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Like many, I can’t help but get excited for fall. The winds pick up and the air cools enough to wrap ourselves tightly in sweaters and scarves. The leaves change and my favorite vegetables are ready to be harvested and enjoyed with friends around a dinner table. As Alf...

We booked our trip to Italy long before we knew we’d be buying a home. In fact, I purchased the trip on Nov. 25 of last year. (Mark your calendars, Emirates Airlines has a fantastic day-after Thanksgiving sale on flights.) It was an early Christmas present to D. which...

I remember my first drive through Wisconsin. Being a kid from California, I grew up in the suburbs of Sacramento and spent my college and post-college years living in major cities including San Francisco, Seattle and New York. I have spent the majority of my life livin...

You may associate bbqing with summertime – long lazy weekends with sunshine, hamburgers and high temps. However, as the temperature starts to drop here in Chicago, I find my desire to be outside grows. The cool temperatures and crisp breezes make evenings outside near...

Buying a home is basically buying a compromise. No home is perfect unless you build it yourself. And still, with every new task you tackle in life, you learn along the way. Safe to say, our home is a compromise.  The list of what we could do vs. what we should do is ne...

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