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Renegade Craft Fair (aka shopping heaven)

Have you been to the Renegade Craft Fair? It's like the best of Etsy in person, on a cool street, with beer. In other words: amazing. It was in Chicago last weekend on Division St., but if you missed it, it's coming back in December! I am already planning on going and getting most of my Christmas shopping done there! ...

Chicago Jazz Fest

We are a week into September already, and so much has happened since my last post! Let's see: we spent a week in Michigan and I celebrated my 30th, my friend had her baby (a sweet boy named William), I got a promotion, we went to a concert at Ravinia to see The Temptations and Beach Boys, had a belated birthday dinner at ...

Date Night to Motown!

In this case, it was a date night with my mom :) Last week my mom came to Chicago for a special girls' night to see Motown the Musical, so she and my dad drove up on Thursday, I took a half day off from work and we met up for lunch. After, we walked around the Gold Coast and shopped a little before going to dinner at the ...

Yes, And…

I recently had the opportunity to take part in an improv class taught by Tara DeFrancisco - it was offered through my work as a way to work on the 5 C's: Confidence Creativity Collaboration Curiosity Camaraderie The opportunity was opened up for the inaugural class, and I admit i was hesitant to sign up. I ...

Hot Town, Summer in the City

[caption id="attachment_805" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Geraniums in our flower boxes[/caption] The past few weeks have been so good. With Memorial Day last week, it's finally (un)officially summer, and the weather is cooperating. We have spent so much time outside, just soaking in the sun and enjoying this beautiful ...

100 Happy Days Update

Remember this challenge? I think it is time for an update! I am 85 days in and although I don't post a pic everyday, I do think about this daily. I am generally a very positive person, but it is a good reminder that pops in my head and makes me snap out of it when I'm feeling overwhelmed at work or negative about the weather ...

Happy Mother’s Day

[caption id="attachment_767" align="aligncenter" width="600"] coming home from the hospital - always so fashionable![/caption] Happy Mother's Day to all the mom's in the world! I hope every day, but especially today, you feel loved and appreciated. I am so grateful to my mom for teaching me compassion, loyalty and ...