Can you keep a China-free home? The challenges of buying American: Part 1

About a month ago my husband and I were discussing something or other when we stumbled across a major revelation:

“I hate bed skirts,” he said.

To me, someone who has had bed skirts and used them to hide storage bins under the bed for pretty much her entire life, this came as quite a shock.… Read the rest

The Rolling Suitcase VS. The Backpack

In the last couple years, as my traveling lifestyle really started to pick up speed, it occurred to me that the occasional borrowing of my parents nice carry-on sized Briggs & Riley wasn’t going to cut it anymore, and my only piece of luggage that would suit travel for more than a few days (not to mention work travel, which requires a somewhat heavier load than my normally-minimalist packing style) was too big to carry on (I despise checking luggage).… Read the rest