Travel Diary: Bliss on Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan is pure bliss. My mind is calm + my heart is happy — like every time I return home.  My family and I are rooted in Holland for the week; a small lake town that’s one of the happiest places in the country [literally, it’s been rated]. Growing up, I took its beauty for granted. But now, coming back, I realize there’s no place more peaceful than this….. Read more

Travel Diary: Café + Croissants

Parisians know how to brew a strong cup of joe. Somehow, even black coffee tastes better than a vanilla latte ever would in America. I wish a French barista could serve me a hot cup every morning. Charming cafés line the streets of Paris, as if to remind us to take a break from a busy day. There are no drive-throughs or to-go cups. Instead, the city encourages you to…. Read more

Paris Doesn’t Play Beer Pong

I had this childhood dream of meeting my future husband in Paris. It would be by chance, of course, under the Eiffel Tower. Straight out of a romantic comedy.  In reality, I met my husband in an equally romantic way — at a college party that smelled of booze and bad cologne, starring my man playing a serious game of beer pong. If only Kate Hudson knew the role she could…. Read more

Travel Diary: Documenting the Mediterranean

I think the Mediterranean and I could spend a lifetime together. Except I would get nothing done. My brain is on hiatus right now. This part of the world is certainly among my favorites. The people are kind, the gelato is sweet and the sea is refreshingly salty. My husband and I have been traveling the Italian coast by boat with family and friends. I already shared how beautiful parts of…. Read more