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Hey, It’s Megan!
I’m a 9-5er Art Director in Chicago who loves vacations, peanut butter and champagne. I am not a big fan of: waking up early, salad, voicemails, and slow walkers. Adventure is my calling, and I love to be entertained (broadway shows, concerts, movies, etc). I’ve made a goal to read 30 books this year (I am on #6/30). Follow along!
This is my guide to the perfect Hallmark Christmas Movie experience in Frankenmuth! (Sidenote: after posting this, it was announced there will actually be a Christmas movie filmed in Frankenmuth! I've added the link to the story at the bottom of this post.) About Frankenmuth: Frankenmuth is a small Bavarian Town (3 miles2) located in Michigan, about 1.5 hours northwest of Detroit. Nicknamed "Little Bavaria", Frankenmuth's original settlers were from Franken, Bavaria. Adding the term "muth" (German for courage), the settlers named Frankenmuth after the term "courage of the Franconians." Frankenmuth is home to Bronner's Christmas Wonderland (they say it's the World's Largest Christmas Store!). You'll also find many fudge and cheese shops, a cuckoo clock store, and boutiques. You can read more about their history on the Frankenmuth, MI [...]
One of my favorite family traditions is our Christmas Ornament Exchange every Thanksgiving. We make DIY ornaments throughout the year, and pass them out after Thanksgiving dinner. Now that we are older and we all live across the United States, it's an even more important tradition! Everyone makes their DIY ornaments, and mails them in. I love having a tree full of sentimental ornaments versus store-bought ornaments. It's also fun to see how creative everyone can be. That being said, every year mine tend to fall apart... But not this year! I was determined to make something that would last. Earlier this year, I decided I was going to make Christmas Sweater ornaments, but was totally intimidated to sew them. I made these super easy sweaters, and if I can [...]
Why Alsace is famous: Alsace and the Black Forest Region were the inspiration for the infamous Grimm Brothers' Fairytales, as well as the setting for Beauty and the Beast. The houses look like they're straight out of a fairytale. Alsace also has a large stork population, and the story of storks bringing babies to parents originated here. If a stork makes a nest on your house, you have to protect it by placing a metal ring around it, so when the storks return from their migration, they can come home to the same nest. During WWII (and before), Alsace changed hands between the French and German many times, and it's easy to see the influence of both countries. Even the language spoken in the area has both French and German [...]
My favorite aspect to the holiday season is giving gifts. The key to giving the best gift is to listen throughout the year to what your friends and family mention they want or need. Keep a list in the notes section of your phone so you always have it handy! That's obviously a more involved approach to gift giving. If you have no idea what to get your friends and family this year – let me help! I've compiled a few Gift Guides to help your shopping journey. [/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container] A Gift Guide for the Traveler Not quite sure what to buy for the traveler in your family? You don't want to buy them something they aren't likely to use, and it's important that travel items meet [...]
"There are only two places in the world where we can live happy: at home, and in Paris." – Ernest Hemmingway Paris is at the top of many bucket lists – for the culture, the history, the romance and the food. But, there are a few things you should know before packing your beret. People have been drawn to Paris for centuries, and it's easy to see why. The architecture is unique and romantic, the wine is fantastic, and the cafés line the sidewalks from end-to-end. In the fall when temperatures begin to dip, the cafés heat the outdoor tables with heat lamps, so you can enjoy your Croque-Monsieur without sacrificing any people watching. Paris Syndrome is Real The first thing to know before you go to Paris is that [...]
This is my go-to appetizer when we host a party! It's easy, delicious, and looks pretty dang impressive. If you're just starting your cooking journey, or you're a seasoned veteran (see what I did there) 😉 You and your guests will love this! Or just make it for yourself and eat the whole thing. Up to you. You can lighten this up to make it more health-conscious, and I've added those lighter ingredients throughout the post. 1. First, gather your ingredients! You only need a few items: Pillsbury Crescents (here I used the butter flavor, but you can lighten it up by using their 90 calorie version), Brie (I used Président, it was the cheapest one at Target! They do make a light version, as well), Jam (I used seedless [...]