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Puerto Vallarta – Part 2

As promised, here are the rest of the pictures from my trip south of the border. I’ve been back for a week and they still make me smile.




These next two make me start singing, “I’ve got my toes in the water…” by the Zac Brown Band



Self pic – (black and white to hide my pink color which has faded into a very nice tan)


Such cool lighting…I’m in love


How would you like your Margarita? Blue please…


Fresh guacamole? Put it in your mouth!



Yes, that is my fajita cooked with a little dash of tequila.


And finally, my absolute favorite from the trip…


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Puerto Vallarta – Part 1

Last week I finally took my first “adult” vacation. By that I mean I went on a vacay with a good friend instead of siblings or parents.


Amy and I spent our days sunning ourselves, swimming and getting massages. Our nights were spent watching sunsets and having some of the most delicious food on the planet.

Below is part 1 of the photos. Another round to come later this week. Enjoy!

The View


Daily diet basics…


My lovely travel companion



Delicious bruschetta and some of the best tiramisu i have ever tasted all wrapped up with a gorgeous sunset bow.






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Inspiration for July

This has been a busy month for my interwebs job. Our newest site launches Saturday morning! I have been so busy with it that I haven’t had time to shoot/edit images for a while. I will pick up again next week but in the meantime I wanted to share some of the items I’m enjoying right now:

Great little Taylor Swift song…

Also booked a little vacay to Mexico. It’s not till November but I’ve been singing every possible song about Mexico I can find. James Taylor and Montgomery Gentry have a couple good ones!

I am hoping to be able to post my pictures from the Pride Parade and Brunch very soon. Look for updates!


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A few weeks ago over drinks my friend Sushma and I started talking about how I wanted to do more portrait sessions. Because she is amazing and gorgeous, she agreed to be my model and to show off some of her Indian heritage in the process. We spent Saturday morning down in the flower gardens by Lincoln Park Zoo, laughing and having a blast. (I even have the sunburn to prove it!) Anyway, here are some of my favorites from our shoot. Every time I have looked at these pictures in the past week it has brought a huge smile to my face. I hope you enjoy these pictures of my dear friend as much as I do.










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Chicago iPhone Pics

Well, it is officially spring in Chicago. The weather is chilly and I’m pretty sure I’ve not seen the sun for days with all the rain we’ve been having. Because I like to live dangerously (and by dangerous I mean randomly) I decided today that I wanted to pull the images off my iPhone because I have a few I wanted to share.

I love the angle I got on this one – it looks like the bus is trying to run away. Chicago Bus

Even walking in Chicago you run into pot holes…

Chicago Crosswalk

April Showers bring Tulips!

Chicago Spring

Leaving Milwaukee to come back to Sweet Home, Chicago

Milwaukee to Chicago

A self-pic that I think turned out rather well…I can still feel the sun on the back of my neck

Self Portrait - Chicago

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My Waldorf Education

In 1993 my parents decided they wanted to explore options for my education. I was sent to visit a small school 45 minutes away from my home and thrown into music, language and art classes I didn’t understand. I wondered where the text books were and why we seemed to be on a totally difference academic level. I mean, weren’t we all the same age? Shouldn’t we be studying the same things?

Over the next 5 years I struggled to catch up to those same students, learning two languages (Spanish and German) developing my inner artist and trying to master various instruments all while learning math, science and everything else “normal” kids were learning in their schools.

Life after Waldorf was an adjustment as I went to a rigorous college prep Catholic high school and then a Big Ten University where even among the masses I felt my approach to life was very different from everyone else. It has taken me the better part of 10 years to fully appreciate the value of my Waldorf education. It taught me to look at my  life and the world from all available angles, encouraged my passion for learning new things and was the only place where I was ever truly comfortable to be my whole self.

It is absolutely impossible for me to convey in a blog post the magical and unique sense of family and self that develops in a Waldorf community. From the students, faculty, staff and even families everyone involved is an integral part of each journey. I am not going to attempt to go on but I encourage you to explore the Waldorf website and I would gladly take the time to discuss my experiences with anyone who is interested.

Here are some images from the Detroit Waldorf School (my alma mater) Auction I shot when I was home last week.


The beautiful hand made pieces that were up for auction…


The fabulous Miss Beth in one of her creations…



I had to resist the urge to go up and pet her…this jacket was amazing!





Have a wonderful weekend!

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Hangin’ in the D

Last week I took a few days off work and went home to the Detroit suburbs for a visit. Naturally I brought my camera and subjected my family to multiple photo safari’s around the city. Here are some shots from the afternoon/evening I spent downtown with my mom before celebrating a late mother’s day.

Aah the People Mover, all two cars of public transit glory…

People Mover

The train station. There are block letters across the top that say “Save the Depot”. Sadly, I did not get a good shot to share.

Depot 1

Depot 2

Depot 3

On our way to dinner in Corktown we had to stop at the old Tiger’s Stadium. It was pretty cool, they had basically cut the thing in two.

Tigers Stadium

Tigers Stadium 2

The iconic “D”

The D


I have no idea where this door went but it made me laugh so I had to add it into the post




Showin’ off the Detroit Pride + some Motown action

Detroit Pride

We had dinner at Slow’s – I had some pretty AMAZING pulled pork, the ribs weren’t bad either 🙂 On a separate note, living in Chicago has totally spoiled me on the whole no smoking in public buildings. I’m just glad the weather was nice so we got to enjoy our meal outside, smoke free!



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Just Dance

Hilarious and poignant speech from Ellen DeGeneres at Tulane’s Commencement Ceremony:

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Creative Inspiration

I always enjoy a good TED chat. As someone who finds that I am shy in the most absurd situations, this really struck a chord with me. I like how he talks about using an analytical framework and pre-existing capabilities to tackle old fears and turn your dreams into a reality.


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