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Month: January 2017

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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Monthly Memo: January

Monthly Memo: January

Happy Sunday! Things have finally started to slow down from the holidays, which I am so grateful for.  Life has been really hectic lately, so I’m happy to have a chance to relax and catch up on some things.  Today in particular is shaping up to be a treat yo self day (I know I am way behind on this, but I have been binge-ing Parks and Recreation lately and I am obsessed).  I plan on: Reorganizing my closet Doing…

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2017 Travel Plans

2017 Travel Plans

I love the new year.  It brings all new possibilities for travel, not to mention a tax return to fund said travels.  As I mentioned in my 2016 review post, my 2017 travel plans will be on a pretty tight budget.  That doesn’t mean that I won’t be traveling this year, just that my trips will be on a smaller scale than last year’s vacations.  While not much is firmly set in place, I do have some big plans (as…

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2016: A Year in Review

2016: A Year in Review

2016, oh what a year.  It had some ups and a lot of downs.  That being said, there were a few really great moments that mostly made up for the bad.  This year was full of a lot of new destinations and some golden oldies; I got to go on an amazing solo trip and joined my family for a wonderful week in Tennessee.  Though so many great things happened, there were a few bouts of hardship that cast an…

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