two year anniversary from the rat race

I can't believe it's been two years since I left the rat race and struck out on the entrepreneurial road. The time has flown by. In the beginning, things were a bit scary. As I watched relationships change and grow I tried to take the time to realize exactly what was happening with me and my life. Over the two years I have been blessed with new opportunities, chances to meet new people, experience many different cultures and destinations. This year alone I have been to seven different countries.

an unconventional book tour

Here's something you might find of interest. Chris Guillebeau, whom we've talked about with regards to our active pursuit of frequent flyer miles (by the way, we now have well over 250,000 miles accrued since embarking on Chris' Frequent Flyer Masters program, which you can see more of our thoughts about and even order here), is a trailblazer in more areas than smart travel.

10th Annual Swing for the Kids Event

I was fortunate to attend the 10th Annual Swing for the Kids Event this week.  It's hard to believe that the event is now 10 years old. I remember the first one held at Cantigy golf course out in Wheaton. There are many golf outings and events to raise many for various causes, but I don't think there's any in Chicago that specifically raises money for girls in need. Over the 10 years of the events existence they have raised over $1.5 million dollars.

global treats are within reach

I love international stuff. Food, clothing, cars, wines... I can't help it. I like things made in America, of course, but I also like unusual, exotic, exciting items from faraway places. Once upon a time, it was very difficult to get specialty items like spices from India or fabric from Greece. But as our world becomes more interdependent and interconnected, such items are becoming easier to find, whether at a store around the corner or on the Internet.

america's new pastime

Once upon a time, baseball was America's pastime. But times have changed and so have we. We love celebrities. We love good food. We love people who can cook good food and make them celebrities. I would say that America's new pastime

extra for coach

In the news this week was the headline that American Airlines will begin selling the first few rows of coach seats for an added cost - the rows may also include bulk head seating. The premium will get you a seat in the front of coach and earlier access to board the plane  prior to general seating boarding or right after first-class, business and folks needing more time to board. Their rationale is that people wanting to get on and off the plane faster will gladly pay the higher fee.

macadamia nuts take me away

There's something magical for me about macadamia nuts. You know them - those rich, fragrant, round nuggets of pleasure that ooze the Hawaiian Islands into your mouth with every bite.


It's interesting the Lonely Planet, one of the world's largest travel publishers, has named Iceland as a top travel destination for 2010. I've often heard people talk about their travels to this country with awe and yearning to go back. Frankly, I'm not a fan of going to cold places. Cruises to Alaska, skiing in Colorado is fun but not on my top ten adventures.

Taste of the Nation Chicago 2010

As one of the Chief Ambassadors of PoshPorts, I'm so proud to say that Taste of the Nation Chicago 2010 was our first sponsored event. While the conditions at the Aragon Ballroom may not have been ideal I still think that everyone who attended enjoyed the delicious food and tasty drinks provided by the best chefs and mixologists in the city.

It was great fun to mix and mingle with Chicago's culinary elite. The theme of the event was street food and everyone provided a great selection. From caviar mousse to Chicago-style hot dogs we tried it all.

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