A fun collection of fun, educational and useful links is what this week’s about. Whether it’s a new book for travel or some travel “tools” and ideas, we’re helping you start summer off on high note with lots to think and smile about. Enjoy your family and all of the adventures the season might bring. Here’s to basking, relaxing and exploring.

The Magnolia empire births a new book focused on Chip.

Source: Countryliving.com

The woman (and the story) behind Salt & Straw.

Source: Forbes

Finally, a mom-to- be essentials list that cuts out the unnecessary.

Source: The Bump

A diverse breakdown of travel-friendly shoes.

Source: Nymag.com

A new museum in The Windy City pays tribute to American writers.

Source: Vogue.com