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After starting a new job, getting ready to move, and keeping up with everyday life, I am a little worn down.  It’s time for a little self-care.  Pinterest is my best friend right now.  I’m creating my own routine to take care of myself.  I don’t have to look too far.  Thankfully Bloomington offers a … More Love Living Local

Love Living Local

Spring (fingers crossed) is here to stay.  I’m continuing my staycation plans for Spring Break this week.  If you missed the first part of the Bloomington Staycation, read it here.  So away we go! Outdoors: I always explore the natural landscape wherever I travel.  Staying at home is no different. I’ll be doing a little hiking … More Love Living Local

Love Living Local

Although we didn’t have a terribly cold winter, I am ready for spring: sun shine, warm breezes, open windows. I am even ready for all the muddy paw prints and extra mopping I do this time of year.  Spring also has one giant advantage-spring break.  Even though I’m not in school, I still look forward … More Love Living Local

Love Living Local

Romeo and Juliet. Bonnie and Clyde. Mickey and Minnie. Johnny and June. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. Sandy and Danny. Portia and Ellen. Beyonce and Jay-Z. Lucy and Desi. Ken and Barbie. It’s the season of love. Flowers and chocolate. Romance. And there is no better place to celebrate than Bloomington.  Ok maybe Fiji or Paris … More Love Living Local

Love Living Local

Winter brings some of the bleakest days of the year.  Actual evidence suggests more people are depressed this time of year more so than any other.  It’s cold (well usually). The sun is on vacation. So how do we beat these winter blues? I find a balance being productivity, relaxing time solo and energizing time … More Love Living Local

Tales from a Shopkeep -There Goes the Neighborhood

A couple of years ago, when I first moved into Fountain Square Mall, I started to make friends with the other business owners that I would learn to call my neighbors, and eventually some of my best friends. Across the hall, I continued to get to know Nancy Bradley, the (former) owner of O’Child Children’s … More Tales from a Shopkeep -There Goes the Neighborhood

Love Living Local

With this series, I wanted to share all the possibilities of living local in Bloomington, from breakfast with parents, an afternoon with the kids, or night on the town.  However I realize I have never discussed why I value living local. As a community, Bloomington values small local business.  We pride ourselves on local ingenuity … More Love Living Local

Love Living Local

As the holidays come to a close, we start the long haul to spring break. Even when you’re not in school, we still wait for that first sign of spring. But we have plenty to do! Bloomington is never short on activities. So here is my list of ideas: Read a classic novel  One of … More Love Living Local

Love Living Local

We still have a few weeks to shop.  If you’re like me, you haven’t started yet.  Here’s part two to my take on local shopping in Bloomington. Check out Shop Local: Part One if you missed it! And remember Bloomington Brick and Mortar is still giving away $25 Downtown Bloomington Inc. gift certificates each week until … More Love Living Local

Love Living Local

It’s that time of the year! I’m doing a special two-part series on shopping local in Bloomington.  So whether you need gifts or ideas, I have you covered. How about winning free money while you shop? Bloomington Brick and Mortar is giving away $25 Downtown Bloomington Inc. gift certificates each week until Christmas. Take a … More Love Living Local

Love Living Local

Who doesn’t like free stuff to do?  I’ve combed through Bloomington’s events and organizations to find those free gems for you and your family and/or friends to do this holiday season. So let’s get our “free” on Bloomington! 1. Browse the Bloomington Handmade Market November 12 or the Holiday Market on November 26. Bonus: Now you … More Love Living Local

Love Living Local

So my to-do list threw up all over my organized dry erase board, a Jackson Pollock of color-coded tasks.  And I haven’t gotten much done. Staying focused at home is tough. Season 7 of The Vampire Diaries beckons. I need to write this blog post among others and work on my side hustle.  My dog, … More Love Living Local

Love Living Local

Fall. Bloomington morphs back into college town rhythm. While the weather has cooled, our town boasts fall activities at every corner.  Although Fall Break passed, I want to share a list of my top 6 things to do in Bloomington during the fall.  1 Drink cider at an apple orchard Musgrave Orchard & Cider Mill on the north … More Love Living Local

Love Living Local

Jam-packed into one colorful, beautifully loud weekend, Lotus World Music Festival envelops downtown Bloomington.  For anyone who has attended Lotus, you know the incredible experience it is.  If you haven’t, you are in for a surprise. The buzz. The music. The people. It’s one of my absolute favorite weekends of the year. Since 1994, Lotus asks artists … More Love Living Local

Pinterest Picks-Weekly Round-up

Coffee.  A toasty cup of deliciousness suitable for different activities, different persons, different regions.  Everyone has their coffee routine. My morning routine requires coffee.  At my house, the AC is off and the windows are open which means wrapping myself in my fluffy robe and drinking my steaming cup o’joe while I become functional.  I meet friends for … More Pinterest Picks-Weekly Round-up

Love Living Local

Crisp, cool morning. Freshly roasted coffee. Delicious pastries. Colorful vegetables. Ah, a morning at the Bloomington Farmer’s Market. One of my favorite Saturday morning activities and a perfect example of the essence of Bloomington. Last week I recounted my weekend with a visit from a friend, LuAnn (my best friend from high school). Continuing our … More Love Living Local