Monthly Archive: December 2016

It’s Not Where You’ve Been, It’s Where You’re going….

“Lucky, humbled, grateful”. My daughter is traveling. She is a high school teacher and uses winter breaks to fulfill her wanderlust. She sent me a text with the attached photos from Germany this morning and I asked her to give me three words describing what the ability to travel internationally means to her. She said, “lucky, humbled and grateful”. Wanderlust is a strong, innate desire …

8 Year-End Tax Tips to Save You Money in 2017

Benjamin Franklin said: ” If you fail to plan, you are planning for failure”. Financial planning is a year-round activity, but taxes are a real season!  There is always a rush to get things done at year’s end.  Navigating life events through the seasons is often best managed by a financial professional.  However always arm yourself with your own research and  knowledge. You may choose …

Christmas Cactus Brings Texas Warmth and Charm to the Midwest

The delivery man rang the bell and I found him shivering outside the front door of our suburban Chicago townhome earlier this week. It was subzero and early evening as he placed the very large and beautifully wrapped bundle in our entryway and disappeared into the night. Like children on Christmas morning our eyes lit up at the sight, we gentle peeled away the cellophane …

Christopher Radko Christmas Ornaments Add Enchantment to the Holiday Season 

As a child I was capitivated by the spiritual and whimsical art and imagiary of Christmas.  Make no mistake however,  the legend of Santa Clause did not outshine the true reason for the season as taught to me by my mother and reinforced under the watchful eye of the good sisters of St. Brigid’s school in Brooklyn, New York. Spreading joy to others by creating …

Vintage Ceramic Christmas Tree

Vintage ceramic Christmas trees were all the rage in the ’60’s and ’70’s. Bright and shiny green or all white glazed  usually bosting multi colored lights.  These quickly became considered delightfully tacky and have risen from the ashes to become today’s coveted holiday treasures.  Teri’s resides in a place of honor on her kitchen counter,a symbol that everything old, will morph into vintage to become …

How to skillfully craft the heirloom of tomorrow

Every season has the ability to skillfully craft an heirloom. At first glance our one reaction can only be – ” Awwww my gosh how adorable”.   This photo, like our holiday season contains many layers. I hope you find within this story, as I did,  that taking the time to look into an image rather than at it give us an the opportunity to warm our hearts, and …

Christmas Memories

As the holiday season gets closer the Christmas memories of years ago bring warmth to my every day thoughts. I’m sure all of you have that christmas treasure that was handed down to each generation. Is it Christmas salt and pepper shakers , a pin for your scarf or maybe a ceramic tree that was made by your Grandma that lights up your counter each …