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Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor with a toddler

By On August 26, 2016

The laid back college city of Ann Arbor in Michigan is definitely family friendly… Where to stay… The logistics of booking a suitable place to stay with a toddler are always challenging. Where do… Read More

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Chicago

Gluten free delights in DuPage

By On March 6, 2016

I don’t really like to shout about being gluten free. After all I’m not celiac, I’m not dangerously allergic – it just gives me belly ache. Outing yourself as a grain-dodger can lead to eye rolls… Read More

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San Francisco with a baby

By On November 23, 2015

When our son was born I will admit I did wonder if my days of wanderlust were officially over. At first caring for a newborn was so challenging it seemed like an epic task… Read More

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Chicago

Afternoon tea at The Drake in Chicago

By On February 15, 2015

My husband definitely knows the way to my heart so when he organised a surprise afternoon tea at The Drake Hotel for our wedding anniversary this English girl was one happy lady.  … Read More

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Chicago

Oak Park: Literary lessons at Hemingway’s childhood home

By On October 6, 2014

To be a good writer you need to step away from the keyboard sometimes. After weeks immersed in a high-pressure book project, I took a breather and headed to Oak Park, ten… Read More

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Take a wander in Wheaton

By On September 19, 2014

Since we moved to Wheaton I’ve been determined to get outdoors as much as possible before I batten down the hatches for my first Chicago winter (brrr). The marvellous thing about our new home is it’s a… Read More

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City

St Louis: The Loop

By On June 3, 2014

One of my favourite St Louis neighbourhoods is The Loop where you can pick up a vintage find, stuff your face at a yummy eatery or see rock ‘n’ roll legend Chuck… Read More

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City

15 photos of crazy St Louis weather

By On March 20, 2014

Sometimes I feel like the song ‘Four Seasons In One Day’ was written about St. Louis. I’ve never lived anywhere where the temperature can drop or rise so quickly. One day I… Read More

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City

Park life in St Louis

By On February 11, 2014

I love living in the city but there’s something about being around nature that has a calming effect on me. No matter how much I enjoy the hustle and bustle of life… Read More

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Travel

Mark Twain’s Hannibal

By On January 7, 2014

Two hours drive from St Louis is the town of Hannibal, most famous as the boyhood home of Samuel Langhorne Clemens – or Mark Twain as he is better known. JD’s most… Read More