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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A Note on Solo Trips

A Note on Solo Trips

I love taking solo trips.  I think they are great for the spirit and can lead to adventures that maybe would not have been possible when traveling in a group.  That being said, I have personally experienced a slight downside to solo travel.  There’s a certain guilt that can arise when you travel alone that starts when something doesn’t go exactly how you planned and continues on through each misstep or change in itinerary. When I took my solo trip…

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Worldly Recipes: Ramen

Worldly Recipes: Ramen

The first time I tried this delectable Japanese dish was when Furious Spoon opened in Wicker Park, which is only a twenty minute walk from our apartment.  We were instantly hooked and decided we needed to learn how to make it at home.  Now, ramen is one of my go-to recipes during the week.  The ingredients are relatively cheap and it’s quick and easy to make.  Mike and I have the process down to a science, and it only takes…

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Top Five Friday #16

Top Five Friday #16

US Bucket List This year, I would love to explore new areas of the United States.  There are so many fantastic destinations in my own country, it makes for quite a long list of need-to-visit places.  I know I’ve said it before, but I think it’s worth noting again: every destination has it’s merits, and you don’t need to travel far to find a worth-while vacation.  This also speaks to my need to be on a tighter travel budget this…

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Neighborhood Spotlight: Chinatown

Neighborhood Spotlight: Chinatown

This past weekend, Mike and I hitched a ride over to Chinatown to get a little color in this dreary Chicago January. We took an Uber there, but it is also easily accessible by the Red Line Cermak-Chinatown stop. Both of us hadn’t visited this area since college, so it’s been quite a few years. Though the sky was cloudy, it wasn’t too cold out and there were plenty of other people milling about, so we were in good company….

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Budget-Friendly Ways to Indulge Your Wanderlust

Budget-Friendly Ways to Indulge Your Wanderlust

I have this problem where whenever I read about or see a photo of any destination in general, I want to go there immediately.  It’s a problem because I usually can’t afford there, especially not right away.  This results in a very long bucket list and endless pennies pinched.  When I take larger trips, meaning further and for longer, I save up for them for months.  I would like to think that a lot of people are in the same…

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