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July 26, 2015 – 7:13 pm

We pulled into Kelly’s Brighton Marina at 7:20 on a Thursday morning. A marina with camping and RV sites, Kelly’s is a popular one-stop-shop destination for anyone interested in fishing or crabbing in the protected …

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Labyrinths in Madison, Wisconsin

November 10, 2012 – 6:17 pm
Deer Park Buddhist Center

Constructed around the world in various materials, shapes, and sizes, labyrinths are man-made paths that twist and turn in maze-like ways. Used for contemplation, reflection, and spiritual awareness, we’ve started to notice labyrinths on our …

Family-Friendly iPhone Travel Apps for Vacation Planning

June 8, 2010 – 7:05 pm
Madison Loves Kids

A new trend in family vacation planning is iPhone travel apps, or virtual travel guide books. Authored by area gurus, travel apps offer an in-depth look at a particular region or vacation destination. Apps are more content rich and interactive than traditional guide books, and bring the itinerary planning right along in the car with you.

Mile High Meals in Madison

April 9, 2010 – 12:50 pm
The Wright Brothers Enjoying Coffee

Without a road sign or legible business address for 3606 Corben Court in Madison, Wisconsin, it’s amazing Pat O’ Malley’s Jet Room has any customers at all. And yet, on a random Tuesday morning in …

Daisy Cafe & Cupcakery — Café, Cupcakes, Coffee and Community

March 16, 2010 – 8:00 am
Kid Eating Cupcake

Once upon a time I visited a restaurant somewhere in Chicago. At each table there was a mason jar full of jelly beans and a spoon in each jar. None of the plates matched and everyone drank from a different sized coffee cup. I’ve often thought of that restaurant, trying in vain to remember the name. Even today as we accidentally break plates from our matching wedding set, I quietly smile at the idea of replacing them one garage sale purchase at a time.

Ella’s Deli & Ice Cream Parlor: Big Time, Big Top Fun

March 4, 2010 – 7:53 am
Ella's Deli & Ice Cream Parlor Carousel

The cliché “we’re regulars” is a bit of an understatement for our family. Whenever someone comes to visit from out-of-town, Ellas is a mandatory stop on our makeshift Madison tour. A friend of ours introduced my husband and I to Ella’s before kids and we were hooked even then (now it’s just easier to point obnoxiously at all of the things flying and moving around the room without seeming like you’ve lost your mind).

Madison Meals: Kid Friendly Food with a Side of Fun

March 1, 2010 – 7:54 am
uno chicago pizzq

Unless you are traveling during a lunar eclipse during a power outage, you can’t miss the Sun Prairie exit (Sun Prairie one way, Madison the other). You’ll find East Town Mall, Home Depot, Office Max, Best Buy, Petsmart, and more than a handful of franchise restaurant choices. Honestly, I try to avoid it—especially when the kids are in the van. But, for better or worse, we call Sun Prairie home.