Crossing Another Item off my Bucket List – Alaska

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For someone who likes lists, I have never actually written a bucket list. I mean, like most people I have a general idea of things I would like to do in my head, but actually writing it down on paper? That hasn't happened yet. But when I do write the list, visiting Alaska will be on there and then quickly crossed off this summer! In my head (a scary, scary place sometimes...haha), I've always wanted to go to Alaska. I had visions of taking an Alaskan cruise, seeing the Northern Lights and … [Read more...]

Tourist Attractions in Yellowstone National Park

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I'm breaking the rules and for those of you who know me personally, that's not something I take lightly! Instead of posting about my #OutdoorGirl vacation in the order of events, I'm skipping around a bit. Technically I should be telling you about my backcountry camping experience but I'm going to come back to that later. For now, I'm drooling over the pictures I took while being a tourist in Yellowstone National Park. OK, maybe drooling is not the appropriate word. After all, the only time I … [Read more...]

8 Things I Thought Would Never Happen on Vacation

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If you would have told me 5 years ago that my ideal vacation would involve driving 4,000 miles, hiking 60 miles and sleeping in a tent with my boyfriend, I would have questioned your sanity. In fact, I probably would have questioned MY sanity. But ladies and gentlemen, that's exactly what I did last week and I came away from the trip with a greater appreciation of the outdoors. There is something to be said about hiking through wildflowers and over streams without a care in the world. It gives … [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

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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...]