Author: Cari

Since going natural in July 2009, I've had a love/hate relationship with my hair. Well, that's not exactly true. I don't hate my hair; I was frustrated learning what worked best for it. Despite my hair growing into a thick, beautiful mass of curls, it remained at the same length for a couple of years. After trying what felt like a...

During the first day of our recent trip to Las Vegas, we embarked on one of our favorite pastimes, a city bus tour. Despite the annoyingly repetitive warnings from the tour narrator to hop off at one of the popular stops, we remained in our seats fixated by the glimpse of life "off-strip". As the timeworn vessel careened around the tightest of corners, causing the...

After months of planning, you're finally ready to embark on that much-needed vacation. Armed for a week of glorious sightseeing, you've got the plane tickets, the rental car and hotel confirmations and an array of outfits for different occasions. But did you remember the most important item of all: a comfortable pair of shoes? We've all seen her, Impractical Irene. The kind...

Recently, after years of inadequate solutions to my carry-on bag problem, I had to finally purchase one that suited all my needs. The search was far too long and tedious. After all, how hard is it find a tote bag with a shoulder strap, multiple organizer pockets, and a laptop compartment? Apparently, I underestimated what's out there and, perhaps, my overly critical...

Previously, I shared one of my favorite ways to deal with stress. While gaming is a great way to unwind after a hectic shift, I found an even better, long-term way to alleviate stress: loom knitting! Knitting without needles has been incredibly therapeutic. It's relaxing, keeps me focused on achieving a goal and once I've finished a project, I have something...

A lot has been said about Chicago in recent years, the majority of it negative. But when I think of Chicago, I remember walking across the Dearborn Street Bridge with my girlfriends as we embarked on another exciting day of adventure. We spent four glorious days touring the city back in the summer of 2009. Numerous rides on the L Train took us to block parties that...