Musings Newsletter: Door County

Door County Wisconsin For the last 10 years Jeff, the girls and I have been taking a short road trip to Door County Wisconsin . This year we decided to make the trek in the summer instead of autumn. Two of our closest friends will be honeymooning in “the Door” the same month that we’re…

Wine Tasting Notes

photograph by Melissa Placzek I once heard a wise French woman say, “Two glasses of wine a day will keep the doctor away.” I believe her. Although most of my wine tasting notes are usually fun and light hearted, all about the pleasure of drinking wine, this post is focused on health more than anything.…

Luxurious Retreat Tips: Lavender Linen Spray

“Aromatherapy in Every Room” as seen on page 43 in my book “Chin Deep in Bubbles,” and on ivillage.com One of my favorite simple pleasures is taken from this page. Linen Spray. Picture yourself taking freshly washed sheets from your washer. Instead of mindlessly throwing them in your dryer (like we all have to do…

Frugal Bath & Beauty: Vinegar Rinse

photograph by Melissa Placzek Spring Spa Tip from Melissa Placzek’s book “Chin Deep in Bubbles” Copyright 2001-FairWinds Press Well, it seems that spring is almost here (I’m trying to ignore all of the snow that recently got dumped on us.) Time to bring your hair and skin out of hibernation. I’m sure you’ve noticed that…

Spa Cuisine: Breakfast Parfait

This recipe was originally published in my book “Chin Deep in Bubbles” on page 63. Since then I have made a few changes to the recipe. This is a simple, delicious, dessert-like breakfast that is good for you. It’s also a great way to