Monthly Memo: May

Monthly Memo: May

Hello, Hello Strangers! Long time no talk.  I believe I owe some sort of an explanation for that.  Things have been a little hectic lately, especially this beautiful, rainy month of May, because of a few separate factors.  It seems as though things have been snowballing a bit, but we’ll be out of the woods soon I think.  We’re moving in a couple weeks; not too far away but it’s still a hassle as I’m sure most of you know….

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Neighborhood Spotlight: West Town

Neighborhood Spotlight: West Town

West Town is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Chicago, though I may be a bit biased because I’ve lived here for two years now.  Located directly west of the Gold Coast, straight down Chicago Avenue, West Town is a perfect mix of friendly neighborhood and big city cool.  It has a ton of fun and unique shops, bars, and restaurants, plus plenty of beautiful homes and parks to stroll through.  Just recently, we’ve decided to depart this lovely neighborhood,…

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Beer City Redux

Beer City Redux

We started the trips off on a Thursday morning, dropping Brody off in Joliet at Mike’s parents’ and the ride took three hours from there.  We arrived just in time for lunch, so we stopped at HopCat to get a bite to eat and our first Beer City brew of the trip. We just got a sandwich and a salad there but the food was good, and it gave us a chance to plan our time there.  We wanted to check…

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Grand Rapids Revisited

Grand Rapids Revisited

It’s not often that I get the chance to revisit a destination, but there’s certain places I’ve been that I wouldn’t pass up seeing again.  Grand Rapids, MI is one of these places.  I know, it’s strange that out of all of the places I’ve been, Grand Rapids always sticks in my mind as one of my favorites. Maybe it’s how much fun we had last time, or maybe I just like the pace of things there, whatever the case…

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Top Five Friday #17

Top Five Friday #17

Favorite Chicago Restaurants As much as I love to cook, I love letting someone else cook for me even more.  There are obviously a ton of fantastic restaurants in Chicago, and I haven’t even gotten close to trying them all.  However, I do have my favorites.  These restaurants are our go-tos, the ones we frequent when we can’t decide on anywhere else or we want to go somewhere we know the food will always be excellent.  Because Mike and I…

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Monthly Memo: March

Monthly Memo: March

Hi All! Happy March! Life has been a little hectic lately.  I recently started a new job, which I love, but resulted in working longer hours.  It’s been mostly fine, but I’m definitely still adjusting to the new schedule.  As you may have noticed, my writing has fallen behind a bit.  But, I’m positive that things will be getting back on track soon!  Contributing to the chaos, I’ve started a new, additional, blog focused on female empowerment with my friend…

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Four Seasons Spa Chicago

Four Seasons Spa Chicago

Last year, my dear friend Amber and I started a tradition of enjoying a spa day in the bleak winter months.  This year, it took a little extra planning but we finally made it happen.  We found a great Groupon for a massage and exfoliation at the Four Seasons Spa in Chicago that we couldn’t pass up, so that’s where we ended up this past Thursday evening. We met after work and ran into some bad rush hour traffic, which…

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My 10 Favorite U.S. Hikes

My 10 Favorite U.S. Hikes

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the State and National Parks and all that they offer, so I think it’s high time I share a round-up of my favorite U.S. hikes within these parks.  As you may or may not know, the National Park Service is offering ten free admission days this year to celebrate its centennial. I’ve written about this momentous occasion before, but was reminded of it by Cotopaxi, the socially-conscious, Gear for Good creators that specialize…

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Girls’ Weekend at The Chicago Athletic Association

Girls’ Weekend at The Chicago Athletic Association

This past weekend, a group of friends and I enjoyed a marvelous staycation at the historic Chicago Athletic Association.  We, Jennifer, Jessica, Adrienne and I, were there to celebrate our beautiful friend, Sarah’s birthday with her.  I have to say, it was by far one of the best hotel experiences I’ve had in a long time.  I checked in first, as the room was under my name, and as soon I walked in I was lost. The building is full…

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The End of An Era

The End of An Era

Saying Goodbye to The Peninsula I started working at The Peninsula Hotel when I was just twenty-one years old. I had just moved in with a (now ex) boyfriend, was going out quite frequently and knew nothing about the hospitality industry that I hadn’t learned in my one hospitality class I took in college. I was young and naïve and thought I already knew everything. But within the first few months of working at the hotel, I saw that I…

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