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5 Lessons from East AfricaNov 06 2017
Read Leslie’s thoughts on what moms in America can learn from moms in East Africa HERE.
Moms are World ChangersAug 06 2017
Read about a few local world-changing mamas HERE.
Overcoming the Comparison ComplexJul 06 2017
Read Leslie’s latest post for the Quad Cities Moms’ Blog HERE.
Mother’s Day Gifts for the Mama Bear in Your LifeMay 06 2017
A round-up of Mothers’ Day gift ideas for the Mama Bear in your life! Read it HERE.
Goodbye to The Gold BookMay 15 2016
In this month’s Gold Book, Leslie writes about her new endeavor: part-ownership of downtown Davenport’s first coworking space. She tells readers about her new adventure and thanks them for reading for the last four years. Read her final article HERE.
High Profile TravelMar 15 2016
Read about a female owned and operated travel agency here in the Quad Cities in this month’s Gold Standard, the popular column that Leslie contributes to the local lifestyle magazine, The Gold Book.
A New Way to WorkoutFeb 15 2016
Leslie writes about the popular 8ONE8 Fitness for the February Gold Book. Check out the article HERE.
On Point: Adult ColoringJan 15 2016
Leslie explores the world of adult coloring for The Gold Book. Read the article HERE.
The Full KitNov 05 2015
It was so much fun to interview the owner of The Full Kit, a fantastic downtown mens’ store. Click HERE to read about the shop in this month’s Gold Book.
Back to School at the GAHCOct 03 2015
Leslie enjoyed learning and writing about the immigrant experience at Davenport’s German American Heritage Center (GMAC). Click here to learn about the GMAC—it’s a gem of a museum!
Empower Tanzania’s CHAP Blog SeriesOct 03 2015
Click HERE to read Leslie’s a series of blog posts about Empower Tanzania’s Community-Hospital Alliance Program (CHAP). These posts include fascinating (and important) information about community health in East Africa.
7 Reasons to Hit the Food HubJul 29 2015
If you’re local, you’ll want to check out the QC Food Hub this summer! Here’s why…
Handcrafted Trout NetsJul 29 2015
Leslie features local craftsmen Tom Hoskins in her article about Handmade Trout Nets for The Gold Book.
Read the article by clicking HERE.
A New Workout for a New YearJan 17 2015
Curious about meditation? Click here to read about meditation coach Angela Sands. She’s a QCA standout and I am grateful for the privilege of interviewing her this month’s Gold Book.
Recent Television AppearanceDec 29 2014
Leslie talked to Paula Sands about her favorite gift-giving finds in the Quad Cities just before Christmas. The interview was based on her December Gold Standard column from The Gold Book.
Recent Television AppearanceNov 19 2014
The Imperfect TableNov 19 2014
Read Leslie’s reflection about letting go of perfection during the holiday season in this month’s Radish Magazine. Click HERE to read..
The Plaid RabbitNov 19 2014
Help Leslie choose her family Christmas card and get an inside look at the adorable stationery shop, The Plaid Rabbit! Click HERE to read!
Local PhotographersNov 19 2014
Click HERE to read about three local photographers and to take a look at their stunning work!
Recent Television AppearanceAug 12 2014
Leslie recently discussed her article about smart phone use published in Radish Magazine with talk show host Paula Sands. The link to the interview is forthcoming…
What We GainJul 09 2014
After a challenge from my editor, I put a few parameters in place in order to check my reliance on my smartphone. Read about the experience in this month’s Radish Magazine by clicking HERE.
Fair Trade Father’s DayJul 09 2014
Click HERE for some great fair trade father’s day gift ideas in the June edition of Radish Magazine.
DIY Sugar ScrubsMay 16 2014
Read the May issue of Radish Magazine to learn how to make sugar scrubs. They’re a great alternative to micro bead exfoliants and a great Mother’s Day gift! Click HERE to read the full article.
Paula Sands Live Appearance!May 16 2014
Catch Leslie on Paula Sands Live Friday, June 2nd!
Seeking Peace and HappinessApr 18 2014
For the Spring issue of Yoga Iowa I wrote about meditation and seeking peace in the midst of the busyness of family life. Click HERE to read the article.
How We RollApr 03 2014
This month, I tried to make my own roll of “un-paper” towels. Was this adventure in sustainability worth it? Find out in this month’s Radish Magazine.
Elegant UpcyclingApr 03 2014
This month I interviewed the talented woman behind Cynfully Fun Furniture. Not only does she have great taste, but she has awesome vision! Read about her upcycling adventures HERE.
Adventures in KnittingMar 23 2014
This month in The Gold Book, Leslie writes about learning to knit with kids. Read the full article HERE.
Turning Leaf SpaFeb 19 2014
Leslie and her husband experienced the Signature Package at the Turning Leaf Massage and Day Spa. The evening includes a couples massage and dinner catered by Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse. She writes about the incredible experience HERE. (Someone had to do it!)
Side by Side Couples MassageFeb 19 2014
Looking for a little romance and relaxation? Leslie explores the benefits of couples massage in February’s Radish. Read the article HERE.
(Photo credit Paul Colletti for Radish Magazine.)
Indigo Hot YogaJan 13 2014
Looking for a new exercise regimen for 2014? Leslie was thrilled to finally try hot yoga at Indigo Wellness Studio. Read what she has to say about the invigorating experience HERE.
Weather the SeasonJan 13 2014
In this month’s Radish Magazine, Leslie explores ways to stay positive during the cold winter months. Read about it by clicking HERE.
Recent Television AppearanceDec 05 2013
Click HERE to see Leslie talk about her most recent Radish Magazine article on the local talk show Paula Sands Live!
Handmade CityDec 03 2013
In the December Gold Book, Leslie reveals her love for untraditional handicrafts. Read about it HERE!
All in the CardsDec 03 2013
In December’s Radish Magazine, Leslie gives tips on how to upcycle last year’s holiday greetings. Love paper crafts? Learn about what you might do HERE.
Cooking Up A StormDec 03 2013
Read about Sister Kathleen Storms, a retreat director, healthy food advocate, and cookbook author in November’s Radish. Click HERE to learn about this fascinating woman as well as some new tips for cooking wholesome foods for a crowd.
Onion Grove MercantileOct 03 2013
Read Leslie’s latest column for The Gold Book. This month she writes about a lovely local artist who paints gorgeous signs using upcycled materials. You’ll find it by clicking here.
3 Gypsies DesignsSep 05 2013
Click here to read about Leslie’s latest find for The Gold Standard—3 Gypsies Designs: Beautiful baubles in the Village of East Davenport. It was such a pleasure to meet the artist behind this beautiful bead work!
Carefully CarbonatedAug 01 2013
This month, Leslie tastes and enjoys the hand-crafted soda offered at Fresh Deli. Read about it here!
Miss Effie’s Flower FarmJul 06 2013
Click here to read about one of Leslie’s favorite places on the planet…Miss Effie’s Flower Farm!
Picnic PerfectJul 06 2013
Click here to discover some pleasant places to picnic in this month’s Gold Standard!
“Mid-Century Mania”May 02 2013
Leslie unearthed some fascinating characters and style this month for her column in The Gold Book. Read about her latest mid-century finds here.
“Fossilized Field Trip”Mar 02 2013
Looking for something to do this Spring break? The Fryxell Museum of Geology is fantastic! Read about Leslie and her family’s recent trip by clicking the link below!
Recent Television AppearanceJan 31 2013
Watch Leslie discuss a recent article on Paula Sands Live!
“DIY Beauty: Cosmetics From Your Kitchen”Jan 28 2013
Click here to read DIY Beauty: Whip up some cosmetics right in your own kitchen
Radish Magazine, February 2013
“A Milliner Among Us”Jan 16 2013
A Milliner Among Us, The Gold Book, January 2013
Read about the fascinating woman behind Studio 910 here!
“Exit Through the Gift Shop”Dec 01 2012
Exit Through the Gift Shop, The Gold Book, December 2012
Read about the Figge’s lovely gift store here!
Television AppearanceDec 01 2012
Watch Leslie discuss great ideas for handmade hostess gifts
on the local talk show, Paula Sands Live.
“Planning Matters”Nov 18 2012
Click here to read Leslie’s article about urban planning in the most recent Eddy Magazine.
“Keep On Giving”Nov 15 2012
Click here to read Keep on giving: This year, give a gift that delights for months to come
Radish Magazine, December 2012
“Luminology,” The Gold StandardOct 01 2012
Luminology: A Bright Light at Bucktown Center for the Arts, The Gold Book, October 2012
Read about Angela Sand’s Luminology here!
“A Store Full of Stories,” The Gold StandardSep 18 2012
A Store Full of Stories,
The Gold Book, September 2012
Read about SIS Fair Trade here!
“Out of Fashion”Sep 17 2012
Click here to read about Leslie’s 12-month clothing fast and her interview with author of Elizabeth Cline, the author of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion.
“The Ruby Slipper,” The Gold StandardJul 17 2012
The Ruby Slipper, The Gold Book, July 2012
Read the article here: july12_rubyslipper
“What’s in a name?”May 01 2012
What’s in a name? Farmers’ market vendors flex some creative muscle, Radish Magazine, May 2012
“A Creative Twist on Field Guides for Children”Apr 01 2012
Field and forest: Author puts a creative twist on field guides for children, Radish Magazine, April 2012