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Month: October 2017

Being Tourists in Toronto

Being Tourists in Toronto

We arrived in Toronto with slight hangovers from a friend’s wedding the night before and a list of places we wanted to see.  The first orders of business were: greasy food to cure us, checking into our AirBnB, and deciding on which attractions we wanted to see first. Because it was on the same street as our Airbnb (just down a ways), we decided to start with the Hockey Hall of Fame.  Mike was very excited about this excursion and…

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Monthly Memo: October

Monthly Memo: October

Hello from Toronto!  Actually, by the time this posts, Mike and I will be near Niagara Falls, hopefully on a boat.  I can’t believe this year is almost over, it seems like each month, especially October, is just rushing by. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that my friends and I threw a fundraiser at Bang Bang Pie and Biscuits here in Chicago earlier this month.  We screened short films by amazing female directors, had some…

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Top Five Friday #24

Top Five Friday #24

My Favorite Travel Bloggers When I first started this blog, I looked to other female travel bloggers for inspiration and encouragement.  As they succeeded, I started to form some idea of where I wanted my own blog to go.  Of all the blogs I read for the last couple years, there are a few that stand out to be favorites for their writing style, chosen destinations and photos.  I’ve followed these ladies for a while and will continue to do…

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Trip Planning: Toronto, Ontario

Trip Planning: Toronto, Ontario

We’re going to Toronto, Ontario next week!  I have never been to Canada and I am so very excited for this trip.  It seems like it has been such a long time in the making that it’s almost hard to believe that we are finally going.  A couple of years ago, Mike and I were supposed to be heading there in the Spring, but life happened and we weren’t able to make it work.  Now, I can confidently say that…

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Top Five Friday #23

Top Five Friday #23

Where to Find Nature Near Chicago There are so many great parks within the city of Chicago.  We have an abundance of green space in our city and it’s one of my favorite things about it.  That being said, sometimes you need a little more nature than Chicago can offer.  Luckily, there are a ton of really great areas that are close to the city in which you can soak up all the nature you need.  All of the places I’ve…

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A Chimney Rock Essay

A Chimney Rock Essay

One of my goals for this year was to take a continued education class, and I waited until I was ten months in to finally get started on that goal.  I decided to take a creative non-fiction writing class online through Gotham Writers Workshop, which also has classes in real life in New York.  One of our first assignments was to write a memoir -style essay about a crosswords we had to face.  I took that literally and wrote about…

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A Weekend In Rockford, IL

A Weekend In Rockford, IL

Last weekend, Mike and I drove the hour and a half from Chicago to Rockford to see what this suburban city had to offer.  We left bright and early on Saturday morning, with our puppy in tow as our hotel was dog-friendly (so was the rest of Rockford, as we learned).  I’m not sure why in the world I thought we would be able to check into our room at 9:30am ( I worked at a hotel for five years,…

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Fall in Chicago: A Bucket List

Fall in Chicago: A Bucket List

Call me cliche, but I love Fall in Chicago.  This season is amazing everywhere, but I think this city, and the surrounding area, does it best.  From the Fests, to the leaves changing in our many beautiful parks to the apple and pumpkin picking in the nearby suburbs, Chicago has everything you could want for your Fall bucket list.  Last weekend, we went apple picking with my family in Wisconsin and it made me think of all the other Fall…

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