Just Short of Crazy is a lifestyle, travel and food blog edited and created by Deb Thompson. Deb is a traveler, foodie, lover of fluffy dogs and sometimes cats, photo taker, baker, pr friendly influencer, brand ambassador, Michigan resident, and much, much more. In addition to posts by Deb you’ll find posts from moms and travelers in the know.Together they provide quality content about everything from travel to motherhood and, most importantly, how they stay just short of crazy.



Deb Thompson is a professional travel and lifestyle blogger that calls northern Michigan home. Over a year ago she decided to pursue the things she loves and quit being a cog in a corporate wheel. To date, it has been one of her best decisions and she hasn’t looked back.

When she’s not on a road trip, you’ll find her at home cooking, creating and enjoying the things she loves; social media, wine, reading, and photography. She has been married for 20+ years and has two children. There is also 1 adorable and very spoiled dog living in the almost crazy house.

One thing is certain, life keeps her on her toes and she knows that change is inevitable. Pour a cup of coffee, pull up a chair, and stay for a while.


Deb’s love of travel requires a bucket list to help her focus on her goal of seeing the entire world. If you are a media or PR company that represents one of these areas please contact her about working together to bring awareness to your destination.


1. Tuscany, Italy walking tour including lots of wine and cooking classes. In addition to Tuscany I’d love to see Rome, the Amalfi Coast and Portofino. Yeah, pretty much the entire country.

2. Hike Manchu Picchu.

3. Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

4. Caravan through New Zealand

5. Enjoy the beaches of Fiji

6. Ride The Ghan from Darwin to Adelaide, Australia

7. Crete

8. Greece

9. Vancouver, British Columbia

10. Galapagos Islands

11. Polar Bear Tour At Cape Churchill

12. Drive a convertible Ferrari, fast, very, very fast

13. Cannes, France

14. Easter Island

15. Explore castles & learn the lores of Ireland

16. See the Big 5 in Africa

17. Cotswolds, England

18. Foodie tour through France

19. Romania

20. Explore the length of the Oregon Coast

21. Las Vegas done 2012, while I’m there I need to swing by Hoover Dam

22. Storm Chase

23. Hot Air Balloon Ride, done 2012

24. Camp, hike, and look for wildlife in Maine

25. Drink wine in Napa Valley done 2012 thanks to Hilton HHonors.

26. Kauai, Hawaii

27. Kentucky Bourbon Trail

28. Visit Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks–done 2013

29. Seattle, Washington

30. Glacier National Park

31. San Antonio, Texas

32. See the Northern Lights

33. Hatteras Island, North Carolina

34. Luxury Spa Getaway–anywhere.

35. Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico

36. Mississippi River Boat Cruise

37. DuBuque, IA

38. Taste wines throughout the Niagara Wine Region

39. Arches National Park, Utah

40. Sandhill Crane Migration in Nebraska in March

41. Explore Columbia, MO done April 2013

42. See the Buffalo Round Up at Custer State Park, SD.

43. Ghost tour in Gettysburg, PA–done 2013

44. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. This would be a great place to learn to scuba :)



Nancy is a thirty-something wife and stay at home Mom to four little ones. Her kids range in age from newborn-8 years old. Life is busy and chaotic at times but Nancy wouldn’t have it any other way. When she’s not chasing her kids around she loves to tackle do it yourself and crafty projects of all kinds. She has also had a long standing hobby of photography and loves to take pictures for friends and family.

Just Short of Crazy

Dee has spent several years living and working overseas until returning home to Michigan a couple years ago. She loves learning languages and speaks Mandarin Chinese and German. Her joys in life are travel, wine, food, golf and her loyal companion Xing a malti-poo mix that is very spoiled. She is adventurous and loves learning how to use the flavors from around the world in her cooking.