February 2017

The Palmer House Hilton – Chicago

The Palmer House Hilton – Chicago GRADING Overall Score: B Staff: B Room: B Amenities: Unable to grade Recommended?: Yes Overall Impression: The Palmer House Hilton is a beautiful historic hotel with an amazing lobby. Expect high prices in restaurants and bars. Go to tour the hotel and lobby, but skip staying here. You can get nicer rooms (with bigger beds and larger bathrooms) for the money elsewhere…

Seven Amazing Southwest Adventures

Hiking in the southwest offers some of the most beautiful scenery on Earth. Deep canyons, roaring rivers, majestic rock formations, desolate valleys, and tight slot canyons are just a few of the wonders you can experience in the southwest. Everywhere you turn there seems to be a new place to discover and explore. Our friend, Mitch Stevens, lead guide and founder of Southwest Discoveries, has compiled a list of 7 grand adventures in the southwest. As a tour guide and avid hiker, Mitch has hiked through numerous southwest environments and has decided to share with us his favorites…

Staring Down Pancreatic Cancer

This is a very personal post for me. I’m usually a very private person, but sometimes information needs to be shared, to help others, educate, and increase awareness. I hope I can do just that with this story. For those of you that haven’t seen all of my previous posts, earlier I shared with you the heartbreaking story of my mother’s fight against ovarian cancer. She fought her battles courageously, but the cancer was strong and the cancer was advanced. She lost her fight two years after being diagnosed. Starting in August, my Dad…

Recyclable and Reusable Gift Wrap

During the holiday season, gifts are exchanged in millions of households across the world. Gift after gift, wrapping paper and bows are tossed in the trash, leaving extra piles of garbage at the street, waiting to be taken to the landfill. As someone who is environmentally conscious, I’ve always tried to reuse gift bags, bows, and occasionally tissue paper. Sometimes I just feel like a cheapskate, but I can’t bear to throw away perfectly good boxes, bags, and wrapping decor. Each year, I watch as mounds of wrapping paper, tags, bows, and ribbons are thrown away…