recently.) I love NPR’s Storycorps and This American Life, so I was intrigued to check out Cowbird. Cowbird’s mission is to build the world’s simplest and most beautiful storytelling tools, and offer them for free to anyone who wishes to use them.…

Help for Healthy Cooking, Foodie Gifts, Smarter Eating for the Holidays & Deals!

December 11, 2012 at 5:54 am

How do I know I ran a marathon yesterday? Sore legs? Nope. Aching feet? Nope. Feeling of accomplishment? Nope. Well, yes, but… ALL I CAN THINK ABOUT IS FOOD! OK, so I will turn this into a positive. I saw a cool, new website for folks in the Northeast that reminds me of Meez Meals here in Chicago (that I reviewed in this post) Plated…

Dallas Marathon (& Inspiration) Report

December 9, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Luckily, Josh, Leslye and I did not take the same plane to the Dallas Marathon. They were delayed so I went and got our race packets (and this very Leslye shirt for her) and then wandered around some. Like many cities in the US, the downtown is for working, so it was a bit deserted! I did love the quotes in Thanksgiving Square: and these…

Friday Finds: Passports w/Purpose, Microdonations, Gifts That Give & Deals!

December 7, 2012 at 6:44 am

If you know me, or read this blog, you know that I LOVE supporting good causes and I also LOVE a chance to win things. Last year, I came across the Passports with Purpose fundraiser for Room to Read, an organization that supports literacy programs in the developing world. Passports with Purpose is an annual travel bloggers’ fundraiser with a chance to win great prizes…

Forty-one

December 6, 2012 at 5:26 am

Today I am 41. Ho hum. It is kind of a let down from the hype of 40. I can’t complain – 40 was an awesome year for me. I got my running mojo back (and won lots of age group awards in small races in my new bracket), I took lots of great trips including Canyon Ranch, By Pond Farm, Vancouver and South Africa.…

Stay Healthy (& Gift Healthy) for the Holidays!

December 4, 2012 at 5:37 am

Even though it has been downright balmy in Chicago, I am thinking about how to stay healthy over the holidays with all of the extra food, stress and travel that is coming my way. One nice thing about training for 5 extra weeks for my marathon is just that. Five extra weeks of training miles! That being said, I still need to watch out for…