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1 Day At Put-in-Bay

Few things I enjoy more than promoting Ohio tourism.  As a native who’s been living away for the past nine years, the affection for my home state has only increased.  Not only is Ohio great because there are so many places that are absolutely gorgeous, but it&#8217…

What’s Up Wednesday

It’s official.  I absolutely suck at keeping a schedule during the summer.  While I relish in the opportunity to travel, sleep in, and visit my parents, I thrive so much more when my schedule (i.e. when school is back in session) is predictable.  When I know that…

When I Lived in Europe: Brookie’s Trip

For today, I thought I’d do a little throwback post to my very first blog entitled, **cringe** “Brittany is Taking Over Europe.”  I wrote this way back in 2006 when I lived in a little slice of paradise in Austria for my semester abroad.  You can…

The Thank You Card is Still Relevant

I remember both loving and hating birthdays and Christmas’ as a child.  Loving them, obviously, because of the presents, special foods, and celebration.  But hating them because my mom always made me sit down at the kitchen table and write out thank you cards to everyone.  Yup, even my…

Summer Book List

  Perhaps the #1 question I’m asked is for book recommendations..  I love talking about my latest reads and recommending books to others.  For me, summer is a time to catch up on everything life-wise, and I love to take extra time to read.  Here I&#8217…

Graduation Thoughts

Even though I’ve been blogging here and there since college and have been teaching since I graduated, I don’t tell my students about my blog.  I’m very cognizant of what I post in case they do ever find it, but I don’t…

24 Hours in St. Pete

Surprise! I ventured down to St. Petersburg, FL for a very quick Mother’s Day trip.  I still can’t believe I pulled it off in such a short amount of time (and money-my last-minute flight was $135 nonstop RT), but I definitely feel like I…

My Summer Bucket List

I need to make sure my summer is awesome..  I hate the feeling when a season ends, and I don’t feel like I totally experienced it.  Last fall, for example, I would have loved to visit vineyards, go apple picking, and do all those fun stereotypical things..  It…

What I’ve Learned from Mom

In honor of Mother’s Day on Sunday, I thought I’d do a little post on practical tips my mom has given me over the years.  Some of these are silly, but they are all very meaningful. You can’t treat your friends like you do…

Restaurant Tipping Etiquette: It’s Not What You Think

People often have very stringent rules about how they tip in restaurants, and I am one of them.  Growing up in the restaurant business, I know that servers depend on tips.  It’s not just supplemental income, it IS their income.  However, like any job, one has to earn…