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On the road with Diana Lambdin-Meyer

Diana isn’t just an avid traveler–she’s a travel writer, living the dream and make her travels work as a career. She and her husband, Bruce, have quite the collection of Christmas ornaments they have gathered from their world travels, making their tree unique. When she isn’t writing for major newspapers, in-flight magazines, and Northland Lifestyle, she’s blogging about her wanderings at Here are a few of her travel wishes. 

1. I love cross-body bags like Baggalini and have one that I always carry when I traveling out of the country. I love the safety and security of it but it’s getting pretty worn and I would like a bigger one. I like this one because of the RFID component. $69.99 at

2. There are so many great styles of luggage out there, but I recently bought a piece of the Columbia Cabin Lake collection and really like it. I’m a soft-sided girl and this is so light-weight, four-spinners, outside pockets. It’s not overly expensive, but well made with a good warranty. $240-$340 at

3. My good friend and fellow travel writer Melanie McManus in Wisconsin is a long distance hiker (author of “Thousand Miler: Adventures on the Ice Age Trail”) and has somehow talked me into hiking a week or so with her on her next adventure – the Arizona National Scenic Trail, so I need some good hiking boots. I’m looking at Vasque boots by Red Wing. $139.99

At Home with Rachel Murphy

As a new mom (again), my Christmas wishes are all about self-care. Sure, time is tight between feedings and tickle fights with my toddler, but these items would remind me that indulging in my own interests isn’t so bad either! 

1. I fell in love with J.K. Rowling’s psuedonym, Robert Galbraith and his detective hero, Cormoran Strike. I can’t wait to crack open the newest book in the series, Lethal White. $23.20

2. Having just had a baby in a safe, clean environment, it really drives home how blessed I am to live in the U.S. As I cuddle my newborn, I would love to be able to give a bit of security to another mother in the world. Through the International Rescue Committee, for $63, I can give three newborn kits to mothers in developing countries that would not otherwise seek medical help to deliver safely. Each kit includes clothes, soap, diapers, and other necessities. 

3. My husband first spoiled me with Beekman 1802 products for my first Mother’s Day. I’m addicted to their Honeyed Grapefruit goat milk hand cream and now there’s a tinted lip balm with the same fragrance. $8

At the Bar (or truck!) With Katie Currid and husband, Tyler

Some people bring home shot glasses from trips abroad. Katie and Tyle brought home a truck that dispenses Italian sparkling wine (prosecco)! After Tyler completed an overseas assignment in Italy, the couple fell in love with a tiny Ape truck that they subsequently brought back to the states. Now, it’s the basis for their mobile cocktail company, KC Fizzolino. Katie and Tyler would love to see a few of these locally made items underneath their tree! 

1. This “Whiskey Math” print, designed by my best friend, Theresa Berens! She’s the one who designed Fizzolino’s logo. She’s super talented and we’re best friends because we both love whiskey — and also, other reasons. $30

2. This Iron Buffalo head bottle opener. I just love how fun this is — we actually have it in our son, Fox’s room as a towel hook! I’m obsessed with Tyler Kingston — my mom lives in North Kansas City and I get in trouble when I go into this store — we like to make brunch dates at First Watch, followed up by shopping across the street at Tyler Kingston. $16

3. A sake set or set of ceramic shot glasses from Mad Potter Studio. We live in Weston and it’s a awesome, tiny town full of small business owners and artisans. A friend of Tyler’s, Pat Larsen, owns this ceramic studio and makes some gorgeous ceramics. Tyler personally has been coveting a sake set that Pat made awhile back. Mad Potter Studio 816.550.9740