Microwave Fudge with Salted Caramel Mocha Frosting

For the past few weeks people have been making jokes at my expense. Whenever I tell them that my boyfriend and I are driving 23 hours (pretty much nonstop) to go backcountry camping in Glacier National Park, they can't help but smirk. I get it. I probably don't look like the type of person who would give up electricity, running water and WIFI to go roaming through the mountains. Until a few weeks ago, I had never set up a tent, blew up a sleeping pad or even knew a thing as hiking underwear … [Read more...]

Cowtown Half Marathon

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Sometimes I get really fabulous ideas and usually, they involve entry fees and training, as my +1 has quickly learned. :) I decided that since I turn 40 this year, I wanted to "run" the Pikes Peak Ascent in August. Only there was a small problem...I didn't have a qualifying time. It used to be that you could just sign up and do the race, but not anymore. Now, you have to have a qualifying run and for me that meant I needed a half-marathon under 2 hours and 25 minutes. So what did I do? I … [Read more...]

Beginners Guide to Snowshoeing Gear

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Last month I spent a weekend snowshoeing in Rocky Mountain National Park. I had so many people ask me questions about preparing for my trip, that I thought I would dedicate a post to it. It may seem kind of simple at first but depending on the length of the hike, the conditions and of course, YOUR conditioning, you want to be prepared. Snowshoes First and foremost, you need snowshoes. You can rent them, borrow them from a friend or venture out to your local outdoor store and purchase a … [Read more...]

Snowshoeing in Rocky Mountain National Park

snowshoeing in rocky mountain national park

I completely blame this trip on my landlord. Yes, it's 100% his fault. 100% his fault that I had great time snowshoeing in Rocky Mountain National Park. I'm going to digress a bit here, so bear with me. Or skip the next couple paragraphs, whichever you prefer. :) After I moved back to Wichita, I met a boy or a guy, or whatever you want to call him. We both share a love for the outdoors, though his love for it is a bit more extreme than mine. For me, outdoor activities are more fun when the … [Read more...]

Kuipers Family Farm


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Kuipers Family Farm. East 9th Street received product &/or compensation in exchange for this post. Regardless, statements are 100% mine and yours may differ. I love everything about fall.  Leaves falling on the ground, football games on the television and eating anything with pumpkin spice. For all you beach lovers and sun worshippers, you can have summer with the heat and humidity. While you deal with your frizzy hair (yes, I see what … [Read more...]

Fall Festival Coupons & Deals

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of US Family Guide in promotion of their fall festival coupons and deals. I know many of my readers are planning trips to their local pumpkin patches and corn mazes and hey, you might as well save a few bucks! As always, statements are 100% mine. One of our favorite things to do each fall is go to our local fall festivals. Between the warm apple cider, hayrides and corn mazes, everyone in my family finds something to enjoy. Last year we took … [Read more...]

Mother Daughter Bonding Time at Disney On Ice

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Disney On Ice. East 9th Street received tickets in exchange for promotion. Regardless, statements are 100% mine and yours may be different. Wednesday night I had a date with the cutest 4-year old I know. Of all the things we could do in the Chicagoland area, there was only one thing we wanted to do: spend some mother - daughter bonding time at Disney On Ice. Disney productions are always top-notch and this show was no exception! The … [Read more...]

Best Places To Eat In Chicago

places to eat in Chicago

There are several reasons I moved to Chicago: Michigan Avenue (a girl has to shop), The Cubs (because everyone loves an underdog) and the food scene.  From the my first visit to Chicago many years ago, I remember all the restaurants our high school DECA group ate at: Gino's East, Ed Debevic's and the Rock N' Roll McDonalds! Over the years my tastes have evolved but one thing still holds true, it's hard to narrow down the best places to eat in Chicago! Maya Del Sol - so this one isn't in … [Read more...]

How To Beat Summer Brain Drain


Summer time is here and that means parents all over are trying to figure out ways to keep their kids active physically and mentally. I've been guilty of letting my daughter camp out in front of the television and I've vowed that from this point forward, her television time will be limited. Instead, we're going to beat summer brain drain with these fun activities from the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry's Summer Brain Games. What exactly is summer brain drain? Well, research shows … [Read more...]

Mariano’s Elmhurst Grand Opening

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A couple of months ago I told you how ecstatic I was that Mariano's had opened a new store in Hardwood Heights.  Well, can you imagine how much I jumped up and down (and squealed a little) when I learned that they would be opening a store even closer to me? On June 25th, Mariano's opened their Elmhurst location and I couldn't be happier. This store will definitely be #MyMarianos. Remember how I said I like to be inspired when I go to a grocery store? Well, I still like to be inspired but … [Read more...]