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  • Best photos - Lisbon Portugal

    My Traveling Secret #TakeADayNow

    I have a secret to confess: Since 2008, the year I started blogging, I have been secretly having adventures. Not just ordinary adventures. BIG. ADVENTURES. Blow your mind adventures. Freaking awesome…

  • Chicago Skyline from Willis Tower.

    Staycations in Big Cities

    This week the family and I kicked off the Chicago Staycation. My daughter came in from out of town and we wanted to save money by doing local things together. Touring…

  • Biltmore Broccoli Risotto
    Food Garden Travel

    Farm to Table Broccoli

    There’s an executive chef I met at Biltmore, Spencer Hilgeman, who has the gleam. You know what I mean, right? A magical gleam in his eye. That thing which is captivating…

  • White Lavender Plant Photo copyright Shawna Coronado
    Garden Travel

    How to Grow Lavender

    Oregon is known for it’s amazing lavender fields, so when traveling to Oregon’s Mount Hood Territory, I wanted to explore flowering fields and learn more about growing the plant. Chris Mulder…

  • Lake Trillium Mount Hood Dawn Reflection copyright Shawna Coronado

    Sunrise on Lake Trillium Over Mount Hood

    Yesterday I posted about the Trees of Mount Hood on Lake Trillium in the Oregon Mount Hood Territory. Rainy and cold on the day I hiked, I totally enjoyed the paths,…

  • Flora Grubb Shopping with Dog Photo copyright Shawna Coronado
    Garden Travel

    Flora Grubb Garden Center Tour

    One of my garden bucket list adventures has been to visit the very creative Flora Grubb Garden Center and meet Flora Grubb in person. During a recent trip to California for…

  • Muir Woods Park Moss and Trees copyright Shawna Coronado

    Walking Muir Woods in California

    Whenever I travel, which is often, I try to fit in an extra day for adventure. Real adventure. In my mind, “real adventure” is when you set out for some place…

  • Fall Millennium Park View at the Lurie Garden Chicago © Shawna
    Garden Travel

    Fall at the Lurie Garden

    When starting my fall photography series on The Lurie Garden I expected to see a lot of brown; that singular moment of death at the end of the summer season where…

  • Lurie Garden In The Morning by Shawna Coronado
    Garden Travel

    The Lurie Garden in Chicago

    When Scott Stewart Ph.D., Director and Head Horticulturist (see photo right) invited me to come out to see The Lurie Garden I readily accepted as I have lived in the Chicago-area…