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Month: August 2017

A Note on Trying to Do It All

A Note on Trying to Do It All

Nowadays, I think it’s very easy to feel like we need to be always be doing something of note.  Between social media, blogs, and books detailing the adventures and successes of others, there’s a pressure to jump in and make a name for yourself as well.  At least, I know I feel that way sometimes; the pressure of trying to do it all is definitely there.  The tricky part is knowing what to go for and finding the time to…

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Favorite Midwest Road Trips

Favorite Midwest Road Trips

I love the Midwest.  I was born here, raised here, and it’s here where I gained my love for travel.  My family has always had the travel bug, and we often explored towns closest to us as our family vacations.  Once I started traveling and branching out on my own, naturally I chose to explore this region first.  I haven’t been everywhere of note in the Midwest quite yet, but I have amassed a list of my favorite Midwest road…

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Monthly Memo: August

Monthly Memo: August

Hello friends! Happy August!  Man, this month is juts flying by.  With work being so busy and our hectic schedule of weddings this year, I feel like I haven’t been able to slow down and enjoy the summer at all this year.  Which is fine, but I still have so much left on my Summer Bucket List that I want to accomplish! Like: Taking a trip out to the Warren Dunes in Michigan Going to the Logan Square Farmer’s Market…

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Top Five Friday #19

Top Five Friday #19

Things to Do Near the Mag Mile The Mag Mile (or Magnificent Mile if you’re not familiar) in Chicago is one of the city’s most known and visited tourist attractions.  Though no one would claim it to be very original or unique in it’s restaurants and stores, there are quite a few hidden gems to find near this main drag.  I recently wrote about this subject for VIVA Lifestyle & Travel and I have to say, going back to explore…

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6 Unique Tips to Save Money While Trip Planning

6 Unique Tips to Save Money While Trip Planning

I’ve touched on this a little bit here and there, but this year did not start out very well.  Slowly, each month it’s gotten better and better, due to a change in career, a change in neighborhood and an all-around change in attitude.  I think one of the big things that has helped is for the first time all year, I’m planning a trip outside the Midwest.  Oh man, it feels so good to be making travel plans again! Mike…

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Lincoln Park Zoo & Conservatory

Lincoln Park Zoo & Conservatory

When I first moved to Chicago almost ten years ago (yikes), Lincoln Park was one of the few neighborhoods I knew of.  I would take the red line from the loop up to Fullerton and wander around the area, visiting friends that went to DePaul and lived in the neighborhood.  I always loved how many parks and green spaces there were in the area.  I actually spent my 20th birthday at the Lincoln Park Zoo for Zoolights, which is a…

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