Top 10 Eats – Eating Our Way Through 2019

When we look back at all of the meals we consumed in 2019, it's hard to say which were the top 10 eats. There are many components that go into making a meal memorable. Obviously the food ranks high, but let's not overlook the atmosphere, service, and total experience. In this article, we try to identify two hands full of places that stand out in our minds. Rest assured that these are not the only good meals we encountered and experiences are also subject to the perception of the diner. Each of the eateries in this article stands out for their ability to [...]

By |2020-01-31T04:58:45-06:00January 31st, 2020|Lifestyle, Our Top Picks|12 Comments

Our Top 10 Stops of 2019 – A Retrospective

As we look back on our third travel season, we find ourselves with so many great memories. When we first began our Top 10 series, we had no idea that it would become so popular. Each travel season we are finding ourselves wandering farther and farther from home. This opens up so many new wonders for us and confirms that North America has almost limitless potential. To come up with our Top 10 Stops of 2019, we start by listing the cities we have visited. In 2019, this list included 12 destinations with at least one overnight stay. Of course, there were also [...]

By |2020-01-24T07:43:29-06:00January 24th, 2020|Lifestyle, Our Top Picks|6 Comments

Looking Back At 2019 – Tales From The Road

We are loving this travel blogging life, and in 2019 we rolled into our third year. Even though we have been tourists our whole lives, the things we find never cease to amaze us. The idea that so many of you would take time out of your busy lives to read some of our articles is humbling. It is also the fuel that keeps us seeking out new destinations and uncovering interesting things to see, do, and eat. 2019 certainly brought plenty of new sights, sounds, and tastes for the two of us. Let's take a moment for looking back at 2019 and [...]

By |2020-01-17T07:51:08-06:00January 17th, 2020|Lifestyle, Travel Tips|0 Comments

My Weight Loss Journey – A Life Changing Decision

Hello friend! Welcome back to Crystal's Corner! Today, I'll be sharing something with you that I never thought I would. The idea of putting it out there, in blog world, scared the bee-gee-bees out of me! You know, that whole "revealing too much about myself" thing. When I was sharing this thought with a friend, she told me to stop being selfish! Wait, what?! Yep, it caught me off guard for half a second, before I realized what she was saying. If I could tell my story and possibly inspire someone, why wouldn't I? So, without further ado, here is my weight loss [...]

By |2019-07-15T14:17:36-06:00July 19th, 2019|Crystal's Thoughts, Lifestyle|18 Comments

Looking At Parkville Shops With Fresh Eyes

It amazes us to see the trends repeat themselves over the years. Much like clothing styles that refresh every few decades, we are witnessing a resurgence of the smaller boutique style shops. For many years, the big box stores were pushing these locally owned businesses out of the way. These days you can find more than a few of the mom & pop style stores throughout the city. There are even a few places where there is a collection of these unique destinations, such as Main Street Parkville. This happens to be one of our "go to" places when we want to spend [...]

Our TOP 10 Stops Of 2018

Our second year of travel blogging offered us more opportunities for adventure and exploration. There were so many great places we visited that it is really difficult to narrow it down to just our Top 10 stops. This grouping represents some of the best sites we visited in 2018, and each hold a special place in our memories. One common thread between all of these places is the educational opportunities that they each offer. Of course, a few of the places also allowed us to act like kids again, so that was just an added bonus. Saint Louis Zoo By now, most of [...]

By |2019-01-11T07:47:57-06:00January 11th, 2019|Lifestyle, Our Top Picks|12 Comments

Our TOP 10 Eats Of 2018

It's hard to believe we've completed our second year of travel blogging. The time passes so quickly, but fortunately we were able to make a lot of memories. In 2018, we continued to focus primarily on the Central U.S. While many will consider these the "fly-over states", those in the know realize that they are chocked full of interesting sites just waiting to be explored. To fuel all of our discoveries, we visited a ton of locally owned restaurants, diners, coffee shops, and dessert bars. Paring down to just our Top 10 is quite a chore, since there are so many great eats [...]

By |2019-07-31T11:00:49-06:00January 4th, 2019|Lifestyle, Our Top Picks|16 Comments

LuLu’s Boutique – Our Introduction To Lucas, Kansas

Hello friend! In case you missed my introduction article, here's a little recap. The idea of Crystal's Corner was born during a conversation with our oldest son. He suggested that you may like reading something from me occasionally. My style is more like sitting with a friend, and chatting over a cup of coffee. I will share my thoughts, inspirations, and favorite shopping locations. Shopping is actually what brings me here today. Since Jeff is smack dab in his Lucas articles, I wanted to jump on that wagon to give you the back story... Our Introduction to LuLu's Boutique The early 2000's were when [...]

By |2019-01-17T18:27:34-06:00December 21st, 2018|Lifestyle, Shopping|2 Comments

Stepping Out Of My Comfort Zone

Hey Everybody! Welcome to Crystal's Thoughts! I am so excited to add this feature to our blog. What better way to ring in my 55th year than to write my first article, (except for being with family, of course). I have a confession... I haven't always been this excited. Our oldest son mentioned this idea to me a few months ago. He thought some of you might enjoy reading something from me. Convincing Conversation By the time we hung up from our conversation, I was on board and even excited about the idea. The next step was to convince Jeff, who didn't [...]

By |2020-02-20T19:09:09-06:00November 30th, 2018|Crystal's Thoughts, Lifestyle|17 Comments

The Changing Landscape Of Shopping

Some of you will remember back in the day, when shopping was done at small shops owned locally. Over time these were squeezed out by the "big box" department stores. We have noticed that lately there is a sort of renaissance revival of smaller shops happening here in Kansas City, as well as the other places we travel. It is fueled from the desire to have a more cultural shopping experience that you don't get at the department store level. This is changing the landscape of shopping for many of the downtown areas of cities across the Midwest. They Keep Popping Up Recently [...]

By |2018-11-22T05:48:06-06:00September 21st, 2018|Lifestyle, Shopping|12 Comments
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