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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Making Plans for the Eclipse

Making Plans for the Eclipse

In exactly three weeks, a rare eclipse will happen occur over the United States.  This eclipse can be seen in totality in a diagonal line across the country, but can also be partially seen from most areas in the U.S. as well.  When I was in St. Louis last month, there was a lot of excited talk about this eclipse, as the city was directly in the path of totality.  This path stretches from Oregon across the U.S. to the…

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Weekend Getaway Essentials

Weekend Getaway Essentials

This summer has consisted of multiple weekend excursions that I’ve had to pack quickly and rush off to.  From a quick trip up to our lake house in Wisconsin to a last minute trip to St. Louis, I’ve had to throw things together and go a couple of times.  Now, I’m not complaining, I think better when there’s a time limit and pack minimally when I can only bring a small duffle bag.  The preparation for the trips I’ve had…

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Dealing with Airport Anxiety

Dealing with Airport Anxiety

I have this problem with anxiety. It makes me overthink and do certain things I wouldn’t normally do, just to calm my brain. One of the main problems I have when traveling is the anxiety that comes with trying to make a plane, train or other mode of transportation on time. This issue wreaks havoc on my brain in the weeks before I travel. I don’t have enough fingers and toes to count how many times I’ve woken up in…

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Monthly Memo: July

Monthly Memo: July

How in the world is it already July?!  These past couple of months have made up the summer of getting shit done (so far). I told Mike that as soon as we moved, which happened at the beginning of June, I was going to get down to business (to defeat the Huns 🎶 – Mulan!!). I wanted to get back on the ball with this blog and with getting back in shape and with just taking care of myself in general….

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Exploring St. Louis

Exploring St. Louis

We had an early start to our first and only full day in St. Louis.  Everyone met in the hotel lobby restaurant for breakfast bright and early to enjoy a beautifully plated meal.  At each place setting, there was a quartet of colorful fresh juices and smoothies and fruit and pastries were served family style.  The chef himself brought out our entrees of eggs benedict on a cheddar biscuit and lemon pancakes with strawberry compote.  I did not partake in…

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Pullman Cars and Hotel Bars

Pullman Cars and Hotel Bars

I have always wanted to take an Amtrak trip.  It was on my bucket list last year and was carried over to this year because I just couldn’t get to it.  So, when the opportunity arose to not only take an Amtrak trip to St. Louis, but to do it on a series of old Pullman Cars, I jumped on it.  I was so excited about the experience, that I showed up at Union Station way early (as per usual)…

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Summer Reading List

Summer Reading List

I think I’ve made it pretty clear that I’m a big reader through the many book blogs I’ve posted over the years.  I mostly read as I’m on public transportation, and I have been working my way through the books on my shelf, one commute at a time.  I have been trying to read all of the books I already own before I start buying more in an effort to get rid of what I don’t like and refill with…

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